Get Messy, Get Clean

We have such an amazing event to share with you locals, the perfect activity for your family’s upcoming weekend! “Get Messy, Get Clean” is sponsored by our favorite Made to Matter Brands at Target (we worked with Made to Matter all last year and love it all!)

This free kids event is all day Saturday July 11th from 10am-4pm at Electric Park in Thanksgiving Point.Get Messy, Get CleanHere’s just a few of the free events and activities: painting pots, planting seeds, kids yoga, bubble activities, face painters, bounce houses, Monster Bubbles, dog demonstrations, puppies for adoption, coloring, soccer games and more! Of course food is a priority for us and some of our favorite food trucks will be on hand for us to buy lunch. The event is all about giving us new ideas for how to stay active and eat healthier.Get Messy, Get Clean

Free samples and giveaways offered from the sponsors like Ecoscraps, Mrs. Myers, Paddy’s Bathroom, Freshpet, Justin’s, Ella’s Kitchen, Senda, Angies Boom-Chickapop, KIND, Hyland’s, Annie’s, Yes To. Just use the #getmessygetclean and #madetomatter hashes to enter via social media.

Nicole and Emily will be there with our families and hope to see you locals, be sure to say hi if you stop by!!

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beautiful imperfections

Sometimes a company sends you a product and sometimes they spark a real conversation. We are always so happy to work on posts that speak to a deeper level in our eyes and for the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING SHEER HYDRATION LOTION campaign is definitely one of those. Today they asked us to think about our own beautiful imperfections and share them with you all. To get real, so to speak and challenge ourselves to make a positive change and a step toward greater self-love. Here’s what we shared within our team and wanted to share with you!Aveeno

NICOLE: Like most women, there are countless things about my appearance I would change. My hair is too thin, I’m not tall enough, I need to lose a few pounds, my smile could be whiter, I have too many freckles, the list goes on and on.

I’ve spent much too much time thinking about how to change these things. How to perfect myself and become everything the world tells me I should be. Plastic surgeries, teeth whiteners, extensions have all crossed my mind, and some even became realities. But I learned the reality is perfection is unattainable.

But guess what? I found a better option. I started to surround myself with PEOPLE that made me feel beautiful. People that made me feel perfectly fine, and even incredible, just the way I am. People who admire and celebrate my imperfections. And even love me more for them. Creating distance between or eliminating altogether the things, activities, shows, magazines and people that made me feel like I needed to be skinnier, taller, have perkier boobs, or tanner skin. And reined in closer to those who love Nicole, and help Nicole feel strong, confident and beautiful.

Let’s all do this, or become the people who make those we know and love feel their very, very most beautiful. Every woman, man and child deserve to love who they are. Let’s make it happen.

AveenoHere is a clear view of the DAILY MOISTURIZING SHEER HYDRATION LOTION!   It’s the silkiest lotion we’ve ever used and actually does moisturize all day. We all love that its fragrance free, whether it be in our efforts to use less products with less chemicals or simply so it doesn’t compete with our favorite perfume.

JENNA: My sister-in-law and I were talking the other night about how my niece in the first grade goes to school worried about her hair, her clothes and fitting in. It broke my heart to think that at six years old this sweet girl is already beginning her journey of worrying about how others view her. At now 30 years old I also still cling to those thoughts although I’m proud to say I’ve mostly broken free but it hasn’t been easy and it has taken much work. Looking tonight at my baby girl I just felt so sad. I want her to always know how magnificent and perfect she is and yet I know she won’t. I know she will have many days of self-doubt and criticism and many days where she will wish she was different. So I’m vowing to her that I’ll do better to more fully love my own self in order for her to be empowered to do the same.
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EMILY:

Don’t believe everything you think. This is what I am affirming to myself, and focusing on to improve my own self-concept. I have a rapid inner monologue. The wheels are constantly turning. Wondering, analyzing, replaying, planning, worrying and in the throes of all these things, negative thoughts creep in. In my desire for self-awareness, I am often questioning myself, in a small way I am standing on trial, I am the jury, the judge, the prosecution. But you know what is missing a lot of the time? The defense. When those negative thoughts fight their way in, I am making it a point to come to my own defense. I know my heart, I know my intention, I know my dreams and goals.

When all is said and done, just because the thought found its way in doesn’t make it true or real or right. Instead of letting it bounce around up there, I am just going to let it roll off. What could be better in our quest for loving ourselves good and bad then starting from the inside out?

