Valentines Day 101: Wondrous Ways to Show Love and Appreciation

It’s a spa day at home for Lois and Clark this Valentines day. 😉

Greetings dear readers and welcome once again to Jim’s Toy Box where today we are going to consider some ways to help you surprise your partner and make them feel a little extra special that we hope you use today and beyond the calendar and the Hallmark section. We’ve put together some unique and thoughtful ideas that will strengthen your bond as a romantic couple and as friends. Let’s get to it!

  1. Volunteer together. Giving back to the community can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, and it’s a great way to bond and make a difference together.
  2. Have a spa day at home. Set up a DIY spa day at home with a relaxing bubble bath, massages, and face masks. It’s a great way to unwind and pamper each other.
  3. Take a dance class. Dancing can be a fun and romantic way to spend time together, and it’s a great workout too.
  4. Have a “photo scavenger hunt” where you take pictures of certain objects or places and make a scrapbook of memories together.
  5. This one is completely ironic and maybe even hypocritical to the last suggestion but still, nothing wrong with flipping life on its head) Have a “tech-free day” where you disconnect from all electronic devices and spend time focusing on each other.

Now let’s get flat out silly! If you’re bold enough to partake in any of these suggestions, I’d love to hear the stories and see some pics and videos.

Have a themed “pajama day” where you stay in your pajamas all day and do fun and silly activities together.

  1. Have a “food fight” where you playfully throw food at each other in the kitchen.
  2. Have a “pillow fight” where you have a playful fight with pillows.
  3. Have a “whipped cream fight” where you cover each other in whipped cream and take silly pictures.
  4. Have a “water balloon fight” where you have a playful fight with water balloons.
  5. Have a “no talking day” where you communicate with each other only through gestures and facial expressions.
  6. Have a “reverse roles day” where you switch roles and do things the way your partner usually does them.
  7. Have a “silly hat day” where you wear silly hats all day and take pictures.
  8. Have a “silly dance competition” where you invent your own silly dances and compete against each other.
  9. Have a “silly accent day” where you talk to each other in silly accents for the whole day.

Today we hope we’ve given you some unique and thoughtful ideas for Valentine’s Day and beyond to help strengthen the bond between you and your romantic partner and in turn make you even better friends that will transcend into a lifetime of wondrous experiences, adventures and memories that will last longer than any store bought item (but don’t forget the flowers, fellas. They still matter when you mean it,)

So until tomorrow go live, laugh, learn and most importantly PLAY!

Jim 01/18/2023

Valentine’s Day 101: How to know you’re getting the perfect gift this year?

Valentine’s Day 101: How to know you’re getting the perfect gift this year?

Greetings dear reader and welcome to the second in Jim’s Toy Box’ series of tips and thoughts for this years Valentine’s Day that can and will improve your existing relationship or help you forge a new one in a sincere and thoughtful way. Let’s talk about what your significant other really wants for Valentine’s Day. And I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… it’s not a fancy dinner or a designer handbag. It’s something that’s 100% free, and it’s something that you can give them every day. What on earth could be such a perfect gift?

It’s your undivided attention!

Now, I know you’re thinking “But that sounds boring!”, but trust me, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. And the best part is, it’s super easy to give. All you have to do is put away your phone, make eye contact, ask questions, show empathy, and let your partner finish their thoughts. And if you want to make it more fun, try turning it into a game. See how many of these tips you can put into practice in one day.

And if you’re looking for some budget-friendly Valentine’s Day activities, why not have a game night, go stargazing or have a picnic? Even if it’s cold outside, you can always bundle up for a night under the stars and then have a cozy indoor picnic. The possibilities are endless!

Keeping it short so I don’t loose your attention, remember this Valentine’s Day, make it less about the material gifts but instead give the gift of your attention. It’s the one thing that will truly make your wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend feel special and loved.

Now, go live, laugh, love and of course Play!

Jim 01/17/2023

Valentine’s Day 101: How Can You Really Harness the Power of the Law of Attraction to Meet the Love of your Life?

Unlock the power of the Law of Attraction to manifest your ideal love and relationships this Valentine’s Day. Learn how visualization, positive thinking, and action can help you manifest your heart’s desire.

