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So Pretty in Pink

Hoppity  Ty®  Beanie Baby®


hoppity bunny

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[Rating: 5/5]

Pros: Ty product,  collectible,  cute as can be

Cons: none noted

Ty® Beanie Babies®’ Hoppity Bunny measures 8 x 3.7 x 0,8 inches of plushy polyester fabric. Hoppity is a honey of a sugar pink rabbit having bright black eyes, triangle pink nose and pink whiskers. Around her throat is a small pink ribbon tied in a bow.

Hoppity is especially appealing in pink. Only her tail is presented in white. Her large flappy ears indicate she is a lop type rabbit with ears drooping on either side of her head rather than standing erect.

Hoppity a popular Beanie for collectors and her companion Beanie Babies Floppity and Hippity make up the Bunny Trio. Surface wash only.

Born 3 April 1996, Hoppity’s poem reads:

Hopscotch is what she likes to play

If you don’t join in, she’ll hop away

So play a game if you have the time,

She likes to play, rain or shine!

All in all she is a perfect addition to my growing collection of Beanies.

For several years I used Beanies in my First Grade Classroom, as theme setters for holidays and the like. And, Beanies were used as sentence and story starters for Little Folks who might be stumped for what to write about.

As with other Ty Beanies I find the plush used to be soft, eyes are bright shiny, seams are well sewn, arms, legs, ears are secure and well attached. Pliable, poseable toy is filled with small pellets, and can be set on desk where Hoppity will sit, gazing, and will not tumble or sag.

Ever since 1993 Ty Inc., has fashioned 400+ different Beanie Babies in a diversity of sizes from wee softies appearing as a McDonald’s happy meal toys, to large Beanies measuring about 8 inches.

Hoppity holds appeal for boys and girls, and adults alike. Hoppity is intended particularly for those like and perhaps collect bunnies as do children and many adults.

Hoppity with the wee plastic eyes and nose is not recommended as a pet toy or for small children.

Ty Inc., established in 1993 when Ty Warner of Illinois produced his initial small critter shape, cloth bag, packed with small white, pellets sent to the market place has become a key contender in the toy race.

Beanies are available on Amazon, and I find them often at thrift and jumble shops as well as garage sales. If buying at jumble shop, yard sales and the like be careful to always check to be sure the Trademark Ty Beanie, heart shaped tag is in place to guarantee purchase is a genuine Ty product.

Recognized the world over; Beanie Babies, some might say they are filled with joy as well as pellets, are an over-the-top iconic, well-loved character in the toy market. Well made, sturdy seams to assure no bits on the floor, and for most of the softies having sewn nose and eyes, no pieces to swallow or otherwise cause harm, then again they are not indestructible. Ty Beanie Babies are some of the best loved toys adored by children and collected by adults everywhere.

Happy to recommend Ty Beanie Babies’ Pink Plush Hoppity.


Reviewed by Molly’s Reviews

molly martin


NOTE: Ty® Inc. is an American PLUSH ANIMAL Toy Company based in Westmont, Illinois.

The most famous line of products produced by this company are the BEANIE BABIES®, on the other hand, Ty also manufactures other lines of stuffed toys. The Ty logo is a red heart with the lower-case letters “ty.” A tag is found affixed to all Ty stuffed toys, and inside each tag is the name of the toy and a 4 line poem about it.

Since 1993, the year when Ty Inc. was founded; the company has mass-produced nearly 400 assorted Beanie Babies.

My personal introduction to the world of Beanies® was 1996 when long lines of adults could be seen extending across the restaurant and out the door, and at times down the sidewalk of local McDonald’s® eateries. Teenie Beanie Babies® Smaller, fun versions of Beanie Babies were included in McDonald’s Happy Meals®.

Several subsequent promotions took place with various wee Beanies available.

The lesson taught by Ty Warner, sole owner of Ty Inc., the company behind Beanie Babies may be do what you enjoy, do it well, promote and diversify.

My personal favorites continue to be the Teenie Weenies gathered from McDonalds children’s meals.


