your baby wants these toys – and so do you

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There are baby toys, and then there are Baby Toys. There are the ones that will be heirlooms, the ones that your baby will love forever but you will always hate, and the expensive ones that no one ever played with. Then there will be Kid-O baby toys. These little wonders are everything. Affordable, well-designed, […]

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this is the next doll we need!

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Dolls everywhere! That could be my motto. You know the dreaded cat ladies with 10 cats? I think if I was a single lady approaching 40, I would be that lady but with dolls. I think that might be creepier. Ah well, we are what we are! Today I thought I’d reintroduce all of us […]

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sweet finds from polkaros

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The name makes me think we should link hands and do the polka. The goods look sweet enough to eat – though they might be a bit too furry for that. You put them all together and you get Polkaros, a sweet little company making sweet blankets and plush. The figures above are apart of […]

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round about: opera playsets & potato role models

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This week was a bit of a blur. Birdie came down with the stomach flu, and then passed some version of it on to both of her parents. Sigh. When is Spring going to arrive again? On the plus side, after 5 years we finally installed shelves in her closet and organized all of her […]

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worth 1000 words: cardboad 2.0

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I wish going through my recycling bin would turn out this beautiful. See more collages from Blanca Helga.

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cutie tattooties brings temp tats to toys

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Temp tats. Oh yeah, I’m into them. Hardcore. I like my ink impermanent, to match my whims and the random nature of my 5 year old. I collect them like candy. Our favorites have always been Tattly – they last longer than the Hello Kitty crud from the dollar aisle, and the designs are just […]

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indoor fort building 2.0

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Outside my window right now there is about a foot of snow left. And it’s no longer the pretty white crystalized stuff, it’s the dirty, ugly, crusty kind. So we won’t be playing outside anytime soon. It’s driving all of us nuts! An indoor fort may be the only way to maintain sanity. The Happy […]

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make: painted leaves

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This is a perfect little art project to do on vacation. In fact, that’s where we made these! Escaping the longest winter known to man (which is more of an emotional statement than a factual one), we recently traveled to the Caribbean. The resort where we stayed had the most beautiful and exotic (and giant) […]

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round about: liquid sculptures & mountain pillows

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I think, as Spring Breaks go, ours was pretty dang fine. This week included the movie theater, the zoo, a big playdate at our favorite indoor playground, a painted ukulele, 6 painted canvases (mini sized), 3 treasure hunts, fabulous fancy foods, and possibly a water park if today goes as planned. I mean really, could […]

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worth 1000 words: magnetic wood

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Give me a building set like this one and I could lose myself for an afternoon. See more of Manuela Ventura’s toys via Petits Petits Tresors.

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list-making: top 5 coolest stackers

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So I think when I was a little tiny itty bitty thing, there was only one well-known stacker: the Fisher Price classic. You know, it was in a Wizard of Oz palette (that’d be rainbow), with a wobbly base, and that waxy plastic reminiscent of a by-gone era? Yep. I bet many of you had […]

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it takes two of a kind

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It’s “Spring Break” over here – even though we’re staring at 2-3 feet of snow outside our window. So it’s 5 days of Birdie and I, like two peas in a pod. Hanging out together, making art together, and being silly. At least, that’s the hope. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll stay as […]

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handmade gifts – watercolor clutch DIY

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When you can’t find it, make it. That’s got to be the credo of every creative crafty arty type out there, am I right? I should probably make that into a printable piece of art! See, there, I just did it again – turning things into art projects. I’m always looking for ways to help […]

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round about: flower people & yarn keys

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I’ve spent lots of time over the last couple of months trying to wrap my head around my new and “improved” schedule. Birdie started full days at her Montessori school – which we were all super excited to see! But, it’s the end of an era for the two of us. I’m surprised to see […]

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worth 1000 words: whales of wood

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Take a peek at Karl’s whales. Because they’re gorgeous. Because wooden whales are cool. Because he’s the designer of the Areaware wooden animal boxes that I adore – with lots of big gooey, scribbley, fat hearts written in the margins.

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