Nobodinoz Toys and Decor Now Available Stateside!

We’ve been admiring Nobodinoz from afar for a long time, but their lovely collections are starting to trickle into US retailers.

At Norman & Jules, you can currently order the Wooden Bowling Set,

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Carrito Mapachito (raccoon trolley),

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and a couple of their full sized play tents.

Nobodinoz play tents

I love the color palette Nobodinoz uses. It’s fresh and modern (of course), a little bit tropical, and all goes together perfectly. I’m starting to think I should use their colors as the scheme in my new house! I can’t wait to see what else becomes available. Most of all I’m hoping to see the furniture! Who’s with me?!

10 Jul 2015, 8:45pm
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New Toys from The Land of Nod for Fall 2015

There are a few more stand-outs from The Land of Nod for Fall 2015– this time in the toy department.

How about this Byte-Size Personal Chalkboard ($25)?

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The Fresh Picked Plush Produce ranges from $7 to $9 per piece (though I wish they just sold it as a complete set).

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The Get Reel Fishing Game should keep them busy for a while ($50).

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And their new Gobs of Jobs Activity Chart might just help manage household responsibilities in a fun way ($80).

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These were my favorite of the new toys, but if you’ve never browsed their selection of toys, you’re really missing out. It’s a beautifully curated collection and you can’t go wrong with anything you purchase.

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Alphabuild

You can’t go wrong with anything from Kid O, but these Alphabuild magnetized blocks are the next must have.

Alphabuild from Kid O

While there are other great magnetic building sets out there, the curved pieces add a lot of possibilities, including forming all the letters of the alphabet.

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$50 for the set.

Keepin’ Em Busy in the Car!

So today was the last day of school and I’m facing three months of summer with both excitement and trepidation. Travel is definitely part of the excitement of vacation and you can face it with less trepidation if you’ve got great travel activities to keep the kids busy.

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I really recommend the great travel games from Melissa and Doug. With the pieces firmly attached to the board, you can have all the fun without the tragedy of pieces spilling out of reach on the floor. I seriously have the USA License Plate Game
and Hangman in the car with me at all times, but next I would add Travel Bingo and the Travel Memory Game. Bring these out as needed (or when the ipad battery dies)!

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Donna Wilson Hobby Horses

I love a new twist on a classic toy and when it features the unique style of Donna Wilson, it’s a must-see in my book.

Donna Wilson Hobby Horse Giraffe Zebra

There are three styles of Hobby Horses including a Giraffe, Zebra and Llama (my boys’ favorite!). $94

8 Apr 2015, 9:06pm
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Oli & Carol Rubber Toys

Is Sophie the Giraffe too played out for your teething tot? Shop the 100% natural rubber, hand painted toys from Oli & Carol. Newly launched in the US, these sweet chewables are cute and unique alternatives to the ubiquitous french must-have.

They have a variety of products including Vintage Animals,

 

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Chew Fruit,

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Monochrome Small Ducks,

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Dottes Small Ducks

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Geometric Figures,

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Origami Boats,

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and XL Beetle Cars.

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You can find these at cool shops throughout the US including Gretel Home, Petit Bebe, Pink Olive etc…

26 Mar 2015, 8:05am
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Stunt Team from Tegu

There’s lots more fun from Tegu with their new Stunt Team sets.

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Four sets, Looper, Daredevil, Skyhook and Jumper range from $25 to $75.

Tegu Stunt Team

These have a lot of play value on their own, but they’re also great additions to your classic Tegu sets, which every child should have!

24 Mar 2015, 12:15pm
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Kid O New Favorites for 2015

Wooden toys are typically the choice for design-snob parents (and I mean that in the kindest way possible), but Kid O has elevated plastic toys to an irresistible level. Their newest products are terrifically tempting.

Simmer & Saute Set
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Rise & Shine Set
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Mix & Match Animals
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Pattern Stacker
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Pour & Spin Submarine
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Take a look at the entire 2015 collection.

6 Feb 2015, 8:15am
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Jacques and Esther: New from blabla kids for Spring 2015

Two hippos are joining the blabla knit dolls collection this spring– Jacques the blue sailor and Esther the purple bathing beauty (at least that’s how I’m going to describe her).

Jacques and Esther

You KNOW I’ve got to be partial to Esther, even though she’s a hippo, because we Esthers have to stick together!

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There’s also this adorable collection of new roly poly family rattles. I’m gonna call the little blonde one Esther too. I think we’ve got a strong resemblance.

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28 Jan 2015, 10:31am
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What is the Best Toy for Tiny Hands? 2015 Cribsies

The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products. Under the Play category, be sure to vote for the “Best Toy For Tiny Hands“. You can’t go wrong with any of these. Just get one of each!

Cribsies Tiny Toys

The nominees are:
Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
Green Toys My First Keys Baby Toy
HABA Buzz Buzz Rattle Clutching Toy
Skip Hop Explore and More Roll Around Toy
Manhattan Toy Baby Whoozit 6 Inch Stroller and Travel Activity Toy
BeginAgain Earthworms

Which toys do your little tykes prefer? Vote for your favorite in the Cribsies and comment with any of your favorites that didn’t make the finals!

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