Toddler Toys We Love

TODDLER TOYS / BLOCKS / MELISSA AND DOUG / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

Playtime around here is so special. What I have learned about kids is that they need very little, and that they prefer whatever is in the kitchen cabinets to most toys (why is that??). We've always tried to be minimal as far as the amount of toys we have, so our space doesn't get filled up and so that we avoid creating the environment of too much, which is actually overwhelming for kids (you can read more about that in Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne). 

TODDLER TOYS / MELISSA AND DOUG DOORBELL HOUSE / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

Building and pretending to do tasks that we do as a family are the most common ways we play; either we are using blocks to build streets, castles, cities, or floor plans for little dolls, or we are "cooking", "baking", dressing up to take little babies to the "park", and "shopping" for groceries. We also love wooden puzzles, which always somehow make an appearance in either building or pretending. Here are a few of our favorites that make memorable, educational toddler play. 

BUILDING

PRETENDING

PUZZLES 

Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.