7 Must-Haves for the Perfect Date When Spending One-on-One Time With Your Kids

Spending One-on-One Time With Your Kids: Great tips

This post on spending one-on-one time with your kids is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. If you have a family with multiple children, carving out some one-on-one time is a great way to truly connect with [...]

Fashion themed art prompts for kids

Connect with your kids: A trip to the art museum

Finding time to really connect with your kids can be difficult in the busy day-to-day hustle of school and activities. Our family likes to make a habit of special one on one dates with the kids to break out of our normal routine and we find this really helps us to focus on our time together. [...]

Connecting With Your Kids

Connecting With Your Kids: Tips & Tricks For Everyday Moments

Did you know there are a mere 15 weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day? Parents tend to put off family activities as we wait for the weather to improve, for the kids to be out of school, or for work to quiet down. How we spend our time with our children NOW sets the [...]

6 Family-Friendly Super Bowl Appetizers

6 Family-Friendly Super Bowl Appetizers

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The Superbowl is around the corner. This annual event has almost become a national holiday, bringing families together over the game and, of course, FOOD. Below [...]

Introducing exotic flavors to kids

Introducing kids to new flavors

Chicken nuggets, macaroni & cheese, grilled cheese. Repeat. Does that sound familiar? I know that if I put my kids in charge of meal planning, that is pretty much what our weeks would look like. Every Single Week. Thankfully, they’re not the ones in charge but knowing full well their preferences it can be all [...]

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies Recipe

Kid-Approved New Years Eve Appetizer: Classic Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. One of our family’s favorite holiday traditions is to serve a full array of family-friendly appetizers in place of dinner on New Year’s Eve. My kids [...]

Great ways to ring in the new year with kids!

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

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 [...]

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

Holiday baking

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. [...]

The Family Kitchen: Simple Meal Planning for a Busy Pre-Holiday Week

A Simple Meal Plan for a Busy Pre-Holiday Week

This family-friendly meal plan is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. The week before Thanksgiving or Christmas can be utterly chaotic if you are hosting. Let’s do some simple meal planning to help you get through the [...]