easy family game night

This post is a paid sponsorship by Goldfish® Crackers, but all opinions are my own.

It is so easy for me to slide into the after-school routine rut, to push through ’til bedtime and forget that there can be easy fun to be had!  Check out these Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® Special Edition Disney Mickey Mouse Cheddar crackers!  Perfect to use for a family game night. We came up with a handful of minute or less games where all you need are some household items and, of course, your Goldfish crackers!Easy Family Game Night

Not only do these crackers add fun to our family game night, but they are delicious too! Baked with 100% real cheese, no artificial flavors or preservatives, and with color sourced from plants, these are a yummy snack you can feel good about serving your kids.

What I like about the timed games is that you can easily tailor the skill level for each kid. The game doesn’t have to change but, depending on their age, they have to complete it faster! We thought of a few games using Goldfish crackers and your everyday drinking straw.Easy Family Game Night

EASY GAME IDEAS

-Using a straw, suck up all the crackers in the bowl and transfer them to a new one!

-Goldfishing! Using a straw, blow your Goldfish cracker across the finish line faster than your opponent or under the time limit set for each age group.

Easy Family Game Night

-Hockey! Split your team by colors: yellow Goldfish and red Mickey crackers. Set up your field with equal numbers of crackers, either by randomly scattering or using strategy. The rule is simple: you can only pass through two opponents to get to the goal. Use a finger or straw to kick the ball through the pairings of opponents until you get to the goal!

Easy Family Game Night

-Stack-a-Mickey. Partner up and stack as many Mickey crackers as you can in the time limit. Just try not to laugh or wiggle!

Easy Family Game Night

We’re obsessed with these cute crackers and the reminder that mixing it up and having some family fun doesn’t have to take a ton of effort or planning! Got any other game ideas with easy household items? I’d love to add to our list!

rendezvouz box

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Another awesome gift idea for you guys today! Even through our crazy year Russ and I never let date night slide and it was really the only thing holding us together at times! Even if it was just a sushi run after the kids went to bed, the TIME is the important thing. But if you’re like us and there’s definitely one person planning the dates, securing the sitter, making it happen it can start to feel like work instead of fun. Anyone in that boat?Rendezvous Box

This is where Rendezvous Box comes in! You take a quiz on their site so they know your ideal date night situation. They create the itinerary, handle ALL the details. Reservations, appointments, tickets, even down to parking. You just show up and be together! We got our itinerary in the mail a few hours before we left and it was so fun to be spontaneous and have those nervous butterflies. Where are we going? What are we doing? And since they take care of it, both parties get to enjoy without stress. Here’s our date! I’ll tag the itinerary below!

Chocolate tasting (Hi Steve!) at Hatch Family Chocolates. With a Carmel Malone for the road. 😉 Dinner at Avenues Proper – their beet salad and burger were our favorite!Then axe throwing at Social Axe. Russ said he wanted to join an axe club after that so you can guess how that went!

You can check it out here, don’t forget SMALLFRY for 20% off!

 

Gather for Goats

So you might see a Gather For Goats party similar to this in your area, but for us Utah County locals we are getting together tomorrow afternoon to raise money to provide 800 goats to the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. You can read all about the project here in partnership with Lifting Hands International which we have followed closely for a couple years and they do amazing work! Milk with vital nutrients will make such a differenence in these young families lives!

This event was so amazing, people showed up by the hundreds, the local companies donated in droves and the raffle produced enough donations to provide money for 10 goats to those refugees! So many people were involved but Cayleen Haynie and Sarah Thompson and Shelly Hyde broke their backs to get this thing off and Nicole created this beautiful film to remember what we’re able to do when we work together.Gather for Goats

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Mother’s Day Film Casting Call

If you are a Small Fry reader, old or new, you have undoubtedly seen a film or two we have made over the years. Some of our very favorites are the interviews we have filmed with kiddos about Love for Valentines day and about their Mothers, for Mothers Day.

To refresh your memory, here is one from last Mothers Day:

Our next film is underway and we are starting the casting process. If your little ones have big personalities, and love to talk, we want them!

Email hello@smallfryblog.com and write Casting Call in the subject line. Please include a short line or two about your child’s personality, their age and gender, and a current photo! We will choose the cast on Friday April 21. We want to represent diversity and all walks of life so don’t be shy!

