10 Tips for Keeping Family Road Trips Stress-Free

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This stress-free family road trip post was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Let me ask, how many of you will be traveling in the next few weeks over the holidays? We find ourselves in the car quite a bit during the holiday season, and this year at the [...]

Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

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Anyone else feeling a little shocked by how quickly this year seems to have disappeared?! At this point in the holiday game, my mind and schedule are so focused on getting ready for Christmas that New Year’s Eve sneaks up on me even more quickly. I end up feeling completely unprepared to celebrate the last [...]

Home for the Holidays

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This holidays post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children love being a part of the hustle and bustle of holiday season. Often the adults get wrapped up in gift buying, menu planning and preparing for family to visit. Many children can often feel [...]

The Family Kitchen: 7 Snow-Inspired Recipes & Activities

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This snow-inspired post for The Family Kitchen series was brought to us by guest blogger Sara Zenner from Bitz & Giggles. Here in the Midwest we’re living in a winter wonderland already. Frigid temps, inches of snow and no relief in sight. With that, comes more time spent indoors. More time spent indoors, means increased boredom [...]

Beat the Indoor Blues with Games!

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This post is brought to us by Guest Blogger Julie Kieras at Happy Strong Home. Breaking out a deck of cards or a classic board game feels like a timeless tradition – whether with your own kids, or with nieces, nephews, or kids you babysit. During winter months when kids are often indoors more than [...]

Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

Melissa & Doug 12-Day BIG Bear Giveaway! More fun for the Holidays!

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The Terrific 25 Holiday Gifts Giveaway may be coming to an end, but our holiday fun is just heating up!  To thank you for being such incredible fans all year-long, we’re launching one more holiday surprise giveaway! In our 12-day BIG Bear Giveaway, you have the chance to win a JUMBO bear of your choice! Over [...]

Holiday baking with kids: 7 tips for having fun and keeping your sanity!

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Holiday baking time! This might be my most favorite time in the kitchen of the whole year. My girls and I are drawn to the seasonal displays of ingredients at the grocery store like moths to the flame. We stock up on all flavors of chips and sprinkles and nuts for baking cookies and treats. [...]

Hot Cyber Monday Specials – from Melissa & Doug!

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Get your computers and tablets ready, everyone: the biggest online shopping day of the year has arrived! This year at MelissaAndDoug.com, we’re making it easy for you to stock up on all the kid toys you need this holiday season – with some special surprises along the way. Check out our list of Cyber Monday [...]