Our April Happiness Hero: Isabelle

Apr 17

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Meet Isabelle. This sweet little girl had a big battle to fight as soon as she entered the world. Isabelle had open heart surgery at birth and thankfully she is doing remarkably well now! We’re so glad she is a part of our Everything Happy Family!

 

Her brave Mom, Amy, shares her story.

“From the moment I heard the word “unfortunately” from the obgyn during our 1st ultrasound when I was about 10 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child, my heart sank with the fear of the unknown. At first the Doctors thought our baby might have a genetic issue due to some high numbers that came back on the early screening ultrasound, which for any parent is devastating to hear that your baby might not be healthy. After a lot of prayer and some testing, we ruled out any major genetic issues, however at our full body ultrasound of the baby just a couple weeks later, I knew something was wrong with the baby’s heart when they spent a good 20 minutes on the heart alone. And sure enough, my mother’s intuition was sadly on point. Our baby had a congenital heart defect. At first the Doctors thought it was much more severe, however after a lot of prayer & asking God to heal her heart, with each fetal echo they did the diagnosis improved. Our baby girl still had a heart defect, but it wasn’t as severe as they initially thought. I tried to take each little piece of good news and be thankful for that and just take one day at a time to enjoy my pregnancy.

Fast forward to Feb 25, 2014 the day our amazing Isabelle was born. The Doctors said from the 1st breath she took, they were pleasantly surprised at how much better her heart was than what they had anticipated. While she still did need open heart surgery at just three days old and handing her over to the team of Doctors right outside the Operating Room was the single most difficult moment of my life, our little Isabelle again continued to amaze the Doctors at her speedy recovery. She was such a strong little baby that we were able to bring her home just one week from her heart surgery! She really is our little rock star! I am so thankful to God that He blessed us with her and that He answered ours and so many of our dear friends and families’ prayers. Isabelle will need another open heart surgery between three and nine months old, so we still have a journey ahead with her, but with God’s grace and continued prayers and support from so many, I know she will continue to amaze us all with her strength and her fight to heal quickly! We love her to pieces and are so lucky and blessed that she is ours! :)

*Do you know someone who is making a difference in the world or someone who is going through a difficult situation? If so, we would love to hear about them. Email your Happiness Hero submissions to: support@everythinghappy.com

If Wiggle’s Your Girl!

Apr 12

Wiggle Hippo

Sometimes we have to make really tough decisions here in Happy Land and we’ve decided, based on your great feedback, that bringing out new HAPPY characters on a consistent basis is very important to you! With that being said, we’ve decided to retire some of our existing friends to bring you new characters!

Now we know that might make some of you VERY sad but it definitely isn’t a permanent thing.

We have a shipment of medium Wiggle the Hippo Happy Blankies coming in next week and once that shipment and our in stock large Happy Blankie’s are gone then we’re closing up the “vault”.

What does that mean?
If Wiggle is your favorite then you’ll want to stock up! 

DETAILS:

Happy Blankie’s will be available up on the website TUESDAY, APRIL 22nd, 11:00am 

  • New Wiggle Gift Sets will be available
  • New Wiggle minky bibs, pillows and Snuggle Pals available
  • New Wiggle Tutu’s and Necklaces available
  • Wiggle Stickers
  • Once the Wiggle Happy Blankie’s are gone they’re gone

We will also be posting a few reminders out on Facebook over the next week.

We’re very excited about the new Happy Blankies that will be coming out in the near future! We have a lot of great things in store! :)

Blog post by: Emily

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Forward!

Mar 17

Spring brings warmer weather, fresh growth and new beginnings!

It’s been awhile since we’ve written a blog post and as you may have noticed quite a bit has changed since we started Happy Blankie in 2009. We’ve been in retail stores, we’ve tried Direct Sales and we’ve listened to your feedback the entire time throughout the journey.

