Experts Agree: Top 4 Ideas to Remember for a Very Special Halloween

There are actually people who are experts on helping people plan for halloween.  For example, selecting the right costume, adding extras and doing the final touches that make your halloween experience very special.  Mangelsen’s has a department loaded with experts.  So talk to them about halloween.  And remember these 4 very simple tips:

1. Be Creative

Creativity lies within each one of us. If we just give ourselves time to get inspired by our everyday lives, we are capable of amazing things! Ideas can be gathered anywhere from your favorite TV show (Duck Dynasty, Breaking Bad) to a character from history (Cleopatra) or even an ordinary, yet somewhat hilarious commercial (The ‘Hump Day’ camel seems to be pretty popular). The biggest thing to remember is to forget boundaries and let your imagination soar. Take a walk through our aisles at Mangelsen’s (5 though 9 are amazing!) and let your sense of fun and adventure be your guide. Continue reading


Summer Time is for the Kids!

Summer means playing outside – getting dirty – finding bugs – making forts – riding bikes – swimming until dark – art camps – growing a garden – sport camps – family vacation…

And inevitably you hear – “I’m Bored!”

Here are some suggestions to beat the summer-time boredom – when the kids just can’t play outside another minute (or it is just too hot to play outside). Continue reading


Mother’s Day Gifts & Traditions

I love Willow Tree figurines. As I look at my collection, I see my life.  Getting married, expecting our first child (and then our second and third), friendships, pets – not to mention love between sisters, father/daughter, mother/son, grandparents, etc. These figurines without faces always capture the moment for me – they are subtle and simple, and I love them.  If you are ever in need of a gift – wedding, baby shower, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Anniversary, Thinking of You, Get Well, Thank You – you will find something that speaks to you in the Willow Tree collection. (I haven’t even mentioned the Angels or the Nativity figurines.) If you’re interested in looking at one of Omaha’s best collections of Willow Tree figurines, stop into Mangelsen’s – they are located near the Christmas Traditions Department – and are available year-round. Continue reading

May Day

May Day is upon us – May 1st is the day when we make cute little baskets or cups and fill them with popcorn or candy (or flowers) and leave them on our neighbor’s doorsteps. Tradition is that one must sneak up, leave the basket, ring the bell and run… if caught, there is a kiss involved. Continue reading