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How to Design a Nursery: Dos and Don'ts

When you’re pregnant, you’re told a long list of things you CAN'T do. Don’t eat soft cheese, don’t go in a hot tub, don’t overdo the caffeine... However, decorating your baby’s nursery is one of the things you CAN do in the run-up and I loved every minute of it. Take a moment to arm yourself with these helpful nursery design dos and don'ts, and you'll be ready to hit the stores in no time. Tip 1: Versatility Create a room that grows with your baby. It really pays to plan for a decorating scheme, and the furniture that goes in it, that will last for – or at least need rethinking – five years. This level of planning will help your budget go further...

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5 Montessori Gift Ideas

What Are Montessori Toys? A Montessori toy is one that stimulates learning by encouraging kids to experiment and allow for natural, open-ended learning. It should be a toy that they can hold and touch, as learning to manipulate objects is key in helping children develop their fine motor skills. The toy should also give them the opportunity to work independently at their own pace and use their creativity. As a result, it’s important for you as a parent to look for toys that will help your child learn and grow outside the classroom. Remember to always offer developmentally appropriate playthings: A one-year-old toddler needs very different stimulation from her toys than a 3-year-old toddler. Montessori-friendly toys are typically made of wood and other...

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Ways of spending New Year's Eve with Kids

Traditionally, New Year’s Eve is considered a holiday for grownups. True, midnight is past most kids’ bedtimes, but there are still plenty of fun ways to usher in the new year with children. It is a special time to reflect upon the past year and to think about what changes you may want to make in your life. For us, New Year’s Eve is always family time, filled with sparkling cider, and lots of fun crafts and activities to keep us busy all night long! But if you find yourself stuck for ideas on how to spend this special evening with kids, then we’re here to help. Here are some fun ideas for creating New Year's Eve traditions for families with kids: 1) Play Dress Up  Play dress up with...

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