When Dreft offered to partner with us to help spoil a mother-to-be we jumped at the chance! We always love an opportunity to give back to one of you amazing readers. Having a new baby staple like Dreft on board only made it feel more doable as three busy moms ourselves! We got the sweetest email from Julie’s sister-in-law and we could hardly believe what we were reading. It is like something from a movie, but in reality it is Julie’s everyday experience for the last two years.Just two years ago Julie had her first baby, a beautiful boy. While she was waiting out the labor process in the hospital, her mother had a fall that caused a serious head injury. Her mother ended up in the same hospital in a bed a level below Julie, and has been in a coma ever since. Hearing Julie talk about how one of the happiest days of her life was clouded with grief and worry was so heartbreaking. Almost like she traded her mom for her son, entering motherhood not being able to talk or communicate with her. Now two years later she is set to have her second baby any day now, while her mother still remains in that coma.We can still hardly wrap our minds around this, shed lots of tears at the thought and totally woke us up on some things we take for granted everyday. We couldn’t wait to meet Julie, give a little gift and our well-wishes. We surprised her with her sister-in-law’s help and luckily she had heard of Small Fry before so it wasn’t a total cold call. 😉Julie was so peaceful and resolved and has taken on so much in the last two years. She said her son was the best gift she could’ve been given the day of her mom’s accident and she looks forward to delivering her new baby in happier circumstances. Maybe we can talk Julie into sharing more of her story here, the complexities and details taught us so much in the time we spent with her! To keep her privacy in tact we’ll just stop at the quick version summary. When we packed her gift bag that Dreft smell hit our noses and we instantly had memories of our own babies, folding tiny onesies and swaddling blankets. Isn’t amazing how smells can do that? We hope that smell will remind her of happy times, too!Her little gift included the detergent in both the Stage One formula for newborns and Stage 2 which is especially created to get stains out of your more active toddler’s clothing. They also provided Blissfuls which you can toss into any laundry load for that sweet Dreft smell.We also threw in our favorite baby gifts – Freshly Picked moccasins, a Solly Baby Dolly Swaddle for her son to practice with, a Little Standout teether, MAM binkiesParenthood is one big messy beautiful journey and everyone has a story to tell. We’re grateful to have heard Julie’s!Thanks to Dreft for sponsoring this fun event!
SO happy to have the guys from Tosan here today sharing what they’d be stoked to get for Father’s Day! They have such great taste and we’re loving all these picks! Catch more of their goodness on their site here. Welcome, Tosan!
Father’s Day is coming up fast. And while we know you appreciate all the dads in your life, you might not have figured out that perfect gift just yet. We’ve put together a guide of carefully selected products that are all US made and personally tried and tested by us here at Tosan, for every budget and every guy.1. POP + TOT Fleece set ($75) What’s cooler than matching your kid in a non matchy way? Pretty much nothing.
2. Aloha Sunday Waterline Tee ($40) A rad graphic and on the softest tee.
3. Eroix Dawn & Dusk Underneathwear Pack ($64) Just when you thought underwear couldn’t fit better or be more comfortable, along comes Eroix. Bonus, they sent along the code SMALLFRY15 for you guys to save 15% off.
4. Beeteeth Eye See You ($8) A cool, graphic, wearable way to say you’re with him til death do you part.
5. Norden Kaaterskill Hand Wash ($25) This smells so good, he’ll make you buy your own to use.
6. Tosan This Year of Us Notebook (3 for $25) Part journal, part baby book, all easy. We designed this to be a non-intimidating way to document all of the beauty that happens in everyday life.
7. Tracksmith Longfellow Short ($90) Four way stretch, moisture wicking, tailored. For the guy who doesn’t do short shorts but doesn’t want baggy ones either.
8. Winding Wheel Whiskey Cloth ($24) A classy and rugged addition to his bar kit.
9. Food Faces Coloring Book ($15) A fun activity with the kids or adult coloring books are all the rage now. Bonus, you can check out the photo book project that artist and dad Ferris Plock did as well.
10. July Nine Moresby Tote ($79) Cordura nylon in a rad camo print and leather handles. No one needs to know it’s filled with Goldfish crackers and old receipts.
11. Andytown Wind and Sea Blend ($9.50) Let’s be real. Dads need coffee. A lot of it. Might as well be the best.
12. Canoe Leather Coasters ($64) These will naturally darken to rich brown over time and your nice coffee table will stay in mint condition.
13. Wood & Faulk Camp Stool ($165) A staple in our camp kit, this guy folds for easily storage and will only get more beautiful and more comfortable over time as it wears in.
14. Apolis Indigo Wool Chore Jacket ($328) We know, wool. In June? But this is that good. The fit is impeccable and this will truly last him a lifetime.
