FRYday: Nicole

As mothers we relish in the nurturing and caring for our children. It is fulfilling and time consuming and fills us with a sense of completion at the end of each day. I’m sure none of us could have imagined the joy it would bring. This doesn’t mean we all go to bed feeling like the perfect mother. DAYI know none us feel like perfect mothers, and always feel like we are falling short. However we all want to be, so we dive into motherhood head first and before we know it we have forgotten about ourselves. There just isn’t time for “me”. I’ve said these words a million times over the last 5 years. After caring for our sweet children and facing all of the other curve-balls life throws at us, its really, REALLY hard to find time to think about what we, as women, need. For the first time in YEARS and years, I’m taking this seriously. I’m finding the time. This doesn’t need to mean depriving your children of your time. But setting them up with some play dough and giving your self an at home manicure (using this tutorial and loving it!)

I’ve never taken care of my body or what I put in it. I feed my kids fairly healthy food, but continuously skipped myself and filled up on some Doritos.
I’ve never thought about putting any thought in to my skin, or the health of my hair. Things that as women can really add to or subtract from our self-confidence. The rest of the house was typically clean-ish, but my bedroom always took the back seat.
I’ve learned that these simple things were taking such a toll on me. On ME. They may not be the things that you need to feel taken care of. But I’m sure there are things that everyone needs and wants and because of your motherly-selflessness, you aren’t getting it.
It takes slightly more energy, and sometimes means getting 5 minutes less sleep so I can make my bed before hopping into it and get some lotion on my legs. But in the larger scheme of things, these little things I can fit in for myself have improved the quality of life for me and for my sweet children. Go for it, guys! Find the time, and have a great weekend!



Have you already fallen for the amazing line of booties and slippers for kids at Minnetonka? They’ve been around since 1946 but their classic design and sturdy craftsmanship keep them feeling fresh year after year. They have that perfectly effortless look to them that instantly adds a little bohemian, free-spiritedness, even a little edge to any outfit.
Minnetonka Adventure | Small FryDash in the classic moccasin // Hayes in the Tramper Bootie // Cal & Rilo in the Double Fringe Side Zip // Emily in the Double Fringe Side Zip

We all wear them year ’round, but surprisingly the most in Spring. They’re easily slipped on, perfectly breathable and hardy enough for hikes, but brush up and clean up nicely for a BBQ.

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Each pair (excluding the indoor slippers – Nicole and Jenna love the Cally Slipper) has a thick rubber sole with rounded traction beads. It makes climbing and hiking no problem, as well as great options for when it’s snowy or icy outside in the colder months.

Minnetonka Adventure | Small FryCal in a Zara t-shirt, Gap skinny jeggings (on sale for $16!) // Emily in a Gap Split neck blouse (sold out, similar) and destroyed F21 Jeans (sold out, we’ve heard amazing things about this AG pair 40% off at Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale!)

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Hayes in a Cotton On Kids t-shirt BabyGap frayed cut-offs, the Tramper Bootie and a fitted baseball cap.

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Dash in a Crewcuts gingham button-down, H&M khaki trousers

Adventures in Minnetonka   Rilo in a traditional Puebla dress (similar here!), a Wunway Kitty headband and PomPom scarf & the Double Fringe Side Zip.Adventures in MinnetonkaAdventures in Minnetonka

Find your favorite Minnetonkas here. And enter to win a pair of your choice for you and a friend on our Instagram here.


Cal in a Zara t-shirt, Gap skinny jeggings (on sale for $16!) & Double Fringe Side Zip.

Emily in a Gap Split neck blouse (sold out, similar) and destroyed F21 Jeans (sold out, we’ve heard amazing things about this AG pair 40% off at Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale!) & Double Fringe Side Zip.

Dash in a Crewcuts gingham button-down, H&M khaki trousers & classic moccasin.

Hayes in a Cotton On Kids t-shirt BabyGap frayed cut-offs and a fitted baseball cap & Tramper Bootie

Rilo in a traditional Puebla dress (similar here!), a Wunway Kitty headband and PomPom scarf & the Double Fringe Side Zip.

best travel buddies

Now that school is out we’re excited to take some family vacations! Traveling with kids is a completely different animal and should probably not be called a vacation, maybe just classified as a trip! It’s a lot of work, but something we each feel is so important. They don’t have to be extravagant or expensive or far away, but having that quality time taking in a new environment and new experiences is a fond memory we each had as kids and want to pass it onto the boys! Here’s some things we’ve found for traveling with them that have helped ease the load:essential items for your child's traveling!

1. This Melissa & Doug Trunkiis amazing! It is a suitcase on wheels so it makes carting it through the airport a breeze, but it gets better! There’s a perfectly molded seat and leash so your kids can sit on the suit case and you can pull them through the airport when they get tired. GENIUS! $30

2. The Safe Sippyis a must-have for traveling. It’s hard enough to keep hydrated in the warmer temperatures as it is, but being away from home and familiar stops makes it even harder. This one has either a straw or sippy so it’s great for any age, and is no-spill which is vital for road-trips! $15

3. When Will We Get There? Speaking of road-trips or long flights… This book is filled with travel appropriate games and activities. Keep them busy and hopefully avoid the “Are we there yet?” question. $4

4. LilGadgets Wireless Headphonesare another must. Each kid having their own headphones means not annoying other passengers, you can listen to that audiobook, and these headphones are wireless so no hassle, no tangling, no losing cords! $49.95

5. This Skip Hop Packis so darling, and having a suit case of their own to pack with whatever they want to bring along helps get them excited and also feel more comfortable and in control. It also has a removable leash so you can keep track of the runners in your life. An absolute must for a couple guys over here – cough – Sunny and Cal. $16

