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April 9th, 2011 at 1:00 am

Congrats to Our Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of our three facebook contests. The voting got pretty heated near the end, with contestants tweeting their little hearts out. Nothing like a proud mom.

Why not jump on over to our page and see whose adorable babies won the photo and video contests and which baby shower idea received the most votes. ‘Like’ our page while you are there; we are a lot of fun… promise.

The contests were such a good time we are going to run some more soon. If you have an idea for a contest that you would like to see us run, by all means, leave it in the comments and we will surely consider it.

Nothing better than giving away some Garanimals!


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March 30th, 2011 at 1:00 am

Party for the Planet

Every year, I think we should plan something to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, but we never do. Maybe it’s just me, but since it’s modern incarnation began in 1970, Earth Day  has seemed less of a celebration than a doomsday proclamation, and guilt has never been much of a motivator for me. It just makes me feel, well, guilty.

But this year, with the specter of radiation haunting us in the wake of the disasters in Japan, I’ve been moved to really celebrate this holiday. The ultimate power of Mother Earth over the destiny of our fragile human race has motivated me to stand up and take notice — maybe even pay a little respect.

The good news is that after more than four decades of Earth Days, there are lots of ways, big and small that we can make a difference. My favorite is called Party for the Planet™, where more than 100 zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) sponsor Earth Day celebrations, some with just a single event, and others with an entire month of activities. No guilt, just a big party for our true Home (capital H).

Check out your favorite zoo’s website for a calendar of activities, or bookmark the AZA site for a growing list of participants. For those traveling over spring break in April, keep in mind that many zoos offer reciprocity with free or reduced admissions for zoo members. Here’s a list of zoos that participate in the AZA Reciprocity Program.

For those not near enough to a local zoo to participate in Party for the Planet, the Earth Day Network offers lots of other suggestions. This year’s theme is A Billion Acts of Green®. The United Nations has proclaimed 2011 as the International Year of the Forest. Kids aged 6-14 are invited to Paint Life in a Forest, in a contest to win $2,000 and a United Nation’s sponsored trip to Indonesia for the UNEP-Tunza International Children’s Conference (deadline April 15).

Or plan your own Party for the Planet. Here’s a list of great Earth Day read alouds from my friend, fellow writer and “readiologist” Esme Raji Codell. Or create a simple Earth Day craft. Or maybe just sing along with Tom Chapin’s Happy Earth Day.

This year, let’s all celebrate Earth Day. No guilt. Just Party for the Planet.

Susan Bearman also writes at Two Kinds of People, Mike&Ollie: 24-weekers Who Beat the Odds and The Animal Store Blog, as well as being a regular contributor to The Chicago Moms and Technorati.




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March 20th, 2011 at 1:00 am

The Garanimals Family – Community, Content and Contests!

Hi there,

First, we would like to thank all of our readers for helping us create a fun community for your family and ours. There is no better way to keep a family happy than to have some conversation, so comment away – we want to hear what you have to say. And along the way let’s have some fun together.

You can find us on Facebook, twitter and YouTube as well as blogging away over here with all sorts of useful topics for parents and parents-to-be.  While we are at it, we would like to do some give back – that’s why we have launched with…


Like’ our Facebook page and get started. Check out the entries we have received so far. Our 3 current Facebook contests (Photos, Videos, and Baby Shower) have come to life with the great content many of you have been sending in. If you have a moment, lend some time and vote on your favorite of these adorable, creative pictures and videos. And if you have a submission that you have been itching to send in, don’t be shy, we’d love to see them!!! Don’t forget to share your submissions with your network to beef up your votes, there is nothing wrong with a little shameless self-promotion.

We look forward to your continued involvement in our online community. We strongly encourage you to continue contributing your content and comments. And, by all means, share us with your friends.

Stay tuned for more fun,

Your Friends here at Garanimals


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