Light Up Your Summer Crafts With FBLs!

Aloha, crafters.  With warmer weather comes Summer Crafts.  Adding FBL lights to summer crafts makes for super cool party decor, whether having a couple friends over for a chill patio hang, or a bunch of party animals over for a night swim and dance party.  As one enters said party, imagine being greeted by THIS groovy front door wreath:wreath_front3

Neat-o, huh.  Summer Crafts done with paper cocktail umbrellas are my favorite.  Love that tiki retro vibe, plus with LED lights now readily available & for cheap, it’s a magical match I tell you.  Here are the essential ingredients for your own summer crafts:

  1. FBL battery powered LED String Lights, naturally.
  2. Many colorful paper cocktail umbrellas.  Find ’em in bulk on Amazon.
  3. 1 styrofoam ring found at craft stores.  A twig wreath could work well too.
  4. 1 hot glue gun + sticks!  Aw, my best friend.  Never leave home without my glue gun.

11886_WT_stars_string_lightsStart by attaching your bendy wire string lights.  White LED Stars are the brightest, they rule.  That battery house is simple to conceal behind the wreath, just hot glue it down.  Next zig zag the wire string along the foam ring, bending it as you wish (spread those lights out evenly!), and add dabs of glue along the way to hold in place.  This completes the “skeleton” of your summer craft wreath.  Just pop open those umbrellas & get to piercing them all over the styrofoam!  Easy, right?

wreath_backCheck out the back. NOT a big deal if the glue gets messy, or if toothpicks poke through.  That’ll be our little secret once it’s hung up & on display.  TIP 4 YOU: should you find yourself with a small wreath, break off half of each toothpick to fit the umbrellas nice & snug. ANOTHER ESSENTIAL TIP: overlap the umbrellas to your heart’s content.  The beauty of this part is you can re-pierce each umbrella if you’re not happy with the placement.  Try & try again!  Ya can’t really “mess up”.

For more tiki inspired fun, take a trip down memory lane & have a look at the LED Pineapple Lamp Lights I made a couple summers ago.  *Ooo* they’re gonna look SO lovely next to my new LED Tiki Wreath.  Mahalo, my friends!  Happy Summer, craft it up.pineapples

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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LED Craft Time: Add Fiber Optic Hair Clips To A Wreath

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Good day, dahlings.  Time for another super cool & very simple LED craft.  Our Fiber Optic Hair Clips can be altered to any length for use just about anywhere.  I’m talkin’ Fiber Optic Hair Clips sprouting out of birthday gift bags, added to table centerpieces, chopped & cropped for short hair, sewn into clothing, seriously ANYwhere.  Best hair clips, hands down.

And have you seen these multicolor Fiber Optic Hair Clips up close & personal?  They’re bright as can be thanks to a white LED inside the battery house, plus a cool mix of royal blue, jade green & magenta pink fiber optic strands.  No flash, just a steady glow.  Looks like a sparkling waterfall through your hair.  LOVE!

Since our Fiber Optic Hair Clips are pretty long, I trimmed them to fit a peacock feather wreath found at Michael’s.  So totally easy, you guys, just remember to cut vertical-ish.  Slant those shears!  Do NOT cut straight across, OK?  Channel your inner hairstylist and cut at an extreme angle.  Avoid the blunt cut!  Yes, a light-handed diagonal chop will help keep your fiber optics hair lights looking like stars in the night sky.  Beautiful!  Pictures just don’t do it justice.  Plus in a totally dark room?  WHOA.  Extremely  magical.

IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE! …      You can manipulate the shape of your fiber optic hair lights too.  I ran into a “happy accident” here – left my hair fibers in a car cup holder, hangin’ over the side.  The next day, they had a permanent curve thanks to the heat, so…thanks, Sun!  Basically melted them into the shape of my wreath.  You can curl them like ribbon too ya know, just a bit (be gentle).  And the quickest way to alter the shape of fibers fresh out the package:  pull fibers apart with just a bit of force where they exit the battery house – this will help spread out those tiny points of light.  Pretty!  Our video made for Fiber Optic Centerpieces may help ya as well.

And now for the finished product.  Had to leave room lights on to show you what vivid colors we’re workin’ with and how perfectly our Fiber Optic Hair Lights match peacock feathers. What a dreamy wall decoration and fun conversation starter!

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‘Til next time, craft lovahs.                                                                                                  TCB & DIY ~                                                                                                                           ~ Nikki                                                                                               

Hoppy Days Are Here Again With LED Easter DECOrations!

