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Throwback Thursday: The Cardboard Box



My 18 month birthday is coming up in less than 2 weeks and I just realized that I've never really spoken much about what it's really like to be me. What it's like growing up in a household of big people. I'm the baby of the family with an 8 year difference between me and my youngest brother. Why mommy, why? Do you know what that means? In a few years I'll be the only one living at home and I'll only have grumpy mommy and daddy to talk to.

Ok I'm not liking that picture at all. I guess that I'm going to have to cause major mayhem before they all disappear so they will always remember me. Can they even forget me? I'm not that forgettable am I? I really don't think so.



Well before you my loyal readers forget about me I'm going to use Thursdays as my Throwback Thursday so what can you expect? You can expect a photo or a video of me and a little story of what I was doing at that time, how old I was and maybe through that you might get to know me a little better. What do you think of that? I think that's awesome, actually it's epically awesome!

I didn't realize how hard this would be when I started this because guess what? Mommy has lots, and I mean LOTS of photos of me. Funny because she only has a handful of herself. I guess mommy likes being behind and not in front of the camera.

Anyway I think I found the perfect picture for today.


I rather play with an empty box

Not sure how many of you saw that famous picture of me having my foot stuck in a box but I stopped trying to get my foot out to watch TV. Well surely that wasn't the beginning of my love of empty boxes and I'm sure it wouldn't be the end. I was 13 months old when this photo was taken. What was I doing? Using my imagination of course. Maybe I was thinking of shipping myself off to somewhere exotic. 

Did you know that the Cardboard Box was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2005? And here mommy was thinking that the toy that came in the box was better, when this cardboard box is in fact a toy and way better in my opinion. 

When I'm in my box I can be anyone or anything. I can let my imagination run wild, after all I've been told that us little kids don't get to use our imagination that much anymore because of all the technology that we have surrounding us. So what better way to pretend than in a box. The box can be my Ferrari that I'm going to own one day, or even my castle and I'm the princess. A toddler can dream right? 

So let your toddler build their creativity and let their imagination run wild. Don't throw that box away the next time you get one. Let your little ones use it and let their imaginations soar. After all why would you throw out a Hall of Fame Toy?


Annmarie John
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  1. I love this idea! I can't wait to read more and more stories of the things you've done and the mischief you have gotten into! I love getting to know more about you!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I can't wait to share them with you. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. The trouble is, even when you get into trouble, you are so cute, not sure how Mom can ever be mad at you!

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    1. Mommy says only strangers say that about me. Wait until you get to know the real me. :) ♥ Madison

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  3. My kids love boxes too, Madison! So cute. :)

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    1. Then your kids are playing with Hall of Fame toys just like me. :) ♥ Madison

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  4. Madison, I am 27 years old and I still find magic in cardboard boxes!

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    1. The magic never dies I was told. I wonder if I'll still be playing when I'm 27. I think so. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. Oh, the uses of a cardboard box. Wait until mom and dad buy a big appliance, you can turn that sucker into your dream house!

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    1. Oh Courtney I can't wait for that! I will definitely be in heaven then. :) ♥ Madison

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  6. Too funny that it is considered a toy. Thats what they usually play with.

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    1. I know mommy and I were surprised that it was considered a toy as well. We thrown away so much Hall of Fame toys over the past few weeks. If only we had known. :) ♥ Madison

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  7. Congratulations Madison! I have nominated you for the liebster award! (I love your blog) to accept please visit http://myminimeandi.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-liebster-award.html

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    1. Thank you Chantal. We're truly honored that we're considered one of your favorite blogs to read. :) ♥ Madison

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  8. Madison,

    I'm so happy to meet you...you had me at Throwback Thursday.

    You're simply adorable in your famous cardboard box!

    Say hi to your Mommy and Daddy for me, and your siblings too.

    Thanks for sharing your life with the world.

    Big hugs,
    Blaze

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    1. Thank you for visiting Blaz. I will most certainly tell everyone you said 'Hi" :) ♥ Madison

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  9. Neat idea with Throwback Thursday. Boxes are awesome! Brady once made one into a "boat" and he and I had to paddle through shark infested waters. How fun!

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    1. ooooh that sounds exciting. My brothers and I have torn open a box before and slid down the stairs. We pretended that we were sliding down on a sled and it was snowing. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. Who knew? The cardboard box is really a Hall of Fame Toy! You learn something new everyday, Madison...thanks for teaching me something today. I think imagination is one of the greatest gifts parents can instill in their children. Your mommy is treating you right! Hope you have a happy, dreamy day!

