All I Want for Christmas

By Emily.

Last Christmas I was pretty pregnant and in tears complaining to Russ about our mattress.  It was expensive and THE WORST. We had it for probably 8 years and it looked like the tetons with its sinking sides and peak in the middle. I was ready to get a new bed that very day, but my conservative spender husband said he’d only be okay with such a purchase if we researched all options. So we did! For a year we read, tested, asked around, saved up, when finally we decided! I thought any of you out there on the same hunt might like a recap, so let’s go!

But, first, here’s me being super cool posing on my new bed:Intellibed ReviewThe mattress we were on last Christmas was a pillow-top and we knew how that ended up. 😉 So our research began with memory foam. It feels amazing at first, but here’s what I learned with reading up.

  • Foam breaks down quickly (as much as 25% in the first 2 years)
  • Foam compresses and creates painful pressure points and uneven wear
  • Some foams can contain toxic chemicals

Intellibed ReviewThat brought us to gel bed options, and at this point we had slept in an Intellibed at my mom’s Bed and Breakfast The Yardley Inn & Spa in Manti, UT (so cute, if you’re around you gotta stay there!) We loved the Intellibed I knocked their door down to get a review and discount set up for you guys and so gratefully they agreed! (Use smallfry10 for 10% off!)Intellibed ReviewSo here’s what I LOVE about the Intellibed, we went with the Posture Perfect King size:

They have a 30 year guarantee. Our last mattress lasted around 4 years and that was 3 longer than I wanted to keep sleeping on it. So I figure with the guarantee you’re paying pennies a day to sleep on the Intellibed. And then on top of that they do financing options too, which made the investment feel less daunting to me.

After a month of use (it arrived the end of November and yeah right I wasn’t going to wait until Christmas to sleep on it!) I am obsessed with it. It is incredibly comfortable. Since there’s no compressing of foams or pillow-tops you sort of perch on top of the bed,  and it has relieved all my normal pressure points. My posture is better than ever, and I had the worst posture to begin with, and my back just doesn’t hurt when I wake up like it used to. The first handful of days sleeping on the bed both Russ and I were weirded out, it’s a different sensation when you’re used to your tetons bed, it’s not like settling in and getting cozy, it’s an entirely different experience, but one that has improved both our sleep and our back / hip pain.

Temperature cooled — you know the other side of the pillow? That cool refreshing feeling? This bed stays cool all night which Russ LOVES and I never knew I needed it, too!

Another huge selling point for us was that its non-toxic and emits no off gassing. Intellibed has done both their own research and pulled from others and has found that the toxins released from typical mattresses’ off-gassing is attributed to both Autism and SIDS. All three of my boys would end up rolling on their tummies and it freaked me out with the link to SIDS. Eliminating off-gassing gives me so much more relief knowing I can’t always control when they roll not heir tummies but I can control the chemicals and toxins that they might be inhaling while they sleep! I have heard they’re selling crib mattresses THIS YEAR and I can’t wait to grab one. Intellibed ReviewThese are just a few of the reasons, you can read all their features and benefits right here! As always ask me any questions you might have, I know an investment like this can be overwhelming, but I am truly so happy with ours and our decision to go with Intellibed would’ve happened regardless of their willingness to partner up! If you’re looking to buy for you or your kids use Smallfry10 for 10% off! xo- Emily

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SF Weekly Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!!

We are SO excited to start a new feature here where we do a weekly deal! We want to keep you informed of the best of the best of sale deals online so we will be combing through deals through the week and debut it weekly here on “The SF Weekly Wednesday.” So now you don’t have to do the work, you can trust that we’re posting the BEST we could find! Sometimes it will be fashion, home appliances, housewares…whatever we love that is bringing you the best value.

First up is the Anthropologie Tag Sale. This thing is unreal and new items got listed last night so it’s really exciting and there is still availability. We combed through hundreds of items to find you our favorite picks, all of which are 40% off or more! All you have to do is click the images to be taken to the item OR use the list on the bottom. Also don’t forget to hover the side of the images to see ALL our picks!

Happy Shopping!

