#WinniethePoohDay

January 18th is #WinniethePoohDay and we are thrilled to celebrate this wonderful children’s classic.  The lovable characters from this delightful book have come to life as Pillow Pets stuffed animals by day, pillow by night including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore.

The classic tale written by A.A. Milne is based on a real life bear that was purchased by a Canadian Military Unit on its way to World War I.  The Brigade captain named the bear Winnipeg for his hometown and “Winnie” for short.  When the Brigade was sent from England to France, the Brigade captain donated the bear to the London Zoo.

Well, that bear was a favorite of Christopher Robin, the son of A.A. Milne who renamed his favorite stuffed animal Winnie after the real bear.  A.A. Milne then began to spin a wonderful tale of characters that lived together in the Hundred Acre Wood. Of course there was Winnie the Pooh but Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger, Kanga and Roo were also based on stuffed animals that belonged to Christopher Robin.

The author, A.A. Milne based the Hundred Acre Wood on the area that surrounded his property in Sussex England.  This is truly a case of writing what you now…stuffed animals, woods, bears and more. The first Winnie the Pooh book was published in 1926 by Methuen.

Walt Disney’s daughters were huge fans of the Winnie the Pooh series and it inspired Walt Disney to bring this classic to film.  In 1977 the first feature film was released under the name The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

So what became of the original Winnie from the Zoo? The success of Milne’s books made Winnie more famous than ever. When she passed away in 1934 at the age of 20, her death made news around the world.  The boy Christopher Robin grew up to open a bookshop in England despite having found all of the fame from Winnie the Pooh to be terribly intrusive on his childhood having been a reluctant participant in the fame and glory of his father.

The Winnie the Pooh ride at Disneyland is a rolling look through the story and is described on the Disney page:

Glide and bounce and swirl through some of the most popular scenes and settings of Winnie the Pooh. Hop into a giant, 6-person beehive and get lost in the pages of A.A. Milne’s classic tales, as you journey to Hundred Acre Wood. Magically make your way through a colorful, song-filled storybook wonderland and experience a menagerie of kooky adventures, including:

  • A Blustery Day in Hundred Acre Wood
    Get swept up in a gust of wind with Piglet, Gopher, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo.
  • A Rainy Place
    Join Eeyore, Roo, Kanga, Rabbit, Owl and Tigger in a torrential downpour as they band together to stay afloat.
  • Heffalumps and Woozles
    Enter a dream world where singing Heffalumps and Woozles spring up and down, giggle and wiggle, and try to steal honey.
  • A Party for Pooh
    Celebrate sunny days and togetherness before leaving the pages of Hundred Acre Wood as Pooh finally gets his paws on some yummy honey.

The Winnie the Pooh classic books have inspired some inspirational quotes:

  • On Dreams…“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams we can be together all the time.
  • On Everlasting Love…“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”
  • On Self Esteem…“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
  • On Remembering…“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”
  • On Love…Piglet: “How do you spell love?” Pooh: “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”
  • On Thoughtfulness: “A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”

You can enjoy your favorite Pooh character as a Pillow Pet like Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore or even an Eeyore Jumboz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year! Did you make a resolution?

What was your New Year’s Resolution? Here at Pillow Pets, our resolution is to continue to provide our customers with the highest quality products in characters that they love.

Let’s see what a few of our favorites came up with for the New Year:

Poppy: To be more Poptmistic!

Branch: To smile more, grump less.

Guy Diamond: Spread glitter wherever he goes.

Cotton Candy Unicorn: To make the world sweeter.

Cookie Pup: To eat more chocolate cookies.

Pupcake: Spread more vanilla frosting scented love.

Gummi Pup: Make sure candy dishes around the world are filled with delicious gummy candy.

Watermelon Ladybug: Plant fresh flowers for spring to match her adorable hat.

Popcorn Panda: See more movies and make sure to have buttery popcorn with it.

Ice Pop Penguin: Travel to sunny vacation spots.

Marshall: Find more fire hydrants.

Chase: Catch as many bad guys as he can.

Skye: To protect her neighborhood, friends and family.

Kion: Keep making his Dad proud.

Pua: Have many adventures with his friend Moana.

Dory: Just keep swimming!

Nemo: Spend more time with his friends.

Sharky Shark: Watch the “Shallows” and “Jaws” with friends.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse: Spend more quality time with family.

So where did New Year’s resolutions come from? According to History.com

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year—though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted. During a massive 12-day religious festival known as Akitu, the Babylonians crowned a new king or reaffirmed their loyalty to the reigning king. They also made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. These promises could be considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions. If the Babylonians kept to their word, their (pagan) gods would bestow favor on them for the coming year. If not, they would fall out of the gods’ favor—a place no one wanted to be.

The top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 are:

  1. Lose weight or eat healthier
  2. Life or self improvements
  3. Make better financial decisions
  4. Quit smoking
  5. Do more exciting things
  6. Spend more time with family/close friends
  7. Work out more often
  8. Learning something new
  9. Do more good deeds for others
  10. Find the love of my life

A study done by the University of Scranton indicates just 8% of people meet their New Year’s resolutions goals. Suggestions for keeping them include keeping the goals short, make them tangible so you can see the results, and be specific. Others recommend sharing goals with family and friends so they can help you meet them. Scheduling your goals into your daily or weekly life will help you keep them.  Doing something is better than doing nothing. And, don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail to keep your goals.

As we mentioned, our goal this year is to provide you with new, exciting and high quality products. Please visit us at PillowPets.com and sign up for our email list. You will be notified of sales, new releases and other updates.

We also want to hear from you! Add us to your social media family:

Have an amazing 2017!

