Friday, September 8, 2017

September Happenings


The kiddos are back to school, the evenings are getting cooler,  the apple orchards are all opening up for the season, the tree in front of our house is already starting to change color, PUMPKIN SPICE, Hobby Lobby is putting out their Christmas stuff, AND...

It's time for a new session of Happy Babies classes!!

The Fall session will be 12 weeks beginning on Monday September 11th.

This session we will be offering Happy Babies, Happy Tots, Happy 3's, and NEW Preschool PEAS classes at our Rochelle location 507 4th Ave. Happy Families classes will be offered once per month, dates will be announced soon. 

Introducing a brand NEW Happy Babies class for our 4 & 5 year old preschool friends.. Preschool PEAS! {Play. Explore. Active. Sensory} This class is all about hands-on learning and FUN with an emphasis on learning through play, exploring the world around us, being active and learning through movement, and providing sensory activities that enhance learning and development. Every 45 minute class will consist of a storytime, movement/large motor activity, art/fine motor activity, sensory exploration, and fun with friends! This class will be offered on Tuesdays 1:00p-1:45p beginning September 11th.

For more class descriptions, visit our ABOUT page.

September is BIRTHDAY MONTH at Happy Babies! I can hardly believe that it has been 3 whole years since my very first Happy Babies class at Carlson Ice Arena! I want to thank all of the families who have supported Happy Babies by bringing your children to classes and letting me see them grow up! Some of you have been around since that very first session of classes! Please join me in celebrating three fabulous years of early learning with our Happy Babies Birthday Bash event on Saturday September 16th from 2-5p. We will have fun FREE activities and CAKE! I hope to see you there!

If you're on Facebook you can RSVP to the event HERE or just come on out!

Wine on Lincoln is happening in downtown Rochelle on September 23rd.. Sounds like a perfect time for another Mom's Night Out at Happy Babies Boutique!

Join us at Mom's Night Out for great deals on Momma items at the boutique, and shop our special guests for the night, LuLaRoe Jessica McCormick and Burlap & Lace Handmade Luxuries! FREE goody bag for the first 25 attendees! On facebook? Join the facebook event page for sneak peeks at what you might see! Perhaps some brand new Happy Babies Handmade items debuting at the event! 

 As always, thank you so much for supporting this small family business. My family and I appreciate each and every one of you who attend classes or shop at the boutique. When you support a small business you are blessing a family and your community! Please like and share our pages on facebook, leave us a review, even if you don't have little ones to bring to a class, sharing our program with a friend helps to ensure that Happy Babies Classes & Boutique will continue to thrive as a small local business and keep serving families in and around Rochelle!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Happy Babies Summer Wrap-up

It is so hard to believe that it is Back to School time once again! I feel like I just wrote about summer and now here I am, writing a summer wrap-up. What a whirlwind this past summer has been!

We have had a lot of fun this summer at Happy Babies! 

We also started up a monthly Breastfeeding Support Group! Join us the first Thursday of each month from 10:00a- 11:00a to get tips and advice from IBCLC Jill Aspinwall and be encouraged and supported by other breastfeeding moms. 

Happy Babies hosted our first annual Global Big Latch-on event! It was held during World Breastfeeding Week to help break the record of the most babies breastfeeding simultaneously all over the world in order to encourage, support, and normalize breastfeeding. 

We had a small but mighty group of 2 mothers and 3 breastfeeding children take part in our first ever latch-on. Every latch counts towards the bigger picture and helps to advocate for breastfeeding! The total numbers for the Global Big Latch-on for 2017 are: 725 different locations over 23 countries for 17,790 children breastfeeding! Wow! How amazing to be a part of that huge number! We look forward to hosting another latch-on here at Happy Babies next year!

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer with your families! I know I sure have!

The Fall Session of Happy Babies classes begins September 11th. The class schedule is set and registration is open now! Head over to the Register for Classes tab for more information.
We look forward to see you back in class!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Registration for Summer 2017 is OPEN!

Here we are in SUMMER already! My family and I are taking a little break to enjoy some time together, but I am planning for summer fun at Happy Babies! There will be some special events and workshops coming up, but first I wanted to share about the summer mini-session of classes! 

All classes will be held in Rochelle. 
Registration is OPEN now! Click HERE to sign up online, or stop in to register in person! 

Special preschool mini camps, Family classes, and workshops will be announced soon so stay tuned!

Be sure to like the Happy Babies facebook page to stay in the loop!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Happy Babies Update

The past six months have just been a whirlwind of fun and learning at Happy Babies! I just realized that it has been forever since I posted on the blog and updated the website! 

