Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Ideas

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Gone are the days when New Year's Eve meant going out all night to a flashy, glamorous party, starting your night with a countdown to midnight. But still, New Year's Eve can be a special holiday for you and your family. The beauty of this holiday is it's exactly what you make of it. There are no … [Read more...]



Confetti Carrot Muffins for All Ages (RECIPE)

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'Tis the season for root vegetables, apples, squash and gourds. Here's a recipe that will please all members of your family, even hungry babies.  FAMILY FOOD TIP: Use mini muffin tins for a kid-friendly breakfast or perfect lunchbox-sized snack. Also, try multi-colored carrots if you can find them … [Read more...]

9 Delightful DIY Disney, Dr. Seuss and Sesame Street Character Costumes

DIY Halloween Character Costumes

October is here! Ask any child on the street what that means, and inevitably the answer is "Halloween!!". As the weather grows cooler, the big question looms: The old standbys remain: ghost, vampire, witch, pumpkin. But maybe your child wants something a bit different this year. We thought we'd … [Read more...]

Doing Good Nationally: Louisiana Flooding Outreach

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  Here at Sandvik Publishing, home of Early Moments and Hooked on Phonics it is important to us to find ways to give back to our community. Our community could be defined by the people in the areas surrounding our office headquarters. In reality, we believe our community stretches as far as … [Read more...]

Babies Go Gaga for Baby Einstein’s 20th Anniversary!

Celebrate Baby Einstein's 20th anniversary!

As a parent, you've likely felt that feeling by now. That, "I turned around and my baby grew up faster than I ever imagined" feeling. We're having that feeling on a broad scale this year, as we celebrate our friendship with the amazing Baby Einstein brand as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary. … [Read more...]

Doing Good Locally: Green Chimneys Children’s Garden

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Here at Sandvik Publishing, home of Early Moments and Hooked on Phonics, we love coming to work every day. There's one day, though, that we look forward to more than most, and that's our employee volunteer day at Green Chimneys. What is Green Chimneys? In their words, Green Chimneys is "a … [Read more...]

What do Frozen things do ‘In Summer’? [Olaf’s Song]

In Summer - Olaf's Song

We've heard one trillion renditions of 'Let it Go' from the hit movie, Frozen. Now it's time tp highlight a seasonally appropriate tune by everyone's favorite snowman sidekick. No one has a heart to tell the melty guy the truth about what happens to frozen things in 'In … [Read more...]

And the Educents Giveaway Winners Are…

Educents Giveaway Winner

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Educents May Giveaway contest - we had over 2,300 entries and the ten lucky Giveaway Winners have been selected. Diana Hillary, Lisa Thumma, Tiana Senn, Vanessa Strohmeyer, Amanda Cochrane, Alicia Owen, Julie Cates and … [Read more...]



DIY for Daddy – A Homemade Father’s Day Gift

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Father's Day is just a few days away! We won't judge if you haven't yet squared away what you'll be doing to celebrate the dads in your life.  Instead, we'd love to offer an idea for a sweet, sentimental homemade Father's Day gift that you can create with your little one for any dad (or … [Read more...]

Oh the Places You’ll Go DIY Keepsake

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A while back we posted a sweet idea on Facebook, incorporating one of our absolute favorite Dr. Seuss titles, Oh the Places You'll Go. A super-sweet dad had the adorable idea to use this book as a sort of yearbook for collecting notes from his daughter's teachers throughout the years, and presented … [Read more...]

Letting Go is Good – A Reflection on My First Mother’s Day

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Yesterday my husband sweetly mentioned he had a secret plan for Sunday, and that I was forbidden to check the mail today, as something special was due to arrive —and only then did I realize that this year, for the first time, I too, am the object of the mother (no pun intended) of all Hallmark … [Read more...]

Welcome Baby Book Bug: Our Baby Book Reviewer

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Meet Baby Book Bug, our newest - and littlest, book reviewer. His opinions are solely his, and he won't hold back. As parents and teachers, you know that the books you love to read to your kids are not always the books they'd pull from the bookshelf themselves.  Every child has his or her … [Read more...]

Earth Day Activities Featuring The Lorax

Earth Day Activities with the Lorax

Earth Day is a time to observe more than a holiday we celebrate. Still, there are so many fun things to do on Earth Day with children to introduce them to important issues that relate to our earth and environment, and keeping both protected and healthy. Check out this selection of Earth Day … [Read more...]

11 Surprising Ways to Use Your Local Library

11 Surprising Ways to Use Your Local Library

It’s National Library Week, once again! A national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), it is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support each April. This year, Library week is April 10-16th. In … [Read more...]

Last Minute Easter Activities for Family Fun

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Easter weekend is here, and for many, it means time spent with family, special treats, and traditions. Some parents have been planning activities for weeks—filling Easter baskets and plotting schemes for the antics of the clever Easter bunny who will visit their homes. But if you, like most, don't … [Read more...]