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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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worth 1000 words: a willow teepee

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Canvas Teepees? Eh, been there, done that. Let’s try a willow teepee instead. See more of this glorious kids room at Little Gatherer.

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6 summer crafts for you and the kids

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Summer is coming, and I am jumping around the house in anticipation. I always start making big mental lists of art and craft things to do with Birdie. I could say I do this to keep her occupied, but to be honest I love them just as much – or more – than she does! […]

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see the forest with the trees

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For those of us who love the wonder and possibilities of playing of blocks, I’ve found the perfect set of trees to go with your fantastical structures. I don’t think it matters if you build a fairy castle, the Taj Mahal, or the local fire station – a building looks more at home if it […]

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you’ll need these to help get through Monday

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I always put off one too many things over the weekend, saving them all for Monday morning. It means that, even though I love my “jobs”, Mondays can kinda suck. Especially if we’ve had a big weekend full of activities, like this past weekend. I am going to need several of Cotton Monster’s stuffed monsters to get […]

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spring paper dolls with stylo magazine

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It’s been an amazing Spring full of fun opportunities for me. And I’m excited to begin sharing it all with you! Stylo Magazine’s second issue is out, and it’s another stunner. You’ll find beautiful fashions for kids that you can make yourself, and lots of inspiration even if you don’t have time to sew it. It’s […]

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snuggly but definitely not ugly

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Snuggly Ugly’s super soft dolls are clearly much more snuggly than they are ugly. Upcycled dresses, soft cashmere hair, and not a hard edged button or nubby nose in sight. These limited editions beauties are ready for some luvs – which one do we hug first?

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top 8 mother’s day diy crafts for kids

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Mother’s Day is an odd duck in the blogging world: so many of us end up writing posts about great mother’s day gifts that the husbands and other gift givers will never see! Still, it’s worth persevering. All we need to do is forward the right post to the right person in our lives and we […]

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round about: national ukulele day

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Normally this would be my moment to sum up the week and share some of my favorite finds from round about the internet. But this week? Oh no, not this week. It’s National Ukulele Day people. And I’m in love with ukuleles. It’s something about their diminutive size and sweet little sound. They’re a little […]

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boho beauty all wrapped up in handmade dolls

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In a contest between the toys taking over your house and you, most of the time it’s clear who’s the coolest: you. Unfortunately, these dolls may disagree with that status quo. I think they’re cooler and more fashionable than my entire wardrobe. Boho Beauties are a big fashionable bundle of handmade charm. Each doll includes […]

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