I have a secret drawer high up in my bedroom closet... It's filled with yet-to-be-discovered toys, trinkets, and treasures for the kiddies, and chock-full of silly surprises. It's for rainy days... for potty-training triumphs... and, yes, for those days my son pitches a major fit about me leaving to go to work. "I'll bring you home a little present," I say--and, miraculously, the crying quiets almost as quickly as it began. That's right, I'm pro-bribery. Because, when it comes to making your kids happy and/or surviving the long days of parentin toddlers, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Mainly, I've stocked away some fun boxes of crayons, coloring books, art supplies, rubber balls, and other assorted Target dollar-section goodies. But I was really excited about the latest addition to the bribery bucket--so excited, that the last time I left the kids for a few hours, I returned and immediately gave them these fun and furry finds. (I got the biggest hugs before and after, so I know they were both happy to see me and thrilled to get some awesome goodies!)
Keeping your New Year's resolutions
The New Year is off to a fresh start, and many of us are committed to doing something or many things with more intention this year. But it's tough to stay on track. In fact, “Quitters Day”, which falls on January 14th this year, is the day when most people give up. How can you ...read more
Kids in the Kitchen: Mini Banana Waffle Pies With Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
School has started back for many (us included!), and today's Kid's in the Kitchen recipe makes for a perfect breakfast or after-school snack. We made ours for an after-school snack the other day and my second grader loved it. We call this recipe Mini Banana Waffle Pies With ...read more
The Best Overnight French Toast Recipe
We've hit the winter lull--that lengthy stretch of season with no plans, no parties, nothing to do, and nowhere to go. I have to admit that at first, I welcomed the quiet obligation-free weekends of January. After the nonstop hustle-bustle pace of November and December, my family ...read more
Surprizamals are adorable mini stuffed animals hidde inside a fun red ball. And you never know which pet you’re going to get! You just pop it open—and you might find Hailey the Horse, Mango the Monkey, Scruffy the Dog, or Gemma the Unicorn. You could even score a rare Ellie the Elephant, Rex the Lion, Mandy the Panda, or even the ultra-rare Moe the Bare. They’re cute. They’re cuddly. And they’re collective! I picked up a bunch of these—because my littles are now on a mission to score the whole gang. And they’re so affordable—I don’t mind if we get a few lambs! The anticipation is what makes Surpizamals so fun!
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