the reading nook

I'll be the first to admit, baby showers can be tricky. Even after 4 kids of my own, I still find myself struggling to find the *perfect* shower gift. As a crunchy mom myself, I always tend to lean towards all natural, eco friendly, heirloom quality wooden toys that are sustainable and will last for years.
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As we say a final good-bye to 2021, I thought it was fitting to reflect on what a year it's been. 
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We get it. Christmas shopping can be fun, exciting, and...stressful. But here at Smiling Tree Toys, we mean it when we say we have something for *everyone* on your list, making your holiday shopping a breeze! From newborns who don't need much beyond milk and snuggles, to grandparents who already have everything, we've got you covered. Our keepsake toys and gifts are handmade in our family's woodshop on the Minnesota prairie, so you know you're not only getting beautifully crafted heirlooms, but you're supporting a small family business, too. Read on for our holiday gift suggestions, from our home to yours!
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We're sharing four fall-themed play-based sensory learning activities that your child can do with our wooden Uppercase Alphabet Letters and 10-Piece Numbers Set.
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The beauty of homeschooling is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. It can actually be fun! If you’re new to this whole homeschooling thing, we’ve got you covered with five beginner homeschooling tips.

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Back in April we made an Earth Day commitment to be 100% plastic-free with biodegradable packaging by August 2021… And guess what? We did it 🙌

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We're sharing four simple ways to raise a zero waste baby and embrace a crunchy mama lifestyle with ease.
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We are debuting our ‘Love All’ collection that celebrates race inclusivity, justice and, well, love. These brand new takes on some of our most well-loved keepsakes are everything (and more) that you already love about STT products - sleek, simple, educational, all natural, heirloom quality, and FUN. 
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