Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

While most of us love the taste of junk food, we still know how unhealthy it can be for our body. Wouldn’t it be great if healthy food tasted this good? Well, since we can’t change the nutritional value of junk food, the next best idea is to use substitute ingredients to make them healthy. Here are some healthy versions of your favorite junk food:

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids

Ingredients

For the Jellies:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime, lemon, or orange juice or bottled cherry juice
  • 1/2 t citric acid
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 4 (1/4 ounce) envelopes powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar

For the coating:

  • 1 T powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t citric acid

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Oreo Cookies

Oreo Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups/155g cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups/190g all-purpose/plain flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup/228g butter, softened
  • 1½ cups/300g granulated sugar
  • ½ cup/110g soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee, dissolved into ½ teaspoon warm water
  • 6oz/170g rolling fondant icing

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Cheese Crackers 

Cheese Crackers

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 stick room temperature butter
  • 2 tablespoons quark, sour cream, or half and half
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon hungarian hot paprika (optional)

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Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes, sliced thinly with a mandolin
  • oil for frying

For the seasoning:

  • ¼ c. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

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Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

For the peanut butter:

  • 16 oz. jar of dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 t coarse seal salt
  • 2 T honey

For the peanut butter cups:

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

How to Teach Your Kids Basic Table Manners

Teach Your Kids Basic Table MannersGood manners are skills that help your kid succeed in multiple areas of their life; in class, with friends, with future employers, etc. These good manners can start in your own home, and more specifically at the dinner table. If you teach your children how to behave properly at a young age, it’ll be sure to carry on with them throughout their lives. Here are some tips for teaching kids table manners:

Rules to Teach

 1.  Sit at the Table

Teaching your child to actually sit at the table, without getting up, squirming, or standing on their chair, is the first place to start. Between 15 and 30 minutes is a good starting point, but as they get older they’ll settle down a bit and be able to sit still for longer dinners.

2.  Chewing with Closed Mouth

Giving your child an example of how rude it can be to chew with food in your mouth is a good place to start. Eat some food and open your mouth wide to show them how gross it can look. Explain this is impolite and show them how to properly chew their food at the table.

3.  Using a Napkin

You can start by showing them how to properly place a napkin in their lap to avoid any stain if they drop food by accident – which is very likely with children! Make sure to explain that we use napkins to wipe our mouths or anything else that may become dirty during dinner. Tell them how it will keep their sleeves and shirt clean as well.

4.  Asking Nicely

Asking politely for more food and drink is another aspect of teaching good table manners to your children. Rather than “I want more chicken”, you should teach your kid to phrase it, “Can you please pass the chicken?” Since this is something the entire table will likely hear, guests will certainly be pleased to see such good manners in your child.

5.  Using Utensils Properly

If your child is old enough to use their own utensils, the next step is teaching how to properly hold and use them. First, teach the basics like how to properly hold a fork or spoon when attempting to eat their food. Then, they can graduate to cutting their own food if they’re allowed to use a knife. Since the proper cutting technique requires developed motor skills, you may need to wait until they’re a little older.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Is Your Baby Ready for Solid Foods?

Is Your Baby Ready for Solid FoodsAre you starting to feel like breast milk or formula and baby food isn’t enough for your little one anymore? Introducing solid foods is a fun time to be a parent. You get to live vicariously through your kids as they experience all sorts of new textures and flavors. I remember how fun it was when my son started solids. It’s something you’ll definitely want to get on camera!

Before you start serving chicken nuggets, though, you should make sure your baby is really ready. If you offer solids too soon, you irritate their undeveloped digestive system or cause an unpleasant experience that would make it try in the future. Here’s how you can tell your baby is ready for solid foods.

1. He can hold his head up

If your baby needs your support to hold his head up, then they probably are not ready to move to solid foods. Your baby needs to be able to maintain a steady, upright position to eat so they can effectively swallow without choking.

2. He sits well when supported

For the same reason as above, your baby should be able to sit up unsupported for several minutes. When you put him in the high chair or feeding chair, much of the work will be done for him, but he needs to have strong neck and core muscles to get the food down without incident.

3. He can chew

Your baby should be able to move food to the back of their mouth and swallow it. That’s a tall request for someone who has only consumed liquids or paste-like baby foods. Start with small solid foods, but just large enough so he has to gum/chew them down a bit.

