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Admit it! Are you that parent? The kids were sound asleep so you knew it’s a safe time to rummage through their stash for the “good” candy.

Our Facebook survey results are in. The candies that top the theft list of the most likely to be stolen by parents are: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups at the top, closely followed by Snickers, M&Ms, Kit Kats, Twix, Milky Way, Butterfingers, candy corn, Three Musketeers, and Skittles.

If the candy jar at your house runneth over, or you have a Halloween fear of dental bills, there are cures for the candy coma.

Have you heard about the Switch Witch?  A child grows in Brooklyn shares this disappearing act for all of the sugary stuff you may not care to have around for you or the kids.

The story goes like this: a child gets to eat all the candy they want up through Halloween night.  On Halloween night, before the child goes to bed, s/he lays out all their candy for the Switch Witch. The Switch Witch comes when they are asleep and takes the candy and switches it for a toy. Ta da! Cavity-creating candy is gone and a sugar-free desirable new toy is there instead!

For the more curious:

The Switch Witch lives in Hallow Heights which is a little island in the sky by the moon. The Switch Witch loves candy.  All witches love candy, but the Switch Witch loves candy the most and she has the biggest candy stash of all the witches.  Do you know how the Switch Witch gets her gigantic candy stash?  The Switch Witch gathers most of her candy for herself and all the witches and cats on Halloween night. (Did you know that witches’ cats love candy too? They only eat milk chocolate though as it has delicious milk in it! –this is true only for witches’ cats though!).  So, here is how the Switch Witch gets her candy: late Halloween night, when all the children are sleeping, she visits the houses of children who choose to switch their candy for a toy. How does she know which ones are switching their candy in? A child puts a piece of candy on the door (of their room or house) to let her know that they want to switch.  The Switch Witch flies from building to building on her broom, with her black cat Corn (as in Candy Corn) on the back. They come in through a window. They fly in through the window with magic- the window does not need to be open.  She takes all the candy the child puts out and puts it into a sac that Corn holds open for her in his mouth.  Then she ties the candy bag to the end of the broom.  She takes out a shiny black bag that is full of toys. She leaves one toy for the child to thank them for the candy.  Then she leaves just as quickly as she came: on her broom, out to visit other children and perform more switches. By early morning, she and Corn return home to Hallow Heights where she sorts all the candy into large glass jars. That night, all the other witches come to visit and the Switch Witch doles out the candy they want.  They eat their candy with her, share stories of Halloween, hear about what toys she brought to the children and come back night after night for a treat.  You know how most pictures of witches are flying near the moon?  That’s because they are on their way to Hallow Heights to visit the Switch Witch and share in her gigantic candy stash.  By next Halloween, the Switch Witch has run out of candy and goes back out to do her switches.

I’m not sure about this one but to each your own. What do you think?

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Happy Birthday Dr. SeussYou’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child! – Dr. Seuss

Who hasn’t eaten some green eggs and ham? Have you ever put a cat on your hat, or a hat on your cat?

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!  He was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on this day way back in the year of 1904. This means that he would be turning 114 this year if was still alive. Just think of how many more fantastic books we would have.

With 46 published picture books, Dr. Seuss is considered one of the greatest children’s book writers and illustrators of all time. How many of his books have you read over and over and over? I remember knowing  my son at age 2 was a genius when he “read” his first Dr.Seuss book aloud, over and over and over.

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How about building a  Banana Strawberry Cat in the Hat surprise for your little ones? A Worthy Life was the inspiration for this healthy treat.

green-eggs

How would you eat your Green Eggs? Well, first you might want to learn how to make them.  So Wonderful So Marvelous holds the secret Seuss-y recipe, Hop on Pop and head over to lean how.

one-fish

On fish, two fish. You can make them too fish and learn how over at Simple Girl.

These are some of our favorite Seuss-isms, what are yours?

1.  “You have  brains in your head.  you have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”

2.  “Today you are you, that is truer than true.  there is no one alive, who  is you-er than you.”

3.  “From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

4.  “Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.”

5.  “Today is your day!  You’re mountain is waiting.  So…get on your way.”

6.  “If you never did, you should.  These things are fun,  and fun is good.”

7.  “I meant what I said, and said what I meant.  An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent.”

