Enjoy Canned Ham!

Nope, I haven’t lost my mind. And yes, canned ham is disgusting. But not this kind! He’s a little cutie. And you know you want one.

The Haminal combines all the qualities of a guinea pig, hamster and a pig, crammed into a can. And at only $15 a piece, I may have to order a thousand of them!

Listen, playing with canned ham is certainly better than eating it. But if stuffed veggies are more your thing, check out these must have toys.

Via Serious Eats.

Lead in the Lights...

Here’s good reason not to leave those holiday lights up until spring. A new study in the December issue of the Journal of Environmental Health reveals many types of Christmas lights contain dangerous levels of lead. The plastic coating on the cord sheds lead dust, especially when exposed to sunlight. Although scientists believe the risk is negligible, they are quick to point out, that no amount of lead is safe for children; Discovery News investigates.

And last year, a New Jersey-based research center tested 4 varieties of holiday lights and determined brands like Wal-Mart, GE, Sylvania and Philips, all had lead levels above the 15 microgram limit set by Consumer Product Safety Commission. However, some Philips test samples came back as low as 3.2 micrograms, but Wal-Mart brand lights clocked in as high as 132.7 micrograms of lead. Eek!

Lead lurks in a lot of places. Recently, it was discovered that 1 in 3 toys contain lead. And other things, like fishing tackle, sports turf and garden hoses, also pose a lead risk. To make matter worse, lead exposure has been linked anti-social behavior and criminal acts.

So, for next year, I found these 90% energy-efficient LED lights, the manufacturer claims they’re lead-free, with the exception of the cord; via the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition.

Veggie Last Minute Gifts

If you’re in a panic for that ULTRA last minute gift, maybe Santa will bring you these:

  • Organic Egyptian Cotton Veggies and Crate: $24.00
  • Plan Toy Assorted Fruits and Vegetables: $17.98
  • Yellow Label Kids Knit Fruit Rattles: $42.99

Quite honestly, this stuff could keep me busy for hours!

Via Serious Eats.