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

“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

12/11/22 Podcast notes and today’s highlights

Season 7 Episode 5: Getting organized.

11:52 am: Idea flashed and here we are. Check out the podcast and stay tuned to the blog for updates as I can note them.

12:52 pm: food for thought- perhaps your frustration comes from your growth? “A mind that is stretched by new experiences can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

5:49 pm: slow… very slow day in the world of retail. Be curious how it’s looking around other parts of the country.

The keys to achieving anything you’ve ever wanted.

The following series sums up the heart of every single EFFECTIVE self-help book that’s ever or will ever be written.

Everything you’ve ever wanted is possible with these three anchors as your foundation:

  1. Imagination
  2. Belief
  3. Action

We’ll be diving deeper into this very simple strategy that will make life better every single day. The kicker? I’m going to prove it by doing it myself right in front of your eyes and ears dear readers and listeners.

This is Day 1.3 of sorts in this kick off. Listen to the last couple of podcasts and you’ll see the spark that began this journey. Onward, upward, left, right, up, down, forward and backward from here!

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