FRYday

Happy weekend everyone! We are extra excited because both Nicole and Emily are heading down to California and the Small Fry fam will be together again at last. We’ll be sure to share the fun but face time is always the best and vital for our work morale. Who are we kidding, we’re besties and what other reason is there?
NICOLE:nic
Wearing: ALERT! Karen Walker’s are finally at Nordstrom. They’ve been hard to track down where we live so yay! Love these. // Also soaking up my last few skiing days. It was so hot yesterday I had to shed my layers and just wear this vest!
Contemplating: Permanent makeup brows! I know, I’m shocked too!! But her work is incredible. Have any of you tried it? Check out her instagram at @allure.artistry or her site.
Anticipating: LDS General Conference. It’s literally my favorite holiday!
Reading: ANOTHER new coffee table book! Can’t be stopped!
JENNA:

frydayWearing: I am obsessed with really easy dresses that make it simple for me to function as a Mom but also feel put together. I’ve found a couple that fit the bill. When I am buying a dress like this they may be a little bit more expensive but I consider then a staple in my close that will last forever. This T-Shirt dress is soft, cozy and so flattering. It’s seriously the BEST summer dress. // Look no further because I have found the BEST summer sandal and for $22! Target come THROUGH! Love these so much. You can dress them up or down and they’re SO comfortable.

Decorating: I’ve been loving working on my mantle for spring! Of course everything is pretty much from Target! This wood vase has been so good to me and transitions through every season. This egg and these. Super cool too but when you use the code HOMESTYLE you get 10% off!
Feeling:  A lot! Ha! I love these moments we get on our Fryday’s to sit and reflect on our week because so much can change in a week. One week I can feel totally in control and high on life and the next week I’m like ALL THE THINGS ARE WRONG! Trying to gain control of a very busy life and looking forward to a happy positive week ahead! And a weekend spent with my SF babes who are coming to town!
Eating: Clean. It’s horrible. But I started BBG with the “Sweat” app and I feel the old motivated Jenna coming back and that’s super exciting!

Working It Out: I’ve recently purchased this awesome work out bundle. I’m trying to work out more at home and it’s super awesome, convenient but still freaking hard. I love that it uses resistance and your own body weight to really give you a killer workout. There’s tons of cool tips on the site and it’s a cool little startup so an incredible company to support.

EMILY:Em Fry

Wearing: I swore off the resurgence of overalls when they started popping up a few years ago. But I don’t know why the pregnant belly has me reconsidering. I am bringing these on our trip and am still not sure, but I know they’re friggin’ comfortable. I’ll be sure to post and we can all chuckle together. H&M is proving to run a size bigger than everywhere else for me, so maybe size up? Also BEST news, they finally started accepting onli
ne returns in the store. Welcome to 2016 H&M!

Thrilled About: Another hilarious pregnancy purchase, the HOLO! You gotta say it like “Hoooo-Loooo” Yolo-style. All I want for my last few months of pregnancy is to just lay on my stomach. I am so looking forward to soaking in the pool in this baby. You literally stick your belly into the hole and lay down. Genius invention!

Reading: Heading out on a road trip and I need a good audio book! I feel like there’s an art to a good audio book and want recommendations! Any ideas to keep both me and my husband entertained? This list looks promising!

Listening: You guys are always so nice about my music picks. Love it! For those who asked I try and keep this playlist updated with favorites — follow along if you’d like! Loving Flume and a couple by Chet Faker this week!

Feeling: My siblings (well 4 of the 6) are finally kicking off our hopeful tradition of a sibling and cousin trip this week! We’re meeting at the beach and Disneyland (don’t tell my kids, last thing I need is the incessant when are we going to Disney questions) and I am so excited! My parents divorced when most of us were adults and trying to reconfigure how are family works without two parents that speak to one another 😉 at the head has been a learning experience for sure. We’re all taking charge and it should be fun!

 

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Munchkin Latch Bottle!

By Jenna:

By the time I got to my third child I thought, oh it’s fine I’ve got THIS. In came Lolly who broke all the rules, one of which was NOT being a bottle baby!! She ONLY liked to nurse and it was such a difficult experience as I could never feel comfortable being away for longer than 2 hours! Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.10 PMIn came Munchkin’s Latch Bottle. Guys I tried every SINGLE bottle. And while this is a sponsored post – the only reason we took it on is because I can 100% tell you from first-hand experience that this was the only bottle Lolly would take! Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.20 PMMunchkin designed the Latch bottle to help babies transition back and forth from breast to bottle with ease. The nipple is an accordion style that helps reach back to the baby’s palate thus creating a correct latch. Awesome stuff.Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.29 PMNow that Lolly isn’t breastfeeding it’s been tough to keep her full of liquids. Finally after a couple weeks I decided to try this bottle again and here we go she’s drinking almond milk like a champ! Why didn’t I think of it before?!Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.38 PMBut of course she’s STILL  a diva and won’t hold it herself…oh girls. 😉Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.47 PMI really do miss breastfeeding and the fun accessories that come with it but 13 months was long enough for us. Lolly was SO whiny and upset every time she would see me and she’s just become such a happier baby since we weaned! I loved the place breastfeeding held for us but we still have beautiful bonding moments while I’m bottle feeding – it feels much the same to me! Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.53 PMMaybe one of the best features of the Munchkin Latch Bottle is it’s affordability, but right now the deal just got sweeter. Until March 12th you can get these bottles 15% off using this link on Target’s cartwheel app! This is a great gift to stock up on for showers or even for future babies in your life!

