Indoor fun for kids: with Lalaloopsy

Ohhhh, winter, how I despise you. I hate the cold and all the snow, the lack of sunshine, and being stuck inside. I have two toddlers and if I don’t keep them busy, we all lose our sanity ;) Some days are already getting a bit chilly this fall and in preparation for the even colder days to come, I came up with a list of indoor fun for kids!

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1. Pick a theme! You can make a whole day (or afternoon) of fun If your kid is into pirates, go on a treasure hunt, make a pirate hat, and “walk the plank.” If they’re into dinosaurs, dig for dino eggs, make a dinosaur mask, and role play the Jurassic.

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2. Build a fort. We move couches and use all the blankets and sheets we can! Everyone loves a fort–you know you do! ;) Stock it with snacks and books, crayons, and their favorite dolls. It will keep the kids busy!

3. Make snack time fun. My kids love to help me in the kitchen so when we’re in need of some fun, I try to make kid-friendly things they can help with. The most fun? Our Lalaloopsy baking oven.

indoor fun for kids

The Lalaloopsy baking oven comes with mixes for strawberry cake and sugar cookies with icing (you can also buy more mixes). SO ADORABLE. My 4-year-old son was ecstatic the first time he saw it and SO proud of his baking. It’s definitely some special mommy-son time for us.

4. Tea Party / Picnic. Take snack time and those treats you made together (into the fort!) for an indoor picnic! Use the teapot and teacups for a little tea party. Add in your special guests—the kids’ favorite stuffed animals or Lalaloopsy Girls! indoor fun tea party 5. Arts and Crafts. You can’t go wrong with a little creativity… just like baking, it keeps the hands busy. From something as simple as a coloring book to something like building a birdhouse. We make Halloween t-shirts every fall and decorations to put around the house. I like to have a bin full of art supplies, let the kids pick out a few things to work with, and then see what they create. Maybe work on a stage set for…

6. A Play! Put on a show! Act out your favorite story (the three little pigs, little red riding hood, etc), sing songs into a “microphone,” or put on a magic show. Pick your favorite Lalaloopsy set for some imaginative play. indoor fun with lalaloopsy What are your favorite things to do for some indoor fun with the kids?

Check out the NEW line of Lalaloopsy Girls and fun adding them to your picnics, forts, role playing, and baking fun! Want special access to the fun world of Lalaloopsy?! Of course you do! Share your love for these magical dolls and join me in the Lalaloopsy Insiders social community! #TeamLalaloopsy! #spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between my blog and MGAE. This could include MGAE providing me w/ content, product, access or other forms of payment.

Indoor fun with Lalaloopsy Baking Oven

NEW Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller: with $100 Babies R Us giveaway

One of my favorite baby brands ever is Contours Baby—I’ve owned 3 of their strollers and got one of their bassinets for friends of ours having their first baby. They’re reliable, quality products, made with mom (and baby) in mind, and Contours is a family-friendly company with awesome customer service.

contours options elite tandem stroller

Contours recently launched their brand new double stroller: the Options Elite. I got one to review and as I also own their previous Options LT Tandem, the differences are clear to me. Watch for another post coming soon comparing the two in detail—I know many parents are wondering! Here you’ll find features and details of the new Options Elite Tandem Stroller!

Options Elite positions

There are SEVEN different ways to configure the Contours Options Elite. It comes with 1 car seat adapter, but you could also purchase a second to use the tandem with two infant car seats, if needed. Face the seats toward you, opposite of each other, toward each other, or both facing forward. You can also take out the rear seat and have tons of storage space for errands! Check out the Contours shopping basket option, too!

Contours Options Elite basket

FAVORITE. There’s a wonderfully large storage basket on the Options Elite, but we all know how hard those baskets on a tandem stroller can be to access. I’m always asking my 4-year-old to get things out for me from his seat, if he can reach.

Now you can just unzip from either side!!! The Options Elite has zippered access on both sides of the storage basket. Useful and easy.

Options Elite Tandem canopy

The Options Elite Tandem has a fantastic canopy. There’s zippered section to extend the canopy and it’s mesh for improved airflow. There’s also a nice peek-a-boo window that has velcro attachment and a hook and loop closure when rolled open.

Options Elite Tandem extended seat height

More awesomeness: the seats are long, which is fantastic for toddlers! Ryan turns 5 in December and still fits comfortably in this seat with a couple of inches of space above his head before the canopy. Specifically, the seats are 19.5″ long (compared to the 16″ of the Options LT). The weight limit of the seats are 40 lb (Ryan is just over that) or 80 lb total.

Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller

I’m a huge fan of the side mesh pockets in the seats of the Contours Elite Tandem. They’re in both seats and are wonderful for storing snacks, cups, toys, or other travel necessities!

You’ve got plush headrests with 5-point-harnesses on the seats. Rubber coated, shock absorbing rear wheels for better traction and smoother movement. Adjustable footrests and 3-position recline on the seats. And YES, two kids can comfortably fit with a seat fully reclined! I fully recline the front seat forward facing and then put the back seat facing toward me and it works perfectly.

It also folds with both seats on and stands on its own when folded. If you’re a stroller newbie, those are MUSTS!

Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller

Let’s not forget… it’s gorgeous! This is the Laguna Blue with beautiful chevron under the canopies (that my 2-year-old loves to stare at, I can imagine it’s great for babies, too!). There’s also Envy Green, Red Velvet, and Sand.

Accessories? Because I know you always ask! This stroller does come with a parent cup holder (and of course there are the side seat pockets for the kids). But NOW Contours has accessories you can purchase for their strollers!!! Check out the shopping basketchild trayparent console, and weather shield.

I Vanna-Whited this stroller so check it out. Or you might want to check out the official Contours Options Elite video ;)

The Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller is like a combination of multiple double strollers I’ve used before all in one. It’s well worth the great price point of $299.99 and you can get it at select retailers.

GIVEAWAY: one lucky reader will win a $100 Babies R Us gift card! Go check out the Contours Options Elite in-person! Please use the form below to enter–good luck!

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