costco for kids!

We had got such great feedback from sharing our favorite healthier options at Target, we wanted to keep the conversation going with a few other stores we can’t live without! Next up, Costco! The membership fee is worth the excellent produce quality alone, but add on all of these great items and Costco becomes an absolute must for us.
Costco Picks for Kids! 1. Veggie Straws: These babies are dairy, gluten and soy free and added veggies like potato, sweet potato, carrot and spinach!

2. Dehydrated fruit packets: Bananas strawberry and apple are a great little snack for the on-the-go.

3. Whole Fruit Push-up Popsicles with Organic Juice: when kids are begging for a treat or dessert this is such a great option. Made with whole fruits and organic juices, even colored with beets, they’re awesome!

4. Mixed Nuts: So much protein and healthy fats. It’s a great snack for in between meals and for kids who are more effected by drops in blood sugar.

5. Babybel Cheese Wheels: These little wheels are so cute and fun for kids (and adults!) they’re great on their own or paired with all kinds of healthy additions. We love all Babybel’s snack ideas on their site!

6. The Flax Seed chips by Food Should Taste Good go with pretty much all of Costco’s amazing dip variety. You all know how we love a good dip, but if your kids can handle a little bite they’re the best with the Jalapeño Yogurt Dip.

7 & 8. Gummy Vitamins are truthfully the only way a couple of us adults get this type of multi-vitamin. They sell lots of different types, we love the Lil Critters, and then Schiff’s chewable probiotic for maintaing healthy bacteria in the digestive system and strengthening the immune system.

9. Fruit Leather: This is another great dessert substitute. We’ve learned if you act like it’s a treat, it is one. Make it extra special and only for after a good lunch or dinner and your kids will believe it!

10. Annie’s Snack Packs: Great for tossing into lunch boxes. Organic wheat and real aged cheddar make them pretty irresistible to the mamas, too!

11. Go Go Squeez’s are dangerous in the sense that if your kids find the stash they’d be gone in a few minutes. Hide these on the top shelf!

12. Honest Kids: Organic juice boxes: Another great lunch box addition.

13. Nature Valley bars are so good. Irresistible even. We love being able to buy a big ol’ box for when we get to bring treats for the whole soccer team, or a big play date.

What other food items for your family have you found at Costco? Also, what other stores are a must stop on your grocery rotation?

Cal’s 3rd Birthday

By Emily.

My little guy, Callum, turned three at the end of July and when I thought about what I wanted to remember most about him this year, it had to be his little dialect. He has his own way of saying just about everything and it brings a smile to my face everyday. So why not throw party all about exactly who he is at this moment. We focused everything on his favorite foods said only the way Cal can.

Now, I am an anti-party planner. I avoid going all out at all costs, but my lifelong love for a good craft will never die. So we recreated this one simple element of the party for you guys today! It was so fun watching all our loved ones sound out each sign and repeat it in Cal’s native tongue. Can you guess them all?

Callum Says - Birthday Party with all his favorites said just the way he likes them!

Chocolate Milk || Watermelon

Callum Says - Birthday Party with all his favorites said just the way he likes them!

Spicy Jalapeño Chips || Popsicle

Callum Says - Birthday Party with all his favorites said just the way he likes them!

It was so easy and added so much personality to an otherwise pretty straight-forward pool party. It was truly all about Cal and the pictures will always remind me of our little guy at age 3. To recreate it, print your signs out on card stock and tape them to those free paint stirrers you get at hardware stores (spray paint or covered with colorful tape) and you’re set!

Find our other birthday parties and ideas right here!

Small Fry Films: Paper Toys

This film has been on our list since our Giant Paper Airplane post last year, so we’re thrilled to share it today! Made with our main guy Jenner of Lumineux Films and for any parent who’s ever needed to impress their kiddo with some skilled folding abilities. Small Fry Films presents – making the perfect paper airplane, boat and hat!

Check out our other workshop posts:

Water Color Cut-outs, Ocean Sounds Stick, Paper Bouquet, Pencil Pouch, Cereal Box Jet Packs and more! You can find all our DIY projects made by kids for kids right here!

Monday Giveaway!

