Jun 252017

Want to have a fun and adventurous summer? Keep a toddler travel bag in your car, and you’ll be ready to hit the road in a jiffy!

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Summer is here, and I’m so excited! We had a pretty cold and wet spring here in Maine, so I am anxious to finally have some nice weather and get out of the house with my kids.

During the summer months, I love to travel around our state. I’m not a fan of the snow, so I pretty much hibernate all winter long. When summer comes, I want to go, go, go! My husband, John, and I, have already taken our kids to the zoo, to some new playgrounds we have never been to, out for ice cream, and to a few different places along the Maine coast. I am really looking forward to taking more day trips this summer. I want to go to the beach, have a picnic at the park, go to the botanical garden, and so much more!

If you’ve ever gone on a day trip with a toddler, you know just how much time and energy goes into packing a toddler travel bag. It honestly takes so much out of me every time I try to pack a toddler travel bag for a day trip. I run around the house like a mad woman trying to find everything I need to pack, and there’s always something that I forget to pack. It’s so exhausting, and by the time I’m done, I don’t even want to leave the house anymore. One day, I finally decided to save my sanity, and pack a toddler travel bag that could be left in my car at all times. Now, we can all be ready to leave the house quickly!

Pack a toddler travel bag with the items below, and you’ll be ready to leave the house in no time at all this summer!

What to Pack in a Toddler Travel Bag for Summer

  1. Sunscreen – Keep your toddler from getting burned by the sun! Always keep a bottle of sunscreen in your car. You won’t want to be caught without it. Make sure you seal it up in a resealable plastic bag so it doesn’t leak out all over your car or toddler’s belongings.
  2. Sun hat – My son has very blonde hair and his head burns quickly in the sun, so I always make sure to keep a sun hat in the car.
  3. Extra set of light clothing – We all know how messy toddlers are, so it’s important to keep an extra set of light clothing on hand in case an outfit change is needed.
  4. Extra set of warm clothing – Living in Maine, we often travel to the coast during the summer months. Some times it is a lot cooler along the coast when the ocean breezes are blowing, so I like to keep a set of warm clothes in the car to keep my kids nice and toasty.
  5. A light jacket with a hood – We often get thunderstorms in the afternoon, so I keep a hooded jacket in the car for my toddlers in case of rain.
  6. Swimsuit – The beach is my favorite place to be in the summer, so I always have a swimsuit in the car for my toddlers.
  7. Beach towels – Don’t forget the beach towels!
  8. Beach toys – Bring a few toys for your toddler to play with at the beach! Mine like to play with sand buckets and shovels.
  9. Water shoes – Beaches can sometimes be a bit rocky and hard on the feet, so I bring water shoes for my toddlers to keep their feet nice and comfortable. It also helps them to walk along the sand easier.
  10. Life jacket or arm floaties – Safety first! Bring a life jacket or arm floaties to keep your toddler safe when they are in the water.
  11. Non-perishable snacks – Toddlers love to eat, and can become hangry very quickly! Don’t forget to load up on their favorite non-perishable snacks!
  12. Picnic Blanket – We often like to have picnics at the beach or park, and it’s nice to have a picnic blanket to sit on while we eat. It keeps our pants from getting dirt or grass stains on them, and also helps to keep the bugs away from our food. Bring a blanket that can be wiped off easily if any food gets spilled on it.
  13. Paper plates, napkins, and cutlery – If you’re having a picnic, you’ll also want to have these on hand!
  14. First aid kit – You never know what might happen while you’re out and about with a toddler. Be prepared for cuts and scrapes with a first aid kit. Keep things like alcohol wipes, band-aids and a pair of tweezers on hand.
  15. Trash bags – Keep a few trash bags on hand for food trash, dirty diapers and wipes, or to store your toddler’s wet clothes until you can wash them.
  16. Diapers and Wipes – Make sure you keep your toddler travel bag stocked up with lots of diapers and wipes! Save some money for summer fun when you print this coupon for $2 off any one Luvs diaper pack. You can use this coupon at any mass, discount, or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold. Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™ are softer and more absorbent than before*, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee. Luvs provides features babies and parents need for less cost than premium brands, so you can have more fun this summer!

