Six Year Old Christmas List

I know it is super EARLY to think about Christmas, but I like to get started on my shopping and so many others in my family. I usually put together a list for Antonio. He personally picks them out and lets me know what he wants from Santa. 

I thought this was a great list so I am sharing it with you in case you need some gift ideas, too. Antonio is six years old and enjoys a variety of toys as you can see. Enjoy and Happy Shopping!

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Best Gifts For a Five-Year-Old Boy

I am LOVING the age that Antonio is at this year. He really understands Christmas and is enjoying shopping online. We have been able to shop together and handpicks his favorite items. 

Of course, when he has put together a list of his favorite ideas, I wanted to share it with my other fellow mamas.

The Best Five-Year-Old Birthday Gifts 

Can we just talk about how my little boy is going to be FIVE!?!! I can not believe that he is going to be five, I mean it flew by. For real. I love being his mom and seeing how he grows every day. 

Each year has brought so much joy and fun times. Each year has been so unique, but I am loving how things are so different now. He is so independent and really enjoys new things. He LOVES Mickey, but he also has other favorite shows now, which is so GREAT! 

He is so curious and interested in so many things, that it makes me so excited to see him developing his personality. We went through Amazon together and handpicked these items that he wants. I thought I would share it since I know how hard it can be shopping for a five-year-old! 


Ravensburger Mickey & Minnie: At The Skate Park 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle 



Ceaco Disney Friends Disney Diner Jigsaw Puzzle, 200 Pieces



toddler Musical Instruments Wooden Percussion Instruments Toy



Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards


USA Toyz Moosh Fluffy Modeling Clay – Soft Foam Non Drying Clay 



MAGTiMES Magnetic Letters and Numbers for Educating Kids in Fun



LEGO DUPLO Disney Mickey’s Vacation House 10889 Toy House Building Set



Delta Children Chair Desk with Storage Bin, Disney Mickey Mouse




Mickey Mouse Disney’s Mickey’s Musical Express Train Set


Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope, Extra-Large Dual Eyepieces, Preschool STEM Toy




Four-year-old autism wins 

The best thing about having an autistic kid is that they have such different goals and milestones than a normal child. It used to bother me when I saw kids his age doing things that he could not do, but now I see things so differently. I am so proud of this boy and how unique he is.

Over the past year, he has made so much progress. I can’t put together in words all of the things that he has done.  I can tell you that there has been so much growth just in the past four to six months. I am so happy whenever I see improvement. 

  1. I love that he makes new noises and tries so hard. He is the hardest working person ever, he gets that from me for sure. He has made new noises such as ‘up’ ‘uh oh’ ‘ah’ ‘oh’ ‘pppp’ and a few other ones. Every time we work on a new noise you can see how hard he tries and how happy he gets when I praise him. 
  2. I love that he shakes his head yes or no. It is the cutest thing ever. We have had to work with him to communicate non verbally for so long that simple things like this can make a difference. It is great to have him understand so that we can communicate quickly and efficiently ie; if he hurts himself, if he’s hungry, etc. 
  3. I love that he likes to clean up now. He literally will make messes just to clean them up, he is something else. I think it is super cute though because he knows how to clean up and does it so well. He gets so happy when he realizes what he has done. 
  4. I love how he notices when something is slightly off or different. If I move the trampoline from the inside to somewhere else he will see the little marks it left in the carpet and he will try to cover them up. If there is a crumb on the floor, he will pick it up and put it in the trash. If I have ANYTHING new on the table or countertops etc he will point to it immediately. His attention to detail is out of this world. 
  5. I love how he can play so well independently as well as with others. It has been so great to see both versions of this. I like that he is so independent but also when others around him can play with them as well. It is still a work in progress to help him understand the word share. 

These are such fun little things that he has done shortly in time. It amazes me to see how he can change in such a short amount of time. Autism has been such a blessing and a joy to see from a mother’s perspective. 



How Music Has Helped My Autistic Son. 

