How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your Heart

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You’re standing there watching how adorable your child is and you think, “I have the cutest kid on the planet.” Yet, when you download the photo to your computer or look through the pictures on your phone, they don’t seem to capture the essence of the moment. Below are 7 simple tips that will help [...]

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

Foster Imagination with Battery-Free Toys

This classic-toy gift guide is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! — Zina . . . Today I am honored to share with you a few of my favorite Melissa & Doug toys. In a world filled with gizmos, gadgets, and screens, [...]

Toy Rotation & Donation

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The holidays are coming and it is time to address TOYS. Today I am over at Let’s Lasso the Moon sharing … 5 Tips for getting your child to WILLINGLY participate in donating toys. Click here to read the post. Teaching children the power of donation and empathy are important, but sometimes you just need [...]

6 Simple Tips for Keeping Everyday Living Spaces Under Control

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Does your living room look like a toy tornado just passed through? You’re not alone. Keeping everyday living spaces clutter-free with little ones underfoot can feel like a never-ending battle. Below are three simple tips for helping keep the chaos under control: Create storage areas for toys and books. Be sure to have designated baskets, containers, [...]

10 Tips for a Memorable Family Talent Show

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These Talent Show tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure!  — Zina …………………………………………………………………………………………………. “Watch this! Watch this!” Are you familiar with this phrase? Kids love to show off their talents to anyone who will watch them. Why not channel all that [...]

Making “Required” Math Easy

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Our family game closet is chock-full and diverse. We’ve got board games, DVD games, interactive games, dice, spinners, cards, pegs… You name it, we’ve likely got it. Each of us certainly has their favorite, but there’s one game that gets considerably more use than all the others. Sometimes simple is best. Our family loves the [...]

ON the GO Backseat Learning

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Road Trip! You’ve got your vacation planned; now you’ve got to get to your destination. You can hear it in the back of your mind already, can’t you . . . Are we there yet? As a parent, you have a choice to make your long commute an adventure or a drag. Stop by the [...]

3-Steps to Ensure You Don’t Need a Vacation FROM Vacation

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We’d begin unpacking after a trip, and my mom would laugh and say: “I need a vacation FROM vacation.” As a child, I remember being perplexed by this statement. Now, as a parent myself — I totally get it. So much money, effort, and mental energy go into planning a family vacation. Parents often create [...]

5 Poolside Birthday Party Tips

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No time to clean the house, look up fancy recipes, or plan an elaborate birthday party for your little one? You’re not alone. Let go of your Pinterest guilt and throw together a simple pool party. Below are five tips for hosting an easy poolside birthday party: 1. Let the children enjoy the water. The [...]