Toddlers are so much fun to shop for and I am excited to share some of my favorite gift ideas for this age group! I tried to keep it simple by including links to three of the most popular stores for kid’s toys: Walmart, Amazon, and Target. I also tried to focus on toys that will last and promote coordination, imagination, and manipulation.
one // TOY MANIPULATIVES // Walmart // Target // Amazon // I love having manipulatives that help teach counting, colors, sorting, etc.!
two // KITCHEN // Walmart // Target // Amazon // Berkeley has this kitchen and loves it! I decorate for the holidays and it is adorable.
The Kitchens below are also adorable!
three // LEARNING TOWER // Walmart // Amazon // Everyone that has a learning tower loves it. Your kiddo can eat standing up, stand and help you make dinner, really the possibilities of what can be done using one of these is endless.
four // BALANCE BIKE // Walmart // Target // Amazon // These bikes are the perfect way to teach your toddler to balance and prepare for the real deal. My three older kids have all learned to ride bikes with balance bikes first. Berkeley is ready to start learning too!
five // MAGNET TILES // Walmart // Target // Amazon // These tiles are fun for toddlers and even your bigger kids. They are so much fun and it’s so cool to see your littles imaginations and engineering skills at work. We’ve had ours for 10 years!
seven //TOY SHOPPING CART // Walmart // Target // Amazon // This is a great gift for all toddlers and they will use it well into their childhood! We have always had a shopping cart in our home where they can pretend to shop, do laps around the house (exercise), or take all of their dolls and stuffed animals for rides.
eight // WOOD TARIN SET // Walmart // Target // Amazon // I’m not sure this one even needs an explanation because what little boy or girl isn’t obsessed with trains at some point? Also, putting the tracks together works on their critical thinking skills and fine motor skills. These also last for so long! My MIL passed down my husband’s old wooden train tracks (we’ve added in some), and we plan to pass them to our son to give to his son one day!
nine // WOOD BUILDING BLOCKS // Walmart // Target // Amazon // Again, I am a big fan of wood toys that last and help kids use their imagination and fine motor skills! B is getting these for Christmas this year.
eleven // MINI TRAMPOLINE / Walmart // Target // Amazon // My kids have all loved having a mini trampoline as toddlers because they can bounce and get all of that energy out, especially in the cold winter month days, when we can’t get outside! It’s fun and they get exercise!
twelve // PAW PATROL ULTIMATE FIRE TRUCK // Walmart // Target // Amazon // You all know how obsessed Berkeley is with Paw patrol and I just think this is a great toy for any toddler. It is fun but also encourages imagination.
I actually want or have everything on this gift guide! Most of it is a little pricey but don’t our MIL’s deserve something nice after raising our wonderful husbands! I will also include some links to similar products at a lower price point. I hope you enjoy shopping and would love to know what items you purchase to give your MIL!
one // Ugg Bathrobe // This is so comfy and cozy. Not to mention great quality!
two // Ugg Slippers // Who doesn’t love a great pair of slippers to wear around the house during the winter months? These are so good! I love these Target slippers, too!
four // Lululemon Align Leggings // The most comfortable pair of leggings and the best quality. Added bonus, they just make everything look good! *I also love these Amazon Dupes that come in a ton of colors. (I have black, olive green, and dark teal)
five // Beautycounter Countertime Regime // BeautyCounter has found a way to make anti-aging skincare safe. This regime uses a plant-derived Retinatural Complex. Countertime is designed to visibly firm, brighten, and plump the skin. This gift is perfect!
six // Allbirds // Such a great pair of comfortable shoes to wear in the winter. They are also machine washable. I LOVE these!
seven // Ember Mug // Because who wants cold coffee or tea? This is a temperature controlled smart mug! I got one for Christmas last year and love it!
eight // Silk Pillowcase // I am a big fan of a silk pillowcase. Not only does it feel nice when you are sleeping but it’s good for your hair and skin.
nine // Barefoot Dreams Cardigan // The best and most comfy cardigans to wear all winter long. This is at the top of my list! I gave one to my mom last year and she wears it all the time! Giving one to my MIL this year (Gigi, don’t read this!)
ten // Beautycounter Rosewood Lip Trio // This trio includes lip gloss, sheer lipstick, and color intense lipstick. I’m not sure who wouldn’t love this gift.
eleven // Pashmina Scarf // I love the look of this scarf. It is elegant and trendy and a great bargain! I wear my tan one all the time!
twelve // Yeti Wine Glasses // What woman doesn’t love a glass of wine? These yeti wine glasses are cute but will also keep your rose or whites nice and cold.
Hi! I’m Becca Brown. I’m 37 years old and live in the suburbs of Georgia, with my husband, Michael, our four kids (10, 9, 6, and two), and two dachshunds. I was an elementary school teacher for nine years before becoming a stay at home mom and then foster momma to 14 kiddos so far, over the past five years. Michael and I have had a heart for adoption since we first met and after three difficult pregnancies and a miscarriage, we thought adoption would be our route to a fourth baby. We started on the journey to learn about adoption options, and this ultimately led us to our journey with foster care. We became a certified foster family in 2013 and have fostered 6 kids long term and another 8 kids through respite in that time. We were also blessed with the best surprise ever when we found out we were pregnant with our little Berkeley, and couldn’t imagine this life without her.
We will continue to follow God’s plan in our journey with foster care and hope that this will one day lead to the adoption of another little boy and our family will be complete. If this journey has taught us anything, it has been to never say never and that God’s plans are way bigger than ours!!! Our work through the past five and a half years has become our mission as a family and that mission has led to our family Bible Verse, Luke 1:37 NIV: “For nothing is impossible with God.” This is how we continue and will continue to love every child we meet through foster care.
I started my Instagram account @Beccabrownliving over three years ago, as a creative outlet to share my hobbies and passions. I love DIY and home décor, so I thought it was fun to share my projects and get inspiration from others. What I did not expect was the community to embrace me so openly and for me to find a place of so much support! My followers and the friends I’ve made through Instagram, inspire me daily and I love this aspect of my life! I have met so many unbelievably talented people and have enjoyed opportunities to collaborate with some really cool brands. I feel like my Instagram community has given me the gift of an identity outside of just my family, a voice to my passions and missions, and confidence to be unapologetically, me.
As I’ve grown, so have my passions and I felt a blog would be the best place to “house” all the things I share and experience! I will share healthy lifestyle tips as a coach for The FASTer Way to Fat Loss, my favorite safer beauty products as a consultant with Beautycounter, affordable fashion, and just my every day struggles and wins as a wife, mother, and woman. I am ready to get sharing ALL THE THINGS!!!
I was interviewed by my friend Rachel @Crateandcottage last year and she wanted to know my top three decor tips. So here they are…
My three décor tips are pretty simple:
Buy or make things that you will love in more than one space in your home. That way, if you want to change things up, you can always move or repurpose the décor you have and not keep spending money.
Learn how to “shop” your home. This goes perfectly with number one. You don’t always have to buy new things to decorate your home. Sometimes, moving something you love from one room to another, is the only change you need! I do this all the time. If I get tired of a chair or a the décor on a shelf in one room, I just rearrange it, or move it to a different room and it breathes new life into that space without costing anything.
Less is More! I’ve gone through all kinds of decorating phases, including sticking way too many things on a table to try to make it look just right. Sometimes, just a few key pieces, can make a space look much better!