The Happy’s (vlog)

What’s better than a house full of 9 children? A house with children and The Happy’s!! What are the Happy’s?

 

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Amazingly Adorable, remarkably real pets that really play with you!

They scamper, they pounce and they sit up and beg! The Happy’s are the only line of interactive puppy and kitty special feature plush pets that play, can be trained to perform tricks and make 25+ silly sounds.

The Happy’s love to play keep away or chase their ball in a puppy pile up!

Hold the Happy treat and they’ll come running to show off a trick!

The Happy’s will even dance to their favorite Samba tune, drive a car and ride a skateboard!

The Happy’s are a pet-palooza of pure magic! Source

 

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The children absolutely adored these cute cuddly little critters. Here the video that captures the fun had during our playdate, enjoy!

 

My children have had such a wonderful time getting to know the Happy’s they are saving up their money in order to collect the remaining 4. If you are looking for the perfect pet…that doesn’t require food, vet bills, training, etc. be sure to visit your local Toys-R-us, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, or Justice today and bring home a cut cuddly new family member, one of the Happy’s (or collect all 8!). In the meantime have the kiddos checkout The Happy’s website for fun online games and activities.

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“Disclosure: I received free products in order to host the Cepia, LLC sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.”

Outdoor Play date: Edible Finger Paint and Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

This morning our preschooler nearly became consumed by the anticipation of having his bestest friend from preschool come over with her siblings for a play date. He sat in the rocking chair located directly in front of our living room window and began rigorously rocking a half hour before his friend was due to arrive, he was officially on the lookout.   Every once in a while he would stop rocking, sit up, and gaze out the window at the site of a vehicle approaching our home.  Then he would let out a sigh of disgust upon realizing it wasn’t them. Then finally…right on time…they showed up! It took all he had in him not to run out to their van and physically bring them into our home. He was beaming with excitement!

 

Let the Playdate begin….

We started off with Edible Finger Paint….

Edible Paint Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cornstarch

 2 3/4 cup cold water

1 envelope of unflavored gelatin (I used Knox)

 1/4 cup cold water

Directions:

Mix together cornstarch and water in a saucepan until there’s no lumps.

Mix together gelatin and water and set aside.

Cook cornstarch mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it boils. It’ll become thick as you’re stirring.

Remove from heat and stir in the gelatin mixture.

Cool and pour into smaller containers. Add food coloring for desired colors.

Source:http://voices.yahoo.com/3-craft-paint-recipes-egg-yolk-paint-laundry-starch-5936168.html

 

 

Then we moved on to Fizzy Sidewalk Paint…..

Roughly measure the following [for each color]:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 box baking soda

A squeeze of washable paint

A couple tablespoons of water

Directions:

Stir together and add water until its a little soupier than you’d prefer, the mixture thickens up as you’re working with it. [You can always add more water to it if it gets too thick.]

Source: http://handsonaswegrow.com/2011/06/outdoor-play-homemade-sidewalk-paint.html

 

After all their artistic endeavors they had worked up an appetite.  Our little preschooler decided the menu for lunch, which included….Annie’s Mac & Cheese, Tulip shaped PB & Js, a variety of yogurts, and for dessert…DIRT!

We all had such a wonderful time!! In fact, our kiddos had a tough time saying goodbye…especially to one little man….

 

Once our friends left it was nap time/ quiet time…though, the kids would say nap time is for the birds…..there are three baby birds in the nest but only this one popped up to say hello.

 

I am looking for more fun outdoor crafts, activities, and games to do outdoors! Bring on the summer…bring on the fun! Anyone have a good playdough recipe? Please share your crafts, homemade recipes, outdoor activities, etc.

Playdate sponsored by Rudi’s Organic Bakery (Post also includes FREE Custom Sandwich Box info)

God knows moms have enough to worry about when it comes to the health and wellbeing of their children.  That’s why I am thankful for Rudi’s Organic bakery. 

