Meet Decker, our adorable Pals Socks Brand Rep!

Did you know we have the best little brand reps? Our reps and spokesbabies live and breathe the Pals way of life: always making different kinds of friends, always having fun exploring, always curious, and always keeping a funky fresh mind whether it be new food, new music, or even new playgrounds. Of course mommies and daddies need to take credit for introducing this mindset to their little ones, so thank you, parents!
For this first of many spotlights, we want you to meet this little dude with a perfectly adorable cowlick and rosy cheeks: Decker!

 

 

Birthday/Age:

January 15th, 2016 (14 months)

 

Location:

Greeley, Colorado, USA

 

What makes Decker a great spokesbaby for Pals?

Aside from taking silly pictures and wearing adorable sock pals, Decker is a kid who is truly learning to be everything that Pals Socks stands for! We love spreading your message and being able to represent a brand that we believe so strongly in!

 

How does Decker embody what Pals stands for?

Since Decker was born, we have strived to teach him our core values. Always be kind, always be honest, accept others for who they are, differences are what make us special, and you can be anything you want to be. It is so important to us that Decker knows who he is and isn’t afraid to be that person!

 

decker positive brand rep pals socks

 

What’s his favorite pair of Pals?

His favorite pair of Pals is definitely Cat & Dog!! He absolutely loves his puppy Gino, so he will go and grab that pair of socks, hold them on his feet and say “GiGi” repeatedly until I put the socks on for him!

 

What would Decker’s spirit animal be and why?

Decker’s spirit animal would be a wolf. He is all about his pack! He loves mommy and daddy (and Gino) and is an excellent listener. He is also very strong-minded and when he is focused on completing a task, there’s no stopping him! He also loves to howl haha!

 

Who are his best friends? How does he pick out his friends?

Decker has three best friends: Connor (14mo), Charlie(4yr) and Cooper(6mo)! When he is with his buddies he is happy and totally himself! Decker is a very social kid and gets along well with everyone he meets! He tends to gravitate towards other really active kids and often kids a little older than him that he can follow and learn from! However, if other children come up to play with him he is always very welcoming and includes them in the game as well!

 

What is his strongest personality trait?

His strongest personality trait is definitely determination. Decker is a very focused kid, when he gets fixated on doing something it’s almost impossible to pull him away from that until he is finished! He loves mastering new skills and doing things that challenge him!

 

What new food or place has Decker tried or been to that he absolutely loves?

Decker’s favorite place to eat is The Rio!! It is a Mexican restaurant in downtown Greeley! He loves their kid meal quesadilla with black beans and rice!! When he’s a little older I can’t wait to tell him that when mommy was a baby that was her favorite place to eat too!!

 

Does he have any adorable and unique quirks?

He has what we call his “special toe” haha! One of his toes is a little bit crooked and sits on top of his other toes! When he was born, Decker’s Pepére (mom’s dad) loved his little feet and started calling it his special toe and the name has stuck!

 

What is mommy most proud of that Decker has accomplished?

Decker was extremely determined to walk! He so badly wanted to be able to keep up with the “big kids” and play! He started truly walking at 10 months and we were so proud of him!

 

Decker’s favorite book:

ABC’s of Canada – Decker is a dual citizen (USA/CAN) so it is so important to us that he knows about his Canadian roots!

 

3 things mommy wants Decker to know about life:

1. There is ONLY one you. Be you.
2. Stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Be kind.
3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Do things that scare you. Work hard. Take chances.
(annnnnd added #4)
4. Mom and Dad love you unconditionally. You are so loved.

 

BONUS QUESTION: If Decker could say what he wants to be when he grows up, what would he be?

A hockey player! He loves watching hockey and going to the rink! He has already been skating and loves being on the ice!

 

Thanks Maddy and Decker! You can keep up with Decker on his insta, @decker-acorn!

GIVEAWAY | Monkey see and monkey do with Peaceable Kingdom!

GIVEAWAY | Monkey see and monkey do! We have teamed up with Peaceable Kingdom, they create unique games that encourage collaborative play over every man for himself 😍 

We have the perfect game to pair with the Monkey and Parrot Pals — Monkey Around! Your little ones will be inspired to work together and to make new friends!

To enter, go to either Facebook or Instagram, tag a friend in the comments below and like both companies for a chance to win! 1 winner chosen 3/27

10 Ways to Stay Inspired for Women’s HERstory Month!

MARCH is all about WOMEN!

A cause very close to our hearts at Pals HQ, being a woman-owned and feminist small biz. It is SO wonderful there is a whole month dedicated to promoting women’s rights, women’s education, paying respect to women who broke the mold, and inspiring little girls to become great women leaders! YAY!!!!

We compiled a fun little list for you of the best stuff we found interesting to honor Women’s HERSTORY Month! We hope you do too!

