The Perfect Wish ListDec. 14th

The holidays are moving fast! Buying gifts can be quite daunting. How many toys does a kid need?! The truth is, they don’t need as many as we want to get. They are happy with very few things and it’s less overwhelming. We spend less, which means not stressing as much over our financial lives. 

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We recently came across a genius way to get the perfect wish list. Pint Sized Treasures has the best way to give and receive during the holidays! Why haven’t we thought of this before?! You can feel good about giving and not spoiling. This theory lends the true meaning of the giving. Let’s hope the kids will learn to embrace this way;)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Color TherapyOct. 17th

Coloring has always been associated with kids, but it is quickly becoming a trend for adults. Many companies are producing coloring books for adults and used for meditation. Coloring has always been thought of as therapeutic. It’s calming and fun at the same time.

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With the intricate designs that are coming out, no wonder it is so good for you. Detailed prints fill the pages of these coloring books and they force you to sit and focus for a good period of time. Get your favorite crayons or markers ready and settle in for some of the most beautiful coloring pages you have ever laid your eyes on.

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Supplies and StuffAug. 25th

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Now that the kiddos are headed back to school, we have to get organized. Back to school shopping is so fun! Let’s take a stroll back to our own childhood. Here are some fun back to school essentials.

Backpacks:Backpack Buying Tips (Parenting.com)
How do you pick the best backpack for your child when you’re facing a full aisle in the store? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
Two straps: This will distribute the weight evenly and is safer for the carrier’s back, neck and shoulders.
Reflective: If children will be walking home from school or out at night, their backpack should have pieces of reflective material on the bag.
Fit: Have your child try on the bag before you purchase it. The bottom of the bag should meet the lower back, but should not be more than 4 inches below the waistline. The point at which the bag and straps meet should be 1 to 2 inches below the top of the shoulders.
Weight: When you’ve selected the right backpack, make sure you don’t overload it. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that a backpack should not exceed 15 to 20 percent of a child’s body weight, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not exceeding 10 percent.

We love the ones on Land of Nod!

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Lunch bags: We found some cute snack bags on Etsy.com

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Labels: Cute labels for lunch boxes, cups and such. Keep track of your kid’s stuff. (Stuck On You)

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Supplies: Scented pencils?! Yep, gourmet pencils for all flavors! (Smencils)

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Cups/Feeding: Camelbak has great cups for kids!

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Learning Station:

Fun ideas from Decoist.com

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Hope your kids have a smooth transition! Make sure you take the tissues when you drop them off;) Happy school year!

Wild and FreeJul. 28th

The baby/kid market is overflowing with adorable things. There is really no shortage of cute out there. We are loving the “Wanderlust’ looks in clothing and decor. We decided to share some of our favorite things from the web.

Tee Pee for playtime:

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(Tee Pee by StitchinNista on Etsy)

Tee Pee print with quote:

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(Tee Pee print by ModishCC)

Printed Leggings:

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(Leggings by Half Pint Hipsters)

Baby Bundle:

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(Baby bundle by Sleepy Tribe)

Arrow wall decal:

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(Wall decal by The Lovely Wall)

Adventure baby onesie:

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(Onesie by Feather 4 Arrow)

Adventure Awaits!

Family FunJul. 20th

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Have you attended  a South Park Walkabout? It’s a fun-filled evening festival to introduce you to the shops and cafes of a charming, hip and historic neighborhood. South Park is unique and friendly.Shops are open late, with entertainment, specials, and surprises. Browse, explore, shop, and celebrate! It’s free and fun! This Saturday, July 25th from 6pm-10pm.

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We’ll be at So Childish on Saturday, July 25th from 4pm-7pm. Come by and get your child’s hand or foot impression and join in the fun. There will be a balloon artist, face painter and silhouette artist there also. Baby Garten Studio is offering up some free classes that evening, starting at 5pm. They are located in the same building and right next door.

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Taste some of the fare the local restaurants are serving and take a ride on the FREE trolley from Beech to Juniper streets during Walkabouts. Take the #2 MTA bus right through the neighborhood, along 30th St. from Beech to Kalmia (and on to North Park).

It’s going to be a fun time,so don’t skip this family-friendly event!

Growing GardenMar. 16th

The weather here has us all feeling like it’s summer! Pretty soon, the flowers will blooming and gardens will flourish. Time to start devising a plan for the yard. Most people know us for the hand and foot impressions we do for babies and kids. They make great gifts for the parents and grandparents;) We do much more than that though. Have you ever seen our stepping stones? They are adorable and add so much to your garden or backyard. We can add decorative accents and do them in any color. The kids will love them too! It’s fun to compare their growing hands to the tiny prints in the stones. Our stamping locations and dates are updated for every month and we can do private appointments upon request. Just think of how cute these will be at your home. The perfect keepsake!

