15 winning toys for toddlers

There's nothing worse than collecting piles and piles of expensive toys that your kid never has any interest in playing with. Sometimes the beautiful, handmade toys we love just aren't a hit with our children. And other times we spend big bucks on the flashiest, most obnoxious toys and they go untouched for months!

Hence, we decided to come up with a sure-fire list of toys for kids...starting with the most hard to please of the bunch: toddlers! Read on for a round-up of toys both boys and girls will love.

1. Doctor's kit Toddlers are really starting to get their imagination going, and this doctor kit facilitates that. Plus, it's a great break for you as you lay on the couch to get your checkup. :-)
2. Tegu magnetic blocks set These blocks are one of those toys that are both beautiful for adults to appreciate and entertaining for kids. They are well worth the cost and so genius - no block tumbling disasters on the road, airplane, church bench, etc!

3. Little Tikes slide For when kids need to get some energy out, we love this slide perfect for the littlest kids in the family. Keep it in the house in the winter months and your kids will love you for it!
4. I Spy books Story time can get boring real quick when the kids want to read the same book over and over, but luckily the "I Spy" books break up the monotony. Perfect for object recognition, vocabulary building, etc.

5.  Magna-tiles Like Tegu blocks, these magnetic pieces are perfect for travel and really bring out the imagination of your child. You can't go wrong with Magna-tiles!

6. Shopping cart After blowing through a few cheap plastic shopping carts/strollers, we say this more aesthetically pleasing cart by Melissa and Doug is a worthy investment. Your kids will love that it looks like the real deal, too!
7. Bath dropz We're always looking for ways to kick things up a notch at bath time, and these color drops fit the bill. Kids love watching the water turn colors and picking out the drops for the nightly bath.
8. Play kitchen Every kid loves to pretend cook, and this one is pretty enough to keep in your own kitchen so the kiddos can cook alongside you.
9. Little People farm We love all the Little People series, and this farm set is especially cute for animal-obsessed toddlers. Practice animal sounds and watch them play for a good 30 mins — a.k.a. eternity in toddler time.
10. Play-Doh kit Oh, Play-Doh. We love the time you buy us when we need to get things done, but hate the messes you make. Hence, we love the Play-Doh fun factory kit for keeping the messes isolated to Play-Doh friendly tools (no more smashing the dough into the Barbie house!). Bring it to the table for special occasions and your toddler will be in heaven.
11. Basketball hoop The perfect size for tiny tots, this basketball hoop will help kids hone their fine motor skills and get a head start on their NBA dreams.
12. Plasma car We often sell these cars as a deal on PS, and they are always a smash hit! These cars aren't just for toddlers — they'll seriously entertain your kids for a good ten years or more!

7 Mother's Day gifts to warm any mom's heart

As much as we love homemade gifts from our sweet kids and extremely practical household items from well-intentioned husbands, we must say that Mother's Day gifts could really often be a whole lot better.

Hence, we've rounded up our favorite gifts currently featured on PS, perfect for gifting to your own mother, friend, mother-in-law, or really any lady in your life! Husbands, we hope you're taking note too!

1. Skinny band name rings. Add the names of all your kids in these amazing stackable rings, or customize any other way you like. You can add up to 8 characters, set of initials, or a single date. $15 per ring.

2. Double circle love necklace. Comes in your choice of two colors and two sizes, perfect to customize for any style. $11.99

3. Mother's Day tumbler. These 16 oz. BPA-free double wall-insulated acrylic tumblers are personalized with the name of your mother or grandmother...because we all know you can never have 
too many ways to feed your Diet Coke addiction! $11

4. "Thanks for helping me grow" stamped vintage spoon. This gift is truly unique and is the perfect accompaniment to a bouquet of flowers - plus, it will last much longer than any rose or tulip! $8.99

5. Mother's Day coffee mugs. Personalize with up to eight names of children or grandchildren. Perfect for the mom who always has her morning cup of jo.

6. Lucky mom keychain. This Hand stamped key chain includes silver round and up to 4 pennies. You can choose the year of penny and name you want stamped. We have penny dates from 1940-2016. $9.99

7. Mama Bear tee. Because who doesn't want to show their mama bear pride? This tee is printed on a super soft American Apparel tee. $20

The most efficient baby gear list you'll ever read

We have seen a LOT of baby gear guides out there for new mothers, ranging from completely excessive to bare-bones minimalism. Of course, every guide is subject to personal opinion, but with our motherhood experience we think we've honed in on a pretty amazing list.

