ages 5 & up

a little bit princess, a little bit quirky

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Handmade toys, made with love, full of personality. That’s been kind of the heart of Small for Big, isn’t it? So Milipa fits right in, with her sweet selection of toys and wall accessories all handmade in southern Italy. Personally, I’d like to go visit her studio – who’s ready to expense that trip for […]

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you can grow a mermaid tail in no time

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One of the silliest – and enjoyable – gifts Birdie received over the Holidays was the ability to turn into a mermaid whenever she feels like it! It’s easier than drinking a magic potion or singing like the Little Mermaid. All you need is a Blankie Tail. Available in different colors and made of the […]

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your pals barry, wilby, chloe, ralph …

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It was one of those wonderful weekends where I actually felt good at the end of it, like I’d accomplished something. Even though, to be frank, it really wasn’t much at all. Just living life. So, to be honest, I don’t have a lot of words for you today – I’m still basking the glow […]

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cat rabbit or pineapple on your shirt?

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I’ve always loved Catbird Plush for their totally unique stuffed animals. But today I realized they have something else just as cute: brooches. You know what brooches are perfect for? Valentine gifts. Seriously, you want something small, special, unique, and sweet. Cat Rabbit Plush’s pins fit that description and then some! Each one is made to […]

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origami playhouse

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I saw a T-shirt the other day that fits my Monday mornings almost perfectly: it said “I can’t adult today”. Anyone with me? Let’s go hide out in Origanid’s French Playhouse. You bring the hot cocoa, I’ll bring the pillows and blankets. Seriously, if the cost wasn’t quite so splurge-worthy, I’d probably be ordering one […]

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where the buffalo roam

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I sometimes think the best parts of my job are the moments when I find something none of us knew we needed. The things we didn’t even know existed. It always gives me a little rush to stumble on something that feels brand new. Today, it’s all about the Chuck the Bison. Yep, you didn’t know […]

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these wooden bricks look familiar

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I wasn’t even looking at the toys, I swear I’d just used a random aisle at Target as a shortcut to my real destination (the Christmas clearance items, ha!) and what did I find?! Wooden Legos. No, I shouldn’t use the L word, because these Eco Bricks from Once Kids have nothing to do with […]

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git guide: 10 favorite gifts for kids 5+

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It’s crazy. When I first started doing gift guides, this guide was the biggest stretch for me because Birdie was only 1 years old. And now, here I am realizing she’s almost 7 and this guide is the one for her?! Like every parent everywhere, let me just commiserate with the universal phrase: they grow too […]

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this cosmos is particularly magnetic

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Wood and magnets are a match made in heaven – I’ve seen several toys using them in combination and I’m always impressed. Somehow the two materials working together seem almost magical! It’s no surprise that the new wooden block sets called Cosmos have that same – ahem – magnetic appeal. The beautiful materials, lush surfaces, […]

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itty bitty friends for you

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I’ve been staring around my home the last couple of weeks in dismay. Where did all the clutter come from? How does it keep growing? I need to be more vigilant. It’s time to start thinking of clutter solutions! How about only buying miniature things? I’d start with these little toys from Mirianata. Teeny tiny […]

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you can be a sweet silly

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Ok, quick, before the the Holidays with a capital “H” take over. What comes after New Years? Valentines’ Day, and even though you may not think you need to worry about it now, let’s just think for a second. Are you ever prepared for Valentine’s Day? I’m not, because I’m too busy with everyone else. […]

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keeping calm with kathryn davey dolls

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For the first time in weeks, I had a slower, calmer work day yesterday. It was almost pleasant. I had time to answer my emails, wrap up some loose ends on a few projects, and in general, breathe. All in all, I felt much like these sweet dolls from Kathryn Davey. Calm faces, restful poses, […]

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roll these cars away to your own candylab

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I’m low on words today. These cars are awesome. What else is there to say? Candylab Toys creates oversized, gorgeous, modern, wooden street rods, I mean, cars. Ok, my job is done, now you can check out these sweet rides!

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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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wood, cross-sections, and press 2 fit puzzles

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Puzzles are practically a universal thing. Loved by young and old, and a great activity for kids to really work on their concentration and perseverance. I’m always amazed how long Birdie can focus on a puzzle – especially if I’m there with her and it’s somethhing we do together. Press2Fit puzzles are a little different […]

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