Luvs DiapersWith a fully loaded toddler travel bag like this, you should be able to get out of the house quickly! Grab some bottles of water for the road, and you’ll be all set.

Don’t forget to restock your toddler travel bag after each day trip, so you’ll be ready for another one!


*Vs. product replaced, sz. 2-5

 Posted by at 10:53 am
Apr 242017

Kids and Dads will have fun bonding while reading these great books about Dad!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and I thought it would be fun to get my kids a few children’s books about Dad. My husband, John, is such a great father. He’s kind, funny, generous and loves to play with, and teach our children. As I type this post, he is showing them how to plant vegetable seeds. He always strives to include them in whatever activity he may be doing. John works so hard at his job, and always does his best to keep all of us safe and happy. He is truly amazing!

I think John will love reading these children’s books about Dad with our kids. I’m sure they will put a smile on his face, and I know my kids will love them too. They just adore their Dad! This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

Books About Dad

We love these books about Dad!

My Dad is a Superhero
Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)
My Dad Loves Me!
My Dad is the Best Playground
The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad
Daddy Hugs 123
Froggy’s Day with Dad
Little Critter: Just Helping My Dad (My First I Can Read)
Daddy, My Hero
Biscuit Loves Father’s Day

 My Dad is a Superhero Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter) My Dad Loves Me! (Marianne Richmond) My Dad Is the Best Playground The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad! Daddy Hugs (Classic Board Books) Froggy’s Day with Dad Little Critter: Just Helping My Dad (My First I Can Read) Daddy, My Hero Biscuit Loves Father’s Day

Faster! Faster!
My Dad
I Love My Daddy
If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song: 1
My Military Dad: Does Things a Little Different
A Little Book About Me and My Dad
Two Dads: A book about adoption
Today I’m Going Fishing with My Dad
Happiness Is…200 Things I Love About Dad
My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Dads

 Faster! Faster! (Leslie Patricelli board books) My Dad I Love My Daddy (Board Book) If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy’s Love Song My Military Dad…Does Things A Little Different A Little Book About Me and My Dad Two Dads: A book about adoption Today I’m Going Fishing with My Dad Happiness Is . . . 200 Things I Love About Dad My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads

Daddy Dreams
The Ten Best Things About My Dad
My Dad the Superhero!
Just Like Dad (Little Golden Storybook)
Daddy’s Little Girl
My Dad: a Rhyming picture book about an amazing father in celebration of every wonderful Dad out there.
When Mummy Found me a Daddy
Father’s Day for Foal
Why We Love Dads
I Love My Daddy Because

 Daddy Dreams The Ten Best Things About My Dad My Dad the Superhero! Just Like Dad (Little Golden Storybook) Daddy’s Little Girl My Dad: a Rhyming picture book about an amazing father in celebration of every wonderful Dad out there. When Mummy found me a Daddy (Emily’s Explanations Book 1) Father’s Day for Foal: A Rhyming Picture Book for Kids about a Father’s Day Celebration featuring a Horse celebrating his love for his dad. Why We Love Dads: Kids on Playing Catch, Piggyback Rides and Other Great Things About Dads I Love My Daddy Because…

What are your favorite children’s books about Dad?

 Posted by at 5:14 pm
Feb 242017

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Being a stay-at-home Mom, I am always looking for ways to cut costs and save money, especially when it comes to purchases I make for my kids. They are expensive!

Money pig on pink background

My kids outgrow their stuff so fast, and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on something they aren’t going to wear for very long, so I only buy clothes and shoes when they are on sale, and I accept as many hand-me-downs from friends and relatives as I can get.

Whenever I shop online, I always shop through a “cash back” website to earn cash back on my purchases. Every little bit adds up! I got back quite a big chunk of money from the Christmas shopping I did last year.

I earn a little side money through blogging and taking surveys, and I use that to buy “extras” like gifts for birthdays and holidays, party supplies, fun trips to the Discovery Museum, etc.

I also save money by shopping at the Dollar Store a lot. There are certain things I always buy there, like gift bags & bows, greeting cards, spices for cooking, and craft supplies for my kids. Those items cost a lot more at other stores, and I have saved a lot of money over the years by purchasing them at the Dollar Store.

