Kiera Ashford, Associate Editor

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

Have Fun Outside at Night


Who said you had to come in when it got dark outside? Not anymore! Continue your game play outside with these great products by Nite Ize. The AstroBrite ($9.99) is a bean ball/bag with a built-in L.E.D. light. Now you can even play a game of hacky-sack. This bean bag’s light is a little more… Read more »

Select Games at a Select Price!


To make the summer a little more fun for you gamer when it is storming outside — without breaking the bank — Nintendo has repackaged four of its popular family-friendly games at a GREAT price! The Nintendo Selects is a collection of these games for the Nintendo Wii: Wii Sports (ESRB Rating: E for Everyone)… Read more »

Paper Hula Skirt


Crafts for kids that are easy to do make for great family fun. You can even use your crafts at a party. Take this craft for instance. We are going to make an easy paper hula skirt. What you need: Safety scissors Green roll of streamer (that you would normally decorate with at a party)… Read more »

Crafting a Superhero


Add a little creativity and fun to your child’s party with Sew Plain Jane. They have wonderful gifts and kits for young party goers to do while at the party — and double as favors! My favorite is the Do-It-Yourself Cape Decorating Kit, which includes one cape, two large appliques (adhesive backed shapes and/or initials),… Read more »

Nap-Time Pals


They are cute, cuddly and cushy — they are Happy Nappers! These adorable plush pillows are shaped like the home of its inhabitant and then transform into a 21-inch tall plush of that animal in a snap. Pictured here is the Palace to Unicorn. There is even a door bell for you to ring before… Read more »

Flowers that Last


Tissue Paper Flowers are simple and easy to do with the kids and perfect for Mother’s Day. What you need: Tissue paper of varying colors Green pipe cleaners Twigs Vase What you do: Cut the tissue paper down to a desired size. Rectangles that are 5-by-7 inches make for perfect tiny flowers. Stack several sheets… Read more »

The STRAW-lution to the Problem


Messy, on-the-go snack problems solved with The Straw-lution. The situation: “Mom, I’m thirsty!” Mom hands child drink. “Mom, I dropped my straw!” Mom … looks for another straw? The solution: Stop that silly game right in its tracks with The Straw-lution – an innovative way to keep a straw in your child’s cup where it… Read more »

Bunny Treats


Leave one out for the Easter Bunny! This is an easy, fun way to turn the ordinary rice treats we all know and love into something seasonal and cute. What you need: 1 package of marshmallows (the colored ones make a more festive treat) 6 cups of rice Cereal (any brand will do) 3 tablespoons… Read more »

Simply Sweet AND Allergen Free!


Looking for something sweet? But, what if your child has allergies? Well, there are these super addictive, very tasty gourmet jelly beans that you just have to try. I’m telling you, there is no way you can eat just one. Gimbal’s Fine Candies gourmet jelly beans – in an assortment of flavors – comes straight… Read more »

Talking Easter Eggs


A fun new way for youngsters to hunt for their Easter eggs has hit the shelves. The Jojo Electronic Easter Egg Hunt, derived from the award-winning Jojo and Friends preschool toy line, has four different eggs that interact with the egg seekers. Simply press the on/off button once to set the egg to talk at… Read more »