Please Welcome Our New Buyer: Abigail Barragan

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Abigail

Christine

Interior Lifestyle Designer

@abigailchristines

We are headed to Atlanta in a few short days for our Winter buying trip and we are so excited to bring Abigail Barragan with us to do all of our Home Decor buying for Whimsy on Main.

If you do not follow Abigail on Instagram, you are missing out! We love to see how she is transforming her home with her Modern Contemporary style. You can see from the pictures that she is able to use textures in her minimalistic design with beautiful results.

Let Abigail know if there is something specific that you would like her to look for in Atalanta. She will be redesigning different areas of our store to give you ideas for your own home. She is excited to launch her design business in Aberdeen and the Milbank area. She will share some of her favorite finds from market on the Whimsy on Main Instagram feed.

Please join us in welcoming Abigail to our team and stay tuned to see Abigail’s new additions to Whimsy on Main.

2019 50 Book Reading Challenge

My daughter and I were visiting yesterday about how many books she had read in 2018. She read 31 books and as much as I hate to admit it, that is significantly more than I read. I have an endless supply of books at my fingertips and I did not make enough time to read.

So we decided to challenge each other to read 50 books in 2019. It is only the 2nd of January and I am almost done with 2 books this year. So I am on track but I have a little problem when I read. . .when I start a book, I finish a book (and don’t take much time to breathe, or cook, or clean). So yesterday, I read and read and read. I did cook supper and take down Christmas decorations, but I might have stayed up a little too late.

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We would love to have you join us in our 2019 Book Challenge! We know that 50 books is a lot and we don’t want the number to discourage you.

You can set your own goal if you want. We are challenging ourselves to read more and we want to encourage you to read more in 2019, too!

We have created a Facebook group for the challenge that you can join to encourage each other, share book recommendations and more.

We will be sharing the latest books that will be published, book reviews and more. Here is a document to record your list.

Here are some tips to keep you on track this year.

  • Read books you like! There are so many books, you should not feel like you have to finish a book that you don’t enjoy. Put it down and pick up a new one.

  • Don’t Stress about the number, any books count, just challenge yourself to read more.

  • When you sit down at night with your phone, put it away and pick up a book instead.

  • Read outside of your favorite genre. We can help you find great books that we know you will love.

  • Join at anytime throughout the year.

Are you a member of our book loyalty program? If you are not, ask about it the next time you come in for discounted books. If you are not from Milbank and see books you want to buy, let us know and we can ship books to you.

Don’t forget to join our Facebook Group and join the fun.


Great Gifts Under $10: Kids & Teens

We have gifts for all ages and price range this holiday season at Whimsy. Today we want to share with you a variety of gifts for kids for under $10. There are a lot of great hands on options to keep your kids busy over the holidays. From car rides to snow days. The ideas below will be a hit for kids this Christmas.

  • Spark Science in a Flash kits: ($9.99) We have two science kits in stock. You can create a mini volcano or be a fingerprint detective.

  • Ooze Labes: ($5.50) We have 5 options of Ooze Labs. Hot Ice Crystals, Glitter Slime, Glow in the Dark Slime, Hypercolor Slime and Magic Sand.

  • Globby: ($6.50) Globby is a stress toy, a fidget, whatever you need, all we know is you won’t want to put him down.

  • Needoh: ($3.50) The Groovy Glob to Squish, Touch, Squeeze and Pinch.

  • Aaron’s Thinking Putty: ($3.50) We have mini tins in a variety of colors and features that make the perfect stocking stuffer.

  • Playfoam Pals ($4.99) and Playfoam Pods ($1.50): Better than play dough, these little balls stick together for you to form and sculpt and the Pals have a fun toy hidden inside the foam.

  • Melissa & Doug Sketch Pad ($3.99), Mini Sketch Pad ($2.99) and Ooly Doodle Pad ($3.99): These sketch pads are great for all ages that want to draw, color and create.

  • Washable Stamp Markers: ($3.99) We only have a few of these left, but we have an order of more great markers, pencils, colors and more coming soon to fill your stockings at a great price.

  • Stickers: ($1.99) Add a little fun to the doodle and sketch pads with stickers.

  • Recorder & Harmonica ($5.99) We think these are the perfect gifts for your favorite kids (as long as they don’t live in your house. . .)

  • Tiny Tin Tops: ($1.99) Tops make a perfect little addition to a kids gift or stocking.

  • Whoopee Cushion: ($1.99)

  • Juggling Balls: ($7.99)

  • Balloon Animals Kit: ($4.50) A great kit for kids to learn the art of Balloon Animals

  • Magic Rabbit Magic Sets: ($3.50) Simple Magic Tricks for Kids

  • Beaker Creatures Reactor Pod: ($5.50) Kids love these fun new Beaker Creatures. Each pod has a mystery creature inside the pod. All it takes is water to watch a reaction and discover what creature is inside.

  • Create-a-Scene Magnetic Sets: ($9.99) These make a great activity for the car. We have four different scenes to choose from.

  • Stitch by Color: ($6.99) An introduction to sewing project

  • Bookmark Party Pack: ($4.99) There are 12 bookmarks in this scratch art activity pack so it is perfect for a group project.

  • Shrinkies: ($9.99) Do you remember Shrinky Dinks? This fun kit helps you create 16 shrinkies that can be made into jewelry.

  • Dinosaurs Coloring Set: ($9.99) This set comes with a carrying kit containing markers, sticker sheets and coloring sheets.

  • Water Wows: ($5.50) Perfect for the car, church, etc. This non-messy activity can be used over and over for creative fun for little ones.

  • Plus Plus Tubes: ($6.99) Hands on building with instructions to create animals, dinosaurs, fantasy creatures and more.

  • Chunky Puzzles: ($9.99) These wooden puzzles are great first puzzles and the sturdy pieces can also be played with off of the puzzle.

  • Reusable Sticker Pad: (4.99) For a great price your kids can play with these stickers sheets again and again. They can stick the stickers to the scenes and change them for hours of fun.

  • Seek & Find Sticker Pad and Foil Coloring Pad: ($4.99) Another wonderful product from Melissa & Doug at a great price.

