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Our Shop Local Holiday Roundup: Our Fave SLO County Gifts_1

Our Shop Local Holiday Roundup: Our Fave SLO County Gifts

Welcome to our first annual Shop Local Holiday Roundup, featuring our fave SLO County gifts offered by local businesses.

From blogging, I’ve been exposed to a ton of fun local businesses, all with lots to offer in the realm of handmade goodies, services and gift cards. And given this blog’s policy of being transparent and honest, we offer you these Shop Local suggestions from businesses we’ve actually tried and can wholeheartedly recommend.

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Review: PicassoTiles Roller Coaster Magnet Building Blocks

Today we’re reviewing the 45-piece Magnetic Roller Coaster Building Blocks set we received compliments of @picassotiles.

This marble run toy uses magnetic blocks + snap-tracks to build different configurations for the marble run, but its parts are too complicated for 2 and 4 year olds and they got easily frustrated with the set.

Review: Build Me Blanket Fort by Jumpoff Jo_1

Review: The Build Me Blanket Fort by Jumpoff Jo

Intended for ages 3+, the fort kit features 3 tarp-like 72” x 54” panels in ripstop polyester, nylon ties and bean bag weights. The brightly colored panels tie together in different layouts to make one large blanket fort over your furniture, campsite or maybe even at the beach. The weights make it so the fort doesn’t sag.

Overall, we love that the panels save our clean blankets from the wrath of our fort-loving two and four-year-olds.

Toy Review: Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle & Precious Ponies Playset_Castle 6

Toy Review: Lakeshore Learning Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle & Precious Ponies Playset

The kids and I are excited to review a pair of playsets compliments of Lakeshore Learning’s at-home educational line for language-boosting pretend play. These sets are part of the brand’s newly launched Gifts for Growing Minds Collection for the 2018 holiday season!

In this post, we’ll be reviewing the Royal Kingdom Adventure Castle and the Precious Ponies Playset.  Designed for at-home educational play, we’ve found these sets to be sturdy and thoughtfully accessorized, all with the quality we’ve come to expect from this brand favorite.

And, as you know, we like to be out of the house. So when we’re stuck inside, it’s toys like this that make the day more fun.

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51 Kids Birthday Party Places in San Luis Obispo County

Fall marks the time of year when I start planning Clara and Wyatt’s dual December birthday party. Yep, totally combining it ’till they won’t let me anymore. #noshame.

In December, they will be 3 and 5. So I researched aaall the kids party places.

And as bonus of my annual crazy-mama birthday party scouting, I’ve decided to make my venue list public. And styled. With links. And prices! You’re welcome.