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Have you heard of ‘calm down bottles’ ? They are a great sensory activity for your child to play with when they need a break, a quiet time or to….calm down! We’ve been using them for a while with the girls – I would say optimal age would be 18 months – 4 years. I […]

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If you’ve been reading The Mama Notes for a while you know we are big fans of the pom pom drop over here! Now that Flora’s a bit older I had to give it a fun seasonal twist for the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday! I’m also sharing some adaptations and ideas for playing with it […]

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Ohhhh, I am SO happy to finally be sharing this post! I’ve been working on these ideas since November and finally manage to get everything photographed and ready to share! If you’re new around here, activity boxes are my favorite thing to put together to entertain my girls while I get work done, clean, cook […]

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My girls had sooo much fun with their play ice cream shop that I had to make a holiday version for them!! This pretend hot cocoa shop could not be easier and we’ve had so much fun with it the last few weeks. While the girls love to set up ‘shop’ they also use the […]

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This sensory play dough activity is so fun for the holiday season or special occasions like birthdays – but really your kids would enjoy it any time of the year and most likely you already have everything you need on hand! We scented the play dough with essential oils to make it smell like sugar […]

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This post is sponsored by Farm Rich™. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow us to create content for you!  One of Piper’s most beloved after school activities is a ‘treasure hunt snack’. Growing up I have the best memories of my mom doing the same for us, and I always feel guilty for not doing them […]

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Ahh! I’m so excited to share the news that the ebook I wrote with my sister is now available for purchase!! We’ve compiled over 20 busy bag activities you can do with your toddlers when you’re out and about. I know that most moms are busy. You want to come up with fun activities to […]

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It’s been SO hot with the heat wave hitting most of the country we’ve been trying to come up with creative activities for inside. Piper had SO much fun with our Ice Cream Shop Sensory Play activity I wanted to give it another spin and had been wanting to try making Moon Sand for a […]

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Guys, tonight I’m hosting my virtual launch party with Usborne Books & More where I recently joined as a consultant. You know I love kids books so it seemed like a no-brainer to add Usborne to my list of affiliates and help promote early literacy at the same time :) So….want to know more? About […]

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My girls had soooo much fun with this sensory ice cream shop play! It was really easy to set up – and while I went a little overboard with the apron and everything you could simplify this and do it in a sensory bin! All you need for this activity is pom poms, an ice […]

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In honor of pride month (which is June) here are 20 books to read to your children or add to your library. I had a hard time searching for books that had characters representing the LGBTQ community but weren’t necessarily about the topic. Just a story where say the main character had two dads. Hopefully I […]

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I made these cute little DIY busy bags for the girls before our spring & summer travel kicked off. I plan on rotating what’s inside them but always keeping them in our diaper bag or my purse when we are on-the-go. I’ve found the key with busy bags is to keep the items inside FRESH! […]

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