Gululu, The Interactive Water Bottle for Kids, Launches Gululu Go

The most portable and interactive design yet,

Gululu Go “talks back” to kids as it motivates them to keep hydrate

 Gululu, the world’s first interactive water bottle designed to keep kids hydrated, has just announced the international launch of Gululu Go, a lighter, more portable version with a sound speaker. This marks a major step forward in the product’s interactivity and toward the brand’s goal of enabling kids to love drinking water and build a healthy habit.

According to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health, dehydration in children can result in poor health, including cognitive and emotional problems, and is associated with diabetes and obesity. Research by the UK Natural Hydration Council found that if children become dehydrated, their auditory number span, visual attention and fine motor skills in school – such as their handwriting and ability to copy text – will be significantly reduced.

Invented by Bowhead Technology, Gululu ensures that children stay hydrated by engaging them to care for a virtual pet. As kids drink more water from their Gululu interactive water bottle, their chosen virtual pet grows and makes friends. At the same time, Gululu keeps parents informed of their children’s hydration progress through a connected smartphone app.

Gululu Go is the latest introduction to the brand’s innovative line and is smaller, lighter, and therefore easily portable. Most significantly, Gululu Go features a sound speaker, which allows the Gululu pets to talk to children for the first time, using over 200 phrases and different voices for the individual pet characters.

After releasing over 15 versions of the game and app since its global launch in October 2016, Gululu has developed an operational model of frequent content updates to keep users continuously engaged toward building a healthy habit. Every two to three weeks, Gululu introduces additional features, such as new thematic online campaigns, new drinking animations, new accessories for pets, new sound effects and new audio phrases, all pushed to the bottle through the cloud. Children can redeem the accessories for their pets with the virtual coins collected along their journey of discovering the Gululu Universe. A fourth character was released at the end of March and more characters are expected to come in order to expand the Gululu Universe.

The multiple aspects of social interaction and UGC (user-generated content) are important to promote Gululu users’ engagement and retention. Users have been invited or selected to co-create content such as drawing the pets’ accessories and recording short voice stories for the “GBC News” online radio. Gululu now allows users to make friends by shaking bottles next to each other or on the app remotely, check the social leader board for the game progress, and send emoji animations to poke each other in the bottle.

As of end of April 2018, more than 40 thousand units of Gululu have been shipped globally across 70 plus countries including the US, the Greater China region, South East Asia, Europe and other parts of the world. The most loyal users have been with Gululu for over 400 days. Over 30% of Gululu’s users worldwide have made friends on the platform and their retention is significantly higher than those who don’t have Gululu friends.

Gululu Universe is becoming a center pillar to support the brand’s product roadmap and the company is enhancing its patented IP by branching out into diverse formats such as WeChat emojis, its own music and songs, and preparing for animated short videos.   

On its quest and mission to perfect children’s well-being, Bowhead Technology is also in the process of making several new products. Besides Gululu Go, the company is also researching the AI version of Gululu for the next generation, to enhance the human-machine interface and strengthen the user interaction. A non-bottle innovative product that addresses other healthy habits is also under way.

The pre-sale for Gululu Go starts May 24. On this date, Gululu Go may be purchased for $119 at www.gululugo.com.

Learn more at www.gululu.com

ZITS! The New Obsession for Kids and Disgust for Moms.

“We love picking. Make no mistake about it. We love that disgusting little habit nobody likes to talk about. Yup, it is our unique obsession.” – Billy and Summer Pierce

Billy and Summer have designed a product specifically for your family’s popping pleasure. Our family loves them, and we think you will too. Providing you with plenty of pimple popping fun, ZITS are flesh-like toys that are filled with fake pus that spews out when you successfully pop the fake ZIT. These have become quite a hit and have been selling rapidly online.

ZITS

Popping pimples is a habit for some and just silly fun for others. This bizarre, but brilliant idea is designed to mimic the unique obsession of popping pimples. With all the entertainment the pimple poppers provide, it is easy to see why it has become such a hot product.

The company has gone above and beyond to make a product that is used with all-natural ingredients. Made of silicone, it’s filled with refillable pus that feels like the real deal. It’s so gross – but SO AWESOME!

Their low price of $19.99 gives you a 4-pack of pimples, and for $6 more you can order a bottle of Pimple Pus refills. This is cheap fun that will give have your family giggling for hours. Even better, a portion of their sales is donated to anti-bullying charities.

