bugaboo bugs [giveaway!]

When Bugaboo did their design collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, we were lucky enough to be able to go to NYC to celebrate with them! Today we’re excited to be able to celebrate with YOU and have a fun little surprise Saturday giveaway on our Instagram feed. Head here to enter! // @smallfryblog

The Andy Warhol Bug canopy is such a fun shade, it’s so got a neutral base with pops of vibrant colors, it is lively yet classy and we love it! Here’s what we’d wear on the town with our Bug Bugaboo: neutrals with pops of color! Bundle up because it’s freezing where we are!

Andy Warhol Bug Canopy Giveaway!

1. A Lo & Sons bag to hold everything we need and more.

2. JCrew sunnies in the just-enough-round frame.

3. The perfect black beanie from Madewell.

4. The vital and graphically awesome phone case via Kate Spade Saturday.

5. A pop of color and warmth with these JCrew gloves.

6. More color and a little bit extra polish to combat our hat hair with Nars lipstick.

7. A cozy camel coat via Zara.

8. The Bugaboo Bug stroller, of course, to keep our little ones warm and cozy.

9. A graphic blouse that’s perfect for layering via Zara.

10. Lounge pants with hints of leather via Zara.

11. In times like these we ditch our mid-ankle Sorels, for the mid-calf welly. Nothing’s more shocking then getting snow dumped down your sock! We love this pop of red on this pair of Hunter’s at Nordstrom.

12. While we’re on-the-go we love to have something to keep the boys occupied, they love to pretend with Twig Camera and we love that they are looking around at the world in front of them.

 Comments are closed on this post to avoid confusion! Head to Instagram to enter to win the canopy, and have a wonderful weekend!

4moms + @HelpingNicuMamas

We talked earlier this week about all the children who will be hospital bound for the holidays. They aren’t the only ones! Earlier this week we had the humbling experience of spending the evening with four families who’s little ones are in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the University of Utah Hospital. We are so grateful to Jess and Erin of @HelpingNicuMamas and 4Moms for making this evening possible! You don’t have to look too long to realize Nicole wasn’t able to make it, she was home sick. We missed her (and her photography) terribly!

4 moms donates MamaRoos & Bathtubs to NICU parents

These families shared their stories of suddenly finding themselves in labor as early as 28 weeks pregnant, all being life-lighted (one mama actually had her baby on the Heli-pad!) to the UofU to save their baby’s lives. They beamed with pride as they showed us their five pound fighters, and we could not stop crying! Both Jenna’s boys spent 2-9 days in the NICU so she could definitely relate to their feelings, but  I, Emily, cannot imagine what that must feel like. Having my boys in Bilibeds for jaundice for a couple weeks was torture, but this is hard on a whole new level!

4 moms donates MamaRoos & Bathtubs to NICU parents

After hearing all their stories we just wanted to hug and cry with them, but luckily 4Moms sent us prepared. We were able to gift them each with MamaRoos swings and Infant tubs!

4 moms donates MamaRoos & Bathtubs to NICU parents

After we had our little party, the UofU was so nice to let us tour their NICU. They took us through each room and showed us how high-risk deliveries are literally a window away from the NICU, and baby’s are often passed through the window, as the difference of seconds can mean the world to these babies!

4 moms donates MamaRoos & Bathtubs to NICU parents

We cried more tears walking through the rooms, watching mothers and fathers, nurses and doctors caring for these sweet angels. Touring the rooms with Erin and Jess was even more emotional. Jess had twins, both taking their own turns in the Primary Children’s NICU. Erin lost her first baby after only 4 days in the NICU, her second baby born at 28 weeks, spent several weeks there. Watching Erin greet nurses and recall memories was so heartbreaking and inspiring. @HelpingNicuMamas is putting together gifts for NICU families and delivering December 20th! Watch it all unfold on their Instagram feed here.

4 moms donates MamaRoos & Bathtubs to NICU parents

And we are still stunned by 4Moms generosity. They basically reached out to us and said they had product to give away and would we like to place it with someone who needs it. We love when company’s give back in that way! As it turns out, the MamaRoo is the bouncer the NICU uses, we were so happy to see it in action there. It really is a genius little thing, and bounces up and down, not just side to side, which would’ve saved our poor rocking arms a time or two! The tub is amazing as well as it filters out dirty water and puts fresh water in as you’re using it. It is temperature stable as well so you can rest easy it is comfortable and warm. Check out 4Moms here!

