How To Minimize Screen Time For Your Children (and you!)

How To Minimize Screen Time For Your Children (and you!)

by Kathleen Smith

Throughout the years, “use in moderation” has been our mantra when it comes to screen time at our house, and *usually* that works out. So here are some practical, doable tips that I hope will help you prevent screen time overload for your little ones, too.

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Seven Easy Ways to Green and Simplify Your Child's Playroom

Seven Easy Ways to Green and Simplify Your Child's Playroom

by Kathleen Smith

Greening and simplifying your child’s playroom can be as easy as choosing the right furniture and emptying the toy box. I’m sharing my best suggestions on how to green and simplify your child’s playroom to promote a healthier environment for your little one.

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How To Politely Request Plastic-Free Toys

How To Politely Request Plastic-Free Toys

by Kathleen Smith

Do you dread the influx of plastic toys and other things that your kiddos receive as gifts on any given occasion? Here’s how to politely request plastic-free toys, including two playful rhymes for birthday and baby shower invites!

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How To Improve Your Baby’s Sleep Without “Crying It Out”

How To Improve Your Baby’s Sleep Without “Crying It Out”

by Guest Collaborator

Want to know the secret recipe for getting your baby to sleep through the night? So does every other mom of a little one. But the truth is; there is no secret formula for babies sleeping through the night. However, there are simple, strategic steps you can take to move in that direction.

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Memory Keepsake Ideas for Busy, Modern-Day Moms

Memory Keepsake Ideas for Busy, Modern-Day Moms

by Kathleen Smith

The most beautiful thing about transforming your memories into something tangible - that will withstand the test of time - is that you’re making or buying beautiful keepsakes what will matter to your family and yourself in the future.
Today on the blog, we're sharing how modern moms can indulge in memory keeping without compromising style or time.

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5 Brands that Crunchy Moms Should Have on Their Baby Registry

5 Brands that Crunchy Moms Should Have on Their Baby Registry

by Kathleen Smith

We’ve compiled a few of our favorite brands for crunchy moms and lovers of simple and natural living. These companies create earth-friendly baby products that will cover many of your newborn needs, and they actually walk their talk.

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Earth Day Every Day: Being Environmentally Responsible As A Green Business

Earth Day Every Day: Being Environmentally Responsible As A Green Business

by Kathleen Smith

As someone who is incredibly passionate about the environment, I believe in a future where we all treat EVERY day like Earth Day. At Smiling Tree Toys, we are a green business who makes every effort to ensure our family's business is as environmentally responsible as possible.

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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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