ZITS

Pierce states, “You see, one day, my wife and I were driving down the road. She said: ‘How awesome would it be if we could make a pimple that felt real and the pop was huge, just like those videos we watch?’ I thought: “You might be on to something Dear.” For the next year, he worked to create a product everyone would love.

Thanks to Billy and Summer, you can now order your ZITS online. Expect to wait a few weeks to receive your pimples though, as they were in such high demand when they were released. It’s worth the wait. Order yours now!

Happy popping!

 

Summer Safety Must-Haves for Children!

Getting ready for summer travel? You’ll want to know about these items to help keep the kids healthy and ouch-free.

BugBand Be Prepared Kit
www.bugband.net

BugBand Insect Repellent Wristbands and BugBand Towelettes have been combined in a unique insect repellent kit, perfect for your child heading off to summer camp or enjoying outdoor activities! Licensed by the Boy Scouts of America through their prestigious “Be Prepared” Brand, BugBand has combined the long-lasting power of their Insect Repelling Wristbands with the potent heavy-duty protection of BugBand Towelettes in one kit. Perfect for weekend outings or summer camp, this DEET-Free Insect Repellent Kit has it all. http://www.bugband.net/guide_scouting.html

CUROXEN
www.curoxen.com

Cuts, scrapes and boo boos… with little ones, these are inevitable! Be prepared at all times by tucking CUROXEN into your first aid kit at home, or into your purse, diaper bag, or backpack while on-the-go! CUROXEN is a safe, organic, & natural wound cleaning product for your child’s cuts and scrapes that effectively kills bacteria. Providing a safer alternative to petrochemical and drug-based wound care that actually works, CUROXEN is made with just three ingredients you’ll recognize from nature, which include Olive Oil, Calendula, and Lavender Essential Oil. CUROXEN does NOT contain synthetic drugs, including antibiotics, petroleum-derived products, artificial chemicals, or silver.

For those who are careful about what we put into and onto our — and our children’s — bodies, CUROXEN’s ultrapure, ultrasafe formulation is a relief. All-natural and safe for adults, children and even pets, CUROXEN kills more than five times the amount of bacteria as its competitors. To learn more about CUROXEN, please visit www.curoxen.com.

 

BuddyPhones PLAY Headphones
www.buddyphones.com

With summer on the horizon, playing is top of mind! The NEW BuddyPhones PLAY Headphones were created to encourage safe play so that little ones can play, explore and learn without parents having to worry about their hearing safety. BuddyPhones PLAY headphones have four distinct safe listening modes for different listening needs to minimize the risk of noise-induced hearing loss, including Toddler Mode, Kids Mode, Travel Mode, and StudyMode. Like all BuddyPhones, PLAY are extremely durable, made from strong, sturdy materials and designed to last. The foldable headband is made of specially calibrated polypropylene so it can be bent and pulled without snapping. They can be fully adjusted to different sizes and are tailored to fit kids comfortably with pillow-soft hypoallergenic ear cushions for maximum coziness.

Adding to the fun is an option for kids to share a single device by connecting up to four headphones with the BuddyCable sharing system. This sharing capability minimizes the need for multiple devices and encourages kids to play together. Each BuddyPhones PLAY also comes with an extensive set of illustrated colorful stickers that give kids the opportunity to decorate the headphones themselves, encouraging creativity. The optional travel kit includes a protective hard case with a water-resistant zipper and an airplane plug that makes the BuddyPhones easy to transport. Learn more at www.onanoff.com and www.buddyphones.com.

Travel Tips for Young Families

It’s that time of the year again. Summer is quickly approaching, and it’s time to plan your next family vacation.

After you select your destination, you must plan the logistics of your trip. This is especially true if you are traveling with young children.

With careful planning, your trip can be exciting and stress-free. Here are a few travel tips for young families.

Pack the Essentials


It’s easy to get carried away when you are packing for a family vacation. If you’re not careful, you might pack more than you and your family need.

Take a moment to think about your destination. Make a list of essential items that your family will need to make the trip enjoyable.

For example, essential items for a beach trip include swimsuits, goggles and water shoes. Although it would be nice to pack inflatables, they might take up too much space in your luggage or your car.

Purchase Snacks Before the Trip


Whether you are traveling by car or airplane, buying snacks on the road can be expensive. For a family of 5 people, one trip to the convenience store could cost you over $25. Spending large amounts of money on snacks isn’t as cost-effective as getting title loans in Rock Hill.

