Toys on SahmReviews

Hamster Fun without the Mess (Giveaway)

Hamster Fun without the Mess (Giveaway)

Back in August, I had the opportunity to test and review Zhu Zhu Pets for MomSelect (BSM Media). The only thing better than getting to try out newfangled toys is actually getting to give them away. If you didn’t have a chance to read ...
No Hamster Droppings to Clean Up

No Hamster Droppings to Clean Up

I’ve been back from BlogHer for over a week and I am still trying to sift through all the business cards, literature, new blogs in my RSS and of course, the awesome swag. It was truly an amazing trip and I’m glad that I let DH t ...
Give a Pony to your Birthday Girl

Give a Pony to your Birthday Girl

When I was growing up, my brother collected baseball cards.  My parents would go to the local warehouse where you could get stuff for the concession stand at ball games (in the days before places like Sam’s Club) and buy him boxes of ...
Children Live There…and There…and There…

Children Live There…and There…and There…

Each year when the warm weather hits, our driveway starts to look like a scene out of CSI.  Multiple chalk outlines of various sizes of bodies.  And oddly surrounding it are flowers, suns, houses, bunny rabbits and bears.  Yes, children liv ...
When Writing on the Wall is Okay

When Writing on the Wall is Okay

One nice thing about moving back to Iowa is that we have basements here.  Bad thing – most of them are unfinished.  My uncle ‘finished’ a room in their basement for when his grand kids are over.  I’m using the word & ...
Music to my Ears: Can We Play Barbies?

Music to my Ears: Can We Play Barbies?

I started to see double or triple… actually more. Plastered in just about every sales ad last weekend – from the ToysRUs ad to the grocery store ad – was Barbie.  Donning a 2009 version of the same swimsuit she wore when s ...
It’s a Small Word, After All

It’s a Small Word, After All

I don’t recall when it was, but back in my younger days, I used to bet people $5 that they couldn’t find the states on the back of a $5 bill.  I even gave them a chance to look it over before accepting the bet.  More often than ...
Where the Worlds of Diego and Risk Collide

Where the Worlds of Diego and Risk Collide

About two years ago, I went through a “Risk” phase.  I played Risk-style games online against players from all over the world.  The site that I frequented utilized several different maps, not just the standard world map like the ...
Have a Gun and Not Afraid to Use It.

Have a Gun and Not Afraid to Use It.

Back in 1993 while I was working at our family business, a fancy new game came out where FOUR people could play simultaneously inside the same game on a networked system.  It was a new concept in gaming – the first time players could ...
Have a Holly (and Hal-ly) Jolly Christmas

Have a Holly (and Hal-ly) Jolly Christmas

It’s amazing the things kids learn. Like any parent, I’ve been harping constantly about “Don’t leave the lights on or you’ll burn them out.” and “Don’t forget to turn off the water all the way ...