10 Spooktacular Halloween Movies for Kids

Family Friendly Halloween Movies That Are Great For Kids To Watch I love the month of October. The weather is nice, the outdoor activities are great, and there are fun crafts and games to do with the family. One of my favorite things is to watch family friendly Halloween movies. While many Halloween movies are […]

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 […]

The Best Headphones for Kids? Try CozyPhones

I will be the first to admit that kid headphones are something I used to only think about when I got on a plane. Yet, in recent months, my wish for readily accessible headphones, for everyday use, grew drastically when my kids…..got iPads. Now that we are building our forever home, we have a lot […]

How Much Money to Spend on a Birthday Gift

Once you get that “{Your child’s name} has been invited to {friend’s name} birthday party!}”  – the big question looms – “How Much to Spend on the Birthday Gift” for said friend? I often wonder how much of a ‘friend’ this person is to my child too. Are the besties? Does this child even say […]

Here is the Best Tick Repellent for Kids Without Deet

When you are looking for tick repellent products, you want to make sure your getting the safest tick repellant for kids. Often that means getting tick repellent for kids without Deet. Natural Tick Repellent Deet has been shown to be toxic in certain concentrations and for certain people. So many just avoid this chemical-based tick […]

DIY of the Week: Pet Picture Blanket

It can be hard when a pet passes on. However, what I didn’t realize is how hard it can be on other pets that are still living. When my oldest dog passed recently, my other dog was clearly depressed. They had snuggled and slept together all the time and when the older dog didn’t come […]

Books About Becoming a Big Brother

Is your son about to become a big brother? One of the great ways to get him ready for a new sibling is to read books about becoming a big brother and about his upcoming new role. These books range from fun to facts to help the family prepare for the new addition! Big Brother […]

Five Fun Splashtastic Mermaid Books for Kids

If your child loves all things Mermaid, then check out these five fun Mermaid books for kids to bring splashtastic fun to a bedtime routine. Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Ages 4-8. Authored by Jane O’Connor. Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser Publisher:Harper Collins MSRP: $17.99   Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, couldn’t […]

You’re Centsational: An Easy Valentine’s Day Card for Kids

I love Valentine’s Day crafts. I’m not sure if it because of red and pink colors, or because of the cleverness that can be made of them. Either way, I especially love Valentine’s Day card crafts. You’re “Cent”sational. This year, I decided to test out my own craft skills. I’ve had an idea for awhile, […]

Fun Indoor Toys for a Snow Day

Just because it is a snow day, doesn’t mean kids can play outside in the snow. Whether it’s blizzard conditions or sub-zero temperatures, often kids are stuck inside on a snow day. Then they are on their screens! To get them away from that, and having fun, check out these indoor snow day toys. Links […]

Fun Toys for the Snow

Looking for toys to play with in the winter, outdoors or toys for the snow? Here are FIVE snow toys for snowy days to consider pulling out after the blizzard! (Links are Amazon affiliate links.) Artic Force Snow Trac Ball by Wham-o (MSRP $20, Ages 8+) All you do with this is scoop snow, mold a […]

Boogie Board Blackboard Review & Uses

The Blackboard by Boogie Board made it to my ‘best list’ for getting organized in the new year. You can see that post here. In this post, however, I’m sharing why you might want to get one for your kids. Benefits of the Blackboard The Blackboard by Boogie Board can be a great teaching tool […]

Five Snow Day Activities For Kids

When the first major snow storm hits in your home state resulting in closed schools, parents need an action plan. Not an action plan for your home, but for your kids! So here are five snow day activities for kids to do at home to keep them occupied and you happy! Make snow cream. If […]

2017 Toy Guide: Science Toys for Kids

Do you have a child that loves to create experiments? Or do you have a grandchild that loves figuring out how things work? This is the must have list for science toys for kids for your future scientist. Click the images listed below to be taken to the product page on (affiliate) Amazon or click […]

Kudo Banz Review: Alternative to a Chore Chart

Wondering ways to manage (and maybe even improve) your child’s behavior. Whether it is tantrums, going to bed on time, eating dinner or going to the bathroom, there are several ways to go about making an impact. The most positive and effect way is through positive behavior modification. This past summer, I discovered a unique […]

Bust a Move to Kickstarter for Mad Moves

Whether you landed on this post because you did a Google search (hello Googlite) or you know me and my love for cool new things, then you’ll see why I had to share this new Kickstarter campaign for a game called Mad Moves. Before I get into what it is, let me tell you….. Why […]

DIY Playdough Recipe

When I was a kid, I got so excited when my Mom made us play dough. We enjoyed playing with it as is, as well as when we got to add color and stylize our own! In honor of World Play-Doh Day, check out some of my favorite Play-Doh Toys from Hasbro. Yet, for those […]

I have a Major Issue with Typhoon Lagoon…

We love going to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. As you can see from searching this site, I have a variety of posts about traveling to and from Disney, and tips for experiencing Disney World to its fullest. I even have a post about the Sharks at Typhoon Lagoon! I am a big Disney […]

What to Pack for a Day at a Disney Park

What to pack for a Disney vacation is one thing. Packing for a DAY at Disney in the Disney Parks is something else entirely. There are times I want to wing it without having to carry anything, but I always regret it. Having key items with you in the Disney Parks can make it easier […]

Online Consignment: Swap.com

I recently had my first experience shopping clothes consignment online. I’m a big fan of consignment, shopping in local stores. I enjoy reusing and recycling, and knowing someone else’s trash is my treasure, as the saying goes. It is also another way to get luxury goods at an affordable price. However, I have not tried […]

8 English Muffin Recipe Ideas: For Dinner, Snacks and Appetizers

I adore English Muffins. They were a staple for breakfast growing in my house. My favorite way to consume (aka devour) them was when they were smothered in butter. (Although globs of peanut butter on top was a close second favorite.) As an adult, I now use them for more than just breakfast and with […]

7 Other Things to Do with Plastic Easter Eggs

With their low price tag and high availability, those little plastic easter eggs are everywhere this time of year. While most of us use them for Easter egg hunts, there are 7 other things you can do with them! Whether is it plastic easter egg crafts or just chocolate inside, they are worth stocking up […]