I have just finished a new Squidoo Page titled – iCarly Dolls, Toys and More and I am still taken back by HUGE amount of merchandise available surrounding this TV show on Nickelodeon. Now my kids are big fans of the show and so am I – yes I must admit that I really laugh every time I watch it. Kids just love the shows cast Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), Jennette McCurdy (Sam), Nathan Kress (Freddy) and Jerry Trainor (Spencer) – they are what makes the show so great – oh and of course some very good writers. I was inspired to make this page when I saw the new iCarly Fashion Switch Dolls and it snowballed from there. If you are or have an iCarly Fan living in your home – you do not want to miss this. I think I have covered what I think are the HOTTEST sellers.
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I have to say that when I heard the news that Ellen DeGeneres was taking over Paula Abdul’s seat on American Idol Season 9 I was very excited. I am personally a big fan of Ellen’s and have been for so many years. There are lot of people who are not as excited wondering what will she bring to the show being she does not have a music industry background. There are a lot of good points being made from both sides. I just think she will give the show a fresh feel, bring some humor and a well needed change. I am was not crazy about Kara DioGuardi being brought on last year and I am not a huge fan of hers. For some reason she annoys me – I think it is her mannerisms. I thought having her and Paula was overkill and not needed.
So will having Ellen be overkill as well? Nah. I think she will bring the perspective of the everyday person who buys the music. She will be our voices and look at judging as we would if we were in that seat. Even though she does not have a music industry background per say – she knows a lot about it. I also think it is great PR for the show – I think she will bring in a new audience and a lot of her followers that maybe did not follow American Idol before.
Well I guess this will be a wait and see kinda thing for those who are unsure. The new season will air January 2010 and I think there will be a lot of people tuning in to see how this will all turn out. I will tune in because I never miss American Idol and I am excited to see Ellen and how she will handle Simon. My prediction – This year is going to be one of the best yet.
Stop by my Squidoo page – American Idol Season9 and take a poll about what you think of Ellen as the new judge. So goodbye Paula you will be missed – but something tells me she will appear in some way on the show as well.
Hasbro has done it again and they just came out with a brand new line on Littlest Pet Shop Toys called LPSO’s which stands for Littlest Pet Shop Online. They are a Littlest Pet Shop Plush Pet that comes with a secret code that gets entered online to bring your new pet into a virtual world full of fun and games for the kids. There is lots to do from caring for your pet, shopping, playing mini games, chatting safety with friends and so much more. Most parents like myself asked the question – Are these the same thing as The Littlest Pet Shop VIP’s? The answer is NO. Although they are very similar they are two completely different games. To play LPSO you need to purchase The Littlest Pet Shop Online Pet and the same goes for the Vip’s you must buy The littlest Pet Shop VIP Pet. It is just like buying a new video game – they both have lots of great features and games for the kids to play, but they are not the same.
So parents when your child asks for one of these on their Christmas List this year be sure that you are buying the correct one. It will say what they are on the LOGO on the package and look like this:
To learn all about them you can check out my Information Page:
You can also visit my Ultimate Shopping Guide:
So my daughter sees a commercial for these Zhu Zhu Pets which are battery operated Hamsters that are suppose to be life like. Of course she is already begging to have them, but I told her she would have to wait until Christmas. So I looked them up to see exactly what they were and what they did. So I did what I do best and I wrote about them to help other parents learn all about them. You can see my page here: Zhu Zhu Pets. They are very similar to the FurReal Friends Pet line in the way that they come alive with movement, sounds and by touch.
The thing that I really like about these Hamsters is that my daughter has wanted a real one for some time now and it is just not possible in a house of 6 cats. My cats would end up hurting a live hamster and how devastating would that be to her? This may just fit the bill for now. I also like how they will move freely and play in their habitat of toys you can purchase to go along with them. But the best part really is no cage cleaning or funky Hamster smells to deal with.
