Kids Activity Learning Books

We had some interesting stats send to us that had us thinking more reading with our kids before age six (we’ll include the stats below!) This has made our kids new found love of workbooks even better! They love feeling like they are getting smarter and being creative, while we sit back with pleased smiles on our faces. All of these books encourage creativity while perfecting skills they need. AND, each are affordable. Perfect additions for Spring and Summer breaks for road trips or just down-time!Kids-Learning-Books

1. The Wipe Clean series are the kids very favorite right now. They come with a dry erase marker, and when you finish each page you can wipe it clean and start over again. It has been such a great addition to Dash’s learning how to perfect his letters and Sunny beginning to learn his numbers. 2. Things That Go 3. Letters Wipe Clean 4. Paint By Sticker 5. Paint By Sticker Kids – These came in our Alt Summit swag bags and Hayes works on a page almost every night. Its so calming to do as an adult so of course it’s a great option and way to work on those fine motor skills while decompressing from the day. 6. Doodle Book for Boys encourages them using their imagination to complete pictures. 7.The Girls Doodle Books. 8. My Book of Numbers 9. My First Book of Cutting

Back to those stats! 95% of our behavioral patterns established by age 6, wow! And o top of that changing those set behaviors in adulthood occur with 9 to 1 odds. This one stat especially had us thinking about how to lessen the weight of negative conditioning, whether it be from us or at school, or friends. It made us think even more about how we can add those important lessons into their everyday reading and conversation. Thanks to the authors at Inspirational Nursery Rhymes for giving us the heads up about these! Such great topics to instill those important traits, before that important age of 6! If you need a few more ideas to add to your bookshelves here are their offerings:

 

 

 

 

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Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway!

You guys! We are so stoked to be announcing a SUPER exciting and limited release happening over at one of our favorite bag brands, Petunia Pickle Bottom.petunia1The Downtown Tote with fabric from Malhia Kent, a high-end design house in Paris known for its exquisite fabric work and design for Coco Chanel, among many others! These high end releases will be coming from Petunia 2-3 times in a year and we can’t wait to see what’s next!

petunia2We LOVE how Petunia is constantly evolving, changing and moving with the modern Mom. Not only have they created the Downtown Tote that can transition from day to night, diapers to lipstick, this limited high fashion release is something for every girlfriend to swoon over!petunia3So here’s the deal guys – THEY ONLY MADE TEN PIECES. Yes you heard us – ten bags. That’s it. They sold out in one day. WAH!petunia4Never fear.

You know us girls at Small Fry always have your back and want to give you the chance to win one of your very own!! Ack! Enter below and GOOD LUCK!

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babyganics dryer balls

Such a great new product coming from our friends at Babyganics we had to share! They recently launched their own wool dryer balls – have you all ever tried them? Here’s the scoop:Babyganics Dryer BallsThese are Babyganics’ 100% natural wool dryer balls. They are designed in partnership with Made to Matter and sold exclusively at Target which you all know how much we love and adore. Essentially these dryer balls eliminate the need for conventional fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Babyganics Dryer BallsThey are fragrance and chemical-free and non-allergenic. And from what we’ve read about traditional dryer sheets the chemicals used can cause some serious damage to sensitive nervous systems, especially tiny babies! Babyganics Dryer BallsMade to Matter issued a challenge to their partnering brands to create a product that solves one or more of the following 5 challenges:

1. Closed loop
2. Clean Label
3. Reduced Packaging
4. Down with Sugar
5. Dietary & Allergy Restrictions

These dryer balls actually fixed three out of the five (closed loop, clean label, and reduced packaging! And probably would’ve done all 5 if the last two weren’t for food! Super cool.Babyganics Dryer BallsBut also, these dryer balls reduce drying time up to 25% and last for up to 1000 loads of laundry! So cool, right? When used with their ultra safe line of detergents and stain removers you’ve got yourself a baby-safe, earth-friendly alternative to your regular laundry routine!Babyganics Dryer Balls Babyganics is so committed to safe products for families and we love them for it! The wool comes from a collection of sustainable farms in the East Coast, the sheep are all individually named, treated humanely, never offered hormones or additives, and then sheared by expert-shearers. The wool is then cleaned with Babyganics plant-based detergent, and balled by local artisans by hand!  its 100% biodegradable and compostable so reduces waste as well as improves the local economy.

