Zoom Virtual Backgrounds for Kids

If your household is anything like my household, then Zoom has become a staple of your life during the coronavirus confinement. One month ago, I had never heard of it. Today? It is has become part of our vocabulary! Whether is it conference calls with work or daily online classroom times, the most exciting thing […]

Five Fun Things To Do With Kids During Coronavirus Confinement

In the coming weeks, it will be a parenting challenge to keep things exciting and engaging at home. Everyone has experience with their kiddos declaring ultimate boredom after a week of school vacation or a few snow days in a row. However, with the coronavirus school closures entering week three for many (with more weeks […]

Homeschool Advice for Working Parents

Just because kids are home from school does not mean you are off from work. In fact, with many employers’ mandating their employees work from home, and with kids at home for the foreseeable future, parents are struggling with how to get projects done while not neglecting their children! Here are some tips and products […]

Homeschool Calendars – Printable Schedules

Whether you homeschool, find yourself suddenly homeschooling due to the Coronavirus, or want a structured staycation with educational components, you want schedules! You will especially want homeschool calendars that you can use. Homeschool Calendars You may want to ensure to teach various subjects. Perhaps you want a schedule for the day that combines playtime with […]

Homeschool Challenges For Working Parents

With school closed and parents working from home, there are enough challenges for families to face these days. However, schools are tasking┬áparents┬áto be teachers too! Coronavirus concerns have closed schools to slow the spread of COVID19. Thus, schools are switching to online, at-home learning. However, school administrators are expecting parents to step in as school […]

DIY Educational Activities for Homeschool or Rainy Days

I was excited to have the opportunity to share some DIY educational activities with The Toy Insider. The activities, that you can find here, are great on rainy days or for homeschooling. To assist you with fun math games, lego challenges, and story ideas, here are the printables to help! Check out my other parenting […]

Best Dog Toys for Your New Puppy

Dogs need to play and they have fun playing. It is also an essential bonding opportunity between owner and his/her best friend! Whether playing in your family room, backyard or dog park, having a dog toy box with a great selection of toys, is essential for your pack mate. Think about stocking up on toys […]

Five Fun Finds for Dog Agility at Home

Whether you want to give your dog a fun thing to do, provide a fun fitness option, or more formal agility training, there are five items you need to have at home. The best part is that you don’t have to break the bank! These are easy to find and great price points to get […]

The Essentials You Need for a New Puppy

You are now a puppy-to-be parent or you just became a puppy parent and need supplies fast! It is all about the essentials and the must haves you need for a new puppy. The extras can wait. This is all about the list for puppy survival! Crate Collar and Leash Food Bowls Treats Pee Pads […]

4 Alternative Uses for Phone Sleeve Wallets

One of the most popular smartphone accessories out there right now is the adhesive cell phone sleeve wallet. It is a small sleeve of plastic, rubber or leather that is stuck on (via an adhesive) to the back of your phone. Monet is one popular brand of which I got complimentary sample. It is one […]

Easter Basket Stuffer Ideas

Easter Basket stuffer ideas that aren’t candy! The Easter Bunny these days is at a loss! With the rising rates of food allergies and nutritional concerns, the Easter Bunny is often discouraged from filling baskets with candy. So these are great alternatives. They are some of the newest products on the market and perfect sizes […]

Six No Candy Easter Hunt Egg Filler Ideas

If you love having Easter Egg Hunts for the Kids but need some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. These are some totally different easter egg hunt ideas. If you need something other than candy to fill the balls of plastic, here are some no candy Easter Egg Filler ideas! Glow in the Dark […]

Valentine’s Day Budget Friendly Gift Ideas

There is nothing like being stumped on what to give your boyfriend, partner, husband, fiancee, etc. for Valentine’s Day. It has to be meaningful (read…no gift card to Italian restaurant) but not over the top (read…no trip to Italy for Italian meal.) Frankly, the same can be applied for women. Men can be stumped. Flowers […]

Alternative Gift Ideas for Christmas

At this time of year, it can be really hard to figure out what to give for gifts to grown ups. Perfume – been there done that. Weekend getaway? Out of your budget. Thus, you are in desperate need for alternative gift ideas for Christmas. Maybe even gift ideas for hard to buy people. Either […]

Healthy Gifts for the Health Guru

Everyone has a friend or family member that is a health enthusiast, or fitness guru. Maybe that is you! Sometimes, it is hard to think what to gift them for the holidays or birthdays. Alternatively, you may want to skip the standard gift certificate to the local sporting goods store. Dr. Bradley Weiss, from Performance […]

Best Candy to Give Out for Halloween

It was fun to hear about a poll that Jet.com did recently. The site asked its users to pick their favorite candy to eat and to give out at Halloween. (I wonder if they could find out how much candy to buy. That is always my dilemma!) So, what candy do kids and adults most […]

Mermaid Party Ideas (And Waves to Save)

We decided to have a pool party for my daughter’s birthday. Since it is the summer, it is a great option and perfect for the extended family of mixed gender and ages! After I decided where to have it, I needed to decide on a theme. (I love party themes.) So I decided that a […]

5 Unique Ways to Get Disney Character Autographs

Most of us use autograph books to collect signatures from the various Disney Characters on our Disney vacations. It’s fun to get pictures taken with Disney Princesses or Mickey Mouse. However, getting autographs are a big part of the experience too. Yet, there are unique ways to get Disney character autographs other than via an […]

Disney Trip Surprise and Reveal! #DisneySMMC

We were super lucky to be invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Conference and head to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for a week. We, of course, needed to surprise the kids with the trip to Disney. How fun is that! I event recently wrote a post about ways to surprise your kids […]

Seven Ways to Surprise Your Kids with a Trip to Disney

There is nothing better than going to Disney World, Disneyland {insert Disney Park/Boat of choice}. The only thing that might be a close second is surprising your kids with said trip to Disney. There are lots of ways to do it, and almost all require some pre-planning to make it epic. However, you’ll already be […]

Happy Noon Year! New Year’s Eve Ideas For Kids

As parents, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is not as glamorous, fun or fabulous as it used to be. However, it can be. Plan some fun with the kids, and bring back the spirit of this holiday. New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids Cute idea to help kids celebrate New Year’s Eve is […]

Six Ways to Save Money on Birthday Gifts

When the round of birthday invites start showing up in your kids’ backpacks or in your mailbox, it can cause dread; for your calendar and your wallet. The kids jump for joy to have pizza, cake and fun. We jump to make a birthday gift appear without breaking the bank. The number one tip I […]

Alternatives for Halloween Candy

Sweet treats? Lolliops? It is one of the reasons that Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Access to tons of chocolate? (Yes, please!) However, not everyone likes (or should have chocolate). Whether it is concern about food allergies or the issue of the general consumption of sugar, you may want to give out […]

Fall Trends 2016: Four Outfits to Wear

Fall is upon us and it is time to look at the fall fashion trends for 2016. To make it more interesting, I challenged myself to pair the most popular fall 2016 fashion trends with one pair of shoes: the new KED Metallic slip on sneakers. Some of the most popular (and wearable) fall fashions […]

Food Art with Apples: Creative Snacks for Kids

Apples are a typical lunch and snack staple in the fall. Between Apple Crafts, Apple Picking and Apple eating, there are apples everywhere! While it is simple to toss an apple in the kiddos’ lunch box, being creative with apples may be a must to get the kids to keep eating them throughout the fall […]