Best Family Vacation Locations in the USA
It is indeed the end of February, what makes it a good time to start thinking about this spring / summer's upcoming family vacation! Family vacations can supply lifelong memories, but to ensure that every member of the family is satisfied. We gathered a list of destinations as seen in U.S. News that are highly praised by experts for offering reasonable rates and activities the whole family can enjoy. You'll find a variety of family vacation ideas based on votes from thousands of travelers; Grand Canyon, Arizona #1st best family vacation in the USA "Grand" doesn't begin to do this canyon justice. Measuring approximately 277 miles in length, up to 18 miles in width and a mile deep, this massive chasm in northern Arizona is truly a natural wonder. Read More Honolulu, Oahu, Hawai #2nd best family vacation in the USA Oahu blends cosmopolitan luxury and breathtaking scenery more than any other Hawaiian island. The state's capital city, Honolulu, showcases the island's urban appeal. Nearby you'll find a host of cultural and historical sites, from the austere USS Arizona Memorial to ornate 'Iolani Palace. In the nearby Waikiki neighborhood, a skyline of high-rises and resort hotels contrasts with sprawling white-sand beaches. Read More Yellowstone, Wyoming #3rd best family vacation in the USA With dramatic peaks and pristine lakes, Yellowstone is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. Multicolored pools swirl around hot springs; verdant forests weave past expansive meadows; and volatile geysers launch streams of steaming water toward the sky. Read More Orlando - Walt Disney World #4th best family vacation in the USA There's no other city in the United States — the world, even — that celebrates childhood quite like Orlando. The feeling that you get when you catch the light off Epcot Center's Spaceship Earth (found in Walt Disney World, of course); or from your first sip of Butterbeer in Hogsmeade (located inside Islands of Adventure's Wizarding World of Harry Potter); or when you witness the soaring heights of Shamu's flips (during the "Believe" water show at SeaWorld) — all prove that being a kid is about state of mind, not age. Read More Yosemite, California #5th best family vacation in the USA One of California's most formidable natural landscapes, Yosemite National Park features nearly 1,200 square miles of sheer awe: towering waterfalls, millennia-old Sequoia trees, daunting cliff faces and some of the most unique rock formations in the United States. But despite its enormous size, most of the tourist activity takes place within a 7-square-mile area of Yosemite Valley. Read More So... where is your family vacation going to be? We hope you find these ideas helpful when planning your next trip! Don't forget to take your Gululu bottle with you! Team Gululu  
Mom Rocks! What Moms Say About Gululu
  Team Gululu has the privilege of working with moms from all over the world. No matter their country, faith, or language, moms are looking to better their kids' lives, health, and well being! On this post we wish to celebrate you moms (and also dads) for your 24/7 dedication, love, care, and for all that you give to your kids! In the past month since the Gululu Interactive Bottle launched on Amazon Exclusive, we had many mom bloggers telling their story and sharing Gululu’s values with their audiences. In addition, they spread the word about our mission: to hydrate kids all around the globe through our partnership with Generosity.org. For every bottle purchased, a kid in a developing country will be provided with clean drinking water for life! We would like to praise and share what these moms wrote about us: Victoria from Mom Does Reviews “Families, like mine, are praising Gululu for allowing them to easily address their child’s fluid intake while getting their children involved in the discussion.  Instead of having the constant “please drink this” conversation throughout the day, we ask if they are taking care of their Gululu pet. They immediately run over to their Gululu, and drink!” Kristin from Our Ordinary Life “My kids are very active so between their after school activities I’m always making sure we have water bottles packed and ready for use. We were introduced to the Gululu, an interactive and totally new water bottle that my kids can’t get enough of!” Glenndal from Mile High Mom “Health is wealth is a popular saying and as humans we cannot do without water. As parents we always want to see our children drink the right amount of water to stay healthy and hydrated, especially during this summer season. To help your kids and perhaps even you as parents drink enough water, there is a new interactive water bottle that bolster water intake — Gululu the interactive bottle.” Melissa from Outnumbered 3-1 “Hydration is key to our existence and with so many beverage options out there, it’s easy to get sucked into the sugary drinks that taste good., But it’s important to drink water, lots of water! Kids are encouraged to drink water through Gululu’s interactive bottle in which you can create personalized drinking goals.” Maggie from Super Savvy Mommy “When Dexter was younger he was so active that I would forget to make him drink throughout the day. His lips became dry and he would end up very thirsty at night before bed (once he was slowed down for the day and thinking about it!) So I created the "water challenge" where I would fill up a small and a large glass of water. I would yell "Water Challenge!!!" and he would come and "race" me to see who could finish their water first. It was always a fun little game between the two of us but boy, I am sure he would have loved Gululu so much more!!” Shannon from The Mommy Files “Did you know that hydration promotes mood and cognition? Over half of all children are under hydrated. This may result in poor health, cognitive problems, and poor emotional development. I didn’t know that before! Sometimes it can be a real challenge to get our kids to drink water and stay hydrated. It’s just “boring” or “annoying” to have to drink and stay hydrated, but it’s necessary. Gululu makes the process easy and fun. ” Kim from Shop With Me Mama “I had never seen or heard of anything like Gululu Interactive Bottle before now.  There is an ADORABLE, interactive bottle that will make your child WANT to drink more water.  This is such a fun and neat way to get your kids to drink up that water each day! This fun bottle features a pet- (Tama Gucci like), that grows and goes through underwater adventures as your child drinks.” We admire all of you parents and moms!   We are always hear for you. Love, Team Gululu
