Paper Bouquet DIY

By Emily.

Spring Fever is real, and it has arrived at my house. Thank goodness for a couple high 50s/low 60 days that have gotten us out to the park and basking on the lawn. To celebrate Spring’s upcoming arrival, I had the boys make these cardboard tube bouquets! I saw the idea in a doctor’s waiting room magazine, and knew they would all love it. This is a true-blue kids craft, where they are in charge every step of the way, and they LOVED it! Here’s how you’ll do it:
Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Start by saving up any empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls you have lying around. If you’re in a craft-jam like I was I had Callum unroll a half-used paper towel roll, which might as well have been a trip to DisneyLand, he was pumped! Another work around I used was to take craft paper and tape it into a tube, which is nice because then you can control the size!

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

This next step is recommended for four year olds or older, and also using kid-safe scissors (these ones by Crayola are great.) Have your kids make even cuts about two inches into the tubes. Then have them bend the cuts back, creating the petals.

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Now they’re ready to paint! These bold kid’s paints are a Small Fry favorite. Why is it always Crayola? They just know what they’re doing, I guess. Paint each petal and let it dry completely.

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

I am loving having these happy and bright flowers on my table! I could kill a cactus so I’m even happier for this no-pressure option. Also, these flowers are reminding me of a painting, help a sister out! Maybe by Klimt?

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Have extra paper towel rolls? Check out this Ocean Sounds Stick DIY!

And even more kid-led crafts:

GIANT Paper Airplanes // Colorblock Tees and Tanks // Cereal Box Jet-Packs

One more thing before you go! We are excited to launch our exclusive content newsletters this month! This means that Newsletter members will get special access to content, deals from our favorite shops, and Small Fry goodness that no one else can! To celebrate this roll-out we’re doing a special giveaway for Newsletter members, a Clairisonic skin cleanser from our sponsor Spa Trouvé! Valued at $125 this handheld machine cleans like no other. You know when you go to the dentist and your teeth are so clean it makes your toothbrush look like a cottonball? It’s like that, but for your face. Sign up the tip top left side   ☜. Smart Phone users use this link! Then later today subscribers will get the secret access to enter the giveaway!

Thanks Spa Trouvé for helping us out! Locals don’t miss their buy one get one free sale on Latisse, $100 off fillers, and as usual the best spa treatments around!

7 Healthy Foods to Fool Your Kids

By Jenna.

Recently my brother-in-law stayed with us for a few days and one night at dinner he told me how impressed he was at the variety of food the kids ate and how healthy their diet was. After beaming with pride (and hoping he didn’t see the candy in the cupboard) I started to think about what makes eating healthy SO hard for kids. Don’t get me wrong my kids eat their fair share of treats and junk food but on a general scale they’re very good eaters. I have a lot of tips I’ve learned the hard way for getting my boys to eat a variety of foods and make healthy choices, but today I wanted to introduce or remind you of foods for even the pickiest eater.

healthy kids foods

1. Sweet Potatoes: The ultimate super food. I never gave these little babies a chance but once a year smothered in marshmallows at Thanksgiving. And while I lay in bed and dream of that every night, we’ve found a thousand different (healthier ways) to partake of the Sweet Potato. Our ultimate way of choice is by way of the Fry, what can we say we’re American? My kids honestly don’t know the difference between a fast food fry and our homemade sweet potato fries. In fact they prefer the ones I do which I make using this recipe. Sweet Potatoes are high in B6 which aids combatting degenerative diseases, Vitamin C which of course boosts are immune system but also helps the healthy formation of bones and teeth as well as Vitamin D which aids in our energy and mood levels among a thousand other health benefits.

2. Guacamole: My one true love. It’s like Christmas when my avocados ripen (how funny and true is this pin?) and I can sit down to a little chips and dip. Guacamole CAN be a little difficult for kids with texture issues. Quinn doesn’t enjoy it quite like Jude does for that reason. But if you have a kid that loves to dip, try switching out the ranch or ketchup occasionally! Avocados are the MVP of Guacamole and are raging with health benefits. Did you know that an avocado contains more potassium then a banana? Crazy! They also are fantastic for your cardiovascular health and can help promote proper nutrition absorption in your kids! For you pregnant mammas out there, 1 avocado contains 23% of your suggested daily folic acid intake which is crucial for combating certain birth defects. You get what I’m saying right? They’re incredible. I like to use this recipe for my guacamole and cut down the jalapeño in half since my oldest definitely likes food milder. Alternatives to chips would be: cucumbers, carrots, sweet peppers etc..

3. Eggs: There are a million benefits to eggs but the one that seals the deal for me is that they keep my kids full longer. Ever feel like you’re feeding your family 372 times a day? I know I do when I’m not feeding them nutrient dense food. Eggs keep my kids full FOREVER. They like to eat them any way they can get them but recently they have preferred them hard boiled. I bake mine in a 24 count muffin tin at the beginning of the week and we are making more by Wednesday!

