FRYday : Nicole


I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few months reflecting on family. Family is my favorite thing on the earth. In my world, family isn’t just blood. Of course, my children own the largest portion of my heart, but when I speak of family, that is inclusive of so many friends. Family has kept me afloat these last few years. I think I forget that other people around me have any kind of trials of their own, because they seem like such rockstars and they support me through some of the bumpiest roads.

FRYday : Nicole

I have a mom, and a sister that day in and day out, love me, love my kids, clean for me when I have let my house go, grocery shop for me when I’m practically Mother Hubbard. I have friends that constantly pick up my slack without saying a word, let me off the hook when I can’t make it to something they have planned. And all along, these people have a smile on their face. WOW. I am lucky. My kids are lucky! We have had the absence of someone that means the world to us, and somehow, the family around us has managed to almost fill those voids and mend those broken places in our hearts.

We feel hope from these people.
We feel strength from these people.
We feel SO MUCH love from these people.

I love these people.
I love family.

YOU are also a part of this family group I am so grateful for. You Small Fry readers mean more than you know to myself and Emily and Jenna. Wow. We are so grateful from where Small Fry has come, and is going. and it’s all because of you. Thank you for the love and kind words. It’s hard to juggle work, tough times, loved ones and still keep a clean house (so, we don’t.) We prioritize! And this happy piece of the internet we call Small Fry is one of our most prized possessions. Thank you for loving it as well.



Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? This month has been so crazy we weren’t able to touch on it like we’d like, but maybe better late than never? Thanks to Firefly kid’s dental products for educating us on this important topic!

Dental Disease is the #1 illness for children missing school in the US. Isn’t that crazy? Here’s some things we’ve learned about it all:

Foaming Flouride Toothpaste + 1 Minute Timer Brush

Did you know the bacteria that causes cavities is contagious? When we’re born we do NOT carry this bacteria, but it is passed to us. It can be passed by sharing drinks, kissing, licking off a pacifier, etc. This bacteria is fed by acid (found in sugar) and then finds it’s way into a once protective biofilm called plaque. Without removing plaque properly, all of these factors play into forming a cavity.

So what should we do? Here’s a suggestions from Dr. Chris Cramer:

“Don’t let the bacteria set up shop in the first place! That starts with mom and dad either testing their levels of bacteria and/or getting on a bacteria reducing protocol that includes excellent home care. That means proper brushing from a very young age, starting with finger brushing as soon as the first tooth erupts. When kids get old enough to brush, make it fun and habit-forming in a good way. I like the Ready Go Brush and other light-up timer toothbrushes from FireFly because they’re colorful and entertaining. FireFly also has an innovative Fluoride Foam Toothpaste that kids absolutely love because they get to squirt it right into their mouths instead of onto the brush. Its foamy texture allows it to get to hard-to-reach places and flush out cavity-causing bacteria.”

We’ve been testing out these products from Firefly and are loving them! The 1 minute timer brush makes it so much easier to enforce an adequate brush session, and the fluoride foam is so much less mess then a typical toothpaste!

Paper Bouquet DIY

By Emily.

Spring Fever is real, and it has arrived at my house. Thank goodness for a couple high 50s/low 60 days that have gotten us out to the park and basking on the lawn. To celebrate Spring’s upcoming arrival, I had the boys make these cardboard tube bouquets! I saw the idea in a doctor’s waiting room magazine, and knew they would all love it. This is a true-blue kids craft, where they are in charge every step of the way, and they LOVED it! Here’s how you’ll do it:
Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Start by saving up any empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls you have lying around. If you’re in a craft-jam like I was I had Callum unroll a half-used paper towel roll, which might as well have been a trip to DisneyLand, he was pumped! Another work around I used was to take craft paper and tape it into a tube, which is nice because then you can control the size!

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

This next step is recommended for four year olds or older, and also using kid-safe scissors (these ones by Crayola are great.) Have your kids make even cuts about two inches into the tubes. Then have them bend the cuts back, creating the petals.

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Now they’re ready to paint! These bold kid’s paints are a Small Fry favorite. Why is it always Crayola? They just know what they’re doing, I guess. Paint each petal and let it dry completely.

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

I am loving having these happy and bright flowers on my table! I could kill a cactus so I’m even happier for this no-pressure option. Also, these flowers are reminding me of a painting, help a sister out! Maybe by Klimt?

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Have extra paper towel rolls? Check out this Ocean Sounds Stick DIY!