Before you leave for vacation, take a trip to the grocery store. Purchase your snacks in bulk. By taking this action, you can select healthy snack options and save money in the process.

Dress Casually


When you travel with young children, you must be able to move around freely. Keep this in mind as you are packing your attire for the trip.

Be sure to pack plenty of casual clothing including tennis shoes, athletic wear, flat shoes and t-shirts. It’s okay to pack a few pieces of dress clothing for a special outing.

Pack an Activities Bag


Most children are active. They like to be occupied at all times. One way to satisfy their need to remain active is by packing an activities bag. Here are a few things that you can include in the bag.

  • Crayons
  • Coloring books
  • Reading books
  • Electronic tablet
  • Playing cards

Use Curbside Baggage Check


Walking through the airport with young children and multiple bags of luggage can be stressful. Although bringing luggage on the airplane can save money, it can be a chore to keep up with the luggage and your children. It might be worth the cost to spend the extra money to take advantage of curbside baggage check. 

Enjoy Every Moment


It seems as if time passes quickly when you have children. For this reason, you should make the effort to enjoy your vacation.

You should be mindful that some parts of the trip will be challenging no matter how carefully you plan. Try not to get upset when things don’t go as planned.

Traveling with young children doesn’t have to be stressful. These travel tips can help you enjoy every minute of your family vacation.

When Your Kid is Having a Public Meltdown #GroceryHero #ad @Walmart

This might seem like a strange photo- but he wouldn’t stop crying until I gave him this carrot and that potato. We’ve all had those moments where our children are little beasties in public- and where we will do ANYTHING to make it stop and just get out of wherever we are in one piece.  What can we do to make shopping easier with little kids?

Impatient leg swinging from the shopping cart seat is often followed by a litany of Mom, Mommy, and MOM! Even when I respond there are times that my little one just doesn’t stop. Then there are the forceful kicks to emphasize his impatience. Maybe you avoid those dangerous little feet, maybe you wind up with a dirty shoe scuffing up your white shirt. Or maybe you share my experience… a day when those scuff marks were more than just dirt.

I confess that I don’t love all things poop related and blown out diapers and clothing. What, you know someone who does? Diaper days were not my favorite. So that day between the tantrum throwing toddler in a store I visit regularly, what I can only figure was dog poop (please?) transferred from his shoe all over my embroidered white shirt, and an otherwise too stressful week- there was a scene of epic proportions. I was almost in tears myself by the end of the shopping trip. And of course- THE LOOKS you get from other shoppers, ugh.

When I discovered Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup I was elated. I get to stay in the car, cut my errand time by 80%, and save myself from the grocery store drama. I have always loved shopping, but that is one thing my munchkin did not inherit. Now I can browse from the comfort of my home, get everything my family needs, and just drive by and pick everything up. Someone looked at my life and found a solution for one of my biggest stressors. Now first time users can use promo code WOWFRESH for $10 off and find the bliss I have discovered with Walmart’s Online Grocery Pickup.

Once you and your child have bawled your eyes out in a shopping aisle it is hard to go back to traditional shopping and now there are other options to save me from my shopping terror.

Next time you shop? Use promo code WOWFRESH for $10 off your first Walmart Online Grocery order, and save yourself some cash and hopefully some sanity.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

Magnaflex – Fun Building Toys

In the landscape of building toys available there, are a few characteristics which make the greats stand out.  Originality, simple, form, function, and ease of use as well as of course use of colors.  One of the most interesting building toys available right now is the Magnaflex by Wowwee.  These building pieces are magnetic, flexible, and easily stick to one another to make anything your imagination can put together. From buildings and robots, to flowers and animals, even faces and a crown.  Make them in 2D or 3D, these shapes can make just about anything with the right amount of imagination and creativity.

