Monthly Archives: October 2012

Is Target trying to compete with Pillow Pets?

If you don’t know what Pillow Pets are, look on Amazon and you’ll find quite a lot of them there. You should also read my cow post on Pillow Pets.

I stopped by Target a few days ago with my kids, with the goal of buying a few grocery staples. Of course, we can’t go to Target just to buy food, so we had to make a pit stop by the toy department and see what was new. Apparently, a lot. At least that’s what my boys said.

But I myself found something new too. Target’s homemade version of Pillow Pets. Look how cute this cow is!

Target pillow cow

Target pillow cow

I have never seen such flat udders though. Poor cow…

Target has a number of other animal pillows, including a sheep, a bear, and of course a pig. A very pink pig.

Target pig pillow

Target pig pillow

This poor little guy fell off the hook. I guess he was waiting for someone like me to rescue him.

Do you have a Pillow Pets, by the way? They look pretty comfy.

There’s a new purple cow at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Since we’re members, I took my kids to the San Diego Natural History Museum this past weekend and we got a chance to visit their new exhibit on chocolate. Check out the entrance of the chocolate exhibit, it looks great! I almost felt like I’d won Willy Wonka’s golden ticket and was about to enter the chocolate factory.

Chocolate exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Chocolate exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum

And the inside of the exhibit is just as great as the entrance. We learned a lot, played a lot, watched a lot and read a lot about chocolate. For a chocolate fan like me, it was a real treat. A few weeks ago, we saw an episode of The Magic School Bus where the class visits a rainforest and learns about the role of midge flies. Guess what, it’s the first thing we learned about when we entered the exhibit. No midges, no chocolate!

Of course, you can’t visit an exhibit about chocolate without learning more about the various types and brands of chocolate today.  Throughout the exhibit you can spot blown-up versions of your favorite chocolate candy and chocolate bar wrappings on the walls. I was pleasantly surprised to see my favorite cow there: the purple Milka cow!

Milka, the purple cow at the chocolate exhibit, San Diego Natural History Museum

Milka, the purple cow at the chocolate exhibit, San Diego Natural History Museum

Of course, it’s not the first time the Milka purple cow has appeared on this blog (see my Milka presents here and here), but this one has to be the largest.

If this exhibit comes in your town, I highly recommend it. It was a lot of fun for all ages. The only thing missing? The faint smell of chocolate…

My first Skinny Cow truck

The only other place I’ve ever seen a skinny cow was at the grocery store and it was quite a while ago, in the frozen dessert aisle. I’ve never tasted Skinny Cow ice cream but I hope it does taste good.

Imagine my surprise earlier this week when I spotted the official Skinny Cow pinup girl not inside a grocery store, but outside of it. Here she is, on the side and on the back of a large delivery truck.

Skinny Cow ice cream delivery truck

Skinny Cow ice cream delivery truck

Wow, I’m not sure I’d like to be driving right behind or next to this Skinny Cow truck. That image might be a little too disturbing distracting. Have you ever spotted the Skinny Cow truck on the road before? If so, how did you react?

It’s a cow Halloween costume for… dogs?

Sure, there are plenty of Halloween costumes for kids and adults alike. But there are also lots of Halloween costumes for pets. OK, mostly for dogs. Have you ever tried to put a costume on a cat without fearing painful retribution?

I stopped by Petsmart a few days ago to get some cat litter, and on my way to the register I spotted several Halloween costumes for dogs.

Here’s the back of the cow costume for dogs. Lovely!

Cow costume for dogs

Cow costume for dogs

And here’s the front of this Halloween cow costume for dogs. You’ve got to love the golden bell and the weird looking udders.

Halloween cow costume for dogs

Halloween cow costume for dogs

And if you’re more of a pig lover than a cow lover, don’t despair. Here’s your Halloween pig costume for dogs. That’s a lot of pink. Oh wait, that’s not a pig, it’s a hippo! A bright pink hippo. Because hippos look just like that in the wild. Just when I thought I’d seen it all.

Halloween pig costume for dogs

Halloween pig costume for dogs

What do you see at the Horse Exhibit? Cows, of course

The San Diego Natural History Museum has an exhibit called Horse, which features a number of artifacts (and facts) about the domestication of the horse and its contribution to our society.

Of course, you can bet many of the exhibit displays show all types of horses, horse related artifacts, photos and videos. But then you run into a display on Indian zebus (a bovine species) and can’t help but wonder how it got into the horse exhibit.

Cows (zebus) at the horse exhibit in the San Diego Natural History Museum

Cows (zebus) at the horse exhibit in the San Diego Natural History Museum

There’s only one explanation for this cow display. Cows are such a big part of our society, they just can’t be left out for any reason. It’s as simple as moo.