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Amber Passey, owner of Because Babies Grow Up.Thanks for joining me today on our quest to bring out the creativity in our little ones. You can find arts & crafts, music and activities, or books and literacy activities.

#SmellsClean for the Win

I partnered with the #SmellsClean campaign in the fall and have so enjoyed my experience. The quality and pleasantness of the air in our home was never a high priority for me. I loved going into friends' or neighbors' homes and being greeted by fresh air and sweet scents, but I didn't really know how to transform my home into that environment. Last week my sister-in-law was visiting. She's 8 months pregnant and has a 2 year old daughter. I consider her to be rather on top of it when it comes … [Continue reading...]

Adventure Outside the Checklist by Alisha Gaddis

We're planning a family trip to NYC for Spring Break. As I'm pouring over travel guides, maps, and museum reviews, I remembered this gem first published in Growing Up Magazine last year. Thanks to the lovely Alisha Gaddis of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, I'm excited to bring you her epic adventure taking their daughter to NYC for the first time. Also, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band has a campaign on Indiegogo right now where you can help fund their next album, Adelante! They are the … [Continue reading...]

Four New Board Books by Jim Benton

Move over Sandra Boynton, Jim Benton is bringing his own take on adorable board books for the 1-3 crowd. You may know Jim Benton as the author and illustrator of the Dear Dumb Diary series. Or maybe you know Franny K Stein and her antics. After these successful books for elementary age children, Jim Benton released four new board books through Scholastic in January. As Scott and I read these books through together for the first time we were both in a fit of giggles. At the end of almost … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Poems for Kids

We are now in full Christmas festivities around here. Our bedtime songs are all Christmas ones and most of the books we're reading are Christmas or winter themed. I love this time of year because despite the crafts we do all year long, we seem extra crafty in December. Over the top of all these activities, are the rhymes and fingerplays about Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees and snowmen that make us giggle and collapse in snuggles on the couch. Seriously, it's the best! Christmas Poems for … [Continue reading...]

Two Turtle Doves Craft and Ornament

I'm joining up with a few other bloggers to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Yesterday we kicked off with a fun Partridge in a Pear Tree ornament and snack from Silly Sparkles. Today I'm sharing a cute Two Turtle Doves craft and ornament. Tomorrow you can head to Learning and Exploring Through Play for a fun project with 3 French Hens. Two Turtle Doves Craft Inspired by these sweet birds that popped up in my Pinterest feed, we set out to make two turtle doves out of simple shapes. After … [Continue reading...]