Another way I save money is by using coupons. I try to use as many coupons as I possibly can. We go through a lot of diapers in this house, so I am super excited about this $1 print-at-home coupon offer from Luvs. This coupon expires 30 days from the date it is printed, and it can be used at any mass, discount or grocery stores where Luvs Diapers are sold. This coupon is good on all Luvs Diapers, except trial/travel sized diaper packs.

Luvs Diapers Coupon

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 Posted by at 8:38 am
Feb 062017

You NEED a Child Safety Kit!

Do you have a child safety kit? If not, you should definitely look into getting one. In the United States and Canada, nearly 500,000 children are reported missing every year. Isn’t that a crazy and scary statistic?! It makes my heart sink just thinking about all of those poor children who have been torn away from the safe and loving arms of their parents. I can only imagine the pain and anger a parent must feel after this happens to them, too. I would just be beside myself if it ever happened to me. This post contains affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post.

As a parent, I am constantly worried that something bad is going to happen to my children. I try to keep my eyes on them as much as I can, but it’s difficult to always be completely focused on them when you’re busy with daily chores and activities, or when you find yourself in a crowded environment.

It’s something you don’t even want to think about happening to your child, but the fact of the matter is that it can happen to anyone, at any time. I’ve seen some really scary videos of children being taken by kidnappers, even when their parents are in close proximity. In the blink of an eye, your world can be turned upside down. That’s why you can really never be too prepared when it comes to your child’s safety, and ordering a FREE Child Safety Kit just makes sense.

This FREE Child Safety Kit is endorsed by the International Union of Police Associations and provides parents with the means to be able to respond quickly and effectively in the event a child goes missing. It’s always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

child safety kit

These kits are available AT NO COST to parents/grandparents and guardians! You can order your own Child Safe Kits today by filling out the form here.

 Posted by at 3:26 pm
Nov 152016

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s halfway through November! Can you believe that?! Are you ready for the holidays yet? I just finished up most of my Christmas shopping for the kids, and only need to pick up a few stocking stuffer items now. It feels so good to be almost done and not have that lingering over my head.

While I was doing my Christmas shopping, I hit up Carter’s for a cute holiday outfit and a pair of festive holiday pajamas for my 1 year old son, Logan. They have so many fantastic outfits to choose from in their Holiday Shop!

Carter's Holiday Clothes

This kid, I tell you, he is such a boy. He is on the go constantly, climbing up everything, playing in the dirt, running around the house and yard. He never stops. If there is trouble around, he will find it. I love Carter’s clothes because they are high quality and can keep up with him. I picked this particular outfit, because it’s dressy enough for the holidays, but it’s also comfortable enough to run around and play in.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

I brought him outside in his new clothes one day last week, and he had a blast rolling around in the grass and playing in the rocks around our fire pit. He had so much fun, and I wasn’t the least bit worried about his clothes. I threw them in the wash, and they came out looking new again.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

I love that Carter’s has such a great selection of clothes and pajamas. You can really find anything you need. Whether you’re looking for comfy clothes for your kids to run around in, something dressy to wear for holiday photos or to a party, or the perfect pair of holiday pajamas for those early morning Christmas photos, Carter’s has it!


Carter’s clothes hold up so well, and they are very affordable. We do a lot of clothes swapping in my family. My sisters and I have 5 babies/toddlers between us, and we also have a lot of cousins with kids that around the same age. We just pass clothes back and forth to save money, and I can honestly say, the majority of them are Carter’s brand, and they have held up the best over time. I must admit, I also have a little private stash of their baby clothes that I’ve kept for myself. I simply can’t part with all of them. I especially love the little baby pajamas. They remind me of those first few months after bringing them home from the hospital, the cuddles and late night feedings. Oh, the memories…

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Take a look at this sweater. I am so impressed with the quality of it. It’s such a beautiful, heavy sweater, and I know it will last for years.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

It’s such a perfect compliment to the rest of his outfit. I love the ribbed detail around the neck, waist and sleeves.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

There’s that grin I love. I just know he’s plotting his next move.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

He melts my heart.

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Check out these super cute shoes. I’ve already gotten several compliments on them, and people wanted to know where I got them!

