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2017-03-27

SALT LAKE CITY, UT— (March 20, 2017) — Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores across the U.S. are gathering clothing donations for their 5th Charity Fill-A-Bag Event to build primary schools in underprivileged communities.

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate recycle clothing and accessories by paying cash for gently-used items, and sell them at prices that are up to 80% off original retail value.  

Each store screens incoming inventory for quality and style to ensure a good product mix.  Periodically, stores may receive clothing that does not fit their buying criteria. This may be due to the style not aligning with the current season or ample stock in a particular category. In these cases, store owners facilitate the donation of clothing to various local charities and philanthropic organizations throughout the year.

Once a year, the Charity Fill-A-Bag Event pools the best of this donated clothing for a one-day sale. For $10 or $15, shoppers at Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate can fill a large shopping bag with as much donated clothing as they can fit. All proceeds from the event go to BuildOn, an international nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing countries.

With the money raised by successful Charity Fill-A-Bag Events over the last three years, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate have built seven total schools in underprivileged communities in Mali, Nicaragua, Senegal, Haiti, Malawi and Burkina Faso. Store owners and customers look forward to the 2017’s Fill-A-Bag event and have opened a survey so that customers can decide where the next school will be built. The Charity Fill-A-Bag Event will take place at the end of April. Shoppers are encouraged to come early for the best selection as Fill-A-Bag merchandise sells very quickly.

 

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About Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate are national franchises that buy and sell gently used children’s goods and adult clothing in an upscale environment. With over 160 locations throughout the U.S., each Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate are registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

K2K Mississauga - Canada - Brent Feilders

Admitting that “A year later, we’re just way better,” Brent Feilders, owner of the Mississauga Canada Kid to Kid store, proudly accepted the December 2016 Store of the Month award for the Kid to Kid franchise.  His store was selected from over 100 Kid to Kid Franchise locations in the US, Portugal, and Canada in large part because of the huge increases that the store has experienced.  They celebrated their first anniversary in August, and continue to see tremendous increases in both buying and selling as more and more shoppers are discovering the value of resale at Kid to Kid.

Feilders shopped for resale bargains for his own children before bringing the Kid to Kid franchise to Canada.  As a Dad, shopper, and businessman, he saw a huge opportunity.  “I liked the value, but not the experience of shopping other local children’s resale stores.  They are crowded, cluttered, and hard to shop,” commented Feilders.  “I wanted to create a completely different resale shopping experience – and found it at Kid to Kid.”  The Mississauga Kid to Kid store is beautiful and spacious — with wide aisles, and organized racks and shelves filled with carefully screened, quality products.  The prices are fabulous — up to 70% off retail – saving families hundreds, or even thousands of dollars over buying new.  It even has a play area where kids can hang out and play while Mom and Dad shop.

Kid to Kid serves the community in many ways.  ““We buy and sell pretty much everything that kids wear, use, and play with – as long as it’s clean, current, and safe,” explains Feilders.  “Like Uber and Air BnB, we promote a sharing community – allowing families to pass on the things they aren’t using to another child who needs it – and get paid in the process.”  Kid to Kid pays families to recycle their quality clothes, toys, and baby gear.  This in turn benefits the environment, as well as putting money back into the pockets of people within the community.  They also donate hundreds of pounds of product that doesn’t meet their buying criteria each week to local charities.

Thank you to everyone who entered our First Day of School Instagram Contest! There were so many fantastic pictures. You still have a chances to win, our Halloween contest is live, check out the details here
$100 GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Congratulations to @malkomes1 and her daughter, Gabi!
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 Now to our additional favorites–get ready for some adorable honorable mentions.
Oh no! Turn that frown upside down: @roy_malejandra
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This future astronaut’s pics are out of this world: @lynn.m.wilson81
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Savannah is hungry to learn: @ernietiff2005
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We are diggin’ this kid’s look and hairdo: @robynwestbrook
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Nothing is as contagious as this sweet smile: @charm.bella.boss
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This cut out is such a cute idea, love the picture: @ajedamski
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 Kid to Kid stores across the nation have unleashed their costume collections! Whether you’re looking for a D.I.Y costume and need a few accessories, or going all out on an original character, Kid to Kid has so many costumes to choose from!

