Stuff We Love

iFly Austin

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Hi all! Guess what fun Fran and I have had recently?

For my husband’s birthday yesterday, his parents gave him a pass to the new iFly that just opened in Austin, and he was nice enough to share his minutes with us and a couple of friends. iFly Austin is Texas’ first indoor skydiving facility, so it was really cool to get to try it out!

We had so much fun! Watch our videos below:

We even got a flight certificate! Frilling!

February 21, 2013 4:19 PM | Comments | Categories: Stuff We Love | Tags: , , ,

Stuff We Love: Mom & Baby Edition

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It’s been a while since we’ve done an edition of Stuff We Love, but I have some good ones to share for mamas and babes.  Check em out:

1.Weleda Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and Weleda Calendula Cream.  German company Weleda is known for their clean, non-toxic skin care products, and I have used many over the years.  These two baby products are in daily use at our house.  The baby shampoo is gentle and creamy and has a lovely light, natural calendula fragrance. The baby cream is pretty thick and moisturizing, and is doing good things for a touch of cradle cap on Baby T’s scalp. It’s also good for diaper irritation.  If you don’t like a thick cream, opt for Weleda Calendula lotion. Highly recommended by most of the Midwives I know.

2. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation. I have been using this stuff for 3 years now, and I love it.  One product does the work of three: foundation, powder, and concealer.  Gives me just the right amount of coverage, depending on how much I apply.  Always looks natural, and covers dark undereye circles and blemishes admirably when applied with a concealer brush.  This stuff is just the thing for anyone who doesn’t have much time to spend on makeup (hello mamas).  Also, the mineral ingredients are fairly clean. I have literally thrown away every other foundation or concealer product I used to use.  I usually wear it with a few swipes of Bare Minerals Warmth.  Mascara, lip gloss, and I’m out the door.

3.Wet bags. I got mine from For Keeps; Amanda, the shop owner, custom made them in the fabrics of my choice (aren’t those cameras so cute?).  Wet bags are heat-sealed to keep wet, smelly messes in.  Even if you aren’a a cloth-diaperer, you need a reusable wet bag in your diaper bag.  I can still remember the time B had an enormous blowout at Whole Foods and I had to carry her clothes home in an industrial-sized trash bag because that was all the guy there had to give me in a pinch.  Don’t make that mistake, mamas. Also useful for swimsuits and stinky workout gear.

4. Zutano baby booties.  Forget baby socks; they never stay on long. Zutano fleece booties snap on and hardly ever fall off.  Plus they’re completely adorable. Note: the non-fleece ones don’t stay on as well.

5. A good scarf collection.  I still maintain that a cute scarf is a nursing mama’s best accessory.  I wear one pretty much every day.  Besides making an outfit look put together or adding a pop of color, a scarf serves as a nursing cover, spitup stain hider, impromptu baby blanket, and can drape over your stroller or carseat carrier for naps on the go.  My most-used scarf is a black and white patterned one that goes with everything.  You’ve seen it (on Aurelia – she borrowed it) here. Black + white = bang for your buck. But I think this blue animal print is pretty versatile as well.

6. Skin Eternal Cream by Source Naturals.  This is a recent discovery of mine.  I’ve been using it at night for a few months now, and every morning when I wake up after a long night of parenting and nursing I think: Wow, my skin doesn’t look as tired as I feel.  And if that isn’t a good testimonial I don’t know what is.

7. NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator.  NoseFrida is my good friend.  You may have met her here before.  I can’t parent without her.  She is easy to clean and easy to use.  Get rid of your bulb syringe because it isn’t doing you any favors, and plus you have no idea what’s inside it.

8.  And one more thing I’d like to add, which I couldn’t find a good image of: Heron’s Nest Herb Farm Healing Salve.  Heron’s Nest Herb Farm is a local (for me) farm and producer of completely natural, wholesome skin care products in Blanco, Texas.  I picked up a jar of their healing salve at a farmer’s market.  For diaper rash, I apply a layer of this stuff for soothing and healing, topped with a layer of Boudreaux’s All-Natural Butt Paste as a wetness barrier, and the irritation is soon gone.  Also good for cuts, scrapes, random rashes, bug bites, and the occasional cracked nipple (wipe off before nursing).