Due to rising manufacturing costs we will be streamlining our business and making a few changes so we can continue to bring happiness to children in need! Our new focus is to simplify and strengthen our company by taking things back to the basics. Moving forward we will be concentrating on the following:

- Our most popular characters
- New, exciting character launches
- Simplifying our giving mission/giving process
- Raising funds to fuel the mission

THIS WEEK: Our fundraising campaign begins for the giraffe and butterfly characters!!

We’re excited about moving forward and we’re so grateful for your continued love and support.

You’re the reason we do what we do!

With Happiness,

Emily & Melanie

Happiness Hero of the Month: Diezel Charles Uhrich

Jun 26

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Diezel was born 7 weeks early and had many complications due to his early birth. This little guy and his family remained strong, kept praying, and now little Diezel is doing great! Story submitted by his grandmother, Dee Dee Thompson:

Diezel was born on October 20th,2012, about 7 weeks early. He was 5lbs 10 oz which was a fairly good size for a preemie! When he was born his lungs were not mature, so they had to give him a steroid shot to try and mature the lungs. He had to be put on a ventilator for over a week because he could not breathe on his own. With a lot of faith and prayer we took it one day at a time. Then he had to have feeding tube to eat and developed jaundice. He was under a bilirubin light for a few days. With all our faith in God he came off the ventilator and came home at a month old weighing 4lbs 10 oz. He is our little miracle boy and is now 8 months old and goes to children’s therapy because he still has some choking issues. It’s a blessing to have my gorgeous lil’ grandson so well and happy, always pray and never give up your Faith in God.

This is little Diezel now!

Diezel Now

Kid’s Birthday Party Ideas!

Jun 26

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Summer Birthdays are the best! Ideas for parties are so much easier when the weather is warm and kids are off of school. This Summer Living article by Martha Stewart has so many great party ideas for your little girl or boy :)

Birthday Party Themes:
1. Pink Party
2. Tea Party Birthday
3. Fiesta Birthday Party
4. Sprinkler Party
5. Tiny Party- based off of Alice in Wonderland
6. Carnival Party
7. Polka Dot Party
8. Space Odyssey Party
9. Bouncy Party
10. Pixie Birthday Party
11. Baseball Birthday Party
12. Obstacle Course Party
13. Animal Themed Party
14. “Wacky” Party
15. Flower Power Party
16. Skateboard Party
17. Movie Star Party
18. Initial Party
19. Spa Themed Sleepover Party
20. Tee Off Party
21. Season Themed Party
22. Messy Party
23. Rock Climbing Party
24. Bandanna Party
25. Western Party

For full information on how to throw one of these wonderful parties, go to: http://www.marthastewart.com/275068/kids-birthday-party-ideas/@center/276964/60-days-summer#275068/266188

4th of July Marshmallow Pops!

Jun 17

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How to make these 4th of July marshmallow pops that your whole family will love!

You’ll need:
◾Marshmallows
◾Lollipop Sticks
◾White Almond Bark
◾Red & Blue Sprinkles (very festive!)
◾A box, flowerpot or other fun container
◾Styrofoam (to hold the sticks)
◾1-2 bags of Red Hots (for sprinkling over the styrofoam)
◾Ribbon or a Bandana (optional for decoration)
◾Free Printable Tags (just because they are cute)

Directions
1.Cover a cookie sheet with foil or wax paper.
2.Melt the almond bark in the microwave for a minute. Stir until it’s creamy.
3.Dip the lollipop stick into the melted almond bark and stick into a marshmallow.
4.Dip the marshmallow into the melted almond bark. Tap it a bit on the edge of the bowl until it’s all even.
5.Roll the marshmallow into a dish of sprinkles until covered.
6.To make the flag versions, don’t put the lollipop stick in first. Use a toothpick or two. After covering both ends with the different colors, push the stick into the marshmallow.
7.Stick into the styrofoam container, then cover with red hots.

