Holiday travel is right around the corner. Just in case you’re traveling with small children, look what we have for you! The foot powered Skootcase looking much like the iconic Italian scooter wouldn’t you say? Available in pink or blue and ride ready for airports or a spin around Grandma’s house. There is plenty of room inside to store your child’s favorite things.
Plus, it features a sturdy tow strap that makes it convenient to throw over your shoulder when your child gets tired. It is approved for carry-on luggage plus boasts a full steering column and can hold up to 110 pounds.
Check out these tips for traveling with kids and beating backseat boredom. The love story video is sure to put a smile on your face.
Yesteryear’s pint size suitcase has been up-cycled to a hanging vanity.
Help save the planet and save some cash!
Earth Day – April 22nd
Take 22% OFF
Everything & Anything
Offer not valid on prior purchases, with gift cards or other offers.
WANTED: GENTLY USED TOY DONATIONS
Calling all parents in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area!
Totally Kids in Bloomington, is accepting new or gently
used toys for local families economically challenged by
the affects of Autism. Aside from helping our friends
and neighbors, this is an excellent opportunity to clear
out your closets as well as keeping those unused toys
from ending up in a landfill for the next 100 years.
Please stop by and visit us.
Bring whatever you can, as even the smallest toy
will brighten one child’s day.
For Earth Day 2012 teach your children about sharing and responsible recycling by donating toys. All children donating toys on Earth Day April 22 will receive a FREE surprise toy from Totally Kids.
Like we haven’t had enough with the eggs already. Just couldn’t pass up this LAST great egg idea of what to do with your leftover plastic eggs.
How She Does It has DIY instructions for these cute musical egg shakers. Some may still be hidden around your house, but you have the eggs! Now all you need rice and dried beans to go inside the eggs. Embellishment like foam bunnies, ribbons and buttons for the outside. A glue gun and super glue to seal the deal.
Now tell us please, which came first, the chicken or the egg?
This Sunday we must remember to spring ahead our clocks one hour.
Totally Kids fun furniture and toys gives away piles pallets which are left out behind the store for pallet collectors. We are always curious about what folks do with the hundreds of pallets that are hauled away. One of our Pinterest boards is dedicated to pallet love where some are re-used most imaginatively. With spring in the air this pallet garden looks like a simple re-purpose pallet project.
Life on the Balcony has a tutorial on how to turn a pallet into a standing garden. When choosing a pallet for edible gardening pick the heat treated ones.
While we’re thinking Spring – here is a salad garden fit for a small space from Go Green Gardners.
Up-cycle or give ‘em the boot.
Are you aware that you can not donate a drop side crib or even give it away on Craig’s List or Freecycle.
Look at this brilliant idea of an up-cycle for a defunct or whatcha gonna do with it crib! A Little Learning for Two has the the how to for “green” cribs.
On June 28, the Consumer Product Safety Commission put new crib safety regulations into effect that not only prohibit the manufacture or sale—including resale—of traditional drop side cribs, but impose stricter guidelines for crib manufacturers.
These new standards, will require that all cribs have fixed sides, and also require the slats to be made stronger to prevent breakage. Safety testing will be even more stringent in proving compliance. Crib manufacturers will have to meet these new standards or face possible mandatory recalls and civil penalties.
These new mandatory standards, now gives the U. S. the most stringent crib standards in the world. After years of advocating by many consumer groups these standards were approved in December 2010 and as of June 28, 2011 they are in effect.
This also applies to cribs used by hotels and childcare centers, although those organizations have been given an extension and won’t have to replace their cribs until December 28, 2012.
Now for a little green cribs and Sp-ham:
You grew up with the great taste of SPAM® (maybe)! Now, play SPAM™ The Dice Game. An instant classic, and it’s fun! Use the SPAM™ tin container as a dice cup and for travel.
This afternoon we had the pleasure of meeting with Jim and Heidi from Bridging to discuss our Fall Furniture Harvest 2011.
Bridging’s purpose is to “bridge the gap” between the “haves” and the “have nots.”
Their mission is to provide families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household goods to stabilize and improve lives while effectively using community resources. Bridging will serve approximately 5,000 households (over 13,000 individuals) in the Twin Cities area.
