Don’t miss out on this deal from Amazon – 50% off on select Melissa and Doug Toys

I know it is not the deal of the week time – but Melissa and Doug toys have made my kids favorite list most of the time, so couldn’t resist sharing this deal:

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Gym, Travel Crib or Activity Center : My thoughts and Experience

When I was setting up my baby registry – I always wondered what should I buy – Is travel crib required? Will my baby play with the Gym or will she like the Activity center…. Before I go deeper into my experiences – let me clarify a little bit – all three are completely different and in a perfect world you will get all three and use them… I always wanted to get a travel crib or a playpan so I can move it around where ever I am – but my husband never saw the use of it… And I am glad that I did not get it. You can get a travel crib to use while you are going to be travelling if you are travelling a lot that is…. most of the hotels provide a crib upon request but you always question if you should go that route or not… But I was not thinking of buying it for that reason – I just wanted something where my little one can play while I do some other work…. And travel crib is not for that, play pan may be but that to only if your kid does not mind staying in there while he/she is awake… I don’t think either of my girls would have stayed in and played in a play pan or crib while they were awake… Both my kids were very different – my older one used to love playing in the Gym or in the activity center – my little one liked the gym for a bit but she never stayed in the activity center…. Both of them were very active and would not enjoy being confined in one place…

Even being very active when my older one used to enjoy being in the Gym or activity center – I used to think, if you get the kids in the habit of playing with Gym or Activity center early on they will always enjoy it!! Oh boy! How wrong was I! My little one never warmed up to the idea of Activity center… and the Gym to she only played only until she wasn’t able to move around… My older one on the other hand loved playing in both… Regardless of how old she was….When I got my Gym out for my little one to play with – my older one was the one playing with it more than my little one….

So here are my observations:

1. Don’t get travel crib or play pan thinking your kids will enjoy it, wait until you can assess their personality – see if they will enjoy playing on their own in that space or not,

2. Gym and Activity centers are for 2 different age group – you can never go wrong with the Gym as they will for sure enjoy it while they are little.

3. Activity Center – again depends on their personality. My little one loved playing with the activity center toys from outside, but for that you just need different toys that can make noise and light up – no need for an activity center!!

If you have done your homework and are ready to invest in any one of the above – Amazon Gold box has some extra ordinary deals for that.

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Best Deal of the Week – Are you ready for Cyber Monday

Best deal of the week comes from Amazon.com – A special Cyber Monday deal just for today: 50% off on select Hasbro Toys!!

Access the deal HERE.

One additional deal this week: Another great Cyber Monday deal for the young photographers – 60% off on select digital cameras for kids.

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Happy Thanksgiving Every one!!

I asked my older daughter who is 5 what are the 3 things she is thankful for and here is her reply:

1. I am thankful for my whole family specially my sister.

2. I am thankful for my house and the purple walls in my room.

3. I am thankful for all my friends.

It was great to see how fast she could come up with the list and how excited she was to talk about it… :)

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

And here are the 3 things I am thankful for this year:

1. I am thankful for the bond my two girls have with each other it is an amazing feeling seeing them doing almost everything together!!

2. I am thankful for great friends – specially my husband who is the biggest friend, philosopher and guide for me….

3. I am thankful for some great opportunities opening up for me….sometimes things just happen without trying!!!

Please share what you are thankful for this thanksgiving and don’t forget to spread the word and the joy… the official holiday season is starting and for me it literally is the “most wonderful time” of the year!!! I love the happiness all around, the christmas trees the decoration and the kids lining up to give Santa their list…. it is all so beautiful and fulfilling….!!

Have your kids made the list already or you are still looking for some options. Don’t forget to check out our best gift ideas section HERE.

 

Best deal of the week –

Best deal of the week – continuing in the spirit of Holiday shopping, we will be highlighting great black Friday Week Deals from Amazon. Today’s pick,

Shop great deals on dolls, action figures, games, preschool toys and gifts for boys and girls. – Black Friday Deals Week: Big Savings, No Waiting….Hurry up as gifts are selling fast and even wait list is getting full:

Friday Humor – Eating out with/without kids :)

Friday humor, eating out with and without kids

Coutsey: nickmom

funny mom

Eating out with kids is always different kind of fun!!

And while we are on subject of eating, stay away from the drama off cooking or eating out this Thanksgiving, relax and just order in!! If you haven’t ordered your dinner yet and all restaurants are already booked it is still not late to order it on amazon:

 

What ever happened to the pure park fun!!

I am not sure if this is true for every one or not, but in our case – this has happened. When my older one was little we used to go to the park very often. We had visited all the parks around our area, and had our favorite thing to do at each park!! But as my older one started the pre-school and TK, she also started activities – like ballet, swimming, ice skating and that just meant reduced number of park visits!! Fair you will think – as she might not be interested in going to the park anyways…. or so you would think! But wait I do have a little one who is a perfect age for park and a month or so ago I realized, we can count on our fingers how many times she has been to the park! Well she had been to the park almost the same number of times as she had been to the theme park!! Which of course were very few!! So one of the weekend, I asked my husband to make sure that they get a visit to park!! Thank god for living in SoCal – parks are still accessible.

park fun

Look at those smiles!! Park is awesome!!

And guess what, that was one of the best days for the girls!! The pure joy of running around, trying different things – when we used to go with my older one she would have things like monkey bar that she would try but won’t be able to finish and with each new visit she would get bette… Ah what sense of pride she used to get from that… I don’t want my little one to miss out on that… I know it is extremely difficult with all the added classes and work schedule to put park on the list but I do want to make sure that is still available for them!! It is the no agenda fun!

I don’t know how many of you see the park visits the way I do, but for me it is the kids’ fantasy land. I have seen my daughter and her friends pretending they are pirates and are trying to get the treasure, or they are super heroes and are trying to save the treasure… they build their own obstacle course with monkey bars and tight rope walking…. They set their own limits and push them selves through it… It is pure fun for them – they build, they conquer and they progress on their own terms…. And when they achieve a goal they had been working on for so long – they get an amazing pride – I still remember my older one’s expression when she went through the monkey bar all by her self the first time. Or when she could do the tight rope walking or came down the pole all by her self…..she was beyond happy… as if she knew if she can do this…. she can do anything!! I want my little one to experience same sense of accomplishment and pride!! So here is to squeezing at least one park visit a week!!

Don’t forget to let me know, what does a park visit mean to your toddler, preschooler or even older kid!! At this age even I enjoy coming down a twisty slide or taking a big jump on the swing!!

 

$1 Books on Amazon for kids

We usually don’t do deals on Friday but this is very relevant!! I am sure every one has books on their Holiday shopping list and here is a great way to get them! If you are planning for a christmas party at the pre school or gifts for kids at the school – don’t forget to order these $1 books – they make a great gift and amazon has a fabulous collection for all ages!! Don’t forget this deal is only till November 23rd!!

Check out the deal here:

$1 Books

And don’t forget to check their Black Friday deals: