2018 Gift Guide – Preschooler Favorites

Let’s face it, our kids change their holiday list, especially if they are a toddler/preschooler, over and over again. Anticipating what your kid(s) will want for the holidays is almost nearly impossible.  My oldest, who is three, has one constant item on his list this year, OCTONAUTS. Something tells me Santa is going to fulfill those dreams this year but finding other gifts can be tricky. You may or may not be in the same boat, but either way, I can give you some insight to gifts your youngster(s) will LOVE!

Build Me ToysThe Take Apart Firetruck

I am always on the search for toys that challenge my children, but in a fun way. Build Me Toys wraps creativity, problem solving, and hours of fun into each of their toys. Perfect for the little builder, dinosaur connoisseur, or lover of motorized vehicles of all types, Build Me Toys has the perfect (and affordable) toy for you! My oldest spent an entire uninterrupted hour building and taking apart his Take Apart Firetruck. For a three-year-old that is amazing! He was focused on making the best firetruck for his favorite Paw Patrol, Marshall. He proudly displays his Take Apart Firetruck on his bookshelf and looks at it with admiration every single day.

Use the code IG10 for 10% off your order and check them out @buildmetoys on Instagram.

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Mega Bloks

What’s the one toy you can never go wrong getting for your kids? Mega Bloks! For over 30 years, Mega Blok has provided topnotch fun for kids and their parents. On rainy days, we always pull out our Mega Bloks and make towers, forts, or the Great Wall of China. Whatever you can imagine, we’ve probably built it together. Mega Bloks is perfect for all ages and assists in learning colors, counting, and hand eye coordination.

Check out their HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE We recommend both color schemes of the Big Builder Bags (we have both!).

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All Are Welcome – Alexandra Penfold a& Suzanne Kaufman – Penguin Random House

All Are Welcome is an enlightening book that follows a group of young children through their school day “where everyone is welcomed with open arms.” Not only does it show that school is a safe and caring space for everyone, but it highlights kids from various backgrounds. We LOVE this book in particular, because it shows how they come together to learn from one another. They embrace aspects of life different from their own, such as the celebration of the Lunar New Year, with understanding and appreciation. The illustrations are beyond captivating and my three-year-old wants to read it all the time. This is a book you NEED in your child’s personal library.

Via Penguin Random House

Miffy Night Lamp

I cannot and will not stop talking about the Miffy Night Lamp! My three-year-old who is plagued with night terrors relies on the warm and comforting light of the Miffy Night Lamp to get him through the night. You can pick from different color schemes, classic Miffy blue, yellow, or in our case, my son’s favorite color, ORANGE! With thousands of hours of light, this is a must have for your kids. It’s also adorable.

For fun crafts, games, and songs, check out MiffyFun.com and @miffy_official_usa on Instagram

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V-Tech Activity Touch and Learn Desk

This is really the all-in-one “toy” you need for your kid when it comes to numbers, letters, music, writing, etc. The V-Tech Activity Touch and Learn Desk has really helped us in working with our oldest as he creeps closer and closer to becoming a Kindergartener. With over 200 touch and learn activities and interchangeable activity pages, the amount of fun and learning to be had is endless.

You can now get this bad boy at one of the three mothership locations – Walmart, Target, and Amazon.

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Candy Land – Hasbro Games

Who loves a classic game night? I do and now my three-year-old does too. Our go-to game is the childhood classic, Candy Land. He is so determined to make it all the way to King Kandy’s Kastle and gets heartbroken when he doesn’t make it. These classic Hasbro Games such as Candy Land, HiHo! Cherry-O, Chutes and Ladders, etc. are perfect for a family night with your little ones. What’s your favorite board game? Let me know in the comments?

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If you’re struggling on what to get your kiddos or a child in your life this holiday season, these items are a great place to start and approved by a picky three-year-old 😊

What are your go-to gift recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

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Bye Bye Bad Dreams

My three-year-old started waking up in the middle of the night claiming pink monsters were going to attack, his dinosaur bopped him on the head, and some other creature under his bed was determined to take him down. It’s normal for the imagination to kick in and warp the blissful reality of dreamland, but when it started to impact everyone’s sleep, something needed to be done.