4. He has gained weight

If your baby is around six months and weighs double what they weighed at birth, then they could be ready to start munching on solid foods. Most babies are able to eat semi-solid foods at six months unless they have not been able to gain a healthy amount of weight. If you feel like your baby has not been gaining weight properly, you should get them checked by your pediatrician.

5. He is interested

The most important thing you should look for is interest. After a while, your baby will become interested in what’s on mom and dad’s plate. He’ll understand that you’re putting it your mouth just like he does with his food. He might even reach out for your food to try. You want baby to want solid foods so he’s more likely to enjoy the experience.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Travel Must Haves for Moms-To-Be

traveling while pregnantAs if travel preparations weren’t difficult enough, doing it while you’re pregnant makes things even trickier. If you can get your doctor’s blessing and make smart preparations, there’s no reason to miss out on enjoying travel. If you’re planning on hitting the road, learning how to stay comfortable and educate yourself about which activities are safe, will also go a long way to make your trip less stressful and more enjoyable. Here are some packing essentials for your trip as a mom-to-be:

Comfortable Clothes

Expecting moms should know to wear whatever makes them feel good and is comfortable. Taking it a step further, it’s best to wear a dress or separates, such as a skirt or pants with a top, to accommodate frequent trips to the bathroom. Drawstring pants or those with elastic waists are also good choices for pregnant mothers. Another good tip is to layer your clothing to cope with sudden temperature changes; whether it’s the chilly environment of an air-conditioned airport or the stuffy, warm bus that is crowded with people.

Snacks and Drinks

Whether you’ll be on a long road trip or flying for a few hours on a plane, making sure to stay hydrated and prepared with snacks is going to be an important part of the trip. As you now know, you’re eating and drinking for two, and this will show in how quickly you get hungry or thirsty. Make sure to pack an ample amount of snacks and drinks so that you don’t find yourself uncomfortably hungry or thirsty while you’re stuck in an airplane seat. Also, you’ll be able to pack your favorite healthy options rather than relying on a random convenience store or whatever they are serving on the plane.

Important Paperwork

Some paperwork that could come in handy during your travels includes items like your insurance information, medical records, and emergency contact information. All of this paperwork may either be necessary to travel or just helpful and useful to have available when you’re far from home. Obtaining a doctor’s note that says it is safe for you to travel on an airplane may also be very helpful to have.

Sanitizer/Supplements

Maintaining your health and trying to avoid germs is crucial while you’re pregnant. An airport is one the most germ-ridden places you could be, so being sure to plan for this is important. Hand sanitizer will certainly come in handy as you make your rounds through airport security, bathrooms, and on the airplane. Prenatal vitamins and supplements are also great to have to provide your body with what it needs to be healthy while you’re carrying your little one.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

7 Ways to Deal with Picky Eaters

picky eatersPicky eaters… Every family has them. If you’ve got more than one child, chances are one of them is particular about the foods he or she eats. For whatever reason, some children just don’t want to be bothered with new tastes; they want to stick to the things they know and love. If you have a picky eater on your hands, it’s best to work to vary the child’s diet for their own health. Here are some ways you can deal with a picky eater.

1. Include your kids in cooking. Handling and cooking food can often “desensitize” your kids to trying new flavors. They become comfortable with the food and feel a sense of ownership over the meal they’ve created, which encourages them to try it. If your kids are old enough, you can do so far as to have them help you plan and shop for the food as well.

2. Mix healthy elements into their favorite foods. Use your kids’ favorite foods to transition to healthy ones. For example, if your son loves pancakes, add blueberries one time to see if he likes it. After a few attempts, you’ll have him eating blueberries on his own. You can also try carrot muffins, fruit in cereal, and smoothies with just about anything.

3. Keep the junk out of the house. It’s hard to combat all that junk food when it’s sitting right in front of you. Your best option is to keep it out of the house so no alternative is available. If your kids refuse to eat the delightful quiche you prepared, there isn’t a bag of cookies lying around for a late morning snack.

4. Repeat exposures. If you offer your child a new food and he doesn’t like it, don’t give up. Kids are naturally resistant to new flavors. Offer it a few more times (up to ten or fifteen!) on different days. Each time the flavor becomes more familiar and less offensive. You’ll be surprised what foods they eventually start to like.

5. Redefine dessert. By positioning dessert at the end of the meal, we tend to treat it like a reward. Plus, parents often give dessert or take it away depending on the child’s behavior, which makes kids want it even more. Redefine dessert as something healthy, like yogurt or fruit.

