There’s More to Good Eyesight Than Just Good Vision

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These fine motor activities are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. What do kicking a soccer ball, hitting a baseball, copying from the blackboard (or smart board), and reading all have in common?  These activities all require a child to have good visual motor and visual perceptual skills. By [...]

How Do You Keep Your Kids Clothes Organized?

How Moms Keep Their Kids Clothes Organized

It’s the question we all want to know, how are other moms tackling all of those tiny socks and stack of pajama pants? Do they have a tried and true secret the rest of use don’t know about? I asked ten moms one simple question, What works for you, how do you keep your kids clothes [...]

The Cutest Cleaning Crew on the Block

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I’m going to be brutally honest with you: I am the world’s worst housekeeper. There. I said it. My dirty secret is out. My mom is probably cringing with shame as she sees me admit this to the world but there is just no way I could share tips with you about how to get [...]

Toy Rotation & Donation

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The holidays are coming and it is time to address TOYS. Today I am over at Let’s Lasso the Moon sharing … 5 Tips for getting your child to WILLINGLY participate in donating toys. Click here to read the post. Teaching children the power of donation and empathy are important, but sometimes you just need [...]

An Organized Study Area That Works

Creating an Organized Study Area

This has been a year of teaching my children to be more self-sufficient. We started with our bed time routine, then packing lunches and choosing snacks, and have quickly moved on to homework and study time. I’m happy to tell you today with a few simple steps we have turned this once hectic task in [...]

Organize a kid nook in your kitchen

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The kitchen is the busiest room in the entire house and never is that statement more true than during the holiday season. In the coming weeks, the kitchen will be the heart of all your celebrations and festivities–where all the prep work happens and sometimes even the entertaining itself. One of the best things you [...]

6 Simple Tips for Keeping Everyday Living Spaces Under Control

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Does your living room look like a toy tornado just passed through? You’re not alone. Keeping everyday living spaces clutter-free with little ones underfoot can feel like a never-ending battle. Below are three simple tips for helping keep the chaos under control: Create storage areas for toys and books. Be sure to have designated baskets, containers, [...]

Developing Your Child’s Gross Motor Skills: Ages 1–6

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Whether you need help encouraging Baby to walk or are just looking for exciting ways to teach your child to hop, balance, and throw with ease, we’ve got you covered with gross motor games and activities for ages 1–6 years. Gross motor activities engage the LARGE MUSCLES in the body — the arms, legs, and [...]

Simple Ways To Get Organized For Lunch Time

Simple steps to make lunch time prep easier for the whole family!

For longer than I’d like to admit …. my storage cabinet has been crammed full of every cute and colorful storage container I could get my hands on at an affordable price. Things literally fell out when you opened the door! I knew I had to whip this space into shape and get things going [...]