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Welcome to Tim & Veronica Chisum with their family Photo By: Your Candid Memories

Every parent out there, young or old can identify with the struggles of raising children. Of those struggles, educating might be at the top of the list. From reading to playing, it all falls under the same category… LEARNING. This is why we have dedicated this issue to “Nurturing a Love of Learning”. Kids not only need Misti Floyd with her entire family Photo By: Emily Thurmond to be taught but they also need to understand what it means to want to learn. Jumping into this theme, we found that teaching occurs more so outside p ag e 18 of the classroom and as parents, we have an opportunity to make the most of our time at home with our children. Find out how one biology teacher p ag e turned mom created a science lab in her own kitchen. 100 We share tips on how to introduce animals to your children in a unique environment that will encourage them to explore. p ag e If it’s language development you are interested in, we’ve got just the 38 thing for you and your young one. In the MBC Green Notes, you will learn about a local Dallas teenager p ag e who took the idea of recycling bottle caps and made it into a fun business 31 for her and her entire family. Don’t forget to visit us at ModernBabiesAndChildren.com where you’ll find our interactive, online magazine as well as local recipes from DFW moms, weekly give away winners, daily activities calendar and much more! We are now on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to become a fan and follow us for a chance at weekly prizes. Lastly, when you are done reading this magazine, we encourage you to pass it on to a friend or recycle it. Happy Learning,

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Open a box similar in size to a paper ream — and presto, your family transforms into a team of scientists with instructions and parts to recycle paper, build a compost tube, make packing peanuts disappear and more. In another kit, little scientists roll up their sleeves and make slime, gel and goop. Or, how about the opportunity to build a volcano and watch it erupt? This is just a small sampling of the extensive collection of science products that mom of five and Harvard trained biologist — turned mompreneur — Esther Novis offers through her company, The Young Scientists Club. The experiments are designed for kids, ages 4 to 12. As the former high school biology teacher tells it, back in 1999 her 5-yearold son needed a challenge and she was “ready to do something else than going to the playground.” Her search for science experiments that fused fun and fostered real learning came up empty, so she created her own. When her son piped up that he instead wanted to play with his friends, Novis invited them over. The gatherings grew into a science summer day camp that continues to run out of Novis’ 18

Rhode Island home. When her friends in other parts of the country expressed interest, she started mailing out some of the experiments. The mailings experienced a growth spurt of their own and became a subscription service. The products are now also available for individual retail purchase and include a series based on the characters from The Magic School Bus books. The camp continues to serve as a test lab for new products. “I’d have to say the most fun I’ve had learning about science is since I’ve been writing and researching for all my own products,” shares Novis, who has also written experiments for science textbooks and articles for national magazines. Novis finds that kids aren’t the only ones who get excited about the science kits. “I think it’s so much fun for the parents, especially for the parents who may not have that strong of a science background.” Each kit comes with detailed instructions. There is also online and phone support. “For me, it’s not making the billion dollar sale,” Novis describes. “For me, it’s trying to get as many children interested in the sciences as I can.”

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Here are a few of the products offered by The Young Scientists Club:

The Magic School Bus: Going Green Price: $19.99 Suggested Ages: 5+ Ms. Frizzle, the driver of the Magic School Bus, and her students whisk your little scientist away on a green adventure to make paper from pulp, decompose food, shrink plastic, build a compost tube and enjoy other activities centered around the 3 R’s — Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!

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Dig Real Fossils Price: $9.99 Suggested Ages 5+ This mini fossil kit contains four real fossils that are millions of years old. Your child will get to use the enclosed tools to dig for the fossils, which even include a real shark tooth.

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Science on a Gardening Adventure Price: $29.99 Suggested Ages: 4+ No matter the season, your budding scientist can garden year-round. Activities include creating a terrarium, designing a mini-garden, learning about bugs, making a sun dial and more.

Watch for a number of new products to arrive early in 2010 including an animal tracking kit, a dinosaur Magic School Bus kit and a global warming kit. All products come with detailed instructions for both adults and children as well as all needed parts except for very common household ingredients. Visit theyoungscientistsclub.com to learn about the subscription service and kidsciencekits.com for more information about the retail products. -RK v Fall/Winter 2009

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C a p p a s : n S A Tween’s Idea Turned Family by Rebecca Klein Business Gets Snapped Up by Girls Across the Country

A hot tween line of magnetic jewelry and accessories made with interchangeable bottle caps evolved from a school locker decoration.

