You know our love for the 4th of July runs deep so we had to share a little side proejcts we did with Zurchers for their site! We grabbed all their red, white and blue and created a party spread for their website and here’s how it turned out!Our love for a one-table festive party spread runs just as deep. It makes the best impact for the least amount of effort! We also love their new striped balloons up against the flag backdrop. Festive sodas just add to the fun!Zurchers has every color of the rainbow in these tassel garlands. Another great element that adds texture and is reusable again and again.And a few more details! Party treat bags: Star cups! The 4th is only a month away so snag your party supplies while they’re still in stock! Find the whole party spread linked up here.
We have an amazing event to share with you Utah locals today! Our friends at Ergo and BabyList are putting on a brunch for all you mamas and mamas-to-be next Saturday, June 11th! Tickets are only $15 early bird (early bird ends June 6th, but use SMALLFRY20 for a discount!) which includes a brunch as well as the following:
Mama to Be Mornings is an educational feast that includes a panel of experts. Moderator Erica Chidi Cohen doula and founder of The Mama Circle will lead a dynamic discussion on: Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy and postpartum shift. With a panel featuring 5 experts including Provo’s leading midwife ,OBGYN, Pediatrician and IBCLC Lacation Consultant. The 4th trimester is such a sensitive time filled with so many emotions! We are so excited to hear this panel and continue the conversation about taking care of ourselves throughout the whole pregnancy experience. Check out some images from their previous events in LA and New York!
There will also be a collection of the best brands and gear for you to see and handle in person. See that list here!Use SMALLFRY20 for a discount and early bird pricing ends this Monday, so be sure to scoop up your tickets! Event Page here.
Images by Morgan Pansing @morganpansing
Happy weekend everyone!! The first official weekend of Summer for a lot of you, yeah? Whether you love Summer or dread it you have all our love and support. Here’s what we’re thinking about this week:
NICOLE:Eating: After a long search for my favorite popcorn, I’ve concluded that Amazon is the easiest and most reliable place to find it. The only issue (which I hardly see as an issue) is you have to buy a box of 12. HIT ME!
Wearing: These minimal pretty Ray Bans have made their way to the top of my ridiculous sunglass obsession. They are the least cool, and the most bangarang.
Feeling pretty chubby lately (maybe I should reconsider that 12 pack of popcorn?), but instead I just drape myself in a lot of overalls and jumpsuits. Here are a couple of my go-to’s this week. SO forgiving, and I’m so grateful. This one is on sale at Madewell and another Madewell fave *(not on sale but worth every penny).
For the hair: Im always interested in trying new dry shampoos. Up until now, this Living Proof has been my fave. But the scent of this Elizabeth and James has me swooning!
Wearing: This Fryday is basically a summary of all the things I’ve copied off my Small Fry girls this week. Ha! Sorry babes. Love Jenna’s Madewell vest and thinking it’s the perfect layer over all the loose dresses I’ve acquired this pregnancy. Hoping it helps with that awkward post-partum stage. 20% off right now!
And the aviators she posted about last week really are super incredible. I ordered them the second I saw her in LA and LOVE them! Awesome price, too!
Reading: I am such a binge reader. I either don’t read anything for months or I shuffle through several in a short span. We’re on the latter right now. Just finished Grace – A Memoir which is so fun to read for a retired stylist like myself. I definitely don’t miss those marathon photoshoots. Our Souls at Night, such a sweet, simple story that prompted me to start Plainsong by the same author. Ordered a bunch more in preparation for non-stop nursing, too! I’ll be sure to share how I like them!
Listening: Listened to this whole Nick Drake album while we roasted s’mores. It’s a good campfire album for sure!
Decorating: I love when people with great taste design something that fills a need of mine, it’s so convenient! Our friend and yours, Mandi of Vintage Revivals started selling these awesome temple prints (for any of you Mormons or LDS folk out there) and I just put mine up and LOVE it. You know how hard it can be to find religious art that also matches your design aesthetic but Mandi nailed it in my book! // Operation Baby Room is in crunch time. Snagged Indigo dyed curtains (on sale right now!) (lined them with a heavy blackout curtain behind) and at Nicole’s recc ordered the small version of this Sputnik chandelier. It’s the perfect size for a nursery! We just have a few more things to wrap up and we’ll be done! Phew.
