Holiday Gift Guide for Mom

momholidaygiftMommy Mailbox // We love this monthly subscription box specifically designed for Mom! Always beautifully curated this box is the perfect gift that keeps on giving year after year!

Saranoni Blanket // There is nothing more special than a blanket to call your very own! Saranoni’s soft blankets make any Mom feel like they are sleeping in the lap of luxury.

Made by Mary With Love // We love these hand stamped necklaces — they are the perfect sentimental piece for Mom and can be worn with anything.

Zoe’s Organic Bath Soak // This epsom salt and essential oil bath salt is the ultimate in spoiling after a long day. It is the gift that keeps on giving and smells like heaven.

Fleurish // This awesome company sends the pieces of a floral arrangement and DIY instructions to put it together! Not only is it something beautiful to send to Mom but a fun stress reliever during nap time.

Chatbooks // Use code JOY20 for 20% off. ENDS TODAY! This is our favorite way of printing out our Instagram pictures and is such a fun gift for Mom or Grandma!

Honest Co Leather Backpack // This is on many of our Christmas Wish Lists this holiday season and is now on sale!! Comes in a beautiful tan or black color and is perfect for having both hands free to wrangle your kiddos.

Le Creuset // This gift is pricey but we promise tears of joy, especially with this beautiful white color! EVERY cook needs this staple in their kitchen and it will last a life time.

 

 

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black fryday

Black Friday deals are here and these are the ones we’ll be taking advantage of:

Small shops we love at amazing deals like June & January — check out her Black Friday guide that summarizes the best deals around for the small shops you love.

50% off EVERYthing at Gap and up to 60% at its sister store Old Navy.

40% off select and 30% of EVERYthing else at Jcrew (leather jackets, coats, things that never go on sale.)

30% everything at Asos.

Killer deals at Nordstrom on favorites like Zella ($14 for pants!!) Ray-Bans for $100, about 100 beautiful Holiday dresses for your girl, this amazing leather backpack for $100+

25% off your entire Madewell purchase.

20% off your whole purchase at H&M

Black Fryday deals to help get you ready for Christmas like our fave West Elm 40% off a free shipping! 25% Anthro’s line, too! Or spend $75 at Target today (their Sugar Paper line is everything) and you get a 20% coupon for another Target run this season.

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Sweet letter ornaments 25% off // Felt Mistletoe ($8!) // Modern Tree Skirt ($10) // 3D Advent ($13) // Santa Plates you can dress up (20% off everything with “SMALLFRY20” // Polaroid Phone Printer to see memories come to life ($60 off!) // Pack and wrap tape to make your gifts pop 25% off!) // Holiday songbooks to sing and play // Black and gold details at Target // A nutcracker is the perfect “yes you can touch that” holiday decor piece.

Philips Sonicare for Kids

Philips Sonicare for kids challenged us to test our their awesome power toothbrush to help bring some peace to our morning rush and who better to test it out on then our resident wild man, Sunny? He has boundless energy as you can see throughout but giving him that independence of getting ready makes all the difference! We filmed his very first time using the power toothbrush and laughed so hard. He was so surprised to see it working for him and he intuitively changed his brushing style to let it do the work for him mid-brush. We loved seeing his mind in action!

With that cute little song timing their brush session it adds that extra element of independence so we can get breakfast or other siblings ready while they do their thing! Check it out:

Film by Jenner Brown for Philips Sonicare for Kids!

Baby Led Weaning Ideas

By Jenna.

Have you heard of Baby Led Weaning? It’s sort of a silly name only because it implies that you are weaning your baby — which in this case I definitely am not. Nursing is still Lolly’s #1 source of nutrition, but I’ve loved the experience so much of skipping baby food puree and going straight to food!Baby Led Weaning

The concept behind this all makes total sense to me as you simply give the baby manageable size and texture of food in it’s real form so that it develops their fine motor skills as well as gives them a true sense of food. There have been some studies showing that this form of feeding makes for better eaters as they’re not introduced to food as mush or puree, but in the way it truly comes. Of course we all do what’s best for our families, but I thought I’d share this idea here as well as some ideas I have for first foods!Baby Led Weaning

We nursed exclusively till 7 1/2 months before we began this process so our foods have been able to be a bit more advanced. Lolly loves lunch meat (I prefer to do hormone-free Turkey), Super Grain Toast, diced Cherry Tomatoes and organic BlackberriesBaby Led WeaningAvocado spread on toast (she LOVES toast), red bean pasta and hard boiled eggs. There is some debate on allergies with eggs but I’ve done my own personal research and feel fine giving it to her. The yolk is actually the best part and most fatty but it’s SUCH a mess I hate it.Baby Led WeaningNow that she’s a bit older she can grab on to a whole banana and loves that plus it keeps her occupied for a bit! organic raspberries, chopped up Larabars and Annie’s Organic Cheddar Squares. 

