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.

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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.

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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 @ smallfryblog.com We know there are plenty of parents out there looking for answers and options. Here’s to a healthy Winter season!

Cider Popsicle Recipe

We have a delicious guest recipe today from the Los Angeles based Mom and Pop Shop Popsicle Truck! This 1970’s mail truck was brought to life when a few moms wanted to find a way to take the focus of their work from inside in front a computer to outside where they could enjoy it with their kids, too! Now they sell their gourmet Pops, art, books and more (check out their online shop, here!) We love that mission and are excited to get the 411 on making these delicious Pear + Cider Pops at home.

Cider + Pear Popsicle Recipe

Recipe:

Eat Drink & Be Pear-y  | cider pop

Yield 4-6 pops

INGREDIENTSIngredients

  • 2 – Ripe Pears (cored and diced, I leave the skin on because I like that added texture, but feel free to peel)
  • 1 cup – Unsweetened Coconut Milk (if you’re feeling really ambitious make your milk from scratch with this recipe!)
  • 3 Tbsp. – Date Syrup (there are a few ways to do this, but I soak one part pitted dates into 1 part hot water and let dissolve over night or blend for faster results)
  • ½ Tsp. – Ground Cardamom*
  • ½ Tsp. – Ground Cinnamon*
  • ½ Tsp. – Ground Cloves*

* NOTE: Feel free to substitute the spices for 1-1/2 tsp of pumpkin or apple pie spice if you don’t have the individual spices readily available.

DIRECTIONS

Add diced pear, Pearscoconut milk, date syrup and spices to a blender and puree till all ingredients are well blended and smooth. Blend Pour into molds, add sticks, freeze and enjoy! PourAs simple and fun as running through a pile of autumn leaves!!!

For you Southern Californians, you can catch the Mom and Pop Truck at an Art Fair November 22nd from 1-4pm. Head to Glen Alla Park!    (4601 Alla Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90292)Mom and Pop Shop

Thanks for the delicious and healthy recipe, ladies! Find them on Instagram and locals check out their schedule via Facebook.

cold weather clothes

Winter is quickly approaching and we’ve been building up our kids’ cold weather wardrobes. Whether it’s for sledding, or skiing, an outing at the park, sipping hot cocoa after making snow man, we’ve found that we aren’t trapped inside all Winter long if we have the right gear.

FOR GIRLS:

Cold Weather Clothes

 

1. Zara’s Winter line is really doing it right this year. So many gorgeous, affordable options. Nothing is prettier than a red wool coat on a backdrop of snowy trees. Right? // 2. If you want a more versatile wool option that literally goes with everything, this Toggle Coat by Appaman is incredible. We love the long length and haven’t seen many options that go right above the knee and have a thick lining. The quilted interior is a great insulator! // 3. JCrew’s line of kids’ coats are always stunning, and this week they’re 25% off with “SHOPNOW”. // 4. For more rugged activities, Mini Boden is always a good place to check  for coats that still have lots of personality. This gingham pattern is so cute! // 5. Picturing a little lady hitting the slopes with this ear warmer headband (25% off) and a top knot sticking out, and sort of dying for a little lady. // 6. Mini Rodini’s winter wear is awesome, the patterns and designs they chose are super cool and unique. This snowsuit for the littlest ladies couldn’t be cuter. // 7. A graphic scarf to keep her warm, 25% off! // These riding hats are so sweet in the Wintertime, add some little ears and we’re dead. // 9. We love how cool these metallic moto snowboard pants are. // 10. A sweet puffer covered in Deer. Cool! // 12. Polarn O. Pyret basically owns Winter clothing, but we especially love their first layers for extra warmth. Merino Wool even! // 13. Keep those ears warm, without messing up her ‘do.

FOR BOYS:

 

Cold Weather Clothes

 

1. Neff Beanies are pretty much perfect for a nice warm, slouchy hat. You can fold them up to make them nice and fitted as well. We’ll happily steal these from their closets, too.

2. Another Appaman coat. One of our Small Fries has this one and it one of the best quality coats we’ve seen. It is really beautiful on, and the fur detail is such a great removable option.

3. Get ready for the cheese, but we love being able to send this scarf-slash-hug around our boys’ necks on their way out the door.

4. More evidence Mini Boden knows how to make a cool and playful patterned coat!

5. A first layer that will fit under everyday clothes as well as snow gear.

6. We love having bright colored puffers for snow gear because it makes it that much easier to spot your little guy in a crowd. This yellow color is bright without being obnoxious.

