gift ideas Archive

White Christmas Mix: a sweet (& addictive) treat

I’ve been making this recipe … and giving it as a holiday gift … since I was in High School.  It’s come to the point that when I don’t make it in mass quantities to give away

SQUEAK!: Books about Christmas Mice

The one Christmas book that stands out the most in my memory from my own childhood was Santa Mouse, by Michael Brown.   I loved snuggling next to my mom when she read me the story about

Bah Humbug! Books

Sometimes it’s hard to get into the Christmas spirit.  So, for those of you that are having a difficult time mustering up some holiday cheer … remember you aren’t alone. Here are some great examples … Bah

Books about Santa!

I just LOVE that jolly ol’ man in the red suit!  At my house we just can’t wait for him to come visit again … but until then will settle down and read our favorite books about

10 Versions of the Classic Tale: The Night Before Christmas

I think it’s safe to say that one of the most beloved Christmas tales is “The Night Before Christmas” written by Clement Moore.  Here’s a collection of 10 wonderful versions that either use the original text or

Children’s Characters Christmas Books

Most companies that promote products for children have been hip to jumping on the commercial bandwagon of Christmas books for kids for quite some time.  But that doesn’t mean there are some great children’s characters Christmas books

Pumpkin Playdough: A special Halloween treat

As part of the celebration at my daughter’s preschool last year, all of the kids from the entire school go trick-or-treating through the halls.  Parents line the path and pass out NON-FOOD-ITEMS … 100 of them (there’s

“Who’s Like Me?” – A SimplyFun Game Review

Since SimplyFun sent me the game “Who’s Like Me?” to review I’ve been playing it with my own kids and with children I see in play therapy.  It’s a terrific, compact and unique card game where the

Enchanting PlaySilks: Product Review for Sarah’s Silks

One of my favorite memories playing as a child was with a drawer filled with silk scarves that my mom had.  I loved the colors, the patterns, how they felt in my hands, the almost weightless quality.

Simple Personalized Gift (that’s inexpensive too!)

Here’s an easy peasy personalized gift … that’s inexpensive and VERY well received.  It’s a great gift for graduates (especially graduate school students getting extra letters after their name), teachers, kids, moms, … ok, pretty much ANYBODY.

Hatch a Dragon!

I am SO excited that for the THIRD summer in a row we are participating in the Love Books Summer Book Exchange hosted by The Educators’ Spin on It!  It’s become a summer tradition for us!!!  For those who

Creating with Kaleidograph

When Scott from Red Hen, LLC, and co-creator of Kaleidograph, contacted me about collaborating with the company I was very excited.  He and his partner, Norman Brosterman (author of Inventing Kindergarten) are experts on the Froebel method and