  • Make-a-Face and Make-a-Meal Sticker Pads : ($4.99)

  • Holiday Activity Books, Coloring Books & Everyday Activity Books and More: ($4.95-$9.95)

  • Pens, Markers & More: We have a variety of Notebooks, Pens and Pencils available at Whimsy

  • Bath Bombs: ($7.00) A hit for all ages!

We can’t forget are tweens and teens. We have a lot of great jewelry, slippers, board games and more! But, here are a few ideas for under $10.00.

  • Goat’s Milk Hand Lotion ($3.99) & Lip Balm ($3.99): Perfect for the pencil bag, purse or car.

  • Cable Bites: ($5.99) This is great stocking stuffer for any kids & adults that have iPhone cords that like to fray.

  • Shower Bursts: ($5.00) From cold & flu to clarity we have scents for all different needs to make the shower smell divine.

  • Phone Mirror: (5.99)

  • Hair Coils: ($5.99) These hair coils are the coolest to throw your hair up without a bump later.

  • Man Bar: ($6.99)

  • Man Lotion: ($9.50)

  • Car Coasters: ($4.99)

  • Games Room Games: ($9.99)

  • Olivina Lip Balm ($4.50), Body Wash ($4.99) & Deodorant ($8.99)

  • Hot Chocolate: ($1.99)

  • Satin Sleep Scrunchies: ($9.99)

  • Hair Ties: ($8.50)

  • Pura Vida Bracelets: ($6.00)

  • Candy: ($.50-$7.99)

Fun Socks are a great tradition to start with your kids of all ages. We have a lot of really fun options at Whimsy on Main. Stop by and check them out today.

Above there are a lot of great ideas for under $10 and in the store we have so many more ideas for kids and adults.

Whimsy Recommends: Christmas Books

Christmas Book Table

One tradition that I started when my girls were little was to buy new Christmas books each holiday season. We have a lot of favorites in our collection. When they were younger we would wrap them up and use them as a countdown to Christmas, reading one book each night.

We have a lot of great books to choose from for all ages at Whimsy this year. Below are some great options for you.

For the littlest ones:

Don’t Push the Button! Christmas Adventure: The super funny Don’t Push the Button! book has a awesome new Christmas edition. It’s almost Christmas and Santa is coming, so whatever you do…DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON!

Itsy Bitsy Christmas: You’re Never Too Little for His Love: This board book is great for kids of all ages. Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? This is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe they really aren't big enough for the new King, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone. 

Llama llama Jingle Bells: In Llama Llama Jingle Bells, little llama and his friends give gifts, sing songs, and decorate cookies. It’s a very merry holiday indeed!

The Nutcracker: First Stories Push Pull Slide The Nutcracker is an interactive book that tells the Nutcracker story for the first time to little ones.

Twas the Night Before Christmas: This is a cute version of Twas the Night Before Christmas that tells about what the Mouse was doing when everyone else is sleeping.

Countdown to Christmas: A Book that can also be used as an ornament or gift tag this Christmas. Countdown the presents and see what is inside.

Jingle Baby: For truly the littlest ones on your list we have a special Indestructible Christmas Book, Jingle Baby. This is a wonderful first Christmas book for baby that they cannot ruin. They can chew it and it won’t rip!

Baby Touch and Feel Merry Christmas: Little ones love touch and feel books and this Christmas version will not disappoint. From Jingle Bells to Santa’s beard, they will love the textures to touch in this book.

Picture Books:

We have a variety of picture books for this snowy holiday season.

I Spy A Candy Cane: Kids love to search and find and this Christmas Beginning Reader is a fun way to get them to read and interact with the book.

A Very Fuddles Christmas: Fuddles—the fat, pampered cat—weathers a wintry wonderland in this holiday story of merry misadventures! Anyone with a cat will especially like this story.

Bad Kitty Does NOT Like SNOW and Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise: These books are not Christmas books, but fit the season very well. Bad Kitty includes stickers inside and Splat the Cat is a Lift-the-Flap book.

How to Catch Santa: After waiting for days and days and days, it’s finally Christmas Eve. And that’s when you can try to catch Santa. . . . 

A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree: This charming tale of an overgrown pine always being passed by for Christmas, and what his woodland friends do to help him, is a classic book that should be in everyone’s Christmas book pile.

Good Morning, Snowplow! is a new release that tells the story as the town settles in to bed, one man, his dog, and a trusty snowplow get ready for a night's work. Follow them through slick roads and swirling drifts in this sweet, rhyming book.

Pete the Cat’s 12 Groovy Days of Christmas: A brand new Pete the Cat Christmas book! Join Pete and the gang for one-of-a-kind holiday cheer. He adds a cool-cat spin on a well-known Christmas carol, bringing a hip and energetic spirit to the season.

Fly Guy’s Ninja Christmas: Even reluctant readers will enjoy this fun, zany holiday story about Fly Guy meeting Santa Claus, knocking over the Christmas tree, and showing off his ninja moves!

Merry Christmas, Splat: It's the night before Christmas, and Splat wonders if this year he's going to get the really big present he wants. Has Splat been good enough or will Christmas wind up ruined?

Chapter Books:

Miss Holly is Too Jolly and Deck the Halls, We’re Off the Walls!: Weird School Holiday style with two books from the popular series that are sure to make you laugh.

Babymouse Skater Girl: This graphic novel series is a great start for younger elementary students. Best Gymnast. Best speller. Best kazoo player. It seems everyone has a talent except Babymouse. That is, until Babymouse takes to the ice and surprises everyone with her spectacular spins and jubilant jumps.

Flat Stanley - Stanley’s Christmas Adventure: Can Flat Stanley save Christmas in this holiday-themed chapter book adventure?

Puppy Pirates Race to the North Pole: Dashing through the snow, in a puppy pirate sleigh . . . Captain Red Beard has always wanted to compete in the Great Ice Race at the North Pole. After all, the prize is rumored to be the biggest treasure ever! But can a bunch of warm-weather pirate pups really win a snowy sled race? 

The Naughty List: Fans of the Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will love this laugh-out-loud funny Christmas adventure packed with comic illustrations. When Bobbie's hilariously bumbling efforts to save her brother's Christmas actually land him on Santa's Naughty List, she must travel to the North Pole to make things right again and save Christmas. Bobbie suddenly finds herself on an epic holiday adventure complete with rogue elves, dysfunctional reindeer, a lazy Santa, and more.

