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We can’t believe it either, but this year we actually got our baskets done in advance! We love being able to put together baskets filled with useful toys and sweet things to welcome Spring. This year we found all our favorites at Land of Nod! We’ve seen so many clever ways to house all your Easter goodies, whether its a rainboot, upside down umbrella, inflatable pools, the list goes on! For us, whatever we actually have around the house is what will be used, so wire baskets, buckets, or vases are the winner this year!

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An activity book filled with maps and puzzles and interesting facts from all over the world! // A 3D book to dazzle us all called Opposites // An Illustrated guide to doing all kinds of things: like being brave, or how to see the breeze. // A giant retro bouncy ball // More quiet time activities (just in time for Spring break!) like these tiny Paint Pods // A World Speller to practice reading // Pick-up Sticks! // A Kaleidoscope // And a sweet egg decorating kit to do all together as a family!

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Or if you’re ready to think outside the box, how about one larger gift for all to share? Land of Nod has so many awesome play structures and tents! Silver pictured here!

 

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gender neutral shower


By Emily.

Thank you all for your congratulations on my gender reveal earlier this week! It’s always more fun to share things with you guys and it meant so much to me to read all your sweet words. Before our appointment, I was getting lots of “You’ve come this far, just don’t find out!” type of comments and it got me thinking how the whole thing goes down for those of you who opt to wait to know until delivery! So we teamed up with Shutterfly to do some digging and get a whole gender neutral experience put together for you all who might be curious, too! All these gender neutral shower invitations pictured throughout are from Shutterfly! There were so many neutral options to choose from, and personalizing them (even with little quotes on the back!) was such a breeze. Being able to choose color, font, even down to the way the invites are cut makes it feel so custom without the headache. I loved seeing how high quality each element was, definitely something we’d be proud to mail out!Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Delightful Polka Dots Invite (the quote says “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body” — Elizabeth Stone) with Red envelopes and Classic Yellow Address Labels] First, up I had to know the specifics for how parents decide to not find out. So we interviewed two willing readers and here’s what we learned! 1. What was your initial reason for waiting until delivery to find out? “My husband didn’t want to find out, but I did. We went out to dinner and decided the only fair way to decide was to flip a coin. He won.” – Deanna “I never wanted to know. My older sister had done it with some of her kids and talked about how exciting the delivery room was…the anticipation. I live for a good surprise, so I was sold.” – Erika Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Baby on the Way Invitations customized with a standard rounded edge and the due date and pregnancy picture on the back! // Peaceful Promise Address Labels2. Was it hard, easy, or different than what you thought it would be? “It was both easier and harder than I expected. It was especially difficult because both of my sisters were also pregnant and due within a month of me. They both found out that they were having boys and were buying matching outfits and things for their boys. It was easier once I got past that 20 week ultrasound and didn’t have a choice any longer.” – Deanna “My pregnancies were all easy, no complications, so I never had a ton of ultrasounds to tempt me. Or they say “But I have to PLAN!” You can do all that and not know the gender. There are so many adorable gender neutral clothes and decor.” – Erika 3. What were some perks to not knowing?Gender Neutral Shower Ideas [Little Loungewear Sunshine Invitations // Polka Dot Thanks Address Labels (the matching thank you cards are also darling!] “I think the biggest perk was that everyone bought stuff off of our registry instead of cute outfits, shoes, hats, etc. We literally received every item we needed and hardly any clothes. Another perk was that I got to go out and buy clothes that matched my style and the personality of my baby instead. And of course, the moment that my husband yelled “It’s a boy” will forever be etched in my mind.” – Deanna “I LOVE to have a big crowd in my delivery room…the more the merrier. I think my 4 sisters were just as excited and anxious as Tyler and I were for each delivery. The screams of “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!” are indescribable! (and then my mom would race out to buy up new boy or girl babies clothes for me to open while at my stay in the hospital.)” – Erika 4. Were there specific events, times of your pregnancy where it was harder than others? Gender Neutral Shower Ideas “The weeks surrounding my sisters finding out that they were both having boys were the most difficult. Also, my little sister is a labor and delivery nurse and was constantly offering to do an ultrasound on me. I considered it every time she offered, but always knew I had to stay true to the deal I had made with my husband.” – Deanna “You just have to have serious self control for twenty minutes during your ultrasound and then you’re home free.” – Erika

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So what do you all think? Is it doable for you? Something that entices or excites you? I got teary-eyed reading and picturing both Deanna and Erika’s level 10 excitement when they finally learn “It’s a boy!” at the end. Is there anything more thrilling?! I always like the idea of getting the actual stuff you need from your loved ones and picking out clothing and accessories on your own, it really is such fun and personal experience that I enjoy a lot!