The other night, our son was inconsolable. He abruptly busted into our room sobbing crocodile sized tears. He was so upset and unable to formulate his thoughts and tell us what was wrong. My husband took him back to his room and eventually fell asleep on the floor holding his hand. Yes, it was a sweet moment between father and son, but we didn’t want to establish this as the norm.

As parents we have the power to embellish – transform any household object into a magical token or make bold claims like vegetables give us super powers. Just like our children, so much is possible when it comes to the imagination. When the nightmares started to plague his dreams, my imagination took over. Here is the story about a little boy – the bad dream buster.

Before he lays his head to sleep, the little boy grabs his green magic stone (i.e. flattened marble his mom found when cleaning out her jewelry box). He gives it a kiss and whispers the word “lucky” into the stone. He gently places the stone in a mystical container (also known as a pill box) and carefully places it under his pillow. The fluffy bunny that occupies his bed, watches over the magic stone as the little boy goes to sleep.

He then grabs his magic elixir (one cup of warm water mixed with a few drops of lavender essential oil in a spray bottle) known to many toddlers as “monster spray.” He lightly sprays his bed, royal subjects (i.e. stuffed animals), and royal throws (blankets) with the magic potion. If a monster catches one whiff of the elixir he is banished from the kingdom FOREVER! The little boy was very generous in his distribution of the “monster spray.” He likes to cover his bases.

Finally, the little boy seeks out the keeper of light (also known as his Miffy night light). She turns even the darkest corners of the kingdom bright with his warm glow. With the flick of a switch, she casts a beam of light around his room, ridding it of any monsters who may be lurking.

Once the little boy feels that he has successfully demolished all the baddies, he softly closes his eyes and enters dreamland. Legend states, he starts to dream of adventures on board the Octopod with Captain Barnacle and the rest of the Octonauts (*cue dramatic music).

What a story, would you believe me if I said it was true, minus some of the colorful additions? This may seem like an entire production, but it works, for right now. He has full ownership of his nighttime routine, which I believe helps eliminate some of those pre-bedtime anxieties.

What are some tricks you use to help your kids go to sleep? Let me know in the comments below.

Sweet dreams!

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A Healthy Snack Picky Eaters Will Love (Miffy and Friends US)

My three-year-old is a master when it comes to working around his picky eating habits. I could have a member of the Paw Patrol team parade his food in front of him, in a bowl made of sprinkles, with a firework display in the background, but he would see right through my creative efforts.

Finding a way to get him to eat his veggies is, dare I say, impossible. When I ask him to try something he takes the tiniest, microscopic bite. Immediately following his “attempt” of trying something new, he produces an intense feeling of repulsion. What is a mom to do?

Our friends over at Miffy have unlocked the answer to my prayers. Their Healthy Tulips snack-tivity has inspired my son to eat more than just processed carbs. I have never, I mean never, seen my child eat carrots, cheese, and cucumbers in one sitting, let alone at all.

Make eating healthy fun with Miffy and her friends. Here is what you’ll need for your Healthy Tulips:

  • One large carrot
  • One cucumber
  • One block of cheese
  • Toothpicks
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • A toddler with an open mind (I added that one in for myself)

  1. Slice carrots into a flower by cutting two triangles out of the top to create a tulip shape.
  2. Cut cucumber slices into halves and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds of the cucumber.
  3. Cut the cheese into blocks.
  4. Layer the difference pieces onto the toothpick
    1. Place the toothpick into the cheese creating the base of the flower.
    2. Next place the cucumber to create the leaves of the tulip.
    3. Finally, place the carrot at the top creating the flower.

Voila! Now you have an adorable, healthy, and delicious snack for your kiddos. So, if you have a picky eater, give this snack-tivity a try.

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Miffy Night Lamp – Toddler Review

The only word to describe my three-year-old’s nighttime routine would be UNWAVERING. To infiltrate his “process” is a task you DO NOT want to take on. The fury his little toddler body can evoke is startling; however, he made an exception for the cutest night lamp in all of the land – the Miffy Night Lamp.

I truly believe my son is in love with his lamp. Do you know the scene in a romantic comedy where the two main characters run towards each other in slow motion across a field of flowers to then fall into each other’s embrace with true love? This is what happened when he made eye contact with his new Miffy Night Lamp.

