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Wrap up some mummies then serve them up on a plate. Surprise the kiddos, there’s a hot dog inside. This how to is found at Family Fun.

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Looking for a no brainer and easy Halloween gift? This Mummy has no brain, just unwrap it and you will find Halloween Playdough. Another recipe from the Idea Room.

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Mummified Oreos could be your treat and not much of a trick to make.

Go ask How She Does It, and she will show you how to too.

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Mummy? No silly, it’s a baby, well okay, 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 too, have some family fun on Halloween.

Perk up and celebrate National Coffee Day 2017!

Why not enjoy a cuppa Jo with the girls?

If it’s espresso for your daily dose, this fashion forward single shot pretend espresso machine offers an early start.

Your career may dictate whether you’re more likely to need that coffee fix during the day.  A  Dunkin’ Donuts/Career Builder survey indicates that the top 10 professions most likely to “need” coffee to get through the workday are:

  1. Scientist/Lab Technician
  2. Marketing/Public Relations Professional
  3. Educator/Administrator
  4. Editor/Writer
  5. Healthcare Administrator
  6. Physician
  7. Food Preparer
  8. Professor
  9. Social Worker
  10. Financial Professional

For any of you who may be a bit challenged when ordering your coffee, here is a glossary of terms from the Barista Guide:

Americano: Espresso diluted with hot water to roughly the consistency of drip coffee. Similar to drip, but with more complexity, and the benefits of the espresso’s crema.

Cappuccino: 1/3 Espresso (2oz.) 1/3 Milk (2oz.) 1/3 soft microfoam (2oz.) This drink is always free-poured, and never spooned. If your coffee house spoons their foam, find a new shop. Sometimes topped with Cinnamon or Chocolate powder, but left alone for the purists.

Chai: A spiced Indian tea beverage with varying ingredients, but usually including ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, milk, and, of course, Tea. There are many variations of this list of ingredients, but most will contain at least this, if not anise or fennel, or maybe even black peppercorns. Pronounced “CHigh”

Cuppa: Short for “cup-of-coffee”

Cappa: (or Cappu) Short for “cappuccino”.

Espresso: A ~1oz (single) or ~2oz (double) beverage created by a high pressure extraction at ~9bar pressure from ~8 (single) or ~15 grams (double) of fine, evenly ground coffee, evenly distributed and compacted into what is known as a puck. The Espresso has three major parts to its anatomy. The Crema, the Body, and the Heart. If your coffee house’s espresso lacks Crema, it’s time to find a new shop.

Flat White: Usually ~6oz. In all. Similar to a cappuccino, but with latte proportions of foam.

Frappe: Common terminology for an iced, blended beverage. Often containing coffee. Starbucks has a well-known rendition of their own known as a Frappuccino Blended Coffee (or Frappuccino Blended Crème, depending on the recipe)

Iced Coffee: Just like it sounds. Coffee, cold, and on the rocks.

Latte: A little bit of espresso and a lot of milk, with a thin cap of foam. Generally anything 10oz. And up. Flavorings may be added to form flavored lattes. (i.e.- vanilla latte, hazelnut latte, etc..). Milk may be substituted with Soy milk for a Soy Latte. A latte made with nonfat (or skim) milk is often known as a Skinny Latte.

Latte Macchiato: A latte made by pouring the espresso in last, on top of the milk and foam.

Macchiato: Macchiato is an Italian word meaning “to mark” or “to stain”. A Macchiato is a single or double shot of espresso, marked with a bit of foam or frothed milk, usually with close to equal portions espresso and foam or frothed milk.

Mocha: Named for the drink made popular by Portuguese traders at the port of Mocha, it’s a drink made with chocolate, espresso, steamed (sometimes frothed) milk, and topped with whipped cream.

So, what is a Grande in a Venti cup soy upside down caramel macchianto with five shots of extra caramel? Ooops add whip to that and a double sleeve please.

For a full pot of Java if that’s what you prefer, this pastel pretend coffee maker will compliment the trendiest pretend kitchens.

No bones about it, might as well add a bit more pretend fun; serve up some bones with your coffee.

Make your way over to Food Mayhem to learn this edible bone making magic spell, or skill.

You fill in the blanks!

The possibilities are endless for what you can frame on your walls with this wallpaper aptly named “Frames”.

