Fill your Easter Basket with Sweetness!

Sweet Scented Pillow Pets are a great Easter gift on their own or as part of a basket. There are so many delicious smells to add to the Easter Fun:

Popcorn Panda smells like just popped, buttery movie popcorn. Make it a complete movie themed basket with a DVD or gift certificate for Redbox, a few bags of boxed movie style candy and a bag of popcorn.

Ice Pop Penguin is like summer in a stuffed animal with the delicious flavor of an orange ice pop. Design a summer themed gift basket and add a pair of sunglasses, some pool floaties, flip flops and a beach towel.  Use a beach pail instead of a basket.

Bring a touch of whimsy to Easter with the fresh spun Cotton Candy Unicorn.  Use a pink or purple basket and make a princess themed basket.  Add in a crown, wand and other sparkly goodies.

Pupcake delivers cupcakes with sugary vanilla frosting. Make this gift basket extra special by adding a few Easter themed cupcakes to the basket. Or, add in everything you need to decorate your own cupcakes; sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, food coloring, and cupcake decorations.

Gummi Pup is the fruity scent of the favorite gummy candy. Add Gummi Pup to your Easter Basket with a few different varieties of gummy candies. There are so many fun shapes to choose from.

Cookie Pup brings back the scent of ooey-gooey chocolatey just-out-of-the oven chocolate chip cookies. Make it a cookie themed basket and bake up some oval shaped chocolate chip cookies.  Or, add a spatula, oven mitts, a bag of chocolate chips and a mason jar layered with all the dry ingredients for home made chocolate chip cookies.

Watermelon Ladybug is reminiscent of a visit to a spring watermelon patch. Add in a variety of spring themed goodies like outdoor gardening tools and seeds.

Blueberry Muffin Bear smells just like a fresh baked blueberry muffin. Make an adorable blueberry themed basket with other blueberry scented treats. Or, add a blueberry muffin mix or fresh baked blueberry muffins to the basket.

You’ll feel like you just sat down at a diner with a freshly blended strawberry milkshake with the Strawberry Milkshake Cow. Add a gift certificate for a local diner or ice cream restaurant.

Enjoy the scent of a newly unwrapped piece of pink bubble gum with Bubble Gum Piggy. Make a bubble themed kit – add in bubbles and different sized bubble wands. A few pieces of favorite bubble gum candy or some gum balls too.

What should you put in your Easter Basket – you can use the suggestions above or you can make up your own.

  • First take an over sized basket – purchase or paint your own in a pastel color.
  • Add grass – store bought or you can make your own, just shred colored paper in your home shredder.
  • Sweet Scented Pet – add a Sweet Scented Pet to the center of the basket.
  • Add your goodies as listed above.
  • Wrap with cellophane and a big bow.

Feel like decorating eggs? Go traditional or start a new trend.

You can purchase the store dye kit or you can make your own dye:

Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food color in a cup to achieve desired colors. Repeat for each color. Dip hard-cooked eggs in dye for about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon, wire egg holder or tongs to add and remove eggs from dye.

Not in the mood to dye your eggs? Here are some fun alternative ideas:

  • Use temporary tattoos and rub them onto the eggs.
  • Glue tissue paper cutouts in Easter or spring themed shapes onto the eggs.
  • Duct tape – there are so many fun and colorful styles of duct tape.
  • Water color paint using small brushes.

Can you find the eggs?

An Easter Egg Hunt is a great way to entertain the children, capture great memories with photos and video, and give out extra treats. If you have children of different ages attending you may want to have a system in place to make sure that everyone gets their fair share.

Set different times – you can have different divisions broken up by ages. You can either hide eggs between the “rounds” so there is a replenished supply. Or, you can set each age group in a different part of the house or yard.

Set different colored eggs – you can purchase the plastic Easter eggs from a local party supply store and designate a color or theme for each age division.

Or, let everyone go out at once but limit the number of eggs each person can get. Make sure you have an amount that is equally divisible by the number of guests attending the hunt. Make a few extra just in case there are spills or lost eggs. These can easily be slipped in at the last minute.

Also, make sure you draw a map of where and how many eggs you are hiding so you can make sure that none get left behind. You don’t want to leave any for animals, insects or get them confused for next year’s celebration.

No matter how you build your Easter festivities, it is a nice tradition to share with friends and family.As a special holiday treat, order any Sweet Scented Pillow Pet before Easter and you will receive free shipping.

