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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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Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved creating and keeping traditions - specifically holiday ones. So, many moons ago (nearly 10 years to be exact), when Justin and I were in the beginning stages of what would become the Smiling Tree Toys you now know, I wanted to keep that love for traditions present in our product line.
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Chelsea Maras, aka @thenerdyboho, shares her approach to play-based learning with handmade wooden toys from Smiling Tree Toys.
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Caring for your little one can be an enjoyable yet truly daunting task—especially if you’re welcoming your first baby. And with the numerous care considerations you have to make, organic and eco-friendly qualifications may *quickly* fly outside the window.
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I'll be the first to admit, baby showers can be tricky. Even after 4 kids of my own, I still find myself struggling to find the *perfect* shower gift. As a crunchy mom myself, I always tend to lean towards all natural, eco friendly, heirloom quality wooden toys that are sustainable and will last for years.
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As we say a final good-bye to 2021, I thought it was fitting to reflect on what a year it's been. 
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