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It's such a special moment when a little one in your life is being baptized, dedicated or christened. 

So special, in fact, that it might seem a little overwhelming trying to find the perfect gift.

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I'll be honest; this time of year drags on for me.

It's this weird grey area (sometimes both literally and metaphorically), where it's almost warming up outside, but most days are still quite chilly. School's close to being out, but is still in session. The summer calendar is starting to fill up, but it also feels so fa

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When choosing which toys to place in front of our kids, the options are daunting. 

If you're anything like me, before you swipe the card, press 'complete order' or rip off the price tag on that new toy, you're probably asking yourself a hundred questions.

This month we are honored to be featuring Melissa Ferguson of @melissa.ferguson on Instagram. Melissa shares her journey to becoming a photographer, how she balances work/mom life and what she's hoping for in 2023. 

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A question we often get is "how do we make our [insert product name]".

Have you ever wondered how we make our handmade wooden toys? Here's your chance at a peek inside the process of our best-selling personalized name puzzle – the Smiling Tree Toys Spell Well Name Puzzle! So, in this series we'll show you all the thought, work and craftmanship that goes into our toys; starting with our best-selling, personalized name puzzles; the Spell Well Name Puzzle.

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We've all heard the trendy term "open-ended toys" or "open-ended play", but between diaper changes, mealtimes, school pick up AND drop off, plus all the other mom things we have to accomplish in a day, we've probably forgotten how and why to incorporate this into playtime. 
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