Fall Kicks!

Looking for some easy shoes to bring your kids wardrobes into Fall? Here’s some of our favorites from Zappos as of late!Fall Kicks at Zappos

Classic maryjanes perfect for Sunday best, family photos and holiday parties! // Vans are a favorite around here and what little girl wouldn’t flip for this hologram pair? // A great more formal option that slips on and off! // // A great moto boot in a versatile brown! // DC’s new line with Adventure Time! Our kids are obsessed! Find the whole collection here // Velcro is a must for those pre-tying years. // Adidas Samba, such a classic! //

 

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Nicole FRYday

This has been one long week. With the time change, its dark by 5:30 pm here in Utah. I have a love hate relationship with it. My kids have been ready for bed by 7pm each night, thats the love part of the relationship. But in return, they wake up at 6am. 6 am is EARLY for us. However I’m finding that as I get used to waking up a bit earlier, I am accomplishing so much more in one day. I think this Love/Hate will soon just be lots of LOVE.

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Now that its Fryday, I get (have) to sit down and re-cap all my months favorite purchases and share them with you. I love doing this, and I hope its beneficial to all of you. I posted a snap chat last night of my living room and got a lot of questions about Eames Replica Lounge Chair. Here it is for you all. You’ll love it as much as I do, and it is a comfortable as it looks. I also bought the white one for our sitting room upstairs.

Also, some of you asked about this Floor Lamp. Its from Target and is on sale online until Saturday! Its such a pretty one.

When fall hits, I love to pull out all the throw blankets that I stored over the warm months. I love adding them into the decor of the home to warm things up, and to warm our bodies up at well. This is one I love the most. Is is also on sale.

These Globe Pendant lights are also on sale, and I bought 2 of them for above the bar in my kitchen.

Okay, I’m sorry, I’m almost done with Target, I just did a LOT of damage there this month. This Dark Wood and Metal desk lamp is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE Target purchases. It too is on sale. Snag them before they are gone.

Lastly, we have been doing a lot of hiking this fall, and this is our go to backpack for all the snacks and water.

Enjoy Everyone! And happy Fryday!

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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

 

Nordstrom Fall Clearance!!

Died when I saw all the many things I’ve paid full price for on sale today!! The whole thing is magnificent – so many great savings. But I went through and picked my favorites, including this leather jacket I paid more for at the Anniversary Sale and wear weekly!!

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FRYday: Emily

November, HOW? This year has flown by and it doesn’t show signs of slowing down. Here’s what I’ve been up to:emfryFeeling: Let’s get these feelings out first, yeah? I don’t even want to mention the E word, but the election has seriously aged me 10 years. It feels so heavy and ominous like it will never be the same. I will for sure never be the same. It cracked open something in me that I have pushed down for years, and that is the bubbling injustice I feel and see toward woman, STILL! And that’s not even talking about the candidates. Having and sharing my opinion has shown me some of the ugliest types of people. I always wonder, where are the moderate thinkers of the world? Why is there only the most staunch right/left wing types and seemingly nothing in between? I’d like to think its because moderate thinkers don’t feel the need to voice their every whim, but I am not sure. It makes me so worried as a parent, how are my kids going to thrive in this environment. This post got real heavy real fast, but it has been on my mind. Anyone else feeling any of this?

GIFTING: Oprah’s Favorite Things list is on Amazon today and how I miss that lady on my TV! Love this tassel keychain, don’t tell my friends but gonna buy a bunch for Christmas. So cute! See the full list here.

WEARING: My fall go-to… Loose fit sweater + high waisted skinnies. High waisted denim is the key to a post-partum figure I only wish I didn’t waste my time buying low rise lately. Jenna showed me these and I love!! So stretchy but they keep everything in nice and tight. I’ve spent lots on sweaters and I’ve bought super cheap ones too and honestly I prefer the lower end. I don’t get so mad when they lose their shape or ball up. H&M never fails me. Juuust enough synthetic materials to stay looking great.sweater

Glitter Khaki // Lace-up for a little edge // Olive mock neck with interesting ribbing // Soft pink to mix it up // Perfect Cream sweater // Bright red – I LOVE this with a deep burgundy, such great color combo for fall. I’ll style it for you soon so you can see what I mean. // A loose mock for those of you who hate stuff tight around your neck. // Frill for a little more femininity

READING: I told you all about the movie Suffragette, and I couldn’t stop there. Since the movie was telling the story of the movement in London, I grabbed “Century of Struggle” which covers more of the US perspective. I can’t stress enough how much this re-educating has meant to me.

