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Natural Pod Kitchen

Grandma and Papa are getting my ds the Natural Pod chefs kitchen. It is $$ but I think it will last. It is the kitchen that is featured in Mothering this month. We are from Vancouver so I have bought things from them with great success in the past.

www.naturalpod.com is the site!

I have also ordered the felted fruit (he already has the veggies), the milk bottle and the brown eggs (this will be about it from dh and I).
post #22 of 114
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Grandma and Papa are getting my ds the Natural Pod chefs kitchen. It is $$ but I think it will last. It is the kitchen that is featured in Mothering this month. We are from Vancouver so I have bought things from them with great success in the past.

www.naturalpod.com is the site!

I have also ordered the felted fruit (he already has the veggies), the milk bottle and the brown eggs (this will be about it from dh and I).
I love that kitchen! I'm drooling over it.
post #23 of 114
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Originally Posted by joeys_mom View Post
Grandma and Papa are getting my ds the Natural Pod chefs kitchen. It is $$ but I think it will last. It is the kitchen that is featured in Mothering this month. We are from Vancouver so I have bought things from them with great success in the past.

www.naturalpod.com is the site!

I have also ordered the felted fruit (he already has the veggies), the milk bottle and the brown eggs (this will be about it from dh and I).
Do you have this issue of Mothering with the top toys list? If so any chance you could scan it and send it to me? We have nowhere in our city to by Mothering and I have been dying to see the toy list. ugh
post #24 of 114
DD#1: I'm making her a Waldorf Doll, Book (not sure what yet), Reading Pillow (thanks to DD32 - she now knows/seen this 1), mama-made slippers, New PJs (for Christmas eve), and something else.. as i had no ideas for her birthday (which is Nov 30th) so she is getting a knitting kit then (it was going ot be for Christmas - maybe i'll make her a needle roll and dye her up some more yarn, and get a nice basket to keep her knitting in)

DD#2:
Clothing for her Waldorf doll i made last year (scrubs? patient gown? matching dress w/ liz for book?), This Book and a "matching" plain red dress, I'm also sewing her a set of scrubs and getting her this Dr kit, slippers (mama made), New PJs (again, for Christmas eve)

DS:
Clothing for his Waldorf doll i made last year, this Book, I'm sewing/crocheting him a Knights outfit (chain mail cap, tunic, buying this silk sword), some new toy cars (mix of wood and metal), mama-made slippers, and again New PJs for Christmas eve

for them all together:
This tea set, new Tableware set (their old one was the Melamie ones form Target. I actually got 2 of each, so they would have enough plates/cups/etc. The "spare tea pot sugar/creamer is going ot my nephew. I got the tea set and tableware from a pre-sale). and crocheting/knitting them more playfood

They will each be getting in their stockings a knit gnome, a crayon roll, a craft (the girls are getting simple cross stitch, not sure about my youngest)candy cane, and 2 pieces of fruit (my oldest doesn't like oranges, so we pick out a fruit together she wants, usually something new or we dont buy often, but everyone else gets 1 orange and 1 other piece, usually banana).
post #25 of 114
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So inspired by all the handmade gifts!
A couple of questions: PabloHoney- did you order your trains yet? I tried ordering some a few months ago but never got any response, I also sent a follow up email and nothing...? I thought maybe they were closed? Also, which art caddy did you get?
Hi Abby, I ordered them back in July (!). The best way to reach John is just by calling him- I get the sense he's of the generation that is a bit internet averse .

I'm getting this art caddy from Magin Cabin.

HTH
post #26 of 114
A hand made doll for each of the girls from this etsy store and knited doll blankets made by me. Santa will be bringing this fairy house for them.
post #27 of 114
I am making my older daughter a play kitchen with my dad and bought some wooden tableware and cookware to go with it.

I am not sure about my younger daughter yet.
post #28 of 114
I'm enjoying this thread! What great ideas! I think I will already borrow a few. Especially the knitted doll blanket for Dd!

They're each getting a couple of books, some wooden animals, an outfit (I'm a children's clothing junkie, they humor me as long as I keep it to one clothing gift per occasion ), doll clothing. That's where my brainstorming has ended. I generally do one santa gift for each and perhaps something bigger that they can share (read: can't fight over b/c it was given to BOTH of them! Last year it was a set of wooden unit blocks. Worked like a charm!).

There's a doll I would really love to get for Dd, but I'm on the fence b/c, frankly, she has several and it's pricey enough she may not get much else and then there's the whole issue of them feeling like they got to open a relatively similiar # of gifts. I'm a doll junkie, too. See a pattern here? Those Dragonflyhollow dolls are just beautiful! I hesitate to do a custom as when I did that in the past, I wasn't super pleased with the result (a different seller) but then I felt obligated to buy it. So I would rather buy one I can see IRL and fall in love with.

Ds would love some more legos, so we'll see. There's also a couple of unique things he's picked out at a Waldorf store and when someone (ahem. Dh) let him look at a Back to Basics Toy Catalog. It's tough for him, his birthday *just* passed so it is not like we've had a length of time for him to change interests, needs or desires between his b-day and Christmas. His birthday was really quite fantastic in terms of not overloading him with tons of stuff, but the things he did get were very much-wanted and between us and the grandparents, there's not all that much left that I *know* he wants (or we want for him). Dd's wasn't all that long ago, either!

I would like to knit them each a 12"-ish gnome, and I think they'd enjoy that. But I have a bunch of other projects on my plate at the moment and I want to enjoy knitting fo them, not stress about it at the 11th hour.

