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I really meant “getting stones” to share with friends.

Skip to My Lou makes these perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, little Blarney Stones complete with a hidden surprise.

She tells us : “Tradition says if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be given the gift of gab. You will be able to talk eloquently and convincingly.”

If they don’t look appetizing to you, please realize that ingesting is not the intended end result. They do have a fun little surprise tucked inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We always make Blarney Treasure Stones the weekend before St. Patrick’s day for our little neighbor friends. Hope that you give this a try too. It’s another great project to do with little ones from Skip to My Lou.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, come on. You too must have some friends that would enjoy getting stones on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Thought that I caught the luck of the Irish when finding this easy to make treat. It will be a big hit at our house without a doubt. Plus it is another perfect make together recipe for all hands, big and small.

 

KB Designs has the easy to follow directions with pretzels and white chocolate chips.

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.

 

 

We’re not crackn’ any eggs this weekend, saving that task, but with Easter just a week away, there are some other special projects on our list.

First off this Egg Shaped Lantern from the Chocolate Muffin Tree looks ideal brightening up a gloomy gray Minnesota Saturday.

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Kick off an Easter candy high or if you have will power of steel, how about making pizza with left over candy? Left over candy, what’s that? French Knots has this sweet Easter Candy Pizza recipe for you.

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For us, egg coloring will be next weekend when we really get crackn’.

This eco-eggs coloring kit is made from natural plant, fruit and vegetable extracts. It includes three natural dyes (orange, blue and purple), a color chart for creating 6 colors and instructions for coloring eggs. Packaged with creature cutouts for the cutest and healthiest Easter Eggs ever!

How do you like your eggs? Aren’t these cute? And so appetizing at the same time! Peep peep….

I really meant “getting stones” to share with friends.

Skip to My Lou makes these perfect for St. Patrick’s Day,  little Blarney Stones complete with a hidden surprise.

She tells us : “Tradition says if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be given the gift of gab. You will be able to talk eloquently and convincingly.”

If they don’t look appetizing to you, please realize that ingesting is not the intended end result. They do have a fun little surprise tucked inside.

We plan on making some Blarney Treasure Stones this weekend. It looks like another great project to do with little ones from Skip to My Lou.

You too must have some friends that would enjoy getting stones on St. Patrick’s Day.

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Thought that I caught the luck of the Irish when finding this easy to make treat. It will be a big hit at our house with out a doubt. Plus it is another perfect make together recipe for all hands, big and small.

Sun Scholars has the easy to follow directions with pretzels and white chocolate chips.

and more noodles. I think of our Shauna’s daughter every time we are out searching for something to eat. How China would be mealtime dreamland for ramen lovin Destiny. Not sure that she would like what is added and floats to the top.

We could stop complaining about noodles for every meal and just order up a dish of plain chicken feet – no noodles.

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Oh, that reminds me – we have oodles of noodles back in America at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys.

Brain Noodles are like pipe cleaners on steroids. You can use your noodle to bend, twist, and create anything you can imagine! Craft fun for kids of all ages; birthday gifts, quiet play time, party favors, learning tools, brainstorming, ice breakers for parties, centerpieces, stress toys, luggage id, fundraisers, and more! The list goes on and on…With all the possibilities, Brain Noodles™ can be used again and again in unlimited ways.

Recycle a toilet paper tube with a couple of noodles to make a Luv Bug for your Valentine.

This clever candy sushi looks fabulous. Mommy Knows and will show you how to make it for your family.

Are there supposed to be worms in sushi?

It’s sort of feeling like Groundhog’s Day with all the can’t haves we keep finding. Here is another colorful bed that is not available for the US market at this time. When it is, you’ll be the first to know. Stay tuned. It takes an odd size smaller mattress and we are hoping that it grows up a little into a twin size.

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I was just thinking, we do have several beds available that have (faux) wheels. Take a look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Even your preschooler can help with these tasty yet simple Valentine treats from Make and Take.

It includes less than five ingredients. All you’ll need is pretzels, chocolate to melt white chocolate and milk chocolate, wax paper, toothpicks, and sprinkles. Use food coloring in the white chocolate to get the pretty pink color.

That chocolate and pretzel combo is looking really good as we are tucked away for the night in our foodless hotel room. (Hong Kong room service would break the bank.)

Now that your tree is down, the mantle is de-stockinged and bare,  all the decorations are safely packed away until next year leaving no hints of Christmas; some of us are feeling a post holiday void.

Here is a winter project idea to try.

Everyone has a story to tell and there is no  better time than right now to put the pen (or crayon) to paper. Get all  family members from grandparents to little ones writing their very own books titled:  My Life So Far or Christmas Memories Past.  Illustrations can be added as the stories unfold.

The original stories and drawings are made into typeset, professionally produced hardback keepsake books for your family to treasure forever.

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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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