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Devon’s Discoveries: Feeding the Imagination

It’s hard to believe, but our big girl, Bean, turned TWO this week!  In some ways, I can hardly believe our baby is already two years old, and in other ways, I can hardly believe that she’s just two.  Last year for her birthday, we were all about learning toys because Bean was so fascinated by puzzles, stacking blocks, and things with buttons.  Her brain was growing and she was feeding it! 

This year, it’s her imagination that is growing.  She has started “reading to herself” by making up the words to books, telling us imaginary stories about experiences her imagination has dreamed up, and playing “mommy” and “house.” So for her birthday gifts, we decided to encourage her imagination! 

Grandma and Grandpa got Bean  a dollhouse this year.  I’ve already written about my love for KidKraft products here before, and after receiving this dollhouse, I love them even more!  Easy to construct, but very sturdy, this Modern Dollhouse is so cool!   Bean loves the colorful and hip rooms—a purple kitchen?! Yes, please!—and the accessories—like a barbeque for the patio, a flat screen TV for the family room (it Velcro’s to the wall!), a claw-footed bathtub for the bathroom, and a pink ceiling lamp!  


Auntie and Uncle got Bean this Green Toys tea party set and she’s been busy making us delicious cups of Monkey Toenail Tea.  When she’s feeling especially creative, she pours her “tea” on the ground until someone says, “Oh no! You poured tea on the ground.” Then she giggles with delight and resumes the tea party. 

And we got her this Marian Plast Outdoor House, which has been, perhaps, the biggest hit of all.  We constructed it a little before her birthday so that it would be ready for our 4th of July party and she and her friends had a great time going in and out of that house, pretending away.


It was a great 2nd birthday for Bean, all in all.  We celebrated with a cake that she, her Dad and I baked together… and some Monkey Toenail Tea, of course!


Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother two, former History professor, and lifelong shopper.  She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember.  Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California.  With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.

Nostalgia at it’s best.  This spring, kids wear takes a turn to the past.  The patterns, the games, the books, the lifestyle.  Think back to when you were a kid.  Or, even better, when your parents were.  Once you’re there, explore what life was like as a youngster, immerse yourself in it, and then bring that home for your little one. 

Check out some items and brands on zulily today that remind us of Retro Play:
  • Nostalgic patterns
  • Vintage colors 
  • Mathematical and scientific inspiration
  • Constructional imagination
  • Simple shapes and clean lines

What item do you miss most from your childhood?