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vegie-lodge

Ever thought about building a healthy Veggie Lodge?

Move over gingerbread, look what’s moving into our neighborhood.

Bring back your old Lincoln Log skills and you can easily build one too.

Materials List:
Six 8″- carrot logs -one for the front, five for back
Eight 5″- carrot logs – for the sides of the lodge
Eight 3″- carrot logs – for the front
Eight 1 1/4″ – short spacer logs – by the front door
Four 1 1/2″ – carrot logs – for creating a side window opening
Three 7″ -carrot log rafters – the foundation
Sixteen 6″ – 7″ long stalks of celery – for the roof
The foam core board gable ends measure 8″x 6″ x 6″
The foam core board floor/base measures 8″ x 5″ – plus an extra on the back for chimney if so desired
The window is made out of a slice of a turnip.
Toothpicks are recommended, in addition to cream cheese mortar to fasten cucumbers and celery.
Bamboo skewers will be handy for stacking the chimney (mushroom) stones.

Photo credit and inspiration: Green Giant.

Happy Holidays!

What?! You say that you have no time to cook?

Then, Busy Busy Mama, look what we have for you.

Reindeer Noses that require no cooking we think are an ideal Recipe for Fun with the kiddos.

They  are packaged 8 brown and then the 1 red one; Rudolph’s nose! Can you name the other Reindeer? The brown noses are Malted Milk Balls, and unfortunately, some of them might not pass quality control so you may have to eat them during the packaging process. The red  nose is bubblegum.

Sweet Paperie makes these bags of all red Rudolph noses. Best of all they offer with the instructions, the colorful printable header.

Another one of our no-cook recipes  you may also like. Reindeer Poop for our friends, not enemies always a winner.

Winter SolsticeHappy Winter Solstice!

Today, December 21, at 6:12 AM in the Eastern United States is the solstice, marking the sun’s southern most position in the sky, making this the shortest day of the year.

It’s well known that many rituals and symbols now used in the celebration of Christmas were adopted from pagan celebrations of the solstice.

This is a day I always look forward to. The winter solstice marks when the following days begin to get longer and the nights not necesarily warmer (for a few months), but at least bit shorter. We are heading toward summer!
So, what fun things will you be doing on the longest night of the year? We plan on having a jolly old time making Reindeer Root Beer for friends and neighbors.

All it takes is googly eyes, red pom pom attached with a hot glue gun and dark brown pipe cleaners to twist on top of the bottle. Then we enclose a message: with a message: We’re “rootn” that you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

We could not resist dressing the winter ale bottles for a cousins party Monday night.

 

 

Reindeer Noses that require no cooking and we think they are an ideal Recipe for Fun with the kiddos.

They  are packaged 8 brown and then the 1 red one; Rudolph’s nose! Can you name the other Reindeer? The brown noses are Malted Milk Balls, and unfortunately, some of them might not pass quality control so you may have to eat them. The red  nose is bubblegum.

 

 

 

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Sweet Paperie makes these bags of all red Rudolph noses. Best of all they offer with the instructions, the colorful printable header.

Last year we made Reindeer Poop for our friends, not enemies.

Right? Happier with a Hoover.

Have you started your Christmas shopping?

It’s Boxing Day for our friends to the north of us and on Tuesday for those across the pond.

We received this thoughtful note from a Canadian customer on Christmas Day:

Good morning and Merry Christmas!

I certainly hope no one is reading this email today but I hope someone reads it soon, because in it is glad tidings of joy from a very satisfied customer!

I am writing from Canada, where not only could I not find the bed I wanted, no company could even promise me a Christmas delivery for any bed they had on their websites. The only similar bed I found was from Sears Canada, who didn’t have the colour I wanted, and cost TWICE what I paid from you.

When I ordered the Jordan loft bed, I was not promised Christmas delivery either, but I was hopeful that it would arrive at least in time for New Year’s. I was also worried about customs and duty at the border, but Shawna assured me that no customer had ever called back from Canada to complain about the duty.

You can’t imagine my joy when the bed arrived “sain et sauf” (safe and sound) on December 17th!

But it gets better.

Imagine my joy when I saw the boxes and realized that it was the Pulaski made Build-a-Bear bed from the Sears website and I realized that I had saved OVER 2500 dollars!!!

So, now I know why you ship beds to Canada every day.

Thanks again, great customer service from everyone I spoke to at all levels (I did have to import it and fill out a bunch of forms and deal with a customs broker), and even the delivery guy was most helpful when I asked him to indicate on the freight bill that most of the boxes were indeed damaged (I have not opened all the boxes yet so I don’t know if they are damaged, but I did a quick check and I don’t think they are).

So well done, thank you, and I’ll be back 🙂

Louise M Pothier

Montreal

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Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom and many countries (including Canada) that were once part of the British Empire. The origin of this holiday’s name is not clear. In feudal times in the United Kingdom, the lord of the manor would ‘pay’ people who worked on his land in the past year with boxes practical goods, such as agricultural tools, food and cloth. These were often distributed on the day after Christmas Day. More recently, employers traditionally gave their servants a gift of money or food in a small box on the day after Christmas Day. Some people in Canada still give gifts to people who provide them with services.

Other stories relate to servants being allowed to take a portion of the food left over from the Christmas celebrations in a box to their families and the distribution of alms from the church collection boxes to poor parishioners. These traditions evolved into the Christmas baskets that some employers distribute to their employees during the holiday season at the end of the year.

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Totally Kids fun furniture and toys – for boxing day – Bozo Bop Bag.

