Kid’s Gift Guide Ages 2-4

Kid’s Gift Guide Ages 2-4

Hey Everyone,

If you’re the ultimate procrastinator and still have gifts to buy for the holidays or a busy mama like me who dreads going to stores with very energetic toddlers you’ve stumbled upon the perfect post. I’ve made this list of a few items that my boys absolutely love playing with at our house so they all are tried and true! I hope you have the best holiday season! I hope that any gift you give sparks joy in their little hearts. And if you’ve already finished your holiday shopping still stick around and read the post these could be great gift ideas throughout the year too!

1.) Magnetic Tiles: These magnetic tiles we have had to order three more sets. If there is one activity that keeps the boys entertained all day it is these magnetic tiles. They can play with these all day building and knocking down structures. It’s amazing to see how creative their minds can get with the right tools and toys. Great way to teach your toddler their colors!

2.) My Plate Board Game: I found this gem at the Children’s Museum’s gift shop in New York City over the summer and I had hidden it from the boys to open on a rainy day where they would need an exciting activity. We got tons of snow for the past couple of weeks and cabin fever was getting to the boys so we pulled out this board game and played as a family. I think our first board game the four of us played together! This was such a fun game and an amazing concept that taught kids to share, the importance of eating healthy, the different food groups, and best of all it sparked so much excitement for my picky eater to try different foods. So if you struggle with a picky eater, this ones a gem!

3.) Kids Kindle: No matter how much I try its impossible to avoid screen time one hundred percent! Raise your hand if you’re a mama that struggles with this department!! You are not alone, mama!!! I try to avoid giving the kids my phone for multiple reasons but the two main ones are that there’s no parental control and I don’t want the screen to crack. This Kindle Fire for kids with the case is SOLID!! I mean throwing down the stairs solid (note* with the case)! Great for travel too!

4.) LEGO Set: You can never go wrong with these they are the perfect activity. Teaches children patience, great for motor skills (any age), and the process of building and completing a lego project is such a proud feeling of achievement.

5.) Kids Easel: My son got one of these for his birthday and he LOVES it. We practice our writing on here, work on letter recognition and even doodling. It’s a great size and compact so great for small spaces too.

6.) Magnetic Calendar: This calendar is so fun. We have learned to be so observant as we update our calendar everyday. This has been a great activity that has helped teach the kids their days of the week and months of the year. It’s also made them familiar with the seasons and learn to observe the weather. They love it and fight over who gets to switch up the magnets.

7.) Shape Sorting Clock: Although they are still little to be able to tell time I love this clock because it incorporates so much more than just time from colors, shapes, and numbers too. First time Rayyan could identify the numbers 1-10 he showed me on this clock (exciting mommy moment I won’t forget). It keeps my two year old busy for a while too when he gets his hands on it, he’ll sit their and sort out the shapes.

8.) KiwiCo Inc.: I’ve raved about these subscription boxes on my insta-stories if you follow along and they are the best! A personalized box for your child that shows up at your doorstep once a month! A box full of amazing activities based on a theme. This month we had medieval times we created a catapult and castle the kids LOVED! Let me add they enjoyed the catapult more than the castle because they shot pompom’s at their Dad when he got home from work; pretty entertaining if you ask me! haha!

What are some toys your toddlers have loved exploring with? I’d love to know I’m always looking for educational toys/activities especially in the colder seasons when outside time is so limited and the days are shorter!

Christmas at the Mosque

Christmas at the Mosque

This is my favorite time of year for so many reasons I love that the entire town is lit up with holiday lights, the jolly atmosphere, the hallmark and lifetime channel holiday movies, the gift giving, the shopping, the sales, holiday break from schools and work, and mostly amidst it all families are brought together for quality time.

As many of you may already know my family and I do not religiously celebrate Christmas. However we do enjoy partaking in all the festivities from the Christmas tree decor to the holiday music and cheer through the season. In years past some of us would travel to embark on a journey of giving back to places abroad such as Nepal or Pakistan, some years we found ourselves traveling in the sandy beaches of Cancun, and some years we just watched movies and enjoyed the festivities right at home sipping on cider and hot cocoa.

This year by some luck none of us have any travel plans until after Christmas, we will all be in town. Our family decided to host a holiday feast in our local Mosque. This is an Open Table feast for our friends facing challenging times, those to who life has thrown a curve ball, and for those spending this holiday season alone away from friends and family. I am so excited to be spending this Christmas day in the spirit of giving back to those who are in need. We have teamed up with the local restaurants Himalayan Flavor, Puerto Vallarta, and Yellowstone Restaurant and they will be donating meals with the addition of our family bringing home cooked meals as well. What better way to celebrate the holiday than to enjoy a meal with someone in need whether in need of love, company, or simply a warm meal. It’s all about unity and spreading love!