Here are some tips:

This way of eating is MESSY. Strip down the baby — I’ve ruined a lot of jammies in the morning not doing this. Get a leather play mat. I love putting this on the floor and the high chair over so clean up is SO much easier! Also, occasionally still feed baby purees or food pouches. Those are still so convenient when I’m in a hurry, we’re in the car, Disneyland or the airport anywhere I don’t need her making a total mess of herself! Start small and slow. Gagging is normal and sounds and feels scary at first — educate yourself on the difference between their natural gag reflex and choking. ALWAYS be in the room and watching them closely!

You can read more information and safety guidelines on this site.

gift guide: holiday PJs

Next up in our guide to holiday gifts is pajamas! It’s a tradtion we all grew up with and passed onto our families, and we just can’t help it, honestly. Is there anything sweeter than seeing your kids sleepy-eyed padding down the hall in their matching festive sleepwear? Nope.

Here’s what we’re eyeing this year:

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We discovered Garnet Hill this year and are dying over their classic pajama styles. This stripe flannel is so perfect!

All our kids have different levels of being clothed at night. Some are just in undies, some like to be extra toasty. If your kid is the latter, these micro fleece PJs will be just right.

A little less warmth than the fleece but still lots of coverage – these two piece cotton sets (polar bears!) or zip front sleepers are so cute. And we love the green stripe.

Gap’s pretty hand painted patterns and bold graphics  are calling our name, too.

Kickee Pants  comes in so many awesome colors you can fit any color scheme you need. If your kids haven’t tried these out, this is the year. Try festive red or a more Wintry color for  post-Holiday longevity.

Our kids love their slippers and we couldn’t help but fawn over these A Andreassen pairs. Made with felt and leather these are so well made and we love the woven effect.

We’ll be back next week with more gift guides! But find all of our past guides right here.

 

houseguest cart DIY

Holidays are upon us and that means guests! We absolutely love having family underfoot, but anyone who’s been a houseguest knows that it can feel uncomfortable trying to stumble around and find the things we need even when the host insists it’s not a bother. So, we wanted to come up with a way to make our guests feel even more at home, having the things they might need right on hand so they don’t even need to ask!

All you need is a container and a few supplies and you can have your own guest room cart  for your next visitors! Houseguest CartSo what goes inside? First, a robe. Why? Because even with the fluffiest white towels, you still have to do that tip-toe sleuth run from the bathroom to your room. Even the biggest towel feels a little revealing when you’re not in your own house, so a robe is extra coverage, warmth, and feels so luxe! Pair it with candles and matches and it’s basically a spa you’ve got going.

Second, bathroom supplies like our favorite Cottonelle Mega Rolls, soap, hair products, a brush, toothpaste and a toothbrush. Who wants to ask someone for more TP? Nobody.

Houseguest CartThen, we always joke that hotel nights are stressful because it feels like your food options are super limited and not without challenges. So, stock up on easy snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, bottled drinks and more. Better yet ask your guests what they love and fill it with their favorite things, they’ll never forget it!Houseguest CartOnly downside is that they may never leave. We love you fam, but you can’t stay forever!Houseguest Cart

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring this post! Thanks to them we’re always #OnAMegaRoll. 😉

egg-free cupcakes!

So happy to have Amy of Yummy Toddler Food back today with an egg-free cupcake recipe! Amy’s recipes are always a hit and we’re so happy for her and her new cookbook release! 35 of her best recipes of the year into a giftable cookbook that’s perfect to share with other mamas of little ones. Check it out right here and enter “HAPPY” for $5 off! Welcome back, Amy!

“A few of our little friends can’t eat eggs, so whenever we’re having a gathering with friends, I try to include a dessert that everyone can eat. These Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting happen to be free from eggs, gluten, and nuts, but they taste just like you’d hope a cupcake would—moist, decadent, and with a delicate crumb.Egg Free Cupcakes My daughter helped me to bake this batch over a recent cloudy weekend and since there aren’t any raw eggs in the batter, it was even okay with me when she wanted to lick the spoon clean! I started with the recipe for my Brownie Cupcakes and made a few tweaks. Here’s the scoop on the few less traditional ingredients:

Egg Free CupcakesChia seeds: These seeds, which plump up into an almost gel when wet, help the batter bind together. They also add some good fats, which is a nice nutritional bonus. (You can’t see them in the final cupcakes since the color blends right in with the cocoa powder.)