Carter's Holiday Clothes

Looking to get your hands on some of these fabulous clothes from Carter’s? Make sure you check out their can’t-miss Black Friday deals! In addition, they will be offering a “Dash In to Win” sweepstakes that will award promo cards to the first 100 people to arrive at their local Carter’s or OshKosh store. The Dash In to Win Sweepstakes will be held on Black Friday (11/24 – 11/25 – depending on whether or not the store is open on Thanksgiving). Check carters.com/store to confirm what date the sweepstakes will be held at your nearest location.

You can also save 20% on your order of $40.00 or more with the coupon below. If you’re shopping online, enter code CARHOLIF at checkout, or if you want to shop in store, simply print the coupon out and bring it with you. Click here to find a Carter’s location near you.

car_hol_prkit_bloggercoupoCarter’s partners with bloggers such as me to help promote their Seasonal Pajamas and Holiday selections. As part of the program, I received products or gift cards. CARTER’S believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. CARTER’S provided me with information on promotions and messaging concepts, but did not tell me what to purchase or what to write in my blog or what to say about the products I used. 

 Posted by at 2:56 pm
Nov 102016

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

The holiday season is upon us, and I am so excited! I love getting together with my family to celebrate Christmas. We swap gifts, eat to our heart’s content, share laughter and smiles, and create wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Our holidays have become even more exciting over the last few years, as my sisters and I have added 5 kids to our family, with another one on the way! Having all those little kids running around certainly makes for some great photo opportunities. I love capturing their smiling faces as they all play with each other and partake in our family traditions.

OshKosh B'gosh

I like to dress my kids up in holiday attire for our family Christmas gatherings, and OshKosh B’gosh always has a wonderful selection of festive holiday fashion to choose from. I recently ordered a holiday outfit for my daughter, Kayleigh, and I can’t wait for her to wear it on Christmas day.

OshKosh B'gosh

We live in Maine, where it gets super cold in the winter months, so I ordered her an outfit that is not only stylish, but would also keep her warm and toasty. These overalls have a good weight to them, and they are very high quality. OshKosh has been selling kids fashion, including overalls, for a very long time, so I would expect nothing less from them! I figured the overalls would also be really comfortable for her to wear while running around and playing with her cousins.

OshKosh B'gosh

I always seem to gravitate towards the red and blue color combo, as it’s my favorite, and I think she just looks so adorable in it. I loved this beautiful floral popover poplin top the second I saw it. The colors are so vibrant, and the flowers are dainty and feminine.

OshKosh B'gosh floral popover poplin top

I really love the style of this shirt, how it buttons down the front. The lace trim around the neck is also a beautiful touch. It’s a great shirt for dressing up on Christmas day, but it’s also good to wear any other day.

OshKosh B'gosh

I also like that this shirt can be worn buttoned up to her neck to keep her warm on cold days, or unbuttoned a bit to keep her cool if she gets too warm.

OshKosh B'gosh

Every girl in Maine has to have a pair of comfortable and stylish boots to keep their feet warm, and I just love these ones. Kayleigh was so excited when she put them on. She kept walking around the house saying “Look at my boots, Mom. Aren’t they pretty?”


I also found this gorgeous Sparkle Fair Isle Cardi to wear over her outfit if she gets cold. I absolutely love the heart pattern. This sweater is made very well, and I know it will hold up well over time.

OshKosh B'gosh Red Sweater

Kayleigh has a lot of hair, and it can get pretty wild, so I like to put it up in a ponytail to keep it out of her face, especially when she’s running around and playing. It also keeps it from looking crazy in our photos! I found these super cute pony holders that add a nice little touch to her holiday outfit. I love how they sparkle.

OshKosh B'gosh pony holder

Having so many small kids in our family, we often rotate hand-me-downs. We love shopping for clothes at OshKosh B’gosh because we know they are stylish, high quality clothes that will last for several years.

Right now as part of their B’gosh Believe promotion, you can save 25% on your purchase of $30 or more with coupon code OKBG3223! Order online, or print the coupon below, and shop at a store near you.

OshKosh B'gosh coupon

Enter below for a chance to win a $50 OshKosh B’gosh gift card! Open to US residents 18+ only. Ends 11:59pm EST on November 30, 2016.

Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh partners with bloggers such as me to help promote their holiday fashion. As part of the program, I received products or gift cards. OSHKOSH B’GOSH believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. OSHKOSH B’GOSH provided me with information on promotions and messaging concepts, but did not tell me what to purchase or what to write in my blog or what to say about the products I used. 
 Posted by at 12:09 pm
Nov 042016

Your child will fall in love with this fun magnetic doll house!

We received Malia’s House  from Build & Imagine at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% our own. This post contains affiliate links, and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

Did you know that Build & Imagine has a magnetic doll house that your child can build over and over again? Sounds really cool, right?! I had planned to get my 3.5 year old daughter, Kayleigh, a traditional, already built, wooden doll house for Christmas this year, but when I heard there was a magnetic doll house that she could build by herself, over and over again, I jumped at the chance to get it for her.

Magnetic Doll House Malia's House

Kayleigh has such a wild and vivid imagination. She has lots of dolls and figurines and just loves to act out stories while playing with them. She will sit at the table, or on the floor, and do this for hours on end. I love listening to all the different stories she comes up with. She shows such emotion when she plays each of the characters, and she really has so much fun.

It’s no secret that children with good imaginations are happier and more alert, and are able to adjust to change easier. That is why I love toys that allow my kids to be as creative as they want to be. Malia’s House from Build & Imagine is such an awesome toy for fostering a child’s imagination, and it was very well received by Kayleigh. Your kids will love this fun magnetic doll house too!

Malia's House

She was so excited when she first opened the package with Malia’s House inside. She had been wanting a doll house for her dolls and figurines to play in for a while now, and when I told her she could actually build this one all by herself, she got even more excited.

Malia’s House includes 58 pieces that provide endless variations to spark creativity. There are 16 dual-sided StoryWall building panels (10 squares, 2 rectangles, 2 right-angle triangles, and 2 roof triangles), and 40 magnetic accessories. I was very impressed with the quality of all of these pieces. They are very sturdy and well-made, and will last a long time, even under the rough play of a 3 year old. They have already been dropped on the floor and colored on (it washed right off!), and the set still looks great.

Malia's House

The magnetic pieces of this doll house hold together very well, and can be arranged in any way that your child wants, providing for endless house design possibilities.

Malia's House

I just love all of the magnetic accessories that came with this set. Kayleigh has so much fun putting the magnets on different scenes in the houses she creates, and dressing up the 2 dolls that came with this set.

Malia's House Magnetic Dollhouse

Magnetic Doll House = Hours and Hours of FUN!

The day Kayleigh opened this magnetic doll house, she played with it for 4 hours straight! We have had Malia’s House for a little over a week now, and she has requested to play with it every single day. Not only does this play set foster her imagination, but it also helps to develop early engineering skills (spatial reasoning, problem solving, and creativity), as well as language skills.

 Build & Imagine: Fairytale Theater (adorable magnetic building and storytelling set with wooden characters) Build & Imagine: Draw & Build Dollhouse (magnetic write-on/wipe-off building set) Build & Imagine: Malia’s House (award-winning magnetic dollhouse you design yourself) Build & Imagine: Day at the Beach (magnetic building set with girl and boy characters) Build & Imagine: Marine Rescue Center (magnetic building set with adventurous wooden character) Build & Imagine: Creativity Castle Magnetic Building Set Build & Imagine: Career Dolls (magnetic wooden dress-up dolls with carrying case) Build & Imagine: Pet Portrait Studio (magnetic building set with wooden dress-up pets)

Malia’s House is the winner of Dr. Toy’s Best Classic Award, Parents’ Choice Gold Award, The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and PAL’s Top Ten Toys of 2014, so it’s really no surprise that it is such a popular toy! This set is recommended for children ages 4-8, but my daughter is 3.5 and she is having a blast with it. I know this magnetic doll house is a toy that will grow with her, as she will learn to build more elaborate houses as she gets older.

Malia's House

Build & Imagination has several other magnetic doll house sets to choose from, including a Pet Portrait Studio, Fairytale Theater, Marine Rescue Center & more! Follow Build & Imagine on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected.

