small fry favorites: wiggle jams

Is #unplugged week getting easier for you all? It’s so funny, we’ve found that we are the ones who rely on the devices more so than our kids!


When we need a break, when we need to take an important call, a shower, make a meal, it’s so convenient to turn on a show or hand over the iPad. It’s been a good exercise for us in realizing they really don’t need those things, at all! Since we are a “moderation in all things” type of bunch it will be interesting to see how we rearrange our lives once we’re plugged back in!

If you see yourself losing steam today, the quickest way to reengergize ourselves is a little music. Here’s some sweet little tunes we love to twirl in the kitchen with our boys to.


Songs for Wiggle Worms

Francis England // You & Me

Johnny Bregar // If You’re Happy & You Know It

We Kids Rock // I’m a Nut

Monkey See Monkey Do // Eentsy Weentsy Spider

Laurie Berkner Band // Five Days Old

Michael Franti // Say Hey!

Jewel // Grew Grass Grew

Elizabeth Mitchell // Keep on the Sunny Side

drive-in birthday party

Birthday parties can quickly become a real money pit, so when we see awesome themes and activities that don’t break the bank we just have to share! Our friend Andi, of Idaho-based Andi Marshall Photography pulled off the most darling Drive-In party for less than $50! Here’s how she did it:
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Upon each guests arrival, they each got a box with all of their car’s sticker decals and tickets for buying treats at the concession stand. You can buy the printable PDF file here. They spent time decorating their cars and exchanging tickets for movie theater style confections.

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They had five tickets each to spend on a variety of delights like: lemonade, popcorn, licorice, smarties and animal crackers. And Bonus! Pretty much mess-free.
kids, birthday, drive in, car, diyGuest then took their filled snack boxes back to their cars and watched the show (a 20 minute episode of Curious George.) Then after the screening, Olive opened presents and they sang and ate cake and ice cream. At just about one and a half hours long, the party was just long enough for kids to enjoy themselves and short enough to avoid those party melt-downs.
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Here’s Olive the birthday girl!
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While the party required some preparation time in advance for cutting out the cardboard for the cars and the sticker decals, Andi loved how simple and smooth the party went from start to finish. Doesn’t it look so sweet! We’re sure it was a huge hit.
Head here for Andi’s photography, and darling Instagram account (those darling kids!) @andimarshall
Photo credit: Cindy Worwood
Sticker Decals designed by Spencer Marshall of Marshall Brand Advertising + Design
Need more birthday ideas? Here’ a Peach Picking First Birthday and Super Hero Training!

dream big, small fry.

We just wanted to pop in and wish you all a wonderful weekend! We’ve been up at the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City the last two days and will be through the weekend! It’s been such a great time meeting so many of you and we can’t thank you enough for the support at our panel! Emily spoke on Thursday and we were blown away by so many of the friendly Small Fry community faces in the crowd. You can see all our shenanigans on Instagram (@smallfryblog) and the craziness of Alt in general by using the #altsummit hashtag on Instagram or Twitter.

To show our appreciation to those of you who can’t be with us this weekend, here’s the gift we’ve been handing out, our Small Fry motto that quickly brings us to tears whenever we say it to our boys. We hope we are always the instillers of big dreaming for our families and for you, and we’re so glad you’re here.

dreambigsf3With Love: Emily, Jenna, and Nicole.


superhero training party

Photography by Small Fry contributor Cee Bee Photography.

Jenna’s oldest, Quinn, turned four a few weeks ago! To celebrate she threw such a fun Super Hero Training party.
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A Super Hero must look the part! With capes for everyone, and masks for the kids to decorate, they were on their way to their official Super Hero title.

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A Super Hero must be brave! An obstacle course filled with courageous tasks like crossing hot lava, feeding the dragon, and jumping over villains tested their dedication.

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After such bravery, the civilians showered them with treats and awards to show or appreciation.

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 Super Hero awards and cake toppers by One Charming Party.

Thanks to The Discovery Museum at Gateway Mall in SLC, UT for their amazing party coordinating skills. Not only do they have an incredible and fully-interactive kid’s museum, but they know how to train a super hero or two, as well! Get $20 off a year membership during the month of January!

Happy 4th Birthday Super Hero Quinn!

happy new year!

We are so excited for the new year! 2012 was crazy and exciting for each of us in so many different ways and we can’t wait to experience 2013! We’ll be back to regular posting tomorrow, but we wanted to check in and express our humbled gratitude for the success of Operation Sandy Hook. It is simply mind-blowing what a community of supportive friends can do! We sold 2200 prints which means more than $10,000 was raised for the people of Newtown, Connecticut. We are so pleased to be able to spread some positivity in an otherwise awful and unthinkable tragedy. We hope you feel proud as well, as we could not have done it without you!

In this next year at Small Fry we are still committed to our original purpose, to create more meaningful experiences with out kids and have intentional and deliberate days as mothers.

We want this site to feel like a magazine: beautiful images, ideas at every turn, and beautifully curated products and sites for you check out. We in no way expect anyone to do all of these things every day! We merely hope that as you scroll, you might find one or two things that grab your eye and make you think “My kid would love that, I think we’ll try it!” These ideas are generated between three moms and you bet we have our off-duty sweatpants days just like everyone else. If there’s anything else you’d like to see on Small Fry, we’d love to hear your suggestions! Until then, have a safe, and blessed 2013!

Much Love,

The Small Fry Team :: Emily, Nicole and Jenna.

mini thanksgiving feast

Whether you’re in charge of the kid table this Thanksgiving or just need a few ideas on what to do with those leftovers once your extended family has left the building, this Mini Thanksgiving Feast is another way to create some fun memories with your little ones.