BOY’S COSTUME: D.I.Y. IDEAS

GIRL’S COSTUME: D.I.Y. IDEAS

BABY COSTUME IDEAS

KID COSTUME IDEAS

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The photo with the most Likes gets the Grand Prize!

Additional Winners: $25 Gift Cards
We’ll be rewarding our favorites. Be creative, fun, clever, sweet, etc, to win!

Enter by November 2nd, 2016

Upload a photo of your child in costume on Instagram and use the tags #kidtokidcostume and #kidtokid and/or post your child’s photo in the comments of our pinned Costume Contest Facebook Post to win.

Grab your cute kiddos, your camera, and get ready for Kid to Kid’s Costume Contest 2016! We’ll be picking a $250 winner and a $100 winner from Facebook and Instagram. We’ll also be awarding $25 Kid to Kid gift cards to cute, clever, awesome, and spectacular costume photos! Get your costume at Kid to Kid this year and sell last year’s costume for cash or 20% more in store credit!

Facebook Contest:

1. Like the Kid to Kid national Facebook page and post a picture of your child’s costume in the comments section of our 2016 Costume Contest Facebook post. Click here to post.

2. Tell everyone you know to Like your photo in the comments! Friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers, neighbors—you name it!

3. Receive the most Likes by  Nov. 3rd, 12:00 am MST on your image and win our Grand Prize!

Facebook Grand Prize: $250 Gift Card to Kid to Kid

Instagram Contest:

1. Follow @kidtokid. Post your child’s costume photo on your Instagram and use the hashtags #KidtoKid and #KidtoKidCostumeContest to identify your image. You must post by Nov. 3rd, 12:00 am MST.

2.  On Monday November 7th, we will pick our top finalists and post our favorite images on our Kid to Kid Instagram account @kidtokid 

3. The finalist who has the most likes on their post on the Kid to Kid Instagram by Tuesday, Nov. 8th at 5:00 pm MST  wins the Grand Prize.

Instagram Grand Prize: $100 Gift Card to Kid to Kid

FACEBOOK GRAND PRIZE WINNER: $250 Gift Card, Carrigan Herrera: Cinderella

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Contest ends on November 3rd

INSTAGRAM GRAND PRIZE WINNER: $100 Gift Card, Cailey: Tossed Salad

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Contest ends on November 8th

Additional Winners: $25 Gift Cards
We’ll be rewarding our favorites. Be creative, fun, clever, sweet, etc!

 

Week One Winner: Grease’s Danny and Sandy

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Week Two Winner: S’mores Family

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Week Three Winner: Little Tiger

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Runner Ups

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RULES and TERMS:

  • This Promotion is in no way sponsored or administered by Instagram. You are providing your information to Kid to Kid and not to Instagram.
  •  Photo must be an original photo.
  •  Participants must be located in the United States and at least 18 years of age (or legal majority in your state) to participate and submit a photo in this promotion.
  • Prizes left unclaimed for 30 days will be returned to company. Prizes can be given as a gift.
  • Kid to Kid will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion and reserves the right to modify and change promotion without notice.
  •  As a participant in the promotion you will be required to privately (through direct message, email, or other secure, private means) provide your name, address, age and other personal information necessary to receive the prize, if you are selected as a prize recipient.
  • Each winner of a prize in a Promotion is solely responsible for any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes on any prize), regardless of whether the prize, in whole or in part, is used.
  • By participating in the Promotion, you agree to (i) be bound by the Official Instagram Giveaway Rules, including all entry requirements provided at the time the Promotion is announced and/or promoted, and (ii) waive any and all claims against Kid to Kid and its respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliates for any injury, damage or loss of any kind that may occur, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Promotion.
  • Each contest Participant understands to, consents to, and forfeits the right of their contest images to Kid to Kid. 
  • Each winning Participant, by acceptance of prize, grants to Kid to Kid and each of its respective designees the right to publicize his/her name, address (city and state of residence), photograph provided in connection with the Promotion, voice, statements and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, promotional and/or trade and/or any other purpose (“Winner Information”) in any media or format now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without further compensation, consideration, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law. The releases hereunder are intended to apply to all claims not known or suspected to exist with the intent of waiving the effect of laws requiring the intent to release future unknown claims.
  • Participates must claim the prize within 30 days from their nearest Kid to Kid Store.
  • Entries suspicious of fraud, paid likes, like for like, and fake accounts will be disqualified.
  • Participants may not take actions that are negligent, injurious or reckless in pursuit of any prize offered in connection with a Promotion. Participants who do not follow this rule or who otherwise participate in a Promotion in an unsportsmanlike manner will be disqualified from the Promotion. Participants are solely responsible for any injuries or other damages that are caused from their behavior. Participants agree to indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless the Released Parties (defined below) from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages or injuries of any kind with respect thereto.

