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Toys for Imaginative Play | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Your Child's Imagination is the Limit Delicate fairy wings, delightful wooden kitchens, whimsical mobiles and more to spark the imagination of children of many ages. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.     Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy Make bath time fun in a whole new way with this unique ferry boat with cars from Green Toys. All Green Toys are constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs here in the USA so you can feel great about purchasing this item for your little one.   $19... read more

Top 20 Toy Picks for 2013 | Mothering Natural Toy Guide

  Top Picks for 2013 The choice wasn't easy, but we've settled on our very best picks for the 2013 holiday season based on quality, uniqueness and value. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.       YOXObot Orig This is by far one of the coolest toys to hit the market in a long while. Everything you need to create a 17" tall robot, or a seemingly endless array of other inventions, are included in the box. Designed to get kids building in seconds, just pair the... read more

Toys to Splurge On | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Toys to Splurge On Looking for that super special "big" gift that will last for years to come? Here are some great gifts worth spending more on. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.       Bamboletta Doll Bamboletta Dolls are some of the most highly sought after dollies on the market. Unsurpassed in quality and created from 100% natural materials, these sweeties are handmade by a small team of moms and dads with lots of love and attention. Each lovely girl or boy is a completely unique, one of a... read more

Rattles, Teethers and Stackers for Babies and Toddlers | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Shake, Rattle and Roll From natural and organic rattles to fun stackers and cars -- this category is full of gifts perfect for babies and toddlers. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.   Wooden Rainbow Grasping Bead Toy What a fun and colorful grasping toy for little hands! Bright, attractive beads can be rolled around to encourage their developing motor skills and keep them interested. Made from maple with safe, non-toxic stains.   $20 at Nova Natural Read or Share Reviews for This... read more

Arts and Crafts Gifts for Kids | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Get Creative! You'll adore these creative craft kits and art supplies--constructed using the safest and highest quality materials on the market. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.     Pied Piper Pirate Map Craft Kit What child doesn't love the mystery of pirates? Now they can create their very own pirate map with this neat kit that includes everything they'll need, including the wax seal. Once finished, the map can be used for hours of imaginative play.   $22 at Hazelnut Kids. Read or Share... read more

Dolls, Doll Houses and Other Little Friends | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Sweet and Special Friends Snuggle, laugh and play with this delightful selection of dolls, little friends and their fanciful homes. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.       Sweetpea Heavy Doll Filled with 4 pounds of millet and dressed in real newborn baby clothes this unique baby doll is as close as your child will ever get to having their own real baby to love. Any toddler or older child will just adore snuggling up with their little sweetpea. Very well made from all natural materials, these... read more

Special Mentions | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

  Special Mentions These items didn't meet all of our natural material or manufacturing qualifications, but they still deserve some attention for their dedication to eco-packaging, educational quality and/or contributions to non profit work supporting kids. Don't miss the other categories in this year's guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.   Click through on each product to read our full review and discover more about what makes each toy special.    What Makes it Special: Eco-Packaging and a Donation to Free the Children     What Makes it... read more

Healthy Holiday Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

  Enjoy these delightful and wholesome recipes at your next holiday celebration:    Cookie Cutter Cookies Cookie baking is an essential part of the holidays. Here's a wheat-free, egg-free recipe with no refined sugar.    Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie It's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Celiac-sufferers won't have to miss out with this recipe! Holly's Pilgrim Stuffing This delightful dish is a colorful and healthy spin on a Thanksgiving favorite.    French Bean Casserole A... read more

What's the Rush?

By Sheryl Paul   The race to achieve and succeed begins in utero. From the first prenatal appointment, the health provider measures the size of baby and compares him to other babies of similar age. We're then set on a course of measuring and comparing, secretly hoping that our child is within the realm of "normal" or, hopefully, in the lead. The comparisons continue at the starting gates of life with more charts and percentages defining a baby's growth. And the race only intensifies from there.   From learning to sit up, crawl, walk, and talk, the first two years are... read more

The Scars Mommy Hides

           There are so many different mothers and children and so many different situations and lifestyles and choices and preferenes that it is quite difficult to make any generalities about mothering.   What might be right for one wealthy mother with a host of nannies in Beverly Hills is oftentimes different than what is right for the stay at home mom in rural America or the working mom in one of our nation’s cities or the multitudes of mothers across the world in Finland or France or Afghanistan or Zimbabwe.     But the more moms that I talk to, the more two... read more

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