7. Cool waterproof gloves that go up extra high, this is a must for gloves, no snow creeps onto their wrists. Also RED ALERT all H&M Winter Gear is 50% off. No lie.

8. & 11. For our littlest skiers we stick to Polarn O Pyret. We love the matching Overall + Parka and the cool red color makes them look like tiny Ski Patrol.

9. These ear flap tuques are ideal for cold weather and short-haired boys. Necks need a little coverage, too! Comes in 8 colors, even.

10. These gloves. That’s all.

12. A snowsuit for your tiny panda bear. Slow caps for Mini Rodini!

#12daysofservice


Last holiday season, we shared a Service Advent idea where everyday for one month you’d select a small kindness-oriented task to complete with your kids. It was a truly life-changing experience — so much so that we knew we had to bring it back!

This time, we wanted to give you fair warning so you can join too. So starting today, we’ll be using the hashtag #12daysofservice where we can all share ideas and experiences (we’ll be featuring our favorites here and on our social media)!  We think this is a great way to celebrate the season of giving, and we know you will love it too!#12daysofservice

Today, we wanted to share one of our favorites, which we hope will get wheels turning!

Pine Tree Day-Boosters

First, pick a few colors of paper and cut them into small strips, gradually getting shorter.

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Together with your kids, glue the backs of the strips and place them on a plain white sheet of card stock cut into fourths. Start with the longest strip at the bottom of the card and glue each strip down, grabbing slightly smaller pieces as you go upward. Once you get to the top you can add a yellow star to give it that holiday tree feel.

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Then load up in the car and write uplifting messages on our cards like “You have a great smile”, or “You’re doing a great job”, “The world wouldn’t be as bright without you in it” and “You are loved”. Keep your eyes peeled for someone who could use a boost.

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We went to a couple of our little guys’ school parking lots and added them to teacher’s windshields. We also spotted a mom with a cart full of kids and slipped one under her car’s windshield wiper. Later we left one for older man leaving a doctor’s office. Once we started it’s all we could see, and we quickly ran out of cards. The boys were so bummed and could’ve kept going all afternoon!

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You’ll see that most of the ideas we’ve included in our idea sheet below are quite simple.  They’re easy to add to your day without adding unnecessary stress. Small kids can grasp and enjoy them all, but they’re easily modified for older kids, too!

So, are you in? We’ll be sending reminders and sharing how it all plays out here and our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #12daysofserviceto to tie things together! Print off some of our favorite ideas below, and pick one a day starting November 15th and ending November 26th, right before Thanksgiving. We’re excited to add a little bit of kindness into the world with you!

This content was created in partnership with Ford to help make creativity a part of every drive this holiday season.

holiday gift guide: toys around the world

Can it really be time for Holiday Gift Guides already? We love this part of the holidays, and are so glad you do too! We’ve collected beautiful and meaningful items for everyone on your list! As many cool ideas and items come through the States, we can’t help but highlight the ones we’ve seen from all around the world.
holiday gift guide: toys around the world

1. We fell in love with Flat Out Frankie a couple of years ago, but now you don’t have to shop via New Zealand anymore! Amazon to the rescue, we love the Flatout Frankie Little Kitchen.

2. This tiny German piano is so vibrant and would make such a beautiful addition under the tree.

3. This is another Japanese company discovered this year, the Woody Puddy Fruit and Vegetables are definitely not a new idea, but we love that their magnetic (versus velcro like others we’ve tried) so it’s really easy for little hands to separate.

4. No one can question that Scandinavian companies have a leg up on design, this Playsam company has been around longer than we’ve been born, and the classic design shows. This Streamline Car is a great representation of that.

5. These super cool, illustrated animals are a printable that you can assemble at home! Via the United Kingdom.

6. We love these fold-out cities with coordinating landmark blocks. Such a great way to teach our kids about cities from around the world! Kiko+ Machi Paris Play Set and London (pictured) via Japan.

7. Our kids love to play memory games, but finding a beautiful game that appeals to our design aesthetic has been tricky! Slow claps for this OMM Design version from Sweden.

8. Have you all discovered Grimm’s toys? These German toys are modeled after natural elements like Fire, Waves, and Caves are not only beautiful to display, but great for learning to build, stack, balance, and more!

9. These Danish plush bowlers are a fun Christmas feeling toy that can be played year round.
To our International readers, what toy or toy companies would you add to the list? Find last year’s Gift Guides, here!