Weather’s warmin’ up, the sun’s setting later, and FBL Easter Decorations are a delight on spring nights.  Of course we’ve got those cute lil’ low cost novelties you fill Easter baskets with, but did you know we’ve got large-and-in-charge Light Decor that looks cool all season long?  Prepare for more outdoor hangouts when you party with glowing Easter decorations and “Deco” lights!

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Yes sirree, time to break out the FBL “Deco” products.  They are Easter Decoration perfection, with their smooth white shells and ambient color change lights.  The 3″ perfect circles seen above float in water and look nice planted in grass.  Line a walkway with those babies before a party and watch your guests freak out!  In a great way.  We’ve also got oval shaped “decos” to hide in the garden for an Easter egg hunt at dusk.  Words cannot describe just how much kids looooove an event planned with LED Deco Eggs.  Check out how they accentuate an Easter Basket:

easterdecorationslightupeggsMAGIC.  They sell out every year, so act fast, Easter enthusiasts…

Here’s the queen of all Decos:  our jumbo Glowing Orb of Enchantment, measures 10″ in diameter.  This beauty’s absolutely worth its price because it recharges nightly, so no money spent on batteries, it changes color by remote control, and it floats in pools & ponds once removed from charging dock – just dry it off between uses.

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I bought my own rechargeable jumbo Deco Ball when it was new here at FBL, so we’re talkin’ many years ago, and I’m still using it I am proud to say.  We made a great product!  My magical orb lamp brings me a lot of joy at home, and new house guests always “ooo” and “ahh” at it.  Even my grumpy cat enjoys it!  What a sassy sphinx.

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Why yes ^that^ is a true white setting, in addition to the multitudes of rainbow colors I can choose from.  I hear party planners and production coordinators really need that bright white, so we’re pleased to offer it in our recharging Deco Ball.  The customer speaks, and we listen!

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^^^ Also great for Halloween…

Speaking of that essential customer feedback, got any for me?  The comment field below is the perfect way to quickly let us know what you need.  If you’ve got a cool new light craft idea, or are searching for an LED product but just keep striking out, I can help!  Let’s stay in touch, honey bunnies.  Cheers, mates, enjoy your Easter!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Get Some LED Lights In Your Survival Kit STAT.

survival kitRise & shine!  It is time!  To update your survival kit and first aid supplies.  Girl?  You know it’s true.  Fellas too — no more delays, let’s just get it done and then relax knowing you’re prepared.  To make light of a tough situation, I must say that unexpected mayhem & natural disasters can bring out the best in us, when we shift into survival mode and become much more resourceful with ordinary household items.  Betcha never looked at your leftover light up party supplies and thought to yourself, “Survival Kit LIFE SAVERs right here!”  Well the times they are a’changin’.

 

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When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, FBL customer Renee Schwidel wrote us about her impromptu survival kit:  “Love your products and loved them last night.  In NY with no power but were able to play board games with the kids using sunglasses, rings and bracelets.  Another reason to have Flashing Blinky Lights on hand.  You never know when you will be affected by a hurricane or storm.”  True that, my friend!  Happy to read Renee & family stayed safe while entertained.

 

So what are you gonna put in YOUR survival kit(s)?  Renee didn’t have a choice at that time but made it work anyway — love that, go girl.  But YOU, reader, you have a choice.  And here are some of my recommendations to help make it easy on ya:

 

Compact Flashlight.  Little.  Simple.  Suuuuper bright.survivalkit1

 

Wearable LED Head Light with comfy headband.  Love that hands free lighting!survivalkit2

 

Submersible LEDs.  Place them all around the house for more hands-free lighting.  They are way bright and long lasting, plus waterproof when you screw ’em together tight.  Though they come in every color, and even slow color change, it is white submersibles that will come in most handy when the power’s out.survivalkit7

 

LED Light Sticks on Lanyards.  Also way bright.  That’s the name of the game here. survivalkit5

 

Glow Sticks.  Cheap!  Eye-catching.  Easy.  Did I mention cheap?  And no batteries required — just crack ’em, shake ’em up and stay visible.  Helpful hints: green is the brightest, and shelf life = a few years for optimum brightness.survivalkit8

 

Blinking LED Whistles.  Loud & eye catching, nuff said.survivalkit9

 

Affordable effective stuff, right?  It’s comforting to know you’ll get by A.O.K. if you lose power for a night or 2 or 3.  I put some inexpensive replacement batteries in my survival kit as well, how ’bout them apples?  Preparedness ON TOP OF being prepared, go me.  And if you’re a pet owner, don’t forget about those loyal fur babies – toss in some extra LED pet supplies too.