Here is the article in our local newspaper informing the community of the event. For those of you in our little Southeast Idaho community you are welcome to join us. We are in need of volunteers!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas! May your day and evening be spent cuddled and cozied with your loved ones enjoying the traditions of years past and may you make even brighter and beautiful memories on this holiday to cherish for years to come. Happy Holidays!

Target Gift Guide For Her

Target Gift Guide For Her

I’ve been missing for a couple weeks from the blog just trying to figure out how a lot of the linking of products works and toggling through other changes.  But I’m back now, just in time for all the holiday festivities and I’ve come back to you with an awesome small Gift Guide for all the ladies in your life you know the moms, daughters, sisters, sister-in-laws, teachers, co-workers, or even simply for YOU! I’m guilty (hope the hubby doesn’t read this) I ended up purchasing a couple products from this guide myself! The temptation was strong as I was writing up all the descriptions and linking the items to this post.  And what mom leaves Target without buying something?!

Speaking of linking items, this is my first gift guide and as an avid reader of many blogs on the Internet I always loved seeing the gift guides for the holidays that influencers posted but I never realized how much work is put into putting these guides together and linking the items.  I wanted to thank you all for the support by reading along.  Also, if any of the products are of interest simply click the image link in the grid below and purchase the product.  If you purchase the product through the link I’ve provided I get a small credit for putting this all together! And as a new blogger your support would be greatly appreciated, so Thank You!

Target is always such a great option for budget friendly buys from kitchen necessities, clothing, accessories, or tech gadgets. So here goes it… Here is my Gift Guide for Her… I’ve added a brief description on each item.

Gift Guide For Her

Yankee Candle
Pajama Set
Instant Pot
Mittens
Womens Cozy Plush Robe
Hello Gorgeous Mug
Faux Fur Slippers
Beats Wireless Headphones
OTK Boots – Target
Wool Duffel Coat – Target

Yankee Candle-  Coming from a Pakistani family where the smell of the curry pretty much seeps into your jackets, clothes and hair I’ve always been paranoid and invested in good scents for the home and Yankee Candle has never disappointed! It smells so crisp and strong enough to cover the smell of curries so this is your buy if you want to gift a candle

Pajama Set- Gilligan & O’Malley is one of the softest set of loungewear that Target carries.  I basically lived in their loungewear and pajamas when I was expecting.

Instant Pot- This sweet thing has been the talk of the town! Meals are prepped way faster. If you have kids and you have to cook meat don’t spend hours thawing the meat and then cooking it. Pressure cookers were always a concern for my mom so she instilled this fear in us and maybe the fact that one bursted in our kitchen when we were kids probably has a little something to do with my fear of them too! But with toddlers around I need something thats safer and a set-and-go and this is just that! It releases the pressure on its own so no time tracking or any hassle!

Sherpa Mittins- Soft and cute! Perfect stocking stuffers too!

Plush Robe- I’m telling you, you can’t go wrong with Gilligan O’ Malley, this robe is so soft and cozy!

Wool Coat- This wool coat is almost a knock off of the one at JCrew. It’s so cute and I love the red color for this time of year. It’s been selling fast!!

Faux Fur Slippers- Yes, Please! Need I say more, faux fur and slippers!! Get a feel of actually walking on cloud nine with these slippers perfect for gifting!

Hello Gorgeous Mug- This is too cute, who wouldn’t want to wake up to a cup of coffee praising them!

Beats Solo Headphone- These are probably the priciest item on this gift guide. Definitely a splurge but so worth the buy! The sound of music on these headphones takes you to a different level. And if you’re a mom like me sometimes you just need a pair of headphones to block it all out so you can binge watch some TV in peace! Best gift my husband got me!!

OTK Boots- I was a little hesitant to try a pair of OTK boots this fall because I am short and another influencer convinced me its okay to be short you can still pull off the style.  But I didn’t want to invest in a pair that was super pricey just in case I didn’t like the style but these ended up being the nicest OTK Boots ever and oh so comfortable!! They are less than $45 right now!!

I hope this little gift guide helps you in finding the perfect gift for the special lady in your life whether it be your mom, mom-in-law, sister, teacher, grandma, etc. I tried to add variety in cost and in the selection of items. This was my first gift guide so comment below and let me know what you think! What are some things on your holiday list this year? Are gift guides helpful to you?