Interview with Dan Klein and Kelly Hudson of Make Me Like It Podcast!

Did you ever think you could warm up to things like baldness, teenagers or milk?

Well.

The Make Me Like It podcast asks you to leave your preconceived notions at the door using hilarious, honest and thought provoking conversation amongst friends.

We here at Pals are gigantic fans of the show, so it was suuuuuper cool to interview the hosts Dan Klein and Kelly Hudson on our blog! You will LOVE their unique podcast concept, and they may even change your mind about certain topics.

Our whole interview is around 30 minutes long. Because they are seasoned podcast hosts, we HAD to tape this and bring the interview to life. You can hear how passionate they are,  and how much fun they have with the show ☺

Dan and Kelly pose with their favorite socks!

FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT

HANNAH: So. Maybe you guys could give a little overview of your unique concept, a little summation?

DAN: Sure yeah! Well “Make Me Like It” is a podcast where Kelly and I have a lot of things we don’t like. We have all of our funniest, smartest, and coolest friends come on the show and tell us why they like certain things. We always listen with an open mind and see if by the end, we like it too. And yeah, it turns out like after doing 50 episodes or something, that it really is about me and Kelly loosening up a little bit.

KELLY: Yeah! The concept of the show is to loosen up and broaden our minds!

DAN: When people tell you why they like something so much, you’re like oh my god I like this person, and they like this thing, and boy, I guess I either just missed the boat on it or I gotta just lighten up a little bit and open my mind! <laughter>

KELLY: Yeah, I’d say that a lot of what we cover on the show is fear based. Like I‘m scared of this thing, tell me why I should not be scared or I wrote this thing off for 5 minutes and then stopped doing it, why should I pick it back up. It comes from having great conversations with people we really like. It’s just so fun watching someone talk about what they like. It’s always a pleasant conversation. Even if the topic is Dan, what was Andrew Law’s topic?

DAN: Pessimism?

HANNAH: <laughter>

KELLY: <laughter> It’s still a very interesting conversation.

DAN: It’s hard to disagree with someone when you hear about them passionately talking, and happily talking about something that they like.

KELLY: Yeah!

DAN: You’re like, oh yeah, I guess I can kind of see that.

KELLY: Exactly.

DAN: And it’s fun to hear.

HANNAH: So how did you guys get into the podcasting game?

DAN: Well, our podcast is on a podcast network called Headgum. That is run by Jake and Amir who were pretty well known from their College Humor videos. They’ve been doing that for years and they started a podcast network. Essentially they were just looking for ideas and I had this idea a long time ago because I hate golf so much.

HANNAH: <laughter>

DAN: And I was going to do a whole podcast just based on trying to get me to like golf. That’s why it’s our first episode. Jake and Amir approached us, and I was like oh, this could be a fun thing for us to do together. It would be fun to talk to people about more than just golf!

KELLY: They approached us together and asked both of us if we had any ideas to pitch that we would do as a team. <Make Me Like It> was our favorite one, they loved it immediately. And, we ended up having a podcast. We didn’t strive for it, it sort of just happened.

DAN: Yeah.

KELLY: And that’s kind of the story for most of the great things that have happened in our lives, that’s for sure.

HANNAH: Yeah! You had an opportunity you couldn’t pass up. It’s cool it turned into a couple of different episodes, know what I mean?

KELLY: I think the guests we have on the show contribute to that because we’ve already got a weird list of stuff for people to look at, but then the stuff people come up with that they want to talk about is always way more interesting, I feel like.

DAN: Yeah, I never thought I would do an entire episode on squalor!

KELLY: <laughter>

DAN: And I never thought by the end of it would I agree with it.

KELLY: Yeah!

DAN: You know what? There is a certain amount of squalor that is enjoyable in life.

<both laugh>

DAN: So that one kind of blew me away.

KELLY: Also, I from day one wanted really bad to do an episode on mayonnaise. So many people have almost done it but been like, I don’t know if I can spend a whole episode doing this. That was a topic that I thought would take off but it’s a small topic, if you think about it.

HANNAH: So funny! What do you think were the topics that got you the most feedback so far? The most conversation? Have people been like ahhhhhhhhh, cool, positive feedback for you?

KELLY: From us for from our listeners?

HANNAH: Oh. Your listeners!

KELLY: Our death episode got a ton of feedback. I like death now too! But just sort of commiserated with us and talked about their opinions about why death was good. That was just a really interesting-

DAN: It brought a lot out of people. We got tons of emails for that one. I’m trying to think of other ones that we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from. That one is definitely the most feedback and we still get emails about today. Remember, we got some emails about the Royal Family?

KELLY: From our British listener!

DAN: Yeah, we have a British listener who really tried to get us to like the Royal Family. In that episode our guest just talked about watching The Crown. We did not like the Royal Family and he’s like, just watch The Crown. We watched the crown and now I like the Royal Family! <laughter> It’s really interesting. I can’t believe how intense and dramatic it is.

