Happy weekend everyone! Jenna is excused from today’s assignment ;), her Jude had a horrible allergic reaction and they spent the day (their first day of vacation, too) in urgent care. Feel better, Jude!! Also, wanted to let you know we took over Lakeshore Learning‘s Instagram this week reviewing our favorite educational toys! Check it out here. For the rest of us, here is what we’ve been thinking about this week…


DECORATING: Loving these lamps so much, I bought 3! And the price is unbeatable. And Target is doing buy $100 get $20 gift card if you needed any other reason!
WEARING: I’ve been loving a sporty one piece this summer! Here are a couple of my favorites by Sea Folly and Lulu Lemon — the Block Party (in black too!) and The Salty Swim Racer
READING: Coffee Table books are a true obsession for me, do U read them? Nah. But they are so so pretty. This is my latest favorite.
LISTENING: Fleetwood Mac on Spotify for the last 3 weeks straight. This is an awesome compilation.
WORRYING: Dating. I won’t expound further.
ANTICIPATING: Dating. I won’t expound further. 😉
DECORATING: Right on par with his brother, Cal was ready for a big boy bed juuuust before his 4th birthday. We are bunk-bedding it and he requested the top. Now I’m on the hunt for the perfect quilt to complement Hayes’ Meteorite quilt from Land of Nod (see it here.) Leaning towards these, (here, here and here) I LOVE that the Big League quilt is reversible!
WEARING: I don’t even tell people about my latest exercise craze because I’m selfish and don’t want the class to get too full, but my Nordstrom sale purchases were pretty much all work out gear so you know it’s love. Three different lengths – long, medium, short – but all great for sweating your heart out.
WATCHING: This TED Talk about addiction was really eye opening for me and hopeful. Portugal’s revolutionary program to rehabilitate addicts is inspiring, and more importantly successful!
LISTENING: Last weekend Russ and I went with two other couples to the Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind show sort of as a joke, but ended up having the best time. So. much. nostalgia. 3EB played Wounded which I used I listened to a million times in high school and would cry about various “traumas.” It basically made my life to hear it live. Also so glad I’m not 17 anymore.
WORRYING: Two of Hayes’ three best friends moved to a new city last week and I worried for weeks about the new family that would be moving in. Would they have kids our kids’ age? and a myriad of other worries to go along. Turns out they’re awesome and the new kid is sitting next to me eating cherries as I type. Sometimes (most times) I worry for nothing.
ANTICIPATING: I finally ran out of excuses and pulled in the reigns hard on iPad/iPhone usage and basically held my breath waiting for the kids to revolt. Cal was intolerable for a couple days but now it’s not really a big deal anymore. I’ve already seen improvements and can only imagine how much better things will get over time! He is my little introvert and I let it become a total crutch for when he gets overwhelmed.

hiking with kids

Hiking with kids is like doing pretty much anything else with kids. A little bit trickier. You have to slow down, factor the elements and their abilities, be prepared, and of course have hoards of snacks. Here’s one thing we hadn’t thought of that is now an absolute must, a hiking pack for your kiddo! We all did a big Small Fry hike this week and the boys had their own little packs with the built in water pouch and tube.Hiking with KidsThey all sipped on water the whole way up and back and we had to stop a fraction as many times as normal. This Osprey HydraJet pack is our new favorite. Super light weight, mesh pockets and lining so not too hot, and zippered pockets and pouches for the boys to stash their own snacks and treasures.Hiking with Kids

Another must is a kid carrier. We love baby wearing wraps and front carriers, but when you’re braving a mountain side you gotta have the harnessing system and that custom fit that only a hiking carrier can provide.Hiking with Kids This one right here is the Poco. You can detach that front pack for non-kid hikes,comes with a changing pad, a sunshade, easy side pockets for your phone, their pacifier, or any other frequently grabbed-for items. And of course that hip belt that makes a carrier feel like air. You can watch all the features in action right here.Hiking with Kids We love having our littlest hikers cheek to cheek. Makes sharing the hike and scenery even easier than our big boys who love to run ahead and leave us in the dust. :)Hiking with KidsWe are huge advocates for getting outside in nature with our kids everyday. Some hikes are bigger productions, and some are just more like walking, but you can’t beat that fresh mountain air!

Jenna at Squaw Peak, Rock Climbing (go girl!) and IdahoHiking with KidsNicole at Silver Lake, Scout Falls, Tibble Fork and Sundance.Hiking with KidsEmily hiking Stewart Falls, Sundance, Silver Lake and Battlecreek Falls!Hiking with Kids

Find your perfect Osprey fit on their website here!

SilverLake – a beautiful lake-side walk with a wood boardwalk trail in Salt Lake City. Great for strollers!

