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  • Posted on April 17, 2014 by Yvette Falkner

    Traveling with kids, no matter near or far, you have to have the right components for an easy commute! In our situation Grandma and Grandpa live in California. We decided to take the kids on their first visit to see Grandma and Grandpa's house by plane instead of their usual visit to Wisconsin in our home. Plus, a great excuse to visit the beach! These are the items I purchased to help with the day of travel. They all dramatically helped making our plane rides a breeze!


    For Mom:
    1. Ipad // On our longer flight of 4 hours this was a lifesaver. I was able to watch a movie and relax while the kids took a nap. 

    For the Kids:
    2. Elmo App for Iphone/Ipad // I also have many apps for the kids to play on the Ipad, including an amazing App called Elmo calls. He calls you and once you answer it shows you in a video chat with Elmo.

    3. Jeep Organizer Backpack // This backpack has been a lifesaver. Keeps sippy cups upright in the side pockets and doesn’t take up room lugging your wipe container since that is also accessible off to the side. An amazing backpack for an active Mom!

    4. Carters Cheetah Blanket // My daughter does not go anywhere without her blankie. We now own 3 so we can sneak one or 2 in the washer at a time.

    5. Rocker Dora Explorer Doll // My daughter loves Dora! The doll not only sings but says several phrases in English and Spanish. My daughter loves to dance to her music and played with her hair clip the majority of our shorter flight.

    6. Gate Check Cover // This kept both car seats (including my daughters brand new car seat) from getting ruined since we did check them. The bag itself was very dirty after traveling however both car seats were in perfect condition.

    7. LeapFrog LeapPad 2 // An absolute must for a 4 year old! This has educational games, music, a camera and a video camera all in one. Is easy touch screen and comes with a stylus pen as well.

    8. Graco LiteRider // Now that my daughter is in her “big girl” car seat it was time to find a smaller, more compact stroller. Absolutely love how this stoller handles and still has a basket and cup holders that are handy while shopping.


    This post was posted in Mom Moments, Mom Must-Haves

  • Posted on April 11, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Swing for the fence with a baseball themed party and you are sure to hit it out of the park! Our Batter Up! Baseball party supplies are perfect for a baby shower in honor of the team's greatest fan; a birthday party for your little all star; or an everyday party for the whole team.

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    1. Custom Baseball Favor Boxes // With a classic uniform stripe and a baseball-themed pattern along the sides and on the inside, our classic favor boxes are a great way to hand out party favors to all of your guests.

    2. Sport Drink Bottle Wraps // Hide the unsightly labels of you beverages with custom bottle wraps and you will easily have a perfectly themed and coordinated party display.

    3. Personalized Cookies // You are going to score big points with these custom cookie toppers! Designed to match our Batter Up! Baseball party theme, we will personalize them for free. Just frost the top of your favorite cookie and place on top for an easy custom party treat. HOSTESS TIP: You can even use store-bought cookies - your secret is safe with us.

    4. DIY Treat Topper Tags // Our custom die-cut tags have unlimited uses. We chose to add them to the top of popcorn bags, then tucked them into coordinating candy boxes. Your guests can enjoy their treat at the party or take it home for later.

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    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Do It Yourself Ideas, Inspiration Board and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Baseball Party Supplies

  • Posted on April 8, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Our newest sports party supplies are ready for the big leagues - with Batter Up Baseball, GOAAAL! Soccer, Nothin' But Net Basketball and End Zone Football, we have got you covered. From baby showers that honor Mommy-To-Be and her favorite sport to birthday parties for you favorite all star, and backyard grill outs to everyday team celebrations, there is a sports party theme to suit your needs. Make it all match with the entire theme or mix it up with coordinating chevron party supplies. Either way, you will have a party that keeps it going into the homestretch.

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    This classic baseball theme is great for all of your celebrations, including summer picnics and team events. Hostess Hero Tip: Add some of our chevron party supplies to coordinate your team colors.

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    Whether you are celebrating Mommy's Little Kicker before he or she makes her appearance, or honoring your little one's favorite game with a soccer themed birthday party, our soccer party supplies are going to set your celebration apart from all of the rest.

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    Keep the ball in play with basketball party supplies. From March Madness to high school ball, and even to the littlest ballers, Nothin' But Net - Basketball party theme will make sure your party isn't sidelined.

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    Grab your party playbook and get your team ready to celebrate with our football party supplies. Easily host a baby shower for a superfan Mommy-To-Be or a co-ed baby shower. End Zone - Football party theme is also great for birthdays, Super Bowl parties and college football celebrations. Mix it up with our chevron party supplies in your favorite team colors to show your team spirit.

    These are a few of our favorite ways to make your sports party YOU-nique. With yellow and pink chevron, we made a classic basketball theme coordinate with the Mommy-To-Be's favorite colors. And, lastly, we created a soccer party for a little girl who wanted to celebrate her favorite sport but also wanted birthday party decorations that had her favorite color, purple.