Which magnetic doll house from Build & Imagine would your child love most? 


 Posted by at 2:45 pm
Oct 082016

These are the Best Toys for Teaching the Alphabet!

Teaching the alphabet to your kids doesn’t have to be difficult or boring. When you have the right tools, teaching the alphabet can actually be easy and fun! This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Fun ways to teach your children the alphabet include reading engaging alphabet themed books, introducing them to fun learning apps like ABC Mouseicon, or watching educational YouTube videos. It’s never too early to start teaching the alphabet to your kids, either. My son, Logan, started singing the entire alphabet song at just 17 months old! Kids really do love to learn when they are having fun doing it.

There are several great toys for teaching the alphabet to your kids, too. They will love playing with these for hours, and they’ll be learning at the same time. It’s a win-win! Do you have any toys for teaching the alphabet in your home? If not, check out the list below for some great ideas! If you do already have a collection of toys for teaching the alphabet in your home, you might find some new ones to introduce to your kids in the list below.

20 Great Toys for Teaching the Alphabet

ABC-123 Abacusicon – The ABC-123 Abacus is a timeless toy that features 36 colorful double-sided tiles. The wooden frame includes all the letters of the alphabet and numbers 1 through 10 on one side, and whimsical illustrations including an apple, duck, fish, key, moon, grapes, octopus, tie, and house on the other. The spinning tiles encourage kids to play, explore, and learn. This must-have educational toy is a tremendous value that will last for years!

ABC Picture Boardsicon – Another fantastic way to work on letter and word recognition is with these adorably illustrated boards. Your child simply picks a board–the first letter of his or her name is always a good place to start–then fills in the uppercase and lowercase letters and identifies the picture. He or she can turn it over or take another board and do it all again. With so many letters (each letter in the alphabet in both uppercase and lowercase), kids can find infinite ways to play!


Alphabet Lacing Cards – With these alphabet lacing cards, kids can practice their letters and build fine motor skills at the same time! This value-packed learning set has a shaped lacing board for every letter of the alphabet. Each board features a colorful illustration on one side and a label on the back. They include both oversize uppercase and lowercase letters. Kids can use the cards as flashcards or match the lace colors to the borders. They can also string together the entire alphabet. There are so many ways to learn and play!

Alphabet Lacing Train – This is one of my favorite toys for teaching the alphabet.Kids will love learning their letters with these cheerful Alphabet Train Lacing Beads. They can explore the alphabet in any number of ways that encourage a love of language. They can match letters to animals (B is for Bear; E is for Elephant) and spell simple words. They can even spell out their own name! The sturdy lace makes stringing the letters together easy. Stringing words together will give kids a real sense of accomplishment!

Melissa and Doug

Alphabet Learning Mat with Wipe-Off Crayons – Your kids will love this double-sided learning mat that introduces the alphabet in a fun and engaging way. Using the five included wipe-off crayons, kids can learn how to write letters. This set is perfect for restaurants, waiting rooms and travel.

Alphabet Puzzle Book – Every page of this magnetic book with removable pieces is “bound” to amuse and educate! Under each piece is either the matching upper and lower case letters or the name of the “attractive” object on the picture.

Alphabet Puzzle Cardsicon – These interlocking puzzle cards are perfect for teaching the alphabet to kids. Self-correcting piece design helps ensure that kids learn alphabet concepts correctly—right from the start! This 26 two-piece puzzle card set is made from heavyweight cardboard, featuring colorful illustrations and helpful text. All of the cards can be stored neatly in this sturdy wooden box with sliding lid.

Alphabet Sound Puzzle – This 26-piece wooden puzzle pronounces the correct name of each letter when it is placed correctly in the puzzle board! Pieces are slightly raised above the puzzle board for easy grasping. Colorful pictures underneath each piece help reinforce the relationship between letters and their sounds. (TIP: Puzzle has light-activated sensors; for best results, expose a sensor by removing pieces in a brightly lit room, then make the sound play by replacing the piece in the board.)icon

Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle – This beautifully detailed blue engine is ready to roll with familiar objects from A to Z. This alphabet train floor puzzle is an impressive ten feet long when assembled, and is a very sturdy, colorful puzzle that will stay looking like new, thanks to its “Easy-Clean” surface and extra-thick pieces.

