Sweet, friendly and smart, American Girl’s 2019 Girl of the Year Blaire Wilson is a charming character. Her story series is focused on prioritizing relationships within a technology-driven world.
What do you think of when you hear the word summer? You may think of heat, the pool or family vacations. For us moms, summer is not much different than the rest of the year. In hot weather kids are just a little antsier, dirtier from being outside all day and eager to enjoy ice pops and water balloons. To get though my busy summer days I have a one-stop shop for covering all my hot weather needs. At Fred Meyer I can stock up on water toys, swimwear, sunscreen and more and only have to stand in one checkout line. Here are some of the summer essentials that make family life memorable and fun! (more…)
If you have young kids then you know that kids like to stay super active. I’m excited to share a fun new Netflix show and a few glitter-inspired kids activities!
One my favorite things about having girls is seeing them enjoy the toys and activities that I loved as a child. American Girl is one of my all-time favorite brands. I loved collecting the American Girl dolls and accessories, making my dolls custom clothing and choosing new outfit sets from the AG catalog. I gave my oldest daughter my Truly Me American Girl doll as soon as she was old enough to take care of her and we’ve grown our collection with several new BeForever Dolls and the WellieWishers Camille and Ashlyn. My girls also enjoy dressing up American Girl’s latest BeForever doll Nanea Mitchell, a Hawaiian girl from 1941.
My girls love doing all sorts of creative activities. These fun sensory and STEM toys encourage learning though play! We can easily include these kid’s activities in our preschool routine at home.
My 2-year-old boy loves going outside and learning new life skills, all the while running and climbing. Here are some ideas suited to entertain a 2-year-old boy and help him learn through adventures and interactive play!
My kids love collecting tiny toys. They enjoy adding to sets they already have and they love setting up little play sets and making up story lines. My girls typically are able to play pretend around age 3, and now that both my girls are older than 3 they have lots of fun playing together and setting up their toys. We recently discovered some fun play sets from Wicked Cool Toys that feature re-imagined mini versions of the Cabbage Patch dolls. My girls loved checking out the details of these miniature Little Sprouts play sets and also discovering which surprise creatures were inside their Egg Babies!
Technology is everywhere, but it’s important for kids to also play with low-tech toys and hands-on activities that encourage kids’ imaginations and coordination. Here are some low-tech activities kids can play with in the car and at home, featuring a DIY I-Spy shaker, Window Jammers and more!
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.
Do you sometimes struggle to come up with creative activities for the kiddos? My kids often have extra energy on days they can’t go outside. This means we get to do creative projects, make a DIY sensory bin, or practice learning new skills through play. Did you know kids learn something new from practically everything they do? Think about it. When kids ride a bike they practice balancing. When kids color they are practicing motor skills. When kids eat lunch they are discovering favorite foods or possibly trying new foods. Every day is like a maze of exploration for kids, which I think is fun! Here are some imagination-inspiring activities for kids to do on a rainy day.
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.
Do you have a hard time leaving the house with the kids, even to just run a quick errand or pick up a gift? Me too. The Baby Cubby is a unique resource that offers many of my favorite brands within a very user-friendly interface. You can even create a gift registry to share with your friends!
Summer is a perfect time for doing crafts to fill the hot afternoons, having movie parties, and sporting fabulous summer fashion! While you’re watching the new movie Trolls for the 10th time, make a cute DIY Princess Poppy flower headband or cuddle up for a family reading party.