Petunia Pickle Bottom does it again! They launched this new Axis backpack in their Inter-Mix line yesterday and I get to give the set away to one of YOU today! Woot woot! (Head to Instagram @smallfryblog to enter!)I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, you can get away with not buying a diaper bag, but buying a bag from a company that makes diaper bags their business means you will get organization and pockets and details that you simply wouldn’t find otherwise. Things you wouldn’t even think of, and then suddenly can’t live without. Petunia Pickle Bottom makes it SO much easier for parents and their products get better and better.
Within the Axis you will find a spacious top section with five interior pockets and can be attached to the stroller with our valet clips. And then an insulated bottom section that the pixels line fits perfectly inside. For someone who gets giddy about organizational systems (nerd alert!) you already know how I feel. But let me show you this new system and all the ins and outs! You can win not only the backpack but also the Pixels set as well! Valued at $200+
Having three boys, we have gone through A LOT of rideable toys. So today we’re going through our favorites for babies on up! Hayes, now 7, is getting into trickier toys and heaven help us when motors get involved!Hayes: Shoes // Board // Jeans // Vest // Helmet (too small all the sudden, we’ve got a bigger size on the way!)Cal’s shoes // Cotton On Tee // Sunnies
So let’s start at the beginning. Scootable toys and walkers are so fun pre-walkers and early walkers and Raleigh is OBSESSED with his brothers Micro Scooters already. I love that they’re adjustable now so we can make it his height with ease. My boys favorite rid toy is for sure the Micro. It’s smooth and easy to handle and teaches them to naturally use their weight to balance and turn. Its a good ground work for other sports later on like surfing, skating or snowboarding. My older boys lived on their plasma cars for years. I think we went through 4 or 5 since they were so hard on theirs, riding day in and out! TOP TWO ROWS: Bee – More animals here! // Race Walker // Y Pewi Tricycle // Micro Seat // Plasma Car // Adjustable Micro
BALANCE BIKE – I know a lot of people ask about balance bikes. In my experience it took my boys a long time to ride it correctly, but once they did the transition to a two-wheel bike was so easy! It really does set them up for an easier time on a big kid bike. But, it also gives them the feel of riding a bike when they might be too young to do it right or do it well otherwise. I am a fan! :: Public Balance Bike //
MORE FUN: Our friends have this rollercoaster in their basement and it gets so much love! All ages enjoy this in one way or another! Rollercoaster // More toys that you will use for YEARS: Ziggle // Ezy Roller //
TRAINING WHEEL BIKE – We used Priority Bikes and I recommend it to everyone because their wheels are airless. SO so nice to not have to fill and refill flats. Especially when they’re too young to try and avoid things that could cause leaks.
BIG KID BIKE – Guardian has technology that creates breaking on both the back and front wheels, so no end-over. All my kids will use these as they get older, Hayes has it now and having that element of safety makes me feel loads better.
SKATE – I love the mini boards like this Penny board for early learners. I am so impressed with Hayes’ growth this Summer with the Penny. He looks comfortable and carves with ease, and I think its a lot easier to learn on than a typical skateboard. There are a few cheaper brands that I haven’t tried, but are well reviewed! Worth testing out for sure if you don’t want the investment.SHOP DC SHOES for KIDS here.
Oh man the weekend! I forgot how much I love it! Thank you school! First off,
Amazon started their own fashion department and has created several in-house lines! They had me pick my favorite from their The Fix line and I went for this Joni bag and love it! Such a pretty suede with the more formal chain detailing to offset the slouchiness and also a cross-body strap because that is a bag must for me. It comes in three colors, check them out here!Levi 501s. Have you gone there? I feel like I’ve tried for most of my life to avoid mom bum and hearing 501s is basically synonymous, but these are actually pretty cute. And I have a few friends in the 501s from Free People and they’re so hot on them. Take that mom bum. Mine were on sale here for $50 so I felt good about giving them a whirl, mine aren’t as high rise (from what I can tell) but they’ve got the same effect. I think my next pair will be the originals from FP. Or maybe the wedgie, any votes? Shoes yep those mules again! I love the leather, too! // Watch by Piper West // Sunnies — these are a couple seasons old any MY FAVE but guess who got them now at $100 – GILT!! Run.
I am desperately trying to find more time to watch The Bold Type, a bunch of my friends are loving it and I’m a few episodes in. It’s growing on me! I always root for fashion themed TV and movies (RIP Lipstick Jungle.)
Also, we have a road trip coming up and I think getting another Fire HD Kids Edition so we aren’t fighting over them is in order. It came in so clutch on our flight last week!! Also why the heck have I been paying double for iPads? This one takes a little getting used to navigationally but its so great. We also got this NSV system for mounting it to our car and I love that it swivels and such. The boys can handle it without too much help. And it rests in between the headrest and chair back so it’s not in the way at all! Also since we still have iPads and now the Fire tablet, it holds both without any switching around, bonus!
As you can imagine we get a lot of kids publications sent our way for review, I don’t talk about very many unless I truly love it but this Bravery Magazine is so SO awesome. Their inaugural cover girl is Jane Goodall and each month shares a brave, trailblazing, smart, innovative, free thinking woman. It is interactive and informative and so well designed and NEEDED. I want my boys to know all these women, to value and respect the opposite sex and I love how easy Bravery Mag makes it! They only need $5,000 and they’ll hit their goal, not bad for one day after being launched! Check out their Kickstarter to see a video, I’ll share it on Insta stories, too!
This has been an element to Small Fry for years, but I am finally giving it a name! Essentially this series is all about tackling a need we have as parents and offering the best of both worlds: buying and/or DIYing. Because there’s some things you can’t buy or find the way you might like them and there’s some things that aren’t worth DIYing when you can buy them for such a great price. SO! Today is all about QUIET TIME. But like, TRULY quiet time. Church style. If this toy or game fell onto a gym floor it wouldn’t make war time level noise and give you stares from the front of the church all the way back. (I’ve been there, many times.)
I did these as DIY because I couldn’t find anything quiet as genius as just making it. These sponges will allow them to “build” but won’t crash. I might make them use these at home too, so quiet! Just grab sponges and cut on up!
Another 3D building DIY where you can get crazy and make whatever shape moves you. You just need velcro dots, tongue depressors or popsicle sticks and you’re good to go! No need to paint, but I couldn’t help it! The silver paint gives major robot vibes too if your kids are into that!
Crayola Activity Center — We have this and it’s awesome for my older boys. Filled with dry erase activities and it has its own firm base so you can take it on the road or wherever you need it! // Puzzle Sticks, quiet, comes with several puzzles to do so you won’t get bored but you also can finish them in the span of 30 minutes. // Wooly Willy. A classic. // Magnetic Faces — another well-loved item over here. The magnets aren’t strong enough to make that snap sound when it meets the board so it’s truly quiet. // More from the same company – all about the body. Teaches loads while they play! // Magnets but US of A! Another great one for learning. // How to Draw. Coloring of any kind is a must for quiet time play but this will teach them how to draw their favorite items so they aren’t bugging you to do it. // Tic Tac Toe rubberized and quiet. // Need to teach a kid how to tie? Bring this toy to a boring meeting and watch the magic. It’s easier to learn when you don’t have to bend over and stretch! // Another darling lacing game with more of a creative element than the others you’ll find. // These soft bendable building straws are the next fidget spinner. Bendy bright and so much fun for hours. // Magnet Robots!
This one is a freaking labor of love but I played with these when I was a kid and am determined to get them all cut out for my boys! Anyone else use these? Find the felt dolls here.