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“Hands down” this is the best Turkey Handprint Cookie you’ll ever bake.  Plus, it’s an easy peasey for even the littlest kiddos. Family Corner has the recipe for fun, pop on over to learn how.

This is our Saturday bake off plan and ha ha, best of all there will be no baking, just a finger licking good time in the kitchen. Another recipe for fun, is this cute Rice Krispie Turkey. It calls for just a few ingredients and cute little hands to roll the balls and decorate. Thanks Give Me Some Oven, we know everyone will will be love’n your Turkeys.

Now…gobble – gobble.

If you are in the market for a colorful new kitchen for holiday cooking, take a look here, you’re bound to find the kitchen of your dreams.

Fly Away

Today we fly away, off to the High Point Fall Furniture Market where we will be seeking out what is new, fun and exciting for kids.

The High Point Furniture Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 85,000 people to High Point, North Carolina twice a year. There are 180 showrooms offering an overwhelming
10 million square feet of furniture and accessories causing  your head to spin and feet ache.  If you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

We always find this market inspirational; a place to recharge the creative juices while learning all of the new trends and color forecasts. Annie describes it as “walking through the pages of a decorating magazine”.

Keep your eyes on the blog as we post our amazing finds for kids.

 

Celery Airplane

While in an airplane mode, how about treating your little one to this week’s recipe for fun? Fly on over to Made to Be Mama blog for the easy peasy instructions for this healthy snack.

Airplane Craft

This colorful idea from Jeannette Fender, we are saving for a raining day craft.  Or, this would be great before and up coming trip. Her blog, The Adventures of J-Man and Miller Bug holds the secret to building these aircraft.

Wishing all of you a pleasant weekend as we challenge our feet walking through as many of the showrooms at the High Point Furniture Market.

 

Farewell Bri

Today we have to say “farewell” to our fabulous Bri.  As she heads south to her new home in Nashville we wish her safe travels and all the best in her new home!

Scootcase at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

If this Scootcase was available in a larger version we could have sent Bri off on one.  It is however, a stylish way for the younger set to travel. Fill it up with favorites, then hop on and scoot along your way.

Skootcase filled with favorites

Notice the generous space inside.

Flip to Win Hangman at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys offers many classic travel toys aka: backseat boredom busters.  Anyone remember Hangman?

License Plate game at Totally Kids

The classic license plate game is an all time favorite for road trips. It is also a geography refresher for some. Without mentioning any names, we know a few road map challenged folks in our midst.

Bri, as you travel, be sure to stop and smell the roses along the way.

 

 

 

Camper Bed

Funny how we always seem to stumble upon new, way cool beds as we travel the globe searching for kids furniture.  Brazil is our source mainly for the basic bunk beds that we supply to summer camps, similar to this one below. Not where we would normally source fun theme beds. Our driver Paulo took us on a detour where we were introduced in this amazing camper or caravan bed that is not even produced in Brazil. He knew we “just needed to see it.” He was correct. What a find!

Brazilian Bunks at Totally Kids

Now we must contact the designer and learn if the camper is available to the U.S. and if it will pass the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Camper Bed ready to go

When the time comes, this camper bed is complete with a trailer hitch, so ready to roll.

Peek inside

Take a peek inside. Let us know what do you think?

As we were going places in Brazil the only word in Portuguese that I was able to take away was: obrigado. One great big “obrigado” (thank you) to Paulo for making sure we did not miss the camper bed.

Blue Orange DayAll kidd-ing not aside, part of today at Totally Kids was “all fun and games” thanks to our “game guru”,  Jack, from the game company, Blue Orange. He introduced us to their newest games, Spot it Party, Nada, Flash and Ooga Booga.

Spot it Party

I have to tell you Michelle, you’re going to love Spot it Party even more than Spot It. It has 6 new mini-games guaranteed to hook everyone in for hours of fast paced fun. The next time you pay us a visit, good luck beating Lindsey at this new game.

Flash

There was Flash, a lightning-fast dice dash where players race to complete eight challenges of dice combinations while racking up the most points. We’re told, best not blink when playing this game as any player could score in a flash!

Ooga BoogaThen there was Oooga Booga that got Karin’s vote.  That game was way over my head, well actually my memory. But Karin, mother of three school aged children voted it in with a Yonka, Iga, Moki, Paya, then sticking out her tongue! If your listening skills are better than mine you will enjoy the challenge this game offers; listen closely, remember the cues, and recite the chant without any mistakes. If you hold out the longest and become the last chanting caveman standing, you will win.

Nada

Unfortunately, there was Nada enough time to play all of the games. With just a few rolls of the dice, Nada quickly became my favorite.

Begin by scooping up two batches of dice and let them roll. Quick! All players scan the array for matching symbols between the orange and white dice. The first to call a match gets to grab all the dice with that symbol.
No Matches? No problem! It‘s another chance to win. Shout “Nada!” to collect all the remaining dice. Think sharp and act fast to match, snatch and win.

Stop by Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Saturday, November 9th for Neighborhood Toy Store Day 2013,  and challenge our experts on any of these new games. Everyone’s a winner that day; there will be prizes for all who play.

The most simple of games can be the most fun. This new dice game can accommodate two to four players and includes 36 attractively designed dice—18 of them white with orange images on each side, 18 orange with white. Designs on each side include a palm tree, an anchor, a skull-and-bones symbol, a rabbit, a shark, and others.

