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Ghost Suckers!

Head over to 18 twenty five and  learn the ghost sucker secret Recipe for Fun.

Boo! Don’t let these pretzel stick ghosts frighten you, they’re really not that difficult to make. Kitchen Daily shares the tricks for this great cook together with the kiddos.

We think Brownie S’mores look frightfully good, don’t you? Home is Where the Boat Is shares this and other Halloween ideas sure to please your “Peeps”.

 

Which of these recipes for fun is your favorite?

If we haven’t scared you yet, this might!

Surprise Princess! Who will be next?

This sweet young lady was a surprise princess. Her family was shopping for new furniture when our princess spotter awarded her with a $25.00 Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Gift Card and a crown to wear during her visit with us.

She chose to sit on the pink convertible studio click clack for her royal picture.

When you visit us there are not only contests, fun games and prizes but sometimes surprises.

 

 

Your special princess may like one of our embossed metal signs.

Visit us again soon, our princess spotters are always searching for surprise princesses.

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.

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

Talk like a Pirate

Yarrr, that be right: today Tuesday, September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day 2017, a celebration of all things pirate.

Pirate Toddler Bed

Avast, all you young little Scallywags  sleep like pirate!

Now, if you wish to brush up on your pirate speak, try this useful English to Pirate translator.

Also offered is some advanced lingo once you’ve mastered the basics. like beyond “Aarr!”.

Beauty – The best possible pirate address for a woman. Always preceded by “me,” as in, “C’mere, me beauty,” or even, “me buxom beauty,” to one particularly well endowed. You’ll be surprised how effective this is.

Bilge rat – The bilge is the lowest level of the ship. It’s loaded with ballast and slimy, reeking water. A bilge rat, then, is a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship. On TLAP Day – A lot of guy humor involves insulting your buddies to prove your friendship. It’s important that everyone understand you are smarter, more powerful and much luckier with the wenches than they are. Since bilge rat is a pretty dirty thing to call someone, by all means use it on your friends.

Bung hole – Victuals on a ship were stored in wooden casks. The stopper in the barrel is called the bung, and the hole is called the bung hole. That’s all. It sounds a lot worse, doesn’t it? On TLAP Day – When dinner is served you’ll make quite an impression when you say, “Well, me hearties, let’s see what crawled out of the bung hole.” That statement will be instantly followed by the sound of people putting down their utensils and pushing themselves away from the table. Great! More for you!

Grog – An alcoholic drink, usually rum diluted with water, but in this context you could use it to refer to any alcoholic beverage other than beer, and we aren’t prepared to be picky about that, either. Call your beer grog if you want. We won’t stop you! Water aboard ship was stored for long periods in slimy wooden barrels, so you can see why rum was added to each sailor’s water ration – to kill the rancid taste. On TLAP Day – Drink up, me hearties! And call whatever you’re drinking grog if you want to. If some prissy pedant purses his lips and protests the word grog can only be used if drinking rum and water, not the Singapore Sling you’re holding, keelhaul him!

Hornpipe – Both a single-reeded musical instrument sailors often had aboard ship, and a spirited dance that sailors do. On TLAP Day – We are not big fans of the capering, it’s not our favorite art form, if you will, so we don’t have a lot to say on the subject, other than to observe that the common term for being filled with lust is “horny,” and hornpipe then has some comical possibilities. “Is that a hornpipe in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? Or both?”

Lubber – (or land lubber) This is the seaman’s version of land lover, mangled by typical pirate disregard for elocution. A lubber is someone who does not go to sea, who stays on the land. On TLAP Day – More likely than not, you are a lubber 364 days of the year. But not if you’re talking like a pirate! Then the word lubber becomes one of the more fierce weapons in your arsenal of piratical lingo. In a room where everyone is talking like pirates, lubber is ALWAYS an insult.

Smartly – Do something quickly. On TLAP Day “Smartly, me lass,” you might say when sending the bar maid off for another round. She will be so impressed she might well spit in your beer.

Dress like a pirate all year long.

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.

 

Who’s waiting for Starbucks to announce the arrival of Fall with their Pumpkin Spice Latte? While waiting why not whip up some Pumpkin Latte Playdough for your little ones ? It just may become a new autumn classic at your house. Dinosaurs and Octopuses has the recipe for fun this week.

Here it is:

Ingredients
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
1/3 of the jar of pumpkin pie spice (the tiny jar)
maple extract
vanilla extract
food coloring

Combine the dry ingredients and the oil. Slowly add the water. Add a few dashes of each of the extracts and a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring until stiff. As it mixes you can see if you’ll need more food dye. Adding a little at a time until the desired color is  achieved. Turn out onto wax paper. The pumpkin pie spice was too spicy by itself, for my liking. The extracts make it smell sweeter, just like a pumpkin pie. Sniff the dough. Does it smell too spicy? Add a little bit more extract and knead it all together. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it’s too dry, add a few drops of water.

Betsy, you must give this a try for Oliver.

Anyone looking for a copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Latte recipe? Give this one from the Kitchn a try!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin or 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice Syrup
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute – you can halve this amount
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don’t have an espresso machine.)

Directions:
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don’t have a blender, don’t worry about it – just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.

Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.

Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

 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.

Wordless Wednesday

 

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.