Fryday: Jenna

Happy Fryday! Can’t believe another week has flown by. I’m feeling summer slipping through my finger tips and I’m not ready to part with it just yet!

This week for my Fryday I wanted to highlight a few of the Moms around the web that I’m admiring lately. There are SO many wonderful women online and here are some you should get to know (if you don’t already!)

First UP:

Anna // In Honor of Design

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This Mother of 3 is as you can see fun, creative & a beauty. I love reading her blog about design, family, travel, recipes, you name it. She has a beautiful and honest space where she shares openly with her readers. We’ve never met but I think if we did we’d be great friends.

Mandi // Vintage Revivals

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Read Mandi’s blog for five seconds & you can’t help but fall instantly in love with her. This mom of two is as she says, FEARLESS when it comes to DIY, but as her personal friend I know her as fearless in just about any area of her life. She’s courageous, brave, honest, kind and craaaaazy talented.

Casey // The Wiegands

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Casey is a mamma to three and her blog is like one huge beating heart. She puts her whole soul in to it & is an incredible writer. I connect with her on a lot of ways but especially when she writes about her pregnancy losses. It’s the way I wish I could give words to mine. She’s talented, gracious, beautiful and loving. There is always something to gain from her words.

There are a so many more women I could highlight but I’ll stop there…whose blog are you reading these days and why?

xo -J

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Our friends at Arvo (see how we styled their awesome watches here) are putting on a Dare to Care 5K for the local Granite School District August 2nd. This district shows that 63% of their students are below poverty line and can’t afford to buy school supplies. All proceeds to this race go to the Granite Education Foundation and it is such a worthy cause!

Dare 2 Care 5KRegister here for the race here and use “Dare2Care” to get $5 off your registration fee! Make sure you pre-register to ensure you get your t-shirt! Also local vendors who might want to sponsor or donate to the race, or for those who simply want to make a donation to the foundation email info@arvowear.com!

hanna andersson

Thursday Threads is back with our favorites from Hannah Andersson! This brand is one of our favorites for so many reasons, but number one being they are so long-wearing! You can pass their pieces down to the next siblings in line and they look as good as the first wear. We also love their dedication to soft wearing items, where seams, and collars, and waistbands are made with comfort in mind, we’ve seen comfort become secondary with lots of brands, but not Hanna! Here are our favorites from their new line!

For GIRLS:

Bright easy pieces that mix and match and are easily layered for transition from Summer to Fall! Just throw on knit tights or leggings and a jacket and all of these items last all year!

hannah2For BABY:

Perhaps our favorite items to buy from Hanna Andersson are the pajamas, so soft and so classic, they feel classic wear and year after wear and year. We love the kimono style wrap onesies too which add a little extra warmth and comfort than the typical front snappers!hannah3

and BOYS:

How fun are all these pieces?! So bright and fun and again, interchangeable for lots of different outfits out of only a few pieces!hannah1Check out Hanna Andersson’s complete line here! And Happy Pioneer Day to our fellow Utahans!

 

 

one happy announcement!

This post is brought to you by Bump Nest, only the best pillow to enter our lives, ever. Save $10 off your purchase using “SMALLFRY10″!

When we were approached this time last year by Bump Nest to work together we were all a little unsure of how it would work! When you aren’t expecting a baby, reviewing products like this can feel audacious a bit so we put them off for a whole year! Well aren’t we so lucky that now we can boldly give the Bump Nest a whirl, because Jenna is (finally!) expecting! As framilyness (a conglomeration of friends, family, and business partners, please send help with a better word for these relationships!) we have shared in Jenna’s heartbreak, patience and impatience, frustrations and joys and we are so thrilled as a team for this little one on the way! So without further ado, here is Jenna’s review of the amazing Bump Nest!Bump Nest Pregnancy Pillow

Our family is so overjoyed and blessed to be expecting our third baby in January!! As many of you know it’s been a long road for us (catch up here) and on that road I’ve met or connected with many of you struggling with infertility and loss. I know pregnancy announcements always got me feeling sorry for myself, not because I would ever wish loss or infertility on anyone else, but just because it’s a reminder if what I’m missing out on! I feel every bit of your pain and frustration and I’ve been in those dark moments of sadness and longing. I’m praying for you each day that you can find blessings and peace in your own journey and hope that you might follow along in mine.

