traveling without kids

The kidless vacation at times is can be a fickle thing! Relaxing and then guilt-ridden, desperately needed, and then self-indulgent, carefree and anxiety-inducing. Leaving our kids in capable hands so we can take those much needed breaks brings with it a roller coaster of emotion. Jenna headed off to a tropical island with her husband recently and wanted to channel some of those feelings into something that would help calm her nerves and express her feelings, while creating something her boys could look forward to each day while she was gone. Here’s what she did:

Every day Jenna and Andrew were gone, there was an envelope waiting for their boys. Most were filled with tiny gifts that cost one dollar or less and then there was a couple exciting bigger gifts too. Knowing their son Quinn was practicing writing his name in preschool, so he got a tiny notebook to fill up. A handful of change (which to a three year old is pretty darn cool,) and favorite treats brought so much joy while they were away.  A stack of bandaids so their boys would know they were thinking of them and wished they could be there to kiss any boo boos better. And finally, an iTunes gift card so they could get a brand new movie to watch which not only excites the kids, but also gives the babysitter some valuable leverage! Most importantly it gave Jenna some peace of mind knowing her kids could have a little piece of mom and dad whenever they needed it.

ipad mini giveaway! [closed]

Congrats to Kayleigh Harkins for winning this iPad!
In this month of thanks we want to express ours to you by giving away our favorite gift in the perfect Small Fry size, the all-new iPad Mini!
iPad Mini Giveaway
To enter, we want to know what you are most thankful for! Simply print off this Thankful page, fill it out with words or pictures on your own or with loved ones big and small.
 
To Enter:
1. Take a picture of what your most thankful for, or a picture that includes your Thankful page and post it on your Facebook wall, Twitter or Instagram feed mentioning @SmallFryBlog and #smallfryminiipad for both.  
For extra entries:
2. Like Small Fry on Facebook
3. Click “share” on our iPad Mini image on Facebook. 
4. Follow Small Fry on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest (separate entries for each.)
5. Blog about your Thankful page and link to this giveaway.
6. For the big mama option, putting our Small Fry button on your blog or website using the below HTML code below will give you the ability to enter five more times. We know that if you love Small Fry, your friends and readers will too and we so appreciate the support!

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Small Fry Films: Watercolor Cut Outs

Fostering creativity in our kids isn’t so much an action as it is a reaction. You can’t force them to do creative things, but you can concoct opportunities for their creativity to emerge. And even then, the result is rarely what you think it would or should be. It’s better, because it’s all them.

Huge thank you to the genius Jenner Brown of Lumineux Films for this gorgeous video, enjoy!

To see more Lumineux films, click here and to keep up with his amazing portfolio read his blog here.

bijou market giveaway [closed]

Congrats to Robinett who won this giveaway!

It’s been awhile since our last “Products We Love” post, and we’ve got a great one to make up for its absence! We’re sure you all have your favorite Etsy shops for just about anything your heart desires, and we do too! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk aisles lined with all those Etsy shops? Bijou Market is that dream realized. Fifty vendors come together twice a year to sell their goods and Bijou’s Holiday market is this weekend!  If you’re nearby, it really is a must-see, and we’ll even be there working the check-out! With live portraits, custom hand lettering on the spot, and even fresh flowers a la Pike’s Place, you can’t beat the ambiance and loveliness Bijou brings to Holiday shopping. If you’re not near Provo, Utah, don’t fret! You can still win some of our favorite things for kids at Bijou Market valued at $130.

Wooden Giraffe / Joey Town / Squack Doodle / Green Stitches / Mutze / Scribble on Everything

What’s up for grabs? A handmade wooden puzzle, a whole town for driving cars and trucks through, a sweet paper elephant mobile for over a crib, an amazing hand stitched doll, the softest knit hat that will ever touch your baby’s head, and a awesome set of camera decals for any wall in the house.

How to enter:

1. Comment sharing your favorite Etsy shop, we’re always on the hunt for new finds!

2. Like Bijou Market on Facebook.

3. RSVP to their official market invite.

4. Instagram their invite (below) and tag @bijoumarket.

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This giveaway closes Tuesday November 20th at 11:59 pm MST and the winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.