hey jude


Thinking back to the night before I had my second baby, Jude, where was I? Uncomfortable, wanting, wishing, waiting. Not knowing what would happen the very next day at 4:06 pm.

The hour we became a family of four and my entire life changed. It’s funny how that works, how what you’ve known forever just shifts in this short but monumental moment. A moment that when remembered, lifts me up in to a euphoric happiness even on the saddest of days. [KEEP READING FOR THE ENTIRE ESSAY.]

I delivered my second baby without an epidural. On purpose. I’m not amazing – every mother delivers a miracle no matter what route they take, I’m just a crazy person who did it unmedicated. Regardless of opinion on the matter, I loved my experience & I’ll tell you why. Continue reading hey jude

“Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of
intellect. The wisest know nothing.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 This quote is especially poignant today with the news of the tragedies at Sandy Hook Elementary. We are sorrowful and disheartened at such unspeakable events and our hearts and prayers go out to each family effected. Since there are no words to lessen this tragedy, we will wait, and opportunities arise to give aid, we will be the first in line and will be sure to alert you of them as well. We are so grateful for the health and safety of our own families, and hope you squeeze your loved ones a little tighter today.

small fry family favorites [closed]

Congratulations to Jess Peters who won this giveaway!

One last giveaway, and it is a good one! We’ve picked our favorite gifts that benefit the whole family and each one would make an incredible gift on its own, but altogether you’re looking at over $400 of Christmas cheer.

1. One of our partners, Bluum is generously giving away 3 months of their popular Bluum box! Each month you can sign up to receive samples of the latest gear, books, technology, gadgets, food, and toys for parents and kids. We’ve gotten a few Bluum boxes so far and they are awesome! Edible crayons? A book on positive parenting. You know it’s good if it comes in a Bluum box!

2. Our favorite return address stamp, customized however you like! We use these of course for all our mail, but you can even stamp your books, movies, or any other lendable belongings. By Banter and Charm.

3. My Quotable Kidbook: kids really do say the darndest things. We’ll be laughing to tears during the day, and then our husbands come home and all the sudden we can’t remember exactly what the boys said that was so funny. It’s good to keep a record, and this book is perfect for just that!

4. Nine Stickygrams! Printing photos is sort of a lost art, but Stickygrams makes it really easy, just go in pick a few of your favorite Instagrams and they’ll send them right out.

5. How far up your family tree can you name? We can’t go very far unfortunately, but Family Tree Kits to the rescue! They have perfected the family tree with this minimal and stunning kit. Remember the generations that have come before you and have a beautiful piece of art displayed in your home at the same time!

6. The Stendig Wall Calendar is our favorite functional nod to the sixties. Each giant page is beautifully minimal, and goes with just about any decor.

7. Ashmae Family Portraits are our favorite way to capture our families at all our growing stages. A hand-drawn and watercolored custom portrait is the perfect gift and Ashmae is retiring these portraits at any minute, so you may very well be getting the last one!

8. Careaboo Luxury Blankets need little introduction. It’s like being wrapped in cool and soft mink, perfect for a family cuddle session.

9. Finally, battle the cold winter months with an indoor/outdoor play tee pee! You’ve seen these popping up everywhere, but Clemmie Sue‘s is the best value you’ll find!

Okay, here’s how to enter!

Are you ready to win?

1. Leave a comment letting us know your favorite family gift you’ve given or received.

2. For extra entries follow Small Fry on any of the following sites & leave comments for each of the following entry opportunities: Small Fry Facebook  Instagram (@smallfryblog) Small Fry Pinterest.

3. Instagram your favorite item on any of these gift guides (or Small Fry’s button below if you can’t choose just one) using and tag us #smallfryfavoritethings.

4. For 5 extra entries put Small Fry’s button on your blog and link here: http://smallfryblog.com

This giveaway will close Tuesday the 18th in an effort to get the winner’s loot to them by Christmas. The winner will be randomly selected and notified and has 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

head to toe: goat-milk

Goat-Milk is one of those companies with so much passion for quality kids clothes that you can’t help but jump on board. Roland traveled for his job, and when his friend and co-worker Tania realized he was going to Spain, she requested underclothing for her kids.  She remembered the quality from her childhood there and wanted the same for her own kids. Roland would bring her back pieces each time he traveled to Europe and eventually they started their own brand, with a new stamp of eco-friendly practices. 100% organic and 100% gorgeous, here’s Goat-Milk from head to toe:

On Matthew:

On Dash:

These are the type of pieces that you will be washing in every load because they get worn so much, and with each wash, we can attest, only improves their comfortability. With a full unisex line, these pieces will be loved through your whole family. Check out the list of retailers both online and brick and mortar that carry Goat-Milk right here.

dear santa,

As parents, some of us are Santa Clause apologists, while others are a little bit on the fence. Do we push this idea on our kids, or do we go another route? We know we had these same questions, but it seems kids find their way to the magic of Santa Clause with or without our help! Here’s a couple projects you can do with your kids to share in their excitement for The Big Guy.

First, a letter (and free printable!) to Santa hand lettered by Maypole.

And next, we have quickly become obsessed with Pebeo’s porcelain markers. You can draw and erase as much as you’d like until your find your perfect design, then just bake for a bit and you’re done! Here are a few designs we whipped up for the kids to put their cookies for Santa on:

Thanks to Pebeo and Maypole for sponsoring this project post!

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Congratulations to Michelle Botkin who won this giveaway!

We must really be feeling the Holiday spirit with all these giveaways! We just love you that much. We know most either love or hate ’em, so we appreciate your patience this month!

For today’s giveaway we wanted to share our boys’ holiday best ensembles. Nothing is cuter than seeing your little sprouts dressed to impressed. Whether it’s for a formal party, or church services, you can’t beat a boy in a tie!