 

 

Last Minute Gifts – Get 15% Off Site Wide Sale

15off_fb

The holiday shopping season is fading quickly and now is the time to save with our best deal -get 15% off site wide. So many great ways to give this year.

Pillow Pets Disney Characters: Sven, Olaf, Dory, Nemo, Arlo, Kion, Simba, Eeyore, Sheriff Callie, Lambie and Pumpkin and Beauty

Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Chase, Marshall and Skye. Or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donateloo or Raphael.

DreamWorks Trolls, Poppy, Guy Diamond or Branch. Plus, we have the Veggie Tales, Bob and Larry.

Try something yummy from our new Sweet Scented Pillow Pets. Meet Cotton Candy Unicorn, Gummi Pup, Cookie Pup, Pupcake, Ice Pop Penguin, Popcorn Panda, and Watermelon Ladybug.

Our classic styles like the Moose, Elephant, Puppy meet with our newer styles like Jenna Giraffe, XOXO Elephant and Cotton Candy Puppy.

Dream Lites light up the night in fun characters like Nemo, Minnie Mouse, Olaf, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Chase and Marshall.

Jumboz Pillow Pets are super fun for everyone.  Available in classic styles like Puppy, Moose, Penguin and Panda or bring home your favorite character, Olaf from Frozen, Nemo from Finding Nemo, Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

Pillow Pets accessories abound with Poucheez Backpack Clips available in fun characters, they make great place to stash keys, change, ID or just decorate a backpack.  FabTablets tablet covers are an adorably soft way to keep your tablet safe and protected. Pajamas, Slippers, Sweatshirts are a fun way to show your Pillow Pets spirit.  These make great gifts and stocking stuffers as well.

So, what type of giver are you?  We went to Psychology Today to see the various types of giving categories which broke it down to the Genuine Giver, someone who truly enjoys giving.  The Status Hound, someone who wants to show their money or power. The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing who wants to be thought of as a generous giver but would equally be happy giving cash or a check.  The Power Player who manipulates the gift giving experience and the Complainer who likes to discuss all of the inconveniences it took to get you the perfect gift.

So is it really better to give than receive?  Is there a science behind it? Well, it can be said that giving helps relieve stress in the body. Again, Psychology Today provides some answers:

In one survey of over 600 U.S. citizens, one study found that spending money on others predicted greater happiness whereas spending money on oneself did not, and this pattern was found across all income levels. In other words, even those with little money reported greater happiness when their proportion of spending on others, relative to the self, was greater.

Most of us probably start out with the best intentions, make lists, search for sales and deals on favorite products and then before we know it we are running behind schedule struggling to get every last gift. Forgot the kids teachers? Your Best Friend? Do your kids want to give to their friends? The list can really grow. The best intentions are to plan and shop early but we all know that those quickly get turned into last minute needs- Pillow Pets is here to help. Get 15% off now site wide. Pillow Pets

Top Reasons Parents Love Pillow Pets

fb_parents-love-pillow-petsb

Pillow Pets has been a top brand in households since 2010.  What started out as an easy way to clean up a room launched a whole new category of product. A dual function stuffed animal by day, pillow by night became the brand that parents and children loved. Who can forget our first commercial jingle: “It’s a Pillow, It’s a Pet, It’s a Pillow Pet.”

Over 30 million Pillow Pets have been sold over the years and its easy to see why.  See what these parents (and kids) are saying about Pillow Pets:

“This is absolutely the best invention ever. It is soft and cuddly and made of a very high quality material”

“I like the fact that these could fold up into a stuffed animal and then fold out into a pillow. He’s a great use on camping or if your child goes to stay the night at a friends house they can take them with them easily and always have stuff in one pillow all-in-one.”

“He’s perfect for travel!”

“The fur is SO soft. It feels nice against your face, and is very relaxing to run the fur through your fingers. When laying your head on this, if you have your nose close to the patch, you can definitely smell cookies. It’s surprising how close the scent is to ACTUAL cookies. 🙂 I love that the underside is covered in chocolate chips and cookies. It totally brings this dog together.”

“I’ve been a reluctant fan of the pillow pets since my daughter’s first one; they are well made and a great design, I even like how they include attached Velcro covers for when the pet is flat so that the Velcro lasts longer.”

“It has a very pleasing scent which is strong enough to know what it is, but not overpowering.” (RE: Ice Pop Penguin)

“They’re not kidding when thy say they last they’re cute and their useful.I’m in college and I sleep with mine every night.”

“I love these because they can open to a soft pillow and use them in car rides or to cuddle with and there is a variety of animals”

“Thank you for making pillow pets they’re amazing each of my 4 kids have one including the nightlight ones my kids LOVE them and take them everywhere sleep overs .. Long car rides and will bring it downstairs just to lay with and watch tv amazing stuffed animal pillows that make my kids so happy”

“I’m 19 and I love this product. I only have one and I got it years ago but I still use it to this day. it’s so convenient to have especially when your laying down and want your head to be elevated a little bit ( which is what I use it for 24/7 ) and I love it.”

“Pillow pets in general are the greatest things ever!! I have three and a majority of my friends have them and they are all just very adorable and soft. They are created with the perfect materials, I love them so much!!”

“We have three of these around the house and the boys love them! they are great lounging pillows and are perfect for movie nights. also the themes are perfect for when one of them is really into a specific character.”

“Our kids love their pillow pets! They are very good quality and last forever. Many different pets to choose from – a good variety for boys and girls. Reasonably priced as well.”

Moms, kids, pets…everyone loves Pillow Pets.  It’s a Pillow, It’s a Pet, It’s a Pillow Pet!