Traveling The World With Little Passports-World Edition

What child doesn't love traveling or at least pretend that they are traveling the world?!  I know Roo absolutely LOVES maps and is fascinated with looking at maps to find where she needs to go next!  She enjoys going on treasure hunts and letting her self-made maps lead her to her treasures.  Although sometimes she likes to say, "Let me put it in my GPS and see where we go next!"  So she's a little old-school and a little tech-savvy at the same time! Roo gets a lot of exposure from my sister traveling here to the Bay Area from Hong Kong and sees all her suitcases packed along with a passport.  So when Roo got her very first shipment from Little Passports, she was more than ecstatic to find that she got her own passport, suitcase, boarding pass, map and more! We elected to have the World edition of the Little Passports subscription service so that Roo can learn more about other cultures.  The World edition is actually for kids ages 5-10 years old while their USA edition is geared … [Read more...]

The Christmas Angel Review & Giveaway-Ends 12/15

Wow, I can't believe it's December and I am writing a post that is Christmas related!  Time is flying by too fast.  So for the last 2 years, I have actually been looking into something like the Elf On The Shelf (EOTS), where kids can look forward to finding a surprise in the morning.  However, I never brought myself to make the purchase for one because I didn't like the message/purpose of the EOTS.  I didn't like that the elf was supposed to be Santa's messenger keeping tabs on children and if they were "good" they got gifts and if they were "bad" they didn't get anything.  I wanted Kiggster to behave not for gifts but because she loves and respects us.  Also, I hated thinking that EOTS always seemed to be a naughty elf who was checking up on all the kids but setting a bad example?!  So I was thinking of making the purchase this year but using the doll in my own way. Well, in searching for the right vendor to purchase it from, I came across The Christmas Angel and fell in love! The … [Read more...]

Candy-Free Easter Basket

I am tired of how every holiday seems to be surrounded by candy, especially candy geared towards our little ones.  I am trying hard to not inundate Kiggster with candy or chocolates at every holiday season and do my best to still make them fun and festive for her, as candy-free as possible.  Easter was not going to be an exception so I decided to put together a candy-free Easter basket for her.  I not only wanted to make sure that the basket wascute but also super inexpensive.   I hit up dollar stores, the $1 section in Target, and even Safeway's Easter section while they had a sale and I have to say, I did pretty good.  So good, in fact, everything I got didn't fit inside that little basket I got for Kiggster.  There is a wind up chick and bunny, mini kites, Easter themed stickers, little purse, jewelry inside carrot shaped "eggs," temporary tattoos inside of cute little eggs, flower headband, butterfly headband, bunny ears, bunny ear … [Read more...]

DIY Fuzzy Bunny & Chick Easter Egg Shaker Craft

  So I saw this totally cute Easter Egg craft in the Parents Magazine and knew I had to make a version of it for Kiggster.  It's a Fuzzy Bunny & Chick Easter Egg!  What I didn't want to do was to to use a real egg, which I felt was too much work and too fragile if I used an empty eggshell or too wasteful if I used a hardboiled egg.  I decided to use an old plastic egg instead and since I was using the plastic version, I decided to make them into egg shakers!  I love musical instruments for Kiggster so I thought it was perfect to have an Easter instrument for her that may or may not withstand her rough housing past Spring time!  This craft is great to use up all that left over yarn and scrap pieces of felt laying around the house.  This is also fun to give away to your child's classmates and present them all in an egg carton!   I won't reinvent the wheel so I'm gonna let you watch the video that Parents Magazine … [Read more...]

San Mateo’s Largest Children & Maternity Consignment Sale-March 6-9th

Last year September, I posted about Just Between Friend's (JBF) Fall sale and I scored so many wonderful things from it!  JBF has 2 sales a year, a spring and a fall sale, this year's spring sale will be starting March 6th-9th.  Why try to drive around town looking for good garage sales with no guarantee they will have good quality children's items for sale.  Why not just head to JBF and know there will be tons of good quality children's clothes, toys, furniture, books, and even maternity items.  When I was at the last sale, there were items from newborn through size 14 in kids for both genders!  There was so much to buy and tons of things that I wish I had waited until the JBF sale to buy!  The exact same potty bench that I had for Kiggster at home and spent some pretty pennies on was on sale for less than half what I paid for and it was in excellent condition.  I got a lot of new (yup, even new stuff) items for Kiggster like an … [Read more...]

