Archives for the month of: October, 2010

The National Costume Swap Day Party at Totally Kids, was mostly  fun and games, but also a another huge success for the costume collection.  It is positively unreal how it continues to multiply. Anyone still needing costumes for little ones, infant to size 6, be sure not to miss the costume swap which will continue daily until October 25. According to the National Costume Swap, “swapping half the costumes kids wear on Halloween would reduce the annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, equal to the weight of 2500 mid-sized cars”. In addition, swapping reduces packaging, transportation, and manufacturing impacts too.

Twins Olivia, in brown and Isabella in pink, both enjoyed cookies and juice in the hands on pretend kitchen play area. Look at their matching sassy pink boots. Wonder what they will be for Halloween?

Party guests were entertained Nordstrom’s style with just the cutest piano player.


Halloween Food Ideas:

They’ll all smile when you serve up these Ghastly Grins.

Our Best Bites will show you how to make these Mummy Dogs –                                                but where are the Daddy Dogs?


Learn how to make Eco-friendly decorations from the Go Green Blog.






We took the message to the world this morning, or the world that is actually awake and watching NBC television before 6A.M. For those of you who have been following this blog, know all to well that we have a passion for Green, so it just made sense to make Halloween less orange and much more GREEN.

On September 23,  Hallow-Green was our big kick off that super intern Jenna put together. The initial message was of course teaching our children the importance of environmental consciousness with a fun Halloween Costume Exchange. Our team was blown away when folks did not just exchange a Halloween costume, but donated them. There is now a rack loaded with cute, cute costumes for infant to size 6 or 7 – ready and waiting for you to come in a swap for a “new to you” costume.

There is a HUGE National Costume Swap Day Party at Totally Kids this Saturday, October 9th from 11AM – 4PM. including  Storytime with Stephanie, contests, prizes, treats, hot cider, fun and games. Enter the Give-Away drawing for a FREE “green” (kid powered) no fuel needed kid size car. The costume swap will continue up until October 25 when the balance of Halloween costumes will be donated to families affected by Autism.

Keep the GREEN going!

Before you visit us, check under your beds and back of closets for any gently used toys that the kiddos are no longer playing with or need. The toys for Autism collection is a GREEN project that is ongoing year long.

All parents in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area! Totally Kids
is accepting all toy donations to benefit the locally headquartered group “Parents United Against Autism”. We’ll take the donated gently used toys to local families in need. Aside from helping our friends and neighbors, this is an excellent opportunity to clear out your closets a little and keep those unused toys from ending up on a landfill for the next 100 years. Please bring whatever you can.


While at Kare11, again, so very too early in the morning,  I met kitchen scientist, Liz Heinecket, who had a rather remarkable way of inflating Halloween balloons. Her blog is The Kitchen Pantry Scientist where it appears that she is always stiring up lots of science fun.


Scare up Some Halloween Food – No, I did not say throw up.


Where is that broom? It was packed safely away last year, just like every other year, the day after Halloween. Gotta find it and get it dusted off a little earlier than usual this year for pre-dawn TV. Luckily, the witches hat currently tops the Halloween tree, ready and waiting, but the broom, where is the magic broom?

Well not quite prime time, but NBC Kare 11 will be helping us get the word out about National Costume Swap Day, very early in the morning on Friday. We would have preferred a be later be-witching hour for our witchiest spokeswitch than 5:00A.M. That is really, really early. It was suggested that the old bat stays up all night to be sure that she makes it to the Golden Valley studio on time – so very too early in the morning.

The recycling message is an important one to us. Green Halloween is a fun way of teaching our kids that they too can take a personal responsibility in helping save Mother Earth. Bring in a child size Halloween costume to swap and take home a “new to you” one. The Totally Kids National Costume Swap Day Party is from 11A.M. to 4P.M. on Saturday, October 9th.  Hop on your brooms and fly in for fun and games, prizes, hot cider and treats.


Saturday we will be sharing another fun recycling project with the kiddos – spooky sucker ghosts. Bring in your white plastic shopping bags that you are no longer using, since you now carry your groceries home in reusable cloth bags. Here are the steps for making the spooky sucker ghosts at home. They are easy enough to do with a pre-schooler.

Materials: Used white plastic shopping bag, sucker, ribbon and a black marker.

Step Two: Cover the sucker with the cut recycled.

Photo Credits: Lisa Wickman

Step Three: Boo – tie on a festive bow and you have a recycled spooky sucker ghost.


Make an Egg-stra Special Recycled Bat at home. All Free Crafts will show you how.


Rather than sharing a Halloween recipe as we usually do, here is a Green Halloween food tip: Eat your leftovers! There is over 29 million tons of food waste each year, enough to fill the Rose Bowl every three days and the rotting food in landfills contributes to global warming.


Ever thought about how much you could help the environment by using Earth Friendly All-In-One Bamboo Diapers?