How to Say “I Love You” in 10 Common Languages
The days are getting longer, the sun’s bows shooting arrows of light into our lives, lifting our spirits and putting an amorous spring into our steps.  It’s no wonder this is the time for lovers, as winter’s nip is still in the air, making our eyes wander to people with whom we might want to snuggle for the next few cold months.  All over the world people’s feelings are the same, but the ways of saying it are many. At Gululu, we celebrate all cultures, and realize the beauty of our world balloons from the diversity of all the different lovebirds in it!  Love- one of our core values- is something to be shared with the people in our families, at work, and in our communities.  Cherishing Valentine’s Day this year, we’d like to introduce you, our friends and fans, to the most common and affectionate ways to say, “I love you.” 1) Mandarin Chinese: “???” Phonetic: wo eye nee Nearly 1.2 billion people worldwide speak some form of Chinese. Mandarin Chinese, with more than 960 million native speakers, is the most-spoken language in the world. Chinese has been around for a very long time, with writing going back 5000 years. Ancient spoken Chinese was very diverse with thousands of dialects.  Old Mandarin developed around 1324 AD, but wasn’t accepted as a national language in Taiwan until 1932, and in Mainland China until 1949. That’s a whole lot of love! 2) Spanish: “Te amo.” Phonetic: tay ah-moe There are over 427 million native speakers of Spanish worldwide, which makes Spanish the second most-commonly spoken language in the world. Formed from Latin in the Iberian Peninsula, Old Spanish- known as Castilian- developed around the 10th century AD. Over the years it changed, and around 1500AD, finally became the Spanish we know today.  Spanish is called a “romance language” because of its Romanic heritage. Oh, how romantic! 3) English: “I love you.” Phonetic: ahyee luv yew I bet you didn’t expect to see English on the list!  But yes, this post’s mother language is spoken by over 339 million native speakers worldwide, making it the third most-common spoken language! Old English (Anglo-Saxon), was first spoken around 450AD in England, Scotland, and by some Germanic tribes. Middle English lasted from 1150-AD until the development of early modern English at the end of the 15thcentury. Finally, modern English flirted up around the year 1650 AD. 4) Hindi: “??? ????? ????? ???? ???” Phonetic: (to female) may toom say pyar kar ta-hoon (to male) may toom say pyar kar tee-hoon Hindi emerged in India around the 7th century AD and was fully established by the 10th century. Considered to be a direct descendant of early Sanskrit, Hindi is one of the official languages of India, and also Fiji. Hindi has been influenced by other languages, too! Portuguese, English, Arabic, Turkish and Dravidian have all lent a few words.  Hindi boasts more than 310 million native speakers worldwide.   5) Arabic: “????” Phonetic: (to male) ana beh ka (to female) ana beh ke Arabic was first spoken in the Iron Age (1200-600 BCE). Wow! That’s a long time ago! Springing up in northwestern Arabia, Arabic has influenced many languages: Persian, Turkish, Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Indonesian- just to name a few! Latin and Greek- the origins of most European languages- borrowed much vocabulary from Arabic, too. Classical written Arabic follows the standards of the Quran, written around 610AD. Modern Arabic differs in style and vocabulary.  Globally, there are over 295 million devoted native speakers of Arabic.   6) Portuguese: “ Eu te amo.”  Phonetic: eeyew chee ahmoe Another one of the romance languages, Portuguese developed around 300 BCE in the Western Iberian Peninsula.  Roman soldiers brought with them Latin, which later gave birth to Portuguese.  The first written documents of Portuguese are dated from around the 9th century AD. Today, the majority of Portuguese speaking people are from Brazil, with a worldwide population of more than 215 million native speakers.   7) Bengali: “??? ?????? ????????” Phonetic: ahmee toemAy bhAhlo bAshee From the exotic region of South Asia, Bengali-also known as Bangla- has over 210 million native speakers worldwide.  Developed from Sanskrit over thousands of years, Bengali emerged around 1000 AD, with the modern form becoming stable in the late 19th century. Bengali is the official national language of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, and the second most-spoken language in India and Pakistan.   8) Russian: “? ????? ????” Phonetic: yah teh-byah loo bloo The largest native language in Europe, Russian is the main language spoken in Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and many smaller East European territories, with more than 160 million native speakers worldwide. Modern Russian arose in the 1700’s under the rule of Peter the Great.  An Aramic language like English, not much is known about the pre-history of the Russian language. Scholars suggest it came from tribal dialects, mixed with Greek and other European dialects. 9) Japanese: ”??????” Phonetic: ah ee shee tay mah soo Little is known about the Japanese language’s pre-history. Although Japanese and Chinese have no lingual relationship, Chinese has had a huge influence on Japanese, and most written Japanese comes from Chinese characters. Modern Japanese, developed around 1600, has many loanwords from English as well.  With about 125 million native speakers, Japanese is mostly spoken in Japan but can also be found in large communities in Brazil, the U.S. (Hawaii), and Canada. 10) Punjabi: “??? ??????? ???? ???? ???“ man ten-oo pyar kar da hAan Punjabi developed in northern India from Sanskrit, which changed to Prakrit, and then again to Apabhramsha. Modern Punjabi, influenced by Arabic and Persian, solidified around the 7th century AD. With over 100 million native speakers, Punjabi is the most spoken language in Pakistan, and is also widely spoken in India, the United Kingdom, and-believe it or not- Canada, after English and French.   Beloved friends and fans, we hope you will have many opportunities to say, “I love you” this Valentine’s Day. As we share these words with you, we also share our devotion to keeping kids healthy around the world.  No matter what language you speak, love is a constant that knows no borders or boundaries, no color or race.  Let your heart guide you , and keep sharing the Gululove! * We are sharing the Gulu-Love and offer 10% off for any purchase on Amazon Exclusive with this Promo Code: "GULULOVE" ( The offer is valid until 2/15/2017).  Lovingly, Team Gululu
10 Most Popular Questions You Ask About Gululu