Robyn The Christmas Party Fairy: It's Christmas Eve, and Rachel Walker and Kirsty Tate are very excited. They're helping to organize a big Christmas party! There's going to be carols, a festive feast, and a special ballet performance. Or that was the plan, until Jack Frost stole Robyn the Christmas Party Fairy's magical objects. Can the girls help Robyn find them, before the spirit of Christmas is lost for ever?

Spirit: While walking in a snowstorm, Lizzie sees two dark eyes and a little black nose. It's Spirit, a white German shepherd puppy! Spirit's owners found new homes for all of his brothers and sisters, but they still don't have a place for him. Can Lizzie find a forever home for this helpful little pup?

A Nancy Drew Christmas: Nancy is spending her winter vacation at the most beautiful ski resort in Montana. Everything looks perfect, from the spectacular mountain views to the cozy rooms inside complete with fireplaces and holiday decorations. Unfortunately, not all is as jolly as it seems. 

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder (Silent But Deadly) Night: Doctor Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa try to save the holidays in this fart-tastically funny adventure.

Clementine for Christmas: Josie usually keeps to herself, but she comes out of her shell when she and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital during the holiday season. Josie loves dressing up in silly costumes, singing carols, and helping to prepare for the big Christmas Festival.

Activity Books:

We have a lot of activity books in stock for the holiday season. These make great stocking stuffers or they are good for the car ride.

Christmas Inspirational, Cookbook & Novels:

Celebrating the Greatest Gift and The Greatest Gift: Ann Voskamp shares two beautifully written books for Christmas. Celebrating the Greatest Gift is a Family Celebration of Christmas and a wonderful way to read together through the Advent season. The Greatest Gift is an adult book that Unwraps the Full Love Story of Christmas. This book is a perfect gift for others and for yourself.

Journey to the Manger Advent Calendar: Focus on the Family brings you a devotion to go through with your family with puzzles, poster, stickers and a parent’s guide.

Christmas, Present: A heartwarming Christmas story of a family who comes together during the holiday season as they learn a powerful lesson about love and to live each year of their lives as if it were their last.

Holiday Cookies: Holiday Cookies provides dozens of foolproof recipes for cookies, bars, and savories of all textures, from simple holiday classics like Vanilla Bean Tuiles and Great Grahams to the more decadent Caramel Cheesecake Bars and Chunky Hazelnut Meringues. There are even some delicious savories that can double as hors d’oeuvres at the holiday buffet like Crunchy Seed Cookies and Salted Peanut Toffee Cookies.

Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses: An uplifting, beautiful story about never letting go of your dreams, the special magic of a family Christmas… and the rush of falling in love under the mistletoe.

Christmas by Accident: Will this Christmas deliver the miracle everyone is hoping for? Where love and Christmas are concerned, there are no accidents.

Christmas on the Island: One of our favorite authors Jenny Colgan helps you to travel to the beautiful northern edge of the world and join the welcoming community of Mure for a Highland Christmas you'll never forget! And warm up your kitchen with bonus recipes for the Little Beach Street Bakery’s seasonal shortbread, Lanark Blue Scones, and Black Buns.

We love our holiday book selection this year! Stop by and help us find you the perfect books for everyone on your list!



You Go Girl!

Did you know that today is “You Go, Girl” Day?

"You Go, Girl" Day celebrates women who break down gender barriers and stereotypes, and those who become the first of their gender to accomplish something in a field. More specifically, the day celebrates Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan, who became the first American woman to walk in space, in 1984. "You Go, Girl" Day is celebrated on the anniversary of her spacewalk.

So if you are female, today we celebrate YOU! As two girl boss entrepreneurs we love the thought of celebrating the accomplishments of women. Looking back 5 years we never would have imagined being where we are today.

So we decided to check our stacks of books and highlight some of our favorite books with Girls as the main character.

Stop by Whimsy on Main and snatch up any of the books highlighted below for 30% off!

(Thursday, October 11, 2018).

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You certainly can’t go wrong with Olivia, Fancy Nancy, Amelia Bedelia and Pinkalicious. We have several books starring these great characters.

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The Princess in Black series is a fun early chapter book series that with Princess Magnolia as the one who saves the day. Dory Fantasmagory is a hilarious book about the youngest sibling in a family who really just wants some attention and in the end she gets exactly what she has been looking for. The Second Hand Ranch series features four sisters, Natalie (12), Abby (10), and twins Emily and Grace (9) all do their part to help out and give each animal the second chance it deserves.

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Here are a few stand alone and a few series for upper elementary. Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who turns to troublemaking--and laughter--to cope with life's challenges. The Secret Destiny of Pixie Piper, is rich with, multigenerational characters and the real and powerful portrayal of grade-school friendships, with all their ups and downs. Oh, and the main character Pixie Piper is a descendant of Mother Goose!

The Girl with More than One Heart is the story of Briana who is forced by the loss of her favorite parent to see all that was once familiar with new eyes, Briana draws on her own imagination, originality, and tender loving heart to discover a surprising path through the storm.  Orphan Island is a National Book Award winner for a tale of nine children on an island with no adults. One day each year a boat comes and drops off a new child and takes the eldest away. A magical book that will leave you deep in thought.

If your middle grade reader has not read the Track series by Jason Reynolds they are missing out! Patina is the follow-up book to Ghost. Patina, or Patty, runs like a flash. She runs for many reasons—to escape the taunts from the kids at the fancy-schmancy new school she’s been sent to since she and her little sister had to stop living with their mom.

The Hoops series is written by WNBA MVP and Olympic gold medalist Elena Delle Donne’s. Elle of the Ball and Full Court Press are two great stories starring Elle a basketball player that is trying to play basketball and navigate all of the other obligations she has as a seventh grader.

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Just like Jackie is a story of a young girl and her grandfather. He is the only family she has and he is starting to forget things, sometimes even her name. She knows people can’t find out how bad her grandpa is getting so she is trying to keep them together no matter what. One Wish stars Tanya Fairchild, who may look like an ordinary twelve-year-old, but her life is anything but ordinary. After all, Tanya can see fairies. And real fairies are nothing like the ones in books.

