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Sleepover: noun: Also known as a “slumber party” when multiple participants are included. A social gathering with the purpose of entertaining  and promoting interpersonal bonding among those involved. Generally enjoyed by children and teens. Greatly feared by many adults. Beware: Usually a contradiction in terms, as very little sleep actually occurs during the event.

Summer Sleepovers could be so much more fun with this dual function bunk bed.

Spice up your summer sleepover parties with these entertaining games for girls:

Nail Polish Spin Game
Place several colors of nail polish in the middle of a circle of girls.  Have the first girl spin a bottle of nail polish.  Who ever the cap is pointing to when it is done spinning must paint one of her fingernails that color.  Then that person spins the next color of nail polish …. and so on.  Paint your toes also to make the game last longer.

Foil Make Over
The object is to create the best outfit out of aluminum foil.  Crazy game and lots of fun.  This can be played individually or if you have a lot of girls separate into teams.  Give each person / team 1 or 2 rolls of aluminum foil.  You can also use rubber bands or pieces of string if you want.  Create the most fabulous outfit you can using the aluminum foil.  Tops, pants, skirts, shorts … and don’t forget the sunglasses, jewelry, hats, flip-flops, tiaras booties, belts …anything your imagination can dream up.  Be sure and take pictures of your creations.

Blind Make Over
The first person puts on a blindfold and does the makeup of the second person.  Then when they are done the second person puts on the blindfold and does the makeup of the third person.  Draw numbers to determine the order.  Really funny – take pictures so you can keep the memories.

She Knows has some helpful advise and tips for parental survival like – inviting kids that you know, keeping it small, plan it for a Friday, be clear about the rules and don’t sweat the small stuff.

We wish you the best of luck and you may join us renaming this event to NO-“sleep”over.

 

 

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Day One: High Point Fall Furniture Market.

White House Bunk Beds

Where to begin? There were so many great new finds on our first day at market. Here is a bunk bed we call the White House Bunk.

Scribbles Bunk BedsWith this bunk bed, budding artists are able to create works of art right on the ends of their bed.  Notice the conveniently placed pen holders along the top rail of the bottom bunk. You can also post messages, homework or other masterpieces on the magnetic whiteboard.

Purple Bling

Here is a soothing lavender suite in a velvety fabric with a touch of bling.

Corner Bed

Stuck in a corner with faux leather might be alright for the night.

Zippa-bed

Winner of the day was the Zip-a-Bed combo cover.

Every day parents ask us “how do you make a bunk bed?” Finally we have found an excellent answer.  Now there is an all in one system (sort of like sheets and bed cover built together) with an easy-zip side closure that not only makes it easy to get your bunk bed looking neat and tidy, but does so in a snap. This versatile design zips open at both the head and foot of bed. They will be available in a wide selection of soft and cuddly fabrics. The 100% brushed polyester microfiber makes the Zip-a-Bed easy care; machine washable and will tumble dry with minimal wrinkling. Innovative construction, sewn corners and under-bed straps secure the Zip-a-Bed to the mattress without smashing your hands in the side rails. Soon available in either twin or full size.

Moonshine for sore feet

The Phillips Collection offered an end of day elixir for sore feet – Moonshine for tired dogs! Luckily my dogs walked the day away in ugly clogs. So, no sore feet, and being not brave of heart, I passed on this opportunity. But tell me please, is there Moonshine sold in Minnesota, or just not a Yankee thing?

SnowmanIf you are here in Minnesota today, there is absolutely no sign of Spring. Snowmen still stand proud and tall. No Tulips, Daffodils or a blade of green grass to be seen.  It is impossible to think Spring when the ground is yet snow covered and 5 degrees Fahrenheit welcomes you for your morning drive to work. All I can say to this is: Brrrrr and hurry up Spring,  you know that you should be making your appearance today.

Inside Totally Kids fun furniture & toys….well, that’s another matter. Look at the Pom Poms that Michelle added over the Ultra High Stella Loft Bed.

Hanging Pom Poms

You too can add Springtime Pom Poms to your room. Let us show you how easy it is.

Pom Pom package

The easy peasy DIY Pom Poms come in these neat little magic packages.

Michelle fluffing a Pom Pom

Michelle opens the magic Pom Pom package and fluffs it out.

Michelle hanging Pom Poms

Michelle then takes the finished product Pom Poms to new heights. We at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys would welcome Spring 2013 wherever you are.

Shauna’s Bed of the Week

Bounder Bunk Beds

BOUNDER TRANSFORMING BUNK BEDS
The Bounder Bunk Beds are a transforming treasure. The seating and work table under the
top bunk will quickly make way for a twin bed when needed. An leaning ladder and two guard
rails make this an extra-safe addition to your room. You’re bound to agree this is definitely
an incredibly useful around the clock
unit. 56-1/4”W x 78”L x 70”H

*Shauna’s Bed of the Week* take 15% OFF

*not valid on previous purchases, gift cards or other offers

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.

Are you accumulating an abundance of empty egg cartons this time of year? Look what Krafty Kat has done with hers!

Check out her blog for step by step instructions on how you too can craft a cheerful Egg Carton Wreath.

Changing Colors!

The Monahan sisters were drawn to these fresh Springtime changing colors. They chose this twin over full loft bed with a twin bed on top and a full size one on the bottom. When their tastes in colors change, the drawer fronts are interchangeable and have the option of  being all white.