Gloverall Greer Bomber
Anthropologie Metallic Dot Sweatshirt
Lena Bernard Premia Pearl Collar Necklace
Miss Albright Dennis Mule Shooties
HD in Paris Cecily Lace Dress
Carolina K Nepeta Top
Lilka Embroidered Gauze Jumpsuit
Sleeping On Snow Rosay Sweater & Slipdress Set
Penelope Chilvers Velvet Chelsea Boots
Vanessa Virginia Phinney Top
The Cashmere Collection by Anthropologie Sheffield Cashmere Turtleneck
Tracy Reese Eudicot Silk Maxi Dress
Weston Deka Top
Farylrobin Tessa Velvet Heels
Zero To Sky Fringed Lace Tunic
Lenora Dotted Vera Pumps
Hei Hei Chevron Faux-Fur Vest
Sleeping On Snow Faroe Off-The-Shoulder Sweater
Ne Quittez Pas Cultivar Embroidered Denim Blouse
Harlyn Oro Sequined Joggers
Pilcro Serif Mid-Rise Cords
Delfi Atlantica Pleated Slip Dress
Deletta Amanna Lace Top
Angel Of The North Chauvet Cardigan
Ghost Civray Printed Wide-Legs
Pilcro Serif Mid-Rise Printed Cords
Hei Hei West End Bomber
Paul & Joe Sister Foxford Plaid Midi Skirt
Ghost Mantua Trench
Caroline Kaufman Ruana Scarf
Elevenses Cropped Boucle Wide-Legs
Eva Franco Lauria Coat
Ghost Montreal Jumpsuit
Tryb Textured Tassel Coat
Anthropologie Apres Beanie
Anthropologie Artisan De Luxe Ultra High-Rise Boyfriend Jeans
Ne Quittez Pas Embroidered Denim Mini Dress
Seen Worn Kept Barrott Velvet Off-The-Shoulder Dress
Sleeping On Snow Neves Off-The-Shoulder Pullover
Plenty By Tracy Reese Dorchester Cape
Sunday In Brooklyn Sequin-Striped Pencil Skirt
Lucy Paris Poisat Sequined Halter Dress
Knitted & Knotted Wool Dropwaist Dress
Cloth & Stone Emrie Embroidered Buttondown
Pilcro Script High-Rise Cords

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New Balance // J Crew

By Nicole:

Happy New Year. We all started working out again on Jan 1, right? You caught me, I didnt. But I DID start buying new gear to hopefully motivate me to get in better shape in this new year.

I am really impressed with this J Crew // New Balance collaboration. I live for things like this. Two brands that I already love coming together and making magic!

I spotted this collaboration shopping at the South Coast Plaza on New Years Eve and stopped dead in my tracks. I LOVE IT and wanted to share it with everyone!

Here are some of my favorite looks for women:

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White Jacket // Color Block Crop Top // Navy + Red Color Block Crop Top

Black Leggings // Striped Leggings // Color Block Leggings

Navy Sneakers  // Red Sneakers // 620 Sneakers 

ALSO, check the sneakers for Crewcuts, also by New Balance for J Crew.

 

 

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DIY Internet Safety

By Emily.

Did you guys know that the average age of a boy (or girl’s) first exposure to inappropriate images or video online is now EIGHT!? Nearly always accidental, we’ve experienced this sad event even in the own walls of Small Fry. So have friends, and family, and each time it’s the same — awful. It springs up all kinds of tears and questions that are of course so important to talk about, but my goal with today’s post is to help that conversation be on OUR terms and timeline.kidsafeinternet

So, here’s FIVE easy ways you can filter out those inappropriate images and videos, you don’t need to be computer wiz or anything!

  1. You can filter any computer or device that uses your internet right at the router all at one time! There are lots of programs, free and for a fee, and I have tried a few! This is not sponsored, but Disney Circle still stands as my favorite. It is easiest to use and has had no glitches in the last year I’ve had it! It has limited WEBSITES pretty perfectly. They sent them to us to try awhile ago and I am so glad to have it. It is so user friendly, if you can download an app onto your phone you can install the Circle. (I’ve also tried Open DNS, K9 and a few others, Circle beats them all, its that tiny little white square, super sleek and minimal!)71sral1njol-_sl1300_
  2. PHONES now have parental settings built right in! For instance on the iPhone you can create restrictions that only you can change with your own password (different than the one you use to unlock the phone.) I wrote out all the steps right here! If you have Android here are those steps! Both super easy and they filter websites, age limits on apps and more!
  3. Just because you have a filter on your computers and phones there are still a few holes. You still need to set filters within sites that you use everyday, your search engine of choice especially. So if you use GOOGLE, here is how you’ll do it. This will make sure if your kids are searching for something that adult content won’t show up as an option in either the website list or image search.
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4. YOUTUBE. YouTube is all our kids’ favorite, but I am sure you’ve all come across something you wish you hadn’t on YouTube.