Greetings Gululu Fans! It’s already been an amazing year for all of us at Gululu.  We’re proud to say our launch on Amazon Exclusive is a success! More kids than ever are learning healthy hydration habits, and- thanks to our partnership with Generosity.org- for every Gululu bottle sold you will be providing clean drinking water for life, to a child in a developing country.  At Gululu, caring is one of our core values, and with greater notoriety from Amazon Exclusive comes greater responsibility to serve our loyal fans and clients.   In our efforts to care, we’d like to share with you some common questions from Gululu users, as well as share some useful information. 1) Where can I buy a Gululu bottle? For people in America, it’s easy!  Just find Gululu on Amazon.com and make your order, or go to our website, mygululu.com, and shop to your heart’s content! For China, just go to mygululu.com, and all your Gululu dreams can come true! For all other countries leave your email here. 2) How do I reach Gululu customer care? This is a great question!  The best way for customers to contact us with problems or inquiries- or to share something you love about your Gululu- is to leave a personal message on our Facebook page, or contact our customer support team at customer-service@bowhead-tech.com; One of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible. Sometimes it might take a bit of time so please be paitient. 3) How do I set up the Gululu app? Setting up the Gululu app is easy! Just download the app from Google Play or the App store and follow the step-by-step instructions See videos here for Android / IOS. It’s fool proof!  But if you do experience any trouble, don’t hesitate to contact us on Facebook, or send an email to our customer service address above. We’re always happy to help! 4) How do I charge the battery? The battery is internal, and is charged by simply placing the bottle in the wireless charging dock. A full charge will take about 3 hours, and should last for about two days of regular use and around four days on standby. 5) What is the best practice for longer battery life? Of course you can charge your Gululu bottle whenever you like, but just like your cell phone, the battery life will be extended when charged with a lower battery level.   6) How do I choose my kid’s favorite pet? Yay! You’ve gotten your Gululu and now it’s time to play! After you’ve downloaded the app, you can choose your pet while you set up the app for your child.  But remember, the pet your child chooses will need to be cared for to completion before being able to chose a new pet. This teaches kids a little follow through! 7) How do I join two Gululu bottles together? And the fun continues! Just take two bottles and shake them together at the same time - watch how it is being done here! You’ll see the animation of both virtual pets seem as if they’re looking for something- that means the bottles are entering the friend-searching mode! It usually takes about ten second for the bottles to find each other and make lifelong friends! If for some reason this doesn’t work try turning off both bottles, restarting them, and then perform the sequence again.  Remember, customer service is always available to help with any problems. 8) How do I bond with my kids by using Gululu? You can bond with your kids by offering your own rewards for them.  You can see how your kids are doing while you’re at the office, on the bus, or at home. Setting the bottle to school mode or sleep mode is another way parents have a connection to their kids through Gululu. Because all data is uploaded to the cloud, you can have peace of mind anytime knowing your kids are adequately hydrated. Gululu also makes a great conversation topic for kids to talk about around the dinner table! 9) Is the bottle easy to break? Gululu was designed for kids! So, you can rest assured that with Gululu’s duo-layered protection and ultra durable shock absorption, you are getting a bottle that can take anything you’re kids can throw at it! Unless, of course, they use hammers- Gululu’s are not hammer-proof:-) And remember, be careful not to put your Gululu in the dishwasher, freezer, or microwave as this could cause permanent damage.  Just a simple wash with soap and water is best for cleaning. 10) Is there any auto-update for the bottle? Yes! At Gululu we are constantly upgrading our app. Turn on the bottle make sure it's connected to your wifi and place it in the charging dock, the bottle will update automatically. Spread across four continents, the team members of Gululu are always happy to help!  If you have any other questions about purchasing a Gululu bottle, or have a question about something we haven’t mentioned here, please check out our FAQ section on our site.  There’s really a ton of great information there! We at Gululu thank you for being a part of our mission to bring hydration health to kids around the world, and hope you are all having an amazing new year! Wishing you health and happiness, Much love from Team Gululu  
Developing Your Kids’ “Generosity Muscle”
To celebrate Gululu’s partnership with Generosity.org, we at Team Gululu want to keep sharing the love by suggesting different ways to teach your bundles of joy about generosity. To recap, Gululu was invited by Amazon Exclusive to launch our product on their prestigious platform for the U.S. audience. To increase the launch and our value, we decided to team up with Generosity.org. For every Gululu bottle sold, they will provide clean drinking water for life to a child in a developing country. That aligns with our vision to impact kids’ health and wellbeing. Generosity.org is a humanitarian organization that is helping to end the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time. With 778 projects funded, Generosity.org works systematically, and has brought clean drinking water to more than 450,000 people in 20 countries. Ways to Teach Kids About Generosity For many kids, generosity is about giving gifts and sharing objects. From that basic understanding, you can encourage them to think in more abstract terms, like giving your time, sharing a smile, and that the best form of generosity is done sincerely and expecting nothing in return. Books - One of the best children’s books on generosity is “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. It’s a classic book about the selfless nature of giving. Make sure to have a copy at home, and read and discuss it together! Demonstrate generosity - Your kid takes his cues from you, and when he consistently sees you being generous he’ll want to copy your behavior. Don't hesitate to explain your own generous actions out loud: "I baked two cakes. I could have baked only one, but I want to give one as a gift to our neighbor.” Play a family generosity game - Take out some family photos and enjoy looking at them together. Have fun by asking your children to take turns imitating your mannerisms and habits while completing various tasks. Examples include driving a car, cleaning up, making dinner, changing a diaper, or any other parenting task. Caring for others - Make a gift for someone. It could be a card, a drawing, or a package of goodies. Then, pay them a visit. They will be surprised and excited by your generous gesture! Discuss other people's wants and needs - Guide your kids to see a world bigger than themselves and to think about others. Discuss your closest family members’/friends’ needs and how to address them and your needs together. With generosity and Gulu-Love, Team Gululu