8.  “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

9.  “And you will succeed?  Yes indeed, yes indeed!  Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed.”

10.  “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss today at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys! You will receive 15% OFF your entire order! All you must do is share with us your favorite Dr. Seuss quote. This must be done at the time of placing your order, not valid on prior purchases, with gift cards or other offers.

So…“Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!”.

Upcycle Martha

Leave it to Martha to upcycle sweaters into these warm gifts.

Large and small pieces of felted-wool sweaters can create a variety of attractive pouches: A hot-water-bottle cover was cut from a turtleneck sweater, an eyeglass case began life as an argyle sweater, a waistband forms the top of a tiny stocking, and a portion of a sleeve became a case for an cell phone.

Gather ye old sweaters while ye may, old time is still a-flying by: and that same sweater that smiled yesterday will smile again tomorrow. Do not forget any of your Ugly Christmas Sweaters.

Who on your list would enjoy these lovely little gifts?  Martha will show you the how to.

Before we had kids, my husband and I would eat out all the time and enjoyed our time together discovering new foods and restaurants. Now that we have two little boys, eating out isn’t so easy or enjoyable. We are now mostly limited to kid-friendly dining and even at the most kid-friendly restaurants, we are susceptible to melt downs, whining, crying, and restlessness among other things. So I made a list of restaurant table games to play while waiting for your meal, or even during meal time when the kids are done eating but the adults aren’t. These fun little games can be played using items found at your table and have really helped us keep the kids busy and calm while dining out.

1. Origami Fortune Tellers. I used to make these all the time when I was younger and they were always a camp favorite. If you don’t know how to make one of these, HERE is a step by step tutorial.  All you need is the kids menu and crayons. Colors go on the outside, numbers in the center, and a fortune on each of the 4 inside flaps. Here is how to play: First your child chooses a color. If it’s red, then spell out R-E-D while moving the fortune together and apart with your fingers 3 times. Then choose a number from the center. Again, count while moving the fortune teller. Then pick another number and whichever number they choose, lift up the flat and that is their fortune. Here are some fortune ideas: “You will have good luck today” or “You will go to a party soon.” Or they could be a direction like “Give someone at the table a hug” or “Make a silly face.”

2. Sugar Packet and Penny Trick. This is a restaurant table version of the old cups and balls magic trick. Take three of the same color sugar packet and a penny or small coin. Show you child which packet the coin is under and then quickly mix them up while they are watching. See if they can follow which sugar packet the penny is under and when you are done mixing, ask them where the penny is.

3. Guess Which Hand. Hide a sugar packet/piece of a napkin/coin (or other small table object) in one of your hands. Make a fist with both hands and have your child guess which hand the object is in. My son likes to play this game on us! He (not so) discreetly hides something in one hand and then we get to guess. Of course I like to humor him and pick the wrong hand :o)

4. Straw and Sugar Packet Tic Tac Toe. Here is a fun way to play Tic Tac Toe. Ask your server for a couple extra straws and use them to make the game board. Use sets of two different color sugar packets as the markers for each team or player. Three in a row wins!

5. Straw Wrapper Worms. When you are unwrapping your straws, scrunch the paper up. Lay it on the table and drip a drop of water on it. Watch it wiggle and grow! See our Straw Wrapper Worm video:

6. I Spy. Choose an object at the table or within view of your table and using the phrase “I spy with my little eye, something ___” Provide a descriptive word about what you see and let your child guess what it is. Then let him/her pick something and you try to guess!

7. Dot Game. This is also called Capture the Squares. The object of the game is to connect dots to get as many squares as possible. Start by drawing a grid of dots and take turns connecting two dots at a time with a vertical or horizontal line. When a person is able to finish a square, put your initial in it. When all dots become squares, count the initialed boxes and whoever has the most wins!

8. ABC Spy. Using the kids menu, or in this case we used the fry basket liner, ask your child to find an “A” and so on. Each time they find the letter, they can circle it. This seems too simple, but believe me, this kept my 3-year-old occupied for a good chunk of time and he really liked searching for each letter I called out.

9. Disappearing Objects. Arrange a group of objects together in the middle of the table. Tell your child to look closely at all the objects on the table then tell him to close his eyes. Take an object away and see if your child can tell you which object is missing.

