Best Play Kitchen Accessories for Kids (these make it much more fun)

Best Play Kitchen Accessories: Here are our picks for your kids to have the most fun with their play kitchen. Check them out!

We’ve already written quite a bit about the best wooden play kitchen for kids, but once you have a good play kitchen, the fun has just begun.  Imaginary play is MUCH more fun when you have the right accessories.  So what are the best play kitchen accessories?

We’re not going to lie, there is a LOT out there. Some of it is garbage quality. Some of it is high end – almost as good as the real stuff.  

We decided to look at all varieties, because even if you don’t go with the best (which is typically more expensive), your kids can still have just as much fun with the less expensive, budget quality accessories.

Let’s take a look at what we found.

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Best Wooden Play Kitchen for Kids (they LOVE this one)

Best Wooden Play Kitchen for Kids: We took a look through some of the best wooden play kitchens - check out what we found!

Kids love imaginary play.  Whether it’s playing “house”, driving a racecar, or building a fort, they love anything that seemingly connects them to what they see from adult, in books, or on TV.  Our kids absolutely love their play kitchen, which prompted us to do a little bit of research on the best wooden play kitchen for kids.

Why wooden? Wooden toys have a few key benefits over plastic or metal:

They are more durable and last longer, they are safer for kids, they’re environmentally friendly, and over time, wooden toys are less expensive (because they rarely need to be replaced).

Let’s take a look at what’s out there.

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Nugget Couch Review: Should you get one?

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The Nugget is currently one of the hottest kids’ products on the market.  It appeals to all ages – babies, toddlers, younger and older kids, and even adults.  It became so popular, that it spent most of 2020 sold out.  Every time it would come back in stock it would sell out in seconds (which prompted us to write an article about Nugget couch alternatives).  But we’re here today with our official Nugget couch review.

Personally, we own two Nuggets at home, so we’re prepared to give you both the good and the bad, from first hand experience.  We’ve also been connected with dozens of parents who own the Nugget and have seen how different families use it.

We’ll start with this – the hype is real and it’s there for a good reason. But there are still a few things you should know before deciding to get one.

Let’s get into it.

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7 Super Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Preschoolers in 2021

Here are 7 cute and easy Valentine's Day crafts for preschoolers that they can make for decorations around the house, or give to friends.

It’s that time of year again.  You’ve spent years dealing with Valentine’s Day with your significant other – some people love it, some people feel it’s just a Hallmark holiday excuse for buying cards and flowers.

And then, eventually, your kids enter this world. And they have to do Valentine’s Day too.  

I may be a little cynical at times (hayes, that’s the name of this blog), but I think Valentine’s Day is a fun opportunity for preschoolers and kids in general to do different crafts and start to explore the art of giving and receiving gifts.  It doesn’t need to have a romantic element.

Of course, we’re hot off of the holiday season, so your kids are likely well-versed in the gift receiving department.

With all of that said, we’ve rounded up a bunch of great (and easy) Valentine’s Day crafts for preschoolers that your kids will definitely enjoy.

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Custom Nugget Covers for your Nugget Couch: Where to Find Them

If you're looking beyond standard colors for your Nugget couch, we've tracked down some custom Nugget covers; check out these cool designs!

If you’ve been lucky enough to snag a Nugget couch, you might find yourself wondering about what you can do to enhance your Nugget play experience. We’ve written at length about various Nugget accessories, but what if you want to make some changes to the way your Nugget looks?

The company that makes the Nugget does sell extra cover sets, and as you may know, they have a pretty wide variety of colors.  The problem is, outside of special, limited release cover sets (that typically sell out right away), all of the designs are solid colors. 

They’re nice, no doubt, but if you were looking for a special pattern or a color they don’t have, you’d normally be out of luck.

Fortunately, we’ve done a bit of research and have tracked down some places where you can buy custom Nugget covers that are different from the official standard colors.  (Keep in mind, these are designed and manufactured by third parties, not the Nugget company itself.)

Here’s what we were able to find.

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Best Snakes for Kids to Keep as Pets

Best Snakes for Kids: If you're interested in getting a snake as a pet for your kids, here's everything you need to know!

I read somewhere recently that non-furry pets were becoming more popular again with kids, so I started doing some research around which types of pets are recommended (mostly reptiles).  For this post, I’ve decided to focus on the best snakes for kids to keep as pets, because snakes are often a pretty polarizing reptile. 

Some are poisonous and life-threatening; others are harmless and perfectly fine for a pet(There are actually over 2,500 different species of snakes, which I had no idea about!) 

If you’re considering a snake for a pet, there are a few important things you need to know.  Keep reading, and we’ll cover all of that including which are the best snakes for kids.

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20+ Quiet Activities for Preschoolers (a must have list for parents)

Peace and quiet…something all parents can appreciate.

When you have a preschool-aged child running around, however, those moments are few and far between. Some kids are non-stop until bedtime.

While it’s tempting to sit them down to watch TV or a movie – and don’t get me wrong, that’s a good idea sometimes – it’s nice to find something a little more engaging for them to do.

So, as we usually do, we searched the depths of the internet and found over 20 great, and more importantly, quiet activities for preschoolers.

Check out the full list below!

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9 Healthy Fall Recipes for Kids (that they’ll actually enjoy)

Fall is in the air, and there’s nothing like a cool weather that gets me excited about cooking.  Slow cooker meals, soups, stews, you name it – it’s all good for fall.

With all the junk that comes along with this time of year (Halloween candy, baked goods for the holidays, etc.) it’s good to figure out some meals that are not only healthy but that the whole family, especially the kids, will enjoy.

So, we took a deep dive into all the healthy fall recipes for kids and came up with a good list to share with you.

Let’s go!

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The Best Snoo Alternatives and Knockoffs (more affordable bassinets)

Sleep is precious.  And if your baby isn’t getting it, neither are you.

It’s one of the reasons some people are willing to shell out nearly $1,500 for a bassinet (the Snoo) that supposedly helps your baby sleep better.

I’ve tried the Snoo – we rented it for a month when our 3 month old would only nap in our arms.  It’s impressive in the way that it works, and it’s a stylish looking piece of furniture.  

But ultimately, we returned it for 2 reasons:

1) It was too damn expensive.  Not that we couldn’t afford it, but it didn’t seem worth the money.

2) It didn’t seem to do much for us over other similar (less expensive) options.

With all of that said, I know some parents rave about the Snoo, so I’m not going to say it doesn’t work or that it’s not worth the money.  Lots of parents praise its effectiveness and I know it has helped infants sleep better.

What if we told you there are some good Snoo alternatives that won’t break the bank? 

Granted, you aren’t going to find anything exactly like the Snoo for less money, but there are bassinets out there that work just as well.  

We did the research. Let’s check ’em out.

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8 Kids Homeschool Desk Ideas to Make Remote Learning More Effective

With many of us stuck either homeschooling our kids or putting them in an at-home, remote/virtual learning environment, the home learning space has never been more important.

Today we’re going to tackle kids homeschool desk ideas; after all, this is where the learning happens.  (If you’re looking for an overall room setup, check out the post we did on homeschool room design ideas.)

This post is going to be about everything from ideas about the actual desk to use, to the types of things you can get for your desk to keep it better organized.

Remote learning may never be quite as good as live and face-to-face with a teacher, but we’re doing the best we can!

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