Even the farm animals are celebrating with us today! #zulily #birthday #celebrate
One, two, three, four…it’s our birthday! Cheers to more! #zulily
zulily’s fourth birthday is approaching and in honor of the Big Day, we’ve thrown a party on the site and come up with some super fun themed activity ideas to make your little one’s party go down in history as the Best.Birthday.Ever.
It’s a zoo in here.
The concept: Come dressed as your favorite animal!
- Face painting station for whiskers and whimsy. Make every wee guest feel special with awards for Most fierce, Most cuddly, Most fun and furry…the sky’s the limit!
- Animal-themed glitter art station.
- Safari station (more on this below!)
- Animal-themed food.
What you’ll need
Stocking up on face paint and crafting those awesome awards is just the beginning. Check out these fantastic animal-themed items!
This Glam Art My Sea Friends Set is a great choice for the art station. Kids can apply sparkling sequins and jeweled accents to these sweet sea friends art boards.
Go from fishes and dolphins straight to safari with this amazing wall accessory. Simply hang on the wall and pair with markers for an activity sure to engage.
When it’s time to eat, serve animal-themed treats with this Hungry Animal Nonstick Cake Pan! For yummy mini-cakes that look like this:
The best of friends.
The concept: Come dressed as your favorite character, from Elmo to Belle to the vroom-happy buddies from Cars!
- Set up a mini race track for little ones with ride-on’s and bouncy hoppers
What you’ll need
Treat mini mouseketeers to this fantastic Minnie Activity Ride-On for zooming across the living room or backyard. Boasting a wide and comfortable seat, steering wheel, lights and sensational sound effects, it gets tiny tykes scootin’ indoors or out in style.
For a more basic option, check out this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Hopper:
Bitty bouncers love to bop on the back of this fun and graphic ball featuring their favorite guy. With a durable grip for balance and an easy-to-clean surface, it encourages tiny adventurers to bound and explore indoors and out! We’ve got these terrific items decked out in a wide variety of characters kids love.
The concept: A cupcake (and cake pop!) bake-a-thon for treat-loving kiddos.
- Arrange the guests into teams, and watch ‘em bake and decorate away! Have a cupcake contest, with prizes for Fantastic Frosting, Most Chocolate Chips and Sheer Deliciousness.
What you’ll need
This must-have book is filled with 175 decadent and delightful recipes for creating irresistibly adorable cake pops that are as fun to make as they are to eat, this cookbook also includes sections on baking doughnut bites, aebleskivers, muffins and savory appetizers too..
And invest in awesome themed cupcake wrappers so kids can take their sensational creations home!
Every single one of the party-makers above are available on zulily starting Friday, January 24th as part of our Happy Birthday bonanza. Be sure to stop by, and make this year one to remember!
It’s chilly out, the holidays are over and your kids are getting…dare we say…restless. As winter wears on, keeping your kids occupied indoors can be a bit frightful. But do not fear! We’ve got some tips from the masterful mom bloggers at Macaroni Kid, a site dedicated to sharing family-friendly events that are happening in your hometown, for on keeping young imaginations occupied during frosty winter months.
We’re also featuring a collection of their hand-selected games, art kits and puzzles to encourage indoor artistry and ingenuity on even the chilliest afternoons!
Tip 1: Get Crafty
Whether it’s a kit or a project of your own making, crafts can occupy minds and inspire creativity for hours. Try this one out today:
What do we always tell children NOT to do with straws and cups? Blow bubbles at the dinner table! But here’s an excuse to allow them to go to town! This craft makes a great, cool and unique design on paper.
Tempera paint or food coloring
Paper, any color
1. Put a few drops of tempera paint or food coloring into the cup with a 1/2 inch of bubble solution.
2. Mix with straw.
3. Insert straw into liquid and gently blow, but make sure your child blows only and doesn’t suck in.
4. Allow bubbles to spill onto the paper, careful not to saturate the paper.
5. Let bubbles pop and dry!
Tip 2: Learn Something New
Games, puzzles and books can jog the mind and open up a world of new information from the comfort of your own home. With the Winter Olympics approaching, take the opportunity to get your kids in to the spirit by learning about the various participating countries. Then you can have your own indoor Winter Olympics with these fun activities:
ice cream cones
- Scoop some popcorn into your torch (ice cream cone).
