Archives for the month of: December, 2012


No, Boxing Day is not a day for returning unwanted Christmas gifts. Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated in Great Britain on December 26th, a day when civil servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors.

This custom is linked to an older English tradition since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. (Downton Abbey-esque)
The employers would give each servant a
box to take home containing gifts and
bonuses, and sometimes leftover food.
In general term, it’s a gift sharing day.

Christmas wishes

We wish all of our friends near and far away a very merry Christmas!

Light Up Solar System

Welcome winter and be prepared for the longest night of the year tonight.

The winter solstice brings the shortest day – and the longest night of the year.

The reason for the different seasons in the two hemispheres is that while the earth rotates around the sun, it also spins on its axis, which is tilted some 23.5 degrees. Because of this tilt, the Northern Hemisphere receives less direct sunlight and the Southern Hemisphere receives more (and vice versa) depending on the season.

The Light Up Solar System shown above is a helpful aid in teaching about our solar system.

Blokus with board at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

This long winter’s night could be a good night for family game night. What is your families’ favorite game?

Gingerbread Game

This Gingerbread Man game is not only fun but educational at the same time. Just have the kiddos roll the die and mark the number on their recording sheet with a bingo dot marker. This activity is available in the Gingerbread Math Packet located in the printables section at pre-kpages.

We always like to have Gingerbread Man cookies to nibble (dismember) on as we play the fast moving game.

Many Gingerbread Men

A not too spicy recipe for the Gingerbread Man is available at Homemade Mamas.

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

Gingerbread Playdough

One of our favorite gifting ideas last year was 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.


End of the World Sale

Mayan apocalypse.

End of the World Sale!

We’re not sure what time it will end…..

So all day Friday, December 21st

Take 30% OFF all Toys & Games

Then if the world does not end…

Take 25% OFF

Anything & Everything

Saturday, December 22nd

Shop online or in our store.

Free Gift Wrapping

(in store only)

*Offer not valid on prior purchases, with gift cards or other offers.

The sweater that hurts the most eyes will win a fun prize!

Ugly Sweater Erin

#1 First in the contest is our very own Erin. We’re all loving her festive


Cast your vote here.

Singing Hat Man

#2 And then there was this gentleman with an amazing singing hat that danced. (the hat danced, not the gentleman)


Michelle, our marketing coordinator, jumps for joy in her ugly.


Annie, our GM,  takes Schroeder’s place at the piano with her ugly.


And Ana, sorry but you are wrong, it’s not even close to ugly.

Christmas Cheer

Then get the neighborhood singing or at least smiling with a gift of homemade cheer aka: Irish Cream.

Homemade Irish Cream

Look how beautifully  Skip to My Lou bottled her cheer. Hop on over and you will find her recipe for homemade Irish Cream.

Have you tried this? Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console will be online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE. Give it a try, I tested this last year and must say it was a fun little video message that Oliver received from Santa.

Don’t forget cookies for Santa.  Help him get cookies at every stop;  share a jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerella has the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

Totally Snowed

Our first major snowstorm of the season arrived yesterday dropping about a foot of the white stuff.  Dependable Team Totally members all battled the snow covered icy roads and managed to have the doors open on time at noon. Yay team! Britt, our fabulous art director, has logged the most time on ice. That is on ice in her younger days with a hockey stick in hand.

Hot apple cider and cookies waited in vain for anyone brave enough to make it a shopping day. It was a rather lonely day for us. Let it Snow and it did!  We were not totally snowed like the blizzard of 2010, but this snow was welcomed by some. My name is not on that list.

Sticky snow like this is the ideal snow for making snowmen. We may make some in front of the store today then paint them with special snow paint. Stop by and take a look, then come in and warm up.

If you prefer to stay warm inside, you can try your hand at building these Frosty Snowmen.

Doughnut Snowmen

Build  Your Own Frosty The Snowman.

  • Small powdered doughnut
  • Powdered doughnut hole
  • Decorators’ gel
  • Pretzel or potato stick
  • Haviland Thin Mint
  • Reese’s peanut butter cup miniature
  1. Set a powdered doughnut hole atop a mini powdered doughnut. (For a taller version, use a pretzel stick or a potato stick to secure a second doughnut hole atop the first.)
  2. Use decorators’ gel to add a face, buttons, and a carrot nose. (If the gel won’t stick, try smoothing the powder with a dab of water first.)
  3. To add a top hat to a shorter snowman, stick a small piece of a pretzel or potato stick through a Thin Mint and into a Reese’s peanut butter cup miniature, then secure the hat in place on the snowman.

Family Fun has many other ideas for you too.

Sorry Christina, looks like Richfield High did not declare today a snow day. Maybe next time.