Holiday Jammies!

What’s the Holiday season with our a new pair of pjs?! Easily one of our favorite traditions of this time of year is to gift our kids a fresh new pair….and we’re all about matching! Since it’s getting a little later in the season, we’ve found AWESOME deals and once that will ship in time for Christmas!!

Hatley Green Holiday Stripes Printed Coverall (Baby Boys) • Hatley • $14.97
Toddler Tucker + Tate Christmas Gnome 2-Pack Crew Socks • $14
Burt’s Bees Baby Pj Set With Ornament (Baby) – Cranberry Rugby – 18 Months • $18.02
Hatley Kids Holiday Stripe Henley Pajama (Toddler/Little Kids/Big Kids) • Hatley • $29.99
Hatley Kids Holiday Stripe Henley PJ Set (Toddler/Little Kids/Big Kids) • Hatley • $29.99
Little Me Holiday Plaid PJ Set (Toddler Boys) • Little Me • $13.97
PJ Salvage Girls’ Holiday Reindeer Brushed Thermal Pajama Set – Sizes 2-4T • PJ Salvage • $44
Night Night Baby Sleepers In Pure Organic Cotton • $19–27
Kids Long John Pajamas In Organic Cotton • $33
Kids Thermal Long John Pajamas In Organic Cotton • $33
Kids Long John Pajamas In Organic Cotton • $36
Kids Long John Pajamas In Organic Cotton • $34.50
Kids Long John Pajamas In Organic Cotton • $33
Dr. Seuss Baby Sleepers In Pure Organic Cotton • $40
Add to Basket • $16.95
2-Piece Fleece Christmas PJs • Carter’s • $20
Burt’s Bees Baby Fair Isle Pajama Set (Baby) – Ivory-24 Months • $19.95
Baby Burt’s Bees Baby Organic Striped Family Pajamas Set • $17.95
Girl’s Hanna Andersson Fitted Two-Piece Pajamas • Hanna Andersson • $44
BedHead Kids Long Sleeve Long Pants Set (Toddler/Little Kids) • $35.99
Little Me Baby Girls 12-24 Months Christmas Plaid Pajama Gown • Little Me • $22
Toddler Girls’ 2 Pack Polka Dot Christmas One Piece Cotton Pajamas – Just One YouMade by Carter’s® • $16.99

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Give Please A Chance: Please Jar

By Nicole, this post is sponsored by Jimmy Patterson Books.

My kids are visual learners. If there isn’t something in their face, hands and mouth, it’s hard for them to grasp what is trying to be taught. With Christmas coming, they seem to be getting a slightly more demanding, naturally, but it isn’t welcome. Give please a chance came in the mail just as we started our Please and Thank you Jar.

untitled-5Dash and Sunny each have their own jar and their own pile of felt balls. When they go out of their way to say please, thank you, or simply be kind to someone they get to toss a ball into the jar. At the end of each day they earn a small prize depending on the amount of balls in the jar. We start fresh with an empty jar each morning. To see their progress has made a world of a difference. And such a simple concept!untitled-4In Give Please a Chance, numerous illustrators share a moment in a childs life where using the word “please” comes in handy. Here are a couple pages:gpac_santagpac_doguntitled-4Join a long with as us we do our best to make this world a happier place by raising children with manners better than our own. You can get your copy of Give Please a Chance at here.

What’s In My Camera Bag

By Nicole brought to you by Focus Camera, where I get all my camera supplies!

When I was 18, my first friend was getting married. I picked up my Nikon film camera and went to work to cut costs for her. It went beautifully and I fell in love with wedding photography. I spent the next 12 years shooting almost every weekend. What started out as favors for friends and family turned into my career. I transitioned from film to digital work in 2005. I always prefer the look of the grains of film over the pixels of digital, but the ease of post processing and lessened costs of shooting with digital outweighed the appearance of those beautiful circular grains that only shooting film can achieve.

