our bedtime routines

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We talked about sharing our bedtime routines last month and finally found a good excuse! Munchkin is one of those brands that we see every time we walk the aisles of Target, but didn’t realize just how innovative they are until we checked out all their products all at once. It’s such an impressive collection. We were happy to be able to incorporate them into our own bedtime routines and share how it all goes down with you today!

First up, Nicole!

Bedtime at our house is like anyone else’s, bananas. One saving grace however is bath time. Bath time is never short of an hour. We’ve recently incorporated these Munchkin bath toys and it’s now pushing 2 hours. Hallelujah for momma!

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The kids have so much fun with these crayons because they wipe off super easy and dash is getting so good at writing his name! Perfect practice!

Sunny is a slippery little guy in the tub so I’ve really appreciated this Bath Mat, without it I’m sure we would have plenty of injuries.

We read, pray and sing, we talk about their highs and lows of the day. We talk about what they are grateful and what made them happy and what make them sad. This is the best way we have found to wind down.

Jenna:

Our bedtime routine is a good two hours long. Once I stopped fighting that process I realized that those hours are time well spent and some of my favorite of the day! I try to put my phone away and have it be the moment in the day I’m not multi-tasking 1200 things!

We start off with tub time. With two boys this can be super rambunctious, but they have a ton of fun! With Quinn now in Kindergarten he has the best time with the bath crayons. He’s been practicing math problems, and drawing his latest obsession: sea creatures! So of course, the Squirting Sea Buddies thrills him to no end.

M5After I dry them, I lotion them up and apply different essential oils to aid their immune systems and help them with sleep. At that point we usually crawl in to one bed and read stories. A couple simple stories for Jude and then we read a chapter out of the How To Train Your Dragon series which Quinn has been reading and loving! After that we say prayers. We used to take turns, but now both boys insist they pray. Since I’m on my own a lot this part is tricky, but I leave Quinn in his bed and take Jude to his. He’s a fighter so I spend some time singing and tickling his back before he finally drifts off! Honestly, I love that cuddle time with this high maintenance kiddo. By then Quinn has usually drifted off, but if not I’ll lay with him and snuggle and talk about our day. I love his insights about life, he teaches me so much!

Emily:

We are morning bath and shower-ers so our bedtime routine is pretty short and sweet. Even though Callum is three years old, he still wants me to rock him while he drinks a sippy cup of milk. Then it’s into the crib he goes. Although, he climbs out in the mornings and after his naps are done, so I am totally dragging my feet on switching him to a bed. Sometimes I can’t believe he’s three and still being rocked with a sippy, but I try and remember those ladies in the grocery store who love to say “It goes by so fast!” and just enjoy it.

M2Hayes is our lifelong negotiator. He’s been negotiating anything and everything since he could talk. Bedtime is no different. 5 more minutes? 1 more piece of toast? 2 more books? 1 more song? Tell me a story! He can elongate bedtime into somewhat of an Epic. He has now learned that acting scared about something will usually get him some extra time so there’s always a monster, or he heard a mouse, or something in his sheets. Usually sometime around midnight he wakes up wanting a drink. The Miracle 360 Cup has saved us because instead of stumbling around for a drink we fill his up, stick it right by his pillow and remind him to reach for it. Since it doesn’t spill it can tip over and everything stays dry. Also, no need to fumble around for a light because you can drink it from any angle all the way around the lid. Genius!

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What does your bed time routine look like? Anything unique or magical we should be incorporating? Tell us in the comments!

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FRYday : Jenna

Hi guys, Jenna here! I’m next in the line-up for Small Fry’s beauty routines!

Small Fry Beauty Routine

1. For skin care the last two month’s I’ve been using doTERRA’s new skin care line, Verage. I LOVE it. It’s plant based & full of essential oils & natural ingredients. Especially when I’m pregnant I like to be really careful about what I wash my face with & I feel really good about this choice. You can purchase it here or e-mail me if you have questions.