Gululu Launches on Amazon Exclusive and Partners with Generosity.org
Dear friends, We’re excited to share great news for 2017! Beginning right now, on January 18, Gululu Interactive water bottles are available on Amazon Exclusive (Link: https://goo.gl/NqW0RR ), meaning we are featured in a hand-selected and limited product portfolio. This means that Gululu is available quicker than ever, with fast two-day shipping within the USA! On top of that, we are super excited to announce that Gululu is launching a new partnership with Generosity.org. Now, for every Gululu bottle purchased, you will be providing clean drinking water for life to one child in a developing country. We want to give back and Generosity.org is the perfect partner. A humanitarian organization that is helping to end the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time, with 778 projects funded, Generosity.org has brought clean drinking water to more than 450,000 people in twenty countries. It's been a long road getting to today's two big milestones. Here's a short recap of our journey: When we first launched Gululu, we used crowdfunding platforms to prove the Gululu concept, which allowed us to develop our product and grow early adopters and fans. Our community grew and Kickstarter alone drew 200% over our expectations! Then, we launched our own online shop on mygululu.com as demand increased. Throughout, we were also featured by the tech-based gadget store b8ta in their prime locations, and now we’re honored to have been selected as an Amazon Exclusive product. What is Amazon Exclusives? In 2015, Amazon launched Amazon Exclusives as a platform for unique products offered exclusively, such as Furbo, Segway and others. Only about 200 products and companies are chosen to participate in the Amazon Exclusive program and Gululu is proud to be among them. "Our team is thrilled to be a part of the Amazon Exclusive program so that we may deliver more Gululus to a wider audience and continue to perfect our product experience,” said Alvin Chiang, founder and Chief Gululu. “Our partnership with Generosity.org is also an important endeavor that aligns with our vision of children wellness and healthy habits, with providing clean water and hydration to children everywhere.” Below is our new Amazon Exclusive link - launched today, January 18, 2017! https://goo.gl/NqW0RR We are truly humbled by this opportunity to be featured on the biggest store in the world, and at the same time, to be able to give back to children in need. Please help us share the news with your friends through social media and word of mouth to achieve our mission: to support children’s health and well-being, and have fun while doing it! With sincerest gratitude and love, Team Gululu
Dream of Gululu, In Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.
January 16th is a very special day in American history. On this day, we celebrate the life and accomplishments of a brave man, a wise man, a loving man- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King helped to bring the awareness of oppression of a people to the forefront of social politics. Dr. King had a dream of bringing equality to all people, for which he fought passionately and relentlessly until his untimely end. We at Gululu also share passion, a passion for bringing proper hydration habits to kids around the world! We would like to honor this great man by sharing some of his most famous quotes, but with a Gululu twist- serious wisdom, mixed with fun! “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for your children?” “Gululu is taking the first step, to bring hydration health awareness to the world.” “Thirst cannot drive out thirst; only water can do that. Sickness cannot drive out sickness; only healthy habits can to that.” “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their Gululu, but by the content of their Gululu.” “Poor hydration anywhere is a threat to health everywhere.” “I have decided to stick with Gululu.  Thirst is too great a burden to bear.” “Innovation is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” “We must learn to drink together with Gululu, or perish together from thirst.” “In the end, we will remember not the words of our teachers, but the laughter of our friends.” “If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do you have to keep drinking your Gululu.”  “Social interaction and proper hydration-that is the true goal of Gululu.” “We may all have different Gululu bottles, but we’re drinking the same water now.” “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about poor hydration habits.” “No child really knows why they are thirsty, until Gululu gives them a reason to hydrate for.” “The time is always right to drink water.” “I submit to you that if a child hasn’t discovered Gululu, then that child isn’t properly hydrated.” “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere thirst and poor hydration habits.” “A genuine Gululu bottle is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of healthy habits.” “We must accept finite hydration goals, but never lose infinite fun!” “Only in the bottle can you see the Gululu universe.” “Water is the only face capable of transforming thirst into good health.” “We must build dykes of Gululu bottles to hold back the flood of poor hydration habits.” “Good hydration habits are not occasional acts, but constant goals.” We hope you’ve enjoyed our word play with Dr. King’s amazing wisdom.  We could never assume that his words be taken lightly, but with deepest sincerity, respect, and fun!  Take some time this weekend to share with your children the life of this influential man.  Let Dr. King’s mission be known, and continue to inspire us to become better people, just as Gululu’s mission can inspire kids to be healthier. Happy Martin Luther King Day! Much love from Team Gululu.    