Do you have mom/baby items you love that you’d like to share?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Holiday Frills

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Just some festive photos as Christmas draws near…

December 22, 2012 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle, Parties, Stuff We Love | No Tags

Old Made New: Tips for Displaying your Handmade Goods

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Hi all! This week Stephanie of Teal Annie continues her guest post collab with us, and we couldn’t be more impressed by her constant creativity. Also, don’t forget to check out her etsy shop for some great Christmas gift ideas if you haven’t already! 

 

This past weekend my husband and I participated in our first Arts Festival. It was a festival in our town that featured local artists and their work. I sold my repurposed jewelry as well as my collection of vintage clothes and purses. This festival gave us the opportunity to meet and talk with the locals about our work.

Here are 3 tips to setting up and selling your own goods to the public:

1. Select display racks/stands/containers that will showcase your goods clearly and organized. 

You want your goods to be displayed in a way where customers can easily touch, pick up, look at, and put back your goods. The items should be shown in a way that is visibly nice to the eye and as the actual item will look when in use. For example, I have the necklaces hanging and laid out on the table as they would look when worn, instead of tangled in a bowl. I also included a mannequin bodice wearing a dress and necklace to help the customer visualize what the items will look like when worn.

I used a wire basket for small clutch purses, an old metal rack for larger purses, and a metal clothing rack for hanging the vintage clothes.

2. Clearly price all of your items, and display your shop name. 

You can include a label/tag on each item, or if all of your items are the same price, you can just make one sign that says “All items = $$.” This is probably the most important tip because we all know it is sometimes awkward when asking the price of an item. ;) You should also have your shop name/brand displayed in an area that is easy to see.

My husband hand-painted this awesome sign for us to set up on the sidewalk for passerby’s before they came in to see each of our separate display spaces.

3. Have your business cards easily accessible to customers. 

Have your cards located on your main table where customers can take one if they want. You can also include a card with the purchased item.

If you have never participated in an arts festival and want to, I encourage you to go and check out some of your local festivals and start planning your festival debut! It is a lot of fun and is a great way to meet artists/crafters/bakers and other locals.

If you are familiar with festivals, I hope this has provided some inspiration! And if you just attend festivals, then continue supporting your local artists; they love sharing their goods with you!

- Stephanie

Win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop!

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Happy Friday everyone! Today we are FRILLED to introduce you all to Stephanie Dugard, creator of Teal Annie, a vintage clothing and accessories brand. Teal Annie originated from Stephanie’s desire to create and produce things with a unique story.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Teal Annie over the next two months through a series of regular guest posts by Stephanie. We cannot wait for her to share her creativity with us! Stephanie, you FRILL us!!

To celebrate, we are kicking things off with a super fab giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop! For the giveaway, all you have to do is:

1: Visit the Teal Annie Etsy shop and take a look around.

2: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite piece from the shop.

3: “Like” the Youfrillme Facebook page.

And for an extra entry: 

4: Follow @Tealannie on Instagram!

That’s it! The giveaway will be open until next Thursday, November 8th at 10 pm CST. Check back next Friday to see if you are the winner! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Stephanie’s first guest post! Also, follow her on twitter (@StephanieDugard)!

November 2, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Design, Fashion, Handmade, Stuff We Love | Tags: , , , ,

My growing quilt collection

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Growing up, I never had any hand made quilts. When I married Lyle, I started developing an appreciation for their beauty and the special meaning they can hold after seeing them displayed in his mom’s and Fran’s homes. You have to have a blanket on your bed, right? Having something beautifully made, meaningful, and functional is the epitome of frilling.

Lyle and Fran’s mom is the reason why Lyle and I have been able to start our own beautiful collection. Our first quilt was one she made for Lyle as a college graduation gift. Lyle graduated before me, so it really made me excited for the day when I would get a graduation quilt of my own!