4. Salmon: I know what you’re thinking…”this chick is insane, my kid is not going to freaking eat fish.” I thought the same thing and so I never fed it to Quinn when he was little. I tried it once and he was hooked, now he will tell you it’s his favorite food! So much of why our kids won’t eat is because we won’t feed it to them. We figure they will only like “kid-approved” foods like macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. I think by offering our kids a variety of food, we might be surprised about how much they love! Just because you offered it once and they didn’t like it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try again another time. And breaking news–salmon is SO EASY and quick to cook. Marinate salmon with things your kids already enjoy like citrus juices or tomatoes! Be sure to buy wild salmon as it is lower in Mercury and high in Omega 3′s.

5. Pistachios: These serve a dual purpose. Both as a healthy snack and a time filler. It takes Quinn at least 2 minutes to crack open a pistachio. I can clean the kitchen before he’s had a handful! And he’s so pumped every time one cracks open. Pistachios aid against heart disease, promote healthy blood in your body through high amounts of B6 and are even shown to improve eye health! Plus they are the tastiest.

6. Noosa: Yoghurt from heaven. This stuff is crazy good. I’ve tried nearly every Greek Yogurt & Noosa wins forever and ever. Honestly I bought it because of the packaging and it’s flawless design. You can make me buy ANYTHING with beautiful branding (advertisers take note) but was pleasantly surprised when I took it home. Pleasantly as in we ate two cartons in a day. The yoghurt is the creamiest in all the land, sweetened with organic honey and then on the bottom lies a blanket of fresh fruit puree that will knock your socks off. Our family goes crazy over Strawberry Rhubarb and Mango. Trust me when I say your kids will think they’re eating a dessert! I’ve seen this at most local grocers and health food stores. It is a touch pricey but they have a coupon on their site for a whole $.55 off! I mean it’s ridiculous, but trust me when you taste it you’ll get why you would pay $4 for the carton.

7. Mango: Duh Jenna kids like fruit. But let’s talk about the under appreciated Mango. It just doesn’t get a ton of air time in most households. Sometimes I forget about it and then I bring it home and it’s like part of our family was missing but now is back. It sounds dramatic but if you haven’t already gathered from this post, food is of the upmost importance to me. My favorite thing to make for my kids is a mango smoothie or a mango salsa for over (you guessed it) salmon! Or just eat it plain because it’s just that good. Mango is rich in anti-oxidants that can help sustain your body against cancer, improves digestion which can be a problem for a lot of kiddos and best of all boost their immune system!

So guys there you have it. In the words of Yo-Gabba-Gabba “try it you’ll like it !” Let us know how it goes, and please add any underrated health foods your kids love so we can try them out on our boys!

More ways to health-ify your kids’ foods:

Kitchen Sink Cookies // Juicing for kids // and a kid-friendly smoothie cleanse!

DIY Glowing Star Glasses

This post is brought to you by ElectroDash – The 5K Dance Party.

By Nicole.

My house is getting so excited for warmer months ahead! Yesterday it was just warm enough to ride bikes outside without hats and gloves, and my mind started racing toward BBQs, days at the pool, and taking advantage of Utah’s amazing Summer! We’ve got just the thing to help kick-off an amazing Summer, and it even comes with a killer discount code! For you locals, on April 26th, the ElectroDash the 5k race is coming to Utah Valley University! It is a race unlike any other. It’s a glow-in-the-dark, neon lights dance party and it looks like an absolute blast. We’ll be there hosting a bounce house and other kid-friendly activities, and even better, kids 7 and under are free! Even if Dash runs two steps and is ready for the jogger, no money is wasted. To get the boys extra excited, I wanted to make an easy DIY for them to sport at the race.

Here’s what you’ll need:
DIY Glow in the dark glasses

I was ready to show you how to make your own glow-in-the-dark glitter, but guess what? You can buy it pre-made at the craft store! Buy it online here, too. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can make it by taking glow-in-the-dark spray paint to regular glitter, pre-made is sounding extra nice right about now.

I found these cute star shaped sunglasses at about $.50 each, a can of spray adhesive, and the glow-in-the-dark glitter and then you’ll want to find a nice well-ventilated area to spray. Outside it best. Then use a plate or shallow tupperware and fill it with the glitter and you’re ready to start! You’ll want to put the glasses in the bottom of an open cardboard box and then spray them evenly with the adhesive. Once they’re coated, dip them in the tray of glitter, or use your hands to sprinkle them letting the excess fall to the plate. Sprinkling is a great kid-friendly step, Dash was the best helper. Let it dry completely and you’ve got yourself the perfect race accessory! Check them out in action:
DIY Glowing Star Spectacles

And now for that discount code! Any racers you locals want to bring that are over 7 years old can get 20% of their ticket by entering “ELECTROFRY” at check-out. Buy your ticket now and you will get early bird ticket prices until March 7th, so those tickets are only $39.00!

