Kids Can Decorate, too!

 

 

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By Nicole:

We have gotten really into watercolor at my house, and I get CRAZY about my kids getting in the way when I’m working on a project. Then you know how it goes, mom guilt kicks in and I realize I’m being selfish. SO, I figured i’d give them a shot at some pretty water color work for the walls. Turns out, it was my very favorite piece EVER so I mounted in front and center in the living room. Here is how I (sort of) controlled the project so it didnt get out of hand, and enter up a 3 & 5 year old masterpiece.

kid-art4First, I mixed the colors myself. As I’m sure you know from experience, if you let the kids do that part, you’ll get a bunch of blacks and browns. Yuck.

Then, I blocked out the areas of the water color paper that I wanted to remain white. I gave them brushes for each color, and a couple glasses of clean water, and let them go at it.

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I LOVE what they came up with, and they are beyond proud that their work is framed in the center of our home. An idea that could top it right off it letting them sign their names in the bottom corner. Monet in the making.

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Family Chores with Cottonelle

By Nicole:

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When Cottonelle reached out with the chance to talk about organization and team work in the home, we jumped on the opportunity. First, because of course we love the brand. Isn’t it the truth that some toilet paper brands REALLY are better than others? YES. Take it from us moms that wipe little bums for a living (wink. but sort of not wink)

In my house, chores haven’t necessarily been implemented quite yet. Dash is 5 and Sunny is 3 and the only way I can get the dudes to help me is with a bribe. Well, I’m running out of treats in my candy drawer, and ready for them to start ENJOYING house work. However there are very few jobs their little hands, and short attention spans can handle.

 

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We bust through rolls of toilet paper so fast with 3 of us, plus constant family, friends and guests, runny noses, spills ect. Keeping up on keeping the bathrooms stocked with toilet paper is a simple job, but the last thing on my mind when I’m picking play dough out of the carpet and gum out of Sunny’s hair. I took this opportunity to give Dash his first designated household chore. To check in on each bathroom, once in the morning and once in the evening, to be sure the toilet paper roll is full, and when it is starting to get low, to grab another off the shelf in the storage and set on back of the toilet for when it runs out completely. We don’t want to leave Grandpa in there stranded, right?

 

 

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Dash has really amplified this simple, yet crucial chore. He sees its importance, it give him the responsibly, he feels accomplished and proud of himself, and can easily reach up on the shelf and run a new roll into the bathroom. When we get home from the grocery store with a new package of toilet paper rolls, he takes it from the trunk to the storage shelf, and piles them on up. He knows when we are running low, and reminds me to hit the toilet paper aisle at the grocery store. Dash had because the man of the house with this new MEGA (roll) responsibly. Im so proud of him, I feel one less things I need to worry about, which makes me a happy woman. Now I’ve got to figure out how to stop Sunny from arguing over who gets to replenish the rolls. I need more bathrooms.

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Happy Labor Day!

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Happy Labor Day! We are grateful to be resting from our jobs today and enjoying our families and hope you’re able to do the same.

We will be back tomorrow!

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As usual our end of week tradition is here! This month one of our favorite coupon sites, Groupon is featuring us on their homepage! We were so flattered to hear this and to celebrate we wanted to incorporate a couple of our favorite Groupon deals into our ritual post. Things we’re using and loving and best of all, saving money on!

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WEARING: I’ve been heavily addicted to Anthropologie dresses. Yes they’re more expensive than a regular dress but they’re SUCH good quality that stand the test of time! These ones are also (of course) nursing friendly. I wore them to a weekend away with Orbit (more on that later) and got so many compliments! Blush Peasant Dress //  Shirt Dress // Also have you seen Lularoe? They make some of my favorite basics and fun bold patterned dresses. Love their company and what they represent….also I’m obsessed with the Irma top.

READING: My friend Bri recommended this book and now I’m obsessed with the work of  parenting expert Janet Lansbury. I’m listening to her Podcasts, following on Facebook and reading all her books….can you be a super fan of a parenting book author…because I am! I love her philosophy and have already reaped so many benefits from using her techniques.
LISTENING: To my aching neck from all the desk work lately and getting myself a massage. There’s close to a million super inexpensive options here.
ANTICIPATING: SOOOO MUCH! I have so many exciting projects in the works and upcoming traveling I feel like I need 12 of me, but I’m really excited for all I have in store!
DECORATING: How many rugs can one person purchase? Currently looking for space for this one.
WATCHING: I feel like all my shows are coming to a close and I’m PANICKING. Help me…what should I be folding laundry to?
FEELING: Late to the party. Snapchat guys? I’m obsessed. I’m SO ANNOYING ON IT, but also I don’t care and can’t help myself! Join me @jennaskitchen.