Character Spotlight:

A day in the life of Flip the Happy Monkey!

Jun 12

Flip the Monkey

Flip the Monkey loves to spend his days swinging through the jungle, stopping only for a quick break to lay in his hammock and snack on his favorite food, tangerines. He also likes to go exploring in the jungle with his best friend Rumble the Elephant. The two are best friends and go on many exciting adventures together! Flip’s next visit of the day is with his good friend Wiggle the Hippo. Wiggle and Flip love to dance! They dance everywhere and anywhere. The Happy Pals love to spend their days together doing what they love!

Summer Safety Tips

Jun 12

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Okay, so we are all extremely excited now that summer break has begun! However, there are a few things that you must remember in order to keep your children- and yourself- safe this summer. From preventing sunburns to bee stings, this article from WebMD had all the right tips.

You might not know this but sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going out into the sun, and then reapplied every two hours (or more frequently if the kids are getting in and out of the water) Also, the sun is the hottest between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, so try to limit sun exposure during this time if possible. When shopping for sunscreens, look for water resistant, SPF 30 or higher; and don’t forget those sunglasses! Sunglasses should offer 99% UV protection in order to maximize your protection from the sun.

The next unfortunate thing that you have to protect your children and yourself from are mosquitos, bees and ticks. If you are spending time in tall grass or woody areas, make sure to use insect repellent with DEET (make sure it is no more than 30% DEET for children though) After activity outside and in the woods, check for ticks and remove as soon as possible if spotted. In order to prevent bee stings, wear light-colored clothing and stay away from perfumes and scented soaps, which attract bees. Also, do not leave food, drinks, and garbage uncovered outside. If stung by a bee, DO NOT remove the stinger directly with a pair of tweezers. Instead, scrape the stinger away in a side to side motion with your fingernail.

Heat illness is the next thing you have to watch out for in the summer, especially if your children are playing sports. To reduce the risk of heat illness, limited strenuous activities to early mornings and evenings. Also, drink water before, during, and after exposure to the sun or activity in the heat. Air conditioning is the #1 protective factor against heat illness, but if you do not have air conditioning, spend time in public places that do have it (libraries, for example)

Fourth of July is one of my favorite times in the summer! Picnics, barbeques, and fireworks make it a great time to spend with family and friends. Did you know that approximately 7,000 people were sent to the emergency room in 2008 due to accidents with fireworks? During all of the excitement on the 4th, make sure your kids are close to you and let the professionals handle the firework displays.

Other things to watch out for and do your best to avoid this summer include foodborne illness and poison ivy. No one wants to spend the beautiful summer days indoors due to one of these unfortunate accidents or illnesses.

For more information or to read the whole article, visit: http://children.webmd.com/primer-on-summer-safety?page=8

Inside Happy: All About the Interns!

Jun 10

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Ashley

1. Name: Ashley Anderson
2. Where do you go to school? The University of Mount Union. Alliance, Ohio
3. What are you studying? Why did you choose that major? I am studying Public Relations and Communications. I chose Public Relations because I am creative and love working with people.
4. Why did you want to intern at EH? I wanted to intern with Everything Happy because I LOVE the one to love, one to give mission. Also, Everything Happy partners with the Ronald McDonald House, a cause that is close to my heart.
5. What do you hope to gain from this experience? I hope to gain new skills and apply everything that I have learned in school to this internship.
6. What is your favorite character & why? My favorite character is Rumble the Elephant because elephants have always been one of my favorite animals! Also, Rumble is a detective and I think that is pretty neat.
7. What are your personal interests? I love scrapbooking, traveling, crafting, and reading. I just got a Nook as a gift and I have already downloaded several books.
8. Favorite movie? My favorite movie would have to be The Last Song. Nicholas Sparks is my favorite author and the movie is just as good as the book!
9. Favorite song? My favorite song is “Sure Be Cool if You Did” by Blake Shelton. I love all country music!
10. Favorite desert? My favorite desert is ice cream. Peanut Butter Caramel Cookie Dough to be specific :) I have been working at an ice cream shop for about 6 years, so I have many favorites!
11. What makes you happy? My family, my friends, and my faith make me happy. I don’t know where I would be today without the great support system that God has blessed me with.

