Building a Bookshelf Gallery Wall: Inspire your little reader with an interactive floating library!

Building a Bookshelf Gallery Wall: Inspire your little reader with an interactive floating library!

by Guest Collaborator

When creating my sons' nursery, I knew that I wanted the room to epitomize three things: curiosity, tranquility, and joy. So, I thought to myself, what is the ONE thing I want to utilize through his childhood that can produce such feelings? The answer: books.

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Who's with us for the National Day of Unplugging?!

Who's with us for the National Day of Unplugging?!

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz

This Friday, March 1 is the National Day of Unplugging. So join me in turning your phone off, hiding the iPad from the kiddos, and instead of watching a movie for family fun night, enjoy a board game, charades, or a new book with your popcorn. 

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A Simple Switch from disposable plastic to reusable stainless steel staws

A Simple Stainless Steel Switch

by Guest Collaborator

In the spirit of introducing impactful changes into our families with minimum effort to positively effect the environment, we are ditching disposable plastic straws and opting for reusable stainless steel instead! It's a super easy practice to adopt, with great impact on the environment!

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Smiling Tree Toys Top Moments of 2018

Smiling Tree Toy's Top Moments of 2018

by Kathleen Smith

Wow, 2018 was a remarkable year for Smiling Tree Toys and the Smith Family too! Join us as we take a look back on our top moments from 2018.

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Becoming greener in 2019 with MightyFix by MightyNest

Being Greener in 2019: The Easy Way!

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz

With Christmas behind us, it's time to turn our focus on our goals for the New Year. Our New Year's Resolution is to make our home greener in 2019. One way we are achieving that is with the help of a MightyFix subscription, which is a monthly service that sends us a green product we can easily implement in our home.

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Smiling Tree Toys Holiday Gift Guide

Smiling Tree Toys Holiday Gift Guide

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz

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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Shop Small, Feel Great!  Meet the faces behind the toys

Shop Small, Feel Great! Meet the faces behind the toys

by Kathleen Smith

When you shop small and support Smiling Tree, a lot of good things happen!  Discover the WHO and WHAT your purchase supports, and join us in creating a community of compassionate caregivers who believe that simple, well made toys are timeless treasures for priceless childhood memories.

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Smiling Tree Toys is hosting a giveaway with The Book of Everyone this week!

GIVEAWAY | The Book of Everyone

by Guest Collaborator

At Smiling Tree Toys, we love discovering brands with values that match ours. That's why we are so excited to partner with The Book of Everyone this week!

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NEW | Photography Prop Baby Age Blocks

NEW | Photography Prop Baby Age Blocks

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz

One of my favorite things as a mother is to look back on how my babies changed their first year of life. For my youngest child, I used Smiling Tree Toy's Photography Prop Age Blocks to take photos each month and I absolutely love them!

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wooden love bug car | Smiling Tree Toys

Toys: The Best Storytelling Props

by Guest Collaborator

Do you remember playing with toys as a child? Do you remember telling stories with the toys? Stories without toys are still incredible, but toys add a bit more. Here's why your child's stories will blossom and evolve when adding toys!

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Becoming a Minimalist Mom

Becoming a Minimalist Mom

by Guest Collaborator

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

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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