FRYday : Jenna

I am always thinking about my role as a mother. How it’s working, how I’m doing, how I can be approving, what’s next for me etc…One thing that has been etched in my mind these past two weeks is how truly unselfish the role of a mother is. I think about mom’s around the nation, the world, every day of my life. You’re plugging a long being superheroes while no one seems to notice or recognize. Sometimes I get frustrated that I can either be an AMAZING mom or a crappy one and there wouldn’t be a difference to anyone really. So the fact that I got my kids to the zoo, school, park, church etc… don’t really hold much more weight than if I let them watch TV all day. While I know that isn’t true it can certainly feel it at times. If you’re looking for validation in motherhood, there isn’t enough anyone could give you for what you truly deserve.  So while on most days this can be a thankless job, I want to thank four moms who aren’t in any public eye but just do a wonderful job regardless of who’s watching.

frydayRyan: My best friend since I was 12. This girl has moved her tiny family from South Carolina to France to Singapore and next to Korea all for her husband’s education and job. It hasn’t been easy but she has done it happily. Her children are well adjusted, excited, educated & loved all by her gentle, humerous & loving disposition.

Emily: I’ve never heard her complain a day in my life. Maybe about the fact that her diet coke was flat but NEVER about her children. She is patient to a point I hope to be & always puts those kids first. Her husband is gone a lot but yet she creates beautiful experiences for her babies to enjoy & cherish.

Jerai: Always and forever a hero of mine. Her son Brewer was born with a congenital heart defect & she faces it daily with courage and strength. Every day she does crafts & cooks with her boys, projects that never get pinned or instagrammed. They’re simply done with love & passion for her family.

Megan: In August she will graduate from nursing school at the age of 29. She put herself through school working a part time job, cleaning houses for a time & all while having two small children under 5. She is top of her class and sacrifices SO MUCH for her family. I can honestly say I couldn’t have done it.

Thanks for letting me give thanks to just a handful of the thousands of you who deserve all the thanks in the world. Happy FRYday.

xo- J

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A few fun things to share today!

First, don’t forget to enter the Albion Fitness suit giveaway!

Second, we’re sharing our favorite books from our youth, present-day, and what we hope to read in the future with our buddy Janssen at Everyday Reading. Read the post here.

Next, we shared our favorite picks from The Little Boss Shop on Instagram a few days ago and you all loved everything so much, they’re offering Small Fry readers 15% off your order, just enter “smallfry15″at checkout.

Little Boss Shop

Lastly, you all know how much we love Essential Oils at our homes, so we are really excited to co-host an All Natural Baby Event with lots of great natural baby brands on April 19th! We’ll be doing a craft for kids so bring them along and come say hi! See all the event info right here.

Natural Baby Event

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Poketti Pocket Plushies

This post is brought to you by Poketti.

We have the most amazing company to share with you today! Can you picture yourself in 7th Grade? For us, our biggest focus was how to get our moms to buy us a pair of Doc Martens, but Sydney had bigger plans. The founder and original creator, Sydney, created this product in for a entrepreneurial project for school. She loved the process so much she talked her family into turning into a real live business and they funded their $20,000 Kickstarter and started manufacturing right away. Presenting: Poketti Pocket Plushies!
Poketti Pocket Pillow

We love the Poketti as a non-candy option for our Easter baskets this year! And what kid doesn’t love a secret pocket?

Poketti Pocket Plushies

They’re the softest little pillows with a full pocket on the back for hiding treasures, for a tooth fairy pillow, or whatever your kiddo is carrying around these days! It’s the perfect size for a travel pillow and for little hands to tote around.

Poketti Pocket Pillow

They come in four darling animals Toni the Bunny (after her sister), Sydney (she loves penguins!), Baxter the puppy and Roxi the cat:

Poketti Pocket Plushies

Snag your favorite pal right here!

 

Poketti Pocket Pillow

 

Hayes’ shirt via Dana Leigh Apparel, we love this Pirate Pineapple one, too!

Albion + Small Fry Launch [giveaway!]

We’re so pumped to finally be sharing our swimsuit line with Albion Fit today! The suits have been out for a week or so now and we’ve been itching to share all about the party and these awesome suits!

We loved being able to share the evening with our lovely friends Brooke and Summer of the Girls With Glasses, who also had a line launch! We celebrated all things Summer, with giant popsicles for our photobooth props (DIY below!) and a Summer themed swag bag.

[Brooke, Jenna, Summer, Emily, Liz the Owner of Albion Fit, and Nicole]

Small Fry, Girls With Glasses Albion Suit Launch

We were able to dine with some of our favorite people, and then share the collections! We created our line based on Summer in France. We created 6+ suits that will be launched over time throughout the year, all under the “Bonjour été” Hello Summer!

Small Fry, Girls With Glasses Albion Suit Launch

We showed three of our suits that evening, three for girls and one for women (seen below!)

Small Fry + Albion Fit Launch

We have to admit having darling little ladies modeling for us was a sort of unfair advantage. So much squealing and ooh-aah-ing from the attendees. We loved it!

Small Fry + Albion Fit Launch

We loved being able to gift our friends with some of our, the Girls with Glasses, and Albion’s favorite Summer-themed items! The gift bag was packed full, but we wanted to share and thank the brands who donated in our behalf:

swag

Awesome Turkish Towels from Of One Sea for sunbathing or picnicking //  Tangled Tantrum products we can’t live without (especially with our boys’ crazy wild Summer hair!) // Graphic Infinity Scarves from Cents of Style and These darling “Here Comes the Sun” prints from Alexa Z.