1- Did you ever think that all these inventions were thought up by a female?  The 10 Greatest Female Inventors

2- Carrie Fisher is dearly missed. Read her best, most honest feminist quotes!

3- This is really cool — the Huffington Post found and compiled A LOT of vintage magazine covers all honoring the women who made HERstory throughout the decades.

4- A unique and amazing timeline of women 1893-2013 who left LITERAL stamps on history, with WOMEN COMMEMORATED IN ACTUAL STAMPS!

5- Looking for a great bedtime book about SHE-roes? A Mighty Girl has compiled this sweet and necessary list of 40 awesome kids books about notorious RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsberg), HRC, Malala, Lucille Ball…

6- There is lot’s of inspired, motivated girls everywhere! Check out these WOKE lil change makers!

7– The modern Disney Princess has a lot to say about this topic! This insta is HILARIOUS and spot on. This mom sharply edited this princess book and it is amazing.

8- Boys can and should be feminists! Little boys who believe girls are equal, and therefore deserving of respect, are a gift to our society! Scary Mommy, The Muse and Elle created wonderful articles on how to raise a future nice, thoughtful feminist man.

9- Support small business who are passionate about feminism and equality! We are big fans of Savage Seeds, Wire and Honey, Wee Rascals and Gunner & Lux.

Feminism shouldn’t be a bad word. It isn’t man hating, it isn’t elitism. It simply means, women are equal to men. Girl are equal to boys. Let’s spread that message and continue to #DefeetTheNorm!

Also.

These are for you! XOXO

Pals Socks Valentines!

So happy you went vegetarian for me, Valentine! Funny T-Rex and Triceratops Valentine

So happy you went vegetarian for me, Valentine!

 

Do you love me? Funny Panda and Koala Valentine

Do you love me? PANDUH!

 

You make my insides all OOEY GOOEY!!!! ...oh wait I'm just a caterpillar. Funny Ladybug and Caterpillar Valentine

You make my insides all OOEY GOOEY!!!! …oh wait I’m just a caterpillar.

 

Thanks for being my Pal even when I have KILLER BREATH! Funny Dragon and Unicorn Valentine

Thanks for being my Pal even when I have KILLER BREATH!

 

I Love You More Than Sniffing Butts, Valentine! Funny Cat and Dog Valentine

I Love You More Than Sniffing Butts, Valentine!

 

Let's Eat Dirt Together Funny Bird and Worm Valentine

Let’s Eat Dirt Together

 

I can'ta BEAR it! Will you BEE mine? Funny Bear and Bee Valentine

I can’t BEAR it! Will you BEE mine?

 

It it heartburn or love? FLAMING-O! Alligator and Flamingo Valentine

It it heartburn or love? FLAMING-O!

 

Is Your Kid Obsessed with Pals Socks? We Need Your Help to Create an EPIC Tantrum Video!

pals socks tantrum emotional attachment video

We’ve heard countless times from so many parents since our launch — kids are IN LOVE with their Pals! They can’t be convinced to take their socks off! Not for bath time, not for the next day, not even for the whole weekend, the whole week sometimes.

So. We were thinking. How EPIC would it be if we could create a video medley? A hilariously adorable video of all the munchkins who love their Pals SO much, a temper tantrum or ‘tude comes out when asked to take off their favorite socks? These socks are STAYING PUT!

If you have a little cutie who fits this Pals obsessed description, shoot a well lit video of YOUR kid’s response to taking off their Pals. Upload a video and tag us/send us the link (on your Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube). Everyone that make it into the official video will receive a FREE pair of Pals! You have 2 weeks to get those videos together, our open call ends 2/14/17 end of day.

Can’t wait to see these amazing videos!!!!! Have fun and we will leave you with these:




Will You Be a Pal this Chrismakkuh?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Especially for the little ones!

The moment in time when sweets are a plenty, and gifts are a bounty.

This year is even more extra super special, because Hanukkah falls on Christmas! Chrismakkuh! Annnnnd if your family celebrates both, that means you (hopefully) get twice the presents! SCORE!

chrismakkuh 2016

Hey now. Before we get carried away in the gift buying whirling dervish, 2 important points we wanted to bring up here:

1-
Fun presents are awesome to give, because we love seeing happy little faces. But, the holiday spirit is mostly all about giving off good vibes, giving others gifts. Not just physical gifts, but charity and lending a helping hand to others not as fortunate as your family.

So. How about this.
In addition to traditional gift giving, we should gift our kids the notion of caring for others around us. (Perhaps you do this already?) ☺ Let them know that it’s up to us to keep the holiday spirit going all year! Go through their closets with them, pick a few clothes to donate. Go through the pantry with them, donate some canned food. Visit some lonely old timers in retirement homes and play games. Start ‘em young!

