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Amy Thompson
Meet Blue Otter Toys!

Meet Blue Otter Toys!

Meet the newest member of the Challenge & Fun family, Blue Otter Toys! At Blue Otter Toys you’ll find everything you’re used to seeing at Challenge & Fun and LOTS more! You'll find playsilks, furniture, books, playstands, craft kits, fairy houses and we're adding more every day! While you can continue to shop at Challenge & Fun, we encourage you to explore Blue Otter Toys where we have a wider range of products and exciting discounts and rewards for new customers!! Why Choose Blue Otter Toys? Creating Blue Otter Toys gives us the room to offer your family a wider selection of products that align with the...

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Amy Thompson
Five Sinless Sweets (No Refined Sugar, and SO tasty!)

Five Sinless Sweets (No Refined Sugar, and SO tasty!)

Five delicious treats that are practically healthy enough for breakfast! We've taste-tested and approved each one. While they certainly qualify as healthy, they definitely don't sacrifice anything in the flavor department! This lemon polenta cake is unusual, surprising and so tasty! It's the honey and lemon sauce that you pour over at the end that makes it so irresistible. A wonderful, sunshiney, springtime dessert, it looks lovely sprinkled with bright, yellow forsythia blooms (They're edible! Did you bring some inside to bloom early this year?).   My three-year old requested this maple cheesecake with blueberry sauce for her birthday. It satisfies even the most...

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Amy Thompson
Grow your own Easter grass in baskets

Grow Your Own Grass for Natural Easter Baskets!

Learn how to grow your own grass for Easter baskets from Taryn at Wooly Moss Roots. A wonderful, kid-friendly project with beautiful results. And check out our Easter Collection for creative basket ideas! Children can participate in this entire process; it's a great hands-on project. I think many children enjoy how tactile it is. And it's great to have another excuse to get your hands dirty and dig in the soil! To make your spring baskets, first choose your baskets. Look for baskets that are rounded on the bottom because the shape makes for such wonderful, grassy nests. I cover our...

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Amy Thompson
Syrup on Snow: A Simple, Cozy, Winter Delight

Syrup on Snow: A Simple, Cozy, Winter Delight

In winter's darkest days, here is a little taste of spring's hopeful sunshine, in the form of golden, maple syrup candy. Some call it Snow Taffy, or Sugar on Snow. It is simple, delicious and just a bit magical. The bold act of pouring molten syrup directly onto ice cold snow, fresh from the outdoors, feels primitive, a bit witchy and undeniably festive. Breath is held while golden syrup unfurls into oddly shaped, lumpy and stretchy, stick-to-your teeth sweet ribbons of candy. The simplicity of the recipe belies the immense amount of joy this simple tradition inspires. Syrup on Snow Ingredients:...

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