(Kinder egg toy reviews? JK) So I always suggest downloading the YouTube Kids app in place of the standard one, which filters for you. But, if you use YouTube on your computer you still need to change the settings! So, here’s picture steps for filtering YouTube on your computer and phone!

5. Streaming Services. If you use Netflix or something similar you can create profiles for your kids so adult content doesn’t even show up in their searches. Just log in on your account on a computer and create a profile for them! Then when you give them the remote you can be sure they’re on their profile to begin with.screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-8-01-50-am

I could go on all day, but here are 5 quick ones that will give you some peace of mind! I am no expert and I am sure there are loads of great ideas that I haven’t even thought of, so if you have things that have worked for your family, let us know in the comments!

Favorite Finds 2016: Nicole

2016 was a solid year for this consumer. From trinkets to home decor to fashion, I found some staples that will last me forever. Here I’ve linked to my top 15. Maybe they will become the MVPs for your 2017.

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Woolrich Slippers were a game changer this winter.

This $5 cell for magnetic Car Mount is my year round, all day, every day life saver!

As for beauty, these under eye patchs offer a relief on a tired eye at night, but also hydrate so deeply. If you are like me, those under eye wrinkles are coming in hot.

Of my entire sunglass collection, these Ray Bans make their way into my wardrobe just about daily. I will always love a good classic pair of tortoise ray bans.

You have heard me rave about the Soma Pitcher here on Small Fry over and over again, so naturally it made my 2016 starting line up.

This J Crew turtle neck is the winner in my hunt for the perfect lightweight turtleneck. If you know me you know I bought every last color.

The Patagonia Nano puffer is a daily go-to starting in the fall and lasting all winter long here in Utah. If you don’t have one yet, it needs to be your next investment.

I love a hoop and I love all things tortoise, so these tortoise hoops have become an everyday staple for me. I like to finish a look off with earrings just about every day, and these are low key and subtle and perfect.

I live in this robe. Period.

Madewell Transport Tote. You can call it my mom bag.

A sucker for a good pajama set , this girl.  A lot of them come from Target to be honest. But here and there ill spoil myself with something slightly more lux.

OKAY copper mugs! Im not a drinker, so these aren’t used for beer in my house, but they are a key to a cold drink all summer long. AND SO SO PRETTY!

Im also a collector of throws. I like my house to be cozy all year round. This throw blanket  is my very favorite purchase in the realm of cozy this year.

I think `an electric toothbrush should be a staple in everyones life. This is the one I’ve been using this year.

HEART EYES FOREVER for this cutout bootie. Buy both colors. Just do it.

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Favorite Finds 2016: Jenna

Excited to share some of my MVP’s of 2016, hope you enjoy!

WEAR:

I lived for basics this year. I tossed around a capsule wardrobe but that’s a bit extreme for me. I’ve been doing a ton of dejunking and trying to live minimally best I can so I only left the best of the best in my closet. If you follow me on Instagram or my individual page here then you will already be well aware of my favorites.

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These jeans: They are perfect and I can’t stress it enough. They’re high waisted and the perfect length, especially if your’e a shorty like me. I have them in several different washed and can’t see myself buying any other style soon.

These sunglasses: I’ve sold practically everyone I know on them. I stumbled in to Nordstrom one day and found them, loved them so much and they had no price tag. I assumed they’d be $150 plus so when I found out they were $80 for such a good looking sunglass I was shocked! I lost my first pair but have bought another pair since because I love them that much.

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These shoes: These are some of the more pricy shoes I’ve bought (I’m not an expensive clothing girl) and so I took a plunge but they are sooooo worth it. I’d venture to say I’ve worn them 50 times in the six months I’ve owned them. They are sexy, versatile and so comfortable. I travel in them, Disney in them and date night in them. If you’re in need of a good close toe shoe that’s not necessarily a full on boot – these are your best bet. The indigo is on sale here.

White T: I’ve been pretty much looking for a crew neck white T like I used to sport in Junior High all year. I finally found one at of course the most classic of white T store’s. This shirt is so well made, thick and flattering on. You can never have to many white T’s.

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This jacket: I bought it at the NSale but it’s lived on in my  heart ever since. I wear it EVERY where. It was another expensive purchase for me but has been well worth it. A leather jacket is truly a staple needed in everyone’s closet.

Yoga Pants: I lived for athleisure in 2016 (well every year since 2010) and these pants rose to the top of all leggings ever amen. SO flattering, not see through, thin enough for the gym but thick enough to wear out, they are the MVP of life eternal for me!

My husband is a MAJOR shoe junkie and I have been having a major Adidas phase. I still love my Nike’s but I find that the Adidas are actually way more comfortable and they have some styles I am obsessed with RN.

BEAUTY:

I had my eyebrows micro bladed earlier in the year by Allure Artistry and it was truly one of the BEST decisions ever. That and eyelash extensions make being fresh as a busy Mom THAT much easier. Brows on fleek for the carpool lane guys.

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Essential Oils of course were a huge part of my year, I use them a thousand times a day. You can read more about that part of my life here and join our community if you’re wanting to get started! The new year is full of health goals for people and essential oils are SUCH a great thing to integrate.

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This scrub is high on my list of things to love. Kayti from The Beyouty Bureau gave it to me as a gift years ago and I’ve been loving it ever since. I give it away to anyone I can, it is miracle in a bottle and all natural.

READING:

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Love Warrior was a huge favorite for me this year. Lots of life lessons taught.

Rising Strong of course by my girl Brene.

Leaders Eat Last because Simon has my heart.

And of course anything LDS General Conference.

THINGS YOU DON’T NEED BUT YOU SHOULD BUY:

This list would be embarrassingly long, but I did my best to pick the best of the best. I went through my Amazon orders and am listing the top 5 things you need that you don’t know that you do.

This is life changing. If you’re constantly sore like me from the gym or just being a person, this guy will be your bestie. It is amazingggggg. And think of all the money you’ll save not going to get massages 🙂

We finally took the plunge for a video camera we will actually use. It’s been so fun to put little films together of our family. I’d been regretting that I never take video but this has solved that problem. With all the traveling we do this baby has become such a prized possession and we love the end result of watching movies! We have a couple new traveling films coming up and I”m excited to show you!

I got turned on to this clay mask by Emily and now I’m hooked. Any time my skin is having trouble I slap this baby on and get so many wonderful results. I love love love it and it lasts FOREVER.

If you’re planning to travel in 2017 with your kids, stop buying strollers and JUST BUY THIS ONE. Can you hear me shouting?! I’ve owned practically every stroller known to man kind and this one is so freaking legit. It reclines, there is a tiny basket, it can be folded small enough to be a CARRY ON and is so convenient it’s scary. Stop stressing yourself out with huge strollers and just get this one. I promise.

You might be thinking out of all my top 5 that this is the dumbest thing ever ever to include but this guy is a life safer. My babies need sound machines and the fact that we travel so much we need one that can come with us and not take a lot of room! Ya you can use apps but then your phone is tied up all night making sounds of the ocean and you don’t need that kind of pressure! I’ve loved this one so much I’ve bought it three times.

I think that about sums it up. Except it just doesn’t because I found so many good things to love in 2016, maybe a part 2 is in order! For now trust and believe that these tried and true favorites are items I just couldn’t do life without! xo -J

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Favorite Finds 2016: Emily

Part of the fun of this job is being able to try out all kinds of new product and gear for both ourselves and our kids! So for our first week of 2017 we wanted to revisit those favorites, we’ll go in the same order as our Year Recap posts, Emily is first!

It was so great for me to add our personal tabs on Small Fry this year! I hate like to know it personally so I wasn’t willing to share that way, but my tab is something I feel totally comfortable with and hopefully makes it easier on you guys who have questions! Your favorites from there were these jeans, these sneakers and this vacuum (?) haha!img_8276-700x933 2016 was pregnancy, new baby life and revisiting those parts of motherhood that I haven’t experienced for five+ years! SO much has changed since I had Cal, but here’s what I’ve used this year that I can’t live without!

FOR BABY

Nose Frida is an absolute must have for any parent. It’s not even sort of gross, I promise. Windi another must if you have a gassy baby! It even helped with some constipation. I’ve tried several brands and systems and I will never go back from Uppa. I use this stroller system and this car seat and it is the best. Its middle of the road expensive but I am totally fine in investing a bit when I know how cheaper alternatives handle. Chicco Natural Fit Bottles, Ergo Carrier, and Mustela. I have lost count of how many people have said Raleigh is the best smelling baby. He gets sniffed daily. screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-8-49-45-amThese bibs, this play chair. Oh man this play chair, its by far the cutest/most modern style and Raleigh LOVES it. This dream blanket which is the perfect size for my big boy and so so soft. I love the Shibori pattern, too!ancc_2451

FOR ME

Post pregnancy I LIVED in this nursing tank. It’s so beautiful and feminine and the tank is made of like soft steel or something, it holds all those loose bits in nice and tight! Now that I’m 6 months post-partum and Raleigh is eating solids and easier to pass off to Russ, I am really focusing hard on getting some of my endurance and strength back and these shiny high waisted work out pants are my favorite ever, ever. Russ HATES these shoes, but I love the high ankle and they’ve got great cushion. Perfect gym shoe and I love the higher ankle shaft.

