petit collage [giveaway!]

We have an awesome $300 giveaway with our longtime friends over at Petit Collage! They have such great nursery items and have really been bulking up their toy collection as well! Petit is also so kind to offer a huge 20% off for readers “smallfry14″ all the way until the end of the month! Here are some of our favorites, find your own faves on their site!

Petit Collage Giveaway


Pop-out toy families, cities, animals and more! Mobiles, puzzles, blocks, and art! We’ll pick a winner next week (just in time for Holiday shopping!) and don’t forget to use that awesome 20% discount. Good luck!

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two turkey day games

Two Turkey Day Games to make your Thanksgiving a bit more fun for the little ones!

Turkey Tag! Each child has a colored turkey and you have to land it on your opponent’s shirt or pants to make them “it.” Here’s how you’ll do it:
Turkey Day Games

Paint clothespins and then add goggly eyes, a little orange triangle nose, and a red gobbler.

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Turkey Tag


For a second game, get out all your Scrabble tiles and play Thankful Scrabble! You can only place words for things you’re grateful for.


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Do you have any games or ideas for adding a little fun to the day? We’re thinking puzzles, pick-up sticks, painting or drawing, and play-doh could be great quiet and fun activities. We hope you all have an extra playful Thanksgiving!

kids thanksgiving table

Brought to you by Lifetime. Find the perfect Lifetime Kid Table at Costco this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is such a collaborative holiday, everyone (hopefully) pitches in to make the day great. Here is a quick idea for a kids table that both entertains and looks great!Thanksgiving Kids Table


First you need a great kids table! Sometimes kids tables can be tricky because they need to be light weight enough that you can move and store them with ease, but sturdy enough to take a beating, no collapsing or tipping over allowed. Thanksgiving Kids TableThis table is a great marriage of portability and hardiness. Lifetime is selling their awesome kid tables at Costco just in time for Thanksgiving, so that makes picking one up extra easy! You can buy them with these bright and fun chairs, or with the natural color shown on the table top.Thanksgiving Kids Table

Since we loved the bright colors for everyday use, we built this theme to go with whatever other colors you have going on around. Black and white with hits of that natural burlap color. Did you know you can buy chalk friendly fabric? This makes for a great table cloth and a great way for kids to draw or write about what they’re thankful for while they’re waiting to eat.

Thanksgiving Kids Table

We love the old-time milk bottles, for the burlap cozy simply cut out a strip and hot glue it on top of itself.

Thanksgiving Kids Table

Then we bought little initial name tags at a local craft store, and pulled out our trust store of Black and White Paper Straws via Amazon, such a great deal!

Thanksgiving Kids Table

Then for a simple reusable pennant flag banner option, Target has these chalkboard material ones that are awesome!



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Buy your kid table in stores or online!


holiday gift guide: for baby

Happy Monday and happy gift guides continue! Next up is for the littlest lady or lad in your life. Although babies are probably just as thrilled to play with the discarded wrapping paper as anything, we love shopping for them all the same!
holiday gift guide for baby

1. Brimful is a new-to-use shop for babies that we can’t get enough of! So many beautiful things to choose from. This hedgehog rattle is no exception.

2. When a baby first discovers their mobile it is a truly magical experience. Legs kicking, arms flapping, and coos for miles. Petit Collage does simple modern mobiles so right!

3. Nothing is as sweet as a babe and their favorite plush toy. Finding something for them to sleep with, tote around, and love to death is such a fun quest! We’re sure this Emiko whale would make many little ones a perfect mate.

4. Playmats are a worth investment for tummy-time, and when you need a little shower break, showering, eating, etc. etc. This plush mat from Pottery Barn is so soft and has so much for them to do!

5. We love this graphic pillow for any nursery!

6. As baby gets more dextrous they will be putting everything in their mouth. This set of blocks is totally safe and will grow with them into their toddler years for building.

7. This simple play gym is a great addition to the plush play mat and we love that you can interchange the toys to keep things interesting.

 8. This shop is local and a fan favorite to all mamas, the blankets are the softest knit and huge! Nothing is worse than getting blanket that barely swaddles your infant, this one is such a great size and will grow with you for years.
9. Walnut Animal Society plush toys are so sweet, hand embroidered and gorgeous. We had a hard time choosing just one to share. Eleanor the Bear won our hearts, but see the rest here!

winter essential oil recipes

You all know our love of essential oils, we’ve talked about them in depth here and shared our Summertime recipes here. We knew we wanted to share cold weather remedies because that is the time of year we seem to use them the very most. Germs run wild and we find ourselves congregating indoors where viruses are passed from friend to friend. To reiterate, we don’t condone using essential oils only, but in tandem with regular doctor visits. We’ve simply found that having an extra at-home remedy really empowers us as parents and of course, they really do work wonders.


On Guard is our very favorite blend for so many reasons. It smells amazing and very Christmassy so diffusing it in our homes is no problem. But this oil’s number feature is Immune Support which is so vital this time of year. The blend has Cinnamon, Clove bud,
Eucalyptus globulus, Rosemary, and Wild Orange. DoTerra makes so many awesome products with this blend, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and these mini pills that are a surge of Immunity boosters.

Keep germs off toys and belongings and surfaces with Purify. This blend is a combination of Lemon, Lime, Pine, Citronella, Melaleuca, and Cilantro essential oils. When diffused, Purify Cleansing Blend is cleansing and then also help eliminates odors from pets, trash and whatever your kids throw your way. (Hopefully not actually thrown.)

Lemon oil is one that is proven to detox and cleanse on a cellular level. Cellular health is vital for the function of virtually everything our bodies do daily, so putting a few drops in your water is a great way to keep it working all day long.

For colds and coughs you can use Melaleuca for sore throats, Breathe + Lime for congestion, Eucalyptus for stuffy noses and Lavender for runny ones.

And because it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, we all need lots of sleep to stay healthy. Spray your pillows before bed with Serenity for a nice calming effect.

Another one we swear by is Buried Treasure’s ACF (Acute Cold and Flu) liquids. Safe for kids and adults it’s a jolt to your immune system and our kids that take this have yet to have the flu three years running. Mix these with grape juice and freeze into popsicle mold and your kids will think it’s dessert. Find them here or in your local health food store… Children’s ACF and  Buried Treasure ACF for adults.


Looking for quick info on essential oils and not in the mood to read? Check out this info graphic we’d posted last year:

Essential Oil Infographic


Do you have any oils or blends or special remedies you love to use? If you have any questions email us hello @ We know there are plenty of parents out there looking for answers and options. Here’s to a healthy Winter season!