mine + ours: books #13

small fry book reviews

SEPTEMBER BOOK PICKS! MINE: LISTEN: I loved Trevor Noah’s narration of his autobiography Born A Crime. I learned so much about Apartheid in South Africa and am absolutely shocked it continued virtually the same until 1994. Just boggles my mind!! The book was so funny, so sweet and touching, so eye opening, so well written, and so heartbreaking. Definitely worth a listen. 5 Stars READ: A Visit From the Good Squad has been on my list for years because as a English Lit major I heard it’s a must. For people who study literature and get excited by something they’ve … Read more

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4 Weeks to Read

4 Weeks to Read

I’ve been testing this reading system out for a few weeks and am finally ready to share. It’s pretty freaking good, I must say! 4 Weeks To Read has a 98% rate, is $99 (they also do $25/month for 5 months!) — use SMALLFRY10 for 10% off –AND it’s guaranteed so after 30 days, if it didn’t work for you, you can get your money back! Here’s the run down: Learning Dynamics is a school in Utah that is easily the top 3 schools for early education. They pride themselves in having preschoolers 100% ready for Kindergarten. Reading and ready … Read more

vivofit jr. 2 by garmin

Garmin Vivofit 3

My kids have been asking me for a activity tracking watch for a couple of years now. After researching up I found that the vivofit jr. 2 by Garmin was the most affordable for the features we wanted. Happy to partner up with them today to share the details! First and foremost the watches are comfortable, my kids sleep in them without any irritation which is saying something as Hayes won’t even wear jeans. 😉 You can swim in it as well which I feel like the less reasons we need to take it off, the less likely to lose it! It … Read more

cocoon cam [giveaway!]

Cocoon Cam Giveaway

Sponsored by Cocoon Cam picked by BabyList as the best baby monitor in 2018! You’ve heard by now that our kids’ rooms are all in the basement while our room is on the main floor. We did this because we intend to be in the house for many years, and it while it’s not ideal when they’re little, it seemed preferable for a much bigger section of time. Have you done this? Are we in for it?  More worried about the big boys honestly. Does this kid look like he cares? Ha. (Never want to forget how he puts his legs … Read more

new year new baby: nanit giveaway

My baby is one and a half and I already feel like so many improvements have bene made to even the baby gear I bought for him not so long ago! I love being able to share the good news and if you need a monitoring system, Nanit has figured it out!! Also it’s 40% off until January 31st, so if you don’t like giveaways you can take advantage of one killer deal before it ends, too! First off, their insights are amazing!! So much of my brain space is taken up with my baby’s sleeping and eating schedule. This … Read more

gift guide 2017: boys and girls

Back with gift guides today – and this time for boys and girls! I teamed up with Globber on a fun giveaway on Instagram so don’t miss that, too! Playpa is essentially giant coloring pages that you can play on and interact with after you’re done coloring! Getting two indoor quiet activities out of one $20 gift is what I call a good idea. Especially during the long Winter break! My sister gifted this idea to my nieces and my boys flipped over it too. I watched them all sprawled over my floor making t-shirts together and it was so … Read more

DIY Internet Safety with Amazon Fire

Fire Kids Edition + Freetime

Sponsored by Amazon. Last year I wrote about something super important to me – internet safety for kids. It’s still one of Small Fry’s most visited posts and I hope it continues to be as the whole topic keeps me up at night! 😉 The internet is such a wonderful tool, but as we all know it can get dark, fast. Today I wanted to revisit that post and also add another awesome resource I have been testing out! You all know Amazon makes their own tablet starting at $99 for kids called Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, right? Well … Read more

Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1 Car Seat with TrueShield Technology

By Emily. Raleigh is off the charts for weight, height, head, the whole enchilada. So needless to say carrying him around in his Infant seat became a struggle pretty fast! We loved our Uppa infant seat but as he has gotten taller and taller he simply didn’t fit it anymore! I have used Graco seats for all my boys now and was glad to try out the Extend2Fit because Raleigh is my first kid that will stay rear facing until he’s 2! This guideline wasn’t in place until Cal was long past the old requirements and I was secretly glad. … Read more

Toy Talk: Crazy Forts!

Our boys have been BEGGING us to film toy reviews with them and today we’ve got our first one! They are so excited to share how they love and use Crazy Forts. This box comes with 70 pieces and joints so you can create your own Crazy Fort over and over again! It comes with a lightweight sheet too so once it’s done you can drape your sheet right over and have a real-deal fort! Find the toy here! Without further ado — TOY TALK with Small Fries Dash & Ozzy!

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New Year, New Baby [giveaway!]

As promised here are a few items up for grabs from our favorite gear post yesterday! You can win both a Tuo high chair ($160) which transforms in many different ways to be of use long after your baby outgrows the high chair + Explore and More activity center ($120) that keeps Raleigh entertained for hours from Skip Hop! A beautiful Fawn Design bag ($145!) that holds everything, keeps yours hands free and looks great! And the  Tubby Todd Basics Bundle! ($69) which we all swear by!! ENTER HERE! a Rafflecopter giveaway