We love sharing parenting game-changers on Small Fry and today’s is no exception. InstaTemp is new to us, so forgive us if we’re slow to the punch, but we’re so excited about it! This is a rare product that is instantly added to the must-have list, and would make the perfect shower gift!InstaTempThis thermometer simply put is a digital non-touch thermometer that provides an instant reading. It’s so easy to use, and non-invasive making it even more quick and efficient.InstaTemp When our little ones are sick the last thing we want to do is make them hold a thermometer in their mouth or under their arm, this is so wonderful!InstaTempWe hope you won’t need it, but grab yours just in time for cold and flu season!InstaTemp

See it here!

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This post is brought to you by the Quaker Oats Company! All opinions are our own.

How is everyone feeling since the back-to-school rush? We’re finally settling into a more easy-going speed and have found that the more prep we do the night before the smoother the day goes in the morning! These  Quaker Chewy Granola Bars have been heavy in the rotation as we pack lunches for our kids for school or when we all need to grab quick snacks on-the-go! These bars mix 100% whole grains (that us moms love) and tasty ingredients like chocolate chips (that the kids love) come in over 15 flavors now so there’s truly a snack everyone can enjoy!quakerWhen we were conceptualizing this post Mr. Sunny said he wanted granola bar blocks, so that is exactly what he got! That is one of our favorite parts of parenting, and in turn running the blog. Seeing our kids’ brains at work, giving them the right environrment to be creative and we’re always blown away by what they come up with. It doesn’t have to stop at snack time either, we’re sharing our favorite DIYs made from unexpected materials below! Besides having fund with food of course, our favorite mediums would have to be cardboard, tape and different types of paper. quaker1Paper (tissue paper and bright colored craft paper to be precise!)paperAnd a few more mediums, too! quaker3

Confetti Art out of tissue paper // Superhero Cuffs from toilet paper rolls + duct tape // Lunchtime Food art // Make your own graphic tee DIY // Monster Clothespin Puppets // Toilet Roll Binoculars // Paper Bag Puppets // Rainstick DIY

What will you make?ncc_7378


cookie fiasco!

This month’s Mo Mail brought two new books in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading series: Cookie Fiasco and We Are Growing! These books hit the shelves September 20th! What is the series all about you ask? Best friends Elephant and Piggie introduce kids to their favorite books – brought to life in original stories created by contemporary children’s book authors and illustrators. And of course fun and funny like Mo Willems is known for!

Fiasco.Cookie Fiasco is all about four how friends need to problem solve when there are only three cookies! Oatmeal Chocolat Chip Cookie Recipe Our kids are loving this one and of course with every reading they’re asking for one thing… cookies, of course! Earlier this Summer we had a picnic with friends and Nicole brought our friend favorite – this chocolate chip cookie recipe! Oatmeal Chocolat Chip Cookie RecipeWe thought we had found the best of the best, and then our friend Kim brought these. We had to share this amazing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe — they are incredible!! Double that recipe so you don’t run into your own cookie fiasco. 😉Oatmeal Chocolat Chip Cookie Recipe

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 Cup White Sugar

1 Cup Butter; room temperature

2 Eggs

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 1/2 tsp. Salt

2 Cups Oats

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 pkg. Chocolate Chips; I prefer Milk, but any variety works well.

Optional: Nuts, coconut, etc.

Cream together brown sugar, white sugar and butter. Add eggs, mix until combined. Add baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and salt. Mix together.

Grind 2 cups oats in a blender to make a chunky flour. Add oat flour and white flour and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and/or any other accompaniments.

Spoon onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.


Download the recipe below and find the new books at

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Hip hip it’s Fryday!!! I did an extensive post last week on the Nordstrom Summer Clearance Sale but I wanted to simplify and of whats left in stock tell you the top 13 items you can’t leave the Sale without! It ends this weekend so hop on these picks quick as I know they’ll go quickly!

  1. I love the overall trend and these Madewell one’s are a staple for Fall.
  2. You can never have too many black jeans and at $45 dollars I’ll take two!
  3. The pointy toe lace up flat is everywhere this season and I a especially in love with this brown color.
  4. I bought this light sweater at the summer Nordstrom Sale and love it. Perfect for the beach, after workouts, around the house.
  5. If you get nothing else, snag this jacket. A military jacket is something I purchased 5 years ago and is STILL in style – you’ll have it forever.
  6. I of course love anything Zella so this top and this bottom are so freaking cute and a killer price.
  7. I’ve been eyeing this dress forever. Such a great piece for pregnancy, after and beyond.
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We couldn’t share a must-gift for kids without covering something for us, right? We’ve been testing out products from Withings and had to share. Each item is GORGEOUS, beautifully designed and functional. Here’s some of our favorites:

