Archives for the month of: November, 2010

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Fly on in for unique toys for everyone on your list. If you are not in the neighborhood just give our personal shoppers a call for help finding toys for everyone on your list! 952-881-2425








You’ll jump for joy when you find how easy it is to have Totally Kids fun furniture and toys help you complete your holiday shopping. Remember, your gifts purchased in the store will be gift wrapped for FREE!





Serve these cute little Tree the Tree Pizzas? Resep Masakan demonstrates how these are easy enough for kids to prepare. O Tannenbaum.


Black Friday and unnamed Saturday and Sunday have past us by, and here we are at Cyber Monday, the day when everyone apparently spends the bulk of their workday shopping online.


Shop Totally Kids fun furniture & toys on Cyber Monday.


TSA – No Way! Not For My Kids….

No way will you get this toy for the 2010 gift giving season. Sold out! But would you even want one?


The Pet Shop is available for little pet lovers. It includes everything kids need to run their very own pet shop. Included with the shop is a five inch doll to care for the pets, a grooming cart, cash register, aquarium, and an adorable little cat for hours of make believe pet shop fun.


Dance, dance, dance. The Dance Studio will have your child’s imagination Dancing with the Stars Bristol. Includes the dance studio, a dancer, piano with storage bench and stereo.


You will find an amazing selection of great toys at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. There are personal shoppers aka toy experts waiting to help you find the perfect gift. FREE gift wrapping is available on most toys purchased in the store.

There will be no crazy middle of night hours at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. If you’re are a preferred customer you can get a  Door Buster of 25% OFF Anything and Everything online or in the store all day long on Black Friday.

Since there are not any party hearty shoppers on Team Totally, with plans of  venturing out for all night shopping, we would love to hear you tales. While you are visiting us tell us about your adventures of shopping when it is too early for the rest of to even think of getting out of bed. We will give you a FREE $5.00 Totally Kids Gift Card for educating us. (you may have to remind some of us)

Beyond big savings there will be hot cider and cookies waiting for you all day too.


Black Friday, black bunk beds!


How far would you have to go to walk off a typical Thanksgiving meal? Try 23.75 miles, or 47,500 steps. For a repeat performance with leftovers the day after Thanksgiving, does that mean we need to walk over 47 miles?


Black Friday, black captain’s beds.


Black Friday, black loft beds.

The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days, with leftovers, ours does too.


Black Friday, black lab puppet.

According to 63 percent of pet owners travel at least 50 miles with their pets over the holidays. The Travel Industry Association of America says 78 percent of the pets taken on vacation are dogs.

Turkey Day leftovers for you dog.

Looking for a new way to get rid of the Thanksgiving leftovers? Make them into a special, healthy meal for your dog! We found this recipe from, featuring turkey, cranberries and sweet potatoes. Woof it on down!



Black Friday, black 1950’s pay phone.

Turkey Hotline.

Sorry, the hotline is not for turkey leftovers, but you will find good ones at

The turkey hotline has been a butterball feature for nearly 30 years, with calls jumping from 11,000 the first year Butterball turkey launched a 24-hour hotline this year with experts on hand to answer any last-minute turkey questions or calm a cook down after a disaster. The phone is 1-800-butterball (1-800-288-8372). Experts can handle questions in english and Spanish and will take calls until Dec. 25th with more than 50 professionally-trained turkey experts can answer questions.


Yesterday was the coldest Thanksgiving Day since 1985, when the high was a whopping 11 degrees F.

There must be a kids table at every Thanksgiving, it’s practically an American tradition. For me, growing up, it was most likely for the preservation of  fine china, crystal and family heirlooms from precocious little cousins.


Creating a decorate it yourself table for your little guests will make them feel special, and best of all, does not need to take much time or planning. Emulating this kids’ table idea from Country Living by simply using a roll of craft paper and some crayons or markers, you can easily become the favorite aunt or grandma. Not only will kiddos think that they have the best seat in the house, but this budget friendly cover, provides doodling entertainment before, during, and after the Thanksgiving dinner while waiting for pumpkin pie.


Life at the kids’ table begins here.

You’ll find a great selection of  at child size table and chairs at Totally Kids fun furniture.


Keep your kids’ table guests happily occupied with a few colorful sticks of clay; allowing the adults more time to enjoy their meals. (Yay!) Ask the budding artists to create pieces that can be auctioned off for a few coins after everyone has finished their meals.


After dinner have the adults hold an auction. Start the bidding on the new clay sculptures with a few pennies. The young artists can be encouraged to tell stories about their creations to increase the bids.


Pass this tray of clay and tools around and let the sculpting begin. What will they make? How long can it take? Could you make something that you are thankful for?


After dinner when the table covering has become over decorated, drop this Pairs in Pears game on the table for a fast, fun and requiring no pencil, paper, or gameboard challenge.

The winner will be the person that guesses the exact or closest number to how many corn are in the jar. Leave your guess on our Facebook page and we will announce the winner December 1st.  You will receive a $25.00 Totally Gift Card!



Congratulations Tanya George you are the winner and will receive a$25.00 Totally Kids Gift Card!


Cool Whip, Redi-whip or The Real Deal? Which do you use to top your Thanksgiving pies?

Deep dark secret revealed ~ I like Redi-whip (always “redi” and waiting in the fridge) right out of the can, and have even served it straight on teaspoons to the kids when I was in a sharing mood.

On our Thanksgiving pumpkin pie however, it must be the real deal, high butterfat gourmet whipping cream.

If you are looking for a new pie recipe to conclude your Thanksgiving meal this year, try picking from one of these. Don’t they all all look scrumptious. Food your way holds the secrets for getting these pies from mixing bowl to your table ready for your favorite topping.