In closing, check out this neat video of what’s going on out there during a big city power outage.  Take it from Renee: stay safely lit inside, folks, and enjoy this eerie adventure:

 

 

Y’all take good care of each other out there, OK?

TCB & DIY ~
~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

 

Adorable Affordable Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day

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Ready to spoil the sweethearts in your life?  It won’t take much money.  Fresh unique Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day used to be hard to come by, but now that we live in the age of LED party supplies, the decision is simple:  light up your love life!  “I Love You” Fans make for awesome Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas, available in both pink and red.  Fun for year-round appreciated buddies too:

Like an electronic Valentine card, no envelope required, and certainly no programming on your part.  Just fire it up and watch your loved one melt!  Talk about a feel-good moment.  You may get showered with hugs & kisses in return – you have been warned.  Here are more of my own personal favorite Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day:

Pink LED Light Beads.  Our deluxe style’s accentuated by shiny purple & silver beads throughout.  Or go with our lower cost 1-color version — got pink & red, plus even more colors for other holidays!  IT’S A HIT:Deluxe_LED_Beads

New Blinky Heart Charm Bracelets, for both adults and “half pints”!  Just, adorbs:
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Glowing Red Roses.  Hand ’em out 1-by-1 to make many smile, or gather a bunch in a vase for a super cool bouquet your sweetheart will love:LED_red_rose

Color Change LED Deco Roses, and these ones safely float in water.  Ooo-lala!  Romance is alive & well when these babies are set adrift:color_change_LED_deco_floating_roses

Le Groovy Heart Ring.  Its lights flash like a heartbeat, so its a tiny yet mega-eye-catching lil’ treat, plus buying it in bulk is gonna be mega affordable.  Pop these in some party goodie bags along with candy and traditional Valentine cards, done & done:10403_groovy_heart_ring_600

Sparkling LED Acrylic Heart Necklace is the bee’s knees!  I mean, it’s got glitter in it.  How can one go wrong when there’s glitter involved?  It’s just not possible…10558_acrylic_heart_necklacev9_600

One year, I took those same glittery heart charms off their lanyard necklaces and attached each to my store-bought Valentine cards – ain’t that a cute idea? :gift_ideas_valentines_day

For those in the crafty spirit, check this cute/simple gift idea:

  • Get a silk flower from the craft store,
  • Chop off its back, making it flat as possible,
  • Adhere a clamp-like hair clip to the back (hot glue has always worked for me),
  • Then the best part:  glue a Slow Color Change LED in the flower’s center, pop it in your locks, and get ready to rock & roll:

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It’s almost TOO easy!  ‘Til next time, lovebirds.  Drop me a line in the comment field if you need help with your holiday light crafts – I am always here to help.  And don’t forget to visit our Pinterest too, chock full of cool ideas.

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Tacky Christmas Sweaters: Still All The Rage.

Ahoy.sign_off_pic  Last we talked Tacky Christmas Sweaters, we explored how to improve an ordinary plain sweater with ever-enhancing LED lights.  Easy as pie.  Since then, Tacky Christmas Sweaters have taken off like a rocket ship.  There’s an insane amount of funny sweater designs out there, guys!  So it’s no longer a challenge to find something unique, and ya don’t have to break the bank to win that “Ugly” Sweater Contest.

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As FBL gears up for the annual company Christmas party, many of us are preparing our own Tacky Christmas Sweaters for a fierce competition.  We’re encouraging our team to GET WACKY with it, add lights & flare, there is really no other way!  OH there will be prizes & pictures!  Stay tuned for that magic…  In the meantime, check out this ol’ thrift store trophy I spruced up with Battery Powered Wire String Lights & old tree decorations.  BEHOLD the power of a glue gun and doo-dads!  Winner winner chicken dinner!  Someone’s going to feel very accomplished upon receiving this, lemme tell ya…

tacky_christmas_sweater2Here’s one of my faves from last year:  FBL customer service rep Awesome Adriana.  This kind-hearted woman took craftiness to a whole new level when she connected a stuffed animal to her Christmas Sweater for constant companionship.  Cute idea!  I spy even more ingredients needed for extra sass:  flower trim, sparkly ribbons and our LED lights for arts & crafts.  WELL done, girl, A+++.

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Here’s last year’s big winner, Vivacious Vero!  How’s that for team spirit?  She’s not only an essential part of our hard-workin’ custom print department, but she is a creative mastermind – just look at her use of our Magic Spin Christmas Tree Wand! Love the slow color change Acrylic Snowflake Ornaments as well.  Above & beyond, this one.

tacky_christmas_sweaters5When I’m party plannin’, it’s only right that I opt out of the contest.  But I can still get into it!  Check this light up tinsel garland boa I wove together in under 5 minutes, thanks to our LED String Lights – same product used on the trophy.  I kept the battery house in my pocket, simple. In addition to FBL Lights, I am also a huge fan of cats with laserbeam eyes.