The Grotto – A 15-30 minute hike/walk into a waterfall! Perfect for kids and super pretty.

Cascade Springs – a Provo Canyon boardwalk through babbling Spring water!

Donut Falls – another SLC (Big Cottonwood) water fall hike! Gorgeous and the kids love that the waterfall is circular like a donut.

Bridal Veil Falls – easy drive up and park access or you can take the short paved trail. Provo Canyon. Another great stroller hike.

Escalante Trail – Spanish Fork walking hike with amazing views!

Battle Creek Falls – Another waterfall trail in Pleasant Grove, a moderately steep hike in parts but totally doable by even our two year olds last Summer!



more BBQ!

Just wanted to pop in and share more images from our film with HP yesterday! It was such a fun project to take on and our boys had the time of their lives and keep asking when the next BBQ with their buddies will be! You can find all the products we used for this party right here, but we’ll walk you through step by step!a
Summer BBQ

Download the whole hand sketched BBQ menu suite on this post.

Summer BBQRed tassel garland from Zurchers. We couldn’t believe how affordable these garlands are. We’ve spent quadruple on garlands in the past, but never again! Less than $10! Love these and they come in a hundred colors!Summer BBQ“Ziggy” Watermelon plate from French Bull. Such a fun site for fun tableware! Gingham napkins here. Plates, too!Summer BBQ Treat cups (perfect for ice cream, they even come with tiny spoons!)Summer BBQ Cannot reinforce the need for these condiment bottles more. No weird shaking, clear liquids or too much spilling out. Even application every time!Summer BBQ Just a couple merely for their faces:Summer BBQ Sunny, ha!Summer BBQ It’s easy to over think a BBQ menu but really the classics are classics for a reason. Summer BBQ Mason jars and striped straws.Summer BBQ Watermelon plates? YES!Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 10.39.19 PMFind all our BBQ favorites from this post and so much more on our BBQ Party Inspiration page at Zurchers.

See the film of how it all came together on this post!

Last Minute BBQ

By Emily.

This Summer has been full of surprises and “make it work” moments for me. Our home has been a constant flux of visitors from friends and family and on more than one occasion I’ve found myself doing last minute prep to feed loved ones. Nothing makes me happier than seeing them all enjoy themselves and feel at home here, so we’ve been extra planful about having the things we need to host comfortably. From ingredients to silverware, seating to fun games, keeping it on hand makes everything feel doable.

We’ve talked a few times on Instagram about the HP Instant Ink service that makes it so you never have to run to the store for ink again. They send it to you before you even realize you need it! For Small Fry, I handle all the documents and contracts, and am constantly running out of ink, so this is a service I can definitely get behind! Even better they’re offering 3 months of Instant Ink free with any HP printer purchase (sign up here!) To give it a whirl, I knew I wanted to create something fun for the kiddos to do that also helps me prep for the next get together.

My sister Charity sketched these darling barbecue elements and I printed them out on cardstock using this printer. Then have your tiniest BBQ guests watercolor the elements and you can use them either as decor (seen in the film!) or as markers for different dishes.

How sweet is this film? This post is a total family affair with my brother, videographer Collin Kartchner, whipping this up. We also have Charity’s pretty sketches free for you to download and print off for your own BBQ below!

Thanks to HP for bringing us on board for this Instant Ink campaign! While we were compensated for our efforts, as always all opinions are our own!

Kidz Bop 29 + Spotify

By Emily.

Music is life at our house and that has been one of the harder transition for me as a parent. I want to listen to my music, but when your kid is walking around church singing “Whatchoo gonna do with that big fat butt? Wiggle wiggle” it’s might be time to rethink priorities. It’s a hard balance of wanting to expose my kids to the good stuff, but also protecting them from adult-themed lyrics. (I know, Jason Derulo isn’t what I’d call good either, here they are singing actually good stuff) With that all being said, I can really get behind projects like the Kidz Bop series. Radio hits, but lyrics edited to be suitable for kids. Have your cake and eat it, too! Happily, Kidz Bop’s entire archive is now on Spotify!Summer Playlist

Check out some of our kiddos’ favorites for Summer in this playlist:

Since Small Fry’s conception we’ve used Spotify as our platform to share playlists for all kinds of things like our Halloween party, our dinner party for Alt last year, a lovey dovey Valentine’s mix and more! We also have a few playlists that aren’t kid-related, for other projects that you can all find on our Spotify profile here. Spotify premium is the only way to go, having access to virtually any song or album you can think of with a tap of a button is the best! They’re offering one Small Fry reader a whole year of Spotify Premium, so head to our Instagram page to enter! (@smallfryblog) Also, we’d love to add your kiddos’ favorite songs to our playlist, so comment here or on our Instagram and we’ll add them!

Grab Kidz Bop 29 here!

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