And even more kid-led crafts:

GIANT Paper Airplanes // Colorblock Tees and Tanks // Cereal Box Jet-Packs

One more thing before you go! We are excited to launch our exclusive content newsletters this month! This means that Newsletter members will get special access to content, deals from our favorite shops, and Small Fry goodness that no one else can! To celebrate this roll-out we’re doing a special giveaway for Newsletter members, a Clairisonic skin cleanser from our sponsor Spa Trouvé! Valued at $125 this handheld machine cleans like no other. You know when you go to the dentist and your teeth are so clean it makes your toothbrush look like a cottonball? It’s like that, but for your face. Sign up the tip top left side   ☜. Smart Phone users use this link! Then later today subscribers will get the secret access to enter the giveaway!

Thanks Spa Trouvé for helping us out! Locals don’t miss their buy one get one free sale on Latisse, $100 off fillers, and as usual the best spa treatments around!

7 Healthy Foods to Fool Your Kids

By Jenna.

Recently my brother-in-law stayed with us for a few days and one night at dinner he told me how impressed he was at the variety of food the kids ate and how healthy their diet was. After beaming with pride (and hoping he didn’t see the candy in the cupboard) I started to think about what makes eating healthy SO hard for kids. Don’t get me wrong my kids eat their fair share of treats and junk food but on a general scale they’re very good eaters. I have a lot of tips I’ve learned the hard way for getting my boys to eat a variety of foods and make healthy choices, but today I wanted to introduce or remind you of foods for even the pickiest eater.

healthy kids foods

1. Sweet Potatoes: The ultimate super food. I never gave these little babies a chance but once a year smothered in marshmallows at Thanksgiving. And while I lay in bed and dream of that every night, we’ve found a thousand different (healthier ways) to partake of the Sweet Potato. Our ultimate way of choice is by way of the Fry, what can we say we’re American? My kids honestly don’t know the difference between a fast food fry and our homemade sweet potato fries. In fact they prefer the ones I do which I make using this recipe. Sweet Potatoes are high in B6 which aids combatting degenerative diseases, Vitamin C which of course boosts are immune system but also helps the healthy formation of bones and teeth as well as Vitamin D which aids in our energy and mood levels among a thousand other health benefits.

2. Guacamole: My one true love. It’s like Christmas when my avocados ripen (how funny and true is this pin?) and I can sit down to a little chips and dip. Guacamole CAN be a little difficult for kids with texture issues. Quinn doesn’t enjoy it quite like Jude does for that reason. But if you have a kid that loves to dip, try switching out the ranch or ketchup occasionally! Avocados are the MVP of Guacamole and are raging with health benefits. Did you know that an avocado contains more potassium then a banana? Crazy! They also are fantastic for your cardiovascular health and can help promote proper nutrition absorption in your kids! For you pregnant mammas out there, 1 avocado contains 23% of your suggested daily folic acid intake which is crucial for combating certain birth defects. You get what I’m saying right? They’re incredible. I like to use this recipe for my guacamole and cut down the jalapeño in half since my oldest definitely likes food milder. Alternatives to chips would be: cucumbers, carrots, sweet peppers etc..

3. Eggs: There are a million benefits to eggs but the one that seals the deal for me is that they keep my kids full longer. Ever feel like you’re feeding your family 372 times a day? I know I do when I’m not feeding them nutrient dense food. Eggs keep my kids full FOREVER. They like to eat them any way they can get them but recently they have preferred them hard boiled. I bake mine in a 24 count muffin tin at the beginning of the week and we are making more by Wednesday!

4. Salmon: I know what you’re thinking…”this chick is insane, my kid is not going to freaking eat fish.” I thought the same thing and so I never fed it to Quinn when he was little. I tried it once and he was hooked, now he will tell you it’s his favorite food! So much of why our kids won’t eat is because we won’t feed it to them. We figure they will only like “kid-approved” foods like macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. I think by offering our kids a variety of food, we might be surprised about how much they love! Just because you offered it once and they didn’t like it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again another time. And breaking news–salmon is SO EASY and quick to cook. Marinate salmon with things your kids already enjoy like citrus juices or tomatoes! Be sure to buy wild salmon as it is lower in Mercury and high in Omega 3’s.

5. Pistachios: These serve a dual purpose. Both as a healthy snack and a time filler. It takes Quinn at least 2 minutes to crack open a pistachio. I can clean the kitchen before he’s had a handful! And he’s so pumped every time one cracks open. Pistachios aid against heart disease, promote healthy blood in your body through high amounts of B6 and are even shown to improve eye health! Plus they are the tastiest.

