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This time next week it is officially Halloween season! Here is one easy decor piece that you can use on outdoors or inside, the Boo Banner! Here’s how you’ll do it:
Boo BannerStart by cutting out your piece of black felt. The easiest way to create this shape is to mark the center of the felt, choose the angle you like and mark both sides so you know how steep to cut. Then take a wooden dowel and hot glue it to the very top of the back of your black felt. Do a little extra glue on both sides and then glue down twine, yarn or cord of your choice. We chose an orange cord for this for a little pop of color! Also, use a pencil or something small to tuck the cord into the glue, glue gun burns are no joke.
Boo Banner

Once it’s dry, do another strip of glue below the dowel and roll the dowel over it, making a nice clean covered and finished look on the back! Then taking a contrasting color of felt – we went with white – cut out your letters! Small, like really small dabs, of hot glue are hardly noticeable through the white felt! Let it dry and hang.

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Find all our Halloween crafts, parties, and costume ideas right here!

For more Halloween decor check out our Felt Ball Witch Garland and 3D Halloween Balloons!

it’s bedtime!

We’ve teamed up with Lamps.com – a family owned lighting business that dates all the way back to 1914, Happy 100 Year birthday to them! – today to share a peek into the blessed, highly sought after, at times bittersweet, bedtime at our homes. Some days we might think forward to it a little too much, or anticipate maybe a little too early in the day, but when it all comes down to it, bedtime is such a sweet time as a parent. So many wonderful hushed conversations, time to talk and giggle and of course, time to read and sing and enjoy each other one more time before lights out! Before we get to our favorite bedtime books, here’s a little bit about the lamp if you’d like to hear!

Lamps.com was so nice to send us some lighting in preparation for today’s post! It was so hard to choose, they have a seriously impressive collection! But, we think the Pixo Desk Lamp is the perfect lamp for a little boys room (or pretty much any room for you modern decor lovers!) Pixo Desk Lamp It has that high shine lacquer (easy to wipe down!) and sleek simple lines. It boasts a USB cord right at the base which is so nice for charging devices without having to move furniture around to get to the plug!Pixo Desk Lamp This Pixo Desk Lamp is made by one of Lamps.com’s featured brands, Pablo Designs and their entire collection is so great! Here’s a few more that we have our eye on by Pablo Designs.

1. The Pixo comes in several colors and we debated heavily on whether to try out the “Azzure” or “Glow”. They’re both so great! 2. We also love this Tube Top lamp which has an acrylic base lamp that comes in a bunch of great colors, we loved the clear and red best! 3. Then the Piccola Accent lamp is super cool with its weighted bottom! You can turn and swivel the metal pole so the lightbulb shines where you need it, while the base holds firm! You can see how they decorated the Tube Top lamp into a extra special room in this video here! It’s a touching story of how a soldier who sent home from Iraq with a head injury nominated his wife and now caretaker for a bedroom makeover.

Pablo Designs

And now back to our bedtime books! Each of us has a special bedtime routine with each of our individual kids, we think it might be fun to talk more about that soon! In the meantime, here are our boys’ most favorite bedtime story books, the ones they request when they say “just onnnne more?”

Favorite Bedtime Books

Dr Seuss’s Sleep Book// Spoon// Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day// Hug Machine// Where’s Walrus?// The Hueys in the New Sweater// Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!// This Moose Belongs to Me// The Going-To-Bed Book// The Day the Crayons Quit//Lost and Found//The Napping House//

What books are must-reads before bedtime at your house?

Thanks to Lamps.com for sponsoring sponsoring this review. You can find more inspiration on their Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds all @lampsdotcom! Thank you for supporting the brands that make Small Fry possible!

 

monster puppets

You parents of school-kids, do you participate in their classrooms? We hear the PTA is no joke! We love being able to observe or join our boys anytime their being creative, so volunteering for their art time at school is right up our alley. This craft is a perfect project to bring for a big classroom. The supplies are super inexpensive and the kids love it! Here’s how you can recreate it at your own schools!