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    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Decorating Ideas, Everyday Parties and was tagged with All Star Sports Party Ideas, Baby Shower Decorations, Birthday Party Decorations, Everyday Party Ideas, Baseball Party Supplies, Football Party Supplies, Soccer Party Supplies, Basketball Party Supplies

  • Posted on April 7, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    We keep our cool as we try to guide these young minds to be caring, compassionate people, knowing right from wrong. But sometimes these little independent people get the best of us.

    What's your Mom Moment? Tell us below in the comments and it may be featured as one of our favorites.

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  • Posted on April 3, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    Every stage of your children brings new joys and challenges. I am loving the one year old stage with my son. He gives big kisses (wet sloppy ones), holds my hand when he walks (melts my heart), says hi to everyone (in his sweet little voice), and sings (more like a hum) to his music books. Along with all of his new milestones come new challenges.  As a new parent I am always learning new things about parenthood and finding out what works for my son. Even through the hard times my husband and I are enjoying every minute of being parents and love going on new adventures with our son.

    These are few of my son’s favorite things and must-haves for moms with a one year old. Don’t forget to get something new for yourself; you deserve a little something extra after reaching the one year mark (checkout number 1 and 9).

    Must Haves For One Year Old Children and Moms

    1. Better Life Bags // I was so ready for a new diaper bag after lugging our current one around for a year. After a year you don't need to carry as much stuff with you, so I wanted something smaller that was easy to carry.

    2. Nuk Learner Cup // My son hated so many of the popular sippy cups that my friends were using. There is quite the selection of sippy cups at stores and it can be overwhelming trying to find the right one. One day while looking at all the options at Target the Nuk Learner Cup caught my eye and it has been a lifesaver. My son loves the soft nip and handles, and we are officially bottle free after finding these gems.

    3. Munchkin Snack Catcher // Perfect for afternoon snacks and when you are on the go.  Your little one is able to enjoy their snack and hold it by themselves.

    4. Little Tikes Ball Drop and Roll // My son is in a phase where he loves balls, a typical boy. Anything with a ball is his new favorite toy. We have several toys with a similar concept like this including a basketball hoop and he loves dropping the ball through the hoop.

    5. Melissa & Doug Jumbo Know Puzzles // One of my son's favorite things to do is walk around with the puzzles pieces and bang them together like he is playing the symbols. He also likes trying to put the pieces in the puzzle.

    6. Fisher Price Flip Books // Books are a must-have for one year olds. My son’s favorite playtime activity is reading books. He loves books that have little flips where you can see pictures under them. Peek-a-boo is one of his favorite games, so it doesn't surprise me that he loves flip books. I also enjoy lots of snuggle time with him while we look at his books.

    7. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Let's Sing // Some of his other favorite books are the ones that are sing-a-longs. He even kind of sings to them - its more like a hum, but it's so cute.

    8. Fisher Price Corn Popper // Every child needs to have the classic corn popper or something to push around. My son loves dragging this around the house and the noises it makes.

    9. Luca Jewery Nameplate Bracelet // This is the perfect Mother's Day gift, I am going to start dropping hints to my hubby that I want a bracelet or necklace with my son's name and birth date. I would love wearing a piece of jewelry that my represents my son because in a way he would always be with me during the day.

    I hope you enjoyed my must-haves and find them helpful. I would love to hear from other moms about their must-haves, and tips and tricks they have learned a long the way.

    Meet A Big Dot Mom: Steph


    This post was posted in Mom Moments, Mom Must-Haves and was tagged with Mom Must-Haves

  • Posted on March 31, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

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  • Posted on March 28, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

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    Turn your party space into the wild wood with Mr. Foxy Fox party theme and party supplies in coordinating colors. The wild wood color scheme is perfect for baby showers or birthday parties.

    1. Chevron Gray Plates // Gray chevron will bring out the birch wood pattern of the Mr. Foxy Fox theme. Set your table with this fun chevron tableware and you will quickly have a base for all of your other personalized fox-themed decorations.

    2. White Sixlets // Your candy buffet will have a clean and modern look when you use White Sixlets to fill some of your clear containers. This white party candy gives a perfect background to the fox party supplies. Add a personalized tag and some pretty ribbon to all of your candy jars for a quick candy display.

    3. Black Striped Straws // Give your guests a fun way to sip their beverages with these adorable paper straws. Grouped in a jar, they will add interest to your buffet table.

    4. Yellow Lollipops // Finish off your buffet table with a selection of yummy lemon yellow lollipops. The yellow will accent the acorn in the Mr. Foxy Fox theme and give you the extra pop of color that will the pull the entire theme together.

