Remember that event we shared with you last month with Target’s Made to Matter family? Several brands like Annie’s, EcoScraps and Mrs. Meyers all came together to showcase simple ways families can live a more green lifestyle. These brands have taught us so much over the last few years here at Small Fry and we love there down to Earth and educational approach. We had to share some photos from the event so you can see what we mean!
First of all, thank you to all who came and said hello to Emily and her family! We love meeting readers and were so thrilled to be at this event, those of you who went know just how great it was. Kid Yoga (we have an awesome post on how to teach your kids yoga at home right here!) They had a whole animal rescue section where you could play, walk, and get familiar with local animals for adoption. One of the hosts, EcoScraps was new-to-us and particularly inspiring. Two college aged kids at an all-you-can-eat-buffet noticed how much food was being wasted and decided to do something about it. They collect unused and wasted food from restaurants and stores and recycle it into dirt! This sustainable soil is one simple switch we can make to a more eco friendly lifestyle, and of course, sold at Target! The boys loved painting their pots and planting their own seeds, obviously not the Frame brothers but you get the idea. 😉More gardening tips, which we loved. Sometimes we forget that no matter how big (or nonexistent) our yard is we can still cultivate and grow our own food in a small way!
They had about 1,000 other things to do with face painting, bounce houses, stations across the giant yard filled with informative and fun things to try out, and of course food trucks galore! For us by far the favorite was the giant bubble station:
It was nothing short of magic to watch and give a whirl. We love when brands pull together to create such a great time for the community and had to share the highlights! The start of a more eco-friendly lifestyle is just that – a start. Pick one new thing to try, switch out a product or two, sign up for a recycling bin. No effort is wasted in creating a more promising future for our families!
Here’s a list of brands that participated in this event, check them out at your local Target!
Since it’s been a year since I became a California Girl, I think I can confidently tell you I have going to the beach with kids pretty dialed. The beach is A TON of prep work but once you’re there the kids play for hours and it’s a dream come true so it’s always worth it. I’m going to share some tips and tricks of the trade! Also before we start, HOW DO MOMMY BLOGGERS DO IT?! Seriously I couldn’t get one normal picture of me hauling my stuff on to the beach. Sorry guys, I’m letting you down!! But you’ll get the point.
1. I love these chairs. At first you’re like, no I’ll just buy the $10 chairs from Walgreens, but then after they bust after one time you’ll realize why you want these. They’re lightweight, easily folded and have cup holders and a small cooler. They’re so light that even my kids can wear them (backpack straps!) as we walk to the beach. And well that’s why I had all these kids anyway — to put them to work! 😉
2. The MVP of my day is the Ergo carrier. Being able to have two hands is crucial and Lolly loves to be carried so much! It’s also how I get her to sleep at the beach, too!
3. Along with having large beach towels I like to have big blankets for when the kids are dry and want to just sit and eat or hang out. I love lightweight blankets like this and this. I also really love out Let’s Playground for the beach because it’s easily wipeable and doesn’t get hot!
4. Okay and how many times do I have to talk about the Hydro Flask before you buy one? You can have this sucker on the beach ALL DAY and the ice won’t melt. I bring a couple with me and keep filling them up with water to keep people hydrated. 4. You’ll need a huge beach bag. The bigger the better of course. I love my Hayden Reis cause it’s wipeable and has tons of pockets. Wipeable being my middle name I guess.
5. Love love LOVE this beach tent. It’s SO perfect for babies and little kids when they need some shade covering…or you, if you’re the lucky girl who gets to take a nap! It’s so awesome. EASY to pop up and collapse, lightweight to carry and the perfect size. I honestly can’t recommend it enough.
6. Baby Powder. Yep you heard me right. This right here is any OCD mamma’s best friend. Dust this on the kids and the sand comes RIGHT off before piling them in the car. You’ve gotta have it, definitely worth the $1 🙂
Our dear friends at Kickee Pants have a special Small Fry sale going this weekend! For every black and white item – you know how we love our black and white – you can get 5 Kickee Points! All this credit is stored in your account and will credit to your next sale. Find all eligible items here.
You know how much we love Kickee, it’s all our kiddos wear and you won’t find anything softer around. We’ve converted everyone we know to Kickee and if you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time!
While Jenna and Nicole are living up the California sun together, Emily will be weeding her yard this weekend. Womp womp. What are your plans this weekend? We hope you have a wonderful few days, here’s what we’re thinking about this week, and we’ll see you on Monday!
