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Monchhichi Red Bib

A Blast From the Past

Children of the 80’s, remember the song? Monchhichi, Monchhichi, oh so cute and cuddly, With her thumb in her mouth she’s really sweet, it’s fun to play with their little feet, la la la! La la la! Happy, happy Monchhichi! I love you Monchhichi!

I can still hear that tune, one of those that played over and over in your head. If you need a refresher, check out this old Monchhichi commercial on YouTube, totally transported me back quite a few years!

Ring a bell?  Take a look at the adorable Japanese classic Monchhichi dolls. They’ll make you feel like you’re a kid again with that plush little monkey body, vinyl face, hands and feet, and ready for monkey business.

How do you teach responsibility?

Turn back the clock to the Christmas of 1975 for a tip.

Gary Dahl, an advertising executive in Los Gatos, California came up with the brilliant Pet Rock.

The first Pet Rocks were ordinary gray pebbles bought at a builder’s supply store and marketed as if they were live pets. The fad lasted only about six months, ending with the Christmas season of 1975; but in its short run, the Pet Rock made Dahl a millionaire.

Dahl established ‘Rock Bottom Productions,’ a company that sold the rocks for $3.95 each. The pebbles, imported from Rosarito Beach in Baja, California, were swaddled in excelsior and nestled in a small cardboard box, similar to a pet carrier.

As for responsibility, a Pet Rock Training Manual, with instructions on how to properly raise and care for one’s newfound pet (notably lacking instructions for feeding), was included. The instruction manual contained several commands that could be taught to the new pet. While ‘sit’ and ‘stay’ were pretty easy, ‘roll over’ usually required extra help from the trainer. ‘Come’ was found to be impossible to teach reliably.

That was the Christmas many of learned responsibility when given a Pet Rock to care for.

Pictured above, the colorful Pet Rocks, not lacking personality, are the brain child of Coco Bean. Would you be interested in the care and well being of them?

Today, if you wish to teach responsibility beyond the care of a Pet Rock, the Magnetic Responsibility Chart is most popular.

There are 134 wood magnetic pieces, depicting chores, behaviors and rewards. Kids love choosing their own magnetic stickers and there is ample room for multiple children to participate.

How many of you have never used a typewriter? How many kids today have never ever seen one and would not know what it is if they did?

As an officially licensed Apple product, the Limited Edition Typescreen™ offers all the style and quality that you’d expect from Apple with the playful design and innovation expected from Spinning Hat.  Compatible with both the iPad and iPad 2, the Typescreen™.

You may not have to go take your memory so far back in time to remember the “brick” phone.


Convert your iPhone into a retro 80′s brick with the new Thumbs Up iPhone case – because you can look as hip as Ferris Bueller, without taking the day off.

You not only protect your iPhone, but totally kick-it retro!





How about an Etch A Sketch cover for your iPad?

Smashed Peas and Carrots will show you how to make this retro crazy cute cover.




Put down your electronics for a while and have some doodle dialing fun with the real deal Etch A Sketch.