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    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Fox Party Ideas, Perfect Party Color Trends

  • Posted on March 26, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Party Decoration Ideas: Personalized Centerpiece Kits #BigDot #HappyDot #Spring
    Our personalized centerpiece kits come with 1 large centerpiece that can be used as a long, accordion-folded centerpiece or turned into a cube; 2 scalloped circles & stands; and 36 confetti pieces, 24 round and 12 scalloped - Enough to get your craft on for a YOU-nique party!

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    With so many pieces that can be used for more than just resting in the middle of a table, personalized centerpiece kits will keep your party decoration budget in check. This is just a few ways these kits have been used to make parties YOU-nique.

    1. Dress Up Your Buffet Table Signs // Simply print out the names of your treats (Get creative - clever names will entertain your guests while they wait in line for their turn at the snack table), cut and attach to a folded piece of craft paper. Add a scalloped circle or a round circle from the table confetti and you will have a sign that is dressed to impress.

    2. Perfectly Paired Beverages // Use a hole punch to convert round table confetti pieces into tags, then tie them to the necks of beverage bottles.

    3. Themed Napkin Sets // Use the same hole punch to create a tag from the scalloped table confetti pieces, then tie around folded napkins with twine or ribbon for a fun addition to each placesetting.

    4. Placesettings That Pop // Centerpiece kits include two scalloped circles that are personalized with your special message. Add them to the tables at the center or at the placesettings of extra-special guests.

    5. Effortless Buffet Table Decorations // Add the large, accordion-folded centerpiece to your buffet table for a great backdrop. Or fold it into a cube for a different look (Order two and have one at each end).

    Whichever DIY decoration idea you choose, this is a personalized centerpiece kit that can't be beat! One kit will do the trick, but multiple kits will give you the tools you need to create numerous party favors and themed decorations. How will you use your personalized centerpiece kit? Tell us bellow in the comments!

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    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Do It Yourself Ideas and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Party Planning Tips, Baby Shower Tableware, Birthday Party Decorations, DIY Party Ideas, Froggy Frog Party Ideas

  • Posted on March 21, 2014 by Randi McMorran

    Customer Moments with Randi #BigDot #HappyDot

    Happy Friday!! We are having a fantastic day here at Big Dot creating all sorts of unique parties. I had the chance to help with one of the most interesting baby showers earlier today. This Mommy-to-be was planning a joint baby shower for her and her sister! Not only was it exciting that they both were pregnant at the same time, she recently found out that her sister was having twins!!

    So with three babies on the way now, they had to get the baby shower planning started. Each sister wanted to share this special day with their sister, but it was also very important that they each had what they wanted for the shower. They wanted two different cakes, they wanted to play separate games and each wanted a different theme! She wanted a theme that was new and unique, while her sister really wanted something traditional. She loved our new Mr. Foxy Fox theme, but wanted a theme that either combined their two styles or two themes that could work together. I could see that she really wanted Mr. Foxy Fox, so we began looking for a classic baby shower theme that would coordinate. We found one! The A is for Alphabet theme was perfect! It was traditional, it had similar colors to the Mr. Foxy Fox and her sister had mentioned she liked the alphabet theme idea. I helped her pick out some solid colored decorations in yellow and teal to bring the themes together so they looked like they belonged together. It was perfect and both sisters got what they wanted!

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    There is a solution to any party planning problems. Sometimes you just need a little guidance. Don't be afraid to ask! That's why we're! We love to help you plan and they don't call us Expert Experts for nothing. : )

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    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Customer Moments and was tagged with Real Parties, A is for Alphabet Party Ideas, Twins Party Ideas, Fox Party Ideas

  • Posted on March 17, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    The air is warmer, the sun is a little brighter and the flowers are starting to peek out of their hibernation. It's time to find your favorite pair of flip flops and celebrate summer with Butterfly and Flowers party theme. The bright colors are perfect for summer baby showers and birthday parties. Accent this theme with yellow, pink and purple for sunshiney-bright party decor.

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    Fill your space with the brightness of summer when you use:

    1. Butterfly & Flowers Party Plates // These paper party plates are a great way to bring the whole theme to your event - all while staying within budget and keeping clean-up a breeze. Butterfly & Flowers plates are larger than most other plates and look stunning on your party tables.

    2. Purple & White Balloon Kits // Nothing fills a room with cheery bright colors faster than a few balloon bouquets. This set of 16 balloons will help you bring some dimension to your party space.

    3. Yellow Sticklettes // Give your guests a sweet treat when you fill plastic party cups with yellow sticklettes. Add a Butterfly & Flowers cupcake wrapper and you have a party favor that everyone will love!

    4. Pink Striped Straws // Perk up your beverages with some pink party straws for instant summer fun. From pink lemonade to iced tea, these party straws are a party must-have.

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    This post was posted in Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Bridal Shower and was tagged with Baby Shower Decorations, Birthday Party Decorations, Bridal Shower Decorations, Everyday Party Ideas, Butterfly and Flower Party Ideas, Perfect Party Color Trends, Bridal Showers

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