4 moms donates MamaRoos & Bathtubs to NICU parents

To all of you who have been or are still NICU bound, we want you to know our hearts and prayers are with you. We have seen your courage, and we have watched your little fighters. One thing we felt strongly that evening is that all mothers are essentially the same. Proud of their babies, and tirelessly fighting for their health and safety. We admire you all!

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We have a sweet FRYday deal for you via Cents of Style today! These awesome Gyspey necklaces are all $14.95 (down from $34.95!) from now until December 31st! We have a few of these colors and they’re the perfect addition to any outfit. Stock up and tell them Small Fry sent you (enter SMALLFRY at check-out.)

Have a great weekend!

Holiday eCookbook giveaway [closed!]

Congratulations to our 10 WINNERS! This giveaway is now closed.

Rachel
Ashe-monique
Diana Cote
Brandee
Courtney
Serifina
Becky
Brianna
Nicole
Tara

We’re excited to welcome back our old friends from Prescribe Nutrition! We did an awesome giveaway with them last year for their online Nutrition Programs and we love hearing that so many of you are still doing their programs. Really cool! Today, they’re here sharing a recipe from their new Holiday eCookbook which takes favorite Holiday dishes and switches out ingredients with healthier options. (They’re offering readers $5 off, keep reading for the code!) Take it away, Anna:

“A wise mother once told me that we aren’t raising children, we are raising adults. I couldn’t quite comprehend this with a newborn in my arms, but now that my kiddos are three and four, it’s starting to make a lot more sense. This makes the most sense for me in the kitchen.

Kids + Veggies

Bringing them into the kitchen with me has truly transformed the way they eat. Learning about the food they’re preparing by asking questions regarding where it comes from and how it grows has created a connection and appreciation for food they used to scowl at. Yes, their help probably adds about ten minutes to the cooking window, but if in the end it means I am just making one meal that everyone will eat, it’s worth it in my book.Kids + Veggies

The holidays in particular are such a fun time to party it up in the kitchen together. Crank up some holiday tunes, whip up some festive treats and enjoy eating your creations together. When we dreamed up what our Prescribe Nutrition Holiday eCookbook would look like, we knew we had to upgraded the traditional foods we love by replacing the the crash-inducing ingredients with wholesome, nourishing ingredients that our bodies could use more of. And of course we had to add in some amazing new recipes to knock your socks off – the cauliflower shooters will do just that! There’s even a list of cookies for the cookie exchange! We’ve got it all, and it is even toddler approved.

Here’s one of our favorites, Superfood Chocolate Holiday Bark:Superfood Chocolate Holiday Bark Makes one 9 x 12 sheet

1 pound dark chocolate chips, dairy-free chips (such as Enjoy Life) or non-dairy white chocolate chips (such as Kind David)
2 teaspoons coconut oil, + extra for greasing
½ cup dried goji berries or unsweetened cranberries
½ cup shelled pistachios
¼ cup toasted large flake unsweetened coconut

✔ Coat a 9 x 12 rimmed baking sheet or 6 small loaf pans (2 x 5) with coconut oil cooking spray (or manually with paper towel and coconut oil) then line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on long sides.
✔ In a saucepan, melt chocolate with 2 teaspoons coconut oil over low heat until it is completely melted, mixing frequently (or you can do this in the microwave in 30 second increments).
✔ Pour melted chocolate into baking sheet or divide among pans and spread in an even layer with the back of a spoon.

✔ Sprinkle toppings over chocolate and very gently press toppings into chocolate (so they don’t pop off). Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour – you can also place in freezer. Remove and break or slice into small pieces and share!”

We’re so excited to try out this cookbook, doesn’t it sound awesome?! Prescribe Nutrition is offering ten readers a free Holiday eCookbook, TEN! The odds are ever in your favor, so here’s how to enter:

 Leave a comment telling us the Holiday treat you just can’t put down. Like, don’t leave you alone in a room with it, or the bowl, pan, bottle will be empty. (Jenna’s is Reese’s Trees, Nicole can’t say no to Peppermint Ice Cream, and Emily’s achilles heel is homemade caramels. Seriously, don’t ever give these to us.)

For extra entries, follow Prescribe Nutrition on Facebook and Instagram and leave a comment for each.

