Top 5 best selling cartoon t-shirts for kids in 2014

Children 8 September 2014 | 0 Comments

Anyone who has spent even a brief time observing what characters are popular with kids in 2014 has to admit that Minecraft, even though its “characters” are mostly the creations of its players, has spawned industries both inside and outside the game that are nothing short of spectacular.

Any creative product always gives rise to stories, and it is not surprising to find that Minecraft is no different. There are books being written about original characters in the game world, and both the game’s trademarks and worlds are finding themselves dramatically successful in many merchandise categories including custom t shirts.

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Not far behind Minecraft is Disney’s ubiquitous Frozen film characters, sure to be a hit with every girl who has seen (and re-seen) the film. Disney characters have never been rare on merchandise, and now with streaming video and web-based games to promote them, the Frozen characters are likely to only become more popular.

Animated films usually produce recognizable characters, but lately live action has found its way into the merchandise market because of the resurgent popularity of Marvel and DC comic book heroes. It was only fifteen years ago that Marvel was facing bankruptcy. Now after an incredible series of successful films, characters like Iron Man, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk appear on custom t shirts Canada the United States, Australia and the UK can market quite effectively. This T-shirt category exists alongside the billion-dollar Spider-Man franchise, which has dominated the apparel market internationally for going on sixty years.

Then there are the unlikely features like the Lego Movie characters, popular because of the break out hit Lego film earlier in the summer, and the Despicable Me minions, which are probably the most trademark-friendly characters to come out of Hollywood since the earliest Pixar features in the mid 1990s.

Rounding out the list are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which had been on relative hiatus since the success of the films in the early 1990s, but which have since re-appeared on the merchandising scene with a vengeance. The Turtles have always been a solid contender in the apparel market, mainly because of the “toyetic” appeal of the characters themselves and the opportunities licensees have found combining licensed toy sales with promotions in which apparel is offered alongside. The results have been historic by all accounts, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have firmly established themselves in a very competitive market.

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Top 5 dog-friendly cars you should look for

Automobile 29 June 2014 | 0 Comments

When you own a dog, you know that it is more than a pet. Your furry friend is part of the family. The next time you are getting ready to get another car, the best way to find out more about dog-friendly cars is to inquire at used car dealerships in your area. Your friendly salespeople can help you with tips, including the top five dog-friendly cars you should look for when it’s time to buy.

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Why Not Try the Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is a great vehicle when it comes to having enough room for an entire family or just your pooch. Besides having a spacious back seat, you’ll find an area all the way at the back that is perfect for a pet. Simply put up a barrier at the top of the seats and your dog will be safely contained in an area that is large enough to sit or lie down in comfort.

Check Out the Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi has succeeded in making a sport utility vehicle that is extremely versatile. It has seating in the second and third row, meaning ample space when you need to transport a larger group. When it comes to bringing your dog, the seats will fold down, giving your four-legged friend a great travel area.

Give the Mazda 5 a Shot
The Mazda 5 is a minivan that is compact in size, has seats that will fold down flat, and tethers to help you keep your dog contained. One of the biggest problems when traveling with a pup is keeping that beloved dog in one spot. The Mazda 5 allows you to keep your dog secure in comfort with anchors as an additonal plus.

Don’t Forget the Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai is an SUV that is built for comfort. One of the biggest advantages about this car is its climate control throughout different zones in the vehicle. You can rest assured that your dog will be comfortable and cool on the warmest of days. The rear seats will fold down as well, saving your upholstery, and giving your pet spacious accommodations.

Take a Peek at the Dodge Journey
the Dodge Journey is an attractive SUV that has climate control, fold-down seating, and plenty of storage space for all of your pet’s accessories. The next time you have a road trip, you can rest assured that your dog will travel in style and you can bring everything you need.

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5 Ways to Get Your Toddler to Learn a Foreign Language As Early As Possible

Languages 16 May 2014 | 0 Comments

Teaching your little one to speak your primary language may seem to come fluently, but you also want to enhance your toddler’s ability to chat in a foreign language for future success and understanding.