ACTIVITE WATCH – Monitors sleep, activity, syncs to your app and shares with friends to keep you motivated and accountable. Automatically resets when you travel across time zones. Beautiful and analog so it doesn’t scream “WATCH MONITOR”   vue-3-4-steel-black-1 bg-activite-steel-application

activite-steel-5-bHOME security + baby monitor – HD, night vision, streams live via Wifi or 3/4G, stream it on all your Apple devices (including the watch!) Alerts to motion, sound, air quality and other activity. It has two-way talk so you can communicate wherever you are! LED nightlight and night vision and the wood cylinder twists so you can block the lens whenever you don’t want to use it.withings-home-3iphone-1

BODY CARDIO- This scale tracks BMI, Water, muscle mass and bone mass. It shows you the weather and temperature for the day, while tracking your overall cardiovascular health. It sits on any surface, is sleep and thin and easy to store.body-cardio-hero

The Thermo which takes temperature by sweeping over your forehead. The Aura which gradually wakes you up with natural light so you’re more refreshed and peaceful. A sleek and wireless blood pressure monitor.

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen one brand cover so much ground, so flawlessly. Go Withings!! Find their whole family of products here.

Must-Have Blocks!

We tend to jam pack all our Holiday gift ideas in November but realized lots of you are early bird shoppers and these blocks definitely should be on your radar! After we started noticing our boys drawn to these blocks every time we had a play date with our friend we figured it was time to invest in our own sets. These ones are called Magnetic Stick’n Stack and they are for sure the favorite toy around here.

Magnetic Stick'n Stack

As you probably guessed they’re magnetized, clear, colorful and come in a huge variety of shapes. It truly makes for endless imagination and fun as well as problem solving with building and creating. Since they’re pretty good sized they don’t seem to stay on the floor for days on end like legos, clean up is a lot more thorough.

Magnetic Stick'n StackThe sets come with idea books to help get your juices flowing, but our kids have really just loved being creative and making whatever comes to mind.Magnetic Stick'n StackFind all their set varieties here and on Amazon (where they’re in the top 3 selling toys!) They’re also a lot less expensive than their counterparts. And award-winning – they won in the Brain Child category of Tillywig Toy Awards, as well as a Parent Tested Parent Approved award!Magnetic Stick'n Stack

Add to your lists mamas, this one will be a huge hit, we promise!

build-a-bear [giveaway!]

National Teddy Bear Day is coming this Friday September 9th!! To celebrate we’ve partnered with Build-A-Bear Workshop to gift one lucky winner $100 to create their perfect bear friend. If you go in to a store Friday,  every $5 bear purchased, Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate one furry friend to Toys for Tots in the U.S.!Mixters15_TeddyBearDay_v2When our kids were small we always hoped they’d find that perfect friend, something soft and sweet they could tote around and nap with. Something to comfort them in the car or at the doctor, something they felt ownership over and proud of. Something to control and be in charge of when they felt like they were too small to do anything. Our boys have all had different things to love on, whether it was Jude and Quinn’s blanket “cozies”, Hayes and his Pooh Bear (that he still sleeps with at age 6!) or Sunny who latched on tight to an oversized plastic Gru from Despicable Me for a year or so.916x916_celebrate FINALSo, today we are excited to give a family a chance to create that special friend at Build-A-Bear! Find a store near you here. Join the celebration by following @BuildABear on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share your favorite teddy bear and Build-A-Bear Workshop memories using #NationalTeddyBearDay all week long!

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Labor Day Deals

15% off your ASOS order! If you’ve been wanting some Stan Smith’s or a warm wool over coat, over the knee boots, might as well get them cheaper than anywhere else today!

Old Navy 50% off dresses — all these dresses are like $15. We love that you can order in a size tall too if you’d like the extra couple inches. 50% off jeans and tees, too!

GAP 40% off – these True Skinny jeans are a must this Fall! We love stocking up on our kids’ denim, too!

Target 30% off home! Use HOMEDEAL at checkout!

Stock up on our favorite loose fitting tees and get this darling peplum top or another graphic tee half off at Urban Outfitters.


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Labor Day Weekend – Amazon

Labor Day deals are a great way to get stocked up for Fall! Amazon is running lots of fashion discounts today, find a curated selection here, but here’s a few of our favorites!


The best deal has to be this beautiful Rebecca MInkoff satchel 40% off! Or this RM is only $95 and reminds us of the Givenchy Nightingale! //Ray-Bans for $40 off (almost half off!) With the brow bar, or simple frame. // Marc Jacobs sales galore, like these disc studs that are 50% off! // Designer Jeans deals like these Paige Denim 50% off or if you’ve been wanting to get some kick flares, these Joe’s are $95 // $50 off these Loefller Randall rain boots // Don’t feel like they’re all designer items, these Kim K. look alike pumps (I think hers are Tom Ford?) are only $40. While we’re talking Kardashian, these Kendall + Kylie pretties are $40 too. // If you need one new style of pant for Fall these Rachel Zoe’s are perfect and $100+ off!

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Labor Day Weekend – Nordstrom Sale

Nordstrom is at it again with so many incredible deals through September 11!! We sifted through 150 pages to find you the best of the best!



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