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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Tips for Making Summertime Fun, Organized, and Educational at Home

Tips for Making Summertime Fun, Organized, and Educational at Home

by Kathleen Smith

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

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

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

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 | A Small Brand Collab

Family Business Love | A Small Brand Collab

by Brittany Ryan Mathiowetz

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 Guest Collaborator

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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