In 2006, then Dallas fifth-grader Maddie Bradshaw’s search for fun locker magnets came up empty. After experimenting with different magnetic materials, she started painting the inner canvas of bottle caps and adding rhinestones and glitter. “I’ve taught my kids if you can’t find what you want, you make it,” describes


mom, Diane Bradshaw, never imagining a million dollar business would eventually follow. Her daughter soon repurposed the magnets into “Snap Caps” — bottle caps that can be snapped on and off a magnetic base attached to a suede necklace — and started selling them to school friends. At first, it was more of a hobby, just like the kidpreneur’s side business making customized lap desks. Only, one afternoon changed everything. After a Dallas Learning Express store consigned 50 caps and 50 necklaces, everything sold out in two hours and the store wanted to place an order. Fast-forward to today. A team of 25 employees ensures 50 to 60,000 handmade Snap Caps ship out monthly to 900 stores. In addition to necklaces, tweens are wearing the caps on headbands, using them as magnets, showcasing their collections on magnetic Snap Cap Keepers and attaching them to their boots with magnetic Snap Cap Huggers.


The 13-year-old company president, Maddie, and her 9-year-old younger sister, Margot, who is vice president, co-own m3 girl designs — named for Maddie, Margot and Mom. Their mother, a former shoe and handbag buyer, oversees operations. Before moving forward with the first order, she made sure it was something her girls were interested in doing. “I’m really surprised it has grown this big,” says Maddie. “I think it’s a lot of fun.” Margot, who joined the business once it got off the ground, echoes that sentiment and enjoys when her big sister seeks her advice on “what little girls like.” The girls, who remain the creators of all the designs, primarily focus on school and sports. Most of their profits are earmarked for college and savings. The girls are humble about their accomplishments, something for which their mom is grateful. “I tell both girls this could go away tomorrow.” The company is a 2009 national sponsor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and this year is donating all proceeds from its rainbow “Wish Cap” to the non-profit. “My mom has taught us that philanthropy is really important [and] that whenever you receive something you should always give back to others…” says Maddie, who is also giving back to other aspiring kidpreneurs and has a how-to book in the works. “I feel extremely proud,” says Diane Bradshaw of the girls. “I think the whole thing has been so inspiring to other kids, and I think in today’s society, it’s really hard to find healthy role models.” -RK v

For more information: m3girldesigns.com Price: $6.99 per cap, $6.99 per necklace (sold separately)


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A Quick, Easy Recipe: Tiny Sausage Tomato Bites Courtesy of Modern Mommy Melissa Stinson 1 lb Sausage (hot, sweet or breakfast sausage – can use turkey sausage for healthier option) – crumbled 3 cups baking mix (Bisquick) 2 cups (1/2 lb.) grated Cheddar Cheese 24 cherry tomatoes, halved Preheat oven to 375. In medium bowl, combine sausage, baking mix and cheese. Mix well with your hands until the meat and cheese are well mixed (the mixture will seem dry). Roll in your hands and press the mixture into 1-inch balls. Transfer the sausage balls to a baking sheet and flatten with the palm of your hand. Make a small indention with your thumb in each patty and nestle a tomato half, cut side up. Bake until meat is cooked through, about 15 to 25 minutes. Serve hot/warm. Great with salsa!

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He’s black and white, round and cuddly-looking, and speaks Spanish, French, Hebrew, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and English. Meet Little Pim, the animated panda and star of the Little Pim language DVD series, geared for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The series uses a blend of animated scenes and real-life multicultural footage to introduce everyday vocabulary words around such themes as waking up, eating and playing.

“Kids are hardwired to learn up to three languages without any trouble before the age of 3. This 0 to 3 window is a crucial learning opportunity and most parents are missing it. I felt the calling to make it easier for parents not to miss it,” shares creator Julia Pimsleur Levine, who channeled her documentary filmmaking background and the desire for an effective teaching tool to use with her children into creating the series. The DVD series debuted in late 2007 and has since doubled its language offerings. Neuroscientist Dr. April Benasich, Director of the Infant Studies Laboratory at Rutgers University and a Little Pim consultant, explains, “As newborns, babies’ brains can discriminate the sounds of every language in the world.  Towards the end of the first year they begin to prefer their native language and become less receptive to the sounds of other languages.”