Two special items we’d like to point out in these dapper looks are the belts, by My Baby Belts. If you have boys then you already know how hard it is to find belts for them, maybe it’s the same deal for girls as well? Either way, My Baby Belts makes durable leather belts with darling designs, bright colors, and embellishments.

Also, each of our boys are sporting the wonderfully high quality neckwear from Colin’s Closet and they are hosting today’s giveaway for $50 to the shop! If you don’t want to risk it you can get 20% off by using the code SMALLFRY20.

To enter:

1. Visit Colin’s Closet and let us know your favorite neck piece.

2. Like Colin’s Closet on Facebook for insider deals and discounts.

3. Instagram a pic of a favorite outfit of your own, or your favorite kiddo. Use #smallfrythreads and mention us @smallfryblog so we can see it!

4. For 5 additional entries put our button on your blog linking back to Small Fry.

Want more details about our boys’ holiday looks? Keep reading… Continue reading holiday best [closed]

small fry christmas favorites [closed]

Congrats to our winners Iris T and Stacie Rogers for winning these gift guides!

Today we are teaming up with our friend Jillee again sharing our favorite gifts for boys and girls, and we’ll be choosing one winner  for the girl’s guide and one for the boy’s to have delivered right to your door! There are so many of these floating around, so we weren’t sure if the internet could take another one, but it is our most requested post by far, so here you go friends!

If you’re looking for a gift guide filled with great gifts to put on your own list, check out Jillee’s favorite things giveaway happening today, too! Also, check in later this week for another giveaway filled with gifts for the whole family. Now, onto the kids!

First, for girls valued at nearly $400! Whether it’s handmade gifts like the modern Hot Air Balloon mobile, or doll and doorway puppet theater from Land of Nod. Gifts to spark her imagination like the Roald Dahl book set, Ikea Art Easel, Pottery Barn Dollhouse or Melissa and Doug Cookie Set. Add on a pair beautiful J.Crew glitter flats, or the timeless Fjallraven Kanken backpack to help get her where she needs to go!

For boys, it’s all about beautifully designed pieces that can take a beating. Wood toys from Melissa & Doug and Dwell. Sturdy Hunter wellies, the thick canvas Deuz playmat (seen in yesterday’s post), a wood toy airport Plan Toys are all going to stand test of time. For all that energy they carry around we love the Penny skateboard, Kid O Bilibo chair, and Prince Lionheart Wheely Cow. There are so many beautiful books out there, but we love Miroslav Sasek‘s “This is” series that teaches us about new and exciting places.

Are you ready to win?

1. Leave a comment letting us know which gift guide you want to come home with you!

2. For extra entries follow Small Fry or Jillee on any of the following sites & leave comments for each of the following entry opportunities: Facebook (Small Fry / Jillee) Instagram (@smallfryblog / @jillsgoodthings) Pinterest (Small Fry / Jillee)

3. Instagram your favorite item on any of these gift guides (or Small Fry’s button below if you can’t choose just one) using and tag us #smallfryfavoritethings.

4. For 5 extra entries put Small Fry’s button on your blog and link here http://smallfryblog.com

a gift guide peek

Tomorrow morning we’ll be sharing our must-have items for girls and boys and one lucky winner will get to pick which gift guide they’d like to take the whole bundle home with them! We’ve been scouring the internet, testing out products and thoughtfully picking each item. Here’s a sneak peek at one of the several items on the gift guide: a Deuz playmat from Ella Lou. 100% organic cotton, ethically handmade in India and absolutely gorgeous. We love Ella Lou and their expertly curated shop full of French-inpsired goods.

Check out this helicopter and whale wood push toys, pictured below. Darling!

Shop Ella Lou here / Like Ella Lou on Facebook / Follow Ella Lou on Pinterest / Read their blog here.

and enter to win one of your own tomorrow!

Also, congrats to London of A London Review for winning the iPhone or Canon DSLR giveaway! Email us your address and your pick and we’ll send it right out!

small fry christmas cards

Now that all our Christmas greeting cards are signed, sealed and delivered, we can finally share them with you! Bri of Collected Blog designed each of them and she nails it every time. We kept our cards a surprise from one another and even thought it was risky, luckily they all ended up unique to each of us.

Nicole went simple in design and brought big punches of color with their family photo.

Christmas Greeting Card by Collected Blog

Jenna shared her family’s year of traveling and installed a little baker’s twine map!

Travel-log Christmas Card by Collected Blog

 Emily put together an infographic marking the year in numbers, milestones, travels, and funny tidbits.

Infographic Christmas Card by Collected Blog

No matter what you need for your Christmas card greeting this year, Bri is your girl. She can do it all, check her blog and portfolio out here. She’s also running a 12 Days of Free Downloads for Christmas, and they’re flawless. Check it all out here.

Happy holidays from us to you, if you’d like to swap cards digitally, link to your own Christmas card posts in the comments, we’d love to see what you cooked up!

Styling Credits: Washi Tape provided by The Sewing Post, lumberjack by Roxy Marj.

home cozy home

We’re in that funky time of year where there isn’t any snow (and hence no fun snow activities to be had) but it’s still bitter cold. We’ve been cataloging ideas for great indoor activities to do with our kids that don’t involve a screen, and Roxy Marj is topping the list!

The Roxy Marj Etsy shop is incredible and has such a vast collection of cool pieces, and we especially love the coloring posters! While it takes some restraint from the more controlling sides of us, letting the boys fill it with color provided us all a morning of fun and an awesome piece of art for our walls.

Head to Roxy Marj on Etsy to see the series of coloring posters, we all have the “Home Cozy Home” piece in our own houses and love it! And if you’re needing a jolt of creativity this morning, may we suggest Roxy Marj’s blog. Just try to go one page without pinning something.