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We’d love to hear if this AVEENO® challenge sparks any desire to follow their lead! What are you going to do today to find beauty in your imperfections?

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Aveeno through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While we were compensated to write a post about Aveeno all opinions are our own!

small fry x baby bling bows

We’re really excited to share a little collection we put together with our friends at Baby Bling Bows! With Lolly’s arrival our eyes have been opened to a whole world of possibilities and teaming up with a brand that has been a Lolly favorite since birth was a perfect fit! Check it out:

This Small Fry collection is the perfect starter kit for any baby girl! It comes with these three bows, and like all good things, this is a limited release and won’t be available forever! Right now we’re teaming up with Baby Bling Bows to offer $5.00 off the retail price ($35.00) all month long! Use code “smallfry5”

Small Fry x Baby Bling BowsBefore we talk about the styling details of each, one thing that we love about Baby Bling Bows is the material they use. It’s lightweight enough that your baby girl can comfortably wear it all year long.Small Fry x Baby Bling BowsIt is super soft, and perfectly stretchy, too! The material grips and stays in place but doesn’t constrict or leave marks.Small Fry x Baby Bling BowsNow for some styling details! First up, you’ll received the Navy Dot Sailor. With a sweet white swiss dot pattern this one is such a classic with a little twist.Small Fry x Baby Bling BowsNext up the Small Fry collection includes the perfect standard: the Grey Twist. Goes with virtually everything and should be in every girl’s closet! Small Fry x Baby Bling BowsAnd lastly the Peach Knot headband, a classic knotted bow in this light blushy peach. We love this collection and can’t wait to gift it to all our expecting friends! Check it as well as the rest of the Baby Bling Bows family right here. And of course more of our darling models:Small Fry x Baby Bling Bows Small Fry x Baby Bling BowsSmall Fry x Baby Bling BowsSmall Fry x Baby Bling Bows Small Fry x Baby Bling BowsDon’t forget the $5 off coupon code “smallfry5”! Redeem here.

 

Small Fry Films: Theme Park Adventure with Ergo!

by Jenna:

For the second video in our series with Ergo we knew we had to show you how the organic cotton carrier is the VIP at one of our favorite family spot’s, Disneyland. I love the breathability of this carrier as we walk through hot days at the park. It’s so comfortable, easy and Lolly girl LOVES to sleep cozy in it.

This video seems like yesterday but she’s so much bigger now, I am so grateful to Jenner for capturing this special time in our lives.

As you can see from the video our favorite thing to do at Disney is….eat! Here are some of our family favorite’s:

1. Dole Whip from the Tiki Room — trick is to go around the back of the line where there is patio seating and get yours there. People don’t know they can purchase on the other side and it’s usually half the wait.

2. Corn Dog from the Little Red Wagon — to the right of the end of Main Street is the cart where all your dreams come true. Usually a corn dog feeds several of the family and comes with chips and a heart attack too! Worth it.

3. Gumbo Bread Bowl at the Royal Street Veranda — this is good on a chillier day or for brunch. What I love is it’s the most filling lunch money can buy at the most expensive place on earth :)

4. Jalapeno & Cream Cheese Pretzel — these are sold all over the park and are d i v i n e. The Cinnamon Sugar one is also on point…you really can’t go wrong with a pretzel stuffed with cream cheese.

5. Apple Freeze at the Cozy Cone Motel — in Cars Land follow the big orange cones and get yourself an Apple Freeze and maybe anything else on the menu. So so so good!

See our first video in this partnership here.

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quick zip sheets

Between today and yesterday’s posts we are feeling on top of the world! Finding products that fill a need, or solve a problem, or make our lives easier is always exciting, even all these years later. Ready for the next game changer? Quick Zip Sheets! They have created fitted sheets for beds and cribs where all you have to do to remove and launder a sheet is one quick zip. If you have bedwetter, or are just tired of the absolute struggle that is removing and replacing a fitted sheet, this is for you!
Quick Zip SheetsNothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night with news that you need to change a sheet. That bleary eyed movement always leaves us wide awake after and totally disgruntled. With the Quick Zip Sheet you seriously just unzip it and toss it into the laundry. The zipper goes around the edge of the sheet with a nice hemmed flap to cover it, no chance of irritating the skin.IMG_9002 The crib sheets are especially helpful, thinking back to how many times we changed sheets from a blow out or spit-up. This one is a must have addition to everyone’s baby registry or shower gift line-up! If you’re wondering where you can buy these brilliant sheets, they’re on Amazon online, and you can check by zip code here!

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