Hallelujah Wonder wants to become one of the first female scientists of the nineteenth century and Wonder at the Edge of the World is her story. This is a perfect book for You Go, Girl day!

Invisible Emmie and Positively Izzy are two graphic novels for middle grade readers about all of the drama, angst and humor of middle school life.

The Backyard Horses series is all about fourth grader Ellie. Join Ellie and her quirky family in their exciting, horse-loving adventures.

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I have talked about how much I liked Sea Witch and the Apprentice Witch series in a previous post, both are great books for fantasy book lovers. Resistance is a newly released book by Jennifer Nielsen about Nazi occupied Poland and Chaya is determined to make a difference by joining a resistance cell that invades Nazi supplies.

Friday Barnes Girl Detective is also a series based on an 11 year old girl detective. This exciting mystery series is great for middle grade readers.

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If you are looking for a book for middle grade readers that focuses on social justice and digs a little deeper you will find that with Amal Unbound. A story of hope, courage and positive change. The Littlest Bigfoot is a tale of friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.

The Legend of the Animal Healer series is such a good one I just had to share it here. It is a series that a lot of kids have not discovered yet and they will love it. Set in an African Wildlife Reserve, this exciting adventure series is great for animal lovers, adventure readers and more.

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Chelsea Clinton challenges upper middle schoolers and beyond to Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going in It’s Your World. A great introduction to historical fiction for YA readers is Jody Hedlund’s An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice and For Love & Honor.

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And now for the ultimate inspiration we have a few books by athletes for you. Bethany Hamilton has a remarkable story and her newest book Be Unstoppable is her surfing journey and how she never gave up. Strong is a runner’s guide that will help you find the best version of yourself. Track and field champion Sanya Richards-Ross knows what it takes to achieve the impossible and she shares that in Right on Track. Sanya shares her advice and wisdom when it comes to chasing your dreams.

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We had to add some great memoirs and books that speak to us so here are a few great options. We all remember Candace Cameron Bure from Full House and now she has a book called Kind is the New Classy. It is a book that is all about empowering you to define yourself and not let society define you.

The Yellow Envelope is a memoir for all of the travel and adventure seekers. Join Kim and her husband on an unbelievable journey. We all know who the Pioneer Woman is and in her memoir The Pioneer Woman Black Heels and Tractor Wheels you really get to read all about where she came from and how she got to where she is today.

And I had to share the new release Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson. Reading is a gift and books are powerful. Book Girl will draw you into the life-giving journey of becoming a woman who reads and lives well.

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For a little more inspiration you can’t got wrong with Braving the Wilderness and You are a Badass. If you live in crazy town like I (Amy) do, Sara thought I needed the Get Your Sh*t together Journal. Not sure it will help me, but your might want to give it a shot. :)

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To round out the books I couldn’t finish without adding the life changing book 100 Days to Brave. Take just a few minutes every day for 100 days to get through this book. You won’t regret the little time it takes to start or end your day with this book. We are also adding all of our journals to this discount today. Your life is your story to write!


Spooky Books for October Reading

It is starting to cool off and chilly days make us want to curl up under a warm blanket and read. With October right around the corner, we decided it was a great time to have a Book Sale. The remainder of the month of September we are offering 30% off of ALL BOOKS that we have in stock at Whimsy (this excludes our books that we ordered in, for example: The Wonky Donkey).

We wanted to take some time to highlight a few great book options for kids and teens that are perfect for October.

For the little ones:

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A favorite from our library when our kids were little was the Five Little Pumpkins. Now we have a new option for you with Five Little Pumpkins Came Back. This rhyming board book is halloween fun that is not too spooky for your little one. Fancy Nancy: Nancy’s Ghostly Halloween is another great book for your Fancy Nancy fan. Don’t Push the Button! is a favorite book at Whimsy and now there is a Halloween edition with Don’t Push the Button! A Halloween Treat.

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Another favorite series for little ones is the “How to Catch a…” series. How to Catch a Monster helps you find out if you are brave enough to catch him? Parents and children will love sharing this fun and inventive picture book, which reminds us that things aren't always as scary as they seem.

Early Readers:

We have some great options for early readers in our I Can Read spinner.

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Level 1 and Level 2 books are great for beginning readers. We have some new titles and a couple of classics filled with humor and spookiness for the season.

Beginning Chapter Books:

The next step after early readers are beginning chapter books. We have a lot in the store but I wanted to share a few in the theme of Monsters, Magic and Halloween.

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All three of the above books are part of different series. A wonderful thing about a series is getting kids hooked on one and then they have a lot of options for future reading.

Middle and Upper Elementary Chapter Books:

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R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books are perfect for October spooky reading. We have two books from this series in stock at Whimsy. The Headless Ghost is the one of the newest books published in the Goosebumps series. Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo is another rather new book in the Goosebumps Slappyworld series. Two awesome picks for Halloween reading for middle elementary.

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Ghost story fans, if you have not read anything by Mary Downing Hahn, you are missing out. Mary Downing Hahn was a favorite author of kids when we were elementary librarians. Took and One for Sorrow and her newest published The Girl in the Locked Room are ghost stories that young readers who like a taste of scary stories will love.

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When I picked up A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but the story of a secret society of Babysitter’s that fight monsters and keep kids safe turned out to be a fun, entertaining read that I think kids will throughly enjoy. The second book, Beasts & Geeks, in this action packed adventure series was published this summer. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I am sure I will enjoy it just as much as the first book. This is not a series for girls just because it is Babysitter’s, boys will love this series, too.

Upper Elementary & Middle School:

I am including upper elementary in this set of books, too. Good readers will be able to read these books and the content is appropriate for both age levels. I don’t like to get caught up on reading levels. I believe that kids need to explore and discover books that they love to read. Sometimes this means that they will read below their level. If kids are reading, I think that is what we should focus on.

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This two book series of The Supernormal Sleuthing Service, The Lost Legacy and The Sphinx’s Secret is Monstrous Fun! Three kids and a hotel full of monsters will hook readers that love fantasy books.