Devon

1. Name: Devon Gardner
2. Where do you go to school? Kent State University
3. What are you studying? Why did you choose that major? I am studying Advertising and Marketing. I chose those areas to study because I love the creativeness behind advertisements and I love to be creative myself.
4. Why did you want to intern at EH? I love their mission and the way they help other people, especially children. It’s very admirable and extremely inspiring. The products and the characters are also completely adorable.
5. What do you hope to gain from this experience? I hope to gain a better understanding of how social media can help a company excel and become successful.
6. What is your favorite character & why? My favorite character is Flip the Happy Monkey. Monkeys have always been one of my favorite animals and Flip is just adorable.
7. What are your personal interests? I like to sing, play sports, be outside, and spend time with my family and friends. I also love to sit outside in the sun and read a good book.
8. Favorite movie? My favorite movie is “A League of Their Own”. Actually, I love all sports movies.
9. Favorite song? My current favorite song is “Over You” by Miranda Lambert but I love all country music!
10. Favorite desert? My favorite dessert is Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
11. What makes you happy? Just being with my friends and family is what makes me happy most. I’m happy being around the people I love.

Bekah

1. Name: Bekah Miller
2. Where do you go to school? Calvin College
3. What are you studying? Why did you choose that major? Art because I have a passion for photography.
4. Why did you want to intern at EH? Its a great company with a great cause and wonderful people involved.
5. What do you hope to gain from this experience? Photography, graphic design and communication skills.
6. What is your favorite character & why? Giggle, because I love little piglets!
7. What are your personal interests? I love being outside, working with kids, dancing my heart out and capturing life with my camera.
8. Favorite movie? Howl’s Moving Castle
9. Favorite song? At the Begining from Anastaisa the movie.
10. Favorite desert? Ice-cream cake
11. What makes you happy? Enjoying time with friends and laughing as much as we can.

67 Ideas for Fun and Learning This Summer

Jun 10

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This article was written to give parents fun and inexpensive ideas for what their kids can do this summer to avoid boredom! Also, these ideas are great ways to keep your kids off the computer and get their imaginations going. Some of these ideas encourage learning and others are just for fun. The great thing about these activities is that you can do them with your children, they are fun for everyone! You can find the full list of ideas by clicking this link: http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2013/05/67-ideas-for-fun-and-learning-this-summer/?_szp=443858-

Some of my favorite ideas were:

1. Make edible playdough- every child has to have the experience of edible playdough!
2. Have a “sponge relay”- this is simple, inexpensive, and a great way to cool off on a hot day!
3. Paint with apples- all you need is an apple, a knife, paint, and construction paper. The star in the center of the apple makes a cool print on the page that your kids will love!
4. Balloon Badminton- this activity will get your kids moving for hours of fun! All that is needed is 2 paper plates, a popsicle stick, tape and a balloon.
5. Making “elephant toothpaste”- this is a science experiment that will teach your kids about the reaction that takes place when yeast is mixed with hydrogen peroxide and soap. It is totally safe and will amaze your children!
6. Invent your own indoor kite- this one would be great for rainy days! For this activity, all that is needed is construction paper, crayons, markers, stickers, a straw, and tape
7. Bake the world’s best sugar cookies!- Yum, who doesn’t love making cookies with mom? The recipe link is in the article
8. Go on a scavenger hunt at the zoo- another great learning experience that will get your kids active!
9. Flashlight spot and tell- this one is for the little kiddies- a fun new way for them to learn the alphabet!
10. Candy Campfire- how cute! Create a campfire out of tootsie rolls and airheads