Taking Care of You: Create an Energy List for Self-Care Ease

Moms are so worried about everything — and everyone — else they often forget about time and how their needs are just as important.

This Taking Care of You post is brought to us by Shawn Fink founder of The Abundant Mama Project. If you are like me, you’re lucky if you get 20 minutes of quiet time in your day. If you are really lucky, you might get an hour. If you are like most moms, you probably [...]

Going to Grandma Camp

Going to Grandma Camp

Today’s post is brought to us by Julie Kieras from HappyStrongHome.com If you’re a grandparent or caregiver during these carefree summer months, you likely are just waiting for those dreaded words: “I’m bored!” Here’s an alternative to kids wandering aimlessly about the house like so many pinballs bumping into each other… Grandma Camp! (Or Auntie Camp, etc!). [...]

Using Play to Promote Core Strength and Handwriting Skills

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These tips are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When your children are playing, I’ll bet you don’t often stop to think about how important play time is for developing their handwriting skills. Handwriting . . . it’s one of those things that seems so simple yet, so [...]

Hosting an Ice Cream Themed Play Date!

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This play date idea is brought to you by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Summer time can be an opportunity to get together with friends. Finding a theme for the play date can be one of the best parts! Ice cream is a big hit anytime, especially with the hot weather. Here [...]

Car Trip Tips!

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Summer Travel Sweepstakes: Getting ready for your family vacation? ENTER TO WIN over $200 in prizes from Melissa & Doug and Little Passports. Get the details below! This post of helpful car travel tips is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. For many of us, the summer is [...]

10+ Parent-to-Parent Travel Tips

7 Reasons Activity Cones are the Ultimate Beach Toy

Summer Travel Sweepstakes: Getting ready for your family vacation? ENTER TO WIN over $200 in prizes from Melissa & Doug and Little Passports. Get the details below! These travel tips are being shared by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Traveling with kids is … an adventure. Every time we take a vacation, [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 3!

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Summer vacation is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! We’re bringing you loads of ideas for creative fun, educational activities, crafts, family travel tips - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource will be neatly organized into a calendar you can print. To make this calendar even more helpful to you, each [...]

Get Kids Excited about Packing for Travel!

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Summer Travel Sweepstakes: Getting ready for your family vacation? ENTER TO WIN over $200 in prizes from Melissa & Doug and Little Passports. Get the details below! This travel tips post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. It’s that time of year again. School is letting out, the kids are home, [...]

Week 2 of Summer Fun is Here!

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Here it is ~ Week 2 of your fun Summer Calendar! Each Monday we’ll bring you another exciting week of our Summer Calendar! You’ll find June packed with game ideas, indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, family-friendly tips for traveling with the kids, and special features dedicated to “Taking Care of You”! You can download and print this week’s interactive [...]