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Infuse The Language Into Natural Speech
As your child is growing, he or she is likely going to ask questions about what word to use for a certain object, place or person. Teach both the first language version and the foreign language version. At this age, your child’s mind is like a sponge constantly absorbing information around it in a natural way.

Play Games in The Foreign Language
You don’t always want this introduction to another language sound like a didactic lesson. Instead, work to play games in the target language. You can ask your toddler to pick out words, or you can find games that infuse the culture and the background of the language you are trying to teach.

Watch Television Programs
Some people say that toddlers should not watch any television at all, but others recognize the benefit of certain shows for learning another language. Once again, your child will be immersed in an activity that is fun for him or her as opposed to a rote educational assignment.

Meet Others with Similar Goals
Look around your community for other parents who also want to teach a foreign language to their children. Not only can the parents act as a support group for one another, but the children can also help each other to learn. They might show other toddlers what words to use. However, simply interacting with others at their speech level in the foreign language can be an excellent method of natural learning.

Hire Instructors and Tutors
You can also look into professionals from translation services industries, tutors at local colleges or teachers from the school where your children will eventually attend. Having a professional perspective is useful, especially if you are trying to both teach and learn the foreign language at the same time. Furthermore, you can work with professionals who are trained in methods of instruction for the youngest of learners. Click here to start working with trained instructors and tutos.

Helping your child to learn a foreign language can expand his or her cultural horizons and lead down a pathway to excellent educational and vocational pursuits in the future. Understanding the top methods for doing so helps to make the language acquisition experience both educational and entertaining for you both.

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Top 5 safest car models for elderly drivers

Automobile 12 May 2014 | 0 Comments

People of all ages gravitate toward a sturdy, dependable vehicle. When safety is at the forefront of the consumer’s mind, senior drivers can look for certain features in their vehicles. Some of the leading car manufacturers put safety first when it comes to engineering certain makes and models of vehicles. Discover five safe car models for elderly drivers.

BMW 7 Series

The BMW 7 Series is a sedan equipped with features to make it easier for drivers navigate the roads at night. The smart, night vision system incorporates infrared camera technology for easy detection of warm objects. Events that could lead up to an accident like swerving for deer or striking a pedestrian can be avoided with the high-tech vision system.

Chrysler 300

The Chrysler 300 sedan is one of the few car models that possesses most of the safety driving features recommended for established, mature drivers. Power-adjustable pedals available as an option gives drivers proper reach. Telescoping steering wheel keeps drivers safe in allowing them to select the appropriate distance for their height.

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Kia Soul

The Kia Soul not only comes with ample cargo space, it also provides Bluetooth capabilities to permit hands-free calling. Full-length side curtain airbags protect the occupants from injury that could occur in the event of a rollover accident. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) provides a different level of control for the driver, which stabilizes the vehicle if it senses loss of control.

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has been known for its quality craftsmanship and impressive resell value, but it offers several safety features beneficial to mature drivers. The car has blind spot assistance features to prevent accidents in seniors housing parking lots. Substantial clearance makes for easy entrance and exit. The Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) features built into the seating offers additional protection upon impact.

GMC Acadia

This impressive crossover vehicle gives drivers a much better vantage point. Drivers can see from their elevated position. The low step-in height makes it easier to enter and exit the vehicle. Safety features are included to improve handling and traction when driving during winter months. Safety Connect features give drivers access to roadside assistance and provide automatic collision notification. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) facilitate passing on busy roads and helps drivers avoid accidents.


Mature drivers can benefit from these remarkably engineered vehicles, whether they live in their own home or they are settled in a retirement home. Many residences throughout Canada, such as Le Groupe Maurice’s well-being-oriented retirement residences, have many parking lots available for both seniors and people who come to visit them. More detailed info is available on Le Groupe Maurice’s website. Why does it matter? Because driving a safe car involves having the space and comfort to use it on an daily basis!

Photo by Durley Beachbum.

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