10 Tips for Keeping Family Road Trips Stress-Free

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 [...]

5 Crafty Gift Tags Kids Can Make!

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This crafty gift tags post was created by guest editor Carrie Anne Badov from EverythingMom.com. 5 Gift Tags as Gifts Wrapping gifts can certainly put you in a festive mood. You found just the right gift for those on your list or maybe you took some extra time and made something with the recipient in mind. Wrapping these special treasures [...]

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 [...]

Gift Idea: Art Kit for Kids

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This DIY Art Kit post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. The holidays are approaching and you might be looking for a unique and creative gift for kids. This DIY art kit for kids is the perfect present for encouraging creativity and fostering a love for art throughout [...]

Simple Thumbprint Ornaments

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Making handmade ornaments is something to treasure. They are made with love and care, and are a constant reminder for the years to come of your child’s youth. However, sometimes it can be overwhelming and seem stressful to find time to make the perfect memorable ornament. Not any more. These simple thumbprint ornaments are easy [...]

Beat the Indoor Blues with Games!

Beat boredom with classic games

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 [...]