Some of what we like most about Magnaflex is its ability to be used anywhere. The pieces are big enough to not get lost easily, yet small enough to keep hands busy in the car.  Also, Magnaflex are brightly colored and make for a wonderful gift.  Magnaflex uses the power of magnets to hold themselves together, so your works of art can last for as long or as short a time as you would like.  Pieces separate with ease.  These pieces can be incorporated into a metal surface like a filing cabinet or refrigerator door, adding to the places you can play with them.
Kids can build 2D or 3D creations anywhere with this innovative, educational toy that promotes creativity, visualization, and fine motor skills. Magnaflex high-quality building pieces are interchangeable and can be combined with different colors from other sets for more complex projects. Neodymium rare-earth magnets safely enclosed inside the Magnaflex strips ensure a strong magnetic connection. And when playtime is done, Magnaflex strips can be stacked together for easy storage and transport.  Magnaflex ae available now at fine retailers everywhere including Amazon, where you can get a starter animal set for $19.99 which includes 14 pieces.

The Other F Word Series is Back With Season 2!

The Other F Word

Last year I shared with you about The Other F Word, an edgy comedy about a group of friends who find that the angst of raising kids may be nothing compared to the angst of starting over after they are grown.  The show, written and producer by Caytha Jentis, was met with so many rave reviews I’m thrilled they’ve just released Season 2! My only possible complaint is that it ended too soon but I loved being about to binge watch for free through Amazon streaming.

The Other F Word proves that we don’t have to be afraid of getting older – there’s nothing scary about “forty.” And these four friends certainly bring a fun, comedic perspective to the issues surrounding midlife for women. You’ll love the cast including Judy Gold, Steve Guttenberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Boatman, Alysia Reiner and Nancy Giles. Plus, former Comedy Central EVP and comedian Judy Gold joins Jentis as an Executive Producer. The chemistry between these characters is brilliantly portrayed and highlights the importance of friendship at every age. With such an amazing group there’s no doubt Jentis has another hit season on her hands.

The Other F Word

Jentis will say it’s not a success that she achieved on her own, however, as she enlisting the help of some wonderful writers and contributors. While Caytha Jentis wrote the show, she had help from other moms behind the scenes and women entrepreneurs. One of the scenes was co-written by Emmy award-winning tv writer Judy Rothman Rofe who authored Neurotic Parent, while the musical within the series is written by the award-winning playwriting team Pam Weiler Grayson and Alice Jankell.

She also gave back to woman-owned businesses and when you watch The Other F Word, you’ll see many of these products featured: 10th Studio, peach, Adam & Eve Unbound Box, SheSpark, Pink Truck and much more. I love that! Head over to Amazon Prime Streaming and check out the show today. Together we will prove to Hollywood that midlife women matter and we are a demographic tired of ageism and sexism.

The Other F Word

As one Amazon reviewer wrote: “Humorous, realistic, and completely well cast series. Actors had great chemistry and it’s about time someone talked about the post mid-life crisis in a marriage dynamic and how life changes but get’s better!” And I agree – it’s about time! Click here to binge-watch (I mean check out) The Other F Word today absolutely free.

http://www.theotherfwordseries.com/

https://www.facebook.com/theotherfwordseries/

https://twitter.com/tofwseries

 

**Disclaimer – I was compensated for watching this series and giving my honest review. All opinions are my own and do not reflect compensation.

Sick Just Got Real #SummerTravel #SickJustGotReal #sponsored

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own. It happens . . . it might even be inevitable: when you’re in strange environments traveling with the kids, they come down with a cold or the flu. With all the time, money and energy you’ve poured into planning your family vacation, it seems such a shame to have everything be ruined for everyone. And, of course, nobody wants to see their little ones in pain and under the weather. And so, you’re faced with the fact that Sick just got real.™

The smart thing to do is to plan ahead of time. After all, whether you’re on the highway, camping or in a secluded area devoid of pharmacies, you still want to be able to come to your child’s rescue! Be prepared for a number of contingencies, a variety of potential illnesses.

Depending on how old you are, you may remember squirming and hollering when it came time “to take your medicine”. It tasted awful! It added to the painful experience. Now, there’s Children’s Advil®*, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several kid-friendly flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief (among OTC pain relievers) with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months. These are the kind of mild, sweet flavors that will make your job easier.

Almost nothing is as sad to listen to – or as wearing for you – as hearing your child with a heavy cough that keeps everyone up all night. And, since you’re in charge of either driving or getting everyone to the train or plane, it’s crucial to nip that hacking in the bud. For your child’s cough, you’ll be glad you packed Children’s Robitussin® Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief to control and relieve symptoms all-day or all- night. Available in grape or orange flavor, for children ages 4 and up. Please note, certain Children’s Robitussin® products are only suitable for children ages 6 and up.

With careful preparation, your family vacation will be carefree.