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Enter this black race car in the bedtime race . Bring it home to the finish line – as sure fire winner for getting them to race off to sleep! Black not your color? Other models are available take a look here.

If you are like most parents of a young children, you’ve most likely read piles of advice about how to get your child to sleep. What you may not realize is that the amount of sleep you get is just as important as the amount your child gets.

Are you getting enough sleep? Is it “quality” — you know, the deep, restful kind? A consistently good sleep experience is an important component of your health, mood and resultant family life.

The average adult needs about eight hours of sleep per night. Less than that can affect your state of alertness: A study by the Walter Reed Army Institute discovered that an adult who went without sleep for 24 hours — and who was otherwise healthy — had decidedly weakened activity in the area of the brain that controls cognition and alertness, making the subjects more forgetful and “fuzzy-brained.” Granted, you will likely not lose a whole day’s worth of sleep, but being sleep-deprived at any level will make you that much less alert.

What are some ways for sleep-deprived parents to improve their quality of sleep?

• Cut out the caffeine, alcohol and other foods and drinks that are stimulants — especially within the few hours before bedtime. If you must drink something before bed, try a caffeine-free or decaffeinated herbal tea such as chamomile or have some warmed milk.

• Try some relaxation techniques when you get into bed. One that I find works well: Lie down in a darkened bedroom with quiet music in the background (classical or new age fits the bill). Slow your breathing down. Make a triangle with your hands by touching the fingertips on one hand to the matching fingertips of the other hand then place the triangle over your stomach. Remain still, breathing deeply.

• Tired during the day? It’s OK to take a quick nap in between the four million other things you are juggling. If you think you can’t, remember, you can’t be an effective parent if you are too tired to take care of your family. One solution: Take a nap at the same time your child does. Even a 10-minute lie-down will refresh you.

• Get consistency into your nighttime. Experts advise to put a nighttime schedule into practice in order to get your child to sleep. Not too surprisingly, this philosophy works for adults as well.

A nighttime schedule will get your body into the routine of starting to ready itself for sleep at about the same time each day. If you add a consistent awakening time to your routine, your body will be able to click in on a 24-hour cycle of sleep.

• Do you take calcium? Try taking your supplement about 45 minutes before bedtime. It should help relax you enough to aid your sleep.

Tip from the parenting trenches: Make one night a week early-to-bed night. After you get the kids down, instead of doing the dishes, mopping the floor, sorting the laundry, downloading music or catching up on the day’s text messages, take a warm bath and hop into bed an hour earlier than usual. This is what true luxury is!

Find more great tips like these at the Poughkeepsie Journal

Time flies! (like an arrow – fruit flies like bananas – just had to say that)

Seriously, we are now half way through the year of 2011. Do you need to renew your New Year’s resolutions, or are you one of the few who stayed on track with them?

Roughly 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year!  Statistics say that upwards of 92% of Americans will break their resolutions before the middle of January.

  • 75% past the first week
  • 71% past 2 weeks
  • 64% after one month
  • 46% after 6 months

According to the Opinion Corporation of Princeton NJ:

* 62% of people make New Year’s resolutions

* 8% are always successful

* 19% of people achieve resolutions every other year

* 49% have infrequent success

* 24% NEVER succeed and have failed on EVERY resolution EVERY year!

That’s 1 in 4 people who fail each and every time!

Shocking statistics, wouldn’t you say?

BTW what about you? What WERE your New Year Resolution?

Are you still on track for 2011?


If one on your list was redecorating, adding to or updating your children’s bedrooms, we have a deal for you. Now is the time to take advantage of the Totally Kids fun furniture & toys FIRECRACKER SALE! You can take 15% OFF everything & anything both online or in our showroom. Plus Angela and Chelsie our staff interior designers offer complimentary space planning and experienced professional advise.


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

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Here a few entertaining games for girls summer sleepover parties:

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.

You fill in the blanks!

The possibilities are endless for what you can frame on your walls with this wallpaper aptly named “Frames”.

Go right ahead, put a photo, drawing, hang your blue ribbons,  paste on a little bling or use your creative skills and attempt to paint something in one of the frames. It’s simply up to you! You’ll love how interactive it is.

“Frames”  by Taylor & Wood for Graham & Brown  is only $40 per roll, so you’ll still have some cash left over for markers and paints.

A well-chosen phrase, quote or saying  can be worth a thousand pictures when applied to your walls.

Vinyl lettering is also a great way to personalize and decorate your child’s walls.

Vinyl letters will stick on to any dirt free, flat, non porous surface.

Planet Wall found at Etsy, offers many options in both vinyl lettering for your walls as well as images.

Five alarm fun when you fire them up for playtime during the day then it’s off to bed to rest your head in a  hero’s bed! Our Fire Station No. 2 Loft Bed includes the top twin size bed, built in  guardrails.

We asked our Facebook Friends to help name this bed and Cheryl Bowles offered inspiration and won a $15.00 Totally Kids fun furniture & toys Gift Card.

Jr. Fireman Suit
Here is one red hot item for your little hero. It is by
far the most  official looking fireman’s suit anywhere.
Loaded with all of the details of the authentic fireman’s
suits! There is an adjustable hard helmet, adjustable
black or tan bib overalls complete with pockets and
knee patches and adjustable suspenders. Oh, and
did we mention the coat buckles and authentic
gauntlet cuffs. Sizes: 2/3, 4/6, 8/10, 12/14
View size chart here.

Every Fire Station needs a Dalmatian and you can have one too!

My First RC Fire Truck
Putting out fires in a neighborhood near you! The award winning My First RC, Fire truck includes a steering-wheel style two button remote and bump n go siren sound. Squeezable soft and chunky in shape makes it perfect for little hands. Made in a safe, child friendly design and controlled by a simple function remote. Push the button up and the truck goes straight. Push the button down and it spins in circles. Chunky style is perfect for little hands.

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