gender neutral shower


By Emily.

Thank you all for your congratulations on my gender reveal earlier this week! It’s always more fun to share things with you guys and it meant so much to me to read all your sweet words. Before our appointment, I was getting lots of “You’ve come this far, just don’t find out!” type of comments and it got me thinking how the whole thing goes down for those of you who opt to wait to know until delivery! So we teamed up with Shutterfly to do some digging and get a whole gender neutral experience put together for you all who might be curious, too! All these gender neutral shower invitations pictured throughout are from Shutterfly! There were so many neutral options to choose from, and personalizing them (even with little quotes on the back!) was such a breeze. Being able to choose color, font, even down to the way the invites are cut makes it feel so custom without the headache. I loved seeing how high quality each element was, definitely something we’d be proud to mail out!Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Delightful Polka Dots Invite (the quote says “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body” — Elizabeth Stone) with Red envelopes and Classic Yellow Address Labels] First, up I had to know the specifics for how parents decide to not find out. So we interviewed two willing readers and here’s what we learned! 1. What was your initial reason for waiting until delivery to find out? “My husband didn’t want to find out, but I did. We went out to dinner and decided the only fair way to decide was to flip a coin. He won.” – Deanna “I never wanted to know. My older sister had done it with some of her kids and talked about how exciting the delivery room was…the anticipation. I live for a good surprise, so I was sold.” – Erika Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Baby on the Way Invitations customized with a standard rounded edge and the due date and pregnancy picture on the back! // Peaceful Promise Address Labels2. Was it hard, easy, or different than what you thought it would be? “It was both easier and harder than I expected. It was especially difficult because both of my sisters were also pregnant and due within a month of me. They both found out that they were having boys and were buying matching outfits and things for their boys. It was easier once I got past that 20 week ultrasound and didn’t have a choice any longer.” – Deanna “My pregnancies were all easy, no complications, so I never had a ton of ultrasounds to tempt me. Or they say “But I have to PLAN!” You can do all that and not know the gender. There are so many adorable gender neutral clothes and decor.” – Erika 3. What were some perks to not knowing?Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Little Loungewear Sunshine Invitations // Polka Dot Thanks Address Labels (the matching thank you cards are also darling!] “I think the biggest perk was that everyone bought stuff off of our registry instead of cute outfits, shoes, hats, etc. We literally received every item we needed and hardly any clothes. Another perk was that I got to go out and buy clothes that matched my style and the personality of my baby instead. And of course, the moment that my husband yelled “It’s a boy” will forever be etched in my mind.” – Deanna “I LOVE to have a big crowd in my delivery room…the more the merrier. I think my 4 sisters were just as excited and anxious as Tyler and I were for each delivery. The screams of “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” are indescribable! (and then my mom would race out to buy up new boy or girl babies clothes for me to open while at my stay in the hospital.)” – Erika 4. Were there specific events, times of your pregnancy where it was harder than others? Gender Neutral Shower Ideas “The weeks surrounding my sisters finding out that they were both having boys were the most difficult. Also, my little sister is a labor and delivery nurse and was constantly offering to do an ultrasound on me. I considered it every time she offered, but always knew I had to stay true to the deal I had made with my husband.” – Deanna “You just have to have serious self control for twenty minutes during your ultrasound and then you’re home free.” – Erika

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So what do you all think? Is it doable for you? Something that entices or excites you? I got teary-eyed reading and picturing both Deanna and Erika’s level 10 excitement when they finally learn “It’s a boy!” at the end. Is there anything more thrilling?! I always like the idea of getting the actual stuff you need from your loved ones and picking out clothing and accessories on your own, it really is such fun and personal experience that I enjoy a lot!

Now that you have a few awesome customizable invite options from Shutterfly, here are some of our favorite gifts that could swing either way, too! genderneutral2 Solly Baby Wrap – this comes in so many beautiful shades but the gray stripe is perfectly neutral and goes with everything! // Gertie the Good Goose, a cousin to the classic Giraffe but we love the pops of orange! Free of any chemicals and super safe for babies // Diapers! Diapers are such a necessity and having them shipped to you is the best gift of all. Via Honest. // Books! We’ve had friends hold book only showers, where the guest of honor just gets great baby books! You can never have too many of those and this book is a touch and feel book which makes it tip top in our book! // Freshly Picked Moccasins, their Crib moccs are perfect for new feet and this gray is neutral and so sweet. // I also loved the idea of everyone going in on one awesome splurge gift like a stroller or car seat. This beautiful bassinet would make any mama so happy! // Finding gender neutral toys is easier and easier these days, this modern rocking chair is something they can grow into for years to come!

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#zootopiaonthelot!

By Jenna:

Small Fry was recently invited to a screening of the Disney film, Zootopia! Lucky for me I’m the California Small Fry so my family go to go. I felt so honored to be a part of such a fun night, especially since my whole family was invited and I love events where we can all go together!!disneystudio

First of all we are HUGE Disney fanatics – like next level. And so it was such a treat to go to Disney Makers Studio and be “behind the scenes” of the Disney Magic. Walt Disney is a huge hero of mine and his visionary ways have truly been unmatched.

