holiday gift guides : the toddlers

 This age group is such a fun one to shop for! They’re just starting to get “it”, when it comes to the Holidays, but haven’t succumbed to the crazed list-making and dog-earing of toy catalogs just yet. That sweet spot between two and four, where we’re all in, is up today!

First up, for the little sis:
holiday gift guide for your little girl

1. A play tent for reading, pretending or snoozing is always a big hit! Land of Nod wins for any and all tent needs. [$149] 15% off today using “SFBLOG”

2. Have we convinced you of the greatness that is Stuck
by Oliver Jeffers? Floyd’s shenanigans are not just for boys! [$12]

3. Baggu bags are a long-time favorite of ours, but this sweetly striped pack for little girl’s is too darling to miss. [$42] via Darling Clementine.

4. Puzzles are such a great indoor activity for those colder months. This one is from Land of Nod! [$19.95]

5. Yosi Samra has such beautiful little shoes for girls (and women!) We love their glitter flats for the holidays, but stripes always win over here! [$48]

6. Have you seen the “Messy Hair Don’t Care” tees floating around the internet? Quinn and Fox are the geniuses behind it, but we love all their other tees just as much! [$30+]

7. We are such huge fans of Petit Collage. Everything they make is beautiful and timeless for any nursery. Their new line of Pop-Out toys are stellar! This San Francisco skyline especially. [$9.00]

8. Beenie Buds and Co has such a cool curation of kids apparel and gifts! This Josephine doll is the coolest. [$50.00]

And now for the little guy:

holiday gift guide for your little boy

1. Flat Out Frankie‘s ride-on animals are so clever! They have dinosaurs and unicorns and other mythical creatures to suit any imagination.

2. Land of Nod plush toys are so quirky and fun, this S’more is perfect for bed time or play! [$34.00]

3. Crewcuts has some seriously cute pajamas right now. And they’re all 30% off with the “HOLIDAY” code at checkout!

4. If you live in a desert tundra like we do, you know that it can be somewhat hard to keep toddlers warm. They won’t wear gloves, they rip off their hats, and good luck with a scarf!  7 AM Enfant makes the most amazingly warm accessories for this very purpose. When you’re on the go, this stroller muff is an absolute necessity. An investment, but a necessity. [$189.00]

5. If you were lucky enough to get a battery powered car as a kid you know it is a pivotal moment. That two mile per hour wind in your hair is life changing. If you’re looking to make this Christmas the one they will never forget, try Peg Perego’s Fiat 500.

6. We know a few boys who find a pair of boots and never let go. They’ll wear them rain or shine, puddle or dirt pile, and we love it! This camo pair of wellies via Joules is just tough enough for any occasion. [$57.00]

7. We love the idea of making one purchase that continues to arrive month after month. It’s such a great gift for a far-away grandparent who wants to keep close. A Little Bundle sends gift boxes based on you or your child’s personality and in our experience it’s a great way to discover new brands to love! [$36/month]

8. Our boys are in that phase where anything that is personalized with their name on it, becomes an instant favorite. These initial tees via One Oxford Lane are so cute and your little guy will be proud to rock it! [$26]

There you have it! Now that it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, the Holidays feel a little bit more urgent don’t they? Good luck with all your preparations for tomorrow! Crayola sent us this darling little film filled with ideas to keep your kids occupied while they wait patiently (or not so patiently) for dinner to start. We get it kids, let’s eat already!

And a Thanksgiving message to get you in the spirit!

Visit today’s sponsor Crayola for more ideas and Thanksgiving Day crafts! Submit your own using the #ColorfulThanks hash tag, or vote for your favorite submission!

best of advents

Can you believe this is the last week of November? We’re in shock over here, too. Today’s post is part of the Ford Fiesta Movement’s Entertainment theme and we think this project is  perfect! What’s better than one project that provides entertainment for a whole month? If you’re looking to create an advent calendar (a 25 day countdown for Christmas) for the month of December, the time is now! We are each still a little undecided on which route to take, do you buy a nice calendar that will last for years and generations to come? A DIY that suits your mood each year or something in between? Here’s some advents we’re leaning toward that suit each inclination.our favorite advents

1. Hey Look’s Black and White Printable Advent // Free

When we were brainstorming making our own, and stumbled upon this one, we quickly threw our hands up in defeat. There really isn’t a way to top this one, in our minds.

2. Madetoorder’s 24 Canvas Bag Advent // $60.00

This Etsy shops bag advent is simple and pretty. We love how each bag is hung in that ceramic Urban Outfitters tree.

