FRYday: Santa Barbara

Santa BarbaraBy Emily.

Hello! I writing this from Santa Barbara as a guest of our fam at  Zappos! We were one of their top performers this year and so we attended #CJU16 with them! Pretty cool! At the time I was the only one that could make during their dates and even though having an infant typically would get me a pass, I knew it was important, so here I am! Raleigh has been so good but man am I worn out! It’s not easy traveling solo with a baby. It’s also funny how certain cities and airlines people are just more baby friendly than others. United is the place to be if you travel with an infant. Also an UppaBaby System. Saved my life.

Santa BarbaraSome of you have asked how it works when we have trips for Small Fry – well, since lots of times brands or events don’t need or want to fly all three of us somewhere we started taking turns! Then we also decided if it’s for work or for play those would be separated. So as far as sponsored trips: Nicole did San Fran and I went to Mexico last year, Jenna recently went to Dominican Republic with hers and so Nicole is next up! Where she will go nobody knows. 😉

So that’s where I am at currently and here’s what’s been on my mind the last few weeks.

Wearing: You’ve seen my last month or so of outfits over on Off Duty, so you know I have really been enjoying my Old Navy haul, ha! It was sort of a temporary wardrobe while my body bounces back and I love not having the pressure of trying on jeans I know aren’t gonna fit. As always shoes are on my mind and I’ve been eyeing these, I can’t think of a more perfect shoe for Fall, Loeffler kills it! This pair is super similar and $200 less and thinking I could swap out the strap for cording and the ankle wrap option!Loeffler Rrandall Clara

Reading: I do a lot of scrolling during the couple of late night feedings Raleigh is still insisting on – Instagram gets so old so fast. There’s just a lot of the same thing over and over at times, right? So anytime I can follow an account that switches it up I am excited. Loving @JooleeLauren seriously super witty stuff beautifully illustrated and just dripping with sardonism. I LOVE it! And @everyoutfitonSATC, so funny to have the show analyzed and debunked through its fashion. If you love them.too, let me know cause I feel like we should be friends.

Watching: We recently watched The Night Of which was intense and really entertaining. Have you seen it? Basically revisits the night of a murder and the falsely accused suspect. While I’ve been in Santa Barbara I started devouring Chef’s Table on Netflix and it’s so beautifully done!

Feeling: Sort of panicked that Fall is upon us because that means Winter is bascially here. I’ve so enjoyed having my second Summer baby, it makes for the dreamiest first few months. Raleigh loves spending time outside he seems so content and I’ll be sad not to have that option without more effort (layers.) I love these options for warm one pieces:

instatemp

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!

around the house

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.

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Download the recipe below and find the new books at PigeonPresents.com

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