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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Are you making a Christmas Eve box?

When I first heard of a Christmas Eve box, I have to admit that I thought it was crazy because who opens presents on Christmas Eve? Everyone knows that you have to wait until Christmas Day after Santa has visited. Well I’ve converted and Im making a Penguin themed Christmas box. This year, we are making a Christmas box with a few small gifts, treats and other goodies that we can open and enjoy on Christmas Eve. In fact here’s what’s going in our Penguin themed Christmas Box (so far).

Pyjamas for each family member have to be included in a Christmas box. We often spend much of Christmas morning in our PJ’s after getting up early to open the first round of presents, interspersed by a full English breakfast followed by a few further presents. Having a brand new pair of sleepwear is great and this year we are all getting animal onesies. I am going for a Christmas theme with Penguin Onesies and I can’t forget to get something fun for the dogs too.

Traditionally Christmas Eve evening is spent in front of the TV watching a movie. This year I am throwing in a Penguins of Madagascar DVD into the Christmas box. I've never seen it but I am a huge fan of Madagascar and hoping that it’s a feel good movie. Are there any other good penguin movies?

Hot Chocolate
Christmas markets are always full of delicious smells and for me one of those has to be Hot Chocolate and other probably Mulled Wine. Whilst the two don’t necessarily go together, I think that there is plenty of time to enjoy both throughout Christmas Eve. I've found some great Penguin mugs at Debenhams where its now a 4 mugs for £10. 

Mince Pies
As a kid, I always left Mince Pie outside for Santa and to ensure the mince pies were edible we always use to sample one or two on Christmas Eve. For me this is a tradition and one I’m definitely keen to keep because you can’t beat a homemade mince pie. We will be adding some delicious homemade mince pies in the box which we intent to make on Christmas Eve. 

A Christmas Book
Reading is important and over the Christmas period when there are so many distractions I think its important to find time to relax and read. It’s a great way of calming down after all the madness of Christmas. I will be adding copies of The Snowman and The Snowman and Snow dog by Raymond Briggs into the box as its such a great Christmas story. And there are a few penguins in there. 

Arts and Crafts?
On Christmas Eve we always try and make something festive which we can hang on the tree or on the wall which is a gentle reminder that Christmas is only a day away. I found these absolutely awesome penguin pine cone decorations which are super cute and completely on the penguin theme that I am trying to create. You can find out how to make these over at the Hello Wonderful Blog

What are you putting into your box? 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Halloween costumes don’t have to be scary

Halloween is a great excuse to dress up and scare the living daylights out of all your friends, family and neighbors in Zombie fancy dress, as a witch, a skeleton or even Dracula himself. But what if you have young kids who are literally terrified at the thought of seeing Trick or Treater's at the door on Halloween or what if they are too scared to dress up as a scary Zombie? 

In the US, Halloween is one of the biggest holidays in the year and whilst dressing up is a key part of the celebrations, Americans choose a wide range of costumes including superheroes, pirates and animals. We’ve come across a couple of blogs this year suggesting alternate costumes for Halloween and here are the most popular alternatives.

Harry Potter
The boy wizard Harry, is a popular choice for all young children who are fans of JK Rowling’s books and the many films that have been released in recent years. A Wizards cloak and a stripey red and yellow tie or scarf are all that you need to look like you are ready for your first year at Hogwarts.

Animal Onesies
Animal onesies are very popular in the US as they are both comfy and practical at this time of the year as the temperature drops and Winter draws in. Our favorites for Halloween are the BCozy monster onesies and these are available for adults and kids so the whole family can coordinate. After the recent success of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Meghan Trainor we think there might be an influx of green monsters and giraffe lurking around this Halloween.

Super Heros 
Super heros are always a popular option with both young boys and girls who want to dress up as their idol from their favourite TV show or comic.  Batman and the Dark Knight results in some great Halloween costumes as do a fun Batman, Robin, The Joker and Batgirl combo. Or you can never go really wrong with Superman and Supergirl. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

5 sloth products that you need in your life

Sloths are care-free, slow moving animals that spend most of their lives hanging from branches of trees asleep. They are super cute animals and there is a lot of support for these little guys including a website called Slothville which has set up a Sloth Appreciation Society. Yes, its full of cute sloth pictures and has heaps of supporters all celebrating how wonderful they are. 

Do you have a sloth like friend who has a care free attitude and relaxed lifestyle which is the envy of all around? The one who shows up late but doesn’t care and somehow you can’t get mad because they are just ‘sloth like’. We’ve rounded up 5 sloth products that you need in your life to make the world a more relaxing place.

Sloths are known for taking life easy and taking time out to relax. The sloth onesie is ideal for lazy pyjama days and sleepy Sundays. Enjoy a day of chilling and find time to rejuvenate and de stress. The super soft, cuddly, brown and cream sloth onesie features a cute sloth face and claw hand covers which can be worn over the hands or can hang loose if you want a slightly milder sloth look. 

Sloth Onesie

Sock it to me Sloth socks - Chicksrule
These bright coloured, sock it to me, fun socks are all the trend and a flash of these will certainly put a smile on your colleagues faces. Knee high, pink socks feature little sloths hanging from tree branches waving and smiling. We love these socks almost as much as their name; sock it to me!

Sloth Socks

The well-dressed sloth t-shirt features a rather smart looking Sloth in a purple jacket and grey waistcoat. It’s quite a contrast to a Sloths usual attire making it ideal for any laid back friends and family members. Part of the Well Dressed Animals range, this t-shirt is made from organic cotton and printed in the UK.

Sloth T Shirt

The ‘I Love Starbucks’ personalised Sloth coffee cup can be personalised to make the perfect gift for any sloth loving friend. Cup features cute image of a sloth drinking from a Starbucks mug taking life easy.

Sloth Coffee Mug

Sloth Wisdom Book available on Amazon

An absolute must for all sloth lovers who like to take life a little bit easier than most. The book contains a collection of charming illustrations and slothful sayings to slow down the seriousness of day to day life. Described by one customer as a ‘Funny and accurate procrastinator pearls of wisdom to share with those who just need a breather.’ Sounds perfect!!

Sloth Wisdom Book

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Under new management - The Zoo Crew

Drum roll please... Zoohood and its partner store Animal Costumes Shop which is the home of UK animal onesies is now part of the Tickled Pink Fancy Dress Group. Tickled Pink are an online fancy dress retailer of fancy dress for events and festivals. 

Over the next few weeks there will be a few changes to the ZooHood website but please be patient and bear with us. We are working with a number of new and exciting distributors to bring you an updated range of animal onesies and animal related products for adults and kids from Sazac, BCozy, Sweet Hollic, ZooPack and Fuzzy Friends.

Find out more about Tickled Pink over on the parent site by clicking here and if you have any questions please get in touch with the friendly Zoo Crew on 0203 643 2025.