Unique Gifts for Father's Day that Dads will LOVE!

Unique Gifts for Father's Day that Dads will LOVE!

Browse these unique gift ideas for Dad & Grandpa -- fun items that are sure to put a smile on their face!

It's June, which means sunshine, swimming pools and a special day for Dad - which means!

When is Father's Day this year? 

Don't worry, you've still got time -- it's June 17th. 

And for the record, my Dad's birthday is the same week so I've been browsing for some fun and unique gifts for a few of the special men in my life. 

Now, my husband will tell you that the best gift any man could get would be an unlimited supply of bacon (and who am I to argue) but I was thinking of something a little better than bacon ;)

I know, there's probably not much that's better than bacon but here are some unique ideas that I think most Dad's will enjoy.

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Easy Mother's Day Craft or Teacher Appreciation Gift

Easy Mother's Day Craft or Teacher Appreciation Gift

Love this easy craft idea for Mother's Day or Teacher Appreciation Day -- preschoolers, elementary kids & teens can create a one-of-a-kind gift with this quick tutorial!

Do you know what I love about today’s painting project for kids? 

It doesn’t require perfection or detail or really any focus. 

It's very open-ended and so creative -- plus down-right beautiful too!

And it's the perfect idea for Mother's Day or as a Teacher Appreciation gift at the end of the year -- it will brighten up any yard or room!

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15 Best Children's Magazines for Toddlers, Kids & Tweens

15 Best Children's Magazines for Toddlers, Kids & Tweens

When my kids were young, I loved to take them to the library. 

We would search the shelves for our favorite books and attend storytime sessions.

And sometimes we would explore a new area of the library -- which is how we found the children's periodical section on one cold and snowy Tuesday.

It's kind of hidden at our library, tucked back behind the non-fiction books in the corner.  But once you know where to look, there's so much to see!

So on that first day, we checked out a copy of Ladybug Magazine for Kids.  We read the short stories, enjoyed poems, sang songs and challenged ourselves with the puzzles.

And we put the magazine shelf on our weekly list of places to explore!

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Gift Ideas for Book Lovers that Aren't Books

Gift Ideas for Book Lovers that Aren't Books

Got bookworms? Try giving these gift ideas that aren't books!

We have a LOT of books in our house as you might suspect from our numerous kids' book lists!

One of the things I did well as a parent was to raise readers -- I always found a way to tie books with a favorite project, vacation or any interest our kids have had over the years.

But when you have book lovers, you have to make a decision when it comes to gift buying -- either move into a library (we haven't found one for sale yet :)

OR find some book-related gifts they'll love since your bookshelves are already chocked full.

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40 Totally Useful Stocking Stuffers for Preschoolers to Teens

The art of the filling a stocking --- it's a fine balance to be one of Santa's helpers, isn't it?! 

The goal is to turn an empty Christmas stocking into a magical memory for the kids AND not just include a bunch of junk that will break or be tossed aside after a few hours.

Add to that the kids' interests change every year plus there's always that holiday budget to consider ;)

Not to mention, I know we'd all rather be enjoying the holidays with our kids instead of racking our brains for what to tuck in a stocking.

So let's look at some fun but practical stocking stuffers that the kids will LOVE!  We've searched lists and polled kids to find items that are sure to please on Christmas morning!


stocking stuffers for kids and teens

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Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree Ornament

I hope your December has been going well.  For us, the days seem to be flying by -- the kids are on a countdown for winter break and we are all looking forward to family coming to visit for Christmas.

And with guests in mind, we have a few activities we are working on to make everyone feel welcome once they arrive.  We call them our "Get Ready for the Relatives" projects!

They are all super easy activities that require very few items and can be done with the kids (you must know me by now -- if it ain't simple, it ain't getting done around here ;)

Today's craft is a fun ornament or gift tag made from cinnamon sticks!

Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree

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Gifting Books as Adventures

A number of years ago, we started a tradition at our house -- giving books for Christmas. 

Each year, our kids get to open one of their gifts early -- oh yea, they love that

When they come home on their first day of holiday break from school, there is a gift waiting for them -- we call it our 'winter break books'.  And one of my favorite things to do with this gift is to turn it into some fun adventures for the kids.

A book is a great gift but pairing a book with an interactive toy, game or experience turns it into an AWESOME gift!

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Gifts that Connect Kids with Nature

The holidays are coming and we want you to be able to spend more time relaxing than shopping. 

Wouldn't that be nice --

feet up,

fire going,

warm cup of tea & a cookie (or two),

Bing crooning "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas..."

Ahhh.. now that says holidays!

Not a crazy, overcrowded mall ;)

But the shopping has to get done  -- and we all know, it's not really the shopping that takes all the time, it's coming up with the gift list!

In order to help get the gift-giving juices flowing, we have a HUGE list of wonderful gift guides with ideas for kids of all ages.  Each of the guides is organize by age or theme and there are so many ideas! 

This year, our gift ideas focus on connecting kids with nature & the outdoors!

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