ages 5 & up

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 ALIVE! join me in welcoming Smallful!

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Wow. Here we are. This is a project I’ve wanted to start for a long time, but to be honest, I was afraid. Finally, thanks to the push of great friends and the help of Equilateral Design Studio (thank you Helen!), I’ve done it!!! Smallful is alive and kicking! I‘m taking lots of deep breaths over […]

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donna will you be my friend?

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Sidenote: I’m practically bouncing up and down with excitement and lack of sleep and manic to-do lists! My new business is sooo close to becoming alive and kicking and real: I can’t wait to share it with you. Are you curious? I hope you are! I’m going back over there to work on it right […]

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reading with blocks

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I’m through stage 1 and stage 2, and working on stage 3 of my big new venture. Stay tuned! In the meantime, I’m keeping the blog posts light so I can focus on this new thing. You’re gonna love the results – coming later this week! Birdie is reading! She’s not ready for “camaraderie” or […]

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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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a little this, a little that, and some wool

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I have this big beautiful basket filled with some of my favorite yarns sitting in my iiving room – I can see it from here. Each yarn is destined for a knitting project I have yet to find time to start. In fact, they were picked for specific projects. But I have to admit, I […]

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replace your throw pillows with these

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So your sofa is covered in striped, patterned, nubby, or velvet throw pillows. They’re pretty, semi-functional, and totally expected. I dare you to replace them with one of these characters. Though, if I tried to tell Birdie that the stuffed toy from Poosac sitting on the sofa wasn’t hers, but instead belonged to the sofa, […]

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your next dollhouse might not be a house

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Birdie has suddenly shown renewed interest in her dollhouse – and she’s been asking lots of questions about my old dollhouse too! It’s currently waiting for her at my parents house under a big tarp. She’s never seen it, and it’s been so long since I’ve seen it, I’m kind of curious to see what crazy […]

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dancing with their tippy toes

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Teddy bears, bunnies, or sweet girls in tutus? Which would you prefer? With Mini Boheme, you have all of these options and more. Created by hand in naturally dyed organic linen,, Mini Boheme dolls feature hand stitched faces, beautiful fabric accents, and eco corn fiber filling. You can add a beautifully embroidered name onto their little […]

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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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go fish with us

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We just returned from a weekend in my parents’ camper – oh my god we had so much fun hanging with our family! During downtimes, Birdie has become obsessed with playing Go Fish. We have a deck from Hello Kitty, but her cousins have this hilarious Go Fish game from Eeboo – aren’t these fish sweet? And […]

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stage and play

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Sometimes I love a product before I’ve even read the description. Such was the case with these Stage & Play sets from Chronicle Books. It’s either  the retro illustrations, the pack it up and take it anywhere pieces with their very own drawer, or the open-ended storytelling. Nope, it’s actually a combination of all of those things. […]

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which animal are you?

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Pretend play makes me so very happy. Well, I’m happier when I’m watching it happen – it’s kind of hard to really get into pretend play as an adult. Sad but true, right? Maybe we just haven’t found the right accessory. These printed canvas masks from the Lucky Fish Shop look like just the thing […]

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everyday to extraordinary: make these tea cups for your next tea party

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I recently visited the Children’s Museum of The Arts New York as a guest of American Express to learn about the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card (which I am an ambassador for). The current exhibit was all about the artful collection of everyday objects, and it reminded me that it’s possible to turn everyday things […]

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whoa, it’s the whoa-bots

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It is a rare thing for me to let a product description speak for itself. I almost never quote from someone else’s website verbatim. But these Whoa-bots deserve their original bio: “Aside from just being a bunch of goof balls, WHOA-BOTS™ pride themselves on their mesmerizing acrobatic feats, ceaseless wit, and impeccable taste in music.  […]

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