bunny roundup

It may very well be the year of the Bunny. Bunny is the new cloud. Maybe that’s a little drastic, but we’ve definitely caught the bunny bug and found it in the most darling places:
bunnies for your kiddos easter!

 

1. Bunny PJs for her // 2. A bunny ear wearing Bully tee // 3. The softest cuddle bunny // 4.  A very hoppy Summer dress // 5. You can take this all the way to your bunny bank. // 6. A blouse version of that crazy cute bunny dress. // 7. A bunny pacifier, what will they think of next?! //8.  A classic as can be jute bunny tote // 9. Bunny art for the wall // 10. Footed pajamas for those chilly nights.

Check back all this week for more Easter ideas, and here some old favorites:

An annual Easter Brunch – here and here – and the most gorgeous Easter party printables.

Land of Nod Easter Party [pt. 2]

Photos by Ashlee Raubach

Welcome back to part two of our Easter Party with The Land of Nod and Oh So Delicioso! Today is all about the food. All recipes are available over on Oh So Delicioso, but we wanted to share the highlights. As we said yesterday, we used Land of Nod’s Deluxe Easter Party Kit and it instantly added so much color and whimsy to the fun lunch spread!

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Blueberry, Lemon and Mint water put in awesome easter egg cups! All you do is drill a hole and stick the straw in — DIY right here.

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Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubach

Bunny cups for jellybeans and other snacks:

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And for the lunch menu, which all recipes are right here, we have English Tea Cucumber Sandwiches:

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Caramel Vanilla Cream Puffs:

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Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubach

Tasty Fruit Nachos:

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And a Fruit Tree! We love Oh So’s genius idea to skewer fruit and veggies onto toothpicks, attaching them to the branch centerpiece with string! Grab healthy snacks right off the tree for a quick bite. It creates the most festive looking centerpiece and is a great use of vertical space.

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Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubach

Find all the recipes for the lunch on Oh So Delicioso, the Deluxe Easter Party kit via Land of Nod, and beautiful images by Ashlee Raubach.

Easter with Land of Nod [pt. 1]

Photography by Ashlee Raubach. 

We are so thrilled it’s April, its such a wonderful month of new beginnings, fresh starts, sunshine and flowers, and favorite holidays. What’s not to like? To kick off this month of endless possibilities, we wanted to share our latest endeavor with the Land of Nod! An Easter themed beach party! When you have the most amazing scenery, the Oh So Delicioso girls on food, and Land of Nod’s Easter party suite, your Easter Party can be a snap, too!Small Fry | ©AshleeRaubach

When Land of Nod sent over their Easter Party suite, we about died of cuteness. Chicken baskets, bunny cups, garlands, a tablecloth, serving and eating plates and so much more!

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A link garland that your kids can help assemble:

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Paper goods and accessories to decorate your table:

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Bright and happy colors to compliment fresh Spring scenery:

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And everything you need to have a hoppy Easter egg hunt:

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Check back tomorrow for part two, devoted to our favorite part of any party: the food!

Photos by the incredible Ashlee Raubach!

Autism Awareness Month

We’re so honored to have Luke and his mom Keisha for today’s Meet a Small Fry. April marks “Autism Awareness Month” and it is a diagnosis that effects 1 in 68 children now. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention didn’t start really tracking Autism until the early 2000s, and since then numbers have increased by leaps and bounds. Now, we don’t have any answers, we wish we did, but we are so appreciative of Keisha to shed the light on her experience with Luke and her thoughts on early diagnosis.

