FRYday : Emily

I’ve had romantic feelings toward the “Summer Live List” every time I see it pop up on whatever feed I’m scrolling through. I just love it! What a sweet idea to corral all the small and simple but quintessential things that make Summer so great into one big jar, ripe for the picking and family memory making. I have yet to make this official at my house so keep reading for the insider scoop from two of my friends who DO, and why it’s not too late!

First, Kelly @kelleyjensen has been sharing her #jensensummerlivelist via Instagram for a couple of years and doing it as a family for five+ and each photo somehow triggers such happy memories of my own.  I love that Kelly sits down with her five kids and each of them has a chance to participate and add to the list. “Jumping in the pool fully clothed” was an addition by her daughter Olive! Kelly says “This is a list of things to find LIFE in…  Magic.  Love. Gratitude.  Togetherness.  It’s about sharing time, supporting each others dreams and a way to remember what those dreams are in this season of our life.”
Summer Live List

I am so drawn to this method for three reasons: #1. I get an exuberant amount of joy over making lists. Sometimes I’ll make a list of things I already accomplished just so I can have the joy of crossing them all off. #2. Because it makes so evident what I know in my heart, which is that children don’t need anything extravagant to make a memory; they just need you! You showing them the way through something they’ve always wanted to try, or maybe even something they never knew they would like. And #3. I’ve started to see a trend in myself the last two Summers. Once the pools open and the boats are de-winterized and the heat becomes more intense, I become like the hare. You know, like the tortoise and the hare. Not wanting to waste one drop of Summer, I take off at break-neck pace, each day a different body of water to splash in, friends and family to see and a bedtime to postpone. A pool, a splash-pad a lake an advanced sprinkler system, a piece of tarp and a hose, it doesn’t really matter! We laugh and float and then we amble back to our home, peel off our soaked attire and I basically guide my boys as they tumble into bed. It is so wonderful! But then July rolls around, and I slow way down. I’ve run too hard and too fast — I am the hare! My boys however are still ready and raring to go each day. So, this live list calls to me because in my head it seems to be the perfect pacemaker. Just slow and steady!

My friend Rashelle @rashellejohansson is similar to me with this and has found that starting their Summer Bucket List at the end of the Summer is the way to go. They get all of the Summer camps, lessons, classes and scheduled activities out of the way and focus on their list the last month.

So what are their ideas? For Rashelle: things like making a day of the zoo and then surprising her kids with a night at a hotel. Going to an art museum, inviting friends over for laying on the trampoline watching a movie on the projector, or karaoke. Trying new recipes and eating new foods. And for Kelly: take Popsicles to strangers at the park on a hot day.  Write love notes to each other and hide them in each room, read books under a tree, go see the wildflowers, climb a mountain, go rollerskating, jump on the trampoline with a sprinkler on, ride a train, learn a new skill, celebrate for no reason, wear their favorite colors and make some mischief.

Aren’t those wonderful? It doesn’t matter so much it is but setting out to reach a goal and doing it all together. I asked Kelly what she has seen or felt since doing their Live List and loved her response:

“For me our Live List means a lot.  For one: it’s a part of me I get to share with my kids. An opportunity to try to teach them to be brave and happy and to look for the good in life.  But it’s not just that…  It’s about being creative. It’s about supporting each other’s ideas and doing things for our family members and others that we may not even know.  It’s about confidence.  It’s about hope and contentment.  And it’s mostly about celebrating life— specifically this very special season of life, when our kids are small and dreams are big.  This short period of time when they are just as happy sleeping in a family made fort, on the floor of the living room, than going to a tropical destination.  When laughter is easy and magic is everywhere.  Life is so special right now and it goes too fast.  I feel like we as parents are pulled in a lot of directions every day.  Challenges are real, responsibilities are heavy and life is busy.  This is just one suggestion for slowing it down and enjoying it a little more. This season of life is really, really special and absolutely worth making a list and celebrating the reasons why.”