2-
Chrismakkuh lends a great teachable moment. Not every kid has a tree in their house, and that is totally cool. We are all from different backgrounds, and being a good person is what matters. The main meaning of the holidays is love and giving. Don’t you agree? Good vibes make the tree lights brighter and the menorah candles even glowier!

Anyways. Cheers to you, our Pals, for continuing to set great examples for your kids, and help make our world a more happier, kinder and peaceful place to exist. Happy holidays and have a great New Year!

Pals Socks Happy Happy Fun Kids Favorites! Holiday Gift Guide 2016!

Tis the season for gifting, and there is nothing that makes a holiday better than good vibes. Stuff that makes people happy. Stuff that promotes exploring, adventure, imagination and silliness. So, we wanted to give you, our Pals, a little gift.

We combed the vast inter-webs and found some the most fun, unique and cool things out there you may have not discovered! A smattering of gifts and things so adorable, so awesome, you’ll wish you were still in diapers!

ANYWAY with that thought still fresh, let’s start this gift guide off!

Gifts for Little Creepsters who Celebrate Halloween Year Round

  1. gifts for kids who like spooky weird thingsYou can’t go wrong with Pals Werewolf & Zombie Socks! Comfy, creepy, stretchy cool!
  2. Does your little one appreciate the mad scientist life? In this lab kit, you can create your own slimy green slime!
  3. This scooter has ZOMBIE HANDS handle bars, so it looks like you have zombie hands when scooting!
  4. Sew your own adorable monsters! Learn about sewing!
  5. This bat shirt by Bubblegum Forest is too too cute

 

Gifts for Galactic ‘Lil Adventurers

gifts for galactic lil adventurer kids

  1. Our very own Space Robot & Earth Robot Pals Socks are a stellar choice for any outer space enthusiast!
  2. C’mon now. How cute/inspiring is this space explorer comfy shirt for our future astronaut?
  3. And matching space pants!!!
  4. This little cuddly alien pal makes us blast off to mars in cuteness  ♥ ♥ ♥
  5. Wow, a pretend play SPACE POD! Wish they had this when we were kids
  6. Every galactic explorer needs a sweet space blaster (that shoots good vibes only of course)

 

Gifts for Monkeying Around the Jungle (hehe, love those puns)!

kids super fun jungle safari themed gifts

  1. How cool the design and colors of this parrot chair?
  2. Can’t get over the toothy grin of this fuzzy hippo plushie!
  3. Serengetee is a very interesting brand that supports artisans, and this kid-sized colorful cap is quite awesome
  4. Who else can you find in the jungle besides our funky Monkey and Parrot Pals?
  5. The perfect binoculars for kids, perfect for jungle explorations….or the backyard. Hehe

 

Dragons and Unicorns Gifts, nuf said

gifts for dragon and unicorn obsessed kids

  1. This unicorn banana horn shirt is fantastic
  2. Dragon and Unicorn Pals Socks! Make new magical Pals this holiday!
  3. A unicorn adventure themed coloring book is going to be way more fun than other coloring books
  4. Pusheen Cat is a cute lil dragon! Awwwwww
  5. Read together! This is a book all about dragons and tacos: the best of Pals. Soooo good

 

Anyone have a Kiddie-saurus Rex?dinosaur themed gifts for kids

  1. One of our most popular pairs of socks for good reason- so cute, cozy and so fun! T-Rex and Triceratops Pals!
  2. Future Archaeologist? This dino excavation kit looks awesome
  3. Make your feet look like actual dinosaur stompers, what a novelty!
  4. Zoku makes these addooooooorable ice pop molds
  5. A pop-up playing hut that looks like a dinosaur. Why not?
  6. This hand crocheted stegosaurus!!!  ♥

 

Gifts to help you cozy up this holiday!

gifts for kids to cozy up this holiday

  1. When it’s cold out, it’s so fun to warm snuggle up with your Penguin and Polar Bear Pals!
  2. A cozy PJ set is a MUST for optimal coziness
  3. Loving these fuzzy polar bear slipper boots!!!
  4. Cuddle up to this narwhal plushie
  5. What do you watch while keeping cozy? This classic Dr. Seuss tale of course!
  6. Mmmmm comfort food for the holidays is oh so cozy, and now the kiddies can help bake their own!

 

Yay! Holidays! Hope you liked our little guide!

The Only Way To Make America Great is to be Friends With Someone Different

<Sigh>

America chose Donald Trump to be our next President, the highest and most powerful position one can have. The Donald.

The heartbreaking realization is that many, many citizens, even more than we had realized, are afraid and threatened by anyone different than themselves and the changing, socially progressive times. It is the sad, disappointing truth.

So what do we do now?

The only thing we can do is to keep hope alive. Perhaps this will be the moment in time people have the strongest voice to fight back, to stand up for each other and to be vocal about acceptance, empathy and inclusivity.

