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Last week I, Michelle a Marketing Coordinator here at Totally Kids, took home a Spot-It! card game. I thought that the game was really fun and an excellent family game, sleepover game and a great TV substitute. Depending on who is playing the game, it can be as competitive or as relaxed as you want.

How it’s Played:

Each player starts out with one Spot-It! Card and the rest of the stack in the center of the playing space.  The idea behind playing the game is to match an item from your card to an item that is on the center stack of cards. Once you match an item, you call the item out loud and take the center card and place it on top of your current card. The card you took, then, becomes your new card. The object of the game is to obtain the most amount of cards once the center stack has run out.

I love the game because it is always a challenge for all ages. It is very difficult to adjust your brain to train your eye to look for a certain shape or size because between all the cards, the shapes and sizes of the items continue to shift. With the circle-shaped cards, there is no rest or expectation for your eye and memory.

By the time we got to the third and fourth round, we had developed quick reflexes and a strong competitive edge. If you really like card games that involve speed and challenge your brain, this game is perfect for you, your family and friends. It is a game to entertain kids and adults, none of which will get bored playing.


Judging from the above photo, looks like Amber, our customer care manager and Michelle were all about fun and games at work today. Stop in any day and challenge them to a game of spot it! Watch out though, they have been practicing.

Help us select our Bed of the Week!

Choose a bed from our website, then post your pick here or on our Facebook page. A random winner will be announced for a $15.00 Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Gift Card.

This week’s Bed of the Week is the Monahan Stairway Twin Over Full Bunk Beds. The drawer front colors are interchangeable or all white if no color is desired.

If you are searching for kids’ beds, weather first BIG bed or college loft bed, you must take a look at all the amazing beds available at Totally Kids. Knowledgeable personal shoppers are always available to help you find just what you are looking for.

Each week there is a featured bed that has an additional discount.

Did you know that there are bunk beds for three?

There are oh so many theme beds for boys and for girls. Please give us a call at 952-881-2425, we would love to talk with you.

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

Who Wants to Win?

Hop over to our Facebook page and tell us why you would like this fun sprinkler from Melissa and Doug. We will choose a random winner and it could be YOU!





Click on Shopping Spree.

Congratulations to
Heidi Cohen of Battle Creek
the winner of our July
$500.00 Shopping Spree!

Next month it could be you!

A lesson in cooperation.

Begin by cutting a few swimming noodles in half.  Give each player a noodle. Scatter 20 or more colorful balloons (blown up) on the ground around a 2 laundry baskets.

Give players five minutes to move as many balloons as possible into the laundry baskets without touching the balloons with any body part. The catch? The only tool they can use is their pool noodle. At first, players may try  batting the balloons into the basket alone. A lesson in cooperation will happen once they realize it takes two! Using the two pool noodles like giant chopsticks to lift the balloons into  the basket and you’ll have a team of winners! Be sure to have prizes for everyone.

Another oldie but goodie from

More Noodles….

Brain Noodles are like pipe cleaners on steroids. You can use your noodle to bend, twist, and create anything you can imagine! Craft fun for kids of all ages; birthday gifts, quiet play time, party favors, learning tools, brainstorming, ice breakers for parties, centerpieces, stress toys, luggage id, fundraisers, and more! The list goes on and on…With all the possibilities, Brain Noodles™ can be used again and again in unlimited ways.

Kids Can Cook!

Do any of your kids have a favorite recipe that they enjoy making? We are looking for kids and their special recipes to feature on our blog?  Of course there will be a prize when they are featured!


Breakfast Rockets a summertime kid favorite recipe.

The adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day is true. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast concentrate better in school, work faster, are more creative and even score higher on tests! So, set a good example and have breakfast with your kids. The following recipe is a fun breakfast alternative.

  • 1/2 cup vanilla or plain lowfat yogurt
  • 1 TBSP of peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. of sugar
  • 2 cups of oat or wheat flaked cereal, crushed to 1 cup  or 1 cup of lowfat granola
  • 4 small bananas
  • Plastic wrap
  • 4 popsicle sticks


Measure yogurt, peanut butter, sugar and place in small bowl.

Mix it all up!

Cut four large squares of plastic wrap.

Over another bowl; crush flake cereal with hands.

Put 1/4 cup of crushed cereal or granola on each plastic wrap square.

Peel bananas. Insert popsicle stick in one end of each banana.

Spread each banana with yogurt mixture and lay on cereal.

Turn each banana once to evenly coat with crushed cereal.

Wrap each banana in the plastic wrap square. Twist ends to hold. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to eat.

Yesterday was Sunday FunDay in Emerald City (Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.)

Typically on Sundays we are joined by a store full  of families stopping by for shopping plus fun and games.

There is an on going hula hoop challenge, hands on test and play area,  football toss championship, registration for an extreme ride on car giveaway and a count the lollipops in the jar contest. Always animal crackers for the kiddos and a hot cup of coffee and ginger snaps for adults. If your Toto is joining us, there are dog treats for our canine friends too.

The weekend brought one storm cell after another resulting in two days of threatening skies. So, okay, there was rain in the form of very heavy downpours, but the show must go on, right?

Megan, first to arrive, discovered no lights, aka a power outage which we later learned had even affected the airport. The power luckily was quickly restored (possibly because we are so close to the airport) and we all continued with business as usual.

But, where are all of our guests?

Sidebar:  Glinda the Good Witch of the South of us (Annette) reported that from her observation of the few folks that did drop by, the well-behaved (Munchkins) children stayed home yesterday. Our staff scarecrow,  lion and tin man were checking the yellow bent signs.

It was not until driving home that I learned of a severe tornado touchdown in North Minneapolis. We heard no warning sirens and no one even mentioned or called to inform any of us of possible danger.

Several rotating supercells spawning a few tornadoes touched down across the Minneapolis area on Sunday afternoon. The tornado or tornadoes tore roofs off buildings, downed power lines and toppled trees blocking streets. Early reports estimated the tornado touched down for around 30 minutes across the metro area. The Associated Press reported one person was killed, 30 others hurt and at least 100 homes were damaged by the storm.

Last night a curfew was imposed in the stricken area and 7 schools are closed today.

How can we help?

A fund has been set up for the public to help in the disaster recovery.  The Minnesota Helps North Minneapolis Recovery Fund aims to assist with both short-term and long-term housing and recovery-related needs on the north side. To make a donation by credit card, visit or send checks for the recovery effort to:

The Minneapolis Foundation
80 S. 8th St., Suite 800
Minneapolis, MN, 55402

You can also donate to the Red Cross at

Cub Foods to Host BBQ for North Minneapolis Tornado Victims  tonight at 5PM at 701 W. Broadway . The food was donated by  Cub Foods, General Mills, Kemps, Oscar Meyer, Jerry’s Enterprise and Pan-O-Gold Bakery.

For up-to-date information about North Minneapolis clean-up needs & activities, please visit UHW’s Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 24

The Club will be open to families to have a meal. Lunch at Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club from 1-4 today.
2410 Irving Ave. N in Minneapolis

El-Amin’s Fish House (2221 West Broadway) will be serving food from 2-6pm. Free meals served to all affected by the tornado. Please also bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations for families in need.

Kids Closet offers free childrens clothing. You can come and shop on Thursday for free clothing for your children if you are in need.