March 26th, 2015
This weeks koala comic is all about relationships.
Sometimes, when you’re feeling a little bit down or maybe you’re having a problem with something, it’s good to get a little help from our friends.
Friends and family play a big part in our happiness. You’ll be healthier and happier if you can develop strong relationships with people. The great thing is that they benefit too, because relationships work both ways – they are social. And no, not social as in a ’social network’ (like Facebook) but as in talking to someone, communicating, caring and supporting each other.
So go on, off you go. Go and see what your friends or family are up to. You never know, they might be having fun and you’re missing out!
Also to mention, we’ve had some great news this week. Starting next month, Just Kidding magazine will be featuring our ‘Smile More’ kid-friendly comic. We’re thrilled as JK mag is the number one tween magazine in Australia, and very popular with kids, parents and schools. It's a great home for our Australian comic with super cute koala cartoons. Thanks guys!
March 22nd, 2015
Smiling Bear is running a koala soft toy giveaway competition this month, in Just Kidding magazine. We’re giving away 6 sets of koala soft toys. Cute, adorable Australian koala plush that will be sure to make you Smile More.
Enter for free via Just Kidding mag website
If you live outside of Australia you will need enter via email, you can contact them here (click link and a pre-filled email will open): firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s 6 koala plush prize packs to win, so good luck!
If you’re far too impatient to wait until the winners are announced, then head over to our online store now!
March 21st, 2015
Smiling Bear’s koala cookies, Smile Snacks™ are coming soon to a store near you!
Aussie koala shaped, these koala biscuits are the best. You won’t find koala snacks like these anywhere else in the world. Using our secret smile recipe and made using the latest in koala baking technology, these cookies are full of furry goodness.
The most delicious, happiest of heads you’ll ever have the pleasure to bite off! Australian cookies with a difference – move over Timtam, it’s time to Smile More with Smile Snacks™ from Smiling Bear. More product information to follow shortly.
Smiling Bear official merchandise available in our online store
March 3rd, 2015
Smile More™ the weekly webcomic kicks off again this week, so lots more koala cartoon pictures for you to check out.
Towards the end of 2014 we ran a competition in Just Kidding Magazine and the winners have just been announced. The competition was to answer the question, “What makes you SMILE MORE”. We had some great answers and the top 6 won cute koala plush prize packs.
Congratulations go to:
1. Lucia Strever from Noranda, Victoria.
2. Mariah Stavliotis from West Croydon, South Australia.
3. Amelia Hitzke from Clontarf, Queensland.
4. Charlie Slack from Perth, Western Australia.
5. Blythe Lambie from Rowville, Victoria.
6. Annie Jiang from Glen Waverley, Victoria.
A special Smile More Shoutout goes to Lucia Strever. She said that her cat makes her Smile More because he’s so cute and cuddly!
Congratulations Lucia, your answer has become the theme for this latest edition of our cute koala comic. Fluff is Smiling Bear’s pet cat, and it seems his idea of a cuddle is more like a quick wrestle 'n' roll!
You can see all the Smile More kid-friendly webcomics here. That’s more koala cartoons than you’ll know what to do with :-)
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March 2nd, 2015
Smile More™ the weekly webcomic kicks off again this week.
Here's a little background to the idea behind it. When I came up with the idea for the Smile More webcomic, I wanted it to be funny, positive and appropriate for kids of all ages. If you’re an adult don’t worry though, it’s ok for you to like it too! It’s just a kid-friendly comic all the way.
The main thing I wanted to achieve was to create a kids comic that you could trust, that wasn’t sarcastic, mean spirited or rude. There’s nothing wrong with comics that are like that of course, but I think the web is already full of them. I think it's much easier to create humour around negative themes and outlooks too – watch most standup comedy and you can see that.
But, the thing about the Smiling Bear character though is that I created him with a positive outlook, to have fun, but not at other peoples expense. The webcomic has to have a good heart, without being sickly-sweet, and I hope it’s achieving that.
