December 5, 2016

Gender Neutral Dollhouses

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When I was three, I got a dollhouse for Christmas, built by my talented Papa (he went on to make grandfather clocks and I’m honored to have one in my dining room.) I was so excited; it was a memory I’ll never forget. As I got older, I remember decorating the walls inside with wrapping paper for wallpaper and placing the delicate furniture my grandmother got me in the different rooms.

I’m grateful for my thoughtful parents who carefully saved this dollhouse that is now sitting in Sienna’s room here in Portland (all the way from Arkansas via a stint in Nashville) and I’m so glad we lugged that around all these years. The coolest part? My papa painted the house yellow with white trim all those years ago…the exact colors of our new house in Portland. (Cue all the tears).

I know not everyone can have a talented Papa around to make a custom dollhouse, but I’ve found some seriously cute, high-quality options that will bring years of joy for your little.

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Why gender-neutral?  Well…for two reasons:  First, here at TME we strongly believe in moving past old, limiting stereotypes and embracing the child you have, whatever that may mean, and….as it turns out, non-gender biased dollhouses are less-gimmicky, more décor-friendly dollhouses, too.  The simpler designs allow for kiddos’ imaginations to run wild and give us mamas who enjoy a peaceful looking home a great option we don’t have to relegate to the toy closet. When on the hunt for these little houses, the designer in me was tempted to only choose the natural wooden ones, but I did find some cute, colorful wooden houses, too.

(My poor child and her black & white, neutral-toned life, haha. Except for the yellow dollhouse, of course.)

Check out the fun options I found below.

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October 2, 2011

Sick of The Same Old Toys? Try These: The Coolest Toys You’ve Never Heard of (For Kiddos Under 5)

Screen Shot 2011-10-02 at 5.41.36 PM  Do you have a friend like this?  The one who always manages to find the coolest toys?  Toys that the kiddos can't tear themselves away from, yet toys that manage to teach in the sneakiest (and most fun) ways?  Toys you certainly have never seen before.  And no wonder.  When you ask said friend, she shrugs nonchalantly and says, "Oh that?  I found it at <insert cool little boutique toy store>."  And it turns out that the product was shipped from France or some other fabulous far-flung destination.  Or the darn thing is a relic from your own childhood that she somehow managed to both remember and track down online (remember Run Ragged ?  Still one of my husband's favs.)

In any case, if you haven't guessed, I have a friend like this, and longtime readers may remember her as J.  J, mom of adorable Sohpia, with the discerning eye for sunglasses, lighting, and all things cozy-chic.  But her specialty?  (Ummm…besides her law degree and her non-profit Weecycle?)  Is toys.  This cool mama actually "works" (in quotes because I know she'd do it for free) at a toy store every Christmas season…for fun.  And since I gleefully steal just about every toy idea she throws my way, I thought you mamas might want in on the fun.

Here are J's latest finds…

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