Welcome to Jim’s Toy Box 2.0 where we discuss many things that are more than merely playthings and fun and games. Instead we dig a little deeper and share things to ponder and points to practice that can make life far more productive and entertaining. Now with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to start a series all about manifesting love and relationships. In this series, we’ll be sharing tips, tricks, and techniques to help you attract the love of your life and improve your current relationships. So grab a pen and a notebook, because you’re going to want to take notes!

This is the first part of our series, and we’re starting off by talking about the Law of Attraction and how you can use it to manifest love and relationships. Whether you’re single and looking for love or in a relationship and looking to improve it, the Law of Attraction can help you to achieve your heart’s desire. So, let’s dive in and discover how you can use the Law of Attraction to manifest the love and relationships you deserve.

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The Law of Attraction is a powerful tool that can be used to manifest relationships and love in your life.

According to the law of attraction, by focusing on positive thoughts and desires, and taking action towards them, you can attract the love of your life into your life.

One of the main benefits of using the law of attraction for manifesting relationships and love is that it can help you to become more self-confident and positive. When you focus on positive thoughts and desires, you’re more likely to radiate positive energy, which can make you more attractive to others. Additionally, by focusing on what you want in a partner and taking action towards it, you’re more likely to attract the right person into your life.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that the law of attraction is not a magic wand and it takes consistent effort, focus and taking action. Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that the law of attraction should be used in conjunction with other strategies for achieving goals, and to take into account the complexity of life.

Here are a few action steps you can take to use the law of attraction to manifest relationships and love:

  1. Get clear on what you want in a partner. Before you can attract the right person into your life, you need to know what you’re looking for. Make a list of the qualities and characteristics that you want in a partner and keep it somewhere you can see it every day.
  2. Practice positive thinking and visualization. Every day, take some time to visualize yourself in a happy and loving relationship. Imagine the feelings of love, joy, and contentment that you would feel in this relationship.
  3. Take action towards your goal. While visualization and positive thinking are important, it’s also important to take action towards your goal. This could mean going out and meeting new people, joining a dating site, or putting yourself in social situations where you’re likely to meet potential partners.
  4. Be open to new opportunities. Sometimes the person you’re meant to be with comes into your life when you least expect it. So, be open to new opportunities and be willing to take a chance on love.
  5. Be true to yourself. One of the most important things to remember when trying to manifest relationships and love is to be true to yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not or change yourself to fit someone else’s idea of the perfect partner.
WARNING! Life can be a dream but don’t be so willing and eager that you end up in a nightmare!

Here are a few things to avoid when trying to manifest relationships and love:

  1. Don’t focus on what’s missing in your life. Instead of focusing on what’s missing, focus on the love and positivity that you already have in your life.
  2. Don’t be too picky. While it’s important to know what you want in a partner, don’t be too picky. Sometimes the person you’re meant to be with might not fit your exact criteria, but they might actually be just right for you and you haven’t realized it yet because you’ve yet to experience those true wants.
  3. Don’t give up too easily. Manifesting relationships and love can take time and effort, so don’t give up too easily. Remember that the law of attraction works in its own time and way.

In conclusion, The Law of Attraction can be a powerful tool for manifesting relationships and love, but it’s important to remember that it takes consistent effort, focus and taking action. Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind that the law of attraction should be used in conjunction with other strategies for achieving goals and to take into account the complexity of life. Remember to be true to yourself, stay positive and open to new opportunities, the right person will come along.

Now, Go Live, Laugh, Love and most importantly PLAY!

Jim 01/16/23

“Jim’s Toy Box 2.0: Helping you to reach your full potential in all aspects of your life.”

Greetings dear readers, old and new alike! Welcome to the newly revamped Jim’s Toy Box! I am so excited to share with you the new look and features of our website. Every week, we’ll be diving into a variety of content that I believe will make your life easier and more enjoyable because it has certainly done that for me.

On Monday’s, I’ll be sharing some personal self-help tips to kick off your week on the right foot. From Tuesday to Thursday each week, I’ll be introducing you to some amazing products that I personally use and love, that can make your daily routine a breeze and certainly more fun. Then on Friday’s, we’ll be diving into a topic that I have always found truly fascinating and have packaged it up under the umbrella of: “Uncovering the Secrets of the Supernatural”. Saturday’s, I’ll be continuing our self-help journey that will give you something to ponder over the weekend. Finally, on Sunday, the content will be focused on helping and encouraging you to take some time for yourself to relax, de-stress, and practice mindfulness.

