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2014 Painted Pumpkin Contest at Pufferbellies starts October 13!

2013 winner of the Pufferbellies Painted Pumpkin Contest

2013 winner of the Pufferbellies Painted Pumpkin Contest

We want to fill the windows at Pufferbellies with works of pumpkin-y art! Bring your painted pumpkins to the store starting Monday, October 13 through Thursday, October 23 and we will display them in our front windows.

The final chance to vote will be the evening of the 24th at our Halloween Hullabaloo.

The pumpkin that gets the most votes will be named the champion, and the person who painted it will receive a $50 Pufferbellies gift card, $50 worth of free gelato from The Split Banana, Co. and bragging rights ’til next year’s contest!

We will also offer voting on Facebook! The pumpkin with the most Facebook votes will receive a $25 Pufferbellies gift card and $25 worth of Split Banana gift certificates.

The winner will be announced on October 25, and you will be able to pick up your pumpkins any time between the 27th and Halloween (so they can decorate your porch for the holiday).

Group or family entries are welcome.

Please limit your pumpkin to a maximum of 12″ tall, and be sure it is uncarved. Any style of paint or decoration is permitted, as long as the pumpkin is not cut. Pumpkins that have been cut or carved will NOT be accepted, because they will rot in the heat of the window. 🙂 


Ice Queen Dress from A Wish Come True

I am really, really excited about this dress!

I love A Wish Come True’s dress-ups — they’re made in the USA out of the most deluxe materials, with lots of sequins and sparkles. Here in Staunton we have a world-famous Shakespeare theater (the American Shakespeare Center) and one of the costumers there (who happens to shop at our store), once told us how wonderfully made this line of dress-ups is. That is a big compliment from a professional costumer!

A Wish Come True Elsa dress

Shop for the Ice Queen dress on our website.

Video: Make a paper-plate snake with Do-A-Dot markers

Shop for Do-A-Dot markers on our website.

Make a PlushCraft change purse at Pufferbellies

plushcraft change purse

Hi, local friends! We are hosting a special event on August 7. Kids ages 5+ can drop in to make a PlushCraft change purse with us between 2 and 4PM. The cost is $2.50 per child and tickets are limited, so please click here to register.

Lulujo swaddling blankets are at Pufferbellies – whoop whoop!

The Canadian brand Lulujo has been making incredibly soft, super cuddly cotton and bamboo muslin swaddling blankets since 2009 — but they weren’t readily available in the States. UNTIL NOW. We are so excited to be one of the first stores in the US to carry Lulujo swaddlers and muslin security blankets.

You can get all snuggly with them here in the store (we have samples of both the cotton and bamboo out to feel), or you can shop right here on our website.

The great thing about Lulujo muslin blankets is that even if you don’t use them for swaddling, there are about a million other uses. Tummy time blanket, changing mat, stroller cover, nursing cover, security blanket, on and on. And they really do get softer with every wash, even though that sounds like a cheesy marketing slogan.

Lulujo muslin blankets on display at Pufferbellies Toys and Books in Staunton, Virginia

Lulujo muslin blankets on display at Pufferbellies Toys and Books in Staunton, Virginia

#hellostaunton Instagram contest

We are working on a project. Something BIG. Something SECRET. We will be able to tell you alllll about it soon, but in the meantime, we need your help!

Our project involves things that are quintessentially STAUNTON. What are the best, most iconic parts of our little town, especially for kids? If you had friends coming into town with their children, where would you take them? What would you show them? We want to know!

Share your photos with us on Instagram and you could win a $25 gift card to Pufferbellies! 

You must tag us (@pufferbellies) and include the hashtag #hellostaunton. We’ll collect photos until July 25, and choose a winner then.

Private profiles: If your profile is private, we can’t see your pictures even when you tag us! Please send your entries to us in a private Instagram message.

You can enter as many times as you choose; just don’t forget to tag @pufferbellies and #hellostaunton.

One winner will be chosen by the staff of Pufferbellies Toys & Books to receive a $25 Pufferbellies gift card. The gift card may be redeemed in our store or on our website.

We can’t wait to see your #hellostaunton pictures!

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Snowball fight at the toy store

We don’t get a lot of snow here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. We can count on about one big snowfall per year, usually after Christmas, and sure enough — it showed up this week. We got about 16 inches of snow here at the store and it was beautiful.

Snow outside Pufferbellies in Staunton Virginia

Belle the giraffe was up to her neck in snow

We never close Pufferbellies for bad weather unless the power’s out, but there aren’t usually a lot of customers when it’s snowing — so we invited the neighborhood over for a snowball fight and some hot chocolate from The Split Banana. We had a great time and even got a little attention from the local paper.

Snowball fight outside Pufferbellies in Staunton Virginia

Snowball fight

It turned what’s usually a pokey kind of day into a lot of fun. I’m almost wishing it would snow some more so we can do it again! Almost.

Snowball fight outside Pufferbellies toy store in Staunton Virginia

Playing in traffic! Don’t tell mom.