Heidi explained that there is a greater need than the furniture donations we planned on collecting. Our gears have now shifted to meet the immediate needs of local children who may be sleeping at night huddled up in their clothes, or sleeping under a coat.
Going to bed is safe and comforting for most of us, but a shocking number of local children go to bed each night without the sheets, blankets or pillows to keep them warm and cozy. For the first three weeks of November will be accepting donations for Sweet Dreams In Warm Beds that we know every child deserves.
A Friendly Friday Shoutout for other greatly needed items such as; Recycle Your Quilts, Duvets, Towels, Lamps, Kitchen Essentials: Dinnerware, Silverware, Cookware, Bakeware, Drinkware, Pots/Pans & Utensils
Of course anyone wishing to donate items before November, please feel free to do so and THANK YOU! Plus you will receive a storewide 10% OFF discount with your donation.
Summer won’t last forever you know.
Sidewalk Chalk – DIY
Sidewalk chalk is really easy to make, lots of fun and the end result provides you with a brilliant excuse to get outside according to Kate at Mini-eco. Here is her recipe for fun!
To make your chalk will need:
♥ Plaster of Paris (one cup)
♥ Water (one cup)
♥ Powdered tempera paint
♥ Disposable container
♥ Greaseproof paper
♥ Toilet rolls
♥ Masking tape
1) Get your toilet roll and tape one end with masking tape to seal it off. Line the inside of the tube with greaseproof paper.
2) Pour the water into your disposable container then sprinkle the plaster on top (generally its a 1:1 ratio but check the instructions on the packet). Start by adding 1 tablespoon of powdered paint to the mixture and give it a good stir. Add more paint if necessary.
3) Stand each tube, taped side down, on a level surface. Pour the mixture in the tube and tap lightly to get rid of any air bubbles.
4) Once the plaster has set you can remove the toilet roll and greaseproof paper. You will need to allow the chalk to dry fully for a few days before using.
TIPS: If the toilet roll tube is a little chunky for your taste then you can split the tube, overlap, then tape to reduce the diameter. You can also use different kinds of molds; ice cube trays and silicon muffin trays make good ones and don’t need lining with paper.
Once you have made your stash of chalk you can do all manner of lovely things:
♥ Play hopscotch
♥ Play bean bag toss
♥ Play noughts and crosses
♥ Draw a brilliant picture
♥ Trace around each others bodies
Remember not to pour Plaster of Paris down the drain!
Plaster of Paris can get quite hot when setting so make sure little ones are properly supervised.
Do you, or do you know of anyone today who actually runs to get a Yellow Pages when searching for a telephone number?
Last night in the entrance of Annie’s condo, we had to walk past 2 mountains of plastic bags housing new Yellow Page Telephone Books. It appeared that residents were ignoring their existence all together.
If you’re not going to let your fingers do the walking, what do you do with your Yellow Pages?
If you are stumped, here are a few suggestions:
- Child booster seats which can created by covering them with fabric remnants.
- Tear out pages to use with kindling to light fires for stoves, BBQ’s or bonfires.
- Door stops.
- Make a pencil holder.
- Window wipes which are ideal for cleaning windows with a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
- Yellow Pages step aerobics, duct tape books together to use in stair-stepping exercises.
- Make paper mache.
- Fire starters for fireplace, grill or woodstove.
- Recycle – Less than 10% of all phone books printed are recycled, even though they can be recycled into everything from ceiling tiles to cereal boxes. Visit Earth911.com to find your nearest phone book recycling center.
- Garden mulch - shred a few pages at a time as they’re great biodegradable weed blockers.
- Make several hundred paper airplanes.
- Perfect origami paper. Instead of buying expensive craft paper to make paper cranes or flowers, use the pages of the Yellow Pages. The words and see-through pages give the origami a interesting look.
Make your voice heard. Sign a petition to the Yellow Pages Association insisting that they move to an “on-demand system” of distributing directories.
Save them, they could become collectibles?
These bows could be standard fare for a very long at Totally Kid fun furniture & toys with our supply of Yellow Pages. At least I find it to be a good idea. We will see what Megan thinks about them.
How About Orange has a perfect pictorial for this bow making project if you too would like to put your Yellow Pages to good use.
Merriment Designs shows us how to up-cycle the yellow pages into wrapping paper.