FRYday: Emily

My little family and I recently took a family vacation to Nashville, Tennessee to see two of my siblings who live in the most darling city outside Nashville called Franklin. I can’t adequately express just how darling Franklin is, but when one evening we were all out in the yard, surrounded by brightly painted shuttered houses, running underneath blooming Magnolia trees, filling Mason jars with lightning bugs… let’s just say you can die of charm, and I was pretty close to flatlining. From what I gathered from being in the South, everyone we met and interacted with was so nice. So well mannered, kind and calm, a definite different pace than what I am used to, and I would move there in a second. I am no expert, so this post is definitely not a Tiny Tour, but wanted to share some of the fun things we encountered there!
Mini Tour : Nashville1. Nashville Zoo: This zoo was smaller than our zoo in SLC, but had this Jurassic Park style dinosaur exhibit that was unreal! Our boys loved it and Hayes asked “Are we going to the zoo, or the jungle?” We were in awe of just how green Nashville is the whole time.

2. The Food: We ate some seriously incredible food while we were there, but our stand-outs were The Pharmacy, Pancake Pantry and Martin’s BBQ. The Pharmacy is a really popular bar style restaurant but they catered to children perfectly. I hate when restaurants take “kids menu” as a sign to stir up some Kraft Mac&Cheese and charge $6.00 for it, but the Pharmacy elevated what I have come to know as kids food. Everything we ate was delicious. Russ gets a burger pretty much everywhere we go, and has become a connoisseur of sorts. He said this burger was in his top 5, which probably means it was the best ever, but he will never heed to hype.

Pancake Pantry: I hope the last bite of food I have while on this Earth is Pancake Pantry’s Sweet Potato Pancakes. They top it with cinnamon sugar butter and they have caramel maple syrup on hand. Unreal! The kids were in Heaven, the line was long but moved quickly.

We had such a hard time deciding where to eat BBQ, there are a million options and we wanted to make it count! We went with Martin’s BBQ and it was delicious. It’s a definite meat fest, so probably not for everyone, but my picky boys ate their herb rubbed chicken wings and loved them so that’s a win!

3. Water Features: Lots of the home developments have HOA pools so we swam with my siblings and then also hit the Franklin YMCA which had slides, rock climbing walls over the deep end, fountains and more. The Cumberland Park Spraygrounds in downtown was awesome! Really anything to counteract the humidity is alright with me! This desert girl will take dry heat any day!

4. For Adults: We also hit up a couple thrift stores (it’s a Frame tradition) like the Hidden Treasure Chest, Music City Thrift, and of course the Honky Tonks on Broadway (sans kids) for bluegrass, rockabilly and country music.

All in all it was such a fun trip. Traveling with kids always adds a new dimension of stress, but we wouldn’t do it any other way! To my fellow Nashville-lovers, what would you add to this list? Leave it in the comments, and I’ll try not to be sad that we missed them all.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

xo

Em

babiators

We’re always happy to try out new gear for Summer adventures and today we’re giving Babiators a test run! Honestly, we were sold immediately at their Lost or Broken guarantee. They will replace your kiddos’ sunglasses for free! Awesome. Our next favorite feature we had to see to believe!Babiators SunglassesThese sunglasses come in multiple sizes, for babies, toddlers and big kids and they are virtually indestructible. We didn’t go as far as backing over them with a car, but we did put them into the mitts of some very curious children and watched as the arms were bent forward and back, dropped and stepped on, licked (see below) and dragged through the dirt. Shatter resistant lenses and pliable frames make for one tough pair of shades! Babiators SunglassesBabiators the company, was originally founded by a group of adventuresome parents and designers and specifically one Marine fighter pilot, hence the use of the Aviator shape!Babiators SunglassesWe’ve been through our share of sunglasses, but you really can’t beat the flexibility of these frames. For little aggressive hands, this is definitely the best choice for sure!

Seen in this post: Polarized frames in Party Animal, Out of Sight Black & White and Black Ops here. Non-Polarized lenses here. Babiators also has added goggles to their roster, find those right here.

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4th of july attire

Here is a round-up of the best patriotic gear we spotted around the web! An upgrade from the favorite “flag tee” and on-trend enough to wear anytime of year. From tank tops to swim apparel, to our favorite Natives, here’s what we’re loving for the upcoming holiday!

Find all our Independence Day themed posts right here: Pop Rock “Firecracker” Sugar Cookies (using a knock-off Swig recipe) a guiltless Summer BBQ, and a good ol’ Summer-themed birthday party, too.

Jacadi Paris [giveaway!]

Brought to you by Jacadi Paris. Save to 40% on their Summer Sale now!

We’re so excited to share Jacadi Paris, from head to toe, with you! This high-end, French-made, Internationally renowned boutique carries the most classic and darling pieces and we can’t get enough! Enter to win $150 to shop below, but first. here’s some of our favorites:

Striped Seersucker Dress the matching blouse is amazing, too!- See their whole dress collection here.
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This yellow striped boat-neck is thick and durable, and a complete classic you will keep forever. These red sateen jeans will wear forever as well, the light sheen on the material keeps them looking new wash after wash. No fading like regular colored denim tends to do!

Jacadi Paris | Small FryThe Multi-colored striped t-shirt (how cute is that tiny “J” emblem?

Jacadi Paris | Small FryWe love when companies can keep it minimal with on-clothing branding. They also got it so right on the fit of these Pale Blue Slim Fit Jeans.

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Nearly everything on their site is on sale 40% so today is your lucky day! Go scoop up these favorite pieces before they’re gone! Visit Jacadi Paris here.

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footprint art

“Every Father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.”

One last Father’s Day idea before we go! It’s simple and heart-warming in a quiet way, and a lot of fun for the kids to do!"Every Father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice." All you need is a shoe of your kiddo’s and a shoe of their dad’s and some paint! Cover or dip the sole and place the shoes side by side. Let it dry completely and frame! This makes for a simple abstract piece for dad’s desk or wall. We love the quote above: “Every Father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” to accompany this handmade gift. It stands as a silent reminder that it’s all about what we show them not what we tell them.
Foot Print Art | Father's Day Thanks to Umi Shoes for letting us paint all over their darling sneakers! Their canvas Luke sneakers have been a super durable and classic addition to the boys’ wardrobes! Here’s 6 more we like for boys AND girls!:

Umi Shoes

1. Charlize 2. Roxanna B 3. Terri 4. Hector II 5. Luke II 6. The Hagen