Autism Awareness Month

“Autism. One word that changed me as a mother, wife, and human being forever.  It is a word I couldn’t say for almost a year without sobbing every time it was said out loud. There are really REALLY hard things that come your way as a parent when you have a child struggling with tantrums, self regulation, sensory issues, language delays, social awkwardness, or any of the signs of autism.  Autism Awareness Month

You naturally have these dreams as a mother when you’re pregnant with your baby of what they will be like, the friends the will make, the things they will say, but when those dreams you’ve been dreaming about don’t seem to be happening, it pierces your soul.  You long for those special moments with your child that never seem to come.  You want them to tell you about their day, show excitement when you take them to a new place, or interact with the neighbor kids… it eats you up not having those moments. But when they do happen, we call them extraordinary normal moments at our house.  Because we’ve worked so hard to get them.  It has taken countless hours of therapy to have that moment where your child kindly shares a toy, or says something to you about what they did at school that day.  When those moments happen that you’ve longed for for who knows how long, it brings you to your knees in tears of joy.

Autism Awareness Month

I think that is the ironic thing about autism for me is that I hate it but I love it all at the same time.  I hate it because it is something I can’t control or fix (and I’m a control freak!)  I hate it because it makes Luke different and not always in a positive light for others around him. I love it because it is a part of Luke, and I’m obsessed with him – every part of him.  It has introduced me to families that are fighting so hard and accomplishing miracles every day.  It has changed me as a mother for the better, I’ve gained so much patience and understanding for all children.

Autism Awareness Month

I’ve become a fighter, an advocate, and it has brought out this passion and fire I never knew was inside of me.  I have a mission as a mother.  I’m out to help my son Luke and all children with developmental delays have a better chance. At the end of the day, I just want my son to be happy, and right now he is.

Luke is one of the happiest kids I know.  He is really never in a bad mood.  His smile lights up the room as well as his words. I melt to butter when he tells me I’m the best mom in the entire world.  He’s fiercely loyal.  Confidence in who he is is remarkable. If you say you are a goofball to him, he will promptly correct you with “No mom, I’m Luke- the kid.” Obviously from that statement, being literal is one our family favorites about him. There is no messing around with that. EVER. (We learned never to say ‘liar, liar, your pants are on fire’)          His sidekick Graham (our almost 2 year old) is his greatest treasure. I write about their relationship here. Trains fascinate him. But most importantly, he loves to be loved.

Autism Awareness Month

If Luke and I could leave you with one challenge it would be this, don’t wait!  If you think your child has signs of autism, find help immediately, even before a diagnosis.  Our pediatrician gave us great advice when we were starting to address Luke’s issues, he said this “Keisha, ages zero to five you are laying and building a foundation and structure like you would with a house.  You can add and remove rooms etc. if you need to. After five it becomes more difficult and you are just working on the finish work and decor.” We’ve taken that to heart and hit therapy and early intervention hard and we’ve seen results.  There is help out there, it can be hard to find, but it is out there. And one last thing, love your child (with autism or not) for who they are, and celebrate the things they are good at.”

Catch up with Keisha and Luke via her blog about Autism, Toast With Cheese.

Photos by Chelsey Searle.

April Fool’s + Boon Giveaway

Have you guys seen Boon’s Instagram? We’re not sure what’s happening, but it looks like their PR guy’s phone got swiped by a toddler. See what we mean via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. While they try to sort out a case of the Baby-gramming, WE are giving away a bunch of awesome Boon toys for the bath. Bath-time for kids is a sanctuary given to parents when almost nothing else will do, a bath will give you that much needed break. Boon is giving away their best goods, and here’s what you’ll win!
boon inc bath time giveaway

One lucky reader will score a gift box packed with tons of new products:

LINKS 3-D Foam Toys – for when you need a break from splashing // PIECES Foam Puzzle that stick to the walls, or float, but don’t absorb water and house mildew // RAY Drain Cover – that covers and plugs even the most stubborn bath plug, while protecting little bums // The classic FROG POD Bath Toy Scoop – for quick toy clean-up and storage // FLEET Stacking Boats – that scoop, rain and stack //  ODD DUCKS Rubber Duckies – that show as much personality as your little kiddo has // BUBBLES Suction Cup Bath Toys – like building blocks for the tub!

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Thanks to Boon for sponsoring today’s post, and thanks to all of you for supporting the brands that make Small Fry a reality!