Jumbo ABC Chunky Puzzle – Teaching the alphabet is fun with this extra thick wooden puzzle that includes 26 easy-grasp, chunky pieces. Each piece (A-Z) is shown with a colorful picture that begins with that letter. A full-color, matching letter is shown under each piece, also. Each letter piece stands up and encourages hand-eye, fine motor, letter recognition and pre-reading skills.

Magnetic Chalkboard and Dry-Erase Board – One side is a magnetic chalkboard, the other is a dry-erase board. This portable drawing board comes with three sticks of colored chalk, a dry-erase marker, plus 36 magnetic letters and numbers. Kids will have fun writing letters of the alphabet to make words.

Peppa Pig 36-pc. ABC & 123 Foam Cube Puzzle Set – This Peppa Pig foam puzzle set is another one of my favorite toys for teaching the alphabet! Kids can create a giant, flat puzzle or puzzle cube while learning all about letters and numbers.

See-Inside Alphabet Peg Puzzle – This wooden peg puzzle includes a piece for each of the 26 letters in the alphabet. A colorful picture under each piece shows an image beginning with the same letter, helping to develop letter recognition and pre-reading skills! This puzzle also encourages hand-eye, fine motor, and visual perception skills.

Self-Correcting Alphabet Letter Puzzles – Match these wooden puzzle pairs to make mastering letters and their sounds as easy as A, B, C. The puzzles are self-correcting–each piece has only one match that fits–so kids can play independently and learn at the same time.

Sesame Street Talking ABC Elmo Doll – Another fun way to explore the alphabet is with this Sesame Street talking ABC Elmo doll by Playskool.


The World of Eric Carle ABC Game Tin – Kids will also have fun learning their ABCs with their favorite literary character, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, in this game by University Games.

Upper & Lower Case Alphabet Puzzleicon – This wooden alphabet puzzle has upper and lower case versions of each letter. Kids can complete the puzzle by matching the name of the picture to its sound and the shape of the letter to its space. This puzzle includes 52 letters for spelling, puzzling and stenciling fun.

VTech Alphabet Apple – This VTech Alphabet Apple is another great teaching toy that offers eight play modes and movable clock arms for fun interactive learning.


Water WOW! Alphabet Cards – ON the GO Travel Activity – Discover alphabet flashcards and a reusable coloring activity in one! This set of 26 learn-and-play cards comes with a chunky, easy-to-grasp water pen. Each card features a letter of the alphabet. They include both upper- and lowercase letters to trace and also a magic-reveal animal picture to illustrate the letter sound. Kids love to see the alligator, butterfly, and cow appear as they color in their ABCs! The pictures and letters turn white again as each card dries. They can be reused endlessly as children improve letter recognition, letter formation, and hand-eye coordination. The whole set can also be stored in the sturdy box or clipped together to make an on-the-go learning pack!

Write & Wipe ABC Board Book – This Write and Wipe ABC board book is another perfect toy for little ones learning to write their letters.
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Which of these great toys for teaching the alphabet would your kids love most?

 Posted by at 12:51 am
Sep 272016

Halloween is almost here, and I have been thinking about costumes for my kids. My 3 year old daughter, Kayleigh, has sensory sensitivity, so she does not like to wear certain fabrics, or any kind of heavy costume that does not allow her to move freely, and she will not wear face paint. This year, she has requested to be a pumpkin for Halloween.

I want her to be able to dress up for Halloween, but still be comfortable, so I spent quite a while searching the web for Halloween Costumes for Toddlers with Sensory Sensitivity. Surprisingly, there were quite a lot of great hoodies that would make perfect Halloween costumes for toddlers with sensory sensitivity.

If your toddler has sensory sensitivity, and does not want to wear a normal Halloween costume, check out these great sensory-friendly costume ideas I found below. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Halloween Costumes for Toddler with Sensory Sensitivity

Astronaut – Pair this hoodie with these cute galaxy joggers!

Astronaut Halloween Costume

Big Bad Wolf – Pair with grey pants to complete the costume.

Big Bad Wolf Halloween Costume

Buzz Lightyear – A pair of white pants & green shoes would complete this costume!