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We as a nation need to stay strong. Perhaps this is the standpoint where communities of any color, religion, sexuality, and age will line up hand in hand and say “enough is enough.” We will talk respectfully with our neighbors and family about opposing views we may have. Unity can’t be possible if we refuse to look past our differences and create laws only benefiting one kind of person and ideology, putting down others as ‘less than’.

If we can become one, rather than divided, we will be strong. We will be able to support each other.

Because Love will always Trump Hate.

And will just leave it with this powerful quote found from the inter-webs:

“I hope people use this opportunity to realize diamonds form under pressure, and sometimes a bitter pill is what’s necessary to motivate people to make some real changes. The Bush presidency brought us to Obama. 

Can’t live in a world and move forward without hard lessons. Pay attention and after a little understandable self pity, realize this isn’t about how you feel, but about what we need to do now.

Time to see what we are made of.” 

Meet the Face Behind Facing History, our new partners!

Hello Pals! We had a great kick-off to our giving back initiative this past summer, where we partner and collaborate (and then give % of our profits) to a cool and worthy nonprofit who further our causes.

Today, we are happy to introduce you to our newest 3 month partner, Facing History and Ourselves!  Based in Boston, they work hard to help kids think about where we came from and where we are going, and why it’s important to face our history in order to create a more humane society. See what they have to say, below!

 

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What is Facing History and Ourselves all about?

Founded in 1976, Facing History and Ourselves is all about focusing on the things that unite us instead of divide us. Especially in today’s society that feels so polarized (race, religion, politics), we feel compassion is so important.

That’s why Facing History works with educators and youth. We provide resources and tools for educators that get kids thinking about today’s difficult issues through the lens of history. Teachers work closely with students to explore themes like identity, discrimination, and leadership.

Students are challenged to make personal connections between the past and the present, and between others and themselves. This promotes a greater understanding of our roles and responsibilities in our community and greater world.

We believe that by empowering our youth, they will  choose to be an *upstander*: someone who stands up against injustice. They can  build a more engaged, moral, and compassionate society.

 

A group of all-boy student Upstanders pose dressed as superheroes.

A group of boy Upstanders pose dressed as superheroes.

 

Why is our work so important?

Facing History’s work is important because we can learn so much about ourselves and each other when we examine human struggles of identity, belonging, and choice. My humanity is tied to yours whether in prosperity, or tragedy. To turn away from each other is to let prejudice prevail. That’s why civil conversations, knowledge, and critical thinking about the world around us is so crucial – and Facing History is doing just that with teachers and students all over the globe.

Our tagline is “People make choices. Choices make history.”

Locker art inspired by students at Facing History New Tech High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Locker art inspired by students at Facing History New Tech High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Where is Facing History located?

Facing History and Ourselves is based in Boston, Massachusetts and has seven regional offices throughout the United States. We have two partner entities in Canada and the United Kingdom, and partnerships around the world (including China, France, Northern Ireland, and South Africa).

Why we are so excited to partner with Pals Socks!

Facing History and Ourselves and Pal Socks are both working toward the common goal of bridging the gap between our differences so we can recognize we can all live among each other peacefully, respectfully, and maybe even as friends!

pals socks and facing history partnership

 

Aaaaaaaand there you have it. It’s a great organization that Pals Socks is thrilled to partner with.

Click here if you want to learn more about what they do, and click of the links below below if you want to learn a little something something they have wrote!

5 Tips for Talking About Race With Children

Guide to Literature for Young Children

Raising Ethical Children: Discussing the Film “Selma” with Young People

Youth, New Media, and the Ethics Gap

SO FUN IT’S SCARY HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY! Pals Socks & other awesome brands!

Any holiday that celebrates the weird, spooky and wonderful is the best holiday ever! We can’t wait for Halloween!!!!!

Therefore, today we are kicking off an AWESOME GIVEAWAY: So fun, it’s SCARY! 🎃🕸👍👹❤️

 

halloweengiveaway
One lucky winner will get a sweet (like candy):
Werewolf and Zombie socks from @palssocks
Young Blood t-shirt from @bubblegumforest
Monster leggings from @thedoodlepants
Stripey Sunglasses from @subsidyshades
Party Like It’s Candy Day long sleeve t-shirt from @freetobekids
Boo tee from @the_blue_envelope
Creepy Carrots from story maven @happily.ever.elephants

To enter,
1- Follow ALL of the instagram accounts listed above (we’ll be checking!)
2- Tag at least one friend who loves Halloween. Each tag is one entry, and you can tag as many friends as you wish!
3- Comment “Done”!
4- For ten bonus entries, repost this image and with the hashtag #defeetthenormhalloween !

This contest ends at 9:30 EST on Saturday, October 8. Open to United States and Canada mailing addresses. Void where prohibited by law. A winner will be announced by 9:30 EST Sunday, October 9.