Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Awesome Gift Ideas for Tween Girls

    gift ideas for tweensTween girls are some of the hardest people to buy for. You can just as easily hit a home run as a foul ball. Fortunately, the internet makes it easy to avoid the latter. There are some things on the market that are super popular right now that will be a great hit for your pre-teen.

     

    1. Chalkboard Paint: Letting the creativity flow is a great outlet for tweens.  And with this gift you may find out that they are a great artist, or poet.  Here is a great room we found on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/370280400582439746/ You can even use the new chalkboard wall to write down when tests/fieldtrips are for school too so they never forget.
    2. American Girl Dolls: If your daughter already has a collection of dolls, why not get them some new outfits?  We offer a great variety of clothes that fit 18'' American Girl dolls here at The Zoo Factory.
    3.  Cra-Z-Loom: Creating bracelets or jewelry never goes out of style.  Especially if you can making matching one’s for you and your group of girlfriends.  We found them at Toys“R”Us, and they are fairly inexpensive as well for the kit and even if you want to buy an extra bag of bands on the side as well.
    4. Monster High by Lisi Harrison: This book is all about the granddaughter of Frankenstein trying to find her place in her new high school. Guaranteed tween fun and we found it on Amazon.com

    We wish you the best of luck this holiday season hitting the stores for the perfect present for your tween. Hopefully our gift guide helps give you some great ideas for great gifts!

     

  • Adults and Stuffed Animals: Why It’s Okay


    stuffed animalsWe often post about how wonderful stuffed animals are for children, and how they benefit from them. Today, we're going to blow your mind with tips and solid facts as to why it's totally okay for adults to have, and sleep with, teddy bears or other stuffed animals.

    For one thing, a stuffed toy (especially one you've had since childhood) is the thing you turn to when you're upset. This is one friend who has always been there for you, judgment free. Whether you had an argument with a friend or you've done something you're not proud of, you'll seek comfort in this companion. This little guy will never tell you how to feel or that you're wrong, he'll just sit there and let you cuddle all your woes away.

    Everybody does, it's just that nobody talks about it.

    Sleeping with teddy bears is common for adults. A recent study shows that 35% of adults admitted to sleeping with their stuffed animals. That's only the people who admitted it. Surely, some percentage of the people who said “No” are liars.

    Unconditional love and hugs, whenever you want them, are priceless. Even pets get in moods where they don't want to cuddle or hug, and when you need a hug, you need a hug. Large sentimental teddy bears are the perfect comfort huggers.

    If you're pushing 30, 40, or 200, it doesn't matter. If you love your stuffed animal, there's no law or age limit for having a loving companion. A common myth is that there's some psychological reason or issue causing an adult to sleep with and keep his or her stuffed animals. In reality, that's not true. Your stuffed animal simply reduces stress. If the item is sentimental, it could be an attachment to a happy memory, and in that case, it's still a positive comforting presence in your life. Any healthy, mentally stable person could benefit from this.

    Click here to read about many adults who shamelessly love their stuffed animals and shout it with pride! You can also read statistics and celebrities who still keep their stuffed toys in the infographic below!

     

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  • Can't Make a Family Vacation? Send Your Stuffed Animals Instead!

    Stuffed Animal Wanderlust

    Unagi Travel offers a unique experience for your long-loved companion. Maybe you can't take the time off work, or maybe a family vacation is just not in your budget this year, whatever the case may be, there's an intriguingly fun alternative. Send your family's favorite stuffed animals on vacation and receive stunning photographs of your cherished friends in aesthetically stunning scenes and gorgeous landmarks from all over Japan. Maybe you can't see the world just yet, but your lifelong best friend can, and you can create lasting photographs that spark emotion and desire.

    The program, started by Sonoe Azuma, takes your stuffed animal on an adventurous excursion. You can follow the trip on Facebook to feel as if you're really there with your companion. Over 200 toys have already traveled around Japan and the United States.

    To satisfy your burning wanderlust, it could cost thousands of dollars for an enjoyable stay. Sending your stuffed animal can range from $20-$55 dollars and the trip includes a photo CD of all the sightseeing adventures.

     

    Would you send your stuffed animal across the world to venture where you can't go? Share your thoughts or photos of your stuffed animals traveling in our comments section!

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