minted!

We’re long admirers of Minted and so excited to share a few pieces we were gifted by them recently! There are so many amazing ways to acquire art, but we love their vast collection and representation of so much emerging talent. We’ll be sharing all of our picks over the next month or so, first up are Nicole’s picks!minted1 This print is by Melanie Severin – “Enliven.” I have loved creating my own abstract art this year, but when it’s your own you can’t help but point out mistakes or flaws, or even how you felt when you painted it. When it’s someone else’s piece I tend to just enjoy it as a whole so much more. I love the serene colors and that pop of coral, too!minted2 My last pick is “Lawless” by Jihye Back Kim. Another representation of what I spoke of above, but the movement always causes me to pause. I love that it goes anywhere in my house too so my constant shifting will always have a place for it. It might be hard to have every aesthetic element I love in a house with two zesty boys but art will always be one of them. I hope having a great collection will instill a love and respect for it, too!minted3To add that rustic calming touch, I chose this “All is Quiet” photograph by Jennie Kupelian.   Horses might have this effect on everyone, but every time I look at it I can’t help but breathe a little deeper. I wonder what he’s thinking and I love having it in my house!minted5 Find your next work of art at Minted! Their framing options are totally great and the collection is categorized to make it easy to track down a piece that suits your style and needs!minted6More of our homes here!

best of: easter eggs!

We’re back with our “Best Of” series, highlighting our favorite Holiday ideas from around the web. With Easter falling in March again this year we wanted to get a head start! Here’s some seriously amazing ideas we’ve spotted and pinned. Follow our boards here!8 Modern Easter Egg IdeasBrit Co.’s Fruit Series is incredible! Check all these ideas out. They map them out step by step here.Fruit and Veggie Easter Eggs

This series was created after the NYC Subway system, but we just love the graphic typography and pops of bright color! See how they did it here.Initial Easter Eggs

For those who love a good crisp line and can’t see to get it with tradition dyeing methods, this washi tape decorating is so genius!Washi Tape Eggs

Pantone Eggs – You know how much we love Pantone paint chips. (Remember our giant Pantone art here?) Such fresh and modern!Pantone easter eggs

This one is arrogantly from our own archives, but our kids loved it and we loved displaying them! Never run out, re-do a million times, the favorite: Chalkboard Eggs.Chalkboard EggsWe love all these clever sayings for your eggs from Lovely Indeed! So cute!Typography EggsThe Queen of the Emoji, Kelly of Studio DIY slayed this one!Emoji Easter Eggs

This one is so pretty! Gold leaf marbling from She Knows!Gold Marbling Egg

Find more of Small Fry’s Easter Archives here!

DIY ideas: A Miffy Easter Egg Hunt Tote, Sweet Bunny Onesie, and bunnifying your sneakers!

For your parties: Our Annual Brunch Year One, Two, Three and Four. Printable Games, Mask Ideas,

Our Favorite Swaddles!

The way to dress up a baby these days is a gorgeous blanket. The perfect and multi functional accessory in our ways! See some of our favorites we’ve rounded up for you today!swaddle1 // Little Lotus — We absolutely LOVE what these swaddles stand for. The Little Lotus products use a special fabric that was first developed for NASA spacesuits. It keeps babies at the ideal temperature by drawing away excess heat when babies get too warm, and releasing it when they start to cool down. Fewer temperature fluctuations enable your baby to stay more comfortable, helping them to rest better. Their temperature regulating fabric is safe for your baby to use, and feels soft and luxurious to the touch. For every Little Lotus product purchased, a preterm infant in a developing country will be saved with an Embrace infant warmer.

2 // Lou Lou and Company — This Utah local company has hit it big with their darling and unique prints on the super soft (and large) swaddle blanket. From bows to blankets their taste is impeccable.

3 // Two Tykes — We adore this Australian owned brand and all their flawless prints on certified organic muslin, it’s seriously like rolling your baby in butter!

4 // aden + anais — You MUST own these as part of your swaddle arsenal – it’s a total necessity. All white is best and we love having these for every day use, your new born shoot etc…!

5 // Little Unicorn — We’ve never had a chance to try these swaddles but by the looks of it online THEY’RE A HIT. The prints are stunning, versatile and look sooooo soft.

FRYday

Another weekend here! Here’s what we’ve been loving and thinking about!

JENNA:jfryWearing: Okay I’ve been on a “spending freeze” of sorts but found myself at Old Navy recently dying over EVERYTHING! Seriously they’ve done such a good job this season and everything is 40% off right now! I grabbed these high waisted bottoms, this awesome poncho, these neon pink sandals and this killer shirt.

Reading: I am reading and re reading this book I recommended a few weeks ago. I really can’t tell you enough how it’s changed the experience in our home! Everyone, including myself are happier!

Listening: Well mostly Periscope. Honestly I’ve stopped watching TV or listening to Podcasts so much since I follow some amazingly inspirational people on that app. I LOVE IT!

Decorating: I just got this art print framed and I’m dying to have it done and up in my room!! Can’t wait to see it!! Also have this rug on the way! More on both these items later!!

Watching: The Bachelor. Always.

Feeling: At peace. Since I weaned Lolly and went on our trip to the Philippines I’ve had terrible anxiety. From what I’ve researched and read online it’s really common to feel this way when you stop nursing. I’ve been doing some natural things to regulate my hormones and am also seeing a naturopath! Anyone have experience with this? It is getting better and I’m glad to have relief and looking forward to feeling all the way better!

