Keep Mealtime Neat And Fun With Ezpz Happy Mats

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Ok folks! Let’s get right to the point: the ezpz Happy Mat is a true winner in every way! As a reviewer, obviously I look for new products to investigate – and I sometimes find them in interesting ways. One of them is through television, and I don’t mean commercial advertisements. I have to admit that I’m a Shark Tank junkie and I love to promote products that have been on the show, such as the Squatty Potty – another total winner (not to mention their great “Unicorn Pooping” commercial).

ezpz Shark Tank Appearance

So, it was through Shark Tank I was introduced to when the program showcased the original ezpz Happy Mat, a child’s placemat that sticks to the surface of the table so a child can’t go hurling food and dish off as the meal progresses.

Lindsey Laurain, the founder of ezpz, shared on the show that the company netted $1.2 million in gross sales and $140, 00 in profit in their first year. Although two “sharks” offered her deals structured around her basic goals but not the one she requested, in the end she decided not to accept because in the end the fit just wasn’t quite right for her needs. The next year her sales climbed to $2 million and the company continues to grow in sales and add new products through today.

Watch ezpz on Shark Tank!

The Happy Mat, ezpz’s signature product, works through suction to keep its silicon placemat attached to the tabletop. It is made of 100 percent food-grade silicon, as are all the companies’ mats. All the placemat and dish combination products: the Happy Mat, Happy Bowl, Mini Mat, Flower Place Mat, Mini Bowl – and most recently the Care Bear Collection; are microwave, dishwasher, and oven safe (up to 350°).

They are BPA, BPS, PVC, phthalate, and latex free as well as hypo-allergenic. The products do not  harbor bacteria. They promote self-feeding and the development of fine motor skills.

Not only do they make mealtime easier for everyone, a genius idea all by itself, but they are colorful and fun! They have also become my go-to gift for baby showers and birthday gifts for all my friend’s babies, grandbabies, and toddlers.

ezpz Happy Mat Prices

The original ezpz Happy Mat retails online for $24.99 (less for the Mini Bowls, and just a few dollars for the Micro Mats) and is available in seven colors: coral, lime, gray, blue, blush, sage , and pewter. It is an all-in-one plate and placemat that captures all the dining mess of your infant/toddler and keeps it confined to one space. It suctions directly to the table, making it nearly impossible for tiny hands to lift up and tip over. Measuring 15 inches by ten inches by one inch, it fits most standard high chairs. Three to four mats can be stacked and carried with food in them. They are easy to store because of their flat bottoms and are built to last. They don’t corrode, fade, or deteriorate.

The portion sizes (in the “eyes” and “smiles” of the dish) are suited to toddlers at four ounces in the eyes and 10 ounces in the smile. These compartments encourage parents to serve a fruit, veggie, and protein plus carbohydrate for a balanced meal. Its smiley face design also encourages kids to be in a positive mealtime mood, promoting self-feeding. Reaching for fruit and veggie pieces also develops fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.

The ezpz Happy Bowl

The Happy Bowl is the next evolution of the Happy Mat. It also suctions directly to the table, making it difficult to tip over and spill its contents. At its one and one half inch height, the bowl is perfect for a variety of foods, including soup, cereal, oatmeal, and pasta. This products is designed for infants/toddles from six months+ and retails at $19.99 It holds an eight ounce portion of food.

You can microwave food directly in the bowl to warm it. Made of the same material as the Happy Mat, it has all the same product qualities as well and is offered in the same colors. Its base size is slightly larger than the Happy Mat at 15 inches by ten inches.

The ezpz Mini Mat

The Mini Mat is another all- in-one- placemat. Like the larger ones, it suctions to the table and is ezpz’s solution for travelers. At ten and three quarter inches by seven and three quarter inches by one inch, the Mini Mat fits most high chair trays including “space saver” models. It caters to infants with two ounce portion sizes for the eyes and four once potions in the smile. It is perfect for traveling and dinners out because it is lightweight and compact.

Easy to carry, it comes packaged in a reusable bag that you can stow away in your diaper bag. It retails for $19.99. I think this would be especially helpful to have for a child who is used to the Happy Mat at home, so there is mealtime continuity in a strange place to help the child eat well.

In addition to these three mat/dish combinations, ezpz offers five specialty items for sale as well. One is the “bapron” – a bib/apron hybrid. They also have a combo Happy Bowl + Logan & Lenora Wet Bag. It seems like they come out with fun and new ideas pretty often from what I’ve been seeing.

Making Mealtime Ezpz Book

Another specialty item is their cookbook, “Making Mealtime Ezpz: Fun Ways to Fill the Happy Mat” is full of tips on healthy foods, dealing with picky eaters, and much more. It contains lots of recipes and fun food art to make that are ezpz for parents. It retails for $19.99. A good companion gift to pair with the cookbook is their Silly Billyz Bib, which retails for $8.99. This bandana bib is made from premium 100 percent cotton jersey that is machine washable and tumble-dry safe. It features a three position snap closure neck to assure a comfortable fit. It is great for not only mealtimes but all day drooling.

Flower Play Mat

The fourth specialty item is the Flower Play Mat. This mat is a fun change of pace since it can be used for more than just serving food. With the “flower” off to the side, it is designed to be used for art and fun too! Available in lemon and mint and retailing for less than $28, the Flower Play Mat is perfect for painting, bead working, necklace making, Lego sorting, and anything your imagination can devise.

The petal cup divisions of the flower are sized for the pincer grip of a child, which assists with the development of fine motor skills. The container’s higher lip captures beads, water and the other materials you place in them. The mat’s size (16.5 by 12.25 by one and one quarter inch) can hold a standard (eight and one half by 11 inch) sheet of paper.

