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New Year, New Games!

You know how hard it is to keep kids to play the same game again and again. Yes, that’s why we need new games. But, where to find new games – fun and cool enough to let kids just stay there to play with?

No worries! Goliath, a leading global toy and games company, announced its acquisition of the Vivid Toy Group from Privet Capital for an undisclosed sum.

Vivid is one of Europe’s leading independent branded toy and games companies, distributing, licensing, designing, manufacturing and selling a combination of in-house developed toy and games IP and third-party licenses. The Company has distributed critical partner brands in over 60 markets worldwide to leading retailers such as Amazon, Argos, Auchan, Carrefour, Mueller, Smyths, Target, Tesco, The Entertainer, and Walmart. The Company is headquartered in the UK (Guildford), and has additional sales and marketing operations in France (Paris) and Germany (Frankfurt), as well as operations in China (Hong Kong). Vivid’s core product lines are toys, games, and arts & crafts.

Vivid is best known in the industry for EMEA distribution of the iconic Crayola brand and association with blockbuster brands over the years such as AniMagic, Moshi Monsters, Thunderbirds, Bratz Dolls, Nella The Princess Knight and many others. The company recently announced a major partnership with Corus Nelvana as part of its exciting innovation pipeline into 2019 and beyond.

Founded in 1980, Goliath is a world leading, privately-owned, international games specialist. In 2017, NPD recognized Goliath as the #1 preschool games manufacturer and #3 children’s games manufacturer in the USA as well as the #2 overall games manufacturer in France. Using the combined scale of the Pressman, Goliath and Crown & Andrews game portfolios, Vivid will launch brand new games for 2019. Being well-known for its major investments in digital marketing, social media and TV advertising, Vivid will get the full benefit of Goliath’s global marketing team.

“The acquisition of Vivid by Goliath represents a bold new chapter in our company’s story,” said Tony Hicks, Chief Executive of Vivid Toy Group. “With Goliath’s backing, we are well supported to build a world-leading portfolio that will continue to strengthen the company’s excellent long-standing customer relationships with the world’s leading retailers.”

“We are extremely pleased to have acquired Vivid, which we believe has significant growth potential. With a long history of working together, we know the Vivid team well,” said Adi Golad, Chairman and Founder of Goliath. “They are a highly professional, world class business spanning toys, arts & crafts, and games with an impressive track record of ‘end-to-end’ excellence in each of its core functions, from procurement and product design to marketing and sales by its unrivaled distribution network and retail relationships in the UK and broad network worldwide. We welcome our new colleagues to the Goliath family and look forward to building a great business together.”

About Goliath

Goliath was founded in 1980 and is one of the few remaining family-owned global toy and game companies. Goliath is an international manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of products. Examples include Wahu®, Sequence®, Rummikub®, Rubik’s Cube®, Phlat Ball®, Tri-Ominos®, Wordsearch™, Pop the Pig®, Doggie Doo™, Gooey Looey™ and Catch the Fox™.

The company has continued to see substantial growth with the acquisitions of Pressman Toy®, JAX®, Tucker Toys® in the US, Crown & Andrews® and Britz ‘n Pieces/Wahu in Australia, Modelco® in France, and Elephanta® in New Zealand. Today Goliath is the 2nd largest game company in France and 3rd largest in the USA.

Goliath is a market leader in TV-promoted games and strong in many other toy categories, such as puzzles, arts & crafts, outdoor, activity, and novelties.

Goliath products now sell in more than 75 countries worldwide and the company has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. For more information, please visit www.goliathgames.com 

About Vivid Toy Group

Based in Guildford UK with offices in Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and China, the Vivid Group is an independent, privately owned toy, games and arts & crafts company that sells in over 60 countries worldwide. Key lines include the iconic Crayola across EMEA and properties such as Nella the Princess Knight, Thunderbirds, Animagic, Fungus Amungus, Genie Girls, Disney Emoji, Phlat Ball and Squeezamals. For more information, please visitwww.vividtoysandgames.co.uk 

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Punny Apparel with a Big Heart!

When it comes to witty apparel, gifts, and accessories, Teddy the Dog has pup culture, entertainment, and all things dog covered with its punny graphics.

Yet when it’s time to give back, the company gets serious. Every month, Teddy contributes to a different organization. This past November, the company offered its ‘Always Loyal’ graphic and donated profits to the Headstrong Project in honor of National Military & Veteran Family Awareness Month.

And in December, Teddy the Dog donated a large portion of its Giving Tuesday profits to the Best Friends Society–an organization working to end kill shelters across America. Hold your applause, or should we say “appaws,” because Teddy the Dog makes other charitable contributions throughout the year. Whenever it produces a graphic in the wake of a natural disaster, tragedy, or to pay tribute to someone lost too soon, 100% of profits are donated as part of the company’s Teddy Gives Back initiative.

Since 2016 Teddy the Dog has given an estimated $130,000 to eleven different organizations in addition to donating hundreds of items to rescues, shelters and other organizations that assist Teddy’s furry friends.

