Lego Art

Our boys are now in the Lego phase of life, and those bright fun little blocks have inspired a few projects as of late. Starting with this Initial Art! It’s the perfect at home art project that packs a lot of punch for their bedside table, or gallery wall in their rooms. Here’s how you can make one in a matter of minutes!

Lego Initial ArtAll you need is your favorite color palette of legos (this one  is a great starter set!), a shadow-box style frame (or you can also remove the glass off of a regular frame, too!) and a hot glue gun.Lego Initial Art

Next, all you have to do is arrange the legos into the design of your choice. Initials, numbers, whatever suits your kiddo! Then hot glue them to each other creating the shape free from the frame’s mat. Once it’s all dry, flip it over and glue the outer edges of the letter and place it right onto the frame’s mat! Put the border down first, then the back mat and you’re all set!
Lego Initial Art

Are your kids into Legos? We’ve seen some amazing Lego inspired rooms, parties and more! Check them all out on our Pinterest page. Also if you want to personalize more than just some art, check out this Helvetica Tee DIY!

Sweet Victory


Has it really been six weeks? We’ve learned so much working with Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target products and tackled some gaps in our quest for feeding our family in a healthy way. For our last day of the challenge, we got together (ALL of us, in person! Yay for Jenna being back in town!) to chat about our successes and reward ourselves for a job well done. We’ve each shared our thoughts and also, we whipped up a few healthy smoothies for the occasion, so read on for the recipes!

NICOLE:

6 Week Challenge Recap | Made to Matter
“Last night at about 10:00 p.m., I had just gotten my kids bathed and in bed. The whole day felt like a tornado. Most days do. But, as I sit here thinking about the events of the day I can pat myself on for doing one thing right, feeding my kids three wholesome meals. Alright, maybe two wholesome ones, a mediocre one, and a whole lot of healthy snacks. Our snacking will never die.

These new quick and healthy breakfast options that we have introduced have really jump-started our goal of eating more meals at home, and less in the car. You know what else? My car has stayed cleaner, too.”

JENNA:

3 Smoothie Recipes | Made to Matter

“It’s been really fun working with Target these last few weeks! I love food and any chance I have to eat it, share it, learn about it is really exciting for me. I’ve found myself learning that frozen food isn’t ALL bad and there really are brands dedicated to having good and healthy food that is also easy to make! That’s been crucial to me as I’ve found my summer life is more on-the-go than I anticipated! With the help of Made to Matter, Handpicked by Target I’ve had healthy snacks on hand to combat ravenous post-swimming hunger and late night firework watching. I’ve spent way less time pouring over intense meals and more time feeding my kids quick andwhole foods so we can run out the door for more summer fun!”

EMILY:

3 Smoothie Recipes | Made to Matter

“For me, this challenge has been all about trading in my easy unhealthy snacks for healthier options. Having things right there in my bag versus opting for a drive-thru has not only saved me money, but I have seen the benefits in my kids and my mood and energy. Some of the organic options are more expensive than what I was used to paying, but when I factored in how much I spent on food in restaurants I was actually saving money! On top of that, I’ve recently discovered the Cartwheel app for Target so I’m saving money on a lot these things with that, too!”

And now for our tasty healthy smoothies!

3 Smoothies | Made to Matter

Green Smoothie:

2 cups of Simply Balanced Organic Mixed Tropical Blend Frozen Fruit

2 cups of Vitacoco Coconut Water - pineapple flavored

1 cup of spinach

Blend and add ice or yogurt for a slushie or more smooth consistency, respectively, and honey to taste.
3 Smoothie Recipes | Made to Matter

Triple Berry Smoothie:

1 cup Simply Balanced Organic Frozen Strawberries

1 cup Simply Balanced Organic Triple Berry Frozen Fruit

2 cups of Vitacoco Pure Coconut Water – Orange Flavored

Blend and add ice for a slushie or yogurt for a smooth consistency. Add honey for sweetness if needed.
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Tropical Smoothie:

1 cup of Simply Balanced Tropical Blend Frozen Fruit

1/2 cup of fresh mango

2 cups of Vitacoco Coconut Water – orange or mango flavored

3 Smoothie Recipes | Made to Matter

Also we ate this whole box. So good!

6 Week Challenge Recap | Made to Matter

This post is sponsored by TargetThe 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. 

class of 2014 contest

Happy Monday, all! It is officially back to school week where we live and all our last minute shopping has fallen to the next few days. In our last post with GapKids we got a great start with awesome basics, but we were quickly reminded how fast Autumn falls upon us when we had a couple cold-spell days this last week. Luckily all their pieces transition so seamlessly from season to season! With the simple addition of knit tights, a jacket, scarves and mittens, our kiddos can easily wear their GapKids finds in the few remaining sweltering hot days of August all the way through the year.

For Zoey’s second back to school look she wanted to be “cozy” and GapKids has so many options in their activewear line that fit the bill!  Fleece slim sweat pants and a Quilted Varsity Jacket are basically pajamas  but put them with these AMAZING suede sneaker boots and she looks polished and cool!Class of 2014 Contest

For Quinn, there were so many awesome options for outwear, but this quilted bomber is so great! The gray color goes with everything and it is thick and warm but not bulky!