Tips for planning your Kids’ New Year’s Resolutions
Reflecting on the past year, setting goals and decisions for the new year, is something many grownups are doing, but can it be equally effective for your kids?  If taken in a constructive way, your children can benefit from this process and learn how to plan and take charge of their actions. Keeping the promises made, or acquiring or improving healthy habits, can make kids feel better about themselves and develop their self-esteem. Ultimately, such a process can change the course of the coming year- for the best!Setting New Year’s resolutions for your kids should start with their own will. Guide them to find what achievements this year will make their hearts sing! Here are a few resolutions to suggest your kids embrace:?         Be the best at something.If your kids practice sports, music, chess or any other skill- ask them, what can they do to be the best at it? Or if there is any new skill your kids want to develop this year, ask them what it is, and plan their steps to acquire this. Let your kids come up with answers and help them by adjusting their plan for getting better at their choices.  Remember, every small win counts!?         Improve grades.School is a big part of their lives. Ask your kids in which classes would they like to get better grades, and what can they promise to do in order to make this happen? Make yourself available to adjust or to add to their suggestions as needed. ?          Eat a healthy dietEncourage your kids to develop healthy eating habits to help avoid cavities, obesity, and improve their wellbeing. Good hydration habits are also healthy for your kids (That’s what Gululu water bottles are for!). Create a game plan, like: “sweets are allowed once per day,” or, “eat at least one favorite fruit or vegetable every day,” and so on- whatever works for you and your kid!The most challenging thing is to keep it going for the whole year. Find ways to help your kids be consistent with their goals. Talk about it. Give them incentives. Plan or emphasize their small wins on a regular basis. Anything that can make your kids want to keep fulfilling their goals for 2017 is great!Have a wonderful 2017!Love, Team Gululu 
Gululove shakes the world in 2016
We humbly see this past summer as a starting point of a health transformation for families worldwide: After a year-long research, design, crafting and a valuable mission in front of our eyes, the Gululu interactive bottle entered the world and began to change the lives of children and families. With a big bang launch on Kickstarter, and coverage across the world, we celebrate a year of great effort and a little impact. We hope you're relaxing with your loved ones at home on the couch drinking Eggnog and munching on the leftovers from Christmas or you're at some beautiful beach vacation in the Caribbean's dancing to some rumba….. so if you don't read this article now we understand and just want you to know that the Gululu team wishes you a very happy holiday, an amazing 2017, filled with joyful moments, healthy lifestyle, happiness, success, and dream fulfillment! You have our heartfelt thanks for all your support this year <3 Gululu is more than an innovative product, we invested so much to create a revolutionary training wheel to advance our mission: Gululu is a mean to educate for healthy water drinking habits, to raise awareness and for parents to have peace of mind when it comes to their kids health. We are privileged to wake up every morning and receive supportive letters and photos from our kids and parents customers. Thanks to the children and families who enjoy Gululu, and to the teams of supporters who have helped us along the way, we toast and give thanks to the wins of 2016: Thanks to Crowdfunding: Gululu fans rally to 200% of our Kickstarter funding goal. Thanks to our parents supporters: As we work with more parents whose children have medical conditions, including PKD, one mom writes, “Thank you Gululu! Thousands of parents have children that medically need more water, so I thank you for developing this product!” Thanks to our viewers: Gululu video views altogether (from across KickStarter, Indiegogo, our official website and all other media’s video coverage) gets more than 10 million views. Watch this video! Thanks to the flattering media publications: News of the product travels to over 20 countries & was translated to 16 languages. Special thanks to Forbes: We are featured in Forbes as 1 of the 5 coolest water bottles and USA Today, comparing Gululu to big brands such as Lenovo, HP and Sony Thanks to our customers: We have sold and shipped thousands of Gululu bottles in less than 6 months - We know some of you are still waiting for your Gululu bottles and we are so sorry some orders were delayed, thank you so much for your patience, we are hard at work to get your orders to you. Thanks to our social media fans: We celebrate 15,000 loyal fans on Facebook and we just opened up another page dedicated to Asia (www.facebook.com/gululuasia) Thanks to the b8ta stores: Gululu has been chosen to be showcased at the b8ta stores - Ingenious connected devices that elevate your lifestyle and your domestic space. Thanks to Amazon Exclusive: Gululu has been Invited by Amazon Exclusive to be featured in their limited product portfolio—launching 2017, stay tuned!   Thank you for believing in us, for embracing new solutions to children’s health, and for all of the Gulu- Love over this past year.  Cheers to a bright 2017, for children and families across the globe!
