Harold and the Purple Crayon

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine

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 You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

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Milk and Cookies, and a Giant Book

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine

Milk and Cookies, and a Giant BookWhat’s more cozy than an enormously good book with a side of milk and cookies?  This story is not only sweet, but incredibly gorgeous with hand appliquéd and embroidered artwork by Michelle Romo.  Avery enjoyed this special story time with I’m So Glad You’re Here along with a glass of milk and Speculoos cookies.  We changed things up a bit from the usual snack routine and dipped the Speculoos in semi-sweet chocolate and finished them off with a sprinkling of salty pretzel bits.  There is one added bonus with this work of art: if all that milk makes you a wee bit drowsy, well, you have a blanket for a short snooze!

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You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

20% Off Pretend Play Kids Toys – Today Only!

We’re feeling extra festive and are counting down to the holidays with a kids toys sale a day through December 17th! Today’s kids toy sale is 20% off pretend play. Encourage your littles to use their imagination with these fun toys. And don’t forget to head to www.landofnod.com to discover each day’s unique sale.

What’s that Stand For Play Stand (create a lemonade stand, theater, post office and more)

Kids Toys: Pretend Play

Jenny Lind Doll Bed

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Kids Toys: Pretend Play - Cottage Doll HouseThere are plenty more pretend play kids toys on sale at landofnod.com. Head to our site now and snag 20% off before the sale ends! And be sure to check our site daily to see what toys will be on sale next as part of our HoliDAILY kids toy sale through December 17.

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Kids Holiday Gift Wishlists From Our Friends at Little List

From our friends at Little List

Your kiddos have been dreaming about their holiday lists since the catalogs started pouring in months ago. Which is adorable, but can be very stressful for us parents when it comes to actually buying the gifts! How do you weed through the millions of things on their wishlists to make sure their faces light up when opening gifts?

Enter Little List. Little List makes it easy and fun to create and share a wishlist of the gifts your children want and need. Parents can add anything from any online store to one list and share it anytime someone asks “what should I get your child?” Best of all it keeps track of who bought what, as well as your child’s current sizes and interests.

The app even makes gift suggestions based on your child’s age and preferences. You can visit Little List’s website, or download the app for your iPhone and begin building their holiday wishlists today.

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We’ve created 3 Little List gift guides for kiddos that love imaginary play, creating art & music, and enjoying nostalgic toys we played with as kids.

  • Imagination in Play – For little ones who let their imagination run wild and love playing dress up, making pretend meals or entertaining a captive audience.
  • Crafts & Music – Family jam session under the tree? Budding Picasso? Architect in the making?
  • Classic Retro Toys – Nothing’s more fun than seeing our kids play with and love the same toys we enjoyed as kids!

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Post by Little List, makers of wishlists for kids. Keep track of your children’s wants and needs in an easy to use platform to share with friends and family, or simply help you organize your shopping list for the holiday or your children’s birthday.