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community, food carts, location -

    There's a hole. In my life. Where the food carts once lived. Where people worked making food that they sold to other people.  Finnegan's and the downtown community are bereft of our city's oldest food cart pod; the vibrant marketplace known as the Alder Street Food Carts is now no more. Tourists and locals alike have been inquiring as to their whereabouts. What we know is that they had to evacuate by midnight yesterday, and were given a firm 30-day notice after months of "sometime this summer." We also know they are currently housed in the post office parking...

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Spring -

Is it too soon? Dare we say it? Okay, let's say it! We made it through another winter! And spring is offering up some seriously-blue skies. After selling a record number of jigsaw puzzles this winter, we're suddenly very low on Frisbees (aka flying discs—that’s toy industry terminology there). Play is year-round, but how we express our fun selves is seasonally dependent here in the Pacific Northwest. But the time has come, and spring has sprung. And while it's true that April showers will bring May showers, we still need to transition our toys from the hunkering down of indoor...

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childhood, playmobil, toy boat, winter -

The end of Daylight Savings time. (Nov. 4th) Instead of merely setting the clock back, why not set some intentions? What would you like your winter to be about?   Schedule some adventures, some down-time. Some FUN! Start with a list!  Like these two boys from Scotland who set their Playmobil ship to sail around the world. It's a testament to the Power of Play. Set sail to your ideas... And don't forget to VOTE! (by Nov. 6th)

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childhood, outdoor -

Play is not only an instinct, it's good for you! In fact, the lack of play can lead to anxiety and depression. Animals do it, but humans are doing less of it, and children need unstructured play time for their overall well-being. Play helps children navigate socially and teaches self-regulation, whereas helicopter parenting does not. And play is fun. No wonder it's linked to happiness!

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childhood, heat, outdoor, summer, sun, toys -

Yes, funner is a word. Yay for more fun!

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