Nativity Sensory Bin

An easy, DIY Nativity sensory bin, perfect for the Advent season.

The Christmas season is nearly upon us. This year, I really wanted our focus to be on the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus. Now that Ellie is 2 years old, she can understand more of the story of baby Jesus and I wanted to give her a fun way to explore this story. So our Nativity sensory bin was born.It took me about half an hour to make this, it's super easy to do and you just need a few items to make it.  Items for Nativity Sensory BinWooden activity tray or basket Brown crinkle paper (you could also use real straw if you have access to some) Craft sticks Wooden stick people or peg people Felt (3-4 colors of … [Read more...]

10 Gift Ideas for Toddlers Who Love Animals

Have a child who lives animals? Check out these fun gift ideas for toddlers who love animals.

My daughter loves animals. Maybe it's because we have three dogs, a cat, and a fish. When looking for gift ideas for her I always know something animal related will be a hit. So today I am going to share 10 gift ideas for toddlers who LOVE animals.We are all about real life and hands-on activities around here. So many of the items you will see below are designed to encourage independence and explore the world of animals in an age appropriate way. A quick  story about this picture. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to use it for this post. Ellie's Auntie Aimee has a bunny at her house. Every time we go over to grandma and grandpa and … [Read more...]

5 Tasty Treats for Fall – Good Tips Tuesday #46

5 tasty treats for fall as featured on Good Tips Tuesday.

It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is just a week and a half away. Soon we will be on to winter and Christmas. Here are some great, last minute tasty treats for fall that you can squeeze in for Thanksgiving.5 Tasty Treats for Fall Lemon Thyme Cake with Lemon Glaze - Sassy Southern Yankee Homemade Doughnuts - Little House Living Walnut Puff Cookies - My Sweet Mission Pumpkin Bread - Creative Homekeeper Traditional Shortbread Cookies (Gain Free) - Intoxicated on LifeGood Tips Tuesday LinkUp PartyWe want this to be a resource for you to find Good Tips for your life, home, kids and everything in between! So what kinds of posts … [Read more...]

Memorizing Scripture with I Can Learn The Bible + Giveaway

Memorizing scripture with the I Can Learn The Bible from Tommy Nelson.

Kids can begin memorizing scripture at a very young age. Whether through songs, stories, or fun devotions like the I Can Learn The Bible devotional from Tommy Nelson. You could win your own copy below in the giveaway too.Memorizing Scripture With Kids With I Can Learn the Bible from Tommy Nelson, your kids can learn 52 scriptures within a year. Each week they are given a new scripture to memorize that are simple and easy to learn. During that week, each chapter gives you ideas to discuss and have fun with entire family, just not your child.This book is adapted from the gift book The Joshua Code into this devotional for kids. I love … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Buying Gifts for Children with Special Needs

Do you have or know a child with special needs who isn't able to tell you what they want? Here are 5 Tips for buying gifts for children with special needs.

Searching for Christmas gifts each year is stressful - at least for me it is. It's hard to figure out what to get each person on your list something you know they will love and appreciate. If you have a child with special needs on your gift list this year, figuring out what to get them can be just as frustrating, if not more so. Especially if they are not able to communicate their wants or what interests to you. Are you struggling to find a great gift for children with special needs? Today I am teaming up with Achievement Products for Special Needs to give you some tips on how to pick out those gifts. And don't miss the special 15% off … [Read more...]

Cranberry, Almond, & Maple Granola Recipe

A great way to get the kids in the kitchen helping you with this easy maple granola recipe.

I remember growing up helping my mom in the kitchen all the time. One of the things we use to make was granola. My husband also loves homemade granola and has been asking for it since we got our new oven. So I took the opportunity to get Ellie in the kitchen with me and make some cranberry, almond, and maple granola.You can also see more of my Kids in the Kitchen Recipes here.Cranberry, Almond & Maple Granola Recipe IngredientsDry:1 large box of quick oats or rolled oats (2 lbs) 2 cups wheat germ 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon salt 1 cup of sliced almonds 1 cup of dried cranberriesWet:1/2 cup … [Read more...]