- Race a short distance while trying not to drop any popcorn.
- Dump the popcorn into a bucket.
- Then go back to the start for more.
- The first person or team to fill their bucket with popcorn wins!
- When finished, eat as a snack.
Salt Dough Recipe:
1 cup salt
1 cup flour
3/4 cup water
Combine the flour and salt and add water gradually. Knead it until it gets a dough-like consistency. If it’s too sticky, add more flour. If it won’t hold together, add more water 1 tsp at a time.
Acrylic Paints (gold, silver, and bronze)
1. Shape Salt Dough into a circle about one cm thick. (Tip: use a lid to help shape the circle)
2. Using a straw, poke a hole at the top for the string.
3. Press a 1, 2, and 3 into each shape.
4. Place onto a baking sheet (Tip: use wax paper to help keep it from sticking)
5. Bake for about 2 hours at 200 degrees, turning once during “baking.”
6. Once they have cooled, it’s time to paint!
Tip 3: Do an experiment
Science is always fun, especially if it’s messy. Try out various lab sets or create your own experiment.If you are still waiting for that first snowfall or it’s too cold to go outside in the stuff that has already fallen, try making your own indoor snow dough:
2 cups corn starch
1/2 cup baby oil (or vegetable oil)
2-4 tablespoons white or silver glitter (optional)
1. Mix the corn starch with the oil until all the powder is mixed in well. (It should feel soft and damp, and stick together when molded)
2. Add the glitter (if using).
3. Now you’re ready to crunch the snow between your fingers for great sensory play and begin making shapes and other creations.
Tip: Use props like small twigs, pipe cleaners, beads, bottle caps, ribbon, etc to decorate a snowman family.
2013 was all about the unisex name for baby. Celebrities are jumping on the trend with Kristen Bell, Kim Kardashian and Lisa Ling all selecting unisex names for their girls.
So what are the post popular? Based on data from Names.WhitePages.com, Jordan, Riley and Avery are the most popular names for both boys and girls overall. The company also looked at the overall popularity of male and female names and found that John takes top honor in the male category and Mary is the big winner for females.
Top 15 Most Popular Unisex Names
1. Jordan: 73% male, 27% female; most popular in Utah
2. Riley: 53% male, 47% female; most popular in Utah
3. Avery: 37% male, 63% female; most popular in North Carolina
4. Peyton: 46% male, 54% female; most popular in Mississippi
5. Alexis: 15% male, 85% female; most popular in Washington, DC
6. Angel: 68% male, 32% female; most popular in Florida
7. Hayden: 85% male, 15% female; most popular in Arkansas
8. Skyler: 66% male, 34% female; most popular in Utah
9. Jayden: 87% male, 13% female; most popular in North Dakota
10. Taylor: 35% male, 75% female; most popular in Utah
11. Quinn: 75% male, 25% female; most popular in Utah
12. Logan: 93% male, 7% female; most popular in Utah
13. Reese: 35% male, 65% female; most popular in Utah/Reece: 87% male, 13% female; most popular in Tennessee
14. Dakota: 78% male, 22% female; most popular in Oklahoma
15. Rowan: 59% male, 41% female; most popular in Vermont
Most Popular Female Names Most Popular Male Names
1. Mary – most popular in Mississippi 1. John – most popular in Massachusetts
2. Jennifer - most popular in New Hampshire 2. James – most popular in Mississippi
3. Patricia – most popular in Delaware 3. Robert – most popular in New Hampshire
4. Linda - most popular in West Virginia 4. Michael – most popular in Rhode Island
5. Elizabeth – most popular in Massachusetts 5. David – most popular in New Hampshire
Fastest Growing Female Names Fastest Growing Male Names
1. Chloe – most popular in Washington DC 1. Jayden – most popular in North Dakota
2. Ava – most popular in Washington DC 2. Liam – most popular in Massachusetts
3. Hailey – most popular in Idaho 3. Hayden – most popular in Arkansas
4. Mia – most popular in Washington DC 4. Noah – most popular in Oregon
5. Faith – most popular in Hawaii 5. Mason – most popular in Utah
I vividly remember Christmas, 1983, when my Dad and Uncle somewhat cluelessly put together my most wished-for gift: a shiny new bike. There was some laughter, some running back and forth to the garage for various tools, and, admittedly, some colorful language when things weren’t going quite as planned.