Every day is a challenge with an autistic son but there is so much good to it as well. I have enjoyed seeing so much change and growth in my son over the past few months. It is so interesting to just sit and watch how he observes and plays with things.  I often find myself just memorized. Sometimes I often do think about what life would be like if he was ‘normal.’ What would it be like.. But then I stop myself because I can’t think like that. 

He is who he is and nothing can change that! 

Lately, he has been all about dancing and humming. He hears it or sees it in a movie and wants to do it. It is so interesting, he will watch it and then imitate it all the time! He knows when a song or music is going to start and then hums to it.  I LOVE it. He is showing his true happiness and love for new things. 

But then there is a side of me that is slightly upset because he wants to sing along to the songs,  but can’t. It is the cutest thing ever to see him get so excited and hum right on cue. I often wonder what goes on in his head and what he is thinking that he wishes he could communicate with others. I feel like music is such a great way for him to communicate. 

Whenever I sing a song that he likes he immediately lits up and does the humming or dance that goes with it. I want to continue to grow and work with him on his music, it has been so amazing to see this new side of him. I am looking forward to seeing him continue this excitement and growth. 


Easter Gifts for Toddlers

Easter is such a fun time of year. As Antonio starts to get older, I am loving the holidays more and more. We are at a point where he is loving all different items to play with. These are some of his current favorite toys that would male GREAT Easter Toddler Gifts: 

  1. Nature Friends Lift-a-Flap Boxed Set 4-Pack: Little Red Barn, Little Blue Boat, Little Green Frog, and Little Yellow Bee (Chunky Lift a Flap)
  2. Plastic Egg Shakers, Ehome 12 Pcs Percussion Musical Egg Maracas 
  3. Crayola Non-Toxic White Chalk(12 ct box)and Colored Chalk(12 ct box) Bundle
  4. Baby Touch and Feel: Bunny 
  5. Hapinest Turtle Steps Balance Stepping Stones Obstacle Course Coordination Game 
  6. Disney Minnie Mouse: I’m Ready to Read with Minnie Sound Book – Play-a-Sound – PI Kids 
  7. LEGO DUPLO Minnie’s Birthday Party 10873 Building Blocks (21 Pieces) 
  8. Magnetic Building Blocks Magnetic Tiles Set Toy 
  9. Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Dilly Dally Tootle Turtle Target Game 
  10. Fat Brain Toys 2 in 1 Musical Jump ‘n Toss – 2-in-1 Musical Jump ‘n Toss Active Play
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The Best Easter Basket Gifts

Easter is such a fun time of year. I love decorating eggs, then splitting them open, going on hunts, and of course having gifts. Baskets are super simple, fun, and easy to do. You don’t even need to spend a lot, unless of course you want to.

I have a three and half year old son, and we are to the point where he likes so much fun and different stuff… even chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate?? What are some of your traditions that you are doing this year? Do you keep the same traditions every year?

This year, we are doing things slightly different, but it will still be fun. I am always up for changing things a little and trying new thing, especially as my son gets older.

  1. 48 Pieces Easter Basket Stuffers, Easter Egg Fillers, Easter Eggs Filled Small Toys for Easter Party Favors, Goodie Bag Fillers, Pinata Toys and More  These are perfect if you have a lot of kids to buy for. You can even save for stocking stuffers later in the year. My son loves all of these items.
  2. Count on the Easter Pups! (PAW Patrol)  My son is at a stage where he LOVESS to count, so this is the perfect gift for him.
  3. Ehome Wooden Percussion Musical Egg Easter Maracas Egg Shakers Kids Toys with Assorted Colors. he LOVESSS being able to use his senses and shaking is one of them, so this is so much fun for him too.
  4. Crayola Color Bath Dropz 3.59 Ounce (60 Tablets)  Bathtime is always fun, this makes it even more fun. He loves colors, and seeing how they turn in baths!
  5. Purple Ladybug Novelty Slow Rising Easter Bunny & Friends Jumbo SQUISHIES Pack in Gift Worthy Box: Bunny, Chick, & Easter Basket Kawaii Soft Squishy Toys & Bonus Stickers Come with The Squishys! This is a great sensory item for him when he is over stimulated or stressed.
  6. 6 PCS Easter Eggs Filled with Building Blocks Construction Vehicles Toys to Build Forklift, Crane, Bulldozer, Excavator Car Educational Toys Great as Party Supplies , Easter Basket Fillers for Boys  Of course what boy doesn’t love cars, or trucks? Mine does!!

