Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining – What’s Yours?


Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining is a metaphor for optimism in the English language dictionary. How perfect that Poppy, the Troll full of optimism uses it to encourage her fellow Trolls in the new DreamWorks animation film Trolls, especially Branch, the eternal pessimist.

Optimism is a hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.  Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD, an optimism researcher at the University of Kentucky and author of Breaking Murphy’s Law recounted a study in the May Prevention Magazine.

Researchers asked a group of people to use a beautiful piece of classical music to raise their moods, while telling other volunteers simply to listen to the symphony. The result: The concert didn’t help those who were focused on lifting their spirits—but the others wound up feeling much better.

Her analysis on this: “To truly be happy, you have to stop trying,” says Segerstrom. Even monitoring yourself—Am I feeling better yet?—gets in the way, studies show. Instead, aim to be engaged. “Engagement bypasses pessimism,” she says. One reason: When you’re fully involved in something, it can distract you from a pessimist’s favorite pastime—rumination. (That’s what psychologists call the destructive pattern of obsessing endlessly over problems or concerns.)

So what is recommended to turn pessimism to optimism? An Attitude adjustment: Find quick distractions you can use when you realize you’re stuck on the same negative thought, suggests Segerstrom. Try activities that demand your full attention: Go to a yoga class (or a kickboxing or aerobics class, where you have to commit fully to avoid falling on your face). At the office, try calling a friend or switching on some absorbing music.

Want to be a little more optimistic, like Poppy from Trolls? Segerstrom offers up three exercises to become a more optimistic person:

Use your signature strengths in a new way: Researchers asked study participants about their top five strengths—generosity, for instance, or creativity—and then told them to use one of these strengths in a new and different way every day for 1 week. The result? The volunteers measurably increased their happiness for a full 6 months.

Write down the good things: Every day, a group of adults was asked to write down three things that had gone well and why they happened. And again, even though the experiment lasted only 1 week, participants reported feeling happier for 6 months afterward.

Pay a gratitude visit: People were given 1 week to write and then deliver a letter of gratitude in person to someone who had been especially kind to them, but whom they had never thanked properly. The happiness boost from this experiment lasted about 1 month.

Here are some tips from parenting expert, Dr. Karen Reivich on how to help your child become more optimistic:

Go on a Happiness Scavenger Hunt Next time you are taking a walk with your children, ask them to point out anything they notice that makes them smile: a friend waving to them, a bright red cardinal peeking out from a tree limb, the sight of their favorite ice cream shop. This activity teaches your children to notice and share the everyday good things that surround them, and builds optimism and happiness.

Keep a Good Stuff Journal Another way to counteract the negativity bias is to keep a family journal of the good things that happened in the day. I labeled ours the “Good Stuff Journal” and a couple of nights a week, before the kids go to bed, I ask them to share something good that happened that day. I write it down and ask them one question to help them savor the good thing. Sometimes I ask, how did you feel when that happened? Or, how did you contribute to that good thing? Or, what did you like about that good thing?

One of the things that makes us the most optimistic at Pillow Pets is knowing that children and adults take true comfort in Pillow Pets.  Putting a smile on millions of faces worldwide helps us to be happier and in turn, we are more productive, grateful and always happy to hear from fans.

Want to see optimism in action? Checkout the new Trolls movie November 4th in theaters nationwide.

Welcome to Troll Town. Population: Crazy Happy

On November 4th, DreamWorks, the creators of shrek bring us trolls. “a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it.”

Here’s a brief overview of the movie from the DreamWorks Trolls site: This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps – trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

If you love to dance then Trolls has the music to get you moving.  The entire soundtrack was produced by Justin Timberlake and has 5 original songs by artists including Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Ariana Grande and Gwen Stefani.  Plus, there’s a lot of throwback tunes from the ’60s through the ’80s to tweak our nostalgia button.

We “Can’t Stop the Feeling” of excitement for the launch of this new movie by DreamWorks.  The Trolls Pillow Pets and Dream Lites are absolutely adorable and capture the characteristics of these funny creatures perfectly.

Meet Poppy. She can sing, she can dance, she can scrapbook.  Her Poptimistic attitude is infectious and she truly believes that as long as you have love, a song in your heart and you show your true colors, you can solve anything.  Who wouldn’t want to snuggle up to someone with that kind of positive spirit.  See what all of the fun is about here: Pillow Pet Poppy or Poppy Dream Lite.

We found some Fun Facts about Poppy:

  • Loves to sing
  • Eternally optimistic
  • Befriends all manner of little critters
  • Hugs her friends every hour, on the hour
  • Cherishes scrapbooking and crafting invitations
  • Knows everything sounds better with a cowbell
  • Brings everyone together, Troll or otherwise

Branch is quite the opposite.The hardcore survivalist has a more….pessimistic or realistic take on life. His overly cautious, determined outlook prevents him from looking at Poppy’s adorably shiny side of things.  However, if he takes her message to heart, he will let his true colors show and then anything is possible.  See the Branch Pillow Pet and Branch Dream Lite to discover if Branch is a believer.

What to know more about Branch? Hair you go:

  • Always prepared
  • Practical
  • On the lookout for danger
  • Overly cautious
  • Determined
  • NOT a fan of Hug Time

What would life be like without Guy Diamond’s sparkly confidence.  Dressed only in Glitter, Guy Diamond is ready for any party. And to be the life of that party. It’s Sparkle Time whenever Guys around.  Get in on the party with the Guy Diamond Pillow Pet and Guy Diamond Dream Lite.

