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An essential for back to school item we all know is the pencil and have them on our lists. Why not add  this cheesey pencil idea from Moneywise Moms to your list too? Hop on over and learn how to make these funky fun pencils.

Liz has done it again making back to school pencils a little sweeter. All that you need is right here, but for a beautiful how to pictorial hop over to Hoosier Homemade.

Back to School Candy Pencil Supplies

  • Rolo Candy
  • Hershey Chocolate Kisses
  • Yellow scrapbook paper
  • Pink scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter {optional, but it’s really handy}
  • Black and Blue Marker
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Adhesive – we used tape, Elmer’s Extreme Glue Stick, Tape Runner
  • Scissors
  • Tags – string, paper and erasers

If any of you have great back to school surprise recipes, please send them our way.

 

Over the years many an egg salad sandwich has been found  in our school lunch boxes.  Now this cute Eggheads  project will make use of a few left-over eggshells; re-purposing of  both the eggshells and egg cartons – yay! Nurture Store inspired us and in just a few days there is the bonus of cress that can be added to your next batch of egg salad.

Thank you Nurture Store for this great idea! For detailed instructions, pop on over to their website.

We all know that pencils are an essential for back to school and have them on our lists. Why not add  this cheesey pencil idea from Moneywise Moms to your list too? Hop on over and learn how to make these funky fun pencils.

Liz has done it again making back to school pencils a little sweeter. Try her Recipe for Fun. Here is all that you need, but for a beautiful how to pictorial hop over to Hoosier Homemade.

Back to School Candy Pencil Supplies

  • Rolo Candy
  • Hershey Chocolate Kisses
  • Yellow scrapbook paper
  • Pink scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter {optional, but it’s really handy}
  • Black and Blue Marker
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Adhesive – we used tape, Elmer’s Extreme Glue Stick, Tape Runner
  • Scissors
  • Tags – string, paper and erasers

If any of you have great back to school surprise recipes, send them on over.

Bean Bags need not match the couch either!

Our back to school assignment: find a collection  that’s ahead of the curve!

The Locker Loft.

Study and ZZZ’s Loft.  A sit sack that will go wherever you go.

Lockers for colorful storage.

Start the new school year off right with a crisp bright white.

What’s the angle? Don’t forget your protractor for this bunk. Look at that ladder, and then check out the corner desk tucked under the top bed.

Every day now through June, kids 8 years old and younger who bring their report cards into Totally Kids fun furniture & toys will go home with a FREE prize!

Tell all of your friends – yippie….

*one prize per child

At the top of almost every back-to-school supply list is the backpack. It’s a convenient and practical way to carry books, pens, pencils, and other required school supplies while keeping hands free.

Students will demand attention on the school bus this year with the new 3D origami inspired  Spiketus Rex backpacks.

Headlining the collection are the Spiketus Rex Full Pack, Half Pack, and the Nibbler Lunch Box.  The Full Pack is built for storing books and guarding gear for students of all ages.  The Half Pack is perfect for preschoolers, and the Nibbler is ideal for stashing snacks and packing lunches.  Form meets function in each of these products; plus, with colors like Dinosaur Lime, Orange Peel, Purple People Eater, and Snake Bite.

Adjustable padded shoulder straps with joining ladder strap and breathable pack pads provide comfort between the backpack and body.  Two exterior zippered side pockets and an interior zippered pocket for keys, money, etc.

As helpful and fun as they are, backpacks can also cause pain and injury if not used properly. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) estimates that about 55 percent of students are carrying backpacks heavier than the recommended guideline, leading to increased backpack-related incidents in recent years.

An Italian study found that the average child carries a backpack that is the equivalent of a 39-pound pack for a 176-pound man, or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman. Sixty percent of those children reported back pain.

What Can You Do?
The ACA offers the following tips to help prevent the needless pain that backpack misuse could cause the students in your household.

  • Make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight. A heavier backpack will cause your child to bend forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back, rather than on the shoulders, by the straps.
  • The backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing your child to lean forward when walking.
  • A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively. Make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on your child’s back.
  • Bigger is not necessarily better. The more room there is in a backpack, the more your child will carry-and the heavier the backpack will be.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child’s shoulders.
  • The shoulder straps should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.
  • If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher. Ask if your child could leave the heaviest books at school, and bring home only lighter hand-out materials or workbooks.
  • Although the use of rollerpacks – or backpacks on wheels – has become popular in recent years, the ACA is now recommending that they be used cautiously and on a limited basis by only those students who are not physically able to carry a backpack. Some school districts have begun banning the use of rollerpacks because they clutter hallways, resulting in dangerous trips and falls.

