It’s a good day to melt some heat away.

There are many versions of ice cube painting. We’re going to try the Kool-Aid one but definitely outside today where it is very hot, not to mention MESSY. We’ll let you know how it goes and if it turns into semi-permanent body painting with colorful little fingers.

Share & Remember freezes liquid water colors by filling the trays with water first, then added watercolors & stirred which are left to freeze overnight.


Keep the painting project less messy by freezing Popsicle sticks in the ice cubes.

Our approach will be to let the little Van Goghs cool off their hands as much as possible while creating their masterpieces hopefully on large sheets of paper.

Ice painted gift wrap!

Minieco put her 3 year old to work which resulted in brilliant and  most amazing gift wrap.

Our recipe was mixing 5 flavors of kool-aid with about 1/4 cup of water for each color, then freezing the colors into a few ice cubes. The less water you use, the more vibrant your colors will be.
We know that this will be super messy and must caution all that it will stain clothes and hands.

Jefferson Desk and Hutch

Designing Study Spaces for Scholarly Success

Summer has barely begun here in Minnesota. It is hard to believe that in some places around the country, school will be back in session in just a few weeks.

It is never too early to begin thinking about designing an effective study space for your kids. Parents play a key role in helping their children learn the organizational skills necessary for successful study.

Here are a few tips from Legacy Kids.

Routines are key. Pick a time of day to tackle homework (right after school, after dinner, right before bed) and stick with it. Plan on some breaks (for example young children don’t focus well for more than 20 minutes) as needed. End the routine with bags packed ready for the next day.

Make a work zone. Designate an area for homework and studying. The kitchen table might work, but not if traffic and distractions are high. A child’s bedroom is a great choice, as long as they have room to spread out materials and can concentrate. A table or desk to write on, place to stash supplies, and a memo board to post notes and a calendar are helpful. Good lighting, room for a laptop computer, and a comfortable chair are also considerations.

Post the goal. Setting a goal is easy. Remembering it as you work towards it is harder. Ask your student to make a sign about the goal. It could be a huge letter A or a drawing of your student doing something fun as a reward. Then post it where he will see it as he works.

Encourage organization. Give everything a place. Encouraging your student to pick supplies and get their study spot organized may help them keep it that way and put stuff back.

Be tough. No TV, email, devices (iPad or iPod) or calls during study time.

Consider Music. Don’t automatically ban music. Light background music may help your student work. Others may find music or radio commercials distracting. Earphones may help.

Handy resources for Homework Help:

White Study Desk

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has functional desks from almost every furniture collection. Take a look then give us a call at 952-881-2425.

Booth Team Totally

Yesterday evening Team Totally squishes into the photo booth with our bride Shauna, now the Mrs. V.  It was a grand old time as we celebrated with Shauna at her wedding.

Best wishes Mike and Shauna for a long and happy life together.


Moon in My Room with boy

What’s better than a “supermoon”? Three supermoons!

The full moons of summer this year; July 12, August 10 and September 9 all will be supermoons, as NASA calls them.

Tonight the full moon will be extra large due to it proximity to the Earth, according to NASA.  The so-called “supermoon” we have in tonight’s sky is a result of the moon being as close to the Earth as it ever gets, while also being at full moon. This closest pass is called Perigee, and it happens more frequently than you might think. In fact, the supermoon has already happened twice in 2014; however, both occurrences earlier this year were during a new moon

Last summer’s supermoon was about 30% brighter and about 15% larger than a “normal” full Moon and will be the closest it had been to Earth in 17 years.

So, try to get outside and enjoy the supermoon’s bright awesomeness tonight! is encouraging people to share “super moon” stories and photos by contacting Managing Editor Tariq Malik:

To learn more about Earth’s moon, see NASA’s kids page on the subject here.

Will this be a special night for Werewolves?

With the Moon In My Room, pictured above, the moon will be close to you in your room every night. The moon is the perfect foray into astronomy. Its phases teach us about the forces of our universe, its features tell us about the origin of our planet, and it’s just plain cool to look at. Moon in My Room brings the beauty and wonder of this celestial body right into your child’s bedroom. This remote controlled, glow-in-the-dark “mini moon” is contoured and textured to feature an authentically detailed lunar moonscape. A built in light-sensor illuminates a room when it gets dark and shows 12 phases of the moon. The phases can be controlled manually or set to rotate on an automatic function to change every five second, so that kids can follow the moon in the sky with the moon in their room. In order to save on batteries, the light shuts off after an hour.