It's budget-friendly but long-lasting. It's simple, but doesn't skimp on anything you need to have the happiest baby on the block. (And happiest momma, of course!) Read on for our ultimate baby gear guide.

1. Ergo 360 carrier with infant insert. As a tired momma with things to get done, you will be praising the heavens for this beautiful invention, and if you're anything like us, you'll be wearing it all day/every day. We love the Ergo 360 with the infant insert because it can be worn from baby's birth through toddler years and baby can face inward or outward. No need to buy multiple, difficult wraps!

2. Graco 2-in-1 Glider and Bassinet. Another gadget that gives you more bang for your buck, the glider and bassinet is perfect for putting by your bedside to put baby down at night, as well as moving it into the living area for baby to swing in during the day. It's definitely the most compact and quiet swing we've ever tried, and it plugs into the wall (no need to worry about expensive batteries!)

3. Medela Pump In Style Breast pump. Ah, the notorious breast pump. It can be a nightmare or a beautiful blessing, depending on which one you go for. And we think it's a unanimous statement that Medela is the best brand out there by a long shot!

4. Britax B Agile Travel System. Buying extra parts to make sure your car seat goes along with your stroller can be a hassle, but the Britax travel system makes it hassle-free. We love the stroller and car seat for both being super lightweight and easy to pop in and out of the car. The stroller opens with one hand at the push of a button!

5. Dr. Brown's Wide Neck Bottles. Colicky, gassy babies are every moms worst fear, but Dr. Brown's bottles help prevent any problems with that. Their bottles minimize bubbles in milk and slow the flow so that baby's stomach is more settled after eating. And the wide neck is perfect for formula-fed babies: no messy formula spills!

6. Pacifiers: Here's one area where we recommend NOT listening to any recommendations. Stocking up on pacifiers before the baby comes is probably a mistake. We say you start with one pacifier, see how your baby likes it, and continue buying different brands until you find the right fit. Most babies are very particular about the one they'll go for, so no need to waste money buying loads of them that your baby won't even use!

7. Swaddle blankets. This is another area where we think waiting it out to see what is best for your baby is the best advice we could give! Both moms and babes have opinions about what swaddle style is best, so pick one or two to try before you go wild! We recommend Little Unicorn or Aden + Anais for muslin swaddle fans, SwaddleMe brand for Velcro styles or Carter's brand for classic blankets.

8. Gerber onesies. It's hard to believe, but newborns really do grow SO fast, we say hold off on the cute clothes until your baby is at least three months. No matter what time of year it is, most newborns spend all day wrapped in a blanket anyway, so white onesies will get the job done perfectly. And there's just something about those fresh onesies that is so sweet!

9. Diapers and wipes: Last but not least, we give our take on the never-ending diaper debate! Pampers, Huggies, Luvs, cloth diapering...really, it's another area that is more of a personal preference. Try out every brand and go with the one that leads to the least amount of blow-outs. It'll be worth the money, even if you go with a more expensive brand!

And there you have it! We declare all other baby gear items to be non-essential...or something you can wait on after your baby has grown a bit.

Mighty Hero Mckenzie!

Meet our April Mighty Hero Mckenzie. What a beauty!

McKenzie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on September 25, 2015. She will be undergoing treatment until 2018.
She had join paint, bruises started popping up all over her body and she was extremely tired.

She's so strong and such a fighter. She also has a great attitude. She understands she is sick and can't attend school and gymnastics, etc like her friends, and she has gracefully accepted that. 

This beautiful 4 year old loves to ride her bike and play with her pet bunny, Hershey. She also enjoys coloring, going to the playground, playing dress-up, having her toe nails painted, singing and dancing, and playing with friends.

Mckenzie said her 6 year old brother Sawyer is her hero. You Mckenzie are brave and inspirational and are our HERO!

Her sweet smile and laugh helps us get through the tough times. The support of family and friends has been truly amazing and we could not go through this journey without them. Also, our faith keeps us going.

Every penny donated will go to Mckenzie and her family. Click here to donate www.psiadoreyou.com 
Mckenzie you are so strong and we are sending all our love and prayers! You got this pretty girl! STAY STRONG! 

6 spring styles to copy now

As much as we love layers in the cold season, there's nothing like shedding them at the first sign of spring! We are pumped about these spring styles that allow us to walk out the door without being bundled to the max. Read on for more spring wardrobe inspiration:

1. Lace-up flats: These are definitely the must-have shoe of spring. Every time we see them in a shop they are sold-out in record time! We adore the elegant look that is a fun twist on ballerina shoes.
Via The Weekender

2. Overalls: Elementary school days are back in the best way possible. Overalls are a fun alternative to jeans and we are all about them this year!

