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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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Our annual Valentine’s Party is not too far off. Each year we try to have some fresh new favors for our little guests. This time the top of our list is a few non candy favors. These cute stick arrows look like an easy make together for slightly older kids. The Home Work blog offers instructions for this this craft. Hop on over to learn how. We plan on kicking it up a notch by using these stick pencils from trees4thewood on Etsy.

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Valentine You Rock My World….

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Kara over at Mine for the Making inspired us with her painted rocks for our Valentines Party 2017. Plus, she also has the printables making the rocks perfect Valentines for your friends.

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All you need for this project is small rocks, craft paint, paint brushes, and paint pens and a coat of clear spray paint. Everyone in the family can show off their creativity. Rock on….

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Then if you wish to get fancy, how about these artful rocks?

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Not a DIY’er? No problem. Have a rock personalized by My Garden Rocks.

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Here is an upcycle idea that we “LOVE”! Do not throw out – repurpose your empty Valentine Chocolate boxes for your kiddos teeny rock collection.

 

 

 

 

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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.

1950 Public Pay Phone at Totally Kids

Have your friends and family use this 1950’s Pay Phone
and watch the money pile up.

PUBLIC PAY PHONE
Forget E-mail, try a little chit chat on your replica
1950’s pay phone. Drop in your nickel and you will
hear the original brass jingle. It accepts and stores
coins as a full feature coin bank with lock and key.
Features include a rotary look keypad with push
buttons, pulse/tone, ringer volume control, wall
or desk mount. Build of heavy ABS Plastic cabinet
with chrome accents Great for kids and adults!
18-1/4″ H x 9″ W x 6-1/2″ D

Tip: great way to get paid to talk.

 

Not your second cousin twice removed’s wedding, but hip hip hooray let’s celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day 2014! Who doesn’t enjoy a good old grilled cheese? There are so many variations, and methods of grilling/cooking this comfort food.

My all time favorite is the Johnny Depp method. Wearing a ric rack trimmed apron in the1993 movie Benny and Joon, Sam cooks a stack of grilled cheese using a hot iron and ironing board. Have you, or do you even know anyone who has tried this method? Whenever I’m thinking  grilled cheese, there is never an iron and ironing board handy. Besides, it sort seems like a “only in the movies” thing anyway.

With peaked curiosity look what I found? Real life people cooking the Johnny Depp way. Grilled Cheese Social has a step by step pictorial for those wishing to perfect this method.

Jamie Oliver has his revolutionary unconventional tipped on it’s side toaster way. I see an I hate Jamie Oliver cheesy mess of a toaster here.

The cooking method is up to you. Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has the equipment for cooking up some super good pretend grilled cheese sandwiches.

We have the iron and ironing board.

We have the toaster, bread and butter. You add the cheese.

We have the traditional kitchen.

We even have a deluxe stainless steel frying pan.

If you are looking for a more gourmet grilled cheese, give some of these recipes a taste test. Menue

Grab a can of tomato soup and have a Cheesy Celebration!

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Stuffed animals always find a way of taking over, and this is one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen to organize them!  Veetje, a foreign language blog with no tutorial, featured this, but I’m pretty sure any of you DIY-ers out there could figure out how to make this.

Now, if you are finding little escapees here and there, this time of year there are toy donation drop offs all around the county.  Why not re-home some of your extras for other children to enjoy?

Before too many Sugarplums dance in your head, there are other charities that could use help this season of giving.

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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!

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

Our back to school assignment: find a collection  that’s ahead of the curve!

The Locker Loft.

Study and ZZZ’s Loft.  A sit sack that will go wherever you go.

Lockers for colorful storage.

Start the new school year off right with a crisp bright white.

What’s the angle? Don’t forget your protractor for this bunk. Look at that ladder, and then check out the corner desk tucked under the top bed.

You’ve all heard the idiom “don’t take any wooden nickels”,  but we say “do take our wooden donuts“.

Happy National Donut Day 2012!

Celebrate  with Melissa and Doug Wooden Stackable Donuts. Making a doughnut selection has never been so much fun! The “yummiest” decision your little baker will have to make is which of the twelve delicious-looking, self-stick toppings to place on the six doughnuts in this wooden pretend food set. Young chefs will love changing the toppings on the wooden doughnuts to make Doughnut specials every day!

The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day, and that is every year. Now more importantly,  you can find out which doughnut chains around the country are offering FREE donuts all day long to acknowledge the hol-e-day.

Krispy Kreme, the possible 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.  LaMar’s Donuts,  is also offering one freebie per customer, no strings attached.

Shipley Do-Nuts is another chain having the free in their deal. They are affectionately described as located in “the do-nut belt”: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The Dunkin’ Donuts deal is not totally free, but just purchase a beverage — and they’ll give you a free doughnut.

If your donut craving hinges on FREE, we suggest calling the store first to be certain it is participating.

Help! Spelling police if you are watching, is it donut or doughnut, please let us know. There is something about cops and donuts, right?

Happy National Donut or Doughnut Day!