10 Unique Gift Basket Ideas For Trendy People

Whether you are shopping for a holiday gift basket, a new baby gift basket, or a birthday basket, here are some ideas and resources to help you shop and figure out what gift you want to give! Popcorn and Pretzels While the Popcorn Factory is a good go-to – check out Popinsanity for a trendy […]

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

 Here is how to make a Leprechaun Trap so the kids can see if they can trap a Leprechaun on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a couple of ideas, but anything they can think up and imagine is always a great thing too. Leprechaun Trap Items Just find empty coffee containers, empty […]

Seven Simple St. Patrick’s Day Activities And Ideas For Kids

Whether you are Irish or not, whether you can spell claddagh or you can’t, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can be fun, as well as good cultural exposure for your children. So here are some St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids of all ages. If you have younger kids, here are some fun ways to spice […]

Five Inexpensive Tips for Looking Amazing on Zoom Virtual Meetings

After spending most of 2020 on Zoom for virtual meetings and TV segments, there are a few tips I have managed to master on how to look your best on virtual Zoom meetings. Whether Zoom, Skype, or the myriad of other platforms, the effect and need are the same. While Zoom chin is a thing […]

Easy, Quick, Cheap Classroom Valentines Day Card Idea

Here is an idea for a quick, cheap, and easy class Valentine’s Day card using crayons! Keep reading to learn how to pull off last minute class cards! If you are anything like me, you get a heads up from the classroom teacher just a few days in advance that kids should bring in Valentine’s […]

25 Life Organization Goals To Do in February – Free Printable

So you have tackled your home organization goals in January using this checklist challenge. Now it is time to do these 25 life organization goals in February (or whatever month you want to do it in!) This is a blend of home, personal, and family goals that will help you get organized before spring. Hang […]

Six Easy Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Fun for Kids

Valentine’s Day can be stressful. Commercials for chocolate, jewelry, cards, and dinners can send the holiday into overload (both on your wallet and your blood sugar). If you have kids and want to celebrate the day, but a bit lower-key (and lower budget), there are some things you can do to be fabulously festive for […]

The Best Neutrals to Have for Your Handbag Collection

If you have ever wondered what colors you should have for your handbags, I hope this post helps you! This color list is based on the advice of my grandmother. You can read the post here on what are the six colors you should have in your wardrobe. She was always practical but had a […]

The Six Basic Neutrals Every Clothes Wardrobe Capsule Should Have Right Now

In this post, I am imparting the must-have neutral colors advice from my grandmother that has always stuck with me. I did go through a period of rebellion where I threw the rule out the window, but I came back to it because ultimately it is practical advice for a wardrobe capsule. Not only is […]

Is It Crazy to Have Handbags in the Same Colorway?

I know a collector of handbags and I spoke to her recently about her pursuit of the purse. In our chat, we talked about many of her handbags being in the same colorway or color scheme. That is, in the same color family – like all black or brown for example. As a fashion expert, […]

Six Awesome Toys and Games for Virtual Playdates

My kids are clamoring for playdates with their friends, but with the COVID-19 pandemic that is not possible. For a while, it was okay but with the coronavirus just not going anywhere, having virtual playdates is almost necessary for kids’ social and emotional well-being. Whether you use Zoom or some other platform, here some toys, […]

Spooktacular Halloween Specials on Nickelodeon!

Nickelodeon has a HallowScream lineup in October 2020 that makes the lack of covid Trick or Treating still be sweet!  Nickelodeon is celebrating Halloween with spooktacular premieres of its live-action, animation, and preschool series. There are hauntingly fun, all-new episodes of hit series, including The Loud House, The Casagrandes, Blue’s Clues & You!, and It’s […]

Unique Gift Ideas for Sister-In-Laws and More Hard to Please People

As always, I love sharing some fun finds and cool websites for your shopping sessions. Here are some sites that may have the unique gift you are looking for this holiday season! SimplyEarth.com This is a subscription service for those that love essential oils. You can get kits that contain oils to make your own […]

Halloween Themed Toys For Halloween Hunts

Whether you want to avoid crowds, or want something fun for the whole family, consider skipping the act of trick or treating. As an Trick or Treating alternative, have a Halloween Hunt at home. A Halloween Hunt is akin to a Easter Egg Hunt. You search for Halloween themed items around the yard or in […]

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 parents to 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 […]