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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Another weekend is upon us! Nicole and Emily will be at the Made to Matter event (scroll one post down for details!) tomorrow and Jenna is on her way back through Utah to head up to their favorite Summer getaway in Idaho! We’ve got a full couple days while Jenna is here and we’ll be sure to share it all with you soon! Have a great weekend, everyone!
WEARING: I’ve bought mutliple of each of these, cause white sure gets dirty, but I can’t help it, I want to wear this same combo everyday! Top // Bottoms // Hat
READING: The kids and I flip through our Chatbooks ALL THE TIME. It’s the happiest!
LISTENING: Apple Music, DUH!!
WATCHING: The mini movies at the beginning of Home are HILARIOUS. We are loving them around here.
Decorating: I’ve finally been getting around to printing photos of my little ones from Christmas, taken by Lindsey Orton. Also living for the brown Ribba frames from Ikea. You can see them all displayed in this post! My trick to the Ikea frames is to flip the cream colored matte they sell with it around, the underside is white and so much more clean looking.


WEARING: This tan. Seriously I finally found the gold mine in self tanner. The mitt is the game changer, get on this right now! It’s so awesome.

READING: I bought this for Andrew for Father’s Day and it makes me tear up every time! So funny and so cute, but so tender. Who knew Jimmy Fallon had it in him??
LISTENING: Taylor Swift’s 1989 has been the soundtrack to two of my Summers and now I have the song book to play some tunes on the piano. Call me 14.
WORRYING: About Summer ending!! It feels like it’s creeping up so so soon! School in California starts August 11th, and I’m just not ready to let summer go.
Decorating: With Loom Goods. Love their new line especially the new No. 4 pillow.
Watching: Real Housewives. I CAN’T BE STOPPED.
WEARING: Summers always have me simplifying my accessory game. I don’t want to have to worry about my jewelry if we want to head to the lake, if I’m working out, or just falling into bed. I haven’t taken these 14K gold baby hoops out in months, they’re endless hoops so it’s like wearing nothing at all. I top it all off with several custom Pri Bing rings and midis, too.
READING: “What you spend years building might be destroyed overnight, build anyway.” This line from Mother Teresa’s “Anyway” poem stood out to me and is something I keep in the front of my mind.

LISTENING: My anxiety is through the roof with some new stressors as of late. My mom used to have me listen to Bob Griswold at night and I am dying laughing even typing this. They’re hilarious and totally whackadoodle, but they work! Guided Relaxation for life.

WORRYING: We bought Callum his puppy (pics on @emilyframe) and he is the sweetest little guy that ever lived. We picked him because he was the most mellow of the litter and turns out he was mellow because he was sick. Poor guy is on antibiotics now and should be on the mend (and fingers crossed still mellow!) here soon.

ANTICIPATING: A date night. Man do I need one. I just need a sitter to magically appear first.

DECORATING: With our new pup comes a whole new slew of crap, and that crap isn’t so cute. BUT! Martha nailed it with this sweet dog brush.

WATCHING: I get asked about this every time someone new drives with us, so I figured I should share! I bought this huge collection of old cartoon shorts a few years ago and my kids are obsessed. Lots are black and white and even silent film style, and hearing them laugh and laugh at these old shorts makes me so happy. They just don’t make cartoons like they used to!