For those in your life who have moxie like a doxie and need apparel and accessories to match, Teddy the Dog carries a variety of hats, tote bags, mugs, drinkware and pet products that make perfect “howliday” gifts. For a “limited edition” gift, Teddy‘s Pick of the Litter program (POTL) offers weekly, best in show graphics for pre-order.

After one week, each POTL design comes off the site faster than a Whippet and there’s no guarantee it will be available again. This year, give the gift of laughter and help Teddy the Dog extend a helping paw to those in need. Though a word of warning: Sense of humor required.

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A Product That’s NOT Making “Head Lines”

Looking for a bulletproof way

to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead this season?

Try this amazing new Forehead Line Eraser from Nassif MD Skincare! FOREHEAD LINE ERASER

$60

Hydrating lightweight gel made with shitake mushroom extract and other key ingredients that helps firm the look of skin and reduce the appearance of fine forehead lines.

Features:

  • Fast-absorbing formula helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead
  • Helps restore a youthful glow and the look of skin’s luminosity
  • Helps smooth and firm the appearance of skin
  • Helps temporarily reduce the appearance of pores
  • Contains Actifcol, a shitake mushroom-based extract that has been shown in pilot studies to help firm the appearance of skin; also contains Aquacell, which has been shown in a pilot study to help moisturize skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines

How to Use: Apply product to forehead morning and night for best results.

RELATED PRODUCTS:

DAYTIME COLLAGEN-BOOSTING FACIAL SERUM

$65

The Day Therapy Créme is a Vitamin C-based serum that aids in the optimization of the skin’s own natural collagen levels. With daily use, this hydrating serum delivers a refreshed glow and brighter-looking complexion.

Key Benefits

  • Contains the antioxidant Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, which helps to fight free radical aggressors.
  • Delivers moisture to the skin, helping to impart a youthful radiance.
  • Dries quickly, allowing makeup to absorb more smoothly.

How to Use: Apply in the morning to clean, dry skin.

DECO-LIFT – ANTI-AGING NECK FIRMING & LIFTING SERUM

$60

The Deco-Lift Neck Firming Complex Serum with peptides is a state of the art formulation to help optimize the appearance of the skin on the neck and reduce the appearance of dryness and wrinkles, creating a more youthful appearance.

Key Benefits

  • Contains the antioxidant Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, which helps to fight free radical aggressors.
  • Formulated with Aquaxyl™, a complex which has been shown to moisturize and help smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the neck area to create a more youthful look.

How to Use:

For optimal results, apply to clean skin in the morning and evening. Gently massage into skin on your neck and decollete using gentle, upward strokes. Note: this serum is a very lightweight gel and absorbs quickly.

HYDRO-SCREEN – HYDRATION & WRINKLE REMOVING SERUM FOR FINE LINES

$80

This Hydro-Screen Hydrating Serum is an advanced technology lightweight serum that is formulated to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with a soft, supple, and youthful look.

Key Benefits:

  • Formulated to help optimize the skin’s natural moisture and to address the look of dry and aging skin.
  • Produces a noticeable smoothing appearance to dry lines and wrinkles.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and looking smooth.
  • Non-greasy or oily, and dries to a soft matte finish.

How to Use:

In the morning and evening, apply 2-3 drops to a clean face, neck and decollete. Allow the serum to absorb into skin.

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EAT Your Coffee?

Leave it to college kids to understand the importance of a good caffeine fix. Late nights, cramming for finals, extracurricular activities — they’ve got a lot on their plates. That’s why two Northeastern students came up with a genius idea stemmed from the question, “why can’t we eat our coffee?”

Eat Your Coffee is a delicious line of caffeinated snack bars, made with real ingredients like dates, oats, and nut butter. Even better? Each bar contains a full cup of coffee (80mg of caffeine) from organic, fair-tradecoffee! Grab a delicious Fudgy Mocha Latte, Salted Caramel Macchiato, or Peanut Butter Mocha and enjoy your daily caffeine kick in a whole new way.

Busy mamas, CEOs, marathon runners… literally anyone who loves coffee or needs a daily pick-me-up will love these tasty, energy-boosting snacks. Plus, they’re packable, snackable, and perfect for the on-the-go lifestyle. Toss one in your bag, stash ’em in your car, or hide them in your desk drawer and get some mental clarity whenever you’re feeling a little depleted during your day. And while you’re boosting your productivity, you’ll be nourishing your body with real ingredients.

More to Love About Eat Your Coffee Bars:

Ethically Sourced Ingredients – Eat Your Coffee pays their coffee farmers fair wages, so you can feel good with every energizing bite.

Just the Right Amount of Caffeine – Each bar contains 80 mg of caffeine, equivalent to one cup ofcoffee. That’s enough to give you a boost, without the jitters.

Snack-Sized Calories – Each bar contains about 180 calories, about half as much as a flavored coffeedrink.

Packable and snackable – Just the right size to take anywhere and enjoy anytime you need a caffeine boost.

With the New Year’s plan making, Eat Your Coffee bars are the perfect way to keep your energy up as you try to conquer everything on your ever-growing to-do list. They also make awesome gifts for yourself or the foodie friends and caffeine lovers on new year’s shopping list!

