Today I want to talk toys and gifts. Not adult toys (sorry!) but children’s toys. I’ve mentioned my love for giving gifts, but when Christmas comes around and my sons start writing out their extensive lists of toys, video games and more……I want to pull my hair out; I would love nothing more than to get them every single thing their little heart desires – what mother doesn’t? What kind of mother would I be if I didn’t also acknowledge everything wrong with spoiling my children by handing them everything on a silver platter?! I have a new motto (which my children moaned and groaned about.)
Simple Rule for Toy Gifts:
That being said, my kids hardly need anything – we already give them everything they need on a regular basis. Of course they want everything. Books – well, I’ve spoiled my kids with books (how can I refuse my kids all the books in the world?!) I grew up reading; my mother used to get so frustrated with me because when she called lights out each night, I would just hit up the bathroom for light to keep reading whatever book held my attention at the time. I’m a huge advocate for reading and books in general, so if my sons asked for two hundred things to read – done! Christmas is the one time of year I cave and break my no-licensed-character rule, and finally accept the fact that my oldest son is a traitor of all sorts – whether it’s his MU sweatshirt or his K-State backpack, why for the love of all that is holy can’t he be a Rock-Chalk-Jayhawk?! Christmas is also the perfect time for new pjs (this year I’m considering footed onesies, I mean come on – they are so stinking adorable and hilarious!) and slippers.
But this year I am treating myself – to toys even I can enjoy. I will admit I’m a bit of a Nazi when it comes to arts & crafts for kids. Soft, squishy, brightly colored dough stays in the kitchen under my supervision (sometimes for up to two hours!) and when playtime is over, everyone is dismissed and clean up every last speck of those potentially carpet-ruining tubs of endless fun.
I scored this caddy on sale a few years ago, and it’s been the most loved, highly appreciated toy in my home (it’s the biggest hit with girls, who can play with that dough for hours!) I knew I had to add these fun tools I found at Ross Dress for Less, and let’s face it – I need to re-stock on those tubs of dough due to drying out, color mixing and general mayhem.
A special thanks to Ross Dress for Less for sponsoring my playdate with toys – don’t forget to enter the giveaway happening on their facebook page this week (you could win a $200 gift card!)