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 sulky.  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.  In fact, they might not even like him.  He definitely feels much safer at home.

Choose your favorite Grump and read on to fine out how he or she can become a contributing member of your family.  

Whether it's Carl Fredrickson the loveable character from the movie Up; Tadar Sauce, the sour puss gone viral, Oscar the dumpster diving muppet or Disney’s dwarf with the prickly personality, believe it or not they are about to help you.  Simply print out their picture (or better yet buy a plush or doll version!) and set it aside.

Then, when someone in your family is feeling cranky and taking it out on others, rather than engaging in the negative feelings simply retrieve your Grump and discreetly place him where he will be found (that spot on the couch, leaning against a bed pillow, on top of their electronic device etc.)  You can have fun with this by predicting where your cranky person is likely to go in the near future.  Don’t hand Grumpy directly to him, as this will feel confrontational.   Just let him be found without a word.  Chances are your person will laugh at his or her reflection and relax a little and just maybe, apologize.    After Grumpy has done his job then mysteriously put him away until he is needed another day.

We have done this in our family for several years 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). 


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

Sunday, March 17, 2013



Paul Minton from Wales won our limerick contest for being clever AND staying on topic. Congratulations!

Here is his limerick:

A collier, who thought himself fine,
Would not go to the back of a line:
He pushed into the queue,
With no please or thank you,

 But it turned out it was all in his mine.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Submit your limerick to win a prize and promote civility and kindness!



Whether you are Irish, have a wee bit of Irish blood, like the color green or simply like to create limericks, we want to hear from you!

Create a limerick about civility, kindness or manners and the best one will win a set of our award winning Table Manners Cards along with an official Golly Gee-pers award certificate.  To view the prize go to:   The winning limerick will be posted on our blog,  Facebook page and twitter on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2013. 

To submit your entry:
    1. Add it to the comments section below or
    2. E-mail it to us at or
    3. Post it on our Facebook page:

Deadline for entries is March 15th.

Just to get the limerick ball rolling I offer one of my own:

 There once was a guy who was rude
 He put everyone in a bad mood
 When he shoved in the lines and talked all the time
 While he ate so we saw what he chewed.