There are a lot of playsets to go with them like Tunnels, Slides, Hamster Balls and more. So you can build a great place for them to play and add on pieces just like you could with a real Hamster Habitat. These are just being released now under the name Zhu Zhu Pets where as I believe they were once called Go Go Pets. I think with the advertising and the hype being out out there they will no doubt be a Hot Toy for 2009 Holiday Shopping.
There was a time when everyone had to have a Webkinz from Ganz – well all the kids at least. I am wondering if the hype is now starting to fade away. I just updated one of my many Squidoo pages about all the New and Upcoming Webkinz and as I was doing that I wondered. Even though Ganz is still releasing new Webkinz Plush and other products its seems to me that things have slowed down in sales. Two years ago these virtual pets were one of the hottest toys on the market and I know first and being my daughter was all about them. Even my party business took off with my Webkinz Birthday Party Theme I created called the Webfriendz Party Package. The party package is still available, but sales for that have slowed as well. I have seen a jump in sales for my Webkinz Party Favors – KrispyKinz which are the Chocolate Covered Rice Krispy Treats that resemble Webkinz Animals, but my thoughts are Webkinz may soon fade out.
There have been many attempts on other products from Ganz like the Webkinz Trading Cards, Webkinz Figurines, Webkinz Mouse Pads, Webkinz School Supplies, Webkinz Carriers and Purses, Webkinz Christmas Ornaments, Webkinz Beauty Line, Kinz Clothing, Webkinz Charms, Outfits for the Webkinz and more. I think all of those have also faded out now and never really took off in my opinion. I think the kids just wanted the plush that they could play with online.
It has been awhile since I have looked at all the new Webkinz and some of the new ones are very adorable, but somewhere along the line I got lost in the over production of merchandise that came out all at once. I have a feeling as a parent I am not the only one. I think it became very hard for the kids to keep up on them all and most seemed to lose interest. Maybe I am wrong, but I have seen it up close with my own child and those around me. I will be curious though to see how they fare through the 2009 Holiday Season and if they will stay a Hot item or slowly fade into our memories. I guess every good thing must come to an end at some point. I just also wonder what the next big toy craze will be and what my kids will be begging for next.
I will keep all my Squidoo Webkinz Pages fresh as possible – I am working on cleaning them up now. Just to note: My daughter still plays with her Webkinz, but the plush and rarely goes online to play the games. A complete switch from what it was in the beginning- go figure. Maybe I am completely wrong, but it just had me thinking – so I thought I would blog.
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So like I said I was doing some cleaning of my Squidoo Lenses and I turned my focus to all my Littlest Pet Shop Pages. I have 3 of them: Littlest Pet Shop Toys and Gifts where you can find all the latest in Littlest Pet Shop Pets, Games, Bedding, Crafts, Books, Playsets and more. My daughter is a big fan of these and I have to say so am I – I really love the little Bobble Head Pets. The hardest thing for me to deal with is how to keep up with them all – there are so many of then and they are constantly making new ones. I did post some great handbooks that allow you to mark off the Littlest Pet Shop Pets you have. I think that is a great ideas for the fans.
Then one of my most popular pages is on the Littlest Pet Shop VIPs – these are the plush that comes with a code you can enter online and bring your pet to life in an online virtual world. Now I must say this one took the longest to clean up and it truly is now your Ultimate Guide to Littlest Pet Shop VIP Pets. There is nothing else out there like it. I have added all the current and new Littlest Pet Shop VIPs on. I was also very surprised to find so many I had never seen before. MY daughter has two of these guys and loves them – she just got a cat a couple of weeks ago. New to me are the Littlest Pet Shop Surprise Pets, Littlest Pet Shop BFF’s and Friends. So if you are shopping for a VIP then you must stop by my page to see all of the choices available to you.
Now of course I also have a Littlest Pet Shop Birthday Party Page as well. Where of course you will find everything you need to pull off this party theme. So if a party is in your future and Littlest Pet Shop is the theme then stop by and see all the goods.
So I think I am done updating for the day – it is Sunday and I should really be relaxing. This is the problem with working from home – your work is always here and it is so easy to just get online and go. Maybe I need to set some hours for myself? I will have to think about that one.