Toxic Chemicals are Pervading Our Lives. It is Time to Make a Change!

300 Toxins in Umbilical Cord

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored conversation in partnership with Seventh Generation.  Regardless, this is a topic I feel very strongly about. Did you know that 85,000 synthetic and potentially toxic chemicals have been introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976, the EPA has required testing on… [read more]

Chores for Toddlers? Why it is Good to Start Young – Plus, Chore Ideas for Kids and Toddlers

Chores for toddlers and kids, chore ideas for kids and toddlers

Remember those times as a kid listening to your grandpa talk about having to shovel snow from the sidewalks when he was a kid after that crazy blizzard that dumped 4 feet of snow in one night?  Or how about the one he used to tell you about how he woke up at 4 every… [read more]

Shaving Cream Painting – Wordless Wednesday

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Yesterday at Joy School I did shaving cream painting with the kids.  We didn’t have a table big enough so we did it on the kitchen floor.  They LOVED it!

Teach Important Words and Concepts with these Toddler Sorting Games

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My youngest, who just turned two, has been a little slower to reach most developmental stages.  She didn’t walk until 18 months.  She just turned 2 and is finally starting to say about 5-10 words–average for a 2 year old is 50 words.  She is no where near there yet.  The words she does use… [read more]

5 Fun and Easy St. Patricks Day Activities for Kids + Free Printable

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Whew!  I know how you feel. By the time March rolls in, I’ve just regained my balance from Thanksgiving and Christmas tripping over themselves. And then, was that New Year’s and Valentine’s Day that just whirled by?! Sometime these little holidays don’t seem worth the trouble, and can tug at your time and attention. Well,… [read more]

Read-To-Cure with Reading Eggs – Review and Giveaway #ReadingEggsUS

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reading Eggs. Early childhood education has always been very important to me.  Though I’m not an educator by profession, I’ve always been interested in and passionate about the capacity of children to exceed our current educational expectations (i.e. our educational systems’ expectations). While I… [read more]

Ditch the Trikes and Training Wheels – Strider Balance Bike Review

Strider balance bike review

Teaching my oldest son to ride a bike has been much harder than I ever anticipated it would be.  I just figured my son would hop on his bike, I’d hold the back seat and run with him up and down the block for a couple days and then he’d be off, riding on his… [read more]

Sweet Heart Ponytail for Valentines Day – Hair Tutorial

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With Valentines Day coming up next month I knew I just had to find some cute way to do my daughters hair.  I tried a couple different ideas and this one was a simple and adorable way to dress up the casual ponytail making it into a heart!  So here it is!  The Heart Ponytail! Supplies… [read more]

Guest Post: Textured Paint Craft for Toddlers and Kids

toddler safe homemade textured paint

When it comes to kids and cooking, there are at least two things I know for certain. First, they want to do it, too. Second, they’re always ready to taste whatever it is they’re mixing up. In that sense, cooking and crafting have a lot in common in the kid-participation department: No matter what type… [read more]

Be Just Like Mom with the Graco Duo Jogger Toy Stroller – Holiday Gift Guide Review

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Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions and thoughts are my own. Is your daughter anything like mine–she wants to be just like mommy?  She love to help in the kitchen, pretend dress-up or carry a purse just like I do.   I’m… [read more]

Cabbage Patch Kids – Holiday Gift Guide

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Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions and thoughts are my own. While growing up, every year for Christmas I received a doll.  It was a tradition, and I loved receiving them.  My mom loved  Cabbage Patch Kids so those are… [read more]

Candy Decorated Christmas Trees – Egg Allergy Friendly

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Finding holiday treats for kids with egg allergies can be a challenge.  For the last few years all I have wanted to do is decorate gingerbread houses with my kids.  But since they have egg allergies I never attempted it…until last year.  We were invited to our friends house to build gingerbread houses. My friend said… [read more]

Power Trains – Holiday Gift Guide Review

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Disclosure: I received the follow products for review purposes at no cost to myself. No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions and thoughts are my own. My son loves trains.  He has two different wood train sets that he enjoys playing with but he has been saying that he wanted a train like his grandma’s and grandpa’s. … [read more]

Give Little Legs a Break with a Ride on the Joovy Bumprider – Review

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As a Joovy Blogger is is so fun to see all the innovative new products Joovy keeps coming out with.  They recently rolled out their new Joovy Bumprider a ride-on stroller board. The Joovy Bumprider is the most universal stroller board available on the market today.  It is guaranteed to fit all stroller types due… [read more]