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9 Online Resources for Parents and Care-Providers

The worldwide web is an exciting place that allows us to stay connected more than ever before. Resources that once felt far away, can now be accessed by the click of a button. We’ve compiled a list of online resources that can be helpful for: parents, expecting parents, and families with children who require additional care. 1. Cerebral Palsy Guide A comprehensive digital resource providing valuable information on the background of the disease and viable treatment options. They offer practical information on how parents and providers can offer the best care for their children as they grow and mature into adulthood. They also offer a robust community section on their website to provide families with additional support. Link: cerebralpalsyguide.com 2. Early Intervention Services (available per State) Early Intervention services vary per...

Summer Fun: Outdoor Activities For Little Ones

Summertime has never felt more vibrant and new! After a year of social distancing, mask-wearing, and being forced away from friends and family, getting back out in the sun with loved ones is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re like me, you may have forgotten all of the fun things you can do with your young family out around town. Here are some ways to spend your summer days this year: Trip to the Zoo A trip to the zoo can be overwhelming with toddlers and young kids. To help make the zoo more manageable, read a few picture books about specific animals before you go. Then, when you get to the zoo - try and find those animals! By focusing on just a few animals...

5 Fun & Creative Indoor Activities For Children

You made it! It’s the end of 2020 and now all you have to do is keep your young children entertained - alone and inside - all winter! Okay, so you almost made it!   How can you keep the winter days special, interesting and fun? We know how quickly young children will tire of their new toys and eventually (hopefully) get bored of watching Trolls: World Tour - so then what? It’s time for my favorite old standby - imagination!   My favorite part of being an early childhood educator is using children’s imaginations to help illustrate a point, cement a concept, inspire new questions, and get those little wheels turning in their little heads. Imagination can be used and encouraged at home as well. In the following...

Cozy Reads for Cold Days

  We’ve spent more time inside this year than any of us have ever imagined and it looks like we’re not quite out of the woods yet. I know we’re all scratching at the walls and anxious for a return to normalcy but this year also provides us with some much-needed quality time with our loved ones. Our schedules and days are normally packed and filled with multi-tasking. We forget that it’s good to slow down and enjoy peace and quiet from time to time. So instead of rushing back to our lives - let’s take this opportunity to cherish the ones we love. There are lots of ways to spend quality time with your toddler. One of the best ways to stimulate your little one and...

Parenting Tip We Love: Affirmations for Children

You have the wrong Zoom password for online school, the dog needs to go out and your toddler just spilled applesauce all over the kitchen. Lucky for you – self-care is in! It’s all over Instagram, whole shows are dedicated to the topic, and Gwyneth Paltrow has a new reaffirming term for any sticky situation. We have trained ourselves for this moment and we can pause and breathe before heading back into our hectic day.   While we employ these tools for ourselves, we forget that these same concepts and ideas can be shared with our kids! The way we talk to ourselves influences every aspect of our lives and the best time to start talking kindly to yourself is now! Saying affirmations assigns words to our...

Face Masks For Kids and Adults

  Face masks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. What’s fantastic is that getting masks today is a lot more accessible than when mask laws started going into effect in certain states. Between disposable surgical masks and stylish reusable ones, there are a ton of options that you can stock up on for kids and adults.   For The Kiddies Ty Face Masks, $2.99 Each How cute are these face masks?!? From colorful owls to sweet sloths, we are obsessing over how fun these designs are. Plus, shipping is free!   MasQd Unicorn Mask, $15 MasQd offers a ton of options for kids and adults. We love that in addition to having two layers, you can also add in a filter (also available on their site). This mask does have an adjustable metal molding...

Ultimate Summer Checklist for Kids

School is out for summer! Whether you want something to protect your kids from the heat or something to keep them busy at home, check out this amazing summer checklist to stay on top of things!          Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 50+, $14.99 Vanicream products are highly recommended by dermatologists and are considered to be kid-friendly.   Coolibar Surf's Up UPF 50+ Hat, $22 We love sun hats with a flap in the back because it protects the head, face, and back of the neck.   Splash Ready Unicorn Inflatable Pool, $36.99 Not only will letting them splash around in water keep them cool, but it will keep them active and laughing.   Bakhuk Ice Pop Mold Maker, $22.99 Get your kids active in the kitchen and even teach them about nutrition by making popsicles with ingredients...

Get Your Home In Order: Products To Help You Get Organized

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in clutter or disorganization at home? We totally get where you are coming from. It’s strange because everything probably started off neat, but then one day you woke up and realized that disarray has slowly snuck up on you. Because you might be spending more time at home due to Covid-19, this is the perfect time to get your living space in shape. Don’t be surprised if having a cleaner and more organized home leads to a better mental state and a spike in productivity! Check out some of our favorite finds available for purchase at Bed Bath & Beyond right now.          Kate and Laurel Stackable Letter Trays (set of 2), $49.99 Who said storage ideas have to...

10 Tips For Producing Less Waste

The recent climate strike in September was a worldwide phenomenon that had us all really trying to find ways to help. If change cannot happen on a government scale in the near future, there are still some things that everyone can start doing to make an impact on the environment, especially when it comes to producing less garbage. See 10 simple things you can do in your everyday life to create less waste.   1. Use reusable straws It seems that almost everyone has seen that poor sea turtle video (trigger warning) by now. Carry a reusable straw with you so that you can refuse ones from shops and restaurants and use them at home as well. Teivio Reusable Metal Straws, $11.49     2. Bring your own containers for leftovers If you typically have leftovers...

Under $10 Stocking Stuffers

Need something great to gift, but that won’t break the bank this holiday season? Then this post is perfect for you. There are a ton of items that are $10 and under on the market right now that you are going to want to check out. Use them as gifts or stuff Christmas stockings with them. We have a feeling that when it comes time to check out, you’re going to be buying one for a loved one and one for yourself. Lake Champlain Chocolates Hot Honey Caramel Chocolate Bar, $5 Everyone loves chocolate. And while they may not want to splurge on expensive ones for themselves, you can for them! This bar is made with 57% organic dark chocolate and a center of Vermont honey and habanero...