Crafting in Clay: Handmade Christmas Ornaments

This handmade Christmas ornaments craft is shared by our guest blogger Julie Kieras of HappyStrongHome! My boys love the tactile experience of play dough, and since this was our get-the-tree weekend, I asked if they’d like to create some handmade Christmas ornaments out of clay to decorate our tree! My oldest son especially was enthused […]

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 […]

Home for the Holidays

This holidays post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Children love being a part of the hustle and bustle of holiday season. Often the adults get wrapped up in gift buying, menu planning and preparing for family to visit. Many children can often feel […]

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

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. […]

Family Traditions

This family traditions post is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Believe it or not, it is that time of year again! Holidays, family, friends and traditions are just around the corner. Children of all ages love to hear about and participate in meaningful family […]

Turn Your Cellar Space into a Marketplace!

This clever idea was shared with us by a dad who turned an unused space in his cellar into an inviting Marketplace play area for his daughters. He originally designed his basement to incorporate a wine cellar into a special wall that featured a beautiful arching nook, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting — the works. But […]

Teaching the Joy of Giving

These joy of giving tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! -Zina …………………………………………………….. Holiday chaos is in full swing. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and use this opportunity to teach your child about the joy of giving. Many […]

6 Wondrous Winter Activities for Kids

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras of Happy Strong Home! “It’s the most wonderful time…” can be said of just about any season. But winter can be a time when kids are stuck indoors more often, and get the “doldrums.” So whip out a few activities to bring a little more wonder to […]

Holiday Tea Party: Teaching Manners & Making Memories!

The holiday season brings a whole host of entertaining events for families. When we were little, my mom diligently worked with my sister and me to ensure we had impeccable table manners and social skills. For some reason I find myself struggling to instill those same lessons in my own small girls. While ordinary meals […]