I think every year, our Christmas tree experience varied a bit. I remember taking turns selecting ornaments from our family’s collection to hang on the big family tree, or to take to our little personal trees in our bedrooms (how cool was that???). White lights, colorful lights, sparkly twinkling lights… it varied from year to year.


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Ready for a reindeer craft? We headed to Dollar General for inspiration for a holiday craft, and of course the kids played with alllllll of the toys while we were there. And this is what we came


This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. A few days ago, a received a really fun package from Duck Brand® with four different holiday tapes. I don’t know why, but my first thought was to make a


A lot of people I know have a pajama tradition for Christmas. Usually it’s a gift that each child can open on Christmas Eve – brand new exciting pajamas! I think most years my mom made my sisters and me matching pajamas, and I think the handmade-ness of it is kind of special. There’s nothing


I decided to make a few of these little travel coloring clutches for Anneliese and some of her toddler friends. I thought they would be easy to throw into a diaper bag or stroller to take along anywhere you might need a little distraction. A doctor’s appointment or a trip to the DMV or whatever.


This simple-to-make toy is sure to bring lots of “I Spy” scavenger hunting fun. Make yours themed, or make a more general one like mine. I’ll show you step-by-step how to craft your toddler game!


This handmade Matryoshka project took about a week of evening sketching and painting, but the labor of love was well worth it! A little rainbow nesting doll set for my daughter was the result, and I hope she loves playing with it as much as I loved nesting dolls when I was a kid.


handmade gifts for toddlers - rainbow peg people matching game

Here’s another little gift I made for Anneliese. I haven’t really made much of an effort to hide them as I made them, because she’s a year old and doesn’t really “get” Christmas yet, so she has already seen them and has been VERY interested in playing with them. I’m excited to set them up


Inspired by the Land of Nod Crocheted (“I’m a Little Knit Teapot”) Tea Party Set, I decided to make a teapot, cups, and saucers for my daughter.


You know those cinnamon scented pine cones that are always in grocery and craft stores around Thanksgiving and Christmas? I’ve never bought them before. I have no idea why. They smell WONDERFUL. So the first decoration I made involved those, some ribbons in my “theme colors” for this year (and probably several years after this)


I have so many winter/Christmas/Hanukkah/Holiday children’s books, and this tradition will make sure they are all read and enjoyed each year. I’m looking forward to seeing how this tradition evolves, and how my kids become more involved in it as the years go by.



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