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...]

12 Fun Ways to Keep Kids Cool in a Heat Wave

The tail end of summer often means enjoying the last few weeks with the whole family before school starts, bbq'ing or taking the kids to the beach one more time. But we often forget how hot August can get...especially recently with temperatures surpassing 90F!!! Talk about a heat wave! So what do you do when it's scorching hot outdoors and you've run out of ideas to keep the kids cool? You get a little creative with what you have lying around so the kids can beat the heat! Water Activities to Keep Kids Cool One super easy way to cool down right in the backyard is with a … [Read more...]

Sun Protection & How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Kids

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Neutrogena. I received samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Now that summer is officially here, the days are getting longer and hotter than ever. While we are thrilled to spend more time outdoors running around and splashing about, the extra hours of sunlight also mean more need to protect the delicate skin of our family members, especially little ones. My boys have sensitive skin that often burns easily. As infants both suffered from mild eczema. That's why … [Read more...]

Handmade Jewelry Dish for Mom

These days it seems I'm always running from one room to the next and misplacing jewelry in the process. I don't wear too much jewelry with the kids grabbing at me and all, so end up taking it off and placing it aside...usually some place I can't remember. But with Mother's Day a couple days away, I wanted to create something simple enough for my toddler to help with, but special enough to work as a keepsake for mommy and grandmas. (This is a perfect gift to give mom on any holiday, actually!) Related: DIY Baby Soft Sugar Scrub for Mother's Day After getting some inspiration from this … [Read more...]

Easy Pool & Water Activities for Toddlers

Now that the warmer weather is finally upon us, it's time to start thinking about summer activities to do with the kiddos! I can't wait to let my kids run around outdoors and burn off all that energy little boys especially tend to carry. My boys love making messes and splashing around, so I knew I had to start brainstorming fun ways to keep them entertained with water. Here are some of our favorite pool and water activities for toddlers your kids will love too! This post contains affiliate links. 1. Beach Ball Never underestimate the power of a good old beach ball. My boys will … [Read more...]

Under the Sea Birthday Party

Last weekend we celebrated my youngest son's first birthday party! A few weeks before the party, I took to Pinterest of course for some inspiration and settled on an under the sea theme which I thought would be super cute! We weren't looking to do anything super fancy, since it was only a small party with close family attending. Of course it's always fun to go all-out for the first few birthday parties...which some may argue is mostly for the parents because kids under 2 won't remember the party anyway. Since I already got the "big 1st birthday" out of the way for my oldest son's party … [Read more...]

12 Fun Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs With Toddlers

Spring is finally here and Easter is just around the corner! And I don't know about your kids, but my son has been obsessed with eggs ever since those surprise kinder eggs hit YouTube. So I knew it was time to get on the egg bandwagon and start gathering up fun ways to decorate eggs with the kids for Easter. There are so many ways to go about decorating eggs, but I wanted to go dye-free considering that decorating anything with toddlers or preschoolers is bound to get messy. I figure I'll try to keep it simple, yet still fun this year. Related: Cute Ideas for Baby's First Easter BasketI've … [Read more...]

DIY Bird Feeder Craft & Bird Watching Tips for Kids

Bird watching is a favorite outdoor activity in our family. So what better way to prepare for Spring  and enjoy the last few weeks of Winter than with a bird feeder craft for kids to celebrate nature's beautiful creatures! It's no secret that this winter has been frigid with snow accumulation continuing into March. So now that the ground has finally begun to thaw, we are ready to spend more time outdoors exploring nature and releasing some energy! My son who is almost 3 years old loves observing all of nature's wonders on the other side of the living room window. And since a love of … [Read more...]

Movie Night with Kids: The Ultimate Checklist #BigHero6MovieNight

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BigHero6MovieNight #CollectiveBias Movie night is always a hit at our house. It's a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy some quality time with the whole family.  Well of course, there's a bit of planning that needs to happen to make the night a success...especially if you have toddlers or preschoolers who can't always sit still through a whole movie. Luckily, I've put together a list of everything you need to do to enjoy movie night with the kids at home. The Ultimate Checklist … [Read more...]

DIY Rainbow Necklace for St. Patrick’s Day

If your child loves necklaces, this DIY rainbow necklace made from dyed pasta is sure to please. It's a great St. Patrick's Day craft for exploring colors and fine-motor skills with little ones. Last St. Patrick's Day, my toddler wasn't so into crafting, so we settled for an edible sensory bin made from JELLO. It was a great activity for sensory stimulation that was a little messier than expected. I decided that a pasta necklace was in order, because he seemed to be fascinated (i.e. ready to  yank off) every piece of jewelry I would occasionally wear. Thought it would be fun for him … [Read more...]