8A.M. Putting Halloween aside for a day and it’s Ho, ho, ho and it’s off to work we go. Not another Sunday Fun-day at Totally Kids for me, but a long day’s mission at the mart. Tweets from @santa__claus with his daily count down, leaving only 82 nights till Christmas Eve sent us to the Upper Midwest Gift Market in search of the seasons latest and greatest toys.

Starting the day out at a buyers breakfast and meeting Devon’s MIL Karen, reinforced the factoid that men often times marry women much like their mothers; spunk is certainly a shared trait with those women.

Molly and Me was the first stop where it was Tween Heaven, not for toys, or boys, for that matter, but to die for hippest decor to deck out any wanna be tween, tween or teen room.

What girl wouldn’t want this flashing disco ball with a music function? Plug in your iPod or MP3 player and rock out to your favorite tunes. The lights flash to the beat of the music. Then, when ready to unwind, it functions as a night light.

Science 2010. Possessing an uncanny sense of balance, the Hexbug Nano can even flip to its feet and zoom forward when turned on its back! When  coming into contact with an object in its path, the energetic insect will switch directions and scury away on a new path due to its persistant random behavior. What’s more, each HEXBUG Nano is assigned a unique serial number and point value system that owners can use to register their Nano online, earn points by answering quiz questions about great scientists in history, achieve levels in an online game that requires players to use scientific principles to build their own virtual Nano, and hunt for rare creatures with the highest point values. This we think is a great scientific find. What ages do you think would find this Hexbug Nano Starter Habitat a must have?

Any Pinkalicious fans on your list? Madam Alexander has created a soft cloth 18 inch Pinkalicous doll for 2010 that is pink, pink and did I say pink? We also found Goldilicious dressed in her iconic Medieval princess dress.

Sleigh loads of toys for good boys and girls will all be available at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. The day ended with tired legs and aching feet, but mission accomplished. Now with  Santa’s count down tweets we are ready to help with everyone’s list.

Remember,  that there are little elves aka personal shoppers waiting to assist helping you find just what you are looking for. Plus as always there is FREE gift wrapping on most toys.

If we want our children to grow up to be environmentally conscious, we must start teaching them at a young age. The Totally Kids National Costume Swap Day Party on October 9th is a fun way to begin an echo-friendly lesson for children, plus a great way to find the perfect Halloween costume for girls and boys.
WHEN: Saturday,October 9th from 11A.M. – 4 P.M.
WHERE: Totally Kids fun furniture & toys at 7876 Portland Ave. South, Bloomington, MN 55420
WHAT: National  Costume Swap Day Party
WHY: To offer families a creative, eco-friendly Halloween tradition
There will be contests, prizes, hot cider, cookies, treats, fun and games.
GRAND PRIZE DRAWING – Energy Efficient Kid Size ATV
Added bonus: With your costume swap you will receive 10% OFF your purchases that day!
Photo credit: Lisa Wikman
More Earth Friendly Ideas:
Learn how to make a Spooky Recycled Ghost
Are  Organic pumpkins are really green?
Carve your Jack-O-Lantern, but don’t throw away the seeds eat them.

Scare Up Some Scary  Halloween Food

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT November 20, 2010 from 10AM – 3PM

It always helps us to know in advance when you are coming in to make a donation.

All donors will receive a $15.00 Totally Kids Gift Card after they have given their blood. Yes, even employees! The Gift Card makes a super holiday gift!


Be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day of your donation.

Wear Something Comfortable

Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.

Maintain a Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donating

If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.

Blood Donation Process

Bring a List of Medications You Are Taking

We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.

Blood Donation Process

Bring an ID

Please bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification.

Bring a Friend

Bring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.


Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure so there is nothing to worry about.

Or as Annie says, “Give Blood – Starve a Mosquito!”

Need Blood?

Vampire Brew

Calling all dogs!

Bring your people down to the Wag-O-Ween Party               October 23

All Costumed Families with Their Costumed Pets will Receive a FREE $5.00 Gift Card!

(All pets must  be on leashes during the party please!)                                                                 Free Professional Photographer for Furry Family Fotos.

Hot Cider, Treats, Dog Biscuits, Games & Prizes for the Whole Family!

No Tail Wagging Pets? No Problem! Bring Your Favorite Stuffed Animal and Dress Up

5% of All Proceeds Donated to the MARS*
*Midwest Animal Rescue & Services

Do not let your people miss out on the fun. You can have them get more de-“tails” here.

Here are a few of the dogs and their families that joined us last year. Who will be joining us  for Wag-O-Ween 2010?

Pet Photography by Jessica Kempen

Halloween Food for Thought…

Who…who..who’s going to make this treat? Here’s who can show you how.

Super Easy Spooks on Stick. Should we Taste and Tell?

Feeling Crafty?

Mama Smiles and so will you when you learn how easy it is to make a five friendly ghosts puppet.

Need I remind everyone again to stop in to pick up a FREE child’s Halloween costume. Bring in a costume to exchange and go home with a “new to you one”.


Are your people helping you find a costume that makes your tail way? Some pups prefer taking their costume search here.