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worth 1000 words: tiny tiny worlds

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You’ll never look at average everyday things the same way again. See more of Joseph Renucci’s work.

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building your dream home/castle/treehouse

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What’s your dream house? Is it a simple home in the burbs or a treehouse on a mountainside? Somewhere in between? How about a rocket ship? Manzanita Kids knows what it’s like to dream big, and they’ve created an entire range of wooden building toys and customizable “dollhouses” to help those dreams. There are traditional […]

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round about: pom pom hills & triangle steps

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It seems we’re in the middle of a heatwave – and even this normally heat-loving blogger has been spending more time inside this week. Ooph, that midwestern humidity is definitely trying. Maybe today we all need permission to go to the beach/pool/sprinkler nearest us? Meanwhile, round about the internet: Suddenly you’ll want a yard full of […]

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build a little village with me

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Let’s accessorize all of those little toys around the house with a village just their own. Take these wooden buildings from EcoPuzzle. They’re simple and sturdy – leaving lots of room for intepretation and playtime. I love all the brilliant colors they come in too! Obviously red is a classic choice, but I’m kinda feeling […]

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cuddling a kotakura

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It’s a beautiful day for a cuddle, don’t you think? These sweet dolls from Kotakura definitely would agree, even if it means smushing their adorable tutus and beautiful accessories. Made in Poland, these dolls feature natural and eco-friendly fibers like linen, cotton and wool. The hand stitched faces are icing on the cake. Check out […]

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summer style finds

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I’m going to treat myself this week, since it includes my birthday, and take some time away from the internet. So I’ll warn you now, you won’t hear from Small for Big until next week! But that’s ok, I think we’re all taking it slower this summer, right? And in the meantime, I thought I’d […]

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round about: upside down braids & hulahoop playmats

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There’s really only one thing worth talking about this week: Summertime. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, and why I keep opening all the windows even when it’s a little too hot. Driving around with all the windows down and singing at the top of my lungs has been my favorite […]

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worth 1000 words: geo blocks

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I wish my life right now was as beautifully organized as the designs on these blocks. Found via Pinterest.

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give a little sighfoo

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Have all recovered from the big Holiday weekend? Poor Birdie has been up far too late for 3 nights in a row. I think we’re aaaalllllll glad the 4th of July is behind us at this point! But, to deal with those cranky, sleep-deprived kiddos, maybe we need some huggable plush. And I really do […]

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round about: audrey and terrarium cakes

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It’s July already – how has your summer been so far? Ours has been very low-key, but I kind of like my summers that way. Simple, with time to stop and literally smell the roses. The only thing I’m trying to figure out is what the heck to do for the July 4th holiday. Our […]

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worth 1000 words: yoyo videos

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I want every single one of my Instagram photos to look like this from now on. Learn more about Yoyo the Rice Corpse on her Instagram, and via Colossal.

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pull your toys with you

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I love pull toys. That’s really all there is to it. I think they’re adorable, I love that they move, and when I find some new pull toys, I just have to share. Meet just a few of the many wooden pull toys from Friendly Toys. These designers have perfected not only the simple wooden […]

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round about: container kindergarten & glitter tic tac toe

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Every summer I lose my marbles. All of our usual routines get thrown out the window, and though it sounds wonderful to shake things up, the transition is not pretty. I can’t tell you the number of little – and big – things I’ve forgotten this week while I tried to be more present with […]

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get the goods for your kiddos this summer

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We’re in our second week of summer break and already I’ve heard the phrase “Mom, I’m bored”. AND she didn’t eat a single bite of her lunch yesterday either, for who knows what reason! Sound familiar? Fellow blogger Amy Christie knows this problem inside out – and has come up with a solution to help all […]

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make bathtime the bomb

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Does anyone else have kids who really don’t want to take a bath? It’s like it’s taking precious time away from their all-day playtime! Birdie is one of those kids. Bath time can be a battleground of “Not right now” and “I’ll do it after x,y, and z!”. But guess what, I’ve found a secret […]

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