Valentines Day is just around the corner and I don't know about you but I am such a sucker for a sweet treat that day (or any day for that matter!) I always try to make it special for my kids too. I remember my Mom making special treats for us every year and it has always held special memories for me. Our fave lady Chef, Addie Gundry, is back with the easiest and prettiest treat! It's so easy that your kids can even help with the creation!
Tis the season for gifting and so we've gathered some of our very favorite gift ideas for little ones this year to share with you all. Some of these items are on our very own shopping lists if we don't already have them!
1) Craft Box
Made Modern makes so many awesome craft kits but I love this one that leaves it up to the kids to create whatever they want. My kids have had one box for what feels like ages and are still using it to create their masterpieces. Perfect for a rainy or cold day inside.
My children love to help me clean. Why not display this beautiful broom to encourage them to help sweep up crumbs after dinner?
For the insect lover in your life! I'm always looking for new sticker books. I love this one because it teachers children about the bugs and their environments.
I have a soft spot for bonnets and there is no question this little beauty will be making it's way onto the head of my two year old this Winter!
Is anyone as tired and I am of their entire living room being torn apart to create massive forts? This is the perfect solution to create some awesome forts! I love that it glows in the dark as well.
I love the idea of children learning to sit properly and share food and drinks at an early age. I think it makes them feel special and there's nothing more beautiful than a hand painted set to keep for years to come.
While I will admit that my Son loves a great princess dress and tutu for the dance party his big Sister coordinates on a nightly basis, he is often looking for other fun things to dress up. I love the creativity of this fisherman outfit.
8) Bath Buckets
We are on a constant rotation of bath toys in our house because they usually get moldy from sitting in the bath bin and need to be tossed. These bath buckets stay clean and are fun for babies and little kids!
Playing store is a regular occurrence in our house (with children ages 2-6) and I love the look of this cash register. It is both colorful and fun without being obnoxious.
All the Hazel Village dolls are beautifully made and each comes with their own personality to fit each child. There are clothing and accessories that are each more special than the next.
The novelty of the umbrella never gets old. I love this umbrella and possibly pairing with a good set of wellies!?
My daughter had this teether as a baby and it was one of her favorites! I love how sweet it is and the shape made it super easy for her to hold as a young baby.
My children are obsessed with taking photos (there are several people to blame for this, including me.) Why not give them their own cameras to take photos?
I admittedly have an obsession with everything Jellycat. It's the only stuffed animal that will never be tossed/given away in my house. This giant Unicorn is for the child who is unicorn obsessed!
15) Lincoln Logs
I still remember building Lincoln Logs as a kid and I'm so happy they've become popular again. There is nothing more fun than building as a kid and I envision a large log cabin will be built to house many dolls in my future!
We have a subscription to National Geographic Kids and it is one of the most exciting mail days when it comes. We pull out the little cards inside and learn all about that months animals. A subscription would make a wonderful gift to any child + parent who doesn't need any more toys!
For the kids who love to color (who doesn't!?) This giant coloring poster will keep kids of all ages coloring for days.
My Son saw this and wanted it immediately. It's durable and does some added tricks to keep the kids playing with it for hours.
19) Stacking Rocket
To this day my children go back to the stacking toys they've had since they were babies. I love the colors of this stacking rocket. Pretty enough to display!
I am obsessed with these sticker kaleidoscope pages. They are currently a favorite of my six year old. I bring them with me to our meals out at restaurants and when she's done they are the most beautiful pieces of art to display at home.
21) Toy Car
There is no question that most families with little kids have their fair collection of vehicles but I love the look of this one. I imagine this one looking pretty on a shelf in a nursery as well!
This Etsy shop is one of my favorites. I love this Winter loose parts box. It is the perfect mix of activity, textures and treasures for hours of creative play.
23) Wobbel Board
This Wobbel board caught my attention months ago and is currently waiting to be wrapped for a certain little boy. I love how beautiful it is and how many uses it has. I encourage you to visit their website to see the video. It is part balance board, chair, stool or whatever else your little one can imagine.
