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I shot a few photos during a recent trip to Target. I shot this photo of a sign at the front of the store announcing the fact that this year Easter is scheduled on the same day as April Fool’s Day. This is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that. I can only imagine how these dual holidays will be observed. (LOL!)

I shot the next few photos of a line of Playskool Chomp Squad toys because I have a friend who’s totally dinosaur mad. I uploaded them on Facebook while tagging her name. She reacted positively to these pictures.

I also uploaded and tagged the same friend on Facebook because they have Target gift cards shaped like a dinosaur.

While I was there I found this cool surprise. I had heard of a Fingerlings toy known as Gigi the Unicorn but I had read that this particular Fingerling was a Toys R Us exclusive. I was surprised when I found Gigi the Unicorn on sale at Target. Of course I decided to buy this one.

I shot a video documenting my first impressions of Gigi the Unicorn, which I’ll get into in a later post.

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On the Friday before the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend I had to go shopping for food and underwear (which wasn’t totally exciting) so I went to a local shopping mall. Between shopping for what I really needed I went to Five Below where I noticed that the store started to sell Fingerlings products.

These Fingerlings are the stuffed clip-on versions that have no electronics inside of them. Their eyes do open and close depending on whether you are holding them horizontally or vertically.

I happened to have my own electronic Fingerling in my bag (I’ve been showing it off to various friends since I purchased it at Toys R Us last month and I left it in that bag) so I pulled it out for comparison with these clip-on Fingerlings. As you can see, my electronic Fingerling is larger than the clip-on versions.

These clip-ons may not be able to move or make sounds but they cost only $5 each (versus $15 for the electronic versions).

While I was shopping in Target I noticed that, at long last, that store finally got a shipment of the electronic Fingerlings. None of the local stores in my area had these in stock until recently. (Which was why I ended up buying my Fingerlings at the Toys R Us store in Annapolis.)

I noticed that these Fingerlings monkeys have glitter on them (while my own Fingerling is glitter-free).

Target also happened to have baby sloths available. If it weren’t for the fact that I had to purchase more important items, I might have bought a sloth to see what it was like.

Nearby I noticed that there were new dolls in the ever-popular Monster High line. I really liked the butterfly-style wings on this Draculaura doll.

There were also new dolls in the DC Super Hero Girls line as well. Here’s a shot of Harley Quinn.

Since the winter holiday shopping season has officially started three days ago, I’d thought I’d post pictures of stuff I’ve seen lately on the store shelves. I took these photos mainly to show some of my friends on social media who would be especially interested in these products.

First, here are some photos I shot at Target over the past month or so. Target is selling the 3Doodler along with the DoodleBlock Kit.

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target has a LEGO aisle filled with all kinds of LEGO kits for all ages.

Target, October-November, 2017

Last year American Girl came out with a line of multiracial 14 inch dolls known as Wellie Wishers, which cost $60 each. Target is now selling a line of multiracial 14 inch dolls known as Glitter Girls for $20 each.

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target also sells a line of 3-foot tall dolls based on various Disney characters.

Target, October-November, 2017

You know Christmas is coming soon when you start seeing special gingerbread spice cereal like this.

Target, October-November, 2017

Target has been selling a line of STEM toys, kits, and games for makers of all ages. You can now make a variety of things including LEGO stop-motion animation, piñatas, video games, drones, Raspberry Pi computers, and more. Below are just a few of them.

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

Target, October-November, 2017

This is probably the most unique and off-beat product I found at Target: A Funko Pop! vinyl toy based on the late painter and television show host Bob Ross.

Target, October-November, 2017

I also found some Hot Wheels toy cars that seemed to be made with Baby Boomers in mind. How else can you explain cars based on The Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night and Mad magazine.

What I Found at Target Today

What I Found at Target Today

What I Found at Target Today

What I Found at Target Today

Recently a new Guitar Center store opened up in Laurel, Maryland so I decided to check it out.

Coco Guitars

I saw these special edition Cordoba acoustic guitars for adults and children that are tie-in products to the Disney/Pixar movie Coco, which was recently released. (I haven’t seen it yet. All I know that it’s based on the Mexican El Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead holiday, which happened earlier this month, and which also explains the skull motif on these guitars.)

Coco Guitars

Coco Guitars

Coco Guitars

Last, but not least, are a few of the photos I took when I made my last trip to a local Five Below store.

What I Found at Five Below Recently

What I Found at Five Below Recently

What I Found at Five Below Recently

What I Found at Five Below Recently

What I Found at Five Below Recently

What I Found at Five Below Recently

What I Found at Five Below Recently

What I Found at Five Below Recently

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Here are some miscellaneous random photos I recently took, starting with a couple of shots I took at Target.

What do you get when you mix LEGO with the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park? This DVD.

DVD I Saw at Target

And here’s Barbiezilla next to her normal-sized counterpart.

Two Barbie Dolls

This next one was taken at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland. Here are some DC superheroes as sex symbols.

Vinyl Figures at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland

And last, but not least, here is a dragon head wall decoration hanging inside Third Eye Games, also in Annapolis, Maryland.

Cool Wall Decoration

Last Saturday I went to this event at Tanglewood Works in Hyattsville, Maryland, which was hosting a vintage pop-up event featuring clothes, jewelry, and other items made from vintage items by local artisans. When I arrived at the store, I noticed that it has recently gotten a new colorful paint job.

Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 13, 2017

The next few photos show just a few of the vintage items that were available for sale last weekend.

Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 13, 2017

Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 13, 2017

Tanglewood Works, Hyattsville, Maryland, August 13, 2017

After I went to Tanglewood Works, I walked across Route 1 where Franklin’s General Store is located. The only photo I took while I was there was for this line of wine known as Mommy’s Time Out. I have plenty of friends who are moms who could use this, especially when their children become challenging at times.