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Holiday Gifts For Kids Under $30

I like to get practical and fun gifts for kids. I have always been a fan of just practical gifts where kids can learn and explore. I put together practical gifts for you at frugal prices. I hope you can enjoy these great gift ideas.

Here are holiday gifts for kids under $30.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Sweet Manners Tea Set 
Pinkies up! Tea time is extra sweet with the Laugh & Learn Sweet Manners Tea Set and its magical, light-up teapot. As toddlers “pour” out their tea, the spout lights up and plays fun songs, sounds, and more! Press the tea bag button for even more fun songs and lights! And with two tea cups, a sugar bowl, and a tray full of puzzle-play “treats”, this adorable tea set is perfect for sharing a spot of play with a friend—introducing your tiny diner to manners. Plus, the tea set includes three Smart Stages levels with different songs, sounds and phrases, so the learning fun can keep going as your child keeps growing!

PJ Masks Deluxe Figure Set  This PJ Masks action figure will provide children aged 3 years and up with endless entertainment.

LEGO DUPLO Disney Minnie Mouse’s Birthday Party 10873 Little Disney fans will love to help Minnie Mouse celebrate in style with LEGO DUPLO 10873 Minnie’s Birthday Party! Play with them as they drive Minnie in her cute pink car to the party venue, where Figaro the cat is waiting to get the party started. This LEGO DUPLO set is perfect for endless role-play with a birthday celebration theme, and comes with a giant buildable birthday cake plus 2 bricks decorated as presents. Includes a LEGO DUPLO figure: Minnie Mouse, plus a cat figure.
VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press and Race Monster Truck Rally Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! It’s time for the monster truck rally show with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels® Press & Race™ Monster Truck Rally™ by VTech®. Race and jump with Mark, the Press & Race™ monster truck, around the rally tracks and off the launch pads while listening to him play fun phrases, sounds and melodies. Then, have a jump competition by launching off the stunt ramp to encourage creative play and discover cause and effect.

Kinetic Sand – Beach Sand Kingdom Playset with 3lbs of Beach Sand, Build amazing sandcastles anywhere with the Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom! The Beach Sand Kingdom playset includes 3lbs of Kinetic Beach Sand and everything you need to build real sandcastles! Different from the smooth feel of classic Kinetic Sand, Kinetic Beach Sand is made with larger grains of natural sand and feels just like wet beach sand!

My Little Pony Styling Head –  Pinkie Sea Caution is recommended when purchasing this styling head because it includes small parts
Clean this styling head with a damp cloth when dirty
Great for ages 3 years and up
Practice makes perfect and with this styling head from My Little Pony, hairdressers aged 3 years and up can master new techniques.
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set  Your child can rock out and learn with the VTech KidiBeats Drum Set! This drum set for kids comes with a pair of drumsticks that can be used to tap the four different electronic learning drums. Your child can drum freestyle or play along to nine pre-set melodies in a variety of musical styles. Or for more structured play, they can follow the lights on the drums as they learn about letters and numbers. With four ways to play and a variety of fun sounds, your child will love learning to the music with this educational toy!

LeapFrog Tad’s Fridge Phonics Help your baby learn the alphabet and develop word skills with the LeapFrog Tad’s Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set. Plug letters into the base to read out letters or change levels to teach phonics and word skills. These colorful magnets will catch your little one’s attention and as they play and learn, developing their fine motor skills as they learn to fit the letters into the slot in the base.

Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Light-up Learning Vacuum  Clean up time has never been more fun! When your toddler pushes the vacuum along, bright lights and learning songs and phrases will introduce colors, counting, and more. Flip the “power” switch up and actual vacuum sounds let your tiny helper really get into the role play fun!