READING: I am LOVING this story called Sweet Thumb. It’s such a darling children’s story that teaches the importance of healthy foods in a fun way for kids. My boys loved reading it as they’ve started to have an added interest in nutrition. It’s a great story to encourage good eating in kids!
LISTENING: I’ve been a podcast junkie the last few weeks and ones I’m loving are The Lively Show for motivational/business and Actual Innocence for entertainment. You’ll be hooked. And I’ve been listening to them on the prettiest wireless headphones known to man kind. These rose gold ones I’m dying over.
EATING: If you follow me on @jennaskitchen I’ve been super in to Macros the last few weeks. I really like how it works and the challenge of trying to eat certain grams in certain categories (fat, carbs, protein.) The key to starting is a food scale and I love this one I found on Amazon. I also finally took the splurge on gold flatware and it’s gorgeous and makes all my meals brighter!
DECORATING: Just picked up this vase at Target, and since we recently saw Nate Berkus when we were in LA I feel like it’s made by my bestie!
Fun guest post from the all new LitJoy Crate! Catch a giveaway on our Instagram @smallfryblog and get 10% off your first box with “SMALLFRY10”! Welcome, ladies!!
Hello there! I’m Alix and this is Kelly and we run the new business: LitJoy Crate! LitJoy Crate is a monthly book box subscription, delivered to your front porch! Each month, you receive a Crate with a new release book, and book-themed items to enhance that reading experience (this really just means we want to make reading really fun instead of just fun). Subscribers can select from our three crates: the Board Book Crate (ages 0-2), the Picture Book Crate (ages 3-6), and the Young Adult Crate (ages 14+). It’s like a book party on your porch—monthly!Our drive in creating LitJoy was two-fold. First, we care deeply about literacy (which is why, for every crate we sell, we donate a book to local pro-literacy campaigns); and second, we care (probably too deeply) about literature. In our texts to each other 60% is work related and the other 40% is us fan-girling over some fictional character that we care about as if they were a living and breathing human (or faerie depending on the book). Between the two of us we have four children, ages four and under—so our business meetings can get a little crazy. Many tantrums are halted with the promise of marshmallows and the threat of “ no reading tonight unless you are good” . It was reading to our children that really solidified our decision to start LitJoy Begin a mom can be really hard and sometimes reading with out kids is the brightest moment of our day! We wanted to share 3 quick ways to keep your kids (and your whole family, really) reading through those chaotic summer months: 1. During reading time, involve activities based around the books you are reading with your kids. This is basically what we try and do with LitJoy Crate. If your book is about going on a scavenger hunt, stage your own scavenger hunt. Or send the kids out on a scavenger hunt while you catch up on your reading.
2. Go to the library! And then go again. I’m always surprised by how much fun my kids have at the library. Plus it’s a free activity, which is great for summer when we are trying to do fun things every day.
3. Listed to audiobooks when traveling on summer vacations. Maybe pass on the Iggy Azalea and instead start an audiobook . These beautiful orchard shots photographed by our friend Sam are a straight-up miracle. If I could transport you through time and space to this photo shoot in this quaint orchard you would be dropping in on pandemonium and at least three tantrums from different children (I’m not naming names). Sam, the miracle worker, managed to capture a few moments that were beautiful and these moments are a lot like what our life feels like as a business owner and a mom. It’s chaos laced with tears and boogers, but those few moments where what wedo brings joy, that’s why we do it!
Sign up for LitJoy Crate here!
Just had to share the Spanish brand Cienta with you mamas looking for some simply sweet Summer kicks! You can find a list of where to buy them online (follow along on @cientashoes Instagram for new styles!) and at a brick and mortar here, but Zappos has a killer collection, too!
These are just the gray tone styles… Awesome, right? We love that there are so many options that kids can put on all by themselves, with easy straps, elastic, slip-on and more! Whatever gives them that extra boost of independence.