Go right ahead, put a photo, drawing, hang your blue ribbons,  paste on a little bling or use your creative skills and attempt to paint something in one of the frames. It’s simply up to you! You’ll love how interactive it is.

“Frames”  by Taylor & Wood for Graham & Brown  is only $50 per roll, so you’ll still have some cash left over for markers and paints.

What do you think? You’re Framed?

THREE DAY DEAL!

Take 40% OFF our Live Butterfly Garden.

Sale Ends at Midnight September 29th or when sold out!

Live Butterfly Garden
Watch them grow then let them go! See one of Nature’s greatest miracles right
before your eyes with our Oppenheim Best Toy Award-winning butterfly raising kit. Raise 3 to 5 Painted Lady butterflies while learning all about metamorphosis. See  the caterpillars’ transition as they mature, change into chrysalides, and finally  emerge as Painted Lady butterflies! The butterflies’ development takes approximately  three weeks, and they’re absolutely safe to release into the environment.  Includes colorful pop-up habitat suitable for hanging or free-standing on a countertop,  special food, feeding kit and complete instructions. Ages 4 years plus.

Pack some butterfly treats in a school lunch. What a nice surprise that would be!

Leave it to Kreative Kellie to come up with such a clever idea.

All you need is a glue gun and the snacks, plus:

-snack size plastic bag
-2 googly eyes
-wooden clothes pin
-Pipe Cleaner

 Hug Your Teddy Bear

Celebrate with us this Saturday, September 9th, which of course you know is National Teddy Bear Day. Bring your Teddy Bear in with you and take 25% OFF all toys or games. There will be treats and refreshments for the entire family.

We do have fun every day at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys, but today, the Totally Team is experiencing even more fun with our big Teddy Bears. Here is why:

Back in November of 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt, following an unsuccessful hunting trip, refused to shoot a bear that had been caught and tied to a tree so that his hunting excursion was not a bust.

This benevolent act led to a cartoon that appeared in newspapers, and inspired a toymaker to make a stuffed bear. Toymaker, Morris Mitchtom’s creation was called “Teddy’s bear,” and the rest, as they say, is history.

Then, along came National Teddy Bear Day, which is celebrated every year on September 9th.

“If you don’t have someone to comfort you there is always a cuddly Teddy Bear. Remember how your favorite Teddy Bear could make you feel safe and secure when there was a problem going to sleep.

There are dozens of varieties of bears and some of them have become quite famous with the king of bears possibly being Winnie the Pooh. The honey-colored bear was originated with the writings of A.A. Milne in the 1920s and immortalized by Walt Disney on the big screen, the first movie debuting in 1966.

How could you celebrate such a cuddly, yet momentous day? We might suggest the best celebration is to dust off some teddy bears and have a teddy bear picnic, which was the premise for a song composed by John Walter Bratton with lyrics added by Jimmy Kennedy.

Remember the first two verses of the song?

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because today’s the day the
Teddy bears have their picnic.

We hope that you visit us Saturday and have a happy Teddy Bear Day, finding comfort in your cuddly, stuffed friend.

 

Another new to us German tradition.

Early this afternoon we noticed many children around Hamburg with big proud smiling faces carrying very large colorful cones. What is going on here?

Cute cone

Carrying on a 200-year-old German tradition, a Schultuete is a cone-shaped package about three feet high that parents fill with treats, sweets and school supplies. It is usually given to German students at the beginning of first grade.

Later we discovered, everywhere we went the store isles were filled with both empty and pre-filled Schultuetes.

In Germany Einschulung (the first day of school) is a very special event that symbolizes the importance of a child’s formal education. The purpose of the Schultüte is to make children feel special on their first day of school rather than anxious!

Kindercone

Trying to find a Schultüte in America – it will not be and easy task. However, KinderCone online has traditional German cones that you can order and fill yourself.

 

Making a Schultuete at home is another option and looks rather easy. Once again Skip to My Lou to the rescue. Skip on over and she will give a pictorial guide for your DIY Schultuete.

Best wishes to all students first time or seasoned.

 

Social media, are you addicted, affected or connected? The back fence at one time was the pipeline and lifeline for neighbors. Where are we today?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some old timers remember when good conversation took place around the dinner table. Can you believe it? There were homes that only had one telephone (land line) and it was not answered during dinner.

 

 

Check out the huge selection of retro diner table and chair sets.