We cant wait! Thanks for reading Small Fry and participating in our films.

Toy Talk: Pad of Planes

Yelling Yak sent us the sweetest little care package for the boys including this awesome Pad of Planes. 48 Designs to make your ordinary paper plan soar to new heights. (Are you groaning, that was pretty cheesy) but the boys have loved it and bring it in the car to work on when they’re bored and fly at the park, the house, or wherever else we let them!

Check them out here! Yelling Yak also has these awesome terrain throws which are mats with cool destinations like Red Rocks, the beach, a busy city with lots of winding roads, a dirt road through a pretty garden. So fun and offers a great start for imaginative play!Yelling Yak Terrain Throw

Small Fry Films: Sunny Turns Five

By Nicole.

To know Sunny is to love Sunny. He is a joy and light in everyone’s life and I want to be sure he always knows that. His energy is high, his ideas are wild, and often it gets him into a mess. I find my patience is short with him at times, but I’m learning more everyday how to embrace the wildness inside him.

This year for his birthday I wanted to make him something extra special. I want him to always know how much people love and adore him, which is what inspired this video. I love that he will always be able to look back, see who his friends were when he was five years old, and hear all of the reasons he is loved. I want to make this a birthday tradition for Sunny and for Dash as they grow. And so, here we present the first birthday video for Mr. Finn Sunny The Great.

We love you so much Sunny, Happy Birthday!

 

Toy Talk: Crazy Forts!

Our boys have been BEGGING us to film toy reviews with them and today we’ve got our first one! They are so excited to share how they love and use Crazy Forts. This box comes with 70 pieces and joints so you can create your own Crazy Fort over and over again! It comes with a lightweight sheet too so once it’s done you can drape your sheet right over and have a real-deal fort! Find the toy here!

Toy Talk - Crazy Forts

Without further ado — TOY TALK with Small Fries Dash & Ozzy!

potty training 101

Oh, potty training! Amongst ourselves it is in the top ranking for our least favorite tasks as parents. Keeping your cool and being a constant source of positive encouragement, while trying not to pull your hair out? Where is our Oscar? We teamed up with Lysol
to brainstorm our best potty training tips. Our middle boys are all four so it wasn’t that long ago that we traversed this terrain, and to be honest we still deal with accidents at night on occasion, so we’re for sure not out of the woods! Potty training takes a long time, and sometimes they’re just not ready, and that’s ok! We’ve all found waiting until they are equals a much happier potty training experience!

We created this little film with our main guy Jenner Brown to share our tips, but to summarize you have to be prepared and have the tools at your fingertips. We go through a roll a week of these wipes so of course they are a huge part of any messy job and killing 99.9% of those bathroom germs* in one swipe is a busy mom’s kind of efficiency!

*When used as directed.

This post is sponsored by LYSOL. All opinions and thoughts are my own. For more tips, advice and helpful information, sign up for their newsletter now!

modern mudroom

This post is brought to you by Valspar® Reserve™ exclusively at Lowe’s, find a store near you here.

We’re back with the big reveal of our Modern Mudroom challenge! We wanted to create a space that functioned like a mudroom, but made only with paint. Each child has a “color” and inside that color is their space to hold coats, backpacks, homework, artwork and whatever else they need to grab on their way in or out the door. We painted matching stools for not only seating, but for a little easy shelf space! Check out this film made with Jenner Brown of Lumineux to see how it all went down. (See the “before” here.)

Now you can see what we meant yesterday about the paint being so rich and creamy! The one coat paint + primer made this project so fast, we were worried that the thickness might make removing the tape a mess but the lines were crisp and really perfect! Also, with our love of bright, bold colors, we were really pleased to see that the super-strength pigments in Valspar® Reserve™  delivered rich and vibrant color as we had hoped. Lastly, you can see in the film that this paint has extreme washability. We tested it out with marker and it’s a fact. It handled a good scrubbing that in the past other paints might have lost some pigment or even removed a little bit. This paint it incredibly durable! After the project each of us agreed that we would use this paint again and again, and really that is the true test!

Keep reading to see more pictures of the wall in action! Thanks again to  Valspar® Reserve™ for helping us make this idea a reality! Continue reading modern mudroom