2. For face I’ve been using the Nars Tinted Moisturizer in the shade ‘Finland.’ I’m obsessed with this product. It’s really great coverage but feels super light on my skin & makes the tone so even & silky. I apply it with this Chanel foundation brush I’ve had for years.

3. I’ve praised this product before but for my under eye I use the Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener in Luminous 1. I love the pink & illuminating hue it gives my under eye. Suddenly I feel like a 16 year old when I use it! I apply this in a V under my eye and blend it in with my beauty blender. 

4. For any pesky blemishes or zits I conceal with the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. This stuff is MAGIC. I swear it keeps growing. I’ve had it a year & haven’t even put a dent in it. A tiny bit applied to this mini brush goes a looooong way. I also use it to clean up my brows after I’ve filled them in!

5. For contouring/bronzing/all around feel good vibes I use the Benefit Dallas Powder. It’s a blush, it’s a bronzer, it’s your best friend. I love that it has a rosy glow to it but it’s not too pink. It really works with any skin tone & will also last you forever.

6. For blush I recently started using Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in the color Tipsy. I love how peach this blush goes on & gives such a bright summer pop even in the dead of winter. Like any really good product, you need very little on a blush brush & it will last you a lifetime.

7. For brows I’m of course using the Anastasia Dip Brow in Medium Brown. This product is insane awesome. I’ve dragged my feet and been buying pharmacy pencils in a protest against everyone wearing this (no one cared so it wasn’t much of a protest) but anyway I’ve gone to the other side & I’m glad I have. The colors are just right. No reds in this bad boy…just that perfect hue that makes your brows look super natural. I apply this with an angle brush, the dip brow is probably my favorite purchase as of late!

8. Lastly I highlight my look with Nars Albatross. It’s been my life mission to convince every friend I have to wear this. I’ve been using it for a couple years now and I’ll never go back. As well as I am not even CLOSE to using the whole compact. It works on any skin tone and when brushed on the upper cheek bones, nose, forehead it completes your look & is seriously awesome.

9. I hesitate to even try & express how much I love this fragrance from Jo Malone. Blackberry & Bay is the most beautiful blend of scents, it’s like you’ve been running in a meadow for hours but managed not to sweat & mostly just smell amazing. Jo Malone prides themselves in using the industries lowest amount of chemicals in their products. It’s the PERFECT Christmas gift. Ask for this.

best inventions for kids

If you ever thought everything has already been invented, take a peek at Kickstarter or Go Fund Me. We see so many ingenious ideas and wanted to share some of the stand-outs we’ve spotted this year!Inventions for Kids 2014

Airfork One – We’ve seen a few version of this but Airfork One is the most thoughtful. No weird crevices or spots to have food get stuck, the fork prongs actually grab food, and it looks like a real airplane!

Forget Me Knot Mittens – Another successful Kickstarter! These mittens are for adults but have a spot for your child to keep their hand warm knitted right onto the mitten! Hold hands and stay warm without having to keep track of their mittens, too!

SleeperHero – If you have a child that struggles to fall and stay asleep, who gets scared or feels like your bed is the safest place for them, SleeperHero is for you! These moms are so smart and created a storybook that introduces them to their SleeperHero who is in charge of keeping their bedrooms safe. The nightlight is like an alarm clock which stays red until the time you choose and then turns green, signaling to your kiddo that they can come out of their room. If they stay in their bed there’s a chart included and a reward system, too! The book is so cute and a great reinforcer of the system. They’re offering free shipping, too! Just enter “smallfry” at checkout.

Budsies – This is such a cool concept and would be an amazing gift for far-away family this holiday. You simply take a picture of your child’s drawing or artwork and Budsies turns it into a stuffed toy. The Budsies we’ve seen are so quirky and cool and a great way to immortalize our kids’ artwork. If you want to get these sent by Christmas Budsies suggests ordering by November 6th! Run don’t walk!