6.  Create routines and stick to them. Try to serve dinner and snacks at the same time every day. Stick to this schedule. If your child refuses to eat what you provide at this time, inform them that there’s nothing to eat until the next scheduled time. If kids know they only get food on the schedule, they’ll be more likely to eat what’s provided.

7. Offer treats in moderation. If you cut out all the fun foods entirely, your kids will crave it and binge when you aren’t available to monitor them. It’s alright to offer a cookie here and there, just keep it to a healthy level.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

9 Easy Recipes for a Grab-and-Go Breakfast

grab and go breakfastIn many houses, mornings are go-go-go time. Everyone has to get ready and get to work and school in just a few hours. As much as we would love to make an elaborate breakfast for our kids every day, it’s usually not in the cards. Here are some easy breakfast ideas to grab-and-go.

1. Waffle Sticks

Rather than pancakes, I prefer to make waffles for breakfast, especially when I’m in a rush. Since waffles are so sturdy, I’ll slice one into three or four strips and let my kids eat them with their hands. If we have a minute to sit down, I’ll let them dunk the waffle sticks into syrup, but if we’re on the move, I’ll sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar for flavor.

2. Breakfast Wrap

My kids love bacon and eggs, but when we’re in a rush there’s no time to sit down. I’ll stuff some scrambled eggs, a few broken slices of bacon, and a piece of cheese in a flour tortilla. This gives them a proper breakfast, but they can eat it in the car.

3. Smoothies

Smoothies are great because you can pack in just about any healthy food you like and hide the flavor with fruit. Kale and spinach are great for you, but good luck getting your kids to willingly eat those. If you blend them in a smoothie with a bit of Greek yogurt, berries and orange juice, the taste is completely hidden and you’ve got a vitamin-packed breakfast. Store in a few to-go cups and you’re off.

4. Bagel with Cream Cheese and…

I like to add little twists to traditional foods so they’re a tad more memorable. A bagel with cream cheese is pretty normal, but when you add a slice of tomato and cucumber, you get something special with a bit more taste. Also, more nutrients is always good.

5. Stuffed Muffins

Muffins are easy to hold and eat while you’re walking or driving. My favorite thing about them is that you can make a few trays worth and keep them in the fridge for the week. If your family likes them hot, 30 seconds in the microwave will do. Mix ingredients like spinach, mushrooms, cheese, onions, and zucchini.

6. Hard-Baked Eggs

Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of boiling eggs (I never get the timing right), you can easily bake eggs in their shells for thirty minutes at 325-350 degrees. Put them in muffin trays so they don’t wiggle around or fall on one another. Once finished, rinse them in cold water to cool them down. (The brown spots on the shell are normal and harmless).

7. Egg Muffins

This is basically an egg sandwich without the bread. Scramble some eggs and pour into a greased muffin pan. Add chopped ham, onions, cheese and any other vegetable you like. Bake until the eggs are cooked well and they should pop out like muffins. Voila! Egg sandwich without any mess.

8. Homemade Cereal Bars

By microwaving your favorite cereal with marsh mellows, you’ll create a sticky, pliable concoction. Let the marsh mellows harden a bit, then mold the cereal into a rectangular bar for easy eating. Make seven on Sunday for the week and keep them in the fridge.

9. Hand-held Hash Browns

Crispy hash browns are a favorite of kids, but usually you have to eat them with a fork and plate, unless you buy the frozen patties, which I’m not a fan of. Spray your waffle maker with cooking spray and lay your shredded potatoes in a waffle-like pattern. After cooking, they’ll stick together like a patty for easy hand-holding.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

5 Ways to Tell That Baby is Teething

baby teethingNo children are the same. All babies experience teething in different ways. Teething symptoms can range in variety and intensity; some last for a few days and never both your child, while others can last for months as whole groups of teeth come through. The symptoms can appear as much as a couple months before you ever see a tooth. Here are the signs that baby is teething.

1. Poor sleep pattern.

Often the gum pain is present, but distractions are enough to keep your baby’s mind off of it. When it’s time to go to sleep, however, there’s nothing to do but think about the pain, so your baby will struggle falling asleep. You’ll find yourself crib-side more often as you soothe him to sleep.

2. Gnawing on toys, you, and everything!

Pressure on the affected area is the quickest way for your baby to gain relief. When he presses on the part that hurts, his brain is overloading with pressure signals and can’t process the original pain. You’ll notice him gnawing at his toys, crib, and even your fingers. Offer a teething toy or a cold washrag for him to chew on.

