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GoPals - a soft animal plush for kids on the move!
I think it's pretty safe to say just about every parent knows the fear and panic that accompanies a child's loss of their favorite toy.
Ever since he was an infant, our youngest child has some very special stuffed animals and a blankie that are his must-have items every single night. Sometimes during the day when he's feeling nervous, tired, or shy he will also choose to bring one of them along with him because they help him feel safe and brave.
I remember the day when our little guy accidentally left his blankie at Sunday School. He was fighting a cold and wasn't feeling his best so we let him bring his favorite blankie along that morning. It wasn't until later that afternoon when we'd returned home and he was ready for a nap that I realized somehow we'd left it behind! Our little guy was in a panic that his blankie was lost and I frantically contacted everyone I could think of to help me locate this very special blankie. Thankfully our story ended happily, as our son's blankie was found and I was able to go and pick it up - however, our little guy still talks about the day he almost lost his most favorite blanket.
Our story is a similar story that parents everywhere can relate to; including GoPals inventor / Mother of two, Lorrie Vogel! "Somewhere while traveling between Seattle and Portland - we never figured out where - my daughter Piper's favorite plush toy, Midnight, just disappeared," says Lorrie, "The loss was devastating to my six-year-old, who never went to bed without her favorite cat. Right then and there is occurred to me: our phones are mobile, computers are mobile, why can't plush toys be mobile too?"
Fast forward 11 years. "My six-year-old daughter was now seventeen, she had a twelve-year-old brother, and their mom had spent more than twenty years as a top footwear and apparel designer for Nike," Lorrie says, "And so one night - after my kids and I watched a few too many episodes of Shark Tank - we decided it was time to make my idea a reality."
Lorrie and her children, Piper and Cole, started GoPals and worked together to design a plush toy that could travel everywhere a child does, a stuffed animal that could fasten to any backpack, seat belt, bike/scooter and more. They wanted their GoPals to happily tag along on every trip - to school, sleepovers, vacations, anywhere! They wanted to make sure that with GoPals, a child's favorite pal will never leave their side.
“In deciding to create this company,” says Vogel, “we wanted it to be one that spread joy by doing good – the first by creating a small stuffed friend that never leaves a child’s side, the second by supporting children charities." The GoPals Brand has signed a partnership with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation with is aimed at propelling the world towards a future without childhood cancer. A portion of every GoPals animal sold will go toward funding and promoting children's charities.
"This work is personal to my family," Lorrie adds, "Several years ago, I lost a husband - and my daughter Piper a father - to cancer. We know how hard he fought, and we want to continue his fight by supporting the cure for childhood cancer. Please join us in the effort to rid the world of childhood cancers and save other families from the devastating loss of a loved one."
GoPals was introduced in June 2019 on Amazon and www.GOPALS.net. We were recently gifted one of these adorable GoPals in exchange for our review (read our thoughts in a moment!)
About GoPals, for kids on the move:
Collect them all!
What we loved about GoPals:
We were gifted Spencer the Lamb in exchange for our review and we were so pleasantly surprised with just how adorable these GoPals really are in person! Our GoPals is so wonderfully soft - like as soft as a plush baby blanket. At 7" tall, it is the perfect size for little hands to hold and a convenient size for bringing along anywhere without taking up too much space.
We found GoPals to be super easy to attach to our standard-size backpacks and smaller, toddler-sized backpacks, our diaper bag, car seat seat-belt, regular seat-belt, stroller seat-belt, scooter, bicycle, we even easily attached it to our son's belt loop on his pants when he wanted to walk around the store with his GoPals friend!
We love the sweet expression on Spencer the Lamb's face and the friendly message on his strap that reads, "Spencer the Lamb will match you stride for stride, no matter where you’re headed he is by your side."
Since our youngest is the one who always needs to bring a snuggly toy or blankie with him, we gave him Spencer the Lamb and it was love at first sight! Our little guy loves that his GoPals friend feels as soft as his favorite blankie, is small enough to easily hold yet still the perfect size to snuggle, and best of all can go with him everywhere he goes!
I should also mention that our 7 year old also thinks GoPals is the best idea ever and has already begun requesting GoPals for his own this Christmas! I think it's safe to say GoPals is a huge hit in the Florida Family Fun Travel household and we think your little ones will love them too!
GoPals is a wonderful invention with a wonderful mission - and we absolutely love that a portion of the proceeds go towards children's charities.
GoPals are available for purchase online through their official website
at www.GOPALS.net and also on Amazon.
Click the links below to order from Amazon (Prime Members get FREE 2-day shipping - yay!)
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