Only a few more days until Halloween, finally! It feels like it’s in full swing over here, and we have one last DIY before it’s trick-or-treat time. These fun 3D balloons are perfect for a party, tied up a walk-way, or even to add a little extra something to a costume! Here’s how we did it:
1. Wicked Witch: Grab a green balloon and lightweight paper for this one. Cardstock will weigh the balloon down too much! Make a simple “O” shape for the brim, taping it slightly off to the side of the crown of the balloon. Create cone shape piece, and then glue it on top!
2. Black Bat: Cut out the symmetrical wing shape and then fold down a 1/2 inch tab at the bases so you can secure it to the balloon’s sides.
3. Jack-O-Lantern: We liked the idea of using a yellow face instead of the traditional black, to give it the illusion that it’s glowing. Triangle eyes, a rectangle stem, and a toothy grin, and you’re done!
4. Frankenstein’s Monster: Once the balloon is filled, using a permanent marker, draw the stitches on the forehead. Then add the neck screws (using the 1/2 inch tab method again) to complete the look!
The most wonderful time of the year in my world in this: the Fall! It is one of the reasons I love the state of Utah so much. The fall is simply magical to me. We all describe the air as crisp, because there is no better way to say it. More than any other season, the Fall weather beckons my family and I to get out and explore the earth. And we do as often as we possibly can. Driving to the tip top of the mountains, hopping out of the car to take a deep breath of that healthy Fall air, nothing does my heart more good.
Come visit Utah, EVERYONE! And come fast! This season ends quickly, and a year is too long to wait for it to come around again. Happy FRyday, go on an adventure!! If you are on instagram tag us and show us! There is nothing we love to see more.
Is dinnertime rough for any of you, or is it just us? A complaint free meal is a rarity! While we have a good range of eaters, starting with Quinn the salmon and quinoa lover, down to Hayes the “will you take that green thing (finely minced speck of herb) off my chicken?” Even then, the best eaters have off days, and so when we spotted a dinner chart made by Robin (see it here) we begged her to let us create a printable for ourselves and in turn you Small Fry readers!
Robin’s chart covered all the dinnertime bases, from trying new foods (happily!) to sitting without whining. We threw in clearing your plate for good measure and engaging in conversation for good measure! Once you fill in a row, you get a prize, and we are firm believers in a little bribery every now and again!
Here’s a peek at the printable you can download below!
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Dash’s Grandpa Cardy and Hooded Henley from Mini Mioche!
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. In 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!
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. If you’re extra lucky you could be one of three $50 Fairy Bird credit winners! Here’s how to enter:
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.
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.