make ahead morning

We have an awesome guest post from Amy of Yummy Toddler Food, here to help bring some peace back to your mornings without sacrificing the healthfulness: Kid-Friendly Banana Bread Oatmeal Bars!
Make Ahead Banana Oatmeal BarsMy two year old is a total morning person. She’s usually up way before the sun and comes into my room to wake me up with a gentle tap and a “Mama, I’m awake.” At 5 am, I’m not always at my best, but I gather my energy, give her a good morning hug, and make myself a cup of tea. We read books, play tea party, and sometimes build with her beloved Magna Tiles—which, combined with the things we actually have to do to be ready to leave the house at 8 sometimes means that breakfast is a little rushed.

To avoid feeling too much morning stress, I try to have at least one pre-made breakfast option in the fridge. It could be Overnight Oats with Yogurt and Berries, Mini Egg and Cheese Muffins, or these Banana Bread Oatmeal Bars.

The beauty of these bars is that the batter is made in the food processor (no need to dirty other bowls!), they take about 30 minutes from start to finish, and I’d argue that they taste better the second day—so they are perfect to bake on Sunday and serve throughout the week. They are a balanced breakfast option with a good assortment of nutrients that little ones need: flavor and potassium from bananas, fiber and complex carbohydrates from oats, and a dose of protein and healthy fats from eggs and almond butter. And with just a tablespoon of natural sweetener and no gluten, they also happen to be a great option for kiddos (or parents) on more restricted gluten-free or refined sugar-free diets.Make Ahead Banana Oatmeal BarsEven younger toddlers will be able to enjoy these bars since the texture is soft, yet moist and almost cake-like. Cut up into cubes, serve whole with a simple (sippy) cup of milk, or round out the meal with fruit and yogurt. And don’t forget to enjoy one yourself!Make Ahead Banana Oatmeal BarsBanana Bread Oatmeal Bars

We like these bars plain, topped with nut butter, or spread with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey as a quick breakfast option—or a sweet, yet wholesome afternoon snack.

Makes: About 20 3-inch bars

2 cups rolled oats
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/4 cup almond butter (or 1/4 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled)
1 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat a 9×11-inch baking dish with nonstick spray (or use a paper towel to coat with canola or coconut oil).
2. Grind the oats in a food processor for about 30 seconds, or until they resemble a coarse flour. (They should look like quick oats or the ones in instant oatmeal packets).
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and process for about 1 minute, stopping to scrap down the sides of the processor as needed, until the batter is smooth. Pour into prepared pan, smoothing with a spatula so it’s even in the pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the edges are golden and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan before slicing. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Storage: Wrap bars individually in plastic wrap and store in a zip top freezer bag in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 3 months. Serve chilled or warm slightly to serve from the fridge; warm for 30-45 seconds in the microwave, or until just thawed and heated through, from the freezer.

Variations:
Add 1/2 cup raisins or dark chocolate chips to the batter before pouring into the pan.
Add 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg or ginger for additional spice.
Use granulated sugar or honey instead of maple syrup if you prefer.Make Ahead Banana Oatmeal BarsHuge thanks to Amy for this awesome healthy breakfast option! Check out her site, full to the brim with awesome ideas just like this! We also love her Instagram and Facebook (@yummytoddlerfood) feed for ideas on the go!

instagram headboard

We’re back with another way to use prints from your Instagram feed! We’ve shared two other ways here, and today’s project is all about eliciting the happiest of dreams with a headboard full of Instagram snaps! (Find all of Sasek’s “This Is” books here.)
decorating-with-decoratingWe printed our feeds via Artifact Uprising and love their square cards. This bed already had a white headboard so affixing the cards was simple. If your bed doesn’t have a tall enough headboard you can always install a piece of MDF board or even foam core if you want something more lightweight.decorating-with-pictures2Also unrelated side-note: Have you guys discovered BabyLit board books? They’re youthful interpretations and illustrations of classic novels and stories like Romeo & Juliet, Jungle Book, Moby Dick and Treasure Island. We are in love with their line, and they are adding new titles all the time. See the whole collection here, they’re so inexpensive as well!decorating-with-pictures3We are guest blogging over at Kristen Duke Photography as a part of her Decorating with Family Pictures Series, we shared our gallery walls with her last year if you’d like to see them! Check out the whole series full of bloggers’ clever ideas for displaying family photos here.

