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19 Oct '13

Introducing Mojo, Moogly, and Snorfy

Posted by Kari Spikkeland in Brimful Favorites

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These British-desgined lovies are simply gorgeous! If they could talk, I'm pretty sure they'd enthusiastically express how excited they are to make their US debut!!

Brimful is thrilled to welcome Mojo MonkeyMoogly Lion, and Snorfy Giraffe to the shop! They are wonderfully soft, cuddly, and dressed oh so smartly in their knitted jumpers and scarves. They're 10" tall, just the perfect size to be toted around and snuggled! All three are suitable from birth upwards. 

To celebrate Mojo Monky, Moogly Lion, and Snorfy Giraffe's debut, all orders placed by October 21st will be 10% off when you use the code "CHEERS!". 

Have a wonderful weekend!



15 Oct '13

What Really Matters

Posted by Annie Messing

There are many wonderful, rewarding aspects of running an online business. As a mother, I appreciate the fact that I can work from home and still be present with my three children. I am grateful that technology allows me the ease of doing online marketing for Brimful from my smart phone, while sitting in the pick-up lane at school! I really am doing exactly what I want to be doing, when I want to do it. 

What really matters to me is that by becoming a customer at Brimful, you walk away with products that deepen your family experience. The gifts you purchase for your little ones or for someone else's children will enrich their lives.


My entire parenting journey has taken place on military bases. Friends for short periods of time, movings vans, new schools, deployments...this is the bread and butter of life in the military. Last night, a sweet neighbor's husband came home after being gone for a year. Above is a snapshot of their reunion at the airport. I'm not ashamed to say I've shed tears of gratefulness that he's home safe! That my friend doesn't have to fall asleep worried anymore...that her husband, her daughter's father, her best friend is HOME...oh, thank God! 
Friends, let us do everything in life to help preserve the family unit. Whatever shape or size "family" may look like in your life, let's just work hard to make it special, make it loving, and to make it last.


10 Oct '13

What's the Big Deal with Wooden Blocks?

Posted by Kari Spikkeland

These days I'm up to my knees in legos, but it wasn't too long ago that wooden blocks ruled the living room!

From the time my children were able to stack one block upon the other, I've laid on the floor with each child building, creating, and of course, knocking down.

Over the span of many many months, those simple 2 and 3 block "towers" morphed into castle walls with watch turrets, skyscrapers, brick walls for cars to crash through, landing strips for airplanes, and even soup for hungry dolls. Blocks are a wonderful developmental toy for little ones because it encourages open, multi-functional playtime. 

My children's first set of blocks was a gift and I loved that colorful set (and I openly wish legos were as stylish!). 

When we received our shipment of blocks for Brimful, I was instantly transported back to those times I spent on the floor with my older two children...stacking and building to our heart's content.

The three wooden block sets we offer here at Brimful are heirloom-quality toys, made in Germany. Annie and I carefully chose each set to highlight different skill sets (e.g. sorting shapes, hand-eye coordination, and color recognition). These kinds of speciality blocks are definitely an investment, but I can promise you that the wholesome hours of play and imaginative creations your little ones build is well worth it. 






07 Oct '13

Corn Chowder with Shrimp

Posted by Annie Messing in Recipes

For several years now, this chowder recipe has been a favorite fall soup for my family.

I learned to make it when we lived in New England...and especially this time of year, when there's a deepening chill in the evening air, spoonfuls of thick corn chowder really hit the spot. Enjoy!

Corn Chowder with Shrimp (serves 12)

1 cup butter
2 cups chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
2 cans creamed corn + 2 bags of frozen corn (total amount of corn should be 60 oz.)
2 cups milk
2-3 tsp. salt 
1 tsp tarragon
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. onion salt
1 lb. cooked shrimp (tails removed)

Cream sauce: 2 Tbsp. butter, 2 Tbsp. flour, 1 cup milk

Directions: In a large stock pot, saute celery and onion in butter. Add all other ingredients except the frozen corn. In another saucepan, make the cream sauce by melting the butter until it is bubbling. Keeping the heat low, add in flour, then the milk. When sauce has thickened, add in frozen corn and mix well. Pour contents of saucepan into the stock pot and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add half and half to taste.

04 Oct '13

Happy Friday!!

Posted by Kari Spikkeland in Happy Friday

Life was full to the brim this week and I'm looking forward to a (fingers crossed!) relaxing weekend.

I'm sure you are too! 

Here's a peek at a few things I'll be checking out in my free time this weekend:

Have a great weekend!!

Kari & crew