3. Land of Nod Gold Chambray Calendar // $49.00

This one comes in red, too and is so beautiful in person! We love the varying sizes to accommodate the various presents that you’d need to fit.

4. Studio DIY’s Take-out Box DIY // $12.00+

True to the Studio DIY name, this bright and fun advent makes us smile!

5. Hampton SC’s Geometric Paper Printable // Free

We love this one! It creates an almost art installation and adds interest to any room!

6. Carluccio’s Gourmet Chocolate Advent // $15.00

We’ve all had our turn with the waxy chocolate advents at the grocery store, why not upgrade to some real Italian chocolate?

7. Diabox’s Plastic and Vinyl Advent // $74.00

This is a more utilitarian version, and a super cool one at that!

8. Patty Doo Felt Advent // $5.00

This may look complicated but we’re thinking even as beginner sewers we could manage it. Simply cut out the shapes for each pouch and sew it on!

9. Dandee Design’s Simple Activity Advent Wreath // $5.00

We love the activity based advents that instead of a gift suggest and family activity. This one creates an awesome wreath, too!

10. Modern Pouch Advent via A&B Stories // $5.00

Another pouch advent, but we love the hand drawn designs!

11. H&M Cotton Canvas Calendar // $17.95

A simple and classic advent that is sure to stay in style year after year. 

12. Relocated Living’s Paper Bag Advent // $10.00

This is the perfect beginner’s craft. Buy stickers at a office supply store, bags at a party supply store and you’re ready to go!

So which advent are you leaning toward? Are you on Team  DIY or Buy?

 This post is sponsored by the Ford Fiesta Movement. We’ve been following the other participants videos each month, and this video might be our favorite. Check it out here!

If you’re looking to do a service based advent – where you pick one nice thing to do for someone else out of a jar each day until Christmas – here’s a peek, and we’ve included a printable list below!

25 Days of Service Ideas

land of nod trunk show

Last week we had the amazing opportunity of co-hosting a nationwide trunk show for Land of Nod with our friend and Interior Designer, Kirsten of 6th Street Design School! Eight parties in eight other cities took place the very same evening, and we loved being able to participate and create our own party at The Awful Waffle. Land of Nod has treated us so well this last year and we were beyond grateful to work them in person this time!

Would you care to see some of our photographer Lindsey Orton’s pictures of the night? Don’t be too sad if you missed it, the Land of Nod is offering Small Fry readers 15% off using “SFBLOG” from today until November 27th!

The co-hosts and Land of Nod Creative Director, Danielle who flew in from Chicago and a darling plush ornament. ☟

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Our festive photobooth backdrop handmade by Kirsten herself and the beautiful live eucalyptus garland provided by Lizy’s Lilies (it smelled incredible!) ☟

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The Intergalactic Play Set and the coziest fire for our guests. ☟

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The amazing striped pup tent and plush campfire set complete with stuffed hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting. ☟

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The most stunning floral arrangements by Lizy’s Lilies. ☝

While everyone noshed on waffles, frites, pizzas, and beverages we prepared an awesome raffle of some of our favorite Land of Nod items. Nothing is better than surprising friends with fun gifts! ☟

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From plush toys,

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We got a head start on our Christmas shopping, and couldn’t pass up a spin in the old photobooth. Our photographer Lindsey Orton was as usual, a great sport for us! Also true to form, we found ourselves eating non-stop the whole evening. Whether it was waffles, or the most killer key lime sugar cookies from Cookie Haven, we were in heaven.

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Thanks again to Land of Nod, Kirsten and all our awesome party contributors and guests! We’ve linked up with the other eight cities as well so you can see each unique party! Don’t forget to use “SFBLOG” on your next Land of Nod purchase for 15% off! Maybe by next Christmas we can convince Land of Nod to set up a permanent shop in Utah?!
PARTY SOURCES:
Venue: Awful Waffle
Photography: Lindsey Orton
Florals: Lizy’s Lilies
Gift Bags: Cooke Haven & Land of Nod
Attire: Keep reading for a list after the jump!
Playlist:Small Fry Christmas Playlist
OTHER PARTY HOSTS:
Atlanta: Joni Lay of Lay Baby Lay
Boise: Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove
Charleston: Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love
D.C.: Darcy Troutman of No Monsters in My Bed & Rebecca + Suzanne of A Feteful Life
Kansas City: Carrie & Morgan of Ampersand Design Studios
Los Angeles: Kelly Lanza of Studio DIY & The Honest Company
Nashville: Raechel Meyers of Finding My Feet 
San Francisco: Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee & Michaela Warner of Michaela Noelle Design at The Makery.
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Meet a Small Fry : Matilda

Today we have a special Meet a Small Fry for you! It is all about Matilda, the fourteen month old fighter and her champion mother, Kelly.