Thanks to Kelly and Rashelle for sharing! If you dear readers have any favorite Live List items to add, please share below! I am excited to get mine together! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xo Emily

thursday threads!

Have you all seen H&M’s amazing end of Summer sale? We were blown away by how cheap everything in the kids’ section was, and at our local H&M there’s an additional percentage off sale – we walked out of there with $3 sneakers and sweaters and more! Awesome! Here’s some of our favorite picks from the site all under $10! Yep you read right. ALL UNDER $10!

FOR BOYS:

1. SFO T-Shirt  // 2. Foam Finger  // 3. Monkey Graphic T 4. Notched Pull-Over 5. Striped Shorts 6. Button-Down Shirt $7 7. Chino Shorts (in 4 different colors!) 8. High-top canvas sneakers (in 4 colors!) 9. The best pack of socks that every kid should have!H&M Sale! Nothing over $10!

FOR GIRLS:
H&M Sale! Nothing over $10
1. Jersey Dress //2. Ruffled Top // 3. Baseball Cap // 4. Chambray Clam-Diggers // 5. Classic Collared Shirt // 6. Bright Sneakers // 7. Striped Skirt

Happy (Sale) Shopping!

 

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camp lily

We’ve already shared our love for Lately Lily here, but we had to share these darling images from their new line “Camp Lily”! We love checking with with Lately Lily to see where their tiny adventurer has been, last season it was London, and this Summer Lily is off to camp! These new graphic tees have us swooning and we know you’ll love them too! We’re doing a giveaway for a 4 pack of these darling tees, stickers and activity sheets all in their amazing Yellow Suitcase!

Scout Lily (doesn’t this remind you of Troop Beverly Hills? Only the best show ever.)

Camp Lily | Lately LilyScout Lily leading the way, with a Night Hike, Gimme S’More and Lakeshore tees:
Camp Lily | Lately Lily   Camp Lily exploring:

Camp Lily | Lately LilyThis sweetie in the Lakeshore tee:

Camp Lily | Lately LilyAnd Lily herself! Camp Lily | Lately LilyWe love how these tees broaden horizons and open conversation while being seriously darling all at the same time!  To win a Sunny Yellow Travel Suitcase with 4 tees, stickers and activity pack for your own adventurer, follow @latelylily on Instagram and Facebook! Then post a picture of your gal adventuring in her favorite way, use the #latelysmall hash tag so we can see it, and we’ll pick a winner a week from today!

Road Rally 2014 Recap

Photos by Chelsey Searle.

We had our 2nd Annual Road Rally this past week and have a whole slew of pictures if you’d like to see! This year we co-hosted the event with Freshly Picked, Little Hip Squeaks and ChatBooks! You can check out last year’s event here, but we wanted to share some new things we added that were a huge hit!

Road Rally 2014

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Road Rally 2014First up, was the Bike Washing Station! We all kept wondering why we don’t set our kids up with a bucket and a sponge more often! They all scrubbed their bikes and scooters until they shined. This was such a cute pre-race activity, some kids stayed for an hour!

Bike Washing Station | Road Rally 2014

 

Bike Washing Station | Road Rally 2014

 

Bike Washing Station | Road Rally 2014Last year we held this event mid-day and it was blazing hot. So this year we moved it to the evening and it was … still blazing hot! But, not AS bad and we were definitely cooled off by Lick’D Pops! They’re a local gourmet popsicle vendor that sells at Farmers Markets and local events and full-time at Harmon’s Grocery! With flavors like Plum Basil, Key Lime Pie, you can’t go wrong! They were so generous to donate all those pops!

Lick'D Pops | Local Gourmet Popsicle Stand Lick'd Pops | Gourmet Popsicle StandA Temporary Tattoo Station || People Water‘s Hydration Station

tatswaterRiding a Madsen bucket bike || The Road Rally tattoo in action!

Road Rally 2014

The Chatbooks Winners Lounge (everyone got a medal, so it wasn’t THAT exclusive.) Chatbooks is a new app for printing photos, right from your Instagram account! 60 photos for $6. So awesome! Chatbooks LoungeRacers Ready!Road Rally 2014Perhaps the best part about the event was looking across the track and seeing families genuinely having a wonderful time together. The interactions were priceless!

