finger puppet nativity

We cannot believe Christmas is tomorrow! As kids, Christmas Eve always felt like one hundred years, and this year we have tried to compile some things to help take the edge off our kids’ anticipation. We partnered with Say Yes to Hoboken for this project and you can read all the details over at this post.

This is a pretty quick craft considering you can keep it forever, and finally! A nativity that kids can not only touch, but play with. Finger Puppet NativityFinger Puppet Nativity Details

We hope you have a wonderful holiday! We are simply blown away at all the support from our Operation Sandy Hook benefit over at Brickyard Buffalo. We have sold more than 1,000 prints so far and with each sale we hope some of the weight has been lifted over the people of Newtown. We’ll be taking this week off to spend extra quality time with our loved ones. We have an awesome week of healthful posts to kick off the New Year when we return!

Merry Christmas!

Love,

The Small Fry Editors  — Emily, Jenna and Nicole.

holiday pajamas

We all grew up with the Christmas tradition of opening a new cozy pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve, did you as well? We are happily carrying it on with our own families and wanted to share a few of our favorites in any price point (starting at $11.00) this season:

1. Crimson Birch by Kicky Pants.

2. Reindeer Stripe by Gap.

3. Flannel One Piece by J.Crew.

4. Fair Aisle Pajamas by Hanna Anderson.

5. Moose Buffalo Plaid by Old Navy.

A few years ago we had a Christmas Pajama Party and it was such a great time! We highly recommend. Here’s a write with all the all details.

Christmas Pajama Party

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! We can’t thank you enough for your outpouring of love and support as we shared our own personal stories and then launched Operation Sandy Hook. The response was truly astounding, and we are so humbled. New prints are being added often so check back to Brickyard Buffalo.

small fry family favorites [closed]

Congratulations to Jess Peters who won this giveaway!

One last giveaway, and it is a good one! We’ve picked our favorite gifts that benefit the whole family and each one would make an incredible gift on its own, but altogether you’re looking at over $400 of Christmas cheer.

1. One of our partners, Bluum is generously giving away 3 months of their popular Bluum box! Each month you can sign up to receive samples of the latest gear, books, technology, gadgets, food, and toys for parents and kids. We’ve gotten a few Bluum boxes so far and they are awesome! Edible crayons? A book on positive parenting. You know it’s good if it comes in a Bluum box!

2. Our favorite return address stamp, customized however you like! We use these of course for all our mail, but you can even stamp your books, movies, or any other lendable belongings. By Banter and Charm.

3. My Quotable Kidbook: kids really do say the darndest things. We’ll be laughing to tears during the day, and then our husbands come home and all the sudden we can’t remember exactly what the boys said that was so funny. It’s good to keep a record, and this book is perfect for just that!

4. Nine Stickygrams! Printing photos is sort of a lost art, but Stickygrams makes it really easy, just go in pick a few of your favorite Instagrams and they’ll send them right out.

5. How far up your family tree can you name? We can’t go very far unfortunately, but Family Tree Kits to the rescue! They have perfected the family tree with this minimal and stunning kit. Remember the generations that have come before you and have a beautiful piece of art displayed in your home at the same time!

6. The Stendig Wall Calendar is our favorite functional nod to the sixties. Each giant page is beautifully minimal, and goes with just about any decor.

7. Ashmae Family Portraits are our favorite way to capture our families at all our growing stages. A hand-drawn and watercolored custom portrait is the perfect gift and Ashmae is retiring these portraits at any minute, so you may very well be getting the last one!

8. Careaboo Luxury Blankets need little introduction. It’s like being wrapped in cool and soft mink, perfect for a family cuddle session.

9. Finally, battle the cold winter months with an indoor/outdoor play tee pee! You’ve seen these popping up everywhere, but Clemmie Sue‘s is the best value you’ll find!

Okay, here’s how to enter!

Are you ready to win?

1. Leave a comment letting us know your favorite family gift you’ve given or received.

2. For extra entries follow Small Fry on any of the following sites & leave comments for each of the following entry opportunities: Small Fry Facebook  Instagram (@smallfryblog) Small Fry Pinterest.

3. Instagram your favorite item on any of these gift guides (or Small Fry’s button below if you can’t choose just one) using and tag us #smallfryfavoritethings.

4. For 5 extra entries put Small Fry’s button on your blog and link here: http://smallfryblog.com

This giveaway will close Tuesday the 18th in an effort to get the winner’s loot to them by Christmas. The winner will be randomly selected and notified and has 24 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

small fry christmas favorites [closed]

Congrats to our winners Iris T and Stacie Rogers for winning these gift guides!

Today we are teaming up with our friend Jillee again sharing our favorite gifts for boys and girls, and we’ll be choosing one winner  for the girl’s guide and one for the boy’s to have delivered right to your door! There are so many of these floating around, so we weren’t sure if the internet could take another one, but it is our most requested post by far, so here you go friends!

