Ellen Yates

About Ellen Yates

I never expected to find such an awesome job in my very own home town! As the Growing Tree Toys Copywriter, I get to spend everyday thinking and writing about innovative toys. When I’m not writing for work, I like read, write fiction and paint watercolor pictures that feature silly rainbow dogs. But out of everything in the world, my very favorite is to laugh and hang out with my friends.

When I was a kid the coolest thing that ever happened to me in elementary school was... the Bubble Room! In Fifth grade my teacher made a room out of clear plastic and a fan. It filled up with air to fit the whole class inside! On special occasions or as a reward for good behavior we would all crawl in and listen to stories. That’s actually the coolest thing that happened to me during my whole life. Not because my life has been uneventful, but because the Bubble Room cannot be topped. Not even by time travel, which would also be pretty cool.

When I was a kid my very best friend and I used to… pretend that the squirrels in our town were involved in a large, evil conspiracy to kill us. Every trashcan downtown had a name, such as “Tuna-surprise,” and would protect us from the squirrels if we fed it trash. I’m very pleased to say that she is still my best friend.

When I was a kid the movie/TV show that I would watch over and over again was… the animated version of 101 Dalmatians. But my little sister was weirder. Every day after I left for kindergarten, she would beg my mom to play the tape of me getting on the bus for my first day of school. On the tape she was crying because she missed me. And every day when she watched it, she would cry herself to sleep. Thinking about that makes me love her very much.

When I was a kid I used to dream that I would be… the proprietor of an “Irish Bar.” This was around sixth grade. My grandmother had a painting of an old Irish woman drinking a dark beer in a wood paneled room, which must have inspired this dream. It’s strange that she had the painting, because she’s never had a single drink in her life. She wasn’t pleased that my life’s goal amounted to serving alcohol to picturesque old ladies.

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Max Smiling

The Amazing Max: A Growing Tree Toys Amazing Kids Post

Tweet Seven-year-old Max loves the colors purple and brown, Toyota Siennas, spaghetti and car washes. His very cute smile will always brighten my mood when I’m tired of writing product descriptions. And Max has special powers. Shortly after Max was born he suffered a bilateral stroke, which resulted in his having cerebral palsy. Ellen Seidman, […]

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10 Silly, Amazing and Creative Homemade Halloween Costumes

Tweet My mom always made our Halloween’s special by sewing amazing costumes. But even if you aren’t a genius with a sewing machine all it takes is a little creativity to make a kids costume that delights. I’ve collected some inspiration for you here. The links take you back to the original source of the […]

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Witch in Pink

Top 10 Classic Kids’ Costumes

Tweet Do you remember what it was like to be afraid of the dark? As a kid I went to sleep every night with my entire body under the blankets, despite the stuffiness. I ran through random images I’d seen on the television, like the wolf’s head looking upside down through a window next to […]

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Win Your Wish List: Up to $1,000 Worth of Toys from Growing Tree!

Tweet We’re very pleased to announce the second annual Win Your Wish List Contest at Growing Tree Toys! If you use our site’s wish list feature anytime during October, you will be entered to win the entire contents of your wish list, up to $1,000! The contest ends on October 31, 2010 and the winner […]

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Happy Magic Friday!

Tweet I love The Labyrinth, but I watch this specific scene on youtube at least once a week. I hope it puts you in a good mood! There is a simple game I used to make my friends play (ok I still do). I think kids might like it too. It goes like this: Adult: […]

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Get to Know Our Blog Contributors

Tweet We thought it would be fun to share some of our childhood memories with readers of the blog. When you click over to the “contributors” sidebar on the right, you can read about how Dave Schramm idolized Bob Saget and would cry out for his protection in times of distress. Or read about how […]

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