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Bad Magic and Bad Luck are books 1 and 2 in a great magical series with danger, adventure, mischief, and mystery by Pseudonymous Bosch. What would it be like if all of your teachers were monsters? You think your school is scary? Check out Scary School by Derek the Ghost and Scott M. Fischer.

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The Storymakers series takes classic fairytales and gives them a few twists and turns for older kids. Spelled, Wanted and Banished are all about Fairytale survival.

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Here are a few more middle school random good reads for October. In the book Wizards of Once from the bestselling author Cressida Cowell of the How to Train Your Dragon series brings us a book where Wizards and Warriors collide. She has a second book in this series coming out in October. Charmed is the first book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series. Another fun book of fairy-tale fun. The House with a Clock in the Walls was just released in theaters, but we all know, the book is always better than the movie. This book has a magic, but also great themes of friendship and family. Sea Witch was just released this summer. I had the opportunity to read this before it was released and it was a very interesting read about the iconic Sea Witch from the Little Mermaid. This book kept me guessing until the end.

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The Apprentice Witch is magic and courage in the world of witches where one young witch flunks her assessment and thinks she is doomed. Newly release A Witch Alone is the second book in this series that offers more challenges for young witch Arianwyn. This is a great series for middle grade readers.

Young Adult:

Fantasy is my genre of choice and I love YA, even as an adult. Here are a few spooky, magical favorites for October.

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When I picked up this series, A New Darkness, The Dark Army and The Dark Assassin to read, I didn’t realize that there was a whole huge series (13 books) that happened before this 3 book series. It is a little different take on my usual witch as the good guy series. In this series, the witches are bad and the Spook has to protect the people from all different forms of evil. I didn’t need to read The Last Apprentice series first but I have gone back and started to read them now. A new series for a little bit older Harry Potter fans.

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Bestselling author Sally Green published The Smoke Thieves, an epic new fantasy series in May. A princess, a soldier, a hunter, a thief and a servant all have their lives collide over a stolen bottle of Dragon Smoke. This is on my to be read list and it has a sequel coming out in May 2019.

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When one girl’s best friend is her dead brother’s ghost, romance can be tricky. Invisible Ghosts is a little different twist on the spooky October theme. In this book, all Rose knows is that it’s becoming harder to choose between the boy who makes her feel alive and the brother she isn’t ready to lose. Teen Romance and Ghosts meet in this Summer 2018 release.

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And we couldn’t finish an October book suggestion list without including Harry Potter. If you have read the series and loved it, have you read the screenplays for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Fantastic Beasts? They are both definitely worth the read and the illustrated editions of the books that have been released are a perfect addition to your Harry Potter Collection. We also just got in the Scratch Magic Hidden Creatures Fantastic Beasts edition!

So hurry into Whimsy on Main Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 2018, for Huge Savings on Books. Get 30% off ALL BOOKS in stock!

Fall Subway Art Printable

Fall is getting closer here in South Dakota. We are still experiencing 80 degree weather, but the leaves are starting to change and Harvest is getting started.

We love decorating for Fall and we just added a few fall pieces to the store and we have more on the way. We just got some Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Sachets in yesterday and they smell amazing.

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In the picture above we created some fun Fall Subway Art to add to our decor. You can print your copy of this Subway art here. It is an 8X10 document that you will print on 8 1/2X11 paper and then trim down to fit into your 8X10 frame.

Don’t forget we have started our Fall Punchcard Promotion this week. You can start earning for some big savings between Black Friday and Christmas Eve. Stop in to start your punchcard today.

Happy Fall!

Where's Waldo Celebration

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Have you found Waldo in Milbank? You still have until 5:30 pm on July 30, 2018 to turn in your completed passports. Then join us on:

Tuesday, July 31st

at 1pm

for a Waldo Celebration

We will have refreshments, Waldo Games, and a Where's Waldo Photo Booth. We will also be drawing for all of our Where's Waldo Prizes!

So if you haven't found Waldo in Milbank, stop by Whimsy on Main to grab a passport and start searching.

Participating Businesses:

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Where's Waldo in Milbank

Join us for a great adventure and search for Waldo in Milbank!

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Stop by Whimsy on Main to pick up your passport and find your first Waldo. After we stamp your passport try to find Waldo in these participating businesses.

  • Whimsy on Main, Lewis Drug, Sew Crafty, Hartman's Family Foods, The Community Thrift Store, Linda's Fashions, Pizza Hut, Now & Then, Urban Threads, The Cheese Store, Speedway and The Flower Shoppe

Keep your eye out for more opportunities to win prizes by searching for Waldo throughout Milbank. All you will need to do is post a picture on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag @WhimsyonMain with the hashtag #whereswaldo to be entered for additional prizes.  We will start giving you clues on Social Media on Monday, July 16 on places to find Waldo.

When you fill your passport, return it to Whimsy for a chance to win prizes and join us on Tuesday, July 31st for a Where's Waldo Party. Stop by anytime that day for food, prizes, games and fun.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is approaching quickly and we have a list of fun, meaningful gifts available at Whimsy on Main. Here is a few ideas for you to make Mother's Day extra special this year.

We have a lot of different options of jewelry for Mom.

Mama Bear Necklace, Spinner Rings and Scout Necklace/Bracelets

Mama Bear Necklace, Spinner Rings and Scout Necklace/Bracelets

Pamper Mom this Mother's Day.

Hot-Pak, Foot Care Kit and Shower Bursts

Hot-Pak, Foot Care Kit and Shower Bursts

Farm themed mugs and Farmhouse soap, lotion and all-purpose spray

Farm themed mugs and Farmhouse soap, lotion and all-purpose spray

Books are always a great gift for mom. From cookbooks, mystery, romance and journals, we have a book for every taste.

Just a few of our newest cookbooks for every occasion.

Just a few of our newest cookbooks for every occasion.

New Releases just in at Whimsy.

New Releases just in at Whimsy.

Inspirational books for mom.

Inspirational books for mom.

Books for daughters to fit to their moms.

Books for daughters to fit to their moms.

A few more special treats for mom.