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Going in to the screening there was TOO MUCH excitement from my boys to get a picture so this is the best we could swing. Have you ever seen a movie without previews?? It was so much fun. And the movie was AWESOME – my kids died over it. I also love that it was full of adult (but clean) humor as well so it was entertaining for everyone of all ages! We did leave Lolly at home with a sitter and I was glad for that since the party was hopping (see what I did there) for a while 😉

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(Boys are wearing Peek Kids)

Missing the rest of our Small Fry boys so much in this picture!

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After the party we got to play with some of our blogger friends, meet some new ones and dine on mac and cheese and other yummy delights! We partied pretty hard and spotted some fun reality celebs like the girls from The Bachelor and Dance Moms 😉 We had so much fun exploring #zootopiaonthelot and if you follow that hash tag you can see a lot of other fun pics!

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Oh! Got a lot of questions on my outfit. The lighting was pretty rough outside so this is the best I could get. The old bathroom selfie never disappoints. But really the show stopper is that floor tile – love it.

Shirt // Pants // Boots

 

 

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zimmerman shoes

No Friday today, because we realized we hadn’t checked around the web for Easter options for your kiddos! Priorities, people.

First up, we know how you all love a good Spring two-tone from our last Easter post and these beauties from Zimmerman are so sweet! They’re made right here in the USA at a historic factory in Pennsylvania. They have awesome flexible leather soles and are perfect shoes for your kiddos earliest Easters. Here’s our two favorite colors for boys:Zimmerman Shoes

And for girls. How sweet, right? They’re just such a classic and that scalloping detail? Get outta here.

ZIMMERMANZimmerman ShoesAs for clothing, it’s funny how some shops just stand-out during these types of Holidays and this season is no different. See if you can spot the favorites.

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Easter Best!

Is Easter really in only a couple weeks? We picked some favorites from Zappos to help get us prepared for Easter Sunday. We all love to get dressed up for dinner with our families and here’s what we had our eyes on to help bring in the new Season and Holiday.

NICOLE:

Is there anything better than a dapper baby boy? Love these smart two-tone lace-ups. I love that they can be dressed up or down and feel very appropriate for Spring.Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 9.44.19 PM

Two tone blue // Two Tone Gray + Bone

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For me I love blush tones for Spring, and these nude pumps are going to go with everything from now until forever. Such a perfect staple heel to have in your closet!

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EMILY:

I wasn’t super excited to splurge on a Spring dress I could only wear for a short while, so I grabbed a simple shift from my closet and focused on finding a fun new pair of shoes instead! I can wear those no matter what is happening on top, right? These GX by Gwen Stefani pair caught my eye with their bold heel and orange accents. The snakeskin print is basically a neutral in my eyes. I would totally wear these with jeans and a simple top, too.

IMG_5868 IMG_5879 (1)Like shoes, (hoping) I won’t grow out of these beautiful Rebecca Minkoff pieces! At this stage in my pregnancy accessories are the most fun to shop for myself and both these pieces grabbed my attention. I love these earring jackets (basically anytime when there’s both a decorative front piece and back piece to your earring I’ve noticed it called a jacket.)IMG_5887And this cuff is so pretty and simple alone but I’ll probably add it to my regular stack, or paired with a watch, too. IMG_5893 (1) JENNA:

SO happy to see my favorite brand for jeans, Joe’s, making beautiful shoes, too! These bone + grey heels are such a great addition to my Spring wardrobe and Easter best!IMG_5902I love that it’s a mule, almost clog style which is so on-trend for this season. They look amazing with jeans, too and I feel like they’ll get a lot of play for many months to come!IMG_5906 (1)

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it’s a…

…nother boy!! 🙂 And we’ve got a fun Freshly Picked giveaway to celebrate the news! FullSizeRender

The day is finally here! I honestly didn’t intend to be 6 months along before we had our 20 week ulltrasound, but when we switched to a different insurance I figured “I’ll just wait until it kicks in.” But then I went out of town, and then Russ went out of town, and then bam what do you know. 24 weeks. It might not seem like a big deal to anyone else but my last two pregnancies I found out gender at 16 weeks so this felt like an eternity! Hoping this means the last few months will fly by. We will see! It's A...!

Since I know you will ask, I was a little sad to learn that we wouldn’t get a chance at having a girl. Mainly because I’m not sure if we’ll have anymore kids. But, more than any sense of disappointment, I feel absolute relief that this baby looks healthy and has everything he needs to start life off on the right foot. 10 fingers 10 toes and all of that. The odds that any baby comes healthy blows my mind. So many factors and so many amazing miracles at every turn.

With that being said, I am so blessed to be a mom of three healthy, amazing boys. We cannot wait to meet this little guy! His profile is looking like his brothers and he’s the most active in-utero I’ve ever experienced. The countdown to July is on!

To celebrate we wanted to gift all of you amazing and supportive friends two chances to win Freshly Picked moccasins! I wish I could’ve dug out all our old pairs from storage. These moccs are one of the only items or brands that all three of my boys will wear from the very first months of life. So the perfect giveaway, right? Good luck!!
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