Nick Jr.

By Emily.

 I was compensated for attending this event sponsored by Nick Jr. and Mom.me. The thoughts and opinions below are my own. 

A few weekends ago I took my boys to Nick Jr.’s Mega Playdate with Blaze and Shimmer and Shine! My boys LOVE Blaze and the Monster Machines and as much as they claim not to like “girl shows” guess what show never gets turned off when it’s on? Shimmer and Shine, ha!screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-10-39-am

Both my boys are obsessed with cars. They alternate between monster trucks, matchbox cars, RC cars, and they make tracks and jumps everyday it seems.  So what I love about Blaze is that they explain the HOW and WHY cars do what they do. I always smile when I hear the show describing things like force, trajectory, friction, etc. I also love that the female characters are in on the action, too. Shows marketed for girls seem to take on such a different subject matter and I don’t understand why! STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects are hot topics as of late, and this show seems so easy to grasp for my kids while still being exciting!img_8453

For those who asked here are some of the toys we got to test out at the event. It seems each year we get the most questions on what to get boys for the Holidays so here’s a few great ideas to log away! I am all about supporting the merch for shows that I know are good for my kids, too! blaze2

The Flip and Race speedway has levers, flips, jumps, and more. Super fun and great for 3-5 year olds I’d say! //This Mega Bloks set brings together two of my boys’ faves: blocks + jumps! It comes with lots of pieces to create all kinds of set-ups. Pickle! My boys love him and he’s a great standard monster truck that fits in all their other tracks, too. // Always on the hunt for fun bath toys! // This is the remote control car you saw on our Facebook page, its controlled by a watch and my boys are obsessed with it! // Another fun race set that gets a buddy in on the action.

ALDI

By Emily.

Any ALDI shoppers out there? I had never heard of them before but the more I hear the more I am obsessed. ALDIFirst, of all all their products are around 50% cheaper* than their brand name counterparts. Second, they have a double guarantee, so if you’re not satisfied with the product they’ll refund you AND replace your product. ALDIAll their money saving practices (from advertising all the way down to their cart retrieval) in store ensure they can continue to keep prices low. You already heard last week that we got the green light to start solids with Raleigh and he has loved everything we’ve tried. (He’s an 18 pound glutton, but still!) Excited to have these in my pantry as he gets older!ALDI  You can find a store near you with this locator but we got to test out all their baby products. Even if I wasn’t paying 50% less I would have no problem telling you all their products are absolutely comparable to my regular brand name favorites. But, since they’re way cheaper, it seems silly to even try and compare. Less money for the same quality equals better. Easiest math equation ever. 😉 Did I mention they sell diapers?!ALDIAnother thing I like is that they have new products they only carry for a limited time, so you can keep things interesting and try new foods often, but keeping them in a rotation is another practice that keeps their prices low. ALDIALDIFind ALDI on their BLOG, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND PINTEREST for recipes that include their product line!

*Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.

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Head to Toe: Kidz Bop

It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Head to Toe post! Life long Small Fry readers might remember the series! We abandoned it because the boys were over modeling and we can’t say we blame them. So, when Kidz Bop’s new line with Crazy 8 came in the mail we figured we’d do a nice flat lay and call it a day. But, when the boys saw the pieces they flipped! The actually wanted to wear them and show them off for you all. That pretty much is all you need to know about the line. Cool enough for kids AND parents to be excited about! Since it’s from Kidz Bop it has little music motifs throughout which we love, too! It’s created for the future music stars, and we certainly have our share of song-and-dance-rs! In fact, we took these yesterday and guess who’s wearing their new duds to school today? Yep, all of ’em. You can check out the whole line (girls too!) right here, but here’s their favorites:

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Kids Bop for Crazy 8You can tell they love it, right? Makes our job so easy, thanks for the fun pieces Kidz Bop!! Check out the girls line here, so cute!

#WhatULuv

By Emily.

These opportunities are our very favorite here at Small Fry and we’re so grateful to Luvs for  sponsoring to making it happen! We reached out to you readers a few weeks ago looking for a deserving mama and boy oh boy did we find one – expecting TRIPLETS none the less! She’s going to need a lot of Luvs and we were grateful to be able to provide some of their Ultra Leakguard with NightLock Plus, because she’ll already be changing a lot of them, making sure that she’s not changing outfits due to leaks, too! On top of that Luvs users save $150/year and when you hear her story (the triplets isn’t event the crazy part!) you’ll know why Luvs is the perfect fit!

Want to meet her?#WhatULuvThis is Akam. Akam is sunshine in a tiny pregnant bottle. She’s 6 months along and having three lucky little ladies. Akam is from Cameroon and here on a work visa. Her husband needed to travel back to Cameroon to get some things ironed out with his own Visa and when he got there he was unable to come back. WHAT?!ALDI Part of his application process is delayed and they let him know it could take months, or even years. Akam lives here without family (but does have loving friends we met, like Esther pictured below) and is anxiously waiting for her husband’s return.#WhatULuv Having one baby without family or your partner would be hard enough, but Akam is having three! The very best part about Akam is that you wouldn’t even know she had a stress in the world. She is so happy, truly happy from within, and so sweet. We loved her the second we met her and were so grateful to help her with a little bit of her triplet’s needs. Luvs offers a money back guarantee as well, but their studies show that more second time moms choose Luvs over any other#WhatULuvOf course as soon as we reached out to some friends about Akam’s situation we were able to gift her with some fun extras! Passy Clips sent these beautiful leather pacifier clips and Natursutten binkies for each of them. June & January gave awesome bath towels and changing pad covers! We added simple white onesies and of course Luvs galore.

Edit: So many of you have reached out regarding Akam, and if you want to help her with supplies or funds please let us know in the comments and we’ll get you her address! xo