We’re joining our fellow friends, Lunchpails & Lipstick again for a giveaway! This time we’ve partnered with Little Miss Momma, Kelli Murray and Cupcake Mag. We’ve collaborated with each of these awesome ladies before, find an interview with Kelli here, a Tiny Tour of Little Miss Momma’s here, and in Cupcake Mag‘s famous Holiday gift guides, too! So we’re happy L&L brought us all together for this killer giveaway! Keep reading to see what’s up for grabs – nearly $2000 in awesome stuff for you and your kiddos.

Blogger Giveaway

1. Pick a 14k gold charm from the 6 shown above. Winner will get a 14k gold 18″ chain to put it on. Helen Ficalora charms are incredible. Value at $270!

2. HOBO wallets are perfect for busy moms. The new fall line is just simply too good to pass up. Winner gets this indigo blue wallet valued at $140

3. Mustela is bringing you the best in sunscreen. The “play safe in the sun” kit will keep your kids sunburn free. Along with the sunscreen, winner gets a sunscreen bag from Hayden Reis. Value:$50

4. Nursing just got a whole lot easier with COVERED GOODS nursing cover up. Soft and breathable fabric makes it easy for baby and mom to be in public while feeding.

5. PCA skincare is a medical grade line of products that will change your skin! We are giving away the rejuvenating serum. You will be glowing in no time! Like really.Value:$82

6.The new Baby Bjorn We carrier is amazing! From birth to age 3 this carrier keeps you comfortable! Love the ability to position in front or the back. Value:$140

7. Lily Jade handbags are worn by all, even celebrity moms can’t pass them up. We’re loving this silver bag and know you will too! Value:$150

8. The Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair has changed dinnertime for families. Every kid in the home (even infants) can pull right up to the table in this elevated chair. Value at $150

9. Ahh…we are so in love with the Britax Affinity Stroller. You choose your frame and color pattern. Easy to open/close, lightweight for quick maneuvering. We love! Value:$700

10. Henry Mack made muumuu’s cool again. The newly updated version of our beloved housedress now has pockets! I’m wearing mine now. Value:$85

11. We found blankets that replicate what we imagine it would feel to sleep in a cloud. Seriously, the Saranoni blankets are unreal and we’re offering one XL adult + one receiving blanket. Value:$140

Good Luck!! Enter the Rafflecopter below.

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#grandstaycation

If you follow us on Instagram – @smallfryblog – you saw that we spent the weekend at our favorite (and only!) 5 Diamond Hotel in Salt Lake City, The Grand America! We have had the pleasure of staying there a few other times and it is our favorite escape to take with our families. Our weekend stay was sponsored by them specifically to review their Poolside Movies and we’re excited to share our review! Luckily there’s still one more next Saturday, August 29th, so you locals still have a chance to go check out this awesome family event!

How magical is this? Curl up in one of their ultra plush lounge chairs, or watch the movie while you float in the pool!
Poolside Movie at The Grand America

Poolside Movie at The Grand AmericaEach week has themed concessions like rainbow lollipops and Emerald City’s cotton candy for the Wizard of Oz. Or interactive toys like furry monster gloves and a goggly eyes headband for Monsters, Inc.

Poolside Movie at The Grand AmericaOur boys had such a blast (and so did we!) snuggling up and snacking the night away. The Grand treats their guests like gold so we shouldn’t have been surprised when they came by once the lights went down with pre-warmed blankets and big fluffy pillows.

Poolside Movie at The Grand America
If you’d like to see, here are a few more snaps from our awesome Staycation! We spent a lot of time at their gorgeous pools (indoor and out!) eating from their amazing menus and doing our best to just relax (it wasn’t hard!)

#grandstaycation

Spending a good hour at Jou Jou – which is a toy store slash museum. It has the most incredible little displays and interactive vignettes throughout. Our favorites are the light-up, musical candy organ (below) #grandstaycationthe cheeky talking Robot, and the monster family photo wall that comes to life! The store is filled with things to delight the senses and unique toys and gifts.

#grandstaycationFor those who’ve asked the Grand America Hotel is not only an incredible experience for adults but kids as well. Here’s a glimpse at all they offer for a family stay. Their #grandstaycation hash tag online is so fun to look at. So many families enjoying their Summer with a stay at the Grand!

Don’t miss their last Poolside Movie of the Summer this weekend!