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Sunday, September 27, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Straw Shoulder Bag #travelgifts #beachtime

COVID-19 certainly has people dreaming of vacations and when the time comes, our favorite fashionista will be ready to go when she opens her new straw shoulder bag!  This hobo shoulder bag by Emerging Green is a fun holiday gift with quality workmanship and a thoughtful design. Whether your special person is into fashion or comfort, this bag accomplishes both with it's beachy design and soft texture. Even better, it's biodegradable with a polyester lining and PU leather. We love supporting environmentally friendly products. Check out more below!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Yoee Baby Award Winning Sensory Toy of the Year

The importance of play begins at birth to develop sensory regulation, language and cognitive skills, physical strength and bonding time. During the holidays, we love to give gifts that support developmental growth, so this year, we are gifting the Yoee Baby Toy! It's the perfect sensory gift to give to newborns or expectant parents to encourage play. Yoee Baby is known as "the play together toy"—the first baby toy designed for playing together with an infant. In fact, Yoee Baby toy has won some pretty prestigious awards for just that reason, including the Baby Sensory Toy of the Year award and the Baby Maternity Magazine Top Toy of the Year award. Check it out below!

Friday, September 25, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Scholastic Board Books for Little Ones


With all of the stresses that 2020 has brought with it, we are so ready to welcome the joy of the holiday season and have already begun thinking about special gift ideas for loved ones! As a family of readers, books are always at the top of our gift list for the kids. It's never too early to start fostering the love of reading, and baby board books are the perfect way to introduce reading to infants while creating important bonding moments. 

Scholastic Books has been one of our go-to stores to find quality book selections for over a decade. Their books are always affordable and they take special care to offer quality stories. This year, we’ve found three board books we plan to gift to the infants and toddlers in our family. Check them out below...

Thursday, September 24, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Fairy Season #GoodGamesPublishing


It’s Fairy Season! Goblins are on the prowl in the forest trying to catch as many Fairies from all four seasons as they can! Herd the Fairies into Swarms and use Goblins to trick and trap them for points. Whomever who catches the most Fairies wins! Good Games Publishing out of Sydney, Australia puts out a lot of quality games. Their latest Fairy Season, is a fun trick-taking card game designed for groups of 3 to 5. We enjoy fast-paced card games requiring a bit of strategy and thinking ahead. Fairy Season delivers!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Wine Insiders Chilean Red Half-Case #HolidayWine #InsidersClub

Wine Insiders is one of our favorite online shops for the holidays — the wine selection never disappoints! We love them because we can select personal choices from their stock of award-winning wines at discounted prices, all shipped right to our door! On top of that, Wine Insiders offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee that can't be beat. Send a half-case as a unique personalized holiday gift idea for any wine lover on your Nice List! Our personal pick for the 2020 season is the Chilean Reds Half-Case (6 bottles).  Check it out below...

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Explaining Adoption through Storybooks: 'ABC Adoption & Me' by Gayle Swift #adoptionpicturebooks

For those of you who follow us often, you know that our family is on an adoption journey that has had many twists and turns. We are part of a strong network of adoptive families and how to talk to your child about their adoption story is one of the number one topics that comes up time and time again. We want to be open and honest with our child about how adoption has formed our family and we hope that talking about it from a young age through storybooks and age-appropriate discussion will help to create a sense of security. We are always on the look out for quality books about adoption and as it stands, we are a little disappointed in the amount of picture books that represent this genre. When we come across a story that addresses adoption in a sensitive and uplifting way, it's such an exciting win for us that we want to share it with everyone! "ABC Adoption and Me" by Gayle H. Swift and Casey H. Swift is just that sort of picture book. Whether you're an adoptive family or are looking for a special book to gift to a family you know, we think you'll like it as much as we do! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Sub_Urban Riot Gratitude Loose Tee #graphictees

2020 has certainly been a rollercoaster of a year. If we've learned anything, it's that it's important to have gratitude for the good things and the good people in our lives. With this in mind, Sub-Urban Riot's mission to spread positivity in the world is just what we need this holiday season! Their Gratitude Loose Tee sends that message loud and clear and makes a fantastic holiday gift idea for anyone. They've got a fantastic mix of funny and positive designs for men and women to choose from, so don't be surprised if you find yourself browsing their site for a while. 

Monday, August 31, 2020

Building Literacy Skills: A Hands-On Approach with Junior Learning CVC ToolBox

Phonological and phonemic awareness skills are key to building a solid reading foundation. We're always looking for engaging, tactile approaches to help kids improve these skills and this week we are really excited to share about a fantastic set called the CVC Toolbox by Junior Learning. We love this kit because it provides hands-on learning activities and can be used as a direct instruction tool or an independent activity. Check out the CVC Toolbox below, as well as a brief explanation about literacy development and how to enhance your child's reading abilities.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Virtual Baby Shower: Arabella Baby Just the Basics Bundle #showergifts #MomtoBe

Baby showers are a time of celebration and we are always searching for unique, high quality gifts that any new Mom-to-Be would be excited to receive. When we came across Arabella Baby, we absolutely fell in love with their baby line! From bandana bibs and bath sets to pacifiers and organizers, not only are the designs adorable, the products are made with functionality in mind. New parents appreciate time-saving gifts that are going to reduce the stress of everyday life. Arabella Baby's  Just the Basics Bundle, does just that. Check it out below!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Building Basic Concepts Through Play: Shapes and Colors #TheLearningJourney

As a speech-language pathologist and parent, I'm always looking for fun ways to practice basic concept skills with children. Parents often ask me what vocabulary they need to focus on and how they can help their toddlers and preschoolers at home. There are so many great ways to practice basic concept skills and two of my go-to choices are simply puzzles and board games. Puzzles and board games provide many language opportunities and afford children the attention they need to promote verbal communication. The Learning Journey offers a wide variety of fantastic ready-made, hands-on activities specifically created to encourage mastery of concepts such as shapes, colors, quantities, spatial relationships and more. This week, I'm targeting shapes and colors with many of my little ones, so I thought I'd share three of my top picks: Lift and Learn Colors and Shapes Puzzle, Play It! Race to the Rainbow game, and Match It — Fun with Shapes puzzle game. Check them out below!