Prime Day

HAPPY PRIME DAY! We are all devoted Prime lovers and so today really pays off big big ticket items as well as everyday favorites. Find all the deals here. Don’t miss out, you can try it free for 30 days! Here’s the rundown of what you need to know …

New Balance Running and Asiscs shoes 60% off! Seriously like $25. HERE & HERE. Interactive and Imaginative toy deals like this standing ramp race track 40% off! // Board games and outdoor toys like Pie Face for $11 down from $18. // Razor Scooters 20% off! // Legos 30% off!

And here’s some of our personal faves:

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40% off Salt Scrub // 35% off Aquaphor // NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Balm — If you’ve ever been to Paris you already know about the Pharmacies, this was one I picked up there and it’s a screaming deal today! // Favorite razors // All time favorite lotion. I buy this in bulk and keep it in multiple rooms in my house. I love the smell and it is so moisturizing without any weird film, residue or after-feel. // Stila foundation/concealer that is awesome for building on! // Clorox wipes, I only have one hand these days and these wipes are saving me more than usual. // I am surprised at myself for buying this because me and my kids have made fun of the jingle on more than one occasion. BUT! If you’re scared to cheese grate your own heels, this is awesome! Softening my Summer feet right up.

JENNA’S PICKS:

30% off PHILLIPS SONICARE // SO stoked that my all time favorite electric toothbrush is the best price I’ve ever seen it at. Think ahead for Christmas, gifts, etc…This tooth brush lasts forever. I think I’ll get the kids brush heads as well on sale // My man keeps insisting on a beard, so I’m insisting on this trimmer // You can NEVER find my favorite teeth whitening strips on sale so this is such an exciting find for me! // All New Balance and Athletic shoes up to 60% off! // Last but not least one of our favorite Disney movie’s on sale, Brave which I’ve meaning to get! And one of my personal favorites too. More Patrick Swazye please.

NICOLES PICKS:

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Backpack // Mental Blox (this has been a perfect summer activity to keep their minds growing, and they don’t even know it!) // Croquet set // PMD Microderm //  New Balance // Oral B Toothbrush // 3D Whitestrips

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mobile summer

By. Nicole This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own. 

One thing we like to do at the beginning of the summer is put together a car kit for on-the-go fun. It makes being spontaneous so much easier if you have what you need on hand! Here’s what we like to have in the trunk: Swimming and all that it entails is usually the most gear we need for spontaneous summer adventures so having trunks, towels, sunscreen, hats and toys for the pool are a must! Mobile Summer FunBeing out and about all day means we will inevitably need snacks (swimming works up the biggest appetite in us all!) but it needs to be something that will stay in the car so that’s why we love Quaker Oats® Chewy Granola bars! Easy for on-the-go fun and my kids love them. We also like to have fun toys on hand for a stop at the park or pool. These are things I always forget to pack on swim days and as soon as we arrive at our destination, having toys to play with and share with buddies are always the first things they ask for.Mobile Summer Fun To be ready for the reverse, we like also like to pack nicer outfits to switch into for dinner or a night out after. My kids hate wearing wet clothes so the dry alternates get used often! Toss it all in a basket or tote and you’ll never need to make a trip home to make your adventure happen!Mobile Summer FunDisclosure: This post is in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company, but all opinions are my own, Check out all the amazing Chewy Granola flavors you can take on the go her

FRYday

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Hey! Im so excited about my FRYday picks this week! These are some real gems.

Wearing: In the way of fashion, I have a new obsession. These cropped flares (or kick flares as some brands refer to them are EVERYTHING to me. I bought more pairs than i deserve, and have been living in them. They are so refreshing. Ive grown tired of the same old skinny jeans, but I’ve been in such a casual funk. These have been the perfect fix for me. These ones from Madewell are one of my very favorite fitting pairs and they are 50% off which is a dream come true for you all!

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My sunglass fetish lives on. I told my friend who was questioning the amount of money I spend on them monthly that its a great long term investment plan. As long as I care for them they hold their value and can be resold at any time. Consider it…food storage. (BIG BIG WINK) These are the latest.

Decorating: Strewn all over my house are copy throw blankets. I like to be able to get cozy any place, any time. I even sneak blankets into the movie theater with me. Weird? This is just one of the pretty throws I’ve snagged lately.

I don’t have a place in my house for this yet, but I LOVE these rode gold, single bulb pendant so much! Any ideas of where to instal it? Maybe a few in a line in the bathroom? I cant decide.

Eating: The kids and I spent the last month in San Diego. One long month of vacation eating is rough. I am going to talk more about this in a full post dedicated to this life saver, but for now, here is a preview to get your mouth watering. Project Juice!

Emily:

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Wearing: Of course now that I can’t work out (two more weeks until that 6 week check-up!) it’s all I can think about. Ha! Where was this desire a few months ago? It’s not about losing weight, I really am just missing the release and rush I get from a good work out! Buying up a few pieces in my postpartum size from this round-up to get me excited. Top // Bottom

Reading: Haven’t started this yet but it’s my book club’s latest pick! Anyone read it?

Listening: This Ted Talk. When I start to panic about all the things wrong with this country as of late, I think she’s cracked the case. “Why you think you’re right even if you’re wrong.”

Decorating: Loving my marble laptop case! Such a good deal too.

Eating: Per all your suggestions my last Fryday I cut out dairy and living my sad non-cheese life. Basically all my favorite foods – ta ta for now. I am not totally convinced that it’s helping, part of me thinks he’s just still trying to sort out his digestion (being a month early?) and it’s gonna be rough for awhile. BUT! Cant imagine it’s hurting either, so pressing on.

