Surprises are, well…surprising.

I’ll never forget the day I met up with some girlfriends for lunch and my friend Megan had tears in her eyes.

“What’s wrong?” we all said, worried.

“I’m pregnant,” she said.

With four kids already and her youngest still a baby, this was a total shocker. Surprise #1. We talked through it and told her we’d be there for her every step of the way. We shed a few tears, laughed at this happy irony, and left with smiles and a growing excitement. Then about a month later we got a text from Megan. It said:

“I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless. It’s TWINS!!!”

Surprise #2!

After the initial shock wore off and her belly started to swell with a baby boy and girl, we all rallied in support. It would be hard, but it would be worth it. Today, those babies are nearly a year old. Life for my friend has been crazy to say the least, but seeing those two babies steal each other’s binkies and roll over each other like puppies playing, you can’t help but see what a destined blessing they are.

Their lives are full of firsts, as are so many kids’ and the most rewarding thing as a parent is being able to witness those firsts.

Be Together, Play Together

Childhood is life’s greatest gift and play is a huge part of that. I bet you can remember toys you had as a child, and I’ll bet some of your favorites were Little Tikes iconic toys like the Cozy Coupe and TotSports Basketball Set. I remember my little guy making his first basket on that set. In fact, we have an epic family video of him as a two year old at the top of our stairs saying “I lub battaball!” and he tosses the ball to sink it into his Little Tikes hoop at the bottom. Now I get to watch him play competitive basketball and I’m just as proud.

Little Tikes toys make a huge impact!

For little ones today, their journey is just beginning. Every day is a surprise for children and play is one of the most important parts of their development. And playing together, as a family, with friends…that is what life is all about.

Favorite Iconic Little Tikes Toys

My babies started out with the Little Tikes Activity Garden. I have the sweetest memories of them standing up to the little telescope, climbing in and out of the tiny doors, and making all sorts of noises with the mini keyboard and moving parts.

So when Megan’s twins took to the Activity Garden, I nearly teared up, thinking of my babies and the memories we’d made with that toy.

Many days, this toy was my sanity-saver, awarding me some precious time to do a batch of laundry or mop the kitchen floor. That’s what Little Tikes toys are…the best parenting hack out there, and they make magic for kids.

If you’re looking to make magic this holiday season, make sure to wrap up some of these iconic Little Tikes favorites!

Little Tikes Activity Garden: Great for ages 6 months- 3 years old.

Tasty Jr. Bake ‘n Share Kitchen: Ideal for ages 2+ (my 4-year-old and 7-year-old play adorably together with their kitchen.)

Ice Princess Magic Mirror: New this year! And so adorable for pretend play.

Easy Store 3-Foot Trampoline: Now this one is a favorite! (Maybe you remember it.) Help kiddos get their active energy out, especially during those cold winter months!

And of course…the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe: In my opinion, every child in the world deserves to have this iconic toy. All four of my children treasured this toy…it is still a family-favorite…one we’ll save for grandchildren and even great-grandchildren!