15. Almond Joy Surfboard (Custom) He can take his surf game to the next level with this versatile board.
You know our love for the 4th of July runs deep so we had to share a little side proejcts we did with Zurchers for their site! We grabbed all their red, white and blue and created a party spread for their website and here’s how it turned out!Our love for a one-table festive party spread runs just as deep. It makes the best impact for the least amount of effort! We also love their new striped balloons up against the flag backdrop. Festive sodas just add to the fun!Zurchers has every color of the rainbow in these tassel garlands. Another great element that adds texture and is reusable again and again.And a few more details! Party treat bags: Star cups! The 4th is only a month away so snag your party supplies while they’re still in stock! Find the whole party spread linked up here.
We have an amazing event to share with you Utah locals today! Our friends at Ergo and BabyList are putting on a brunch for all you mamas and mamas-to-be next Saturday, June 11th! Tickets are only $15 early bird (early bird ends June 6th, but use SMALLFRY20 for a discount!) which includes a brunch as well as the following:
Mama to Be Mornings is an educational feast that includes a panel of experts. Moderator Erica Chidi Cohen doula and founder of The Mama Circle will lead a dynamic discussion on: Cultivating a Healthy Pregnancy and postpartum shift. With a panel featuring 5 experts including Provo’s leading midwife ,OBGYN, Pediatrician and IBCLC Lacation Consultant. The 4th trimester is such a sensitive time filled with so many emotions! We are so excited to hear this panel and continue the conversation about taking care of ourselves throughout the whole pregnancy experience. Check out some images from their previous events in LA and New York!
There will also be a collection of the best brands and gear for you to see and handle in person. See that list here!Use SMALLFRY20 for a discount and early bird pricing ends this Monday, so be sure to scoop up your tickets! Event Page here.
Images by Morgan Pansing @morganpansing
Happy weekend everyone!! The first official weekend of Summer for a lot of you, yeah? Whether you love Summer or dread it you have all our love and support. Here’s what we’re thinking about this week:
NICOLE:Eating: After a long search for my favorite popcorn, I’ve concluded that Amazon is the easiest and most reliable place to find it. The only issue (which I hardly see as an issue) is you have to buy a box of 12. HIT ME!
Wearing: These minimal pretty Ray Bans have made their way to the top of my ridiculous sunglass obsession. They are the least cool, and the most bangarang.
Feeling pretty chubby lately (maybe I should reconsider that 12 pack of popcorn?), but instead I just drape myself in a lot of overalls and jumpsuits. Here are a couple of my go-to’s this week. SO forgiving, and I’m so grateful. This one is on sale at Madewell and another Madewell fave *(not on sale but worth every penny).
For the hair: Im always interested in trying new dry shampoos. Up until now, this Living Proof has been my fave. But the scent of this Elizabeth and James has me swooning!
Wearing: This Fryday is basically a summary of all the things I’ve copied off my Small Fry girls this week. Ha! Sorry babes. Love Jenna’s Madewell vest and thinking it’s the perfect layer over all the loose dresses I’ve acquired this pregnancy. Hoping it helps with that awkward post-partum stage. 20% off right now!
And the aviators she posted about last week really are super incredible. I ordered them the second I saw her in LA and LOVE them! Awesome price, too!
Reading: I am such a binge reader. I either don’t read anything for months or I shuffle through several in a short span. We’re on the latter right now. Just finished Grace – A Memoir which is so fun to read for a retired stylist like myself. I definitely don’t miss those marathon photoshoots. Our Souls at Night, such a sweet, simple story that prompted me to start Plainsong by the same author. Ordered a bunch more in preparation for non-stop nursing, too! I’ll be sure to share how I like them!
Listening: Listened to this whole Nick Drake album while we roasted s’mores. It’s a good campfire album for sure!
Decorating: I love when people with great taste design something that fills a need of mine, it’s so convenient! Our friend and yours, Mandi of Vintage Revivals started selling these awesome temple prints (for any of you Mormons or LDS folk out there) and I just put mine up and LOVE it. You know how hard it can be to find religious art that also matches your design aesthetic but Mandi nailed it in my book! // Operation Baby Room is in crunch time. Snagged Indigo dyed curtains (on sale right now!) (lined them with a heavy blackout curtain behind) and at Nicole’s recc ordered the small version of this Sputnik chandelier. It’s the perfect size for a nursery! We just have a few more things to wrap up and we’ll be done! Phew.
READING: I am LOVING this story called Sweet Thumb. It’s such a darling children’s story that teaches the importance of healthy foods in a fun way for kids. My boys loved reading it as they’ve started to have an added interest in nutrition. It’s a great story to encourage good eating in kids!
LISTENING: I’ve been a podcast junkie the last few weeks and ones I’m loving are The Lively Show for motivational/business and Actual Innocence for entertainment. You’ll be hooked. And I’ve been listening to them on the prettiest wireless headphones known to man kind. These rose gold ones I’m dying over.
EATING: If you follow me on @jennaskitchen I’ve been super in to Macros the last few weeks. I really like how it works and the challenge of trying to eat certain grams in certain categories (fat, carbs, protein.) The key to starting is a food scale and I love this one I found on Amazon. I also finally took the splurge on gold flatware and it’s gorgeous and makes all my meals brighter!
DECORATING: Just picked up this vase at Target, and since we recently saw Nate Berkus when we were in LA I feel like it’s made by my bestie!