DECORATING: Each holiday we really try to focus on service at our house. Doing something each day for someone else has changed the holidays for me and hopefully my kids, too. It will be interesting this year with a baby but I picked up this grateful tree ($5!) frrom Caravan Shoppe even on the days I can’t venture out but we can still keep the conversation going.draw-together-thankful-treeEATING: I think I’ve shared here before that Raleigh cannot be full. He’s my first kid where nursing has been a challenge simply because I don’t make enough milk. Needless to say I was relieved to hear my pediatrician say “Time for solids!” We’ve only just started but here’s my favorite feeding accessories. These rinse-off bibs are genius and the adjustable neck strap is so convenient and not irritating. Bamboo spoons in bright colors and his favorite oatmeal with probiotics!  It’s always so fun to start this stage!raleigh

LISTENING: Regina Spektor released a new album after forever. I bought her first album Soviet Kitsch the year I gradutated high school, so like back when the dinosaurs roamed. She’s just as good as ever, sweet yet brazen.

 

#hiphipbooray

By Emily.

The First Annual #hiphipbooray was a success and Nicole and I might sleep for weeks. We haven’t thrown an open party for kids since our last Road Rally, before Jenna moved! We had forgotten just how much fun and chaotic these types of events can be. We loved watching all your kiddos have so much fun and hope it was fun for you, too!

Here’s a recap of the event!#hiphipboorayMany hands made light work this time and having our favorite local brands sponsoring booths was so nice. They all did such a killer job. And of course the beautiful venue, White Shanty for hosting us all!

Fawn Design had Pumpkin Putt Putt Golf:#hiphipboorayJune & January had the most darling Temporary Tattoo Parlor set-up. Complete with tattoo chair and neon lights. Delicious cookies and paper dolls too!#hiphipboorayLittle Sapling Toys had ghost bowling and gave out their amazing wooden toys to trick or treaters. #hiphipboorayMer Mag hand painted these photo-ops and she nailed it as usual:#hiphipbooray#hiphipboorayGathre had their mats on hand for Halloween Twister and other fun games!#hiphipbooray

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Freshly Picked brought the Smilebooth, find your photo here!14956639_1122560294464438_6428753155637045303_nBijou Market (coming Nov. 18th!) had a Vampire (cake) Bite Walk courtesy of Sweet Tooth Fairy:#hiphipbooray

#hiphipboorayRaising Wild had a Donuts on a String (best party game ever.)#hiphipboorayChatbooks had Bobbing For Apples:#hiphipbooray

Caravan Shoppe brought all their best Halloween printables, make your own monsters and huge coloring sheets! We especially love their Thanksiving line, you need this! Easy thankful tree to add to each day!draw-together-thankful-tree

And Mt. Vista Catering was on hand with wood-fired pizzas and drinks!#hiphipbooray

That’s a wrap! We hope to be able to do this party again next year, so be sure and stay tuned for the next #hiphipbooray!! AND, there’s MORE photos! Find all Freshly Picked’s Smilebooth Set here, and more party-goers photos via our Facebook Photo Album here!

MORE ABOUT SPONSORS:

Fawn Design makes the most amazing backpacks for fashionable mamas. Pockets for everything and it’s a cult classic where we live, grab one!

June & January makes the best basics for kids, bright colors, spot on palettes and easy designs.

Little Sapling Toys makes the most beautiful handmade toys!

Mer Mag is an artist and illustrator and craft genius.

Gathre makes amazing bonded leather mats for the beach, park, play time. They’re wonderful and easiest upkeep.

Freshly Picked baby moccs, best of the best, only thing that touches our baby’s feet. Ya know.

Bijou Market is a local handmade and vintage boutique that runs three times a year. Coming 11.18-19!

Raising Wild makes functional and trendy swim wear for women and kids! Just on Shark Tank and some of our best friends.

Chatbooks needs no introduction. We use them excessively for printing our own Instagram feeds and it truly doesn’t get easier.

Caravan Shoppe makes holiday celebrating SO much easier. We love their printables and use them all year round to for shoots and our own personal use.

 Mt. Vista Catering makes the best food around. They deliver in Utah County for 4 or more people so we’ve been known to have meals delivered to our play dates and park time. Everything is delicious and its so affordable!

 

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surprise shop bop sale

Just browsing the ShopBop Surprise sale (goes for 3 days!) and had to share our favorites here! SO many amazing deals on accessories and a few key pieces too. If you’ve been wanting Karen Walkers or Rag & Bone jeans today’s your lucky day! Check out all the other killer pieces below!

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