Let’s call it birthday week for Megan and show you two beds with her name on them.

Growing children need a relaxing escape where they can explore their own interests, connect with friends, and prepare for the world ahead.

The Megan Collection is up to the minute keeping you connected with a charging nightstand, computer student desk with cork board back and an interactive media chest with open storage at the top, adjustable shelves behind a door and three drawers for TV, wire management and gaming.

Boasting a lovely traditional style, this twin size poster bed features classic poster styling with a gently curved footboard and would be ideal to a child or guest room.

Both beds in the collection are available in twin, full or queen size.

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We thought that Megan might implement this gift wrapping idea from recycled paper for us at the store.

She makes fabulous personalized greeting cards that at a later date we need to share with you.

The instructions are available at the Design Sponge so you can try it too.

Here’s a real Glass Act: Stumbled across this economical solution for displaying your pictures.  Simply download your photos on Fracture’s website and you’ll get your image printed on glass and backed with foam board that is ready to hang.  Great idea, wouldn’t you say?

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Personalize some good clean fun!

Think of all the creative ways you could personalize your very own soap. We’re planning on designing a special soap for a first birthday party. That big day is coming up much too soon.

Picture this: How about your child’s artwork on a soap!

SweetSoaps.com is a small handcrafting business located in central New Jersey. All of SweetSoaps products are handcrafted in the USA using only the best ingredients and fragrances.

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Now, picture this:

Publish your very own photo book! Your story, photos, drawings and scrapbook designs are made into a typeset hardback, archival quality book. Send Creations By You your photos, story and creativity by mail or create them online and receive back an archival quality, professionally typeset hardback book.

Does anyone else look at this stairway bed and think smelly feet? Well, it just might be the day.  It’s another bed that we found on the long road of searching for new beds for Totally Kids fun furniture & toys, and another that we most likely will not stock. And by now, you know why. No silly, not the smelly feet thing, not up to our safety standards.

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While walking along the Pearl River in Guangzhou we found this to be disturbing, a man selling among other animal parts, rather fresh looking tiger paws with their orange and black striped fur intact. Isn’t this illegal?  If not you wouldn’t you think that it should be.

Tiger In Crisis explains that the Chinese culture believes that nearly all parts of the tiger can be used to derive some medicinal cure for any number of ailments. Here are some examples of how tiger parts and their derivatives are used in traditional Chinese medicine and causing the tiger to be a critically endangered species:

Tiger claws: used as a sedative for insomnia

Teeth: used to treat fever

Fat: used to treat leprosy and rheumatism

Nose leather: used to treat superficial wounds such as bites

Tiger bone: used as an anti-inflammatory drug to treat rheumatism and arthritis, general weakness, headaches, stiffness or paralysis in lower back and legs and dysentery

Eyeballs: used to treat epilepsy and malaria

Tail: used to treat skin diseases

Bile: used to treat convulsions in children associated with meningitis

Whiskers: used to treat toothaches

Brain: used to treat laziness and pimples

Penis: used in love potions such as tiger soup, as an aphrodisiac

Dung or feces: used to treat boils, hemorrhoids and cure alcoholism

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Wonder if seeing these pigs feet might have something to do with smelly feet on the mind today?

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Send these cute fortune cookie booties in a take away box to one of your newest friends.

We have certainly been on an amazing journey the last few weeks with more awaiting.

8A.M. Putting Halloween aside for a day and it’s Ho, ho, ho and it’s off to work we go. Not another Sunday Fun-day at Totally Kids for me, but a long day’s mission at the mart. Tweets from @santa__claus with his daily count down, leaving only 82 nights till Christmas Eve sent us to the Upper Midwest Gift Market in search of the seasons latest and greatest toys.

Starting the day out at a buyers breakfast and meeting Devon’s MIL Karen, reinforced the factoid that men often times marry women much like their mothers; spunk is certainly a shared trait with those women.

Molly and Me was the first stop where it was Tween Heaven, not for toys, or boys, for that matter, but to die for hippest decor to deck out any wanna be tween, tween or teen room.

What girl wouldn’t want this flashing disco ball with a music function? Plug in your iPod or MP3 player and rock out to your favorite tunes. The lights flash to the beat of the music. Then, when ready to unwind, it functions as a night light.

Science 2010. Possessing an uncanny sense of balance, the Hexbug Nano can even flip to its feet and zoom forward when turned on its back! When  coming into contact with an object in its path, the energetic insect will switch directions and scury away on a new path due to its persistant random behavior. What’s more, each HEXBUG Nano is assigned a unique serial number and point value system that owners can use to register their Nano online, earn points by answering quiz questions about great scientists in history, achieve levels in an online game that requires players to use scientific principles to build their own virtual Nano, and hunt for rare creatures with the highest point values. This we think is a great scientific find. What ages do you think would find this Hexbug Nano Starter Habitat a must have?

Any Pinkalicious fans on your list? Madam Alexander has created a soft cloth 18 inch Pinkalicous doll for 2010 that is pink, pink and did I say pink? We also found Goldilicious dressed in her iconic Medieval princess dress.

Sleigh loads of toys for good boys and girls will all be available at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. The day ended with tired legs and aching feet, but mission accomplished. Now with  Santa’s count down tweets we are ready to help with everyone’s list.

Remember,  that there are little elves aka personal shoppers waiting to assist helping you find just what you are looking for. Plus as always there is FREE gift wrapping on most toys.