Popsicle Garland

It’s raining garlands hallelujah (or we’re really sorry, depending how you feel about garlands!) We whipped this garland up for a BBQ we had all together this past week and Cal can vouch for it’s authenticity as he tried to lick one. They couldn’t be easier, and definitely doable without a Cricut, but with the Explore this only takes a few minutes!

Here’s how you’ll do it:Popsicle Garland

Gather 12×12 craft foam sheets in multiple colors (we used 7 here repeating them each twice) The project page has both bitten and whole popsicles so as you make each color you’ll have lots of options! We alternated every three or four with a bitten one stuck in there!Popsicle Garland

After you’ve run each sheet through the machine you’ll arrange them in the desired pattern, the hot glue the popsicle sticks onto the backs of each one. We glued it with about half the stick showing. Popsicle Garland

Once they’ve dried you can attach the string or twine of your choice to the backs. We wanted to be able to use the popsicles on their own or on a garland multiple times so we just taped them to the neon string! Then display at your next get together and watch some eyes light up (or some tongues come out, depending.)
Popsicle Garland

Find this project sized and ready to cut right here, and find all of our projects for Cricut on our Design Space homepage.

Guiltless Summer BBQ

By Jenna.

I know you’re reading that title and thinking two things: 1. Cool, I’ll pin this, I’m trying to eat healthier! or 2. UGH I’M SICK OF TALKING ABOUT BEING HEALTHIER I WANT A DOUGHNUT.  Honestly at any given day I’m somewhere between those two options several times. But before you give up on me, trust me on these few little changes in your regular summer BBQ, they are not only delicious, but they will help health-ify America’s favorite Summer past time.
sweet potato burger bunsFirst up. Sweet Potato Buns are one of my FAVORITE carb-swap-out staples. I learned this trick from a healthy Instagram account, @amazon_ashley. It sounds strange, but trust me it works every time and you won’t even miss the bun! It adds a sweetness to the burger that I love as well.

Directions: First off cut your sweet potato, skin on, in 1/4 inch slices. Generously cover each side with coconut oil. Place evenly on a tin-foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until soft. The outside will get a little bit crunch which helps hold the burger together!

sweetpotatobuns2 My favorite no-guilt condiments are these McClure’s sugarless (and better than ANY) pickles, cherry tomatoes and avocado of course. I also slather mine with a yellow mustard and avoid ketchup since most have lots of sugar.condimentsWhether or not you are in to grass fed beef, I recommend buying this pack from Costco at least once this Summer! You might actually find that the meat is SO delicious and never go back. Since these sweet potatoes are smaller than a bun you’re going to want to make your patties smaller too. Then they become mini sliders and we all know everything tastes better when it’s tiny. Cook your beef and you’ve got one amazing burger that will have you celebrating our country’s freedom and the shrinking of your waistline. (Grass-fed beef is typically lower in fat and higher in Omega 3s)
sweet potato burgerLet freedom ring.

Next up on our family favorite BBQ menu is the traditional Hot Dog, except we take it next level AND it’s for sure guiltless.

bunless hot dog

For the dog we use Applegate Beef Dogs which you can find at Target, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. No more silently wondering as you’re eating your dinner “What exactly IS a hot dog?” This dog has no nitrates, chemicals and is FOR SURE made of beef. I don’t know about you but that just makes me feel better about life, especially when it’s such a Summertime staple for the boys.

For the “bun” we simply use a romaine heart, I never miss the bun anymore and that’s what happens when you eat REALLY good meat. For the condiments we use traditional mustard and then we make a relish out of Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw. Over a stove top I warm it up until it’s tender with 1 T rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt, and it’s real delicious.

watermelon on a stickLastly this delicacy: the watermelon on a stick. Before your mind gets blown on how in the world we concoct such a complicated food, it is in fact as stupid easy as it looks. I don’t know why the crowds go wild for something on a stick but trust me your kiddos will eat ten more of these then if they were OFF the stick. Ya it makes no sense to me either, but just go with it.watermelon on a stickTaking a knife carefully cut a small slit in to the rind of the watermelon, and stick a craft stick in to it. Did you get that? Okay phew!

