Playful Socks and Mittens from Hooray Hoopla

socks from HoorayHooplaYou won’t find these animal-themed mittens or socks in the toy aisle, but they are wonderfully playful! We love the idea of kids having different animals on their feet that can speak to each other. We received a three pack of socks ($14.99) that included: Shark vs. Penguin, Lion vs. Tiger and T-Rex vs. Triceratops. There are also delicious booties for older babies and toddlers…Cat vs. Dog, Owl vs. Mouse, T-Rex vs. Triceratops. The booties are sooo soft – you’ll be jealous that they don’t come in your size!


The mittens (available in adult sizes), recently spotted on Anne Hathaway, are equally adorable. We wish they were lined with the same material as the booties. We received a pair with Frog vs. Fly. These do vsm-kids-frogfly-mittens-1come in adult sizes – proving that you don’t have to be a child to be super playful!

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While I was Shopping for Socks

Not really about toys but on my mind today….I went to DSW to buy socks (with a $10 coupon, really neat)…I went to pay for the socks.  It was really earlier in the morning — so there was no one else on line.  The beginning of the day– there are three associates behind the counter.  I’m forced to ask “where should I check out?”  No one says anything–a woman steps over to a counter, and puts her hand out for my socks.  I  said good morning…no response.  Complimented her on her necklace to see if that got a response. Nothing.  The sales associate was talking to her colleagues–but would not even really look in  my direction, much less acknowledge my remark.  We finished the transaction and at this point I was really feeling up for a challenge.  I wished her a happy holiday season (in a very even tone, really)…and still nothing.  I know there are stores where employees are trained to greet people as they walk in, but have we really come down to a situation where basic courtesy is absent without an aggressive training seminar?  I probably should have left–but then I wouldn’t have gotten my three pairs of socks for $4.