ages 5 & up

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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animals with a name like filomeluna must be good

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Ears like leaves and feathers, bunnies with a mermaid’s tail, and mustachioed cats. That’s definitely the kind of creative world I want to live in. Looks like Filomeluna feels the same way, because her animals are exactly as I described above – elephants with leaves for ears, bunnies with fishy fins, and a dapper cat […]

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save your cents with these piggies & more

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Birdie found a stash of spare change in the car today, and spent a significant amount of time counting, and sorting her riches into one of her piggy banks. It turns out we have several – thanks in part to a favorite paint-your-pottery shop in our favorite weekend spot. One of these days I’m going to […]

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little wooden toys for little happy children

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Modern, but classic, timeless, and full of play value. Those are the things I love to find in a toy – and the things I can’t wait to share with you. I’ll be honest, the first thing that drew me to desEnfantillages was the minimal styling and color palette. But don’t be fooled, desEnfantillages has […]

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the cutest hunchbacked animals you’ll ever meet

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I’m browsing through a favorite online shop of mine, just seeing what’s what. And then, bam, I see Frida. Who is Frida? Well, she’s the adorable hunchbacked monkey by Franck & Fisher. She’s all sweet-faced, open-armed, and ready to love. Her body is 100% organic cotton, and her clothes are all created from repurposed fabrics, […]

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