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Bestaroo


Bestaroo’s new holiday collection is here!

Bestaroo‘s new winter wonderland-themed mommy & me pajamas give back all profits to the Canines for Disabled Kids scholarship fund, which provides scholarships of up to $5,000 to children 18 and under who are receiving service dogs. Your purchase will help to increase independence for children with disabilities and their families by supporting the creation of child-canine service teams. The scholarships offset the cost of dogs for kids with physical or psychological disabilities. One hundred percent of the donated funds will go toward scholarships, which are rewarded quarterly to children across the country.

The happy snowmen and snowflakes print pictures here is designed by six-year-old Isla, winner of their recent drawing competition.

Known for the “yummiest, softest, most cozy fabric to touch baby’s skin,” Bestaroo’s buttery-soft pajamas are made of the breathable and sustainable fabric, Tencel Modal).  Baby loungewear for newborns up to 24 months retails for $28 while women’s styles retail for $48. Available online at www.bestaroo.com.

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DockATot


Award winning invention releases three new cover patterns in the United States.

DockATot is a simple, elegant solution for multitasking parents who need a safe spot for their little ones anywhere, anytime. The unique shape and design of DockATot allows baby to comfortably chill, play, rest, snuggle, log in tummy time and get diaper changes.

Designed in Sweden in 2006, made in Europe and launched in the U.S. in 2015, DockATot baby docking stations provide the ideal hygienic microclimate for babies, with a feel that mimics the womb. All materials used are sourced from top-quality suppliers, tested and proven free of harmful substances.

The company makes the DockATot in two sizes and are lightweight, portable and created with traveling in mind, with rail-like sides for safe, sweet dreams for children transitioning into a bigger bed:

  • Deluxe+ – the ultimate docking station for babies’ ages 0-8 months old or 5-22 lbs.
  • Grand– provides a snug spot for little ones ages 9 to 36 months

In January 2019, three of DockATot’s stylish new cover prints will be available to consumers for the first time. For a modern touch, DockATot is launching two Buffalo Plaid styles in natural and charcoal, as well as a new Black Marble addition to the Stone collection. Far from décor du jour, Buffalo Plaid and Stone are contemporary designs that exude a sense of luxury and will stand the test of time. The new styles were recently unveiled at the Kind + Jugend Show in Germany and will be available at fine retail stores nationwide and on DockATot.com.

“Love and luxury have been exhaustively incorporated in the design process, with my own children in mind.”

Founder Lisa Furuland Kotsianis was inspired to create something new in the baby and children’s industry when my first son was born. “We believe that every baby deserves to be surrounded in a comfortable environment every day of their lives,” she says. “There is simply nothing else like it on the market that allows mothers to feed, soothe and bond with their baby.”

Thanks to the perfect marriage of style and functionality, DockATotⓇ has become increasingly in demand by parents around the world and has won many awards, including the prestigious British Junior Design Award, “Best Of” The Bump and “Most Registered Product 2017” from Babylist.

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bunny & hare


Custom designed clothing for girls that gives them a voice through style.

“Style is the narrator for fashion,” Gabrielle Lewis, co-owner of bunny & hare, tells visitors to her website. “The guide to style starts with you. You are strong! You are courageous! You are innovative! You are beautiful! You have a Voice!”

Ready for something different, unique and original?

Inspired by the world of fiction, fantasy and international fashion, bunny & hare is a luxury high-fashion collection of one-of-kind custom designs for girls. Designed and made in Japan, Gabrielle and her husband want to bring hope to the next generation by giving children a voice through style.

“Custom made design give people infinite possibilities to create the perfect fit,” Gabrielle says on Instagram. “Our designs are custom made to your child’s size.”

In 2006, Gabrielle and her husband started the bunny & hare brand in Tokyo, Japan. Inspired by their love for “Tokyo Fashion,” they designed and produced their first collection in Los Angeles, California. In 2017, children’s retailers were introduced to the brand at trade shows in Vegas and New York. Since then, the team has expanded their company to include a sister brand, b&h by bunny & hare. Designed for girls, these timeless, classy pieces are stylish and unique, to make great memories during the holiday season.

They tell me bunny & hare is ready to inspire, change and rock the fashion world, staying innovative and creative by the uniqueness and originality of their designs. Go for it!

