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Peep These Zappos Family Peep Show Entries

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The Zappos Family created stages from several pop-culture references using peeps in a fun-filled event today in our Bistro! From Peep Fiction to Angry Peeps, the submissions were some of the most creative that we have seen in years. One of the most detailed was the In-peep-tion stage that was a six-story display with different scenes from the movie, including the bus and upside-down action scenes. Stay up to date with the crazy happenings at Zappos HQ by following us on Twitter HERE!

1. Peep Fiction

2. Blue Peep Group

3. Super Peep Mario Bros.

4. Angry Peeps

5. Cougar Peeps

6. Peeping Up With The Kardashians

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Beard Gang!

Check out the new webisode of, "Inside Zappos"! This week Pat and Matt form a Beard Gang.  If you missed last weeks episode you can check it out HERE. Don't forget to tune in every other Tuesday for a new episode on

A Leprechaun Trick

Looking for an easy, budget-friendly special activity to do with your children this St. Patrick’s Day?

I love the idea of having your kids wake up to a clumsy leprechaun’s trail of havoc!  Who could have possibly knocked over a chair, pushed a small (unbreakable) item off of a table, left books all over the living room floor, scattered cookies around the kitchen counter, and whatever other clumsy tricks your leprechaun may have pulled?

Set it up as a few simple “accidents” that happened during the leprechaun’s romp through your house the night before, and let it lead to a special St. Patrick’s Day treat for your kids, perhaps a small bag of gold chocolate coins or a bundle of four leaf clovers?  Green glitter or confetti is a great way to mark the “path” as well, especially for younger kids!  Have the path start at a door, meander throughout your home, and go out a window (or chimney, or dog-door) for a giggle-worthy moment.

It will be a fun way to start off the special day and give the Luck O’ the Irish to your kids this year!

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Inside Zappos presents Inside R-Desk

Inside Zappos is back with a brand new episode! This week we take a look inside our Resource Desk. If you missed the last episode check it out HERE. Inside Zappos is moving to every other Tuesday. Catch the next episode on Tuesday, March 8th right here on

Through A Smurfs Party

How cool is it that the Smurfs Movie will hit the big screen later this year in a CGI/ live action version. Wouldn’t this make a fun party theme too? All of those Smurfs – all of that blue!  Think it would be fun?Read on for Smurf party ideas to bring these characters to life for your birthday child.

For your invitation, draw a Smurf handprint, paint it blue on both sides, and write your Smurf party details on one side.

For your party décor, this party has got to be about blue and you can vary different shades of blue to bring the theme alive, i.e. light blue, royal blue, blue, etc. Off set all of of the blue with white as a secondary color too.  Use blue and white for balloons, streamers, and tableware.

Additionally, mark a path to the front door with Smurf footprints and make Smurf paper handprints to place on the party walls.

When your party guests arrive, have a face painter to paint the kids’ faces blue.

As an opening craft activity, have the kids make Smurf hats that they can wear during the party and take home with them too.  The Smurf hats can be made out of white heavy card stock or felt.

Hand out cards with the various Smurf names on them and have the kids play Smurf Charades. Alternatively, call out a Smurf character name and have the kids mimic that Smurf.

Play Smurf, Smurf, Smurfette like Duck, Duck, Goose.

Hold a Smurf Treasure Hunt.  Hide blue candies around the party area and give the kids a few minutes to find them all.  Have them sing the Smurf song as they search too.

In the movie, the Smurfs find a hidden grotto that they drop into and wind up in Central Park in New York City – trying to stay away from Gargamel as they try to find their way back to their Village.  Have the kids jump through a large hula-hoop or into a large box to mimic their own fall through the grotto. From there tag someone to be Gargamel and play Gargamel Tag.

Create a menu any Smurf would love to eat!

Using a mushroom shaped cookie cutter and cut out Smurf sandwiches and fill with cream cheese and blueberry jam.

Serve a berry salad of blueberries and strawberries.

Blue tortilla chips with dips.

Serve Smurf Juice.  Using blue Kool Aid mix with Club Soda instead of regular water. Add ice cubes with berries frozen inside.

Make a favorite batch of cupcakes and have the kids frost and decorate their Smurf cupakes with blue frosting and blue and white candies.

As the kids depart, give them a blue tumbler with their names painted on them.  Fill with Smurf pencils, notebooks, stickers, and any other small thematic goodies.  Alternatively, give the kids a Smurf frame – a wooden frame painted blue.

Don’t forget to send them home with their Smurf hats too.

La, La, La, La, La, La!  Have a Smurfy good time!

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Rabbit! Visits Zappos HQ!

The members of the ultra-fun rock band Rabbit! stopped by Zappos HQ to talk about their experience writing and recording the song “Possibility” on the Delivering Happiness bus. They even took a minute to play their hit “Magic” in a special acoustic performance. Rabbit! focuses on playing happy, nostalgic music that is suitable for all ages. You'll be able to hear Rabbit! as the hold music in the near future. Rock out to Rabbit! on their MySpace page and check out the video of their visit above.



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Downloading Core Values

Donut Eating Contest

In an effort to "Create Fun and A Little Weirdness" and "Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit" the Tech teams in Las Vegas and Kentucky held their Fourth Annual Tech Donut Eating Contest.  The donut eating contest was open to anyone in the tech team whether contractor/employee, manager/non-manager, male/female or pro/amateur. This year, we were even able to include the folks KY "real-time" thanks to our SKYPE-enabled video conferencing system.

Once ground rules were communicated and donuts placed strategically, the participants prepared themselves for the challenge ahead. And they’re off! The atmosphere was electric with spectators packed 4 to 6 deep in the specially designed arena. Many fans were holding signs for their favorite participant and chanting well-rehearsed cheers. The most zealous of fans were even standing on desks and chairs/couches to see their favored participants, much to chagrin of our risk team. Spectators strained to hear the designated "counters" as the donuts were consumed. The throng became even more frenzied as the contestants blew past last year's record (Brent Cromley) of 15 without a hint of slowing down.  Finally, the crowd gave a collective gasp as Bryan Merrill's counter yelled "24!", and the final second ticked off. Wow! 24 donuts! Bryan Merrill buried the last year's record. Much like Zappos doing 12.4 million on Cyber Monday and burying the 7.8 million from 2009!). Brent graciously handed the gold-encased trophy to Bryan. And now it's time to train for next year!

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Ornament Garland for Kids

Have you been noticing all of the holiday decorations at your local stores this season?  It seems that as soon as Halloween is over, the Christmas season kicks into high gear.  If you are thinking about all of the ornaments that you already have or are looking around to purchase some new ornaments this year, here is an idea for your ornaments that your kids are sure to love.

1.    With your children, decide which ornaments to use to create your ornament garland.  Make sure to choose enough to create a garland for the area you are using it for.

2.    Choose a ribbon in a favorite color to use to string your ornaments.

3.    Have the children string the ornaments through the ribbon.

4.    Place your ornament garland on your Christmas tree (especially good to fill in areas of your tree with open space), across the mantle, or any other space that needs a garland for holiday decor.

5.     Have fun stringing the ornaments and decorating your home this season!