operation sandy hook

It seems like ages since the tragic news from Connecticut on December 14th, but we can’t imagine how much pain and grief those families are still enduring and will continue to endure at the loss of their little ones. Since then we’ve looked for ways to aid and support the people of Newtown and the families effected at Sandy Hook Elementary. So many of our friends were also searching for similar calls to action, when finally we just decided to join forces and make it happen!

Today is the day! From December 20th until the 26th Operation Sandy Hook will be underway.

We have teamed up with Brickyard Buffalo and several other artists and graphic designers to do a capsule collection of downloadable prints, all at $5 each, and profits will go to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund through United Way. You can also donate in any amount of your choosing directly at United Way here. Once purchased you’ll have access to the PDF and can print at your convenience!

Here’s a sample of the prints available:

“Let Them Be Little” handlettered by Aubry Bennion of Maypole.

“Dream Big” by Jenna Rammell for Small Fry.

“Hold On” by Melanie Burk of Caravan Shoppe.

“Love” by October Ink.

“Stegosaurus” by Ashley Hoiland of Birds of Ashmae.

“My Heart Carries Me Through” by Kelli Murray.

“Roots” by Livy Love Designs.

** Any re-distribution of these prints for personal or commercial profit is strictly prohibited. **

Small Fry Films: Brooke & London

After a pretty heavy few days, (we can’t thank you all enough for your loving words and support!) we knew exactly what we’d need: a shot of sunshine. There is no one better for the job than our friend Brooke White. Singer, songwriter (Christmas album out now!), former American Idol contestant, editor of the darling site The Girls With Glasses and mama to the chubbiest, sweetest baby girl, London. Within seconds of Jenner’s rolling film, we were all behind the scenes in tears. Brooke has the uncanny ability to dance through life with contagious effervescence. She is the first to admit her faults, shortcomings, and defeats, but she does it all with a beaming smile. Brooke does not have a self-conscious bone in her body, and it was so refreshing to watch her mother London with such joy and free-spiritedness. This is simply her morning routine, and she infuses every step of the way with great love. Their lives are filled with music and dancing and when the camera stopped rolling we simply didn’t want to leave, you’ll see why:

Film by Jenner Brown of Lumineux Films.

(This film’s track “Little Bird” was recorded live by Brooke White, purchase the studio version here.)

We talked with Brooke about how she balances motherhood with such a demanding career, and she simply said, it is family and her principles first, and career second. She has turned down many an opportunity if it didn’t fit with those priorities, while in the same sentence exclaimed that her successes wouldn’t be as sweet without her family by her side. Brooke White you inspire us all.

Here’s where you can find more of Brooke:

First and foremost, the very best of Brooke can be found on her new Christmas album White Christmas on iTunes. $8 for 12 beautiful songs with that beautiful raspy voice? We’ve been playing our copies around the clock. Run don’t walk!

Still need more Brooke? We don’t blame you:

Brooke White official website, Brooke’s personal blog Brookie Babble, The Girls with Glasses,  Pinterest, Instagram (@realbrookewhite), Twitter (@brookewhite).

one phone call

NICOLE.

Isn’t it a wonder how little tiny humans, so innocent and simple can bring us some of the greatest strength we know?

A close friend told me, in the midst of an extremely rocky time:

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

Motherhood gave me this strength.

I don’t for a second give myself the credit of successfully making it to where we are today. Dash and Sunny, at such young ages, gave me the courage and will to push through each day. I can confidently say that without my children I wouldn’t have had the strength to endure through this successfully, and they even made me come out a better, happier, stronger person. The blessing of being a mother through this gave me the strength I needed.

With out hesitation, I knew what I needed to write about today. I can easily pinpoint the single most pivotal moment in my life. It was that monumental moment that molded my future more than most any moment in my past. It was a simple phone call from my husband. I answered the phone and on the other end was the most humbled voice I had ever heard. My husband expressed to me that he needed my help. I knew what he needed, I had known for sometime, but I also knew I couldn’t fix it, he had to discover for himself. This was the day that he finally did. [KEEP READING FOR THE ENTIRE ESSAY.]

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ping-pong

EMILY.

I grew up in a pretty volatile home. There I said it. It most definitely could have been worse, and for that I am grateful daily, but there was this underlying sense of unease that followed me everywhere I went under that roof. I was never sure how the day would play out and while there were many wonderful memories, sad ones seem to be the ones that stick sometimes. [KEEP READING FOR THE ENTIRE ESSAY.]

Emily Frame for Bugaboo

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