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Max & Ola


A Chicago-based shoe company with European flair for your kiddos.

Founder Ewa Tereszkiewicz designs practical, ultra-stylish baby and toddler shoes that are not only adorable, they’re safe for kids to wear. Max & Ola is a children’s apparel company that specializes in footwear that is super safe for sensitive baby skin.

Max & Ola prides itself on producing shoes that facilitate learning to walk by keeping baby upright and free of scrapes and bruises. The company’s mission is to provide all-natural apparel that is safe and practical for parents, children and the environment.

Ewa’s luxury-quality children’s designs are the result of generations of experience with artisan design and craftsmanship, made of the highest quality materials in Europe. The shoes are made by hand with love using only natural tans and dyes.

The range of styles includes moccasins, soft slip-on boots, elegant lace-ups and pump-inspired strappy booties. “We offer each of these in an array of colors that are sure to suit your baby’s unique personality,” Ewa says.

Dos & Don’ts for Donating Children’s Goods to Hurricane Victims


A message from Gary C. Smith, President and CEO of NAEIR, the largest gifts-in-kind organization in America.

One of the great things about American children’s retail and manufacturing companies is that when disaster strikes, many of us want to help. Our response is often a powerful urge to rush what we think will be helpful supplies straight to the disaster zone.

Think twice! Very often, such supplies do more harm to good. In the chaotic aftermath of a storm or flood, goods are often left to go to waste. For example, we recently learned that more than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 10 trailers full of rotting, rodent-infested donations were discovered in a parking lot,

Worse yet, these spontaneous donations can clog up valuable staging space and transportation zones, hampering relief efforts of those on the ground. After Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras, cargo planes carrying life-saving supplies were unable to land because the runways were covered with boxes of useless winter clothing donations.

This is such a wide-spread problem, relief workers have dubbed it “the disaster after the disaster.”

However, companies can truly make a difference for victims of disasters. Here are two things you can do that will make the right kind of difference:

  • Make a financial contribution to a reputable not-for-profit that specializes in disaster relief and has a proven track record of delivering aid. That way, your donated funds can be used to purchases what’s needed most – often food, water and medicine.
  • If you have goods you’d like to give, don’t ship them to the disaster site: donate them to a national gifts-in-kind organization. These are 501c3 nonprofits that accept corporate product donations (aka “gifts-in kind”), then redistribute them to qualified nonprofits upon request. They have a process in place for delivering goods into the hands of those who are primed to receive them, after confirming they’re qualified nonprofits.

For corporate donors, joining a gifts-in-kind organization is simple and free (generally, you simply complete an online form). Once your company is accepted, you can donate at any time.

How it works: you provide the organization with an inventory of your donation, and once it’s approved, ship it to a designated location. The organization takes it from there.

In addition to corporate-wide gratification, there are compelling business benefits here. Product donations are tax deductible. In fact, if your firm is a C Corp, it’s eligible for a tax deduction up to twice the cost of the merchandise you donate, thanks to a little-known section of tax code, IRC Section 170(e)(3).

Gifts-in-kind donating is also an easy way to keep inventory current and warehouses in order, since overstocks, out-of-season merchandise and even returns are accepted. In addition, your organization will advise you what specific charities requested and received your goods – providing some good news to share with employees and customers.

In short, it’s a great thing when America’s corporate citizens want to help victims of natural disasters, as well as those in need year-round. But to be truly helpful, it has to be done right.

About National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources

Galesburg, Illinois-based NAEIR, National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources  has received donations of excess inventory from more than 8,000 U.S. corporations and redistributed more than $3 billion in products to non-profits and schools.

The gifts-in-kind organization provides FREE merchandise year-round, including clothing, office, maintenance and janitorial supplies, paper goods, plus much more. Learn more by visiting naeir.org. Gary C. Smith may be reached at 800-562-0955.

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My Singing Monsters


Get ready for plush toys, home décor, collectibles and electronics accessories!

My Singing Monsters is a beloved, critically acclaimed game on the App Store and Google Play, with more than 70 million players worldwide. The free-to-play family-friendly title explores rich and intriguing worlds as players engage in discovery, creativity and delight by breeding and feeding Singing Monsters to build unique melodies.