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Weleda Announces The Launch Of Its New Skin Food Experience

How to deal with the dry skin in the Winter? It is always the thing I have to study about. I love Weleda, it makes my skin smooth and comfortable in the dry weather. No itchy anymore. Weleda, the European skincare brand, announced that it is expanding its cult-favorite Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream to include three new formulas.

For almost a century, Weleda‘s Skin Food has been feeding our bodies with plant extracts that work in rhythm with the skin to allow one’s inner beauty to shine through. The ultra-rich, multipurpose formula derived from farms that follow sustainable principles delivers soft, supple, deeply hydrated skin. Skin Food’s nourishing ingredients satisfy skin with nutrients that help unlock a healthy-looking glow. Skin Food has developed a cult following for its plant-rich formulation becoming a must-have item in makeup artist’s kits and celebrity homes alike.

The new Skin Food Experience, which includes a product for lips, a body butter and a lighter version of the original, will feature formulas created to help nourish and soothe the skin. Comprised of nutrient-rich lead plants, including rosemary, chamomile, pansy and calendula, the new blends are rooted in different base formulas of sunflower seed oil, lanolin, beeswax, and Shea Butter.

Rob Keen, CEO of Weleda N.A., says, “Skin Food has been a beloved product and a savior for dry skin since its launch in 1926. We are thrilled to bring all the benefits of Skin Food Original to more usage occasions so that fans and new consumers alike can enjoy a total Skin Food experience from head-to-toe.”

The new Skin Food Experience formulas include:

Skin Food Light Nourishing Cream: A lighter version of the classic original, the cream formula quickly melts into skin without leaving behind a greasy residue. Delivering a dose of moisture, chamomile and calendula invigorate senses while a base of Sunflower Seed Oil and Shea Butter instantly nourish for a velvety smooth texture. Perfect to use every day and as a light option in warmer weather; suitable for use on face and body.
$12.49 (1.0 fl oz.)/ $18.99 (2.5 fl oz.)

Skin Food Body Butter: The light whipped texture quickly absorbs into skin all over for a smooth, luxurious feeling. Perfect for any area that needs extra hydration, the rich base of Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter leaves skin intensely hydrated and senses invigorated after a bath or shower.
$18.99 (5.0 fl oz.)

Skin Food Lip Butter: A vibrant blend of viola, chamomile, and calendula soothes and cares for lips while the oil-based formula nourishes. Great for cold weather conditions or when lips need extra TLC, the rich texture softens lips for a smooth finish.
$6.99 (.27 fl oz.)

Skin Food Original Ultra-Rich Cream: Intensely hydrating, the original formula combines plant extracts with a base of beeswax and sunflower and sweet almond oils to nourish skin. With extracts of rosemary, chamomile, and calendula, this plant-rich ingredient blend is renowned for its moisturizing and soothing effects.
$12.49 (1.0 fl oz.)/ $18.99 (2.5 fl oz.)

The Skin Food Experience is currently available on Weleda.com (https://www.weleda.com/skin-food-experience) and will be available at national retailers in early 2019.

About WELEDA
Since 1921, Weleda has been connecting people to nature through plant-rich, NATRUE certified natural body and skin care. The company’s 50 acres of Biodynamic® gardens in Germany— The Weleda Biodynamic Gardens in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany – are one of the largest in Europe. These farming principles are in Weleda‘s roots and continue to inspire its high-quality products today.

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Fight the Winter Blues with Sensory Products from The Mood Factory

Winter depression is very real. As this holiday season approaches, some see it as the most wonderful time of year while others dread it.

According to Psychology Today, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of recurrent major depressive disorder in which episodes of depression occur during the same season each year. This condition is sometimes called the “winter blues.”

Luckily with research on sensory engagement impacting moods, The Mood Factory has created a line of products that will help boost moods this winter.

The formulations are based on their white paper, expert advisors, and extensive research, and supporting the moodstates of Tranquility, Serenity, Happiness, and Energy. Each of these essential oil blends are then infused into consumer products, like bath bombs, scent sticks, massage oils, shower steamers, and body butters.

Here are some products you will love:

Mood-Happiness™ Mood-Steamers™: Engage your senses in the shower with fizzing Happiness Mood-steamers, a unique aromatherapy product designed to add aroma to your morning with your shower steam. The Happiness Mood-steamer is an uplifting blend of lemon, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit and lime, based on research on how scents impact moods, to help raise your spirits as you start or end your day.

To use this product, place one onto the bottom of your shower for a complete aromatherapy experience. Repeat as often as possible. Combine with other Mood Factory products for the ultimate sensory engaging experience.

Mood-Happiness™ MoodStick™: Moodsticks serve as a quick pick-me-up after it is applied to sensory points on your body. Moodsticks are essential oils, not the strong perfumery kind of scents, and they keep the scent where they belong – on you.

This sensory product has an uplifting blend of lemon, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit and lime sure to stimulate your senses. To use, slowly inhale directly from the applicator or apply the stick on your palms or right below your nose. Take a deep inhale, embrace the uplifting notes as they travel through your nose, and remind yourself of the benefit of presence throughout the day.

For more information, please visit TheMoodFactory.com.

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