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Everything your kid needs to know about Hello Kitty

Michelle Maffei is a freelance copywriter covering a variety of topics both online and in print, from parenting to beauty and more. Combining her two favorite loves, writing and motherhood, she has found joy in even the most challenging ...

Hello Kitty is not a cat and other mind-blowing facts about the hella-cool character

We love us some Hello Kitty in our family, and news that the first ever Hello Kitty Con is set to hit Los Angeles at the end of October this year has us bubbling with excitement. But, before you snatch up tickets for you and your daughter to hit the 40th anniversary celebration, there are a few things you'll need to brush up on about the cute Japanese character. From the fact that Hello Kitty is not a cat to details like Hello Kitty is a twin, discover everything your daughter needs to know about Hello Kitty.

It's easy to see why that blank stare has hypnotized your heart, but you're not really ready for some mother-daughter time at Hello Kitty Con until you know these facts.

Good luck going to sleep tonight as you try and wrap your brain around this: Hello Kitty is not a cat.

You'll never catch this Sanrio favorite walking on all fours; however she does have a pet cat named Charmmy Kitty and a hamster named Sugar. Her identity is much deeper than her feline façade: She's a third-grade girl living in London who is a friend to all and loves to bake cookies almost as much as she loves to eat her mama's apple pie. All this just makes me love her more.

And, did you know that this world icon of cuteness also has a family? Her name is actually Kitty White, daughter of George and Mary White and she even has a twin sister named Mimmy. And, in her spare time, you can catch Hello Kitty traveling, listening to music, reading, eating treats and making new friends.

Think you're Sanrio's biggest fan? Here are some adorable products anyone who loves Hello Kitty just has to have.

Hello Kitty is not a cat and other mind-blowing facts about the hella-cool character

Imagine starting every morning with this Hello Kitty toaster (Target, $20), Hello Kitty microwave (Target, $100) and Hello Kitty refrigerator (Target, $130) trio. There's no way you walk out that door grumpy each morning with that cute face kick-starting your day.

Hello Kitty is not a cat and other mind-blowing facts about the hella-cool character

Wish you could have your Hello Kitty and eat it, too? Then you'll definitely want to pick yourself up some Hello Kitty lollipop rings (Royal Candy Company, $12) or Hello Kitty Pop Tarts. But don't worry, they're not made from real Hello Kitty so they're virtually guilt-free.

Hello Kitty is not a cat and other mind-blowing facts about the hella-cool character

And, before you walk out that door, be sure to use your Hello Kitty hair dryer (Toys R Us, $30) and Hello Kitty curling iron (Hot Topic, $24). Being a pretty kitty takes a little extra work but you're worth it.

Hello Kitty is not a cat and other mind-blowing facts about the hella-cool character

But, just because you're at the office or at school it doesn't mean you have to take a break from your Sanrio friend; you can kitty up your office or classroom with your Hello Kitty table fan (Sanrio, $40) and Hello Kitty computer mouse (Hello Kitty, $17) to be powered by cuteness.

Hello Kitty is not a cat and other mind-blowing facts about the hella-cool character

Finally, after a hard day of work or school, it's time to unwind; and Hello Kitty has just what you need. Snatch up a Hello Kitty guitar (Amazon, $110) and Hello Kitty sewing machine (Walmart, $123). Or, a Hello Kitty taser (CNET) or even a Hello Kitty AK-47 (wired) if that's your thing.

So, now that you've brushed up on everything your daughter needs to know about Hello Kitty and stocked up on your favorite Sanrio gear to celebrate Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary, the only thing left to do is to get your tickets to Hello Kitty Con. See you there; I'll be the one dressed as the cool cat herself.

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