Go Vino shatterproof wine glasses are a great gift for the boat or patio. (We have beer glasses for mom, too :)

Go Vino shatterproof wine glasses are a great gift for the boat or patio. (We have beer glasses for mom, too :)

Beautiful matching journal, recipe box and weekly planner pad

Beautiful matching journal, recipe box and weekly planner pad

A fun new butter dish, meant to be left on the counter that is easy to clean and keeps your butter soft

A fun new butter dish, meant to be left on the counter that is easy to clean and keeps your butter soft

And don't forget consumables. We have a lot of fun dip mixes, breads and even a low calorie margarita mix to enjoy

And don't forget consumables. We have a lot of fun dip mixes, breads and even a low calorie margarita mix to enjoy

We have great gift options for Mother's Day. Stop by Whimsy on Main so we can help you find the perfect gift for mom.

Upcoming Events at Whimsy

We are so excited for our upcoming events at Whimsy on Main. We have a couple things coming in May and then the summer is filled with creative events for kids, teens and adults!

This post is just a listing of what is upcoming, all of the details of each event are still being finalized. We will keep adding more information as the events get closer. 

We were so lucky as kids to have access to all kinds of art supplies. From charcoal to oil pastels, we were able to explore with many different mediums and we want to bring that opportunity to you! Leave the mess for us to clean up and try something new in our creative space.

We also had access to lots of books and learned to love reading. We believe that everyone can be a reader, they just have to find the right books. So this summer we are focusing on some of our very favorites and we are adding elements of art, science and writing to encourage your kids to use their imaginations and fall in love with books!

One of the most exciting things we have going on this summer is taking our Kid's Theatre Company to the big stage! Our summer theatre production will be Snow White and we will be performing on the Milbank High School Theatre Stage. 

Pre-registration for our programs will be required so that we can have the appropriate amount of staff and supplies for each event. You can register online or stop by Whimsy on Main to register.

Upcoming Events

May:

10 - Mother’s Day Gift Making Event for kids

29 - Adult Book Club: Book Announcement coming soon!

June:

4, 5 & 7 - Magic Treehouse Camp

4-6 - Harry Potter Camp

9 - Snail Mail Revolution for kids

11 - Afternoons with Famous Artists

12 - Snail Mail Revolution Teens & Adults

14 - Father’s Day Gift Making Event for kids

21 -  Downtown Milbank Evening Event - Stay Tuned for more information on this event!

26 - Kids Art Show & Sale - Details coming soon!

27 - June B. Jones Birthday Party

27 - Afternoons with Famous Artists

28-29 - Selfies Art Workshop for kids

July:

9-12 - Snow White Kids Theatre

16 - Sew A Softie Workshop

18 - Afternoons with Famous Artists

19 - Where’s Waldo Party - Details coming soon!

25 - Afternoons with Famous Artists

31 - Kids Art Show & Sale - Details coming soon!

August:

16 - Downtown Milbank Crazy Days - This will be good old fashion crazy days fun!

 

Let us Fill Your Easter Baskets

Did you realize that we have everything you need to fill your Easter Baskets this year available to you at Whimsy on Main?

We are sharing some ideas in this post with you, but we have a lot more options in the store and we would love to help you fill your baskets!

For your younger children:

For girls: I Can Read Books ($3.99); Lil' Bitty Bunnies ($5.99); Star Sucker ($2.50); Magnetic Paper Dolls ($8.99); Invisible Ink ($5.50); Heart to Heart Stacking Crayons ($3.50); Donut Pad ($4.50); Cupcake Bath Bomb ($4.50); Charm It Charms ($6.00) Charm it Bracelet ($8.00)

For girls: I Can Read Books ($3.99); Lil' Bitty Bunnies ($5.99); Star Sucker ($2.50); Magnetic Paper Dolls ($8.99); Invisible Ink ($5.50); Heart to Heart Stacking Crayons ($3.50); Donut Pad ($4.50); Cupcake Bath Bomb ($4.50); Charm It Charms ($6.00) Charm it Bracelet ($8.00)

For Boys: Dino Grow Egg ($9.99); I Can Read Books ($3.99); Monster Pens ($6.50) Doddle Pad ($3.99); Dino Hand Puppet ($9.99); Dinosaur Plus Plus ($6.00); Fart Squad ($4.99); Invisible Ink ($5.50); Marvel Magnetic ($10.99)

For Boys: Dino Grow Egg ($9.99); I Can Read Books ($3.99); Monster Pens ($6.50) Doddle Pad ($3.99); Dino Hand Puppet ($9.99); Dinosaur Plus Plus ($6.00); Fart Squad ($4.99); Invisible Ink ($5.50); Marvel Magnetic ($10.99)

For your tweens:

For girls: Glitter Smens ($5.50), Presto Chango Crayons ($7.50); Doodle Pad ($3.99); Unicorn Sucker ($2.50); Be Bold Coloring Devotional ($9.99); Zotz ($.50); Girl Detective Book ($7.99); Pura Vida Bracelets ($6.00 each); Mini Journal ($1.25); Groovy Bomb ($7.00); Thinking Putty ($15.00)

For girls: Glitter Smens ($5.50), Presto Chango Crayons ($7.50); Doodle Pad ($3.99); Unicorn Sucker ($2.50); Be Bold Coloring Devotional ($9.99); Zotz ($.50); Girl Detective Book ($7.99); Pura Vida Bracelets ($6.00 each); Mini Journal ($1.25); Groovy Bomb ($7.00); Thinking Putty ($15.00)

For boys: Home Run ($6.99); Hero Rescue Mission ($7.99); Wheel Brightz ($14.99); Thinking Putty ($15.00); Mystery Bomb ($7.00); Baseball Double Bubble Gum ($1.50); Baseball LED Light Ball ($4.99); Pixy Stix ($.50); PopSockets ($9.99)

For boys: Home Run ($6.99); Hero Rescue Mission ($7.99); Wheel Brightz ($14.99); Thinking Putty ($15.00); Mystery Bomb ($7.00); Baseball Double Bubble Gum ($1.50); Baseball LED Light Ball ($4.99); Pixy Stix ($.50); PopSockets ($9.99)

For the teens:

For girls: Not If I Save You First ($18.99); Book Light ($3.95); Hair Ties ($8.50); Dream Necklace ($16.00); PopSockets ($9.99); Candle ($13.00); Phone Mirror ($9.99); Pura Vida Bracelets ($15.00 & $6.00); Lip Potion ($8.50); Mechanical Pencils ($5.50); Fairy Bomb ($7.00)