And without further ado, here are the suits that are now available online! First, the “Who Moi?” suit:

Small Fry for Albion Fit Swim Suit

This suit is a black retro style fit with cream piping around the legs and neckline, with a cream bow and a halter, criss-cross back neckline.

Small Fry for Albion Fit Swim Suit

And second, the “Je t’aime Paris!”:

Small Fry for Albion Fit Swim Suit

This suit has our original Eiffel Tower print on the bottom, a black and white stripe bodice and a gold shimmer block belt in the middle! It comes with removable straps to create a halter, one shoulder, criss-cross back. So many options!

Small Fry for Albion Fit Swim SuitTo celebrate we’re giving away a suit from the line, winner gets to pick your favorite! Enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Party photography by Amanda Rumsey of Jessica Janae Photography.

Giant Popsicle Props

Photos by Jylare.

This craft is so easy it almost doesn’t even warrant it’s own post, but our launch party post was getting a little too packed! For our Summer-themed launch party with Albion Fit we quickly whipped up these oversized popsicles for the photobooth and they were a hit! If you’re interested here’s how we did it:

Oversized Foam Popsicle Prop

To make these all you need are:

popsicle supplies

Colorful foam sheets (we got the thicker of the two versions for this DIY), scissors, tongue depressors (found at the craft store) and hot glue!

All you do is stack two identical colored foam sheets on top of each other, and cut out the upside down “U” shape. You can also take bite marks out of the popsicle and we recommend drawing a cutting guide line for those, it’s trickier than it looks! Then, cover the stick on both sides (leaving about half glue-less for holding) and then sandwich the foam sheets on top of the stick and mirroring each other. Let it dry completely and you’re good to go!

Small Fry, Girls With Glasses Albion Suit Launch

 

Jenna: Top // Skirt // Bracelet

Nicole: Top // Jacket //  Pants

Emily: Top // Skirt // Shoes

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miffy inspired easter tote

Photos by Dear Lizzy.

First things first, for those of you who have already seen the awesome blog, Everything Emily’s Miffy Treat bag, we are aware and we have been in contact with her about our twin posts. When we spotted her project online, our own Emily about died. Having been working on this post pretty much simultaneously, and completely unbeknownst to one another, we can now say whole-heartedly: blogging inception is real! Now for the post:

Miffy Easter Tote DIY

One thing we’ve noticed the last couple years watching the boys hunt for Easter eggs is that they run around like maniacs collecting eggs, and each time they bend over, they lose an egg or two, or all! It’s so funny, until they get frustrated and start to panic. So, this year, to make it easier on them, here’s a tote bag that is Dropped Egg Proof!

Have you seen the amazing Miffy night lamp made from the popular books Miffy & Friends? It’s just amazing and catches your eye with it’s clean and minimal look. So with both of these two thoughts floating around, the Miffy Easter Tote was born!

Miffy Easter Tote DIYHere’s how you’ll do it:

Miffy Inspired Bunny Tote bag

For this project we used white duck cloth (3/4ths a yard is plenty!) for this tote for a couple reasons: It’s super thick and durable. And it hardly frays. So you don’t HAVE to hem it.

Fold your fabric in half and pin the sides down so it doesn’t move. Then Emily free-handed the Miffy shape with a fabric pencil right onto the duck cloth. Here are her steps and tips:

CUT out the shape, and repin inside the Miffy shape. Now for the sewing part. At first attempt, I sewed the tote and then turned it inside out, but the seam allowance changes the shape of the thick fabric so much, it almost didn’t look like Miffy anymore. So, sewing on the outside allows you to maintain the shape that you free-hand a lot better!

Now to PAINT Miffy’s face. I say paint before sewing because if you have a mess-up it’s a lot less annoying to start over only one step into it then ten. Miffy’s signature look is long bean-shaped eyes spread pretty far apart and then a wide X for a mouth. I used acrylic paint and let it dry completely before the next step!

Now for the wheres and hows of the thread: And, like my blogging inception buddy, I used BLACK THREAD for all except when sewing the very tip-top of the ears which are the tote’s handles. Use white for that small part, you hardly notice it and it doesn’t mess-up the clean black outline you’re going for.

easter miffy tote how to

To make this a functional tote bag, you only need to SEW the two identical pieces of duck cloth together on the bottom, and then up the sides stopping before Miffy’s head turns to Miffy’s ears. Then, the rest of the sewing is just for looks and to create continuity of the black outline. At this point you’ll have the start of a tote but the ears will still be separate from one another. This is what you want! From here, you will take only the top (the one you painted Miffy’s face on) piece’s ears, and you’ll sew up the sides, around the ears and back down, creating the black thread outline. Your ears will still be separate from one another but, they will have the black outline now.

Miffy Easter Tote DIY

Almost done! Now, change your sewing machine to WHITE THREAD. To create the tote’s handles, simply pin the front piece’s ears to the back piece’s ears and sew straight lines across the very top of the ears creating the tote’s handles! It sounds complicated when I am explaining it now, but it honestly took 5 minutes.

Miffy Easter Tote DIY

Lola’s “Balini” top via Wunway, thank you to Dear Lizzy for these photos and use of her darling daughter Lola!