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Join Totally Kids fun furniture & toys for a day of Family Fun on Saturday, November 12th as we celebrate National Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

We are proud to be your Neighborhood Toy Store and we’re throwing a party to celebrate! Please join us!

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Fun for the Whole Family

Bring the kids…and the grandparents and tell your friends to meet you here.  This is an event you will not want to miss!

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There will be so much to do, from trying out our favorite toys and games, to winning contests and featuring face painting by Cindy Lou!

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Play fun games and win prizes. Each child who donates a new or gently used toy for families economically challenged by the affects of Autism will receive 50% OFF their favorite toy or game.

Register to win an Eco-friendly car!

All children will go home with a FREE prize.

Our experienced staff is looking forward to showing you the hottest toys for this holiday season.

 

Autism Book Drive

April is Autism Awareness Month.

Autism Spectrum Disorders is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Center for Disease Control estimates that an average of one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. This is about 3.5 million Americans. It is estimated that one percent of the world’s population lives with this disorder. The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may be apparent in infancy at about 18 to 24 months, but they usually become clearer during early childhood around 24 months to 6 years.

There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has partnered with the The Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) and is collecting new and gently used books including but limited to fiction, non-fiction. encyclopedias, and dictionaries for the new MAC School High School library. Please bring in any books that you can spare and spread the word to your friends and neighbors.

MAC currently services children and adolescents ages 2 to 21 throughout the state of Minnesota through a variety of programs. These programs, whether in-home, center based or school based, are individually tailored and adapted to provide the absolute best program possible for each child and adolescent attending MAC. In this way, MAC upholds its mission to promote the general education and welfare of children and youth challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorder and support the development of healthy families. When you are with MAC you will agree that nothing is impossible.

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Totally Kids fun furniture & toys offers toys especially selected for Autism. Take a look here.

Espresso Maker at Totally Kids

How about starting your day today with a cup of Joe to celebrate Coffee Day 2014?

Knowing no boundaries, Coffee Day is celebrated on Sept. 29 in a number of countries around the world,  including Australia, Canada, England, Norway, Sweden and the United States.

For a cup of “Jitterless” Joe may we recommend our (pretend) Espresso Machine for any budding baristas out there. If you are looking for FREE coffee, today is your lucky day! Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy KremeTim Horton’s and Chick-Fil-A’s weeklong free coffee deal goes until Saturday hoping to promote its “farmer-direct” coffee, bought from farms in Central America.

Starbucks ‎is offering a free sample of its Anniversary Blend. But stop by early… the sample is only available until noon.

McDonald’s has been handing out free cups Joe for two weeks already — and today is the last day.

Have a happy Coffee Day! As the great Clark Gable once said “I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.”

Toy Store Day 2014

SAVE the DATE!

Join Totally Kids fun furniture & toys for a day of Family Fun on Saturday, November 8th as we celebrate National Neighborhood Toy Store Day.

We are proud to be your Neighborhood Toy Store and we’re throwing a party to celebrate! Please join us!

Fun for the Whole Family

Bring the kids…and the grandparents and tell your friends to meet you here. This is an event you will not want to miss!

There will be so much to do, from trying out our favorite toys,  games,  winning contests and featuring face painting by Princess Christina!

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Play fun games and win prizes.

Each child who donates a new or gently used toy for families economically challenged by the affects of Autism will receive 25% OFF their favorite toy or game.

Register to win an Eco-friendly car, favorite toys and games, gift cards and a $500.00 SHOPPING SPREE!

All children will go home with a FREE toy prize.

Our experienced staff is looking forward to showing you the hottest toys for this holiday season.

Remember, as always there is FREE gift wrapping on toys.

All Green Toys and Melissa & Doug Toys will be 20% OFF all day.

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This morning we delivered our fun Malibu Bed as a donation for the Children’s Hospital Association’s 64th annual fundraising benefit, the Storyland Gala which is taking place this evening.

Storyland Gala“Avoiding Needless Pain for Children at Children’s” will be the recipient of proceeds from the Fund-A-Need live auction. According to Dr. Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD, “Pain management helps patients heal faster, maintain better long term health and avoid the debilitating effects of long-term pain.” To learn more, please click http://vimeo.com/20329079.

About Children’s Hospital Association (CHA):
CHA is a volunteer non-profit organization that raises funds to support programs and services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. CHA has a rich history of facilitating leading edge care for children and helping to establish Children’s as a national leader in pediatric health care.

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Wine donations are located around the corner. No drinking and driving, but hmm…. Beep, Beep, Sweet Dreams in Your New Jeep!

Monkeying Around

After the Jeep Bed is set up, there’s Gabriel, our warehouse manager, just monkeying around.