My boys are getting SO excited and every time I go to the doctor they ask if I’m going to get the baby. I wish it was that easy!! It’s been a really rough pregnancy for me physically, but the other day when I finally got my hands (and legs and full body) on a Bump Nest I felt my world stop. Everyone needs this thing pregnant or not! I love the support it offers my neck and shoulders, and the how soft it is. The fabric is like the most soft flannel and there aren’t any seams or zippers where it counts so it’s really like sleeping in a cloud. Even better is it’s really not that wide, so I don’t feel like I’m exiling my man to the corner of the bed.

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Bump Nest was so generous to send us all one to try, and we are now kicking ourselves because as Jenna said this pillow is so incredible, and now we’re all cuddling up with these heavenly things every night, even though two of us are definitely not pregnant. We could’ve been sleeping in a cloud everyday for a whole year! We have been so excited to share this pillow with you, knowing how much we love it, we know you will LOVE it too! This pillow is made to relieve pregnancy discomforts and more severe problems like Sciatica, Restless Leg Syndrome, lower back pain, and Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction – which is when your joints in your hips, legs, and pelvis start to loosen and move. Basically your bottom half feels like jello and the waddle becomes unavoidable. So fun! ;)

Bump Nest is so generous to offer $10 off your purchase now until August 31st! Just use “SMALLFRY10″ at check-out! We’ll be stocking up ourselves, this should be given to every expectant mother!

And of course another huge congratulations to Jenna, we’re so excited for you!

Rethink, Restock

We’re back with our second assignment for the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target six week challenge! For this week, Target sent us into their store to stock on options that are a little better for us. We all made picks based on our goals we made last week (see the post here!) and using the Made to Matter section made it all such a breeze.

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Jenna who is our resident label translator found so many awesome options to incorporate to help us reach our goals all day long! We snagged something for every meal and in between. Here are some of our favorites for breakfast: Simply Balanced cage free organic eggs, topped with Horizon shredded cheese and Simply Balanced’s flavorful chicken sausage. For lunch: Evol quesadillas and a Plum Super Smoothie.

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For a quick dinner: Whole wheat pasta and organic pasta sauce. And for snacks we can stash in the car for on the go we found freeze-dried peaches, Blue corn chips, our boys’ favorite, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Clif Bars and Vita Coco Very Cherry Berry Coconut water.

Rethink, Restock | Made to Matter ChallengeWe found so many wonderful boxed and prepackaged options to go along with our regular fresh favorites. With items that are free of dyes, artificial flavoring, made with whole grain, Non GMO and so many things that we have come to look for as parents, really just check out this haul!

The next part of the challenge was a bigger job for some of us (cough Emily and Nicole) as we exchanged our favorite guilty snacks for these wonderful new options!

Rethink, Restock | Made to Matter ChallengeLoading up our pantries felt like a fresh new start full of possibilities!Rethink, Restock | Made to Matter Challenge

Rethink, Restock | Made to Matter ChallengeThe next few weeks we’ll be continuing this challenge with our friends at Target and individually taking on our personal goals! Check back each Monday to see how we are coming along! So far everything is going deliciously.

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Also, Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target offering an amazing limited time only coupon for $5 off $20 spent, access the coupon here!

Jenna’s photos by Eva Snider!

This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.

MVPs of summer

Today’s post a is a reader request, we love getting these! We can’t believe Summer will be over this time next month, but we’re certain we’ll get lots of mileage out of all of these things! Picks for kids and for moms, coming right up! What would you add to these lists?

KIDDOS:

your must haves for summer

1. Jenna: My kids hardly get burnt, I am super diligent about sunscreen, but occasionally they get a little too much exposure. That can happen after 8 hours at the pool and park right?! This Sun Bum Cool Down is incredible. It instantly soothes their skin, cools them down and heals them almost instantly.

