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Make Meal Time Matter and Craft Time Count

From Chris and Lindy Bartell:: The Smarty Parents story began over a bowl of deliciously sticky oatmeal that our son Josiah, who was two years old at the time, was spreading into every nook and cranny of our wood dining room table. After experimenting with available placemats and having little success, we two rather energetic parents saw an opportunity. Thus, the Kiddy Platter™ Placemat & Craftmat was born.

With the arrival of our very crafty second son, Michael, we quickly realized the practicality of the Kiddy Platter went beyond meal time.  Drawing, finger-painting and "doughing" on the Kiddy Platter became as much a part of our daily routine as eating on it.  As our eldest son entered a Mandarin immersion program and Kindergarten included actual homework, the Kiddy Platter became the go-to surface in the car during our commute. Our invention was further validated when a high-end competitor introduced a similar, more expensive alternative.

In the winter of 2011, we had the pleasure of meeting the inventors of Yummy Dough, Andrea and Stefan Kaczmarek, and our mutual stories as parent-inventors simply clicked. Their inspiration was their two daughters, Sarah and Luisa.  Ours was our two sons.  They invented Yummy Dough while experimenting in their kitchen in beautiful Idstein, Germany.  Ours was invented while experimenting in our Portland, Oregon dining room. And of course, our inventions perfectly compliment one another.

Our goal is to help parents make meal time matter and craft time count with great products that kids love.  We believe that once your children have tried Yummy Dough, or used a Kiddy Platter, you'll enjoy using them as much as we love bringing them to you.

Check out their products:

Yummy Dough Creative Cookie Dough $30 - Yummy Dough is a just-add-water sugar cookie dough that acts like regular modeling dough! It is safe and fun to eat raw or baked.  Perfect for play-dates, parties or just for playing around!  Kids will stay busy and have a blast with this parent-invented, kid-inspired baking activity.

Kiddy Platter Children's Placemat & Craftmat $34 - The Kiddy Platter children's placemat & craftmat contains the mess, protects the table, and can be personalized/updated with art, flash cards and more underneath.  It is dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, phthalate-free, and PVC-free.

Myself Belts:: The Belt Kids Can Fasten Themselves

Two sisters, Talia Bahr Goldfarb, a mom and social worker, and Danielle Bahr Eason, a mom and retail industry veteran, joined forces to invent Myself BeltsTM, the belt kids can fasten themselves.

Myself Belts is a mom-invented, award-winning line of children’s belts and toddler belts. The easy belts for kids are fashionable and functional, with a design that not only keeps pants up, but teaches and encourages your child’s independence. The kids belts are perfect for potty training toddlers, preschoolers and teens alike. Myselfbelts.com has easy toddler belts for kids and fashionable styles to choose from, including toddler belts, boys beltsgirls belts, and belts for teens. Explore our website to choose from our many different colors and designs of our easy to use, stylish kids belts for all ages!

Myself Belts are the perfect potty training aid!

When a child begins to potty train, often pants don’t fit quite right without the bulk of the diaper.  A solution to “droopy drawers” is needed, but we all want to reinforce our children’s new-found independence.  Myself Belts are the perfect solution!  Young children can keep their kids pants up and fasten and unfasten their Myself Belt easily and with only one hand.

It’s simple, Myself Belts make the school day easier for your child.  With it’s easy to use belt closure, last minute “accidents” are avoided and children can independently use the bathroom. A favorite for teachers and parents, Myself Belts help you and your child have peace of mind during the school day! They also offer belts that are great for school uniforms and that can be monogrammed for your child!

For the holidays, Myself Belts is offering a buy two get free shipping promotion! You can learn more on their website, or visit them on Facebook!



The Possibilities are Endless with SassaB

SassaB Linkable Charms are packaged with two linkable charms, a SassaB hair tie with link and a bobby pin with link for the suggested retail price of $8.99.

SassaB Styles are endless! Wear them in your hair, as custom necklace, bracelet or anklet,on backpack, book or sports bag, lunchbox, shoelaces, doggy or kitty collar. It's up to you! Create your Own Style!

Perfect for trading, collecting, birthday presents, gifts for the holidays, stocking stuffers, and fundraisers!

SassaB's patent pending, custom molded link is what sets them apart from other charms on the market. Thier design makes them easily interchangeable and versatile enough to be used in many different ways. By the way, they're not just for girls! …Or even, dare I say, kids… The possibilities are endless!

  • In your hair

  • As custom necklace, bracelet or anklet

  • On backpack, book or sports bag

  • On lunch box

  • On shoelaces

  • On doggy or kitty collar

SassaB Linkable Charms have become the "must-have" accessories for fashionable tweens and teens who want to "Create Their Own Style!" 


Get Out & Play with Playtime Vacations

At Playtime Vacations, we mean it when we say we want you to Get Out and Play! There are so many things going on between work, kids, family events, extra activities…you just never seem to have time to play. Here at Playtime Vacations, we want to help you do just that. A vacation isn’t something that you can just throw together. Our agents are ready to work with you to get the perfect getaway!

So you might be asking yourself:
 Why book your trip with Playtime Vacations? You are already planning on spending enough on your upcoming vacation, why would we want to add to that? It doesn’t matter if you have a 2 person booking or a 50 person group, there will never be a service fee coming from Playtime Vacations.

When you book a vacation with Playtime Vacations between October 15, 2013 and January 4, 2014, you will receive a gift card that you can use as spending money during your vacation!  The cards will be distributed based on the vacation total. 
1500-2000 = $25 Gift Card
2001-3000 = $50 Gift Card
3001-5000 = $75 Gift Card
5001+         =$100 Gift Card

This offer is good for any guest who puts the code: HGG2013 in their quote. request.

*Offer valid on new bookings only.  If booking is canceled, gift card offer is void. If guest cancels after final documents have been mailed out, gift card must be returned with full balance. Valid for guests traveling December 1-March 5, 2014.


Look & Feel Beautiful with Apriori Beauty

Apriori Beauty is a company created for women, by women with a mission to help as many people as possible look and feel beautiful with the purest, most-natural and most- innovative products and opportunity.

When you look beautiful, you feel good. When you feel beautiful, you look good. And, when you can share this beauty with others, you can feel good inside and out.

Candace Dye is a Founder and Executive Director with the company from California. She’s dedicated to spreading the word about the fantastic products and growing her team.

Apriori Beauty offers a systemic approach to beauty with products targeting internal + external anti-aging at the cellular level. Two product lines, Lifeoxylin® and Celloxylin® work together to create and sustain a NutrientReservoir™ to prolong cell life and defy aging. Lifeoxylin® is the life-oxygen link for protection and prevention on an internal cellular level via the Cellular Defense Elixir. Celloxylin® is the cell-oxygen link for protection and prevention on an external skin surface level via a comprehensive line of skin, treatment and body products. The production of oxidants, together with the ability of cells to respond to oxidative stress is intricately connected to aging and lifespan and is a focus of the Cellular Age Advantage™ system of products.

Apriori Beauty also offers an in-home skin treatment that compliments and intensifies the benefits of this age-defying system. Aging never looked so beautiful!

And, they offer fabulous monthly specials! Through November, save 20% on Celloxylin® Crème Cleanse and Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub, together in this special set with savings all month! Or visit Facebook the first Friday of each month to see that month’s Friday Favorite special!