edible-stadiumIf you ever had the desire to build your own stadium there is still time! Serious Eats has the blueprints and will take you through step by step in a DIY slide show and just in time for the Super Bowl 50.go-packers

This is a view from the Packers End Zone when they were playing back in 2011. Of course, clever people will find it easy enough to change end zones names to Broncos and Panthers. Oddly, just last Monday, the ground crew at Levi Stadium where this year’s game will be played, had to change end zone names too. They painted the Broncos end zone on the visitor side, which was the wrong side according to CBSSports. The Broncos were supposed to get the other end zone because they are the home team for Super Bowl 50. So you too at home could make the changes.

Go ahead and get your “home team” together and start building. Looks like a fun pre-game activity involving the kiddos.

Hey, thanks Betsy for finding and sharing this edible treat.

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A 1930’s magazine advertisement for Kellogg’s PEP breakfast cereal.

Did I hear a gasp….?

No comments from this party on the ad. (biting my tongue)

Below is a classic 1930’s kitchen set just like one this peppy, hardworking housewife may have proudly used every night for serving a delicious hot dinner to her adoring husband. That is after a full day of the cooking, cleaning and dusting was completed. She looks so cute!

Betty Boop Retro Diner Set

The times and rules may have changed, but the plans used from the 30′s  to 50’s to build these kitchy kitchen sets have been pulled out of the archives, and put back into production. So now you can have one in your home too.

What's for dinner

Recipe Curio found this vintage cookbook that was published by Spry Vegetable Shortening. There is a Good Housekeeping Bureau seal dated 1935 on the back cover, most likely the date the cookbook was released. It contains lots of recipes for healthful deep frying, cakes, cookies, desserts and other yummy things you may never have dreamed of!

So now you know how to look cuter for your husband. Right?

Toys for Autism

Doth your playroom runneth over?

You are not alone if you find yourself suffering the post holiday buried in toys syndrome.

Take advantage of this time to do some  decluttering and organizing of  your kiddos toys.

Make room for the newly acquired toys by playing a game of lining up and counting all of the new toys. Next have your child match each new toy up with one that is no longer being played with.  An excellent opportunity for teaching your children a lesson in sharing exists here. Explain how happy some other children will be to receive the toys and how they will be new toys for the other children to play with.

If resistance is encountered,  ask your child to think about the last time a particular toy was played with, and if it’s been over six months, “wouldn’t it be nice to let another child play with it?”

There are charities all across the country that collect toys for various organizations. Almost everyday Totally Kids fun furniture and toys receives new and gently used toys donated for Twin Cities families affected by Autism. If you are in the Minneapolis St. Paul area please drop off any toys that you can spare at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

We would like to express gratitude to all of those who have so generously donated toys over the last few years. Thank you!

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys

7876 Portland Avenue South Minneapolis, MN  55420 952-881-2425 http://www.shoptotallykids.com

And then….. the fox asked, “Would you like a ride?”

Gingerbread Playdough

One of our favorite gifting ideas over the years has been DIY Gingerbread Playdoh. Take a look at Sweet Sugar Belle’s recipe for gingerbread Playdoh and  how adorable her packaging is; complete with a Gingerbread Man cookie cutter!

Ninjabread men at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

If you want a twist, try these Nijabread Men which makes great Gingerbread Gifts.

53 Vette Action

Sure Bet – Start Them Out in Their Very Own Vet

Why not consider this Custom 53′ Vet with a big red bow on it? Hopefully it will fit under your tree.

Can you imagine how much fun your little one would have with this Corvette Pedal Car? Modeled after a 1953 Corvette with utmost attention to every detail; chrome grill, fenders and bumper with detailed wheel covers. The ball bearing-driven pedal crank uses bicycle pedals and a bicycle sprocket for easy pedaling.

Electric Jaguar Ride On  Car at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

If he’s a Jag kind of guy, we have Sal, our new car manager on site to help with your selection. Available for the silver spoon set featuring no pedals needed as it runs on fuel just like the real deal. This electric Roadster was inspired by the 1948 Jaguar XK120, precursor to many fabled Jaguar sports cars. Interested parties should contact Sal at 952-881-2425 and be sure to tell her that Kelly referred you.

