10 Must Have Toddler Learning Toys

Toddler Learning Toys

These 10 fun and colorful games and toys all develop such important toddler skills as hand eye coordination, small muscle development/fine motor, color and number identification.


1. Hape Numbers and Colors- These chunky numbers are a fun and bright way to introduce numbers and colors to your child. Buy two sets and they can be used for matching colors or numbers. Hide them in sand or rice in a sensory bin for your child to discover.

2. Shape Cube- Remember the simple old shape sorter of the past? These are still a fantastic tool for your child. Giving them a fun way to learn shapes and problem solve as they work to fit them where they go.

3. Stackable Blocks- Hand eye coordination, size differentiating,  fine motor skills and more  are taught through simple play with these stackable blocks.

4. Chunky Puzzles- Puzzles are great fine motor practice  for little hands-  grasping and placing them in the correct spot.  Start with simple 4-6 piece puzzles if your child has not worked with puzzles much yet. Pieces with knobs are the least frustrating for a child to use early on.

5. Fingerpaint- Any kind of finger paint is fun and works their little hands fine motor development. They can be used for practicing colors and for introducing pre-writing skills  This is traditional finger paint but this mess free looks really fun for mom!

6. Building Toys- Even at a young age children can learn so much from LEGO type building toys.  This set is even a pull toy for an added bonus.

7. Crayons- These triangular crayons encourage a proper grip, setting them up for greater success later on. Even when they seem to be just randomly scribbling children are working those little minds.

8.Bath Toys- Learning and development can take place anywhere, even in the tub. My favorite tub toy is a net with fish to catch- it is great for learning colors, hand eye coordination, fine motor, and most of all just fun play!

9. Balls-  Supply them in multiple shapes, sizes, and textures for your child to play.  Balls are fabulous for developing gross motor skills, coordination, and other skills.  A simple playground ball is a must in your yard, add a few others for variety.

10. Board Books

My 5 favorites

Goodnight Moon

Little Blue Truck

Very Hungry Caterpillar

Goodnight Gorilla

ANYTHING by Sandra Boynton

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Heal! Don’t Conceal With Prosacea Medicated Rosacea Gel!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Prosacea for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

For as far back as I can remember, I have suffered from cheeks that were too red. I recall being in 8th or 9th grade and a woman from church telling me I shouldn’t wear so much blush. What she didn’t know was I never once in my life put blush on my cheeks. My skin was always overly red, and at certain times would get even more inflamed. Rosacea is a condition that causes excessive redness on your face, along with bumps, irritation and discomfort. When I was asked by Prosacea® to review their product that helps relieve symptoms, I was excited.


Prosacea® is a dermatologist recommended medicated rosacea gel that is perfect for helping to reduce common symptoms of redness, bumps and irritation. Applying it daily to clean skin can bring about reduction of visible symptoms in those suffering from the skin condition rosacea. While it is a great product that definitely helped reduce my personal redness, it is like any other item in your medicine cabinet – it is something you should only do after reading the instructions thoroughly.

Prosacea Medicated Gel

Prosacea Medicated Rosacea Gel is dermatologist recommended, but is not a prescription mediation or replacement for one. It is a great product used to control rosaceas symptoms.

I have not had a bad outbreak yet this year, but I did notice a noticeable difference in the redness and irritation in my cheeks. While Prosacea® does not cover existing symptoms, it does help to control them from worsening. Their slogan, “Heal, Don’t Conceal” is a great way to look at your own problem with rosacea or any other health issue. Start using this product to help with the redness and irritation that Rosacea causes. Since it is a water-based formulation, it didn’t cause any breakouts or that yucky film or oil on my skin that other products have in the past.

Prosacea Medicated Gel

As someone who wears little to no makeup on a daily basis, it was awesome to find a product that would help to treat my redness without further irritation or outbreak.

I received Prosacea Medicated Rosacea Gel in exchange for my honest review regarding the product on this blog.

Like with everything in your medicine cabinet, please make sure to read and follow all label instructions before using.

