FRYday: Jenna

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know I’ve started a little place for my cooking called @jennaskitchen. It’s been such a fun space for me to share my journey through two Whole30 programs and recipes that I enjoy making! In the process I started a collaboration with Melanie Burk who took something I said on Instagram and made it in to a beautiful piece of art. I love it. And the more I read it the more I truly understand how much this journey has impacted my life. i can not control

The last five weeks have truly been the most difficult of my life. Oh wait just kidding, the last year! I’ve been a single mom these last five weeks while my husband is out of town working (hats off to all you permanently single moms you are my HERO) & it’s truly left me feeling so vulnerable & alone. And as much as I want to have ANOTHER pity party on here, I’ll save you and myself from the agony. Let’s just say this year keeps dishing out all sorts of obstacles, trials and frustrations which had let me to a very destructive relationship with food. I used it to be happy, used it to be sad and used it and abused it for every other excuse in the book until I was sluggish, self loathing and depressed by how far I had lost my former healthy life! I decided to gain back control of this area of my life at a time when I can’t seem to control much else. This idea that I have one thing in my day that I manage, that is just my very own and that in turn makes me feel awesome, really has carried me through!

success with Whole30

I like to share with people that I am not naturally thin. It takes a TON of work for me to be healthy & fit. I can’t eat anything I want & when I do, I look like the left picture (a few months after I had my second son.) I can go on and on about healthy foods and how crucial they are to our lifestyle, health and well-being, but let me just report that the affects go way beyond pounds lost. What you gain is far more then what you lose in the game of wholesome eating. So with this growing community on Instagram having a desire to eat clean & gain a healthy lifestyle, we are asking you readers if you would be interested in having more healthy posts here! Perhaps on a separate page…or even an email subscription list with recipes & workouts for busy women. Let us know your thoughts!

Happy Fryday!

xo- J

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We promised the link to our latest segment on the TV show Studio 5! Check out our 10 favorite baby shower gifts right here! We are so certain you’ll love these gifts we’re giving away two Saranoni blankets on our Instagram today! Head here to enter.

We were so touched by all the entries for the Jonas Paul Eyewear giveaway, so many dedicated parents who want the best for their kids! Jonas Paul noticed too, and wanted to offer this discount for any of you who are looking for frames or sunglasses for your kids! 20% using “SMALLFRY20″

Jonas Paul Discount

Birth-day Print DIY

If you’ve had a baby or been in the labor and delivery room, you know exactly what this is. It might even conjure some memories – amazing and painful as they may be. Emily has special ties to them and created a DIY for Mother’s Day! We’ll let her explain:

Labor Monitor Print DIY

“I remember when I had Hayes, my little sister was in the room with us taking pictures (and likely being scarred for life.) I opted for a natural delivery and really had no idea what I was getting her into, nevertheless she was the most amazing support and she captured one photo I couldn’t seem to get over. She took a picture of the contractions monitoring chart. I looked at that photo often: its spikes and dips, the space between the two shortening until eventually the chart stopped tracking – Hayes was born! I think about that chart a lot, how it represents so many things about motherhood all in one image. The anticipation, the highs and lows, the heartbreak and the heart-bursting we experience at any given moment. How much we worry and plan and long to hold them. That moment in time where we cross over to a new life, and we become a new person. A mom! Where forevermore a piece of heart walks around outside of our body.

When I pitched this idea to Nicole and Jenna I was totally apprehensive because the concept is so weird. Maybe even a little morbid if you don’t know the back story. But, I wanted a way to display that feeling, to stand as a reminder that I wanted this role, so badly. Since I was a little girl. I diapered baby dolls, flyered my neighborhood for babysitting jobs, I cried at every month that passed waiting to get pregnant just five years ago. This is the part of my life I am most passionate about, and when the days are long and my patience is short, having this print in my home is an immediate reminder of all of those things.

Labor Monitor Print

Here’s how I did it… I measured poster board to fit in a standard Ikea 19×27 frame. I went off my own contractions photo, and just eye-balled the last few contractions before the big moment on March 10th, 2010 at 11:12 pm. I painted a poster board with black acrylic paint, ending it with a red heart. Let it dry completely and then drop it in the frame!

Labor Monitor Print

It might only hold this sort of meaning for me, but if you’re looking for a fresh idea that is simple and filled with symbolism to gift a mother in your life, or a reminder for yourself, this couldn’t be easier!”

Mother’s Day Candy Bar Printable

Celebrating mothers continues today with a free printable by Collected Blog to create a gift for all the wonderful mother-figures in your life! Print it off and give it to teachers, friends, sisters, and anyone who has played this role in your life! To help us make these printables come to life, Dove sent their favorite Dark Chocolates! Dark chocolate is such a great upgrade to regular milk chocolate, it’s filled with anti-oxidants and has several other health benefits, as if we needed a reason to enjoy!

Dove Mother's Day Printable

The printable (download below!) has four candy wrappers, “Happy Mother’s Day” “Have a Nap and Some Chocolate” in a couple sizes for the large and small Dove bars, and “I love you more than chocolate”, too!

Dove Mother's Day Printable

To dress it up and add even more color we stuck in a few of the chocolates that come in the Dove Bag of Promises…

Dove Mother's Day Printable

The printable is all sized and ready to go for Dove’s large and small bars, so all you need to do is send to your favorite printer, cut out and tape or glue on!

