Cookie Cutter Letters

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Teach the kids to spell with a little sugary motivation with these wood-block inspired cookie cutters. Available for $17.99 at ModCloth.com.

Sales This Week

Head’s up, moms. It’s time again for the annual warehouse sale at The Red Balloon Co., running Thursday to Monday, January 22nd through January 26th. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend at 3651 N. Southport Ave. (a space that will soon house the newest location of the local children’s clothing chainlet.) Past season designer clothing will be priced as low as $5. (No strollers on Thursday or when the space is crowded.)

unnamedThe new series The Adventures of Puss in Boots is now streaming on Netflix. To celebrate the release of this feisty feline show, get into the spirit with a few cat and dog-themed flicks for the whole family. Check out these suggestions, all appropriate for the youngest audiences.c

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Dinosaur Print


Have a dinosaur loving kid? This would make cute (and affordable) art for his or her room. T-Rex fossil superimposed on a vintage dictionary page, $9.94 on Etsy.com.

Super Kids



Come on. These insanely cute capes and hats (for super boys and girls) are available in various colors and in sizes 2 to 5 years. Prices run $65 to $75 on Etsy.com.

Custom Paper Dolls


Check out these adorable, custom paper dolls. Send the artist a few jpegs of you (plus your spouse, kids, pet — choose your assortment) and four months later, she delivers these customized paper dolls. Prices start at $35. Available from JordanGraceOwens on Etsy.

Pinwheel Is On Vacation

Happy holidays! See you next year.

Countdown Clock


Check out this cute countdown clock, which can be customized with different milestones to help kids count down the days. Choose from 34 occasions–some kid-appropriate (school’s out, graduation, the test, the big day, vacation, Christmas, birthday) and some are more for mom and dad (anniversary, baby’s due, freedom). Available for 109 Euro at CharlesandMarie.com.






Who doesn’t love King Julien, the whimsical fan favorite from the Madagascar movies. Ring in the new year, jungle-style, with the first five episodes of All Hail King Julien, which debut on Dec. 19th. The comedy series focuses on the king of the jungle and a cast of crazy animal sidekicks.

Gear up for the new series with these Happy Holidays from Madagascar shorts: Madly Madagascar, Merry Madagascar and The Madagascar Penguins. unnamed-1

Sales This Week

The Holiday Dose Market runs Sunday, Dec. 14th at Venue One (1034 W. Randolph St., Chicago) offering creative gifts, holiday music and treats, including bundles of mistletoe and gift wrapping.

Have a Frozen fanatic in the house? Highland Park’s Sprout Kids and Beanstalk Toyland & Bookstore host Frozen mania on Saturday, Dec. 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come dressed as Anna or Elsa and check out this schedule of events:

10:30am – Elsa will kick-off the day as she hosts a fashion show at Sprout Kids, 644 Central Avenue, Downtown Highland Park, showcasing the hottest winter fashions to warm the kids all winter long.

•Starting at 11am – Sven the reindeer will be on the street in front of Beanstalk Toyland & Bookstore, 654 Central Avenue, Downtown Highland Park, greeting children and posing for pictures.

10-1pm, Beanstalk Toyland & Bookstore will be featuring FREE Frozen inspired face painting by one of the beloved Frozen characters.

Also enter to win four tickets to the January Frozen-themed Disney on Ice at Allstate Arena.

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