Players start the three-round game by shaking up six white dice and six orange dice. They then throw them. Players scramble to find matching images, at least one of each color, and call out the match (“Palm trees!”). They get to collect the matched pair, and play continues until there are no more matches. The first to yell out “Nada!” at that point places his or her hand over the dice and collects the remaining ones. Anyone who does so prematurely must sit out during the next round.

This goes on for three rounds. The winner is the person with the most dice, making for a very simple game reminiscent of Pit. Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.

– See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31591&StepNum=1&award=aw#sthash.sYDPbrbR.dpuf

The most simple of games can be the most fun. This new dice game can accommodate two to four players and includes 36 attractively designed dice—18 of them white with orange images on each side, 18 orange with white. Designs on each side include a palm tree, an anchor, a skull-and-bones symbol, a rabbit, a shark, and others.

Players start the three-round game by shaking up six white dice and six orange dice. They then throw them. Players scramble to find matching images, at least one of each color, and call out the match (“Palm trees!”). They get to collect the matched pair, and play continues until there are no more matches. The first to yell out “Nada!” at that point places his or her hand over the dice and collects the remaining ones. Anyone who does so prematurely must sit out during the next round.

This goes on for three rounds. The winner is the person with the most dice, making for a very simple game reminiscent of Pit. Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.

– See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31591&StepNum=1&award=aw#sthash.sYDPbrbR.dpuf

The most simple of games can be the most fun. This new dice game can accommodate two to four players and includes 36 attractively designed dice—18 of them white with orange images on each side, 18 orange with white. Designs on each side include a palm tree, an anchor, a skull-and-bones symbol, a rabbit, a shark, and others.

Players start the three-round game by shaking up six white dice and six orange dice. They then throw them. Players scramble to find matching images, at least one of each color, and call out the match (“Palm trees!”). They get to collect the matched pair, and play continues until there are no more matches. The first to yell out “Nada!” at that point places his or her hand over the dice and collects the remaining ones. Anyone who does so prematurely must sit out during the next round.

This goes on for three rounds. The winner is the person with the most dice, making for a very simple game reminiscent of Pit. Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.

– See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31591&StepNum=1&award=aw#sthash.sYDPbrbR.dpuf

The most simple of games can be the most fun. This new dice game can accommodate two to four players and includes 36 attractively designed dice—18 of them white with orange images on each side, 18 orange with white. Designs on each side include a palm tree, an anchor, a skull-and-bones symbol, a rabbit, a shark, and others.

Players start the three-round game by shaking up six white dice and six orange dice. They then throw them. Players scramble to find matching images, at least one of each color, and call out the match (“Palm trees!”). They get to collect the matched pair, and play continues until there are no more matches. The first to yell out “Nada!” at that point places his or her hand over the dice and collects the remaining ones. Anyone who does so prematurely must sit out during the next round.

This goes on for three rounds. The winner is the person with the most dice, making for a very simple game reminiscent of Pit. Nada is pure fun, something that kids living in a complicated time can use.

– See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31591&StepNum=1&award=aw#sthash.sYDPbrbR.dpuf

Speak and Spell

Who had one of these, oh children of the eighties?  Monday’s Memories!  Even if you can not attribute your spelling success to the Speak and Spell, we know that it helped ET phone home.

 

Leave Your Mark

We plan on doing this for the 4th of July since the ice is barely off the Minnesota lakes for Memorial Day 2013.  For those of you in warmer climates, you may be able to kick off summer fun sooner than we can.

It is so very simple, just hot glue foam letters, numbers or shapes on the bottom of flip flops. Think of the fun – leave your mark in the sand. Hint: remember that the prints will be a mirror image, so arrange the letters backward.

This week, while meeting with kid’s stores in Volos, Greece, we learned that it is a big baby town.

white canopy crib

Chances are good that if you are a special baby in Volos you will spend your early days in a canopied crib.

Sea of Canopies

In the sea of cribs adorned with canopies, they are not just reserved for baby girls.

White on white crib

So sweet, white on white for the beginning life of a Greek.

potty seat

Team Totally has potty talk tales that we could share, right?  Notice the little pumpkin!

outdoor store

There were so many swings in this baby store, some of them spilled outside.

Strollers

Strollers inside and more outside.

For Annette

This one is for our sales manager, Annette!  Of everything that I have seen so far, I wanted to pluck up these signs that were EVERYWHERE and bring some back to Totally Kids.

glass ash tray

In most American restaurants ash trays are a thing of the past, but here in Greece, they are found on every table inside and outside.  Plus…they get lots of use.  As for the pitcher of water, we were stunned watching our waiter fill it.

water

All of our plentiful crystal clear drinking water comes down the mountain and runs continually from stone fountains like this one that filled our pitcher.  Silly Americans, we thought that the ancient public stone fountains were just decorative.

junior astronaut helmut large

Today we celebrate First Walk in Space Day.

Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov, of the former Soviet Union, was  born May 30, 1934 in Listvyanka, Kemerovo Oblast.  He is a retired Russian cosmonaut and Air Force General who, on  March 18, 1965, became the first human to step out of a spacecraft and walk in space.

While talking about space today, we thought what a perfect day to make and play with some moon sand.

moon-sand

Try this recipe  for moon sand, it is amazing moldable, holdable, squishable, squashable, sand that never dries out!

For anybody needing a Jr. Astronaut Helmet, you will find the latest and greatest ones right here.