National Puzzle Month ft. Melissa and Doug

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It is National Puzzle Month! I love puzzles, and one of these days I’ll post about my favorites, but today it’s all about kids puzzles. Melissa and Doug is an all-time favorite in our house and they are having a sale now through January 17th. Click the link below to shop at their site:

Celebrate National Puzzle Month with 15% Off Puzzles at Melissa & Doug. Use Code Puzzle15

I recently learned that Melissa and Doug began as a puzzle company, with the goal of bringing a new creative twist to puzzles, and they’ve certainly succeeded. Here are some of my boys’ favorites (they are all about cars and trucks so that will be heavily represented):

We like the chunky puzzles for our little ones.

These are nice transition puzzles for something a little more difficult.

My two-year-old learned his numbers from this puzzle. We love the hide-and-seek style!


They have multiple storage rack options and in my opinion, they are a must.

There are several cute alphabet puzzles; we like the one’s that have a surprise behind the letter.
These are my three-year-old’s favorite. They have shapes on the back of the pieces so you can keep track of which puzzle pieces go together.



A lot of the puzzles we own are pretty traditional, but there are latch puzzles, sound puzzles, even touch-and-feel puzzles!




There are so many great options, from puzzles for really young kids to older kids. See them all here! Let me know your favorites in the comments below.

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My Favorite Crochet Books: Toys Edition {+GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

The reason I wanted to learn to crochet was so I could make those cute toys I started seeing all over Instagram and Pinterest. My husband actually knew some of the basics already so he and my mom taught me. (And really I just love that I can say my husband taught me to crochet). Over the years I’ve gathered my absolute favorite crochet toy books, but I’m always on the hunt for a good craft project, so comment with your favorite if it’s not up here!

First and foremost, I love Edward’s Menagerie: Over 40 Soft and Snuggly Toy Animal Crochet Patterns

by Kerry Lord. Her company, TOFT, is one of my favorites to follow. I love the classic style of her designs and just want to make all of them.*GIVEAWAY details at the bottom of the page* Here are some more TOFT books that I have my eye on:

I definitely recommend getting these books in print rather than e-book format, because you have to flip between the standard instructions and instructions for specific details for each toy. In fact, I almost always recommend print for craft books.

If you know a literature lover, Literary Yarns: Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Books

is the go-to for a cute, creative gift. I recently gave my dad Hamlet and even though he’s not into dolls, he still thought it was a clever gift. So there you go, even dads like them.

A lot of crochet toys are dolls and animals, and so far my boys just haven’t been really interested in those things. So I was so excited to find this book

! You can make big or small versions of the vehicles. They are quite a lot of work (the wheels actually turn) but they are totally worth it.

I also just found Construction Vehicles to Crochet: A Dozen Chunky Trucks and Mechanical Marvels Straight from the Building Site

while browsing and you better believe that’s going straight in the shopping cart. So my review will follow shortly. 😉

The reason I learned all this in the first place was so I could make that cute little Yoda from the Star Wars Crochet

kit. Since then I have tried projects from many other kits and these also have my stamp of approval:

I just found this one

while browsing and it’s going in the shopping cart…. So another review will be coming and if you try these projects before I do then please tell me how it goes!

Here’s a little slideshow of some of my makes:

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*For a chance to win a copy of Edward’s Menagerie, enter here. Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway closes on January 8th.