Pretty pink kitchens produce practically perfect pies. Practice, practice and more practice for budding cooks at your house and just see all that they will cook up for you.


Perfect Pretend Spices are an essential for young chefs. There is even cinnamon for preparing pumpkin pie.




Making your own whipped cream is so easy and so good.

Just use an electric mixer and be sure not to over beat or you will surprise yourself with new, possibly unwanted, butter making skills.



* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla

Whip cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until cream holds peaks.


While your football lovers are glued top their games these Pumpkin Gumdrop favors would be a fun activity for all generations to join together to create.

Shannon, certified Floral Designer and Party Planner,  of Shannon’s Shanonigins gives us the 411 on the easy steps to create the pumpkin gumdrops for your Thanksgiving table. Shannon also suggested that they would make “sweet” place card holders. Just cut a slit in the gumdrop stem and placed a place card in them.

As they say, “If it weren’t for the last minute nothing would ever get done.” Bless you if you are one of the organized. Not being in that class, I really appreciated these last minute tips from some friends.

Hopefully you do not have to face an empty shopping cart at this point in time, and by now you have all that you need for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Michelle from Everyday Celebrating shared this idea which helps assure you are not left in the missing a key ingredient bind, “I group ingredients in my pantry by dish.  Like everything needed to make corn pudding goes together, etc.. Sometimes I even label every item with sticky notes.  Why?  Because I find that a lot of my recipes call for the same things, I want to make sure every dish has all the ingredients. It’s just one more double check that I’m not missing something.”


Another good tip comes from Michelle : Now is the perfect time to make sure all your dishes and glasses are washed if you’re using china/stemware that may be in storage collecting dust.

If you’re using silver, get to polishing!  A great activity the kids can help with!


These printable lists from Laura at Organizing Your Way, which I wish that I had a few weeks ago,  but they will be used for next year as well as other events.


Prepare as much of the food ahead of time as possible. Delegate, always have a dish in mind to assign when a guest asks “is there is something that I could bring?” A very important tip is to be mindful of the turkey thawing time. A still frozen turkey Thanksgiving is not a good start for your increasingly busy day. NEVER thaw a frozen turkey at room temperature.


Turkey Frozen Thawing Methods:

  • Recommended: Thawing in the Refrigerator
    Leave the bird in its original wrapping and place it on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow 5 hours per pound or 3-4 days for a 14-19 pound turkey to defrost.
  • “Quick” Thawing:
    Place turkey in its original wrapping in sink and cover with COLD water. Change the water every 1/2 hour to maintain the temperature. Allow 1/2 hour per pound to defrost the turkey. Most turkeys will take from 5 to 10 hours to thaw.
  • Microwave Thawing: NOT RECOMMENDED
    Microwave ovens do not heat evenly, and they also heat quicker along the bone. Microwave thawing of a turkey is generally not recommended.

Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F):
Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time
8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days
12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days
16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days
20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days

Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 30 minutes per pound.
Change water every 1/2 hour.

Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time
8 to 12 lbs 4 to 6 hours
12 to 16 lbs 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 lbs 8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 lbs


November 23 is National “Eat a Cranberry Day”, here is a Thanksgiving cranberry mold recipe to try.


Even the littlest kids can contribute to the Thanksgiving cooking with this Make and Serve Pumpkin Apple Pie.






Turkey Handprint Cookies. Family Corner says  “Kids will get a kick out of watching their handprints turn into turkeys. This fun group activity allows kids to not only make their own creations, but eat them too!”


Get the DYI amazing Turkey Cupcakes recipe from Amazing Moms.


You might not want this feathery turkey for your Thanksgiving table center piece, but what a clever hostess gift to take over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for her powder room. It is a decorated tissue box, would you have guessed that?

Are there any fans left after yesterday’s Minnesota Vikings game? This tackle buddy punching bag offers the perfect outlet for disappointed deserters.

No yellow flags, hands down this is one of the most popular toys in our store. He has an irresistible “tackle me” presence for all that walk past. If he doesn’t get tackled, there is always a good punch in the face which you may want to give him now more than ever.



Disillusioned little fans can sit back and relax while waiting for better season next year in their Minnesota Vikings recliner.


Serve up some pretend pizza, before, during or after the game. You could even pretend that the Vikings had a better season.




Check out all of the pretend kitchen choices available for heating up pizza, baking cupcakes or Christmas cookies before Santa arrives.

First time for cooking a turkey, here are some good real, not pretend turkey cooking tips? Remember to follow these turkey thawing tips from Butterball. Or try this real  tried and true Thanksgiving sweet potato topped with marshmallows recipe?

Last night a freezing rain coated all of the Twin Cities with a slick glazing of slippery ice from top to bottom.  With the overnight treacherous, icy road conditions, or actually, ice on everything conditions, the question is: “should we delay the opening time of Totally Kids this Sunday?”

The Minnesota State Patrol is reporting a total of 373 crashes — 341 of those in the metro area — as of 8 a.m. The crashes have resulted in one death and 61 injuries.

(photo credit: Jupiter Images)


Business as Usual

Team Totally members are at the store ready for a Sunday FUN-day! We are so lucky to have a team using the United States Postal Service credo ““Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”. It is Sunday so those postal workers do not even have to battle today’s slippery Sunday. Business as usual and open at Sunday’s regular time of twelve noon. Stop in for a cup of hot cider and cookies.


How lucky today’s icy roads were not challenging us during a weekday Rush Hour. If you want an entertaining game for holiday travel or stay at home play days you need to add the Rush Hour game to your bag of tricks.


Our cute little guest using an elephant push toy in a hockey stick, ready for a slap shot fashion – maybe because it is like a skating rink outside.


Make your own Food Face Plates

Don’t you love this idea. It will definitely keep the kids entertained at the table.
Food Face Plates anther incredibly clever project from The Idea Room.