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Even better than a chicken dinner!

Congratulations to Amanda Wakershauser of North Las Vegas winner of our January $500.00 Shopping Spree! Register today- you could be the next winner.


I love, love, love this Valentine’s idea and so will your friends when they get one.

♥1. Drink soda pop (strawberry flavor… yum) and remove sticky labels
♥2. Rinse bottles & air dry
♥3. Spray paint soda caddy & bottle caps to match
♥4. Once the paint is dry, simply wrap the ribbon around and glue onto caddy
Now the fun part…
♥5. Fill the bottles with CANDY and lots of it!
Mine has Valentine colored peanut butter M&M’s, strawberry Whoppers, cherry gummy hearts (generic brand,) Good&Plenty black licorice, Conversation hearts  & of course, Red Hots.
♥6. Simply tie off each bottle with the label.
Label and more detailed instructions from LollyJane the creator of this pack of goodies.

Ooops, not a chicken dinner, better yet   Winner of the Melrose Dollhouse.

Congratulations to Daesha Page!

Upscale Melrose home – move in condition!!!!

This completely furnished home
in the most chic, up to the minute color pallet of lime, hot pink and lavender,
could be yours just in time for the holidays. Three stories plus a usable attic
with flip open roof. This home boasts classic wood frame construction. Yes,
the 18 pieces of wooden furniture, some with fabric detail, are all included.
Perfectly sized for 12″ dolls, like Barbie. Assembly required. Thoughtful
child safe lead-free, non-toxic paint was used.


Congratulations to Angelique Humphrey of Albertville the winner of our December $500.00 Shopping Spree!

Next month it could be you!



  1. Enter As Many Contests As Possible Obviously, the more contests you enter the greater your chances are of winning something.  If pressed for time, enter 100 contests once rather then 1 contest 100 times.
  2. The More Prizes The Better Go for contests that have many prizes on offer. If there are 100 prizes on offer, you have 100 more chances 9 of winning something with each entry.
  3. Enter Contests That Have Fewer People Entering Them Naturally contests that have fewer people entering them will be easier to win, so always enter a lot of these types. They’re generally more obscure contests from less well known sites. Having said all of that, still try to enter every contest you find at least once.
  4. Read the Rules Of Contests Carefully You don’t want to disqualify yourself because you entered a contest multiple times, when you were only allowed to enter it once.
  5. Setup Free Email Accounts Setup some free email accounts and use those to enter contests. For better or worse you will get some junk mail, so it might as well be to an email account you have set up especially for that purpose, rather than to your personal one. Any one of these will do, Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo. However, make sure you always check these email accounts for notifications of any wins.
  6. Enter Real Details You should always put your real details in when asked. How else can they verify who you are when you have won something?
  7. Use “Web Form Filling” Software Use “Web Form Filling” software to speed up the process of entering contests. They enable you to complete web forms with just one click, which can make the difference between entering 20 contests in an hour or being able to enter 100 contests in an hour.(NOTE: Never use any software that automatically enters contests for you as you will most likely be disqualified automatically.)

Blizzard closes MSP International Airport, all MTC buses stopped, Orchestra Hall, Guthrie Theater performances are canceled and just about everything else in between including Totally Kids fun furniture & toys closed early at 2P.M.

Even the Vikings – Giants game for tomorrow is pushed back to Monday night. Wonder how much snow sits atop the dome?

Leslie Carothers, of The Kaleidoscope Partnership tweeted tirelessly all day championing for local independent retailers, all of whom will have suffered a huge 2 day loss due to the blizzard’s forced closings. THANK YOU Leslie for all of your concern and efforts! Truly heartwarming on such a cold blizzard-ey day.

Annette and Kate,  both braved the snowy roads driving in to open the store this morning. Then upon leaving  in the afternoon,  found that their cars were snowed into the parking lot behind the store. It required lots of muscle power digging both of their cars out from under the snow. Thanks Dave, you will most likely be needing Bengay !

