As much as parents might try to deny it, on some level our kids have us pretty well wrapped around their finger, don't they? No matter if you're on the softie end of the spectrum and give in to most requests or you find yourself playing the bad cop roll more often than not, it's still pretty safe to say that deep down we would do anything and everything for our children.
For me, it seems like no matter how hard I try, there's something about my girls' smiles. From the time that they were infants, I just couldn't keep myself from acting silly or making goofy faces if it had the possibility of resulting in a big grin. Now that they're older, that hasn't stopped me from wanting to do everything in my power to make them happy.
So, when I'm introduced to a company that has the ability to not only bring a smile to my own kids' faces but to children around the world that are in need of cheering up as well, then it's nearly impossible to not be blown away. From their 7-year-old creator to their amazing mission to their adorable products, I just love everything possible about Everything Happy!
In 2008, 7-year-old David Holdridge had the idea to combine the two things that make kids the happiest – blankies and stuffed animals – to create something that would make the world smile. Soon afterward, Happy Blankie came to be and David knew his idea was a great one because whenever anyone felt (or saw) a Happy Blankie they couldn't help but break into a huge smile.
Then his mom, Emily, had a second great idea – give a blankie away to a child in need for every blankie they sold and let kids choose where they wanted it to go. Thus, "One to Love, One to Give" became the core philosophy of Happy Blankie. So now David and his family and friends are making people happy TWO blankies at a time as their products are distributed to children in hospitals and orphanages all over the world.
Are you reaching for a tissue yet? I am. A 7-year-old with a life mission to bring happiness to every sick and hurting child around the world? A family that supports that and helps bring it to fruition? A brand that is intrinsically based on the value of giving? And the overabundance of cuteness found in their Blankies, as well as their Pals and Threads?
I'm just overwhelmed with how impressed I am at all of it coming together into Everything Happy.
And when I mentioned the cuteness of their products, I really wasn't exaggerating. Their classic Happy Blankie comes in three different sizes and eight adorable characters (as well as three other styles) and when the medium size of Chase the Happy Dog arrived, he had me smiling before he was even unfolded.
Made of the most luxurious plush minky fabric and the silkiest charmeuse satin, this 100% polyester blankie is one of the softest things I've ever felt. As I opened Chase up to his full 42" x 38" size, I knew that this was truly the ultimate blankie gift for any child.
Embroidered with a huge cheek-to-cheek smile and a plush embossed ribbon nose, there's just no way to not be happy when you're enjoying Chase's cute face and extra softness.
The entire front of this blankie is lavishly comfortable with its minky center and satin trim...
...and the back is a flowing, smooth expanse of charmeuse satin that is only interrupted with Chase's extremely cute tag.
Both Little Sister B and Big Sister E have been thrilled to enjoy this blankie since it arrived and can often be found hanging out laying on top or snuggling underneath it...
...and I can't really blame them, as I have a hard time not wrapping myself in its softness as well!
Whether you are looking for a small, lovie-size blankie for a baby, a medium, individual-size blanket for a toddler, or a large, family-size blankie for the whole family, the Happy Blankies from Everything Happy can't be beat. Who can resist these faces?
I also love that they've completed their collection with the addition of the Happy Pals and Happy Threads, as these ultra soft plush animals and sweet little onesies, rompers and tees extend the Everything Happy brand in just the right away.
There are even complete gift sets pre-made and ready to go that include a blankie, pal and thread so that your next baby shower gift is fully taken care of – your gift can even be personalized and gift wrapped. Plus, don't forget that your recipient would get to feel great choosing a child to make happy as well. After all, with Everything Happy, giving is cool.
With blankies starting at $20, pals at $8, and threads at $16, this is one company that is not to be missed. Birthdays, holidays, new babies... put one of these washable, high quality items in your child's Easter basket! After all, is there a better gift that you can give a child than a smile combined with the knowledge that it is better to give than to receive?
Thanks to the generosity of Ashton Slaybaugh, Everything Happy Independent Consultant, one person will be able to experience the opulent softness that these great products provide, because...
One lucky person will win their choice* of Happy Blankie (size small) and Happy Pal from Ashton Slaybaugh, Everything Happy Independent Consultant!
*based on availability
To enter to win: Visit Everything Happy and leave a comment on this post telling me the name of the character that you love the most.
Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).
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10 Extra Entries if you make a purchase from Everything Happy during the duration of this giveaway (this will be confirmed with the company).
Giveaway will end on April 11th at 11:59pm CST. By entering this sweepstakes, you are agreeing to these official rules. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and must be 18 years of age or older.
A big thank you to Ashton Slaybaugh, Everything Happy Independent Consultant, for providing a medium Happy Blankie for me to review as well as a small Happy Blankie and a Happy Pal for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.