Nenu: Small Fry Approved

By Jenna:


We’ve entered that stage in baby life when! It’s exciting, horrific, stressful and an adventure!! Since our last two babies were three and a half years apart, lots has changed in the baby toy/teether world so I’ve been on the market for new ones to add to Lolly’s collection.FPYUHsAgrUFkL-EPf0Q0sYnfR51qDnt57oEVxeislnQ

I came across these teether by Nenu and I am absolutely obsessed with them. Is it sad or awesome to be excited about teethers? I think it’s just called #momlife. FVXM08gSun6Tez5jzvAiHh2q_6QrBEstZlGgLJBET8w

These little guys are SO darling, inventive and GENIUS. The size and hardness of the teether is meant to mimic their little fingers so it feels familiar to them! Lately Lolly has been teething pretty bad so we put these in the freezer for 20 minutes and she loves it. gXbGEcWGIDI3ffx0_XI2WBggMraJxulADvEehCfggLc

What’s super cool is it also floats in the water so it’s a perfect bath toy for her and the other kids as well! I love that these products are designed, manufactured, packaged and tested in the USA. Free of Phthalate, PVC, Vinyl, Latex, Lead, BPA and any other yucky stuff you don’t want in your babies mouth. yQg1KADhRBykQdXPt69LBJgw9v8rvVFHxRPBmX-UN2E


I contacted Nenu and they offered up an exclusive discount code for you Small Fry babes. Use code SMALLFRY25 at checkout for 25% off!

And don’t forget to come back and tell us how you like them!

p.s. for all you mamas starting first foods they have a spoon too! It’s so brilliant, the legs on it are designed to keep it off dirty tables!!! It’s a great training spoon and I can’t wait for Lolly to use it when she grows up a bit.


We’re in full blown back to school mode and looking forward to the routine! Here’s what we’re thinking about this week:



WEARING: I am OBSESSING over this MAC Eye Kohl eyeliner in the color Teddy. As an eyeliner novice it is the perfect golden tone color that applies perfectly smudged and natural. It is definitely the most welcomed addition in to my makeup collection.

Since Emily posted about MAC Morange I’ve been fixated on finding a dupe. Nothing can compare to a good MAC Lipstick, but I’ve found something that comes in to a close second. NYX Butter Lipstick in Hot Tamale. It has that beautiful orange/red hue, applies beautifully and wears for a good 4 hours! If you’re not in to paying $17 for Morange, this $5.99 purchase is a good option!
While we’re on the topic of Orange, this maxi dress from Target has been a go to staple for me as I still am trying to navigate and figure out my post baby bod — along with the challenges of dressing for nursing. It makes me comfortable and it’s ON SALE!
READING: Still no time for reading here, but I have been compiling this book for Lolly and it is the absolute cutest thing ever on the planet. The prompts in it are SO darling like how much was bread and postage when she was born! I love the idea of looking back and remembering those every day things about the time in which she was born. This will be a new favorite shower gift as well!
WATCHING: Real Housewives of everything. I can’t help myself. So entertaining and honestly makes me appreciate my humble little California life!
LISTENING: I am obviously fascinated with food and various plans that people follow. I’ve recently been doing a lot of research on plant-based diets and how they starve cancer as well as promote healthy immune systems. Coming from a typically Paleolithic diet, switching to plant-based might be a drastic change but I’ve been loving listening to these TED talks about incorporating more plant-based things.
DECORATING: I recently bought some of these hanging planters to fuel my plant obsession.
ANTICIPATING: The next couple weeks! We’ve been working hard and have a lot of fun family things coming up including Jude’s 4th birthday! Excited for the weeks ahead! Also we’re in growing pains right now as we adjust to two new school schedules…looking forward to having that routine down!



WEARING: What’s that? You want more dresses? I found the jackpot at Forever 21 and have been wearing dresses everyday since. They’re all so inexpensive and super easy to dress up or down. Throw a plaid button up, chambray, or anorak around your waist and you’re ready for any fickle Summer slash Fall day. Shown: Striped // Longline // Geo (most comfortable dress EVER!) Burgundy (it comes in a bunch of colors!)

READING: Can’t stop thinking about this article I read awhile back about Fracking in a town in Utah. My Earth loving heart can’t take it sometimes!

LISTENING: The Accidental Creative podcast. If you’re working in a creative field, putting yourself out there on a daily basis, this one has been such a great addition for improving my work life balance! I get to one maybe a month.

DECORATING: I love finding inexpensive art since I like to shake things up every now and then. Either way can’t pass up a map of Paris, this Pineapple tray would hang pretty nicely too.

WATCHING: This quick montage of people getting puppies as gifts had me literally sobbing and laughing. Lobbing? When I need to remind myself why I wanted my naughty Leo dog, I’ll be watch this again and again.

FEELING: In denial. I have yet to do one thing  for “Back to School.” When you see me at the bus stop chanting “I’m not really here!” maybe just avert your eyes. (Seriously watch this clip it’s so good.


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toddler lunch

So happy to have Amy of Yummy Toddler Lunch back sharing another healthy lunch option with us! Amy has created an eBook, Yummy Toddler Lunch, filled with ideas for healthy packable lunches and is sharing one from her eBook below. This one is must have for back to school! Welcome back, Amy!

Super Easy School Lunch: Deconstructed Taco SaladTaco Salad Toddler Lunch
Whether you work, stay at home, or do some combination of both, chances are that there are days that you need to pack lunches for your kids. And while it can be a totally daunting prospect, I’ve found a few ways to make it a lot easier.

