May 19, 2010

Bilibo...A Very Versitile (and Unusual) Toy

I was recently given the opportunity to visit CSN Store's website and pick out just about anything I wanted to review for you.  Once I saw the Bilibo, I knew I had found something worth blogging about.
You know how very often, your kids have more fun playing with the box a toy came in than the actual toy?  In many ways, the box is better because in order to play with it, your kids need to use their imagination to define what the box is, what it does, and how to play with it.  The Bilibo is very similar in my mind.  At first sight, it's not obvious what it is or how a child might play with it.  But that's the beauty of it.  It can become so many different things for different children.  All four of my kids like to play with it and they range in age from 1 to almost 9.

Just a couple things my kids like to do with their Bilibo.

My son was pretending to be Darth Vader, but I think he looks more like this guy from The Return of the Jedi.  If any of you actually know this character's name, you are a big nerd I'll be really impressed.

The Bilibo comes in 6 bright colors and sells on CSN Stores website for $28.99 and right now, this item ships for FREE!  The recommended age is 2-7 but a one year old can have a lot of fun with supervision.   Enjoy!

May 8, 2010

Hercules Hooks Put To The Test

As usual, this post is long overdue.  I've decided that if I'm going to keep writing this blog (which I LOVE to do) I've got to stop feeling guilty about not posting as often as I think I should, and just go with the flow, letting the posts come as they may.  If that means I only post once every week or two, so be it.  I promise I'll do my best to make reading them worth your while! :)

So, as promised, I'm reviewing the "As Seen On TV" Hercules Hook.  In my teaser post, I revealed that I have a phobia about putting holes in my walls.  I'm so scared that if I hang something on the wall, I'll hate it and then I'll have an unsightly hole left behind.  As a result of this fear, most of the walls in my home are bare.  Case in's my living room... kitchen...

...above the piano...

...and even my bedroom. 
 Sad, I know.  My photographer friend has chastised me severely.

Just to prove I'm not a total lost cause, here are a couple pics of the kids that I hung in the stairwell using Hercules Hooks.  
Good for me!!!

So instead of using Hercules Hooks to cover my bare walls with an amazing display of decorating prowess, I decided to venture out to the garage where no one will care if I leave a few gaping holes behind.

To test the claim that the Hercules Hook can hold an incredible amount of weight without tearing through drywall, I pushed two hooks into the wall about 6 inches apart, and hung a bag I bought on clearance at Target for $8.  Nice.

...then,I started filling it with my free weights (and, yes, I actually use them so don't mess with me:).

The hooks held 49.5 pounds with no problem.  Impressive!  I thought I'd leave the bag for a few hours to see, if over time, the dry wall would give a little.

The result...
There was a slight give in the dry wall above both hooks, but I attribute that to the fact that I yanked pretty hard on the bag, just to see what would happen.   In my opinion, they held up really well.

I would definitely trust these hooks to hold up the heaviest picture, mirror, or anything else you decide to hang on your walls, as long as you use two or more for anything over 40 lbs to distribute the weight, as recommended.

I bought my Hercules Hooks at an "As Seen On TV" store in the mall and paid $12.99 for 20 hooks.   Amazon sells a 20 pack with a handy little laser marker for $12.86, not a bad deal.  They are also available at Bed Bath and Beyond for $14.99.  Whatever you do, don't order them from the "As Seen On TV" website.  Their price is higher and their shipping costs are pretty steep. 

Maybe someday, after much professional counseling, I'll get up the courage to use Hercules Hooks to adorn my empty, pathetic walls.  In the mean time, I'd like to wish you all a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!  Now go eat some chocolate.
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