ages 1 to 3

dolls growing flowers, capes, and fins

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It’s a quick post today – I’m running behind but I certainly didn’t want to leave you in the lurch. Mondays in particular need a good dose of design to keep us going. How about these sweetheart dolls from Mio Mucaro Creatures? Each doll is made with 100% Cotton fabric (custom printed with Eco-friendly, water-based ink) and […]

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if you like jeans, you’ll love these guys

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Denim. It’s everywhere. Yet, it’s really rare to see it done well in toys – unless you’re looking at a Bratz doll, maybe. It seems Evie Barrow has found a way to make denim and stuffed toys look just right. The Sweet Dreams characters are each one of a kind, with faded, well-loved denim and […]

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a treehouse better than your dollhouse

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Let’s start with the fact that Land of Nod has just announced their Holiday assortment of toys and other goodies. And I’d like pause for a moment to absorb the reality that the Holidays really aren’t all that far away. Sigh. Okay, now that we’ve had our moment of silence, we can enjoy the cuteness that […]

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munching with your munchkins

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Toddlers and food. They may be cute, and say funny things, and squish you tight over and over, but toddlers can be little terrors when it comes to food! I can’t guarantee that the Munch Eco Hero Feeding Set will calm the savage beast that is your toddler saying nononononono. But, at least it’s cute enough […]

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these toys are meant to fray

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My 6 year old’s blankie is turning into one of those childhood relics: frayed edges, holes in the corners, and threadbare spots. She keeps asking me to sew it up, but I can’t, it’s not the kind of holes you can repair. But it’s also a memento of a childhood full of love and comfort, […]

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missa made it – and it’s for you

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Our weather has suddenly flipped to cold and blustery, and I can’t help but want to cuddle up with something and think thoughts of Fall! Missa Made It has my number with cozy, soft, sweetness perfect for every single kid I know. The bold patterns, the soft furry details, and the quirky faces are such […]

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rawr with your kids & roxy marj

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I have loved Roxy Marj’s blankets since day one. I remember when I first tried to find them and they were always out of stock – clearly other people like them as much as I do! I secretly wish they’d make a larger size to cover me while I work on my sofa at night! […]

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when you need a toy to be a little bit of everything

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There are toys being made that don’t fit into our preconceived ideas of what a toy is all about. It takes some innovative thinking to really step back and look at what it means to be a plaything. Ember Design has created a toy that may, at first glance, look like a railroad car. But […]

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save your cents with these piggies & more

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Birdie found a stash of spare change in the car today, and spent a significant amount of time counting, and sorting her riches into one of her piggy banks. It turns out we have several – thanks in part to a favorite paint-your-pottery shop in our favorite weekend spot. One of these days I’m going to […]

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6 baby must-haves for summer time

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Summer is such a wonderful time, but when you have a baby it can sometimes feel so much more complicated! Dragging things around, remembering everything you need or might need! The obvious esssentials were what always ran through my head first. Things like pacifiers, snacks, diapers, wipes and changing gear, and sunscreen. (I always forget the […]

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animals of all shapes from bleebla

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A little cork, a little sycamore wood, some gorgeous animals … Bleebla makes high design toys look deceptively simple. Look at how perfectly all the sea animals in the Critters Box nestle into their cork box home? Or, once they’re removed, how beautifully they stack together. That kind of detail makes me want to see […]

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a new balance bike system: Leg&Go Bikes

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I was watching Birdie practically fly down the street with her new bike the other day (we just graduated to a 20″ salmon pink hottie), and thinking how far she’s come. We started with a balance bike when she was around 3, and I can’t recommend them enough. It was almost exactly a year ago […]

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your living, bioluminescent, easiest pet ever

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When I was little, I remember one day my dad came home with this little vial of water. He was a music professor, and had nabbed this little vial from a colleague in the science building. When he shook that water, it lit up like a glow stick. Why? It was filled with tiny living […]

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I’m joining the polka dot club

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Even though I consider myself a fairly modern gal, with a love for clean lines and bright colors and new, innovative design ideas, there is something so beautiful about a classic teddy bear. Now, I think I’ve found a place where that classic style has met a modern, yet heritage-based, result. Meet Polka Dot Club, […]

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floating in the clouds house

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Ok, step away from the computer, and right into a cloud world that’s even better than that brick-building Cloud Cuckoo Land claims to be. That’s because the newest dollhouse from Rock & Pebble lets you – erm, your kids – decorate and populate your cloud house any which way you’d like to. I know for […]

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