DIY Upcycled Crayons Tutorial

This project can involve toddlers but would probably be better suited for an older child if you want them taking part in the whole thing. Since I didn't want to give candy as I was sure there would be plenty going around already, I decided to go for homemade crayons, just like the ones I'd seen on Pinterest...oh yeah, Pinterest addict here!  I did end up doing some revisions to the ones I saw online and if you go on pinterest and do a search for recycled crayons, you will pull up a ton of different sources.  I didn't have tiny oven-safe silicone molds and I also could not find them in stores so I had to improvise on the tutorials that I found.  Since this is a project that involved an oven, wax, and melting stuff, I made sure I read all the directions and went the conservative route!  This is what I ended up with and you'll see some * signs for lessons learned after the activity. Supplies: Around 20 broken or unused crayons, I had a mixture of … [Read more...]

Step2 Easy Turn Coupe Giveaway-Ends 3/21

I am very excited to announce this new giveaway for you and your toddler! Kangaroo Mama has teamed up with Little Inspirations to bring you this giveaway where one lucky reader will have the chance to win the new Easy Turn Coupe by Step2. You can read the review on the new Easy Turn Coupe at Little Inspiration. Please make sure and visit Step 2 Facebook Page "I Love Easy Turn Coupe" campaign tab and participate on this promotion. For every comment they receive they will donate $1 to Saving tiny Hearts Society. a Rafflecopter giveaway Contest terms: Step2 will be shipping the prize to the winner. By providing a caption, they will be eligible to receive their own Easy Turn Coupe. The rest of the entries are optional. Odds of winning are based on the numbers of entries. Facebook is no way affiliated with the bloggers or this giveaway in any way. … [Read more...]

Nuby Fish Swoosh Bath Time Play Set Review

I love toys that are gender neutral and are multi-functional.  Nuby's Fish Swoosh Bath Time Play Set is a basketball hoop and bath squirts in one.  Plus the colors can be used for both boys and girls, which is great if you have multiple kids or just want to keep it for more than one child.   The fish swoosh bath toy needed some assembly but only just some clicking and snapping together the hoop to the board and it's ready to go.  The suction cups on the toy are nice and strong, wish I could say the same for other suction cup bath toys we own.  It comes with 3 different colored bath squirt fishes and during bath time we love to name the colors of the fish before we have a water fight with them.  Then we cinch up the drawstring at the bottom of the basketball net and we dunk some fishes.  Ok, I like to cinch up the net but Kiggster likes to free the fishes...she thinks I'm trapping them!  The bath squirts float in the water and … [Read more...]

Nuby: Tub Time Turtle Review

Kiggster loves bath times and that might even be an understatement!  So of course, I am always in a state of searching for the next bath toy for her!  That's where I can introduce you to Nuby's Tub Time Turtle.  The tub time turtle can float on his back, bobble around on his tummy, and when you lift him out of the water, he creates a trickling waterfall effect! Kiggster's been having a great time with him in the bath, Tub Time Turtle has a cute little smile on him and little holes scattered strategically throughout his turtle shell.  So when she first lifted turtle from out of the water and saw the water coming out of the shell into the tub, all she could say was... "Wow!"  She made turtle go from the top of the tub and dive down into the water, made him float, and made him sprinkle water on her!  It's a pretty lightweight toy and has tons of places to put her little hands, whether it's cupping it over the shell, holding it … [Read more...]

2012 Kangaroo Mama’s Holiday Guide and Link-Up

The Holiday Guide is finally here and live!  I am so excited to present to you Kangaroo Mama's 2012 Holiday Guide Magazine!  It's my very first time putting out a magazine and though it was a stressful process figuring out the best programs to use, it was actually very fun being able to do the layout and find the best content for the magazine.  There is a ton of really great ideas in this magazine, not just gift ideas but DIY crafts, recipes, and more to help you this holiday season!  I hope you enjoy it and I would love to hear what you thought about it!   Open publication - Free publishing - More diy crafts If you are having trouble viewing the magazine above, you can also go here to view it.   If you have a Holiday Guide on your blog, please feel free to link up below.  I'd love to check them out and I'm sure others would be interested in seeing more ideas too!

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