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    ohhh I already have my eye on My First Leap Pad for kiddo's Bday in March. They make the BEST products!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ineedalife
    Santa is also bringing a hamster for my 7 yr old son. Anybody have one and have any beginner's advice (or advice to mom's that have to clean the cage by default?)? lol
    I've had two hamsters in my adult life. The first of which I started out with the really expensive plastic "cage" with all the funky tubes and towers. Let me just say that even though I cleaned it out very thoroughly twice a week, after a while the plastic started to hold the urine smell. Later on I opted for a glass aquarium with a top my hubby made out of wood and wire mesh. It worked out much better and a lot less smelly.

    Pine wood shavings are much better for their respiratory systems than cedar wood shavings.

    The best place to put the little buggers while you’re cleaning their cage is a stoppered up bathtub. Of course you’ll have to bleach it afterward, but at least you won’t have to worry about escape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duxxy
    ohhh I already have my eye on My First Leap Pad for kiddo's Bday in March. They make the BEST products!
    I agree. My 5 year old son got a My First Leap Pad about a year ago and he just loves it. Santa's gonna leave him a Leapster under the tree this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarlett530
    That reminds me of this Santa figurine I got for my hubby a few years back (he collects Santas)--It has Santa, feeling down around in the bottom of the bag with this funny look on his face, and it says, "I hate it when they asked for hamsters!"
    That is too funny scarlett! Is that how I'm going to feel when I have to put it somewhere to clean it's cage? I don't know who will be more scared-him or me!

    Thanks for the advice everyone-I can't believe they're so smart and so protective over their habitats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by karna68
    Mine is getting the Geotrax train from Fisher Price. It's pretty cool, you can add different sets on to it. I can't wait for Christmas so I can play with it! lol!
    Omigaw karna! My 4 year-old is obsessed with GeoTrax! He has the pamphlet that is worn to bits and goes onto the website to play games every day. Thank goodness he's getting the starter set from us with some accessories from Santa.

    My 2 1/2 year-old is getting a Tea Party Kitchen from us and a medical kit and an Elefun from Santa.

    I know it may sound weird, but my kids receive only three presents at Christmas. One big one from mom & dad and two smaller ones from Santa (not including stockings). Both of my kids earned money with some extra chores and they want to buy each other a gift this year, cute, huh? We both come from big families and we have witnessed over the years neices and nephews with longer and longer lists and expecting more and more each year. (Like Dudley Dursley in Harry Potter--"36? But last year I had 37!" Last year, my 3 year-old nephew opened 25 presents and dared to ask, "is that all?" ) We base it on the story of the Three Wise Men and that they brought three special gifts. I'm hoping to instill in them a sense of the "giving" season instead of the "getting" season. I think it also stems from having a little sister who ruined Christmas one year because she tallied all of the presents and realized that she was two short.
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    My 28-year old brother put GeoTrax down on his Christmas wishlist! He is married and has two girls....

    That was an excellent post, Realitycrazmom. I'm getting quite distressed at the commercialism of Christmas that's running rampant anymore. I have actually noticed that it's getting tangibly worse each year.

    I heartily applaud your idea, and I tried to keep my wishlist to a minimum this year, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by realitycrazmom
    Omigaw karna! My 4 year-old is obsessed with GeoTrax! He has the pamphlet that is worn to bits and goes onto the website to play games every day. Thank goodness he's getting the starter set from us with some accessories from Santa.
    Too funny! Mine is 3 1/2 and I don't know if he's ever actually seen the Geotrax but he's obsessed with trains period so this will be a hit. I think it's a good thing what you're doing with your kids about gifts. When mine is a little older and starts making his list he will know that he will not get EVERYTHING on the list, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ineedalife
    That is too funny scarlett! Is that how I'm going to feel when I have to put it somewhere to clean it's cage? I don't know who will be more scared-him or me!

    Thanks for the advice everyone-I can't believe they're so smart and so protective over their habitats!
    It was funny to watch them (we also had 2 dwarf hamsters), after we cleaned the cage, running around 'checking' for their food stashes! Our fuzzy hamster was very sweet, the dwarf hamsters were kind of snippish. Be sure to hold it enough so that it gets used to you. Oh, and Templeton adored his hamster ball. (It scared the cat, though! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duxxy
    ohhh I already have my eye on My First Leap Pad for kiddo's Bday in March. They make the BEST products!
    I couldn't agree more. My daughter has their Learning table, Lilly and the drum (she's two). She'll be getting the 'My First Leap Pad' for Christmas. They actually *do* make toys that are fun and educational. My little girl loves them.
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    I need HELP:

    I need to buy a Christmas gift for my 10 year old niece. She wants a Hillary Duff Kareoke CD??? I've looked everywhere and just can't find it? Has anyone else heard of it?
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