Fryday: Jenna

frydayWe’ve been spending the summer in Virginia for my husband’s job. It’s a temporary move but it’s been adjustment for sure! I have spent more one on one time with my kids than EVER before. They have hardly any interaction with little friends, I have hardly any interaction with adult friends and their Dad works 60 hour weeks. They haven’t had so much as a babysitter in two months. This time has been such a blessing for me as I’ve learned SO MUCH about my kids and even more about myself.

I’ve realized every Mom, well at least that I know, has two kinds of people in them:

Mom A: She’s OBSESSED with her kids and does not want to let them out of her sight. She does not want to hire babysitters or leave them on a vacation because she doesn’t want to miss one second of their growth. She plans activities, dances in the kitchen, makes the children every meal & every moment is a party.  She loves her kids.

Mom B: She’s damn tired. Instead of getting pumped on the kids cherub faces coming in at 6 am she’s annoyed and hands them an iPad. She’s scrolling through her phone by 8 am to see who can baby sit for her that night. She cries when she walks in on an enormous mess & feels alone & isolated in her role at times. She loves her kids.

So you’re looking at this, as I am, and thinking ugh Mom B is a real drag of COURSE Mom A is better. And while I desperately wish I could be Mom A all the time, I’m realizing I really wouldn’t ever be that person with a little bit of Mom B rising up every so often. I don’t know WHY I ever started fighting myself on the fact that this is a tough phase of life and when I started getting down on myself when Mom B has a moment. EVERY one of us feels it, struggles with it, powers through it and it does not mean for a second that you or I do not cherish our children & are deeply grateful for the gift of being their parent.

I read an article once that talked about a study that showed that parents aren’t actually the happiest people on the earth, but they are the most fulfilled. When I look up the word fulfilled it says this: satisfied or happy because of fully developing one’s abilities or character. YES. I LOVE THIS. I am fulfilled. Every day. And it’s not because my children are easy or because my life is roses. It’s because my character is refined, challenged and striving to be fully developed through the hardships & trials of motherhood. xo- J

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We don’t get to talk about babies and pregnancy as much as we’d like, all our littlest boys are two and rounding three now, which is crazy! We’re all in different stages of building our families, but one thing we can all agree on: love it or leave it, pregnancy is one giant and crazy miracle that we feel really blessed to have experienced and hopefully to experience again! For those of you preparing or in the throes of pregnancy, we wanted to share some of our memories of those days and also toss in an awesome giveaway valued at $210 for you from vitaMedMD!VitaMed MD

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New Baby Love

I remember when I had my first miscarriage and struggled to get pregnant and I would see Facebook statuses complaining about pregnancy and I swore I would NEVER complain. Then I got pregnant! And woah the illness hit me like a ton of bricks. We aren’t talking car sick, we are talking I wanna die sick! That was really shocking and unexpected for me. I had no idea how challenging and dark those days would be. And every day was a fight for me to keep my food down and my spirits up. I always say that pregnancy, miscarriage, infertility is all a very solitary experience. At least it feels that war for me. No one can do it for me, no one can endure it for me and no one can feel the loss like me. But in that same breath comes a special and private connection with these little people we fight for, cry for, go through pain for. It’s through that challenge that I’ve found my greatest joy.


Some of my very fondest memories of the new momma life lie in those quiet wee hours of the night, sleep deprived beyond imagination, staring down at a nursing baby. I remember feeling like nothing in the world could make me happier. In those moments I was the only one that baby needed, the only one that could pacify. These moments have been incredible with both my babies and have formed such a bond for us. I feel super lucky that my kids enjoyed it just as much as I did. They were devout nursers. I know this isn’t always the case with babies. And I’m sure at some point I’ll have one of those little independent types. But I hope I can find something for me and that precious new human to do that can create that connection that I feel so lucky to have with Dash and Sunny.


New Baby Love

I’m a six months of puking type of pregnant girl. That quickly turns into three more months of crazy heart-burn and intense hip dysplasia. I have so many pity parties through my pregnancy that are usually accompanied by eating whatever the heck I want. I earned this whole sleeve of Oreos, dang it! Needless to say, I gain more weight than my doctors and nurses would like. Even going three weeks early with both boys! At first I stared down at my pool of post-partum stretchy soft belly and would get instantly overwhelmed. But then one day I studied my new baby and pictured all my body accomplished, creating those eyelashes, those fingernails, all the veins and arteries and heart-pumping. That came from me! What an incredible miracle. I made this perfect thing, and I am going to give myself a break as I find my way back.

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two summer favorites

For today’s post we had one mission, to tell all of you readers about the killer deal Brickyard Buffalo is running with Navy Perl on Salt Waters for kids and women. They’re on sale over there for $27.99, about 25% off! Salt Water sandals are a Summertime staple over here for so many reasons. We love the classic look, and that they are a little bit more formal than flip flops, and easy for even the smallest feet to walk in. We are continuously impressed with how sturdy and hardy they are! These shoes go in an out of water, mud, sand, and the leather only gets better! The longer our boys wear them the more comfortable they get, molding to their feet and breaking in over time.