In 2008, I graduated with my B.A., and I finally got my quilt! I absolutely LOVE it. It ended up being a little small for a queen size bed, but it’s perfect for a full size as well as our trundle-twin/guest bed. It makes me happy just looking at it!

Just last week, Lyle’s mom finished yet another beautiful quilt made just for me! It is on our queen bed now, and I’m in love. Blues and greens have always been my favorite color scheme so I’m especially smitten with it. Also, it’s a lot bigger than my last one so it fits our queen bed comfortably, but would even fit a king! I can’t wait to use it for years and years. I’m thankful for a thoughtful mother-in-law who is constantly going above and beyond to take care of us and make our lives sweeter!

Do you have any family quilts that are special to you?

August 2, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: For the Home, Handmade, Stuff We Love | Tags: ,

The Steeping Room (and a confession)

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I’ve got a confession to make. I have NOT been feeling very frilling as of late. Don’t get me wrong, I am so excited about this new chapter in our lives (graduating, moving to Austin, etc.), but no matter how positive change is, I think it can always hurt some, too. I’ve definitely been missing our friends, our house, and the amazing community we had cultivated over the last four years in Waco.

Fran and I always want to be real and true to who we are (check out our frillosophy if you don’t believe me), and I’m definitely not about making posts that I don’t believe in. So today I wasn’t going to post at all, but then I decided, why not be honest? I mean, NONE of us feel good and inspired ALL the time, right?

Then, this morning Chansin emailed me some pictures from a girl’s day we had last week (lovely gal came to visit me). Not only did it remind me that sweet times are still abundant, but it reminded of how much I LOVE the place where we had lunch. Do y’all have any places where you live that never fail to cheer you up, even if for just a little while? That’s how the Steeping Room is for me. I love, love, love it. It’s located in the Domain Shopping center in Austin which is perfect because it’s just about as refreshing as retail therapy!

Fran and I often lunch there. It’s the place I will choose every time. If I need cheering up or feel especially excited or festive about something, it’s my go-to spot. I love it because all of the food feels light, fresh and healthy. AND to top it all off, almost every item on the menu is available gluten free as well. They also have tons of gluten free, freshly made pastries. Not to mention, it’s a tea room, so there are about a gazillion different types of hot and cold teas to choose from. I’m telling y’all, this place makes my heart sing!

It’s the little things right? Lunch with a friend, a good conversation, a gluten free cookie that you couldn’t have had otherwise, a refreshing cup o’ tea. Yeah, things aren’t always super fabulous, but I’m thinking I’m okay with that. I’m thinking there can still be something frilling about those uncertain seasons, too. So that’s where I’m at today. What about you?

Do you have a special spot that cheers you up or that you love to share with others? Let me know! I’d love to hear!

June 19, 2012 10:42 AM | Comments | Categories: Stuff We Love, Travel | Tags: ,

Stuff We Love: Fran’s Summer Cosmetic Essentials

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I’m on vacation at the beach! So it’s appropriate that I tell you about some of my favorite natural summer sun-friendly products….

I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve been researching and hunting for effective, chemical-free sunscreens for kids.  Well I’ve also been on the lookout for great products for adults.  So I thought I’d share a few of my summer cosmetic/suncare picks, which I’ve personally tested on me or my family and am pleased with.  Since I am the most sensitive-skinned individual I know and a stickler about all-natural products, I will only ever recommend products that are natural, chemical-free, fragrance-free (or scented with essential plant oils), and suitable for sensitive skin. This year I’ve also relied heavily on the Environmental Working Group’s Skindeep Cosmetics database, which rates products on a scale of 0-10 (0 being best, as in zero concerns) based on ingredient safety and product effectiveness.  Not sure why I think this matters? Check it out.

