FRYday : Jenna

A few days ago I asked readers on Facebook what they would like to hear from me this week on FRYday. I loved all the suggestions and will be using them all as prompts in the future. I’m still so flattered that our readers love to hear from us, we are so blessed by this community. My friend and loyal reader Kat Clark said “Tell me what you like about yourself and why that’s okay. And then tell me what you like most about your boys.” I LOVE THIS. Kat is the type of friend who reminds you what you should love about yourself every time you talk to her so I wasn’t surprised she asked me to tell her this. So as painful as it is for me to admit things I like about myself (why IS THAT) I’m going to. But only if you promise to tell me in the comments things you like about YOUR self? Sound good?

frydayI like that I cry. I cry when I talk about my kids, when I watch an Olympic commercial, when I accomplish a life goal and when I pray. I used to think it made me emotionally unstable, but I think it makes me emotionally secure. I feel everything. Whether it’s for me, my family or my friends. I’ll cry with you whenever you need me to.

I like that I invest in people. Sure it gets me in to trouble a lot, because peoples lives, struggles, pains can really affect me. But in the end I would rather be a person that has deep empathies then is careless with others feelings.

I like that I’m a party. I don’t have too many fluctuating moods and when I want to be I think I’m one hell of a time. I love to have fun, laugh and enjoy life.

Phew. That wasn’t so hard. Okay, well kind of but I did it! Why is it okay to like myself, Kat? Well I think I’m worth being liked by others and that certainly must mean I should be liked by myself. That’s a work in progress. Every day.

My boys.

I’ll start with Andrew, my husband. Who doesn’t get much air time on this blog but deserves all the credit the world has to offer. I like that he is kind. That his heart immediately lends to patience, love and appreciation for people around him. I like that he is positive, responsible, honest and hard working. I like that he is funny, has a million hobbies and is my friend. I like that his love and faith for God are interwoven into every portion of his life and he leads our family in integrity, love and happiness. I like that he likes Small Fry. Without his support I might have had a death by DIY by now.

Quinn. I like that the minute he was born I knew he was a party. Born 11 minutes before the New Year, he’s been loving a good time every since. I like that he is happy, funny, loving and energetic. I like that he befriends everyone, isn’t afraid of social situations and loves to try new foods. I like how good of an older brother he is. He protects Jude and loves him with all he’s got.

Jude. I like that the minute he was born, my soul found a part of itself that it was missing. I like that he’s tested my patience and made me a better person. I like that he crawls in to bed with me, tickles my back and tells me he loves me. I like that he is friendly, fearless and up for anything (except getting in his car seat.) I like that he loves an adventure. I like that he is the most perfect fit in our family.

And I like all of you. Honestly I do. Small Fry holds such a big place in my heart and you’re a part of that. Thanks for being here. Happy FRYDAY! xoxo -J

*Small Fry Note*  We love all these things about Jenna and her family, but she forgot one important thing. Her hair! It is one of our most requested tutorials and we’re so glad to be able to share it via The Be{you}ty Bureau! Subscribe to their awesome You Tube beauty channel right here.

Here are the products Jenna uses : Kevin Murphy Resort Spray // Big Sexy Powder Play // Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus // Oribe Superfine Hair Spray // Hot Tools Tapered Iron

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Have  a great weekend, everyone!!



  • christian
    March 14, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Hey jenna! What is the name of your orbie product!? I need a good hairspray!thanks for video!!

    • Small Fry
      March 14, 2014 at 10:55 am

      We updated the post with all the links too! xo

  • christian
    March 14, 2014 at 10:16 am

    oh yay even better! Thanks so much. What is your email address?

  • Carli
    March 14, 2014 at 10:30 am

    What beautiful words Jenna! And that hair tutorial is a blast! Loved it. I don’t comment on here often, but thought I should today after scrolling through a couple posts I hadn’t read yet. You ladies are doing such wonderful work here! Small Fry is a delight to read and often gets me SO excited about having children of our own. Keep up the inspired work. You motivate and positively affect more people than you know 🙂

  • Kat Clarl
    March 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Lady J! I love you sweet friend. This was the perfect start to an “I love myself” revolution! High five! Shiz, high ten! You are a party because you are worth celebrating. I love the things you chose to highlight. Your tenderness and connection to others is what has drawn me to you all along. Thank you for doing this! Thank you for reminding other women why it’s okay to love yourself. Positive thoughts about ourselves aren’t vanity, they’re duel to create more positive things/people/life moments. You nailed it. But then again, you always do. Simply beautiful.

  • elizabeth
    March 14, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I loved this, Jenna! It’s fun to get a peek into your family dynamic as well.

  • Jocelyn
    March 16, 2014 at 12:29 am

    What size is the curling iron you used??

  • Rachael @ Travel Parent Eat
    March 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Beautifully written. Thanks. I really enjoyed this.

  • capturing joy with kristen duke
    March 21, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I feel you were describing me. I love that I cry. I invest in people, which hurts me way too much, and I think I’m a party…though I’ve never thought about it like that before;)

  • Kelly
    May 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    how about a makeup tutorial?! loved this.

  • MVPs of summer | Small Fry
    July 21, 2014 at 5:01 am

    […] 5. Jenna: This Kevin Murphy Resort Spray stuff is a dream! And virtually the only hair product I’ve used this summer. I let my hair air dry, flip it upside down, spray this in and I get natural beachy waves, and my hair doesn’t have any curl to begin with! It’s fantastic and even smells like Summer. (See Jenna’s full hair tutorial here!) […]


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