Salt Waters | Summer Staples Salt Waters | Summer StaplesSalt Waters | Summer Staples While we were shooting, one of the boys found there way to a recently acquired stash of Angie’s BOOM CHICKA POP popcorn in the trunk. We died laughing when we realized they each had their own bag going. So today’s post went from sharing one Summertime favorite, to two!  Boom Chicka Pop is Non-GMO, gluten free, whole grain, no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, it’s clean as popcorn can get these days which we so appreciate for our kids! We can’t get enough of this popcorn either, and at 65 calories per cup makes US really happy, too.SALTWATER6

Our favorite flavors are the Cheddar and Caramel mix (sounds crazy, but it’s amazing!), White Cheddar, Kettle Corn and Salted Caramel. We can’t keep them in the pantry long enough, they’re usually gone the day we buy it.


It’s been a great snack to keep in the car for snacks on the go, and if they make it home, you bet we’re eating it long after the boys have gone to bed, too!SALTWATER5

Find your next pair of Salt Waters at Brickyard Buffalo on sale, and after the deal at Navy Perl, and we’ve bought BOOM CHICKA POP in most grocery stores, but you can buy it online here too.


Salt Waters | Summer Staples

Salt Waters | Summer Staples

dream big pillows

Photos by Jylare.

We mentioned a few months ago about our homepage on Cricut‘s new Design Space, and we’re excited to share them all with you over the next several weeks! For those of you who have the Cricut Explore™, you can access these projects with one click and download them to your machine to print immediately, no work involved! For those of who without the machine, we’ve mentioned before but it has completely transformed the way we create and craft! It makes adding that one special touch to parties, decor, and projects so simple.

Here’s our Dream Big pillow suite – three phrases for side by side pillows to add a little pop of color, or a graphic element to any bed!Dream Big Pillow Suite for Cricut

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honest dinner for alt summit

Photography by Becky Kimball.

We’re excited to share some captures from co-hosting an opening night dinner with our friends at the Honest Company for Alt Summit’s inaugural Summer session in Salt Lake City last week! We created this party theme based on all the things we love about Honest and their products. Natural, healthful, conscious, and beautiful. We also selected the farm-to-table restaurant Pago knowing they were the perfect fit for Honest’s credo. Here’s what we came up with!Honest + Small Fry Dinner

We were set on the idea of dining outside, it being the first chance for Alt SLC attendees to do so (no thanks in January!) but the most uncharacteristic cold spell hit earlier in the week and the night of the dinner it was only about forty degrees and freezing rain. Luckily, the restaurant’s indoor aesthetic is just as charming as their patio, so we brought all the elements in. Emily’s husband created the grass-covered letters and built the grow-boxes of wheat grass. Ashley of Merit & Vine added her floral touches throughout the restaurant which made every detail that much beautiful.

Honest + Small Fry Dinner

We had eaten at Pago as a Small Fry team last year and everything was delicious, combine that with using local ingredients and consciously cultivated animal products, it made it really the only choice for this dinner with Honest! Hello Maypole custom lettered the hand-picked menu for our dinner.

Hello Maypole | Custom Menu

Merit & Vine also created bouquets for the tables, and small personal bouquets that could either be pinned in your hair, worn on the wrist, or attached to your clothing. We found these amazing Honest blue colored Ball Jars that Pago let us swap out for water glasses.

Merit and Vine FlowersSmall Fry + Honest DinnerMerit and Vine FlowersHonest Alt Summit

Your Small Fry hosts – Nicole and Emily – we missed Jenna while she spends the Summer out of state! Nicole in an Asos Shift Dress, Jcrew sandals (30% off!). Emily in an Asos Scuba top and Rockstar denim in white and Dolce Vita platforms (similar.)

Honest + Small Fry Party

And our friends at Honest – Sarah, Tanya, Jenny and April. We loved continuing our dinner tradition with sending guests home with Succulents from Sun River Gardens (located in Orem, UT!) These ones were all planted in beautiful mercury glass vases.

Honest + Small Fry Dinner

Our Summer Soiree had a white theme which looked so beautiful against all that grassy green!

White Dress CodeHonest + Small Fry Dinner

As always we love spoiling our guests! Honest hooked us up with a sampler of fan favorite products like their lotion, body wash, multi-surface cleaner and more! Company co-founder and actress, Jessica Alba’s book The Honest Life, wipes, lip balm, and totes to carry it all in! We added our favorite Albion Fit hoodie, gorgeous Arvo watches in rose gold, cookies from Cookie Haven, and funny cards from Paper Bandit Press.

Honest + Small Fry swag