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Orange and Ginger Detox Bath Soak

orange and ginger detox soak

At least once a week I like to soak in a hot tub with homemade bath soaks crafted from essential oils, fridge and  pantry items.  This Orange And Ginger Detox Bath Soak is great because I love knowing that the ingredients are not only safe for me but that they have  so many benefits for my body- inside and out.  I pretty much just toss in a little bit of this and a little bit of that based on what I know each ingredient does, to suit my mood, or to match the season. I thought orange and ginger would be a delicious scent for spring and summer but was even more pleased when I realized what benefits they have for your body beyond the Epsom Salt, Baking Soda and Sea Salt detox combination!

orange and ginger detox soakOrange And Ginger Detox Bath Soak

Each ingredient works with the others to provide a fantastic spa like detox bath with a heavenly scent.

  • Orange Essential oil- anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antimicrobial, sedative
  • Ginger-anti- inflammatory, stimulates blood flow, anti aging, acne fighting, tones skin.
  • Epsom salt- detoxifying, relaxes muscles, regulates blood sugar
  • Baking Soda-anti itch, cleansing, soothes rashes
  • Sea salt- enhances circulation, detox, decrease inflammation


1 cup Epsom salts

1/2 cup baking soda

2 Tbsp. kosher sea salt

15 drops orange essential oil

3 tsp. grated ginger (fresh or dried)


Stir all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.

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Transfer to a glass jar with an airtight lid.

Pour contents into a bathtub full of water as warm as you can stand.

Soak for at least 20 minutes to get the most benefit from your bath soak.

orange and ginger bath soak

Many people ask why we always recommend using glass jars to store the bath soaks and scrubs we make here.  This Orange And Ginger Bath Detox Soak is a perfect example of the need for glass versus plastic.  While glass jars should be used with caution in the bathroom, a plastic jar can easily begin breaking down due to the acids in some of the oils used.  It is much safer to simply be very careful as you are using and storing the glass jar, than to have even more yucky chemicals from plastic breaking down due to the oils.

This is one of our favorite fragrance combinations that is perfect for perking up your body and helping you to recharge after a long day.  If you like this combination, check out our other popular foot and body scrubs!

Lemon Lavender Foot Scrub

Sore Muscle Body Scrub

Honey Almond Sugar Scrub

Citrus Basil Body Scrub

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

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7 Sneaky Ways To Feed Your Kids Spinach

We are always looking for ways to sneak in nutritious food in our sons diet, and we have found these 7 Sneaky Ways To Feed Your Kids Spinach that work wonders in our home. While the Wee Child eats fairly healthy, we are always looking for ways that we can get more nutrient dense food into his diet without fuss. Texture issues are a big problem for him (and me), so I work to find ways that he can eat things without the texture overwhelming him. Spinach is one thing he has balked at before, but will gladly eat when mixed in with other things.

7 Sneaky Ways To Feed Your Kids Spinach

7 Sneaky Ways To Feed Your Kids Spinach

Smoothies: This is of course the most widely popular way to include spinach in your kids diet. A bit of frozen fruit, juice, a handful of spinach and even a tad of yogurt are great ways to make smoothies. We have a Tropical Fruit Smoothie and Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie blend that we love, and have found blend wonderfully with a cup of spinach in them.

Fajitas: Spinach wilts beautifully in with the other vegetables and meats you add to fajitas. This is a great way to boost up not only flavor, but color and nutrition in this family favorite meal.

Tacos: Chopped spinach mixed in with lean ground meat and/or refried beans creates an excellent hearty and nutritious taco filling. Kids won’t even notice it’s there. The Wee Child knows we add spinach to these items, and he doesn’t mind at all because it tastes just as good as “regular” tacos!

Spaghetti: Another great well seasoned meal that works wonderfully with a bit of spinach thrown into the mix. Grab the veggie pasta varieties for an extra serving, or simply wilt your spinach in as you add the sauce over noodles or meat. We add chopped spinach to nearly every batch of spaghetti we make and it adds a nice rich flavor that everyone loves.