2. Jenna: We’ve loved these Nate Berkus for Target beach towels this Summer. No one likes a wimpy towel after getting out of the pool, not even my kiddos! It’s enormous and middle weight so it soaks up the water, gets them dry and keeps them cozy. It’s also great for laying out on the sidewalk and eating snacks and laying out on.

3. Nicole: Sometimes when the pool seems like too much work, I pull out this Melissa & Doug Sprinkler. My kids love and it and run through it for hours!

4. Emily: I have a few of these that I just keep in my trunk. They’re so great for virtually anything, a picnic, reserving seats at a parade, keeping clothes dry at the park when the grass is a little damp, or even putting down on my seat before soaking wet kids pile into the car. Ikea for the win!

5. Jenna: We’ve never owned floaties, I know that’s crazy, but generally I just like to be in the water with my kids. This Summer, I wasn’t feeling great so this Puddle Jumper quickly became a really great option for my two year old. I couldn’t believe how brave they made him! He’s since transitioned away from them, but they gave him such courage in the water and gave me that much needed peace of mind.

6. Emily: This is an age-old family secret, so it’s a big deal that I’m sharing it here! We all swear by Bull Frog  sunscreen. I have never had even the slightest sunburn after applying it! It is an absolute must for long days at Lake Powell, or the beach where the sun is extra brutal.

7. Nicole: Saltwaters! Aren’t they everyone’s summer staple? My kids never complain about discomfort like they do in all other sandals and they can get wet, no stress.

8. Emily: Hayes hit the age where he can finally handle flip-flops without the little elastic strap on his ankle. It has given us another layer of freedom this Summer! He slides them on and off no problem and having one less kid to wrestle into shoes when we’re in a rush is so great! I love Havaianas because the rubber is super soft as oppose to the cheap favorites (don’t worry we have a bunch of those too!) so they are extra comfortable.

9. Nicole: Kids size Nalgene! This is the FIRST summer my kids will drink water for me. And they drink it all day. Makes me feel a lot better about this 100 degree weather they play in! This sippy lid is great for them to handle without spills!

FOR MOMS:your must haves for summer

1. Nicole: CeraVe 50 SPF for faces is my number one pick because I’m obsessed with keeping the sun off my face! Now that I’m older and seeing the damage from all those years laying out, this is a must!

2. Jenna: My girlfriend Kayti gifted me this MAC lipstick in the color ‘Flamingo’ and it is my Summer jam! It’s the perfect punch of color. I don’t wear makeup to the pool but have this on hand for after — it’s killer with a Summer glow.

3 & 9. Nicole: Loose fitting pants have been a great addition to my Summer wardrobe! Jeans are too hot and sometimes skirts and dresses aren’t the best option! Both options Via JCrew and 40% off with “SALEFUN.”  Black Stripe // Blue Stripe

4. Emily: I am such a dry shampoo fan year ’round, but Alterna’s Coconut Mango smells so amazing, and just like a perfectly messy post-pool ‘do should in the Summertime!

5. Jenna: This Kevin Murphy Resort Spray stuff is a dream! And virtually the only hair product I’ve used this summer. I let my hair air dry, flip it upside down, spray this in and I get natural beachy waves, and my hair doesn’t have any curl to begin with! It’s fantastic and even smells like Summer. (See Jenna’s full hair tutorial here!)

6. Nicole: Moroccan Oil is another must for me in these extra dry desert Summer months. My hair is dry as a bone and this gives moisture without feeling greasy!

7. Emily: This Baby Lips in Peach Kiss has quickly become my favorite “nude” color for everyday use. I have more expensive versions that wear longer, but I love this for a quick dash of color. It looks so great with a Summer tan!

8. Emily: A good cover-up has been harder to find for me this year, and this Gap one definitely made the list! It is easily pulled-on and has pockets!

10. Jenna: These Old Navy sandals have been a staple for me this Summer. They go with me to the pool, chasing my kids and out with friends. The gold shimmering in the sun is my favorite, and the price is right!

Add your must-haves below!