7 TIPS FOR SUMMER TRAVEL WITH KIDS 

According to a recent AAA Travel survey referenced in this travelagentcentral.com article, majority of this year’s family vacations would be in the spring and summer. You might have witnessed this trend on a recent vacation, seeing tons of families traveling with a few toddlers in the bunch. The amount of luggage everyone had was unreal. And the faces of the parents, poor things. Some were frantic, others looked exhausted. The kids looked as though they were over it, too. Imagine the amount of preparation that goes into gearing up for such trips.  

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Khiari Mcalpin
Essentials for a Fuss-Free Bedtime Routine  

You can barely keep your eyes open, but your little one shows no signs of slowing down. They know the day is coming to an end and they just aren’t quite finished getting rid of all that energy. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’re certain there’s so many other parents that feel your pain. But what if bedtime didn’t have to be such a hassle? What if your little one looked forward to bedtime? You know we love a good list, so we’ve curated one filled with products and gadgets for you to consider adding to your family’s nighttime routine. They’ll have your little one prepped and ready for optimal decompression and relaxation, and leave you wondering where all this cool stuff was when you were a toddler.

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Essential Oils

Essential oils are all the rage nowadays, because of their natural health benefits and more. Maybe this is your first time ever hearing anything about it. If so, we’re going to discuss a few of the essential oil basics, so you aren’t too lost when the topic arises at your next play-date or mom’s day out.  According to monq.com, “Essential oils are highly concentrated versions of the natural oils found in plants. These oils are extracted from the plants by the process of distillation, which is done by water or steam from the bark, flowers, stems, leaves, and roots of the plant.” 

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Easter Basket Gifting Ideas

Do you remember some of the goodies you received in your Easter basket, as a kid? Maybe you recall the pastel colored goodies and bunny rabbit shaped, chocolate treats. Maybe the toy race cars, bubbles, puzzles or other fun activities were your favorite part. And of course, we can’t forget about the extra treats you walked away with eat Easter egg hunts! Whichever side you fall on, I bet we can all agree that it was exciting to receive special gifts during this time of the year.

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EASING YOUR CHILD'S SEPARATION ANXIETY

We get lots of new faces throughout the year, here at Vinehouse. Though our staff is well-experienced, and we have such a warm and welcoming environment, it doesn’t always put our newest Vinehouse family members at ease. Being in a new environment with new people can take a minute for your child to adjust to. Especially without the familiar face of mom or dad. The crying and fussiness is expected, due to the separation anxiety they’re experiencing, but we have some ways that can help put you and them at ease during this phase. 

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Valentine's Day- Family Style

Undoubtedly, Valentine’s Day takes on a whole new meaning when kiddos come along. But that doesn’t mean it can’t still be exciting! Making it a family affair allots for tons of bonding as you’re able to dedicate time towards creating a deeper connection with your child. It also teaches them, early on, the importance of cherishing loved ones. Surprisingly, there are a lot of ways to do that without chocolate. But let’s be clear, the chocolate stays!


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Toddler-Friendly Christmas Traditions to Start Now 

The Christmas holiday is swiftly approaching and we couldn’t be more excited! Hallmark holiday movies have probably already taken over at least one of your television screens, pretty lights illuminate your neighborhoods and the kiddos are getting anxious with each new gift added under the tree! There’s so much excitement leading up to Christmas Day and a huge part of that are traditions.  

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Five Helpful Apps for Holiday Shopping 

Holiday Shopping might be one of the most challenging things you do all year. There are so many gifts to buy and so many deals to try to keep up with. It can be a lot, and we get it. So, this year, we want to help make your holiday shopping as stress-free as possible. We came up with a list of five useful apps that will hopefully alleviate your holiday shopping woes and bring back the joy and fun you once had doing it. Check out the list below! 

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Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Toddlers

Halloween is swiftly approaching, and it’s safe to say a lot of the good costumes are probably already sold out. But you’ve made plans to take your little one trick or treating, so it’s time to get creative! No need to be intimated, though. Using a few odd items and clothing lying around the house, you could recreate one of the last minute Halloween costume ideas we have listed, below. They’re pretty simple, allowing you all to still join in on the festivities without the stress and unwanted store trip! 

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