It ain’t always easy to do but with practice you will and can just like I do, one hill and valley at a time. I can’t wait for you to explore our new content programming here on the website as well as the podcast, video streams and television channel. Life is for living and you have the power to do that every moment of every day through the powers of Imagination, Belief and Action!

Now, lets Live, Learn and of course PLAY!

Jim 01/15/2023

Age of Ultron or C-3PO?

So here we are dear reader, in the future. And like any other point in the evolution of technology and society; a crossroads. One path leads to potential utopia and bliss or one of dystopia and oppression. There are other forks as well but those are the main two that offer the greatest shifts. There is a more likely one however: the continued path of least resistance and complacency. Which are you choosing?

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I discus this on today’s edition of 50 years later . I highly encourage you to give this one a listen and would love to hear your thoughts.

Jim 01/11/2023

Sharing the journey

**** The following free flow thought started as notes for todays podcast so please forgive the opening line that follows. Sure, I could have edited that but I like the speed that the words are flowing. So much so that this blog post was made. Following the writing and publication of “Uncovering the Secrets of the Supernatural” guide book, the focus, motivation and optimism I’ve found is pushing me to new levels of dedication and persistence for my goals. It’s truly been a looooooonnngggg time since I’ve been in this productive and clear state of mind. I’ll talk more about that on todays podcast… stay tuned…. ****

This podcast is the live daily broadcast that gives me the opportunities to share with you my journey into living my own best life in following my dreams and purpose I as a story teller. Podcasting, writing, making movies and doing speaking engagements are the things that I absolutely love and live to do. Wakes me up in the morning and keeps me motivated. It’s that energy and action that will prove to you that you can do it too with the three keys to achieve everything you want out of this life. Imagination. Belief. And taking action.

This week is all about pre production. You will notice some significant changes to the podcast as it will be serving as a podium for the promotion of the content that I create that will help in driving these messages home. There will be articles and books, videos and audiobooks, merchandise tie ins and more. Why? Because all of those things come to my second point in all of this: how to add value to everything you do in life, business and hobbies.

I will be showing you the steps that I am doing and the final creations as they come to life via Jim’s Toy Box dot com. It is the central hub for all of this and I hope it will help you on your adventures. I feel and believe that to be true and all of this is the action I’m taking to make it real.

I’m the coming days you will notice a lot of changes to the site as I tailor its design to this clearer goal. You will also notice that I will be establishing social media outreaches. Not because I want to. I’m still not a fan but at the same time I must accept that to grow audience and reach I have to do it. But in doing so I will not compromise my ethics and morals in my genuine intentions and goals.

The synergy and energy is super high right now and I’m looking forward to a plateau to establish and balance on…. Hopefully that comes on Monday when the new format kicks in.

So until then, have a fantastic day and make the most and best of it. And never ever ever forget that to achieve anything and everything you want it all stems from Imagination, belief and action!

Now, Go Play!

Jim 01/10/2023

You do realize how incredible your desk is as a classroom? I sure do!

Greetings dear readers or perhaps I should say, fellow students!

Over all these years at Jim’s Toy Box, one of the bigger permeating ideas that keeps me engaged with the hobby of action figure collecting and appreciation is their incredible potential in teaching. This morning has certainly lived up to that idea. Let me get you up to speed…

When I woke up this morning, an idea that’d been stewing around in my head for many years really came together in regards to producing content that emphasizes how toys can teach. Not going into all the particulars in this writing but I will share this, my desk is chock full of incredible educators! Here’s the class schedule, teachers and subjects they are exploring in this semester of “Jim’s Toy Box University ”:

Superman: Responsibility and Leadership

As a superhero, Superman is responsible for protecting the people of Earth and serving as a leader in the superhero community. He teaches us the importance of being a responsible and effective leader.

Batman: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Batman is often faced with complex problems and challenges that require him to use his critical thinking skills to find solutions. He is a great teacher for the importance of problem-solving and critical thinking in our own lives. WWBD?

Robin: Mentorship and Teamwork

As Batman’s sidekick, Robin serves as a mentor to other young heroes and works closely with his fellow heroes as part of a team. Talk about a great student teacher for the importance of mentorship and teamwork in their own lives.

