Busy week for mail over here at Casa de Dummies.
Which is good (I like getting mail) and bad because I’m not good about making choices.
Yeah, I’m the chick who gets the sampler every time we go to a new restaurant just because I can’t narrow it down to one single thing.
It’s a sickness.
Since I haven’t gotten time to thoroughly test out everything in my things-I’m-reviewing cue yet (lengthy post about certain exercise equipment that I may or may not be willing to use forthcoming), this decision wasn’t super hard.
So, super cool Tonka truck it is!
For obvious reasons, The Dudes were pretty pumped about “helping” me review the Tonka Strong Arm toy.
Only you know what? They weren’t helpful at all!
Because fighting incessantly over who was gonna work the dumping lever on the thing is just not helpful.
Nor is fighting over who was gonna get to push the thing around the house.
Nor is fighting over who was going to get to rev its engine and interrupt Glee.
I accepted this product review because I thought it would be right up their alley. Dudes like trucks, and one little dude in particular is obsessed with trash trucks. And, trash men. And, um, trash.
But, what I didn’t count on was the fact that every Dude in this house, small, medium, and large would be clamoring (and, by clamoring I really just mean punching and pushing) to get a turn with the thing.
That there would be tears involved.
And whining-tattling-full-blown-crying interruptions of my Tweeting time dinner preparation.
Annoying type interruptions requiring my intervention.
The Strong Arm Garbage Truck has been a member of our family for less than a full week and already it has spent almost as much time on top of the refrigerator (where we place toys in need of a time out) as it has on the ground in battle (aka the playroom).
Which means the thing is simultaneously the best and the worst item I’ve reviewed in, um, forever!
I just wish they would have sent me three of the things because now “Santa” has to bring two more.
The cool thing is that Tonka offers a dump truck, a bulldozer, and two different fire engines in their Strong Arm series so we could actually get one of each and have the whole line.
And then they’d probably fight over having to be the trash man when there are other, more prestigious, options!
Maybe we’ll just get two more garbage trucks and call it a day?!
Want to get a Tonka Strong Arm for your little people to fight over?
You can pick up any of the five models from Funrise Toys.
Or, you could just mess around and win one from me!
Three simple steps to Tonka torture happiness…
1. Follow Dumb Mom’s blog. I only give stuff to people who like me.
2. Leave a comment declaring me a mom-spiration. I mean, putting toys on the fridge to break up fights is sorta innovative, right?! sharing the toy your little person/people are most in love with at the moment. “Santa” could use some inspiration.
3. Comment here, follow me, live in America, and be a full fledged human adult by October 22, 2010 at midnight Maryland time.
And, just to get you in the entering mood, let me share with you why I really, truly am in love with the Tonka Strong Arm line of toys. It’s not the sounds (please, like I can’t do without that), it’s not the color (I’m not sure that #1 isn’t colorblind anyway. That would explain his inability to match his shirt to his pants.), and it’s definitely not the size (playroom is already so crowded, anything bigger than a sheet of notebook paper sorta ticks me off). So what is the most awesome element of the Tonka toys???
I was sooo over those twisty-ties from Hell that make toys so ridiculously hard to open. You need to be an actual rocket scientist to dislodge some of those toys from their boxes. Ergo, The Dudes actually have some toys with pieces of box still attached to them because I ripped them out in sheer frustration.
These aren’t like that.
They are different. And better. And that makes me happy, and willing to listen to them fight over it so much they interrupt my favorite television show.
*Want to know if you won the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail from last week? 5 of you did! The rest of you didn’t. There’s still plenty of time to get your house all cleaned up though: Munchkin House Cleaning Contest Winners: Linda Stewart, Bobbi Jo, Emilie P, Roo, and Erica!
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