Friday, November 16, 2018

Gifts for Little Kids

Christmas with toddlers and preschoolers just might be my favorite age to celebrate! They are so excited about every aspect of Christmas and they definitely get very excited about the gifts under the tree! We've worked together to assemble a list of great gifts for little kids -- the items are sure to delight on Christmas morning!

Comforting Eucalyptus Soap Melts

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Pardon the lack of pictures in this post. I wasn't originally intending to post this one so fast but I've had so many requests for these DIY soap melts I wanted to make sure to share in time for those hoping to make some for themselves or family and friends over the holidays. I love making homemade gifts for my family and friends and these turned out to be one of my favorites this year. Whether we like it or not seasonal colds are bound to hit at least one person in the family this year. No one likes to be sick so anything that can be done to help ease symptoms is a plus! I scoured the internet looking at recipes for shower melts and found that a lot of people had trouble with the traditional melt made from corn starch, baking soda, and other powders. I already had soap base on hand so I decided to skip the powders and create my own fragrant, comforting, sinus-opening melts to use in the shower or bath. With just a few supplies and ingredients, you can make your own soap melts!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Turkey and Harvest Dumplings

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 I absolutely love Thanksgiving! I love the family and friends gathered around the table. I love the laughter and how we all take time to remember how we've been blessed this past year. I also love the food! There's nothing quite as comforting as a Thanksgiving meal. The weather got cold here in West Virginia over the past week and suddenly I found myself wanting to give my family some early Thanksgiving enjoyment. Voila! My Turkey and Harvest Dumplings recipe was born. This recipe is a great way to use up that left over Turkey from the holidays, or you can simply use a 3lb Turkey Boneless Turkey Breast for this recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Rock Hound Backpack Kit

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 Learning and discovery are missing in so many toys these days. Though there are plenty of great products with new technology, many of them still require kids to be connected to electronic and screen devices in order to use them effectively. I love products that help my kids explore the world around them and encourage hands-on learning. The Rock Hound's Backpack Kit is perfect for the little geologist in your family and will unlock an even greater desire to dig deeper into discoveries just outside their own front door!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Stargazer Cast Iron Skillet

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 As my at-home-chef skills have grown over the years, so has my desire to invest in quality products to help me bring all of my tasty creations to life. It's much more fun to cook when you have all the proper tools. Food also tastes better when you are cooking with pans that hold the proper temperature and don't taint the dish with those nasty non-stick chemicals. I've made it my personal mission to begin replacing all of my generic non-stick pans with cast iron. In my search for the best, I stumbled upon Stargazer Cast Iron. Boy and I glad I did!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Best Gifts For Babies

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Baby's first Christmas is such an exciting time! I've teamed up with Miranda and Janessa of Thrifty Nifty Mommy to compile a list of our best gifts for babies -- we've had 14 babies between the 3 of us! We'll be adding to this list all month long, so keep checking back for great ideas for your little one!

Best Gifts For Infants

Infantino Infant to Toddler Play Gym & Fun Teepee

Babies will go crazy for this multi-functional gym that grows with your little one, transforming from an infant gym to a pretend play teepee. Four hanging toys and a large-mirrored mobile engage infants with overhead discovery. Squeeze the musical owl to delight little ones with a cheerful tune. As baby begins to crawl, close one side of the gym to create a crawl tunnel. For toddlers, unfold the gym's sides to create a fun, playtime teepee. Each side of the teepee features a whimsical mountain scene, from sun rise to night time - complete with accurate constellations.


DockATot has been designed to offer a snug and soothing environment for babies. We like to think it's the next best thing to the womb. Babies can rest, play and lounge without the restrictions of buckles or the distraction of bells and whistles. The innovative design helps the baby feel safe and secure. As baby grows, you can open the buckle on the dock.

  Melissa & Doug First Play Elephant Rocking Stacker

Melissa & Doug First Play Elephant Stacker

Sort, stack, and rock six brightly colored wooden pieces, including a topsy-turvy elephant!  This fun First Play Elephant Stacker features a sturdy wooden stacking rod sits on a curved base that rocks and spins. The smooth pieces make it easy for babies and toddlers to grasp. They will delight in sorting and balancing pieces while developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through imaginative play. First Play toys feature bright colors, bold patterns, and theatrical designs that boost skills while sparking imagination and wonder - right from the very beginning!