Since it is always nice to give back, don’t forget to add a donation or round up at checkout to help Family Reach. Family Reach provides a financial lifeline to families facing a cancer diagnosis.

Spring Cleaning Sale

We are having a Spring Cleaning Sale! It’s such a great way to save on your favorite movie, film, television and original Pillow Pets characters.  You’ll save on Trolls Pillow Pets and Dream Lites, Dory and Nemo Dream Lites, Backpacks, Purses and Helmets.

The Trolls Pillow Pets and Dream Lites follow DreamWorks hit move Trolls. Trolls 2 takes place in April 2020 but that is a long time to wait and see Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake reprise their roles as Poppy and Branch.  Take advantage of this great sale and purchase a Poppy Pillow Pet and Dream Lite. At this price you can bundle them and make a great gift package. Or, give one now and save one for a later time.  These are also available in a Guy Diamond Pillow Pet and Dream Lite as well as a Branch Pillow Pet and Dream Lite.

Dory and Nemo, the break out stars of Disney’s Finding Nemo and the sequel Finding Dory are the cutest Dream Lites. They make great décor in any sea, beach or island themed room.   Dream Lites have a timer you can set for 20-minutes which allows little ones to drift off to a peaceful night’s sleep.  Hues of various colors transition while shining stars and the matching icon on the ceiling. These make a great gift for a toddler just learning to sleep in a darkened room.  At this price, buy two and give one to the grandparents to keep at their house for overnights.

Pillow Pets Backpacks are being retired and this is a great opportunity to get one to collect or use for overnights, slumber parties, gifts or a back-to-school present.   Some of our favorite Disney characters are available as backpacks including Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse.  Also, Pillow Pets favorite characters like the Zebra, Dog, Panda and Flower Power Cat are also available at a discounted price. A great gift idea: zip a pair of Pillow Pet PJs and Slippers into the Backpack for an extra fun gift pack.

The Pillow Pets purses are a great way to have stylish fun and tote your stuff around.  Pick from the Dog, Rainbow Bear, Flower Power Cat, Panda or Leopard.  The purse is roomy enough to hold a cell phone, tablet, book and more goodies.  This is definitely the plushest purse around.  Soft and with fun characters that will put a smile on anyone’s face.  For a super fun and special gift add a matching Poucheez clip.

The weather warms up and the kids are extremely excited to get outside for some exercise and play time.  Pillow Pets character-inspired plush helmets that encourage kids to exercise safety on their bicycles, scooters, rollerblades and skateboards in a fun way. The Tricksters Helmets launch includes five different styles: Rainbow Bear, Flower Power Cat, Lulu Leopard, Comfy Panda and Snuggly Puppy.

Tricksters Helmets are:

-CPSC certified: complies with CPSC and ASTMf1492 safety standards
– Molded 3D helmet design with 100% plush Chenille outer lining
-Shock-absorbing EPS inner shell protects the head.
-Aerodynamic cooling vents keep your head nice and cool.
-Nylon straps adjust for a great fit around your chin.

An adjustable fitting dial makes Trickster helmets fit every head perfectly. Available in two sizes, small and medium.  In addition to promoting bike safety, these playful kids’ helmets make it easy for parents to overcome the potentially challenging process of convincing their child to wear a helmet during outdoor activities.

Tricksters can be paired with the gift of a bicycle, roller blades or skateboard. Or, you can make a theme gift and put a Dog Trickster, Dog Pillow Pet, Dog Slippers and Dog Backpack together for a fun surprise. We also have multiple Pillow Pets products available in Panda, Flower Power Cat, Leopard and more.

Make sure and check out the the Spring Cleaning Sale before its gone!

And the Oscar Goes to….

We were thrilled that two of our Pillow Pets favorites were nominated for an Oscar last night. Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling from the movie Trolls was nominated for best song and Moana was nominated for best animated feature. Two categories of Oscar fun to watch, root for and celebrate!

According to the Academy of Motion Picture & Sciences, an animated feature is defined as a motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time.

How did the Oscars get started? During a dinner at his home, M-G-M studio chief Louis B. Mayer and his guests talked about creating an organized group to benefit the film industry. A week later, 36 invitees from all the creative branches of the film industry dined at Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel to hear a proposal to found the International Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Articles of incorporation were soon presented and officers were elected with Douglas Fairbanks as president. This was in 1927. A lot of movies and ceremonies have been enjoyed since this time.