We're celebrating our two year anniversary this week! It seems like only yesterday that Little Nomad was born when 762 awesome mamas backed our Roam Free play mats on Kickstarter. We raised over $100k in 30 days! Since then, our community has grown to thousands and we were even featured on Shark Tank.
Thank you so much for being a part of the journey. We've been so grateful to find other moms who are just as excited to create an amazing play space for their little nomad without turning their home into a circus.
We wanted to feature a few special supporters from our very earliest days in today's post:
Courtney, Owner of T'Nees was and still is a huge supporter. Not only does she love her LN mat but she has always shared her expertise in the business and is a true example of women bringing up other women. We've loved getting a chance to work with people like Courtney.
Rachel is one of our very first kickstarter backers. She first connected with founder, Elizabeth, through Instagram right before the Kickstarter began. They both had little girls around the same age and they were both named Talia/Taliah, resulting in an instant soul-sister connection. Rachel says
"not only did the play mat immediately grab my attention with the color but the print was gorgeous! When my mat arrived around the holidays before my daughter was one, it was perfect timing - my whole family was in awe at the quality and look of it!"
Another one of of very first backers is Laura. Laura shared with us what made her fall in love with Little Nomad:
"The LN mats were everything I was looking for: it looks like a gorgeous rug, and yet is padded and safe for my kids to play. No one who enters my apartment knows its a foam mat, but rather it looks like a proper, sophisticated rug."
Here at Little Nomad we appreciate each and every customer. We love that we get a chance to be in your homes and a part of making some of your very first memories with your babies. Thank you for continuing to share your stories with us and be a part of our LN Tribe.
But it's not going to stop with just play mats...We understand when your little one is tucked in bed after a full day, you want to relax into a sea of calm - not in an ocean of chaos. Which is why we wanted to do more, and what's inspired our new mission:
"To help you create a beautiful safe play space that’s fun for your little one without cluttering your home."
To this end, we've been carefully selecting fun wooden toys, beautiful decor, and functional-yet-chic storage solutions handpicked from brands that share our values. Our beautiful range of play gyms, toys, and storage baskets have all been tested by us. They all have the Little Nomad stamp of approval for making mama and child happy.
Thank you for helping us celebrate these amazing two years!
The Little Nomad team
- 4 oz. of clear Elmer’s glue - Do not use white Elmer's glue as the glitter will get lost.
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- glitter (I bought mine at Michaels)
- 1 tablespoon saline solution (make sure the ingredient list includes "buffered" saline)
Simply mix all the ingredients together! Add more a few drops of saline solution to thicken the slime if needed.
I used an old jam jar to do the mixing and you could even store it in there. I will say that similar to playdoh or any sort of messy activity, the goo should stay on hard surfaces and should not get into the hands of any little ones who might want to put it into their mouths.
I think the little jars filled with goo would make the cutest party favors! Easy, homemade and fun for all ages!
The back to school transition is one of the hardest times I can think of (for us parents, too!) For some of our little ones, it might be the first year they are staying an entire day and will need to pack a lunch. I'm a huge fan of bento box style lunches these days and we are lucky enough to have a really fun and easy plan of attack for your dinosaur loving kiddo thanks to our go-to Chef and Mama, Addie Gundry. It's almost too cute to eat!
- 1 Handful of Pretzels
- 4 pieces of boiled or Steamed Broccoli
- 1 Hard Boiled Egg (with green spots – using a permanent marker)
- Red Leaf Lettuce (as the bed for the dinosaur sandwiches)
- 4 slices of white sandwich bread (or any bread! I used Texas Toast bread for a thick slice)
- 2 pieces of salami
- 2 pieces of Swiss cheese
- Mayonnaise and mustard (optional)
Container is from a frozen TV dinner. I removed the items and washed the container.
- Place broccoli in one compartment.
- Place hard boiled egg in the center compartment.
- Place pretzels in the third compartment.
- Lay down a bed of lettuce.
- Using a dinosaur cookie cutter (or any fun shape), cut 4 pieces of bread. Place a piece of salami and a piece of cheese in each dinosaur. I used a cookie cutter to slice my salami and Swiss cheese so it would match the cookie cutter. Spread mayonnaise and mustard if desired.