I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect brown boot to fit my style and it took several months, but I LOVE these. Brown boots (in my opinion) are either too western, or too plain and these have that edge I love while still being simple. I bought them in black last year as well and can wear them for 10+ hours without a problem. Platforms for the win!

I feel like I fine-tuned my beauty routine this year as well, my skin has never looked/felt better! You can read the whole thing in depth here, but if I had to choose the MVPs it would be this oil cleanser and this moisturizer and this dry shampoo paste! Thanks to The Beyouty Bureau for the first two!!

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You already know how I feel about Amazon Echo, I’ve also embraced Audible and finally listened to Daring Greatly. The narrator drove me crazy at first, but the lessons I learned in that book changed my year (life?) completely. Mostly that the amount of blessing that God has in store for me is not finite, and just because things are going well it doesn’t mean something terrible is around the corner. Anyone else have that way of thinking? I learned (or at least finally absorbed, I am sure I’ve been told one billion times) to express gratitude in those moments I would typically be wondering when the other shoe was going to drop. It’s actually been an easy switch for me and soooo good for my anxiousness!

FOR THE BOYS

Penny Boards, this three string guitar, this piano book for at home learning, these snow boots which are lightweight but still hardy! My boys hate dealing with recess and their heavy boots so these get worn the most around here!

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Macros Made Easy + a free webinar!

Happy New Year friends! I hope it’s off to a great start. I am sure a lot of you have some fitness/diet goals in mind for the new year, so I wanted to share with you my new e-book that I wrote with Quince from I Heart Macros:

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If you’ve been even kind of online then your’e heard of this thing called “macros” as it’s kind of a rage right now. But trust me fitness experts have used this way of flexible dieting for YEARS. Finally you can find a way to eat ALL the food groups and not feel guilty. It’s all about how many grams of protein, carbs and fat you eat based on your fitness goals and weight. People ask me if it’s like calorie counting….but it’s just more specific. You can calculate your macros on this website or you can hire macro coaches like Quince to calculate them for you. That’s what I did for the last 6 months and I found a lot of success in doing so. I find that this way of eating has been the longest sustainable thing for me and I think I’ll stick with it for a while! It does take some time and meal prep as you need to weigh your food at first, but after a while it becomes very intuitive and just so freeing.

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In our e-book we share 25 simple recipes with calculated macros, our favorite shopping guide and a brief explanation of what macros are. It’s a great intro in to the whole world of flexible dieting and I’d love for you to give it a shot! You can use code NEWYEAR for 30% off now which is the lowest price we’ve done ever!

I also am teaching this free webinar of our how I supported my weight loss outside of diet and nutrition. As many of you know I love essential oils and natural solutions so using holistic supplements was definitely a part of my daily regimen and still is. I get so many questions about it I decided it was time to teach a class, I hope it helps some of you!

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments, I’d love to help.

xo

Jenna

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End of Year: Nicole

2016, cue the roller coaster emoji followed by a whole line of heart eyes.  The ups and downs of a roller coaster always end with the most smooth and controlled part of the whole ride. Im so blessed to be ending 2016  just that way.

Dash and Sunny and I have learned so much this year. We have collected new friends and new relationships that will last a life time and longer. We cherish these relationships. I have always said that the people in my world are rarely just friends, they are FAMILY. Everyone that is dear to us is our family, and there is nothing we hold nearer to our hearts.

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With Dash starting first grade and Sunny (who decided he wants to go by his real first name Finn while at school) finishing preschool this year, we have all been full of emotions. As all of you mothers know, sending your oldest off to a full day of school is a form of heart wrenching you’ve never experienced before. While simultaneously feeling so much joy as we watch them as such proud mothers. They are strong and confident and able to skip off happily to a full day of learning, because of what we mothers have instilled in them. Confidence. Im so proud of my big strong Dash. His bravely truly has been a rock in our life.

Sunny I mean Finn, wink, has kept us laughing, running, playing and cleaning. The boy never lets a dull moment enter our life, and although exhausting, what a JOY to have a child that forces me to happiness and positivity each day.