SantasHelpersHere’s a bonus shot of a rockin’ FBL customer who sports more than Tacky Christmas Sweaters, and she gets creative with larger products; not just the micro lights. This Christmas skirt’s got our slow color change Mini Gift Ornaments inside & around the layers of tulle.  Nooooo way!  YES way.  Those Glowing Gift Ornaments come in a larger size too FYI.  Now if that’s not thinking outside the box, then I don’t know what is.  Pun intended.

***UPDATE*** since our last company Christmas party:  the big winner of our DIY Ugly Sweater Contest is FBL customer service rep & marketing extraordinaire ANDREW DODSON! (son) ((son)) (((dramatic echo)))  Congratulations, mate.  It is an honor to work with such a creative dude and good person.  D-Trump, eat your heart out – get a load of that sweater…

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‘Til next time, amigos!

Happy holidays from all of us at FBL.  Y’all come back now, ya hear?

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FBL Toy Swords Put To The Test At Swordplay LA!

Love LED Toy Swords like we do?  Check out this coolness.  FBL was fortunate enough to attend an Action Events birthday party at Swordplay LA in Burbank, CA, and it was a blast.  Their staff is amazing with kids:  knowledgeable, skilled, patient & funny.  These guys really know what they’re doing.  We met them back in 2008, when they placed their first FBL order, then they continued to recommend us to their clients in need of well-made toy swords for practice moves (very kind of ya – thanks, guys).  So on this particular afternoon, it was extra special to pop in for a day & watch them put our expandable sabers TO THE TEST.  Dark side ain’t got nothin’ on us:

This is our future!  AWESOME.

Sooo cute, right?  Light Up Toy Swords never fail to bring out the adventurous spirit in little ones.  Above swords are our blue-only option, we have red as well, plus multicolor – my favorite.  In a dimly lit room or at a night time event, they look super cool:

LOVE multicolor!  They flash, they slow change, they blink, or set all its lights on steady as you wish. These are best of the best toy swords when play battling, and I’ll tell ya why.  It’s all about that THREADING where “blade” meets handle, sturdy as can be, so feel free to get jiggy with it.

Thanks again to Action Events by Swordplay LA.  Be sure to check ’em out if you too are in Southern California & in the market for a fun, unique party.  ‘Til next time, light fans!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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Easy Christmas Craft Idea: Make A Light Up Mistletoe Ball!

Pucker up, buttercup.  ‘Tis the season for a good ol’ fashioned Christmas Craft. Well, “old fashioned” not so much now that LED lights are readily available. And actually dare I say Christmas craft because I hear “kissing ball” ornaments are becoming a year round thing, did you know this??  News to me.  Thanks, Pinterest, I really am learning somethin’ new every day.  Here’s hoping I can teach Pinterest a thing or 2 — check out FBL’s own simple craft for the holidays.  Making DIY Light Up Mistletoe makes for a fun gift to give at holiday parties…

11886_WT_stars_string_lights*Ooo* la la!  This Christmas Craft can be done in a jiffy with our battery-powered LED string lights, available is many shapes. Above’s cute lil’ green trees, and my favorite to the left is steady white stars, dainty & magical. Wrap them around a mistletoe ball, or floral KISSING ball if you will, and *voila!* Hide the battery house within your Christmas craft, in the ball itself OR in a pocket should you use these babies on a tacky Christmas sweater – oh please do, you will not regret it!  More pics of that magic craft coming soon…

‘Til next time, light crafters!

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

LED “Up-Lighting” Makes Jack-O-Lanterns Glow Safely

It’s been called a Centerpiece Light.  Some call it a Vase Base.  I call it easy breezy portable LED Up-Lighting.  You’ve seen such vibey lights at wedding receptions, high school reunions and swanky night events.  But have you ever thought to use Up-Lighting with your Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns?  Oh yes, this is so great for parents with curious tiny humans running around.  No fire?  No problem:

Spooky cute!  Replacing candles with LED Up-Lighting is way too easy.  We just made sure to carve the pumpkin hole beneath its glowing grin.  That’s it!  Leave the top on your pumpkin this year- don’t carve up there, don’t even touch it, and let your LED Base work its magic from below.  Last Halloween, I paired this product with spooky bottles:

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 How ya like them poison apples?  I KNOW.  Too fab for words.  I’ve got some Tim-Burton-loving, DIY-haunted-house-constructing pals who are going to make use of this lighting effect year round — you’re welcome, friends.  And in case you weren’t sold already…

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MORE reasons why FBL Up Lighting rules:

No heat!  Fire is so last season, you guys, ditch those flames and never look back.