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She says while older kids can certainly learn a new language, the ideal time to start is during the first few years while “their brains stay more open and plastic to sounds of other languages — making it easier for them to learn additional languages.” “The challenge is to keep those neurons active by exposing children to a second language,” describes Pimsleur Levine, who grew up speaking English and French and is the daughter of the late Dr. Paul Pimsleur, founder of the Pimsleur Method, a renowned audio-based language program for adults. Little Pim is a family business. Her mother, Beverly Pimsleur, serves as Little Pim’s language advisor. Pimsleur Levine’s mission is to make learning a foreign language accessible and fun. Each 35-minute DVD is broken into 5-minute segments, providing stopping points for parents and children to practice together. The series, designed to match how young children learn, builds off of familiar words. Parents don’t need any prior knowledge of another language. The series has attracted such celebrity 40

moms as Angelina Jolie and Constance Zimmer, of Entourage. At LittlePim.com there are downloadable companion guides to the DVDs, a “talking” coloring book and other activities. On the site, the company lists benefits that go beyond learning another language. “Research also proves that young children who learn a language before the age of 5 tend to have superior reading, writing, analytical and social skills, as well as more extensive vocabularies than their monolingual peers… It materially contributes to a young child’s cognitive development and also gives him an advantage in the future of our increasingly global marketplace.” Watch for many new products including DVDs in additional languages, flash cards and CDs in French and Spanish featuring some songs from the Baltimorebased Milkshake band. v Gift set with 3 DVDs & Stuffed Little Pim (Pictured on Page ?): $59.95 DVD 3-pack: $49.95 Single DVD: $17.95

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Stories set to a backdrop of beats, high and low notes, rhythms and rhymes By Rebecca Klein

From stories about bugs that boogie to a “Doo-Wop Pop” teaching a group of kids a lesson in both music and life to a tale about the high and low notes in Mozart’s short 35 years, the following children’s books not only teach young readers about different styles and terms, but just may leave them empowered to create their own music.

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Bugtown Boogie By Warrren Hanson Laura Geringer Books, 2008 Suggested Ages: 3-8 “They were all in there a-dancin’ to a buggie-wuggie beat, swingin’ and awingin’ and a-tappin’ all their feet. They were buzzin’ by the dozen, swarmin’ all around the floor.” Join a little boy as he walks home one night through the woods and discovers an underground all-night dance party with itty-bitty partygoers. Blinking lights through a tiny hole in the base of a tree reveal the vibrant “Bugtown Boogie” — home to a full cast, including a termite playing the trumpet, a humbug on the drum, centipedes “shimmyin’ and shakin’ every leg” and a lone stinkbug. The imaginative, colorful illustrations are sure to reveal something new each time your child flips through the pages.

The Cardboard Piano By Lynne Rae Perkins Greenwillow Books, 2008 Suggested Ages: 4-7 The tale of a gift of a cardboard piano from one young friend to another is the launch pad for a lesson on how even best friends may not always see things in harmony and the importance of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Tina wishes she could take piano lessons like her friend, Debbie, but doesn’t have one. After Debbie learns that a long ago, famous Russian musician used a pretend piano to practice during his voyage to America, Debbie makes an elaborate one out of cardboard for Tina, envisioning her learning to play on it and of one day playing duets together. Only, the outcome isn’t one Debbie expects or wants. Your child will join Debbie in gaining knowledge about friendship. A DVD with an animated version of this thoughtfully told story accompanies the book. Fall/Winter 2009

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M Is for Music By Kathleen Krull Harcourt, Inc., 2003 Suggested Ages: All M Is for Music is a far yodel from your basic alphabet book. Each of the artistically illustrated pages includes music-related words — from A for anthem and accordion to Z for zydeco, zither and zippy music. As the inside jacket points out, “Music and the alphabet have always gone together. Don’t kids learn their letters by singing the ABCs? But, you’ve never seen — or heard — a musical alphabet like this one.” The book ends with a “musical notes” section and offers definitions for many of the terms introduced.

