ages 5 & up

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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summer craft projects – stack’em high!

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After only a handful of summer vacation days, Birdie and I are still trying to figure out some sort of summer way of being. She wants to go places constantly, or have constant playdates. While I, on the other hand, would prefer some semblance of my own childhood: when days were endless and we played outside […]

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teeny tiny pink friends

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Today I just felt the need to share something pretty and girly. Maybe it’s the stormy weather, or my over-tired body, but I’m in the mood to cuddle with a sweet little thing. Rose Minuscule (which translates to Tiny Pink) is filled with exactly the kind of doll I fall head over heels for. Anthropomorphized […]

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they send mail to toys

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We’re fortunate that we don’t spend a lot of time away from each other in my small little family of 3. But every time I travel, or my husband travels, I feel that burden of losing touch with Birdie. Plus, her grandparents and extended family are too far for daily contact. Imagine if you could […]

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building in your backyard: stick-lets

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We were sitting outside already, playing with sidewalk chalk and debating the finer points of Hopscotch, when the perfect summertime package arrived in the mail: a bag full of Stick-lets. After showing her the Stick-lets booklet, Birdie immediately began telling me about her “secret stick stash”. We then went hunting all through our yard and the […]

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our new favorite crayons, markers, pens, pencils, etc.

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It’s rare that I get to wander around a stationery store these days, but last weekend I got the chance and oh what goodies I found! Thanks to stationer Mara-Mi’s store in Stillwater, I now have a long list of wants that I don’t really need but I don’t give a damn because I’m going […]

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these cars are better than yours

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Sometimes, the simpler the toy, the better. After all, the running joke among parents everywhere is to just give them a cardboard box! Sometimes I agree, but sometimes I want to add some inspiration to their lives. I have a feeling Nickster Toys would agree with me. Or I agree with them, or something like […]

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