How to Make a Reverse Advent Calendar

Reverse Advent Calendars are a fun Christmas countdown that will teach toddlers about the joy of giving during the holiday season. What a fun family Christmas tradition!

Reverse Advent Calendars just might be my new favorite holiday tradition this year!

I love traditional advent calendars – my family has a felt Christmas tree with little plush ornaments for each day that we’ve had hanging on the wall every year for as long as I can remember, and my husband’s family does a new daily treat calendar each year.

Those are all good and fun, but this year, as my son is getting older and more aware of the world around him, I wanted to start teaching him and his sister what’s really important at the holidays – and I don’t mean the overload of gifts. Continue Reading

Best Learning Gifts for 3 Year Old Toddlers in 2019

3-year-olds can be hard to buy gifts for, but these STEM and STEAM learning toys are great gift ideas for any 3-year-old toddler -- girl or boy!

Gifts for 3-year-olds can be particularly tough to choose – they’re still very much “toddlers,” but they’re growing more and more into “preschoolers” every day.

At this age, they start to be more into activities than just toys, so STEM / learning toys can be great gifts, whether it’s for the holidays or a birthday. Continue Reading

How I Avoid the Holiday Gift Overload

too many holiday gifts for toddlers - How to avoid the holiday gift overload

It’s officially October, and that means only one thing: the holidays are coming.

Did that send chills down anyone else’s spine?

Because along with the joys of the holiday season comes the inevitable Christmas gift overload for my toddlers.

I’d love to say that our house is always overflowing with joy and sparkles and snowflakes and cheer during the holidays, but in reality, we’re overflowing with stress, commitments, pressure, and well, still sparkles (per usual, for us toddler moms). Continue Reading