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Wrap up some mummies and put them on your plate. Surprise the kiddos, a hot dog inside. The how to is found at Family Fun.


Looking for a no brainer? This Mummy has no brain, just unwrap it and you will find Halloween Playdough an un-candy treat. Another recipe from the Idea Room.


Mummified Oreos could be your treat.

You may ask How She Does It, she will show you how to too.


Mummy? No it’s a baby, well maybe a baby Mummy.

Babble claims all it takes is roll of gauze plus a cute baby and you’ll have your own baby Mummy.

All you Mummys and Daddys have fun with your babies on Halloween.

Our annual Wag-O-Ween Party is just two Saturdays away. The showroom is spookily decorated with pumpkins, bats, ghosts, spiders and lots of cobwebs, some faux and even many authentic spider spun left especially for the occasion.

Today, I am considering this way Marvel-ous costume. What do you think? How long would it actually take to accomplish that face?

Calling all dogs!

Put on your costumes and bring your people in to the Wag-O-Ween Party 2011. Join us Saturday, October 22 for fun games, prizes and treats. Professional photographer Gretchen Osowski will be with us for fun fotos for pooches and people.

Make some Marvelous Mummy Meatloaf.








Well, anyway……

Here’s lookin’ at ya!

Hop on your broom and drop in……

Angela or senior Interior Designer, and Erin L. our special events coordinator are displaying two of the costumes available for the National Costume Swap Party on Saturday.

Go green this Halloween and celebrate EEK-onomically by exchanging your gently used Halloween costumes for a new – to – you one.

Please join us.

WHEN: Saturday, October 8th from 1pm-3pm
WHERE: Totally Kids retail location at 7876 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55420
WHAT: Hallow-Green Costume Exchange Party
WHY: To offer families a creative, eco-friendly Halloween tradition

Everyone will be entered into a drawing; the first chosen will pick their item first. The rest will follow; then, let the trading begin.

Hot spiced apple cider and cookies will be served. Play fun games and win prizes. Enter a drawing for a eco-friendly, kid powered car!

Receive a 10% discount on everything and anything when participating in the costume exchange.

Families are encouraged to bring in multiple costumes for the exchange. Any left over costumes will be donated to St. Joseph’s Home for Children, a charity that provides basic needs and emergency shelter needs for children in the Minneapolis and metro area.  Last year, Totally Kids was able to donate a carload of Halloween costumes to children. The goal for this year is to at least double that amount. What a great way to share the Halloween spirit with children who would otherwise not receive this opportunity.


PREP TIME: Requires 30 minutes chilling
COOK TIME: 25 minutes
YIELD: About 30 Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon Amaretto
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons strawberry jelly
1 teaspoon water


1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2.  In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, egg, Amaretto, and vanilla extract.  In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.  Working in batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until fully incorporated.  Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, combine the strawberry jelly with 1 teaspoon water in a small saucepan.  Over low heat, melt the jelly.

4.  Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remainder refrigerated, roll a scant tablespoon full of dough into a thin log shape, about 4″ long for each cookie. Squeeze the dough around the center and close to one end to create knuckle shapes.  Keep the logs somewhat skinny, as they tend to expand in the oven.

5.  Make a small indentation at one end of the dough.  Drop a small bit of jelly onto the indentation, and press an almond slice firmly into the end of the cookie for a nail.  With a paring knife, make three slashes at the knuckle.

6.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until pale golden.  Allow the fingers to cool on a cooling rack.

Serve if you dare!

Johnny Appleseed Day for Kids

Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America’s great legend., Johnny Appleseed was a real person named John Chapman who traveled west and he planted and sold apple trees along the way to settlers. With every apple tree that was planted, the legend grew.                                                  Bake up some fun with this pretend apple pie.

A Little About the Legend:

  • John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774.
  • He was a nurseryman who started out planting trees in western New York and Pennsylvania.
  • During the life of John Chapman, the “West” was places like Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.
  • John Chapman was a deeply religious person and was known to preach during his travels.
  • According to legend, Johny Appleseed led a simple life and wanted little. He rarely accepted money and often donated any money he received.
  • It is believed that he died on March 11, 1845, from what was referred to as the “winter plague”. The actual date of his death has been disputed.

Celebrate today with an apple rich menu. Include fresh apples for snacks, and some applesauce or apple pie for dessert. And, make plans to plant an apple tree.

Easy Peasy Apple Pie uses a refrigerated crust.

Or, bake an apple pie in an apple – bet you’ve never tried this one!

This year there is caramel apple pie on a stick for you to try.

Yes indeed, upcycled and upside down.

Megan (surprise – surprise) here is a new project – how about building a which-way witch for the event. Birshykat has the 411 you’ll need for this creation. (witch BTW  was made from finds right here in Minneapolis) She even crafted the witches shoes! (the Goodwill is  conveniently located down the street) We will see what our talented furniture designer, Megan will come up with…

Hallo-Green Costume Exchange Party 2011.

Celebrate EEK-onomically this Halloween by exchanging costumes! Bring in your kids’ gently-used costumes and trade for a new-to-you one! Trading costumes is a fun way to get kids excited about recycling.  Join us at Totally Kids for games, prizes, and spooky treats!


All those participating will receive 10% off their entire purchase!*

Bring in gently-used costumes for kids or dogs and trade for a different one!

WHEN: Saturday, October 8 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
WHERE: Totally Kids at 7876 Portland Ave. South, Bloomington, MN 55420
WHAT: Hallow-Green Costume Exchange Party 2011
WHY: To offer families a creative, eco-friendly Halloween tradition

Everyone will be entered into a drawing; the first chosen will have first pick of a new-to-you costume. The rest will follow; then, let the trading begin!