You can purchase these Craft Foam Sheets at any craft store, then grab a bag of tongue depressors (popsicle sticks are a little too thin for this), glue and scissors and you’re ready to go!

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You can cut out a plethora of shapes beforehand to help get them started, or let them go wild with their imagination. It’s great practice for precision cutting, and of course all about creativity!

 

 

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If you’re looking for more kid-centric DIY crafts great for lots of ages, find all our “Workshop” posts right here. Tons of ideas from over the last two years and all made by or with kids! // Quinn’s tee found here.

 

p.s. the response to our Thursday Threads posts have been awesome, we love creating them & so thrilled you love them! To help you out with that Fall Wardrobe be sure to check out this $500 giveaway to Neiman Marcus!

FRYday : Nicole

Happy Fryday everyone! I love Fall so much, it gives me butterflies! Here are some things I’ve scooped up in preparation for the colder months and all the wonderful activities to do in them:

fall picks

1. Another purchase I made months ago, in anticipation for coat weather is this lightweight layering jacket. It’s black, and pairs perfectly with any sweater or T-shirt! Also 25% off right now!
2. I’ve always loved a good hat, but just recently ventured into the world of the Panama style. I like this one because it’s a bit more floppy and not quite as structured.

3. I know, i never pass up a good funnel or turtle neck. I think they are the most classic piece to a fall look. And, this one is striped. So naturally.

4. Camel, black and white, the perfect Fall combo. I love these three tones and the bag is the perfect size. Can be worn over the shoulder or used as a hand bag. Via Zara.
5. Tortoise. That’s explanation enough!
6. The Pixie pant is a staple! And for you pregnant mamas, they make them in MATERNITY!! The zip up the back makes them dressed up enough for evening, while feeling like you are in a comfy pair of leggings. I love that they don’t stretch out when I wear them all day.
7. I bought this beanie months ago. Jumping the gun? A little. But, I couldnt help it. I LOVE WINTER and cant wait for beanie weather.
8. More stripes! But this one is a sweatshirt, which you’d never guess. I love being able to look polished but still comfortable and cozy!
9. THESE ARE ON MEGA SALE! I bought them in the Summer, but a long pajama set is all I want for winter nights, and let’s be honest, winter days, too.
10. J Crew has sold a similar puffer for as many years as I can remember. Mine is a few years old but has gotten more wear time than anything else I own. The warmest best friend ever.
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For those of you who entered our last giveaway with Lunchpails & Lipstick we have good news! One of the vendors, Covered Goods, who makes the most amazing multi-use discreet nursing covers is offering you a discount of 20% off! Just enter SF20 at checkout.
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And also, if you remember last Summer we had Meta of One More Mushroom on Small Fry sharing her impeccable design aesthetic and tips for your own home and design! She has launched an online course over at Atly all about putting together your child’s perfect room. Pretty cool!
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BFF tee

What would we do without our besties? (Is that word still cool? We’re rolling with it.) We are so beyond grateful for the good kids that our boys get to spend time with everyday. Whether it’s in our neighborhoods, at school, or a playdate, good friendship is such a key factor in a happy upbringing. When we were littler going into Claire’s a picking the perfect best friend necklace was basically a rite of passage for all best friends everywhere, so how about something for boys and girls? Here’s how you’ll do it:

BFF t-shirt

First, grab Freezer paper! Fold it in half sheen-side in. Draw your cracked heart shape, and then cut the middle out of both sides.

BFF t-shirt

 

Then cut the freezer paper up the middle fold so you have two sides. Now, fire up your iron and shiny side down, iron your stencil in place! The freezer paper holds just enough and peels right off! Now that your stencil is in place, take your fabric or acrylic paint and start painting your hearts!

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Peel off the stencil and let it dry completely!

 

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Then gift to your kiddo’s best friends and take a million pictures because they’re so cute.

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Easy enough, right?

While you’ve got your acrylics and freezer paper out here are a BUNCH more ideas we’ve shared in the past:

Lighting Bolt Tee || Helvetica Initial Tee & Pillow || Stamped Pants || Shoe Uprgrade || And Pumpkin Carving Stencils!