Family Exercise: 5 Easy Tips for Running with Your Kids

Taking Care of You: These parenting tips for running with your kids are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Finding time to run when you have a family can be challenging. Earlier this summer, we shared tips for running with a stroller for parents of younger children. […]

6 Community Invitations to Play + Build Collaborative Skills

Below you’ll find five invitations to play! These creativity building tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. As a parent, I honestly believe that our children will reside in a world where knowledge is simply not enough to succeed. How do we prepare our children for […]

FREE PRINTABLE: Healthy-Eating Shopping List for Kids

This shopping list for kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Has your little one been living on a diet of 95% Goldfish crackers? Getting kids, especially toddlers, to eat healthy can be challenging. One of the best ways to get kids to try new things […]

10+ Parent-to-Parent Travel Tips

Traveling with kids is … an adventure. Every time we take a vacation, I learn a valuable lesson for our next trip. I’ve got a little parent-to-parent secret to share with you. Below you’ll find the ULTIMATE toy for a beach vacation … and it is not what you’d expect. In honor of summer break, […]

Get Picky Eaters to Try Healthy Options: START A GARDEN!

Have you got a picky eater on your hands? Gardening is a great way to get kids to try new foods. The start of the gardening season is upon us. If you haven’t already started planting, now is the time. Below are five kid-friendly planting options for this year’s garden. Let’s get started! Get the […]

7 Tips for Getting Fun, Easy, and BEAUTIFUL Nature Portraits of Your Kids

When is the last time you had family portraits taken? Did your children WANT to participate? Getting children to willingly participate in a photo shoot can be challenging… unless your kids happen to love nature. Spending a few hours with your kids hiking can lead to a collection of gorgeous portraits of your family. Learn […]

Family Yoga: 3 Playful Animal Poses for Kids + Tips for YOU

Finding ways to stay fit can be challenging. Not all of us have the time or resources to head to the gym as part of our regular weekly routine. Yoga is a safe and healthy way to bond with your child. Below you’ll find three playful animal poses to introduce your little one to yoga. […]

One of a Kind Party: Fort Building Birthday!

These unique birthday party ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.   Not all girls love princesses, fairies, and tutus. This year my daughter hosted a small birthday sleepover with two of her closest friends. The theme? FORT BUILDING. Whether your hosting a party or looking […]

Capturing Special Relationships

Do you have professional portraits of your family? When I was a kid, annual portraits were a way to document your family. My father also took occasional photos throughout the year with his point-and-shoot camera, but only on special occasions. The cost of film and developing photos once limited family photography. Digital cameras opened the […]