How To Create Special Holiday Spirit Memories
Christmas- it’s a special time of year: the tender voices of carols on the radio accompany you wherever you go; neighborhood and city streets are alive with rainbows of lights dazzling old and young alike; the sweet smell of fresh-cut pine and fir trees bring warm memories of gift-wrapped anticipation.  Christmas is the season when people travel hundreds of miles to be with family, people they love most.Divine it would be if the weather were always as comforting as seeing a dearly-missed relative; however, blustery winds and rain, snow and frost are usually what wintertime has prepared for our families’ gatherings, keeping people indoors and close to the burning Yule log.  We might not be able to go outside and play, but there are a ton of fun things for families to do at home! We at Gululu acknowledge that it’s the big and little moments that make memories and here are some ideas on how you and your loved ones can really get into the holiday spirit! Step 1: You don’t need snow to make it feel like the holiday season, grab some seasonal essentials and cover your home in them! Gather the lights, garland, wreaths, bows, ribbons and more! String them all up and around your home to decorate and bring the holidays to you! Step 2: Share the joy by bringing people in or meeting them out-right at their front doors! Have family and friends visit your newly decorated home and share smiles as you all sip hot apple cider or hot cocoa, and chew on some candy canes! Then, bundle up and make a trip around the neighborhood to sing Christmas carols door to door.  Step 3: If the blankets and the fuzzy slippers aren’t keeping you warm, gather around the fireplace and have a family cuddle session! Be sure to be safe and always have an adult present to make sure the fire stays fun for everyone! Step 4: Fill your bellies with yummy goodies and decorate some sugar cookies! Follow this simple recipe and add your own colored icing to make the cookies a treat even after you’re done decorating! Step 5:Take a nice, refreshing walk outside and see how the world around you is covered in a thick (or thin) layer of pure white snow! Make shoeprints and your own path as you walk around and discover how nature has turned your flowing pond into a big block of ice!  While giving and receiving gifts this year, know that the best gift above all is good health.  Please continue to share Gululu’s mission: to bring healthy drinking habits to kids everywhere. This Christmas, we wish you all heath and happiness.  We are honored to have friends and customers like you!  Merry Christmas!  From Team Gululu 
Gululu is now available at "b8ta" a physical store chain for tech gadgets
Gululu team is extremely excited to announce that our interactive bottle is now available at the gadget store chain b8ta  at the Santa Monica and Seattle locations! Following our in-demand indiegogo online store and right before Gululu’s Amazon launch, due in January 2017.b8ta, is a new kind of retail store that sells trendy tech gadgets. It's designed to improve the customer and maker experience and helps people discover, try, and learn about new tech products while empowering makers with a simple retail-as-a-service model that puts them in control.B8ta’s goal is to get innovative products like the Gi Flybike, a folding electric bicycle, and Thync, a wearable for achieving mindfulness and boosting energy, and now Gululu, into physical stores and enable people to have real, tactile experiences with them!Gululu’s bottle combined with a Tamagochi-like smart toy that keeps kids hydrated and healthy is excited to stand next to the world's’ top gadgets in the b8ta stores.We invite you to come and meet our pets from the Gululu Universe Ninji, Purpie and Sansa at the b8ta stores.Gululu is available in the following b8ta Storesb8ta Store Santa Monica - 395 Santa Monica Place, Level Two, Santa Monica, CA 90401b8ta Store Seattle- 2616 NE 46th Street, Seattle, WA 98105  
10 Things To Do With Your Kids Before Christmas
There is something in the air in December, no doubt about it: The cool weather and snow, puffy coats and warm clothes, end-of the year feeling, and Christmas lights all around! This time of the year reminds us about love, togetherness and giving. In order to increase the fun during this magical time of the year, we have gathered 10 family activities to do in December:1. Go out and look at Christmas lights together - Take your kids to explore the town's’ beautiful lights and decorated houses! Surely you’ll enjoy the creativity out there!2. Put up your Christmas tree - pick your Christmas tree together and put it up! Decorate your tree with home made installments3.Sing Christmas songs together - what was your favorite Christmas song as a kid? What is your kids’ favorite Christmas song? Sing along and light up your hearts with fun Christmas songs4. Wrap gifts - Buy your favorite colorful wraps and ribbons, get tape, scissors and you are ready to  wrap your gifts together!5. Watch a holiday movie together - there are so many of them!6. Holiday Cards - make cards for your family, friends and teachers. Address and mail them!7. Eat candies! - Go to the nearest candy store for a holiday treat! Get all those yummy candy canes!8. Christmas Stockings- Hang stockings on the mantle or banister - together9. Make winter tea - use your favorite recipe to make sweet tea for the cold winter evenings. Our recommended recipe: In a saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add tea bags, stevia, honey or your favorite sweetener, and then add vanilla. Season with pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice.10. Selfies - Take photos off all those fun activities together! Print the best ones and place them in your living room, playroom or other preferred place - to keep those fun memories with you!
How To Improve Your Kids’ Self-Esteem
It’s usually easy to notice when kids seem to feel good about themselves, and when they don't. We often describe this as "self-esteem." When grownups and especially kids feel good about themselves, it sets them up for success in many of life’s aspects from school to friendships. Kids who experience more positive feelings like self-acceptance or self-confidence will try new challenges, cope with mistakes better, and try again. Taking pride in their abilities and accomplishments helps kids in every step of the way.Our kids self esteem is being built during their childhood by their closest surroundings. To support that, we have gathered 3 top tips to help build our kids self esteem:Encourage and accept idea sharing: Share your decision making process with your kids and let them raise solutions and thoughts. Accept their ideas with love and excitement - that will improve their self worth and promote good feeling.Strengthen their strengths: In his book “Seeds of Self-Esteem" Dr.’ Robert B. Brooks states that everyone has a few fields of strength. It’s important to support our kids in expressing those strengths as the small accomplishments will make the kid feel good. Also the positive feedback your kid will get from their surroundings will increase their self esteem.Develop their sense of responsibility: Being responsible increases our kids sense of belonging and motivation to collaborate with others. Give your kid small responsibilities like putting his toys back in place at the end of each day, help cleaning the table after dinner, or assist with younger sibling. All of those will improve your kids self esteem and reflect on other aspects of life, school, social life, etc. With lots of Gululu-Love, the Gululu team