So, in any future editions of the webcomic I can promise you will only ever see family friendly comics. They might vary in obviousness of the humour, the style of humour, or perhaps even in the quality of humour (you'll have to be the judge of that!) but they won’t vary in their age-appropriateness. Smile More webcomic will always be kid-friendly, children's comics all the way!
I will also be doing some editions in the future based on readers suggestions, picked from competition winners. So keep following for more information. I will post all the relevant details ahead of time, and who knows…you might end up with your very own comic drawn up!
See all the Smile More webcomics here
February 20th, 2015
Everyone needs a safe place to hide things away, and Smiling Bear® koala plush is just that perfect, portable place!
Our 7 inch and 10 inch koala plush have a Secret Smile Pocket™ on the reverse. This pocket is a special, secret place for you to keep your most precious keepsakes safely hidden. A reminder of a great time you had, a special memory. The photo of a loved one, a sweet note or perhaps even the key to someone's heart? The possibilities are endless, so what will you put in your Secret Smile Pocket™?
The back of our koala plushies also has the phrase ‘Smile More’ embroidered on it, to remind you to always look for the positive things in life. Each pocket is lined with our signature 'Smile More' patterned lining.
So what are you waiting for…pop on over to our online store here and pick yourself up a koala plush complete with Secret Smile Pocket™ – and start hiding things!
February 18th, 2015
Smiling Bear is an Australian owned company and koala character. The character was dreamt up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia.
As Smiling Bear is actually a koala, (koalas are often mistaken for bears) we will be supporting the Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) by donating 10% of our sales profits and helping to raise global awareness for the koala and it’s protection.
So whether you’re an Aussie or a not, take a look at our new koala plush range in our online store here. Smile More and Save the Koala.
For more information about the threat to koalas in the wild and how you can help out directly, please visit the AKF site here.
February 14th, 2015
Aussie Valentines Day is much the same as it is anywhere else in the world. That mad last minute panic deciding who your koala valentine will be, what to buy them and more importantly, how much to spend!
Flowers are always a strong choice, vibrant colors, uplifting fragrance, beautiful arrangements. Here’s a cute koala Australian valentines ecard for you to share with the ones you love. Just use the 'Share Some Smile' panel beneath the image, and you can share it to a Facebook timeline, Tweet it, email it and much more.
If you’re feeling extra specially lovey-dovey then why not cuddle a koala bear too, and take a look at our gorgeous Smiling Bear plush now available in our online store here
February 6th, 2015
Koala soft toys by Smiling Bear make the perfect Australian gift. Our new koala plush range is iconic and completely unique. These plushies are of the highest quality, and there just isn’t anything else like them currently, in the Australian toy and gift market. If you are looking for something a little bit different, then you’ve come to the right place!
Our Online Store Launches – Shipping Internationally
We are very excited to announce the launch of the Smiling Bear online store for all our official character merchandise. You can now purchase the new koala plushies, from our ‘Classic’ product range. With our offer of international shipping, now you too can purchase a little piece of the Aussie lifestyle, no matter where you live.
Now it’s your turn to Smile More with Smiling Bear, and pass on this message to those around you. Each product has the Smile More message clearly embroidered on it, reminding you to always look for the positive in things.
Supporters of the Australian Koala
As an Australian owned character and company, Smiling Bear will also be supporting the Australian Koala Foundation (the AKF) by donating 10% of their sales profits and helping to raise global awareness for the koala and its protection.
The Classic Plush Range
In the Classic product range, there are three standing pose Smiling Bear koala plush, a 10-inch, 7-inch and a 4-inch clip-on for backpacks. There’s also a very striking plush phone & camera case and a coin purse, and both come with funky red metal carabiner clips to attach to bags or keychains.
Head over to the online store now and take a look. There’s loads more information and tons of gorgeous product images to help you choose which products you’d like. Or why not collect them all? It’s a great way to start your Smiling Bear official merchandise collection!
