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Over the years many an egg salad sandwich has been found in our school lunch boxes.  Now, this cute Eggheads project will make use of a few left-over eggshells; re-purposing of both the eggshells and egg cartons – yay! Nurture Store inspired us and in just a few days there is a bonus of cress that can be added to your next batch of egg salad.

We have also used grass seed for this project with great success.

Thank you Nurture Store for this great idea! For detailed instructions, pop on over to their website.


Watch Super Bowl LIII in a comfy football bean bag chair and you’ll be the first winner. There are many other sizes and colors for everyone – even for non-sports fans. Comfy adult sizes too! Visit us online – we’re open 24/7. Worldwide shipping available.

Remember that feeling when you bought a new Goldfish? Carrying your Goldfish home in the clear plastic bag, placing it carefully next to you on the seat of the car? Now you can try to get that same feeling when you carry your garbage out to the curb with these Goldfish garbage bags.


Oh yay, you say? Well if you live in the UK you may. These Happy Sacks are available for purchase in London. We just might order some of them very soon so they could arrive in time for April Fools Day in the US. Smells a Little Fishy to you too? What do you think?

Did you know that many Goldfish, if properly cared for, can live up to 40 years?

  1. The oldest ever recorded Goldfish was 49 years old.
  2. Goldfish have a memory that lasts up to 3 months.
  3. Goldfish don’t have a stomach.
  4. If a goldfish is left in the dark it will turn almost white.
  5. “Jaws” is the most common name given to pet Goldfish by their owners.
  6. Goldfish can recognize different human voices.
  7. Goldfish can recognize different human faces.
  8. Goldfish sleep with their eyes open, usually at the bottom of the tank.
  9. Goldfish have been pets for thousands of years, originating in ancient China.Sme


Try Before You Buy

Most folks find it awkward but you really do have to lie down and give the mattress a try before you buy. Be sure to fully stretch out or curl up in your favorite sleeping position. Next, roll from side to side. Then sit up as if you’re reading in bed. It is important also to sit on the edge of the mattress to test its firmness. If the store employees give you a standing ovation, you have possibly provided their best entertainment of the day. A mattress purchase is a long term investment so you have done yourself a favor too.

We find that people are constantly confused with all of the different mattress sizes. Here is a simple explanation that we hope you will find helpful.

Twin or Single Size Mattress

A twin or single mattress is 39” wide x 74” long. This is the smallest mattress size available.  It’s ideal for children who have outgrown their crib or toddler bed. Also ideal for adults who have small bedrooms.  This size is commonly used for daybeds, bunk beds, dorm rooms, or a small guest bedroom. It’s not a recommended size for those sleeping with a partner.

XL Twin Size Mattress

An XL twin mattress is 6” longer than a twin size but same width. Ideal for children who are taller or for smaller size bedrooms. This is also great for tall adults who do not have room for a wider bed. Two XL twin mattresses make up the same dimensions as one king size mattress.

Full or Double Size Mattress

A full or double size mattress is 54” wide x  80” long which is the same length as a twin mattress but it is 15” wider. Full-size mattresses are a good choice for single sleepers who like to sprawl out or for couples who have a small bedroom.

XL Full or Double Size Mattress

An XL full bed might not be a common size, but it is a versatile one. A full extra long mattress measures 54″wide x  80″ long. It is just as long as a queen or king, but because of its narrower shape, it will fit better in smaller rooms. It is a great choice for teens or adults who want plenty of room to sleep but don’t want to sacrifice space in their bedroom.

Queen Size Mattress

A queen mattress measures 60” wide x  80” long. It is both wider and longer than a full size mattress.  Often preferred by a single person who really likes lots of extra sleeping space. It is the most popular size in the United States for couples. To comfortably fit a queen size mattress in your bedroom, it is recommended that your bedroom be at least 10’L x 10’W.

King Size Mattress

A king size mattress measures 76″ wide x 80″ long. It is the same length as a queen size but 16″ wider.  Couples requiring extra space will find the king size perfect. Families co-sleeping with young children or pets prefer this size. To comfortably fit a King size mattress in your bedroom, it is recommended that your bedroom be at least 12’W x 12’W.

California King Size Mattress

A California king size mattress is 4” longer in length but narrower by 4” than a standard king. It is extremely spacious for active sleepers or couples sleeping with young children or multiple pets. To comfortably fit a California King size mattress in your bedroom, it is recommended that your bedroom be at least 12’W x 12’L.

Crib Mattress

A crib mattress is  29” wide x 52” long. These mattresses are designed for baby cribs to be used by newborns to toddlers. They are designed until a child is about 18 months old or reaches 3 feet in height or begins climbing out of their crib. A firm mattress is necessary to prevent a newborn’s face from sinking in to avoid an increased risk of SIDS.

Try Before You Buy

Most folks find it awkward, but you really do have to lie down and give the mattress a try before you buy. Be sure to fully stretch out or curl up in your favorite sleeping position. Next, roll from side to side. Then sit up as if you’re reading in bed. It is important also to sit on the edge of the mattress to test its firmness. If the store employees give you a standing ovation, you have possibly provided their best entertainment of the day. A mattress purchase is a long term investment so you have done yourself a favor too.


autism-toysDoth your playroom runneth over with toys?