When I became a single mother in 2013, photographing weddings began to be less of a passion, and more of a necessary task to do to keep my family afloat. But as we all know, when a passion because a pressure things change. My work went downhill, and my anxiety about showing up to photograph a 3-day wedding began to be too much. I couldn’t be away from my kids for that long, and something needed to change. That is when Small Fry budded!untitled-3

I transitioned out of weddings to almost strictly lifestyle work. Now, THIS is where my passion resides. Lifestyle and editorial photography is what I enjoy and where I spend 90% of my working hours.

Often people email in to Small Fry and ask about my equipment. So, I wanted to put together a post to share links to all of the go-to lenses and my most favorite camera body and accessories. Although I have used many, this is what my current camera bag carries. These pieces are essential and to be honest, I don’t imagine ever needing much more. My list is simple, and not the most expensive equipment on the market, but it does the job perfectly.

First the body. A Nikon D 750.

Battery grip has become a game changer for me. I shoot a lot of my images portrait over landscape, so having this second trigger saves me. Plus the extra battery life gives me peace of mind. You can buy them in accessory bundles like this or get them standalone also!

My go-to lens I use for just about everything the Nikon 24-70 2.8.

For low light I always break out the Nikon 50mm 1.4

Back up lens the 50mm 1.8. Its inexpensive and takes almost as beautiful of photos as the 1.4. I would recommend this lens to anyone. Especially beginning photographers.

Reflectors, although I rarely need then when shooting in Studio, I use them often outdoors. You can never depend on evenly dispersed light outside. Tripods I use sparingly but are a must have. Especially when shooting video footage which the Nikon D750 does beautifully. Less than $20 on Focus and will keep everything looking great!

Check out Focus for the best in camera supplies, and be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions! xo – Nicole

Gift Guide: Books

By Emily. I love to give a few books to the boys each Christmas. It might not be their very favorite gift under the tree, but I want them to know how valuable they are and they should be treated like a gift! Brevity was never my strong suit, so here’s three guides filled with favorite titles. Broken down by the WORLD, HUMAN EXPERIENCE, and ACTIVITY. Add your favorites in the comments below! And find all our past book recommendations here.

BOOKS TO LEARN ABOUT THE WORLD:world

This is the World! — I read this with Hayes almost every night, he is so curious and loves hearing about new places. // Julia Rothman’s Nature Anatomy — Her books are incredible and suck everyone in. // 50 States — Learn info about each state with awesome illustrations. // Out of Sight — great for younger kids, teaches about animals with the element of surprise. // Before and After — Cause and Effect in nature // Technicolor Treasure Hunt //

BOOKS ABOUT FEELINGS AND EXPERIENCES: Kids Book Guides - Books for the Human Experience Home — Written by the Decembrists’ Colin Meloy’s wife 😉 a beautiful book that talks about the various places people can live. Great for family’s who are moving, too! // King Baby — for families with new babies or babies on the way! Hilarious. // The Heart and the Bottle — A sweet story that talks about loss and staying open when we’re hurting. // I Can Do It Myself! (The whole Empowerment Series) — Great for toddlers with budding independence. // Vincent’s Starry Night – Children’s Art History Story Book — teach the stories behind art masterpieces. // Sparkle and Spin — A classic and so beautifully illustrated, all about words. // What Do Grown-ups Do All Day? — A book to teach about jobs and responsibilities // The Snowy Day — race and predjudice consciousness.

ACTIVITY BOOKS: (We did a whole post about these here, but added a few more to the list!) Holiday themed, this one is the best hands-down. So fun and makes the most darling ornaments!

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activityPaint By Stickers — this has been a huge hit at our house, we LOVE working on them together!// Make & Move Robots – Pop Out Puppets // Pop Up Shadow Search — Shine a flashlight on them, search the shadows, lots of fun! // Pierre the Maze Detective Coloring Book — like I-Spy but you color it too! // Stickyscapes: Paris (All Stickyscapes titles here) — These are so fun and interactive, and amazing looking. // Under the Ocean Pop-up Book — One of the most beautiful books I own. I die over it!  Close up below.// Ocean Coloring Book — another awesome coloring book! //61nmpjq54l

Need more ideas for Coloring Books? Laurence King Publishing has the best collections! Our friend Brittany has published two botanical books!