I’ve come to view this incident—the “should be easy, but somehow takes three hours to put together this dang toy” scenario—as a parental rite-of-passage, and I’m proud to say that I’ve now got this one under my proverbial tool belt.
We bought Bean a Kidkraft Retro Kitchen for Christmas this year and, once we got back from our holiday travels, it was time to put this baby together. My husband offered to do it, but I always love to have some power drill time—it makes me feel like more of a woman! About three hours later, I had what was a really cute, full-of-realistic-details, kitchen.
It was worth the effort to get this kitchen that Bean, and surely her younger sister after her, gets so much joy out of. And I’ll admit that it felt good to get this parental milestone accomplished, with a little power drill-Girl Power, no less!
Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother of a one-year old (“Bean”), former History professor, and lifelong shopper. She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember. Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California. With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.
Here at zulily, we believe in kid power! That’s why we’re celebrating ingenuity with Kid Inventors’ Day, happening today, January 17th.
From earmuffs to trampolines, popsicles to televisions, you’d be amazed by what inventions have come from kids. We’ve featured some of these kid-invented items on the site today through January 20.
Have your own kid inventor in the making? Check out some of our ideas for sparking creativity and ensuring that the next genius idea comes straight from your home.
1. Science experiments. They encourage children to start wondering about how the world works—and ways to make it better.
2. Craft time. Provide your kids with materials and encourage them to search around the house to see what new things they’ll create.
3. Take things apart. Give your kids items like old clocks and encourage them to see how they work.
4. Build a prototype. Encourage your little one to think of something new they can invent. Then help them build it!
5. Enter competitions. Whether it’s a nation-wide contest or just something with the other kids on the block, competitions encourage kids to dream big and see what other people are working on.
For more ideas, click to see our Kid Inventors’ Day event that’s filled with items that kids around the world have created. We’d love to know how you’re planning to celebrate!
It’s a bright and shiny new year — the ideal to time to get all of your living and storage spaces in tip-top shape. We’ve got all the essentials you’ll need and an array of inspired ideas you’ll love. Check out the events starting today!
It’s a home for your car—and so much more. Maximize every square inch of your garage with these indispensable organizational tips.
- Shelving can neatly organize roughly 80% of your stored items. Hooks can handle the other 20%!
- Seek out hidden storage areas like under a workbench or on vertical wall space.
- Store items you use most often at eye level and use clear containers.
- Throw out trash & tidy up your car’s interior while getting gas.
- Corral toys and snacks in your car’s back seat organizers.
Resolve to make your laundry or mudroom the ideal repository for footwear, all-weather accessories and sports gear.
- Incorporate a collection of hanging hooks, bins and baskets—a place for everything, everything in its place.
- Go vertical to dry clothes with a retractable clothesline or fold-away drying rack.
- Add handy hampers to pre-sort laundry & keep on top of the washing machine.
- Create an ironing station. Hang boards on the wall or over the door, and group supplies nearby.
- Use your laundry room as overflow storage for kitchen items like large electrics and seasonal tabletop décor.
Transform your bedroom and bath into clean and pristine sanctuaries in no time flat.
- Store off-season clothing on a top shelf or under the bed in covered or zippered storage bags or bins.
- Invest in uniform, space-saving hangers help keep your closet tidy and maximize every square foot.
- Keep folded clothes or accessories from toppling with shelf dividers.
- Utilize space under the cabinet with pull-out drawers & wire shelving to provide more vertical space.
- Keep flat surfaces clear by using drawer organizers to store & separate your cosmetics/jewelry.
Every home needs a well-organized “mission control” area for household files, bill paying and office and craft supplies.
