Baby Clothes Featuring Chinese Zodiac Cartoons

From infant’s body suits and t-shirts to baby coveralls, a new line of basic baby clothes is now available online at zodiacals.com and in selected King Kullen supermarkets on Long Island, NY.  A complete list of participating supermarkets is available at the zodiacals.com website.Miss Piggy 4X4.png - 6-17-17

Zodiacals Baby clothes put a new twist on basic clothing for infants. Every baby needs a soft t-shirt, body suit or coverall to sleep in. The new Zodiacals garments are not only ultra-soft to keep baby cozy, the adorable animals add a special meaning to wearing the garment.

Each Zodiacals garment features a cartoon character created by award winning Chinese American artist Tiffany Chang. The characters are based on 2,000 years of Chinese legend and each animal has a special meaning.  Monkeys, for example, tend to be clever and curious.  Roosters tend to be trustworthy, sharp and sociable.  Goats tend to be sensitive, sweet and charming.  Mothers can select cartoon characters that match their baby’s personality.

The new Zodiacals baby clothes are available in sizes from three to twenty four months. The short-sleeve t-shirts are made with 100% cotton so that they feel soft on the baby’s skin yet resist the wear and tear a growing child will put on clothes.  The bodysuits feature a lap-shoulder neckline so you can get the baby dressed and undressed with ease.  The 100% cotton coveralls will be your go-to footed coveralls throughout the year.

Is Your Baby a Little Monkey?

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Is your baby widely curious and sharp minded? He or she may be a little monkey.  The Chinese have studied monkeys for over 2,000 years and found them to have unique characteristics. They were found to typically be clever, curious, charismatic and extremely inventive.  If your baby is a little monkey he or she is going to have a wonderful life.  Monkeys are playful, loving and wise.  They are fun to be around because they are so creative and generous.

A couple of years ago I traveled to the Zhangjiajie Mountains in China where there were hundreds of monkeys. As we hiked up the winding mountain trails we could see whole families of monkeys on the hills on the side of the road.  Occasionally a few monkeys would venture over to where the people were which gave us an up-close look at their behavior.  Through personal experience I can verify that monkeys are quite clever with sharp minds.  This was demonstrated when they would use a variety of tricks to get food and trinkets from the people we were traveling with.  I could also see that they were very social animals by the way they were interacting with each other on the side of the road.

Artwork by Tiffany Chang – www.tiffanychang.us

Sponsor – This article is sponsored by Zodiacals™ Baby, a line of soft and cuddly t-shirts, body suits and coveralls for infants in sizes 3-24 months available in supermarkets and online at www.zodiacals.com.

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Children and the Chinese Spring Festival

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The Chinese Spring Festival is the most important period in the Chinese calendar. It begins on Chinese New Year with the new moon and ends 15 days later with the Lantern Festival on the next full moon.  In 2017 the Chinese New Year falls on January 28th on the Western calendar.  This is the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese zodiac.  The Spring Festival is the longest public holiday in China.  Most employees take at least seven days off work and many students take off a whole month.  It is a time for the whole family to get together, similar to the Christmas holidays for westerners.

This is a great time to get kids involved in the spirit of the Chinese New Year celebrations by making their own crafts and wearing clothing that celebrates the event. In China children spend months making crafts for the New Year celebrations.  You can get your kids into the spirit by having them make their own Chinese dragons or their own Rooster masks to celebrate the Year of the Rooster.  Even babies can participate by wearing t-shirts, body suits and coveralls featuring the rooster.  There is a whole variety of such clothing for children and babies available in online stores such as www.amazon.com and www.zodiacals.com.

Photo by Emran Kassim – http://tinyurl.com/jv8gh4o

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The Rooster is a Symbol of Integrity

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The Chinese see the rooster as a symbol of integrity and efficiency. People born in the “Year of the Rooster” are felt to be hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented. In the Asian world, 2017 is the Year of the Red Fire Rooster and this has some important implications for careers and investments. According to Chinese astrology rooster years are known to be generally positive and will be good for most people.  Hard work and patience will be the keys to achieving success next year.  If you look at the behavior of actual roosters you can see how Chinese legend came about.

A rooster is an adult male chicken and they instinctively see themselves as protectors of their hens. They will often sit on a high perch serving as a lookout.  If anything causes their hens to squawk, they can become a bit aggressive.  For the most part, however, the rooster has a nurturing but dominant personality and many people who keep roosters as pets find them quite affectionate.   There are many children’s stories about roosters ranging from fables like “The Rooster Prince” to “The Magnificent Rooster and the Little Ant”. These stories typically portray the rooster as a proud bird who swaggers around the barnyard picking kernels of grain and protecting his hens.

Artwork by Tiffany Chang, All Rights Reservedwww.tiffanychang.us

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Baby Bodysuits Customized with Zodiacals™ Animals

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Although you can find adorable baby clothes at discount stores, department stores, and specialty shops, baby bodysuits customized with Zodiacals animals are a great way to make sure the little bundle of joy stands out from the crowd. Baby bodysuits or onesies are t-shirt like baby garments that have snaps at the crotch to keep them from riding up and exposing the baby’s tummy.  These short-sleeved bodysuits can be used as a complete outfit or as an undergarment.  Zodiacals bodysuits have cute slogans such as “Unpredictable and Whitty” which is printed on the Year of the Monkey bodysuit.  These sayings are actually based on the Chinese zodiac and often precisely fit babies born in the birth year mentioned.

