How to Build an Epic Fort with Kids #PopSecretForts

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Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring this post and encouraging my family to build a fort. When the weather is a bit too cold to handle outside, we love bringing the fun indoors and building forts! There's just something so magical about piling up pillows or blankets around furniture to create a cozy little nook to snuggle in. Forts can be made from just about anything you have lying around and still provide hours of entertainment for kids of all ages. Our toddler just loves hiding out in forts during pretend play and movie time so when I had the opportunity to participate in the … [Read more...]

Love Bug Valentine’s Craft

love bug craft

Looking for an easy Valentine's craft? Today I'm sharing a fun, yet simple love bug craft we created over the weekend. This is a great craft to do with toddlers who love learning about bugs and other little creatures around the yard and house. Materials Pom poms Googly eyes Pipe Cleaner Toilet paper roll Hot Glue Popsicle stick (optional) Start by bending the toilet paper roll to create a fun heart-shape "log" for your love bug to sit on. Have your child paint the toilet paper roll red using washable paint. As that dries, let him or her choose a few pom pom … [Read more...]

Cupid’s Quiver & Arrow Valentine’s Craft

quiver and arrow craft for kids

I love creating Valentine's crafts with my toddler -- they are so cute and fun to make, but most of them get tossed aside after a few minutes after creating. So I started to brainstorm and think long and hard about a Valentine's craft that would be perfect for an active toddler like mine. That's when a bow and arrow idea came to mind! It was definitely the kind of craft that would pique a little boys interest and keep him entertained for a little longer! Although most people think "bow and arrow" - I decided to focus specifically on a quiver and arrow craft because they work quite nicely as … [Read more...]

Red Velvet Cake Heart Bites #RedVelvetLove

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RedVelvetLove #CollectiveBias Red velvet cake is one of the most decadent and mouth-watering cakes you can treat yourself to. With it's red color and chocolatey delicious taste, it is the perfect dessert to enjoy with your loved ones for Valentine's Day! And what better way to top it off, than with a cream cheese frosting and M&M's® Red Velvet! These M&M's® are exactly what they sound like: red velvet milk chocolate M&M's®! They are a limited edition candy that you can … [Read more...]

DIY Puzzle Valentine for Kids

Don't be puzzled Valentine

Does your little one love puzzles as much as mine does? Then I have the perfect DIY Valentine craft your toddler-to-preschool age kids can help with! It's called a Don't be Puzzled Valentine, Be mine craft I adapted from a puzzle I found in a Parents magazine. Puzzles have so many learning benefits including fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and shape recognition. And one of the reasons why we love this Valentine, is because it can be customized in any way with your child's favorite characters and treats. Materials 9 Starbursts Cardstock Construction … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Love Potion Activity & Gift Idea for Kids

Love Potion for Kids

If your toddler is anything like mine, playing with water never gets old. Whether it's washing his animal figurines in the bathtub, exploring sensory bins or pouring his milk from one cup to another, my 2.5 year old is always looking for an excuse to make a mess play with liquids. So I figured it would be so much fun for him to experiment even more with a love potion play activity for Valentine's Day! I've seen so many creative science ideas involving baking soda and vinegar to create volcanic-like reactions, so figured that was just what the kid needed after being cooped in all day. We … [Read more...]

SNICKERS® & Football Brownie Cupcakes #BigGameTreats

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigGameTreats #CollectiveBias Are you ready to enjoy the big game?? Football playoffs are in full-swing, and at our house this usually means games on the big screen around the clock, especially on Sundays. The Mr. can't get enough. His passion and excitement has spread through the house, where you can find even our toddler sporting a custom jersey of his favorite team! To enjoy the games even more, we always include our favorite snacks like SNICKERS®, Skittles® and Starburst® … [Read more...]

DIY Party Blower Craft for Kids

party blower craft

With the new year being just around the corner, I've been looking for fun, festive crafts and activities for toddlers. Because I know the kids won't get to bed on time (and thus let mommy and daddy ring in the new year), unless there are some super creative activities to help them celebrate and burn off energy. What better way to release that energy than to let the party animal in them out for some fun! I started working on a quick DIY party blower idea and then adapted it to a party animal craft I found from Kix to complete my DIY New Year's craft. Materials Paper … [Read more...]

New Year’s Craft for Kids: Year of the Goat

new years craft for kids

We love following the Chinese New Year calendar to learn all about the animal of the year and what that animal symbolizes. It's just so interesting to learn about what to expect in the coming year and also a fun way to get the kids involved.  With 2015 being the year of the goat (or sheep/ram), what better way to celebrate with small kids than by creating a fun goat-themed craft?! 2015 is said to be a year of favorable changes compared to the past -- so expect good things to come! And because my 2.5 year old loves all-things animals, we decided to create a paper plate goat to ring in the … [Read more...]

Little Tikes Discover & Learn Activity Center Review

little tikes activity center

As moms of babies and toddlers we often find little-to-no time for taking a moment to sit and catch our breath. It's hard to find that time if you're chasing little ones all day. That's why we rely on those must-have baby items to help us find a way to recharge our energy. The Discover & Learn Activity Center by Little Tikes is one of those items that seem like a gift from above when you just need to let baby play alone while you watch from the couch. The Activity Center, made to grow with baby from 6 months to 3 years, provides 12 different entertaining activities including a … [Read more...]