 Dunkin Donuts

Tomorrow, June 7th, is National Donut Day!  Where are you going to get your sweet fix? Makers across the U.S. are celebrating by offering free donuts.  Krispy Kreme, some believe is the real creator of  National Doughnut Day (event page on Facebook), invites folks to visit  one of their participating stores  to get a free donut of any variety, and NO purchase is necessary.  You can get an almost free donut at Dunkin’ Donuts: FREE DONUT of your choice with any beverage purchase.

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Created by The Salvation Army in 1938, National Donut Day was started as a fundraiser to help those in need during the Great Depression and to honor the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers, who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending, home-cooked meals and donuts for soldiers on the front lines. 

Dougboys became the nickname for the homesick frontline warriors during World War I, who eagerly awaited the arrival of the Doughnut Girls. For them, doughnuts were the key symbols of home.

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“Green Tea” from Doughnut Planet

Today bakers have taken donuts to a new level. From donuts filled with real tequila cream to the ever popular maple bacon donut, because let’s face it, everything’s better with bacon, creative donut making is the new hot trend.

Check out some of these nutty concoctions we found!

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 “Psycho Psushi” from Psyco Donuts in California

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Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin Donuts.

Donuts without the sticky mess.

 

This wooded pretend doughnut set is perfect for your little baker.  Young chefs will love using the 12 interchangeable self-stick toppers to frost the wooden donuts and serve to friends and family.

Stop into Totally Kids and celebrate National Doughnut Day with us! We will be serving donuts and coffee all day!

 

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.

Are you that parent? The kids are now  sound asleep so you know 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.

Even better than a chicken dinner!

Congratulations to Amanda Wakershauser of North Las Vegas winner of our January $500.00 Shopping Spree! Register today- you could be the next winner.

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I love, love, love this Valentine’s idea and so will your friends when they get one.

Instructions:
♥1. Drink soda pop (strawberry flavor… yum) and remove sticky labels
♥2. Rinse bottles & air dry
♥3. Spray paint soda caddy & bottle caps to match
♥4. Once the paint is dry, simply wrap the ribbon around and glue onto caddy
Now the fun part…
♥5. Fill the bottles with CANDY and lots of it!
Mine has Valentine colored peanut butter M&M’s, strawberry Whoppers, cherry gummy hearts (generic brand,) Good&Plenty black licorice, Conversation hearts  & of course, Red Hots.
♥6. Simply tie off each bottle with the label.
Label and more detailed instructions from LollyJane the creator of this pack of goodies.

Teaching Children Responsibility

Parents often wonder what kind of tasks their children can be expected to participate in at home. Just how much responsibility should be given to a child? While many tasks are beyond a child’s thinking skills and physical capabilities, most of us do not see the tremendous potential we have as parents to teach children responsibility very effectively. Parents are the child’s first and most important teachers and it is through the parents that children learn the quality of responsibility. This means that all parents are responsible for providing this education for their children.

In order to teach responsibility to their children, there are certain things that parents must do. These include:

  1. Create an environment where responsibility is an expectation.
  2. Become role models for the children in the area of responsibility
  3. Teach children to be responsible for their own actions at an early age
  4. Ensure the children know that responsibility is the norm.
  5. Reinforce any responsible behaviors with praise rather than rewards.
  6. Provide consequences for irresponsible behavior to deter any future episodes.

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Our Customer  Care Manager,  definitely the most organized member of our team, Lisa’s Staff Pick:

I love My Magnetic Responsibility Chart! As the “Queen of Organization”, I’ve determined that My Magnetic Responsibility Chart will keep families of all sizes organized. It’s simple and easy to use- just divide the chores among your family members and track your progress. You’ll know who cleaned their room, took out the trash, washed the dishes, and even fed the dog! Life keeps us busy, but My Magnetic Responsibility Chart helps make life a little easier (and more organized).

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Teaching social responsibility is also important, maybe more than ever in today’s fast paced world.

There are more than 9,654 homeless children, youths and adults in Minnesota. Helping warm a few homeless feet this holiday season would be a gift that your children could participate in by donating a pair or several pairs of new socks for the homeless. A gift too for your child;  learning more about social responsibility at a young age.

Please donate as many new socks as you can. Bring them to Totally Kids fun furniture & toys where they will be distributed to area homeless shelters. Donated socks = 30% OFF ALL TOYS.

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Here is a festive teacher gift that would be very easy for kiddos to make all by themselves. Sisters Stuff says “I bought hand sanitizers and took off the labels. I used goo gone to get all the yucky stuff off. Then I just added stickers to the front and some ribbons.” Too cute!

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Oh, my gosh like we need another snow storm. Now, our weatherman, the one with a really good snow prediction record, is forecasting the third pre-Christmas BIG snow storm Friday overnight – “A STRONG WINTER STORM WILL BRING HEAVY SNOW”.

Shindig Parties To Go shows us just how much fun it is to build an indoor snowman. (that could melt in your mouth)

If you live in the Twin Cities area, you will be able to build snowmen outdoors Saturday morning! Yay?