small fry 2.0

Part of our birthday celebration was to give Small Fry a little redesign. We are so excited with the results, husband and wife team Tori and Jordan are crazy good! They were so intuitive, asking questions and proactively working to better our site as well as the reader’s experience and we’ve absolutely loved working with them!SMALL FRY Redesign

Here’s a little more about what they offer:

Tori: I work with clients to take their projects and dreams, whether it’s a birth announcement or a logo for their new business, and visually express those ideas through colors, textures, patterns, and graphics, both on and offline. I believe that every person, every business is different and I help them find their voice through the designs I create.

See more of Tori’s work on Tori Bee Design and her Facebook page.

Jordan: I design and code beautiful, functional websites. I work with my clients to gain a clear understanding of their goals and then design a site that helps them achieve those goals. Using the latest coding methods, I build sites that uniquely represent you and your brand and create memorable online experiences.

View Jordan’s portfolio here and follow him on Twitter here.

From our perspective, they required minimal guidance, were speedy in every aspect, but especially in response to our endless emails, phone calls and texts. They met each request with a warm and unfazed response, and their promise to us that a site’s design process should be fun, was definitely kept.

Now that the site is ready to go we’re thrilled share the new features with you, starting with the shop! Keep reading to see them all. Read more

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nicole’s picks

For the rest of this week we’re recounting our favorite posts from the past year. Next up: Nicole!

“The Backyard Tent was one of the first adventures we took when starting Small Fry. The day was perfect, the weather was flawless and the kiddos loved the simple two minute tent we built in the yard.nicolefavorites

Mini Art Books:

The art books we made with Dallas created such a beautiful experience for the kids to express their creativity. Dash is always doodling and coloring, and keeping them all in one spot, one book, and recording his thoughts and memories that way each day was, in my opinion, inspired!

(No) Fireworks:

One of my favorite subjects we cover on Small Fry are the Science Projects. Watching the kids faces as the experiments come to life is priceless. The milk and food coloring fireworks was one of those where they were completely blown away, thinking they were experiencing magic, as the science project unfolded. I think children should have experiences like this daily.

Small Fry Valentine’s:

This Valentine’s Day was one for the books! Designer Jenna Robert designed our boys the most beautiful cards to give to their friends. You need to check out Hayes and Quinn’s, too, but Dash’s was the one that stole my heart. It was so perfect for his Super Hero mindset. He truly believes he is super, as do I.”

Read more of Nicole’s posts, FRYdays, and her incredibly brave post about addiction and forgiveness here. Follow Nicole’s family via Instagram @nicolecalleen.

jenna’s picks

The rest of our first birthday week we wanted to take the look back at the last year and reflect! For each of us to have the chance share some highlights, and favorite moments, and behind the scenes. First up, Jenna!

“I remember sitting at dinner with Nicole and Emily when this blog was conceptualized and even in my wildest dreams I couldn’t have anticipated what this year would bring for us, it’s been so exciting! I look back on this year of blog content I’m really proud that we’ve accomplished what we set out to create: a positive place that celebrates the joys of motherhood, children and family. I’ve said it before, but you can find plenty of websites that give you the grit of motherhood, the negative side of having children, and the harsh realities of family dynamics, but Small Fry just isn’t that place. Trust me, we aren’t trying to dupe you in to thinking that our lives are all perfectly coifed children and DIY crafting because as you’ve read on our Frydays, we struggle just like everyone.

Small Fry should be a place where you can feel rest from those hardships of life, and be reminded of the simple joy children bring to this earth. We hope here you feel rejuvenated to do better, be better and more present, not in only your children’s lives but all those around you. I’m so thankful for the community, mothers or not, women or not, that we have here on SF. You have celebrated with us through some joyful moments, while encouraging us through the tough ones. I can’t wait to share many more memories with all of you! Here are a few that stand out in my mind:

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Peach Basil Jam: This post was one of our very first. I love peach season, and I love being in the kitchen with my kids so it was especially fun to have all the boys helping in the process. I remember how excited they were that a couple days after making the jam we got them all together to sell it to their neighbors and friends. Their grandmas, cousins, friends came, and the boys just thought they were in Heaven! Seeing them so proud of their accomplishments was something I won’t ever forget. Even though the boys have grown so much since this picture, it captures their personalities so beautifully! They have been friends since birth, and that’s a really special thing.