Doo-Wop Pop By Roni Schotter Amistad, 2008 Suggested Ages: 4-8 Five quiet classmates fend off their shyness at school after some encouragement from the man they call “DooWop Pop.” The school janitor, who sang doo-wop in his early days, challenges one of the kids to “Be-boppa bold, Elijah Earl. Be-boppa brave. Come-a, come-a, come-a outta your cave.” He teaches the kids some of his signature moves and challenges them to work together to create their own song. You may guess the high notes coming next for the kids, but there is also good news for the Doo-Wop Pop.

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Mozart: The Wonder Child: A Puppet Play in Three Acts By Diane Stanley Collins, 2009 Suggested Ages: 8-12

Author and illustrator, Diane Stanley, takes readers 250 years back in time to meet Wolfgang, an amazing 3-year-old boy who is able to pick out chords on the keyboard and soon learns to read music. The next year, the boy we know now as Mozart writes a concerto and at just 6, takes off from his home in Salzburg on an 88-stop tour around Europe. From there, Stanley whisks her readers off on an adventure, sharing the successes celebrated and the struggles Mozart endured during his short 35 years. Stanley presents the story as a three-act puppet play, inspired by the Salzburg Marionettes. Although an illness claims the composer’s life just as he is trying to complete his Requiem, Stanley leaves her readers on an upbeat note, encouraging them to discover Mozart’s music for themselves. Children who know how to read notes can also try playing the strands of music depicted in some of the illustrations.

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Mama Mio has toned our tummies, perked our pectorals, and revitalized our rears. We are bikini-ready thanks to the newest products in this magical line of skincare for everywhere: Haze your fat cells and get a sleeker silhouette with the Get Waisted Body Shaper. It works by increasing the breakdown of fat stored in the fat cells within your skin. It’s packed with seven clinically proven waist-whittling actives and two anti-aging skin tighteners. Also check out Boot Camp for Tummies which makes tummy toning easy. The founders of P’kolino believe children learn and grow through play. P’kolino is an entirely new concept in play furniture. Smart, multi-purpose products are designed to be fun, functional and stylish. Silly Soft Seating is a fun loving combination of stuffed toy and modular toddler seating that has many features designed to support your toddler’s developmental needs. The snuggly fabric is durable, removable and washable.

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Does your child have too many stuffed animals? The Boon Animal Bag is a fun and practical solution for rounding up all those soft critters and putting them to work. In addition to solving the stuffed animal storage dilemma, the Animal Bag is earth-friendly because - unlike most beanbag chairs - it does not require any foam fillers.

The brand new Zippity by LeapFrog is like a Wii Fit for the under-5 crowd ~ with an educational twist. Codeveloped with Disney, the Zippity is the first interactive TV-based gaming system for preschoolers that combines full body movement, music, education, and fun.

The NEW Advocate™ CS convertible child seat by Britax introduces patented, side impact cushion technology, the latest advancement in child safety seats. This feature reduces side impact crash forces by 50%, by diverting crash forces away from the child. This seat also includes the new Click & Safe™ snug harness indicator, which addresses the leading child seat misuse.

The 2009 line of EasyWalker strollers includes the impressive and versatile EasyWalker DUO for larger families. For duo babies, duo infants or duo toddlers, the EasyWalker DUO can be adjusted for the smallest to the biggest, in any combination. Go Baby InMat has style, function, and versatility. With a soft fleece surface and suede bottom, it won’t slip, slide or twist under baby. Specifically designed for mommy-and-me workouts, baby yoga and tummy-time, this ultra-plush pad provides cushioning anywhere you take it.v


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A Mommy Tip: How to Quiet a Noisy Toddler - Here’s a trick I used to do when my kids were toddlers. If they were being noisy or fussy - and I wanted them to be quiet, I would go up to their ear and whisper as I talk to them. Because they wanted to hear what I was saying they quieted down! Wish that worked now on my teenagers!!

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EASY VEGGIE PASTA: Courtesy of Modern Mommy Kim Lopez

Cut, dice, and roast your favorite veggies on a cookie sheet. Set aside.

Put 1 box pasta in a casserole dish (dry), pour your favorite sauce over it and fill the jar up halfway w/water...pour water and mix.

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A Funny Thing Your Child Did or Said...