The Micro Mat

The Micro Mat is the other specialty offering. Priced at $3.99 and made in blue or pink, this tiny mat (only three inches by two inches) is smaller than a crayon. And it’s the right size to serve your little one’s Legos and dolls. It is also just the right size for introducing a morsel of a new food. You can have it placed beside the regular Happy Mat during a meal!

ezpz Amazon Reviews

ezpz currently earns 4.5 stars out of well over 1500+ reviews on Amazon. 71% of these are 5 star ratings, with 12% at 4 stars. See the product page I’m referring to at Amazon HERE (basic ezpz Happy Mat). Their website,, offers many recipes posted from their customers with pictures and stories to enjoy. They also have their Mealtime Made ezpz Blog with great posts such as: “The Happy Mat and Child Development”, “How to Introduce Blueberries to Your Toddlers”, and “Language Activities on the Happy Mat”.

If you have infants and toddlers in your life or know someone who does, I highly recommend ezpz’s products! And I think this would be an awesome baby shower (or other gift-giving occasion) gift too!

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Inspiring Creativity With Kiwi Crate

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Not every parent has the knack for creativity. Ideas look good in books or Pinterest, but try putting them to into practice and the process becomes too confusing. The desired result resembles an explosion at a glue factory. That’s why Kiwi Crate is such a great product. You know your kids better than anyone and what they might be interested in; the projects that would engage them. Sandra at Kiwi Crate looks after everything else.

What is Kiwi Crate?

A trend has begun in the USA whereby consumers can do-it-themselves while skipping step one: buying the materials they need. This goes for subscriptions like the Meal Time Box but also a lot of small craft and household projects one can purchase at DIY, craft, and hardware stores. The makers of a “box” put together everything you need: paper and glue; ingredients for soup; nuts, bolts, hinges, and wood to make a jewelry box. Consumers still do all the work without having to figure out where they buy all the stuff they need. That first step is often daunting enough to put paid to any inspired crafting, gift-building, or meal making.


First of all, it is tempting when you are confused or short on time to skip a step which turns out to be crucial. Another temptation is swapping the ideal ingredients or material for whatever you have lying around. The result isn’t quite what you expected and that is a discouraging waste of time and money.

Kiwi Crate is a great idea because it is fast, convenient, and you don’t have to go shopping at all. Order a single box, monthly shipments, or even pick one out as a gift any time of day or night over the internet. These make practical gift-giving ideas for friends with children or can be sent directly to children who love to build and create. The crates grow with a child too; they become more complex and rewarding as children’s expectations also become sophisticated. Parents could even argue that the contents complement school work, especially fine arts and sciences.


There aren’t a lot of negatives in a product like this one. It can be cost effective if you stick with the brand, but expensive if you don’t. Also, Kiwi Crate is only worthwhile if you plan to follow through. Finally, the craft has been structured so this might seem creatively limiting, but anyone who thinks this way would buy her own materials and build the project independently anyway. For a newbie to the craft scene, this product has a lot going for it and is bound to continue growing. As it grows, so will the opportunities.

Kiwi Approach

At Kiwi Crate, several people are involved in creating boxes and they aren’t necessarily professionals with degrees in engineering or teaching. Parents take part in curating the boxes and youngsters try them out. Consumers who would potentially use these DIY items have the final say about what will or will not work. With this sensible approach, Kiwi Crate has grown from a mother’s kitchen table to an online store.

Types of Boxes

The Kiwi Crate concept is divided by age starting with the smallest kids and moving up to teens. The four brands are Koala, Kiwi, Doodle, and Tinker Crates, each of which represents a particular type of exercise and age. Koalas are preschoolers learning through play which is the best way to become students without really knowing it. Kiwis enjoy learning that doesn’t have to go anywhere in particular; their crafts are more about getting their hands dirty and experimenting with materials, although each box comes with a precise project which does possess practical purpose. At the Doodle level, you see tweens exploring art and developing their skills in this area. Crates come with progressive materials to build on a student’s knowledge and abilities. The fourth crate is designed for the oldest group, teens who want to create stuff they can use; items that move or light up or both. These bring science and mechanics to life. Crates arrive with materials, instructions, and a magazine for further craft-related reading.

Kiwi Costs

A crate starts at $24.98 for one shipment. This is the way to go if you just want a kick-start into the world of crafting. After seeing how it is done, you can take the reins from here and build your own box of crafting or engineering goodies. If you are challenged in this regard, but appreciate the value of projects like the ones you see at Kiwi Crate, sign up for a monthly subscription. This will give you and your little ones something to look forward to. The cost per box is reduced when you subscribe for multiple months of fun.

Obviously, buying or finding these goods and tools you need without relying on a service of this kind is cheaper. That’s fine if you know what to look for or ideas pop out at you all the time because that’s the way your creative mind works. If not, there are ways to save. One way is to sign up for a newsletter which will be delivered electronically. This works like a coupon so that customers receive a discount on their first order. Also, shipping is free, so there is another fee you don’t have to factor into the cost.

Has someone given you a gift card? Use this to get to know the company. At the same time, your friend could get a discount for referring you to this e-Commerce shop. Finally, affiliates with a strong creative bent who know how to sell the joy of crafting and building with kids will have the opportunity to promote the brand and make some money. Affiliates need a website, so if you like the Kiwi Crate concept and already run a crafting blog, name this company in your next article and provide a link after you have signed up to earn commission with Kiwi Crate.


This is an ingenious idea from a mom with two children. She took the “work from home” model and turned it into something unique. Her motif is a flightless kiwi bird, but she gave it wings to fly.