budget home: overstock

Happy mid-week everyone! Today’s post is the next in my Budget Home series! (Catch the rest here) Truthfully I could dedicate every post on Small Fry until the end of time to Overstock finds, its just a HUGE daunting, but amazing resource for home on a budget. But, what is better than budget home finds, than budget home finds on sale? So today I’m only showing you my favorites from their Labor Day Sale, but be warned there’s about a million amazing things not on sale, but of course still in the aforementioned budget category. ūüôā
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snack hacks

Sponsored by Stonyfield Yokids.

Hayes has been in school for about a week and Cal starts his first day tomorrow, but I already feel infinitely more “with it.” Owning the day instead of letting it own me, you know? I just had to get myself set up for success and here are two easy ways to help¬†kids get not only a healthy snack, but also independently so!Fridge Snack BoxGrab + Go Snack Boxes. I have these in the pantry and also the fridge where they’re pre-portioned, bagged, and easy to spot. They can grab whatever snack looks good to them even if I am detained, or if we’re in a rush. I do the Stonyfield Yokids pouches, smoothies or squeezers, prepackaged hummus and guacamole with veggies, string cheese, and pouches. It changes each week but these are usually always there because my kids love it all!snackboxI love the pouches for this because there’s no mess, no spoons or even the torn off top of the tube to pick up later. The Stonyfield YoKids pouches are the jam!stonyfieldI want ALL my kids to be able to eat more independently, including the baby! I love the pouches for him and I freeze all our yogurt¬†squeezers for his nonstop teething, poor guy. He’s getting a few more teeth and his molars and he loves to gnaw on the squeezers. Since they’re frozen, he’s learning to eat a bit more cleanly too¬†since he has a little bit more control over how much comes out and spills just don’t happen! Also the frozen squeezer is great for packing in lunches to keep other items chilled, too! Still nice¬†and cold by lunch.frozenpops

Earlier this Summer we made the switch to Stonyfield Yokids yogurts (anyone else’s shopping habits dictated by what Coscto is carrying?) and my boys all LOVE them. I feel like it’s this secret Mom Win since it’s 20-40% less sugar and healthier ingredients and organic. Because Stonyfield YoKids yogurts are certified organic, that means each cup is always made without the use of toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics. You can read more about their Organic qualities here! Less sugar¬†obviously didn’t change how delicious it is or deter them in the slightest, they love them just as well as the¬†higher sugar ones we used to buy! You all know how picky Callum is- he’s got the nose of a bloodhound and a creature of habit and he made the switch no problem as well! He likes the smoothie cups the best, another great on the go option! Something he can drink on the way to school even!¬†Stonyfield

I get mine at Costco, but they have so many great product as you can see! Don’t forget their classic yogurt cups, too. You’ll also notice Stonyfield Yokids has animals on each of their products! They sponsor the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and also SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction) and they’re giving away a trip for a family to go to South Africa and see them all up close and personal! YES please!!

weekend deals

Good deals galore!

That Brickyard Buffalo backpack that has Fjallraven vibes is out, sorry for the delay!!bbMy comforter from West Elm (the ones in Insta Story today!) is an additional 20% off right now!Screen Shot 2017-08-19 at 9.35.39 PMUrban Outfitters has BOGO 50% for my favorite BDG jeans (distressed, regular) and super good deals on Adidas and a bunch of other sneakers:jeansAnthro has 20% off going on, so many beautiful Fall pieces!4130099510054_008_b

F21 is 50% off activewear. I had literally just bought these, pretty sure they don’t price adjust, but if you all get a good deal I’ll be happy. Swiss Dot // Colorblockf21

FAQ’s FROM INSTA STORIES: 

This might have to be a weekly post on it’s own, but we’ll combine today!

My two book picks for September – The War of Art (hardcopy) and A Little Life (audio) ‚ÄĒ Read with me! Maybe we can start a DM group to talk about it.

Also as always find all the outfits I wear on Insta Story Outfit of the Days right here! I have been trying to feature at least one a week on my main Insta page, let me know if that’s too much or if you want more!