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Over these 3 years of being single, I have grown more than I have in my entire life. A close friend and I talk often about the hardest most grueling parts of life that we wouldn’t change  if we could, because in those times is when we grow and learn so rapidly. Parts of our mind are strengthened in those dark times and ultimately we are being refined. Being made into the very best people we can. The person our Father in Heaven has in mind for us to be. Someone greater than we can become on our own. All the podcasts, Ted talks, weights and beauty products in the world cant make us into the person God has in store for us. To step back and embrace the refiners fire is very hard, but beautiful thing.

Small Fry, my photo studio and other projects have also been such a joy this year. Working so closely with two of my best friends that truly are sisters to me is a blessing every.single.day. And to have a readership like YOU who keep us afloat, who keep up motivated to share, create and dedicate time to this job is the only reason we are here. THANK YOU ALL for reading. Thank you all for being the mothers, fathers, grandparents and humans that you are. Striving to do your best everyday and create a beautiful world and safe place for your families and all of your people.

Happy Holidays everyone! 2017 is going to be GOLD.

Love, Nicole

Photography by Becky Kimball 

 

 

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End of Year: Jenna

I love this time of year for so many reasons but one of my favorite things is the chance it gives us to reflect. To review what we liked about our year, what we’d change and what we’d see different. This year brought our family many blessings, many changes and many insights as we faced different challenges.

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Quinn is going to be 8 on New Years Eve, I seriously can’t BELIEVE how big of a boy he is! He loves Pokemon, baseball, riding his bike, being happy and being a friend to all. When I pick him up from school, he is like a celebrity, everyone is waving and saying “Hi Quinn!” He really is the friendliest kid, I hope he always stays that way. He always encourages me and supports me, tells me I’m awesome, he’s the best cheerleader.

Jude is 5 and my favorite middle child. His demeanor started out very intense in his life but now he’s developed in to such a sweet, even tempered boy. He loves giving hugs, his best friend is Lolly, he is professional on his scooter and loves baseball with his Dad. You just don’t want to be around him when he’s hungry 🙂 He really is so so so so fun.

Lolly is almost 2 and it breaks my heart. She is still our tiny girl so a baby to us. She is the happiest little thing and is spoiled rotten by all of us but especially her Dad who is her very best friend. She says a lot of words, loves her babies and loves to eat. Every day of her 2 years she has lit up our world, I find myself so unbelievably grateful for her presence every day.

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I learned so much this year about who actually stood in my corner. I think living away from family, friends and everything you’re familiar with makes you keenly aware of those who will show up for you. Not necessarily in their physical presence, but their emotional one. It’s a scary and sad realization, but I think it’s necessary for regaining the focus and clarity of mind you need to stick with your priorities and goals you have set forward for yourself and to take a long the people who really fill you up and give you space to flourish.

One of the very hardest lessons I’ve learned is no matter HOW hard you try, it is impossible to change people’s perception of you. Even when you do your best to operate from joy, abundance, service and love, there is always a way for people to see you for something other than you intended. It’s soul crushing to not have people see you the way you want to be seen, but you absolutely will kill yourself trying. Write down who you intend to be, pray for the strength daily to be that person and to forgive your shortcomings in being that person. And then in the end give yourself grace and move forward knowing you have intention in your life.

This year was a year of growth as I made goals for myself physically and worked to shed the last of my baby weight, 20 lbs down in this last year and I’m really proud of that!

Lastly I think the biggest change of the year was our decision to move home! Yep, we are moving back to Utah! Not till summer because we are building our home, but it is coming fast and furious!

It’s scary to say because I love what California has given us. We have many friends and we’ve grown together as a family so so so deeply, in a way I know we never would have if we had been in Utah all this time.

I am the poster child for moving away from your family, do it!!! It has changed my life, my perspective, my heart. I know now how strong I really am, how strong my marriage and family are, and the challenges of being independent I have loved so much. I will miss the boundaries we have established here and have a prayer in my heart as I move home that I can maintain my priorities, goals and my intentions. We are excited to be back  with our roots, to have cousins for our kids and to be around so many of the people that we love so much. I feel ultimately just really blessed that we have the flexibility to do what we want, that has been the greatest blessing 2016 has brought us.

I hope that this year has brought you miracles, blessings and love. I heard once that change is inevitable but progress is not. Believe that you can make progress in your life amidst all the changes. Thank you for reading our blog, for supporting our families, for being here all these years.

xo

J

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