6. Noosa: Yoghurt from heaven. This stuff is crazy good. I’ve tried nearly every Greek Yogurt & Noosa wins forever and ever. Honestly I bought it because of the packaging and it’s flawless design. You can make me buy ANYTHING with beautiful branding (advertisers take note) but was pleasantly surprised when I took it home. Pleasantly as in we ate two cartons in a day. The yoghurt is the creamiest in all the land, sweetened with organic honey and then on the bottom lies a blanket of fresh fruit puree that will knock your socks off. Our family goes crazy over Strawberry Rhubarb and Mango. Trust me when I say your kids will think they’re eating a dessert! I’ve seen this at most local grocers and health food stores. It is a touch pricey but they have a coupon on their site for a whole $.55 off! I mean it’s ridiculous, but trust me when you taste it you’ll get why you would pay $4 for the carton.

7. Mango: Duh Jenna kids like fruit. But let’s talk about the under appreciated Mango. It just doesn’t get a ton of air time in most households. Sometimes I forget about it and then I bring it home and it’s like part of our family was missing but now is back. It sounds dramatic but if you haven’t already gathered from this post, food is of the upmost importance to me. My favorite thing to make for my kids is a mango smoothie or a mango salsa for over (you guessed it) salmon! Or just eat it plain because it’s just that good. Mango is rich in anti-oxidants that can help sustain your body against cancer, improves digestion which can be a problem for a lot of kiddos and best of all boost their immune system!

So guys there you have it. In the words of Yo-Gabba-Gabba “try it you’ll like it !” Let us know how it goes, and please add any underrated health foods your kids love so we can try them out on our boys!

More ways to health-ify your kids’ foods:

Kitchen Sink Cookies // Juicing for kids // and a kid-friendly smoothie cleanse!

DIY Glowing Star Glasses

This post is brought to you by ElectroDash – The 5K Dance Party.

By Nicole.

My house is getting so excited for warmer months ahead! Yesterday it was just warm enough to ride bikes outside without hats and gloves, and my mind started racing toward BBQs, days at the pool, and taking advantage of Utah’s amazing Summer! We’ve got just the thing to help kick-off an amazing Summer, and it even comes with a killer discount code! For you locals, on April 26th, the ElectroDash the 5k race is coming to Utah Valley University! It is a race unlike any other. It’s a glow-in-the-dark, neon lights dance party and it looks like an absolute blast. We’ll be there hosting a bounce house and other kid-friendly activities, and even better, kids 7 and under are free! Even if Dash runs two steps and is ready for the jogger, no money is wasted. To get the boys extra excited, I wanted to make an easy DIY for them to sport at the race.

Here’s what you’ll need:
DIY Glow in the dark glasses

I was ready to show you how to make your own glow-in-the-dark glitter, but guess what? You can buy it pre-made at the craft store! Buy it online here, too. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can make it by taking glow-in-the-dark spray paint to regular glitter, pre-made is sounding extra nice right about now.

I found these cute star shaped sunglasses at about $.50 each, a can of spray adhesive, and the glow-in-the-dark glitter and then you’ll want to find a nice well-ventilated area to spray. Outside it best. Then use a plate or shallow tupperware and fill it with the glitter and you’re ready to start! You’ll want to put the glasses in the bottom of an open cardboard box and then spray them evenly with the adhesive. Once they’re coated, dip them in the tray of glitter, or use your hands to sprinkle them letting the excess fall to the plate. Sprinkling is a great kid-friendly step, Dash was the best helper. Let it dry completely and you’ve got yourself the perfect race accessory! Check them out in action:
DIY Glowing Star Spectacles

And now for that discount code! Any racers you locals want to bring that are over 7 years old can get 20% of their ticket by entering “ELECTROFRY” at check-out. Buy your ticket now and you will get early bird ticket prices until March 7th, so those tickets are only $39.00!

ElectroDash glow in the dark gear

With each ticket (for kids as well) it includes an ElectroDash t-shirt, neon bracelets, sunglasses and other neon accessories. Register for the Utah Valley Race right here, it will be held at UVU Campus and the Small Fry boys are already so pumped! I on the other hand better get off the couch and attempt to break my running shoes in.

Here’s a taste of the course. You have glowing arches, the Galaxy, Floating Jellyfish, Glowing trees, a Cactus forest, and a Laser Show at the end. Talk about magical!

ElectroDash 5K Course

We hope you locals will join us! We’re thinking of starting a stroller brigade you know, just to make it extra fun for all the college kids. ;)


Electro Dash 5k Utah