    ~Lorelai

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    1. Thank you Lorelai. Yeah we didn't know either and I really enjoy playing with my boxes too. Today has been a good day but no boxes for me but I'll definitely have one tomorrow. :) ♥ Madison

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  11. You are adorable, did you know that!? I love your thoughts.
    My kids have a few cardboard boxes. One is a boat, one is a spaceship and another is an airplane. Good times to be had.

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    1. Thank you Tamara. Those sure looks like good fun times. I love the idea of a spaceship. Oh the places I can go. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. You are so right! Boxes are the best! Why spend oodles of money on toys, when you can play in a box and dream you're in a boat, train, castle or car all at the same time? Have fun!

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    1. Yes boxes are so much fun and inexpensive too. You really can't go wrong with a box. :) ♥ Madison

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  13. Half the time when my kids get a new toy they play with the box more than the toy. We always joke we're just going to get them a box next time.

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    1. I'm sure they would enjoy that box just as much and wouldn't mind you getting them a box. You can even decorate it and make it extra special. :) ♥ Madison

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  14. We love card bored boxes here. Emma is still small enough to fit in the baby wipe box :) of Kitties love boxes to and Emma try to box them up and keep them in there lol

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    1. Lucky Emma. I'm too big now to fit in the baby wipes box but I can still fit in a diaper box. Seems like Emma and I have a lot in common. I box up my Kitty as well and drag her around in it. I think Kitty enjoys it as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  15. This was such a cute post! My son is 18 months old, and he loves cardboard boxes! My hubby jokes saying that we should just get him boxes and tupperware for toys instead of expensive "kid approved" toys. :)

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    1. Those are the best toys. The inexpensive ones. I know your son would enjoy it. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. Ahhh the many uses of the cardboard box! I'm glad you have fun Madison!

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    1. Ahh yes. The cardboard box is by far one of the greatest "toy" ever invented. :) ♥ Madison

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  17. Hahah I just thought of doing throwback thursdays too. haha Madison, you are so adorable I swear! :)

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    1. Hi Danielle we would love it if you did. We would so love to see and read all about it. :) ♥ Madison

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    1. I do too Katy. Nothing like being in a box I say. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. Boxes are the best! As a kid I loved when we would get a huge box. They can be so many things!

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    1. I know but mommy usually throw them out because she says we're making a mess with them. :) ♥ Madison

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  20. Both of my kids love boxes, oftentimes more than the toy that was in it :) Too cute!

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    1. The toys aren't that interesting until they're out of the box but boxes are much more fun. :) ♥ Madison

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  21. Boxes are awesome - we used to build entire "cardboard cities"!


    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    www.theroadtodomestication.com

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    1. I can't wait to build a city. I just know it will be fun. :) ♥ Madison

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  22. I like you box, Madison. I made a cave out of a box for my 2 yr old great-nephew the other day. He had fun with it. Now that he is back home with his mommy my kitty cat enjoys playing in the box.

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    1. My Kitty enjoys being in my boxes too. I try and keep her in there but sometimes she tries to run away. :) ♥ Madison

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  23. Cardboard boxes - the toy for kids and cats worldwide! Isn't it funny how the box is often better than the toys?!?

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    1. It really is Krista. It's one of the cheapest toy available as well and it doesn't matter if you're rich or poor it can be enjoyed anywhere. :) ♥ Madison

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  24. Thanks for sharing this post I also share with you some tip hope you like. Where to find packing material?? There are bags of peanut type packing material, bubble wrap, and soft tissue type plastic wrap found at most shipping stores. If you have some time, I would suggest asking around at office supply stores or federal shipping institutions because they are usually a good resource to be had.. I found a resource at a wood furniture place that just recycles the packing material so they just give it to me cause they do not want it anyway... Be creative: I used the packing material that came with the shoes I bought to keep two items safe in transit.. As long as you use enough packing material to keep the item snug in the center of the package during the trip everything should arrive intact..
    Used Packaging Boxes

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  25. This is so cute! The cardboard box is a great idea to let JR play with! You just gave me an idea! Thanks for sharing this one at Countdown in Style too!

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  26. My son's first two Christmases he spent more time playing with the boxes than the toys. Cardboard boxes are great! Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don't forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!

    ~~April~~
    100lbCountdown.com

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