Road Rally 2014

Road Rally 2014

And of course it’s always all for the kids!

Road Rally 2014

Road Rally 2014

Attendees: We have all these photos and a BUNCH more in right here for you to view and download! Photo Credit goes to Chelsey Searle!

Pantry Talk with Phil


We have such an amazing six weeks ahead of us and we’re so excited to share all about it! Just yesterday, Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target launched — it’s a collection of products: grocery, beauty and for home that they sell in their stores and online! All focused on healthier, more eco-friendly options for your family. The list of products is extensive and growing all the time, they are making it so easy! To help kick off this new venture, we are joining their charge to make healthier eating choices over on their Made Real & Tasty food section. To start, we are setting some goals for ourselves and to do so we jumped on a Skype call with Jenna in Virginia and Phil Anson in Colorado! Phil is the founder of Evol Foods and the perfect guy to help us set some individual goals!

Made-to-Matter Campaign Kick-Off

Phil shared with us his awesome story – basically falling into a multi-million dollar idea when he saw how grim the Frozen food aisle is and wanted to see a change. He created Evol Foods (love spelled backward!) and with it an amazing line of food with substantial protein and awesome ingredients. Truffle Mac & Cheese, a Kale, Tomato & Goat cheese breakfast sandwich, and Butternut Squash & Sage ravioli are just a few of their fan favorite items. Listening to Phil’s passion for picking high quality ingredients, even for frozen food. And only items that you can pronounce, which Jenna has been devoted to this year. Her goal is up first!

Made-to-Matter Campaign Kick-OffJENNA:

“I consider my family to be very healthy. We pride ourselves on sitting nightly at the dinner table, and cooking for my family has been a top priority for me! I love the way it feels to gather around the table, conversing over whole and home-cooked meals.

The struggle that I have is that while I feel I might have this process dialed in, it is still very time consuming. So that makes busy summer days and rushed school nights even busier by the fact that I feel I have no alternative but to make these somewhat time consuming healthy meals! What I want to gain from these next six weeks with Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target is the knowledge of what’s in the store that will work for my family and how we’ve grown accustomed to eating, that can make cooking at home quicker! I’m very conscious of reading labels and being aware and I’m glad to be working with these brands who have done a lot of the foot work for us in providing whole and clean ingredients in their products!”

Made-to-Matter Campaign Kick-Off

NICOLE:

“We can’t even fake being healthy over here at our house. We LOVE potato chips and soda way too much. Really, it’s as bad as it sounds. I feel like I was on the verge of yelling “Help!” from my roof top when this project fell into our laps. What a perfect opportunity to completely turn my family’s eating habits around.

I think our unhealthy habits originate from being super on-the-go, always heading somewhere and typically spending the majority of the day out of our home. My first goal will be to begin each day with an at home breakfast! I think it’s a fair place to begin, and after time slowly incorporate another healthy meal of the day at home. I have my pantry stocked full and ready to knock this goal out of the park!”
Made-to-Matter Campaign Kick-Off
EMILY:
“I am somewhere in the middle of this Small Fry health spectrum. We eat really well at home: we have chickens roaming the yard and a big garden, and I am constantly plotting how I can get more fresh food into my boys. But, when we are in a rush, all bets are off. Convenience becomes the top priority, and as inhabitants of this Earth I think we can all agree, convenience does not usually equal healthy. My goal with this next six weeks is to swap out my less-healthy go-to quick snacks and meals for the Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target line-up. To plan ahead, look at my week in advance and see how I can better prepare for the events to come so I’m never left with only one option (we’ll miss you, drive-thru!)”

Made-to-Matter Campaign Kick-Off

Wish us luck! We’ll be updating you weekly on this project, and would love to have you all join us! Let us know what simple and attainable goals you have for your families, this is the perfect time to implement them before the back to school rush!

This post is sponsored by Target. The Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.