18+ Fun Valentine’s Crafts & Activities for Toddlers

The BEST Valentines crafts and activities for toddlers. Here you'll find easy play ideas and art for little kids to make on Valentine's Day!

The start of the new year is the perfect time to spread love with your children as Valentine's day draws nearer. For parents of toddlers and preschoolers, spending time creating Valentine's crafts and activities is the perfect way to introduce the holidays at home. At the 2-4 year old range, little kids love working with paint, glue, scissors and paper -- all the easy to find and readily available supplies. So focusing on arts and crafts that use those materials is best and provides tons of fun without getting too messy. The result will be a fun playful experience for your toddler AND a … [Read more...]

Fun Winter Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Such easy and fun winter activities to keep kids busy indoors and outdoors. The list includes boredom busters and play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers practicing fine-motor skills and sensory activities.

Every winter with the kids stuck indoors (or begging to play outside!), I find myself scrambling for easy activities toddlers and preschoolers can do with minimal preparation. Because with three little ones running around, easy play ideas are key to keep your sanity. This post may contain affiliate links. And when I say EASY, I mean easy enough to set-up with the materials we already have around the house -- because loading three kids in the car in the winter is a REAL struggle. So whether the boys want to stay indoors and try some sensory play and painting, or want to burn off energy … [Read more...]

The Safer Way to Keep Baby Warm in a Car Seat

Winter coats and car seats are a BAD idea! I wish I knew sooner about these safer alternatives to help keep kids warm in the car!

Let me be the first to acknowledge the truth: I'm just as guilty as anyone else. It happens almost every day as I load the kids into the car, to and from school. It's cold outdoors. Bitterly cold. Temperatures are in the low 40's. The wind has picked up and I just want to keep my kids warm...you know, like any parent would while outdoors to prevent those little hands and faces from freezing. So I do what most parents with good intentions would, and help my children zip up their coats as we make our way to the car. Once there, I loosen the seat belt and help them get comfy in their … [Read more...]

9 Must-Try Tips for Getting a Breastfed Baby to Take a Bottle

If you've struggled to get your breastfed baby to take a bottle, you are not alone. Many mothers experience this very same challenge. Stay-at-home mothers may breastfeed exclusively and then for one reason or another choose to introduce a bottle. Working mothers face this same challenge even more so, especially when they are working outside of the home full-time and need to pump and bottle-feed to continue to supply baby with breast milk. But the big question of course is, will baby even take a bottle? After having three kids in three years as a working mamma, here are the best tips I've … [Read more...]

15 Delicious Christmas Party Dessert Ideas

The most delicious Christmas party desserts your guests will love! Includes cheesecake, peppermint and cookie recipes. So many fun treats for kids too!

Throwing a Christmas Party this year? With so many festive holiday recipes popping up here and there it's hard not to get excited! We've finally started decorating the house for Christmas with some DIY decor and homemade ornaments...and even cleaning where it really matters. Last week after sharing these delicious Christmas treats for kids, I wanted to find even more goodies -- Christmas recipes that would make perfect desserts for a party or friendly gathering. If you've been thinking about hosting a Christmas party but need some mouth-watering inspiration, we've rounded up some … [Read more...]

The Easiest Christmas Present Pretzels & Peppermint Treats

If you're a chocolate-covered pretzel lover, then you've surely seen your fair share of delicious pretzel creations...especially as the holidays draw nearer. Pretzels are the prefect bite-size snack and just so easy to get creative with. One of my favorite kinds of Christmas pretzels are the ones topped with colorful red, white and green sprinkles -- they add such a festive touch to the dessert table. Because the last pretzels I made were a huge hit, I decided I'd take another stab with a Christmas version -- something fun and festive that both kids and adult would love. Thus, my … [Read more...]

15 Fun Christmas Dessert Treats for Kids

Kids will LOVE these fun Christmas treats which make festive dessert recipes for a Christmas party!

From Christmas cookies and brownies to candy canes and hot chocolate, nothing beats Christmas desserts...especially when they are decorated so darn cute and even more irresistible during the holidays. Make the festivities last longer with these fun Christmas treat ideas your kids will love -- featuring Santa hats, colorful Christmas trees and reindeer-themed desserts. With so much creativity and charm, your little ones won't be the only ones racing to the dessert table. Related: Christmas Present Pretzels Take a look at all of the fun options below and let us know your … [Read more...]

20 Homemade Ornaments for Baby’s First Christmas

Make baby's first Christmas special with these keepsake ornaments! The mix of crafts includes handprint, footprints, pictures and more!

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to make homemade ornaments with the kids every year -- and I like to start when they're babies! Having a precious handprint or footprint painted on an otherwise plain ornament helps to make baby's first Christmas that much more special. Going the DIY route is also a fantastic way to make memories while capturing those early moments in a keepsake that will last for years to come. The best part about all this? Making Christmas ornaments becomes a family tradition that you can start no matter how little your child is. Below you will find 20 of our … [Read more...]

The Best Gift Ideas for the Expectant or New Mom

Gift ideas for an expectant or new mom. Find an array of unique pregnancy gifts she will love, whether for Christmas or baby shower.

I've been pregnant each time during the holidays and know there were a few amazing mom-to-be gifts I received that were definitely useful with a growing belly and changing hormones (and gifts that saved me from having to purchase or add to a baby registry). Read: Holiday "Mocktail" Smoothie for Mom-to-Be In fact, there were some must-have pregnancy products that made a huge difference in my coping mechanisms and comfort level during the holidays. Today I'm sharing some of my favorite pregnancy products you can rest assured your expectant friend will love! This post may contain affiliate … [Read more...]

50 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Baby’s First Christmas

Easy & affordable stocking stuffer ideas for baby! These make great small gifts to celebrate baby's first Christmas!

Baby's first Christmas is one you will cherish for years. Of course, your little bundle may only have those photos you took to remember the holiday by, but it'll be a time treasured in mommy and daddy's hearts forever. For first-time parents especially, it's a time to include baby in as many holiday traditions as possible, from taking photos with Santa, and making keepsake ornaments to going through all those cute little baby gifts (even if the wrapping paper is their favorite part!). Stocking stuffers are great gift ideas for babies for a couple reasons. First, they are just the right … [Read more...]