Yearly Archives: 2013

A World First:  Sushi Corn Dogs!

A World First: Sushi Corn Dogs!

I think we mentioned before about how we got our kids to enjoy eating fish (well, salmon) very early in life by calling it “orange chicken”.  Since they love Chinese food it was an easy sell.  Fortunately now that they’re ...
Thoughts on Men’s Beauty Products

Thoughts on Men’s Beauty Products

As we’ve gotten older, we’ve come to the realization that there is nothing wrong with purchasing things that make us happy. Things that work FOR us, make us feel better, make our lives easier. A few years ago, DH tried out facia ...

HIGHLIGHTS: ChiTAG 2013 (Laser Pegs)

New to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair this year was a personal favorite of ours, Laser Pegs. We have enjoyed giving these as gifts this year to friends and family and they have a wonderful price point.  Priced very closely to other buildin ...

Rock the Headphones

I remember the days when headphones looked like the ear protection that the workers on the tarmac at the airport wear. Then gradually over time, they got smaller and thinner. The Walkman was the first one I remember coming with super-thin, ...
Using M&M’s to Win an XBox One?

Using M&M’s to Win an XBox One?

As the world knows, the XBox One is out and getting very good reviews.  Their launch went without any major issues and is sure to be under many trees this Christmas.  At $500 I don’t plan on being an early adopter this time, but I sur ...
New Meaning to Super Mario Brothers 3D

New Meaning to Super Mario Brothers 3D

My daughters love playing together but their personalities are completely the opposite. One likes video games and all things electronic. The other likes singing, dancing and imaginative play. K’NEX merged their worlds with the Super M ...
Forget Your Makeup? It’s Okay!

Forget Your Makeup? It’s Okay!

Picture this: 4 am on Saturday. We were finishing getting ready for a trip to Chicago for the Chicago Toy and Game Fair.  We needed to be there by 7:30 and the drive is like 3 hours.I wasn’t worried. The night before, I had charged al ...
Hungry to Catch Fire and Inspire

Hungry to Catch Fire and Inspire

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you’re already aware that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters this weekend. I’ve seen plenty of previews and think the movie looks fantastic but don’t have it on my agend ...
No Helmet Required With Video Games

No Helmet Required With Video Games

Video game footage or a live action shot?  Look closely.  If you guessed video game, you’re WRONG!  But you can’t be faulted, today’s video games are so realistic it is nearly impossible to tell the two apart.  Here’ ...
Top 40 Music That’s Safe for All

Top 40 Music That’s Safe for All

What’s a parent to do when their 9-going-on-14 daughter wants to be a pop star?  Besides pray?  Today’s pop music sure isn’t what it was when I was their age and I’m sure my parents said the same thing about what I l ...