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BEST pool toys for toddlers and kids

Clever moms KNOW the BEST pool toys for toddlers and kids!

Here are the pools toys that keep bringing smiles to our kids and survived the wear and tear of pool play!

Just click on each graphic to learn more and find it on Amazon  – ’cause you know you have an Amazon order in the works anyway!  😉

BEFORE we start to play, safety FIRST!!

I LOVE going to the pool, but juggling more than 1 child at time can be daunting.

Enter the Puddle Jumper! It is hands-down the BEST and safest flotation device that I have found.

There are tons of styles on Amazon.

I still make sure that my child within an arm’s reach – just because that is what I feel more comfortable doing until my child is an experienced swimmer.




My 18 month old LOVES dropping  these on the steps of the pool and picking them up. I ask her which color she wants, and she signs the color we want me to hand her. She always claps for me when I choose the right color, too! 😉


We have had these adorable hatching sea turtles and eggs for several years, and my kids STILL love them!



If you have a little princess (or kids that like shiny things), these diving gems are terrific. I like that they are solid (so no holes for water to get in and grow yuckies). My kids use them for treasure hunting around the house when summer is over, too!

These dive rings are definitely kid-approved! They have lasted for years, and the kids play with them again and again! The kids use them to play catch, toss them to dive for them or use them as pancakes in their pretend waterside cafe. (Your kids play that too, right?)



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Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Every month, I take care of at least one Christmas task.

It is a step toward a peaceful Christmas season, so I can focus on enjoying Christmas when December 1 arrives!

In January, the cold weather is a time to stay inside and work a paper project.

I made these printable Christmas gift tags that can be used in two ways:

You can print them on card stock for a sturdy gift tags to tie to a package or bag.


You can print them on whole sheet sticker paper to  make your own peel-and-stick Christmas gift tags! (How cool is that??)

I would love to email you these printable Christmas Gift Tags. Just let me know where to send them here.

Merry, merry… all year long!



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Christmas is THE time for clever ideas, genius products, and time savers!

Making the holidays easier and fun  is always a good thing!

While we may not be do everything on our Pinterest Christmas board, we can plan for a peaceful Christmas using our Christmas All Year Long plan.

The idea is simple:
Plan one Christmas activity to do on the 25th of each month to keep the Christmas spirit in your heart and mind all year long!

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BEST Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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Finding the best Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is essential for Paleo life, right?

I am guessing grandma’s cookies are not gluten-free or Paleo, though. Bummer.

To begin the search, I opened my go-to Paleo baking cookbook, Elena’s Pantry Almond Flour Cookbook.   

She has a terrific recipe for Snickerdoodles that has a soft, chewy texture that just melts in your mouth. Mmmmmm….

These cookies were so delicious that we were inspired to adjust it for our Paleo chocolate chip cookies.

The recipe for the BEST Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie is so easy that my kids make it by themselves all the time. (I just help with the oven part!).

We can literally have warm cookies to enjoy in about 15 minutes from start to finish. Dangerously easy and SO yummy! 🙂

Cookies for breakfast? Yes, please!
Since the BEST Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with almond flour, they offer a healthy amount of protein and fat. We aim to start our day with protein and fat to help keep our blood sugar stable.

These cookies also have:

  • NO white sugar or cane sugar
  • Healthy fat
  • Protein
  • NO gluten or grainsAt our house, that combo makes these cookies a healthy breakfast or snack option any day!

Should you use butter or coconut oil?

Of course, if you want dairy-free cookies,  you can use refined coconut oil in place of butter as a terrific option. Coconut oil has many health benefits – including a brain boost)!

We have found that refined coconut oil doesn’t have any coconut flavor and will result in a deliciously chewy cookie.

We often use organic butter and slightly under bake the cookies to maintain the chewy cookie texture we like best.

If you like shopping at Costco…

We have found that Costco has several of the ingredients we need for the BEST Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Costco doesn’t carry arrowroot powder, but we have left out the arrowroot powder with success. The cookies are just a touch more dense, but still yummy.

Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

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The BEST Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

(gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and sugar-free)

5 cups of super-finely ground almond flour (Find at Costco or Amazon)

1 cup of arrowroot flour

1 tsp sea salt (we like this one)

2 tsp baking soda

4 T of vanilla (this is our favorite brand)

1 cup of maple syrup (can substitute honey or agave)

12 T of melted butter or refined coconut oil (see note)

1 bag of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Easy Peasy Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 degrees convection).

2. Line cookie sheet with unbleached parchment (or use these healthy non-stick pans I adore!) .

3. Melt butter in a separate pan.

4. Mix almond flour, salt, and baking soda with a whisk in a large bowl.

5. Add maple syrup, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix well.

6. Stir in chocolate chips.

7. Scoop out dough and roll into a ball. Place on prepared cookie sheet and slightly flatten cookies to desired size. Be sure to leave some space for expansion.

TIP: We like to use these stainless steel ice cream scoops to get evenly sized cookies.

8. Bake at 350 (or 325 in convection ovens) for 7 minutes for chewy cookies.

BEST Chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe with ingredients from Costco

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What is your favorite kind of cookie? Tell us in the comments!







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