On the first day of school, my very honest 6 year-old admitted that a boy in her class had kissed her on the playground. I pretended to gasp, “How did that happen? She admitted, “It was easy, my two friends helped me catch him” Thankfully at 13 she has outgrown this behavior! 86

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A Local Mom’s Solution to Keep Everything from Runaway Sippy Cups to Children at Bay By Rebecca Klein


What began as a creative solution to keep a beloved, stuffed blue dog on a leash in order to prevent its pint-sized owner from hurling it from the stroller, ultimately unleashed a business idea. Self-professed germaphobe Jennifer Spencer also wanted to protect sippy cups and pacifiers, but felt especially motivated to keep her then toddler’s “Blue Doggy” clean and safe after learning she couldn’t purchase a backup litter of the no-longer-made stuffed pet. The DFW area mom sewed nearly a dozen tethering device prototypes before finding one that did the job. The result – an elastic band covered with a cute patterned, cotton fabric. An adjustable loop at one end holds an item and the other end clips onto the likes of a stroller, shopping cart or baby carrier. “I didn’t stress about the germs anymore,” Spencer shares of what became her own travel-everywhere security object. “It made my life so much easier.” After other parents saw her son, Jake, using the tether, Spencer often received questions about where they could get one and even offers to buy it on the spot. That same year, in 2005, Spencer, who

had an occupational therapy practice, launched Parent Pardners, Inc. together with her father and hit the ground running to get the Take-Along Tether ready to sell. Before the product was available to customers, Spencer stumbled upon a second use. One day at the mall, after her son hid in a clothing rounder, Spencer had an “Aha” moment. She released the stuffed dog from the tether and connected one end to her belt loop and the other to her son’s. The tether is also marketed as “a buddy system.” A quick release buckle in the middle of the tether is designed for emergency purposes and for the convenience of say, being able to refill a sippy cup without disconnecting both ends. The product has garnered wide print and TV coverage. In the company’s early days Spencer’s mother-in-law handled most of the sewing; as demand grew, a local company took over the job. Spencer inspects every tether before packaging. Last year, this mompreneur sold her therapy practice in order to dedicate more time to the Take-Along Tether and to spend more time at home with Jake and big sister Abigail.v

For more information: TakeAlongTether.com Suggested Ages: For tethering an item: 6 months & up For the buddy system: once children can walk Price: $15.99


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As Summer Reading clubs wrap up at the local libraries, librarians are shifting gears to focus in on their weekly toddler age story time programs. Museum and zoo educators are also shifting their focus to toddler programs. There are more places now than ever before offering programs for parents and toddlers to enjoy together. Zoos in the fall with their lush botanical settings, backdrop of birds singing, autumn breezes blowing and mild temperatures provide a great immersive environment for parent/child nature appreciation and discovery. At the Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville, TX “Stroller Safari” has become a popular Fall program. Each week “Stroller Safari” meets in front of a different animal exhibit. Zoo education staff shares simple facts about the featured animal(s) of the week. Toddlers are tactile learners so there are always “bio-facts” such as horn, animal wool and replicas for them to touch. Parents and their children will also enjoy meeting one of the many animal ambassadors that take part in the zoo’s amphitheater programs for school age students. Frank Buck Zoo’s “Stroller Safari” ends in time for families to make

their way to the giraffe barn feeding deck for the 10:30am daily giraffe feeding, an up close experience not to be missed. The Frank Buck Zoo’s “Stroller Safari” program is held each Wed. at 10:00am beginning Sept. 2 and ending Oct. 14 and is free with paid admission. Check out toddler program offerings at the zoo’s in your area: Dallas Zoo: dallaszoo.com Fort Worth Zoo: fortworthzoo.com Frank Buck Zoo: frankbuckzoo.com The types of parent/toddler programs offered from facility to facility may vary widely from free to fee, however they all have one thing in common, facilitating parent/child discovery with the hope of nurturing a lifelong love of learning. Frank Buck Zoo is located in Leonard Park at 10:00am W. California St., Gainesville, TX. Call 940-668-4539 or check frankbuckzoo.com for hours and admission prices. Pack a picnic lunch, bring quarters for goat feed and check the miniature train ride schedule at 940-668-4530.v


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One Mom’s Story By Michele Pearlstein


Kim Norris had no reason to believe that toys were more than playthings before her daughter, Lindsey, was diagnosed with Hypotonia, or low muscle tone, at 7 months old. The Bel Air mom realized that her daughter wasn’t meeting her developmental milestones and brought the issue up with her pediatrician. That meeting, back in 2006, sparked a journey that has been equally terrifying and rewarding.