Lasagna: I have layered spinach into my lasagna on top of the meat sauce and cheese, but you can also blend in with ricotta to create a separate mix layer that everyone will enjoy. Since lasagna is all mixed together anyway, kids usually don’t notice that extra green leaf on their fork.

Salads: If you are lucky, your kids will enjoy eating salads. The Wee Child loves salads, but it’s mostly the dressing he enjoys. To get around the high fat and sugar content of salad dressings, we use spinach with fresh strawberries, chopped nuts and avocado. A light drizzle of oil and vinegar and toss it together. The strawberries add a natural sweetness to the salad. The avocado is a healthy fat that adds the creaminess he expects, and the nuts are crunchy like croutons would be. The oil and vinegar help bring everything together, and it is a salad the Wee Child asks to eat.

Baked Goods: Everyone enjoys zucchini bread, despite it’s base of vegetables. For every cake, brownie or muffin you make, chop and add in spinach to the mix. It won’t make them taste any different, and will provide you with a bit of nutrition that will make up for some of the bad parts of those baked items. If you are cooking from scratch, you can play with various sweetening methods like applesauce, bananas or even pumpkin in place of the more traditional sugars and oils to make it even healthier.

We have really begun focusing on how to introduce nutritious yet delicious food to the Wee Child over the last few years. While he has always been exposed to healthy choices, we want to make sure he is really understanding that healthy doesn’t mean it tastes bad. Yes, we hide some vegetables to mask their flavor a bit, but we are also teaching him that just because you don’t like the first taste of an item, doesn’t mean it will always be unsavory.

Check out our other posts about eating healthy!

Are You Feeding Your Kids Enough Or Too Much?

How To Afford Healthy Foods

25 Delicious Kale Recipes

50 Delicious Asparagus Recipes

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Reduce Depression Symptoms With Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements

This post is part of a sponsored program on behalf of Dr. Tobias Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements.  Regardless of compensation, all thoughts and opinions within are 100% our own.

If you remember, a few weeks ago I posted about a blog review I was chosen to do for Dr. Tobias Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements.   As we are continually trying to improve our health, doing a review of a commonly recommended supplement was right up our alley.  We found out through this review process, that you can Reduce Depression Symptoms With Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements.  Since this was a totally new thing for us, we were excited to learn more about it and to see if my Beau’s mood brightened any.  While we aren’t sure if it is the supplements or circumstances, we can say that he is feeling better all the time.

Fish Oil Supplement

Dr. Tobias presented his Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements to us to test out last month, and we have become more and more impressed with not only the product (check our review), but also the man behind the brand.  As we have read up on his site about the various benefits of Omega-3 Fish Oil we have also learned this is a doctor who isn’t just out to make a quick buck.  He is really interested in the health of those using his product.  While I don’t generally read about the product owners and founders when I buy supplements, I really liked the fact that I can take these supplements without guilt.  I know that the man behind the brand name is actually a great physician who is working hard to improve the health of those who purchase his products.

As we read on the Dr. Tobias Blog – we found out that Omega-s fish oil has been found to help a large percentage of patients with clinical depression to improve their overall mood.  The 1200mg EPA plus 900mg DHS helped to relieve some of the symptoms associated with depression.  Along with the cholesterol benefits we had interest in, it was nice to know it was also beneficial to my Beau’s mood and general mental health.

Since he is nearing the end of the bottle of Fish Oil Supplements he received, we still stand behind our initial impressions.  This supplement does not give off a fishy smell, taste or leave with lingering burps or gas.  For both of us, that was really important considering what other supplements had caused in the past.  Being able to take a supplement that will help lower his genetically high cholesterol and improve his mental health was definitely a bonus for us. email newsletter

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Tobias and his Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements, make sure to check out their website, Twitter or Facebook accounts.  Sign up for their email newsletter to receive 10% off your next purchase on site.

While I was compensated for this post, I only blog about products and companies that I believe in.  All thoughts and opinions within this post are 100% our own.

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