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SLC Bieber Concert Tickets

Such a fun giveaway for you Utah locals today! Our friends at Arvo Watches have been giving away a handful of tickets to the sold-out Justin Bieber concert happening tomorrow and we are giving two away today on Small Fry!

Jenna saw him in LA and Nicole will be seeing him in Salt Lake, and even Emily can’t help but enjoy that “Sorry” diddy. So we are stoked to be able to give someone an opportunity to enjoy him live right here in Salt Lake City!bieber

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#jennakiddolunch

It’s lunch time! For the last year or so with Quinn being in 1st grade Jenna has packed the best whole lunches and we wanted to corral them all here for you guys today! (If anything to give Nicole and Emily inspiration as we send our oldests to all day school next year, heartbreak!) Here are 15+ lunch ideas from her personal collection #jennakiddolunch on Instagram!wholelunch

Tip #1 Pack small portions from every type of food on the pyramid. They don’t have to be sauced or seasoned or even that exciting, just having options is so wonderful! They don’t need a ton to eat, either so overwhelming portions usually go uneaten anyway. Kids need healthy fats to function at school so don’t shy away from full fat yogurt, cheeses, or eggs.

#2 Get a collection going of silly cookie cutter shapes. We don’t know why, but kids always eat more when it’s shaped. This Wilton Set is a great deal and has 50 to start. Adding fun napkins or silly straws always helps, too!

#3 Find a great lunch packing system that works for you.  We love the Bento-way because it’s compact, keeps things fresh, and separated which all kids tend to favor. We love this new one from Bentgo because it is absolutely air-tight so nothing, sauces especially, will slip out or even into a different compartment. They’re offering readers 10% off with “SMALLFRY10” from now until 4/7/16.#jennakiddolunch

Okay let’s get started with some ideas!

First here’s a packed Bentgo so you can see what we mean!

Mini apple, Veggie straws, Hard-boiled free range egg (kiddos love to peel these!), if your kids waste the bread on a sandwich try taking it off! Our kids love these Applegate turkey and organic String Cheese roll-ups. Slide a pickle slice in there for a kick! Baby Carrots with Paleo ranch for dipping (the roll-up is great dipped, too!) And a little bundle of berries! #jennakiddolunch

  • Smoked Applegate ham, celery, cherry tomatoes, honey and peanut butter sandwich on organic 10 Grain bread and organic blueberries!
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  • Blackberries, strawberries, Free Range hard boiled egg, sea salt cucumbers, Applegate Turkey Breast, banana, Baybel Cheese, honey graham crackers.

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Kiwi Berries // Strawberries // Kettle Corn (Boom Chika Pop!) // rotisserie chicken // cucumbers, carrots and paleo ranch.#jennakiddolunch

Applegate Smoked Turkey, Provolone Cheese on Supergrain Bread. MCClures Dill Pickle, veggie sticks, strawberries, banana and a lilttle ginger cookie during Christmastime.

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Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil (Trader Joe’s), blackberries, pomegranate, PB and Honey sandwich on 10 Grain Bread and pepperoni.

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Stawberries, snap peas, carrots, Applegate honey ham, Red Lentil Pasta with Butter and Salt.#jennakiddolunchOrganic Berries, mixed nuts (check for no allergies in your class before sending), Salted cucumbers, hard boiled egg, Applegate Ham and Pita Crackers.#jennakiddolunchRaspberries, Babybel Cheese, snap peas, egg and ham sandwich on whole wheat.And a few more for your viewing pleasure!#jennakiddolunch

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BEACHMATE!

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 9.36.21 AMWe are all about finding products that make our lives as busy moms on the go – easier! So when we came across BEACHMATE we about had a heart attack. As women who have schlepped a million belongings and our children across sandy beaches in the summer time, we breathed a huge sigh of relief when we found BeachMate.BeachmateBeachmateBEACHMATE is a super cool system that comes with all your beach necessities in one.BeachmateThere are industrial shovels your kids will love and never break, a cooler, buckets to compartmentalize your food and use to keep your food out of the sand but also serve a multi-functional purpose as buckets for stellar sand castle building! AND there are even velcro straps to hep hold your rolled up towels to your new best friend. This thing is seriously legit.

