Thanks to the generosity of Michelle at Scribbit, we are the proud owners of a genuine Kimochi Huggtopus! What a wonderful surprise for a seemingly low-key Saturday afternoon! For those who don't know what Kimochi's are, check out the official Kimochi web site.
The set came with Kimochi Huggtopus herself, and the little "Kimochis," which are the little character pillows that have a feeling written on one side, and a facial expression depicting that particular feeling on the other. FYI: Kimochi means 'feeling' in Japanese. The little Kimochis are designed to fit inside Huggtopus' mouth, where they are stored until ready to be "expressed." The set also came with a canvas drawstring bag to hold the little Kimochis and the Kimochis Feel Guide. According the guide, by using the characters and their Kimochis, kids can get in touch with their emotions in a fun and comfortable way.
When kids can communicate theirfeelings, they cultivate self-confidence, kindness, self-awareness, self-control, resiliency, and gratitude. They are ultimately designed to build character and confidence one feeling at a time. There are several characters available by Kimochis, but I think Huggtopus is the perfect fit..read this description about him, and it will become evident why she, Jeromy, and I will become best friends fast:
Huggtopus is, needless to say, all smiles and hugs. She is very affectionate and strong and sometimes gets a little carried away by her big friendly personality. Huggtopus doesn't know her own strength and can sometimes be a little overbearing. ...You can always count on Huggtopus to put a smile on your face if you're feeling down and to give you a great big hug to make you feel better. Huggtopus is a great friend and is always there to lend a hand or two or even 8! Huggstopus lives in Kimochi Bug's swimming hole. Her favorite number is 8, and her favorite color is pin. Huggs loves to eat EVERYTHING but has a special fondness for bubble gum. She plays the xylophone.
This is the first time I've ever won a giveaway in the short amount of time I've been blogging, which makes it extra fun. In fact, I think I just might be inspired to host a giveaway of my own soon! Thanks again to you, Michelle, for making our day. Just take a look at the huge smile on this kid's face... thanks for making that happen today!