Best Board Games for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Fun age-appropriate board games for toddlers and preschoolers! Never leave the kids out of family game night with these board games that make a perfect gift idea for young kids. Click to see the full list!

Growing up, board games were always a fun way to pass the time with friends and family during sleepovers and rainy days. Even well into adulthood gathering around the table for a little friendly-competition of Apples to Apples or Charades became a hit during holiday get-togethers. But as parents to small children, carrying on that tradition is sometimes difficult with so many board games being a bit more complex as they are typically geared towards older kids. So with the holidays drawing near, I wanted to put together a list of our favorite family-friendly board games that included … [Read more...]

14 Super Fun Beach Activities for Toddlers

Such an awesome list of beach activities PERFECT for toddlers! Great ideas to keep kids busy on the beach and burning-energy so that they are ready to hit the sack after a sun-filled day!

Heading to the beach this summer with little ones in tow? Whether you're on vacation far away or just taking a day trip, we've got some amazing energy-burning beach activities to keep the kids busy! Everything from playing in the sand and splashing about to experiencing the infinite sensory wonders the beach offers. These beach activities for toddlers will not only ensure a fun-filled day, but will also provide enough stimulation to tire out the kids and get them ready for bed in no time! RELATED: Beach Essentials for Baby and Toddler This post may contain affiliate links. Build a … [Read more...]

Fudgey Patriotic Kid-Made Brownies

Patriotic flag-shaped brownies decorated by toddlers. A fun 4th of July dessert recipe for kids to help with!

It's no secret we love fudge brownies in our house -- we've made them for almost every holiday and occasion under the sun: Valentine's, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the summer and football seasons. Chocolate deliciousness melting in your mouth is just too good of a treat to pass up. They are also super easy to make when you're going for semi-homemade and want to involve the kids. This post may contain affiliate links. With 4th of July around the corner, I figured we had to try a red, white and blue version of these yummy treats. How to make kid-decorated Patriotic … [Read more...]

Shark Sensory Bin: An Easy Shark Week Activity

Are the kids excited for Shark Week?? This effortless shark-infested sensory bin is tons of fun and a perfect 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...]

How to Make Potty Training Stress-free

potty training party for toddlers

This post was sponsored by PAMPERS® EASY UPS, however all the opinions expressed are my own. The signs were all there. Wanting to sit on the potty. Tugging at his diaper while saying the words "pee pee" and actually going pee pee while on the potty! That's when I knew it was finally time to potty-train our recently turned 2 year-old boy. It's an often-dreaded journey that many parents want to avoid...and I don't blame them...especially with everything we went through while potty training our eldest son. But going through that experience helped us learn a thing or two when it comes to potty … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Teaching Your Baby & Toddler to Swim {#SwimWays}

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review. Memorial Day weekend, otherwise known as the "unofficial" start to summer is around the corner. And we all know what this means: more time spent outdoors to have fun and splash about in the pool or at the beach! So now that my 2 and 4 year-old have comfortably mastered basic pool and water safety, it's time to kick it up a notch and help them actually learn to swim.  Personally, I like the idea of introducing kids to the water as early as possible for … [Read more...]

How to Keep Toddlers Entertained in Public (Without a Phone!)

Great tips to prevent tantrums and keep your toddler entertained when you are out in public places like restaurants, grocery stores and department stores.

Toddlers. They're miniature people with ginormous attitudes sometimes. The problem is, occasionally you find yourself out in public with them; exposed to the elements and all the other mommies out there. We've all been at the store and witnessed tiny people languishing on the tile floor or demanding candy bars from the checkout upon pain of death (or just motherly embarrassment). We've even been some of those mothers who's little angels have just.had.enough. I once left a completely full grocery cart in the middle of the aisle when my 2 year old was losing it.  Yes, even frozen food. That … [Read more...]

10 Easy Activities Baby & Toddler Can Do Together

Need to find a way to entertain both baby and toddler at the same time? Our list includes 10 easy activity ideas the kids can do together!

That moment you bring home a new baby is full of joy and love, with all the feel-goods that make you ever so giddy inside. But then you remember the task ahead of you is real: dividing your time and attention between the baby, toddler and other kids. This is especially true when it comes time for entertaining the little ones ALL AT ONCE. It's not always easy to find activities that both baby and toddler can partake in. Typically babies and toddlers don’t have the same interests and aren't quite on the same skill level. That's when life calls for a little creativity. This post may … [Read more...]

Top Reasons You Need a Baby Carrier with Your Second Child

As a first-time mom you're bombarded with must-have baby products...many of which you never really end up using. When it's just mama and baby, while tough, life is certainly more manageable than when you have a toddler to chase after on top of caring for your infant. Related: Raising a Toddler While Pregnant But as a second-time mom some baby products REALLY do make a huge difference. One of those products? A baby carrier or wrap. There will come a period when you have to balance your time between two kids - for making meals, soothing a cranky baby or attending to your toddler. … [Read more...]

Lucky Charms Jell-O Snack: Easy St. Patrick’s Day Treat for Kids

Treat your kids to this yummy Lucky Charms Jello Treat - it's an EASY St. Patrick's Day recipe for busy moms!

Like most kids, my little ones are always begging for a tasty snack to satisfy their sweet tooth in the afternoon. While I don't like to give in to their every whim and craving, I do let them indulge in a tasty treat for special occasions like St. Patty's day. Last year they devoured my Shamrock Pretzel Pops - which were a HUGE hit! So this holiday, I figure I can continue the trend with a super easy green Jell-O treat. Because I'm a busy mom (and not to mention 8 and half months pregnant) fast and easy snacks are a top choice! I decided I would simply dress up a Jell-O cup with one … [Read more...]