Hope you enjoyed just a few of our summer guiltless BBQ favorites! Our family certainly indulges in all that summer has to offer, but I love the idea of making these summer favorites just a touch healthier while still YUMMY!

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We always joke that if we ever have girls they’ll probably dress much like our boys do with an accessory or two added. So for styling Ruby Blue, we decided why not play a little real life dress-up? We love how these ultra feminine bows look paired with unisex basics! Allow us to demonstrate:

Striped tees and cut-offs:

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A baseball tee via Paper Doll Clothing Co.

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Breton Stripe:

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And a favorite graphic tee:

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One thing we love about these soft and stretchy headbands is that they’re super comfortable! As adults headbands can be problematic so we can only imagine how they feel on a tiny gal’s head. The stretch makes them fit for years on end, even adults can toss one on! These are just one of many styles Ruby Blue carries, check them out here! Also, if you head to our Instagram @smallfryblog you can enter to win $150 credit toward their shop!

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Thanks to Paper Doll Clothing Co. for the darling shirts for this post!

FRYday : Nicole

Yay it’s my very favorite holiday, the 4th of July. Yes, I’d choose it over Christmas. You aren’t the only one who thinks it’s crazy. I’ve had a thing for it for as long as I can remember. I watch home videos from my childhood of my family’s 4th of July celebrations and they are the best memories I have. nicFRYdayI’m a total traditionalist and am obsessed with these celebrations continuing on for my children. I want the holiday to last as long as possible and I want to fill it to the brim with family and friends and food. (Another 3 of my very, very favorite things). I think I wear out everyone around me with my love for this holiday, and my extra energy, and for my insisting on celebrating every last minute. But everyone seems to forgive me before the next 4th rolls around again (wink).

What I want to talk about though is TRADITION! Why are traditions so special to us? What are some of your favorites? Not just traditions the come with holidays, but traditions on a daily basis? Family dinner discussion, family prayer, bedtime stories, family hugs. These are some of the daily things occurring in our home that warm my heart daily, knowing that these are things my little ones come to love and look forward to. It’s so important to me to fill their lives with comfortable places and situations and feelings. I think traditions are some of the best ways to do this. I would love to hear what you do in your homes that make your days, your weeks, your holidays happy and fulfilling. To me, that’s what life is all about. Have a great weekend!

 

xo

Nicole

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  • Have you heard of the new site Greatly? It is a website filled with amazing handmade items and we were brought on to create our own Tastemaker shop where we go through and pick our favorite items to be housed in our little Small Fry shop! We’re blown away by the talent we’ve seen on Greatly, Etsy is so saturated it’s really hard to discover new brands anymore, but with Greatly we’ve been so impressed and inspired! Check out our shop here!

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united states toys

We’re signing off for the week a little early to celebrate the 4th with our families! We’re so grateful to live in this wonderful country that affords us and our boys so many freedoms! To celebrate we wanted to share some of our favorite state-themed toys and decor!

We’ve talked about the Wanderlust Play Mat by Ella Lou (New York shown below, they also have San Francisco!) It is not only a beautiful activity mat but it looks amazing hung on the wall like a mural! Find them here.

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United States Toys

(1.) We’ve shared these a million times now, but no patriotic collection of toys would be complete without Uncle Goose! These state blocks are super educational just like their (2.) Presidential Blocks Version!

(3.) Miroslav Sasek knows how capture the essence of a city! These books so beautifully done and a great way to learn about each wonderful United States.

(4.) We love this Americana helmet, it’s equal parts patriotic and dare-devil. Perfect as usual Nutcase!

(5.) This pop-up skyline of San Francisco via Petit Collage is so incredible, it’s perfectly bright yet still gender neutral for any nursery. Petit Collage also has wood prints of loads of cities all over the world for a more space-efficient version!

(6.) Here’s that San Francisco play mat – we love the colors of this one!

(7.) There aren’t many things more American than a yellow cab. Wonderworld has a whole line of darling rubberwood vehicles that would make for an amazing collection.

(8.) More Miroslav Sasek for you Texans!

(9.) This bag of New York blocks is another reasons we can’t get enough of the MoMA store online. They curate the best toys, books and gifts!

(10.) How great is it that Target sells every state’s flag?! You know we love to decorate with them (see here!) they’re such a bold statement for the wall. Find them all here.