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The cooler is so awesome and fits perfectly inside the BEACHMATE. NO more lugging around enormous coolers.IMG_6022 IMG_6028

Check out everything the system comes with:Beachmate What’s so cool to is the BEACHMATE will attach to your beach chairs making hauling the world across the beach a BREEZE. Another incredible feature of this innovative system is that you can have it monogrammed! We all know how beach stuff gets mixed up and lost in the shuffle – not anymore! BEACHMATE JUST launched their website March 15th so get the goods and get on with your summer!!

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Park Savers [giveaway!]

We have got a HUGE giveaway with our friends at Park Savers today! HUGE. Biggest EVER. Up to $2000 buck-a-roos. Ready to hear about it? And a couple pictures from Em’s last trip to the park for your viewing pleasure. Disneyland $2000 pacakage giveawayYou all know we use Park Savers for all our Disney needs. Jenna celebrated Jude’s last birthday at the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel, each time Nicole and Emily visit we use their voucher system to get into the park at a discount. We love them, they make it so easy and any way to cut costs for such an expensive adventure we’re always on board!Disneyland $2000 pacakage giveaway

 So what can YOU win? How about (FOUR) 2-Day tickets to either Walt Disney World in Orlando Floria or Anaheim California AND a THREE night stay at the Disney Resort Hotel of your choice. Amazing, right? SO perfect for the upcoming Summer Vacation that will save you thousands. You have one week to enter below!

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FRYday

Happy Easter weekend, everyone! We’ve got egg hunts, and dyeing, and church on the agenda and hope you all have a wonderful Holiday with your families! Here’s what we’ve been thinking about this week.

Emily:FRYdayWearing: Maybe my most random Fryday find, but these underwear filled a MAJOR need at this house. My boys basically refuse to wear underwear, they complain it’s too tight, too loose, too itchy, and they in general just prefer nudity.  I found these seamless briefs and they LOVE them! They’re soft, stretchy, no tags or seams and I feel like such a better parent sending them to school without little plumber’s cracks! If they are electing to put undies on without being asked, you know it’s big. // For me, loving this new scent Bamboo by Gucci, it’s perfect for Summer! Smells incredible.

Using: I think like most people who have tried to switch to an all-natural deodorant, I’ve tried a lot that just don’t work, or even almost seem to work worse than wearing nothing at all. So two very trusted sources (The Beyouty Bureau and my all-natural, wiser sister Charity) both mentioned this brand within a week of each other and I Primed this baby so fast! It’s not cheap, but it works, and take it from me, save your money trying to find an alternative. Unless you like smelling like a bowl of soup with just a hint of lavender.

Reading: We had a long drive to California last week for our trip to Disneyland and Russ and I listened to David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. Mind blown! It’s all about our perception of strength, weakness, advantage and disadvantage. We both loved it, my way of thinking about so many things was altered and shifted and it’s just such an incredible presentation of information. It’s my first encounter with Malcolm Gladwell so maybe all his books are this way, but if so I’m a huge fan. Check it out for yourself!

Listening: I love a good pun and Chet Faker is really doing it for me. Also love a good cover (see this playlist for proof) and “No Diggity” makes me so happy.

Decorating: Target always slays, but three in particular had me palpitating. Target bill is for sure high this month. This outdoor Carag rope set (on sale!), this wood planter stand (Modernica vibes!), and a set of these happy lumbar pillows in my favorite accent color scheme: obnoxious pinks and oranges. 😉 All three are on sale, they’ve got a great little deal going now 15% off $100 for furniture!

Feeling: I thought I was in the clear pregnancy-sicnkess-wise and then I’ve had a few days in a row of nausea and throwing up and it’s seriously putting me into a depression! Happy 26 weeks, sarcastically. On a better note we are starting to get our projects in order to get the nursery ready! So exciting! Nesting is such a helpful undeniable feeling.

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Reading: Another set of coffee table beauts, of course. Slim Aarons is the photographer of my dreams. Here and here.