‘Tis the season of giving. Here are a ten services activities that the whole family can do together.

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  1. Adopt a family for the holiday through a local business or faith. Shop for them together as a family.
  2. Fill a bag or purse with hygiene supplies, gloves, socks, and snacks; give it to a homeless man or woman.
  3. Send holiday thank you cards to your local police officers, firemen, and librarians.
  4. Shovel snow and rake leaves for your neighbors.
  5. Babysit for a family friend so that the mom and dad can go on a date.
  6. Decorate and write holiday cards for senior citizens
  7. Put on a talent show for the local nursing home (schedule in advance).
  8. Bake and leave treats for your mail carrier.
  9. Collect extra textbooks and donate to students in need in places like Sierra Lione and other African nations.
  10. Host a hot chocolate stand and donate the proceeds to charity.

 

Remember 9/11

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9/11 Memorial Museum

It’s been 14 years since the traumatic terrorist attack on America in 2001. In the aftermath, Americans united in love, faith, and patriotism as a nation. While the sadness and loss heals with time, we hope that the strength and unity remain. Here are a few kids’ craft ideas that can be used to both remember and educate the meaning of this day.

Patriotic Paper Chain

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 Teach that a chain can symbolize strength and connection. (source)

Patriotic Popsicle Flag

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Celebrate the American flag and discuss what it means. (source)

Patriotic Paper Streamer

Patriotic paper streamer

Hang a paper streamer as a memorial to those who lost their lives. (source)

‘We Remember’ Coloring Page

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Use a coloring page to talk about what happened. Simple but still effective. (source)

For more tips on how to talk to your children about 9/11, go here.

Hand-picked Apple Recipes

It’s September and that means it’s apple season! Apples are packed with fiber, anti-oxidants and Vitamin C, not to mention, they are delicious! Take advantage of this time of year by trying out some of our hand-picked apple recipe favorites.

 

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites

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These bites use  dates and maple syrup as sweeteners, giving you a more healthy, sweet-satisfying and fiber-packed alternative.

Ingredients: apples, dates, roasted almonds, oats, maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice, water

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Apple Pie Chips

Apple Chips

These Apple Pie Chips are incredibly easy to make—no dehydrator needed.

Ingredients: apples, stevia or sweetener, cinnamon

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Apple Pie Pancakes

Apple Pie Pancakes

What better way to greet your family-members in the morning than with some apple pie pancakes? This recipe requires more ingredients but we think it’s worth it. Go to the recipe to see how to prepare the suggested Vanilla Maple Syrup.

Ingredients: apples, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, salt, milk, eggs, unsalted butter, vanilla extract

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Homemade Apple Cider

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If you love fall-time spices and sweet aromas filling your home, then this recipe is  a must! While this recipe requires time to brew, actual prep-time is minimal.

Ingredients: apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, whole cloves, whole allspice, water, brown sugar or desired sweetener

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Cream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake

Cream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake

 

Looking for some extreme comfort food? Search no more. Whether it’s alongside a cup of coffee or post-dinner treat, this cream cheese cake is the ultimate apple dessert.

