“Let’s PUR-tend…” A Collection of Pretend Play Activities

Whether it’s pretending (or as most kids pronounce it, “PUR-tending”) to be a cashier, a professional chef, a police officer, or more, there’s loads of fun and learning to be had with dress-up or role-playing games that teach children how to use the “tools of the trade” for real-world jobs. Here’s a blog roundup of […]

Baking with kids: Crack an egg like a pro!

Spending time with kids in the kitchen is one of the most entertaining opportunities for sharing life skills. My girls have always enjoyed baking with me but this summer my 7 year old expressed an interest in upping the ante when it comes to helping out. I knew the time had come to start teaching her […]

The Family Kitchen + 7 Tips for a Calm Dinner (From Parents)!

What’s for dinner tonight? The time and effort that goes into planning a family dinner can be exhausting. To help with this struggle, Melissa & Doug is collaborating with three creative parents to provide you the ultimate family kitchen resource. The family dinner table is a great a place to connect with your kids. The […]

A “Ringer” Round Up of Birthday Party Ideas and Play Date Activities

Looking for creative yet simple birthday party ideas and play date activities? We’ve rounded up a bundle of festive options that everyone is sure to love. You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of […]

3 ways to sneak in fitness time

I had the best of intentions for exercising three times a week this summer. I had a plan to go to the YMCA on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, drop the kids off at the play center and get a 2 mile run in. Oh the foolish plans of a mom with kids still in school. Once […]

Teaching Your Child to Pack Their Own Gear

Taking Care of You: These parenting tips on teaching your child to pack their own gear are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Teaching your child to pack their own gear for a class or sport activity is a rewarding way to build independence. It may be […]

How To Get Your Kids To Fill Up On Healthy Food

I stress about what my kids eat. I just do. I want them to have a healthy foundation because I know that as they age I won’t have any say on what they eat. The thing is parents really don’t have as much a say as we wish we did even when our kids are […]

How to decorate for Back to School

What special family traditions do you have for celebrating the Back to School season? Is a Family Feast on the calendar? Today I’m sharing some quick and easy (and adorable!) ideas for setting a festive table over on Peanut Blossom but I wanted to share this super easy trick for painting little red apple placemats […]

Back to School Lunches: Mom edition!

It’s Lunch Time! Yes, friends. The time of year is upon us when every mom everywhere groans as she tries to figure out what to pack in those empty little cooler bags at a far too early a time in the morning. Last year we suggested “30 Days of Lunches: No Repeats!” and the response […]