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 [...]

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 [...]