20 Brain-Boosting Educational Toys to Celebrate Spring

I know there are are ton of people out there who absolutely love the winter. The crisp, clean air. Snow so white you can barely open your eyes. Sipping hot chocolate by the fire.

As for me…I can’t wait until it’s over!

Every year once Valentine’s Day has passed, I find myself getting more and more psyched over the upcoming arrival of spring. Nothing can bring me out of the winter doldrums more than the sight of a freshly bloomed cherry blossom tree.  Continue reading “20 Brain-Boosting Educational Toys to Celebrate Spring”

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Hate Buying Batteries? Try These 25 Gift Ideas Instead!

Batteries are the bane of my existence. As a mom of 10 kids (and 1 adult son), there are two things that really irk me about battery-operated toys:

  1. They’re expensive to keep replacing and a nuisance to remember to replace them, and…
  2. They take away crucial elements of imaginative play.

I don’t know about how things work in your household, but in ours, battery-operated toys are played with when the children first get them. Afterwards, we keep forgetting to replace the batteries once they’ve worn out (or simply can’t afford 100 new batteries every 3 months), and once-expensive toys end up getting broken or thrown away.

It’s a waste of money.  Continue reading “Hate Buying Batteries? Try These 25 Gift Ideas Instead!”