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These snowmen would be perfect in a holiday photo!

I am really excited to share one of my favorite stores with you today! The Learning Palace is a family-owned educational store that has been around since 1982! I have been shopping there ever since my 10-yr old was a toddler. They carry awesome puzzles, trains, science kits, and teacher supplies. LOTS of really fun stuff!

pull toys are perfect for new walkers!

One of the reasons I want to sing The Learning Palace’s praises is for their awesome wooden toy selection. These kind of toys are the perfect photo prop!

Wouldn’t it be a great idea to present a toddler (or up to age 7, maybe?) with a new toy to play with at the beginning of a photo session? These wood toys have a vintage / retro feel to them, and would be perfect with some similarly styled clothing!

pretend food is a great alternative if you don’t want to clean up a mess after your session
stacking and pounding toys are a big hit with little ones!

Keeping a kiddo’s hands busy is a great way to get a candid photo and show their true personality.

If you don’t live near one of their seven Pacific NW locations, they also have an online store HERE.

Lots of bulletin board supplies

Visit my Pinterest board with some of my favorite items! The Learning Palace is a great place to stock up on home-preschool supplies and activity books. You can read about my Mommy Preschool adventures here.

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*revised* favorite things

First of all, I am a girl and can change my mind. There, I said it. 😉 I haven’t given up hope on documenting my favorite things, and I will continue to take photos of goodies as I find them. I’ve found it difficult to really capture those things I truly LOVE. Really, how often do you come across a gorgeous piece of handmade jewelry that just screams STEAMPUNK!  In real life… once in a blue moon. However… since I am a pinterest addict, I decided the perfect way to show you all about ME was to create a “10 favorite things” board on pinterest and point you to it.

10 of my favorite things on pinterest

Please note that there is already MORE than 10 individual pins in this folder. So, for reference, here’s my official list of 10 of my favorite things that I jotted down on a cute piece of pink Hello Kitty note paper… 🙂

1. polka dots & stars
2. rust, moss, and grungy texture
3. antiques, including old toys and cars
4. red/pink/teal
5. typography
6. handmade stitching
7. nature
8. steampunk
9. anything Japanese and cute (kawaii, anime, chibi)
10. unique accessories

There ya have it! If you have not yet experienced the blissful time-wasting goodness of pinterest, just let me know and I can send you an invite to join. 😉 I’m sure I’ll be adding more to this board over time, so feel free to follow me!

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