This Tuesday morning an extremely rare event occurred. The shortest day of the year known as the winter solstice in astronomical circles and a lunar eclipse both happened on the very same day. The last time it occurred was more than 400 years ago and will probably take that long again before it happens again. It was rare,  it was special… and here in Minneapolis a blizzard blocked the night skies. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Moon In My Room

Moon in My Room brings the beauty and wonder of this celestial body right into your child’s bedroom. This remote controlled, glow-in-the-dark “mini moon” is contoured and textured to feature an authentically detailed lunar moonscape. A built in light-sensor illuminates a room when it gets dark and shows 12 phases of the moon. The phases can be controlled manually or set to rotate on an automatic function to change every five second, so that kids can follow the moon in the sky with the moon in their room.

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So, what fun things did you do on the longest night of the year? We had a jolly old time making Reindeer Root Beer for friends and neighbors.

All it takes is googly eyes, red pom pom attached with a hot glue gun and dark brown pipe cleaners to twist on top of the bottle. Then we enclose a message: with a message: We’re “rootn” that you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

We could not resist dressing the winter ale bottles for a party Wednesday night.

 

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Candy Contest


The winner will be the person that guesses the exact or closest number of peppermint candy in the jar. Leave your guess on our Facebook page and we will announce the winner December 30st.  You will receive a $25.00 Totally Gift Card! Good Luck!

Dear Santa Claus,

How have you been? Did you have a nice summer? How is your wife? I have been extra good this year, so I have a long list of presents that I want. Please note the size and color of each item, and send as many as possible. If it seems too complicated, make it easy on yourself: just send money. How about tens and twenties? All I want is what I have coming to me. All I want is my fair share. So writes Sally Brown.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is the longest-running cartoon special in history, airing every year since its debut in 1965.

Do you remember the first time you saw it? Do you still make it part of your holiday? Have you urged your kids to see it?

Watching the gang look for ways to find the meaning of Christmas never gets old. In fact, every year, many of us grow to appreciate the humor just a little bit more and more.

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Peanuts fans, Madame Alexander has your favorite characters available to collect from the Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang Collection.  These 14″ cloth dolls have embroidered faces. Charlie is wearing his famous yellow and black shirt with black shorts. Lucy is wearing her famous blue dress along with matching blue socks and black and white shoes.

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Get your fair share…..

How about some tens and twenties Santa? Well here they are for Sally Brown and also for your kiddos.

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Goody goody gumdrops, it’s a gumdrop tree Charlie Brown!

This is a sweet classic Christmas project for kids of all ages and Bella Dia shows you just how easy it is in a few easy steps.

Look at the Dots Christmas tree – that’s a new one on me.

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Homeless Feet Come In All Sizes…

There are more than 9,654 homeless children, youths and adults in Minnesota. What a feat it would be to help warm their feet this winter. PLEASE bring a new pair or several pairs of new socks to Totally Kids fun furniture & toys.

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

If you find that you are racing around too much this time of year you are not alone. But, but, but…… It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Do you buy that, or are you really frantically buying a pile of presents?

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, a time to spend with family and friends and a time to celebrate all that is good and wonderful in our lives.

After you make it to December 25, try to remember that Christmas was not meant to be packed into a day according to the song. There are  “Twelve Days of Christmas” which are December 24-January 6. If you can believe that, sing along with the song and enjoy those bonus days after Christmas when the worst of the stress will be less.

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This nostalgic 50’s styled child size retro race track themed table and chair set features hand stitched vinyl upholstery on the chairs and brushed metal legs on the table and chairs.

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Can You See The Light?

Watch the retro 1950’s race cars of this hand-painted lamp  go round and round the base when you flip on the light. Know that racing round and round feeling all to well?

 

 

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Ramp Racer

It’s an exciting game of speed for one or two players! Choose the police car or the taxi, then individually release the starting levers and watch the wooden cars race through colorful cityscapes and down the five brightly-colored, wooden ramps. Who will win the race?

 

 

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Slow down no need to move so fast as you drive your vehicles around on this rug. Along with its bright colors and fun details this 100% nylon machine made rug is durable and very easy to clean and is a non-skid rug for additional safety.

 

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No, you can’t get away from the race quite yet. Feature edible race cars at your table a racy idea from Just Jen.

 

 

 

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There’s always room for Jello and the Food Librarian wows us with Christmas Broken Glass Jello. How does she do that?

 

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This is a photo from startribune.com of the University of Minnesnowda’s TCF Bank Stadium. Look closely at that photo, see all of that white stuff? Believe it or not  there are actually folks who relish the opportunity to sit in this stadium next Monday night for a Vikings Bears game in 7 degrees Fahrenheit or 13.888889 degrees Celsius weather.

The first outdoor home game for the Vikings in 29 years and miraculously waiting on the bench, benched, is a quarterback with more frozen tundra experience than any other that I can think of. That tundra surely looks frozen does it not? BTW – Yay, there should be more snow to snow during the game. So BYOS….(bring your own shovel)

Tick Tock, Can They Beat The Clock? There is a game Monday night and somehow that picture needs to be transformed to game ready? A stadium filled with snow 20 inches deep in spots plus an additional 3 to 5 inches of snow possible by tomorrow night. Now, who wants to help shovel more snow Annette? Seriously, they are going to be looking for volunteers! Can you believe it, volunteers? And then, after all that back breaking shoveling – game time – and no beer?

Tick tock you can build an educational clock, a project for the entire family.

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After the frozen tundra and frozen tush, come home where you’ll be snug and cozy in your own football bed

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Any eligible receivers on your team? Pass them a football bean bag.

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The Decorated Cookie has a super easy to make with kids, nothing to cook snowman marshmallow peeking out of the jar gift ideal for friends, family, neighbors, teachers, or the postman–hot cocoa in a jar. Cute, cute, cute!