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    December 22, 2014
    Toys For ALL Kids

    Pink is for girls. All other colors are for boys. Girls get dolls and princesses and makeup, boys get science, nature, cars, superheroes, building tools, sports, technology, action figures- basically anything on the planet that has NOT been deemed as feminine. Then, we wonder why more girls aren’t interested in science, and why boys who grow up to be fathers are so absent in their children’s lives. To me, this is absolutely ridiculous. The very fact that “boy” toys and “girl” toys exist and are separate things proves that we still live in a very sexist, gender divided society. Some boys will grow up to be fathers and chefs and designers- they should play with baby dolls and cooking sets as well. Some girls will grow up to be scientists and athletes and engineers- and they need to play with microscopes and tools and sports equipment. So, if you’re looking for awesome, empowering gifts for ALL CHILDREN this holiday season, check out this post by Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures:

    -Trucks and cars- always help with problem solving abilities

    -Work bench and tools-Work benches are great for fine motor development, problem solving, creative thinking, language development, and even pre-writing skills.

    -Science kits


    -Baby dolls

    -Cooking sets / play kitchens

    -Dress up clothes- dramatic play develops social intelligence in kids of all genders. Princess or pirate, doctor or ninja, cowboy/girl, — let your kids pick out their own clothes and go crazy!

    -Art supplies, coloring books, and anything that encourages creativity

    Photo Credit: Weird Nut Daily 

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    December 19, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Fun Gift Wrapping Inspiration

    I love this! I’m absolutely miserable at wrapping presents. Maybe this will help me look like I know what I’m doing!

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    December 16, 2014
    DIY Gift Idea From Kids- Sharpie Mugs

    When you have very young kids, getting gifts for them is easy. You can give them a bunch of crap from the dollar store and they’re happy. Heck, you can give them toilet paper rolls, trash, and socks to play with, and they will– happily. My nephew prefers napkins and cardboard over his expensive baby toys anyway. What’s difficult is getting them to give gifts to their parents. Sure, you could just buy your spouse a nice, store bought item, write “From Baby” on it, and be done with it– but I think that having the kids make something is much more meaningful, and the parents will love it. Check out this idea from Lynette at Cleverly Simple for an adorable “From Kid” gift– a DIY Sharpie mug:

    You need:

    Sharpies (Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pens )
    An Oven

    -Let the kids go wild!

    -Let them dry overnight.  The next day I placed them in a COLD oven and turned the heat on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  I let it “cook” for 30 minutes and then turned the heat off.  IMPORTANT:::  Let the oven cool before you pull out the coffee mugs.

    Photo Credit: Emily May 

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    December 8, 2014
    Sentimental Gifts For Kids

    The best gift I’ve ever gotten from my Mom was a few Christmases ago. Every day for a year, she wrote in a journal about things she loved about me, and included photos. Somehow, she kept it hidden from me all year and gave it to me on Christmas. I cried like a baby, and it has become one of my most prized possessions since. That journal beat out expensive gifts like phones, cameras, and other gadgets as “best present ever”. It really just goes to show that sentimental gifts from the heart mean so much more. With the holidays fast approaching, you may be looking for unique gift ideas of your own. If so, check out this guide by Alison at Pint Sized Treasures. Some are objects that your children will treasure forever, others create memories that last a lifetime:

    -Parent/Child Journal

    -Hope Chest.

    -Personalized Trinket Boxes 

    -Craft book with tons of supplies- crafting together is a great way to build memories

    -Classic board games for the family to play together

    -Bikes for all- for the family to ride together

    Photo Credit: Steven Depolo 

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    October 1, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Cute DIY Keepsake


    Photo from Sunshine Homestead

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    September 2, 2014
    Baby Books

    My nephew is almost seven months old! Time sure does fly. I’m lucky enough that I get to see him every day. I have a pretty unconventional work schedule, so I watch him during the day while my sister is at work. It can be tiring, but it’s pretty rewarding as well. I try to do as much with him as possible to help foster his mental, social, and physical development. We sing songs, play games, go outside, do tummy time, and I talk to him constantly. But most of all, I read to him. Of course, he’s too young to understand, but the more words he hears, the better off he’ll be. Also, reading from a young age will show him that reading is fun. Hopefully he’ll be a lifelong reader! But what do you read to a baby? I have a book of nursery rhymes, bedtime stories, fairy tales, a book about colors, and a few more fun, interactive ones that he loves. For more reading inspiration, as well as the different types of baby books out there, check out this post by Chanda at Pink Oatmeal:

    -The “crinkly” book is how it is referred to in our house.  This book is nice and soft for C to touch and makes a crinkly sound when manipulated. 

    -Finger puppet books are a ton of fun

    -Board books with few words on the page

    -Books with repitition

    -Touch and feel books

    Photo Credit: Devin F

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    May 9, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Mother’s Day Special- How to Make Crepes!
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    This video is adorable and educational! It may be a little messy, but it looks delicious. Moms will love these! As always, have a parent or older sibling help out with the cooking.

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    May 6, 2014
    Graduation Present Ideas

    It’s that time of year again! After years and years of hard work, kids all over the country are graduating high school (or maybe even college). They’re leaving the nest and starting their new lives as college students, or joining the full-time working world. Either way, they deserve a reward for completing something that took them almost their entire life so far to accomplish. Also, the grown up world is hard, and grad gifts give them a little boost while they’re still learning to fend for themselves: usually, money is given. But, if you’re a little hard up for cash at the moment, or want to do something a little outside the box, check out this post by Michonda at the Dollar Stretcher blog for creative grad gifts:

    -Laundry gift basket: with bag, instructions, soap, dryer sheets, and a roll of quarters

    -A rose made out of dollars (5s, 10s, 20s, etc) keeping up the tradition with a creative twist

    -School supply gift basket- for college or grad school bound graduates

    -A flowering plant- with a note that says “may all your hopes and dreams grow, blossom, and bloom.” 

    Photo Credit: Tulane Public Relations 

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    May 1, 2014
    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    Dads, get Mom out of the room for this one! Mother’s Day this year is next Sunday (May 11th), so you still have about a week to think of some gift ideas for the kids. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! #1 Mom mugs, candles, and bubble bath soaps are great, but they can get a little old–(Dads, I’m sure you’re a little sick of golf themed neckties). All the moms I know love when their kids put some thought into gifts, and try to get them (or make them) something really meaningful. Be sure to show the mothers (and grandmothers) in your life just how much you love them every day, and check out this post by Kelly Hancock at Faithful Provisions; it lists her favorite Mother’s Day gifts to get:

    -Personalized Jewelry. I love jewelry that means something. I love the necklaces with charms of the kids and their birthstones, and the charm bracelets that represent significant life events.

    -Coffee and Tea, Chocolate – self explanatory.

    -Handmade crafts from the kids- that I can display around the home or yard. ex- mosaic garden tiles.

    -Canvas Prints. Yes, I want pictures of my family! And lots of them!

    -Time. My number one, favorite gift? Spending quality (and for me, that means quantity!) time with my kids.

    Photo Credit: Loren Kerns 

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    March 28, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: How To Build A Diaper Cake

    Really cute idea for a baby shower or gift for new parents!

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