360 Toothbrush - We love this one because teaching your kids in early toddlerhood how to brush their teeth is vital, but we all know that they’re not going to master this practice for a few years. And that’s okay! The 360 Toothbrush is as stated in the name a full circle of bristles so no matter how your kid holds the brush the bristles are going to reach a tooth or two.

Oh Snap Socks! – We shared these earlier this year on our Instagram but had to share them here, too! We all have dumped out a load of clean laundry and been dumbfounded that somehow no socks match. Oh Snap Socks have a tiny snap so you can keep them together in the wash as well as keep them matched in the drawer.

ezpz  – These place mats are BPA free silicone and suction right to your table. Even if your kiddo does spill (spoiler: they will) it goes right onto the mat and you can transport it right to the sink for easy rinsing.

Peter Bristol Training Drawers – We loved this organizing system that makes it that much easier to put away laundry but also for kids to get themselves dressed in the morning. Sometimes we see products like this suffer in style, but this is beautiful!

Copco Bag Cap – This company is well known and found in most big retail home stores but it still deserves some praise. How many times have your more self-sufficient kids grabbed a bag of something only to have it rip, spill, never get re-sealed and go stale? The  bag cap goes right onto the open bag sealing it and making it that much easier to seal.

Have you guys seen anything genius this year? Anything you wished you thought of?

superhero cuffs

By Nicole.

I think it’s been mentioned a time or two before on Small Fry, but my Dash truly believes he is a super hero. (Find a couple different ways I organize all his personas here and here.) It is evident always in his talk and play. I wanted to come up with a way for him to bring a little Superhero with him wherever he goes, especially now that costumes have been all we talk about lately with Halloween. If he needs to feel brave, or take care of a friend in need, even if he can’t wear the whole uniform, he can always look down and remember how super he is! Here’s how you can whip these up at your house:

Superhero Cuffs

All you need is empty toilet paper rolls or a paper towel roll cut into halves! Depending on the size of your heroes wrists you can cut a slit up the middle so it’s a true cuff style, or even tape it to be a smaller cylinder.

Superhero Cuffs

We’ve found the best way to cut precise shapes with duct tape is to cut a strip and lay it down on a Self-Healing Cutting Mat. Cut out your shape with an exacto knife and then remove it from the mat! No more sticky scissors!

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More of our love affair with our heroes at their Superhero Training Party and Spiderman and Ninja Turtles Party!

copper pumpkins 3 ways

Copper is such a hot color for home decor, we couldn’t help but use it in our Fall decor this year. We love that these three different techniques don’t scream “Halloween” and can be kept around through Thanksgiving. Here’s how you can copper-ify your own pumpkins at home!

Copper Pumpkins 3 Ways

1. You’ll need a can of copper spray paint. The Krylon Copper Foil Metallic Finish spray paint

is GORGEOUS, we might be spraying everything in sight with the rest of this can. Simply spray the pumpkin and let it dry!

2. Penny Scallops. Our boys are definitely seeing the magic of money as they get older. Counting, stacking, collecting, spending is all becoming more intriguing to them. So this one is a fun project to do with kids. All you need is a dab of glue and cover that pumpkin away!

3. The last technique is similar to the penny’s but with glitter paper!

Copper Pumpkins 3 Ways

All you need for this one is a Circle Punch, Copper Metallic glitter paper, and glue! Glue the middles of the circles, then layer them upward to the base of the stem. Having the circle sort of lifting off the pumpkin gives it that cool 3D effect and we love how this one turned out!

Copper Pumpkins 3 Ways

Today’s copper pumpkin post is part of our last (tear!) color challenge of the year with our friends below!Copper Color Challenge

Click right on the images to see how they interpreted our color challenge!

Find our past color challenges here: Orchid DIY Tea Set // Hot Pink Studded Sneakers // Sunny Yellow Giant Pantone Wall Art // A Gilded Gold Snow Globe //

 

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