EMILY:

emfryWearing: With our girlfriends’ trip to Vegas last week I basically just took dresses. Loved each of these options and how easily they could be dressed up or down depending on where we were headed. Loved this off the shoulder pool cover-up, the laser cut detailing on this blue dress, and this red number is so slimming!

Reading: Finished All the Light We Cannot See. I’ve read a lot of World War II books and this had such a fresh perspective for me. From Hitler’s acquisition of valuable art to the preparation of Nazi soldiers as young as 12. It was so thought-provoking! Beautiful writing, too – of course, he won the Pulitzer.

Listening: While in Vegas eating (of course) I heard this song – Happiest Man on Earth by Broken Back. It stopped us all in our tracks. Downloaded it immediately. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Decorating: You can see from my Instagram here, but even though we don’t have a gender yet, I’ve been haphazardly collecting things for the nursery. I loved using Framebridge’s service to frame my Parisian Souvenir. You mail your art in and they frame and ship it back! I picked up this Map of Paris from Minted and these plexi Cacti from Love and Victory! What this nursery will end up as I have no idea. But it’s a happy, sentimental start!

Watching: My buddy Kimmy recommended this show to me after we both loved Grand Hotel — Velvet! Have you seen it? Based around a fashion house in the 1950’s and I’m on episode 1 but already loving it. So far up my alley! Subtitles but get on board, people!

Feeling: Mild panic? Trying to pace myself and take one day at a time, but the next couple months are crazy! Next up, a surprise trip to Disney for my boys with most of their cousins!  Park Savers to the rescue, as always!

Eating: Had to update for those who asked – we tried the rest of the Good Table’s crusts from our partnership this month and they are killer! My kids love Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and this Peanut Crust for chicken was a huge hit! Hayes loves salmon, but that’s about it fish wise, so we snuck this Lemon and Herb crust on tilapia and they both went to town. Sweet! Find our original post and printable here!unnamed

NICOLE:nicfry

Decorating: As you all know by now, I have an affintiy for coffee table books. This is my latest love, for any Apple lover!
Wearing: I’ve been wanting a new fresh lip color for spring. I spotted this on our trip to Vegas over the weekend and it seemed perfect! It’s ultra wear and stays for HOURS. // Also just bought these (i bought the black ones last year and loved them so much i needed Tortoise as well). I think it was a really good move.
Drinking: I learned about Soma last year when I went on a retreat they sponsored in San Francisco. Never have I loved a water filtering system like I love this. IT’S GORGEOUS! I love having it on the table for get-togethers. People always ask me about it, so I thought id shout it from the rooftops here.

Erbaviva

By Nicole:

Hi everyone! I try not to hop on Small Fry and get super personal, but Erbaviva is a really good excuse to do so. SO here I am, in all my vulnerable glory.

February was a really fantastic month for me, and I want to tell you a little bit about why. As some of you know, I’m a single mother to sweet Dash and Sunny. I have been for about 2.5 years. Things are going really well for our little family. With Small Fry, family, friends and everything happening in our world, we feel extremely blessed. I have been dating and hoping to find a good match for me and the boys, but recently have been feeling really…exhausted. Dating is exhausting! Does anyone remember? Or, is anyone currently dating? The conversation, the time away from the kids, its just A LOT. After a recently short relationship I decided to give the NOT dating thing a shot. I called it my February Fast.

I spent the month doing all of the things I really love to do. First and foremost, time with my kids. And focusing on being a really good mom. Not just the sort of good mom that I have been, but a really, super, wonderful mother. The kids and I have done so much studying and praying and reading a coloring and adventuring. All the things we really love and need in our life.

Second, I re-found some of what used to be my favorite hobbies. Skiing, exercising, being outside, strengthening relationships around me, serving and just loving MY life again. The life that God gave me. The hand of cards I’ve been dealt. Rather than frantically dating to spring my life back to where I thought it should be.

Third, I started taking care of myself. Really well.ErbavivaOn top of going to the gym, and my regular nightly regimen, I’ve added some new products and some really wonderful baths. Yep. Baths. I love them and they just got a whole lot better.Erbaviva2Erbaviva is a line of Organic Personal Care that I got the opportunity to explore, right at the beginning of my February Fast. Timing couldnt have been better. Here are some of the products I used that I fell in love with for myself. (They have a whole line for mommies-to-be AND baby too, that I cannot wait to use someday. Ya know, after the fast is over and then comes love and marriage and the baby carriage.)Erbaviva3The Relax Bath Salt (and the whole relax line) and I are having a really intense love affair right now. First, the bottle is HUGE which is always so appreciated. To not run out after two baths, am I right? It smells like a bright and sunny piece of Heaven and my skin does too.

The Firming Salt creates a toning effect on the skin. I love to use this after the gym, just in case I didnt work out quite hard enough (which is always). Truthfully, I like to work out by sitting in the sauna.

The Shaping Oil stimulates blood circulation, so I use this as well, just after the tub and salt usage.

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I have really truly felt a transformation this month due to many things, but Erbaviva has been the cherry on top. I think I’ll keep this fast up for a few more months, as long as I can keep dating this perfect Farm to Bottle brand of luxury.