Ty Inc

280 Chestnut Ave

Westmont, IL, 60559 United States

Fun in the Office – Slinky Jr. Original

Slinky Jr. Original


Pros: inexpensive, compact, easy to use, great sound, nostalgic

Cons: metal can be stretched out of shape

It started with one Slinky Jr. Original. Then the phenomenon morphed into more Junior Slinky toys on desk tops. This little toy is a great stress buster.


The Slinky Jr. is constructed from silver-colored coiled metal.  It has a 1 1/2″ diameter with a hole in its center.  It is recommended for ages five and older. The packaging has instructions for using the Slinky with one’s hands, or walking the Slinky down an incline.

My Experiences

I was captivated by the small Slinky toys on my co-worker’s desks.  Even my boss had one!  While they were pondering problems or talking on the phone, I would hear the gentle “sssshhh” of the Slinky as the spring was shuffled from one palm to the other.  I’ve always loved Slinky’s and could not wait to buy my own miniature version.

Using the Slinky is a great way to alleviate stress, too.  There is something about the gentle back and forth motion, watching the spring coil and bounce.  The small size is great for sitting on the desk or storing in a drawer.  I passed an office the other day, and someone had somehow managed to uncoil and warp the metal in the center of their Slinky.  Heaven only knows how they managed that feat!  Instead of throwing the destroyed Slinky away, they mounted it on a magnetic platform so that it resembles modern art.

It is great working in an office that appreciates having fun.  None of us is quite daring enough to try “walking” the Slinky toys down the multiple flights of stairs in the building.  Wouldn’t it be fun to have Slinky races?

These little toys also make great gifts.  I enjoy sticking them in gift baskets, holiday stockings, and even as part of a get-well gift.  I buy them from Amazon.com.


The Slinky Jr. Original is a fun addition to our office.  I also have one at home.  It is an inexpensive low-tech toy that is filled with fun!

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,

Copyright 2014 Dawn L. Stewart

Entertaining Two-Surface Cat Scratcher with Toy

Petlinks Dream Curl Two-Surface Scratcher


Pros: creative design, two scratching surfaces, dangling catnip toy

Cons: the toy lasted a month with two very active kitty boys

My rambunctious male cats needed a larger scratching area (other than the furniture!).  So I bought the Petlinks Dream Curl Two-Surface Scratcher.


This carpeted cat scratcher is a sideways “S” shape.  One of the “S” sides includes a 10” x 7” spot, which is filled with sisal.  The one I own is carpeted in a brown/tan weave, and a brown velour-like material lines the bottom.  From the bottom side hangs a catnip ball suspended from an elastic cord.  Overall it measures 19” x 11” x 7”.

My Experiences

I bought this cat scratcher over five years ago, and the cat is still using it.  When I first brought it home, two cats inhabited the house.  (One sadly passed away.)  Both the cats went wild with this scratcher.  They both enjoyed sinking their claws into both the sisal and carpeted areas.  The toy, however, met an unsightly doom.  It took the cats about a month to detach the toy and run off with it.  With only one cat now, this is his favorite cat scratcher.

The Petlinks Dream Curl has held up well over the years.  The part that looks the most worn is the sisal section.  At one point, the sisal was so frayed from cat claws, that I took a pair of scissors and gave the sisal a trim.  The scratcher looked great after the maintenance.  I also enjoy sprinkling a bit of catnip in the lower “S” section.  The cat loves rubbing all over the scratcher and tries to give it a bath.

It looks great in the living room, too.  The carpeted surfaces blend well with the décor.  The scratcher is also compact so that it doesn’t require a lot of dedicated room.


The Petlinks Dream Curl Two-Surface Scratcher was an excellent buy.  It has lasted a long time, and the two different textured scratching surfaces appeal to the felines.  While the toy didn’t last long, the actual cat scratcher is very durable.  This is a winner for us!

I hope you found this review useful.

Enjoy the day,

Copyright 2014 Dawn L. Stewart