Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Children's Advocate Nick Lachey gets Table Manners Cards

Everyone knows that Nick Lachey is a multi-platinum recording artist, actor and television personality, but what you may not know is that is also a children's advocate.
In 2007 Nick founded The Nick Lachey Foundation,  a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. Off-stage and off-screen, Lachey remains a constant advocate for children’s and humanitarian causes through his work with the organization which drives much needed funds to a variety of charities across the country including: VH-1 Save The Music Foundation, Feeding America, Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as well as his Alma Mater, The Cincinnati School for Performing Arts. 

In 2013, Nick Lachey took a break from his television host duties to return to the studio — not to make a pop album but to cut A Father's Lullaby for Fisher-Price Records.  How sweet!

Now, we are proud that he recently joined the list of celebrities to own a set of Table Manners Cards.  We hope Nick and his family are having lots of fun playing the game and of course much success!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blake Lively Makes Fun of Herself and Gets Table Manners Cards

   In case you didn't see the recent Late Night with Blake Lively, it was hilarious! While carrying herself as one classy lady she dished up self-deprecating stories of dining out with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour and President Obama.  In doing so, she made all of us feel comfortable and at ease.  Who couldn't relate to those awkward moments all of us have felt when the invisible mother of decorum is suddenly hovering over our heads whispering, "you're doing it all wrong."  Thanks for being real.  You deserve a Golly Gee-pers thumbs-up.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Grumpy is a Member of our Family

Grumpy is a member of our family.  Yes he is.  He has cute nicknames like cranky, grouchy, crabby, testy and a few more that are mumbled under the breath.  Strangely enough lots of people who know us have never met him.  That’s because he doesn’t socialize much.  He just lies around our house.  He doesn’t’ go to school, or to the store.  He certainly doesn’t go to work.    In fact, now that I think of it, he rarely goes out in public.  Yep, he’s a homebody.  It’s where he feels most comfortable.  After all, the world out there might not understand him.  They might not even like him.  He definitely feels much safer at home.

Is Grumpy a member of your family?  If so, I have some very good friends who are about to help you out.  They are Carl Fredrickson the loveable character from the movie Up; Tadar Sauce, that sour puss gone viral, Oscar the dumpster diving Muppet and Disney’s dwarf with the prickly personality, Grumpy.  Simply print out their picture (or better yet buy a plush or doll version) and set it aside.

Now, rub your hands together and with a, "moo ha haa" wait for someone in your family to feel cranky and take it out on others. When they do, bingo!   Rather than engaging in their downer of negative feelings simply retrieve your Grump of choice and discreetly place him where he will be found by the cantankerous offender.  Go ahead, you have permission to have fun with this.

For best results, try to predict where your cranky person is likely to go in the near future (that spot on the couch they left to go get a snack, leaning against a bed pillow, on top of their electronic device etc.).  No, you can't just hand Grumpy directly to him or her, as this might feel a wee bit confrontational.   Just let him be found without a word.  You can watch from around the corner and snicker discreetly as your person discovers their new friend.  Chances are your grumpy family member will laugh at his or her reflection and relax a little and just maybe (one can always hope), apologize.    After Carl or Tadar has done his job then mysteriously put him away until he is needed another day.

We've used this method in our family for several years now and it really is effective!  Not only will everyone have a good laugh but it's a great way to increase your family's EQ (emotional intelligence).

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wondering what to put inside those plastic Easter eggs besides candy


fairy noteHow about revealing the magic of kindness with a letter from Elf Raffi or Fairy Poli.

Imagine your child opening an egg and finding this tiny little envelope. Inside is a letter. The writing is so small you have to use a magnifying glass to read it. What a whimsical delight for children and adults alike!

To create this experience for your child, go to: click on Freebies.  There you will find instructions to download the free letter and envelope template. You can choose Fairy Poli for girls or Elf Raffi for boys. Have fun!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Redirect hot-button topics this Thanksgiving with this simple and fun game.
"I don't get it."

Please Pass The Riddles

Hot-button topics; what family doesn’t have them? Often politics is at the top of the list.  If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, here’s a fun game that will keep the peace by redirecting your group's hot button topics back to the family friendly.
Fill a basket with fun riddles on pieces of folded paper. You can print family friendly riddles for free at Just go to the "freebies" tab. Or, depending on the ages of your guests you may want more sophisticated humor.

Choose one hot-button topic that is likely to come up at your holiday gathering. As guests arrive let them know you will be playing a game called Please Pass the Riddles. The topic of politics (or whatever hot-button topic you choose) will be off limits for the day.  If a person is caught bringing up the topic any person can say, "Please Pass the Riddles."  The basket is then passed to the person who brought up the topic. This person will pull a riddle from the basket and read it aloud. As guests try to answer the riddle the conversation will be redirected away from the hot button topic and back toward fun. If playing this game at the table, have each person take turns trying to answer the riddle, before giving up the answer.

In the end everyone wins, of course. 

Have fun and have a very Happy Thanksgiving from Golly Gee-pers!

Monday, December 2, 2013


Want to stop your child from pouting?  Then don't suppress it.  Let him express it!  

Everyone wants to be heard and have their feelings matter and kids are no exception. With Golly Gee-pers pouting posters kids are encouraged to express their feelings through creativity.  Have your child tell you why he or she is unhappy in a picture or a story.   You'll be surprised at the healing effect.  It might even result in a meaningful conversation instead of coal for Christmas. 

freebie pouting posters at 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Table Manners Cards earns a gold award from Mom's Choice Awards!

Golly Gee-pers is tremendously honored to have just received a gold award from the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards organization for our game, Table Manners Cards ( ) .  It was deemed “among the best family friendly products” in the toys and games category.   Thank you to MCA and the families who tested our product!  

Mom’s Choice Awards’ mission is to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually.  If you are a parent or educator and would like more information about Mom’s Choice Awards, honored products or their magazine, Entro please go to