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My husband and I have been on the hunt for perfect nightlight for my son for quite some time. Since turning three (back in February) our son’s imagination has reached an all new level. To quote my son, “the tooth fairy put a wolf under my bed and he ate my frog.” With a “wolf” under his bed, he needs a light to keep him safe in the dark, and the Miffy Night Lamp is the perfect companion.

Now available on Amazon and at Walmart, the Miffy Night Lamp is the adorable and safe night light your kids need to keep them safe from the “wolves” under their beds (in my son’s case). With an easy on/off switch, your kids can take an active role in illuminating their Miffy Night Lamp. The lamp has a padded bottom, which will prevent any scratching on furniture. At a whopping 5.9 x 4.5 x 12.2 x inches, Miffy is adorned in her classic dress, available in blue, yellow, or orange. My son’s Miffy Night Lamp is rocking the bright orange dress, which is his favorite color.

Miffy Lamp

You may be wondering if this lamp is going to be too bright or overwhelming since it’s a larger night light, but it is far from it. With 3-WATT LED, the Miffy Night Lamp glows with a warm yellow light. The warmth of the light creates a soothing and relaxing atmosphere for your little one. This Miffy Night Lamp is perfect for any nursery or toddler bedroom.

When I asked my son if he liked his lamp he said, “My lamp mommy. My lamp. Not your lamp. My lamp. I love Miffy!” So, there you have it; the Miffy Night Lamp is a hit!

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You can decorate your kid’s living space, while making them feel safe and calm at night with the Miffy Night Lamp. To get your lamp, check out Amazon or Walmart TODAY! Let your kids fall in love with a lamp like my son LOL.

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Miffy Fun – Rain Stick

Have you ever felt like you’ve done a day full of activities within the span of three hours? The weekends start early at my house and our most productive hours are first thing in the morning. We’ve gone on daring adventures, finished our errands, taken morning naps, etc. by 10 AM. When you have two kids who are lively little fellas, having an arsenal of fun activities to fill the rest of the day are essential.

Miffy and her friends have a wide variety of activities (i.e. arts and crafts, songs and dances, recipes, and more) for you and your kiddos to enjoy. My oldest has been talking about the weather at school, in particular rain. With Miffy’s April Shower activities, we spent part of our Sunday making a fun Miffy inspired rain stick.

Here’s how to make a rain stick at home:

What you’ll need:

  • Paper towel roll
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Rubber Bands
  • Dried rice
  • Items for decorating – i.e. construction paper, stickers, wasabi tape, crayons, markers, etc.

Let’s make it rain:

  1. Decorate the paper towel tube, like you’ve never decorated before! We made our rain stick look like Miffy, because she’s our favorite little bunny.
  2. Once decorated, seal one end of the paper towel roll by wrapping the end and securing it with plastic wrap and rubber bands.
  3. To make the rain sound, you will need to fold a segment of aluminum foil into a spring-shape and place it inside the paper towel roll.
  4. Carefully pour ¼ cup of dried rice or beans into the paper towel roll.
  5. Seal the opposite end of the paper towel roll with the plastic wrap and rubber band.
  6. Listen to the sounds of rain.

My kid is obsessed and wants to take his rain stick to bed, but that request is still up for negotiation. If you are looking for a fun activity that includes learning about the weather, music, and arts and crafts, this is the one for you! Make sure you check out Miffy and all her friends over at www.miffyfun.com.

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Miffy’s Pie-Less Apple Pie

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for fun and festive activities to do with my toddler. When it comes to my two and a half year old, I have to find new and exciting things for him to do, because he can easily grow tired of playing with the same toys or watching the same shows over and over again.

Recently my son has taken a liking to helping out in the kitchen. He is still too young to be trained as a culinary master, but that doesn’t mean he can’t cook. Miffy Fun has a number of activities that are perfect for you and your toddler, including some fall themed craft and cooking projects.

We love chowing down on some apples in my house. We often have two or three bags of Granny Smiths in our fridge at all times. Eating apples the same way can get boring, but with Miffy’s fall fun Pie-less Apple Pie recipe we were able to combine our favorite snack and love for cooking together into one awesome treat!

What you’ll need:

One Apple

1/8 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp sugar

Microwave

Good attitude!

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Here’s how you’ll make it:

  1. “Take an apple, peel if desired, core it, and cut it into 6-8 slices.”
  2. “Add less than half of ¼ Tsp of cinnamon and ¼ Tsp sugar to slices.”
  3. “Microwave for 30 seconds or until soft.”
  4. “Allow apple slices to cool, and then enjoy!”