Wearing: Everyone that sees this blouse asks how to find it. Well, its as easy as Zara! // Super excited for summer for so many reasons. One being my second new love next to skiing, Tennis! My family has a court and I figure this is the year to start using it. My boys want to learn so I’m diving head first in with them. Tennis outfit of my dreams: Top // Skirt
Decorating: A new rug seems to update an entire room! This one goes in my room! And this one is perfect for our gathering area.

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Wearing: First of all, these sunglasses! They are perfect, so sturdy, for sure the more luxe feeling sunglasses I own. Second, Andrew is a Nike addict and has been spoiling me with some goods lately! I finally have acquired some good white shoes, these! They are SO pretty. I’ve committed to just wearing them for indoor workouts (for now) because I want to keep them pristine. Any thoughts on how to wear white athletic shoes outside and not destroy them? Nikes

I’ve been purging my closet like an insane person and trying to be super conscious of buying really quality pieces that be a part of my wardrobe forever. I’m not ready to launch in to a capsule wardrobe yet but I’m headed that way! I’ve been acquiring really great pieces from Madwell. It’s one of my favorite placed to shop because the clothing is SUCH great quality and classic. This dress is so incredible and I”ve had so many compliments on it:Rammell Family
 This shirt has become a new staple for me and I’m obsessed with it!. Also the Madewell Courier Shirt is absoloutely one of my favorites and I have it now in four colors. It’s SO classic and the fit is perfect. It’s an absolute must have for your Spring/Summer wardrobe.
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Listening:
Guys I’ve basically stopped reading and watching TV all together. I now ONLY listen to Periscope, Podcasts and Music! It’s insane. I”ve been loving filling my mind with really powerful knowledge as I move through my day. People have SO MANY great things to say it’s unbelievable! Also – listening to Justin Bieber on repeat today as I”m still on a high from his concert last night!
Decorating: Omg you guys my Minted print I got it’s sooooo good. It seriously changes the WHOLE feeling of our home and I. am . obsessed!!!! I feel SO calm when I sit down and look at it. It’s enormous. Here is a tip though, I thought I was going to save money by not having Minted frame it but it’s actually WAY cheaper to do it that way then at Michaels. Omg get me in to the custom framing business because it is EXPENSIVE. Also I’ve been obsessively buying salt lamps. I’m officially hitting witch craft status.
Feeling:
Better! I’ve been sick this week and omg a Mom cold is the.very.worst right?? Apple Cider Vinegar SAVED me. I take it daily but upping it to 4 x a day I swear help me break through faster!
Eating:
So many Acai bowls. I’ve started making them at home and it’s helped me with my food budget and time as well! xo

Fasten Swim

Summer is on it’s way and to you mama’s of babies in diapers we have THE BEST invention for you. Meet your new best friend, Fasten Swim. These UV 50 + protected swim suits are going to make your life EVEN better this Summer. Check out the video below to see what we mean!

Amazing right?! Seriously we are dead over the convenience of these suits. Even if you have older girls, this innovative design makes it SO much easier for everyone!

IMG_5941The magnetic seam is super easy and you can’t even tell that it’s a seam, it just looks like part of the suit! IMG_5945We took Lolly and her cousin Micky for a test spin of the darling suits, by the looks of it they approve! They have these suits all the way up for your big girls and they come with a snap on the sides for that extra security!IMG_5948 (1)We especially love that they offer UV protection and we don’t have to worry as much about their baby sensitive skin. It makes our beach days even more fun and simple.IMG_5950 (1)Want to give one a whirl? You can shop Fasten Swim here!

marbled easter eggs

By Nicole.

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We love all things marbled around here so I knew I wanted to give it a shot to make our Easter eggs extra special this year! It is pretty simple really, but packs a big fancy schmancy punch!

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Here’s how you’ll do it:

First you swap out your egg dyeing kit for watercolors! Yep! Use a standard kit and get to town playing with different saturations (water + paint ratios) to get the desired look.

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Easy right? But so pretty for your hunt, or out on table for your brunch or dinner.

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More marbled goods we love from around the web!Marbled Goods around the Web

Party Napkins // Giant sheets for wrapping or framing // Marbled balloons // Plates & Cups (Oh Happy Day’s Party Shop alone will cover you!) // Target Ring Holder // Macbook Case // Earrings

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