A little knowledge (and glitter) goes a long way:

  • Popular, but not pompous
  • Shakes off clouds of glitter when he dances
  • Speaks in an auto-tune voice
  • Is the living disco ball at any party

We couldn’t be more ready to Rock & Troll with this bunch of characters.  We look forward to the movie coming out November 4th nationwide.

Leave a Little Sparkle Wherever You Go


Twilight Sparkle is one of the My Little Pony characters by Hasbro.  She stars in Princess Twilight Sparkle, in this new episode, she is busy adjusting to her new wings and her new role as a princess! Just then before the Summer Sun Celebration, Princess Celestia and Luna go missing. The Everfree Forest starts to take over Equestria without them. It’s up to the six friends to discover who is causing all this chaos and along the way, discover the secret of friendship.

About Twilight Sparkle:
Residence: Friendship Rainbow Kingdomcastle, Ponyville (S4E26 onward), Golden Oak Library, Ponyville (season 1 to 4), Canterlot (S1E1), Crystal Princess Palace (toy line)
Gender: Female
Occupation: Ruler of the Friendship Rainbow Kingdom
Princess Twilight Sparkle is super smart and a natural born leader. She is good at helping her pony friends use their skills and talents to get the job done, while discovering new things about herself and all her amazing friends! She also loves to share the magic of learning and discovery with new friends because education is Magic!
Princess Twilight Sparkle has a love of learning unmatched in Equestria. She is a natural leader, a patient friend, an obsessive organizer, and an avid reader. As a young filly in Canterlot, she was chosen by Princess Celestia to study the highest form of magic as the Princess’ apprentice. Seeing Twilight value knowledge over friends, the Princess sent Twilight to Ponyville to learn the magical properties of friendship. Because Twilight not only mastered magic, but also created magic of her own through such friendship, she has been bestowed with wings and the title Princess Twilight Sparkle.
Her friends in Ponyville include:
Fluttershy, a kind and gentle with everyone. She likes to help her pony friends solve their problems. She takes good care of the animals in Ponyville by feeding them and giving them a good home.
Applejack, an honest, friendly and sweet to the core! She is always ready to lend a hoof to help her pony friends. She lives and works at Sweet Apple Acres and she makes sure to take good care of the environment.
Rainbow Dash, an always ready for an adventure with her pony friends. Rain or shine, she is a loyal dependable friend.
Rarity, well known for her generosity. She enjoys designing fashionable clothes for her friends to make them look as fabulous as they are on the inside. She is always happy to share with others.
Pinkie Pie who brings cheer and playfulness to brighten her friends’ days! She loves eating sweets and throwing parties for all her friends. She also enjoys helping people in need and she knows how to turn any frown upside down!
July 30th was Friendship Day which asked people to share a little kindness and show someone the true meaning of friendship. This was a great opportunity for My Little Pony fans to show they know the meaning of friendship and to show others kindness through good deeds, or just being nice.
Your Pillow Pet Twilight Sparkle is the perfect way for you to show others you care – gift this beautiful My Little Pony to a loved one or friend and watch the magic begin.

Wise Words from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, trained in the art of ninjutsu by a wise rat sensei they call Master Splinter. With a sick sewer lair and tough friends like April O’Neil and Casey Jones, the Turtles are about to face evil more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined.

Fighting villains like Shredder, the Kraang and loads of super-powerful mutants, Leo, Donnie, Raph and Mikey will become the heroes they were destined to be, and have loads of fun along the way!

Let’s meet this crime-fighting quartet:

  • Donatello (Donnie) – The scientist, inventor, engineer, and technological genius, Donatello wears a purple mask and wields a bo staff. Donatello is perhaps the least violent turtle, preferring to use his knowledge to solve conflicts, but never hesitates to defend his brothers. He is named after the early Renaissance Italian artist and sculptor from Florence, Donatello.
  • Leonardo (Leo) – The tactical, courageous leader and devoted student of his sensei, Leonardo wears a blue mask and wields two katana. As the most conscientious of the four, he often bears the burden of responsibility for his brothers, which commonly leads to conflict with Raphael. Leonardo was named after the Italian polymath, painter, engineer, inventor, writer, anatomist, and sculptor, Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Michelangelo (Mikey) – The most stereotypical teenager of the team, Michelangelo is a free-spirited, relaxed, and often goofy jokester, and known for his love of pizza. Michelangelo wears an orange mask and wields a pair of nunchucks. He provides the comic relief, though he still has an adventurous side. The least mature of the four Turtles, he shows characteristics of a “surfer” type and is often depicted with a Southern Californian accent. He is named after the Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer, Michelangelo.
  • Raphael (Raph) – The team’s bad boy, Raphael wears a dark red mask and wields a pair of sai. He is physically very strong, has an aggressive nature, and seldom hesitates to throw the first punch. He is often depicted with a very pronounced New York accent. His personality can be fierce and sarcastic, and oftentimes delivers deadpan humor. He is intensely loyal to his brothers and sensei. He is named after the Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance, Raphael.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently a CGI Animated show on Nickelodeon but the hard-shell crime fighting crew has been around for years. A brief timeline of the TMNT:

The first animated series ran from 1987-1996. IN 1997-98 there was a live action series that followed the events of the first three movies. The second animated series aired from 2003-2009 on Fox and CWKids. The third installation began on 2012 and continues today on Nickelodeon.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have appeared in 6 feature films: In the 1990s there was the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, followed in 1992 by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of Ooze and the following year with the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993. A reboot, titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles released on August 8th and a Sequel, Out of the Shadows debuted in 2016.

In addition to seeing them on the small screen and in the movies, fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can bring home their favorite as a Pillow Pet dual-function folding plush stuffed animal by day/pillow by night, or a Dream Lite, the night light with character.