ages 1 to 3

pi’lo linen toys

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With the fresh start of a New Year, I often realize I need a fresh start visually too. Suddenly all the beautiful cozy colors and rich patterns of the Holidays just feels like too much. So imagine my delight at finding the perfect antidote to all the business of the old year. It’s the fresh […]

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stocking stuffers for every kid

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December is wonderful time of cheer, family, and gift giving. There are lots of purchases to be made for the Holidays—some big, some small, and all of them loads of fun! Especially stocking stuffers! That’s when you can cut loose and just have a little fun. With so many options, it can help to have […]

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big friendly albino sea creatures

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Need a little love to keep you warm on these cold nights? Besides your kids and partners, of course. Big Stuffed albino sea creatures are big – 25 – 35″ big! – and made of soft cotton and cotton faux furs. They just look perfectly squeezable even in the photos, so much so that I’m ready […]

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presto chango rearrange-o birds and butterflies

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We have a fascinating little butterfly flip doll that transforms from girl, to butterlfy, and back again. She’s been a source of fascination for Birdie, and loved by me as well because she’s so unique. Now, Fidoodle has added two more flip dolls to their collection of awesome handmade toys. You can nab the original […]

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dollhouses for your holiday lists

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Giving a dollhouse at Christmas time is one of those perfect presents for the right little girl. I think my Birdie could happily get a new dollhouse for every gift-giving occasion and devote an entire room to them – I’d almost let her if we lived in some crumbling old mansion. Wouldn’t that be kind […]

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gift guides – toddler

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We’re celebrating the best of the best from 5 years of gift guides – and today it’s the toddlers turn. Yesterday I shared my faves for babies, and stay tuned for preschool and tweens coming later this week! You can browse through all the Gift Guides in one spot if you’d like, or, see my […]

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spotlight: top 10 toys from my sweet muffin

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Sometimes I have the urge to hoard all of my “secret” sources for great new toy finds. If I told you where I find everything, then I’m deeply afraid you’ll stop needing me and this blog. Super needy, I know. And a little paranoid. I’m turning over a new leaf. Today, let’s take a peek […]

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splurging for the musical toys

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Sometimes we dream impossible dreams. And sometimes I just have to share them with you, even though they’re not particularly realistic. You know, like when you get a hankering for a $1400 Naef Gloggomobil Wooden Organ Musical Instrument. If it helps my argument any, it’s entirely handmade in Switzerland. They say it takes Swiss craftsmen […]

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wooden toys once lost, now found

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You guys. You know that moment when you find something you thought you’d lost forever? I was a huge fan of Soopsori toys, but realized they were no longer producing some time ago. Yet, I’d see a glimpse of their work on smaller boutique sites. I thought, well, it must be old stock, right? Guess what. […]

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the italian wooden toys you’ll dream about

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Okay, so I’m still a little distracted by my new Smallful printables – I just want to go stare at the site and triple check that everything is working. It’s so silly, but when you create something new, it’s so exciting. Luckily these toys grabbed my attention.   Milani Wood is, you guessed it, based in Milan. […]

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it’s time to go go dolls!

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It’s happening! Great new things are happening over here behind the scenes, and to keep things a-moving, my posts this week may be a little short on words. Bear with me, the results will be worth it. It’s happened again. Land of Nod has managed to partner up with the perfect designer (Suzy Ultman) to make […]

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your littles do better when they pretend

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The timeless qualities of wood, I could wax poetic for several paragraphs. But since I’m hopeful that’s just preaching the choir, and all of you would agree with me from start to finish, I’ll spare you the details. Let’s just all agree that wooden toys are gorgeous, timeless, and good for the soul (both ours […]

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20 out of the box baby shower gifts

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What do you buy everyday? It can vary so much, right? Some days it’s all sweet baby shower gifts and the perfect shade of nail polish. Other days it’s just toilet paper and toothpicks. These baby shower gifts are all inspired by the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card, a no-annual fee credit card, rewarding Card Members […]

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can you say vroooooom?

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There is something so seductive about a good car. Give me the old school, curvaceous, corner-hugging, low-slung race cars of the ages. Iconic, that’s the word I’m looking for! These Playforever Racing Cars have all those boxes checked off and then some. As they tell it: “Playforever Toys have been engineered to last. Manufactured from […]

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the green tones of music

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There is a beautiful-to-look-at and beautifully-made new line of wooden toys for kids: Green Tones toys are sustainably made, child development focused, and so sweet to look at too! Musical instrument toys for the pre-k set can be pretty bland, but these have both the great design cues we love, and the real-life musical functionality […]

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