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...]

7 Fun & Easy Ways to Teach Toddlers Colors

Red, orange, yellow, green and blue! How many colors can you name too? :) Teaching colors to little ones shouldn't be so much of a task if you're making it fun along the way. Sure you want your toddler to know the difference between red and green (not only to ensure against color-blindness which some parents mistakenly diagnose early on), but also to prepare kids for preschool and kindergarden. You can start as simple as pointing out colors around the house as your little one grows to expose them, but be sure to make it fun along the way with these 7 ideas for helping toddlers learn … [Read more...]

Three Truthful Words Every Mom of a Toddler & Baby Needs to Hear

As a mother to two rambunctious little ones, with another one on the way...I feel your pain momma. Everyone professes how challenging the early years with babies, toddlers and preschoolers are. But one cannot fully comprehend it until actually going through the day-to-day, living each and every crazy minute of motherhood. When you add pregnancy symptoms to the mix, things get a little trickier. Because raising one child is tough enough, let alone handling little ones while pregnant. And multiply the crazy factor by 100 if you're a single mother. Special-needs mother. Mother whose … [Read more...]

Breakfast Playdate Party Featuring WaterWipes

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central forWaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Last weekend while visiting friends and family, I had the opportunity to host a fun little playdate over breakfast. The kids (and adults alike) were hungry and eager to play after a long night -- baby sleepovers can definitely get a little crazy! I knew things were bound to get messy after bagels with cream cheese, blueberry muffins, cookies and a little bit of candy for the … [Read more...]

Get Kids School-Ready with LeapFrog’s LeapPad Platinum & Word Whammer {Review}

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. It's no secret that my son can't get enough of playing with the family's iPad or iPhone -- I mean what kid does? Even though I've made numerous attempts to keep electronics use to a minimum, it's natural for him to gravitate towards them in this tablet-dependent day and age. So when he is playing with electronics, I like to be sure it's educational … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Traveling with Kids

Whether it's during the summer or anytime of the year, chances are likely that you're going to be traveling. And when you have kids in tow, this can be quite the memorable experience... in both good ways and bad. I'm here at Mommy's Bundle today to share 4 tips for traveling with kids to make traveling more enjoyable for everyone involved. Of course there's no guarantee that they (or you) are going to enjoy every single moment of this trip, but hopefully these tips will help out. 1. Take Advantage of “Sleep” Hours. When traveling with young children, you will find it very beneficial to … [Read more...]

Sleep Solutions: Tips to Help All Your Kids Sleep at Night

Struggling to get your baby or toddler to sleep at night? You're not alone. Every single parent faces this battle at one point or another. Luckily today I have a guest blogger, Karen, from Sunbeams and Heartstrings who shares her best tips for getting children of ALL ages to sleep restfully. *** One of the biggest hurdles as a parent is getting a child to SLEEP. What works for one child may not work for another. I have found a few very successful sleep tips for my children (we are a blended family with 13 kids) that I would love to share with you! Infants to Age 2 If you nurse or … [Read more...]

A Veggie Dish Every Picky Eater Will Love #VeggieFries

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Veggie Fries. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions and reviews are my own. Like many parents with toddler-aged children, I've struggled to get my son to eat his veggies for some time now. It's a daily battle we face, constantly coercing our picky-eater to finish all his greens. We offer yummy dessert rewards, threaten turning off the TV and even offer fun activity incentives. But 9 out of 10 times it's all to no avail. He … [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...]