fairy birds [giveaway!]

Today we are helping to celebrate the launch of new children’s book Fairy Birds! We called upon our favorite band of sisters, Avery, Quincey and Lola to help us conduct a proper review. fairy-birds-4In the first book of the series, the Fairy Birds go on a soaring adventure to grow their first colorful feather, the pink “Givie” feather, which they grow as they give to others.The book is full of infectious illustrations, delightful color, fashionable characters and a secret message–to help, serve, and care for others!Fairy Birds Book Launch

The authors and founders, twin sisters Heather and Heidi, have a long running hair accessory line True Birds, but wanted to extend their reach to teaching children, too. In this film they talk about how the book came to be, and their motivation behind the project in (we love watching twins interact, it’s so sweet!) Also, check out this fun video they created to show how to be a Fairy Bird at home.

You can purchase Fairy Birds and all the accompanying accessories, like the awesome fairy wings! on their shop here.Fairy Birds Book Launch If you’re extra lucky you could be one of three $50 Fairy Bird credit winners! Here’s how to enter:

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Leave comments below for each entry and we’ll select and notify the winners on October 30th! Good luck!

Big thank you to Liz Kartchner of the stellar blog Dear Lizzy for lending us her darling daughters!

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trendy ties + dapper dudes

Since our boys are a little too young for official school photos, we thought it would be fun to snap a few formal pictures of them to mark this year in their lives.  A picture to send to grandparents, far away cousins, and even to frame for their dads’ desks at work. Trendy Ties sent these gorgeous thick cotton adjustable ties to help them look extra handsome, and all the sudden look like grown-ups! We also wanted a little card to send with the pictures, and if you’re interested it’s available for free download at the end of this post.Dapper Picture Printable

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We loved these ties not only for their awesome prints, thick and luxe fabric, but also for the adjustable and clip-on neck feature. You can loosen and tighten the width of the neck with ease, so they won’t outgrow them so quickly. Then the enclosure is easy for mom to take on and off, but near impossible to yank off from the front. Also, something we’ve noticed as moms to boys: ties, even when sized for toddlers, still seemed to come with thick neck straps. A lot of times the straps hang out way below the collar, and it drives us crazy! Trendy Ties’ neck straps are skinny and flat enough to fit under the smallest of collars and we so appreciate it! Here are some of our favorite designs from the tie line. Don’t forget the bow ties and ties for men (which are so affordable) and come in all these awesome designs as well!


We loved hearing about Rachel, Trendy Ties founder’s story. Before becoming a mother she worked in the fashion industry, specifically bridal, working closely with designers and soaking up all she could. She now has two boys, (welcome to the club, Rachel!) and couldn’t help but notice how boy’s fashion lacked. She spent countless hours taking apart ties, tweaking designs, selecting fabric until she came up with this awesome design! After 1,000+ Etsy sales, she has moved to her own site, and we are cheering for her from the sidelines. Check out Trendy Ties, we know you’ll love the high quality like we do! Follow them on Facebook for exclusive deals for followers here!

Click “Download” below for the Dapper card printable! Inspired by Nicole’s Christmas card last year.

Small Fry Spooky Songs

Halloween is almost here! The excitement is building, the non-stop requests to try on (sleep in?) costumes has begun, has it at your homes as well? We found ourselves needing a good playlist to accompany pumpkin carving, cookie baking, and the costume parties lining up. Here’s a little compliation of some of our favorite classics and unexpected new favorites. All more silly than spooky, but sure to get you in the Halloween spirit!spookysongs

This playlist can be found on our Spotify profile (type spotify:user:smallfryblog into Spotify’s search bar) along with some of our other playlists we’ve created in the past. A playlist for a good old kitchen dance party, love songs to sing to your little ones, and more!

Check out all our music posts here.

FRYday : Emily

I think each of us says this every Friday, but it bears repeating: Yay! It’s Friday!! There are plenty of reasons to be excited (sorry to those of you who work retail, I know this statement is bogus, I’ve been there!) the biggest being that it is Russ’ and my eighth wedding anniversary this Sunday! Man, is that a substantial chunk of time or what? October 20th proved to be the most beautiful day to get married I’ve ever seen. Perfectly warm, with just a hint of bite in the air, after the ceremony we walked through rows and rows of orange and red trees, with crazy butterflies and bright-eyed excitement at all we had ahead of us. I can still hear the sound of our feet shuffling through the dry fallen leaves. That sound will forever remind me of our wedding day.FRYday : Emily


As each year passes, we layer on new memories, and new faces, new heartbreaks and new triumphs. Each year right around this time I feel it all swelling up, and can’t help but feel massively grateful. No matter where I look the evidence is there, up down, and all around: life is beautiful.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and get to celebrate your own good fortunes! Our honeymoon was centered around a rock and roll concert and somehow through thick and thin, broke and really broke, we’ve made the anniversary concert tradition stick, eight years running! So we’ll be heading to see a couple of our favorite bands, and I’m excited to see what surprises Russ has up his sleeve, as I’ve got a few of my own, too!




We’ve been nominated for Best Home Blog in the Family category by Lamps Plus! We’re so honored and if you feel so inclined, you can vote for us right here.

Also, don’t forget to enter to win ad space on ten blogs, including Small Fry via Kate & Kuby and the All Things Baby giveaway here.


homemade despicable me costumes

 Here’s our last of this year’s Halloween costume series, phew you made it! Jenna’s oldest Quinn has known since March that he would be Vector from Despicable Me. There would be no sidetracking, no alternatives, no plan Bs, just Vector. They’re having a bit of a bromance you could say. In turn Jude made a perfect little minion! Here’s how Jenna turned the sweat suit wearing Nerd slash Villain that cracks us all up with every viewing into a homemade no-sew costume:despicable me halloween costumes

For The Minion: Grab a yellow long sleeve tee, a standard pair of overalls, and some sneakers and you have your costume’s base. Easy additions are a white helmet and goggles, or if you want to go oversized, Jenna used the plastic rings that connect two bottles together, attached with a length of elastic.

Yellow Tee // Osh Kosh Overalls // Chuck Taylor Converse High Tops

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For Vector: Jenna ordered an orange hoodie with matching orange sweat pants. Stuff the belly with a small pillow or blanket for Vector’s signature pooch. Add glasses, sneakers, a “V” cut out of white duct tape, and a laser gun and you’re all set!

Orange Sweatsuit via H&M Hoodie & Pants // Fake Glasses// Toy Gun
// Sneakers

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Thanks to Kid’s Foot Locker for supplying the boys sneakers for this costume!

Quinn is wearing the Nike Air Max and Jude is in the Chuck Taylor Converse High Tops

 For more Halloween Costume Ideas check out our Pinterest Board!