Green Toys Race Cars

If the “space” under your tree is anything like mine, these colorful race cars are a better fit than the the other larger models. They are a sure bet for the younger race car set. Built in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk containers that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These sleek racers will tear up the track without harming the planet.

NTSD

We are proud to be your Neighborhood Toy Store and we’re throwing a party to celebrate!

Please join us all day Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is an event you will not want to miss!
Bring the kids…and the grandparents and tell your friends to meet you at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.
There will be so much to do, from trying out our favorite toys and games, to contests and even face painting. Refreshments will also be served.

Play fun games and win prizes. All children will go home with a FREE prize.

Each child who donates a new or gently used toy for families economically challenged by the affects of Autism will receive 25% OFF their favorite toy or game.

Register to win FREE toys, gift cards and a $500.00 SHOPPING SPREE!

Our experienced staff is looking forward to showing you the hottest toys for this holiday season.
Come on in for National Neighborhood Toy Store Day and experience fun for the whole family!

Can you imagine telling your child to build his own ride-on toy, stool, or bookcase?  With Tsuchinoco’s innovative collection of playful cardboard toys and furniture that is now possible. Tsuchinoco is based in Japan where they have created several fantastic designs from strong pieces of corrugated cardboard that easily fit together like puzzle pieces to build functional seating, storage and toys.

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How about a cardboard house?

Or a cardboard train?

For functionality, there is even a bookcase that is very green?
Tsuchinoco boasts that  the cardboard they use is stronger than that of typical corrugated cardboard. It is a fiber board called HIPLE-ACE. Its benefit is in its strength while also is lightweight compared to wood. With this cardboard little kids can easily move the pieces around. While being 100% recyclable, what a responsible and wise environmental investment compared to most other materials used today.

If you have a “yen” for something like this to encouraging engineering for young minds, take a look at their website for many other toys and furniture.

 

 

Welcome Sephia

Meet Sepia, our newest interior designer!

We are so excited to have her as part of our family at Totally Kids.

Here are a few of her favorite things! Her favorite color is Green, even though she was named after the color sepia. Her favorite food is crab legs. She isn’t allergic to shellfish, just all other fish. Her favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. She loves cookies and cream and she is always dancing. Sepia’s favorite animal is frogs, she once owned twelve of them; all at the same time. She studied interior design at the Art Institute.

We are so lucky to have her on our team! Please stop in and welcome Sepia.

Happy World Smile Day 2015!

Friday, October 2nd will be World Smile Day so get your pearly whites ready and start practicing. Harvey Ball of Worcester, Massachusetts, who, in 1963, designed the original smiley face logo is credited with creating this special day set aside for happy smiles everywhere.

He thought that we all should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world, regardless of politics, geography and religion.

World Smile Day® is the first Friday in October each year, people all around the planet perform acts of kindness and help others smile.

Here is a healthy treat from family go that’s sure to put a “smile” on anyone’s face. Even the youngest kiddos can help create these; an excellent cook together.

This week’s Recipe for Fun: False Teeth aka Apple Smiles.

Ingredients

  • smooth peanut butter
  • 1 red apple, cored and sliced into eighths
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • miniature marshmallows

Directions

  1. Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice (squeeze a little lemon juice over the apple if not serving immediately).
  2. Place four miniature marshmallows on one apple slice and then lay another apple slice, peanut butter side down, on top.

What makes you smile?

 

October 1st is World Vegetarian Awareness Day kicking off Vegetarian Awareness Month  promoting the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. There are many benefits of a vegetarian diet; from your health to your pocket book,  and for the planet by helping save the environment, to reducing worldwide famine.

Scare up some Vegetarian Halloween Food with a few of our faves from the past.

Monster Food –  Eyeball Caprese for brave of appetite.

Photo Credit: whitneymoss  for this edible Bony Maroney Skeleton. No meat on the bones here. Visually dissect the skeleton for a list of ingredients. Hint: hummus face.

Stuffed Roaches anyone?

Puking pumpkin…… What can I say?

If you’ve just gotta have your meat, disguise it in a Mummy Meatloaf and we won’t tell. Mum’s the word.

Encourage Your Non-Vegetarian Friends, Co-Workers and Family Members to Go Meat Free this October… and They Could Win Up to $1,000!

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