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!

FRYday : Nicole

I feel so empowered lately by all my insanely healthy friends. It seems that most people around me are involved in some healthier lifestyle or another. I try and stay honest with myself, and admit I probably can’t give up the Snickers and Doritos. But, I do feel like all these friends seeing such incredible results in their skin, their energy, their clear minds and their overall happiness has really brought light to the idea of healthier living.

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I feel like an fairly active person. Rarely do I take a break in the day from chasing my two toddlers. I think as a mom, we all feel this way. Rarely do I feel the need, or have the energy to go run a mile or two. Although, lately, I have felt more inclined to take a walk with my kids, choose the stairs over an elevator, or walk to church rather than drive. I’ve felt it easier to choose a water over the usual diet coke at meal time. All of this, just being surrounded by people who have chosen (and are real, real strict) about living and eating in a healthier way.
Emily and Jenna (and Kelsey and Kayti and so many of my closest friends) are head strong on the Whole 30 wagon. I have been so beyond impressed with the transformations in their skin, their energy, their bodies and really their overall happiness and confidence. We often joke that I am too afraid of Whole 30, so I’m going to give Whole 3 or 4 a shot. That I could do! But in reality (cause eating whole for even a whole day would be a major feat for this junkie) just being around these motivated humans, making such incredible changes in their lives has been a game changer for me. I feel like I’m on top of the world just making one or two healthier choices a day.
Im SO lucky to have these motivators around me. I hope their strength and courage continue to rub off on me. Maybe one day, I’ll have a whole day. Why not? Why not tomorrow? Wish me luck, and if you see me with Doritos, don’t tell anyone.

 

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Last Summer we were so honored to be filmed for Christopher Wiegand’s documentary “American Blogger” he traveled over 40 states and tens of thousands of miles filming women with blogs across the U.S. The film is now available for purchase and it is so touching. Grab a tissue! It really brings to light the human story of pain and triumph that unites us all. Check it out! You’ll see us a few times throughout. You can download it here.

American Blogger - The First Journey Poster

Lastly, we are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Adoption Week in a couple of weeks and wanted to let anyone who might be interested in participating know! We are looking for stories of birth parents, adoptive parents and families, parents hoping to adopt and anything in between. You can see all the posts from last year to get an idea of what we like to include right here. Email us at hello at smallfryblog dot com if you’d like to submit or have any questions!