8 simple mess-free Christmas crafts for kids

Our family LOVES this time of year. Show us a Christmas project and we’re on it like tinsel on a tree. But when there’s only a few weeks to get all our festive fun in, I need to make sure we’re using our time wisely. That means easier dinners on busy weeknights, lots of online […]

Treats for Future Foodies!

Our Blog Ambassador, Tiffany Dahle of Peanut Blossom, has been busy whipping up a delightful mix of the “tastiest” play ingredients for future foodies. Junior chefs and restaurant entrepreneurs of tomorrow can serve up high tea, bake up the finest in pretend play patisseries, or add some extra flavor to their favorite make-believe meals. Something fresh and new is […]

Chase away the dreary days with tropical grill recipes that make you smile

Though we are in the middle of comfort food & casseroles season, I love mixing things up and using our grill in the middle of fall and winter. When we’ve had too many chilly, drizzly, grey days in a row, our family likes to fire up the grill and make something spicy and tropical to […]

Vacation Photo Project for Kids

Did you take a family vacation this summer? How many photos do you have on your phone RIGHT NOW? If you’re like me, you have thousands from throughout the year. As part of the Capturing Childhood initiative, we’ve chatted about: 3½ Ways to ROCK Family Vacation Photography How-to Capture Family Photos that Will Melt Your […]

Capturing Childhood: First Day of School Photos

School bells are ringing! Whether your little one is starting kindergarten this year or they’re simply getting back into the swing of things, Melissa & Doug believes the first day of school is something to be celebrated. Our Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, is over at Let’s Lasso the Moon this week sharing tips on ensuring you […]

Free Printable Book for Kids: Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!

Summer is in full-swing, temperatures outside are rising, and those vacationing kids are looking for new ways to enjoy their days away from school. So, we’ve partnered with our friends at Highlights for Children to bring you this special mini-mag of free printables for kids: “Cool Ideas for Hot Summer Days!” This 8-page free printable book […]

Camping-themed reading picnic for kids

Reading together is one of the most obvious, healthy, and successful ways to connect with your kids. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard that message loud and clear from everyone from your pediatrician, your child’s teachers, friends and family, and every family expert source everywhere. But reading together doesn’t have to mean just the standard bedtime […]

15 Tips for Bedtime From Everyday Moms

This post on connecting with your child at bedtime is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Click here to see more posts from this series. Bedtime. [urg] It can truly be a challenge, especially for parents of younger children. When my girls were toddlers, I sometimes dreaded bedtime […]

Family vacation tips: Keep the peace and connect with your kids!

Family vacations are one of my very favorite ways to connect with our kids. Getting away from the everyday routine and exploring new places together creates the most vivid memories. With a husband who travels for work and keeps crazy hours, our time with him is precious. When we head out on an adventure, my […]