Class of 2014 Contest

 

Want to see more? As a Small Fry team we often send links to Gap’s latest commercials and little promotional films, they always knock it out of the park. This new shoppable ad is no different! You can actually click on pieces throughout the promo and it will automatically save them to your queue for later! Super cool. Watch the promo right here!

Class of 2014 Contest
And now for the contest we mentioned in this post’s title! If you’ve ever been told or thought your kids would make perfect Gap models, today is your lucky day. GapKids has created a way to share your cute kiddos’ photos on your favorite social network and simultaneously enter to be the next window model for GapKids next year! All you have to do is submit your child’s photo via Facebook, or Instagram and Gap will pick 4 winners to model. Back to School 2014Click HERE to submit your little model!
Class of 2014 Contest

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GapKids through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While we were compensated to write a post about GapKids, all opinions are our own.

FRYday : Emily

As much as I love Summer, I can’t help but force Fall a bit. I’m that girl sweating to death in boots and a sweater in August because I just can’t wait! Since I was a little girl buying new Fall clothing has brought me maybe an unhealthy amount of joy. In fact, I think it was the Persistence of Fall 1998 that eventually prompted my mom to insist that I start earning my own money for clothes (I blame Doc Martens.) So since I was 12, it not only became a time of fawning over chunky knits, but also hunt for the fashion I craved at prices I could afford. All of these things have brought me to today’s Fryday: 5 Ways I’ll be Wearing My Perfect Tee this Fall!  I spotted the Urban Soft T from Zara earlier this Spring and was able to buy one before they sold out. Luckily they’re back! And yes, I bought all 5 colors. That’s when you know it’s serious. There’s a few investments throughout, but mostly they’re totally affordable.

1 Tee 5 Ways | Fall 2014 Fashion

In TAN: With a plaid over coatdistressed jeans both $25 (I’ve been ripping them all the way to the side seams and taking an inch or two off the centers with this Pummice Wand (it makes the distressing look natural and not like an at-home job) for an extra dramatic look! Paired with my favorite tough-guy boots by Matisse $265 and a Tassel necklace $40.

One Tee Five Ways | Small Fry

In OATMEAL with a big collared wrap jacket $35, patterned pants $15 and classic sneakers $100. I love the Nike Mid Blazer because it’s actually flattering on a woman’s leg!

One Tee Five Ways | Small FryOr in DUSTY PINK:  I sort of love the look of a monochromatic outfit. Repeating the same color in different intensities creates a little drama and you can’t beat burgundy for Fall. With a little peek of this tee under this Jcrew sweater (25% off) makes it feel less stuffy. This jacket $31 is so great too, because you can cinch it like a parka or let it hang loose and open. Oh and hey tassel earrings $14, I obviously can’t get enough of you. With Sam Edelman’s gorgeous heels, kicking myself I didn’t scoop these up during the Nordstrom Sale, but they’d be perfect with Gap’s Always Skinny skimmer jean! These ones are half off $39!
One Tee Five Ways | Small FryIn WHITE: I love that full skirts $15 are making a comeback! So much more forgiving than their pencil counterpart. Also loving the gold heel detail of these t-straps. $175 It might be getting a little too cute for me though, so I’m topping mine with a faux leather jacket $42, and a beanie in a pop color $15! Neff makes every color under the sun!
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In CHARCOAL: this is the color I’ve had all Summer and it’s perfectly faded but has held it’s shape so well! More distressed jeans $67, more tassels. It’s an unbeatable combo in my book! Sort of dying over these Via Spiga $165 YSL cage bootie knock-offs, but also, pass the flats.

One Tee Five Ways | Small Fry
Do you have any pieces you’re excited about for Fall? I don’t need a bouquet of pencils, Tom Hanks. Just buy me a cute coat. Happy Fall shopping, everyone!

xo

Emily 

valentina espadrilles

Have you all noticed the espadrilles trend this Summer? Sure, these shoes are usually a Summer staple, but this year especially they’re everywhere! When we heard from Tina, the owner of Valentina Shoes we were excited to see this on-trend item given even more appeal with the option to customize! Every little (and big) girls’ dream, right? Adding extra personality to this comfortable easy, slip-on was so fun! Here’s a few of Valentina’s options – all 25% off if you use “smallfry” at check-out!

The Classic Monogram on the Red & White stripe:
Valentina Espadrilles

The Bird, Stars, Circle Mongoram, Vine Monogram, Cupcake Motif and so many more. Find all the personalization options right here!

Valentina Espadrilles

We love how this classic adds so much personality to Summer staples like denim shorts. Even better we’ve seen this trend carry-on into Fall, so they’ll get even more wear!

Valentina EspadrillesThanks to Valentina for sponsoring Small Fry, and for such a generous discount for you readers! Enter “smallfry” for 25% off your order! Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.