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!

Space.com is encouraging people to share “super moon” stories and photos by contacting Managing Editor Tariq Malik: tmalik@space.com.

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

Camel

Prince Albert

Homer

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.

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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.

Beer

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.

Heinz

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

spanking

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: http://totallygreencrafts.com/2013/03/popsicle-stick-doll-house/#sthash.WYfFyXqO.dpuf
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: http://totallygreencrafts.com/2013/03/popsicle-stick-doll-house/#sthash.WYfFyXqO.dpuf
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: http://totallygreencrafts.com/2013/03/popsicle-stick-doll-house/#sthash.WYfFyXqO.dpuf

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.

All About MOM

Head over to Teachers Pay Teachers for this cute Mother’s Day printable

ping pong ball lamp

Everywhere you turn these days there’s another gotta try it DIY project. Looks like this weekend’s project is inspired by an older Marie Claire Idées using ping pong balls, upcycling an old lamp shade and a few cans of spray paint to create this whimsical pendant lamp.

Rescue an old lampshade, then remove the covering exposing the wire frame.  Thrift stores are great places to find lamp shades if you don’t have an old one laying around. For the ping pong balls try a Dollar Store. You’ll also need heavy nylon thread, a sturdy needle and a hot glue gun.

Spray paint the balls in groups using a different color for each layer. If you are using 6 rows, you will need about 30 balls per group for a total of 180 ping pong balls. After the paint has dried, with a large needle, poke a small hole into each ball on opposite ends.  Using nylon thread, make garlands of balls and knotting one end, then pulling the thread through each ball from one hole to the other. It’s just like beading. Fill up the garland until all of the balls fit around the diameter of your lamp shade’s frame. Tie the garland of balls around the lampshade structure. We will be using a hot glue gun to secure the balls to spots on the frame. Repeat each row of ping pong balls until the entire shade is covered.  For the light, pendant cord sets are available at IKEA HEMMA.

Please share photos of your creations.

 

Happy Easter

We wish all of our friends near and far away a very Happy Easter!

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