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Summer is almost officially here and it’s time to bust out the play-clothes! Comfy and breathable for the hot days, movable for any adventure, and tough enough to stand a full day of activity. We think we found the perfect handmade shop to fit the bill in Dandylion Co., but of course we had to put them to the test, so we headed to our local spot Xtend Barre in Provo for Zumbini for a mini-movement class!

DandylionWe are loving all of their unique prints for soft leggings here.

DandylionAnd the most darling cotton retro shorts for boys!

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We love the story behind these super soft Yoga-inspired baseball tees!

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The kids had no problem busting a move and the clothing held up against all their acrobatics.DandylionHave you all ever tried Zumbini classes with your kids? They’re obviously not meant for weight loss, but just to move and get active as well as teach coordination and memory-building. But as usual, that ballet barre was calling their name. You can do Zumbini right at home, we found this awesome clip on YouTube that is definitely kid approved.

DandylionAnd because we can never seem to show all the amazing girl items, here are some of our favorites for your little lady. Yoga pants, cotton shorts, drape dresses, high-waisted shorts (that lemon print!) and skirts and more!

DandylionDandylion is based in Portland, Oregon, all made be hand and sourced with fabrics and materials in the USA. Head to our Instagram page to win $150 credit to their shop!

Follow Dandylion on Instagram @dandylionco for first peeks at new apparel and special deals!

favorites on mother’s day

Happy Happy Mother’s Day to all of you women out there who love and nurture those around you selflessly. If you’re like us and you’re lazing in bed for a bit, we wanted to share some of our favorite essays and posts on motherhood.

Favorite Motherhood EssaysA post about “The Juggle” from Joy

Loving your post-baby body from Ashmae

What we all have in common from Alison

Not believing the lies we tell ourselves from Casey

Becoming our mothers via Danielle

Surviving the first three months with Liz

and an essay from our heart to yours.

Our Small Fry Films series has been the greatest love letter to everything we love about motherhood. We’ve witnessed some seriously magic moments! Find all our films here.

Small Fry Films - Mother's Day

NICU and Bed Rest Moms // Belle in the West Village // Sydney in the mountains // Naomi in Central Park // Laura on Balboa Island // Kristen at the beach // Joy at home //

We hope you all have a wonderful day, thank you for all that you do!

Love,

Emily, Jenna and Nicole

Heart Dream Catcher

Remember when we hosted a book launch for twins Heather and Heidi’s Fairy Birds? They’re back today with a sweet project for your girls! Little DIY’ers can even add wishes and dreams to paint chip hearts and attach to help make their dreams and wishes come true. It makes for a perfect wall accessory above a bed, hung at the tip of a teepee, or anywhere else visible for little ones to see their inspiring dreams and remember to chase after them.

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Supplies Needed:

Heart Dream Catcher DIY

Brass metal hanger

Colorful yarn

Scissors

Hot glue gun

Feathers

Variety of paint chips

And here’s what you’ll do:

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Step 1) Gather Materials

Step 2) Have an adult form hanger into a heart shape by locating the bottom of the hanger and bending it at the center point, continue to bend until your heart shape is complete.

Step 3) Find the curved point and extend it so the point is now straight

Step 4) Cut a 8 foot length of yarn

Step 5) Tie and glue the yarn at the bottom of the heart

Step 6) Weave the yarn in and out of the center 2 times, then start weaving in and out on one side and then weave back to center, repeat this step on the other side weaving in and out until the heart weave is complete.

Step 7) Wrap gold mylar around the bottom of the heart so the bottom of the heart is no longer exposed.

Step 8) Cut out hearts with your child and write some of their favorite happy thoughts on the hearts, cut another piece of yarn at any length you prefer.

Step 9) Glue hearts onto the yarn.

Step 10) Tie the yarn to the bottom of the heart.

Step 11) Cut another piece of yarn to your desired length, glue feathers and attach and tie to the bottom of the heart.

 

 

 

Heart Dream Catcher DIY

Check out more Fairy Birds on their website & blog!

Photos courtesy of Blackbird Ink Photography

spider-man!

Have we adequately voiced how much our boys love superheroes? So much. In fact, most of the day they are dressed as them, and for moments when they’re soaring from couch cushion to couch cushion, casting webs and you catch that look of joy and determination in their eyes, it’s plain to see: they believe they ARE Spider-man. They have amassed quite the collection from our favorite (and theirs!) stop, Target. Earning a new toy, and a trip to Target is such a happy time for each of them, and an easy way to enlist help around the house and added responsibilities. Each time they all pull out their gear to play, it reminds me of a bittersweet memory a couple of years ago.