HANNAH: History! Lots of history.

DAN: Not to get too off topic, it’s kind of a horrible responsibility. It essentially ruins your life in a way that I never knew. So, it’s really fascinating. It’s a great TV show.

KELLY: Yeah! I’m definitely fascinated by the Royal Family now. But I definitely don’t like it. <laughter>

HANNAH: So. What do you guys hope to accomplish in the podcast. Is it the comedy but also make people not be as quick to judge? The psychology of being introduced to something by someone you like? What’s that impact?

DAN: The <Make Me Like It> idea was pretty simple. Could somebody make a convincing argument enough to get us to like things that we don’t like? But as we’ve –

HANNAH: In this day and age of hate and bigotry , judging and all that stuff…

DAN: Yeah and I think, to be honest, none of that stuff was in our minds when we started it. But now that we’ve done it, and you feel it, you do realize the power of persuasion of having a nice, fun conversation as opposed to yelling. That’s part of Kelly and my personalities is that we don’t want to fight. When we first started inviting people onto the show, I think they thought it was going to be heated, big fight. Like a debate.

KELLY: They were nervous. They were like, ok, so now I have to force you to like something? And I was like no no no, we’re friendly! This is warm!

DAN: The thing that is fascinating to me is finding those moments in these peoples lives where it’s clear why they like something, or what got them interested in something. To hear a funny interesting person that you know discuss  things they wouldn’t normally discuss – in life, you’re not really ever like do you know why I love this movie so much? We just talked to someone about Britney Spears. You know why I love this so much? No one really expresses themselves in that way. Here’s someone that you’ve been talking to and it’s hard for me not to like it. It’s a nice way to open up your mind to things that you didn’t think you would ever like.

KELLY: It’s become easy in that way. It’s become not a burden to do, because we’ve always enjoyed it. Something I didn’t expect is how many people have related to it and how many people have reached out on a personal level. Most of our fans write an email that’s personal, in addition to being like hey, I love the show. I don’t want to go huge with this, but my main goal in making art is connecting and understanding people, and being understood by people. So that’s been a huge, cool part of it for me.

HANNAH: That’s really cool. Obviously cool because it’s something that’s funny and makes people happy, but it’s extra cool when there is an added layer of being very beneficial to society. Not just slap happy, three stooges type of thing. Memes or stuff. This <podcast> is all about trying to be very friendly about keeping an open mind and how much happier our world is when people have friendlier conversations. It’s not a big deal! It doesn’t have to be a fight! It can be a very interesting and mind opening thing that if more people-

KELLY: Yeah something that you can keep it light-

DAN: We like giving our guests the opportunity to know that we are a captivated audience. If you say oh the reason I like this thing is because I was 10 years old and my mom did this, we aren’t going to scoff at you. We’re not going to judge you for it. We’re interested. We’re coming at everything with an open mind. This is a little off topic but part of what inspired the podcast, because I was on this improv team at the UCB Theatre in New York called The Law Firm. We used to interview people at the beginning of the show either about a run-in they had with the law, or even ask people about their week. We would just want to get information from the audience members. You would be so surprised how people just didn’t think they were interesting! Sometimes they would avoid the questions. But, whenever you got to know anyone for real and they were just honest with their answers, it was always fascinating!

KELLY: Everyone was interesting!

DAN: Yeah everyone was interesting!

KELLY: That’s been a big lesson – every single person is interesting.

HANNAH: Hmmmm! It’s true, it really is. Everyone has their own story. But yeah, it’s so cool that you are reaching people who, obviously are into the comedy scene but also people who just never really gave a thought about things they didn’t think about. I think it’s a lifestyle. You’re like, let’s try it out! Not everything is horrible! It’s so cool you have this type of voice to introduce the concept of keeping an open mind! Try new things! Have fun! Don’t take it so seriously. We’re all friends here, we’re all PALS here, right?

KELLY: Yeah to answer your question, the comedy has always been secondary. Our careers have been based around comedy, but this podcast is a way for us to have a low pressure zone to be naturally funny and not write. Not try to do the perfect improv scene, we’re just being ourselves. We didn’t have a just ourselves outlet. The comedy has definitely just been in the backdrop.

HANNAH: Yeah! That’s so cool. Let me think what I was going to ask you. How do you guys choose your topics? Just do a brainstorm of things you strictly don’t like? Or do you call your friends who are funny and be like Hey! What is a topic that is weird you are passionate about? OK. Let’s brainstorm. I hate X,Y,Z, is it a public broadcast? How do you find it and whittle it down?

DAN: It’s a combination of the two. We have a master list of things we will just add to when we see something or–

KELLY: Or remember something we don’t love.

DAN: We just remembered how much we hate Keurig coffee machines so we just threw that on the list.

HANNAH: They’re horrible for the environment!