Adoption Week: This was a special week for me. I woke up one morning knowing that we should spend an entire week highlighting adoption stories, but being nervous to approach Emily and Nicole about it. I told them how passionately I felt about it, and they were both instantly on board. That’s what I love about our friendship. There is a deep level of respect that goes beyond any personal opinion you might have. If they feel strongly about an issue then the matter becomes important to me and I know that it goes vice versa as well. They were so encouraging, loving and supportive through the whole week. I can’t wait to make this an annual feature because the families stories were so touching, and the comments inspiring.

Campover: One night we had my niece Arleigh over for a sleepover. We pitched a tent in the living room, draped twinkle lights over it for stars & made s’mores over our gas stove. It was so last minute and the kids just completely died over the whole thing. The next morning I called Nicole (who was conveniently my neighbor at the time) and she shot them having fun & playing in the indoor camp grounds we had built. I love posts like this where something magical happens in your home & we get to remember it forever through Nicole’s incredible images.

Snowman Dress-ups: This project was so fun because I remember it being the first real time that Quinn and Jude played together. Not just played in the same room but they actually communicated, shared and built a snowman together! They were so excited and that snow man stayed up on Quinn’s wall all of Winter. We’ll for sure be doing it again this year!”

Read all of Jenna’s personal posts, from FRYdays, to birth stories, to her own personal adoption story here. Follow along with Jenna’s everyday on Instagram @jennarammell.

favorite’s favorite pt.2 [closed!]

Congratulations to Kymberlee for winning this giveaway!

Are you guys ready for Part Two of our birthday giveaway featuring our Favorite’s Favorites? We think you’ll like it, see what’s up for grabs and don’t forget to enter yesterday’s giveaway, too!

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Jill Nystul // @jillsgoodthings

We got incredibly lucky to spend several months under Jill’s mighty wing as we launched this blog. Jill of One Good Thing by Jillee is a phenomenon to say the least, with several million readers and an archive that would make Martha Stewart feel inadequate. Jill is the hardest working blogger in the biz and we’ve learned so much from her this year!

Blendtec Blender :: $450

“I have milkshake loving boys in my house and my Blendtec makes quick work of our favorite Oreo shakes. But it goes well beyond milkshakes and has been a great multi-tasker in my kitchen. I’ve made everything from smoothies, to mayonnaise, almond butter, and even homemade paper!

Brooke White // @realbrookewhite

We could tell you the long and amazing story of serendipity that brought us to Brooke last year for this film. Simply put it was made to be, and after watching Brooke in her home with her Londy-Loo we will never forget how she made us feel, and how inspired we came away from our time together. Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Girl with Glasses, she’s one in a million!

Aden and Anais  Dream Sleep Sack :: $40

“I’m still using these with London, they are the best!”

Kirsten Krason // @kirstenkrason

A few days after our launch, Kirsten of 6th Street Design School sent us the most darling care package welcoming us to the blogging fold. Ever since we’ve had more than a few occasions that left us with dropped jaws at how classy Kirsten is and vowing to be more like her.

Land of Nod Kitchen Set :: $250

“My kids are obsessed with this kitchen set from Land of Nod. Jane will open and close the doors all day long and Jett loves to pretend to bake and cook for his sister. Any product that can provide hours of entertainment for my children is a lifesaver for me!”

Emily Jackson // @emilyijackson

Emily started her fashion blog around the same time as us and it’s been so exciting watching her sky-rocket. If you need inspiration for timeless, easy, but sophisticated fashion she’s your girl.

Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket : $65

“This is Capri’s favorite blankey. It goes everywhere with us. It has stayed in perfect condition after excessive use and multiple washes! It’s just about the softest thing I have ever felt!”

Karlee, Blair and Kami of Brickyard Buffalo // @brickyardbuffalo

One thing we’ve learned to value especially this last year is loyalty. It’s hard to come by in business, but we are absolutely blessed to have these girls in our corner. Every so often we get together for a meal and share ideas, and problem solve, and brainstorm together. Each of us sees a little bit of ourselves in them and it’s been so rewarding to share our first years together!

Freshly Picked Moccasins  :: $60

“We have more than a little crush on Freshly Picked moccs.  They are incredibly durable and easily stay on our kids’ feet. Plus, the colors they come in make us swoon.  Add in the fact that a favorite girlfriend makes them and we are sold!

Are you ready to win this awesome loot?

To enter Part Two (valued at $750+):

Follow Small Fry on Twitter,  Instagram,  Pinterest and Facebook and leave a comment  telling us about your favorite friend.

For additional entries:

Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pin it, mentioning us in the caption and leave the corresponding links in a comment. Up to four additional entries per day.

We will pick one winner each from Parts One and Two of this giveaway on September 30th, 2013. Good luck!

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Congratulations to Maria Elena for winning this giveaway!

Welcome back to Small Fry’s First Birthday Week! Let’s start this party the best way we know how: giving away some free stuff! When we talk about the best parts of this job, it is people, not things or events, that come to mind. So many wonderful influencers, mentors, inspirations, friends, creators and business owners have made this first year so amazing! We asked a few of them to share their favorite must-haves with us so that we could in turn together give them to you.  Check back tomorrow to enter Part Two, but let’s see what you can win today!

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Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked // @freshlypicked

We forced her to be our mentor and her generosity and smarts are unending. Susan is the most giving friend you’ll ever find.

Champion Juicer :: $250

“We have gotten really into juicing lately and both the kids love helping juice. Hattie likes watermelon and carrot juice, Gus likes bell pepper juice.”

Casey Wiegand of The Wiegands // @caseyleighwiegand

We met Casey for the first time in NYC and were each blown away at her genuine and kind spirit. She makes us all feel like a million bucks and has a heart of gold.

Tangled Tantrum Set :: $50

“I LOVE Tangled Tantrum for my kiddos. Is there anything more glorious than a babe straight out of the bath that smells like coconuts in their pjs. AMAZING! I love all of their products.”

Joy Cho of Oh Joy! // @ohjoystudio

Lo & Sons. The OMG Overnight Travel bag :: $275

Joy took a chance, invited us into her home, and let us film her and her doll-baby Ruby last year. She treated us like old friends, and of the million things Joy’s got going for her and going on in her life, she wants everyone to succeed and makes time for us. We’ve always felt like Joy was rooting for us, and there’s no one better to have in your corner!

“We’re currently on vacation in Paris, and I’ve been using this bag for travel all over the city (and on the airplane)! it’s been so handy with tons of pockets for babythings and comfy shoulder straps for lugging around the city.”

Kelli Murray // @kelli_murray

Barefoot Dreams blanket via Layla Grayce :: $55

Kelli was another friend made last year, that we’ve watched soar. Her talent is astonishing, her style is impeccable, her family precious. Kelli is laid back and so easy to be around, it’s probably better she lives in California or we’d make her hang out with us everyday.

” The softest plush blanket that comes in cute simple patterns.  This has become Rylee’s favorite.  It comes with us on road trips and in airplanes and always makes her feel at home.”

To enter Part One (valued at $630+):

Follow Small Fry on Twitter,  Instagram,  Pinterest and Facebook and leave a comment  with your own must-have item!

For additional entries:

Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pin it, mentioning us in the caption and leave the corresponding links in a comment. Up to four additional entries per day.

We will pick one winner each from Parts One and Two of this giveaway on September 30th, 2013. Check back tomorrow to enter for the other items up for grabs!