Animals are always great on baby bodysuits and Zodiacals animals are especially great because they are humanized animals doing interesting things. The Year of the Monkey bodysuits, for example, feature a fisherman rowing a boat using a bird to catch fish.  These animals are based on the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and each animal has a special meaning.  Zodiacals onesies make great baby shower gifts because they are thoughtful and unique – just as unique as the new bundle of joy.  They show that you really gave some thought to the gift’s selection because the bodysuit is customized to the baby’s birth year.  At zodiacals.com you can see a wide selection of baby bodysuits featuring Zodiacals animals.

Photo by Melissa Griffin

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Explaining the Rat Chinese Zodiac Sign to Kids

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This drawing is of a female rat going to market selling fruit. It shows one of the key personality traits of people born in the Year of the Rat. Rats are good providers and she is helping to provide for her family. Rats are one of the most industrious and hardest working in the zodiac.

According to ancient Chinese legend it is very interesting how the resourceful rat became the first of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Over 2,000 years ago the Jade Emperor of China ordered that animals would be designated as calendar signs. He invited all the animals and proclaimed that the first 12 that showed up would be chosen. In looking at the other animals the rat realized that many of the other animals ran faster so he came up with a good idea. He talked the ox into carrying him on his back. The ox and the rat arrived first but as they arrived the rat slid in front and therefore became the first sign of the Chinese zodiac.

This story demonstrates some of the other key personality traits of people born in the Year of the Rat. The rat in the story was alert and observant enough to realize that he could not win the race on his own. Being resourceful and charming he was able to talk the ox into carrying him to finish in the front. Being ambitious he slid in front of the ox at the end to win the race.

Artwork © 2016 Tiffany Chang All Rights Reserved.

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New Leggings Featuring Chinese Zodiac Animals

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A new line of leggings featuring the twelve Chinese zodiac animals is being introduced this week by Zodiacals.com. These are more than just colorful characters. They are modern versions of the ancient Chinese zodiac which has been around for thousands of years. The unusual design of the Zodiacals characters is based on original oil paintings by Chinese American artist Tiffany Chang. Each character tells a unique story related to the Chinese zodiac.

Every pair of Zodiacals leggings is printed and sewn by hand in Montreal, Canada. The vivid print of the Zodiacals characters will never fade after washing. The leggings are made from 88% polyester and 12% spandex which means they hug in all the right places and suit all kinds of body types.  This ultra-stretch fabric holds shape even after being worn multiple times.  The thick elastic waistband will rise just under your belly button for most sizes.  You can wear Zodiacals leggings over and over and they won’t lose their shape.

Leggings are very popular today. They have managed to find their way into many summer wardrobes because they are hip, fashionable and effortless.  Movie stars of all ages, from Hillary Duff and Lindsay Lohan to Madonna, have all been seen wearing leggings.  These white leggings dotted with colorful Zodiacals animals are perfect for the summer months. They are an ideal choice to wear under some of the airy sundresses of the season.  The new Zodiacals leggings are now available online at www.zodiacals.com.

Artwork from Zodiacals™ © 2016 Tiffany Chang All Rights Reserved.

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Four New Chinese Zodiac Birthday Gifts Introduced

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From T-shirts to aprons, baseball caps and baby onesies four new birthday gifts have been introduced over the past few months based on Chinese zodiac animals. The brand is Zodiacals™ and the products are being printed or embroidered on first class brands of garments including Gildan T-shirts, Chef Works aprons and baseball caps and rabbit skins onesies.

The unusual design of the Zodiacals characters is based on original oil paintings by Chinese American artist Tiffany Chang. Each character tells a unique story related to the Chinese zodiac.  These products make unique gift items because each Zodiacals character is personalized based on a person’s birth year.  All of the following products are now available online at www.zodiacals.com.

Gildan T-Shirts– A collection of T-shirts featuring the Zodiacals images of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac is printed on Gildan T-shirts. Each T-shirt includes a statement about what Chinese legend says about the wearer’s birth year.  This large selection of unisex, women’s and youth t-shirts comes in a large variety of different sizes and colors.  The new line of T-shirts was released on May 10th.

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Chef Works Aprons – A collection of aprons by Chef Works features embroidered Zodiacals images of each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The aprons are available in white, black and red.  The new line of aprons was released on June 27th.

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Chef Works Baseball Caps – A collection of baseball caps by Chef Works featuring embroidered Zodiacals images of each of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac was released on June 23rd.  The caps are available in black and Khaki.

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Rabbit Skins Onesies – A collection of Rabbit Skins baby onesies featuring the Zodiacals images of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac was released on May 15th. These adorable baby onesies illustrate the key personality traits of the baby’s birth year. Sizes include new born, 6M, 12M, 18M and 24M.

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Photo of Chinese zodiac by Linda Carpenter – http://tinyurl.com/zfd2xnc

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Zodiacals™ Artist Profiled in New Book on Creativity

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The new book The Two Sides of You by Elaine Breakstone probes the bi-hemispheric world of creative people who move easily from left brain to right brain thinking.  The book shows how famous creative thinkers like Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci used both sides of their brains.  Leonardo da Vinci, for example was a genius in engineering, mathematics and medicine yet also painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Michelangelo used the left side of his brain as an architect and the right side of his brain to paint the frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and create the David and Pieta statues.

Chinese American artist Tiffany Chang is profiled in the book because she was trained as a mathematician at the University of California, Los Angeles, in finance by receiving an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut and as an accomplished aviator. While all of this required the use of the left side of her brain, she used the right side of her brain to become an award-winning artist with oil paintings displayed in museums, art shows and private homes in the Orient as well as in the United States.  She is also the creator of Zodiacals animal characters which are featured on a broad line of clothing and other product sold as birthday gifts (see www.zodiacals.com). The book is available on Amazon.com (http://tinyurl.com/jesbnvl) in paperback for $8.99.

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