Spiderman | Anti Bullying

Spiderman Full Costume // Dash’s Shirt // Spiderman Figurine

We were all spending the afternoon at the park as we often do. Stretched out on blankets, snacking on fruit and enjoying the sunshine. The playground was more crowded than usual and we lost sight of the boys more than a time or two, before they’d run back around to say hi.

I hadn’t seen Hayes in awhile so I walked around the slides and monkey bars to find him, when I spotted him through slats in a fenced walkway, surrounded by bigger boys. These boys pretended they couldn’t see or hear him, but would not move. He tried to wiggle under their legs, but they put their knees on his back to trap him. He whimpered and they laughed. At this point I was running to Hayes, my heart pounding, when Quinn and Dash and a couple of the other park buddies swooped in. They bulldozed through the boys, yelling “We’ll save you, Hayes!” Honestly, I’m thinking it was all part of an elaborate heroes and bad guys role-play activity, that was taken too far.

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Spiderman in Black // Spiderman Muscle Suit // Spiderman Figurine

After what felt like hours, I finally got to him. The big boys had heard me calling after Hayes (and them!) and had disbanded out of sight. Really, I didn’t even care, I just wanted to hold Hayes. I tried not to make it a big deal, to make him feel even more scared, but I couldn’t help it. My eyes welled with stinging tears and every muscle in my body was shaking.

It took me much longer than it did Hayes to quiet my heightened emotions, but I still get a lump in my throat when I think of Hayes’ brave friends who whisked in and saved him, even though they too were much smaller than the obstacle at hand. We all praised them each for being so brave, just like Spiderman, for standing up for those who couldn’t do so for themselves.Spiderman | Anti Bullying Of course, all three of them have been bullied, all three of them have had moments where no one was around to help them, but all three of them chose not to pass that hurt onto the next. Everytime they choose kindness and peace, I’d like to think that it was the superhero in them! All those Target trips paid off. ;)

Spiderman at Target

Dash’s Shirt // Spiderman Figurine

We have talked nearly since the beginning of Small Fry about addressing bullying, it’s a sadness we all deal with as parents on one side or another. We’ve discussed the many angles we could take, how we can really help. One thing we’re certain of, it starts with us. Me and you. I know I could stand to talk and think more kindly, to stand up for the little guy, and befriend the lonely. They always say children learn by watching, more than listening. As we navigate how to take on such a sensitive subject we’d love to hear your thoughts! What has worked for you in teaching this topic to your kids? How have you handled situations where your little one has been bullied, or been the bully?


This post is sponsored by Target. More Spider-Man, More Amazing: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite superheroes at Target.

Kid Quote Tote

Our next DIY in our string of Mother’s Day ideas is this Kid Quote Tote! Things our kids say that make us cry, laugh, or laugh until we cry. Next time you hear one, jot it down and then you can whip out this tote in a few minutes using the Cricut Explore. Don’t have one yet? You still have one more day to enter to win your own Explore, plus $1700 more in goods, right here. But, back to the tote! This quote comes from young Dash, who melts hearts on the daily with this phrase.

Kid Quote Tote for Mother's Day!

Here’s how you’ll do it:

– Grab a tote (you can buy one at any craft store!) and iron out all the creases.

– Then upload this project onto your Cricut Explore and cut it onto Cricut’s Iron-On (it will guide you how to insert it, but face-down, and click the mirror image button)

-Once it’s cut, weed out the middles leaving the conversation bubble and empty letters.

– Place the image on your tote, then using a super hot iron, seal it to the fabric. This takes a few minutes so keep at it if any of the edges peel up at all.

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Then once its firmly secured, you’re ready to go! This would make the best gift for a mom, grandma, or friend. With the Cricut Explore it is easy as can be and you can edit and put in new quotes for everyone on your list!

Kid Quote Tote for Mother's Day!

We debated on a couple quote ideas for this one. How about when Hayes was trying to butter mom up for a popsicle and said “Mom, you’re looking really like Elsa today!” or Quinn’s latest tear- jerker “I’ve always wanted to be in a family!”

Kid Quote Tote for Mother's Day!

What would you put on your tote?

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