How Mommy Bloggers Are Helping Pick the Hottest Toys of Christmas 2010

a mommy blogger and her child sit at the computer and blog
a mommy blogger and her child sit at the computer and blog

Mommy blogger Lori Cunningham isn't paid for writing about how to make technology simple for busy moms, but her children -- a 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl -- reap the benefits and look forward to the mailman arriving.

Cunningham, who lives outside of Los Angeles, is coveted by technology and toy companies for her blog and the parties she throws to test out their toys and give them away to kids. She was part of the viral marketing campaign to spread the word about the popular Zhu Zhu pets last Christmas -- which are still going strong this year. She was recently given eight free Zhu Zhu pets to give away at her son's birthday party, after which she planned to blog about it and post photos and videos of the party.