Thursday, September 30, 2010

Schleich party

Today I had another MomSelect party, this one was for Schleich figurines.  10 kids between the ages of 5-9 were invited to our party at the nearby playground, to play games and try out Schleich figurines.  They each took home one, plus a gift bag with a pig keychain, some coloring sheets, and a brochure of Schleich products.

Schleich is a German-based company, and they have a whole world of little fantasy creatures called the Bayala line, which you can buy online or at toy stores, Target, Toys R' Us, etc.  They also have tiny farm animals, sea creatures, dinosaurs, and a series with knights and other royal figures.  Lauren's liked them ever since last year when she saw this unicorn figurine at the toy store and desperately wanted it for Christmas.

We did a little research and found out that the line was from a European-based company, so conformed to EU standards.  So while we wouldn't necessarily want her gnawing on the toys, if she did, at least we knew they would be lead-free and safer.  At her birthday she asked for a fairy figurine from the same line and thus the collection was born.

In exchange for hosting the party today, she got another figurine and we also got to keep the Shadow Rock Elf House you see above.  At the party, the Elf House had center stage and the kids played with it.

They also ran around and played games.  A favorite was hunting for the unicorn horn (a paper towel roll or toilet paper roll covered with tin foil.)
They also colored on coloring sheets, which you can print on Schleich's website here.

At the end of the party, kids were pretty tuckered out!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this blog posting, however, MomSelect and Schleich provided products for this review and for the party guests.  I have also previously bought Schleich products myself and I heartily endorse them!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Before I could post about the first one...

...she lost the second one! Two baby teeth gone in 4 days! On Saturday, we were at Nonna and Poppy's house and Lauren lost her first tooth. It had been loose for a few weeks. 3 weeks ago, Dr. Schwartz told me that her teeth would probably fall out within the next 2 weeks. I had not even noticed they were loose! Nor had Lauren, but once she knew, she kept wiggling them. When we were visiting my parents last week and in the pool, my dad reached into her mouth and took it out. It was only hanging on by a thread anyway. It didn't hurt and Lauren was very excited.

We hadn't decided whether we were observing the Tooth Fairy ritual or not, but the dentist decided for us, telling Lauren that the fairy leaves money under the pillow but *only* if the teeth are clean and have been brushed every night. Lately toothbrushing has been a nightly struggle, so anything to help ease the battles...

Anyway, Lauren left this note:

(add it later when I'm not so tired)

and in the morning, she found $1 and a brand new Hello Kitty toothbrush. A few days later, I found Lauren's tooth in my purse in a ziplock bag, so the tooth fairy must have returned it so that I could keep it in the nice little ceramic box Aunt Marguerite sent, along with the first lock of hair.

On Monday night her tooth came out while she was eating ice cream after dinner at the kitchen table. She was so excited that she immediately called Nonnon, Poppy and then Uncle Peter and then Ammy. They were all happy for her. She wrote another letter to the tooth fairy asking what she looked like. In answer, the next day under her pillow there was $1 and a beautiful vintage Victorian hand mirror with an illustration on the back of a cupid/fairy creature who, we all surmise, *must* be the tooth fairy!
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