Mommy's Time Out wine

Shortly after I visited the dinosaur-themed Laurel Public Library, I happened to be shopping at a local Target when I saw these really cute dinosaur greeting cards.

Dinosaur Greeting Cards

Last week I had to take my car to a dealer in Silver Spring because there was a recall on the steering wheel. After I had that fixed and picked up that car, I decided to chill out at a nearby Target store in Silver Spring. I normally don’t go to this particular store, mainly because there’s another Target that’s located closer to my home but I decided to go there since it was on the way back from the car dealership.

This particular Target has giant red cement dots outside its doors (which is a feature that the Target that is closer to my home doesn’t have). Normally I don’t pay attention to those dots but I saw that two of those cement dots have been converted to resemble the heads of Mario and Luigi from Super Mario Bros. and other numerous Nintendo video games.

The heads were there to promote the recently released Nintendo Switch console system.

I stepped inside the store where I noticed that this store is larger compared to the one I usually go to. It also had items on sale that I’ve never seen at the other Target, such as American Girl’s Wellie Wishers dolls.

Those dolls were released last year but it was the first time I had ever seen them in person. That’s because it’s been a year since I last set foot inside an American Girl Place. The next photo shows the clothes and other accessories that one can buy for a Wellie Wishers doll, which are priced somewhere between $20-25.

The Wellie Wishers are smaller than the other American Girl dolls. From what I’ve read, these dolls were created for kids who are younger than the larger dolls’ target audience of girls between the ages 8-12. These dolls have vinyl bodies (compared to the larger dolls’ cloth torsos) and they are depicted as being somewhere between the ages of 4-7 (while the larger dolls are supposed to be around 9 or 10 years old). At $60 per doll, they are definitely cheaper than the larger dolls’ $115 price. But these dolls are more expensive than the 18-inch Our Generation dolls that Target sells as its alternative to American Girl. (The Our Generation dolls are generally priced between $20-35 depending on how many accessories are included with a certain doll.) I still find them to be pretty cute and their clothes are very lovely and colorful.

I was at a local Target store when I encountered the world’s most confusing door. Is it an entrance or not? MAKE UP YOUR OWN DAMNED MIND!!!

The world's most confusing door.

Here’s a less-confusing door, this one leading to the Three Little Birds Sewing Company in Hyattsville, Maryland. The top of the door has a quote by Maya Angelou while the bottom has a sign indicating how this store welcomes everyone no matter what race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender.

Three Little Birds Sewing Company Door, Hyattsville, Maryland

Here are some daffodils that I saw by a white wall while I was walking through Hyattsville, Maryland recently.

Flowers Along a White Wall

Pretty daffodils in Hyattsville.

Last, but not least, I learned that Triple Chocolate Peeps are a thing this year. Basically a chocolate peep is filled with a chocolate filling on the inside then its bottom gets dipped in even more chocolate. I found this pack at Target.

Triple Chocolate Peeps

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Whether you’re celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah or both today, I hope you’re enjoying yourself. Today is the perfect day for me to share this link that I came across last month.

Ever wonder what a Nativity set would look like if Jesus had been born this year? Well, thanks to ModernNativity.com, you don’t have to wonder anymore. For only US$129.99 you’ll get a set that includes a stable with solar panels on the rooftop. Jesus is wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger while wearing a knitted white beanie. Joseph wears a man bun with a denim shirt and khaki pants while taking a selfie with Jesus and his wife. Mary, who’s all decked out in skinny jeans and a loose sweater, poses for the photo by showing off her duck face as she’s clutching a Starbucks coffee cup in one hand while flashing a peace sign with the other. A shepherd dressed in jeans is using his mobile device to snap pictures and post them on social media. A white lamb wears a red sweater, which is a nod to this trend of people posting photos of sheep wearing sweaters on Tumblr. A cow, who has been branded as “100% organic,” feeds from a manger that is marked “gluten-free feed.” Rounding out this Nativity set are three modern-day wise men dressed in hipster outfits who arrive to the scene on Segways while bearing gifts that they ordered from Amazon.com.

Here’s a video showing this Nativity set.

The first time I saw this I laughed out loud. If I didn’t have money issues, I definitely would’ve bought this. You can check out photos and another video of this Nativity set right here.

Here are a couple of Christmas sweaters I saw on sale at Target. This one was obviously aimed at men.

Christmas Sweater

This sweater is the saying “He thinks he’s God’s gift to women” come to life.

Christmas Sweater

Then there’s a sweater with Darth Vader’s image on it. The perfect way to wish people a Merry Christmas. (LOL!)
Now THAT'S a Christmas sweater. #StarWars

I’ll end this post with this video featuring Stephen Colbert singing “Another Christmas Song.”

I was in Baltimore not too long ago because I needed a copy of my birth certificate for reasons that I don’t want to go into at the moment. The one big advantage of living 30 miles south of my birthplace is that I can drive to my birthplace and get my birth certificate in person with same day service.

After I got my birth certificate I realized that I needed to use the restroom but the Division of Vital Records’ one bathroom was occupied. Luckily the office was located in a shopping center so it was no big deal for me to use the restrooms at the nearby Home Depot. After I finished with the bathroom, I was walking on my way out the door when I saw something unusual in the Christmas decorations section.

It's the Christmas dragon!

It’s a giant inflatable Christmas dragon complete with a Santa hat and a candy cane.

It's the Christmas dragon!

But Home Depot isn’t the only store with unusual Christmas decorations for the front lawn. Target is currently selling a Christmas llama, hippo, and fox. All the hallmarks of a traditional Christmas in the United States of America. (LOL!)

A Christmas llama, hippo, and fox. All the hallmarks of a traditional Christmas in the United States of America.

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