We are giving our FRYdays a little makeover today, we hope you like it! Just a little peek into different elements of our lives each week in the form of these little lists. We hope you’ll share yours with us, too!


FRYday: Nicole

WEARING: I can’t help it, I love a beautiful neutral and a crisp classic. This Summer I am loving this Popover, these sandals and these fantastic earrings.

READING: “Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons: helps parents restore the delights of boyhood and enable today’s boys to become the mature, confident, and thoughtful men of tomorrow. Boys will always be boys–rambunctious, adventurous, and curious, climbing trees, building forts, playing tackle football, and pushing their growing bodies to the limit as part of the rite of passage into manhood. But today our sons face an increasingly hostile world that doesn’t value the high-spirited, magical nature of boys.” That summary alone sold me!

LISTENING: Bijou Market’s Spring Playlist, I can’t quit it!

ANTICIPATING: Kindergarten for Dash. Ugh!

DECORATING: I love decorating with beautiful coffee table books, some of my favorite recent purchases Christian Louboutin, Tom Ford and Harper’s Bazaar’s Greatest Hits. Locals, Alice Lane’s Wonderland has an incredible selection!

WORRYING: Always worrying about raising Dash and Sunny in a split family.

WATCHING: I don’t watch TV (it’s true she doesn’t, ever! -Em) but my boys have been loving the Leap Frog shows on Netflix!


FRYday: Jenna

WEARING: I am obsessed with these Lululemon pants. I know a lot of products say you can wear them from working out to everyday activities, but these you actually can. // Wearing these sandals like crazy, such a great Summer staple that can be dressed up or down. // Also, this highlighter is crazy amazing!

READING: The Smartest Kids in the World. I’ve been thinking lots about how what we focus and praise our kids for is what they become. I’ve seen how the school system can try to label and confine and I always hope to celebrate children for being just who they are! Loving this book.

LISTENING: This American Life on NPR. Always so good, but the “Batman” epsiode is not to be missed.

ANTICIPATING: Visiting Utah this month and eating all the things!!

DECORATING: With plants! Ivy, rubber plants, Hydrangeas, succulents, whatever I can get my hands on!

WORRYING: About vaccinating Lolly. For some reason it’s been really tough for me this time and I can’t bring myself to do it even though I believe in it!!

WATCHING: The Sandlot is on daily at my house, my boys are obsessed. Don’t blame them!

EMILY:FRYday: Emily

WEARING: I’m having a fringe moment. I can’t explain it. These sandals and this top for starters.

READING: I’ve had These is My Words recommended to me one hundred times, and I finally bought and devoured it. It lives up to all the hype.

LISTENING: I have listened to Sia’s Elastic Heart on repeat for days. I tend to do that, overplay until I’m sick of it. The lyrics stay with me long after the song is over.

ANTICIPATING: My older sister and her little guy (and her little gal in utero!) are coming to stay with us for a month while her husband moves them cross country and I can’t wait!

DECORATING: Nicole and Jenna got me on the pouf train. I switched out my ottoman for a giant one from Home Goods and this one, too! I love that its multifunctional and the boys never stop playing with them.

WORRYING: My little brother got himself into some trouble and is facing the consequences. I am praying non-stop for his welfare. It has re-bonded my family together which is a definite silver lining!

WATCHING: I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the Jinx after we watched it a couple months ago. Until I watched Going Clear. This world, man. Both are on HBO (the HBO GO app is free for the first month, so get it and watch both immediately. That is if you can handle insane people.)



best baby rattles

Everyone we know is pregnant. Have we said this before? It feels like there is a definite pregnancy wave – it rises and falls – and right now it’s high tide! As we prep for Baby Shower season here are some beautiful modern options for the perfect addition to any gift. We love tying these to the packaging on our gifts as a little added touch.
Modern Baby Rattles1. Baby Bear Shaker // 2. Jack the Sailor // 3. Plan Toys Preschool Rattle // 4. Floppy Ear Dog Rattle // 5. Hape Mr. Magic Rattle // 6. Triangle Castanets // 7. Graysen the Sailor

Need more ideas for your own new arrival? Check out our new baby archives! And some fan favorites:

Best of Baby Bows // Best of Bottlefeeding // Best of Breastfeeding // Best Newborn Gowns

Collapsable Coat Rack DIY

Now that we have a hat rack for the boys, we realized we didn’t have a great entry, mud room option for ourselves! We tend to walk in drop a pile of stuff we bring in from the car and it just sort of stays there. This DIY is super easy and incredibly transportable, not to mention folds completely flat when you want to tidy up.
NCC_9774Here is all you need:coat-hangerWooden Dowels. We chose 1″ thick dowels 4 ft long. They are just a couple of dollars at any lumber supply store.

