Erbaviva

By Nicole:

Hi everyone! I try not to hop on Small Fry and get super personal, but Erbaviva is a really good excuse to do so. SO here I am, in all my vulnerable glory.

February was a really fantastic month for me, and I want to tell you a little bit about why. As some of you know, I’m a single mother to sweet Dash and Sunny. I have been for about 2.5 years. Things are going really well for our little family. With Small Fry, family, friends and everything happening in our world, we feel extremely blessed. I have been dating and hoping to find a good match for me and the boys, but recently have been feeling really…exhausted. Dating is exhausting! Does anyone remember? Or, is anyone currently dating? The conversation, the time away from the kids, its just A LOT. After a recently short relationship I decided to give the NOT dating thing a shot. I called it my February Fast.

I spent the month doing all of the things I really love to do. First and foremost, time with my kids. And focusing on being a really good mom. Not just the sort of good mom that I have been, but a really, super, wonderful mother. The kids and I have done so much studying and praying and reading a coloring and adventuring. All the things we really love and need in our life.

Second, I re-found some of what used to be my favorite hobbies. Skiing, exercising, being outside, strengthening relationships around me, serving and just loving MY life again. The life that God gave me. The hand of cards I’ve been dealt. Rather than frantically dating to spring my life back to where I thought it should be.

Third, I started taking care of myself. Really well.ErbavivaOn top of going to the gym, and my regular nightly regimen, I’ve added some new products and some really wonderful baths. Yep. Baths. I love them and they just got a whole lot better.Erbaviva2Erbaviva is a line of Organic Personal Care that I got the opportunity to explore, right at the beginning of my February Fast. Timing couldnt have been better. Here are some of the products I used that I fell in love with for myself. (They have a whole line for mommies-to-be AND baby too, that I cannot wait to use someday. Ya know, after the fast is over and then comes love and marriage and the baby carriage.)Erbaviva3The Relax Bath Salt (and the whole relax line) and I are having a really intense love affair right now. First, the bottle is HUGE which is always so appreciated. To not run out after two baths, am I right? It smells like a bright and sunny piece of Heaven and my skin does too.

The Firming Salt creates a toning effect on the skin. I love to use this after the gym, just in case I didnt work out quite hard enough (which is always). Truthfully, I like to work out by sitting in the sauna.

The Shaping Oil stimulates blood circulation, so I use this as well, just after the tub and salt usage.

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I have really truly felt a transformation this month due to many things, but Erbaviva has been the cherry on top. I think I’ll keep this fast up for a few more months, as long as I can keep dating this perfect Farm to Bottle brand of luxury.

That Periscope thing!

Have you heard of Periscope? If you hear the word and your head spins and you’re thinking “NO NOT ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM.” We are with you! But here’s the thing…try it, we think you’ll like it! It’s such a cool place where some of your favorite people come at you LIVE! It’s super exciting, interactive and really fun. The best part is, if you are yourself, that’s the best thing to be! There’s no hiding behind filters or good angles…you’re just yourself, we love that about it.

You don’t any tools to help you get started – just have to download the app. But should you want some extra tools to make yourself all fancy here are the one’s Jenna (@jennaskitchen) recommends as the resident ‘scoper.scopeRing Light // I have loved this light. It’s super intense at first but it is GORGEOUS once you figure out how best to use it. I love to even put on my makeup with it, it’s so good.

Mini Ring Light // Looking for something a little less intense? Try this guy. Small, easy and cheap it will give you just enough light!

Cell Phone Tripod // At first I propped up my phone on books, mugs, children… whatever I could get my hands on but now that I bought this it’s THE BEST. Keeps the phone stabilized and adjustable depending on what you’re scoping about. I find that scoping while you’re holding the hand makes everybody watching you nauseous!

Phone Car Mount // I have yet to get this tool but it’s definitely a next purchase for me! Sometimes I want to periscope in the car (not while driving of course) and it would be nice to have this super easy gadget.

Also there are a lot of up and coming Periscopers so we thought we’d give you a list of our favorites, although there are many more! Have a favorite? Leave their handle in the comments we’d love to check them out!

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forest fort DIY

Pillowfort – the stellar line of kids furniture, decor and bedding – launched at Target a little over a week ago and we’re weak in the knees. Pillow fort for TargetWe can never get over good design for kids and seeing SO much of it all in one place like Target is almost too much to handle. So to celebrate, and because our boys are all about forts we knew we had to create a little reading tent for them. Pillow fort for TargetThere are so many themes to pick from this line but the Camp Kiddo line was our favorite for this DIY. Camping, woodland creatures and pine trees really called out to both the mamas and the boys. It’s a perfect fit for a tent fort reading nook and our Utah loving souls really dig the mountain motif! Here’s how you’ll do it:

Start with a sheet and rope, attach the rope at two ends of the room and drape the sheet over securing it in place on the floor in each of the four corners. Because everything was  so expertly curated for each room style we had so many great pieces to choose from that all felt like go perfectly in this space. Time to fill it up!Pillow fort for Target Pile up with cozy blankets like this amazing Bear Comforter (you gotta see it up close here!) and Forest Plush blanket. The cream base and graphic bold black pine trees totally speak to our design aesthetic and it’s the coziest blanket too, so everyone wins! Top it with cozy pillows and stuffed animals for extra snuggle-appeal. We love the bold initial pillows from the line, this darling fox pillow:Pillow fort for TargetThe stuffed bear is that same plush material as the throw and is a hot ticket around here. It can be tricky to find stuffed animals for boys that we love too. The bear and the alligator totally fit the bill! Everything is so soft but durable, just as children’s bedding decor needs to be. We also love that the Initial pillow will never be grown out of, its such a great piece that they could take it college, assuming we let them leave. 😉Pillow fort for Target Fill it with books to read and let the magic happen. Needless to say this space is the highest traffic area of the house lately.Pillow fort for Target

