Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tooth Fairy Tiptoes

When I was little, I loved  mysterious nighttime visits from the Sandman and of course, from the Tooth Fairy also. We have our own secret set of Tooth Fairy Traditions. Everyone has their own twist. This is ours.

The Tooth Fairy only exchanges teeth for special coins IF the tooth is clean and shiny. She uses the shiny whites to build big castles up in the clouds and can only use the brightest whites! In exchange, she leaves SPECIAL coins, but she never leaves regular money that is used in everyday life. She gives half dollars and the special gold dollar coins.


gold dollar coins 
instead of common money 
to make it more magical
I think she stocked up on a couple rolls to save for those enchanting visits in the dark.

Our Tooth Fairy also leaves a gold magic dust, trailing behind her. The boys know when she has fluttered from their pillows because gold shimmers are sprinkled on their beds.


gold dollar coins and magic fairy dust

The boys have a special pillow that is reserved for these rare nights.  It is handmade from HoityToityBaby.  Nicole is so kind and her blog showcases all the current tot trends and celebrity baby fun. 


At just the right moment, when the house is dark and still, our Tooth Fairy tiptoes in to leave treasures.


And the boys wake up, wide eyed in the morning to find this under their pillows!

Those are the little traditions we have for the Tooth Fairy in our home. But I confess, our Fairy makes me look like a VERY BAD Mama. She sometimes gets stuck in a storm and doesn't show up, and she is constantly forgetting. She may just leave some extra magic dust if she is late as a token of apology.



Alright, spill it.
I want to hear all your Tooth Fairy secrets.



Childhood is the world of miracles and magic...
-
EUGENE IONESCO

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24 comments:

Michelle said...

Our tooth fairy used to be so good when my kids were little. Now that they are older she seems to forget more often than I'd like!

I used to do glitter and gold coins when my oldest was little but sadly it has turned into whatever I have on hand. Maybe a trip to the bank for a roll of gold coins is in order!

Kelly Sellers said...

this is so creative. i always just got regular money & there was very little 'magic' involved. i'm totally stealing this, though i'll have to bookmark it for several years as my little lady hasn't yet completed her FIRST set of teeth. ha.

thanks for sharing! :)

Jane said...

What a wonderful tradition! Your boys must be thrilled when they awake to fairy dust and gold coins. It's magical!

These are memories your sons will carry with them in their hearts...and likely continue with their own families, one day. They are truly fortunate young men to have you and Chris for parents.

This is one idea I MUST share with our sons and DILs...
Hugs,
Jane

Teresa said...

Such a lovely idea...

Tooth Fairy used to leave signs leading them to the money (or if caught unprepared, to the gifts that had to be made while they slept ;))...

I'm stealing this idea for Nanna Fairy when I have grandkids as one bunch's father removed brackets 3 years ago and the other bunch's mother will put braces tomorrow... so Tooth Fairy will be away for some years from our home.

But kids loved the traditions so much that the eldest helped with the Fairy for the younger and was seriously disapointed when she'd no longer receive the visit.

Blondie's Journal said...

You make everything so magical!! I still have my children's teeth in a special little box. Unfortunately, I also added the dog's puppy teeth and I can't ell the difference now!! lol!

Keep up the great Mothering!!

XO,
Jane

Jill said...

Our tooth fairy left 50 cent pieces & sprinkled glitter in our daughter's hair - she would leave notes begging for the glitter!!!

Kelly said...

The tooth fairy has been known to trade shark teeth for little boy teeth in our house. My oldest is shark crazy and he thinks it's a wonderful trade. You're so smart to get a whole roll of coins at a time and I love the glitter idea.

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Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com said...

I'm not at this stage yet, but I love the idea of making it extra special and magical!

I loved Kelly's idea of trading the teeth for shark teeth!! :)

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com

Cassie said...

Oh my gosh this is so creative and magical!

Kelly said...

We have a special pillow too! When Javi was about to lose his first tooth, I helped him make the pillow out of felt and embroidery thread. It's his special pillow that only he can use. He puts the tooth in the pocket and wakes up to find money (always in different forms, as we use this as a teachable moment for counting and money literacy).

When Bella's ready, she'll get to make her own pillow.

But what I want to know is: What do y'all do with the little teeth?! Javi already found all of his. I told him the Tooth Fairy brings them when she's done with them. Do I eventually just throw them out?

cmkoepp said...

ok you'll love this.... Justin is at that age where all his friends tell him whats what...but I have managed to keep the mystery alive so well that he just isn't sure. He recently lost a tooth and thought he would "prove" that the tooth fairy was real. He hid his tooth in his room...somewhere a grown up wouldnt know about. He left her a note and put that under his pillow. Requesting she wake him so that he could be reassured. Well as you can imagine he woke up quite disappointed. So we sat on the couch and worked it through.. told him he must have made it too difficult. No one likes to be doubted..we talked about the bible..how we shouldnt test God. We just have to believe and trust. We cant "see" Him, cant touch him...we just have to have faith He is there...here in our hearts. I dont test his love for me... I just believe and trust... If you believe in something...you just have to believe in it no matter what others say. A whole lot of people dont believe in God. hey say He isnt real...but He is to me.... that night he left his tooth on the kitchen table, under a glass with a note that read... "sorry, I believe"

Kristin said...

I just LOVE that idea! Mind if I steal it for the dude? : )

sarahgrace said...

Well, our tooth fairy is often running behind here as well, and one morning our oldest informed Dad that she hadn't come, and so Dad said, "I'll give here a call on her cell and remind her," and our oldest said, "The tooth fairy has a cell phone!!???" HAha... :-) As usual, you have some fantastic ideas!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

That little tooth pillow is brilliant!! I love it :)

. said...

i loooooove this whimsical post!!!!!!

Karie @ The HoB said...

Love the gold shimmers! I have totally forgotten to have the Tooth Fairy Visit, one time it took a week! I felt like a horrible mom but in the end my son was happy with his 3 gold dollar coins!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Super cute! The tooth fairy has many excuses at our house too!

megan said...

wow, such cute ideas!!

Jenny said...

So cute! I could never do glitter dust, because the mess would make me insane. LOL!

My daughter just lost her 2nd tooth yesterday and sadly by the time it was bedtime, the tooth fairy forgot!

She woke up this morning saying the tooth fairy didn't come. She was in my room looking to see if she came there by accident and then she returned to her room to find that the tooth fairy had been there while she was away.

LOL! That was a close one. Our tooth fairy was pretty sneaky this morning!

Stephanie said...

That is such a fun idea! It makes losing a tooth that much more fun! Where did you get the gold dust?

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I love this! I am featuring it on my blog right now! Thanks for sharing!

B Nix said...

The last time the tooth fury came to visit, my daughter left a friendship bracelet and the tooth fairy left a note thanking her for all the strong white teeth and tellin her to keep up w/ it....especially when she gets her braces.

Ana Shepard said...

Unfortunately, the Tooth Fairy doesn't always show up in a timely manner at our house, either. We figured it out though-seems that the Fairy doesn't work weekends! Any tooth lost from Friday to Saturday doesn't get a visit until the next working day, so, Monday, usually. Tooth Fairy doesn't set the alarm, and like her sleep on weekend days. She needs rest, too. Lol. Cute, cute ideas. She leaves fancy, hand-written (she has super-swirly hand-writing), glittery notes, rolled and tied with very fancy ribbon. They smell really nice, too. Sometimes she leaves money, sometimes 'diamonds', or other special things. Tonight she's leaving the fairy jar from above.....can'r wait!

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