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

This is Postpartum

by Guest Collaborator

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

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

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

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

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 | HeartFELT™ Push Toys

NEW | HeartFELT™ Push Toys

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz

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

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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