You are not alone if you find yourself suffering the post-holiday buried in toys syndrome.

Take advantage of this time to do some decluttering and organizing your kiddos toys.

Make room for the newly acquired toys by playing a game of lining up and counting all of the new toys. Next, have your child match each new toy up with one that is no longer being played with.  An excellent opportunity for teaching your children a lesson in sharing exists here. Explain how happy some other children will be to receive the toys and how they will be new toys for the other children to play with.

If resistance is encountered,  ask your child to think about the last time a particular toy was played with, and if it’s been over six months, “wouldn’t it be nice to let another child play with it?”

There are charities all across the country that collect toys for various organizations. Almost everyday Totally Kids fun furniture and toys receives new and gently used toys donated for Twin Cities families affected by Autism. If you are in the Minneapolis St. Paul area please drop off any toys that you can spare.

We would like to express gratitude to all of those who have so generously donated toys over the last few years. Thank you!


We love tradition at our house and so do the kids. Celebrating the last day of the year, and better yet, a special night that bedtime is delayed makes it a favorite tradition.

We like to start out the  New Years Eve Countdown with these clever party bags. The idea originated over at Organize Your Stuff Now. The kids look forward to them and they are a perfect way to keep the young ones entertained all night long! We like starting the countdown at 6 p.m. and then every hour on the hour.  There is a surprise in each bag. You can fill them with anything you like, ending with a special treat for the bewitching hour. You might include card games, bubbles, silly string, glow sticks or even some sparklers that the kids can take outside for some happy new year fun.



Don’t take down your Christmas tree just yet. Look at how you can transform it into a great New Year’s tree with a few balloons and streamers. Step it up a notch and add some crazy hats and noisemakers.


Mr. Kyle’s Kitchen Midnight Fantasy Fudge

If you want the best, the smoothest, no-fail fudge recipe for your party, try the original Fantasy Fudge.

This is the original Fantasy Fudge recipe from the back of the Kraft Marshmallow Creme jar.

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 12-oz.  package semi-sweet chocolate chips (we prefer Ghirardelli)
1 7-oz.  jar Kraft Marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine sugar, margarine, and milk in a 2-1/2 quart saucepan; bring to full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate till melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts & vanilla beat till blended. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Don’t fight over who gets to lick the spoon! Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.


Gather the family and create a Family 2018 Time Capsule from an empty tennis ball container. Stuff the can with family photos, special mementos, drawings and written memories of the top ten moments of the year as well as comments about what is currently happening in the world and with your family. Find a spot in the backyard and bury your Family 2018 Time Capsule.


Be sure to draw a treasure map if you choose to use this Tiffany & Co. sterling silver ($1500.00) tennis ball container. BTW it was designed for keeping  tennis balls at “their optimum playing temperature whilst on the court.”



Keep it simple. Go ahead and shortlist your New Year’s Resolutions on these printables from the best ideas for kids blog.

Our wish to you: May all of your troubles last as long as your new year’s resolutions.

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Thank you notes are now definitely on the most endangered habits list.

Etiquette experts are pleading for you to do your part in helping bring them back from extinction.  Are you helping revive this lost art with your children?

It’s always best to write a thank you note within a day or two of receiving a gift.  Sooner is always better than later. Sit down with your children and help them learn how to write thank you notes for their gifts. This habit is best started when your children are young.  Try to avoid pre-written cards that seem to be popular these days.  These are the ones which say something along the lines of “Thank you for the ________.” They don’t really convey much effort and appreciation.

The note should be short and sweet, but more than the 1 sentence. Thank the giver for the gift, list one thing the recipients likes about the gift or how she plans to use it.  This time of year it is easy to conclude with wishing the giver a very happy new year.  Ooph offers a thank you note cheat sheet that follows the 3 sentence rule.


Personalized cards are available from itsybitsypaper.

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Check out The Speckled Duck for a selection of cute kids cards. Warning: don’t be tempted by their fill in the blank cards.

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Who wouldn’t appreciate a warm thanks?


We think this one’s a hoot from smallfrynotables.

Visit Emily Post online for more tips.

If we all put in a little effort, teach our children to show their gratitude with a handwritten thank you note, this endangered list may disappear.


No, Boxing Day is not a day for returning unwanted Christmas gifts. Boxing Day is traditionally celebrated in Great Britain on December 26th, a day when civil servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their superiors.

This custom is linked to an older English tradition since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. (Downton Abbey-esque)

The employer would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food.  In general term, it’s a gift sharing day.

Happy Boxing Day!

We wish all of our friends near and far the happiest Christmas Eve!

From all of us at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys.

Gotta love these vintage ads!

A Hoover or a Cadillac, which would have made you happier? As they say, “getting a Hoover for Christmas would really suck.” Right?


You can sit at this Hit Parade retro diner set and ponder the question.

How about reviving this 1980’s Jello Jigglers Gingerbread Man retro recipe? “There’s always room for Jello “on any  Christmas Wish List.

4 packages (4-serving size) Jell-O Brand Gelatin or Sugar-Free Gelatin, any flavor

2 1/2 cups boiling water or fruit juice

Dissolve gelatin completely in boiling water in a bowl. Pour into 8- or 9-inch square pan. Chill until firm, about 4 hours. Cut with any cookie cutter. Garnish as desired. Cube remaining gelatin.