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 [...]

Number Scavenger Hunt Game

Number Scavenger Hunt Using Puzzles

Number Scavenger Hunt Game by Kim Vij This learning post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Making an investment in wooden puzzles is one of the smartest things you can do as a parent for your child. However, at times they sit on the toy shelf and we wonder [...]

Family Yoga: 3 Playful Animal Poses for Kids + Tips for YOU

Family Yoga: 3 Playful Animal Poses for Kids + Tips for YOU

Finding ways to stay fit can be challenging. Not all of us have the time or resources to head to the gym as part of our regular weekly routine. Yoga is a safe and healthy way to bond with your child. Below you’ll find three playful animal poses to introduce your little one to yoga. [...]

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 [...]

One of a Kind Party: Fort Building Birthday!

One of a Kind Party: Fort Building Birthday! *love this collection of ideas.

These unique birthday party ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington.   Not all girls love princesses, fairies, and tutus. This year my daughter hosted a small birthday sleepover with two of her closest friends. The theme? FORT BUILDING. Whether your hosting a party or looking [...]

Tips for Getting Mom in Photos

{Capturing Childhood} Tips & tricks for everyday parents *Great collection of ideas

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and chances are if I asked you what you really wanted …. besides the quiet time to yourself to do simple things like go to the bathroom, take a shower or say, sleep past 7 am …. you would probably say a nice photo of you and your children [...]

5 Classroom-Friendly Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

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This creative way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day post is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner–the first week of May!–so let’s start thinking about cool and creative classroom-friendly ways to honor those teachers who work so very hard for our children. Having [...]

Let’s play ‘Fashion Show!’

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“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 [...]