10. Table Football. There are actual rules to this game (that we don’t follow). We just like to make a paper football and enjoy flicking it around. To make the ball: Start by folding a piece of paper in half longways and fold the corner down into a triangle. Continue to fold down, making triangles until you get to the end of the paper. Tuck whatever excess paper is left on the end into the “pocket” on the top of the ball.  The object of the game is the flick the football across the table and if it is hanging over the edge when it comes to a rest, you get a touchdown. We like to hold our hands up into a field goal and try and flick between the posts (aka fingers and thumbs).

Thank you Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me for sharing these entertaining ideas.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to you! It may only come around once a year, which may be too often for some of us.  However you look at it, we thought that you might like this list of Birthday Freebies to help celebrate your special day.

Baskin Robbins – FREE ice cream
Ben & Jerry’s – FREE ice cream treat
Burger King – FREE kids hamburger on their birthday (requires a signup)
Chuck E. Cheese’s – FREE tokens (12 & younger)
Cold Stone Creamery FREE ice cream
Dairy Queen join blizzard fan club get a birthday deal
Denny’s – FREE grand slam
Krispy Kreme FREE dozen when you buy one
McDonalds FREE happy meal kids 5-12 time (need to fill out a form in advance)
Papa Murphy’s – FREE cookie dough on birthday (need to fill out a form in advance)
Panera– FREE bakery item (need to sign up for email list in advance)
Qdoba Mexican Grill – FREE burrito w/entree purchase
Quizno’s – FREE cookie
Red Robin – FREE burger
Starbucks – FREE drink for registered Starbucks Card holder
Subway  FREE treat on birthday
Taco Time FREE kids meal

Please, if you know of other Birthday Freebies, let us know and we will add them to the list.

Birthday Cake

Here is a fun way for your little ones to have a birthday party every day. Go ahead, have your cake and (pretend) eat it too.

 

Easter Party

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We usually have piles of pallets accumulating behind our store.  On a daily basis they are taken away by pallet pickers .  What they do with them? Your guess is as good as mine.  But, look what other clever folks have done to transform or upcyle old pallets; pallet love.

Pallet Bed

Just add a futon.

pallet swing

For Swingers.

pallet garden

Vertical Gardening.

pallet shoe storage

Shoe storage.

pallet rolling storage

Rolling storage cart.

pallet table

Pallet Table

pallet playhouse

Little playhouse.

Pallet big house

Big real house.

Disfuntional Designs says: “Recycling shipping pallets into furniture, home decor and art is currently one of the biggest DIY trends! But before you can create anything with wood pallets, you first need to take them apart!”  Go on over to their website to learn the first step, how to disassemble wooden shipping pallets, they have a good 411.

If you have crafted from pallets, please share with us.  We would love to post your pictures.

– Kelly

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It’s Our Annual Lucky Shamrocks Party!

Save the Date

Saturday, March 18th

1PM to 4PM

Bring the kiddos in for a Lucky Shamrocks Search Game.

There will be Lucky Shamrocks hidden all around the store

for *50% OFF a toy or game of choice.

Face Painting, Fun Games, and Refreshments.

Bring all your friends. We hope to see you!

FREE prizes for all kids wearing green.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys

7876 Portland Avenue South
one mile west of the Mall of America
shoptotallykids.com
952-881-2425

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Flowers have always been a big part of Valentines Day, but this year try a little “flour” instead. There are not many years here in Minnesota that we can Heart Attack our neighbor’s lawn with white hearts but looks like this may be  the year since we are lacking the other white stuff. If somehow there is a  normal snowfall for the day of romance, we will use our red snow paint instead of the flour.

Set your alarm for just before dawn and have some fun with this way to give your neighborhood a heart attack.

The House That Lars Built  shares this really easy  flourfull idea.

Materials: flour, sifter, bowl, large paper, scissors, pencil

Step 1: Draw a large heart onto a piece of large paper (over 11×17″). I found that the bigger the heart the better it turned out. Smaller hearts don’t show up very well.

Step 2: Cut out heart.

Step 3: Pour a large amount of flour into the sifter over heart shape. Start with the edge of the heart and work towards the center.

So, go ahead and give your neighbors a heart attack this Valentines Day!

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