When was the first Academy Awards Ceremony? The first Academy Awards ceremony was a May 16 banquet at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Blossom Room with 270 attendees. Recipients were announced three months earlier; the next year the Academy kept the results secret but gave an advance list to newspapers for publication at 11 p.m. This continued until 1940 when the Los Angeles Times published the winners in its evening edition – readily available to arriving guests. That prompted the sealed-envelope system in use today. By the second year, enthusiasm for the Awards was such that a Los Angeles radio station produced a live broadcast.

When was the first ceremony broadcast? In 1953 the first televised Oscar ceremony enabled millions throughout the United States and Canada to watch the proceedings. In 2002 The Academy’s film archive moved to a new facility, the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study at 1313 Vine Street. The complex was built in the 1940s as the Don Lee-Mutual Broadcasting building, and sound stages were converted into vaults to house the archive’s holdings. The Center now houses the Science and Technology Council and other departments and has a 286-seat theater. The Animated Feature Film Award was established, with “Shrek” winning for films released in 2001. The ceremony took place at the new Kodak Theatre, built with input from the Academy. The Oscars are still held at the same location, now known as the Dolby Theatre.

Who votes for nominees? Over 7000 members makeup the voting committee.All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.Nominations voting is conducted using both paper and online ballots, with online voting being the preferred choice for the overwhelming majority of Academy members.  Voting for nominations begins in late December, and all votes are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Nomination results are then announced at a live televised press conference in mid-January at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Finals voting is also conducted via online and paper ballots. During finals, all Oscar categories are on the ballot for voting members. After final ballots are tabulated, only two partners of PricewaterhouseCoopers know the results until the famous envelopes are opened onstage during the Oscars telecast. One of the most exciting moments is watching the anticipation of the nominees as they wait for the winner to be announced.

And the Oscar went to…..a look back at past animated feature film winners and nominees:

Animated films can be nominated for other categories, but that has not occurred often in the history of the Oscars. Beauty and the Beast (1991) was the first animated film ever nominated for Best Picture. Up (2009) and Toy Story 3 (2010) also received Best Picture nominations.

The 74th Academy Awards, held in 2002, presented the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Shrek, Jimmy Neutron and Monsters Inc. were nominated with Shrek taking home the award. Check out our take on this children’s classic, the Pillow Pets Shrek and Donkey.

In 2003, the nominations were Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), Ice Age, Lilo & Stitch, Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron, and Treasure Planet . The winner was Sen to Chihiro, an anime fantasy film.

2004 nominees included Finding Nemo, Brother Bear and Les Triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets Of Belleville). The clear winner was the beloved tale of friendship and fish of Disney’s Finding Nemo.  Pillow Pets released a Dory and Nemo Pillow Pet and Dream Lite and also as a Jumboz Nemo Pillow Pet.

The Academy Awards in 2005 nominated The Incredibles, Shark Tale and Shrek 2. The Incredibles were lucky enough to take home the award this year, superhero meets the suburbs.

Nominated in 2006 were Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle) with Wallace & Gromit taking home the prize.

2007 brought beloved animation that quickly became classics. Happy Feet, Cars and Monster House were all nominated with Happy Feet taking home the academy award. Pillow Pets had breakout hits with Cars and introduced Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and Francesco as Pillow Pets. A new Cars movie is coming out this summer, so stay tuned for new Pillow Pets and Dream Lites in your favorite Cars characters.

Ratatouille, Persepolis and Surf’s Up were all part of the Oscars in 2008 with Ratatouille bringing home the Oscar. The plot follows Remy, who dreams of becoming a chef and tries to achieve his goal by forming an alliance with a Parisian restaurant’s garbage boy.

Wall*E, Bolt and Kung Fu Panda fought it out for the Oscar with Wall E the winner in 2009, was a delightful blending of robots, science fiction and love.

2010 brought a plethora of candidates as nominees for the award. Up, the clear winner and also a Best Picture nominee won. Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog and Brendan and the Secret of Kells all were given nominations.

Tears and fierce battles were waged in 2011 with Toy Story 3, How to Train your Dragon and L’illusionniste all nominated. Toy Story 3 took home audiences hearts and the Oscar.

2012 also had a large number of animated feature offerings. Rango, Une Vie De Chat, Chico & Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Puss in Boots were all nominated. The winner that year was Rango, a Nickelodeon movie production.

A female heroine led the charge in 2013 with Brave and braved the worthy competition ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Wreck-it Ralph, to take home the prize. Disney’s Brave was a hit at the box office.