ElectroDash glow in the dark gear

With each ticket (for kids as well) it includes an ElectroDash t-shirt, neon bracelets, sunglasses and other neon accessories. Register for the Utah Valley Race right here, it will be held at UVU Campus and the Small Fry boys are already so pumped! I on the other hand better get off the couch and attempt to break my running shoes in.

Here’s a taste of the course. You have glowing arches, the Galaxy, Floating Jellyfish, Glowing trees, a Cactus forest, and a Laser Show at the end. Talk about magical!

ElectroDash 5K Course

We hope you locals will join us! We’re thinking of starting a stroller brigade you know, just to make it extra fun for all the college kids. ;)

REGISTER HERE!

Electro Dash 5k Utah

Home to Their Holidays, a recap.

Whew, what a week it has been! We have been so blown away by your participation in our awesome giveaways, read every comment chiming in and lending support to our new baby advice bloggers, and spent hours on the phone with our host server every time they couldn’t seem to keep up with our growing pains! We’re so sorry for the countless times the site was down this past weekend. We think we’ve solved the riddle, and will be watching diligently to make sure it’s taken care of. One thing we’re reminded of daily, we have the best readers! You all are so lovely, intelligent, caring and strong. We are strengthened daily by your presence here and wish we could send a little new baby love to all of you. Now that the Orbit Giveaway has ended, we’re excited to announce the winner selected randomly by Rafflecopter: Cortney Fuller!

We figured the smoothest transition (we’ll miss reading birth stories everyday, they’re our favorite!) back into our regular posting schedule would be to share this awesome film our main man Jenner Brown created for our friends at Home to Their Holiday. If you remember back in December we shared our experience of doing a little Sub-for-Santa for three families with children in the NICU – read the post here – but Home to Their Holiday had even bigger plans!

Bringing Some Home To Their Holidays from Erin Koelliker on Vimeo.

Jessica & Erin, two moms who have spent lots of time in the NICU were able to gift 100+ mothers on bed rest during Christmastime. They graciously let us tag along for delivery! So many companies made incredible donations to these mothers, but we have to thank Puj, The Honest Company and 4moms for donating on our behalf. The whole experience was a humbling, and gratitude-filled one;  we were brought to tears countless times. Words can’t really express, but we are reminded that womanhood is a powerful thing, and we can do amazing things when we take care of one another.

More about the donating companies:

Read a “Moms You Should Meet” with Katie the founder of Puj here.

See a line-up of our favorite Honest Co. items here.

And enter to win a Breeze and MamaRoo from 4moms here.

New Mom Advice : The Shine Project

We’re so grateful and humbled to end our week of new baby, new mama stories with Ashley’s. Ashley is the founder of the Shine Project, a blog, a shop, and a charity set up to benefit at-risk youth. They do service projects every other week with inner-city kids, and any money they raise goes back to fund those future leaders’ college funds. On top of that, Ashley is a new mother, in a very special way. We hope Ashley’s words serve as a reminder of all the wonderful ways we find ourselves as mothers in this life.

New Mom Advice : The Shine Project

“Our story is different than most. We didn’t go through the pregnancy, birth, or even the first few years of life. Our new babies came to us, at the same time, at ages 4 and 6. My sleepless nights haven’t come from crying babies and feedings, they’ve come from weeping and praying for strength and guidance and trying to learn how to become this instant parent to two special people who need to be held tight. I remember texting my friend with kids around their age frantically wondering “What do they eat, how much do they sleep, are they supposed to be reading yet, what do kids DO?!” I was thrown into this magical and unknown world of childhood, and suddenly feeling the responsibility that I have over two human beings was the most overwhelming yet wonderful thing I had ever felt.

New Mom Advice : The Shine Project
I often get asked, “When are you going to have your own children?” While the process we’ve taken is not the normal step to raising kids, the love and feelings that come along with it is all the same. Zoe and Shiloh have filled emptiness in my heart that I didn’t even know was there. I’ve only been a mom for 10 months, and have no clue in the whole wide world what I’m doing. But I know how to love them, so if I put that first, the other stuff just trickles in to place and it all works out okay. There was no preparation for us, no baby showers, no real “advice” that could be given as we ventured into a completely different scenario. Someone told me to create boundaries with consequences, not just rules that have to be followed. Doing that has helped us SO, so much. We’ve worked through and overcome a lot these past 10 months, and what a blessing it has been in our lives. For months I was called “Ashley” and my husband was called “daddy” almost immediately.

We do things at their pace, when and if they want. I’ve learned how to sacrifice and be less selfish than I’ve ever had to be. Sometimes the things that hurt me most are what is best for them. Even though they’re older, we still have a lot of “firsts” with them. Taking them to the zoo or teaching them songs, how to read, etc, and seeing their confidence grow and their little eyes shine with excitement is what I live for. I may not ever know what I’m doing, but I do know one thing; being called “mommy” for the first time was the best thing that has ever happened to me.