Now that you have a few awesome customizable invite options from Shutterfly, here are some of our favorite gifts that could swing either way, too! genderneutral2 Solly Baby Wrap – this comes in so many beautiful shades but the gray stripe is perfectly neutral and goes with everything! // Gertie the Good Goose, a cousin to the classic Giraffe but we love the pops of orange! Free of any chemicals and super safe for babies // Diapers! Diapers are such a necessity and having them shipped to you is the best gift of all. Via Honest. // Books! We’ve had friends hold book only showers, where the guest of honor just gets great baby books! You can never have too many of those and this book is a touch and feel book which makes it tip top in our book! // Freshly Picked Moccasins, their Crib moccs are perfect for new feet and this gray is neutral and so sweet. // I also loved the idea of everyone going in on one awesome splurge gift like a stroller or car seat. This beautiful bassinet would make any mama so happy! // Finding gender neutral toys is easier and easier these days, this modern rocking chair is something they can grow into for years to come!

Share and celebrate your family update. Shop Shutterfly for personalized cards that are unique, meaningful and that are just the way you want.

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#zootopiaonthelot!

By Jenna:

Small Fry was recently invited to a screening of the Disney film, Zootopia! Lucky for me I’m the California Small Fry so my family go to go. I felt so honored to be a part of such a fun night, especially since my whole family was invited and I love events where we can all go together!!disneystudio

First of all we are HUGE Disney fanatics – like next level. And so it was such a treat to go to Disney Makers Studio and be “behind the scenes” of the Disney Magic. Walt Disney is a huge hero of mine and his visionary ways have truly been unmatched.

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Going in to the screening there was TOO MUCH excitement from my boys to get a picture so this is the best we could swing. Have you ever seen a movie without previews?? It was so much fun. And the movie was AWESOME – my kids died over it. I also love that it was full of adult (but clean) humor as well so it was entertaining for everyone of all ages! We did leave Lolly at home with a sitter and I was glad for that since the party was hopping (see what I did there) for a while 😉

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(Boys are wearing Peek Kids)

Missing the rest of our Small Fry boys so much in this picture!

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After the party we got to play with some of our blogger friends, meet some new ones and dine on mac and cheese and other yummy delights! We partied pretty hard and spotted some fun reality celebs like the girls from The Bachelor and Dance Moms 😉 We had so much fun exploring #zootopiaonthelot and if you follow that hash tag you can see a lot of other fun pics!

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Oh! Got a lot of questions on my outfit. The lighting was pretty rough outside so this is the best I could get. The old bathroom selfie never disappoints. But really the show stopper is that floor tile – love it.

Shirt // Pants // Boots

 

 

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zimmerman shoes

No Friday today, because we realized we hadn’t checked around the web for Easter options for your kiddos! Priorities, people.

First up, we know how you all love a good Spring two-tone from our last Easter post and these beauties from Zimmerman are so sweet! They’re made right here in the USA at a historic factory in Pennsylvania. They have awesome flexible leather soles and are perfect shoes for your kiddos earliest Easters. Here’s our two favorite colors for boys:Zimmerman Shoes

And for girls. How sweet, right? They’re just such a classic and that scalloping detail? Get outta here.

ZIMMERMANZimmerman ShoesAs for clothing, it’s funny how some shops just stand-out during these types of Holidays and this season is no different. See if you can spot the favorites.

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Easter Best!

Is Easter really in only a couple weeks? We picked some favorites from Zappos to help get us prepared for Easter Sunday. We all love to get dressed up for dinner with our families and here’s what we had our eyes on to help bring in the new Season and Holiday.

