Friendship Cards in Our Tutus

My friend Margie and I decided one day that we needed a tutu.   So we made one - and then of course, we had to model them.   We laughed for hours - we laughed as we made them, and then we hollered and laughed during the photo shoot.   It was one of those crazy times when things clicked and suddenly we were having the time of our lives.   I hope you have a precious fun friend like Margie!

I immediately took a few of the photos out to Zazzle and made some cards.  I gave a few cards to my sister last week - and she loved them!  Next time you and your BFF have one of these silly fun days, get someone to take your photo and make some fun cards at Zazzle.  It does help you to treasure the day, no doubt!  And looks like people enjoy cards with silly little old ladies having fun!  


Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles

Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles, A Wise Choice For Quality Children's Puzzles

Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles are high-quality, hand-crafted children's puzzles that will fascinate your child. Their assortment includes every type of puzzle from the simplest wooden puzzles for the youngest of children to fantastic floor puzzles to cardboard puzzles with up to 500 pieces suitable for teens and adults. They also manufacture a series of practical jigsaw puzzle storage units.

Children and their parents love Melissa and Doug's assortment of puzzles which include fantastic photography and illustrations, some with added texture, sounds and magnets. All sorts of themes that children are fascinated with are available and options range from animals to transportation to castles. Their line of holiday puzzles is also very popular. Parents really appreciate Melissa and Doug's puzzles because they are durable, attractive items that hold up well to a young child's attentions.

Why Should I Buy Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles For My Young Children?

  • The wooden knob puzzles have jumbo knobs that are easy for little hands to grasp.
  • The wooden knob puzzles also have pictures underneath each piece to guide your child to finding the right piece.
  • They feature themes that are classic, that your child will love and that make doing these puzzles both interesting and educational. Themes include animals and pets, farm, fairy tales, common construction and transportation vehicles.
  • The chunky puzzles feature pieces that are tough enough to be used for pretend play.
  • They provide opportunities for fun, learning and creative thinking.
  • They come in various sizes and difficulty levels to accommodate your growing child's ability.

Melissa and Doug's Safety Statement

A hugely important consideration when you are puzzle shopping is safety. Melissa and Doug put their name on every piece that they make and they are proud to make a quality puzzle and toy line.

Any product they produce has to pass the test of their six children. However, and possibly more important in today's world, they believe in 'Testing, Testing and More Testing.' They start by insisting that the factories follow their instructions but they also audit, inspect and test their items throughout the manufacturing process. They test paints and coatings to make sure that they meet government regulations with regard to the metals, lead, and so on. Their tests are verified by third party labs. While I do not believe there is such a thing as a guarantee of safety in our world, I think these steps mean that you can choose their items with confidence knowing that they are good quality, safe items for you and your family.

Start with a A Wooden Puzzle Set

The barn-themed wooden puzzle shown at the top of the page is a knob puzzle and recommended for children aged 1 and up and the beautiful puzzle set shown here on the right is recommended for children aged 18 months and up. These wonderful wooden puzzles are brightly coloured and will help your child develop shape recognition, grouping, matching and fine motor skills. Each puzzle has easy-fit pieces featuring basic items your child will recognize including a boat, train, teddy bear, plane, bus and car. You can find Melissa and Doug's Wooden First Puzzle Set on Amazon by clicking right here.

Progress to a Giant Floor Puzzle

My children particularly loved floor puzzles  and what child, particularly a little boy, does not love a firetruck? This big, bright, detailed fire truck allows your child to assemble a puzzle that is his size on the floor.  Four feet long, it can be worked on a coffee table or the floor but is large enough for your children to work on together without bumping into each other. It features 24 jumbo-sized pieces and is made of heavy grade cardboard.  The large pieces make it easy for small hands to work this puzzle, which will aid in the development of motor skills and problem-solving abilities.  Recommended for children aged 3 years and up, reviews for this puzzle include comments like this gift froom Santa "was a huge hit!" and Joshua Koppel's, "My only fault with the puzzle is it is so popular I can never get it put away for more than a few minutes. Once taken apart, the kids want to put it together again." You can find this fire truck puzzle on Amazon by clicking here.

Quality jigsaw puzzles definitely make a TOP-RATED GIFT idea for the children in your life. Start them out early and they might just develop a life long love of jigsaw puzzling. You can see Amazon's complete collection of Melissa and Doug puzzles by clicking here

More Children's Puzzles:

Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Floor Puzzles
Melissa and Doug floor puzzles are plenty of fun, that is for sure! I still remember how fonad my sons were of jigsaw puzzles, particularly the giant ones that...

Melissa and Doug Holiday Jigsaw Puzzles
Melissa and Doug holiday jigsaw puzzles are beautifully made, quality puzzles for very young children. There are puzzles available for many of the popular holidays..

Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzle Storage Systems
Store your jigsaw puzzles properly with a Melissa and Doug jigaw puzzle storage system.

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Sets

Loved the idea. Hot Wheels and Mega Bloks combined. It took a while but on March 29, 2012, it was announced that Hot Wheels had agreed to work with Mega Bloks on the creation of building toys themed around the most famous car sets of them all. Mega Bloks said that the Hot Wheels sets would center around "performance, stunts and cool cars" and they do. They arrived in stores in 2013.

Mega Bloks commented, "We are thrilled to join forces with Mega Bloks to create the first Mega Bloks building sets based on Barbie and Hot Wheels" and I am sure they were. Who wouldn't want to work with Hot Wheels, one of Mattel's most recognized brands? However, MEGA Bloks is also a very well-known manufacturer who creates a line of building toys that are thought to be "innovative, well-designed, affordable and quality products." Together, they make a fun package...

