Last Minute BBQ

By Emily.

This Summer has been full of surprises and “make it work” moments for me. Our home has been a constant flux of visitors from friends and family and on more than one occasion I’ve found myself doing last minute prep to feed loved ones. Nothing makes me happier than seeing them all enjoy themselves and feel at home here, so we’ve been extra planful about having the things we need to host comfortably. From ingredients to silverware, seating to fun games, keeping it on hand makes everything feel doable.

We’ve talked a few times on Instagram about the HP Instant Ink service that makes it so you never have to run to the store for ink again. They send it to you before you even realize you need it! For Small Fry, I handle all the documents and contracts, and am constantly running out of ink, so this is a service I can definitely get behind! Even better they’re offering 3 months of Instant Ink free with any HP printer purchase (sign up here!) To give it a whirl, I knew I wanted to create something fun for the kiddos to do that also helps me prep for the next get together.

My sister Charity sketched these darling barbecue elements and I printed them out on cardstock using this printer. Then have your tiniest BBQ guests watercolor the elements and you can use them either as decor (seen in the film!) or as markers for different dishes.

How sweet is this film? This post is a total family affair with my brother, videographer Collin Kartchner, whipping this up. We also have Charity’s pretty sketches free for you to download and print off for your own BBQ below!

Thanks to HP for bringing us on board for this Instant Ink campaign! While we were compensated for our efforts, as always all opinions are our own!

Kidz Bop 29 + Spotify

By Emily.

Music is life at our house and that has been one of the harder transition for me as a parent. I want to listen to my music, but when your kid is walking around church singing “Whatchoo gonna do with that big fat butt? Wiggle wiggle” it’s might be time to rethink priorities. It’s a hard balance of wanting to expose my kids to the good stuff, but also protecting them from adult-themed lyrics. (I know, Jason Derulo isn’t what I’d call good either, here they are singing actually good stuff) With that all being said, I can really get behind projects like the Kidz Bop series. Radio hits, but lyrics edited to be suitable for kids. Have your cake and eat it, too! Happily, Kidz Bop’s entire archive is now on Spotify!Summer Playlist

Check out some of our kiddos’ favorites for Summer in this playlist:

Since Small Fry’s conception we’ve used Spotify as our platform to share playlists for all kinds of things like our Halloween party, our dinner party for Alt last year, a lovey dovey Valentine’s mix and more! We also have a few playlists that aren’t kid-related, for other projects that you can all find on our Spotify profile here. Spotify premium is the only way to go, having access to virtually any song or album you can think of with a tap of a button is the best! They’re offering one Small Fry reader a whole year of Spotify Premium, so head to our Instagram page to enter! (@smallfryblog) Also, we’d love to add your kiddos’ favorite songs to our playlist, so comment here or on our Instagram and we’ll add them!

Grab Kidz Bop 29 here!

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Another weekend is upon us! Nicole and Emily will be at the Made to Matter event (scroll one post down for details!) tomorrow and Jenna is on her way back through Utah to head up to their favorite Summer getaway in Idaho! We’ve got a full couple days while Jenna is here and we’ll be sure to share it all with you soon! Have a great weekend, everyone!
WEARING: I’ve bought mutliple of each of these, cause white sure gets dirty, but I can’t help it, I want to wear this same combo everyday! Top // Bottoms // Hat
READING: The kids and I flip through our Chatbooks ALL THE TIME. It’s the happiest!
LISTENING: Apple Music, DUH!!
WATCHING: The mini movies at the beginning of Home are HILARIOUS. We are loving them around here.
Decorating: I’ve finally been getting around to printing photos of my little ones from Christmas, taken by Lindsey Orton. Also living for the brown Ribba frames from Ikea. You can see them all displayed in this post! My trick to the Ikea frames is to flip the cream colored matte they sell with it around, the underside is white and so much more clean looking.


WEARING: This tan. Seriously I finally found the gold mine in self tanner. The mitt is the game changer, get on this right now! It’s so awesome.

READING: I bought this for Andrew for Father’s Day and it makes me tear up every time! So funny and so cute, but so tender. Who knew Jimmy Fallon had it in him??
LISTENING: Taylor Swift’s 1989 has been the soundtrack to two of my Summers and now I have the song book to play some tunes on the piano. Call me 14.
WORRYING: About Summer ending!! It feels like it’s creeping up so so soon! School in California starts August 11th, and I’m just not ready to let summer go.
Decorating: With Loom Goods. Love their new line especially the new No. 4 pillow.
Watching: Real Housewives. I CAN’T BE STOPPED.
WEARING: Summers always have me simplifying my accessory game. I don’t want to have to worry about my jewelry if we want to head to the lake, if I’m working out, or just falling into bed. I haven’t taken these 14K gold baby hoops out in months, they’re endless hoops so it’s like wearing nothing at all. I top it all off with several custom Pri Bing rings and midis, too.
READING: “What you spend years building might be destroyed overnight, build anyway.” This line from Mother Teresa’s “Anyway” poem stood out to me and is something I keep in the front of my mind.

LISTENING: My anxiety is through the roof with some new stressors as of late. My mom used to have me listen to Bob Griswold at night and I am dying laughing even typing this. They’re hilarious and totally whackadoodle, but they work! Guided Relaxation for life.