3. Lots of drool!

You will notice your baby’s clothes are suddenly damp all the time. This is because his mouth is creating a build-up of saliva to lubricate the gums. To avoid chapped skin, you will want to gently wipe your baby’s face throughout the day. If it’s becoming a problem, attach a bib. Pooled saliva may cause a slight wet cough.

4. Fussiness and crying.

While some babies experience teething easily, others can suffer pain. You may find that your baby is crying more often and more easily than before. Things that would frustrate him but not bring him to tears are suddenly too much for him. If the pain seems unbearable, speak with your doctor about what kind (if any) pain relief you can offer.

5. Refusal to eat.

The sucking motion can worsen the pain your baby is experiencing. To avoid the pain, he may refuse to eat, or eat/nurse briefly before turning away. Keep offering the food. Usually this problem doesn’t persist and your baby will eat. If he has refused to eat for two full days, speak with your doctor.

A simple teething toy (ideally one made of silicone) is usually enough to give your baby some relief. Some can even be stored in the fridge and utilize the numbing properties of cold.

pacifier holderGuest Blog by Julie Tabor Thompson, Founder & President of Bounce Innovations, Inventor of PullyPalz

As a mother of two, Julie found she was continuously retrieving dropped pacifiers, because even though they spit them out, they still want them immediately! She called it “the pacifier game,” and, at times, it was difficult to play. One day, she thought, ‘I wish somebody would invent a …’ A what? What could make it so babies can keep up with their pacifiers? Clips help parents keep up with pacifiers, but they don’t help the baby. Babies don’t understand when it’s behind their shoulder or around their side. As they say, out of sight, out of mind. She started by making the first prototype in her kitchen (which included melting molding plastic, an instruction manual for her sewing machine, and YouTube videos). Several designs later, the PullyPalz were born… The first ever pacifier toy that – with the help of baby’s interaction – keeps pacis coming back!

Her goal is to offer unique products that make life and parenthood just a little easier, and ultimately more enjoyable. Compatible products (teethers and toys) will be coming to market soon. Julie also offers product development and consultation services for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit www.pullypalz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

7 Labor Day Family Activities

labor day activitiesLabor Day is approaching. It’s the last summer holiday before the kids go back to school (if they haven’t already) and the last chance for celebration until Halloween. This makes it a perfect day to spend some quality time with your family before everyone’s lives pick up the pace again. Don’t sit around the house this Labor Day. Try out some of these activities.

1. Attend a parade.

Many towns throughout the country host an annual Labor Day parade to celebrate the holiday. These parades are usually filled with fire trucks, police cars, marching bands, and floats from local charities, organizations and clubs. Young kids get a kick out of the spectacle. Pick a good seat earlier in the day so your kids can catch the candy that’s often thrown off the floats!

2. Teach some history.

Use this day as an opportunity to teach your kids about the meaning and history of Labor Day, which celebrates the contributions and labors of all the people who have worked to build this great country. We’ve been celebrating it since 1984 with parades, fireworks, fairs, and other family-friendly events. It’s a day where we appreciate each other’s hard work and take a rest.

3. Spend the day at the park.

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, when communities stop planning local events, pools close and school starts up again. If you don’t have a parade going on, your local town center probably has some sort of event planned. This could be a fair, free concert or meet-up. Enjoy this last opportunity to get outside and interact with your neighbors before the weather changes.

4. Host a barbecue.

If nothing is going on in your community, set something up yourself. All you need is a backyard and a grill to have fun. Set up a potluck event. Tell your friends to invite anyone along they like, as long as they bring a contribution to the party, like a dish, drinks, ice, chips, burgers, etc. If you don’t care who shows up, inviting people is easy.

5. Volunteer.

Many non-profits schedule fundraising and volunteer opportunities around times people have off work, like Labor Day. These types of workers also often don’t have the typical days off like most people, so they can always use the help.

6. Attend a food festival.

I promise you some cultural group is having a food festival somewhere near you on Labor Day. Whether it’s the Irish festival, the Italian festival, the Portuguese festival or the Chinese festival (well, I’ve never seen that one, but it could happen!), you’re bound to find a good food experience somewhere.

7. Watch a sporting event.

If your family follows a particular sports team, you probably know that games played on that day usually come with some sort of bonus. They might offer half-off tickets, a free prize when you show up, or a special ceremony or concert during the game. Make a day of it with your family and cheer for the home team!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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