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 […]

Educational Books For Kids When School’s Out

Kids are home for the foreseeable future. Parents tasked with educating them. So, you may need some reading material and educational tools to get through it! Kindle Unlimited is my go-to. For about $10 a month, it is a realistic price when stuck at home. The app is easy to download on portable devices. Alternatively, […]

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 […]

Five Ideas to Keep Kids Occupied During the Pandemic

The COIV19 pandemic is a tough time for us all. However, there are things we can do as parents, and as families, to make this tough time terrific. Send a Letter Encourage your kids to write a letter to a classmate each day. It fosters a connection, and kids love to get letters. If you […]

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 […]

Puppy Extras: Fun Things for a New Puppy

When it is time to bring a new puppy home, it can be daunting. Just like babies, it is amazing how much you need! While it’s true that all dogs need is food, water, collar, leash, and a place to sleep, it is a lot more than that for most pet owners. After having 6 […]

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 […]

You CAN Adopt Two Littermates from the Same Litter!

You CAN adopt two littermates and bring home two puppies from the same litter at the same time. Don’t let those other online blogs tell you that you cannot. You may have landed on my site in tears because they have made you feel so horrible about even contemplating such a canine crime! While adopting […]

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 […]

Tips for Reading to Your Child

As seen in my blog post here, the benefits of reading to your child has enormous impact. From improved vocabulary to less aggressive behavior, books can foster a bond between parent and child. While the benefits of reading may be clear, how to incorporate daily reading may be less obvious. Here are 5 tips for […]

Benefits of Early Reading to Children

According to a recent article in the journal of Pediatrics, reading to your kids can improve behavior and attention. The article is entitled on “Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development”. The researchers showed that parents reading aloud and playing with their young children could have a long-term, positive impact on their children’s behavior. In other words, […]

Unique But Easy Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s time for unique but easy teacher gift ideas! With the end of the year looming, it is time to say thanks to various people – most notably teachers. However, don’t forget to say thanks to coaches, dance teachers, tutors, bus drivers, school administration, and the PTO president too. I’m always looking for unique, yet […]

Back to Nature: Educational Butterfly Kits

Kids can observe the butterfly life cycle up close with a LIVE Butterfly Kit. Insect Lore One popular one is from Insect Lore. As soon as the kit arrives, it comes with five, live baby caterpillars. Retail price is $27.99 and includes the caterpillars. You can also gift a kit without the butterflies (The Insect […]

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 […]

I #ChooseKind. Will you?

As a parent, I strive everyday to teach my kids to be open, accepting and non-judgmental. It is not a one-time thing, but a constant teachable moment. However, there was one occasion when my kids caught me crying. Rather than brush it off, and telling them I had a bug in my eye or some […]

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 […]

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 Finds to Get You Organized

I always spend January trying to get organized after the hectic holidays. In addition, I always look for new ideas or organization products to reach that goal. So I wanted to share my five finds to help you get organized in 2018. Organization Products Keeping Track of To Dos I’ve fallen in love with the […]