My Singing Monsters is produced by mobile gaming company Big Blue Bubble. For more than 10 years, Big Blue Bubble has been creating fun, innovative, engaging and award-winning games that inspire creativity and encourage people of all ages to embrace their playful side. Big Blue Bubble’s commitment has earned the studio recognition from prestigious organizations around the world, including awards from Deloitte, BAFTA and IGN for economic growth, people’s choice and editor’s choice, respectively. My Singing Monsters.is the studio’s top-grossing flagship franchise.

Big Blue Bubble, partnering with Vancouver, Canada-based multimedia entertainment company Wind Sun Sky and The Walking Dead producer Skybound Entertainment, has licensed the My Singing Monsters gaming app property to FanWraps Inc. to produce a line of automotive, home décor, collectibles and consumer electronic accessories.

In addition, the troika has also licensed My Singing Monsters to Commonwealth Toys to produce a complete line of plush toys in all sizes for the global market.

Everyone involved is thrilled.

“With their strong fan-centric pop culture licenses, we know FanWraps will deliver quality products for our brand,” says Catherine Winder, CEO of Wind Sun Sky and producer of the game’s animated series. “We’re also excited to bring our plush toy program to life for our fans and collectors by working with Commonwealth Toys.” Catherine is known for her work at LucasFilm and on The Angry Birds Movie.

My Singing Monsters has a significant library of user-generated content with over 150 Million views on YouTube, which gives FanWraps a large audience to reach with collectibles. An automotive wrap and decal company at its inception, FanWraps has moved into the consumer electronics, home décor and collectibles market, producing a wide variety of product types customized by a licensed property and specializing in new category development.

“We’ve been keeping our eye on this property for a while and see incredible retail toy and collectible potential for both the game and future animated series,” says Alec Kessler, Executive Vice President of Commonwealth. “This brand has an enormous following and massive fan engagement.” Commonwealth Toy’s portfolio includes properties such as Angry Birds, Sponge Bob, JoJo Siwa, Paw Patrol, Fingerlings, Smooshy Mushy and many more.

The first FanWraps merchandise will be introduced for the 2018 holidays while the first Commonwealth Toys characters will also roll out in time for the 2018 holidays, offered through e-commerce and at select retailers. The plush toy line will continue to build a collection of characters in a variety of sizes with plans to incorporate the musical abilities of the monsters.

These deals are brokered by Alita Friedman, CEO of Alita’s Brand Bar, and licensing agency for the My Singing Monsters franchise.

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UglyDolls Movie


Singing sensation Kelly Clarkson is voicing Moxy, the lead Uglydoll in the new animated feature film, UglyDolls.

Kelly is also performing original songs for the movie as well as Pitbull, who is also part of the voice cast. The film tells the story of Moxy and her Uglydoll friends “as they confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.” Wow, that’s a mouthful … and describes what many children face in their lives every day.

Robert Simonds’ global next-generation media company STX Entertainment is producing the film and STXtv also has the dual role of studio and producer for the UglyDolls animated kids series streaming exclusively on Hulu. STX is moving beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven entertainment with a mission “to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content.” Wow, another mouthful.

Created as a plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, the Uglydoll brand quickly gained a cult following around the world. The first hand-sewn plush character, Wage, came to life in 2001. In 2006, Uglydoll is named Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association. Uglydoll characters are distinct for their endearing “ugliness,” in a wonderful “uglyverse” where differences are celebrated and embraced.

Their company, Pretty Ugly, LLC is having quite the year. Earlier in 2018, Hasbro signs on as global master toy licensee, Walmart signs on to give Uglydoll its highest level of retail support and White Space Entertainment, global master licensing agent for STX Entertainment, selects Jay Franco as key licensing partner for the UglyDolls brand. Under the licensing agreement, Jay Franco will have rights to a variety of home products, including bedding, bath, pillow, beach and more.

“We are thrilled to be working with STX and White Space on UglyDolls, to develop products that elevate their message of positivity, friendship, uniqueness and self-empowerment aimed at inspiring young people to follow their dreams and never be afraid to be themselves,” Elisha Gordon, VP of Licensing at Jay Franco and Sons, says.

Next year looks beautiful for Uglydolls everywhere. The UglyDolls franchise is set to kick off with the animated feature film slated for a May 10, 2019 release via STXfilms, with additional UglyDolls projects in the works across STX’s multiple divisions, including STXtelevision, STXdigital and STXsurreal.