Any additional costumes that you can donate will be combined with the leftover Halloween costumes and given to St. Joseph’s Home for Children. Last year we were able to provide a huge car load of Halloween costumes for the kids at St. Joe’s. This year our goal is to at least fill 2 car loads. Please help by sending over any gently used costumes that you are no longer using!
phone: 952-881-2425

To top off the witches head, (wherever it is) here are some yummy kid easy to make Witches Hat cookie concoctions.

Simple iingredients are Keebler Fudge stripe cookies (turned upside down), Hershey Kisses attached with orange Wilton tube icing. Soooo easy!

*Offer good October 8 only. Not valid on prior purchases, gift cards or combinable with other offers.

A star filled night sky, crackling campfire, finding the perfect spot on a preferably charred, slightly glowing log for roasting your marshmallow that’s waiting on the tip of a stick until the inevitable poof when  it’s enveloped in a small ball of flames.  Next, what it’s all about…. the ooey gooey  marshmallow-ey chocolate mess on your face and hands.

Maybe you have a secret method of getting it all neatly between the graham crackers? Not me.

A few weeks ago we had all the fixings ready and waiting, but two days of rain dampened our campfire plans for S’mores.

Can’t rain on our parade – we discovered a new method:

When It Rains – It S’mores

Don’t reserve these for campfires–they’re easy to do in the oven.


16- graham cracker squares

4- milk chocolate bars

1- cup mini marshmallows (un-used, not from marshmallow shooter misses)


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Arrange half of graham crackers on baking sheet. Top each cracker with 1 piece of the chocolate bars. Broil until chocolate is softened but not melted.
  3. Arrange 2 tablespoons marshmallows on each cracker. Broil until lightly toasted.
  4. Top with remaining crackers and serve.

Tomorrow is National S’mores Day – now we know – no campfire – no problemo…

The origin of S’mores dates back to the 1920′s. It’s believed the recipe was first discovered by Girl Scouts. S’more folklore suggests that S’mores got its name right by the campfire. After eating one, young kids chanted “gimme some more!”

S’mores for Halloween.

Sally Ride Day honors the first American woman to go into space. Dr. Ride accomplished this feat as a mission specialist aboard STS-7, the second flight of the Space Shuttle “Challenger”. STS-7 was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983.

Celebrate Sally Ride Day by learning more about the U.S. space program and NASA.

If any of you young ladies (or  young gentlemen) have thought about becoming an astronaut, hopefully  you will follow your dream of going into space. Until then, here is some practice gear for you.


This Official Jr. Astronaut Suit is available in child and adult sizes. If you stop in today you just might see Annie suited up in her astronaut gear.

Unfortunately, Annie’s head is a little too big to wear the realistic Official Jr. Astronaut Helmet with built in sound chips, a spring loaded retractable shield plus a mock boom microphone for communication.

As a famous Trekkie once said. “Space is the final frontier”.


Mommy Monday Roll Call! Are you having a good hair day?

If you would like to win a prize, post your answer on our Facebook page. 

We will announce a random pick winner tomorrow, May 17th, and send a $15.00 Totally Kids fun furniture & Toys Gift Card.  – Kelly

Make an appointment for some stylin’ fun with this trend-setting hairdresser set. Your young stylist can put on the machine washable smock, with its personalizable name card and can use the comb and brush for a new style every day. The battery-powered hairdryer sounds like the real thing and blows cool air. Satisfied clients can check themselves out in the plastic hand mirror.


From a reader: While getting my hair cut at a neighborhood shop, I asked the barber when would be the best time to bring in my two-year-old son. Without hesitation, the barber answered, “When he’s four.”

 Congratulations Tisha Greene! You are the winner of a $15.00 Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Gift Card! If you know Tisha, please tell her that she is a winner. – Kelly

Five alarm fun when you fire them up for playtime during the day then it’s off to bed to rest your head in a  hero’s bed! Our Fire Station No. 2 Loft Bed includes the top twin size bed, built in  guardrails.

We asked our Facebook Friends to help name this bed and Cheryl Bowles offered inspiration and won a $15.00 Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Gift Card.

Jr. Fireman Suit
Here is one red hot item for your little hero. It is by
far the most  official looking fireman’s suit anywhere.
Loaded with all of the details of the authentic fireman’s
suits! There is an adjustable hard helmet, adjustable
black or tan bib overalls complete with pockets and
knee patches and adjustable suspenders. Oh, and
did we mention the coat buckles and authentic
gauntlet cuffs. Sizes: 2/3, 4/6, 8/10, 12/14
View size chart here.

Every Fire Station needs a Dalmatian and you can have one too!

My First RC Fire Truck
Putting out fires in a neighborhood near you! The award winning My First RC, Fire truck includes a steering-wheel style two button remote and bump n go siren sound. Squeezable soft and chunky in shape makes it perfect for little hands. Made in a safe, child friendly design and controlled by a simple function remote. Push the button up and the truck goes straight. Push the button down and it spins in circles. Chunky style is perfect for little hands.

Start your Royal Watching right at home watching your own little princess grow. Dress her up by day in a regal gown and cone cap with veil , then slumber by night in the cutest poster bed in the kingdom.


Let the interior designer in you show its stuff  with this interactive designing  app for bedroom makeovers. It is a fun game to share with little princesses.

IT’S A SIGN!  You are raising a princess.

She knows something is missing. You can find this sassy T with her message at Spoiled Rotten Kids.