Ok, all that said, here they are:

SanRe Organic Skinfood Sparkling Aloe Day Cream SPF 30

I was looking for a light everyday moisturizer with at least a 30 SPF to wear under makeup, and after reading lots of reviews, this is the one I settled on.  So far I’m quite pleased with it, except for the price, which is a bit steep for such a small jar of product.  It gets very good ratings from the EWG, and good reviews from users.   It seems to do well for my combination skin and the dry Texas climate.  I don’t think I’d recommend it to someone with oily skin in a humid climate – it might be a little heavy in that case.  It’s completely safe, completely natural, and the US-based manufacturer seems to have good ethics.  This is not a waterproof product, so you’ll need a different sunscreen for water and sports….such as…


California Baby Super Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30

I’ve used this for a couple of summers now.  It’s a physical barrier sunscreen (titanium dioxide in this case), so yes, it’s a bit white when you first put it on.  I’ve found that is pretty standard for non-chemical sunscreens, and worth it for a superior sunblock with no potential allergens or unsafe ingredients.  This is a good standby sunscreen for babies and adults, very water- and sweat- resistant, although you do have to reapply periodically.  EWG doesn’t have a rating on this particular product, but California Baby’s other sunscreens are rated with a 1 (mainly for potential allergenic ingredients like lanolin), and I think the Super Sensitive is even better. Our whole family uses this.

Giovanni 2 Chic Leave-in Conditioner and Styling Elixer

I’ve been using this elegant leave-in product every morning to keep my curls hydrated and relatively frizz-free in the dry Texas climate.  It contains argan oil and keratin, and I’m very happy with the feel of it – it’s light and not oily, and doesn’t have a strong smell (I hate smelly products).  I put it on my dry-to-damp hair, concentrating on the ends.

Loving Naturals Clear Body Sunscreen Spf 30+

I actually like this sunscreen better than the CA Baby, but it’s slightly more pricy (only slightly).  It’s super smooth in application, doesn’t go on white, and has good water resistance.   Another major plus for me is that it’s got the #1 rank among sunscreens from Skindeep.  You’ll be able to recognize and pronounce every ingredient on the label. I’m pretty excited about this whole line of products, including…

Loving Naturals Clear Lips Sunscreen Lip Balm

I am allergic to chemical sunscreens, particularly on my lips.  If I accidentally use a lip balm or lipstick with chemical sunscreen in it, I wake up the next day with lips twice their normal size, blistered and cracked.  No fun.  So for years, I have stayed away from lip balms containing sunscreen.  Until I found Love Naturals, which contains natural zinc oxide, and doesn’t have any ill effects on my pucker.  It does apply a bit stickily, but it stays on forever and protects against chapping as well as sunburn.  I’m sold on this little tube, and have it tucked away in my beach bag.

 

I’m still looking for a relatively harmless waterproof mascara.  This one gets a ’2′ from Skindeep, which is prolly as good as it gets for waterproof, but I haven’t tried it yet…

Do you have summer products you rely on?

 

 

 

Stuff We Love: Zoku Quick Pop Maker

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Unbeknownst to me, my mom ordered a Zoku Quick Pop Maker, after she encountered one in a store one day.   This baby makes ice pops in 7 minutes flat!  It’s amazing.  I have no idea how the thing works, but it does!  We don’t have to wait 24 hours for our homemade popsicles to freeze anymore.  (You do have to pre-freeze the Pop Maker before use.) You keep the Quick Pop Maker in the freezer, and pull it out whenever you want to make a batch of ice pops.  You can even put fruit and nuts in your pops, or make exotic layered pops.

We made “Pink Pops,” my original recipe:

Fran’s Creamy Pink Pops

1 can coconut milk
about 2 cups chopped watermelon
about 2 cups strawberries
stevia, honey, or xylitol to taste

Blend everything together in the blender…

…Pour the mixture into your Zoku Quick Pop Maker (or your traditional popsicle molds if you’re using those), and 7 minutes later you have perfect, delicious, healthy ice pops!

April 30, 2012 1:29 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, For the Home, Recipes, Stuff We Love | Tags: , ,

Happy Weekend

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My heart is full from a happy weekend spent with friends.

pretty new fabric  / white peach & strawberry margarita

gluten free strawberry short cake / spontaneous trip to sketchy street fair

tan-line from doing what i love most / Sweet Lyle’s gluten free pizza recipe

 

What made your weekend lovely?

April 1, 2012 7:44 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Stuff We Love | No Tags
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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