Toys: The Best Storytelling Props

Toys: The Best Storytelling Props

by Guest Collaborator October 16, 2018 0 Comments

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Becoming a Minimalist Mom

Becoming a Minimalist Mom

by Guest Collaborator October 07, 2018 0 Comments

It was after a very long winter and losing a close loved one that I started sorting out what is really important to me. My thought process included, “What do I value?” and “What do I want to teach my daughter?” I was in a constant hurry and was sick of dreading yes or no decisions. It was at this point in my life I found minimalism and became a Minimalist Mom.

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The Gift of Slowing Down

The Gift of Slowing Down

by Guest Collaborator September 19, 2018 0 Comments

When we as parents take a moment to stop and ask ourselves why we're dragging our kids from one activity to the next, we are often surprised by the answer. In slowing down we are able to really enjoy the magic in simple everyday moments with our children.

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This is Postpartum by Emmy Thurman on the Smiling Tree Toys Blog

This is Postpartum

by Guest Collaborator September 14, 2018 0 Comments

A lesson in postpartum positivity: Everyone has their own ‘imperfections’ and there’s nothing imperfect about them, they are what makes us unique. They tell a story. Your worth is not measured by the size of your waist. This is postpartum & Y.O.U. are beautiful! Shake what your baby gave you and have a beautiful day!

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NEW Keepsake Blocks!

NEW Keepsake Blocks!

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz September 05, 2018 0 Comments

Smiling Tree Toy's Keepsake blocks continue to be among our best sellers, and for good reason. Handcrafted in our family's wood shop on the Minnesota Prairie, and using only the highest quality sustainable products, these blocks will be treasured by your loved ones for decades to come. 

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Preparing for Back to School

Preparing for Back to School

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz August 15, 2018 0 Comments

It's hard to believe that summer is nearing an end and it's time to go back to school. This year, I'm making it my mission to ensure our new school-year routine goes smoothly and I send the kids off to school with smiles on their faces! Consider it my "New School Year Resolution" :)

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Turn Story Time into a Party

by Guest Collaborator August 06, 2018 0 Comments

In our house, we love to read, so we often take story time to the next level by incorporating something that relates to the book we're reading. This can mean baking a special treat, creating a piece of art, or, in today's case, introducing a special toy while we're paging through a book!

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Birthday Gifts for 1 Year Olds

Birthday Gifts for 1 Year Olds

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz July 29, 2018 0 Comments

A child's first birthday is such an important milestone. I wanted to mark the occasion with meaningful gifts that my son would treasure for many years to come. Here's my list of the best gifts for one year olds.

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NEW from Smiling Tree Toys: HeartFELT™ Push Toys!

NEW from Smiling Tree Toys: HeartFELT™ Push Toys!

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz July 17, 2018 0 Comments

New HeartFELT™ Push Toys featuring 100% real wool felt inlays on our wood toys, handmade and personalized by Smiling Tree Toys!

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Meet Justin (a Father's Day tribute)

Meet Justin (a Father's Day tribute)

by Kathleen Smith June 16, 2018 0 Comments

Happy Father's Day! On this very special day, I (Kathleen) want to give a special shout out to Justin: father of four, husband, my partner in life and business, and the talented woodworker behind Smiling Tree Toys

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tips for making summer time fun, organized, and educational at home

tips for making summer time fun, organized, and educational at home

by Kathleen Smith May 22, 2018 0 Comments

If you're a work-from-home Mom like me, summertime elicits feelings of family fun and R&R along with some serious angst wondering how I'm going to keep up with work while the kids are home. But that's all going to change this year, because I am taking steps to better prepare ourselves. These are my tips from one working mother to another for a fantastic summer for the whole family!

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From One Mama to Another

From One Mama to Another

by Kathleen Smith May 10, 2018 0 Comments

Hey Smiling Tree Mamas, here's to you on Mother's Day! Motherhood may not be all rainbows and lollipops, but it is pretty incredible.  So keep on keepin' on! Keep on TEACHING, keep on GIVING, keep on BELIEVING in your babes, and most importantly, keep on LOVING.  None of us are perfect, but in the eyes of our children, we're pretty darn close.

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