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Is there anything better than a dapper baby boy? Love these smart two-tone lace-ups. I love that they can be dressed up or down and feel very appropriate for Spring.Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 9.44.19 PM

Two tone blue // Two Tone Gray + Bone

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For me I love blush tones for Spring, and these nude pumps are going to go with everything from now until forever. Such a perfect staple heel to have in your closet!

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EMILY:

I wasn’t super excited to splurge on a Spring dress I could only wear for a short while, so I grabbed a simple shift from my closet and focused on finding a fun new pair of shoes instead! I can wear those no matter what is happening on top, right? These GX by Gwen Stefani pair caught my eye with their bold heel and orange accents. The snakeskin print is basically a neutral in my eyes. I would totally wear these with jeans and a simple top, too.

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SO happy to see my favorite brand for jeans, Joe’s, making beautiful shoes, too! These bone + grey heels are such a great addition to my Spring wardrobe and Easter best!IMG_5902I love that it’s a mule, almost clog style which is so on-trend for this season. They look amazing with jeans, too and I feel like they’ll get a lot of play for many months to come!IMG_5906 (1)

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it’s a…

…nother boy!! 🙂 And we’ve got a fun Freshly Picked giveaway to celebrate the news! FullSizeRender

The day is finally here! I honestly didn’t intend to be 6 months along before we had our 20 week ulltrasound, but when we switched to a different insurance I figured “I’ll just wait until it kicks in.” But then I went out of town, and then Russ went out of town, and then bam what do you know. 24 weeks. It might not seem like a big deal to anyone else but my last two pregnancies I found out gender at 16 weeks so this felt like an eternity! Hoping this means the last few months will fly by. We will see! It's A...!

Since I know you will ask, I was a little sad to learn that we wouldn’t get a chance at having a girl. Mainly because I’m not sure if we’ll have anymore kids. But, more than any sense of disappointment, I feel absolute relief that this baby looks healthy and has everything he needs to start life off on the right foot. 10 fingers 10 toes and all of that. The odds that any baby comes healthy blows my mind. So many factors and so many amazing miracles at every turn.

With that being said, I am so blessed to be a mom of three healthy, amazing boys. We cannot wait to meet this little guy! His profile is looking like his brothers and he’s the most active in-utero I’ve ever experienced. The countdown to July is on!

To celebrate we wanted to gift all of you amazing and supportive friends two chances to win Freshly Picked moccasins! I wish I could’ve dug out all our old pairs from storage. These moccs are one of the only items or brands that all three of my boys will wear from the very first months of life. So the perfect giveaway, right? Good luck!!
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FRYday

Happy weekend everyone! We are extra excited because both Nicole and Emily are heading down to California and the Small Fry fam will be together again at last. We’ll be sure to share the fun but face time is always the best and vital for our work morale. Who are we kidding, we’re besties and what other reason is there?
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Wearing: ALERT! Karen Walker’s are finally at Nordstrom. They’ve been hard to track down where we live so yay! Love these. // Also soaking up my last few skiing days. It was so hot yesterday I had to shed my layers and just wear this vest!
Contemplating: Permanent makeup brows! I know, I’m shocked too!! But her work is incredible. Have any of you tried it? Check out her instagram at @allure.artistry or her site.
Anticipating: LDS General Conference. It’s literally my favorite holiday!
Reading: ANOTHER new coffee table book! Can’t be stopped!
JENNA:

frydayWearing: I am obsessed with really easy dresses that make it simple for me to function as a Mom but also feel put together. I’ve found a couple that fit the bill. When I am buying a dress like this they may be a little bit more expensive but I consider then a staple in my close that will last forever. This T-Shirt dress is soft, cozy and so flattering. It’s seriously the BEST summer dress. // Look no further because I have found the BEST summer sandal and for $22! Target come THROUGH! Love these so much. You can dress them up or down and they’re SO comfortable.