If you’re looking for a gift guide filled with great gifts to put on your own list, check out Jillee’s favorite things giveaway happening today, too! Also, check in later this week for another giveaway filled with gifts for the whole family. Now, onto the kids!

First, for girls valued at nearly $400! Whether it’s handmade gifts like the modern Hot Air Balloon mobile, or doll and doorway puppet theater from Land of Nod. Gifts to spark her imagination like the Roald Dahl book set, Ikea Art Easel, Pottery Barn Dollhouse or Melissa and Doug Cookie Set. Add on a pair beautiful J.Crew glitter flats, or the timeless Fjallraven Kanken backpack to help get her where she needs to go!

For boys, it’s all about beautifully designed pieces that can take a beating. Wood toys from Melissa & Doug and Dwell. Sturdy Hunter wellies, the thick canvas Deuz playmat (seen in yesterday’s post), a wood toy airport Plan Toys are all going to stand test of time. For all that energy they carry around we love the Penny skateboard, Kid O Bilibo chair, and Prince Lionheart Wheely Cow. There are so many beautiful books out there, but we love Miroslav Sasek‘s “This is” series that teaches us about new and exciting places.

Are you ready to win?

1. Leave a comment letting us know which gift guide you want to come home with you!

2. For extra entries follow Small Fry or Jillee on any of the following sites & leave comments for each of the following entry opportunities: Facebook (Small Fry / Jillee) Instagram (@smallfryblog / @jillsgoodthings) Pinterest (Small Fry / Jillee)

3. Instagram your favorite item on any of these gift guides (or Small Fry’s button below if you can’t choose just one) using and tag us #smallfryfavoritethings.

4. For 5 extra entries put Small Fry’s button on your blog and link here http://smallfryblog.com

places we love: brickyard buffalo [closed]

Congratulations to our two winners!

We’re so excited to help announce the launch of a new (and flawless!) flash sale site called Brickyard Buffalo! Chalk full of brands and companies with great design in mind for moms and kids alike, but while still catered to small businesses and great handmade companies, they are right up our alley! Their newest flash sale is with Freshly Picked, and if you follow any of us on Instagram (@emilyframe, @jmrammell, and @nicolecalleen or @smallfryblog in general) you’ll know that we’re more than super fans of her baby moccasins.Freshly Picked Moccasins

Brickyard knows us so well, so they’re offering a pair to two lucky readers! Keep reading to enter, but here’s a taste of the other vendors they are featuring this week, so great right? As they say, one peek and you’ll be joining the herd!

Brickyard Buffalo

So are you ready to try your luck at a pair of your choice? (Open to US readers only.)

1. Visit Brickyard Buffalo and leave a comment letting us know your favorite item for sale.

2. Follow BB on Facebook.

3. Follow BB on Instagram (@brickyardbuffalo.)

4. As always, adding our button to your site will give you five extra potential entries (leave separate comments for each, annoying we know!)

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Giveaway is open to US Readers only, winners will be randomly selected and announced Thursday November 29th. 

solly baby giveaway [closed]

Congratulations to Jessica L for winning this giveaway! It is now CLOSED, but please visit Solly Baby for more!

Solly Baby

One of our favorite things about the blog world is the ability to share favorite things, best practices, and little tips and tricks mothers use. There are a million ways to do just about anything when it comes to parenting, but sometimes it’s nice to hear what’s working for everyone else.

We have our own list of favorites and we are excited to share them with you! We hope you will love the features as much as we do.

We are huge fans of Solly Baby wraps, and the owner/designer, Elle.  Baby wearing is comfortable, warm and safe for the baby, and all about convenience and closeness for the parent, and with the multiple point support, you can comfortably wear it for hours. Some might look at it and think it’s too complex, but after a few tries it truly becomes second nature. Elle timed herself once and had it down in eleven seconds! All three of us have used Solly Baby wraps, and especially after having that second baby it becomes a real life saver! Baby Wearing Baby Wearing

Because we love Solly Baby so much, we teamed up with Elle to giveaway a wrap of your choice to a lucky reader! The colors and patterns are so amazing, we’re sure it will be hard to choose just one.

Here’s a few ways to enter:

1. Visit the Solly Baby shop and tell us in a comment which one you’d pick.

2. Like Small Fry Blog and Solly Baby on Facebook.

3. Link us in a new blog, Facebook post, or tweet.

4. Instagram a motherhood related picture of your choice and tag @smallfryblog.

If you know someone who would love it, you can enter on their behalf as well.

Leave a comment for each entry and we’ll pick at random, announce and contact the winner one week from today! (October 11th at 5:00 am MST.)

 

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AUGUST 13, 2016