Melissa & Doug® Match and Roll Shape Sorter – Classic Wooden Toy  This brightly colored wooden shape sorter is an exciting update on a classic toy! Toddlers can drop the dozen-plus vibrant wooden shapes–including a triangle, octagon, star, rectangle, square, trapezoid, hexagon–through the color-matched holes, then roll the drum along, open the lid, and start all over again. An early-learning powerhouse that encourages color and shape recognition, manual dexterity, and more!

Disney Princess Cinderella 14″ Doll For every girl who dreams big, there’s a Princess to show her it’s possible.
In a spectacular story inspired gown and tiara from her Fairy Godmother, Disney Princess Cinderella wishes to go to the ball. Join the story as she dashes home before midnight!

B. toys Beautifloor Alphabet Foam Tiles – 26pc  Brighten up any room in your home and make it more comfortable for wobbly little ones with the Beautifloor Alphabet Floor Mat from B. toys. Interlocking tiles are nice and thick, making even hardwood floors more comfortable if your little one happens to fall as they’re learning to walk. For even more fun, each letter pops out for plenty of learning adventures. A comfy place for all your pals, including A, B and C.


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The Cutest Toddler Boy Outfits

I love being able to find adorable boy outfits. I don’t know about you but if you have boys, I feel like I can’t ever find enough outfits.. that are cute and affordable. So here are some my favorite picks that I know any boy mom will love.

Here are some toddler boy outfits:

Toddler Boys’ Quilted Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt – Cat & Jack™ Gray

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Afton Street Toddler Boys’ Short Sleeve Henley T-Shirt – Green

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Toddler Boys’ Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt – Cat & Jack™ Blue/White

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Genuine Kids® from Oshkosh Toddler Boys’ Plaid Long Sleeve Button-Down Shirt – Blue

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Toddler Boys’ Long Sleeve Henley with Pocket – Cat & Jack™ Turquoise

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Holiday Books For Kids under $20

I really love practical gifts and purchasing items that we can use later… I can’t tell you how many times we have gotten gifts and never use them. Sigh, it’s true. That is why I love books, we can use books forever. They are practical and we really enjoy having them.

  • Llama Llama Jingle Bells  With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

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  • Llama Llama Gives Thanks  In Llama Llama Gives Thanks, it’s Thanksgiving time for Llama Llama and his family! That means yummy foods and autumn leaves and being thankful for everything from pumpkin pies to blue skies. Thanksgiving may only come once year, but in Llama’s family, giving thanks is always here!

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  • Christmas Toddler Coloring Book: Christmas Coloring Book for Children, Ages 1-3, Ages 2-4,  Cute Christmas Coloring Book for Toddler Boys and Girls! Help your little ones celebrate the holidays with this big coloring book that is perfect for little hands. Easy to color designs help to build fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Adorable designs including snowmen, elves, Christmas trees, Santa Claus, angels, presents, toys, stockings, and more! Features: Large 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages Printed on high-quality, pure white paper Printed single-side for no bleed through, easy-to-remove pages Simple yet holiday cute designs for kids to color

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Christmas Color by Number for Kids: Christmas Coloring Activity Book for Kids: A Childrens Holiday Coloring Book with Large Pages  Help reinforce your young child’s learning by challenging them to color-by-number. This activity book combines the fun of coloring with the exciting challenge of coloring in the right spaces. It may be difficult at first, but by the end, your child will be much more adept with coloring!

How to Catch an Elf  “With delightful rhymes, How to Catch an Elf slots itself into place along such classics as “The Night Before Christmas.”―Foreword Reviews You’ve been waiting all year long, and now it’s finally Christmas Eve! Is this the year you’ll finally catch an elf? Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious children’s book from the creators of the New York Times best-seller How to Catch a Leprechaun!

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Elfie the Elf Granny has a bedtime story that her grandkids will never forget. When a little girl befriends an Elf in the north pole, the two learn about friendship, standing up for each other, and achieving your dreams. With a cast of characters including reindeer, elves, and Santa himself, Granny’s story seems larger than life. But is it?

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Sesame Street Elmo Holiday Board Book Set For Kids Toddlers  Set of 3 Sesame Street Elmo Christmas board books for kids and toddlers. Featuring Elmo in “Snowy Day”, “Elmo’s Night Before Christmas” and “C Is For Celebrate.”



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