Sanity-Saving Morning Routine Hack for Back-to-School

With a preschooler, toddler and baby in our home, mornings are a bit hectic. This an understatement of course. Mornings are simply TOTAL CHAOS. Especially back-to-school mornings. After begging my kids to get up each day (on school days of course!), they manage to reluctantly make it down to the kitchen, after about 20-30 minutes of coaxing. Crying baby in one arm, 2 year-old tugging at pajama pants whining for milk and cereal with ONLY the Elmo spoon and dinosaur bowl and 4 year-old pretending to be a jungle cat closing in on its prey (aka little brother). As the whining turns into … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Lunch Box Essentials for Your Preschooler

There's nothing worse than the worrisome feeling that strikes after you've dropped your kid off at school only to realize you forgot to pack something in their bag. Whether it's that required icepack to keep lunch cold or a plastic spoon so they can actually eat the soup you took all morning to prepare. Making sure you have all those little back-to-school essentials ready to go for your preschooler can make all the difference. We've definitely had a few mishaps in the past. Nothing major. Just little things here and there that we forgot to pack or didn't account for until we saw a … [Read more...]

Shark Sensory Bin: An Easy Shark Week Activity

Ready for shark week?? My kids certainly are. Whether they're pretending to be jaws in the bathtub or simply exploring all the wonderful sea creatures in their toy bin, playing with sharks is always something on their daily list of must-do activities. As curious little animal-loving boys, they have a particular fascination with sharks (amongst other creatures), so I knew I had to put together a fun little kids activity for shark week. Something quick and effortless, but perfect for their sensory play needs. RELATED: Ocean Beach Sensory Bin That's when a shark-infested sensory bin came to … [Read more...]

Winter Art: Tape-Resist Snowflake Painting

If you've been stuck indoors for the last few weeks due to frigid temperatures or sicknesses that run prevalent this time of year, you'll love this easy winter art craft for the kids. It makes a beautiful wintery wonderland painting to add to your list of indoor activities when you just can't get outside. Related: Winter Activities for Toddlers This post may contain affiliate links. We loved creating a super easy icicle craft and snow sensory bin, and knew this snowflake art craft a friend mentioned was a must to add to our list! Tape-Resist Winter Painting for … [Read more...]

25+ Fun Ways to Introduce Your Preschooler to Science

My 3 year-old has always loved experimenting and exploring from an early age. Whether he displays it by pouring milk over his brother's head, dumping boxes of cracker crumbs on the kitchen floor or testing out those permanent markers on furniture, he has always taken an interest in the cause-and-effect reaction like a true little scientist. So naturally, he took an early likening to all things science-related including sensory bins, bath play time and exploring with art. Preschoolers seem to have a knack for testing the limits as they fill their growing little brains with new information … [Read more...]

LeapTV: A Video Game to Keep Small Kids Active Indoors

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. Remember how much fun you had playing the Wii? It was an action-packed video game system that enabled an adult to feel like a kid again and get a little exercise in the process! If you have small children that were too young for the Wii, LeapFrog's LeapTV is the perfect solution. It's an educational gaming system designed specifically to keep small … [Read more...]

My Friend Teddy {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received a product to facilitate my review of My Friend Teddy; all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  Ever since my toddler was born, his 3 year-old brother has been craving extra attention. And unfortunately sometimes that takes the form of acting out to make sure mommy notices...which of course then has the same effect on the little one. So you can imagine how difficult dividing time between my boys is. I was therefore intrigued when I learned about My Friend Teddy -- a teddy bear that interacts with little ones, doing … [Read more...]

12 Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments for Kids

I love looking at all the beautiful glass and glittery ornaments that decorate the Christmas tree every year. But what i really love are the homemade decorations and kid-made ornaments that add that special touch to the holidays and home. Those are the ornaments you can look back on each year and remember what Christmas is all about. Spending time with family and loved ones making memories. With that in mind, I was inspired to make some salt dough ornaments myself this year with the kids. It was messy fun and also allowed me to get a little keepsake ornament to use every Christmas moving … [Read more...]

Toddler Toys to 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...]

Fingerprint Christmas Tree & Salt Dough Ornament

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 Christmas tree cookie … [Read more...]