Book Guide: BIG Kids

We have covered a lot of different kinds of books – catch them all here! But today is all about the bigger kids. That next step in reading to and with your kids when they’re ready for something more substantial and they have one million questions about the world. We always make sure to gift at least one book under the Christmas tree and here’s several we love that we’d recommend for 5 years and up. big-kids-gift-guide

Home – a look into all kinds of places people all over the world call “Home” // Diary of Time Traveler – a peek into 100 of History’s most famous people // Once, an epic adventure for all the letters of the alphabet // Infographic Guide to Literature – digestible snippets to teach about all kinds of writing // Full Speed Ahead – A look into the mechanics of things that go. // MAPS – interesting facts about every region all visually illustrated. // This is the World – snippets of the best places around the globe // World Atlas – Bringing the World to Life

color blocked ornaments

Another day another craft to get our kids through the longest wait of their lives – nine days to Christmas! Nothing we love more than a pop of color, a graphic shape, and a natural material. These colorblocked ornaments are super easy to whip up with kids or without!orn1All you need is painters tape, flat trim from the hardware store, unfinished wood craft circles, a drill bit to drill holes, string to tie and acrylic paint! We taped off all directions to create that graphic look but all are different so they keep your tree interesting. Find circles with pre-cut holes here.Colorblocked Ornaments You can whip up a whole tree full in an hour or so and the kids love to help, of course!Colorblocked Ornaments

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gift guide: bike + helmet

So many of you let us know you were on the hunt for a bike for one or more of your kids this Holiday and here’s what we’re suggesting this holiday. Priority Bikes are relatively new to the scene, with a crazy successful Kickstarter only just last year! Based in NYC you’ll see why we love these:Priority Bikes
Perhaps the best feature of the “Priority Start” bikes for kids are their tires don’t require air. This innovative style is so great for our kids who rarely want to stop to refill those tires, and who haven’t yet learned to avoid things that could cause a leak. We also tested them in a few different types of scenarios, snowy and dry ground and it did great in both!Priority BikesPriority BikesScreen Shot 2015-12-14 at 11.15.07 AMThese bikes are beautiful, light weight, rust-proof and the seat comes with a handle so you can help them as they learn, and easily grab and store when they’re done. This style of bike comes in 4 great colors, too!prioritybikeAnother awesome feature is their 30 day no questions asked return policy. Makes the investment feel a lot less daunting when you have that backing it!Priority Bikes Priority Bikes What is a great bike without the proper helmet? We’ve loved Nutcase helmets since the beginning of time, their options are exactly what we want as parents, and kids think they’re cool too, how often do those stars align? Hayes is wearing an XS in the Little Nutty here and it fits perfectly. Priority BikesHere are some of our favorites from the Little and Baby Nutty lines! Do you have a favorite?

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Living Proof

We were so excited when Living Proof asked us to come in to a salon where their products are carried to put them in the test. Jenna was the lucky girl chosen and of course brought a long her best girl Lolly and a camera to document her experience.livingproof1

We hadn’t heard much about the products before but now we’re hooked. Jenna is more of a naturalist, but she learned from the educated Stylist, Rachel, that when you use GOOD products your hair style lasts longer and is healthier. Two things we busy moms are always looking for! What’s super cool (and mind-blowing) about Living Proof is they’ve literally created a molecule that is incorporated in their products that promotes healthier and fuller volume hair. Pretty insane and you can read more about the science here.livingproof2 Rachel first started out by washing Jenna’s hair with Living Proof’s Restore Shampoo and Conditioner. Going blonde can damage hair so it was the perfect solution to that problem! She also suggested using the Living Proof Hair Mask as a treatment to restore your hair once a week! Next up is this Blowout Styling & Finishing spray which incredibly protects your hair against up to 450 degree heat should your hair style ever require being on fire. 😉livingproof3And because Jenna typically does her hair in waves she wanted to try her blow-out straight so Rachel used Living Proof’s Straight product which acts as another heat protectant and shines up the hair for a perfect straight look.livingproof4Rachel finished up the hair with the Control Hairspray which has a great hold but doesn’t feel sticky or crunchy!livingproof4

We hear you – “How hard is it to have great hair at the salon?” Not hard. So check back next week to see how Jenna is using the products at home to achieve killer results on her own!

Thank you to our sponsor Living Proof for introducing us to your beautiful products and inviting us to participate in the #yourbesthair initiative!

happiest little baker

We couldn’t be more obsessed with today’s feature – Happiest Little Baker is flawless as far as we’re concerned! We had to share this idea as soon as we were introduced because we knew it will make such great holiday gift! For those of you who like giving experiences over things, this is for you!

All you do is sign up for their monthly baking kit and wait for the fun to arrive! They send these darling packages filled with pre-measured ingredients and instructions so all you have to do is pre-heat the oven and get your aprons on!

Happiest Little Baker We love how they’re pre-measured in easy containers, so our kids can actually handle this from start to finish and we don’t even need to worry if too much salt ended up in the bowl.Happiest Little BakerThis month’s kit is so cute – reindeer peanut butter cookies! With chocolate covered pretzel antlers and festive noses. Our boys are super project driven and of course loved every second of this, and even more so that they, and we, could let them confidently be the boss, or head chef. 😉Happiest Little Baker Happiest Little Baker is at the top of our gift giving lists this year, such a fun present that keeps on giving and our kids look forward to all month long!Happiest Little Baker

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