Do the Gifts Your Charges Get Spoil the Children?

The Great Divide, Now in the Toy Aisle Nannies typically work for wealthy families. When I shop for the gifts for friends and family I don’t shop where my employers shop. When my employer stocks up on Christmas gifts she uses a personal shopper at Nordstrom, visits FAO Shwartz for toys, and a professional photographer […]

Giving One Gift for the Family to Enjoy

10 Best Holiday Movie Gifts Nannies and au pairs obviously would like to give every member of the family they work for a holiday gift, but that can get expensive. That’s why we recommend making a hand-assembled holiday DVD gift basket for your employers instead of buying individual gifts for each member of the family. […]

10 Best Books to Give to Kids for Hanukkah

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs Books may be the best quality gift caregivers can give to the children in their care. Not only will the children and their parents enjoy the book, they are affordable for nannies or au pairs on a budget. Books are quality gifts because a love […]

Hanukkah Arts N Craft

Does the Family You Work for Celebrate Hanukkah? Hanukkah starts tomorrow and I found this quick art project to do with my toddler courtesy of her preschool. Simply buy some big chunky foam stamps at the local arts n’ crafts store or below to have some holiday decorating fun. You Will Need: Newspaper Craft sticks Big chunky foam stamps […]

Holiday Projects to do With Kids

Making Sugar Plums Have you ever wondered what sugar plums are from the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (Composed by Tchaikovsky), as well as the line “Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads,” from Clement C. Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known as Twas the Night Before Christmas? I decided to find out what […]

Making Christmas Ornaments

Wednesdays with Whitney Christmas time is here!  That means trees are going up and you finally have the perfect spot to display all of those Christmas crafts. This year, make a craft with the kiddos that will last through the years by baking up some salt dough ornaments. You Will Need: ½ cup salt ½ […]

Holiday Gift Giving on a Budget

How Much are You Spending on Gifts This Holiday Season? When you are strapped for money but want to give holiday gifts make a list of how much you want to spend per person. First, check the Internet for the best prices for stores that are close to you. Making the list and determining your […]

This Year Give the Gift of Play-Doh

Quality Holiday Gift Giving for Nannies and Au Pairs By Lynn Wariara, Nanny and Author The toy industry is fickle and the hottest toy this holiday season won’t be played with just weeks after a child receives the gift. But, through all the fads and trends, Play-Doh remains just as popular as ever. We have been […]

"The Little Engine That Could" is a Great Holiday Gift

Weekly Trip to the Library Review by Lynn Wariara The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper is a classic story of a determined little engine that could achieve his mission by delivering toys and candies to children waiting on the other side of the mountain despite the challenges he had to go through to […]