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Pie-Less Apple Pie Recipe from Fall Fun With Miffy

This treat is so simple and easy to make! This is the perfect fall activity for you and your toddler to do together. Did I forget to mention that it’s delicious too?!

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Miffy Takes Her Adventure to Walmart

As my children age, their demands to have toys of their favorite household characters increases tenfold. Now my two-year-old would be happy with a cardboard box, but it’s always heartwarming to see the joy on his face when he receives a figurine set or stuffed plush of the characters he loves so much.

When my oldest was introduced to the delightful little white bunny, Miffy, he was hooked. He developed tunnel vision for Miffy and her friends. Trying to separate him from his “shows” and bedtime stories is an act of congress (he sleeps with his Miffy books at night). So, when we learned Miffy would have her own line of toys at Walmart, we were ecstatic!

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Miffy’s adventures now penetrate beyond animation and illustrations on a page, she is now a physical character my son loves. The MIFFY 6” Miffy Plush and MIFFY Little Blue Car are carried from room-to-room. They are attached to his hip and are showcased in my son’s personal show and tell productions.

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The MIFFY 6” Miffy Plush is extremely affordable and wonderfully soft. She is the perfectly sized companion to join my son from his car seat to the living room and finally to his bed at night. My son gazes with much affection at the little white bunny and gives her hugs on the regular. Before going to bed at night, he takes Miffy around the house and has every member of the family gets a goodnight kiss from Miffy herself.

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We recently added a scenic roadway rug to our kid’s playroom, and my two-year-old likes to drive his plastic toy cars along the streets and paths. Miffy’s adventures, both big and small, take to the streets on my son’s playroom floor with the MIFFY Little Blue Car figurine set. “Vroom, vroom” (as my son would say) Miffy goes speeding by as my son drives her from the mountains to the coast. Miffy has become a world class travelerwith my kid behind the wheel.

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This new, and exciting Miffy product launch is what this mom, and her son’s, dreams are made of. I am able to reduce his screen time, and give him more playtime with Miffy and her friends. Check out this wonderfully and affordably made toy line, now available at your local Walmart and online >> HERE <<

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Make every day an adventure, be it big or small!

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Make Bedtime an Adventure

My two-year-old recently reached the stage of “I don’t want to go to bed!” and let’s just say, it has been an experience. As he continues to grow, his personality gets bigger and bigger with each passing day. Listen, I appreciate his passion, but boycotting bedtime is not an option.

I’ve tried everything, from rubbing his back, infusing lavender into his room, and reading books over and over again, but nothing seemed to work. I’m constantly catching him on the baby monitor escaping his bed to take a casual lap around his room, throw his stuffed animals out the bed and scream “oh, no! Where are you [insert stuffed animal]?,” or pull out piles of books and take them to his bed.

Honestly folks, I didn’t know what to do, until we got our hands on a copy of Welcome to Miffy’s World. Who would have thought a little white bunny would be the answer to our prayers?

Just like Dick Bruna, who created Miffy to entertain his son and create dreams of adventure, we look to Miffy for inspiration. When we pull out this book my son is locked in. When he hears “in Miffy’s world, everyone works together to make each day an adventure,” he automatically starts saying “again mommy, again!” Since we love Miffy, I start the story over again without hesitation.

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To be so small, Miffy is constantly going on BIG adventures. From field trips with her class to the farm, to visits to the library with her aunt, or discovering new things with Uncle Pilot, there is never a dull moment with Miffy.

All of the fun things Miffy does creates conversations between my son and I. We talk about the journeys we can take in our dreams during bedtime. When he closes his eyes, he too can visit the cheeping chicks at the farm with Miffy. Storytime with Miffy also allows us to talk about the fun things we can do together (with the expectation of going to bed in order to do these things) like going to the zoo, the park, or the swimming pool.

I’m not going to lie, by introducing Miffy into our daytime and nighttime routines, thoughtful conversation between mommy and son, as well as a calming environment, my sweet yet energetic toddler goes to bed with ease.

If you have a toddler who is testing the concept of bedtime, I recommend taking a voyage into a world of imagination and adventure like Miffy and her friends, right before bed!

What is an essential part of your kid’s bedtime routine?

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