WORRYING: We bought Callum his puppy (pics on @emilyframe) and he is the sweetest little guy that ever lived. We picked him because he was the most mellow of the litter and turns out he was mellow because he was sick. Poor guy is on antibiotics now and should be on the mend (and fingers crossed still mellow!) here soon.

ANTICIPATING: A date night. Man do I need one. I just need a sitter to magically appear first.

DECORATING: With our new pup comes a whole new slew of crap, and that crap isn’t so cute. BUT! Martha nailed it with this sweet dog brush.

WATCHING: I get asked about this every time someone new drives with us, so I figured I should share! I bought this huge collection of old cartoon shorts a few years ago and my kids are obsessed. Lots are black and white and even silent film style, and hearing them laugh and laugh at these old shorts makes me so happy. They just don’t make cartoons like they used to!

Get Messy, Get Clean

We have such an amazing event to share with you locals, the perfect activity for your family’s upcoming weekend! “Get Messy, Get Clean” is sponsored by our favorite Made to Matter Brands at Target (we worked with Made to Matter all last year and love it all!)

This free kids event is all day Saturday July 11th from 10am-4pm at Electric Park in Thanksgiving Point.Get Messy, Get CleanHere’s just a few of the free events and activities: painting pots, planting seeds, kids yoga, bubble activities, face painters, bounce houses, Monster Bubbles, dog demonstrations, puppies for adoption, coloring, soccer games and more! Of course food is a priority for us and some of our favorite food trucks will be on hand for us to buy lunch. The event is all about giving us new ideas for how to stay active and eat healthier.Get Messy, Get Clean

Free samples and giveaways offered from the sponsors like Ecoscraps, Mrs. Myers, Paddy’s Bathroom, Freshpet, Justin’s, Ella’s Kitchen, Senda, Angies Boom-Chickapop, KIND, Hyland’s, Annie’s, Yes To. Just use the #getmessygetclean and #madetomatter hashes to enter via social media.

Nicole and Emily will be there with our families and hope to see you locals, be sure to say hi if you stop by!!

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beautiful imperfections

Sometimes a company sends you a product and sometimes they spark a real conversation. We are always so happy to work on posts that speak to a deeper level in our eyes and for the AVEENO® DAILY MOISTURIZING SHEER HYDRATION LOTION campaign is definitely one of those. Today they asked us to think about our own beautiful imperfections and share them with you all. To get real, so to speak and challenge ourselves to make a positive change and a step toward greater self-love. Here’s what we shared within our team and wanted to share with you!Aveeno

NICOLE: Like most women, there are countless things about my appearance I would change. My hair is too thin, I’m not tall enough, I need to lose a few pounds, my smile could be whiter, I have too many freckles, the list goes on and on.

I’ve spent much too much time thinking about how to change these things. How to perfect myself and become everything the world tells me I should be. Plastic surgeries, teeth whiteners, extensions have all crossed my mind, and some even became realities. But I learned the reality is perfection is unattainable.

But guess what? I found a better option. I started to surround myself with PEOPLE that made me feel beautiful. People that made me feel perfectly fine, and even incredible, just the way I am. People who admire and celebrate my imperfections. And even love me more for them. Creating distance between or eliminating altogether the things, activities, shows, magazines and people that made me feel like I needed to be skinnier, taller, have perkier boobs, or tanner skin. And reined in closer to those who love Nicole, and help Nicole feel strong, confident and beautiful.

Let’s all do this, or become the people who make those we know and love feel their very, very most beautiful. Every woman, man and child deserve to love who they are. Let’s make it happen.

AveenoHere is a clear view of the DAILY MOISTURIZING SHEER HYDRATION LOTION!   It’s the silkiest lotion we’ve ever used and actually does moisturize all day. We all love that its fragrance free, whether it be in our efforts to use less products with less chemicals or simply so it doesn’t compete with our favorite perfume.

JENNA: My sister-in-law and I were talking the other night about how my niece in the first grade goes to school worried about her hair, her clothes and fitting in. It broke my heart to think that at six years old this sweet girl is already beginning her journey of worrying about how others view her. At now 30 years old I also still cling to those thoughts although I’m proud to say I’ve mostly broken free but it hasn’t been easy and it has taken much work. Looking tonight at my baby girl I just felt so sad. I want her to always know how magnificent and perfect she is and yet I know she won’t. I know she will have many days of self-doubt and criticism and many days where she will wish she was different. So I’m vowing to her that I’ll do better to more fully love my own self in order for her to be empowered to do the same.


Don’t believe everything you think. This is what I am affirming to myself, and focusing on to improve my own self-concept. I have a rapid inner monologue. The wheels are constantly turning. Wondering, analyzing, replaying, planning, worrying and in the throes of all these things, negative thoughts creep in. In my desire for self-awareness, I am often questioning myself, in a small way I am standing on trial, I am the jury, the judge, the prosecution. But you know what is missing a lot of the time? The defense. When those negative thoughts fight their way in, I am making it a point to come to my own defense. I know my heart, I know my intention, I know my dreams and goals.

When all is said and done, just because the thought found its way in doesn’t make it true or real or right. Instead of letting it bounce around up there, I am just going to let it roll off. What could be better in our quest for loving ourselves good and bad then starting from the inside out?


We’d love to hear if this AVEENO® challenge sparks any desire to follow their lead! What are you going to do today to find beauty in your imperfections?


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Aveeno through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While we were compensated to write a post about Aveeno all opinions are our own!