Archives for the month of: March, 2012

Welcome Spring!

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, Spring officially begins today Monday, March 20, 2012 at 7:21 p.m. with the Vernal Equinox. Vernal translates from Latin meaning Spring. The Equinox happens twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The word Equinox translates from Latin words aequus which means equal and nox which translates to night. The location near the equator will have the most equal amount of daylight and nightime at this time.

Our Blossom Bed will bring Springtime freshness to any little princess’s bedroom year round.

It is not many years here in Minnesota we can step outside and know that Spring has arrived from the warmth of the air and buds on the trees.

This year we are taking advantage of the early warm weather and experimenting with inexpensive greenhouses aka plastic totes. At night, just pop on the covers..EZ! The idea began from reading a forum on the Garden Web where folks were tossing around ideas for early starts. This method looks like it will give us a good head start.

Did you know that you can save almost $700.00 in food bills with a 100 square foot vegetable garden according to Mother Earth News?

I ask you, what do you do with your cardboard TP rolls once the paper has disappeared? This earth friendly idea from Saidos  da Concha for up-cycling toilet paper rolls is positively brilliant!

Kelly has many other great ideas shared on Pinterest, take a look!

Calling all car lovers! Now who would not like one of these chocolate models to roll on to their plate?  They are an EZ cook together for even the youngest cooks.  Be sure to start out with ample parts as there is a tendency for mysterious disappearance of integral parts.

Milky Way Cars

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet Milky Way Bars
  • 1 packet Tiny Teddy Biscuits
  • 1 packet chocolate Smarties
  • Handful of Choc Melts

Instructions:

1. Assembling the Milky Way Cars works best in a production line. Setup the bars and allocate four Smarties per car, all the same colour.

2. Melt the choc melts in a small dish. Use melted chocolate to stick on the Smarties.

3. Using a thin object (eg: a chopstick), place a small amount of melted chocolate onto the Smartie and then stick the Smarties to the Milky Way bar.

4. Holding the Milky Way bar by the sides, press the tiny teddy gently into the bar.

5. Repeat until you have completed all bars. EZ,  cute and  tasty!

The Milky Way Cars are the brainchild of The Speckled Freckle Party Place. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Transition out of the crib and race off to sleep in your very first race car bed  that takes a crib size mattress.

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For more space and room to grow this twin size Formula 8 Race Car Bed is the ticket.

Out of the crib and into a BIG boy or BIG girl bed is a milestone in any child’s life. Mark it with a bed that will grow with your child. Caleb’s first BIG bed starts out as a low twin bed with guardrails. Notice how the space under the bed is utilized for storage.

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Then when he is old enough there are extender legs and a fun slide, tent and curtains that will turn it into his dream fort bed.

Girls will not be left out. There is a pretty pink or purple version for girls.

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Middle school bound and look how his bed morphs. Now he adds the student desk that rolls out and then tucks right under the bed. For space saving storage there is a dresser and bookcase.

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Caleb’s cousin West Lingo has taken the same bed and made it ready for his college years that are not too far off. Notice the enormous study space on the full length desk top for his computer and text books.

This add as you grow system is available in a chestnut or white finish. The headboards are available in a closed end or slatted end style.

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For plant starters! Andrea Dozier has inspiration for an earth friendly gift presentation using egg shells for starters!

Happy New Beginnings – Happy Spring!

All you campers out there, check these out! This one is not exactly big family friendly but certainly well equipped.

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Tree top slumber. What kid would not find this a dream?

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Camp out every night right in your own home!

Do you read the warning labels on product packages? Look what Shauna discovered yesterday! If you purchase one of our fun rocketship tents for your children WARNING: do not allow them to shelter in it during a thunder storm!

The thunder storm warning is definitely for “spacey” parents wouldn’t you say?

Blast off for some good pretend fun in this futuristic rocketship, but WARNING: do not take shelter in it during a thunder storm.

Remember to SPRING AHEAD!

This time of year always reminds me of clocks.

Ever hear the expression “ask him what time it is and he’ll tell you how to build the clock?” Will mention no names here, Dave.  Tick tock you really can build your own clock. Here is an educational clock project for the entire family.

Rembember that Sunday March 11th we need to set our clocks ahead one hour marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2A.M.

You can also use this as an ideal opportunity for teaching time.

The ability to tell time is a significant milestone in a child’s educational development and does not have to be a difficult nor frustrating experience. Choosing the right educational time teaching tools can lessen the stress. Fun time teaching toys can also help motivate little ones learning how to tell time.

Build a potato clock for a science lesson with potato power. Who would think tasty spuds can also do double-duty as an undercover battery.

Time to get a robot? – no I mean clock….
Inspired by mid-20th century science fiction, Kim is the wall alarm clock that literally “tells” time. Simply press on her button nose, and Kim’s eyes light up red as she states the exact time in a quintessential robot voice. With her gold metallic curls, green speaker mouth and her dedication to announcing the precise time whenever prompted, Kim the Talking Clock is sure to be a favorite with humans everywhere.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your house is anything like ours this time of year, there are lots of these empty colorful little plastic eggs lying about. This week’s Recipe for Fun offers a tasty way to fill them. Round up the kids and whip up a batch of good old Rice Krispie treats.

Tried and True Recipe

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • – OR –
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

Direction
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add Rice Krispies. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula stuff mixture into your little plastic eggs which are perfect molds.

Bon Appétit

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.