Once again, displaying her limitless care, Lisa our Customer Care Manager, came in on her day off to deliver Shauna, our office manager to her home an hour away. (or three hours in the blizzard) Shauna’s car was stuck in a ditch somewhere between home and the store. What a day! And…wouldn’t this just be the perfect day for a new baby to arrive? Angela our staff interior designer extraordinaire is on maternity leave and I have been thinking about her all day hoping that they have a snowmobile.


Tomorrow morning the forecast is for negative ten when we wake up. With a a week ahead of very nasty weather, now more than ever we are putting out a plea and a call to everyone who can donate socks for the homeless.

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. A pair of new socks = 30% OFF any toys until December 23! If you so choose, tooth brushes, tooth paste or small new toys could be stuffed in the socks too.


Your family can write a story and draw pictures about the blizzard or whatever they have in their heads waiting to be told. Once completed, you send it in and have it published for all to read.

This is a favorite gift for people of all ages actually. Grandparents, aunts and uncles can write their memoirs and illustrate wherever their creativity will take them.


Build  Your Own Frosty The Snowman.

  • Small powdered doughnut
  • Powdered doughnut hole
  • Decorators’ gel
  • Pretzel or potato stick
  • Haviland Thin Mint
  • Reese’s peanut butter cup miniature
  1. Set a powdered doughnut hole atop a mini powdered doughnut. (For a taller version, use a pretzel stick or a potato stick to secure a second doughnut hole atop the first.)
  2. Use decorators’ gel to add a face, buttons, and a carrot nose. (If the gel won’t stick, try smoothing the powder with a dab of water first.)
  3. To add a top hat to a shorter snowman, stick a small piece of a pretzel or potato stick through a Thin Mint and into a Reese’s peanut butter cup miniature, then secure the hat in place on the snowman.

Family Fun has many other ideas for you too.

Before you leave,  have you ever seen the Minnesota Blizzard People ?

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!


Candy Jar Fill and Spill

Swe-e-et! This jar of treats includes a gingerbread man, a lollypop and two colorfully wrapped candies. Remove and replace these sugar-free goodies to develop fine motor skills while at play. Constructed of high quality fabrics and phthalate-free plastic, this soft and durable set will provide hours of no-cal fun!

A classic soft toy for little ones 6 months plus.


Pretend Petite Fours

Add these life-sized treats, perfect addition to a play tea party. Each Haba petit four is uniquely and intricately designed from polyester fabrics to look almost better than the real thing. The Petit Fours come in a cute box set of nine, complete
with individual wrappers. These treats have such a delicious appearance that they should be kept away from small children, lest they mistake the play petit fours for the real thing.


Peppermint Pie – Oh My! and easy enough for kids to try making.

20 chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 carton (1.5 quarts) peppermint ice cream

1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Small candy canes (optional)

Chocolate syrup or hot fudge sauce (optional)

COMBINE cookie crumbs and butter in large bowl. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and side of 9-inch pie plate. (9-inch prepared chocolate cookie crust may be substituted.) Freeze for about 15 minutes or until firm. Place ice cream in refrigerator for 15 minutes to soften.

SPREAD softened ice cream evenly into frozen crust. Pipe or spoon whipped topping around border of pie. Arrange candy canes on top of pie. Freeze for several hours or until firm.

TO SERVE, cut pie into 8 wedges. Place on dessert plates and drizzle with chocolate syrup.

MAKES 8 servings.


Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes

These are a teacher gifts easy enough for young children to make. Make and Takes once again has such a great idea and shows us how.

Another Mommy Monday at Totally Kids. Today we will be giving away $15.00 Gift Cards all day to random Twitter followers. There will be a list at the bottom of this post. If you are selected, just contact us before midnight tonight and we will send you your prize.

International Sleep Like a Pirate Day was a rockn’ good time for all of the folks not glued to their football games and joined us at Totally Kids. Our staff was happy and some then not so happy with final football scores. Stephanie and Nick, our Packers fans left smiling, but the rest of us who are Viking’s fans felt that our cheering skills need improvement. Hey, come on guys, let’s blame the loss on Devon, our sales team manager, who claims if she sits a certain way, or wears specific attire the team will win. What happened Devon?

