Tuesday, October 21, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Dollhouses

There are an endless supply of dollhouses. And let's be honest...you can't go that wrong in selecting one. Here are a few attractive options:

Go all out with a full sized dollhouse by Hape





For the creative DIY-er check out this post by on "6 Ways to Make a Cardboard Dollhouse"


If you want to get super crafty with your sewing skills give this fabric dollhouse tutorial a look


And lastly, another fun idea is to go gender neutral with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears Toy House. 


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Monday, October 20, 2014

She had a birthday!

We celebrated Little Lady's first birthday yesterday. Here's a little recap:




Menu:
Prosciutto and melon balls
Candy corn
Fruit trifle bowl
Pineapple, mandarin oranges, with whipped cream top {looked like candy corn shots}
Celery and carrots with ranch dressing
Pumpkin cheese ball
Pretzel dip
Rosemary biscuits
Pumpkin roll cake {the biggest hit}
Red velvet cupcakes

And I must give credit to my step-mother who flew in from out-of-state to cook half of the food and mailed a bunch of decorations. My mother-in-last also provided decorations. Without these ladies this party wouldn't have been half as nice. 




And party favors for the kiddos that I made: 


Our little girl is such a joy right now. Walking EVERYWHERE, getting into EVERYTHING. Life with a toddler sure is interesting. 

We love you, Little Lady! Happy First Birthday! 

31 Days of Toys: Baby Dolls

There are so many awesome baby dolls out here, but one of my favorite brands {Manhattan Toys} has a fantastic baby doll called "Baby Stella". There is also a "wee" version that is smaller and perfect for your older infants and young toddlers.

Baby Stella:

{Note: I seem to only be able to find the "Wee Baby Stella" locally at our Walmart. Strangely, it's not even on their website. Not sure what's going on there.}

I love the magnetic accessories like the bottle and paci. So easy for even the young babes to do. This doll can definitely grow with your baby. 


They even have boy dolls {yes...playing with dolls is good for boys too!}



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Sunday, October 19, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Mini Masters Board Books

Here is another series of board books that you may enjoy just as much as your kids.

           


All of these books are part of the Mini Masters series featuring famous artists' works with an adorable rhyming story.





All by Julie Merberg

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Non-Toy Gifts

The past few years our little family {which was then just the hubby and me} have been shifting towards gifting "experiences" rather than gifts. Don't get me wrong...we still gifts sometimes, but really the transition has been a lot of fun. We really don't feel like we need any more stuff anyway. For example, last Christmas he gifted me a night away in the mountains. It was a blast! {Side note: we found out I was pregnant the day after we got back. So in a sense it was an early babymoon since we didn't get one while I was on {modified} bedrest.}  

The other day I ran across a blog post titled "18 Non-Gift Toys for Children". I loved this idea. Instead of sharing a new toy today I'm going to link up to this post from Nourishing Minimalism today. 


My favorites on this list? Classes {maybe because I asked my Dad to get Little Lady gymnastics classes for her birthday...she is a monkey and I've got to find an outlet for her climbing and rolling/tumbling} and crafting dates. 

If you need some extra food for thought on why "less may be best" check out Becoming Minimalist's post on "Why Fewer Toys Will Benefit Your Kids"


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Friday, October 17, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Soft Blocks

There are so many soft blocks out there, but I really like these particular ones:


They are the B. One Two Squeeze Blocks. As advertised, they are "stackable, squeezable, floatable, squeakable and even chewable." 
I really love that they are a big enough not to be a choking hazard, but small enough that a 6 month old can still grab them. Like soft blocks made with plush filling they won't hurt your child if they accidentally bang themselves when trying to figure out how to use them. However, they are much easier to stack than most soft blocks making them more usable in the long run!

Of course, another option is to make your own soft blocks from fabric scraps. I will say though, they don't stack as well as our B. One Two Blocks, but they are fun in other ways. 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

31 Days of Toys: Ikea Mala Easel

I'm all about giving kids space to do artwork no matter what age they are. Your older toddlers will love this easel from Ikea.


Things I like:

The price {$14.99!!!}

The portability

Whiteboard and chalkboard

The size...not too big but not too small


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