Tips to Keep Hydrated During the Winter Time
Staying hydrated makes more sense when it's hot, right? Our kids play, sweat, and us parents have to make sure they drink enough… Apparently proper hydration is just as important during winter time. Warm clothing and layers increase your child's sweating during winter, research shows that some common winter illnesses are caused by dehydration, among them flu and norovirus.Here are some tips and habits to keep your kid hydrated all year long;Water in food - rich vegetables and fruits Adding those healthy and tasty vegetables and fruits to your kids lunch box or meals on a daily basis can do wonders for his health and well being!Fruits: Apple, Oranges, Grapes, Pineapple, StrawberriesVegetables: Carrots, Broccoli, Lettuce, Celery, SpinachDevelop a habit to drink strategically a few times a day Make it a habit for your child to drink water when he or she wakes us, before they go to sleep, before and after play time. Embrace water drinking as a daily, fun activity!Add liquid foods to your kids diet Yummy soups or smoothies contribute to good hydration and health- simplicity is key… that’s why chicken soup is for the most part on the top of your child's list!Get your kid a Gululu bottle This way your kid will interact and make friends with the Gululu pet, will bond and take care of it as he drinks more water, parents will track kids’ water intake and can have the peace of mind knowing your kids are water- smart all year long!Since Gululu is all about keeping a healthy lifestyle while having fun and caring for others, we have launched a special sale for Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday: During November 25-28, Gululu will be giving 3 Extra Spouts for every pre order purchased of Twin or Family packs!  Click here for more info 
Ways to spread kindness together, on Thanksgiving
“Thanksgiving” means many things to different people but for most, the holiday of Thanksgiving is about festive meals, parades, football, family and friends, and, of course… turkey! For many, it's also about spending time together as a family, catching up and enjoying each other's company.The essence of the Thanksgiving holiday is so beautiful - it’s a reminder to give thanks for the good things we have, people and providential events in our lives. This holiday is a chance for many families to spend quality time together - which makes it a great time to encourage your kids to reflect on the love and kindness that you have for one another, as well as sharing your thoughts about what you feel grateful for!Our Gululu team wanted to share a few ways to spread kindness and gratitude around Thanksgiving time;Play the A to Z family gratitude gameHave everyone sit together so that they can hear and see one another. Going around the group of family and friends, have each person say what they're grateful for, according the whichever letter of the alphabet the player is up to. For example, player one says "I am grateful for Aunt Melissa", player two says "I am grateful for Boney my best friend", and player three says "I am grateful for my Caring mom", etc. Keep going around the group until you've completed the alphabet. This can be an exciting and memorable time spent together! Run a Bake SaleInitiate this fun fundraiser activity together with your kids - bake goods together like cupcakes, donuts and cookies, and donate the funds to a greater cause, charity, organisation, or a shelter nearby.VolunteerTogether with your kid, contribute to the less fortunate and volunteer to help prepare meals at a homeless shelter, donate extra cans and packaged goods to a soup kitchen, make a donation. This can be an essential part of teaching your children about gratitude by taking action.Give Anonymously This one is going to be so much fun - Go out on a “kindness spreading spree” without asking for anything in return. Anonymously give little gifts to others. Leave “love notes” on people's cars, candies on the front door of a total stranger. You won’t get to see how they react but can imagine together how you made them feel. You probably made someone else's’ day so much sweeter!From all of us at Gululu, we are sending our gratitude to you, with a lot of Gululu-Love! 
5 Awesome Educational Apps For Our Kids
Many kids have access to iPads, Tablets and smartphones. As much as they can be used to entertain the kids, more and more parents want to make sure their bundles of joy won’t end up on websites they shouldn’t access, won't mess up the device settings, and of course, won’t get exposed to “unfriendly” figures that are out there in cyber space….To address that, we have crafted a list of educational and fun apps for kids, that will make their time with their device enjoyable, improve different skills and teach them new exciting facts!Counting ParrotsThe Counting Parrots Game is a fun educational tool that teaches children mathematical skills. Together with the colourful parrots your child learns counting, addition, associating numbers with quantities, and simple equations. The kids game also strengthens motor skills and memory and prepares your kid for school!Ages: 3-7 //  Price; Free, $5.00  //  iPhone, iPad, AndroidHabitat the GameTeach your kid to care for the environment by practicing real world actions - smart use of water, turning light off and even adopting a polar bear! Let your kid develop awareness on how to make a real difference for the environment on an everyday basis with this fascinating game!Ages: 4 years+ // Price: Free  // iPhone, iPad, AndroidCookie Monster's ChallengeIn this fun app, the cookie monster will prepare your kids for school through the teaching of various practices such as: how to follow directions, focus, self control and more. The game offers different levels and as the kid progress, he earns pieces of a cookie making machineAges: 3 years+ // Price: $2.99  // iPad, AndroidThe Magic School Bus: Oceans by ScholasticYour kid will get to embark on an aquatic journey in this interactive storybook, which features science facts, pictures, games, and videos.Ages: 6-8  //  Price: $3.99  // iPad onlyAnsel & Clair's Adventures in AfricaYour kid will meet Clair the robot and Ansel, an intergalactic travel photographer, that will guide your child through animations, quests, puzzles, and games located in exotic places such as the Nile Valley, Sahara Desert, and Serengeti Plains. It instill a sense of adventure and exploration in your kid with this engaging game!Ages: 6-8  // Price:$4.99  // iPadNow us parents can either join our kids and play together or have the peace of mind knowing our kids are in “good hands”!