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Today was bunk bed shopping for eight year old Isabella and  her sister Gabby who is four. Isabella had a so many favorites and wanted her picture taken with all of them. Someone lacked skills with a camera, so these are the only pictures that somewhat turned out.

The girls  instantly made themselves at home on the purple fold out sofa tucked under “their” house. A second full or twin size bed can be added under the house for sisters or sleepover friends. Many folks prefer using the sofa instead of a bed. It provides a cozy spot to chill and then flips open to a bed for young overnight guests. I say young – not a bed to put Grandma or Aunts on.

What good little sisters, they did not want their new baby brother Juan left out. So four month old Juan got his picture taken in a comfy denim bean bag.

The girls explored the store from front to back and back to front while  Mom and Dad made their  final bunk bed decision.  They selected the Murphy twin over full bunk bed which includes under bed storage drawers at a bargain price.

If you would like to be a star on our blog, ask for Lisa and she will capture you with some of your favorites at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys. All stars receive a $5.00 Gift Card for a toy of their choice.

Here is why you should ask for Lisa. Some folks lack camera skills. Isabela looked so cute under the Dixie Loft – sorry Isabela. For now, I will keep practicing with the camera. What I just don’t get is how folks with camera phones get such clear crisp pictures? The really BAD pictures were taken with a fancy dancy camera, not a point and shoot. It even has a huge lens and goes click, click, click really fast like the real deal. Stay tuned……. I promise that I will improve.

Mommy Monday Gift Card Give-AwayToday will be the first day for our  Cheer Up a Child.

Not ready for prime time. But here we go anyway.  This is our first attempt at taking the “blog” public. Rather than waiting to learn how a blog works or what we should know about running one, it will just have to begin this way.

Do you think that the header looks a little scary? It has a story. Just like our debate whether or not to carry pop guns has a story. And story after story that we would love to share with you. To get things rolling let’s start backwards.

Saturday’s revival meeting called Minnesota Bloggers Conference ended with Matt Logelin’s heart touching recount of losing his wife just a day after the premature birth of his daughter Madeline.  You must read his story of strength and the amazing journey that he has been on. Most powerful of all to me is the Liz Logelin Foundation that he began and how he is paying forward.

Matt’s story sparked the Cheer Up a Child idea for us. Every Monday we will give-away a $25.00 Totally Kids Choose a Toy Gift Card to a child who could use a little pick me up. It is a small amount, but a beginning.

Being new to the world of blog we need suggestions on how to go about this. Our thoughts are asking folks to recommend a child whom they feel could use the gift card and tell us why. Of course people’s names should remain anonymous.  A random winner will be selected and we will then contact the poster for the name and address of where to send the gift card for a toy.

So, if you feel compelled, please leave a comment about a special someone you know needing a little lift. Since we have a zero readership and if there are only a few responses we will start over again each Monday as the list grows.

There were several other speakers at Saturday’s revival meeting that delivered special messages. The loudest and deepest message came from Teresa Boardman who was told that she could not write, but now does brilliantly. I know that I can not write but will blog anyway. Something in my head went click when I heard Teresa and something in my heart snapped listening to Matt.

If you scroll down, you will see that we began our pretend blog by doing what we know best, displaying lots of products. Reason is: we live and breathe, finding really great things for kids and making them available at our website.  So it is really product-ee.

Everything happens for a reason and if you learn why, you are very lucky.

This afternoon we learned that a brave little girl, Isalbella Griggs, is in the recovery room while her family waits for her to wake up from a bone marrow aspiration surgery. Her story is told at Caring Bridge. We nominate Isabella, a brave little girl, to receive a $25.00 Choose a Toy Gift Card.

Do you know a child who could use a little cheer? Please tell us about the child in the comments below.