Tag Archives: best tips

best of: cold + sinus

Poor Cal has had the worst sinus issues this week and I’ve been pulling out all the stops. He’s gotten better with each day so I didn’t worry about getting an antibiotic but here’s what I used to help things move along! Children’s ACF (Acute Cold + Flu) by Buried Treasure. I’ve sworn by this stuff for years but only recently found the kid’s formula. It tastes so much better but still has all the immune support you need, like elderberry, echinacea, vitamin C etc. I put this in my kids smoothies all year round to build their immune system … Read more

after school gratitude

after school gratitude

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, gratitude is the solution to pretty much any problem! It’s become such an integral part of my happiness and outlook on life so when I see my kids being ungrateful it really makes me panic! I know they’re young, but I always want it to be a tool and skill they can call on to help them in good and hard times! Today I teamed up with Mott’s Sensibles to create an after school activity where we can enjoy some healthy snacks, too! The new Mott’s Sensible juice from Walmart is … Read more

stress + time management

My stress levels have been absolutely next level the last handful of months. And just when I think it can’t get worse, it seems to compound! When I think about it, I picture a person running from a tidal wave in a movie or something. I just know I gotta keep moving or I’m toast! Of course this is all assuming you can’t do anything to fix your situation, if you can — do that. For me I know it will be stressful until our house is done and Russ starts working again. It just is what it is! I … Read more

cold care package

There is a nasty viral cold going around that poor Cal caught earlier this week. This is the first time he’s been sick since he was little and he’s moaning and crying and asking when he’s going to feel better and breaking my heart! His buddy from school heard he was sick and brough the sweetest little care package. It lifted his spirits so much and mine, too! So I wanted to recreate it today with Maty’s – which is an organic cough and cold line – that makes this amazing chest rub among other awesome things! Their Chest Rub caught … Read more

DIY Internet Safety with Amazon Fire

Fire Kids Edition + Freetime

Sponsored by Amazon. Last year I wrote about something super important to me – internet safety for kids. It’s still one of Small Fry’s most visited posts and I hope it continues to be as the whole topic keeps me up at night! 😉 The internet is such a wonderful tool, but as we all know it can get dark, fast. Today I wanted to revisit that post and also add another awesome resource I have been testing out! You all know Amazon makes their own tablet starting at $99 for kids called Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, right? Well … Read more

modern family photo ideas

Modern Family Photo Ideas

So we’re gearing up for family photos again, t’s been only about 7-ish months, but everyone has already changed SO much. It’s been such a sweet time in our lives, Raleigh is at this amazing stage I can’t stand to forget and it. How often is too often? 😉 I have been collecting canvas enlargements of our family photos since the beginning of time and so they take up quite a bit of space. It’s hard to decorate with them and although I will always find a place, I am ready for something a little more minimal for now! Our wall … Read more

favorite organization tips

Organization Inspo

School starts for us in three short weeks and I’ve started to crave that routine and schedule that having kids in school can bring! It will just be me and Raleigh each morning and he sleeps most of it so I can almost taste the productivity. Like an airplane oxygen mask, I can’t get my kids organized unless I am, so I wanted to share my favorite organizational tips and gear to help make it possible. While we’re at it here is some serious organization inspo from around the web. THE HOME EDIT HOME: I am a firm believer that … Read more

How To: Clean your Oven

Cleaning the oven is arguably in my top 5 least favorite household tasks. Yet when I open up the oven when its clean it gives me so much pride! It always felt like such a production with the sprays you find in the store. They’re crazy potent and horrible for the environment so it’s tracking down rubber gloves, it’s using cloth after cloth. Its a headache, literally. I recently found a more environmentally friendly way to clean that works amazing well, so I wanted to share! You know we have the whole Maytag set up in our house and the … Read more

Air Dry DIY

By Emily in partnership with Maytag. At our house, we air-dry a huge amount of clothing!  If I am not on top of the laundry the state of the laundry room gets out of hand pretty quickly. Clothing draped on every surface and then I really can’t stand to be in there, which doesn’t help matters! I am always looking for more space effective ways to air-dry for the five of us now, when I finally gave up and made my own system. And since it installs right over your washer and dryer into the ceiling, it hardly takes up any … Read more

Traveling with Baby

By Emily in partnership with Ergo. We’ve got Spring Break on the brain and fly miles to burn and so today is all about traveling with baby! I’ve already started using both the new Sophie La Giraffe 360 Carrier and their chic new Anywhere I Go Backpack (available exclusively at Babies R Us until March) but I keep thinking about a solo flight I took with Raleigh and how much easier my life would’ve have been with both. Here’s what I’ll be taking next time around!  Left to Right Top to Bottom: First thing, if you’re on baby duty wear slip-on shoes. Something … Read more