Mother's Day Candy Bar Wrapper Printable

Which we couldn’t help but try a few flavors, here are our favorites – Mint and Dark Chocolate Swirl not pictured, because they were all already eaten. Oops!

Dove Mother's Day Printable

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, good mothers deserve the world, but a Dove bar is an excellent place to start! See how our fellow Dove-lovers styled their chocolate into Mother’s Day gifts via Dove’s Twitter and Facebook pages!

Printable design by Collected Blog for Small Fry.

Compensation was provided by DOVE® Dark Chocolate via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dove or Momtrends. 

Lo & Sons [giveaway!]

We’re kicking off the several posts all devoted to moms in honor of the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday! You all deserve the world, but you’ll just as happily take a wet kiss and a hug around your neck and that is what makes a mother so very special. This video we shared on Facebook adequately encapsulates just how we feel about you all! To start the celebrating, we wanted to give away a Lo & Sons bag of your choice! Joy first introduced us to this line of bags and now we all carry ours everywhere, especially on overnighters and weekend getaways. They are ideal for travel! We thought it would be fun to share what we and a few friends love to pack our Lo & Sons bags with, catch all the links below the giveaway!

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Here’s our picks for the (1) OMG bag in Black!

Lo & Sons: Small Fry What's in our Overnighter

(2) Saranoni Blanket - This review is almost useless until you can feel a Saranoni blanket yourself. Its like mink, but softer. We are all smitten with ours and drag them everywhere, just like our boys. Everyone needs one for every room. We’re that big of fans!

(3) The Wet Brush - we did a post for them forever ago, having never heard of them, and now we preach to anyone who will listen. Wet Brush forever!

(4) Capri Clear - this is the perfect companion for a weekend away. Coconut Oil has so many great uses and dual purpose items are always welcome when you’re packing a small bag. We use this with the oils, and as a moisturizer for ourselves and even the little ones with excema or dry skin.

(5) Lifefactory Bottle - When traveling its so easy to forget to hydrate, bring a bottle along for the reminder.

(6) Lavendar Essential Oil to help relax and calm.

(7) Menswear Style Pajamas - how awesome did we look at Alt when ALL THREE of us brought these pajamas in black. They are the perfect pajamas for a weekend away when you are with friends, or answering room service in the middle of the night when you get hungry.

(8) B-Leve Cleansing Cloths - these all natural make-up remover and facial cleansing cloths are so great and top rated by loads of beauty blog and magazines! No reason to forget to wash your face with these!

(9) We all swear by this DoTerra face wash!

(10) Olay Pro-X Cleanser - Nicole and Emily both use this less expensive cleanser and its awesome! Buy new brush heads every once and awhile and they’re as good as new.

(11) Korres Night Cream - this super hydrating moisturizer is great for any climate and lasts all night.

(12) An all natural lip balm you can’t leave home without.

(13) Cashmere Mist - we all swear by this deoderant. It smells amazing and works like a charm.

Keep reading to get the links to all the contents of our buddies at Brickyard Buffalo, Mandi via Vintage Revivals, and Corinne of Mint Arrow below! Read more

paleo snacks

Photos by Jylare.
If you saw last week’s FRYday post you heard the groundbreaking news ;) that we’re all eating healthier lately. We know the benefits of making healthy choices, but our kids need a little bit more persuasion. Here are three awesome and healthy snacks that everyone can enjoy!
Banana Butter Sandwiches
Slice bananas in to 1/4 in slices. Spread almond butter or natural peanut butter (lots of stores have a station to make your own on the spot!) on one side and close with another slice of banana. Eating a good fat with fruit helps properly metabolize the natural sugars.

Paleo Snacks : Banana Butter Sandwiches

They are plenty sweet as is but did you know that drizzling locally harvested honey can help build an immunity against seasonal allergies? (Locals, Real Foods Market has the most gorgeous local honey and honey combs, if you’re looking!)

Banana Butter Sandwiches | Paleo Snacks

Honey Cinnamon Pears

Slice 3 Anjou Pears and place in bowl. Drizzle that locally harvested honey over the top and sprinkle cinnamon! Another awesome fact we’ve read is that combining cinnamon and honey have shown to improve congestion and respiratory issues! Spritz with lime wedges for an added kick.
Honey and Cinnamon Pears
Swap this recipe out for apples to enjoy year round!
Honey Cinnamon Pears | Paleo Snacks
Sweet Potato Chips with Homemade Ketchup
Sweet Potato Chips + Homemade KetchupChips
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with racks in center and lower positions. Divide sweet potatoes between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with oil, toss, and spread them in a single layer on sheets. Bake, flipping once, until centers are soft and edges are crisp, 22 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with salt.

 

Ketchup
12oz Tomato Paste 
  • 1.5 Cup Water
  • 2 T Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp All Spice

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Simmer for a few minutes, stirring often. Transfer  ketchup to a glass container and refrigerate!

Sweet Potato Chips + Homemade Ketchup | Paleo Snacks

Note: All these snacks are Paleo approved, but in no way are we encouraging or insinuating that children should be on any diet or constricted eating plan. Paleo is one of many terms that deduces a specific set of guidelines to determining the healthfulness in food. We promote healthy and informed eating for all ages!

More Healthy ideas: Juicing Recipes, Smoothie Recipes, and 7 sneaky foods that are healthy!