Archive for June, 2010

What Did You do for Father’s Day?

father's day at coppinsgifts.comFather’s Day is a day to celebrate Dad.  But it’s also a day to honor all men that have acted as a father figure in our lives— from stepfathers to uncles to grandfathers to “big brothers.”  We want to hear what you did with your special Dad last Sunday.  Did you take him out to dinner?  Or did you go on a special fishing trip?  We want to know!

Here’s what a few of us did with the Dads in our lives.

  • One thoughtful wife made an awesome breakfast for her husband.  With the help of the kids, she made a delicious French toast casserole.  (Who says casseroles have to be bad?!)  She also whipped up some orange julius drinks.  (She said all you need to do is get a cup of half-and-half, a cup of orange juice, and put it in a blender with about 8 ice cubes.)
  • A group of clever kids made their dad a crown out of card stock covered in aluminum foil. They cut out letters that read “King Dad” and stuck them on the front.  Their dad wore the crown all day and felt like royalty!
  • Did you miss Father’s Day?  Well, it’s never too late to get your dad one of the beautiful family-inspired figurines from Willow Tree!

So leave us a comment!  We want to hear what you did for your special Dad on his special day.  It’ll keep us all inspired for next year.


4th of July Food Fun bald eagle treats

Independence Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about those barbeque parties!  Your kids will probably want to get involved in some way.  We have a great treat idea that they’ll love making.  They’ll also learn a thing or two about one of our country’s greatest creatures.
(There’s some melted chocolate involved, so parents will need to help!)

Bald Eagle Treats
This recipe makes six treats.


  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • six large marshmallows
  • finely shredded coconut
  • Oreo cookies
  • six cashews
  • black decorator’s gel


  • Melt the white chocolate chips according to the directions on the package.
  • For each treat, drop a marshmallow into the melted chocolate.  Make sure it’s covered well.
  • Roll the chocolate covered marshmallow in the coconut.  Leave one of the ends uncovered (this will act as the base).
  • Immediately place the marshmallow (coconut-free side down) on the Oreo cookie.
  • Let it set for a bit, then use a toothpick to make a hole in the front of the marshmallow.  Insert the cashew to act as the beak.
  • Use the gel to make two black eyes on the face.

Growing Up… Townsend Style: A Great Mom Blog!

Here at, we like to post about some of our favorite blogs.  Well, Growing Up… Townsend Style just makes us smile.  Chantel writes about her adventures as a 20-something mom with three kids in Wisconsin.  She says that she lives in a town where “everything closes at 5 or close to it.”  Maybe that’s why she likes Coppins Gifts— we never close!

townshend style

Chantel’s got an amazingly positive view on everything in her life.  Whether her kids are doing well in school or crying straight through the night— she manages to write about it in a way that’s simply delightful.  She almost makes us want to move to her little Wisconsin town and see what all the fuss is about!  (Almost!)

She posts kid book ideas, writing tips, and generally awesome accounts of her life.  We especially like the Winnie the Pooh quote on her blog header:  “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”


Plasmacar: Magic

PlasmacarYour kids will think it’s magic.  And, for all we know, it probably is!  The Plasmacar is a cool little vehicle that runs almost solely on kid power.  (Okay, it gets a little help from inertia, gravity, centrifugal force, and friction.)  It’s ridiculously simple to operate.  All it needs is a driver and a smooth, flat surface.  Then your child is in for hours of fun.

Actually, you can ride it, too.  It’s adult-friendly.  It can hold up to 220 pounds.  So you don’ thave to let you kid have all the fun.  Just remember to share!

It’s very safe, too.  It’s engineered to be completely safe when used appropriately.  The Plasmacar is such an ideal toy that you’ll believe it’s magic, too.  It’s virtually silent— you won’t hear any motors.  All you’ll hear is the wheels (and the occasional giggle from your child).  It will provide your child with a good amount of exercise, too.

If you’re not convinced, check out this video of the Plasmacar in action.


Recycled Beach Crafts

beachOne of our favorite places to be in the summertime is the beach!  There’s just something about the sand, surf, and sunshine.  We’re sure you love playing in the sand with your kids, so we thought we’d share a fun beach craft with you.  It’s a great way to save some money on beach toys and help mother nature out in the process!

Homemade Beach Scoopers
All you need for this fun little beach craft is:

  • An empty 2-liter bottle
  • Scissors
  • Puff paint (you can get this at any craft store)


  • Remove the label from the bottle.
  • Cut the bottle in half.
  • Decorate with the puff paints.

This leaves you with two different beach toys.  The bottom of the bottle makes a great beach scoop.  It’s also perfect for making sand castles!  The top half is great for funneling water out.  It makes building moats around your sandcastles really easy.

When everyone is finished with the scoops, make sure you clean them out and recycle them.