meet a small fry: ollie

Small Fry InterviewImages by Jessica Peterson Photo

Our little friend Oliver is absolutely one of a kind. He has the most zesty personality and unrelenting imagination. Everyone loves Ollie and even just being in the same room with him can cheer you up. In the matter of a day Ollie has been five different super heroes, animals, villains, and characters. He is loving and caring and so full of life. We knew for our first Small Fry interview Ollie had to be the one.

What is your name?

I’m Ollie

How old are you?


Who is your mom?


What does your mom do?

I can’t decide. Makes hot dogs for me?

Who is your dad?

Rob. Pffffff.

What does your dad do?

He works at work.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A fireman.

What is your favorite food?

Oh! I know! chicken noodle soup!

What food do you not like?

What is your favorite animal?

Tigers. I mean elephants, ya elephants. I like tigers and elephants.

Where do you want to live when you grow up?

The firestation.

Who do you want to marry?

Madeline. Not Berkley – she farts too much!

What does dad say?

Don’t touch his stuff.

What does mom say?

I love you.

What do mom and dad do after you go to bed?

Watch shows. Like videos….

What is your favorite song?

Beat it. (Michael Jackson.) He’s dead- I just like his songs.

What is your favorite movie?

Tom and Jerry. I hate Peppa Pig now. I’m all about animals.

Where is your favorite place to eat?

Pizza, at Costco- and smoothies! (Turns to mom) Let’s make smoothies!

What is your favorite book?

Little Pea (Amy Krouse Rosenthal)

Where did Rune (Ollie’s brother) come from?

To mom: Your belly. He POPPED OUT OF YOUR BELLY!!

What would you buy with a million dollars?

Uh… a dinosaur.

What do you dream about?


What are you scared of?

Monsters! I’m not scared of sharks. I’m scared of monsters.

Why is the sky blue?

Because of the water, the water is blue, and that’s what Heavenly Father wanted it to be. He hates yellow.

How would the world be different if animals could talk?

It would be weird.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

I would be sneaky.
Guess what? I’m invisible right now! Look mom! I’m invisible!

What are 5 words that describe you?
Beach, I like you, I dont know.

What was a time that you felt lucky?
Uh, like I got a lucky quarter. I’m looking for my lucky quarter! Hey mom, watch me shoot this gun!

If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be?
Go to the beach.

If you could give a gift to every child in the world, what would it be?
A christmas present! like… a Halloween present. I would give girls a doll, boys a toy lion, and babies… baby toys!

What is your favorite place in the world?
Look at my dolphin mom! I drew a dophin. (And I guess we’re done here.)

 Imaginative Photo ShootAnd because we know that with every energetic child comes a worn out mother chasing closely behind, here’s what his mom Lindsay had to say about Oliver:

Being Ollie’s mom is one of the most daunting and exhilirating tasks ever given to me. His imagination is off the charts, and his energy runs a close second. From the moment he wakes up, until he goes to bed with a spear in hand, and remnants of war paint on his cheeks, he is in character. When Ollie was born, Rob and I had a vision of a little boy that played in the dirt, rode a skateboard, and spent every waking moment doing “boy stuff.” Although he does all of those things, he would prefer a cardboard box, a rope, and some dress-ups. I worry daily that he will be made fun of by other kids, or that the other moms at Costco will judge me for my son being shoe-less in the cart with a Peter Pan hat and four swords shoved into his cowboy belt, but I am quickly realizing, I don’t care! I am so blessed and lucky to be his mother, and I will do whatever it takes to let Ollie be “Ollie.”

nature hunt

Fall is absolutely all around us this past week and we had to take the kids up in the mountains to see it all. Looking at leaves isn’t exactly thrilling for anyone pre-college years, so we put together an easy scavenger hunt to buy us some time to take it all in and give them something fun to do.

Nature WalkNature Walk BoysNature Scavenger HuntNature Scavenger Hunt

Was a bone on the hunt list? Nope. Isn’t it funny what kids fixate on? Anytime they found something small enough we’d tape it on with washi tape.

Exploring Nature with Kids

This is definitely geared towards a younger crowd, but it was a hit! They held on tight to their papers and ran around yelling “Let’s explore!”  Download your own below! Clip art Images obtained via

Also, you can see more images on our facebook page!

shoe upgrade

Here at Small Fry, we all have two boys each, isn’t that something? We’re not sure if girls are the same, but boys are so hard on their clothes. On top of that they grow like weeds, and we are replenishing their too small wardrobes monthly it seems. So when we find inexpensive staples, we like to stock up. But, of course three best friends with six boys between us, the boys are constantly matching. Embellishing these inexpensive finds is the perfect way to put a little individuality back into their wardrobes. Here’s how Emily did it:

Painted Shoes

Using painter’s tape, mark off your desired design. Make sure you press the tape into the creases and that it is adhering, duct tape might work well too! Using our favorite go-to, acrylic paint, and a sponge brush, dab the paint into the design. Depending on the saturation of the paint and the shoe’s material, you will probably need a few coats. But, it dries quickly, so once it’s set, remove the tape. In only minutes you’ll have one-of-a kind shoes.

Slip ons via K-Mart, and shorts are thrifted Wranglers cut off above the knee.

If you upgrade any shoes, link in the comments, we’d love to see!

And can we just say we hope you have the happiest weekend! It has been an incredible week for Small Fry, and we are on cloud nine. The morning we launched the site was taking minutes to load because so many of you were here. We were laughing because while you were reading our motto, we were either scolding or ignoring our kids while we frantically tried to troubleshoot. We are doing this for our boys, and to be better mothers, but we are definitely not perfect. While we work out the kinks in life and online, we hope you know how much we value and appreciate your support. We hope that we can show you even an ounce of what we’ve felt in return.

peach jam sale

What? Another peach post? We know, we definitely took advantage of peach season around these parts. This is the last one, promise. While we would have had no problem eating every last jar of our Peach Basil Jam , one of our own Quinn has been hassling his mom for a big boy bike. We talked it over and noticed that all our big boys have been a little bit “asky” lately. It got us thinking about how we could teach them a little bit more about work and earning fun things. When we asked them, Dash said he’d like to earn Super Fast Running Shoes, and Hayes was thrilled at the thought of earning yet another “Light-bean A-Queen.”

So while the task at hand surely created more work for us then them, they seemed to grasp the concept and were so thrilled to see neighbors lining up to buy their jam.

We set up the stand for them, brought in a festive peach shaped balloon bouquet and bunting flag, and forced them into some tiny aprons with our Peach Basil Jam brand. We topped all our jars with the downloadable labels, printed onto adhesive paper and tied with green baker’s twine.

The neighbors loved it, Quinn is currently riding a two wheeler around the neighborhood, Dash is running in his new shoes yelling “Super Fast! Super Fast!”, and Hayes had his mom tuck Light-Bean into bed with him last night.

If you’re making the Peach Basil Jam, which we’re certain you are, feel free to download our jam lid label below!