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Unicorns, Mermaids and Dinosaurs – Oh My!

By JD Dotson

Our Intrepid Explorer JD Dotson’s Went on The Hunt For His Favorite Finds For Little Ones


LOOKING FOR A FEW GOODIES FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES? HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE FINDS SURELY TO BRING A SMILE TO ANY KIDDO’S FACE.


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Unicorns, mermaids and dinosaurs, oh my! Regalo is the place to go for all things socks, and these adorable kid versions come in a set of three. Fits kids shoe sizes 4-8.

$16 for a set of three.

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Buttercup the Magical Unicorn grants wishes and tells time from the wall of any lucky kid’s room while jumping over the rainbow. All this magic happening in a wall clock.

$58

Regalo

234 Pearl St., New Albany

812.542.6567

562 S. Fourth St., Louisville

502.583.1798

www.regaloart.com


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Pick up ceramic trinket trays for the secret mermaid or inner unicorn in the family. And, a gal is never too young to start a jewelry collection; these teething bracelets make a great accessory for mom and baby.

Trays $14

Teething bracelet $12

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Your own little mermaid will be protected from the harmful rays of the sun in this two-piece swimsuit. The suit boasts a 50 UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) meaning only 1/50th of the sun’s harmful rays make it through. The only thing your kid will care about is the mermaid scales that appear when the suit gets wet.

$58 for the 2-piece set available in 18 month to 5T.

Dress and Dwell

138 E. Spring St., New Albany

812.725.7566

www.dressanddwell.com


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The felted Zooties booties are handmade and fair trade by artisans in Kyrgyzstan and help reduce global poverty by giving the artists a living wage. Available in sharks, gators, whales and lots of land-loving critters, too.

$19.99

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I really wanted these Bling2o goggles to fit on my giant, adult-sized noggin. The adjustable kid-sized swim accessories adorned with bling, fake eyelashes or dino spikes may not make the kids better swimmers but they will be the coolest kids at the pool.

$16

Madhouse

151 E. Spring St., New Albany

812.924.7728

www.madhousena.com


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MESA is not only a culinary gem in the heart of New Albany, but a kitchen gift shop/accessory store as well. I found this amazingly adorable flamingo apron for my kitchen helper/aspiring Food Network child star. The adjustable strap will let the apron grow with the little master chef.

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The best alternative to the store-bought high sugar ice treats is to make your own fruit juice frozen pops in these Zoku animal silicone molds. The kids won’t notice they’re having a healthy treat but will notice the animal form it takes.

$8

MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen

216 Pearl St., New Albany

812.725.7691

www.mesachefs.com


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Mommy and Baby push toys come as a set of two-wheeled toys, the smaller nestled inside the larger for mom (or dad) and baby to play together. Seafaring and land-bearing creatures are available as a set of two.

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Push puppets are a throwback toy from when I was a kid. This modern version is done in wood and brightly painted, but still offering simple, classic fun. All species of sea and land creatures collapse with the mere push of a button.

$4.95

Brilliant Bumble Bee

426 Spring St., Jeffersonville

812.946.9901

www.brilliantbumblebee.com

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A Treat for Teacher

By Morgan Sprigler

The thought of sending my firstborn off to preschool in a few short weeks has me feeling all the feels. For two mornings a week, she will be in someone else’s care, learning and growing without me, making new friends and becoming her own little person (cue the ugly cry). I am equally as excited as I am terrified at the idea. For those of you with several years of sending your children off to school under your belt, I commend you.

So, for the woman who will bear the weight of schooling my toddler (who, up until this point in her life, has been the boss), we have made you a vase out of pencils. Same, Same?

screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-11-16-11-amMATERIAL LIST

• Smooth, round vase

• Pencils

• Glue gun

• Glue sticks

• Ribbon

• Fabric flower

• Letter to teacher

• Envelope

• Scissors

• Floral sticks

• Floral tape

• Faux apple

• Card holder

screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-11-16-16-amStep One – Glue

Choose a vase that is the same height as a pencil or a bit shorter. Begin adhering pencils around your vase with a line of hot glue, alternating the direction each time. Genevieve participated by handing the pencils to me once I laid each line of glue. Be sure that your pencils are even at the bottom to keep your vase level.

Step Two – Jazz It Up

Genevieve chose a burlap/lace ribbon and a pretty ivory fabric flower to wrap around the center of our vase (like mother, like daughter). Have fun with this part. The options are endless! Simply glue the ribbon around the center of your pencil vase and adhere your flower in the center.

Step Three – Type a Letter

The letter we composed to Genevieve’s teacher, Mrs. Jamie, will come in handy throughout the year because we gave her a little bit of homework by asking her to fill out a few questions about her favorite things. Her answers will help me surprise her with gifts of thanks during the school year. We used the same ribbon we chose for our vase to decorate the envelope, and finished off the back with a cute little button.

screen-shot-2017-08-05-at-11-16-05-amStep Four – Flower Shopping Spree 

This was our favorite step of this project. We traveled to Nance’s Floral Shoppe to choose the perfect arrangement for our teacher. Mr. Brian was kind enough to allow Genevieve to select any flower she desired and even took the time to teach her how to put it all together. He was a great teacher, and Genevieve was a natural.

Step Five – Finishing Touches

Once we arrived home with our beautiful flowers, we decided to add some final touches. Using floral tape, we secured a few pencils to our floral sticks and placed them inside of our arrangement. With a Sharpie, I wrote the initials of Genevieve’s new school on the front of our faux apple and then secured it to a floral stick using hot glue before adding it to the arrangement. Finally, we placed our card inside of the card holder. Ta-da!

We hope Mrs. Jamie loves her vase as much as we loved making it. Don’t forget to tag me with photos of your creations on Instagram – I’m @ Mrs_Sprigler. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy school year!

XO 

Morgan