For girls: Not If I Save You First ($18.99); Book Light ($3.95); Hair Ties ($8.50); Dream Necklace ($16.00); PopSockets ($9.99); Candle ($13.00); Phone Mirror ($9.99); Pura Vida Bracelets ($15.00 & $6.00); Lip Potion ($8.50); Mechanical Pencils ($5.50); Fairy Bomb ($7.00)

For boys: Hooper ($17.99); PopSockets ($9.99); Man Lotion ($9.99); Baseball Gum ($.10); Handsome Beast Soap on A Rope ($7.00); Football Gum ($1.50); Lip Balm ($4.50); Dragon Bomb ($7.00)

For boys: Hooper ($17.99); PopSockets ($9.99); Man Lotion ($9.99); Baseball Gum ($.10); Handsome Beast Soap on A Rope ($7.00); Football Gum ($1.50); Lip Balm ($4.50); Dragon Bomb ($7.00)

We know from our customers that there are a lot of you that still do baskets for your older kids :) We think that is awesome and we have added a few ideas here.

For girls: Love & Other Train Wrecks ($17.99); Chocolates ($.62); How to be a Wildflower ($19.95); Scout Bracelet ($28.00); Prayer Box ($12.99); Candle ($11.00)

For girls: Love & Other Train Wrecks ($17.99); Chocolates ($.62); How to be a Wildflower ($19.95); Scout Bracelet ($28.00); Prayer Box ($12.99); Candle ($11.00)

For guys: Dammit Doll ($15.95); Body Wash ($17.50); The Final Race ($22.99); Qwixx ($12.75); Man Bar ($6.99)

For guys: Dammit Doll ($15.95); Body Wash ($17.50); The Final Race ($22.99); Qwixx ($12.75); Man Bar ($6.99)

And if everyone is coming home for Easter and you are looking for something fun to do as a family, we have a great new set of EXIT Games for you to solve.

Evening Entertainment: Exit Games ($14.99)

Evening Entertainment: Exit Games ($14.99)

We are open Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00p.m. We also have baskets available for purchase. See you soon at Whimsy on Main!

Super Bowl Sunday Entertaining

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and we have some great ideas at Whimsy on Main to make your Super Bowl Party a success! From appetizers to main dishes to dessert we have you covered. 

For quick and easy appetizers:

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  • Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip & Spread
  • Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salsa
  • Hatch Chile Bacon Ranch Dip (this is also a great spread on burgers and fish sandwiches)
  • Hot Pepper Berry Bacon Jam (pour this over cream cheese and serve with crackers)
  • Raspberry Honey Mustard & Pretzel Twists (another great option for burgers and steaks)
  • Artichoke Spinach Dip & Spread

We also have some easy cheese ball and dip recipes that will take minutes to mix up.

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  • Fiesta Ranchero Dip Mix
  • Tuscan Olive Cheese Ball & Dip Mix
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip Mix
  • Savory Crab Cheese Ball & Dip Mix
  • Roasted Red Pepper Spread
  • Maple Habanero Dip Mix

Don't forget to grab a beer (or any carbonated drink of choice) and mix up some Soberdough Bread to have with your chili or dips.

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Kick up your burgers with a few extras that your guests won't forget.

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  • Smoke Chipotle Burger Blend
  • Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olive Tapenade
  • Bacon Aioli

If you are in charge of the main dish for your party, here are a few recipes from Rothschild Farms that use Blueberry Chipotle Sauce or Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and Blackberry Chipotle Meatballs are two easy crockpot recipes that you can make early and enjoy watching the game with your family and friends.

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And of course we can't forget about a couple of sweet treats. It wouldn't be a party without chocolate and grab a box of Mini Vanilla Wafers or cut up some apples and enjoy Caramel Apple Dip.

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And we can't forget the party supplies. 

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Stop by Whimsy on Main this week and let us help you throw an amazing Super Bowl Party with very little stress and fabulous food! 

Holiday Menus

One of our favorite things about the holidays is sitting down to develop our menus for our different holiday gatherings. We love to find new recipes every year instead of always having the same menu.

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This year for one of our gatherings we are doing a fondue party. When we were kids, this was a holiday tradition but we have not done it for a very long time and our own kids have never experienced this fun tradition. We have been scouring our cookbooks at Whimsy to add to our menus. Here are a few ideas that we can't wait to try this year. 

Stop by Whimsy for some new cookbooks. Mention this post and receive 20% off of all cookbooks in the store.

In the cookbook Handwritten Recipes by Michael Popek there are some great breakfast recipes that we are going to try for Christmas morning brunch. The Peanut Butter Cereal Muffins and Universal Waffles from scratch look delicious. For our fondue party we are going to try the Simple Pound Cake recipe.

You can't go wrong with the classic Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book. We remember looking through this cook book at home and picking out cookie recipes to try at Christmastime. The Classic Spritz Cookie recipe is one of the best.

We have a new Holiday Cookies cookbook by Alice Medrich. The Bittersweet Decadence Cookies and Gooey Turtle Bars are on our sweet treats list this year.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks "A Year of Holidays" cookbook has an amazing Christmas section filled with sweets, main dishes and even Christmas Morning Brunch. We have favorite recipes from all of the Pioneer Woman Cookbooks. These cookbooks make great gifts for any of the Chefs and Bakers in your life.

Speaking of great gift books. Jenny Rosenstrach has two great gift books that are filled with wonderful recipes and stories. How to Celebrate Everything takes you through holidays and she shares traditions with you to create with your family and Dinner: A Love Story is a go-to cookbook in our house (especially the pizza) and it is a great read, too.

If you don't love to be in the kitchen and holiday entertaining does not sound fun to you at all, we have some easy options for you, too. We will share those with you tomorrow :)

Christmas Gift Ideas

We have a lot of people stop by Whimsy and they have no idea where to start on their gift list. We are happy to help you find the perfect gift. Here are a few ideas to get you started with your holiday shopping.

Don't forget gifts for the teachers, neighbors and hosts of your holiday gatherings. We have a lot of great ideas to fit all budgets.

