Turn Story Time into a Party

Turn Story Time into a Party

by Kathleen Smith 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 Continue Reading

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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Start a Mother's Day Tradition with this Free Printable!

Start a Mother's Day Tradition with this Free Printable!

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz April 30, 2018 0 Comments

We know what moms *really* want for Mother's Day. An extra hour (or two!) of sleep, fresh coffee, and a little something special from the hearts of your little ones. That's why we created this "All About Mom" printable PDF just in time to celebrate all things mom! 

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Our Commitment to Sustainability

Our Commitment to Sustainability

by Kathleen Smith April 17, 2018 0 Comments

Earth Day is like Christmas to those as passionate about the environment as we are. But it's only one day, and we believe in treating EVERY day like Earth Day. This holds true in both our personal and professional lives. When it comes to Smiling Tree Toys, we make every effort to ensure our family's business is as environmentally responsible as possible.

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Family Business LOVE

Family Business LOVE

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz April 04, 2018 0 Comments

Being a small family-owned business ourselves, we actively seek out other similarly based businesses whenever we're shopping for something new. I have found the most adorable things for my kids crafted by parents just like us.

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Tips for Capturing Baby's First Year in Photos

Tips for Capturing Baby's First Year in Photos

by Kathleen Smith March 21, 2018 0 Comments

Baby's First Year is a blur of rapid growth, new milestones, and for parents, sleep deprivation! It's a magical time full of memorable moments you'll treasure forever.  One of our favorite family photographers, Chelsea Frandsen, shares her tips on capturing these special first photos.

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Happy 7th birthday to us!

Happy 7th birthday to us!

by Kathleen Smith March 05, 2018 0 Comments

We can hardly believe it's been 7 years since we opened our Etsy shop with a small collection of originally designed, handmade wooden toys.  We're so incredibly honored and grateful that our family has been able to play a small part in your  family's childhood learning and memories.  To show our appreciation, this week we're celebrating 7 years of business with 7 days of fantastic sales on our keepsake wooden toys!

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Creating a Creative Space for Your Kids

Creating a Creative Space for Your Kids

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz January 31, 2018 0 Comments

Our daughter has shown a huge interest in art this past year. For Christmas, we decided to gift her a creative space of her own to paint, draw, craft...whatever her little heart desires! Complete with some Smiling Tree goodness!

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