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January 22nd, 2014 at 8:51 am

Outfit of the Week: Spring 2014 Preview

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Our Spring 2014 styles are starting to hit stores across the country, and we’re so excited to bring you a preview! These outfits are from the newborn and infant/toddler lines for boys and girls. We’ve incorporated a lot of elements this season, including pop-art, fresh prints, peplum, photorealistic graphics, and so much more! Themes such as sports, dinosaurs, robots, music, animals, 70′s-inspired, skulls, beach fun, and cute sayings are all featured in this season’s line. Get excited!

What do you think of these new styles? What kinds of prints, colors, styles, etc. do you want to see in our future lines? Let us know here or on our Facebook page!

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March 28th, 2012 at 5:00 am

The Real Garanimals Animals

Cute as the Garanimals animals are (and they are very cute), they also represent real animals in the real world, so I thought it would be fun to find a few interesting facts about the Garanimals’ counterparts in the wild. Here they are (in alphabetical order):

Bear

  • All bears are omnivores, they eat both meat and plants.
  • Bears are good climbers and swimmers.
  • The teddy bear toy was named for President Theodore Roosevelt.

Elephant

  • Elephants are the largest land mammals.
  • Female elephants are pregnant for 22 months before giving birth, and babies can weigh up to 260 pounds.
  • An elephant’s trunk has more than 40,000 muscles.

Giraffe

  • The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world.
  • Giraffes have the longest tail of all land mammals, up to 8 feet.
  • Giraffes only have seven vertebrae in their long necks (same as people).

Hippo

  • The name hippopotamus comes from a Greek word that means water or river horse.
  • A male hippo’s head can weigh up to 1,000 pounds.
  • Hippos secrete a pinkish liquid that acts like a sunscreen on their skin.

Koala

  • Koalas are not members of the bear family; they are marsupials (animals with pouches).
  • Koala is an Aboriginal name that means “no drink”, because koalas get 80% of their water from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.
  • Baby koalas live in their mother’s pouch for about a year.

Leopard

  • Some leopards live without drinking water, getting all their moisture from the food they eat.
  • Leopards can hear five times better than humans.
  • Baby leopards practice hunting skills playing chasing and pouncing games.

Monkey

  • Monkeys and apes are different; monkeys have long tails; apes do not have tails.
  • “Old world’ monkeys are found in Africa and Asia; “new world” monkeys are found in Mexico, Central and South America.
  • The largest monkey is the Mandrill (about 75 pounds full grown); the smallest money is the Pygmy marmoset (about five ounces full grown).

Panda

  • Pandas are the rarest species of bear and considered the most endangered, with only 1,000-2,500 left in the mountains of China.
  • Newborn pandas weight only ¼ pound and pandas have a high rate of infant mortality.
  • The panda bear is the worldwide symbol of conservation.

Rhinoceros

  • The word rhinoceros comes from two Greek words: rhino means nose and ceros means horn.
  • African rhinos have two horns; Asian rhinos have only one.
  • Rhinos like to wallow in mud to keep cool and protect themselves biting insects.

Tiger

  • A tiger’s stripes provide good camouflage in the tall grasses where they stalk their prey.
  • Tiger cubs depend on their mothers for two years as they learn to hunt on their own.
  • Unlike the common house cat, these giant felines like the water

Wolf

  • Wolves live in family groups called packs.
  • Only the alpha male and alpha female of a pack breed and have pups.
  • Baby wolves are born with blue eyes that turn yellow gold between 8 and 16 weeks.

Zebra

  • Like a human’s fingerprint or the stripes of a tiger, each zebra’s pattern is unique.
  • Baby zebras can walk only 20 minutes after birth, and are running within an hour.
  • Baby zebras are born brown and cream colored; their stripes turn black and white between 9 and 18 months.

 

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

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