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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floating like a bath toy

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Birdie is deep into her summer swim lessons, and I just love watching her float around in the pool like a little fish. Watching your children learn and grow is a truly amazing process.   Her teachers are always telling her to practice her swim moves in the bathtub at home. But, as I’m sure you […]

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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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animal jam paper toy printables – appondale

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National Geagraphic Kids and Small for Big are starting a great new partnership! I’ll be creating printable animal toys for you to download, print, and assemble your own animals and environments: with a different land and its animals featured each month. Today marks the beginning of the series! Created in partnership with National Geographic, Animal […]

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worth 1000 words: kyoto playhouse

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Do you have a spare $7500? Good, then you can buy this playhouse for us to share. Read more about the Kyoto Junior SmartPlayhouse.

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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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Mamas and Papas with Donna Wilson

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Now where the heck was this when Birdie was new? She claims she still wants to ride in a stroller at the ripe old age of 5, but I just don’t think she’s going to fit in one of these. Donna Wilson is a long-time favorite. She’s such a whilrwind of textile design, and with […]

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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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add a little sugar to your dolls

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It’s okay little darlings, I don’t mind if you have to travel all the way from Poland, or that I have to use Google translate to figure out how to make you mine. You’re totally worth it, with your beautiful fabric hair, your dress up clothing and accessories, and sweetly sad expressions. I’d even purchase a […]

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