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I Heart YouJan. 27th

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Valentine’s day is coming soon! What are you planning to do? The kids need gifts for their school friends, so you need to get a plan together. How about a nice DIY project to get things rolling? We found some quick and easy Valentine’s day cards that will be sure to put a smile on some faces.

1. Love bug

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2. Dear…

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3. Cupid’s arrow

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4. Same school

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5. Eye on you

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6. Good fortune

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7. Modern mix tape

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8. Roll it

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9. Super

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10. You rock

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Whatever your style. These cute do-it-yourself valentines are the perfect way to say…you are awesome! Hit the craft store, look around the house and set a date to sit down and do a project with the kids. Have fun and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Clever CostumesOct. 16th

Every year, it’s interesting to see what kids will dress up as. Halloween is just weeks away and we are excited! Instead of finding your typical princess, witch, ninja or superhero, we decided to focus on clever and unique costumes.

Elsa will be everywhere and the Lego characters too. Let us show you some of the funniest, most unique and most clever costumes we found on the web.

Heisenburg and Jesse are making an appearance. Your kids will have no idea, but all of the adults at the Halloween party will;)

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Alice in Wonderland…the oversized version!

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Little Dalai Lama.

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Cabbage Patch Kid in a the package.

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Granny and her walker…for those toddling little ones.

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Army man…could be from Toy Story;)

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All photo images from Google.

Have a cool idea or have you seen a unique idea? Share it on our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/doodlebugdesignssd

Happy Halloween!!

Lego Party PerfectSep. 23rd

Ever wonder what to do for birthday parties for the kids? Legos are huge right now and kids love them! There are so many sets and some of them can be quite pricey. We recently discovered a company called Pley, that actually rents Lego sets! This is a great way to see what your child is interested in, try out some new sets, test their skills and not have to worry about storing them. Save your feet the trouble too;) You can choose from 250+ different sets and you send them back after you are done. For $15/month, it seems reasonable.

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These are perfect for birthdays, weddings (rent for the kids table), family gatherings, Thanksgiving celebration…gotta keep the kids busy! Choose from boys or girls designs and different types of themes. Princess party? No problem, there are princess ones and girly play sets. Pirate party? Ahoy! They have the right set for you matey! Shipping is free both ways and you can put a few in your queue. Another great idea, is taking them on trips or keeping the kids occupied with the sitter. They are cleaned and sanitized and if you lose a piece…no worries. There are even 3 plans to choose from, if you want to gift this service to someone else! How cool is that? Having a Lego play date? Sign up for Pley. It’s a small investment to make, to get your kid’s brain some exercise and letting them explore their imagination.

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Back to School tipsJul. 29th

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Vacation time is almost over. Time to start thinking of what the kids need for school. It can be stressful and expensive. Don’t fret…we searched the internet for deals and specials on back to school stuff. Here’s what we found.

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Gap Kids has Free shipping on $50+ orders and free returns. Their semi annual kid’s sale is happening now. Check it out!

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Old Navy has a sale going on online! It ends today, but use the coupon code:BIGTIME for discount. All school uniforms are on special, $5 polos and $10 khakis. Activewear is on sale too! Free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns.

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Carter’s has 40%off everything! They have sizes 7-12 online too.

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Macy’s is taking an extra 20% off with coupon code:BTS. Free shipping on sales of $50 and over.

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Nordstrom’s anniversary sale is on! Prices are being slashed on all kinds of great items!

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Crazy 8 has a sale on school uniforms. 40% off! Basic jeans are $12 and tees and polos are $10. Up to 80% off when you take an extra 30% off all clearance items! Shipping is always $5!

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Gymboree has up to 50% off! Free shipping over $75. Take 20% off new items and sale is up to 75% off!

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The Children’s Place is doing 40% the entire store online til the end of today! Free shipping on all orders too!

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Target has deals on all things back to school! Tees starting at $5, jeans starting at $10 and shoes starting at $15. Backpacks, lunch boxes and more are on sale too.

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Lakeshore Learning Store has a big back to school sale going on too! Hundreds of items on sale and free shipping on orders over $79, with coupon code:SHIPBTS

Whatever you need, we can assure you there are tons of things on sale right now! For more school supplies, try Dollar Tree, Walmart, Office Max, Staples, Michael’s, CVS and other well known stores. Happy shopping!