Dd lovingly fondles a tea set at a favorite store of ours. I would love to get it for her, but it's breakable and we have a hard tile floor where their kitchen is set up. I would be so sad to see something she loved so much break, mostly likely so quickly. As well I wouldn't want to get her something and then stress us both out with 'rules' like you can only play with it such&such place. I'm sort of stumped on this one.

HOPEFULLY, I'll get that rainbow playsilk made this year!

Now that I've been sufficiently talked out of the idea of getting them a pet mouse, I would LOVE to get them a dog. But I don't think that will happen by Christmas. Ds is completely ready, I think Dd will be fine, now, too; but I want to make sure we've got plenty of $$ reserves in the "pet" fund. Vets are pricey! I can't tell you how many Christmases I dreamed of the classic 'puppy under the tree' scenario as a child. I would love to make that happen for my media-free kids who probably haven't even dreamed of it, and certainly haven't seen it depicted 100 times on TV.
post #29 of 114
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Do you have this issue of Mothering with the top toys list? If so any chance you could scan it and send it to me? We have nowhere in our city to by Mothering and I have been dying to see the toy list. ugh
If you scroll down this great blog, it's mentioned here so it might give you quite a few clues if you can't get hold of it!
post #30 of 114
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If you scroll down this great blog, it's mentioned here so it might give you quite a few clues if you can't get hold of it!
What blog?
post #31 of 114
My almost-5 yr old is still all about baby dolls. We're getting her a new one with accessories (non plastic) and a puppet theater with puppets.
post #32 of 114
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What blog?
http://bamboletta.com/?page_id=46

The Oct 23rd entry if you scroll down has pictures of the article

I'd scan it for you, but our scanner is busted

HTH
post #33 of 114
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http://bamboletta.com/?page_id=46

The Oct 23rd entry if you scroll down has pictures of the article

I'd scan it for you, but our scanner is busted

HTH
Thanks so much! Do you all think 2 is too young for a cash register? I've been going back and forth about getting the haba one for ds and then gave up when I couldn't find a good deal but now I found one again. What do you think, too young? He just turned two. I know though even if he is too young I would eventually like to buy him one.......
post #34 of 114
Earlier this year, I went to a craft fair to seek out a specific vendor, one whom I bought pine wooden animals from last year that I painted for my girls with acrylic paints for their farm and forest playmats I made.

This year, I bought

trucks and cars

a fire truck and ambulance

people and a tree

and some mini wild animals

I just can't decide if I want to paint the vehicles or just give them a coat of beeswax. I will paint the people and the tree. I want to make the tree and apple tree with acrylic paint. I wish they had two so I could make one green with apples on it, and one with fall colors on it. That would be so cool.

I also purchased some wood toys from caseyswood for their play kitchen and a wooden lighthouse for my oldest daughter's ocean playmat.

You can see the playmats I made for the girls last year here.

I just can't wait for Christmas. But I better get a move on with finishing up these things.

I ought to make a city playmat for the cars and trucks, but I don't know. I might actually use different material like a large wood sheet or something and just paint stuff on - because it seemed to take forever to sew the other playmats.
post #35 of 114
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What blog?

i'm so sorry, I'm so tired and stressed today , i meant to put a link:


http://bamboletta.com/?page_id=46


just scroll down a bit on the blog and you'll see it
post #36 of 114
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Originally Posted by PabloHoneySF View Post
http://bamboletta.com/?page_id=46

The Oct 23rd entry if you scroll down has pictures of the article

I'd scan it for you, but our scanner is busted

HTH
thanks for picking up where i left off Pablo........i'm so tired i didn't even read that you'd put the link in for me already. I think i need my bed badly...I've had a screaming baby due to teething today so I'm feeling a bit down.
post #37 of 114
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Thanks so much! Do you all think 2 is too young for a cash register? I've been going back and forth about getting the haba one for ds and then gave up when I couldn't find a good deal but now I found one again. What do you think, too young? He just turned two. I know though even if he is too young I would eventually like to buy him one.......
Well, for my dd it would have been too young. She's turning 3 this December and we're getting her a cash register set. She's now old enough to like to play grocery store and count out money, etc. At 2, I just don't think she would have appreciated it as much.
post #38 of 114
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thanks for picking up where i left off Pablo........i'm so tired i didn't even read that you'd put the link in for me already. I think i need my bed badly...I've had a screaming baby due to teething today so I'm feeling a bit down.
post #39 of 114
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Originally Posted by cera View Post
Thanks so much! Do you all think 2 is too young for a cash register? I've been going back and forth about getting the haba one for ds and then gave up when I couldn't find a good deal but now I found one again. What do you think, too young? He just turned two. I know though even if he is too young I would eventually like to buy him one.......
I've got one on my 22 month old's list. He LOOOVES buttons! And I think they can be used for so many different things if they're open-ended enough - some of the wooden ones with big colorful buttons are generic enough that they could be a computer or space ship console or whatever! I like that there's an option for him that has buttons that doesn't DO SOMETHING if that makes any sense.
post #40 of 114
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Originally Posted by cera View Post
Thanks so much! Do you all think 2 is too young for a cash register? I've been going back and forth about getting the haba one for ds and then gave up when I couldn't find a good deal but now I found one again. What do you think, too young? He just turned two. I know though even if he is too young I would eventually like to buy him one.......
We got ours when my oldest had just turned 2 and at 3 he's still not that into it as a cash register. I'm thinking part of it is that the only time he sees one is when we're at the grocery store and there it's just a screen and a scanner so he doesn't make the connection.

He does love putting wooden animals in it though
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