I was probably 7. I had the most amazing Christmas.


(apparently there was a 2 for 1 special on “bowl” cuts for most of my childhood…moving on…..;)

A huge chalkboard….it was real slate…just like our school had.. (handmade by my dad)…long pieces of chalk…untouched and ready for a full day of “school” play.


I remember a dish set that was stainless steel. I loved the sound it made…so real. There was also a “percolating” coffee maker that I could actually put water in and then it would bubble and look like coffee…and the water would stream out into the pot. It was the coolest thing in the world to me.

Hours upon hours of creative play. I would play school, kitchen, mommies (my name was always Samantha), vet, grocery….the list goes on…

Just play. There’s not an app for that ;)


What was your favorite childhood toy? Do tell….

Have a wonderful Sunday ;)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Photography by Doyle. Before digital…boy that Kodak Veri-color II film was sure great!!
    My favorite subjects were great too.

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