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 [...]

Potty training a strong willed child

Potty training a strong-willed child

We never potty trained our first child. When the time came, she managed it all herself. She went cold turkey on diapers one day and never looked back. I assumed with our second child that if we were patient enough, the same would happen. I should have known better. My second daughter loves to prove [...]

What is your child’s favorite toy?

How to capture portraits of children at play and their beloved favorites

Throughout our Capturing Childhood series we’ve focused on documenting priceless family moments but most of our tips have been about the people. Today I want to stop and consider the details. With Mother’s Day this weekend, I encourage you to stop and consider the objects that you will want to remember from your childrens’ playtime. Someday [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

Capturing sweet portraits of childhood by playing "Fashion Show" | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

“Smile! Say Cheese! Pretty Please look at Mommy’s camera?!?” If you spend any time capturing your children you will eventually hit that wall where the kids absolutely refuse to cooperate with your photo sessions. The camera suddenly becomes their most dreaded object and they want to look anywhere but there. I have a secret trick I [...]

4 tips for capturing birthdays

Capturing Childhood: How to capture a birthday | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Birthdays are a highlight of our year. My mom always made them extra special growing up and I’ve carried on her simple traditions: coordinating gift wrap, fresh flowers, a pretty cake, balloons, and lots of pictures. But even simple traditions take a bit of effort so I love to capture those thoughtful details of our [...]

Capturing kids in the kitchen

Do you have special family recipes that have been handed down by grandmothers? Does your family have special traditions that happen in the kitchen? Have you ever considered creating a family recipe cookbook? I just love this concept and think documenting those unique family treasures is one of the more awesome memory keeping ideas out [...]

Capturing Childhood Milestones

Capturing Childhood Milestones: awesome ideas for kids of all ages! It's never too late to start.

“It’s never too late to start.” This is one of my favorite mottos for life-long learning and I believe it to be utterly true. The same can be said of capturing childhood milestones. So your “baby” is years beyond diapers and those adorable monthly photo opps. So what? Aren’t they still the most precious thing [...]

Foolproof Chocolate Puffs

Fool proof chocolate puffs: Great for baking with kids | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Baking with kids is such a special experience. I love to work with my girls in the kitchen but outside of the bigger holidays, it can be a little harder to squeeze in the time to do it. Especially when it means an extended period of measuring, mixing, and rolling or cutting. Sometimes you just [...]