ages 5 & up

code your own apps with bitsbox

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Even with so many subscription boxes out there already, I’m still not sick of them. The joy of getting a “present” in the mailbox every month is just too awesome. And it’s doubly so for kids! Bitsbox is one of the newest to the subscription category, and I’m super excited about it. Every month, Bitsbox […]

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last minute crafts – printables

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Do you have lots of last minute Christmas things to take care of? I know I do. In fact, I could probably spend the next three days doing nothing but wrapping presents and baking goodies and still not have everything done that I’d hoped for! Especially if I keep taking breaks to sip hot cocoa, […]

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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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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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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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keep your roller wheels turning all winter

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Roller skates – such an iconic memory! I never owned my own pair, but I have very vivid memories of the roller rink -the lights and shadows, the older skaters whizzing by, the nacho cheese sauce.  Why wouldn’t you want to go back to that for an afternoon? Well, I might remember a lot of […]

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because glasses make the doll

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So, as usual, I’m a little behind on some part of my life. At the moment I’m apparently behind on school communications. It turns out Birdie doesn’t have school today. I just figured this out. So though I’d love to wax poetic with you about these lovely dolls, I think instead I’m going to let […]

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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 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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