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Panda beds may have even more meaning to Chinese families.

For years, the Giant Panda has been thought of by many Chinese as an unofficial national symbol.

Giant Pandas, said to have been around during the time of dinosaurs, are cited as a “national gem” of China. Prized for thousands of years by the Chinese, the Giant Panda is a symbol of peace. Once prolific in the lowland mountain ranges, the Giant Pandas have landed on the rare and endangered species lists due to a naturally low birth rate and a century of illegal hunting and habitat loss. Now protected by law, considerable worldwide efforts continue to help the large, cuddly bears survive as a species and conserve their natural habitat.

There are about 1,000 Giant Pandas thought to be living in the wild. About 239 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers, mostly in China and 27 living outside of China.

You can adopt a cuddly Panda.

Or do as some Chinese folks do; Panda paint your pups.


Don’t forget your pooch on Valentine’s Day!

Whip up some heart shaped biscuits.

These treats are easy as can be to make, and can easily be cut into cute little heart shapes after the dough has been rolled out. Leave the baking pan of biscuits in the oven for several hours after turning it off, and then keep the biscuits out on the counter for a few more hours after that to make sure they’re completely dried out before putting them in a container.

Valentine’s Day Dog Biscuits

1 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup beef broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup powdered milk

~ Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

~ In a large bowl, stir together the cheese, oil, beef broth and garlic.

~ Combine the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, cornmeal and powdered milk; stir into the cheese mixture until well blended. You may need to use your hand to properly blend the dough.

~ On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the treats. Place them onto the prepared baking sheet 1 1/2 inches apart.

~ Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the treats are firm and the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

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.


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.


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















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.)