I was really overwhelmed when I started packing food for my girl to take to daycare at 14 months. Despite knowing how to feed her at home, it was more complicated to pack it all ahead of time and to trust that she would eat well even when I wasn’t there. And as she grew older and more aware of what the other little kids were eating, I felt pressure to make her lunches AWESOME to ensure that she’d eat them.

Looking back, I really over-thought things and made the whole process of packing lunches a lot harder than it needed to be. There is always some dynamic of peer pressure at the table, whether with other kids or parents, but overall, I’ve found that toddlers tend to behave really well when it comes to eating their lunch in a daycare setting. Since then, I’ve put together a collection of strategies in my Yummy Toddler Lunches ebook to help us all pack lunches that are wholesome and yummy, but that are super easy to assemble—like this deconstructed taco salad.

Taco Salad Toddler Lunch
Lunches don’t need to be fancy or complicated, especially for little kids. Simple finger foods are often the way to go. Many toddlers prefer to see what’s in their lunch, so the foods in this lunch are separated out. You can vary them according to what your kid likes, but here’s what’s pictured in this taco salad:

Produce: sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes, half of a plucot
Protein: black beans and cheese
Carbohydrate: sliced corn tortilla
Sauce/Dip: plain whole-milk yogurt and mild salsa

The beauty of this sort of assembled lunch is that even if your little one isn’t in the mood for one of the ingredients, they will still have plenty to eat. Plus, it takes just a few minutes to put together, so the prep work on your end is super quick and really painless. It’s also yummy served right out of the fridge, which is a bonus if your child’s center isn’t able to heat foods up.

Yummy Toddler Lunch eBook
I have 100 ideas for these sorts of simple lunches in the ebook, plus 15 toddler-approved recipes for snacks, dips, and simple sauces, all in an effort to make this part of parenthood a lot easier for all of us. Find out more about the Yummy Toddler Lunches ebook here. The lunch box pictured here is an Easy Lunchbox, which is sold in a set of 4 and makes packing lunches super easy.

we are small fry

Last month we had a couple weeks where we were all together, and we couldn’t help but get it documented! We used to take our close proximity for granted, but not anymore. We love our Small Fry family! We headed up to Silver Lake with our families and were so excited to have Hailey and Brad Devine of Haugen Creative come along. This film is the third (see #1 and #2 here on our YouTube channel  in our year long series with Ergo Baby and at this point it’s not hard coming up with fun adventures to show you all the versatility and ease this carrier provides. It just is part of our everyday with little Lolly girl. If you have a little one and you want them to be part of your world and your adventures, there’s just nothing better than an Ergo!

Check out our little hike below, we hope you like a little inside peek into our world:

get messy, get clean recap

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.bsd0oti35U0i9sJ7hANeCZw-UhtFGqoeBplihu4XfTE,VXF_Ekyzf6MmXWMWiT2TcOjWDmdLtHTTmGYMAFOapfU Kid Yoga (we have an awesome post on how to teach your kids yoga at home right here!)yqQQnovPDdxnQNawVhHFWJ2YIwHVPVJF7y54Eh5SggA,x_6b9A-mhknO2-ruHLsSoFU5IuejGATbV2n9DZWi8_Y  They had a whole animal rescue section where you could play, walk, and get familiar with local animals for adoption. OVnqEjQ4JVNWlSAAzf67xNwJC3GUgnjxNehaCbgnprg,ikA4pT8Fe_ZIOfwJA_O-dliRY06cnHc4HOqbwegAlYo-1DPlRU0kLPYfybJINB__a7F5UVMDvyNKF_s18PlG0qfs,OVvYNVOq9ToyG27zr4dRG7-Bbd-KRMHL-VWjK9qonbAOne 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!E2nOczc2PlALdiBZfpa_MDphTPr6sXS-8V2HAQeXI1w,kOE50N9MzB07x7q1D2hZW24tNMqh5jtROBaUgSFXHNQ The boys loved painting their pots and planting their own seeds, obviously not the Frame brothers but you get the idea. 😉KqiZRNdzeo43KN4yfdVnT7UPLYd3RV-JloxpqiKGShc,6lpVu_5Y2Kra9-iPD6wleXBsFeXiPBHD05mtwUCMd_wMore 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!Ju7E6cwXiF9D7LLDf2utXOHRfnYv_NjQOlI2fQ2Y9pE,jyjTew8lIMrF2pSImfCzEBYsR6ULNTK9Gm9cPIrrfyQ P6UP7aDnOtdGlDP7lrowY-jZ0YCOzuSmrbDGumFRjdY,IeXsShHzbwjLrFU7DhtUhJzK55S67XtyC5lnKQSw56g


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! ve3UR7e79LFS0QbrXm0Ix4sjjOGIFQo4EYbk4eCTgWY,ZGbHdPk1MGlehzUunorCJfLbxPqHccIzojcga9YsHA0For us by far the favorite was the giant bubble station:dWRkuB-u0N1piBWBSwk_ix0TXmORogH4hPIRChQ7ZYg,7eak44i17ngQrnXCVxGUTXIefBzRFStrPe14J1iv1qU


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Here’s a list of brands that participated in this event, check them out at your local Target!

EcoScraps (sustainable soil)
Mrs. Meyers (green cleaning and beauty products)
Paddy’s Bathroom (all natural bath time products for kids!)
Freshpet (Natural pet food and treats)
Justin’s (nut butter and peanut butter cups)
Ella’s Kitchen (organic baby food)
Senda (Fair trade sports gear)
Angie’s Boom-Chikapop (Non GMO popcorn! The Caramel and Cheddar is our fave!)
KIND (Healthy snack bars and more)
Hyland’s (Homeopathic remedies, we love their teething tablets!)
Annie’s (Healthy foods kids love, sustainably cultivated)
Yes To Carrots (All natural beauty products!)