Ingredients: apples, butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cream cheese

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 Three Tiers of Positivity for the Home

The idea of “home” taps into one of our most primal needs. It is the launch pad from which we begin the day and the sanctuary where we end it. It is our charging station, our basecamp, and our safe haven. For children, it is the beginning of life. Early development—from physical, to emotional, to psychological, begins in the sacred setting called home. A happy home will permeate all other aspects of life; here are some ways to go about forming a positive home environment.

 

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  1. Physical Environment. If you are familiar with feng shui, you already know that there is a “science” to the way your surroundings affect you. Different spaces create different energies. Arrange and design your home consciously. First, make sure that your home is physically safe, especially for your children (how to child-proof your home here). Secondly, evaluate the effect your home space is having. Ask yourself: How does it make me feel? Is it inviting? Is it uplifting? Can I relax? If you are like most people, there is a possibility that you have too many things. Clutter—extra stuff that takes up space—has been proven to restrict the ability to focus and process information (source). As painful as decluttering may sound, if you want a space that will help you focus and relax, decluttering  is an effective way to do that. Other mood-enhancing tactics that will add a positive effect to your home: natural light, colors, art, and plants. Once you’ve achieved a home environment that is physically pleasing, you can more easily address the other aspects of a positive home.

 

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  1. Routine, Habits and Expectation. The more challenging task of positivity involves not physical space but physical actions. Once you have your space ordered, think about creating a schedule to go on in your home. The key to accomplishing daily goals? Routine. Routine taps into the habitual part of the brain. When you do something new, your brain creates a “groove” or “track.” With each new effort, those grooves deepen, and the task gets easier because your brain has to build less. In the process of deepening these brain grooves, you are creating something called habits. Habits are automatic actions that actually involve a different part of the brain and don’t require intense concentration. (Think about how hard driving was the first time as opposed to now.) They can be used to your great advantage; if applied often enough inside a routine, habits remove will-power struggles. For parents, that means less battles over eating dinner, brushing teeth, and going to bed on time. Doing these unappealing tasks will be more automatic than not for their kids. Another reason why routine works is because it creates expectation. Two kinds: bodily expectation and mental expectation.  The human body loves routine. It learns when to expect meals and when to expect sleep.  As for mental expectation, setting up a routine schedule breaks down opposition because it creates a sense of fairness and predictability. The child won’t receive a jolt when its 8 pm and bedtime because that is his normal routine and he expects it (and his body will be ready for it). Expectation and routine create smooth order and stability—creating good habits ensure that we do the things to take care of ourselves, which in turn promotes well-being and eliminates contention.  (For more on how habits function in the brain, go here.)

 

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  1. Social Interaction. Now that we’ve addressed physical environment and routine, social environment is the capstone to positivity in the home. Just as the physical environment gives off energies, so does the tone of your social interactions. As a parent, you have the power to set this tone, and you can do this by setting positive communication standards. Teach family members to be aware of other’s feelings, be giving, be honest, let others speak, and communicate their feelings. Seek to create a social environment that is accepting, loving and forgiving. You want members to be respectful of others, and also feel respected. Children in the home should feel valued and able to express themselves. Allowing everyone in the family to contribute to house rules can also be useful. Hold a brainstorming session where you discuss the benefits of having a positive home. Decide together what rules could make those benefits a reality. This kind of communication may be difficult to make happen, but just the act of approaching the family government in a democratic way will help its members feel more appreciated and willing to work together. (Go here for more positive family communication tips.) Solidify positive social interaction by doing family activities together. Happy, family bonding doesn’t happen on its own. It requires committed quality time.  You can engender positive social interactions by doing direct, love-building activities, like this Wall of Love for example, or you can simply make happy memories together by doing fun things as a family while practicing positive communication skills.

Lastly, understand that change takes time. As you work towards transforming your home into a happier place, recognize and celebrate even the smallest of improvements. Stay positive!

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