Han Solo: Responsibility and Accountability

Han is a responsible and accountable character, particularly when it comes to his role as a member of the Rebel Alliance and his relationships with his friends and allies. While he is always saying; “It’s not my fault!” In the end he owns up to his failings and deals with the consequences of his actions. A lesson much needed in today’s society for sure.

Mr. Spock: Psychology

Mr. Spock: Going beyond the obvious science and logic reasing that Mr. Spock offers, a bigger trait we can learn from him is Emotional intelligence: Despite his logical nature, Spock is also known for his ability to understand and control his emotions. To let those run wild truly is illogical.

Willie Wonka: Business

Nutty as he may seem, Willie Wonka is a successful businessman and entrepreneur, running his own chocolate factory and creating a promotion that was so engaging that he sold untold numbers of Wonka Bars with the most basic of prizes that cost him nothing: a tour of the factory?!? Now that is a powerful lesson in business and entrepreneurship.

The Phantom of the Opera: Music Appreciation

The Phantom of the Opera is a fine lecturer on creativity and art. A skilled composer and musician, his talent for creating beautiful music demonstrates the importance of creativity and art in our world despite unkind commentary and misunderstood expression.

Medusa: Mythology and Folklore

Medusa’s story is an interesting and educational look at the mythological and folklore traditions of Ancient Greece which we can most certainly learn from today. This appreciation of ancient history gives us an unflinching glimpse into the traits that make us who we are regardless of time.

Frankenstein: Science Theory

Scientific curiosity and experimentation is examined with the most unique perspective. The “monster” Frankenstein’s creator, Victor Frankenstein, is driven by scientific curiosity and the desire to experiment and push the boundaries of knowledge. And while Frankenstein can be used to teach students about the importance of scientific curiosity and the value of experimentation it also helps discuss ethical and moral debates in exploring the limits and boundaries of what man can or should do.

Nada: Social Justice and Activism

Nada is a working-class hero who, once his eyes are opened, fights against the corrupt and oppressive forces that control society. While the outcome is never certain, Nada teaches that the struggle is worth the effort and dedication to a cause.

The Jim’s Toy Box Funko Pop A-Team: Law and Order

The Jim’s Toy Box “A-Team” of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Zorro and Mr. T: Each of these pervayors of justice bring something unique to the desktop classroom.

Wyatt Earp was a lawman known for his role in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which has become a symbol of the importance of justice and the rule of law in society.

Doc Holliday was known for his wit and charm, but also for his tendency towards violence and gambling. He teaches about the complexities of ethics and morality and the importance of making responsible choices in their own lives.

Zorro is a heroic figure who is responsible for protecting the people of his community and serving as a leader in his own right.

Mr. T has been involved in anti-bullying campaigns and has spoken out about the importance of standing up to bullies and promoting kindness and respect.

The Pinocchio Family: Family Values

This perfect representation of a “non-traditional” family unit is chock full of lessons to study ever deeper.

Honesty:Pinocchio is known for his struggle to be truthful and honest, as demonstrated by his nose growing when he tells a lie. His tale is one that is a great lesson in the importance of honesty in out own lives.

Geppetto is the creator and father figure of Pinocchio, and is responsible for teaching him important life lessons and guiding him on his journey. Lessons all parents and guardians need to be mindful of in raising their children.

The Cricket is a loyal and supportive friend to Pinocchio and is always there to help and guide him. He is a great embodiment of the importance of friendship and loyalty in all our lives.

I know you’re thinking;” How can I enroll in this awesome school?!?” The answer: You already are! This classroom is limitless in its educational possibilities and I’ll bet if you look at the others around you that you share space with (spouse, kids, co workers) you could learn even more! Heck, even a field trip to random spots around your home or office, will find even more of these accidental educators! Why, you’re practically housing a repository of the greatest and inspiring minds of all time! Learn from ‘em all!

Now, Go Play (and learn a little something along the way)!

Jim

01/05/23

And we’re streaming… again

Greetings dear readers, listeners, viewers and audience members! The streaming channel for Jim’s Toy Box is available once again via the ROKU platform and available all around the world wherever ROKU is a thing. You can add the channel to your line up by clicking THIS LINK.

While my ratings totally suck as of this writing, the hope is for that to improve as new content gets added in the coming weeks.

