Category: Favorite Books and Toys

10 Summer Outdoor Toys under $20 to Get Your Kids Outside

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I only recommend products I know you’ll love! Summer is here! What are your plans to keep the kids busy? In the summer heat, it’s so easy to let your kids sit around inside and lay on the couch all day. But this summer can be different, mama! Here’s what you need to do…get those kids outside! It’s easier than you think, just pack the up some water bottles, sunscreen, and bug spray, then grab a few of these awesome toys to get them outside in no time! All the toys in this...

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Why You Can’t Afford to NOT Declutter Toys

Tired of seeing a room bursting full of toys, and approximately 0% of those toys being played with? I’m with you, mama. And I’ve got a plan. It’s time to tackle toy clutter. Let’s all grab our metaphorical cardboard boxes and trash bags and get to work, shall we? Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Of course, I only recommend products I know and love! But first, let’s tackle the WHY of it all. Why does clutter really matter when it comes to your child’s play space? Limiting and organizing toys goes far beyond buying a few cute buckets and...

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The Best Montessori Toys Available on Amazon

Close your eyes. Now imagine your most happy place. Whether it’s a beach, the mountains, a favorite chair and a good book, or your own backyard, chances are it shares one characteristic. Simplicity. Isn’t it beautiful? Now, if you dare, close your eyes one more time. Imagine your child’s playroom, bedroom, or learning space. Does the word simplicity come to mind? What about clutter, over-stimulation, or noisy? Yeah, I’m with you on that one. If you’re like me, you know its way too easy to add more toys, pile on the clutter, and stuff it all in a toy...

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10+ Christmas Gifts For Your Little Builder

“Mommy, I have to knock, knock, knock it down!” The sing-song voice and the sparkle in his eye was no disguise for the all-boy intent in his heart. Let me tell you, the days were numbered for that block tower. With a happy swoop, my son crashed down his tower masterpiece. But wait, “We get to build it again!” A squeal of delight at a newfound opportunity to build. To create. To imagine! The joy of building up a tower and knocking it down again is a uniquely toddler experience. Want to, ahem, “build” on that natural inclination? Ready...

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Powerful Living Books to Shape your Preschooler’s World

I love watching my son’s eyes as we read together. Those baby blues widen as he encounters the unexpected. They smile as he celebrates with his favorite characters. They soften as he learns how to empathize with sorrow or hardship. His favorite books make him come alive! Charlotte Mason coined the term “living books” to describe this type of literature. A living book sucks you in. It’s that book you finish in one sitting because you just can’t put it down. The characters, the prose, the story: they’re all designed to immerse you in that world. Even non-fiction living...

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3 Imaginative Play Toys We Love

  Imaginative play is making a comeback! We’ve let ourselves settle into the world of screens and passive playtime in years past, but a new generation of moms is ready to help their kids unleash their creative potential! Break out your Lincoln Logs, people. It turns out imaginative play is more important than we thought! Here’s what the folks at Psychology Today have to say about imaginative play: “Make-believe games are forerunners of the important capacity for forms of self-regulation including reduced aggression, delay of gratification, civility, and empathy…An important  benefit of early pretend play may be its enhancement...

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Free Printable Children’s Book Quotes

C.S. Lewis once declared, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” As I ponder this and think of the powerful prose I’ve read over the years, I realize a surprisingly large percentage of my favorite quotable quotes originate from children’s books. This begs the question, how can I pass on this legacy of books to my son? You know if you try to be a perfect mom in every respect you’ll fall miserably short. Trust me, I’ve tried. (Unless you happen to be my mom, in which case congrats! You’re...

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Best Train Books for Toddlers

In my house we love trains. When I say we love trains, I mean we race outside to look at the trains passing by Grandma’s house. Every single train. From engine to caboose. Every single time. Yay! Little J loves toy trains, real trains, and especially trains in books. So without further ado, I give you my three favorite train books for toddlers. All aboard! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.     Looking for the best bedtime read? Check here!     Trains by Byron Barton What a perfect little book! The illustrations are bright, with primary colors and bold...

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5 Toddler Transportation Toys We Love

The little one at my house loves to GO! Does it have wheels? Can it pull, push, or roll? He’s sold. As a former teacher, I have pretty high expectations for toys. Yes, I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to what toys my son plays with. I’ve learned that toys are the key instruments for learning in a young child. It goes to follow that I have a few simple guidelines I follow when I choose toys for my son. First, toys should be open-ended. This simply means that there is more than one way to play with...

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Favorite Bedtime Books for Toddlers

  Here’s the latest update on the bookshelf situation at my house. This post is devoted entirely to the well stocked, but slightly disheveled bookshelf of my son. As all “seasoned” parents know, routine is the bedrock of bedtime sanity for both the littles and the bigs. At our house, the bedtime ritual goes something like: dinner, bath for little dude, unintentional bath for mommy, nakey baby marathon, diaper baby marathon, pajama baby marathon, Bible reading with mom and dad, books in bed, and lights out. So, in the theme of full disclosure, I thought I’d share our five favorite bedtime...

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