Five ways your child will benefit from playing with dolls ft. Neonate Babies By Distroller USA

Play Is The Highest Form Of Research- Albert Einstein

As a mother, I figured out quickly that play isn't a luxury but a necessity. The easiest way for children to learn in through play. In today's blog, I'll be sharing with you a few benefits of playing with dolls for both boys and girls.

1. Fine-motor skills. By dressing, changing, and feeding their dolls your child will be working on their find-motor skills.

2. Social Skills- while playing with their dolls with other children they are practicing sharing and working together with someone else.

3. Language- children also work on their language and communication skills by playing with their dolls and maybe even another child.

4. Imagination- playing with dolls is a great way to spark children's imaginations as they pretend to play.

5. Responsibility- yes, even your toddler can begin to learn how to be responsible just by pretending to take care of their doll.

We recently received Neonate babies from and I quickly witness all of these benefits almost immediately. My toddler got to work on her fine motor skills as she tried to change her babies diaper. The girls worked together trying to figure out what all the pieces were and asked plenty of questions. The umbilical cord sparked a lot of questions. I remember laughing as my oldest daughter was off the school just the other day and my toddler calls out "I'll babysit your baby for you!" as she climbed out of the car.

For those of you who may not have heard of these cool new dolls, a Neonate Baby is a newborn baby that comes to earth in a space capsule from the planet Neonatopia. The capsule is called the NeoTube Transportation System. Just like human babies, Neonate Babies come in distinct sizes, personalities, and species who have different stages of development. These newborn babies yearn for love and care from human children.

Do the little ones in your life play with dolls? Share with me in the comments below.

disclosure: this product is sponsored but all options are my own.

Conquering Cold & Flu Season and Supporting Teachers with

For many years we went about cold and flu season by dealing with things when, and if, the kids got sick, which is a big mistake. As time went on we realized trying to stay ahead of the germs was key. With one child that has asthma and another with bronchitis, it's extremely important to try to prevent sickness before it even begins. A simple cough can lead to an asthma attack or a flare-up that then requires hospital stays, treatments, and missing even more days of school.  There are many ways to prevent the spreading of germs in order to protect your little ones from getting sick altogether. While these are healthy habits to use all year long making sure we encourage these steps during cold and flu season can make for fewer sick days and more morning kisses. 

1. Wash Hands Frequently: Wash your hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds. Have your little ones sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice to help with timing. 

2. Disinfect Germ Hot Spots:  Use a disinfectant approved to kill cold & flu viruses, like Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, to wipe the surfaces touched most frequently, like doorknobs, light switches, faucets or toys. Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes kill 99.9% of germs including viruses that cause colds and flu and also kill Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella and Strep.

3. Do the Elbow Cough: Cough and sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands to help prevent the spread of germs by touch. 

4. Follow Good Health Guidelines: Eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep to help boost your body’s ability to fight the effects of colds and flu.

Now let's be honest even with taking these steps sick days still happen. I remember when my oldest, King, started school and had his first sick day. What started out as a little cough slowly turned into a full-on flare up. Not only could he not concentrate at school because his cough would not go away but he wasn't getting enough sleep at night, his throat and chest began to hurt, and he was miserable. He ended having to do a few breathing treatments which lead to him missing days of school. Now, if you know King then you know he has autism and with him schedule is key. Back then missing two to three days of school meant another month of trying to get him readjusted to spending his days in school. Since we've started our routine of being proactive and getting ahead of the game for cold and flu season I've noticed that even when they do get sick it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be. We've already experienced our first sick day this year and I am proud to say WE SURVIVED! One big thing for us was making sure all the common areas and toys were disinfected using our Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. Dad and I didn't get sick at all, which is a first, and the littles recovered at record speed. #momwin Now is the time when clean matters because it protects your family from the spread of nasty germs.

I believe it is equally important to make sure our little one's classrooms are also ahead of the game during cold and flu season. Join Clorox in supporting, which allows teachers across America to create projects and request resources students need to enable first moments in their classrooms. To make a donation directly, visit where teachers post requests for materials and experiences to enhance their classrooms. Anyone can choose a project to fund and by donating to a project with The Clorox Company dollar-for-dollar match offer, donors double the impact of their donation. Click here to read more on how you can participate in supporting

Do you remember your little ones first sick day? What sort of things does your family do in order to conquer cold and flu season? Share with us down below in the comments.  

disclosure: this post is sponsored but all thoughts and options are my own 

Da Bratt Pack Top Three Favorite Christmas Gifts

Christmas is hands down my favorite holiday so now that I'm a mom I truly enjoy making it magical for the kids. We don't really have a number of gifts each kid gets or a set budget to be completely honest. My mom likes to be sure the kids have an even number of gifts while I focus on simply getting them what they REALLY want. The reason why I put emphasis on really is that during the holidays' my kids can get distracted by the repeated commercials they see every day. I find them asking for things that I know they won't even look at within a week. 

To avoid this I pay close attention to what they are interested in all year long (even though this came change at any moment) and what I find they want/ need throughout the year. I also ask them to write their Christmas list a few months ahead of time. So far this has worked out amazingly for us. They always seem to get what they want and we as parents don't feel like we have wasted our money. 

Below I will be sharing each of our children's top gift this year.

While Kingston had fewer gifts he actually got everything he asked for this year. The number one gift on his list is, of course, his Nintendo Switch. I kind of wished we would have let him open that one last because his poor Mario remote control cart hasn't even been taken out of the box yet. 😂

For Aya, who loves to be active, the Aero scooter with matching helmet she received from Flybar has been her go-to gift. Lightweight and easy to handle she loves that she can pull it out the garage all by herself and zoom off without having to wait for me or dad to help. 

Grandma gifted Lennox a carriage power wheel equipped with a horse and all. The excitement on her face when she laid eyes on that one was priceless. She can now keep up with the big kids effortlessly as she cruises down the street in her horse lead carriage.  

Aya wanted me to be sure to add that they love all of their gifts and are all very thankful but these are just their top TOP favorite gifts. 

while this post is sponsored by flybar all options are my own.