The best things in life are free. Free from (anything bad like) synthetic ingredients, chemical pesticides and fertilizers. When we say organic, we mean it. Our products are USDA Certified Organic, which tells you that at least 95% of our ingredients are organic. This is good for you, your family and the environment. (Source:http://www.rudisbakery.com/)

So, you can see why moms don’t have to wonder what’s inside Rudi’s bread. I believe we have an unwritten code as moms, if we have come across an amazing product, technique, or the like we need to share that with other moms.  And share we did…..

When you come across a product like Rudi’s, that gives moms peace of mind, a celebration is in order. So we got out our Pom-poms and then headed to Health Foods by Claudia to purchase our Rudi’s organic bread (they offer Rudi’s entire line of bakery products and a slew of other amazing organic products, I highly recommend Health Foods by Claudia. And, good news, if you aren’t local they are launching their e-store soon, check it out) and invited over all our playgroup friends.

We packed the house, literally! We welcomed 14 magnificent moms and 16 amazing little kiddos.  We decided to keep it simple and a bit traditional. While Rudi’s offers hot dog buns, hamburger buns, rolls, tortillas, wraps, bagels, English muffins, and sandwich flatz we decided the best way to introduce Rudi’s was the most practical way, the way in which moms often utilize bread, the good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The PB & J is a staple in most of our moms’ lives. Whether it is packing a lunch for school, meeting up at the zoo, going to the park for a picnic, the easy to prepare, climate controlled, and fan of most kiddos is the PB & Jelly. But we added a twist. The kiddos had the option of making their own sandwich. They could select the Rudi’s bread they wanted, spread the PB and J, and then select a fun cookie cutter shape.

To accompany the PB & J moms brought grapes, cheese sticks, yogurt, carrots, apple sauce, juice boxes, milk, etc. to share.  The moms in our playgroup are so amazing; they are so kind, compassionate, and considerate of others and this was definitely apparent at our play date.  Most moms might think I was nuts to have 14 moms and 16 kiddos in my home especially since it is on the market and there is a chance that a prospective buyer might want to see our home the next day. But not me, the moms in our playgroup are such good moms; it is evident and reflected in their children’s behavior. They are also great friends; they did so much between bringing food to share, helping set out food, and clean-up that I actually got to enjoy the play date too.  Thank you Playgroup-in-Toledo moms for being such wonderful moms and great friends; I am truly blessed to have each and every one of you in my life.

After lunch we finished up our play date with a trip down to the park. What better way to conclude a well-balanced meal than with some activity. The kiddos had fun playing on the playground, swinging, and chasing after bubbles until their little bodies couldn’t go any more. Then it was time to head home where I hope all the moms got to have a little bit of a break while their children napped.

As if the bread, cookie cutters, playdate, park, etc. weren’t enough!  The kiddos also received a Let’s Doodle Lunch sheet that allows them to create their own masterpiece and then submit that to Rudi’s and they will place that custom designed masterpiece on a sandwich box for the kiddos. AND, and each child has a chance for their custom design to be the Official Rudi’s Sandwich box!  Sound like fun? Wish your kiddos could participate? They can!! Click here to get your kiddos art work on a sandwich box for FREE! ( Also, May1-31st, Rudi’s is running Get a dollar, Give a dollar, you can get $1 off coupon and Rudi’s will give a dollar to the celiac organization of your choice)

All of us moms agreed that Rudi’s was delicious and the kiddos seemed to enjoy the bread too! However there is the issue of the price and yes, if we are being totally honest it does cost more than non-organic breads.  However those non-organic breads contain preservatives and additives that do not contribute to a healthy well-balanced meal.  As moms we know that our children are what they eat. I know I have witness the effect that highly processed food have on my kiddos. They are often lethargic and left craving more highly processed food and that is a road I do not want them going down.  I would rather spend a few more dollars today for healthy, organic food for my children then spend thousands years down the road trying to fix organs that processed foods have damaged. My children are worth it! Are yours?

Please share your thoughts. Have you ever tried Rudi’s organic bakery? Would you? What is your take on organic foods?