“Last summer my husband and I, along with our two and a half year old son Parker, moved across the country. We had so much to look forward to but were most excited for the arrival of our second child. A girl to be named Matilda. Like most parents we had some worries, but never in a million years could we have imagined the amount of pain, heartbreak, and happiness that her arrival would bring.

Matilda was born on September 21st, 2012. She was perfect and healthy. We took her home, we ate chocolate cake, and we laughed and danced in the living room. Everything was how it should be. Until she started sleeping more, eating less, and throwing up after nursing. We took her to the ER when she was eight days old, which led to an ambulance ride to the nearest children’s hospital and a subsequent transfer to NYC. I was told my now nine-day-old baby was in critical condition with acute liver failure.

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To this day, I have no idea what happened. I cannot comprehend how I went from holding the most beautiful healthy baby girl I had ever seen to watching her limp body wither away.

Matilda was placed on the top of the transplant waiting list – she weighed 6 pounds and would need a whole liver from a baby of similar size. This broke my heart. I was naive and had never considered that babies need small organs.

The idea of a liver transplant honestly terrified me. The statistics for surviving such a surgery at Matilda’s weight and age did not encourage a hopeful outlook. I couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to Matilda at the door of an operating room and worse, not being by her side if she were to pass. I looked to previous neonatal liver transplant recipients for encouragement and to my faith for solace.

The days leading up to Matilda’s transplant were overwhelming. I remember feeling butterflies every time I looked at her. She was slipping away; we could see that. Complications continued to stack up and talk of removing Matilda from the waiting list grew closer by the minute. They warned us that she might not remain a viable candidate for much longer.

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We refused to lose hope and were determined to enjoy life by celebrating the time we had together. I made Matilda an owl costume for Halloween. She looked adorable.

Then November 2nd, Matilda’s six-week birthday, her match was found. It came from a two week old. When the transplant team came to us with the news, we felt confident. Our last hours with Matilda prior to the transplant were peaceful and beautiful. We held her hand, we read her stories, sang her songs, and prayed for comfort and strength. The transplant went better than anyone could have imagined. The surgeon said it was remarkable that she was still alive. Only 1% of her original liver was still functional when they removed it from her tiny body.

Meet a Small Fry : Matilda

Every day, every moment that I hold Matilda close, kiss her cheeks, and make her laugh I am reminded that she is a gift. The moments that I have with her were conceived, nourished, and brought into this world by another family. A mother chose – in what I imagine to have been the saddest moment of her life – to bring light into my life through the gift of organ donation.

We were blessed, many are not. Please take a moment to consider registering yourself and your children to become organ donors and save lives in the wake of tragedy.”

Thanks so much for your moving words, Kelly! You can follow Kelly, Matilda and their family on their blog Cloudy Day Gray. If you are interested in registering to be an organ donor, click here for a registration map by state. 

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Here’s a taste at what their shop has to offer:Koo De Ker, SLC

[Nicole's white skirt, Jenna's embellished top and Emily's lamé lounge pants]

(Re)Squeeze

Every month we meet together as a team and brainstorm content for the upcoming weeks ahead. Last year we had “reusable applesauce pouch” on that list because our boys love the squeezable fruit pouches and can easily go through a box in one sitting. That little habit adds up fast!  So, we looked into the concept for a moment when we realized we didn’t have the know-how or resources to make it happen, and it fizzled out as many of our ideas have. Turns out, the founders of ReSqueeze were thinking the same thing, but didn’t give up so easily. Thank goodness for that! We’re so excited to announce this much needed product is here and totally affordable. At $7.99 for 2 you’ve made your investment back in less a few uses, and it’s much better for the environment!

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The coolest part is you have absolute control over what goes into said pouches. These, next to popsicles, are the one food that we can make healthier and our boys will still eat it. Just one healthier option we tried was putting just about 1/4th of the pouch with carrot or squash puree and the rest with apples. The boys didn’t even notice! One point for the moms. ReSqueeze has a whole page of recipes to try out as well!

REsqueeze resuable pouches

If you head to our Instagram page you can win your own set of ReSqueeze today!

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