New programs will be added weekly featuring a wide variety of topics that I hope will inform, entertain, inspire or provide a combination of all three. The first short feature up is an audio interview I did way back in 2013 (wow, just hit me that was a decade ago) with the late Julie Adams.

Julie Adams was an American actress who is best known for her roles in classic films and television shows. She was born in Waterloo, Iowa on October 17, 1926.

Adams began her acting career in the 1940s, appearing in a number of films and television shows in supporting roles. She gained widespread recognition in 1954 for her role as Kay Lawrence in the classic horror film “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” She also appeared in a number of other popular films, including “The Atomic City” (1952) and “The Americanization of Emily” (1964).

In the 1960s and 1970s, Adams appeared in a number of successful television shows, including “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Mod Squad,” and “The Love Boat.” She also continued to act in films, with notable roles in “The Mississippi Gambler” (1953) and “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965).

Adams received several awards and accolades for her acting career. She continued to act in film and television up until her death in February of 2019. She was widely regarded as a Hollywood icon and I am certainly honored to have had the chance to chat with her.

Check it all out and spread the word as you see fit. I truly appreciate it and look forward to the future we’re sharing right now 🙂

Now Go, Play!

Jim 01/03/2023

New Year… same inspiration.

Greetings dear readers! Hope 2023 is treating you well. It’s still new so I can’t say I totally trust it yet. 😉 That’s okay though, I’ve got my little doppelgängers to keep me safe and inspired.

And n all pseudo seriousness, me and mine are moving into the new calendar cycle feeling pretty good. Almost as good as Superman living his best life…

If only everyone could be so super chill.

The mad rush that begins Thanksgiving and concludes the day after the new year starts has once again been a whirlwind. Food with the fam, Black Friday at the day job, my birthday where I get spoiled by my girls every year. This one with more gingerbread…

Say what you will but they’re cute!

Then follow that up with my baby girl turning 13 and then of course Christmas where everybody gets some extra TLC (Tendered Loads of Capitalism) from Santa 😉 He stole the show this year with this one…

I must say, while it didn’t fit under the tree, the Christmas magic certainty gleaned from the screen.
And everyone was drawn to the retro pixels.

And no Christmas season would be complete without a final stop of the year to Silver Dollar city where the lights were certainly stunning…

A fun slice of Americana.

Still… not as stunning as my fun loving Mrs.

Yeah. She’s mine 🙂 #wishyouwereme.com

And now the dust is settling and I get to take this time to sorta relax and observe my gifts and what all they mean to me.

Zorro rounds out my new “A-Team” of Funko Pops. I pity the fool who crosses these law dogs.
So very much more to the story of this figure taking a place on my wall but we’ll save that for later. Much love to you my brotha!
This site here is still one I’m so surprised and grateful that they came to pass. Never have to settle for Horshack again. (Again another story for another time).

On the end of it all, 2022 was what it was and was and despite excuses we can all come up with and blame, in the end every year and more importantly every day is what we make of it. For me, moving forward that will never again be forgotten nor taken for granted.

This toy box isn’t a “business”. It’s a way of life full of opportunity and adventures just waiting to be had.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 01/02/2023

Out of the mouths of babes: file 121922

We can learn so much from our kids. My daughter proved this once again tonight.

Quick recap; we swung by a couple flea markets and thrift stores for our little night out. On the journey I came across a DVD holder for cheap. Inside it was packed with a ton of movies. Okay not a ton. More like 70-ish. Good stuff too; all 4 Lethal Weapon flicks, a few of the Jaws movies among other blockbusters from the past couple of decades. Tough to pass up for this old physical media guy.

When we got home, I started sorting them out and taking stock of the features. My daughter comes into observe and then asks; “How many movies are there?” I told her 70-ish with room for more in the case. She continued her query; “How many does that thing hold?” Being put on the spot and not wanting to be half hearted in my proper response, I counted all of the sleeves and slots. All total there are 28 sleeves, each with the capacity to hold 4 discs. Now it was my turn to quiz her; “How much is 28 times 4?”

This line of mathematical pondering led to a rabbit hole set of equations that eventually came to a final result that the case, filled to capacity would yield enough movies that would equate to a marathon of 7 straight days of non stop action and adventure. To this end she looked at me and said; “How do we ever get bored?”

Profound.

Imagine. Believe. Action.

Now, go play!

Jim 12/19/2022