ages 5 & up

a real nine-year old doll

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Wait, hang on a minute. You mean these dolls don’t have boobs? Or alien-length legs? Or makeup? What about their hair, it’s just natural? And why is that so surprising? I’m so excited to finally see more of the British-based Lottie dolls available here in the states. Let me tell you why. No matter how […]

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perfect under the tree

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There are iconic images that go along with a good old-fashioned classic Christmas. Like the doll perched on a present under the Christmas tree. These sweet handmade dolls fit that image perfectly, don’t you think? Maybe it’s partly because they remind me of the sweet doll in the classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer TV […]

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goldberg and the girls

I think this could become a case of “if you build it, they will come”. This video from Goldie Blox is so awesome. Birdie watched it – and I’m not exaggerating – more than 40 times in a row the other day. (note: Goldie Blox and Beastie Boys are now dealing with a lawsuit – […]

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gift guides: stocking stuffers under $25

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I’m wiping my brow over here, have you found some good gift ideas with these Gift Guides? I hope so! Today I’m doing something a little different. I always love looking for stocking stuffer gifts. But when you’re shopping online, it seems unlikely you’re going to buy a $3 item and pay $7 in shipping, […]

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gift guides: kids 5 and up

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When I first started the annual Gift Guides, with a young baby at home, I found this gift guide to be the toughest. But over the years I’ve realized it’s one of my favorite guides to assemble. Why? Because I’m just a big giant kid myself, and lots of these gifts are things I’d LOVE […]

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wooden you like to know!

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Hm. It seems I can’t stay away from wooden toys right now. I’ve always loved wood: working with it, the colors, the natural qualities, and the smells. Now that Birdie has turned into a, gulp, almost-5-year-old, she’s just not as interested in some of the wooden toys that used to pique her interest. So I […]

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dolls – the small wooden kind

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I have got the Christmas bug in the worst way! And it always starts the same way: toy shopping. Thank goodness I have a little girl and some nephews to shop for, or that might sound a little crazy. Right now I’m obsessing over these gorgeous mod dolls designed by Suzy Ultmann. Do you think […]

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everyone needs a cat family – except me

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I have just been informed by a very adamant 4 3/4 years old little girl named Birdie that her favorite stuffed animal of all time, Moe the Kitty, is in desperate need of a mother and father. She’s always wanted a cat family. And, though she didn’t say it, the reason she doesn’t have a […]

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a mod wooden menagerie

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I’m slowly working towards pulling the Annual Small for Big Gift Guides together. Very. Slowly. The fun part, of course, is letting myself dive deep down the rabbit hole and finding or rediscovering lots of amazing treasures. Like the original wooden animals designed by Kay Bojesen, which unfortunately are a bit too rich to be […]

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building with girls

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I’m writing this after spending far too much time on the Lego website a couple days ago, agonizing over how to get Birdie to be more interested in regular old Legos. She, of course, wants only the Lego Friends sets come Christmas time. And as much as I’d like to boycott Lego Friends for making […]

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oh, albatross

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Now that’s a good name for an Etsy shop: Oh. Albatross. Don’t you immediately want to know what it’s all about? I’m kind of a fan of albatrosses: both literally and figuratively. I’m definitely a fan of these adorable little animals. In fact, I don’t have much more to say about them except cooing noises […]

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sweets kendamas are gorgeous

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Have you caught the Kendama craze? It’s like a yoyo times a gazillion. And yet, it’s just some hunks of wood and string. In our digital era, I am mightily impressed with the obssessive qualities Kendamas are invoking. I noticed it this summer, when I watched two brothers (around 6 and 8?) playing with them […]

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sometimes you just have to whale with it

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Whales have a very calming presence:  their immense size and slow movements can’t help but lull you like the waves of the water that they’re floating in. Plus, the amazing conversations they have can seem incredibly soothing after hours of kiddie cartoons! It’s kind of like the idea of fairies moving as fast as hummingbirds, […]

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oh wonderful dolls

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I’m on the hunt again. Every so often I find myself stuck on a mission: finding good dolls. Beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind, so nice you may not want to play with them, dolls. My latest find is, of course, thanks to Pinterest, (Seriously, what DID we do before Pinterest?) and these gals are a sure-fire win. […]

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that little cottage in the woods of your living room.

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I’m beginning to think that Those In Charge of products at Land of Nod are sneaking little peeks inside my brain. Or maybe we’re secretly related somehow, somewhere? Because the number of times I see a new product from them and gasp at its perfection is getting ridiculous! I heart Land of Nod. A ton. […]

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