Mindware babu Stacker

MindWare babu Stacker

It’s a whimsical take on a classic wooden stacking toy that promotes creativity while introducing a basic lesson in balance!  The babu Stacker's modern twist on the classic toy blocks delivers pure and simple creative play options for kids of all ages. Stack the sleek rainbow pieces by size and sequence to create a traditional pyramid.  Or twist and turn them to make a more fanciful shape.  It's a tactile, timeless and artistic addition to your wooden toys. Each piece is crafted from solid hardwood with a non-toxic, BPA-free, water-based finish.


Manhattan Toy Company The Make Believe World Of Winkel Board Book + Toy 

The time-honored classic Winkel rattle and teether, by Manhattan Toy, is an award-winning classic, a true “must have” for parents and infants. Its maze of soft, continuous tubes and its stunning colors instantly capture and hold baby’s attention. The mesmerizing loop design and lightweight construction make it easy for little hands to grab, hold, and rattle - perfect clutching toy to engage baby’s gross motor skills. The center cube features a quiet rattle so baby can explore sound and cause and effect. The soft, pliable loops are BPA-free for teething or gumming babies. This bundle also Introduces your young one into The Make Believe World of Winkel, through the amazing board book.

Comfy Joey Ring Sling - Big Blowout Sale!

Comfy Joey Ring Sling

Wearing baby has never been more comfortable!  Your little sweetie will be a hit with everyone while riding at eye-level in this easygoing, but sturdy, Comfy Joey Ring Sling.  The sling is 100% linen fabric, airy and supportive, though a bit stiff at first, will soften with wash and use. Linen slings are good for newborns or toddlers, and excellent for summer heat.  By far, my absolute favorite ring sling!   And they come in a variety of colors and lengths.  Don't wait! Head over now because they will be running a variety of sales throughout the holidays at throwaway prices of $30 or less!

  Melissa & Doug First Play Friendly Frogs Pull Toy

Melissa & Doug First Play Friendly Frogs Pull Toy

Hop to it with this gorgeous Melissa & Doug Frog Pull Toy! These friendly frogs will follow kids anywhere! Two brightly colored frogs, with designs on both sides, chase and race each other as kids 18 months and older maneuver this sturdy rolling wooden pull toy, encouraging movement and sensory development. There are plenty of polka-dots and fun details to discover that help build color and shape recognition. First Play toys feature bright colors, bold patterns, and creative designs that boost skills while sparking imagination and wonder--right from the start!


Infantino Grow-With-Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit

Have a ball with this action-packed activity gym! This one-of-a-kind playset converts into a fun, sensory-stimulating ball pit that’s perfect for busy toddlers. Includes 40 colorful balls with convenient storage inside the turtle’s head. Four adorable sea pals delight little ones with a peek-a-boo mirror, grasping ring, textured teether and rattle. This versatile playtime favorite will grow with your family to offer years of priceless entertainment.

  BBLUV Sölar Baby & Toddler Sunglasses

BBLUV Sölar Sunglasses

Let your young child be stylish with these BBLUV Sölar Sunglasses!   Thee cute little shades offer an optimal protection against harmful UV rays.  The ultra-resistant and flexible frames are perfect for those little hands that are constantly moving.  The reversible and polarized sunglasses are made for better clarity and comfort too.  Currently available in three fun colors: aqua, lime, and pink!  The carrying/cleaning pouch and cord included.

  Manhattan Toy Company A Little Unicorn Pink Baby Book & Toy Bundle Set

Manhattan Toy Company Petals The Pink Unicorn Book & Toy Combos

Gifting a book and toy together is the perfect duo and Petals The Pink Unicorn is a memory-making choice for the little girls in your life.  Introduce your little one into the playful world of the Adorables, with everyone's favorite Petals Unicorn character! This book featuring 10 full-color and beautifully designed pages of unique artwork by the talented Madelyn Kozlowski at Manhattan Toy, and a soft, padded cover for your young one. An enchanting book to read to your young one, they will instantly connect and fall in love with Petals Unicorn and the adventure that awaits.  Pair with one of several great stuffed animals, toys, blankie, or teether for a winning combination.