  • Pressure activated.  Unpackage, flip the switch, set your weighted decorative piece on top of your Light Base and *voila!*
  • Up-Lighting works wonders beneath bar bottles on display, ice sculptures, glass trophies, translucent works of art and so much more!  Creative types, I know you’re already brainstorming great ideas – do share in the comments below…
  • These LEDs are bright and long lasting thanks to 3 replaceable AAA Batteries.  Lights inside will shine like stars beyond the course of your event.
  • And check this out:  we’re open to your opinion about which solid colors to carry next.  What do you think, good-people-who-buy?  We’re pleased to offer Blue, WhiteMulticolor as you seen in the video, and now unique Purple for Glow Parties.

For dapper cadavers on a smaller scale, be sure to check out our LED Submersibles for an equally mesmerizing effect.  Tiny lights.  Big shine:

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Happy hauntings, light loves, have a wonderful holiday and STAY SAFE.

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TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

 

NERD ALERT: FBL Geek Gifts Live Long & Prosper

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FACT:  Nerds love lights.  They’re the dynamic duo.  They go together like peas & carrots -nay- SciFi & Fantasy!  And FBL’s got surprisingly affordable Geek Gifts, so what a perfect partnership we’ve found in Club Cosplay.  They throw grandiose costume parties (for adults!!), immersed in pop culture & geeky goodness, plus they’re really branchin’ out from L.A. & coming to a city near you.  We sent our Cosplay buds some geek gifts in the form of LED Cheer Sticks, and photographer Jennifer Stockert captured the magic:

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Do these nerds know how to party or what?!  Our lights looked like mini sabers bouncing around the dance floor – ’tis a gorgeous sight.  And it was THEE coolest seeing handcrafted LED light costumes all about – this creative crowd knows what’s up.  Thanks to CC, we’ve been able to connect with even more families in need of geek gifts regularly, be it costume accessories for Comic Con, or party favors for their kids’ birthday parties, the next generation:

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Kid tested, party approved.  WELL done, parents.  Check out our latest geek treat:  The Pink Saber.  Pretty unique color, right?  It’s my new favorite.  This bargain-priced slim saber comes in classic colors blue, red and green too.

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MORE geek gifts you say?!  Why SURE!  We got that.  Here, follow me, let’s take a tour of the FBL classics:

futureshadesLED Futuristic Shades.  They boldly go where no shades have gone before.  Folks are gonna wonder if you can beam them up, or if they can take you to their leader.  So be prepared for the inquisitions, earthling.  Special thanks to Andrew & Jessie here for the customer action shot.  If memory serves me right, they were at a Devo concert.  Excellent use of your Light-Ups, guys!

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Next is our original & best selling LED Novelty Saber.  It’s got that “realistic” look going for it, plus way under 5 bucks a piece if you’re buying wholesale, and that cannot be beat.  Saber favors for the entire party without breaking the bank – everyone wins!!  Ya get color choices with this LED saber:  change its glowing steady light from blue to red to green, plus a separate button controls motion activated space battle sound effects.  RAD.

Connecting_Swords_bothDouble Sabers are legit.  Whether on the darker or lighter side of life, we’ve gotcha covered.  And BONUS:  these can be detached in the center.  Split ’em up for money savin’ purposes, or if your mini jedi-in-training is not yet tall enough for the almighty double saber.  Space sound effects go off all the while LED lights are powered on – so no separate button for sound on this one, OK parents?  The kids love it.

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For y’all action stars who seriously BATTLE, you should go with our Expanding Sabers.  This compact light sword comes in traditional blue & red, however multicolor rules MY world because of its warp-speed flash function that makes trippy trails as you wave it in the air, and its mystical magical slow color change – oh it is just dreamy.  So what’s its secret to withstanding the hits of play battles?  The answer lies in this informative special report.

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Now we mustn’t forget Space Blasters.  We’ve got lots of shiny sleek styles, all with spacey ray gun sound effects because that’s what our customers want. Some have spinning lights that hypnotize and mesmerize, some strictly blink & beep & boop & bop.  What’s unanimous here is they are SAFE and FUN. That’s the FBL way!

Well space folk, I hope you enjoyed my tour de jour of FBL geek gifts – this is just the beginning.  Special thanks to Club Cosplay and Jennifer Stockert – we send you light years of gratitude.  ‘Til next time…

TCB & DIY ~

~ Flashing Blinky Nikki

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