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Food gifts are great for teachers, neighbors and hosts gifts. We have a lot of choices from dips to soups to drinks.

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Fun holiday paper products and yummy holiday scented candles make a great gift.

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State gifts are popular and we have a few things for both South Dakota and Minnesota.

We know men are hard to buy for so we found a few things that you can give to the men in your life.

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Great books for men just arrived today! Our husbands' love their OOOH Yeah! Socks and would like a pair for every day of the week. Men like to pamper themselves to and we have a great new line from Olivina Men and even if they don't like to admit it, our "Man Bomb" Gift Set is a perfect gift. For that outdoorsy guy, the Swamp Stick and Roadkill Stick are must haves to top off their gift.

For the person that needs to slow down this holiday season and enjoy a little time for themselves, Whimsy has great soaps, bath bombs, lotions, and more.

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Goat's Milk soap is a perfect gift, we also have goat's milk lotion. Pamper your tootsies kits with fuzzy socks are packaged up for a fun gift. We have a variety of candles for every mood, size and scent.

Remember your favorites girlfriends with a gift that fits their personality.

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Canvas bags, awesome wine glasses, fun socks, notebooks and books that will have you rolling on the floor laughing like only your friends can make you.

For the creative people in your life, we have journals, fun pens and pencils and adult coloring books that help them get out of the box.

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It is fun for our family to play new games every Christmas. We are always searching for fun new games that we have not tried before. Here are a few of the newest games that we have added to the shop this Christmas.

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Everything from new games to classic games are available at Whimsy. From Trivia games to dice games, we even have marbles. Teach your kids something new or grab your friends for some 80's and 90's Trivia.

We have heard a lot of moms and grandmas say that their teens are hard to buy for so they are just giving them money or gift cards. We have some great ideas to add to those gifts so they have a few things to open at Christmas.

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Boom Bowls amplify the sound of their iPod or phone without buying an expensive speaker. Nail kits, potpourri, fun socks, popsockets and more. Let us add a few fun things for the teens on your list.

Tweens are another category that are in that category of hard to buy for since they are getting past the toy phase and are not quite teenagers yet. We asked a few kids in the age group to show us some of their favorite things.

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You can't really go wrong with anything that has to do with Farts for boys, right?! Thinking Putty and Poppers have been a hit for kids of all ages.

Don't forget we can put together baskets for you of all sizes and prices to fit all of your gift giving needs. We offer free gift wrapping during the holiday season, too.

Countdown to Christmas: Christmas Book Countdown

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One of our favorite family traditions when my kids were little was our Christmas Countdown Books. Over the years we have accumulated a lot of Christmas books in our home library. Every Christmas we would add to our collection so there were new books every holiday season to read.

We have included some free number printables for you and the instructions, if you would like to add this tradition to your family.

Gather all of your holiday and Christmas picture books.

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They don't all have to be Christmas, they can be about snowmen or winter. Grab wrapping paper, tape, scissors, your books and print off the numbers.

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Wrap each of the books up separately and attach the numbers to each book. If you do not have a lot of books to choose from this year, you can always do this for the last 12 days or however many you have books for. 

We have some great options at Whimsy on Main to help you add to your Christmas book collection. You can find them in our store or you can browse through our books in our online store (Free Shipping or store pickup is available).

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We hope you love this holiday tradition and we are excited to share more ideas, traditions and recipes without as we Countdown to Christmas at Whimsy on Main!

Whimsy Wishes

We are excited to introduce a new service at Whimsy on Main called Whimsy Wishes.

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Whimsy Wishes is a delivery service that we are offering to help you send the perfect gift, even when you are too busy to shop. You can either stop by and pick out the gift of your choice or you can call, text or email us and have us put something together for you.

We will package your gift, attach a personalized note and deliver it for you (within the Milbank city limits). 

Whimsy Wishes will bring a smile to the recipient and can be used for Birthdays, Thank Yous, Anniversaries or Just Because!

Let us know how we can help you make someones day with a Whimsy Wishes delivery.

Call or Text: 605-949-2832 or 605-230-0477

E-mail: WhimsyMilbank@gmail.com

 

 

 

Dreams Do Come True

We knew that a move was in the near future for our shop, but it happened very quickly and we are starting to get settled in to our new space at 214 S. Main Street.

Last Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. we packed our final box, called a few college boys and started to move our inventory down Main Street to our new building. Unfortunately it was the coldest day of the year, but with great help we had our move complete at midnight, fed the boys pizza and pop and went to bed happy.

Our moving crew was awesome. Thanks Boys!

Our moving crew was awesome. Thanks Boys!

Monday at 9:00 a.m. we opened our doors in our new location. We have a little work to do, but welcome you to stop in and say hello. We are busy planning a trip to market to fill the new space up with unique products and replenishing our favorite products that sold out during the holidays.

We are busy preparing our event space for fun events that we are planning for 2017. We will be hosting books clubs for kids and adults (Amy has been waiting for years to host a Harry Potter book club). We will also have craft events, Make and Takes, Drop Off Date Nights and Themed Birthday Parties. Stay tuned for our Calendar of Events.

We are so excited to see you in our new space. Let us know what we can do to better serve our community.  

Teacher Gift Ideas

It is time to show some appreciation for all of the wonderful teachers that our children spend so much time with each day.

We have some ideas for all of your favorite teachers.

Food Gift Ideas:

  • Halladay's Harvest Barn Dips and Cheesecake Mix
  • Soberdough Brew Bread
  • Frontier Soup
  • Hot Pepper Berry Bacon Jam (this is a favorite of some of our favorite teachers)
  • Crockpot Simmer Sauce (to make suppertime easy for their family)

Classroom Fun Ideas:

  • Click Pens
  • Key and Badge Lanyard
  • Note Pals Sticky Tabs
  • Double Dip two sided markers
  • Sweet Stampers Highlighters

Gifts for fun:

  • Cup of Happy Mug
  • Adult Coloring Book and Colored Pencils or Gel Pens
  • It's the Little Things Book
  • Gratitude Journal
  • Menu and Shopping List Pad
  • Shower Bursts
  • Goat Milk Soap
  • Candles

Let us help you find the perfect gift or stop by for a gift card!