3 ways to sneak in fitness time

Sneaking in time for fitness

I had the best of intentions for exercising three times a week this summer. I had a plan to go to the YMCA on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, drop the kids off at the play center and get a 2 mile run in. Oh the foolish plans of a mom with kids still in school. Once [...]

How to decorate for Back to School

Back to School Feast: How to set an adorable table for the celebration

What special family traditions do you have for celebrating the Back to School season? Is a Family Feast on the calendar? Today I’m sharing some quick and easy (and adorable!) ideas for setting a festive table over on Peanut Blossom but I wanted to share this super easy trick for painting little red apple placemats [...]

Back to School Lunches: Mom edition!

30 Days of Lunches

It’s Lunch Time! Yes, friends. The time of year is upon us when every mom everywhere groans as she tries to figure out what to pack in those empty little cooler bags at a far too early a time in the morning. Last year we suggested “30 Days of Lunches: No Repeats!” and the response [...]

Forbidden Fruit: Is the “Healthy Food” in Your Home Just for the Kids?

Forbidden Fruits: Making sure mom has enough healthy produce in her diet!

Summer is the perfect time of year to be gathering fresh fruit. Eating healthfully is never easier than during this peak time for produce. Farmer’s markets and road side stands are overflowing with ripe and juicy fruits and fresh and crispy veggies. But for however much of that produce you’re buying, how much of it [...]

Camping for non-campers

Camping for non-campers | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

I am not a camper. There, I said it. My husband and I have an agreement that it is his responsibility to expose our daughters to all things camping. He recently took our 7 year old out on her first daddy-daughter camping trip and I was left to entertain our 4 year old at home. Just [...]

Travel photography for kids

Photography tricks for kids

Summer Travel Sweepstakes: Getting ready for your family vacation? ENTER TO WIN over $200 in prizes from Melissa & Doug and Little Passports. Get the details below! These travel tips are being shared by our Blog Ambassador Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom. Years ago we trusted our oldest daughter with a Big Girl camera all her own. In that time, [...]

Splashy fitness fun for mom!

Tips for staying fit while swimming with your kids | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

My girls have reached that somewhat tricky age of swimming where they are capable enough in the pool that I don’t need to have my hands on them at every moment but are still little enough that they want me in the water playing with them rather than reading a book on the lounge chairs. If I’m going [...]

Simple herb garden recipes for kids

Simple recipes for a child's herb garden | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Do you garden with your kids? If not, which particular obstacle is in your way? For me, getting started was a challenge because I didn’t know what we would do with the things we grew! For years I enjoyed a little herb garden on my patio but they rarely made their way into the kitchen. [...]

Painted rainbow lunches

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Getting kids to try new foods and have a well balanced diet is one of the biggest struggles for moms of picky eaters. I’ve had my own trials with this recently and have discovered that the rainbow is definitely an amazing tool for teaching well balanced eating. Today I’m sharing an awesome salad recipe for [...]