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 [...]

Organize a kid nook in your kitchen

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The kitchen is the busiest room in the entire house and never is that statement more true than during the holiday season. In the coming weeks, the kitchen will be the heart of all your celebrations and festivities–where all the prep work happens and sometimes even the entertaining itself. One of the best things you [...]

4 Lessons in Organizing Toy Spaces

4 lessons in organizing toy spaces

Moving into a new home is stressful and overwhelming. Whether you’re upgrading or downsizing, room layout and size differences can really wreck havoc on your prior organization systems! While some people can get themselves unpacked and ready within a week or two, I discovered our family needed “Get to know you time” with our new [...]

Bonding over bubbles

Bonding over Bubbles | Melissa & Doug

  In a blink, summer is over. While there is relief at having a little more time during my days to get things done, I miss my first grader during her time in class. Part of my job as mom is to get her off safely in the mornings, but equally important if not more [...]