It is no secret that we are excited about fitness and athletics here at Daily Mom. We’ve all been benefiting from our Get Fit Initiative and we hope you have as well. With that passion in mind, this gift guide is packed full of the best gifts for athletes. Whether you have a seasoned, hard core athlete in your life or a mom who just joined the YMCA to start getting in shape, these gift ideas are perfect. In fact, a gift to help with fitness is really timely at the holidays with so many people making it their New Year’s resolution to get in shape!
The holidays are upon us. We are all busy decorating, shopping, baking, celebrating and visiting family. Reminders of Santa and his elves are all around and your kids are probably getting excited about a visit from the man in red and making their lists. However, we want our kids to focus on more than just receiving. Giving truly is more rewarding and it can be the focus of your holiday season for you and your kids. Here are 4 tips to help you get your kids in the giving spirit.
Stockings are often overlooked and end up being stuffed with candy and a toothbrush. However, you don’t have to stuff your stockings with stuff you grabbed at the last minute at the pharmacy. Take the small size of stocking gifts as a fun challenge and find little treasures that will be useful and loved at the same time. You can make opening up stockings at your house just as fun as opening big presents with a little creativity. Check out these fun ideas!
Toddlers are the perfect mix of sugary sweetness and total insanity. They give us something to live for and exhaust us to the bone at the exact same time. Toddlers are also very fun to shop for during the holidays. Their clothing choices are the cutest and they really love to get new toys. Toddlers aren’t asking for laptops or smart phones. They just want to play all day. Don’t give the average, superstore type gift. Here are some incredible ideas for any toddler on your list this year that will fire up their imaginations and keep the sweet and insane fun going.
Good dads are a perfect mix of silly fun and hard work. Honor the silly, hard working man in your life with the perfect present for the holidays. Dads, like moms, are not very good at taking care of themselves. The gifts we’ve put together for our favorite dads will pamper them and let them know how loved they are all year round. And just like dads, there is a good mix of silly and fun presents or more serious gifts here for you to choose from. If you can’t pick, get your dad one of each type. You know he loves to play as hard as he works so give him both this year!
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.
Ladies, are you wondering why your man has developed a scratchy face or a silly mustahce? Men, are you looking for a good reason to stop shaving or get that beard going to keep your face warm this winter? Fear not! Movember is here! What is Movember you ask? Movember is a men’s health awareness movement that takes place in November and yes, it involves facial hair and lots of it.
Every year on November 11th, the United States celebrates Veterans Day. Yes, schools are closed and the government is closed as well. What if you and your kids made that day really meaningful? It doesn’t just have to be a day for running extra errands. It could be a fun day where you can all learn a little about the heroes who served our country and celebrate those amazing men and women together. Here are 5 ideas to help you make Veterans Day count for kids.
In 2015, an estimated 231,840 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Sadly, it is also estimated that 40,290 women will lose their lives to breast cancer. October is set aside as Breast Cancer Awareness month. The whole country goes pink to spread the word and raise money to help those who are already sick and to increase research to save more lives. One way to help give a little to this cause that hits so close to home is to shop for brands that have pledged to donate all or some of the proceeds from certain items to breast cancer causes. We have put together a few amazing brands that are doing just that. These products are incredible and if you buy them this month, they will leave you feeling pretty in pink, knowing your money has gone to help save the lives of women today and women in the future.
You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. There are so many incredibly difficult decisions to make and some tough times to come. It is scary and you feel confused and vulnerable. Do you have the best doctor? What’s the best way to beat this disease? How do you explain this to your kids? If you work outside the home, you also have concerns about how everything you are about to undergo will affect your employment. You do have legal rights at work and there are some steps you can take to ensure that you get full access to those rights and don’t just lose your job because you have breast cancer.
Fall is here! While everyone is rejoicing over the return of all things pumpkin spice and busting out their ugg boots and sweaters, moms are remembering that fall starts the transition to playing indoors more than outdoors. Summer spoils families with all the sunshine and warm weather but playing inside on a cool fall day can be just as fun with the right toys.
Your kiddos won’t mind staying in if they are playing with some of the new toys released this fall by Little Tikes. Little Tikes is well known for making wonderful toys that encourage activity and creativity. You can trust that these toys are safe, as Little Tikes designs all their toys to exceed safety standards. Their toys are regularly tested and retested for lead and other heavy metals and they do not use BPA, latex or harmful PVC and/or phthalates. The best part about the new fall line is that even though you will be playing inside, these toys will keep your babies and toddlers on the move. Colder weather doesn’t have to mean more screen time. Keep things fun in your house with one of these new toys from Little Tikes.
Living far from your extended family can be tough, especially when raising kids. The majority of parents want their children to have close relationships with their extended family, but because of work or other circumstances, it isn’t possible to actually live close. Living far away doesn’t mean your kids can’t have amazing relationships with everyone in your family. Here are 4 ideas to guide you in fostering relationships with family far away.
Monogramming and personalized items keep gaining in popularity. Embroidery shops are not hard to find. You can get personalized stuff from local shops, on Etsy and from popular chains like Pottery Barn or J.Crew. Almost anything can be branded with your monogram or name. People are even monogramming their cars!
Let’s take a look at the history of the monogram, monogramming etiquette and how you can use monograms and personalization in a fun way today.
If you have reached that magical point in parenthood where diapers are suddenly no longer necessary, you will feel overjoyed, as you should. However, a potty trained child still requires some extra stuff when leaving the house. Pack smart and you can keep the load light while still being prepared for whatever comes your way.
As a parent of school aged children, you are well aware that every year school’s run short on funds and have to raise money for things needed to educate your children. We hope you are involved in your child’s school. If you are not, consider getting involved with raising money for the school. Here are 5 Ways to Raise Money for Your Kid’s School to help get you started.