Photo Credit // Morgan Pansing

minted!

We’re long admirers of Minted and so excited to share a few pieces we were gifted by them recently! There are so many amazing ways to acquire art, but we love their vast collection and representation of so much emerging talent. We’ll be sharing all of our picks over the next month or so, first up are Nicole’s picks!minted1 This print is by Melanie Severin – “Enliven.” I have loved creating my own abstract art this year, but when it’s your own you can’t help but point out mistakes or flaws, or even how you felt when you painted it. When it’s someone else’s piece I tend to just enjoy it as a whole so much more. I love the serene colors and that pop of coral, too!minted2 My last pick is “Lawless” by Jihye Back Kim. Another representation of what I spoke of above, but the movement always causes me to pause. I love that it goes anywhere in my house too so my constant shifting will always have a place for it. It might be hard to have every aesthetic element I love in a house with two zesty boys but art will always be one of them. I hope having a great collection will instill a love and respect for it, too!minted3To add that rustic calming touch, I chose this “All is Quiet” photograph by Jennie Kupelian.   Horses might have this effect on everyone, but every time I look at it I can’t help but breathe a little deeper. I wonder what he’s thinking and I love having it in my house!minted5 Find your next work of art at Minted! Their framing options are totally great and the collection is categorized to make it easy to track down a piece that suits your style and needs!minted6More of our homes here!

best of: easter eggs!

We’re back with our “Best Of” series, highlighting our favorite Holiday ideas from around the web. With Easter falling in March again this year we wanted to get a head start! Here’s some seriously amazing ideas we’ve spotted and pinned. Follow our boards here!8 Modern Easter Egg IdeasBrit Co.’s Fruit Series is incredible! Check all these ideas out. They map them out step by step here.Fruit and Veggie Easter Eggs

This series was created after the NYC Subway system, but we just love the graphic typography and pops of bright color! See how they did it here.Initial Easter Eggs

For those who love a good crisp line and can’t see to get it with tradition dyeing methods, this washi tape decorating is so genius!Washi Tape Eggs

Pantone Eggs – You know how much we love Pantone paint chips. (Remember our giant Pantone art here?) Such fresh and modern!Pantone easter eggs

This one is arrogantly from our own archives, but our kids loved it and we loved displaying them! Never run out, re-do a million times, the favorite: Chalkboard Eggs.Chalkboard EggsWe love all these clever sayings for your eggs from Lovely Indeed! So cute!Typography EggsThe Queen of the Emoji, Kelly of Studio DIY slayed this one!Emoji Easter Eggs

This one is so pretty! Gold leaf marbling from She Knows!Gold Marbling Egg

Find more of Small Fry’s Easter Archives here!

DIY ideas: A Miffy Easter Egg Hunt Tote, Sweet Bunny Onesie, and bunnifying your sneakers!

For your parties: Our Annual Brunch Year One, Two, Three and Four. Printable Games, Mask Ideas,

Our Favorite Swaddles!

The way to dress up a baby these days is a gorgeous blanket. The perfect and multi functional accessory in our ways! See some of our favorites we’ve rounded up for you today!swaddle1 // Little Lotus — We absolutely LOVE what these swaddles stand for. The Little Lotus products use a special fabric that was first developed for NASA spacesuits. It keeps babies at the ideal temperature by drawing away excess heat when babies get too warm, and releasing it when they start to cool down. Fewer temperature fluctuations enable your baby to stay more comfortable, helping them to rest better. Their temperature regulating fabric is safe for your baby to use, and feels soft and luxurious to the touch. For every Little Lotus product purchased, a preterm infant in a developing country will be saved with an Embrace infant warmer.

2 // Lou Lou and Company — This Utah local company has hit it big with their darling and unique prints on the super soft (and large) swaddle blanket. From bows to blankets their taste is impeccable.

3 // Two Tykes — We adore this Australian owned brand and all their flawless prints on certified organic muslin, it’s seriously like rolling your baby in butter!

4 // aden + anais — You MUST own these as part of your swaddle arsenal – it’s a total necessity. All white is best and we love having these for every day use, your new born shoot etc…!

5 // Little Unicorn — We’ve never had a chance to try these swaddles but by the looks of it online THEY’RE A HIT. The prints are stunning, versatile and look sooooo soft.