It’s not very often that I get excited about children’s toys.
However–a few months ago, I embarked on a quest to find a special set of blocks that my son was crazy about.
And of course, I ended up finding the blocks at Target (isn’t that where all cool stuff goes to live?) and found out that they were called Bristle Blocks, and this particular set was made by a company called B.
As I started reading the tags that were attached to the set of blocks, I became very interested in the B. company.
Okay, that was an understatement. I fell in love with them.
Partly because I love the colors that they use for their products, and their attention to detail. They make the most ordinary things so fun and creative, and if you know me at all, you know that I LOVE that.
But the thing I really loved is this–their products are really about kids.
Not just getting kids to want to buy their toys.
This company really focuses on and celebrates the creativity, magic, and fun that makes children so special. This company realizes that children are our legacy.
Therefor, they focus on creating toys that will help raise creative, intelligent, generous, kind, and happy kids.
Every toy is accompanied by a little booklet of hilarious and thought-provoking kids’ quotes, reminding us how thoughtful and funny our little one’s can be.
And all of their toy packaging is not only gorgeous, but eco-friendly. The packages themselves are recycled and recyclable, and any inks used are soy based.
I recently contacted B. about their products, wanting to know if I could do a review for them. I know that they are a fairly new company, and I wanted to share their toys with my readers over the holidays.
The response I received from B. was very enthusiastic. They were very kind and thoughtful, and were extremely appreciative of the fact that I wanted to share how much I loved their toys.
And they sent me this:
The Parum Pum Pum, which is a drum with a big handle and strap, that comes with and serves as storage for:
Silly centipede drumsticks
Jingle bells ant
Busy bee maraca and clacker
Cute caterpillar tambourine
Two shaka-shaka eggs
I was a bit worried that my 6 year old son would be too old to be interested in this, but I was wrong.
He was on it immediately.
And yes, we are talking about the same kid who only wants to wear black clothes with skulls and flames on them.
The first thing I thought was how great the quality of this toy was. Each instrument is shaped like a cute animal, and the colors are bright and fun. I LOVED that they all stored inside drum.
And I get that we aren’t always crazy about giving our kids “loud toys”. But something like this inspires creativity, and I really love to encourage that, even if it costs me a few moments of my sanity.
B. Products are most widely available at Target and on Amazon.com. Target is currently sold out of the drum, but you can order it on Amazonfor $33.
If you decide to check out their website, make sure to stop by and try out the quote maker. In 5 easy steps, you can create a beautiful and lasting (and free!) memory from the wisdom of your little ones.
Here is the one that I made:
And yes, my son really did say that.
Anyways, the quote makeronly takes a minute, and you can email it to friends and family or download it and print it out to cherish forever.
If you’d like to check out their website, or visit the quote maker, here are the links:
I realize that I’m new on the scene and probably not an expert at things like school and learning math or whatever.
But there are a few questions that I’d like answered.
Like who stocks the Holiday Store that you set up for the kids to do their Christmas shopping?
Because seriously, my son came home with a windshield ice scraper, ski gloves, a deck of playing cards, a yo yo, a dog collar, glow sticks, and a very small, sparkly stocking embroidered with the words “Drama Queen”.
And hellooo, what is THAT about? Because I definitely didn’t send my son to school with the only cash I had so he could tell me how he felt about my passion and flair for the dramatic with a minature stocking.
Plus, I’m pretty sure that he can’t even read the words “Drama Queen” yet, which makes me to wonder if he was lead to make this purchase by a teacher.
And I know that kids tell stories a lot, but I can assure you that regardless of what you’ve been told, I am most definitely not a drama queen.
Of course, we aren’t counting the time that I sprained my ankle running from a mouse or the time I said I was going to die if we didn’t stop and get an Icee.
Because really, mice are scary and Icees are delicious and any sane person knows that.
So I’m hoping that maybe this letter will move you enough that you’ll agree to exchange the stocking for one that says “Very Calm and Logical Person”, or something like that.
Whatever. You know I’m not picky.
Thanks a lot,
Kristan (AKA “The Calmest, Most Non-Freaking Out Mom Ever”)
P.S. I would just like you to know that I do a lot of baking, and I only share with people who don’t send me mean messages in the form of tiny sparkly stockings.
P.P.S. Okay, that was kind of a lie. You can still have a cupcake.
Wanna know how to make North Pole cupcakes?
For each cupcake that you will be decorating, you need a graham cracker rectangle (there are 4 per sheet). All I had were the cinnamon kind, but I used the flat side, so it didn’t matter.
Spread the back of each graham cracker rectangle with a thin coat of frosting (I used canned) and cut a piece of fondant to fit. Smooth fondant over graham cracker and set aside.
For the poles, you need some peppermint sticks and red gumballs. You could also break the straight part off of candy canes, or use sour cherry ball candy instead of gum. I got a box of Bob’s soft peppermint sticks at Walmart for a dollar, and they were the perfect size.
Using candy melts or melted almond bark, attach the gumball to one end of each peppermint stick.
Attach the fondant covered graham cracker quarters to the sticks with melted candy. I attached them close to the top, so I could push the stick into the cupcake quite a bit to anchor it.
Pipe or frost your cupcakes generously and cover with sanding sugar.
I found these at Michaels near the cash register and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. They look almost like paper, but are completely edible. There are a ton of snowflakes in a bag, and they are very inexpensive.
Once your poles have set up, pipe the words “North Pole” with black frosting and pipe a red border around the edges of the sign. Insert a pole in each cupcake and finish with snowflakes, if you have them.
I’m really not trying to be dramatic, but these cupcakes are pretty easy and look really cool.