YooHoo & Friends

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Happy Spring! March 24, 2011

Filed under: Aurora,Spring_Easter — yoohoofriends @ 8:29 pm
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Spring means it’s almost Easter, so we thought you’d like to check out some of the Easter-themed selections from Aurora (the company that makes YooHoo & Friends) — including the YooHoo & Friends pictured above! These are adorable little five-inch YooHoos with sound — each is sporting a set of bunny ears and retail for about $7. Speaking of bunnies, what do you want the Easter Bunny to bring you?

-YooHoo

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Under $10 February 8, 2011

Allow us to introduce you to the YooHoo & Friends “Smooch” assortment, which is available all year round. But there’s still time to order and have it shipped for that special someone just in time for Valentine’s Day. Just visit http://shop.auroragift.com or click here to go straight to the order page for these adorable YooHoo & Friends animals.

Available as a pink or purple YooHoo (also Lemur and Fennec – see below for photos), each is only 5 inches in size — the perfect compliment to a box of chocolates or flowers. The heart glows and YooHoo makes a funny “smooch” sound when squeezed.

The company behind YooHoo & Friends, Aurora, has a few other items remaining from its Valentine’s Day inventory including the Pearls Before Swine assortment, based on the hit comic strip series by Stephan Pastis.

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

-YooHoo

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YooHoo Visits Aurora’s Atlanta Showroom January 26, 2011

Industry professionals, vendors, buyers, retailers, wholesalers, designers and decorators flocked to the International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, held every January in Atlanta at AmericasMart. Aurora, the company behind YooHoo & Friends, has a permanent showroom there. During the show, Aurora kicked off its 30th Anniversary celebration with a cocktail reception for industry professionals and VIPs. Our beloved YooHoo made an appearance — here are some photos from the showroom:

YooHoo often does public events around the country at zoos, malls and select retail spaces throughout the year. Check our Facebook page frequently for updates about YooHoo appearances.

-YooHoo

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YooHoo & Friends on Facebook January 25, 2011

Filed under: contests,Question of the Week — yoohoofriends @ 8:35 pm
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If you didn’t already know, we host a Question of the Week contest, every week, via our Facebook page! All you have to do is answer the question via Facebook or Twitter. Then…you are entered to win for that week! All names are literally placed in a hat and we pick one winner at random! The prize? One animal from the YooHoo & Friends collection. So that’s it! It’s easy…and you can answer every week…one girl won twice in three weeks! Interestingly enough, don’t think we’ve had a Twitter winner yet!! Who will be the first??

We’ve had 35 winners so far…will you be next?

-YooHoo

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Tips for Cleaning Your Stuffed Animal or Plush Toy December 30, 2010

We can help you keep your child and home free of germs! Since kids will sleep with their stuffed animals, try to eat them or put their hands (complete with day-long accumulated grubbiness) all over the toy, it’s important to keep the plush toys as clean as the rest of your home. Collectors too have that stuffed animal that could use a little cleaning — maybe it collected dirt on a shelf or the dog or cat got their paws on it! And since friends and fans have been writing us on Facebook asking, “what’s the best way to clean a dirty plush animal or toy?” — we went to our friends at Aurora, the manufacturer of thousands of plush toys and gifts, who gave us a great list of tips to clean your plush toy or animal. Maybe it’s time to clean your YooHoo & Friends animal?

Stuffed Animal with a Sound Chip

For plush toys that can’t be machine washed or immersed in water:

  • wash its surface only
  • use a soft toothbrush to remove any stuck on dirt or debris. This also loosens any dirt that might be stuck deep in the fibers
  • use a warm, damp cloth to wash the surface of the toy

Stuffed Animal without a Sound Chip

For stuffed toys that do not have a sound / electric chip inside:

  • hand wash the toy with mild detergent
  • hand washing also prevents any scratches on the eyes of your toy

Keep in mind, whether you hand-washed or machine-washed the plush toy, most can’t be dried in a hot dryer. Air dry the plush toys or place them in the dryer on an air only cycle for up to twenty minutes.

Other Tips

  • Dust stuffed animals off periodically with a clean, soft cloth
  • Use a cloth and a mild detergent to spot clean them
  • Place it in the dryer on the lowest heat setting for around 5 minutes
  • To get rid of odors, place in the dryer on the lowest heat setting for 5 minutes with a dryer sheet (i.e. Downy, Snuggle etc.)

Do you have any other tips for your fellow readers?

-YooHoo

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YooHoo & Friends All Dressed Up December 15, 2010

Filed under: Aurora,Dress Up,YooHoo & Friends Plush — yoohoofriends @ 11:40 pm
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Isn’t he cute? This YooHoo is sporting an officer outfit — one of nine new “Dress Up” outfits for YooHoo & Friends coming out in 2011. Each set is sold on its own and fits all the five inch YooHoo & Friends animals.

From flower girl to firefighter, each dress up set comes in clear packaging that includes two accessories. Our retail friends can combine the dress up packaging (perfect for slatwalls) with existing YooHoo & Friends displays.

Collectors will appreciate three different themes including: “Blast to the Past” with three YooHoo & Friends “hippies”; the “Go Green” set includes two flower girls and a princess butterfly; and the third set includes doctor, firefighter and police officer. Each “Dress Up” set retails for approximately $5 while each five inch YooHoo & Friends animal (w/ sound) retails for $6.

We’re excited to get these out into the marketplace — if you have dress up outfit suggestions for Aurora, the company that makes YooHoo & Friends, visit the facebook.com/yoohoofanpage and share your thoughts there!

-YooHoo

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12 Giveaway-Days of Christmas December 14, 2010

Just this very minute, we kicked off a new contest at the YooHoo & Friends Facebook page! For the next 12 days (through December 25, 2010), we will giveaway one YooHoo & Friends themed prize pack every day to one winner. We know a couple things that will be in each pack — I see a plush “clip-on” that looks an awful lot like one of these guys:

YooHoo & Friends "Clip-Ons"

 

And that coveted YooHoo & Friends mousepad that everyone so desires:

Plusssssss……a couple other goodies 😀

But since it’s the season of giving and sharing…we think the winner should promise to share just one item from the prize pack with a friend, family member etc. That seems fair! And it’s really easy to enter…for more information, just visit http://www.facebook.com/yoohoofanpage and read the note titled “12 Giveaway-Days of Christmas”.

Good luck!

-YooHoo

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