Here’s some of our other Pillowfort favorites! These are taken from all of the collections – mostly Modern Mirage and Tropical Treehouse – but love how each collection can be re-thought in new and fresh ways to create your own vibe! pillowfort

Tassel Throw Pillow // Zebra Head // Confetti Cool Comforter // Pineapple Throw // Midcentury Side Table // Cactus Throw //  Cloud Sheet Set // Wilid & Free Wall Hanging //

Sometimes we just want the answers before we tackle a new space, so seeing all of Pillowfort’s themes styled into rooms makes it so easy! Simply shop theme and get lots of great inspiration!

Lots of bold colors and animals to choose from with these boys’ rooms.

And we love all the color choices in these girls’ rooms. Certainly feminine, but not in an in your face way.

Slow claps for Pillowfort! Which room is your favorite?

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spring essentials

As Spring approaches, we are all experiencing a myriad of climates! Jenna has her heat waves in Southern California, Emily and Nicole are seeing snow, rain, sun, wind, and anything else mother nature can throw our way in Utah. Either way we’re ready to shed our Winter layers and get ready for something new. We picked our favorite transitional pieces on  Zappos and here’s what we’re loving!

NICOLE:

As soon as the snow melts I’m ready for Utah’s beautiful hikes again! My favorite outdoor brands have such amazing selectiions on Zappos and I am a notorious phone shopper so I always love using the Zappos app, and its one the of the few that is as easy to use as the desktop version.spring essentials

(Beanie // Backpack // Nike Pegasus // North Face Hoodie)

Even if the Valley is super warm the mountains always have that crisp cold air. Loving this hoodie and warm beanie as options to keep warm or shed into this Nike backpack.spring essentials It holds everything and is the sturdiest material so its great for getting a good hike beating. Also, my latest sneaker obsession. These have so much personality and I love to wear them whether or not I’m exercising.spring essentials If you need some local hike ideas, here is a post of our favorites! I’ve done all of these and each is amazing and doable with kids!spring essentials

EMILY:

It’s officially tradition – every Spring I scoop up a couple colors of Natives for my boys! spring essentials

(MARBLED // BLACK)

I’ve been putting them in Natives since before Hayes could walk. They’re the absolute best for warm weather. Super soft, no blisters, breathable and waterproof, and wearing them without socks is no prob, smell-wise. Cal still doesn’t love taking a pic, what can you do?spring essentialsThey come up with the coolest prints each season and the Jefferson is perfect for my boys’ narrow feet. Nothing makes me feel more hopeful for warm temps than seeing Natives delivered to my porch. (MARBLED // BLACK)spring essentialsFor my own picks I can’t help but grab a few trendy items each season to help bring my fairly basic wardrobe up to speed. I love that the tassel trend is carrying through this season and this neutral color sandal goes with EVERYTHING. Such a good deal, too! (Steve Madden Daryyn) I paired them with a floaty maternity top and raw edge denim. Raw edge denim and a straight leg “girlfriend” fit are also huge trends this Spring! Why not combine both? I cut my own in this high-low style. I figured I’ve seen high low tops and skirts, why not jeans, too? Spring EssentialsSandals are always on the top of my list when transitioning to Spring. I always grab Hayes a new pair of Havaianas for the pool (Cal wears his Natives in the water and isn’t a huge fan of the flip flop) and I might never take these Adidas Adilettes off. Perfect shoe for when you just can’t bend over one more time! The arch support is awesome too.spring essentials

JENNA:

Since there is no Spring in California we’re heading right on in to Summer! I love to get a couple really great dresses that I can function as Mom in but also keep me cool — Free People is always THE BEST at achieving that effortless style. I love the selection of FP that Zappos provides, they pick the best of the best and this dress is no exception. It truly is so gorgeous in person.

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Every Spring I like to buy a new pair of gold flip flops. They get worn over the year but I love to have a fresh new pair moving in to the summer season. These Yosi ones are flawless and so comfortable. Gold goes with everything so they are such a staple in my wardrobe.zappos4

And since I’m always running late I wear a watch, even to the pool! I love the way a good dress accessorized with a watch makes it loo like a very intentional look.

 

Mama Swim Amazon Style

Happy weekend everyone! We’re skipping the regular Fryday today – Emily and Nicole are in Las Vegas to celebrate Em’s 30th with friends! Heartbroken Jenna can’t make it, but regardless of state, we all have Summer on the brain. Here’s what we scooped up on our ol’ reliable, Amazon, for the trip!

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Seafolly makes some of our favorite swimmers and these are no exception. We love the higher neck trend especially: This diamond maillot suit is beyond slimming // Keyhole one piece // And Lululemon’s mesh one piece.

Perfect by-the-pool slides from Adidas – Amazon has the best selection of colors we’ve seen! Size up if you’re in the middle! Also, don’t forget a baseball cap, while we love a good straw hat, baseball hats are perfect and don’t get smooshed in the back by your pool lounger. (#firstworldproblems, right?)

Another great Amazon find are our favorite designer sunglasses. So much cheaper than other sites!! Prada // Karen Walker

Our favorite thick striped towels in every color of the rainbow, and one great straw bag to hold all the girls’ trip essentials.