Decorating: I’ve been loving working on my mantle for spring! Of course everything is pretty much from Target! This wood vase has been so good to me and transitions through every season. This egg and these. Super cool too but when you use the code HOMESTYLE you get 10% off!
Feeling:  A lot! Ha! I love these moments we get on our Fryday’s to sit and reflect on our week because so much can change in a week. One week I can feel totally in control and high on life and the next week I’m like ALL THE THINGS ARE WRONG! Trying to gain control of a very busy life and looking forward to a happy positive week ahead! And a weekend spent with my SF babes who are coming to town!
Eating: Clean. It’s horrible. But I started BBG with the “Sweat” app and I feel the old motivated Jenna coming back and that’s super exciting!

Working It Out: I’ve recently purchased this awesome work out bundle. I’m trying to work out more at home and it’s super awesome, convenient but still freaking hard. I love that it uses resistance and your own body weight to really give you a killer workout. There’s tons of cool tips on the site and it’s a cool little startup so an incredible company to support.

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Wearing: I swore off the resurgence of overalls when they started popping up a few years ago. But I don’t know why the pregnant belly has me reconsidering. I am bringing these on our trip and am still not sure, but I know they’re friggin’ comfortable. I’ll be sure to post and we can all chuckle together. H&M is proving to run a size bigger than everywhere else for me, so maybe size up? Also BEST news, they finally started accepting onli
ne returns in the store. Welcome to 2016 H&M!

Thrilled About: Another hilarious pregnancy purchase, the HOLO! You gotta say it like “Hoooo-Loooo” Yolo-style. All I want for my last few months of pregnancy is to just lay on my stomach. I am so looking forward to soaking in the pool in this baby. You literally stick your belly into the hole and lay down. Genius invention!

Reading: Heading out on a road trip and I need a good audio book! I feel like there’s an art to a good audio book and want recommendations! Any ideas to keep both me and my husband entertained? This list looks promising!

Listening: You guys are always so nice about my music picks. Love it! For those who asked I try and keep this playlist updated with favorites — follow along if you’d like! Loving Flume and a couple by Chet Faker this week!

Feeling: My siblings (well 4 of the 6) are finally kicking off our hopeful tradition of a sibling and cousin trip this week! We’re meeting at the beach and Disneyland (don’t tell my kids, last thing I need is the incessant when are we going to Disney questions) and I am so excited! My parents divorced when most of us were adults and trying to reconfigure how are family works without two parents that speak to one another 😉 at the head has been a learning experience for sure. We’re all taking charge and it should be fun!

 

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Munchkin Latch Bottle!

By Jenna:

By the time I got to my third child I thought, oh it’s fine I’ve got THIS. In came Lolly who broke all the rules, one of which was NOT being a bottle baby!! She ONLY liked to nurse and it was such a difficult experience as I could never feel comfortable being away for longer than 2 hours! Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.10 PMIn came Munchkin’s Latch Bottle. Guys I tried every SINGLE bottle. And while this is a sponsored post – the only reason we took it on is because I can 100% tell you from first-hand experience that this was the only bottle Lolly would take! Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.20 PMMunchkin designed the Latch bottle to help babies transition back and forth from breast to bottle with ease. The nipple is an accordion style that helps reach back to the baby’s palate thus creating a correct latch. Awesome stuff.Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.29 PMNow that Lolly isn’t breastfeeding it’s been tough to keep her full of liquids. Finally after a couple weeks I decided to try this bottle again and here we go she’s drinking almond milk like a champ! Why didn’t I think of it before?!Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.38 PMBut of course she’s STILL  a diva and won’t hold it herself…oh girls. 😉Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.47 PMI really do miss breastfeeding and the fun accessories that come with it but 13 months was long enough for us. Lolly was SO whiny and upset every time she would see me and she’s just become such a happier baby since we weaned! I loved the place breastfeeding held for us but we still have beautiful bonding moments while I’m bottle feeding – it feels much the same to me! Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 4.00.53 PMMaybe one of the best features of the Munchkin Latch Bottle is it’s affordability, but right now the deal just got sweeter. Until March 12th you can get these bottles 15% off using this link on Target’s cartwheel app! This is a great gift to stock up on for showers or even for future babies in your life!

Photo Credit // Morgan Pansing

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,