The school year has not even ended here in Minnesota, and Lisa, our sales and marketing manager has been busily preparing back to school information for College Life Magazine.

Our loft beds for college dorm rooms are being featured in the magazine. Did you know that you can get an extra high or extra long loft bed in twin, full and even queen sizes? Not only are they the best way to maximize space, but very budget friendly too.

We are looking for tips from our readers on decorating dorm rooms – first home away from home.

Where’s Mom when you need her?

How to Beat Backseat Boredom….

With Spring Break and holiday travel happening there is always the question of how to keep young travelers happy and occupied on their journey. Whether you travel by air, land or sea, here are some super toy ideas to entertain the kiddos and help prevent the dreaded backseat boredom.


Flip To Win Hangman
Classic word game with a twist! Think of a word and try to
stump your opponent. Includes one game board with erasable
whiteboard, self-storing dry-erase marker and eraser. No loose
pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 6 and up.


Backseat Travel Books Set
Four great travel books make for hours of fun on the road! This  series is your source
for fighting those boredom blues. With this Kids’ Travel Activity Pack you get all four
books for hours and hours of travel fun. Are We There Yet? features great on-the-road
games, trip-tracking tools (including travel journal pages), mini mysteries, crossword
puzzles, road games, and much, much more. An answer key is also included in the
back of the book. Best Travel Activity Book Ever! features hundreds of coloring activities,
dozens of dot-to-dots, lots of mazes, and a ton of other fun games and activities.
Kids’ Road Atlas
features real road maps, great travel games, state-by-state puzzles,
state facts (including the nickname, capital, flower, tree, and bird), an index, and much,
much more. An answer key is also included in the back of the book. Coast-to-Coast
Games
travels around the United States by region through National Park puzzles, city
games and activities, fun facts and trivia, and much, much more. An answer key is also
included in the back of the book. These fun-filled books are perfect for keeping the kids
busy at home or during those long stretches.  Ages 6 and up.


Travel Bingo
Great for travel! Both players select a Travel Bingo board, insert matching game
cards into the slot at the top of their boards, and flip open all of the doors so that
the pictures on the cards are exposed. Players close the doors as they spot objects
along their journey. Includes 4 double-sided, laminated, themed game cards.
No loose pieces! For 2 or more players. Ages 4 years and older.

Find these and many more great toys visit http://www.shoptotallykids.com or call a Totally Kids
personal shopper at 952-881-2425 to help you find just what you are looking for.

Totally Kids ships worldwide and offers FREE gift wrapping on most toys.

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Have Family Will Travel offers: Top 10 Tips for Flying with Kids.

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Be certain everyone gets plenty of rest before you travel. Hydrate especially before air travel. Remember to keep washing hands so you will return home happy and healthy. Do not forget to have fun and take lots of pictures.


NEW RUTGER’S STAIRWAY LOFT
Now here you go, all the features that you could ask for in organizing the perfect room        for the new school year.  Tucked under the loft there is a complete workstation for serious study including built-in surge protectors, lighting, phone jack, flip-down keyboard tray, and lots shelves and drawers for storage. Oh yes, a staircase that has built in drawers that are extra deep. The stairs can go on either side of the bed and they feature a non skid step surface and Euro-glides. This super sturdy bed is easy to clean, and has a scratch resistant
melamine surface. Choose white, Hazelnut, natural, ginger or deep cognac. Ask your
personal shopper how you can design the unit mixing colored drawer fronts or choose
accent knob colors. Be certain to specify left or right facing stairs at the time of your order.
Stairs can be installed on either the left or right side. Made in the USA.                            61″W x 96″L x 74-1/2″H

Find this great bed and many more at  http://www.shoptotallykids.com or call a Totally Kids
personal shopper at 952-881-2425 to help you find just what you are looking for.

7876 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55420
Give us a call!
952-881-2425

http://www.shoptotallykids.com