Decorating with Pictures Series

 

laura davidson direct

We have a shop to share today we think you modern decor lovers are going to flip for! Laura Davidson Direct is a factory direct warehouse chock full with modern seating options for both adults and kids! Skipping the expensive show room keeps their costs low and with free shipping on all pieces, it’s one big win for us!NCC_4611Their customer service was so helpful as we put our pieces together, returning calls, following up to see how things went and friendly and courteous throughout. And most importantly, they have the most impressive line for kids spaces! We’re giving away a chair of the winner’s choice right here and keep scrolling to see the pieces we picked for our own spaces!
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Emily has a set of the rockers for her boys and they love to work at their tiny desk, doing puzzles, playing with play-doh and snacking. Getting these activities from off the ground and maintained on a smaller space like a desk makes clean up a breeze!emily-molded-chairThe Eames Style Arm Chair – comes in red and blue! Nicole placed this right by their reading nook and we love the pop of red against the colorful books and white walls.Laura Davidson Direct

The Eames style elephant caught all our eyes for it’s modern appeal. It looks great in every room of the house. Nicole has her in her living room and everyone loves to play on it, but it looks just great as a decor item. We love that these molded plastic chairs clean so easily as well! Magic Eraser will cure all that ails you.

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Jenna keeps her Eames elephant in Lolly’s nursery and we love that this piece can so easily transition from room to room and add that youthful feel without detracting from the room’s aesthetic.Laura Davidson Direct

And a white arm chair for the best seat in the house for the boys, the lego table!

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See the whole line right here: Laura Davidson Direct.

public mini [giveaway!]

We’ve got a super fun giveaway for you guys today just in time for Spring! Public Bikes who makes some of the most beautiful bikes for adults, is now making a balance bike for kids! It maintains Public’s beautiful bike design in Mini form! If you’re looking for a balance bike now is the time, Public has their Mini on sale for a limited time!Public Mini giveawayWe love the color offerings and our boys have been loving padding around with these! The balance bike helps instill a better sense of riding a real bike than training wheels, as little ones need to learn how to use their body weight to help keep the bike upright, just like a pedal bike! So, now for the giveaway! We are giving away the bike of your choice in one of four colors, plus…

Public Mini giveawayThis darling Petersboro bike basket (comes in 4 colors!) An animal bike headlight (three pals to choose from!) and a helmet as well! Let’s get your kiddo all set for Summer!Public Mini giveaway

 

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doctor on demand

As three self-employed families here at Small Fry, health care can be a touchy subject. Coverage, premiums, co-pays, self pay, all of these are hot button phrases around here, so when we heard about Doctor on Demand we were instantly intrigued and ready to try it out! Essentially, Doctor on Demand gives you access to licensed physicians, psychologists, pediatric care, lactation specialists and more, from the comfort of your own home, or even better when you’re on the go, out of town, or too sick or unable to make it to a doctor’s office. We gave it a whirl and here’s how it went down:Doc On Demand

Access Doctor on Demand with their free app, either on your phone or tablet. Choose the type of professional you need to speak with based on the question you have. Medical, Psychology, Pediatrics or Pregnancy and Newborn care. You fill out a series of questions just about your health and symptoms, then you get connected right away to a licensed specialist in your requested area of expertise. The first visit is free – just enter “SMALLFRY50″ as your coupon, but these types of visits would normally cost around $40. Even if you don’t need to use the service right away you can apply the coupon to your account and redeem when needed! Now, if you’re self-pay like we all are, this saves us hundreds of dollars! Even for those with insurance are likely to pay more for their co-pay than Doctor on Demand’s fees.

Doc On DemandOne of the best parts is that if needed you can also get prescribed medication right over the phone. When we have sick kids or are sick ourselves, getting everyone ready to go to a doctor’s visit can feel nearly impossible. This couldn’t have been easier! Doc On DemandWe had Emily call, she had questions and concerns about some unresolved symptoms from her miscarriage a couple months ago and she felt assured and calm and was given several options and ideas and next steps. We knew we had to bring this service to you Small Fry readers, we know that you will love it!