IKEA Foundation Partners with Save the Children

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of IKEA Foundation for IKEA Foundation for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Meet Tejas. Tejas is 10 and he was forced to leave school because his parents needed him to work in the cotton fields. He worked with them in order to supplement the family’s US $1.67 a day earnings. But here is the scariest thing of all, Tejas is not alone. In fact, India has largest number of child laborers in {Read More}

105 Summer Boredom Busters

105 Summer Boredom Busters

Summer has just begun and it won’t take long for the little ones to start bugging you with the dreaded…. “Mom!!! I’m bored!!” So what is a mom to do? We all remember the feeling we had when we were young and boredom sat in. It’s a horrible feeling to have as a child and as a mother sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas at the drop of the hat. Being prepared with some awesome boredom busters in {Read More}

Cabin Fever: 10 Log Cabin Toys & Books for Kids

Log Cabin Toys and Books

I remember playing with so many of these very same toys as a kid or toys just like them. Which one would you choose? Lincoln Logs Classic Edition Tin The Lincoln Logs Classic Edition Tin gives kids raw materials to help them develop their creativity and motor skills. Invented more than nine decades ago, these wooden building sets have a rich history of inspiring and entertaining children. The blocks are still made in the same manner as the early days, {Read More}

5 Indoor Games to Play After Thanksgiving Dinner

5 Indoor Games to Play After Thanksgiving Dinner

Eating Thanksgiving dinner and then playing games is a tradition that goes hand-in-hand for many American families. Sharing a great meal and then enjoying each other’s company through gamesmanship and teamwork is a wonderful way to spend a Thanksgiving day. If your family does not currently follow this tradition, here are five game options that you can play inside to help get the fun started: 1.    Charades – This popular game can be adapted to fit the holiday or it {Read More}

7 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

7 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of the most exciting times of the year for most families. Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is walking around thankful and happy. No one is short, crappy, irritable or frustrated. Everyone is on time and considerate of your feelings. Thanksgiving dinner is appreciated by everyone and everyone hangs around to clean up. Nobody ruins your brand-new furniture or tracks red mud across the carpet. There are no family arguments and everyone gets along famously… {Read More}

5 Fun Outdoor Games to Play on Thanksgiving Day Afternoon

5 Fun Outdoor Games to Play on Thanksgiving Day Afternoon

While some people like to lay down directly down on the couch after eating Thanksgiving dinner, a better option is to head outside for some Thanksgiving day exercise. Once you have consumed all those yummy calories and let your food settle, why not head outside and enjoy some fun with the entire family? Here are some awesome outdoor Thanksgiving day games to play with the entire family: Football – It is a classic game on Thanksgiving already, but football can {Read More}

Teaching Kids About Thanksgiving

Teaching Kids About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for what someone has in life.  It is also a day built around family and tradition.  It is important that children understand why this holiday celebrated and why it is an important day in the United States.  There are many things you can do to explain this to children in a way that they will both enjoy and understand. EXPLAINING THANKFULNESS Thanksgiving is about being thankful and reflecting upon everything good that has {Read More}

Time to Shop Local – 4th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day 11/09/2013 @TheWoohooFactor #toystoreday #IHeart

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Did you know that shopping locally fosters a sense of community? Shopping locally also offers a diverse product selection: many independent toy stores carry the unique toys that you may not see elsewhere plus there is a reduced environmental impact due to less travel, traffic and carbon usage for consumers. You will also find great  customer service specialty brands that you can’t find at national chain stores. Spending money in your local community contributes to economic stability by providing local jobs and {Read More}

Making Thanksgiving Easy on Everyone

Formal dining room table set for dinner

Thanksgiving day can become very stressful, especially when you are taking care of everything by yourself.  It is important to include your family in on all aspects of the day.  This includes getting help to do things like set the table and prepare the side dishes.  Plus, when you work together you will get more time in as a family. DELEGATE TASKS When your family and friends are there to get the meal prepared, do not be afraid to politely {Read More}

Thanksgiving Traditions You Can Enjoy Outside

Thanksgiving Traditions You Can Enjoy Outside

It can be hectic when you have a houseful of people on Thanksgiving.  If you have a lot of children around, they likely get restless and want to do something active.  This is where you can start to create traditions within your family.  There are many different outdoor activities that can be done to keep everyone busy and to ensure that everyone has a great and memorable time. FOOTBALL GAME Football is already a major event on Thanksgiving with many {Read More}