Tag Archives: best tips

Stains 101

Our next stop with our amazing Maytag (remember the one that holds 22 towels?) washer and dryer is STAIN REMOVAL! Having a working knowledge of the best ways to get stains out of clothes makes us feel like superheroes. Like, we’re really doing this mom/adult thing, and we’re rocking at it. It helps to have the right tools on hand and here’s what we suggest for our STAINS 101!First, make sure your washer and dryer are doing the best work for your stain. This washer has our favorite options for stains, a deep-fill setting and a PowerWash® agitator. The deep-fill is … Read more

Easy Budgeting Tips

By Jenna, brought to you by Progressive. By now you’ve all heard our exciting news I hope! We will be moving back to Utah and building a home there!  Ever since we started saving for our house I’ve been trying to find new ways to budget. I’ve done the whole Dave Ramsey thing (you know, the no nonsense budgeting guru) that I love but just can’t see going as far as the cash envelope system. Maybe one day, but for now I’m sharing super easy and tangible tips you can apply to everyday decisions that aren’t overwhelming, or at least they … Read more

All I Want for Christmas

By Emily. Last Christmas I was pretty pregnant and in tears complaining to Russ about our mattress.  It was expensive and THE WORST. We had it for probably 8 years and it looked like the tetons with its sinking sides and peak in the middle. I was ready to get a new bed that very day, but my conservative spender husband said he’d only be okay with such a purchase if we researched all options. So we did! For a year we read, tested, asked around, saved up, when finally we decided! I thought any of you out there on the same … Read more

DIY Internet Safety

By Emily. Did you guys know that the average age of a boy (or girl’s) first exposure to inappropriate images or video online is now EIGHT!? Nearly always accidental, we’ve experienced this sad event even in the own walls of Small Fry. So have friends, and family, and each time it’s the same — awful. It springs up all kinds of tears and questions that are of course so important to talk about, but my goal with today’s post is to help that conversation be on OUR terms and timeline. Photo by Christophe Vendel  So, here’s FIVE easy ways you can … Read more

Healthy Snack Prep

By Nicole, brought to you by Maytag. All opinions are my own! Of course with a new year upon us, I have been thinking of plans, goals, and ways to better my little family’s life! You all know me as the unheatlhy Small Fry, and I am totally in on that joke! I LOVE a good snack food, gas station fare is among the best out there. You’ll find me in bed with a bag of chips, but of course healthy eating is on my mind, too. Especially for my kids! So, this upcoming year I wanted to come up … Read more

Give Please A Chance: Please Jar

By Nicole, this post is sponsored by Jimmy Patterson Books. My kids are visual learners. If there isn’t something in their face, hands and mouth, it’s hard for them to grasp what is trying to be taught. With Christmas coming, they seem to be getting a slightly more demanding, naturally, but it isn’t welcome. Give please a chance came in the mail just as we started our Please and Thank you Jar. Dash and Sunny each have their own jar and their own pile of felt balls. When they go out of their way to say please, thank you, or … Read more

What’s In My Camera Bag

By Nicole brought to you by Focus Camera, where I get all my camera supplies! When I was 18, my first friend was getting married. I picked up my Nikon film camera and went to work to cut costs for her. It went beautifully and I fell in love with wedding photography. I spent the next 12 years shooting almost every weekend. What started out as favors for friends and family turned into my career. I transitioned from film to digital work in 2005. I always prefer the look of the grains of film over the pixels of digital, but … Read more

Laundry Schedule

This post is brought to you by Maytag, all opinions expressed are our own. By Emily. I think it’s safe to say for the majority of you readers (and us) laundry is a nemesis. The least favorite household task, the never-ending, nagging, particular and finicky job of keeping our family’s clothing clean. What if your washer or dryer could fit infinitely more laundry than it does now. How about 22 towels in one load? I just got butterflies. Exhibit A: 22 Towels:Maytag’s new top loading Washer and Dryer is the largest capacity washer with agitator in the market. It has an … Read more

Three At Home

By Emily. If you remember from my New Baby Favorites post a couple weeks ago I told you I’d update you about Raleigh’s jaundice situation! Finally had time to write it all down and gladly can also finally say his coloring is looking amazing and I think we might be in the clear, but also confirmed something I suspected since Hayes was born! Since the Baby Nés system ended up being essential to our situation, I’m happy to show just how cool it is while I spin my lengthy tale…So first the backstory: when Hayes was born the nurses let me know … Read more

mobile summer

By. Nicole This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own.  One thing we like to do at the beginning of the summer is put together a car kit for on-the-go fun. It makes being spontaneous so much easier if you have what you need on hand! Here’s what we like to have in the trunk: Swimming and all that it entails is usually the most gear we need for spontaneous summer adventures so having trunks, towels, sunscreen, hats and toys for the pool are a must! Being out and about all day means we will inevitably … Read more