 

Jenna:

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Wearing: One of my favorite pair of white Jeans is on sale! These are a summer staple for me and should be for everyone!

We have been road tripping and I’ve been guilty of living in these!

Eating: This cup has been life changing for my water consumption (I’m finally off Diet Coke!!)

I’m also wearing new eyebrows 🙈 I would have never thought I would do it but I got my eyebrows microbladed and I absolutely love it!! Mel from @allure.artistry in Utah is the only way to go!! It’s made my life so much easier!

I still fill in occasionally with the brow whiz.

Watching: Olympic trials!!!!!! You guys the Olympics are my life and I can’t freaking wait!!! Already planning my opening ceremony party! My favorite party store better be ready!

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Similac: Fruit & PB Toast

Today is our last post with Similac Go & Grow and we are sad to see it end! We love having food recipes here on Small Fry, we’ll have to be better about keeping it going in the future! kellyfondots_jennasimilac4-5327There isn’t a kid in the world who won’t eat toast and getting creative with bread is all the rage so why not add some Similac Go & Grow to it to help amp up those nutrition facts and because it’s flavorless it’s no problem!kellyfondots_jennasimilac4-5320

There isn’t much of a recipe here except to add the Go & Grow packet to whatever nut butter you choose! Almond, Peanut Butter, Nutella etc…get creative! kellyfondots_jennasimilac4-5311

We love adding fruit like bananas and strawberries and adding some chia seeds and honey for added flavor and fiber.kellyfondots_jennasimilac4-5316

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And it’s obviously kiddo approved! Get your Go & Grow here and head to our instagram @smallfryblog for a fun giveaway!

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Meet a Small Fry: Aiden

So honored to have Michelle Gilbert, mother of Aiden here talking about Angelman’s Syndrome! Salt Lake City has a walk this next month check it out here:  Angelman Syndrome Foundation’s National Walk. Welcome, Michelle!

My husband and I started a family in 1997 with the birth of my oldest son, Shawn. Working in Kansas City, I balanced my time between work and family. But when my youngest son, Aiden, was born in 2004, I had to put everything on hold due to his unexpected medical obstacles.

During the first year of Aiden’s life, he was always sick and was frequently hospitalized for lung infections. He also missed several developmental milestones and NEVER slept. When he was a year old, my husband and I decided to leave our life in Kansas City for a fresh start in Salt Lake City. Not long after we moved, he developed viral pneumonia and was hospitalized on Christmas Day. He spent three days in an oxygen tent and hardly moved. I was terrified he was going to die. Angelmans Syndrome

Aiden was almost 2 years old and he continued to miss major developmental milestones like sitting up, rolling over, talking, crawling and walking. He had been ill most of his life with lung infections and he rarely slept more than 3 hours a night. When we finally met with a geneticist, it took him all of 10 minutes to recognize the symptoms and give us a diagnosis, Angelman syndrome (AS). When Aiden was diagnosed with AS, I was devastated. I had never heard of this syndrome and had no idea what to expect. However, we were blessed with an amazing physician who has and continues to help our family through some tough times.

I was told not to look on the Internet because the information could be discouraging. Of course, the first thing I did was look online. Luckily, in my search, I found the Angelman Syndrome Foundation website. There were answers, support and an entire community of families just like mine. The next year, we attended our first Angelman Syndrome Foundation National Walk and felt so fortunate to meet other individuals with AS and their families. Having a community of other families that understand exactly what we are going through has been so important.Angelmans SyndromeServing as a Walk coordinator for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation National Walk has become an important annual volunteer commitment for me. This event raises awareness for AS and funding for research that we hope will ultimately lead to a treatment and cure. It brings me so much joy to see the other individuals with AS grow and surpass the milestones we thought they would never come close to reaching.

Six years ago I didn’t think we would see a cure for AS in my son’s lifetime. There just didn’t seem to be much interest in research for AS. Aiden is now 11-years-old and although he requires constant care and supervision, he walks with assistance, understands directions, and communicates with sign language, gestures and is learning to use a communication app on his iPad. Aiden is a remarkably happy kid with an infectious laugh, and our connection with the Angelman Syndrome Foundation has given us hope that one day, Aiden will see a cure. Angelmans Syndrome

Q:  Tell us about your background?

I was raised on a farm in rural Missouri and graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology, with the hope of becoming a medical researcher. Instead, I discovered my passion in the field of organ donation and transplantation. I spent the first 10 years of my career procuring donated tissues like corneas, heart valves, musculoskeletal tissue and skin which were instrumental in saving the lives of so many people. In the last 10 years, I’ve worked to advance electronic documentation and data sharing for donated organs and tissues. Being able to help save and heal the lives of others has been rewarding for me and enhanced my outlook on life as a whole.

Q: What was the most unexpected surprise (hard or wonderful or both) about motherhood?

A:  From the first time I held Shawn and even when I think about him and Aiden, I am still surprised at how much love I have for them. I thought I knew about love before – but I discovered a whole new level of love that you have for your children that I don’t think you can have for anyone else.

Q: What’s a typical day like for you?

A: I hit snooze at least twice, then get the kids off to school and go to work. When I come home I workout, have dinner, and then have family time. After I tuck in Aiden, I try to have me time for hobbies, movies, or reading and then get ready to do it again the next day.

Q: How do you balance motherhood, family life and work? 

A: That’s tricky and I can’t say that I am always successful. Maximizing productivity while at work is key so that I don’t have to take work home. I set boundaries for my work hours and keep talk about work to a minimum during family time.  Planning time with my husband can be difficult with all of life’s demands but it is important for maintaining our relationship.

Q: In fifty years what do you want your kids to remember you for? 

A: I want my kids to remember me for my faith. My faith is how I find the strength to continue day after day.