  BBLUV Termö 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer

Termö 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer

If you're looking for a useful gift that will give back for years, grab the Termö 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer!   It allows precise, instantaneous and non-contact temperature measurement. Multi-purpose, it's designed to measure body temperature such as your child’s forehead, ears, and armpit as well as various surfaces such as bottle of milk, food, or bath water.  And it can even measure room temperature too!  The Termö can even memorize up to 32 readings.  It's a tool that is both practical and essential in your care kit.


Manhattan Toy Company Little Jurassics Chomp Book + Toy Combos

Introduce your little one into the wonderful and enchanting world of Little Jurassics, with everyone's favorite Chomp dinosaur character!  Pair the book that features 10 full-color and beautifully designed pages of unique artwork by the talented Madelyn Kozlowski at Manhattan Toy.  Kids will instantly connect and fall in love with Chomp and soon discover the adventure that awaits.  There's fun to be had as they let their imagination run wild through stories and play.  Toy options include: Chomp Blankie, Pull Musical Toy, Silicone Teether, and Cuddly Plush.

Little Book Of You Personalized Story About Your Child

Little Book Of You Personalized Story

Capture your most cherished memories in a one-of-a-kind book from Little Book Of You Personalized Story. Fill out your custom baby book in 15 minutes or less and leave the rest to Little Book Of You!  This book includes all the most wonderful and fun details about your child’s arrival.  Rich in design and made to last, these hardcover books are made with the highest quality paper and materials so your book will continue to look great reading after reading.   A beautiful, personalized story about your child that will be treasured by you and your child for years to come.

  BBLUV Miäm Silicone Plate & Spoon Set

BBLUV Miäm Silicone Plate & Spoon Set

Babies get so excited when it's time to taste food!  Make transitioning to food easier with the help of the BBLUV Miäm Silicone Plate & Spoon Set.  It's the ideal plate starting with the very first mouthful to continued use years down the road. The suction base,  makes parent’s lives easier too.  The durable, stain-resistant, and anti-bacterial silicone construction features three separate compartments for food.  Currently available in fun aqua or lime colors.

  MyBaby by HoMedics Comfort Creatures™ Elephant Color Changing Nightlight

MyBaby by HoMedics Comfort Creatures Elephant Color Changing Nightlight

Night lights provide a neutering appeal that babies and children love. The MyBaby by HoMedics Comfort Creatures Elephant Color Changing Nightlight is a gender-neutral kids night light that is perfect for any nursery or décor.  Choose from five soothing LED color options with just a press of a button.  To switch color, simply press the button repeatedly until you reach your desired color option.  The auto timer will help ease your child to sleep while also saving on energy with the auto-off function.  Easily set your comfort creature to turn off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes intervals.  The cute and cuddly design makes for the perfect bedside friend.

  Squishmallow Baby Rattles

Squishmallows Baby Squad

Start your own small Squishmallows Squad with these adorable 8" Baby Squishmallows!  Each features a built in rattle for added playtime fun.  These loveable buddies are made from a super soft marshmallow-like texture and polyester blend which makes them ultra soft for hugging. They can even be washed and dried as needed.  Super cute and available in a variety of whimsical animals and designs, they are truly perfect for any age.

  Sleeping Baby Zipadee Zip

Sleeping Baby ZipadeeZip

A big "must have" baby product is the Sleeping Baby ZipadeeZip.  The star-shaped pointed sleeves and star-fish design is patent pending because it inspires sounder sleep than any other wearable blankets on the market. The slight resistance in the wing-span allows a baby to move around freely while still providing the enclosed, womb-like sensation babies enjoy so much. The Zipadee-Zip was designed to aid the swaddle transition but has so many other fabulous uses as well!  Sizes range from 0-3 months all the way through preschool and school age!