If you don’t want to risk it, they’re offering readers $5 off each book by entering “smallfry” at check-out.

We’ll announce the winners Saturday December 15th!

holiday gift guide: for the fam

You made it! The last gift guide of the season, are you relieved? Today it’s all about togetherness. Things you can do side by side, meaningful mementos, and ways to improve your life as a family.
holiday gift guide for the family1. We’re trying to play it cool about these Wanderlust City map play mats, but it’s not working. They’re so beautiful!! Perfect for floor playtime, or even as a wall hanging. Buy NYC or San Francisco here. [$84] via Shop Ellalou.]

2. A Year of Gratitude. This gorgeous box is filled with 52 thank you cards, one for each week of the year. We love this idea of continually focusing on who we’re grateful for and vocalizing it each week. You could decide your recipeients as a family, take turns, and discuss it all each week. Wouldn’t it make for the best family dinner conversation? And an absolute steal at [$30] Via Uncommon Goods. See their Gift Guide here.

3. Naturebox. Are we sounding like a broken record (this might be our third mention of them)? Naturebox’s monthly subscriptions are so helpful. With a new delicious and healthy set of snacks each month it opens our, and our kids, horizons and saves us in a pinch when we’re out and about. Sometimes it’s nice to not have to turn to the drive-thru! [19.95]

4. A blanket is the basis of so much family fun. A picnic, getting cozy on the couch, a blanket fort, peek-a-boo, a makeshift hammock, you really can’t have too many! This one’s from Target and comes in four different colors. [$19.99]

5. We think every family should have that “thing” they do together. A tradition that is just theirs. Whether it’s an old movie marathons, or karaoke, or milkshake Mondays, for instance. No time like the holidays to start a new tradition! This one works amazing, and has the perfect retro feel that makes it stay-on-the-counter-worthy. [$169] via Williams-Sonoma.

6. Cooking together is the perfect family activity, but if you can’t all be together, at least you can remember home while you’re in the kitchen! These AHeirloom State Cutting boards are so lovely, and would make a great gift for those far-away loved ones. [$48]

7. Last but not least, what is a better gift than a reminder of where you come from? These modern genealogy charts from I Chart You are not only stunning graphically, but represent generations of family all in one circle. Customizable from top to bottom and an absolute bargain at [$25]. This print would hang proudly in just about any room in your home.

The homes we grew up in seemed to always have one fun big gift for the family, we’re excited to carry that on. Do you do that as well? We’d love to hear your ideas! Any awesome family friendly gifts we missed?

Catch all our gift guides here.

 

$1 neighbor buddy gifts

kid neighbor gifts for a buck!This year we sort of fell hard for the idea of having gifts come from the boys whenever possible. To help keep them involved in the gift giving process, and hopefully remind them to think of others this season. We’ll have a few more posts talking about this goal, which is also this month’s Fiesta Movement theme of Social Activism! (Is it just too late, or is this agent pretty funny?) For today, we came up with three easy and inexpensive gifts (with printables!) that can they can gift their friends at school, neighbor friends, and whoever else strikes their fancy this month!

let it snow neighbor giftLet It Snow! Our local big box stores, like Wal-Mart or Target sell cold weather accessories for super cheap, but no one can beat the Dollar Store! Hats and gloves galore, for a buck each! Roll up a hat or put a bow on a pair of gloves and you’re all set!

holiday tic tac toe neighbor giftHoliday Tic Tac Toe! We used Dollar Store beaded garlands, all cut up as game pieces and put in a glassine bag. (Truth be told we had our hearts set on acorns, but turns out they’re harder to find then you think around here.)

new years eve neighbor giftNew Year’s Themed! If you’re like us and need a few more days than the Christmas delivery deadline allows, go for a New Year’s theme! Add a confetti popper, noisemaker, or party horn as seen here, the party horns all though festive, when given to a handful of boys at once, was regretted immediately. You’ve been warned!

kid neighbor gifts for a buck!This post is inspired by The Fiesta Movement! Their contribution to this month’s Social Activism Theme is coming up this Thursday December 12th. They are partnering with What’s Trending to host a star-studded party on YouTube from at 7 pm MST! The best part is every tweet written during that time using the #Tubeathon or #FiestaMovement, Ford will donate $1 to the Covenant House, which is a charity for homeless youth.

WHERE TO SHOP:

Hayes YPorque Gorilla Sweater and The Brand Denim Jeans.