DIY Crafts To Start And Enjoy The Fall
As the summer days get shorter and autumn begins to cool the air, it’s time to find a new type of fun to get you and your kids through the new season. Fill time with crafts, games, and lot of laughs with these creative ideas from the Gululu pets!Gather up all the leaves from the yard, rake them into one huge pile, and jump on in!Pumpkin/apple picking! An activity for the whole family where you get to enjoy the “fruits” of your labor even after the fun of picking is done!Knitting is fitting! This might be an activity for the older kids, but it’s never too early to learn how to make fun scarves, hats, or gloves for the colder weather up ahead!Make some spooky, silly, and surprising masks with some construction paper, glue, glitter, markers, scissors and tape! Add a little string and it’ll look great!Hot apple cider and warm hot cocoa! Here is a DIY home recipe of the drinks of the season!Take a hike! This is a great way to explore how the fall is changing all the places around your home! It doesn’t matter where you live, either way your surroundings are shifting-so go out and see!Make a campfire and bake up some s’mores! Give me some more of those s’mores! Endless excitement begins with gathering firewood, feeling the warm glow of the fire, and putting together chocolate, marshmallows, and gram crackers for the perfect snack!Go camping quick! Hurry, before the weather gets too crisp! Whether in your living room, back yard, or on the side of a mountain, get out into nature and let the adventure happen! Now you have additional ways to celebrate the changing of the seasons together!
7 Healthy & Festive Halloween Treats That Your Kids Would Love!
With Halloween just around the corner, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite healthy and festive treats! Sometimes the amount of candy consumed during Halloween can be the spookiest part of the holiday, so we’ve compiled a list of snacks that are both fun for your kids to create together, share with others and of course good for them! 1.“Grapenstein” This spooky snack is super easy and portable. Perfect for packing into your child’s lunchbox! 2. Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghosts These adorable and fruity snacks are perfect for parties or as snacks for the whole class. 3.Witches Hands This spooky witch hand is out to get you…! Use seethrough food handler gloves (non latex), and fill with popcorn and use candy corns or almonds for the fingernails. This hand is delicious and fun to eat! 4.Spider PB&J For an easy and festive school lunch on Halloween day, try this creepy crawly sandwich that your kid will love eating! 5. Candy Corn Popsicles   Even though the weather is cooler, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a frozen treat! These candy corn popsicles are super easy to make and delicious, too. 6. Witches’ Teeth These witchy treats are easy and healthy and look fantastic. Cut apples in the shape of an open mouth, and sub the almonds for seeds or pretzel stick bits to accommodate allergies! 7.Witch or Frankenstein Guac Platter These magnificent displays are not only healthy but make great centerpieces for a Halloween party or as a contribution to a Halloween-themed potluck! With little cooking involved, these are easy and fun to assemble. We hope you enjoy these tasty and nutritious treats! Happy Halloween from everyone at Team Gululu!
5 tips to balance technology with your kids, the same as you do with hydration
Establishing good habits is important no matter what, whether it’s with drinking or with technology usage. With drinking it's that little screen that reminds us to drink, but how do we balance technology time and other types of time with our kids?We teamed up with getScreen.com to understand why it is so important to balance technology, and got some useful tips for you. As we are gathering more and more data on technology usage, we realize excessive screen time is associated with many problems like poor academic performance, sleep problems, obesity, and more.According to the American Academy of Pediatrics study, 8-10 year old children spend nearly 8 hours a day on media, while teens spend more than 11 hours a day on it. Our children spend more time with media than school or sleep! How can we balance it?Here are some tips that can help balance technology and life in your family:Encourage playtime. Passive screen time shouldn't replace playing, reading, hiking, or any off-screen activity. Make unplugged playtime a daily priority, especially for young children. Set Limits. Kids need and expect limits set by their parents. Rules needs to be clear and relevant to your kids. Some examples are no devices during dinner; no devices at bedtime; no cellphone while doing homework.Create tech-free zones. Your dining area and bedroom should be tech free. Keep your family dinner technology free, as this is the time your family should socialize. Keep the computer and TV out of the kids bedroom, which will reduce temptation to use at night, and make it easy for you to monitor their use.Out of sight out of mind! Have a charging station for all devices at a common place around your home, and have them charge overnight. That will help with the temptation to use them when kids should be sleeping, and a bonus - all are ready with 100% battery for the next day! Be a role model. Don't forget to join your children in an unplugged play whenever you're able. Don’t check your phone when they talk about their day. Leading by example is the best learning tool we have as parents, use it!Bonus tip- Define your family’s technology rules with your children. Make sure they are aware of them. If kids understand what's expected of them and the reason behind it, they are more likely to agree and follow.  * This guest post was written by @TaliOrad, founder of Screen and also a mother of 3 children that live by those rules and are happy to share them with you!** Image credit: Getscreen.com
How Using Your Imagination Helps!
While the advancement of technology today is a great way to expand the creativity in a child’s mind, there are also everyday objects and activities that can do just the same trick for you and your kids! We may have grown up in a time where cardboard boxes and forts out of pillows and sheets were the best form of entertainment and imagination, but why does that have to be left in the past? Let’s bring the play times of our past to the present and show the little how to have fun the old fashioned way.Imagination is all about making something extraordinary and fun out of something that is just plain ordinary. The world is made of so many simple delights and imagination is the practice of changing them into something much more than they are!Here are a few games that your family can play to extend the fun throughout the fall days!1. The floor is lava! A staple game in which all you need are some cushions, pillows, tables, or chairs. Anything that isn’t the hardwood or carpet flooring is the ultimate obstacle course for your kids to challenge themselves through! This imaginative exercise helps kids develop decision making skills, problem solving, and goal setting too!2.Make a whole universe under the in-home fort that you create together. Bed sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows or whatever else that is on hand can change the atmosphere and can help kids be their own little architects. Creativity can grow with your kid’s imagination as they make a little escape within their safe space!3. Don’t stop at the cardboard box! No matter size-small to giant, the cardboard box is much more than it seems. It once held tangible objects coming in, but now it will make way to intangible memories and experiences.With your imagination you and your kids can travel anywhere, do anything, or be anyone. Obstacles will no longer stop the fun, they’ll just allow for more imaginative ways to discover along the way!