First Class Online Shopping & Customer Service
With international shipping and worldwide delivery, we can send you a smile no matter you are in the world. We also accept all major credit cards and Paypal. Our online shopping environment is totally secure so you can shop with us knowing that your details are 100% safe. For all other shopping related questions, please take a look at our Customer Service section of the store.
Products Recommended Age: 3 years and above — products are fully safety tested against all the necessary international standards.
January 26th, 2015
This cute koala would like to wish everyone a Happy Australia Day! We hope you have a fantastic time with your loved ones today. Have fun and be safe, eat lots of great tucker and enjoy your day off.
Australia Day, or Straya Day as it’s becoming known more recently, is a huge celebration of this great country we live in! It’s all about having a day off to have fun with family, friends (and lots of food). It’s one day a year to take pride in Australian culture, heritage and history and to inspire our national spirit.
Big Day For Koalas Too
It’s also a big day for koala bears, especially Smiling Bear. He likes to put on his best Australia day clothing, all emblazoned with the Australia flag, grab a cold one (ginger beer that is!) and head out to see what everyone is up to.
Being an Australian icon, I get a lot of requests for koala cuddling, but of course I don't mind. It’s all part of being in my exclusive club, the Australian koala bears club, we're cute, kawaii and adorable. If you want to find out more about my cute koala plushies, see the link at the bottom of this post.
Aussie Day is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated annually on the 26th January. It marks the anniversary of the first fleet of ships arriving at Port Jackson in 1788. However, because of the negative connotations of British settlement upon indigenous Australians (known as Aboriginals) the day is now more about looking towards the future, whilst recognising cultural diversity. So, in modern times the celebrations are about community, being accepting of one another with lots of family friendly events.
Australian of the Year
There are also official award ceremonies like the Australian of the Year award (hello, where’s Smiling Bear’s?!) Young Australian of the Year (again, what about moi?!), Senior Australian of the Year (ok, I’m obviously too young and beautiful for this) and Australia’s Local Hero (I suppose I’m more of an international super hero). The announcement of the Australia Day Honours list is a big thing, and there’s a speech from the Governor General and Prime Minister, and of course there is the welcoming Australian Citizenship ceremonies for new immigrants into Australia.
What Can I do on Australia Day?
There are so many great things to do, from going to outdoor concerts, big firework displays, sporting competitions, festivals, street parties, barbecues – the options are endless! If you are looking for things to do you should take a look at the official Australia Day website here, where you can find all local events for your area. It’s also a good place to see lots of messages shared by people from all over Australia, and to see their happy Australia Day images and what they are getting up to. You will be able to find lots of things for an Australia Day for kids, as it’s such a family friendly day where everybody comes together and celebrates. Whether you’re old or young, black or white (or anything in-between) it makes no difference. The day is all about celebrating together, our multiculturalism and unity.
Sydney Australia Day celebration is recognised as the nation’s largest celebration, and once again after New Years, the harbour becomes a focus with the world famous ferry race and tall ships race. Each city or central location has its annual traditions too, with Perth Skyworks being the largest single event presentation of the day.
Official and Unofficial National Anthem – Straya
This year, in the build up to Australia Day weekend, a new National Anthem was released, (or unofficial National Anthem) called ‘Straya’. It was sung to Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’ song and it has become a viral video hit, clocking up well over 1 million video views at last look, and still climbing. It even made international news. It’s very catchy, and the accompanying video of famous Australians that has been edited together for it is great! Smiling Bear especially likes Kylie Minogue, who doesn’t like this little koala cutie?! She really is an Australian treasure, (and her sister Danii's not bad either). Check out the awesome Straya video below:
If you want to check out the cute koala plush toy 10–inch shown in the image above, then visit the Smiling Bear store.
You can also search the site for previous Australia Day posts to find more images, cards and designs to share with your mates.