Camana Bays Caymanian Santa Clause

Last month, the boys and I and my most beautiful momma were treated to a trip to Grand Cayman, hosted by Camana Bay. Small Fry Traveling has been a hot topic with our readers, and we love to be able to share our experiences traveling with our littles. We know its not easy for parents to do, but we LOVE when we see you all out there finding the beauty in family travel. The work always pays off.

Waiting for us in Grand Cayman was Santa! Sitting on his very own Island at Camana Bay.

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Neither I nor the kids knew this surprise was awaiting, and we were all ecstatic! There he was in all of his jolly and tropical glory. Along with our friends who traveled with us, we had a private meet and greet with the main man himself. WHAT A TREAT!

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We spent our entire trip at two spots on the Island. Camana Bay and Seafire Resort. We learned at Grand Cayman is the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. And that slogan didnt disappoint. We ate most of our meals at Camana Bay because the restaurants there were DIVINE. Each and every one.

Thank you so much Camana Bay for showing us the time of our lives!

More to come from our trip to the Cayman Islands.

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We Brave Women

We’ve got our loveliest friend Ashmae here sharing a little bit about her project, we Brave Women! Welcome, Ashmae!! If you’re looking for a meaningful gift this holiday, this is it!Utah wedding and portrait photography

The We Brave Women project is a set of flashcards featuring painted portraits of women from around the world with their bio and a quote from them on the back of each card. The project reaches far beyond just the cards however, the project actually exists in the magic that happens as we get to know the women on these cards.  We come to know and love how and why we are brave ourselves.  Look at #webravewomen on instagram to see hundreds of women telling why they are brave.
I began painting and researching two years ago, soon after I had my daughter, Thea.  I realized that I wanted her to be familiar and surrounded by stories of brave women.  Growing up I had never seen a female scientist, mathematician, or astronaut and so I assumed that women just didn’t do a lot of things.  My hope is that through this project, both girls and boys will come to love and respect these women, their ideas, contributions and bravery, and in turn, better love their own story.  As I’ve researched these women, I’ve come to think of them as friends and supporters, when they were once just names I vaguely knew.
 I turned the project into a set of cards because I wanted kids to have something tangible to hold, look at and play with and take ownership of as they learn about the women.  I actually had the idea one day when I saw all the kids in my neighborhood laying out and talking about their pokemon cards.  Through a kickstarter campaign I was able to produce the cards and am dedicated to bringing the cards into classrooms and programs, particularly in low-income areas. screen-shot-2016-07-21-at-9-33-25-am
I have been truly touched and so excited to see the ways the cards have been used as they’ve gone out into the world. One mom took several weeks and went through a card a day with her daughter.  They did activities, lessons, service projects and field trips that reflected the woman on the card for that day.  One dad sent me a video of his son and daughter telling the stories of each woman to him.  One little girl started writing her own book about the women she learned about.  They’ve been used in girl scout troops, young women’s groups, sunday school lessons, classrooms, large family gatherings, pasted all over bedroom walls and hopefully, rooting their stories and inspirations in both boys and girls.
In all my work, it feels vital to create products that foster creativity and inspiration for both adults and children.  I’ve been so happy to see the ways in which these cards have become meaningful in so many adult/child relationships.  My latest children’s book, When You Are Young, functions on the same premise.  It is a collaboration with the children’s clothing company Rags to Raches.   The book was created with the joy, imagination and fun that Rags to Raches clothes feel like to me.  I love their embodiment of childhood. The rompers encourage kids to play, romp and imagine.  I wanted the book to be a meaningful read for both adults and children.  Each colorful page features a child in a Rags romper, their wild imaginings and text that encourages the adults in their lives to slow down, to laugh and to listen together.
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Healthy Snack Prep

By Nicole, brought to you by Maytag. All opinions are my own!

Of course with a new year upon us, I have been thinking of plans, goals, and ways to better my little family’s life! You all know me as the unheatlhy Small Fry, and I am totally in on that joke! I LOVE a good snack food, gas station fare is among the best out there. You’ll find me in bed with a bag of chips, but of course healthy eating is on my mind, too. Especially for my kids! So, this upcoming year I wanted to come up with ways to eat healthier that are just as convenient for me as swinging through a drive-thru or popping open a bag of chips. A little prep, goes a long way!Snack PrepHere’s my plan! Each Sunday evening gather all our produce, nuts, whatever we have that qualifies and chop away! Get them in to washed, bite size pieces. Keeping the produce fresh is of course key and this Maytag refrigerator those temperature-controlled drawers are a must! It also has a wide deli tray so you can store all your trays for hosting parties, holiday dinners and more!Snack PrepI’ve found so much of my success as a mother comes in the example I set, so doing this for myself first of course will trickle down to Dash and Sunny!Snack Prep Once I have them all chopped, I gather them into groups that look tasty to me! I also fill up some to-go size cups with dipping sauces we enjoy like ranch, or greek yogurt!Snack PrepStash them away and then I have lots of options to grab on the go. No excuses now, right? P.S. Can you see my reflection in that fridge, do you see any fingerprints?! That’s because it really doesn’t show them. It’s magic!!Snack PrepI like my goals to be attainable and this prep has made it millions times more so! Another factor in our healthy eating has been drinking lots of water. So this feature in Maytag’s fridge, and the ease my boys can use it too, has increased all oaur water intake! Two goals in one!!Snack PrepWhat are your goals upcoming this year? Can’t wait to hear and root you all on from my couch with my snacks. 😉

 

Scout Elves at Play

How are your elves fairing this Holiday? Have they been active or stayed put for a few days in a row? You’ve seen all our Scout Elves already this season (check out the post here, it has 15 ideas!) but we wanted to show you more of the tool kit! It has made Cringey and Chip’s live so much easier with ready-made materials right at their fingertips! Here’s what comes in the Scout Elves at Play kit (along with a book of 60 ideas!)

Suction cups attachments for their hands and feet! Affix those guys to anything!dsc_1518Chair and twine so they can relax wherever they land:dsc_1540A chair for when they mean business!dsc_1555An anchor for scaling any surface high or low!dsc_1562Plenty of tags to get the message across, these tags have fun games, reminders for brushing teeth and more!dsc_1572 dsc_1582 dsc_1587 dsc_1591Our personal fave – the candy hook!dsc_1596

Grab your kit online or in stores – 9 more days before take off! See our last post with 15 more ideas here!