- Utilize over-the-door organizers and you’ll instantly gain 13 valuable square feet of storage space.
- Try handled totes and rolling organizers for keeping supplies hobby-specific and easily mobile.
- Keep cables and wires neatly organized with bread clips—it’s super-easy and economical, too!
- Designate a family a family command center with calendar, magazine holders to contain the school papers and charge devices.
- Invest in a desk with handy organizational compartments or carve out a corner for household files, bill paying and office supply storage.
View your children’s rooms from their perspective – and tackle room organization from bottom to top.
- Place the most used toys & clothing on lower shelves so your kids can reach them – and easily put them away!
- Increase space with a second clothes rod or lower shelf.
- Invest in space-saving ‘huggable’ hangers to keep garments from falling and to maximize small spaces
- Use soft storage bins or baskets to add a decorative touch to toy organization
- Use over-the-door shoe organizers to contain dolls, cars and/or miscellaneous toys.
When you have a clean and organized kitchen, preparing and serving meals is infinitely more enjoyable and economical – since you know exactly what you have and where to find it.
- Utilize the spaces under your shelves and instantly add ample storage for spices, napkins and other small items.
- Every shelf and drawer should have a specific theme. Group related items together for easy inventory and usage.
- Consider see-through bins and or containers to easily view contents and label them.
- Use wire shelving or extra-wide plastic bins to easily organize groups of items in your fridge.
- Try a lazy Susan to free up valuable cabinet space. Your countertop is the ideal spot to store frequently-used items.
Get ready to celebrate the biggest sporting event this year! As Super Bowl XLVIII draws ever closer, we watch Playoff games from the edge of our seat, holding our breath and hoping for our beloved team to make it through to the next round. However, this white-knuckle anticipation should not carry over into planning for our own Super Bowl Party! We’ve compiled a list of helpful hints and tips to help you save money on that thrilling day. You can also shop our NFL-themed events this week: women and kids and man cave.
1) Pick food themes that are simple yet satisfying.
- Potato bar – Buy potatoes in bulk and serve alongside grated cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon bits.
- Make your own pizza – Serve up individual pizzas with grated cheese and an array of favorite toppings.
- Bagels & schmear – Grab a bag or two of assorted bagels, cream cheese, lox and capers and let your friends build their own creations.
2) Discount & Bulk shopping – Places such as BevMo and Costco offer great deals when shopping in bulk. It’s a great place to stock up on high-demand items like beer or chips!
3) The Decor – Get the kids in on the action by letting them do the decorating. Get some cut-outs of footballs, helmets and your team’s logo, pair with crayons and you’ve got some entertainment that doubles as homemade décor.
4) Skip disposable flatware – These small purchases can really add up. Instead, use your everyday dishes and flatware. Invest in some football themed dishes to make it festive year after year.
Now all that’s left is to sit back and let the festivities begin!
It’s 2014 and as usual, this new year is all about resolutions – many around health and fitness. But how do you add in a new exercise routine without sacrificing family time? We asked around the office, talking to both zulily employees who are parents to get tips on how they incorporate fun and family into physical activity, and zulily buyers who gave us the scoop on this year’s best fitness products.
- Roller blading/Roller skating - Get ready, get set, and grab your knee pads! Whether you live in a warm winter climate or a cold winter climate both activities can take place outdoors on a paved trail or indoors in a skating rink. Add a competitive edge by doing timed race through an obstacle course! P.S… Remember your helmet and your skates
- Family Walk - Plan a family walk once a week around your neighborhood or through a nearby park. You can change up the location each week to keep it new. This is an easy and fun activity for all fitness levels. Make sure that you grab your walking shoes!
- Swimming (indoor or outdoor) - Swimming is a fun way to stay active all year round! Swimming in an indoor pool is just as fun as splashing around in an outdoor pool!
- Skiing/Snowboarding (or even sledding) - Take advantage of the snowy weather: get outside with your kids and hit the slopes skiing, snowboarding, and even sledding.
- Mini Winter Olympics - A fun way to celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympics would be to create a mini-winter Olympics for your family! Create mini-competitions ice skating, curling, and hockey! Remember your gear!