6. LunchSkins Reusable Sandwich Bagis great for packing lunches on-the-go. These can be tossed in the dishwasher, are waterproof, and if everyone has their own sack it’s easier to keep track of who’s eating what. These are also just about the right size for wet kids clothing, which is nice to have somewhere to store that doesn’t get EVERYTHING else wet. $22 for 3

7. Honest’s 2 Ounce Hand Sanitizer is vital for travel, especially air travel. It is TSA-approved and chemical free. $5.95

8. Packing a toy your kids love is vital for travel. Also, packing something brand new that they’ve never played with is just as vital. Wrap small surprises to open when they get restless! These Olliblocks are not only for building towers, but they’re great for imaginative play and story-telling. If you have limited space in your carry-on get the most bang for you buck you can! These are great for boys or girls and that makes them the perfect choice! $12

9. Bringing gum for kids on flights has saved us. When pressure changes and little ones can’t clear their ears (it’s even hard as an adult!) having gum to chew and keep that jaw moving helps so much! Grab Dubble Bubble Gumor if they like that minty flavor, peppermint gum will help with nausea, too! $2

10. iGuy iPad Caseis awesome! It stands on its own and it’s soft foam so it’s nice and comfortable for little hands. Not to mention it’s a protective case, which is a non-negotiable. $32

Are you heading anywhere with your family this Summer? Check out our family-friendly city tours! If we haven’t featured your city yet, let us know in the comments and we’ll get right on it!

Hong Kong, China | London, United Kingdom | Oahu, Hawaii | Perth, Australia | New York City, New York | Palm Beach, Florida | San Francisco, California | Dallas, Texas | Mackinac Island, Michigan | Midway, Utah |

spider-man party

Today we have a whole party focused on our favorite Superhero, Spider-Man! From the decor, to the activities, to the party attire, it’s all for Spidey and our boys couldn’t have been more excited. The best part about this party is that everything was found at Target and put together in only a couple hours! Here’s how we did it:
Spiderman PartyDECOR: For stress-free parties we love to have just one festive party table. Instead of worrying about decking every hall and nook and cranny with your party theme, a party table adds just enough festivity and is so much easier to execute and focus on details. We used our friend Kayti of the Be{you}ty Bureau‘s awesome cardboard skyscrapers for the backdrop and added Target’s striped flag banner to the front.

Spiderman PartyCAKE: We found a local bakery who will make a simple white 8-inch cake for only $12.99. It comes frosted and ready to decorate and is always delicious. Decorating the cake is the fun part so we love this short-cut. For this cake we found a little Spider-Man notebook and pencil kit in Target‘s Dollar Spot, so we cut out this figure from the notebook, taped a little bit of string to the back and tied the string to two striped party straws! Stick the straws right into the cake and you’re all set. Then to extend your theme all the way down to your cake plate, we cut out web shapes out of paper to layer beneath the plate.

Spiderman PartyInstead of paper plates and cups we opted for the sturdier plastic versions. Kids tend to dump, spill, tip, and mangle the paper so we gave plastic a try. Guess what? No spills!

Spiderman PartyWe had the boys wear any Spider-Man apparel they had – Masks and caps galore!

Spiderman PartyKeeping the party as stress-free as possible, we didn’t worry about feeding them a meal, but instead had easy kid-friendly snacks like popcorn and apple juice on hand.

Spiderman PartyDETAILS: We are obsessed with these chalkboard party hats, use a chalkboard pen to personalize them and re-use for just about any party! We added spider webs and wrote the boys’ names this time around.

Spiderman PartySpiderman PartyWe used Spider-man themed wrapping paper and party bags to add to the festivity, and quickly cut up confetti in the party colors to decorate the table with.

Spiderman PartyPLAY: We kept the activities pretty simple. First, using Dana Made It‘s giant spider web tutorial, we created a giant red web that not only doubled as a party game but also created another element of decor! Then we stuck little party favors in the web, tattoos, treats, and other lightweight items and gave the boys each a can of silly string. Then we let them shoot their targets until they fell out of the web for them to retrieve. Like a silly string pinata! Even though this is a stress-free party, no one can avoid clean-up, so we just tried to embrace the mess. Luckily it all cleaned up no problem!

Yarn Web Game | Spiderman PartyEveryone picked a temporary tattoo they loved and then we had a quick little tattoo applying session. The boys got SO excited about this, the urgency to get those tattoos on was frantic and they still show everyone they see how cool their Spider-Man tattoo is!

Spiderman PartySpiderman PartySpiderman Party Target made this party absolutely a breeze, here are all the supplies we used from their amazing party section:


Utensils // Plate Cup and Bowl Set // Temporary Tattoos // Party Wrap and Bags // Nesting Bowls // Mugs //


Chalkboard Party Hats // Oversized and regular striped paper straws, striped flag banner, napkins and Party Bags found here.

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

DIY threading cards

Threading cards are such an awesome playtime activity to help sharpen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills! We haven’t seen many around that we love – save maybe this MoMA Modern Shapes set or these Eric Carle illustrations. So, per usual, let’s just make our own shall we? Here’s how you’ll do it:

Threading Cards DIYGrab the Small Fry DIY MVP material of the year: craft foam sheets! And also, bright string and a 1/8 Inch Circle Punch.

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Then you simply cut out the shape you want out of the foam and use your hole punch to create the patterns. We suggest marking the dots with pencil beforehand because it’s really hard to punch a straight line, at least for one of us.

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Geometric, personalized, intricate or simple, it’s all up to you! We take these to dinners-out, church and long car rides, and our four and five year old boys love them!

Threading Cards DIYMore Quiet Time activities: Printable Coloring Pages // Interactive Books Round-up // Pretty Awesome Quiet Book Company Review