Phone Booth

A telephone booth is a rare site for today’s eyes. You can however still get a nostalgic black pay phone for your home at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

1950's pay phone

Hello! Any one remember the party line?

Party Line

It was called a party line because many households all shared a single phone line that ran in and out of the neighborhood. Each home had a different phone number so they could be reached separately, but when anyone called out they had to wait until the line was free before making their call. Similarly, if someone was calling a home on our party line, they had to wait until the line was free to make the connection. It also provided entertainment and gossip potential as eavesdropping was a very common practice.

 

Can you find what’s wrong with this picture?

Absolutely Nothing!

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has both doll furniture and kids furniture built to withstand the rigors of pre-school all the way to college.

Heirloom quality doll furniture that can be handed down from generation to generation is a great choice.

So, get that big man off of the doll’s bed and let the little girl play. There are many big & tall man beds available too.

Copying their parents and other people around them from an early age with pretend play helps children develop their expressive, imaginative, social and language skills.

Dolls are important to children at each stage of their development:

0–18 months +: As babies begin to investigate their new world of shapes and textures and develops essential skills, they need a snuggly security companion.

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18 months +: As babies transition to the toddler years they begin to imitate their parents and take care of the “baby” (doll) the way parents do.

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2/3 years +: At this age they begin to act out many real-life situations with their dolls. They may become big sister, big brother, father, mother or babysitter. Baby dolls encourage nurturing play and inspire memories to cherish forever.

 

By playing with dolls, both boys and girls will enhance their fine motor skills, as well as their cognitive ability. While creating new scenarios, children get more creative. Their imaginary boundaries will start to expand. The more they play, the more their cognitive faculties will begin to grow and blossom.

Kiss a frog and it will turn into your prince. I know a few women who need to give this a try.

If it does not work the first time, try try again. With Planet Frog you can grow some tadpoles into kissable frogs. Now you have a new science experiment. JK…..

Planet Frog is a place where you can watch live tadpoles magically transform into frogs. Watch a live tadpole morph into a frog. Watch as your frog swims in its own pond and explores the surrounding rain forest habitat. Learn why frogs play an important role in the environment and the world in which we live. Features a vented see-thru lid, rock hideaway that provides shelter, pond with underwater viewing area, built-in magnifier/feeding cap, and lush habitat surrounding. Includes a break resistant and escape proof design, an easy to clean pond, and guide to Planet Frog that has feeding and care instructions and fun facts about the fascinating world of frogs. Leopard frogs are indigenous to the North American continent.

Start the study of frogs at home with Planet Frog.

A group of fish is called a School of Fish.
A group of geese is called a Gaggle of Geese.
A group of sea gulls is called a Flock of Sea gulls.
A bunch of cows and bulls is called a Herd of Cattle.

But what do you call a group of frogs?

Fishie Color Crayons DIY Do you have shoe boxes, tins or bags filled with with brightly colored broken nubs and stubs of color crayons?

You can transform those old crayons into little fish crayons like the ones pictured from make it and love it.

All you need is a silicone mold in a fish form or another favorite shape, plus a low temperature oven.

To begin, remove the paper wrappers from the crayon pieces. Making this step easier, you can place the crayons in a bowl of cool water. After about 20 minutes, the wrappers will loosen. Remove the crayons from the bowl and scrape off the remaining paper, or rub them off with paper towels.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F or lower.

Place the molds on a baking sheet and then stack the crayon pieces in the molds. You may have to break some of the crayons into smaller pieces so that you can fill the molds nearly to the top. Be sure to leave as little space between the crayons as you can.

Encourage kiddos to create color combinations; like a blue-and-white blend for drawing the sky or a mix of reds and oranges for coloring sunsets. Just close your eyes and let your kids choose colors that will go well together for new imaginative color combos.

Next, bake the crayons for 5 to 8 minutes, or just until they are melted enough to blend the colors and hold them together. Color caution: baking them until liquefied could create  just one dark color. Be sure the room is well ventilated whenever crayons are being melted. Overheating wax crayons during the melting process may release unpleasant fumes.

An adult should remove the molds from the oven placing them on a heat-resistant surface. Let them cool for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the size of the mold. Remove the crayons from the molds. If  they do not pop out easily, tap them gently on the counter.

Something’s a little fishie with this week’s recipe for fun. Now, start coloring!