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    23 Ideal Catholic First Communion Gifts

    If you are searching for a Catholic First Communion gift for a special child in your life, you have a great opportunity to impact that child’s faith journey. A perfect First Communion gift will commemorate the very special occasion, help the child practice his or her faith, serve as reminders of the Catholic faith in the child’s daily life, or educate the child about Catholicism. I have put together a list of gift ideas that serve these purposes and will surely be cherished by girls and boys receiving their First Communion. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a…

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    25 Clutter-Free Easter Basket Stuffers for Kids

    If I could go back in time and start parenting again, knowing what I know now, I think one of the changes I would make would be not to let so many toys and so much stuff into our home. I am presently in decluttering mode, and the last thing I want is for our Easter baskets to result in more permanent clutter. If you feel the same as I do, I can help! I’ve put together a list of fun non-candy, clutter-free Easter basket fillers. These Easter basket fillers are “clutter-free” because rather than commandeering more precious space in your home, they either serve a practical purpose or are consumable…

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    25 Sensational Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma

    Mother’s Day offers an opportunity to celebrate all the moms in your life, including your own grandma or your kids’ grandma. Grandmas spend so much of their time lending a helping hand, offering advice, and supporting their grandkids. You’re sure to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift for grandma on this list of personalized items, grandma jewelry, and thoughtful gifts that celebrate what she means to you. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandma These Mother’s Day gifts for grandma are…

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    23 Awesome Artsy Toys That Keep Kids Entertained

    Artsy toys for kids are a lifesaver at my house. Let’s just say I was not born with the “craft” gene. It’s not that I’m not a creative person, but music and writing are my fortes, not making magnificent creations out of coffee filters and clothespins. Personally, aside from lacking raw talent in the crafting arena, I am simply not all that interested in finding a craft project, procuring all the necessary materials, doing the prep work, and demonstrating each step for my kids. I know that this kind of thing fills many a mom’s cup. I’m not one of those moms. I send my kids to school and take…

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    31 Extraordinary Catholic Baby Baptism Gifts

    We have now had four babies baptized in the Catholic Church and are blessed to be godparents to our niece. A Catholic baptism is such a special occasion! Even though babies are usually too young to remember the experience, godparents and other family and friends can give them gifts that will commemorate the experience and help them live and learn their Catholic faith in the years to come. This list of baby baptism gift ideas is perfect for Catholic baptisms, but many of the baptism gifts listed are also suitable for any Christian baptism. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I…

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    27 Perfect Games for Kindergartners to Play (and Learn From)

    Kindergartners are at a perfect age to play games with friends, family, or classmates. Board games, cards, and other fun party games are not only a fun source of social interaction, they also help the kindergartners develop some crucial skills.  Sarah Gorden has been a teacher for ten years, more than half of those teaching either kindergarten or first grade. She says, “Games are a great way for families to practice skills like one-to-one correspondence, counting, turn taking, sharing, number identification, and talking about rules and directions.” In addition, games can help kindergartners work on problem-solving, strategy, communication, and collaboration. This list contains games for kindergartners that I recommend because:…

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    25 Engaging STEM Toys for Toddlers Under 3 Years Old

    It’s never too early to start nurturing science, technology, engineering, and math skills in toddlers. Learning Liftoff shares that an early introduction to STEM can encourage the development of language, communication, and problem-solving skills. They add that it will also set them up for future academic success because they will be able to transfer these skills to other areas of study. Similarly, the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum reports that children are already laying roots for abstract reasoning before they turn one. “These roots,” they say, “must be encouraged through engagement and play in order for inherent tendencies to develop into lifelong STEM thinking skills.”…

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    28 Exciting Gifts for an 8-Year-Old Girl

    Are you getting ready to purchase a gift for an 8-year-old girl for a birthday or holiday? What a fun task! The eldest of my four children is an 8-year-old girl, and I think she is at a really enjoyable age. 8-year-olds are getting more independent and savvy about how the world works, but yet they still love to play, create, and have fun. My daughter just loves rainbows, butterflies, sparkles, fairies, and dressing up — such a whimsical spirit about her! If you’re looking for just the right gift for an 8-year-old, consider these 28 recommendations. Many are items we have in our house and can recommend from experience,…

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    35 Fun and Unique Gifts for One-Year-Olds

    There is a special occasion approaching and you need a gift for a one-year-old, but you don’t want to opt for the standard toys, books, and clothes. If you are looking for something a little different, try these unique gifts for one-year-olds. This list includes ideas that are personalized, practical, sentimental, or out-of-the-box. You are sure to find something that will stand out and make your one-year-old’s day! This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click a link and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. 1. Personalized piggy bank One-year-olds need a place to store all their…

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    The Top 5 Teacher Gift Mistakes to Avoid

    When it’s time to pick out a teacher gift, do you ever have trouble deciding what to give? How do you adequately honor the person who spends hours educating and caring for your child each day? Teachers I have talked to don’t seem to expect anything, and they appreciate any gesture a parent makes to recognize them during Teacher Appreciation Week, the holiday season, or the end of the school year. But when I asked them what they really did and did not want to receive as teacher gifts, they were not shy about speaking up, and certain patterns became very clear! Before you solidify your choices for your next…

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    The Ultimate List of Fourth Baby Gift Ideas Experienced Moms will Love

    Fourth baby gift ideas are not always the easiest to come up with. After all, the experienced mom having a fourth baby probably has everything under control and has all she needs to take care of this next child, right? Wrong. As a recent fourth-time mom, I can tell you that I have needed and appreciated all the support I received from family and friends. Here is a list of fourth baby gift ideas sure to please even the most experienced of moms. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a commission for referring you (at no additional cost…

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    10 Perfect Gifts to Make Life Easier for Mom

    As a mom, I am always looking for ways to make life easier. There is no room for inefficiency when you have to care for four kids, cook meals, keep a house reasonably tidy, work a job or two, and sleep sometimes. I embrace any gifts to make life easier or item I come across that somehow frees up some of my resources to allow me to more easily accomplish all I need to. If you are a mom looking for ideas to put on your own wish list, or you are hoping to pick out gifts to make life easier for a mom, I have put together a list…

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    30+ Practical Gifts for Two-Year-Olds that Parents will Appreciate

    When my kids’ birthdays and Christmas roll around, I try to take charge and create good solid wish lists that I make available to friends and family. These lists include practical items that I know the kid will need throughout the course of the year. Gift-givers often want to pick out the gift that’s going to be the most fun or exciting for the child, and I understand that. But two-year-olds can get just as excited over practical gifts as they do over toys. And if you give a practical gift to a two-year-old, you are likely to make the parents extra happy as well! Here is a list of practical gifts…