Finally a dress up designed with actual kids in mind. Unlike the Halloween costumes you buy at the store, these don’t come unraveled at the seams. They are sturdy with no exposed edges so they don’t rub and itch. They are comfortable, soft and the best part? Machine washable. We love their line of dress ups and have many for each of our girls They also make accessories like soft crowns that actually stay on and long gloves.
These fair trade stuffed animals and dolls are amazing. They are high quality with vibrant colors. My daughter has the little tiger to go with her Jasmine Little Adventures costume and they are a match made in heaven. This little tiger is affectionately known as Tigee and goes just about everywhere with us. I have been impressed on how well it takes abuse from a toddler and just how cute it is.
I love supporting companies that are fair trade and that is what first drew me to Pebble.
Pebble,part of Kahiniwalla, sells Fair Trade products designed by Samantha Morshed, a social entrepreneur based in Bangladesh. Samantha’s vision for Pebble of providing a place close to rural homes in Dhaka where women could work flexible hours was just what over 12,000 rural women were looking for. These rural workplaces provide a welcome alternative to women moving to a large city to work in the garment industry leaving their families behind and making themselves vulnerable to unsafe, unjust and sometimes violent situations.
The Little Partners Tri-Side Easel is one of my very favorite things we own for our children. It fosters creativity and imagination. One side is the felt board that we made the tree for, one side is chalkboard and one side has a magnetic dry erase board. The coolest thing? It has a place for a roll of paper on top so the kids can pull paper down to draw or paint. There are four no-spill paint container too to make it less stressful for your kids to paint. The storage shelf underneath holds all sorts of art supplies, making it easy to keep things picked up. My kids love how many different ways they can create with this easel. I love that it is sturdy, made from real wood and has places to put everything you need to create on the easel itself to minimize clutter.
The Original Learning Tower is built to allow toddlers to climb in and out of it easily. The adjustable height on it makes it perfect for kids as young as 18 months and all the way up to six years old.
Hide-a-boo Hideouts are here to encourage play for all kids. Hideouts are forts that slip over a card table for easy set-up and are a home base for adventure. Created with a puppet backdrop on one side and on top, an aerial view map that’s also a play mat. Hideouts are incredibly versatile, giving kids endless opportunities for creative and imagination inspired play.
with Hide-a-boo my kids are astronauts, knights, submarine divers and two sisters out on a camp out, all without leaving the room. I have always wanted to make my a card table play house but these hideouts go above and beyond anything that I have ever dreamed. The designs and printing are absolutely gorgeous. My little girls are going to find a couple of these under the tree.
The Love2Learn Elmo is the newest Elmo Toy from Hasboro- The Love2Learn Elmo is synced with an app on the parent’s phone so that Elmo is completely personalized to each child. Elmo says the child’s name and parents can even have Elmo praise their child for cleaning up or brushing their teeth. Elmo is programmed to know much more than just the name of their new best friend. He knows their favorite colors, animals and favorite foods.
This Elmo is much more than a toy, he can be customized to your child’s learning level to help your child learn their letters, numbers, shapes, colors and animals. My daughter LOVES that he responds when you clap his hands, in fact, he has multiple sensors so he is really responsive.
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iClever headphones– These cute and colorful headphones are the perfect gift for your tween. They feature an over the ears design, with soft and comfortable ear pads. They are lightweight to make wearing them more comfortable and they have an adjustable band to make them fit perfectly every time. They are also complete with volume limiting technology, so your kids can wear them and love them and you can rest assured that the volume isn’t too high.
Lava Lamp– I actually didn’t know that Lava Lamp’s still existed until this Christmas season. My daughter came home begging for a Lava Lamp and so we checked out what they have on the market. WOW! They have so many different styles and varieties. We settled on a Glitter Chalboard Lava Lamp and my girls use it as a light in their room every single night. It is a really cute piece of decor as well as a functional light and what parent doesn’t love glitter that can’t get all over? Find the lamp we have here and check out all of the other fantastic styles here.
Sissybugs Cosplay Dresses- When I was looking around for fun clothes for my daughters, I came across Sissybugs on Etsy. The second I saw her designs I knew that I wanted dresses for my girls. She made a darling BB8 dress for my little daughter and a Rey dress for my older daughter. She is a professional seamstress and her products were of the highest quality and fit my girls perfectly! From Harley Quinn to Buzz Lightyear she has so many different possibilities!
Pedro ‘N” Pip is a fun and uplifting rock ‘n’ roll odyssey about ten-year-old Pip who goes scuba diving under an oil spill in the gulf and meets ‘rockoctopus’, Pedro. Together the work to unite the creatures in the sea and the humans on the land to clean up the spill.
The best part of the book is the accompanying score. Pedro ‘N’ Pip has an embedded musical score of more than a dozen original songs performed by a cast of award-winning musicians, including the legendary GE Smith, Robbie Wyckoff, (voice on Phineas and Ferb) Ella Moffly, Christine Ohlman, The Persuasions, David Broza and Jillette Johnson. The music compliments and enhances the reading experience.
As a parent I love the extra added sensory addition of the music. In a day and age where kids want to spend their day with a device in front of their face, I find it harder and harder to get them to engage in fun and creative play. I love Pedro ‘N’ Pip because it is learning and experiencing reading and music without feeling like a chore. The pages are kind of long for my younger daughter to sit through but she loves to listen to it.
I absolutely adore this book. The story of a baboon who mocks the dreams of his fellow creatures. While they get discourage by this mocking, they keep dreaming and accomplish their goals. This brightly and gorgeously illustrated book is all about helping kids learn to push through negativity and strive to reach their goals.
I feel like every child will need this book at some time in their life. It is a good reminder in times of trial and heartache to keep going. My girls love it and it is one of my favorites to read out loud to them.
My Best Tooth Fairy Friend, or BTFF for short, is soon to be a much-loved lifetime companion for kids and a captivating way for parents to be involved in one of their child’s most memorable experiences. BTFF is a spunky, lovable companion for children who are about to lose a tooth. Inside the gift box is everything parents need to create a lifetime of memories. It’s easy and fun for the whole family! This adorable and naughty character was dreamed up by three parents and encourages children to use their imagination. The gift set comes complete with a handmade BTFF doll, a beautifully illustrated book, tooth vessel, keepsake notecards and sticker badges. BTFF magically appears at the first sign of a wiggly tooth and stays until the tooth comes out. When the tooth falls out, My BTFF takes it back to Tooth Fairy Land, leaving behind special notes and stickers. My BTFF comes back at the next sign of a loose tooth.
We haven’t gotten the chance to use this with our kids yet, but I think they are absolutely going to love it. It is a fun way to get them even a little more exited about losing a tooth!
Do you every look at a toy and think to yourself, “this was made for my kid?” That is how I felt when I saw Zoonicorns. The combination of zebras and unicorns, these darling plushes come in four different colors. They aren’t only a cute plush but they come with a fun app too that sparks creativity while entertaining and educating. There is a matching game as well as read along stories.
The app is available on both iOS and Android and my kids have an an absolute blast with it. I love that it isn’t just an app, the Zoonicorn is a fun, plush friend and there are also books to go along with it. It is an entire world for you child to be a part of.