Archives for the month of: July, 2011

We think this will be a good day for a surprise SALE.

Stop in or give us a call today and mention that it is a surprise SALE Day and you can take 20% OFF anything in the store or online.*

We do not have a recipe for the cute sale boats but they look like blueberry jello topped off with a tangerine, toothpick and white paper sail.

Hot dog, it really is a surprise SALE!


Don’t forget to add life savers. Stop in today for fun games, prizes, treats and free face painting by Erin.

* not combinable or on prior purchased

Answer for Science Saturday: A group of frogs is called an army of frogs!

Kiss a frog and it will turn into your prince. I know a few women who need to give this a try.

If it does not work the first time, try try again. With Planet Frog you can grow some tadpoles into kissable frogs. Now you have a new science experiment. JK…..

Planet Frog is a place where you can watch live tadpoles magically transform into frogs. Watch a live tadpole morph into a frog. Watch as your frog swims in its own pond and explores the surrounding rain forest habitat. Learn why frogs play an important role in the environment and the world in which we live. Features a vented see-thru lid, rock hideaway that provides shelter, pond with underwater viewing area, built-in magnifier/feeding cap, and lush habitat surrounding. Includes a break resistant and escape proof design, an easy to clean pond, and guide to Planet Frog that has feeding and care instructions and fun facts about the fascinating world of frogs. Leopard frogs are indigenous to the North American continent.

Start the study of frogs at home with Planet Frog.

A group of fish is called a School of Fish.
A group of geese is called a Gaggle of Geese.
A group of sea gulls is called a Flock of Sea gulls.
A bunch of cows and bulls is called a Herd of Cattle.

But what do you call a group of frogs?

Answer: Tomorrow we will post.


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.

Absolutely Nothing!

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has both doll furniture and kids furniture built to withstand the rigors of pre-school all the way to college.

Heirloom quality doll furniture that can be handed down from generation to generation.

So get that big man off of the doll’s bed and let the little girl play.

Copying their parents and other people around them from an early age with pretend play helps children develop their expressive, imaginative, social and language skills.

Dolls are important to children at each stage of their development:

0–18 months +: As babies begin to investigate their new world of shapes and textures and develops essential skills, they need a snuggly security companion.


18 months +: As babies transition to the toddler years they begin to imitate their parents and take care of the “baby” (doll) the way parents do.


2/3 years +: At this age they begin to act out many real-life situations with their dolls. They may become big sister, big brother, father, mother or babysitter. Baby dolls encourage nurturing play and inspire memories to cherish forever.


4 years +: Girls begin to project themselves into their world and start to develop and value friendships. In turn, they are looking for best friend and confidant dolls.

NFL lockout over and it’s a touchdown bunk bed and good omen…right Desirae?

Hut, hut, hike…you’ll be the M,V.P. when you tuck your little football fan
into our Touchdown bunks. Bonus underbed storage drawers! They separate
into two twin size beds. A straight ladder, 2 guardrails, underbed drawers
and slat rolls are included.

The ant life cycle is very interesting to watch. Did you know that the established queen will lay eggs that will grow into larvae which closely resemble maggots? The larvae will grow and shed their skin several times, at which time they will look like white ants. Finally, they will emerge as full grown ants. As your AntWorks habitat matures you may notice that the ants get bigger and bigger. This is a normal phenomenon, as the first generation ants are usually much smaller than subsequent generations even though they are the same species.

With the AntWorks ant habitat, you can watch ants create 3-D tunnels in the amazing space gel. This miraculous gel is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity. This space-age gel serves as both habitat and nutrition for the ants. Watch as the ants turn a brick of aqua-blue gel into a fascinating colony of tunnels! This is the first time anything has been created that enables you to view these awesome creatures at work. The AntWorks Gel is non-toxic and contains the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth in the new colony. Watch ants live, work and tunnel in the nutritious gel as they create series upon series of intricate tunnels. Ants are highly intelligent, organized, numerous, and strong. With their largely developed brains, their compassion for fellow ants and ability to work as a team, their amazing physical strength-often carry 20 times their body weight, and an innate predisposition for a healthy attitude toward work. This ant habitat is easy to care for since the ants need NO food or water.

Ant History

Ants are insects that evolved from wasp-like creatures over 100 million years ago. Today there are over 12,000 species of ants that have been classified.

Ants form colonies that range in population from a few dozen living in small natural cavities to millions that live in larger structures they build in the ground. The colonies consist of three types of ants. Sterile, wingless females, fertile males, and fertile females referred to as queens. The sterile female ants serve as soldiers or workers in the colony.

Ants work together in colonies to build their habitat and recreate. The process can be fascinating to watch for children and adults alike. Due to the fact that most ant colony behavior takes place beneath the ground, humans must use ant habitats or ant farms to observe ant colony behavior.

Scientists claim ants can carry more than 50 times their body weight.

Myrmecology is the scientific study of ants, a branch of entomology.

Your parents or grandparents may have studied ants with the original Uncle Milton’s Ant Farms which we still have available for you today.

Learn more advanced facts about ants from Ants of North America.

It’s a good day to melt some heat away.

There are many versions of ice cube painting. We’re going to try the Kool-Aid one but definitely outside today where it is very hot, not to mention MESSY. We’ll let you know how it goes and if it turns into semi-permanent body painting with colorful little fingers.

Share & Remember freezes liquid water colors by filling the trays with water first, then added watercolors & stirred which are left to freeze overnight.

Life in Mommyland keeps the painting project less messy than we plan on by freezing Popsicle sticks in the ice cubes.

Our approach will be to let the little Van Goghs cool off their hands as much as possible while creating their masterpieces hopefully on large sheets of paper.

Ice painted gift wrap!

Minieco put her 3 year old to work which resulted in brilliant and  most amazing gift wrap.

Our recipe was mixing 5 flavors of kool-aid with about 1/4 cup of water for each color, then freezing the colors into a few ice cubes. The less water you use, the more vibrant your colors will be.
We know that this will be super messy and must caution all that it will stain clothes and hands.