“Play is their work. Play is their incentive, it’s how they learn — through mistakes and trials and tribulations,“ Lindsey’s sessions with speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists taught both mother and daughter a lot about “play.” As Norris began to rethink her goals for when her daughter would meet each developmental milestone, she caught on to what the therapists were doing with her daughter and started using toys as instruments for learning. As Norris worked toward her goals of helping Lindsey to sit unassisted by her first birthday and walk by her second birthday, she used the items in her toy chest as her tools. No “medical equipment” was used during Lindsey’s occupational therapy sessions, Norris recalls. Instead the therapist relied on bottles of bubbles, Play-doh, cups and saucers, and balls. 110

At home, Lindsey continued to work on her skills by finger painting, pouring water from a teapot into cups, catching bubbles on a bubble wand and playing with chopsticks. “Play is their work. Play is their incentive, it’s how they learn — through mistakes and trials and tribulations,” Norris shares. Furthermore, this self-declared “toy expert” insists that parents don’t have to use a particular brand of toys or even toys at all. A coffee can makes a great drum or noise maker if filled with marbles or pebbles. Parents can also make up games while sitting at the dinner table or driving in the car. For example, in the Norris household they play a game where someone will call out an emotion and everyone has to make that face.

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Parents of all children alike can benefit from Norris’ techniques. She suggests “identifying your child’s desires and using your imagination” as methods for finding activities that will best serve your family.

Blowing bubbles can help both speech development as well as fine motor skills if you catch the bubbles on the wand and then blow them off.

gone from being a stay-at-home mom to a small business owner. Her experiences with Lindsey inspired her to open her own toy store in Bel Air this past spring. Tiddlywinks is a specialty toy store where you will find European brands as well as other unique and fun toys. Tiddlywinks is on Main Street in Bel Air. To learn more about the store, including special events and activities, go to tiddlywinkstoys.com.v

Make a vocabulary book using an inexpensive photo album filled with actual photographs of body parts, fruits/vegetables, family members, familiar household objects and animals.

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CHIC BUDS Trendy Earbuds Not only are these earbuds trendy and fashionable, adorned with about 85 crystals, they are also functional with  a built-in retractable device and clip.  The device allows the user to adjust the cord to 5 different lengths to accommodate any activity.  chicBuds come in many colors and patterns to fit your personal style and flare. Price - $39.99-$49.00 Patterns - See website for available colors & patterns. chicbuds.com bestbuy.com

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PEACE OF CAKE Funky Faux Fur Hats “Peace of Cake” is a fresh new brand that offers hip, fun fashion for the coolest girls in town.  These funky faux fur hats are just what is needed to brighten up any girls wardrobe. This line’s cute and trendy fashions answer the prayers of stylish moms everywhere and the wallet friendly prices make every purchase a peace of cake!   Price - $42 Colors - metallic gold w/ fuschia faux fur metallic silver w/ white faux fur Sizes - S (2-4)  M(4-6x)  L(7-14)   cejon.com

SHORT HAT Trapper Hats Short headwear’s stylish trapper hat is defined by classic design paired with function and performance.  Subtle details make the difference.  Soft no-itch yarns keep kids cozy and happy throughout the winter.  These caps are made in the U.S.A.   Price - $30 Sizes - 2-6 years Colors - red or black   shorthats.com

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SIGNATURE BABY Alternative to Formalwear Signature Baby “Tiny Tie” Onesie - For The Well Dressed Baby Tiny Ties are a unique and stylish alternative to formal wear for infants and toddlers. They can be dressed up or down to create any look. We carry sizes 0-18 months and 2T-4T. They are easy, comfortable and adorable! • Made from plush 100% combed cotton • Comfortable for baby, easy for mom • Stylish and convenient for the mom on the go • Special occasion or any occasion “Tiny Ties” will have everyone talking • Perfect for a night out on the town with your girl in her Heelarious shoes Price - $18 either long or short sleeve Fabric content- 100% combed cotton interlock Colors - Available to view online. Sizes - 0/18 months thru 2T/4T signaturebaby.com