Old Gold


Prince Albert


Is it doughnut or donut? Either way you spell it, today is the day to celebrate them.

Friday, June 6, is National Doughnut Day and doughnut makers across the U.S. will celebrate by offering free doughnuts.

This tradition was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army to help raise funds for people in need. According to the Salvation Army Chicago’s website , the idea started on the battlefields of France during World War I when the Salvation Army served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches.

And now for the really good news! Krispy Kreme is offering customers a FREE doughnut of their choice, no strings attached, at all participating U.S. stores on Friday, June 3. No purchase is necessary for the free doughnut at Krispy Kreme.

Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating too, you’ll get free doughnut with the purchase of any beverage at participating stores on Friday, June 3. Their offer is good all day long.


Pretend Play Doughnuts

Making a doughnut selection has never been so much fun! The “yummiest” decision your little baker will have to make is which of the twelve delicious-looking, self-stick toppings to place on the six doughnuts in this wooden pretend food set. Young chefs will love changing the toppings on the wooden doughnuts to make Doughnut specials every day!

For those of us in our neck of the woods, there are no FREE doughnuts. (as far as we know)
Go ahead and celebrate twin citians, have a happy doughnut day!  Here is a list of places to find your favorite doughnut.


These old ads are real! Just last week in the office we were discussing how far women have progressed. I shared a memory of a downtown Minneapolis restaurant, the Oak Grill, where women were only allowed in if accompanied by a man. Dave recalls his aunt taking him there as a young boy. Bingo, she qualified to luncheon there.

The next two ads below are not for the faint of heart.


This ad claims that most husbands nowadays have stopped beating their wives. Yawn no more.


This guy must be one of the exceptions.

clean harder

Her secret’s out.

Monday’s Memories – the good old days?

Popsicle Stick Doll House

If you have a Popsicle stick collection you can build a doll house. What do you think Betsy? Time to get crafting. For any of you short on Popsicle sticks, most craft stores stock them. One Crafty Mumma has the pictorial and instructions for the doll house pictured above. She used 250 sticks along with a glue gun to built her doll house – from stick to move in ready.

If you are not a DIYer, Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has many other doll house options for you.

Whitehall Estate thumb

The enormous Whitehall Estate.

Eco Dollhouse

Eco Doll House.

Fold and Go Doll House new

Even a Fold & Go Doll House.

And many others….

This is a great project for the kids!  A doll house made entirely from popsicle sticks!  Building the house is half the fun.  Decorating with scraps and found objects that are as unlimited as your child’s imagination.  For a full tutorial, go to One Crafty Mumma! – See more at:
This is a great project for the kids!  A doll house made entirely from popsicle sticks!  Building the house is half the fun.  Decorating with scraps and found objects that are as unlimited as your child’s imagination.  For a full tutorial, go to One Crafty Mumma! – See more at:
This is a great project for the kids!  A doll house made entirely from popsicle sticks!  Building the house is half the fun.  Decorating with scraps and found objects that are as unlimited as your child’s imagination.  For a full tutorial, go to One Crafty Mumma! – See more at:

M&M Flowers

We know a few Moms who would love these M & M flowers for Mother’s Day. So…look we we are making for this week’s Recipe for FUN. Looks like a great cook together with the kiddos and we’re all anxious to get started. An extra bag of M & Ms will be necessary though.

Thank you Ruthanne from Easy Baked for the inspiration. She added the M & M flowers on top of her flower pot cupcakes that are adorable. We will be presenting our flowers as shown in the picture to some M & M crazed Moms. Ruthanne has a lovely pictorial and instructions, so pop on over to Easy Baked and have fun creating your own flowers to pot or arrange in a candy filled vase.

Wishing a happy, happy Mother’s Day to all of our friends near and far away.

Happy Birthday Gabriel

Happy Birthday wishes to Gabriel our warehouse manager. The non-camera shy Team Totally members pose after enjoying a chocolate mousse cake from our favorite bakery, Wuolette. If you have not tried this cake you are missing a chocolate lovers dream.

Pretend Birthday Cake

Celebrate your birthday everyday with a pretend birthday cake complete with decorations and candles.  You can have your cake and eat it too. I meant have your pretend birthday cake and play with it too. Our classic birthday cake has been a favorite birthday gift for preschoolers for many years.

Red Retro Kitchen large

Of course the best way to bake a pretend birthday cake is in a pretend red retro oven.


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