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Design your very own Dolls house with Lundby

Ok. It’s no secret that I’m OBSESSED with doll’s houses, Lundby doll’s houses in particular.  I received my first Smaland house over a year ago and it continues to bring my family and I great joy, laughter, and enough creative brainstorming to outlast any other toy in our house. Here’s a bit of background info for you: This beautiful, Swedish-designed doll’s house is the perfect starter home for your dolls. The 5-room house arrives empty, just waiting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Building Toys, Crafts, Design Your Own, Dolls, Imagination/Creativity, Play, Play Houses, Play Sets and Figurines, School Aged Children, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents: Art Splash! Great Summer Exhibitions, Festivals and Programs for the Whole Family!

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Presents: Art Splash! Great Summer Exhibitions, Festivals and Programs for the Whole Family!

With my kids home during the day and on the weekends during the summer, it’s hard for me to come up with fun activities and outings to keep them entertained while staying on budget. Parents, does this sound familiar? This summer the Philadelphia Museum of Art is kicking-off Art Splash, a new series of exhibitions, festivals, and programs specifically created with families in mind. Exciting interactive play spaces, daily hands-on art activities, and special events will … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Arts, Contests, Educational, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Summer, Toddlers

Fun with Floam! Crafting a Pencil Holder

Fun with Floam! Crafting a Pencil Holder

My kids and I love to craft. Playdoh is always big in our house.  We came across Floam thanks to Mamanista and couldn’t wait to see what we could create. Floam is a reusable molding compound that will keep you and your children creating endless possibilities for hours! Mold your floam into anything you can visualize then transform it into something else. “Roll it, mold it, cover it — that’s the way you Floam it.” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Crafts, Featured, Kindergartners, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

As a blogger, I get a chance to see all of the hottest holiday toys at events such as Toy Fair, Time to Play and more. Here are a few of my favorite toys…. My Favorite Dolls: Little Miss Muffin: These adorable dolls transform from a cupcake into a doll. Visit the website to watch the video and to see why “there’s nothin’ like luvin’ a little miss muffin.”  My tween goddaughters love Little Miss Muffin almost as … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Building Toys, Christmas, Crafts, Developmental Toys, Dolls, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Gifts 2007, Hip Find, Kids Gifts, Play, Play Sets and Figurines, Pre-schoolers, Ride-Ons, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Stuffed Animals, Toddlers, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age), Uncategorized

Summer Art for Tweens

Summer Art for Tweens

Summer is a great time for enrichment activities. Free from the daily grind of classes and homework, your child can explore his or her creative side. Shop for art supplies on sale at local craft stores, or find wholesale arts and crafts supplies online at DollarDays. Many moms have a craft box (or craft closet) full of supplies to keep their kids occupied during school vacations and on rainy weekends. While some parents splurge on summer art classes … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Books, Books (Activities), Books (School Aged), Crafts, Educational, Featured, Play

Eye Can Create Art…So Can You

Eye Can Create Art…So Can You

I wasn’t bored much growing up. On rainy days and lazy Saturday afternoons, I’d be engaged in some craft project or interesting game. My mother, a teacher, has a gift for finding and organizing fun activities on a moment’s notice. Now that I’m a mom, I appreciate how easy she made it all look. Some organized moms dedicate entire closets to craft supplies and keep file folders full of craft-ideas clipped from magazines and newspapers on-hand. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Crafts, Developmental Toys, Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Learning, Play

Surround Your Baby with Beauty and Art

Surround Your Baby with Beauty and Art

As an art lover, I’ve already started taking my children along to exhibits and I want to surround them with works that will stimulate their minds and deepen their appreciation of beauty. For our children’s rooms, we add in accent pieces on our own, like valances and stencils, and hang a professional work of art as the focal point. Sugarplum Dreams has gorgeous luxury children’s wall art murals in every possible theme and color scheme (“from pirates … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Baby Gifts, Boutiques and Stores, Hip Find, Nursery Decor, Uncategorized

Kids in the Kitchen: Learning Tower Discount Code and Contest

Kids in the Kitchen: Learning Tower Discount Code and Contest

The kitchen is the heart of the home. In most households, family life centers around the kitchen. It’s where we cook, eat, play and work. And kids like to be where the action is. (Need proof? I’m typing this blog post at my kitchen table while my son plays on the floor next to me with a bunch of Tupperware containers and a wooden spoon!) If you love cooking, the Learning Tower from Little Partners is a must have ($200 at … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Art, Baby Gifts, Chanukah, Christmas, Contests, Cooking, Coupons, Developmental Toys, Educational, Feeding, Gift Ideas, Momma Gotta Have, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Seasonal, Toddlers

Make a Splash

Make a Splash

Imagine a toy that is reusable, suitable for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children, rolls up for storage, and inspires creativity without any mess–and you’ll have Aquadoodle.  My daughter will draw all day long, but she always wants a clean page.  We save a few of her paintings, but mainly she just enjoys doodling. Since she is not attached to any of her masterpieces quite yet, it seems a shame to fill page after page, wasting … Read entire article »

Filed under: Activities, Art, Bath Time, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School)

Keep Crayons and Art Supplies Organized with Doodlebugz

Keep Crayons and Art Supplies Organized with Doodlebugz

My daughter enjoys drawing, carrying her things in bags, organizing her toys (must have gotten that from Daddy). Doodlebugz offers Crayon Keepers, DoodleBags, Crayon Aprons and Toolbelts, and Crayon Purses and Duffle Bags that allow her to do all three. These licensed Crayola products, available at Princess Linens, allow your little artist to keep supplies handy so she’s ready to create! My daughter is especially fond of the DoodleBags ($25.50), which include a drawing pad and crayons … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Bags (Children), Contests, Crafts, Gift Ideas, Organizers, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toddlers