We had such a great Winter/Spring Session and the first six months at our own Rochelle location have just been so wonderful. We have met so many new Rochelle area families in class and at several special workshops we hosted. Having our own location continues to be a blessing for our family and we hope to continue to be a great resource for families in Rochelle! 

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the Winter/Spring 2017 session of classes! 

Exploring colors with a mess-free painting/sensory activity in Happy Babies class.

The Happy Tots enjoyed this activity as well!

Our new Happy 3's class was so much fun. Each week we had an art/fine motor activity that went along with the theme we were exploring.

Thank you to all of our Happy Families who signed your kids up for circle time classes, came to family classes, attended a workshop, shopped the boutique, and/or came to any of our other special events we held. We appreciate each and every one of you! I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach your children and see them learn and grow! 

Our summer mini session begins in just 1 month! 
Stay tuned for the schedule and registration details!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Go Bananas! Monkey around with Happy Babies

Last week was MONKEY WEEK at Happy Babies!

We had so much silly fun exploring songs, stories, and rhymes all about monkeys! The Happy Tots and 3's especially loved to jump around like monkeys jumping on the bed.

We learned the signs for "monkey" and "banana"

Our Happy 3's class had a blast being silly monkeys and working on their fine motor skills creating a Monkey Paper Bag Puppet! We used the printable monkey face found here from! Make one yourself at home!

Visit the Happy Babies Monkey themed pinterest board for more fun ideas to do at home!

Book List

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Winter Events at Happy Babies Classes & Boutique

Our shiny new location in Rochelle, IL means we can have a bit more fun and offer more things for you and your family! I have a whole list of ideas for this coming year. It will be full of classes & workshops, shopping events/sales, and of course Happy Families classes in addition to our awesome early learning classes for children 3 years old and under {Have you registered for our regular classes yet?}

Here is a look at our upcoming special events for January and February!

Essential Oils for Healthy Families Workshop
Saturday January 21st 10:00- 11:30am

Come learn how essential oils can keep your family healthy through the cold/flu season! This is an intro to essential oils class that includes supplies and instruction to make an oil roller that you can bring home with you. Curious about essential oils and how to safely use them with children? You will want to come to this workshop!

Cost is $10/family {1 roller per family}

To register, message Happy Babies on facebook, stop by our Rochelle location, or email Your payment is due when you come to class!

Are you on Facebook? RSVP & Share the Facebook Event

*The Happy Babies playroom will be open for your young children to play at no cost for those attending the workshop

Happy Families Class {February}
Saturday February 11th 10:00a- 10:45a

Happy Families Class is for families with children age 5 and under and is designed for the whole family to come have fun together (big siblings are welcome to come as helpers). We will be having fun as a family through music and movement, large motor activities, and an art project! Cost is $6 for each child age 5 and under, or $15 per family.

Please register online HERE

Mom's Night Out Shopping Event
Saturday February 18th 6:00- 8:00p

You need a night OUT Momma! Come out to Happy Babies Boutique and have fun shopping and socializing with a little pampering! Indulge in a sweet treat or two ;) We will be having a LuLaRoe pop-up boutique, and all Momma items in the Happy Babies Boutique are 20% for the night!

Wills Chiropractic will have a massage therapist with us for the night offering FREE 10 minute chair massages! We will also be hosting a raffle to benefit HOPE of Ogle County {domestic violence shelter in Rochelle} with several fabulous items from local businesses to give away!

Mark your calendar and plan to attend these great events!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thank You for a Very HAPPY 2016

What an exciting 2016 we had at Happy Babies! 

We've explored so many fun topics! We discovered colors and shapes, had a BLAST with Things that GO and many many different animals (we even slid around on our tummies like penguins!). We had a Teddy Bear Picnic and we even donated a bunch of cat food to a local animal shelter! 
We added TWO new classes, Happy 3's and Happy Families. We started holding classes at the new Luna Studio in January, and moved into our very own location in Rochelle in December! 

I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of my Happy Families for bringing your little ones to class each week, making it possible for me to do what I love! It has been my privelege to work with you and your children. I have loved every minute of watching them learn and grow! Thank you all for making 2016 amazing! 

I can hardly wait for 2017 classes to begin next week. I know it will be our best year yet! I have so many fun new things planned! I hope you will join us again for class, or for the first time if you haven't yet! Be sure to follow our facebook page for class offerings, fun family events, and other Happy Babies happenings!

Here's a look back at some of the fun we had at class this past year...

 Happy Babies at the Week of the Young Child Family Fun Fair

Discovering COLD

Sliding like Penguins!

Brand new location in Rochelle!

Join us for 2017!