Buzz Lightyear Halloween Costume

Captain America – Pair this hoodie with a pair of matching blue pants and boots to complete the look!

Captain America Halloween Costume

Curious George – Add brown pants to complete this costume!Curious George Halloween CostumeDarth Vader – A true Darth Vader mask would be a nightmare for a kid with sensory issues. This hoodie is much more comfortable, and it’s reversible too!

Darth Vader Halloween Costume

Dinosaur – Pair with matching blue pants.

Dinosaur Halloween Costume

George Pig Dino – Pair with green pants.

George Pig Dino Halloween Costume

Hello Kitty – Pair with white pants. Hello Kitty Halloween CostumeIron Man – Pair with red pants.

Iron Man Halloween Costume

Knight – Pair with these slub fleece joggers to complete this costume.

Knight Halloween Costume

Lightning McQueen – This costume is complete!

Lightning McQueen Halloween Costume

Lion Guard Kion – Add matching pants to finish this costume.

Lion Guard Kion Halloween Costume

Mickey Mouse – All it takes is a pair of black pants to complete this costume!

Mickey Mouse Halloween Costume

Minion – Wear with jeans!

Minion Halloween Costume

Paw Patrol Chase – This costume is all ready to go!

iconPaw Patrol Everest – Pair with matching purple pants.

Paw Patrol Everest Halloween Costume

Paw Patrol Marshall – This costume is good to go!

iconPaw Patrol Skye – Pair with matching pants.

Paw Patrol Skye Halloween Costume

Pumpkin – This is the hoodie I ended up getting Kayleigh for Halloween this year. I plan to pair it with black pants, but if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can pair it with a pair of orange and black,  green and black or orange and green striped pants.

Pumpkin Halloween Costume

R2D2 – Finish the look with a pair of white pants.

R2D2 Halloween Costume

Rainbow Dash  – This hoodie would look great with either a pair of matching blue pants, or rainbow striped pants.


Spiderman – Pair with blue pants, and red boots to complete this costume!

Spiderman Halloween Costume

Stormtrooper – Complete the look with white pants and white boots.

Stormtrooper Halloween Costume

Superman – This outfit is already complete!

Superman Halloween Costume


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – Pair with green pants to finish the look.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Halloween Costume

Thomas the Train – Pair with matching blue pants.

Thomas the Train Halloween Costume

Yoda – Pair with khaki pants to complete this costume.

Yoda Halloween Costume

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Does your toddler have sensory sensitivity? Do you think they would wear one of these cute character hoodies for Halloween?


 Posted by at 4:12 pm
Sep 142016

I have two toddlers, so I have been through the whole teaching baby to eat real food thing twice now. I’m the biggest worrier in the world, so of course, teaching my babies how to chew solid food was completely nerve-racking for me. One thing that did make it easier was Gerber Lil’ Bits.


Gerber Lil’ Bits are great because they expose baby to new tastes and textures, without being too much for them to handle. I love that it’s a really slow and gentle way to teach baby how to chew. I also just love the cute little containers they come in that are easy to reseal and stack in the refrigerator.

My son, Logan, is now 18 months old, but he still loves to eat Gerber Lil’ Bits as a fun treat. With fall upon us, I decided to pick up a pack of the Orchard Fruit Medley flavor and make him a tasty parfait. This one included apples, pears and peaches, but there are several other sweet and savory varieties to choose from!


While in the baby aisle at Walmart, I spotted Gerber Vanilla Custard Pudding with Bananas, and I just knew that would work wonderfully with the Lil’ Bits. I also had some vanilla Greek yogurt at home that I added to the parfait as well.


Logan really seemed to love the combination of the delicious fruit, pudding and Greek yogurt. He devoured it!





  • 1/8 cup Gerber Orchard Fruit Medley with Lil’ Bits
  • 1/8 cup Gerber Vanilla Custard Pudding with Bananas
  • 1/8 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt


Spoon vanilla Greek yogurt into a small bowl. Top with Gerber Vanilla Custard Pudding with Bananas. Finally, top with Gerber Orchard Fruit Medley with Lil’ Bits.

What tips do you have for teaching babies to chew food?

 Posted by at 9:32 pm