“Oh, yay! A dozen more toys which will be played with for maybe 15 minutes then be scattered, in pieces, all over my house for the rest of eternity, never to be touched again except by me! Joy of joys!” said no mom ever. If you’re drowning in a sea of long-forgotten and neglected toys, you probably have a mild panic attack at the thought of a tidal wave of more mishmash coming in on birthdays and holidays. And it’s also likely you’re harboring some guilt over your contribution to the heaps of toys at the homes of your friends and family. The solution: think outside of the toy box and give gifts that encourage learning and imagination!
On your next trip to the library, don’t just stop at the picture book aisles, wander on over to the nonfiction for kids or juvenile nonfiction. Nonfiction reading for kids does not have to be boring. In fact, we’ve found that toddlers love it! Their little brains are sponges just waiting to absorb all the information about the world that they can. Fill that brain with more than just stories. Fill it with knowledge. It is never too early to start a love for learning and a desire to obtain new information. As you will see, the benefits of nonfiction reading are priceless and there are some simple and fun ways you can encourage this type of reading in your toddler.
Some may say that a fashionista is hard to shop for because of her specific tastes that may change with the latest trends. However, if you have a woman in your life who is passionate about fashion, you should be able to give her a gift to add to her fabulous wardrobe that she will adore. Shopping for the fashionista doesn’t have to be hard this year. We have ideas to have her looking her best and on trend from head to toe. You can never go wrong with gifting a beautiful woman something to make her feel even more beautiful.
If you ask most people what they want for Christmas, there is bound to be a techy item or two on their list. Everyone is constantly plugged in one way or another. However, the tech savvy are becoming more aware of how they use technology and want to use it in a more healthy and balanced way. These gifts for the tech savvy person on your list will allow them to control their technology instead of the technology controlling them. Technology should make someone’s life easier and these gifts will help reach that ideal.
If you’re entertaining this holiday season, coasters are a must! However, while coasters undeniably serve an important function, most generally leave much to be desired in the decor department. That’s why we love the whimsical and colorful designs from Coastermatic.
From short and sparkly little numbers for a night out on the town to long and flowing dresses for warmer climate holiday events – from gorgeous maternity eye catchers to casual, laid back attire for a comfortable, but stylish look – we’ve got something for everyone in our Best Dressed Guide- Women’s Holiday Edition!
We love everything about fall: the smells, the decor and the baking. But, nothing quite says “fall” like whipping up some fall-inspired bread recipes! The amazing aroma of bread baking in the oven is enough to make you fall in love with autumn all over again.
With that in mind, today we are sharing 3 fabulous fall bread recipes to help you get into the spirit of autumn. Test out your baking skills by making one of the following fall breads: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread, Banana Tea Bread and Apple Cinnamon Bread. Which one will you try first?
Throughout most of the country, November and December bring colder weather and more time indoors. After playing outside in the snow or running errands in the biting cold, there is nothing more satisfying than cozying up indoors with family. Here are 5 holiday-themed indoor activities that will warm you up when you come in from the cold.
Umbrella strollers are notorious for being flimsy, cheap and frustrating to use. Unfortunately, they are a necessity for most of us for travel, trips to the zoo and everyday errands. This is where the Net Stroller by Inglesina saves the day.
With holiday parties right around the corner, chances are you’re on the hunt for that perfect dress. Whether you need a modest gown for the office party, a dress that allows you to discreetly nurse your new baby, an outfit that screams glamour and a night out on the town, or simply something that will accommodate your growing baby bump, Melody Lane has a holiday dress option for any life stage you are in.
“Stocking stuffers” are notorious for being cheap, throwaway items that our kids end up overlooking and not really wanting, needing or using. This year, stuff your kids’ stockings with practical, functional, and fun products they’ll actually want to use!
Whether your little ones are performing in a holiday school concert, visiting Santa’s workshop or attending your family’s Christmas Eve dinner, one thing is for sure: you’ll want them to look their very best! From gorgeous mini gowns fit for a princess and mod suits made for modern day Gene Kellys – to funky and festive ensembles for free spirits – to chic, modern and trendy threads for fashionistas, we’ve got your little ones covered from head to toe in our 2015 Ultimate Holiday Kids’ Kicks & Threads Guide.
We’ve all been there. On our way out the door, helping your child put on the shoes that you bought only a month ago and suddenly you’re struggling to get them on. Your child starts whining that they hurt their feet and you feel the angst of having to reach into your pocket and shell out more money for shoes so soon. Little feet grow faster than little legs, almost over night it often seems. While shoes can be expensive, especially if you’re forced to buy a new pair every few months, let alone every new season, there are a few ways to make the most of your shoe shopping experience so that when that time comes, you’ll be prepared — physically and financially.
If you’re a vegetarian, the holidays can be downright depressing. With turkey and ham being the main event at Thanksgiving and Christmas, vegetarians are often relegated to sorry side dishes: sad salads, boring mashed potatoes and tubes of cranberry sauce.
We can do better than that! Here are three hearty, gorgeous, meal-worthy vegetarian dishes for the holidays. Full of color and nutrition and easy to make, these dishes will soon become staples at your family’s Thanksgiving table.
The holidays can be a magical time, filled with special family gatherings, tasty food, beautiful decorations and thoughtful gifts. But lurking behind every lighted tree, perfectly tied ribbon and even inside your grandmother’s scrumptious green bean casserole, are hidden dangers and toxins that many overlook during the holiday season.