Toddler Toys to Encourage Learning Through Play

The Number Lovin' Oven & Scout's Build & Discover Tools are two toys that encourage learning through play!

I'm always trying to find fun ways to encourage my children to learn. Because that is really how children learn best. Having fun and playing! One of the reasons we love LeapFrog games and toys is because they make learning come naturally, through the experience of playing. Nothing is hard or complicated, just good old fun! This post contains affiliate links. Number Lovin' Oven Earlier this month, we got a chance to review LeapFrog's Number Lovin' Oven -- a toy that lets little chefs learn basic math and problem-solving skills through pretend play.The learning is secretly built-in as your … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Salt Dough Ornament

DIY salt dough ornament: This Christmas tree fingerprints ornaments makes a fun kid's craft in time for the holidays!

Salt dough ornaments are such a cute and festive way to get the house in gear for Christmas. They add a special personal touch to your brightly-lit Christmas tree. But let's face reality: getting the kids involved in the decorating process, especially when it involves flour and kitchen utensils, isn't always as easy as it looks. In fact it can be stress-inducing once you picture the aftermath in the kitchen! So how do you create a beautiful keepsake with little ones, and make the process less stressful for everyone involved? A little prep work...and cookie cutters ;)! This … [Read more...]

How to Make a Diaper Cake for the Holidays

How to Make a Diaper Cake: Diaper cakes are a fun way to present and decorate your diapers. Fun for baby showers or holiday parties!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#HolidaysConFamilia #CollectiveBias Like most people, this time of year with Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching is one of my favorites! I love everything about the holiday season from the delicious aroma of turkey and pumpkin pie that fills a room to the seasonal decorations popping up from house to house. But one of my favorite memories of the holidays is getting together with family -- because that's truly what the holidays are all about. As a Latina, getting together with family … [Read more...]

Gender Reveal Ideas: 12 Fun Ways to Share the News

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A few day ago we shared some exciting news with family. We're having another baby! Looks like three's a charm for us...because we're having a baby boy!!! That will mean three beautiful, rambunctious boys in the house! I can only imagine how much crazier life will get from here on out, but we're looking forward to welcoming our newest little bundle of joy with open hearts! We kept it simple this time around when making the gender announcement to family...because things get a little more hectic when you're on #3 ;). I still think it's always fun to let everyone else know with a … [Read more...]

Three Truthful Words Every Mom of a Toddler & Baby Needs to Hear

What Every Mom of a Toddler and Baby Needs to Know

As a mother to two rambunctious little ones, with another one on the way...I feel your pain momma. Everyone professes how challenging the early years with babies, toddlers and preschoolers are. But one cannot fully comprehend it until actually going through the day-to-day, living each and every crazy minute of motherhood. When you add pregnancy symptoms to the mix, things get a little trickier. Because raising one child is tough enough, let alone handling little ones while pregnant. And multiply the crazy factor by 100 if you're a single mother. Special-needs mother. Mother whose … [Read more...]

Breakfast Playdate Party Featuring WaterWipes

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I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Last weekend while visiting friends and family, I had the opportunity to host a fun little playdate over breakfast. The kids (and adults alike) were hungry and eager to play after a long night -- baby sleepovers can definitely get a little crazy! I knew things were bound to get messy after bagels with cream cheese, blueberry muffins, cookies and a little bit of candy for the … [Read more...]

How to Get Luxurious & Trendy Maternity Clothes for Less

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I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Bella Gravida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Let's face it: maternity clothes can be a bit pricey. So it's not unusual to find expectant moms sporting oversized shirts or pants to get comfortable and avoid shelling out tons of cash for clothes that will only be worn for a few months. (Heck, when I was pregnant with my first, I only splurged on maternity leggings because I knew they were a must!) Luckily, there's a solution that's just sprung up: Bella Gravida, a new wardrobe … [Read more...]

Get Kids School-Ready with LeapFrog’s LeapPad Platinum & Word Whammer {Review}

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As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products, promotional items and educational material to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. This post contains affiliate links. It's no secret that my son can't get enough of playing with the family's iPad or iPhone -- I mean what kid does? Even though I've made numerous attempts to keep electronics use to a minimum, it's natural for him to gravitate towards them in this tablet-dependent day and age. So when he is playing with electronics, I like to be sure it's educational … [Read more...]

5 Surprising Benefits of Sensory Play

5 Surprising Benefits of Sensory Play

Paint, flour, shaving cream, oh my! I know what you're thinking. Oh, the mess! While those sensory activities look like so much fun for kids, doesn't that stuff just get everywhere and make for a heck of a mess to clean up?! Well, for the most part, yes. But despite the headache sensory play can sometimes cause parents when it involves liquids, creams and powders of all sorts, there are many learning and development benefits for children that go beyond what meets the eye. So before you get all worked up over the mess, keep in mind these amazing benefits of letting your child … [Read more...]

How to Throw a Potty Training Party {Kandoo Giveaway}

I'm teaming up with Kandoo to share a fun way to celebrate the potty training process, plus a chance to win one of 50 Potty Training Prize Packs. Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter to win one of 50 Potty Prize Kits from Kandoo! Hosting your own potty training party is easy! Whether you're getting your little one excited to start using the potty or you're celebrating a big success, a potty training party can add some fun and excitement to the potty training experience. 1. Invite Your Friends A party is always better with friends. Invite all of your potty training (or … [Read more...]