Buckwheat: We love to bake with this gluten-free flour, which is not made of wheat despite its name. It has a nutty flavor, is high in nutrients, and is really versatile.

Yogurt: Using yogurt in baked goods adds a nice richness (along with protein and calcium) and helps to cut down on the amount of butter needed.

Each bite of these cupcakes delivers just-sweet-enough flavor and hits of chocolate, and the Cream Cheese Frosting is a perfect pair. We highly recommend enjoying these with a tall glass (or sippy cup) of milk!Egg Free Cupcakes

Super Yummy Egg-Free Chocolate Cupcakes
You can use whole-wheat flour instead of the buckwheat if you prefer.
Makes 12

3/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

1/2 cup plain yogurt (preferably not nonfat)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

1. Stir the milk and the chia seeds together and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
2. Add the butter, yogurt, and vanilla to the milk mixture and stir to combine well.
3. Add the sugar, buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips to a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Use a spatula to fold in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon evenly into the prepared paper liners, filling each about 3/4 full and smoothing the tops. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out cleanly. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Stir together 8 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2-3 tablespoons honey with a wooden spoon. Spread onto cupcakes.

Make-Ahead: You can bake and frost these cupcakes up to a full day ahead of time but I suggest that you skip the paper liners and simply grease the muffin tin instead. The paper liners have a tendency to get totally stuck to the cupcakes during overnight storage—but otherwise, they taste nearly identical when stored in the fridge in an airtight container!

shutterfly christmas cards!

Is Christmas really almost here?! I can’t help but compound both Lolly’s first Christmas and first birthday soon thereafter. My emotions are so close to the surface on this one! Spending so many months aching, wishing for, and then anticipating her arrival, each milestone while she’s here breaks my heart a little more! How is time going so fast when it felt so slow before she came? IMG_4382-6Since my family and I will be visiting my family in Turkey this holiday, I wanted to share our Christmas card early. Earlier than I’ve even mailed them, so you sweet readers get an extra special sneak peek! We made these with Shutterfly for those of you still on the hunt for your perfect card!Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 12.59.12 PMI’m not sure if it’s having the new baby we all waited for, or that she’s the only girl for her two brothers, but the last eleven months she has been absolutely cherished. Every waking moment someone is loving on her, admiring her, cooing at her, kissing her cheeks. Her every achievement has been cheered on by these loving faces. We feel so lucky to have her!  IMG_4392-7 Since we’ll be spending lots of Holiday time away from home we are really trying to make each element of the holidays family-oriented. Making memories here in California, too! Usually I stay up late into the night prepping cards, but this year we brought out the hot chocolate and warm cookies and we all stuffed envelopes and signed cards together! We picked this Bright Bokeh card and it goes so beautifully with the Sunset family photo we wanted to send out!IMG_4396-8 Not exactly sure if it took more time or less with these extra helping hands, but they loved it!IMG_4429-11 We’ve used Shutterfly in years past and I am always so pleased with the quality and attention to detail. With so many beautiful options to choose from and customize, everything feels so unique and special! I especially loved that you can search for specific design details you are looking for like cursive script (see all their script options here!) or by color. This is sure to be an amazing Christmas, even more so with this little Lady’s eyes to see it all for the first time!IMG_4504-17

Photo Credit // Michelle Dixon!

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Brickyard Buffalo Guest Editor Week

Happy Monday, everyone! It has been awhile since we’ve done this, and we’re so happy to be back on Brickyard Buffalo as Guest Editors! We’ve selected awesome items from some of our favorite shops and vendors to be sold at a special deal to Y-O-U! Here’s a peek at what you can find, and follow along on Instagram and our other social sites to see how we’re styling and wearing them, too!
Small_Fry_IG_square-2First of all, Kickee Pants! You have all asked how to get a sweet deal on our all-time favorite pajamas and we’ve got it for you at BB! A ton of colors to choose at starting at $24!kickeeSecond, a Public strider! We know lots of you have bikes and balance bikes on your shopping list this Chstimas and Public is offering their strider for only $90 – $40 off retail!! If you haven’t dipped into the Strider pool let us assure you, it truly does help your kiddo transitioon more smoothly to a two-wheeler. Their form is correct from the start and our little Hayes got it in his first try at 4 years old, we think largely due to to this awesome bike!publicbikes

