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Category: Toys & Games

Collectible & Cuddly Feltman Brothers Baby Doll

Collectible & Cuddly Feltman Brothers Baby Doll

This collectible doll from the Feltman Brothers is an adorable gift idea for any little girl who loves dolls. Her classic name Caroline Grace matches her timeless details and high quality and realistic looking features.

Fun Kids Stuff for Play Time & Snack Time

Fun Kids Stuff for Play Time & Snack Time

My kids love playing together (hopefully nicely) and enjoying creative snacks. Here are some of our fun ideas for indoor play, cozy gear for outdoor adventures and healthy snacks that cover multiple food groups!

Fun Stuff For Active Kids! Animal Blankets, Glitter Slime & More

Fun Stuff For Active Kids! Animal Blankets, Glitter Slime & More

My kids love running around and playing in the yard. My girls also love crafting, designing their own art, painting their nails, making blanket forts, and helping me cook dinner or bake cookies. When I shop for kids’ gifts, I try to find things that are fun but also encourage my kids to burn off energy or be creative! Here are some fun fall kids activities, gift ideas and ways to make the shortened fall days a little more interesting.

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Indoor & Outdoor Play for Little Monkeys

Indoor & Outdoor Play for Little Monkeys

Keep kids entertained in colder weather with an indoor kids activity! Kids can burn off energy with a portable Lil’ Monkey jungle gym, explore their creativity with arts and crafts, or enjoy imaginative playtime.

Mermaid-Inspired Crafts & Activities

Mermaid-Inspired Crafts & Activities

Girls love pretending to be mermaids. Mermaids have been trending in the form of dolls, mermaid tail blankets, room decor and even cookies! Here are some fun ideas for all girls who love mermaids!

2017 American Girl Dolls & Movie Releases

2017 American Girl Dolls & Movie Releases

Trends come and go but some brands are timeless. I loved playing with American Girl dolls as a child and my daughters love playing with them now. My vintage AG outfits and accessories remind me of the fun memories I made as a child. American Girl has changed a lot over the years, but many of the characters remain classics. American Girl’s 2017 dolls and stories teach important lessons and character qualities.

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Toy Organization Tips & Tricks

Toy Organization Tips & Tricks

Do you have mountains of toys at your house? I often feel like my kids have more toys than they can possibly play with. These ideas will help streamline your playroom and organize your kids’ toys.

Meet American Girl Felicity Merriman + Doll Review

Meet American Girl Felicity Merriman + Doll Review

Felicity Merriman is brave, adventurous and loyal to her friends and family. See all the details of this BeForever American Girl doll! Girls will love dressing Felicity up in her historical outfits and learning about colonial Williamsburg in 1774.  

Fun Toys for Busy Boys

Fun Toys for Busy Boys

As soon as my little guy started crawling, his enthusiasm for going on adventures took off. My two little girls keep me on my toes, but my little boy wants to constantly climb, scamper and explore. Keeping him out of the street was a full time job before we moved to a house with a fully fenced yard. Boys also play differently than girls — they like to crash things together, throw their cars, and figure out how their toys work. Here are some of our favorite toys and activities that are especially interesting for little boys.

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5 Activities for Little Mermaids

5 Activities for Little Mermaids

Design your own interactive mermaid game with cute game pieces, enjoy mermaid sea-inspired snacks, and host a mermaid themed play date.

Meet American Girl Gabriela McBride + Doll Review

Meet American Girl Gabriela McBride + Doll Review

American Girl’s 2017 Doll of the Year Gabriela McBride has curly brown hair, warm brown eyes and a creative personality. Her story is about tackling challenges with creative problem solving. See our doll unboxing and review!

Meet the American Girl WellieWishers

Meet the American Girl WellieWishers

The WellieWishers are American Girl’s newest collection of dolls, designed for girls ages 5 years old and older. These 5 friends each love dressing up, putting on shows, stomping in mud puddles, and being a good friend. We had the chance to check out the WellieWishers dolls Ashlyn and Camille. Each WellieWishers doll comes in a darling outfit that coordinates with their whimsical Wellie boots. I love each doll’s beautiful detailing and these dolls are just as well made as the classic American Girl dolls, with similar hair, faces, and features.
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6 Summer Treats, Crafts & Sensory Activities

6 Summer Treats, Crafts & Sensory Activities

Summer with kids can be super fun if you keep the kids active and engaged with sensory activities. Here are some fun preschool activities for keeping kids busy during the summer.

Fun with American Girl Maryellen Larkin

Fun with American Girl Maryellen Larkin

We’ve been having so much fun with our American Girl Doll Maryellen Larkin! My young daughter is enchanted by her beautiful details, silky hair, and darling clothes and accessories.

Meet American Girl Maryellen Larkin

Meet American Girl Maryellen Larkin

Meet Maryellen Larkin, American Girl’s 1950s BeForever doll. This doll comes wearing a darling striped dress, aqua shrug and Mary Jane shoes. Her character’s story comes to life in her award-winning BeForever storybook. True to the American Girl brand, the doll’s quality and details are just adorable.

My oldest daughter quickly fell in love with the American Girl doll collection. We first visited an American Girl retail store at Alderwood Mall near Seattle when she was 2 years old. When she was a little older, I gave her my own Truly Me doll from the 2000’s.  My daughter especially loves the doll outfits and accessories. Maryellen Larkin is a perfect first doll for any girl!

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