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 [...]

Capturing Sweethearts

Capturing sweethearts: Photo tips for Valentine's Day | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for a playful little photo shoot of your sweethearts. I love to take pictures of the kids for grandparents as a personal keepsake for them to enjoy each year. Capturing photo card worthy pictures of your kids is a lot easier if you have a few tricks up your [...]

What’s your Mommy Art Style?

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What’s your Mommy Art Style? Are you a hands-on, instruction giving crafter with your kids? Or do you prefer to toss a bunch of inspirational supplies onto the table and let them be guided by their own whimsy? I don’t think there’s a wrong answer here. I also don’t think it has to be always [...]

3, 2, 1: Happy New Year!

10 great ways to countdown to the new year with your kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

I remember the first New Year’s Eve we spent with our firstborn daughter. She was 9 months old at the time and my husband and I looked at each other around 10 p.m. and agreed to just submit to the exhaustion. There was no midnight champagne, no ball dropping, no squeals of glee as poppers [...]

Favorite gifts for future foodies

Gifts for future foodies | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

It was love at first wooden bite of play cookie. My relationship with Melissa & Doug all started with their wonderful food related play sets and 4 years later our mini kitchen is simply stocked with everything a future chef would need. Whether you’re first introducing your child to the food groups or trying to [...]

Festive in 5 minutes

Festive tables for kids | Melissa & Doug Playtime Press

How many of you remember sitting at a wobbly card table in a squashed corner of a dining room longingly gazing at the big people’s table with all it’s fancy finery on Thanksgiving? I’m sure I’m not alone in this classic kid memory. This year marks the very first year our family & guest size [...]

The Cutest Cleaning Crew on the Block

Cleaning with Kids | Melissa & Doug's Playtime Press

I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I am the world’s worst housekeeper. There. I said it. My dirty secret is out. My mom is probably cringing with shame as she sees me admit this to the world but there is just no way I could share tips with you about how to get [...]