Who Will Love These Sets?

  • Boys and girls who love building blocks, since cars can be created over and over again.
  • Boys and girls who love playing with cars, since they are designed to be played with once built.
  • Children aged 5 and up.
  • Adults who like building...and destroying, LOL.

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Race Set

Arguably the best set and definitely the most popular set on Amazon, is this Super Stunt Facility set, which allows you to build eight different race cars, taking them apart and creating new ones as many times as your imagination allows.

Mega Bloks Super Stunt Test Facility

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Super Stunt Test Facility is a fabulous set that allows your builder to create a super stunt test facility for his cars. See it in action for yourself in this video:

Mega Bloks Turbo Tubes 

Add on to the stunt set or any set with the Mega Bloks Turbo Tubes, as mentioned in the video. Each of which contains a car with a name like the one shown here, Bone Shaker or Fast Fish, Twinduction and Twin Mill III.

Naturally, these cars will combine with all of the other Mega Bloks Hot Wheels sets.  If you are interested in learning more, you can see all of Amazon's complete collection of Mega Bloks Hot Wheels sets by clicking here.

Quick Links:

See Amazon's complete collection of Mega Bloks Hot Wheels sets.
Learn about Mega Bloks' Barbie sets.

This article was originally written in 2012 and appeared on another website.

The Art of Tron Legacy by Justin Springer

The Art of Tron Legacy by Justin Springer
The Art of Tron: Legacy by Justin Springer is a beautiful, 160-page look into the art and design of the 2010 movie, Tron: Legacy. It shares illustrations of the concepts, set designs, biographies of characters, pictures from the movie and an afterword by Joseph Kosinski who directed the movie. It is a well-put together, colorful book making it a TOP-RATED GIFT IDEA for anyone who is a Tron fan.

Quick Links:

Read more about The Art of Tron Legacy on Amazon.
Disney's Tron: Legacy movie review.

Six Pretty In Pink Gift Ideas

What Is It About The Color Pink?

I don't know what it is about the color pink that draws us. It inhabits a world of it's own, it is the epitome of all things girly. It is fun and it is spirited.
Whether you want everything that surrounds you to be pink or you just want to have a few pink items, we know you will love the pretty and pink gift ideas shared here on this page. (And so will your friend who loves pink.)
We have carefully hand picked six great gift ideas that include a couple of pieces of beautiful jewellery, a cheeky pink bag by Kate Spade New York, an Emma Bridgewater coffee mug, a Jessie Steele apron and a versatile pink media player by Sylvania.

"Whoever Said Orange Was The New Pink Was Seriously Disturbed" - Elle Woods, Legally Blonde

A Fun Pink Purse

Kate Space New York Love Birds Wink Clutch Purse

Kate Spade New York Love Birds Wink Clutch

Fill your need to be girlie...go buy a pink purse, large or small, it will bring life to any wardrobe.
We have chosen to feature Kate Spade New York's fun leather Love Birds Wink Clutch Bag in blush, the lightest shade of pink. It's fun and it will make you and all who you pass by smile.

I could not find it on Amazon right now but I did find it on eBay by clicking here.

A Pretty Pink Coffee Mug

Emma Bridgewater Pink Mug

A coffee mug is a practical gift idea and we love this pretty pink Emma Bridgewater paisley coffee mug. It is actually called the wallpaper mug by the folks at Emma Bridgewater. Whatever you call it, we think it is a pretty option and a lovely choice for your kitchen, whether your kitchen is completely decked out in pink or you just want a single pink mug. It's not an inexpensive mug but it is a lovely, quality piece made in Stoke-on-Trent in England.

Click here to see all of eBay's pink Emma Bridgewater mugs.

A Piece of Jewellery

There are some pretty amazing pink jewelry pieces available, at all price points. Here we feature two lovely pieces that we would love to own. Shown below are a sterling silver quilted heart necklace that features Swarovski crystals and then a beautiful pink diamond ring.

A Swarovski Pink Necklace

Sterling Silver and Pink Quilted Heart Pendant Necklace with Swarovski Elements, 18"

Sterling Silver and Pink Quilted Heart Pendant Necklace with Swarovski Elements
I love the pinks used in this necklace and the heart shape. It's from Amazon's Curated Collection, which means that it was inspected by Amazon's staff to insure quality. That's a nice guarantee to have when buying jewellery online.

A Pink Tourmaline and Diamond Ring

Pink Diamond Ring
This ring is a rose-gold morganite with pink tourmaline and diamond ring. It features round-cut morganite encased in pink tourmaline and diamonds. It is a lovely piece that is regularly priced at about $1,100 but that is on sale as we write this for just under $500. It's not a piece you'd buy casually but if you are looking for an extra-special gift idea for someone who loves this color, it's definitely a beautiful choice.

A Pink Jessie Steele Apron

Another practical and affordable gift idea is an apron. We've chosen to feature this pretty pink apron. It's done in a rosy pink with an all-over pink polka dot print in Jessie Steele's Ava pattern. Jessie Steele makes a wide range of aprons that are very popular in the apron world. If this is not the apron for you, there are a host of others available in pink and, of course, in pretty much every colour under the rainbow.

Rosy Pink Polka Dot Ava Apron by Jessie Steele

A Pink Multi-Media Player

Electronics are a great way to add pink into your everyday routines...You can add pink cell phone accessories, stickers or go all out with a pretty pink camera, a hot pink laptop or a portable DVD player, it's your choice. We're featuring Sylvania's portable multi-media player. It is a combination DVD, CD and MP3 player with a built-in rechargeable battery. It's pretty and practical, too!

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