EMILY:

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WEARING: Snapchatted (@emilykframe) my outfit with these shoes yesterday and it was snapback central, glad you like ’em! They’re such a great deal at $45, but still awesome quality. I would’ve happily paid double. Love them with jeans or a dress and am really excited to put them with thick tights this Fall! They have three colors and I need them all!
READING: I’m sure you all already are reading, but I love Cup of Jo’s Motherhood Around the World series. The last one about Cuba and daily life as a parent in a communist country was so fascinating!
DOING: I’ve hinted at my latest work-out obsession and now several months in feel ready to share the good news (I was selfish before and I’m sorry.) It is for all levels, you can push yourself as hard as you want, and I have never sweat (actual drips) so much or had more fun in a work out! It’s called Crosskick and it’s a combination of Interval training and kick boxing. Yowza! There are two local gyms that have Groupons for a 5 class package for $36 and it includes gloves. If you’re looking for something to jumpstart your exercise regimen you will love this!
LISTENING: My boys latest request is 2 Heads by Coleman Hell. It’s a catchy little ditty, yeah I said it.
WATCHING: Project Runway! I have been dedicated since season 1, and this season is chock full of nutcases, it’s a good time! Also I’d like to know what foundation Zac Posen is using because he is positively porcelain.
FEELING: I was feeling so defeated that every school morning was going to be a stress ball of chaos and nothing but yelling at my kids to hurry or we’re going to be late. We finally had a peaceful morning yesterday and today and I’m sure they’re grateful, too. Any tips for continued calm mornings?

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WEARING: I fell for this foundation a couple years ago when my friend introduced me. “It’s like putting silk on your face” she said. And what better way to start your day? It’s so light with the perfect amount of coverage. I have freckles, and don’t want to hide them completely, but still want to even out my skin tones. This is the perfect fit for me, and I think you’d love it too. // Loving the wave of throwback sneakers making there way back into fashion these last few years. I started with a love for my white converse, and then wanted something fresh. So I ripped of my 5 year old Dash’s look and bough some Adidas. The Sambas are my jam today, but next week I’ve got more Adidas love coming your way.
READING: We are big collectors of any books illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, and currently are anticipating the release of his newest Imaginary Fred! Pre order available now! We can’t wait!

FEELING: Did you know that Groupon lists deals from around the web each day? So nice to go to one place and get informed. That’s how I found this Asos dress, more than half off! Heart eye emojis for them saving me so much time!

Thanks again Groupon, we love you! And we love YOU, hope you have a great weekend and as always all our love for your support and reading Small Fry.

case for the waist

By Emily.

I was getting dressed one day this Summer and realized how many tops I had accumulated that were just a little too cropped after laundering. Where I would have to tug and pull and not life my arms for any reason or my stomach was out. That alone was reason enough to find a everyday high-waisted denim. Something I could wear with any shoe and basically take over my standard skinny pair and work well with all these shrunken tops! highwaistH&M Dark // Black // Flare // Madewell // CofH Grey Distressed // Topshop

I have and love high waisted flares, but they have to be worn with big platforms, so not an everyday option for sure. Here’s what I’ve tried and loved! These start at $9.99 and go up to $200+ for beautiful designer quality. Three of my very favorite came from H&M if you’re looking for a place to start! And of course had to askmy jean-ius (womp womp) buddies over at Lunchpails & Lipstick who know designer denim back and forward — these are the pairs they suggest, too!

I am loving them with a tucked in blouse and blazer, such a perfect Fall combo and one I am excited to sport when the weather cools off!high waisted for FallJessica Alba // Who What Wear 2 & 3 //

Whether you’re tucking your top in and going for the full effect, or just letting the extra inches of length settle under your cropped blouse, the eye is drawn upward and it creates the illusion that you have legs for days. If you’re like me and have a sort of resting food baby, look for denim with “shaping” in the title for extra structure and hold! don’t know anyone that wouldn’t be down with that! Do you all have any high waisted favorites? Excited to keep on the hunt for the perfect pair.