WEARING: Yep, still hot here, so I’m loving this dress as a transition piece. (You know I can’t resist a tassel.) Once it cools down I’ll top it with my trusty leather jacket, booties, thick tights. Such a steal, too.
READING: I might be the only one who still subscribes to paper magazines, but September issues are arriving every day and that’s as good as Christmas in my book. Fall fashion forever! Have you ever used Amazon for your magazines? So cheap. Literally $5.
LISTENING: Will Butler (Win’s brother) of Arcade Fire has a solo album, Policy, and it’s so killer. We’ve been listening to Anna non-stop.
DECORATING: Just when I thought Saranoni couldn’t get any better they whipped out the Bamboni. The Frames are all fighting over our XL gray one over here. It’s giant and it’s THE BEST!
WATCHING: I’ve had the documentary Tig recommended a couple times and laughed and sobbed and loved it so much. On Netflix!
FEELING: I can’t put my finger on it, but everything just feels strenuous lately. Nothing is coming easily, every task, every day takes all my effort and I am wiped out! I can’t be alone in this feeling, can I? I don’t know what the cure is. Bora Bora. That might work.
WEARING: We had a few days last week were the weather was a bit cooler, and it made me so excited, I jumped head first into Fall and started buying long sleeves, jackets and sweaters! This Madewell Denim Jacket is the best I’ve ever owned, I bought for a first date I went on the other night. (It was a bust, if you were wondering), but the jacket! The jacket killed it!
I have a weakness for pretty sunglasses. I rarely buy designer bags or shoes. But Sunglasses, I can never say no.
White Denim I can’t quit, and I won’t. Ill be wearing these well into Fall, whether I’m supposed to or not.
READING & WATCHING: Eat Pray Love. It’s everything to me, and my go-to for a rough break-up.
On Tuesday I had my first experience at Drybar and I fell in love with their dry shampoo. The scent makes me weak, I love it so much! I was so happy to see I could buy it on Amazon since Alli refuses to open up shop in Utah. FEELING: sad! Thanks for nothing, Drybar. (wink)
DECORATING: THIS. THIS is everything to me. I use it everyday and keep it on my table, because it’s so SO beautiful. Soma is an incredible water filtering system, stunning, AND proceeds help get clean water to those without it.
Check out their site, everyone needs to know about Soma and we ALL need this in our kitchen. AND look at this limited addition BLACK Carafe. HEART EYES for days.
Wearing: as the nursing mamma here on Small Fry, I feel it’s my job to keep you abreast (I hate myself) of awesome nursing shirts that: 1. Flatter a post baby body 2. Give you easy access to feed a flustered baby in public! Currently I’m wearing and adoring this top and this top because gingham is everything and this top because it is a white.button.up.with.pockets – #perfect – and under $20! Grab it quick.
Reading: Not necessarily reading this, BUT this book is Lolly’s new favorite toy. It keeps her entertained for hours (okay minutes, but in Lolly’s world that equals hours.) If you have a baby who’s in the grabbing stage, this is perfect for their senses!
Listening: Apple Radio. It’s replaced my spotify (gasp.)
Anticipating: School starting! I can NOT believe my boys will be in 1st grade and Preschool! I am excited, stressed, ready, sad, really everything. Guys, I had NO IDEA how hard keeping up with homework would be. I need some kind of schedule or plan this year to make it a part of our daily routine and not two painful hours the night before it’s due! Any tips on that?
Decorating: Just bought this rug for my living room. I’ve been buying cheap rugs and it shows. Even with my no food, shoes off policy my rugs haven’t holding up the way I want them to, so I’m hoping that this woven darker rug will be better — I’lll report back. Also bought this planter which I LOVE because it’s larger and off the ground and little kids can’t reach in to the soil!
Watching: Bachelor in Paradise, of course. For being the worst show on television, it is also THE BEST.
Worrying: I saw this card in a shop recently and it is my new favorite go-to for a new (or old) mom. Right now my baby is not sitting, not vaccinated (don’t worry i plan to just like i have my other children) and not eating solids. She’s seven months. I’m okay with that and it’s what makes me comfortable, but for some reason I can let the mom voices of others get inside my head and make me doubt my instincts!
One of our favorite online kid retailers Giggle is having a huge sale with some of our favorite items we had to share!Play House – This modern play house folds up in to a convenient carry size. Love the design of this toy.
Eyelet Baby Dress – Giggle recently launched their exclusive clothing collection and we love it. Great quality, style and price. Even more affordable on sale!