DAN: Oh totally.

KELLY:  There’s nothing good about them. <to Dan> I feel like we could have your mom on to talk about it. <laughter>

HANNAH: Well it’s just convenience, right?

KELLY: Yes!

DAN: I think that’s the only thing.

KELLY: Convenience really wears thin with me.

DAN: That’s true. I am not always a huge fan of convenience. If someone could convince me to like that, I would be very impressed. Kelly and I have a master list that we always add things to whenever we run into something,  because it’s easier for us (from a production standpoint) to book a guest first. As opposed to having a topic and then searching for someone to speak about that topic. We usually contact friends and people that we know to schedule a time, then show them the master list. If there is something in particular that they like or usually it inspires them like what about these few things? Oh, let’s do that because that seems like something we could talk about for a long time.

HANNAH: Right, right.

DAN: Yeah.

HANNAH: Makes sense. So what were the topics that you were the most surprised you warmed up to? That you didn’t think you would ever be interested in? Maybe anime, or…? That one seemed like a pretty good argument.

DAN: I’m literally looking it up the episodes right now.

KELLY: Which ones… let me see here…so Taylor Swift definitely got me to think a lot about my opinions about women in pop culture. That was a really big one. I was like, Taylor Swift, F her. And then it was, ohhhhhhh there is a lot going on under this. It’s not just about me not liking someones music, someones personality. How society writes off these women like Lena Dunham or Anne Hathaway and like ohhhhh they’re so annoying. Why do you find them annoying? Let’s explore that. So I thought that was an interesting one.

DAN: For me, I think it was fraternities and sororities, something I always had a bias against. The way that frats are treated, not even in pop culture but in the comedy world, you’re sort of in this nerd society. You have judgements against frats because they are cool and <nerds> are always portrayed badly in movies (like Revenge of the Nerds). But the person we had on here, first of all. He was a guy who was just a fan of the show and wrote to us hey, I heard on an episode that you want to talk about frats and sororities. I was in one. Can I be on the show? And we were like alright, let’s do this. He talked about his experience in (I believe it was Iowa) and how-

KELLY: How positive it was.

DAN: Positive and valuable to his social life there, and even to this day how he is still connected to members of the fraternity and there are different chapters. And I was like, oh, this is something that is a useful, positive tool and not every fraternity is a horrible place where men date rape women.

KELLY: One of my favorite episodes was the magic episode.

DAN: Oh yeh!!

KELLY: Just because I guess Avery Monsen is just a magical person that says the funniest things. I loved seeing magic through his eyes.

DAN: He was both for it and against it, that was really interesting. He also performed magic right on front of us.

KELLY: It was insane.

HANNAH: That’s really funny. Awesome. So that gets me to: if anybody is interested and would maybe be fun on radio, is open to be a guest on the episode? Not just people in comedy?

KELLY: That’s what is has become!

DAN: I mean we had always wanted to talk to a variety of people and I’ve always been interested in talking to “normal people” but not people in evolved in the comedy scene. To be honest, at this point it’s just hard for us to get in touch with people.

KELLY: It’s so much easier to just ask a comedy friend if they want to be on a podcast as opposed to…at the beginning we wanted to get normal people and experts.

DAN: It’s really just us doing the booking so we don’t exactly have a far reach to different fields. Another thing– back in New York I was part of a sketch group and we hosted a late night show briefly. The idea was that we would talk to normal people as opposed to celebrity guests, and we did have a New York City cab driver on there one time. That was pretty fascinating. Treat an NYC cab driver as if they were a famous celebrity and ask them questions about what they do or they’re working on. And again, I don’t think the cab driver thought he was interesting at all but it’s like, oh my god you are a fascinating person. Who are you? <laughter>

KELLY: I actually listen to and am into the parenting podcast world. Dan and I are on the edge of becoming parents the next couple of years. There’s something about doing this podcast that has prepared me for raising a child. I had this realization about what it’s like to have a kid. When you are parenting, you are rediscovering the world. You give your kid a vanilla wafer, you are rediscovering the world with them. They are so blown away by things you wrote off as something you weren’t interested in or that had no value. So, I feel like there is a child-like wonder about this podcast and being like, what’s the big deal with cats? And then being like, OMG cats are amazing! Like you are discovering for the first time. And there’s a lot of big subjects that we tackle on this thing.

DAN: We also have an episode on teenagers, which a lot of parents would probably want to listen to-

KELLY: That’s a good one!

DAN: If you have teenagers… or your children will soon be teenagers.

KELLY: We’ve also had a kid on the show.

DAN: Oh yeah that’s true, we also had a child guest talk to us about milk. <laughter>

KELLY: Poppy! This guy that Dan worked with, he and his daughter came on the show to talk about milk. Yeah, I think this would be a great podcast for parents.

DAN: Poppy was a great guest, I would listen to her.

 

 

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!

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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