Amazon Weekly Picks- 9 Educational Toys for Kids

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I don’t know about you, but I am in love with Amazon! It is the largest online store that carries everything, including the universe. That’s a joke… it is the universe!

Even before I knew anything about blogging or being an affiliate, I was a huge admirer of the storefront. It became my “go to” search engine for any product I couldn’t find locally- simply because I knew it was on there and I could get it in less than 2 days with Amazon Prime. (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial)

It has almost become an instinctual response to send friends and family to Amazon. I caught myself suggesting a visit to the online store more than a dozen times in one week! The phrase, “Have your tried Amazon?” literally rolled off my tongue as if I were a sales rep looking to sell you my best pitch on why you needed to check it out.

The truth is, the big “A” doesn’t need much coercing or sales pitches to get customers. Everyone knows about it, and pretty much loves it. So, here goes my super sales pitch!

Have you noticed that when you jump on to the site (you know, to find that one item your just need to “order quick” and spend your entire meeting shopping.  True story…) that there is a new thing called Amazon Picks? I accidentally clicked on it the other day and had the commercial happen to me: my head exploded and purple dust came flying out.

There are countless categories to choose from and the picks that are listed are friggin’ awesome! I had so many “favorited” items that I started making lists of categories of my own. And the best part is, the items change every day! Every. Single. Day. 

Needless to say I fell in love with a crap ton of items, and I want to share them with you. 


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Tegu Robo Magnetic Wooden Block Set


Average price: $20

What it promotes: Building and creativity skills.

These blocks are cool because while kids are learning to be creative by building, the magnet allows their creations to loosely “stay put” without having to make sure the blocks fit perfectly together. It gives them room to try different shapes and builds without their pieces falling apart.




Child To Cherish Mini Whale Piggy Bank


Average price: $14

What it promotes: Saving at an early age.

While this little gem is ceramic and not meant to be played with, it’s a cute reminder to start saving.



The Phantom Tollbooth



Average price: $7

What it promotes: Reading, grammar, math, imagination, and adventure.

This timeless classic is more than 50 years old and still gets rave reviews. Although this isn’t meant for a toddler to read, most children read this around 7-10 years old and enjoy it well into adulthood. The book combines imagination with daily tasks to find the wonder in learning.




Umiwe Rechargeable Waterdrop Silicone Night Light

Average price: $14

What it promotes: Safety and security.

What a cute blue blob to wake up to in the middle of the night! I started with a regular night light for Hunter when he was a baby. As he grew he learned that the one nightlight didn’t cover the entire room, and he needed an additional light (a Mickey Mouse one) with a soft glow and a face. Now, if he wakes and needs to come into my room he can see the floor, walls, and furniture and is less nervous upon waking mid- night.




Plan Toys Assorted Fruits and Vegetables


Average price: $27

What it promotes: Imaginary play and fine motor skills

Hunter has a set of these and he loves pretending to cook for me (another skill that is promoted!) I also like that it begins teaching kids that eating healthy and taking the time to make our meals is just as important as what we put into our bodies.




Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark Shark Toss and Catch Net Pool Game With 2 Balls


Average price: $13

What it promotes: Hand-eye coordination and fun!

This game reminds me of the velcro circle pads and ball game that is older than dirt. I think everyone (who had an older brother like me) had that game at some point in their life. I like this toss and catch better as there’s no scratchy velcro and hard tennis-like balls aren’t being whipped at kids to make sure they “stick”. And, these can go in the water for pool play, unlike it’s velcro brother.



Grimm’s Wooden Fraction Circles in Blue


Average price: $65

What it promotes: Basic shape identification and early intro to fractions

Ok, I don’t know about you but I hated fractions. I mean loathed them. And, I’m not sure if I really disliked them because I had such a horrible time learning them and how to use them in math or if they’re threw off my OCD by not being a whole number. Ha!

This cool puzzle introduces children (over 3) to fractions and how to see them with tactile learning. Sometimes it’s best to move them manually instead of trying to do it all in your head. I think I needed this as a kid…



Counting: With lift-flap surprises on every page (The Learning Garden)



Average price: $9

What it promotes: Counting, colors, animal identification

Hunter has been counting to 10 (and beyond) since a very early age, so had this book gone to at least 20 or 30 I would have liked it even more.  With that said, the drawings, lift-the-flap, and object questions like, “What’s this?” from Hunt make this a fun read for kids just learning to count.




Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Activity Set


Average price: $25

What it promotes: Introduction to science, conducting experiments, and logic

I find this science set super cute! What a great way to bring out the little scientist in your kids. The experiments are age appropriate and come with visual directions. I can’t wait to order one for his upcoming birthday! 



As you can see there’s a TON of awesome gifts and miscellaneous things as well as needed items to get on Amazon. Like I said, this is my “go to” store for so many reasons other than 2 day shipping. (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

Do you have a deep love for Amazon? Check back and see my new weekly series of my favorite picks. I may have found something that you’ll love! 🙂



St. Patrick’s Day Lucky 7 Mini Series- Saving Money

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If you do a search- anywhere really- about saving money, a huge list of pages comes up. How do you know what is a good tip and what isn’t? Technically you won’t know what is and isn’t a good tip until you try them out and see for yourself. So with this idea in mind, I wanted the last post of this mini series to be about saving some green.

Everybody wants it, we’re always trying to make it, and “we don’t need any extra money”, said no mother EVER. Here’s my 2 cents (wink, wink) on this post. I researched different wants to save money- in specific niches. Every person who is struggling financially has decided what it is that they need to cut back on. I put together a list of 7 links that I hope will be of use.

Just think, there are so many ways to celebrate this holiday: from the goofy shirts you buy, to bettering your home, and keeping your wallet & bank account full. Sure they’re not all fun per se, but purposeful.  

Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, from our family to yours!




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St. Patrick’s Day Lucky 7 Mini Series- DIY Crafts

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Hunter and I are craft junkies. Ok, I’ll rephrase that- I’m a craft junkie and I’ve roped my almost three year old into liking it too. I loved painting, and building things as a kid. It was something about the creation aspect that I really enjoyed, and I think Hunter has a bit of that in him too.

For Christmas, he received a tool set that he fell in love with. It’s amazing how kids’ minds work. That tool set is multi-functional: it serves as a building set and tools to cut hair. (Please trust me when I warn you that getting your hair stuck in a cheap, battery-operated, plastic drill, doesn’t end well for anyone…)

Needless to say, creating art whether on paper, wood, or hair for that matter, is in our blood. It’s only natural to make a holiday an excuse to go to the store and get products for DIY projects! 

I’ve gathered 7 different links that have multiple DIY craft ideas to choose from. They range from toddler friendly treats, to a sophisticated St. Patty’s party for adults.

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St. Patrick’s Day Lucky 7 Mini Series- Practical Plants

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There is this cool little post from Huffington Post about why we celebrate with green on St. Patrick’s Day. Did you know that the original holiday color was blue instead of green? While I love the color blue and so does Hunter (he tells me all the time that it’s his favorite color), it’s hard to imagine blue as the main St. Patty’s color since we’ve worn green for so long.

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St. Patrick’s Day Lucky 7 Mini Series- One Lucky Dog

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When I post pictures on social media I typically share photos of my family. My fam consists of 3 people in my house: myself, my son, and my dog. Ok, so 2 people and a dog. Hey, it’s not the All American dream, but that is my family. When asked, I tell people I have 2 children- one furry and one human.  I even go so far as to say “my furry, first born”. Yeh, I may love my kids a little too much. Lucky kid and lucky dog. 🙂

So, when I started this series I immediately began picking out fun shirts for Hunter and I to wear. Everyone gets a little festive on this Irish holiday so I made sure that Bear (my “furry, first born”) had some fun with it too. I happened to buy a cute collar for him a few years ago from Old Navy that reads “One Lucky Dog”. Every year for the month of March I bust out his Lucky Dog collar and let him shine in some bright green glory. (Hunter isn’t the only one who I dress super cute!)

I think it’s worth noting that cute clothing isn’t necessary for your pup to be festive.  Showing love doesn’t have to stop at a leash and a collar. Here’s a roundup of some super sweet items that show you care while celebrating the holiday and your “lucky dog”!




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 Lucky Dog Collar  


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