Lastly, here are the products featured in my Ode to The Beyouty Bureau Story…These are all the recs I’ve picked up from Kayti. There are a lot, and even more I wish to buy. Follow her to stay up to date, she is always abreast of the best stuff around.

SHOWER FAVES: Oil for shaving and body wash that eliminated my razor burn, even closer shave then Creamo Cream. // Exfoliating Towel // Lined Shower cap for keeping styled hair extra dry in the shower.

EYES: Blue eyeliner – Vivid Brights NYX ¬†// Rocket Volume Mascara // Tarte Shapetape Concealer¬†// Nars Concealer // Black and Gold eye patches¬†// Also did grabbed this glitter eye and it’s so cool. I am all about it for Fall.¬†LIPS: Colour Pop lips // Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

FACE: Becca Highlighter in Moonstone // It Cosmetics Brow Power // White Wedding  Moisturizer  // CosRx Black Head  // Urban Decay Setting Spray // Whish Oil Cleanser (she has now chosen this one over Whish, but I haven’t tried it yet! Its half the price though! // Palette 

HAIR: Kristin Ess Beave Wave Style Spray  (my favorite of all this year) // Spiral Ponytail Holders

DIY Internet Safety with Amazon Fire

Sponsored by Amazon.

Last year I wrote about something super important to me – internet safety for kids. It’s still one of Small Fry’s most visited posts and I hope it continues to be as the whole topic keeps me up at night! ūüėČ The internet is such a wonderful tool, but as we all know it can get dark, fast. Today I wanted to revisit that post and also add another awesome resource I have been testing out! You all know Amazon makes their own tablet starting at $99 for kids called Fire HD 8 Kids Edition¬†tablet, right? Well what I didn’t know is about their Amazon¬†FreeTime Unlimited¬†service, which we’ve been using with their tablet as a part of today’s sponsorship. It is incredible!¬†The Fire¬†HD 8 Kids Edition¬†tablet¬†actually comes with a free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited¬†service¬†and is 30% off right now, so it’s a perfect time if you’re in the market! (They also do $20/month payments right in time for Christmas!)Fire Kids Edition + FreetimePart of my volunteer work at my church a while back was to help interested families get all their computers and devices protected and one thing I felt like was loud and clear across all the families I worked with was that it felt daunting which is why no one had attempted it on their own. So anytime I see a product come around that makes it easy I am all about it!Fire Kids Edition + FreetimeOkay so here’s what you need to know and why I think it’s excellent!

I know there is a lot of talk about what is good for kids and screen time, and even eliminating it, but I feel really strongly that they need to learn to manage their time (with my help) and employ¬†healthy habits from the start, as it will always be a part of their lives. For better or for worse. Just wanted to get that out of the way!¬†Fire Kids Edition + FreetimeFirst off with the Fire¬†HD 8 Kids Edition¬†tablet,¬†I can create “Learn First” goals so they have to do educational things before they can start the other stuff. I can set a “Bedtime” where the it stays off no matter what until I choose (BEST!) and the settings can change on weekends and weekdays.Fire Kids Edition + FreetimeWe are strict one hour a day for screen time and so I can set timers to make sure we stick to that (let’s be honest, I forget all the time and they end up playing longer). Then, I love the Parent Dashboard so I can review exactly what was done during that hour. And that the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition¬†tablet notifies me of every game they download in my email. Most importantly, the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited service profiles are set up to filter out anything that isn’t age appropriate. You won’t even see games or videos or options that don’t fit your specifications. I truly don’t even have to worry about what they’re taking in. Fire + FreetimeAs a lifelong Apple user, I was shocked to admit I preferred this tablet¬†for my kids. Besides the fact that it is SO much less expensive. But ultimately it is the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited that swayed me. It is SO awesome.

It’s so important to find devices that have these features built right in, instead of something on your router, because as soon as you leave the house and access someone else’s Wifi, you no longer have those protections.

And I am glad we got in the swing of these good habits before school started and all I had to do was alter the time frames and and bedtimes a bit! If you pick one up, let me know how you like it!!

SHOP THE FIRE 8 HD KIDS EDITION HERE.