A couple feet of white string.

Paint. We chose black and white cause we had it in the garage, and cause it always looks clean and chic.

Paint the dowels and let dry.

Lay them flat out on the floor and wrap the string around all three, about 3/4 of the way to the top. Tie the string as tight as you can in a secure knot. Then stand the dowels upright and spread the three out until it stands stable.NCC_9750Then fold it up and put it away until the next guests arrive. Or keep it out for daily use!NCC_9818Whats on our rack? Madewell Transport tote, the best Panama Hat, Hunters, and Sunny’s Cloud PJs that we just die over.Untitled-1

artifact uprising [giveaway!]

We along with our kids get pretty spoiled here at Small Fry, so we’re always looking for ways to show our appreciation for the daddios who can seem overlooked in this space. We’re excited for Father’s Day this month and the perfect excuse to plan ways to spoil the wonderful fathers in our lives. Today we’ve teamed up with Artifact Uprising – a favorite source for beautiful prints and accessories from our Instagram feeds – to share an easy way to spoil your man this Father’s Day (order by June 14th to get it in time!) And don’t forget to enter below to win a $150 credit!Father's Day DIY All you need are a set of square prints from Artifact, printed right off your Instagram feed. Then photo-bomb (get it?) his office, car, bedroom, bathroom, wherever he will stumble first thing Sunday morning. We simply used wall tacky to adhere the prints right to the wall, writing “Love Dad” then he gets to take a chance to look at each print and take in just how much he’s loved. We love the idea of starting a secret Instagram feed to take pictures just of him and the family so it’s all new-to-him photos. Father's Day DIYIf you’re looking for more gift ideas we love these beautiful hard cover books which make perfect additions to any coffee table or book shelf.Fathers Day DIY Father's Day DIY And of course Instagram friendly books that make printing our memories so easy and beautiful. We love the idea to print the occasional blank page to make room for wiring memories and special notes. Another added element that we know dad would love!Father's Day DIY


Need more ideas for your prints? A display system for your wall and a bedroom headboard!

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3 Steps to a Happier Boy

By Jenna.

I’ve talked before on here about my happy, emotional, bold, fun loving, intense little Jude and I took to Instagram to recently share the successes we’ve had with him lately and wanted to share an extended version of my thoughts here. To be honest things got really bad right before and after we had our third baby. He LOVES her, but I think not being the baby anymore threw him and his needs weren’t being met as well. Here is some unsolicited advice that I’ve found helps with our high spirited child!cents11. Eliminate or drastically cut back on sugar, juice and in our case dairy. I notice significant dips in good behavior when Jude has eaten an excessive amount of these things. We still allow them but are very conscious of the portions he gets. FIRST getting him full with healthy fats, protein and fruit is crucial. Often times he was filling up on liquids or empty calorie foods that wouldn’t help feed his brain properly. cents42. Limit screen time. This one has been a game changer for us. I no longer give him the iPad, my phone or any handheld device. They are a rabbit hole of entertainment that he can’t tear himself away from and gets VERY upset when it’s time to move on. It over stimulates him and in general just makes him angry. Giving him opportunities for educational computer games occasionally has been so beneficial and also giving him a 5 minute warning that his time is almost up! I honestly wish I could be brave enough to get rid of TV all together. cents33. Setting a routine and sticking to it. He LOVES a routine. Being conscious of what triggers him has helped me establish one that works for us. For instance he needs to eat the moment he gets up. If we wait then things get off to a bad start. Also he loves a routine of essential oils we do before bed. I massage his feet and we talk about his day, say our prayers, sing a song. He just loves that and it wraps up our day so well. cents2I’m sharing this with you because perhaps you have a sweet little soul like my boy and are needing help like I was a couple months ago! We definitely haven’t arrived and he still definitely tries my patience to place I didn’t know existed, but we have TRULY come leaps and bounds with these small changes.

Isn’t it such a privilege to love a person so deeply that you are anxiously engaged in understanding them, figuring out why and how they tick? His happiness means the world to me and bringing that out more in him has in turn made me happier!

Thanks to Cents of Style for helping us get dressed for today’s post!

Clothing Details:

Jenna // Sandals // Rings // Sweater // Jeans // Watch

Jude // Shirt //  Pants // Shoes // Cloud Pillow