And more cozy options for your kiddos like these Brickyard exclusive colorful camo harem pants (in three colors!) or these sweet Sleep gowns from Shop Plain Jane.kids

Handmade goods to help you celebrate, like these darling animal candle holders from Gnome Sweet Gnome, Stockings with amazing fabrics and details from Tinsel Holiday, and sweet felt banners from The Bees Knees Shoppe – all at a deal of course!

partybrickyardWe wouldn’t forget you, we love each of these sweet little picks to spoil ourselves with:

This plaid dress fits awesome and is only $21.99! Also for you Jcrew fans, this quilted buffalo plaid vest is only $32 (50% off!) but a pretty spot-on substitute for Jcrew’s sold-out $118 version! Find them here!

dressesAlso our long time favorite, Anna Bee Jewelry is offering these sweet birthstone bracelets (they look amazing stacked, combined with other bracelets, or so elegant as a standalone everyday piece, too!) $8.00 of retail! // We know how daunting it can be to try a new beauty care line, so we wanted to offer up our favorite product as a tester for you! This Everything Balm is such a must have for your bag or make-up drawer. Dry skin, cuts, acne, rashes, whatever you can think of, this balm will help! brickyardfor youFor your littlest babes: A bonnet trio from Petite Soul Shop // $2 off Splendid Cotton Bows // Safe necklaces you can wear, and they can munch on! Wrap up as a bracelet, too! From  the Jones Market. // And save $11 on a sweet matching onesie trio from Petite Soul Shop.babyHappy shopping! Follow along @smallfryblog.com to see how we’re rocking it all. Thanks for having us Brickyard Buffalo, we love you!

 

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Christmas For Syria

By Jenna:

I am so excited about a project I am working on for 3 Christian Syrian Refugee families living in Turkey and so grateful to Nicole & Emily for allowing me to use Small Fry as a way to share this cause! In the wake of this weekend’s tragedies I am grateful to have this project to focus on as it fills my heart with so much gratitude and love knowing there is still so much good in this world.

Starting tomorrow, Monday November 16 at 7 AM PST an online auction found on Instagram @christmasforsyria will be held for 48 hours! 100% of proceeds will go to provide a Christmas that will be hand delivered by our family to Istanbul this Christmas. If you’ve been looking for a way to give back this Holiday Season this is a great way! You can get some good loot for yourself and the people you love, all while giving back!BeFunky Collage

These are just some of the small shops and brands involved in the auction. Everything has been beautifully curated in true Small Fry style so every last piece is something I love and recommend! Seeing it all laid out like this makes my heart burst in joy and gratitude. Small Fry has been such a blessing and getting to know all these shop owners and their generous hearts has been such a joy of mine.Syria

So go ahead to Instagram and follow @christmasforsyria so you can be notified when it’s up tomorrow morning! Attached below is the graphic that The Little Paper Co designed for us and we been using to promote the auction! You are free to use it and I would be so forever grateful if you would share with your friends and family and tag @christmasforsyria as well as @thelittlepaper co as a way to thank her for her time.christmas for syria

I keep dreaming that if this image could be shared as much as others have been over thew eekend– how much tangible good our community could do! These people NEED our prayers but they are also desperate for basic needs. If you would like to donate directly you may do so at christmasforsyria@gmail.com. Again, 100% of proceeds will go directly to these refugees.

Grateful each day for all of you readers and the wonderful good you do in the world.

Love,

Jenna

Thank you to our vendors so far:

Shop Plain Jane // Zozu Baby // Ellie Baby Shop // Lluvio Boutique // Panacea Design Co // Flor De Luz Shop // Washed // Poppy Lane and Co // Alexa Lurcher // I Chart You // Fly Tots // Oat Mama // The Splendid Bow // Chasing Windmills Kids // Loom Goods // Solly Baby // Osenga Leather Works // Izzy and Ferd // The Bees Knees Shop // Made By Layla // A Little Lady Shop // Madeline Nutrition // Swell Forever // Gathre // June & January // Orbit Baby // Ergo Baby // Modern Thread // Oilo Studio // Bme NYC // Gnome Sweet Gnome // Bannor Toys // Happiness Lives Here // Petunia Picklebottom // Snuggly Ugly // Truly Custom // Munchkin Inc // Hello Hadley // Puj Baby // Looptys Loop // Lilly Jade // Mark it with a Q // Postable // Tubby Todd // Goat Milk NYC // Odette Williams // Madly Wish // Lucy Darling

 

 

 

 

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