ZEBRA CROSSING Plush Toy & Backpack For your little ones, back-to-school can be a tough time.   Having a “friend” with you can ease that adjustment.   Safari Buddies and Wheelie Friends are a plush toy and backpack all in one. They all come with a very soft “buddy” that comes out of the backpack with a discreet, secret zip pocket in the back of the body that can also double as a pencil case or a treasure hider.   Wheelie Friends has an extra feature of a detachable trolley frame that allows the backpack to either be pulled or carried.  All bags are machine washable.  Price Small or Mini - $35.00 and up Large Wheelie - $48.00 and up Colors/Animals - See web site for available colors & “Buddies.” zebracrossingclub.com

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HEELARIOUS 1st High Heels A Heelarious Idea - “Her 1st High Heels For Your Little Socialite Diva” Adorable. Hilarious. Ingenious. Yes, we’re talking about the latest rage in shoes to hit the market since Sex and the City made Choo and Louboutin household names. Founded in 2007 by childhood friends Britta Bacon and Hayden Porter, Heelarious was born out of an idea that both women thought would be hilarious – a shoe for baby girls that mirrored mommy’s favorite heels. With safety and comfort as their main concern, Britta and Hayden were successful in creating a soft, fully functional, fashionable crib shoe designed to look like high heels. Featured in In Touch Weekly and on the Today Show. WARNING: May cause extreme smiling and hysterical laughter when in use (this is completely normal). Price - $35.00 Available in 7 styles which can be viewed online. Size - 0-6 months heelarious.com

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Activities A Time to Dance Studio..................................................... 22 Adventure Day Camps........................................................ 25 Amazing Jakes........................................................................ 74 Dallas Zoo.............................................................................. 23 Delivering Fitness.................................................................. 59 Frank Buck Zoo..................................................................... 25 Going Bonkers.............................................................. 71, 132 Happy Hopperz..................................................................... 73 Kreative Kidz Partyz............................................................. 77 Metro Moms.......................................................................... 65 Movie Tavern......................................................................... 22 My Gym Plano....................................................................... 25 Playwisely................................................................................ 26 Powerhouse Yoga & Pilates Studio................................... 59 Soccer Tots Dallas/Lil Sluggers.......................................... 92 Stroller Strides....................................................................... 58 Sweet & Sassy....................................................................2, 72 Wiggly Play Center..........................................................24,76 YMCA...................................................................................... 24 Amusements Amazing Jakes........................................................................ 74 Dallas Zoo.............................................................................. 23 Happy Hopperz..................................................................... 73 Wiggly Play Center..........................................................24,76 Art Lime Blossom................................................................. 35,116 Little Impressions.................................................................. 52 Sassy Kids Creations............................................................ 53 Baby Gear babybliss................................................................................112 Be-Dazzled!..........................................................................112 Boppy.....................................................................................107 Green Beans Resale Boutique.................................... 16,114 Just Between Friends..........................................................116 Lime Blossom................................................................ 35, 116 Lone Star Baby & Kids.......................................................116 Mamma Little Helper.........................................................116 Paci Partner, Inc.................................................................... 90 Stork Vision..........................................................................105 Take Along Tether.............................................................117 Balloons Custom Creations by Kelly................................................ 75 Birthday Parties Adventure Day Camps........................................................ 25 Adventure Kids Playcare..................................................... 28 Amazing Jakes........................................................................ 74 CBS Productions................................................................... 74 Custom Creations by Kelly................................................ 75 Dress Up Lady....................................................................... 75 Frank Buck Zoo..................................................................... 25 Going Bonkers....................................................................... 71 Happy Hopperz..................................................................... 73 Jumping J Jays.......................................................................... 76 Little Impressions.................................................................. 52 Movie Tavern......................................................................... 22 My Gym Plano....................................................................... 25 Sweet & Sassy....................................................................2, 72 Wiggly Play Center..........................................................24,76 Wishes Upon Wishes.......................................................... 77 Birthing Classes Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton............................... 62 Dallas Association for Parent Education......................... 41 Frisco Centennial Hospital................................................. 62 Las Colinas Medical Center................................................ 63

Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall.................................... 63 Books/CD/DVD Just Between Friends..........................................................116 Kidcore Toys.......................................................................115 Camps A Therapy Connection........................................................ 41 Adventure Day Camps........................................................ 25 Adventure Kids Playcare..................................................... 28 Kreative Kidz Partyz............................................................. 77 My Gym Plano....................................................................... 25 Soccer Tots Dallas/Lil Sluggers.......................................... 92 YMCA...................................................................................... 24 Charities Alley’s House......................................................................... 94 P.E.A.R.L. Girls....................................................................... 95 Roy Williams Safety Net..................................................... 96 Starlight Children’s Foundation......................................... 97 Child Care Adventure Kids Playcare..................................................... 28 Ladybug Home Care............................................................ 30 Mommy and Me at Home................................................... 67 Spanish Schoolhouse............................................................ 37 Treehouse Academy............................................................ 29 YMCA...................................................................................... 24 Childbirth & Family Classes Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton............................... 62 Dallas Association for Parent Education......................... 41 Frisco Centennial Hospital................................................. 62 Mommy and Me at Home................................................... 67 Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall.................................... 63 Texas Teratogen Information Service.........................41,98 Classes A Therapy Connection........................................................ 41 A Time to Dance Studio..................................................... 22 Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton............................... 62 Cross Fit Denton County................................................... 58 Dallas Association for Parent Education......................... 41 Delivering Fitness.................................................................. 59 Frisco Centennial Hospital................................................. 62 Kreative Kidz Partyz............................................................. 77 Lady of America.................................................................... 57 Mommy and Me at Home................................................... 67 My Gym Plano....................................................................... 25 Playwisely................................................................................ 26 Presbyterian Hospital of Rockwall.................................... 63 Soccer Tots Dallas/Lil Sluggers.......................................... 92 Stroller Strides....................................................................... 58 YMCA...................................................................................... 24 Clothing - Infant/Children babybliss................................................................................112 Be-Dazzled!..........................................................................112 Chisum Tailor......................................................................113 Green Beans Resale Boutique.................................... 16,114 Just Between Friends..........................................................116 Lime Blossom................................................................. 35,116 Stitch Chicks.......................................................................... 53 Consignment & Resale Zone 118 Cord Blood Banking Viacord........................................................................... 61, 131


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Little Impressions.................................................................. 52 Sassy Kids Creations............................................................ 53 Your Candid Memories....................................................... 85 Mortgage RE/MAX North Associates, Trisha Mihalik..................... 45 Museums & Points of Interest Dallas Zoo.............................................................................. 23 Frank Buck Zoo..................................................................... 25 NICU Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton............................... 62 Frisco Centennial Hospital................................................. 62 Nursery babybliss................................................................................112 Be-Dazzled!..........................................................................112 Lime Blossom................................................................. 35,116 Lone Star Baby & Kids.......................................................116 Parties & Special Events Adventure Day Camps........................................................ 25 Adventure Kids Playcare..................................................... 28 Amazing Jakes........................................................................ 74 CBS Productions................................................................... 74 Custom Creations by Kelly................................................ 75 Dress Up Lady....................................................................... 75 Frank Buck Zoo..................................................................... 25 Going Bonkers....................................................................... 71 Happy Hopperz..................................................................... 73 Jumping J Jays.......................................................................... 76 Kreative Kidz Partyz............................................................. 77 Little Impressions.................................................................. 52 Movie Tavern......................................................................... 22 Sweet & Sassy....................................................................2, 72 Wiggly Play Center..........................................................24,76 Wishes Upon Wishes.......................................................... 77 Party Facilities Adventure Kids Playcare..................................................... 28 Amazing Jakes........................................................................ 74 Going Bonkers............................................................... 71,132 Happy Hopperz..................................................................... 73 Kreative Kidz Partyz............................................................. 77 Sweet & Sassy....................................................................2, 72 Wiggly Play Center..........................................................24,76 Wishes Upon Wishes.......................................................... 77 Personalized Items Be-Dazzled!..........................................................................112 CBS Productions................................................................... 74 Little Impressions.................................................................. 52 Maddie Marrs......................................................................... 52 Sassy Kids Creations............................................................ 53 Stitch Chicks.......................................................................... 53 Photography Amy Columbus Photography............................................. 82 Carey Lynn Photography..................................................... 85 Colleen G. Drew Photography.......................................... 86 Dimensions by DK................................................................ 84 HM Spears Photography...................................................... 84 Karey Rinkenberger Photography..................................... 83 Your Candid Memories....................................................... 85 Portraits Amy Columbus Photography............................................. 82 Carey Lynn Photography..................................................... 85 Colleen G. Drew Photography.......................................... 86 Dimensions by DK................................................................ 84 Karey Rinkenberger Photography..................................... 83

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