No other animated film could take on the feature film that melted hearts globally, Frozen. Also nominated in 2014 were The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest et Célestine (Ernest And Celestine) , and Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises).  Pillow Pets introduced an Olaf Pillow Pet, Olaf BodyPillar and Dream Lite plus an adorable pal Sven Pillow Pet.

2015 Big Hero 6 took home the Oscar but found excellent competition with The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea and Kaguya Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya). Big Hero 6 featured Marvel comic characters and gave Disney another animated feature win.

Inside Out was the emotional favorite in 2016.  The competition may have experienced all of the emotions, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness during the ceremony. Competition that year included Anomalisa, O Menino E O Mundo, Omoide No Mani and Shaun the Sheep Movie. Disney Pixar did it again and took home the win.

2017 brought music, adventure and diversity to animated features with Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, Ma Vie de Courgette, The Red Turtle and Zootopia. The tale of animals that wanted everyone to fit into their world, Walt Disney’s Zootopia took home the prize last night. Pua made an adorable little companion to Moana and also a Pillow Pet.  Even though Trolls wasn’t nominated, Poppy, Branch and Guy Diamond are still winners in our book. You can get them as Dream Lites too.

Pillow Pets is excited to tie-in with children’s animated films to bring you the characters that connect with you.  Whether it’s Tow Mater, the goofy, beloved tow truck from Cars 3, or Pua, the adorable and faithful sidekick, Pillow Pets hopes you to find a place in your heart for these cuddly friends.  Pillow Pets are much more than a stuffed animal by day, pillow by night.  They provide comfort, room decor, travel buddy, slumber party pal, birthday gift and more.

Staying on top of what you are watching, Pillow Pets has the best children’s animated film characters including Cars, Moana, Trolls, Shrek, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory, and much more. Bring home all your Oscar winning Pillow Pets and Dream Lites at PillowPets.com.

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Hail to the Sweet Tooth!

 

President’s Day

President’s Day celebrates the birthday of George Washington. The celebration was originally implemented as an Act of Congress in 1879.

A great place to visit on President’s Day, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. Completed under the direction of Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum from 1927–1941, the sculpture’s roughly 60-ft.-high granite faces depict U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Gutzon Borglum selected these four presidents because from his perspective, they represented the most important events in the history of the United States.

George Washington: Born 1732, died 1799. Washington led the colonists in the American Revolutionary War to win independence from Great Britain. He was the father of the new country and laid the foundation of American democracy. Because of his importance, Borglum chose Washington to be the most prominent figure on the mountain and represent the birth of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson: Born 1743, died 1826. Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which inspires democracies around the world. He also purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803 which doubled the size of our country, adding all or part of fifteen present-day states. Gutzon Borglum chose Jefferson to represent the growth of the United States.

Theodore Roosevelt: Born 1858, died 1919. Roosevelt provided leadership when America experienced rapid economic growth as it entered the 20th Century. He was instrumental in negotiating the construction of the Panama Canal, linking the east and the west. He was known as the “trust buster” for his work to end large corporate monopolies and ensure the rights of the common working man. Borglum chose Roosevelt to represent the development of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln: Born 1809, died 1865. Lincoln held the nation together during its greatest trial, the Civil War. Lincoln believed his most sacred duty was the preservation of the union. It was his firm conviction that slavery must be abolished. Gutzon Borglum chose Lincoln to represent the preservation of the United States.

Hail to the Sweet Tooth!

It turns out that most presidents had a taste for sweet (and savory) treats.  We like to think our Sweet Scented Pets would have been a match for a few of the former presidents.

Thomas Jefferson enjoyed Vanilla Ice Cream. Perhaps he might have enjoyed snuggling with PupCake, a vanilla scented cupcake. Grover Cleveland was also a fan of white cake with yummy vanilla frosting.

Franklin D Roosevelt liked fruitcake. We wonder if he would have liked the fruity smell of Gummi Pup?

Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush both enjoy chocolate chip cookies which would mean Cookie Pup might have presidential friends for life.

George H.W. Bush liked fresh popcorn. We bet our Popcorn Panda would be a winner in his house.

JFK enjoyed frozen strawberry flavored treats so Strawberry Milkshake Cow might have been a delightful match.

You don’t need to be a president to enjoy the new Pillow Pets Sweet Scented Pets. We have a flavor to delight almost anyone’s favorites whether it’s sticky sweet cotton candy or a fresh out of the oven scented blueberry muffins.  Select your treat here: Sweet Scented Pillow Pets