Via Free People Blog

3. Jumpsuits: Despite the struggle that comes when you've gotta run to the bathroom...jumpsuits are totally amazing to rock this spring! Full-length or short, floral or denim — we like pretty much every option our there.
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4. Clogs, clogs, and more clogs! They're a comfortable, practical way to wear heels and add a funky twist to any outfit. 

5. Mom jeans: We'll admit that this trend is more for the daring, but we're welcoming it with open arms. The high waist and slightly baggier fit make it a refreshing change from dark skinny jeans of the past.
Via A Gentle Woman

6. Floral maxi dresses. Floral has been a chart-topping trend for several years now, and we aren't complaining one bit! This year, floral maxi dresses are all over the place and perfect for channeling your inner boho goddess.
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10 perfect dinners to deliver to a friend

Whenever someone has a baby or has some other need, food is a great way to show love and support. But despite good intentions of friends, they may end up with a fridge full of lasagna and wishing for some other meal to switch it up a little.

To avoid lasagna takeover, we've come up with a list of slightly less common meals that are still crowd-pleasing and easy to transport. Wins all around! Read on for our ideas:

1. Chicken pot pie

Comforting, crowd-pleasing and easy on the budget, chicken pot pie is a guaranteed winner for anyone in need. We love the idea of using a puff pastry crust to make it even easier!

2. Enchiladas

Who doesn't love Mexican food? Pork, chicken, beef or vegetarian — enchiladas can be made in a convenient casserole dish and totally customized for any diet.

3. Calzones

Calzones are a fun idea that most people would never think to make when they deliver dinner, but they're easy, affordable and can even be frozen for the family to pop in the oven later on.

4. Beef stew

It's a Sunday dinner classic perfect for any night of the week. Throw it in the crock pot in the morning, unplug and take the whole pot over to your friend that night.

5. Homemade mac and cheese

An alternative to lasagna, homemade macaroni and cheese is a pasta dish that's equally comforting but not as common. You can sneak in some veggies for a healthy twist or use unique cheeses to make it more gourmet.

6. Copycat Cafe Rio (or Chipotle) salads

Here in our home state of Utah we get cravings for Cafe Rio on the regular, but if you haven't had the pleasure of trying this Utah hot spot, Chipotle is a close comparison. It's relatively healthy, versatile and always a good way to win over a crowd.

7. Quiche

Quiche is about as convenient as it gets for delivering dinner. If you throw in a side salad and loaf of French bread you've got a complete meal that can be vegetarian or not.

8. Chicken salad sandwiches

We think of chicken salad sandwiches as a classic baby shower or chick food — but it makes a great light dinner that can be used as leftovers for days afterward.

9. Soup and homemade bread

If you're delivering dinner in the winter months, soup is a go-to meal that has SO many options. We love chili, zuppa toscana or potato cheese for a meal to please all ages.

10. Beef and broccoli with rice

This takeout favorite can be easily made at home and will definitely be a nice change of pace from the typical meals your friends will probably be receiving other nights of the week.

8 children's brands you should know

If there's anything we love more than shopping for ourselves, it's shopping for our mini-me's. Everything is cuter in pint-size, and children's clothes and accessories are no exception!

While we love Baby Gap as much as the next gal, at PS we are always on the hunt for small businesses we can support. Here is a roundup of some of our favorites!

1. Solly Baby Wraps

Made of super breathable, stretchy and high-end fabric, the Solly Baby wrap is a must-have for the first year of your babe's life!

2. Zuzii footwear

We love baby moccasins, but the next step is lace-up oxfords. These ones are high-quality, comfortable for small fit and come in tons of adorable colors and patterns.

3. Roxy Marj

We adore this artist and think everything she touches turns to gold. From her prints to her baby accessories, a few Roxy Marj items will turn every moment into something totally Instagram-worthy.

4. Milkmaid Goods

Milkmaid makes darling nursing covers and swaddle wraps that are just as functional as they are stylish. Win-win!

5. June and January

When it comes to baby basics, June and January is your go-to company. They have great onesies, head wraps, baby loungewear and more.

Merrilee Liddiard is a creative genius! We love her Etsy shop as well as her book "Playful," which is full of creative projects to fill snow days and keep your kiddos having fun — even away from the screen.

The Twig Co makes eco-friendly toys that allow their imagination to run wild — and look chic at the same time. No obnoxious sounds or tacky cartoon characters in sight here.

Etsy is just swimming with darling clothing lines, and Kutikati is no exception. Their clothes come in organic, trendy fabrics you and your babe will love.