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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?




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 & 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!




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!




Host A YooHoo & Friends Themed Birthday Party October 28, 2010

Filed under: Birthdays,YooHoo & Friends Plush — yoohoofriends @ 9:45 pm
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We wanted to share some great photos from Crystal, a fan and blogger who, earlier this month, hosted a YooHoo & Friends themed birthday party for her five year old son. Although there are birthday themed YooHoo & Friends animals, Crystal went on a creative spree and with a little imagination and some design software, made a whole bunch of awesome party supplies…you can too!

Here are Crystal’s treat bags and party hats:

She even made a piñata (named Eddy):

Mmmmm…time for cake!

Crystal says:

The cake was modeled after a party image on the YooHoo & Friends website and the figures were made using marshmallow fondant and some toothpicks for holding on legs and tails.

Excellent work Crystal. We were blown away!

If you host birthday parties with YooHoo & Friends, we’d love to see your creations and pictures. Visit our Facebook page and post them there!

It’s Halloween this weekend…be safe out there!!




Ongoing Question of the Week Contest September 3, 2010

The YooHoo & Friends Facebook page is a hit…the community is growing fast! If you haven’t already “liked” the page, go ahead and do so because you’ll be the first to hear about new products and promotions, YooHoo & Friends appearances and much more; and of course there are many chances to win YooHoo & Friends prizes!!

The August daily giveaway contest just concluded, however we are in week 17 of Question of the Week, a popular weekly contest that is so easy to enter, and it’s fun! All you have to do is answer the question via Facebook or Twitter. Then, we draw a random winner’s name from a hat! Congrats to the first 16 winners…we posted a photo of the animals they won at the top of this post!




“Retro” YooHoo & Friends July 28, 2010

As we enter the second half of 2010, we are so excited to announce the release of the newest YooHoo & Friends from Aurora!!!

The international toy phenomenon YooHoo & Friends™ aims to please kids and collectors with the release of uber-hip YooHoo & Friends dressed in 60s, 70s and 80s “retro” styles. The collection is fashioned after some of the most famous pop culture icons of those decades (think Elvis, Madonna, Travolta from Saturday Night Fever etc.). The medium sized, five inch “retro” YooHoo & Friends are available in seven styles including 70s Love, Punk Rocker, Pop Singer, Vegas, Flash Dancer, British Rocker and Disco Dancer. The larger, eight inch versions include Punk Rocker, 70s Love, Flash Dancer and Pop Singer. Both sizes make sounds when squeezed (MSRP: medium-$8.99, large-$14.99).

In addition to “punk rocker” above, here are photos of the other six new styles:

Soooo, which one is your favorite?

YooHoo & Friends are available on Aurora’s e-commerce site here: http://shop.auroragift.com. Look out for the new ones to be added soon!




YooHoo & Friends- Gamer of the Month Contest July 23, 2010

We like contests (and giving away prizes to winners too!) — many of you are familiar with our weekly Facebook and Twitter giveaways and also the big contests through http://yoohoofriends.com such as the recently completed “Design YooHoo’s Next Friend” contest (read about it here). So what’s next?

We’re calling on all those who think they have what it takes to be the YooHoo & Friends Gamer of the Month! It’s easy…each of the next three months, the top 10 gamers on http://yoohoofriends.com will receive fabulous prizes (YooHoo & Friends plush) and their names and scores will be displayed in the box at the bottom of the respective game’s page.

Feel free to invite your friends to join the contest and see who can score higher! The first game, “YooHoo the Ocean Protector,” runs through August 15th. Two games (and months) will follow. For all the details, visit yoohoofriends.com and look for the button with the contest!




Halloween, Holiday YooHoo & Friends July 8, 2010

Aurora, the manufacturer behind the international toy phenomenon YooHoo & Friends, expanded the stuffed animal line to include even more Halloween and Holiday/Winter themed versions.

Time flies — we’re already halfway through the year and before you know it, you’ll see Halloween themes all over the stores. Wouldn’t these “WannaBes” be perfect for the kids at Halloween?

Then with the holidays fast approaching, you’ll want to be prepared for the season. Get in the mood with YooHoo & Friends Carolers (pictured at top). Also, check out these adorable new offerings:

YooHoo & Friends "Greetings" (greeting card and plush animal in one)

YooHoo & Friends Santa & Elf

How cute and cuddly are these Wintertime YooHoo & Friends????

Wintertime YooHoo & Friends

Check back often (or just click subscribe) because in the very near future, we’ll be announcing…an all new series of RETRO YooHoo & Friends!




YooHoo & Friends Accessories, Stationery, Snaps June 21, 2010


Aurora (www.auroragift.com) has expanded its best selling YooHoo & Friends™ line! The new releases are geared towards tweens and collectors — not only are there six new “groovy” styles of YooHoo & Friends plush animals, but look out for stationery and fashion/decorative accessories too!

(a list of Fun Center retailers is available here)

Fans who want to make a personal statement and create their own individual looks should check out the “snap” products — the “snaps” are roughly one inch in diameter, can be mixed and matched, and fasten to the YooHoo & Friends Fun Center items (except spiral notebook and doodle pad).

Over 50 new YH&F stickers!

Here is the new YooHoo & Friends Fun Center product lineup:

  • Paper Magnet Frame: six magnets, fits 2” x 2.5” photo; MSRP: $1.99
  • Doodle Pad: 25 pages, designs for coloring, three crayons; MSRP: $1.99
  • Spiral Notebook: 50 sheets, snap decoration, elastic band; MSRP: $3.50
  • Sticker Rolls: three rolls, 51 stickers total; MSRP: $3.99
  • Coin Purse Clip-on: comes with snap decoration; MSRP: $4.50
  • Lanyard: 19 inches, includes snap decoration; MSRP: $3.50
  • Collapsible Tote: 12×12” tote includes snap decoration; MSRP: $5.99
  • Accessory Case: zipper closure, snap decoration; MSRP: $4.50
  • Laser Cut Bracelet: Adjustable, includes snap decoration; MSRP: $4.50
  • Snap Sets: six different snaps on blister card; MSRP: $2.99

Read more about the Fun Center items on the YooHoo & Friends Facebook page here: http://bit.ly/bgnJJL

Look out for the Fun Center racks at YooHoo & Friends retailers




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