There are some brands that I turn to time and again because you know that they make an excellent quality product at a price that makes sense. Melissa and Doug is one of my 'go to' brands for toys for my girls and gifts for others! Their wooden play food is probably the most frequently played with toy in our house, and I don't think I know a family that doesn't have at least one of their Sounds Puzzles.
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It's so easy for kids to get caught up in the 'getting' part of the holiday season. I remember talking with my mommy friends last year after Christmas and we were all lamenting how our 2.5 year olds had suddenly developed the "gimmies" after spending a few weeks celebrating with various family members and friends, and I have a feeling that this year is going to be even worse since I've been hearing "I want that for Christmas" about every toy we see in a store/flyer/commercial for weeks now Read more [...]
The girls are too young to carve their own pumpkins so we paint them instead! It was Rowan's first time using paint ever and she thought it was the greatest thing, and the girls even worked together to paint the pumpkins. Lots of fun, lots of mess, and a nice long bubble bath to clean up afterward :)
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We usually go to a pumpkin patch to get our pumpkins right from the field, but rainy weather and travel have foiled our plans so this year we went to a local farm and choose from their stacks. There was a hay bale stack to climb, loads of pumpkins, a petting zoo and even free pony rides (Ashlyn doesn't look very impressed in the picture but she had fun, honest) so we had a great time with a bit less work than usual!
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True confession: I avoid shopping at malls with my girls whenever possible. Groceries? Bring it on. Big box store? No fear. But a mall full of people and distractions and a hundred reasons for a toddler and/or preschooler to throw a raging tantrum, no thank you. Besides, Ashlyn is old enough now that I can't buy her presents in front of her anyways because she remembers everything, so I'll be doing a lot of online shopping this year. Enter Red Envelope!
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