Keep reading for the full menu, recipes, and a whole slew of party details with awesome elements provided by Sucre and Caravan Shoppe.

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ipad mini giveaway! [closed]

Congrats to Kayleigh Harkins for winning this iPad!
In this month of thanks we want to express ours to you by giving away our favorite gift in the perfect Small Fry size, the all-new iPad Mini!
iPad Mini Giveaway
To enter, we want to know what you are most thankful for! Simply print off this Thankful page, fill it out with words or pictures on your own or with loved ones big and small.
To Enter:
1. Take a picture of what your most thankful for, or a picture that includes your Thankful page and post it on your Facebook wall, Twitter or Instagram feed mentioning @SmallFryBlog and #smallfryminiipad for both.  
For extra entries:
2. Like Small Fry on Facebook
3. Click “share” on our iPad Mini image on Facebook. 
4. Follow Small Fry on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest (separate entries for each.)
5. Blog about your Thankful page and link to this giveaway.
6. For the big mama option, putting our Small Fry button on your blog or website using the below HTML code below will give you the ability to enter five more times. We know that if you love Small Fry, your friends and readers will too and we so appreciate the support!

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bijou market giveaway [closed]

Congrats to Robinett who won this giveaway!

It’s been awhile since our last “Products We Love” post, and we’ve got a great one to make up for its absence! We’re sure you all have your favorite Etsy shops for just about anything your heart desires, and we do too! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk aisles lined with all those Etsy shops? Bijou Market is that dream realized. Fifty vendors come together twice a year to sell their goods and Bijou’s Holiday market is this weekend!  If you’re nearby, it really is a must-see, and we’ll even be there working the check-out! With live portraits, custom hand lettering on the spot, and even fresh flowers a la Pike’s Place, you can’t beat the ambiance and loveliness Bijou brings to Holiday shopping. If you’re not near Provo, Utah, don’t fret! You can still win some of our favorite things for kids at Bijou Market valued at $130.

Wooden Giraffe / Joey Town / Squack Doodle / Green Stitches / Mutze / Scribble on Everything

What’s up for grabs? A handmade wooden puzzle, a whole town for driving cars and trucks through, a sweet paper elephant mobile for over a crib, an amazing hand stitched doll, the softest knit hat that will ever touch your baby’s head, and a awesome set of camera decals for any wall in the house.

How to enter:

1. Comment sharing your favorite Etsy shop, we’re always on the hunt for new finds!

2. Like Bijou Market on Facebook.

3. RSVP to their official market invite.

4. Instagram their invite (below) and tag @bijoumarket.


This giveaway closes Tuesday November 20th at 11:59 pm MST and the winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.

last minute halloween

As it turns out, there are a whole lot of Halloween procrastinators on our side! Scanning Instagram (check us out @smallfryblog) it seemed everyone was carving pumpkins last minute, so here’s a few more tricks and treats to get you through your last minute Halloween preparations, by our resident clutch artist, Nicole.

Trying to throw together a costume on the fly, or maybe your over ambitious sewing project just didn’t pan out? Either way, the secret to a day-of costume’s success is face paint! Your kiddos can wear whatever they have that resembles the theme from their closet, but a little face paint goes a long way in taking it from flop to festive.

Here are six easy options that even the most amateur artists can pull off.

Easy Facepainting Ideas

Now that your crew has been successfully costumed and sent on their way, a true procrastinator is probably starting to think about what they’re going to bring to the school parade, dinner with friends, or costume party. These two options are quick and easy!

Clean out an orange bell pepper and stuff it with your favorite (let’s face it, at this point, store-bought) dip! Bring a plate of veggies and crackers and you’re good to go!

Jack-o-lantern Pepper Dip

And finally, the witch hat cookie. Made in under a minute, we timed it, and easy enough that you could do it at a stoplight or in the carpool line. While you’re at the store picking up those peppers, head down the cookie aisle and grab a carton of the chocolate covered mint cookies (we used Keebler Grasshoppers), a bag of Hershey’s Kisses and some Nutella hazelnut spread. Dollop a little Nutella on the bottom of the Kiss and stick it to the cookie. Done. Witch Hat CookiesGood luck, and Happy (last minute) Halloween!

fall harvest party [entertainment]

The main attraction of this party was definitely the hayride, which in short is a flat bed trailer filled with hay bales pulled by a four-wheeler. It is such a fun activity to do with all ages. Since it couldn’t fit ALL the kids at once, we knew we would need to have a few other fun options while they waited.


One of the activities was the donut eating contest. That one is hilarious to watch! Some kids followed the no-hands rule…

and some didn’t.

With the hayride, buckets of carrots to feed the horses on the property, s’mores galore, bobbing for apples, a darling take-home craft, chili cook-off and a photo-op, it felt more like a festival than a party. We definitely covered our bases!

Susan and Meta’s craft for the kids also doubled as a party favor! They provided softball sized pumpkins and foam facial feature stickers (purchased at Michael’s) The kids could choose to decorate them however they wanted, adding ears, eyebrows, mustaches, pony tails and more.

Mr. Pumpkin Head

As always there is lots more to see on our Facebook Page, but we must thank Susan and Meta for putting the party together with us and the amazing Carolee Beckham for shooting the event! She is an amazing film photographer and switched back and forth between film, digital and her own Small Fry party goer Emerson. If you need any special event in you life photographed, Carolee is your woman. She is so talented and lovely!

Film and Digital Photography by Carolee Beckham Photography