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Warm up those cold little fingers with a toasty hot beverage. These recipes are good for winter time, but can be enjoyed during all temperatures!

Hot Vanilla Milk

This is is an excellent, healthier alternative to hot chocolate. The recipe is simple: heat milk over low heat in a saucepan, add a teaspoon of agave sweetener or sugar, and sprinkle with nutmeg, pumpkin and or cinnamon spice. Go to this source for more details.

Cinnamon Vanilla Milk. YUMMY!

 

 

“Better Than Starbucks” Caramel Apple Cider

Apple Cider is a classic that can’t be missed! Who can turn down a creamy, caramelly mug of apple deliciousness? This recipe recommends 100% pure pressed apple juice to achieve ultimate flavor. Full recipe here.

"Better Than Starbucks" Cider

 

 

Coconut Hot Chocolate: Dairy free alternative

If  you’re searching for something lactose-free, this recipe does not rely on milk as the main ingredient and provides a specifically dairy fee version. Source.

Coconut Milk Hot Chocolate

 

 

 Butterscotch Butterbeer

For the magically-minded, we’ve included this creative recipe inspired by J.K. Rowling’s butterbeer, a favorite beverage of Harry Potter and many other wizards. Best described, this (non-alcoholic) yummy drink is meant to taste like warm, fizzy, liquid butterscotch. Try it out!

butterbeer

 

 

Strawberry Sweethearts Cocoa

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be on the lookout for heart-felt treats. This recipe includes strawberry ice cream and is rumored to taste like chocolate-covered strawberries. Source.

Strawberry Hot Chocolate

 

 

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

We saved the perhaps heartiest yummy drink for last. This one is for all of the peanut butter lovers out there (kids and adults alike). Stir milk chocolate bars and peanut butter into hot milk, then top with whipped cream and chocolate sauce. More details here.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

 

Kid to Kid Chattanooga, TN

Kid to Kid Chattanooga, TN

CHATTANOOGA, TN—Jan. 19, 2015—Local residents and mother and son team, Lyn and Justin Shepherd, are excited to announce the grand opening of their first Kid to Kid store, on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. The grand opening will feature a visit from Olaf, Anna and Elsa from Disney’s hit movie Frozen along with many giveaways for shoppers. The first 200 customers will receive a free reusable bag.

Located at 7047 Lee Highway in Chattanooga, the Kid to Kid franchise buys and sells new and gently used children’s apparel, toys, books, baby gear and maternity clothing.

For several weeks, the store has been open to the public to purchase customers’ gently used items. After the grand opening, customers will be able to shop for new and like-new children’s apparel and gear up to 70 percent less than retail prices. The Kid to Kid store will continue to pay for second hand items by offering customers cash or up to 20 percent more in store credit.

“Our hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays and on Sundays, closed Saturdays,” Lyn explained. “We pride ourselves in knowing that we make it easy for families to bring their items to us, no appointment is necessary and we welcome anyone to sell anytime our store is open.”

In addition to carrying hundreds of recycled items, the Kid to Kid store will also offer many new products including toys, shoes, hair bows and apparel.

Lyn became interested in the resale concept after her first grandchild was born. “While shopping my daughter, we visited several children’s clothing stores and that’s went I discovered Kid to Kid and instantly fell in love with the resale concept and how it gives back to the community,” said Lyn. “Coming out of retirement, I wanted to open a family business that I could pass down to my children. I’m now very excited to be opening my first Kid to Kid store!”

For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid – Chattanooga on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store. For Kid to Kid franchise information, visit the Franchise Opportunity page.

About Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid is an international franchise that buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear in an upscale environment. With over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Portugal, each Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information about Kid to Kid, call 801-359-0071 or visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

 

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Night lights are an easy way to alleviate kids’ fears of the dark, and whatever may reside within it. We collected a few of our favorite ideas for cute DIY nightlights that not only keep things bright and cheery, but add to the decor of the room. Most only require a string of white lights, which you can usually buy for around $3.

This one is not only easy, but it’s cheap too! Grab an aluminum can, a string of lights, a drill, and a can of spray and you’re DIY Firefly Lamp is good to go! Source

DIY nightlights

This gorgeous lit garland would be great in a little girl’s room. All it takes are dixie cups, a string of lights, and some colored paper. Source

Cup garland

This one is for those of you who are feeling a little more crafty, and who have a little more time (but really, who has that). We think it’s pretty anyway! Source

Canvas

This one looks fun to try with kids. Take an old wine bottle, drill a hole (carefully) and then let your kids help glue the glass beads on the sides. Source

Wine bottle

It’s the new year! Clean out and organize those closets for a fresh start. Don’t forget to sell that outgrown kids’ stuff to your local Kid to Kid for cash on the spot or 20% more in store credit.

Bins are your friends!
We love this bin organization. It’s perfect for small kids’ clothes.

Get the shoes off the floor.
Drawers, pockets, shelves, anything to get the shoes up off the floor!

Add more rods and a curtain.
Kids’ clothes are shorter so take advantage of vertical space.

Create a closet and shelf combo.
Don’t have a closet? Install this shelf combo with a curtain, so cute!

Upcycle a bookcase into a wardrobe.
Create your own wardrobe with a tall bookshelf or set of drawers.

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Kid to Kid in Gilbert, AZ

GILBERT, AZ—Dec. 31, 2014—The Kid to Kid franchise proudly awarded its Kid to Kid Store of the Month for November to Erica Gentile for outstanding performance and growth of her Kid to Kid store in Gilbert, AZ.

The Gilbert Kid to Kid store was selected to earn the Store of the Month award because of an impressive 56% increase over the prior year. “November was the best month so far this year for the 100 plus stores in the Kid to Kid franchise system, with an average store increase of 15%.  Gilbert’s increase was almost 4 times that average,” commented Kid to Kid franchise founder, Shauna Sloan.

After receiving her MBA from Arizona State University, Erica opened the Kid to Kid store in Gilbert in partnership with her brother, Brian Etheridge. Both Erica and Brian had always wanted to be business owners and were just waiting for the right opportunity. “After doing my research, I decided Kid to Kid was a great choice because despite the bad economy, parents would always need clothing and supplies for their kids,” said Erica. “I also think that during the last recession, resale shopping became something to be proud of as opposed to having a negative stigma.”

Shortly after having her first child, Erica opened a second Kid to Kid store in Chandler. As a busy mother and owner of two Kid to Kid stores, Erica has proven that raising a family while running a business successfully is possible within a franchise system. “Erica is an excellent manager, juggling two stores and a growing family,” explained Amy Lofgreen, Franchise Support Representative at Kid to Kid.

The franchise currently has 16 multi-store owners that either own multiple Kid to Kid stores, or a combination of Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate (sister resale franchise for teens and young adults) stores. That number is growing rapidly, as owners take advantage of the synergy of multi-store ownership.  “It is really helpful to be able to split the cost of marketing between my two stores, which makes it possible to tell more people about the benefits of buying and selling at Kid to Kid,” explained Erica.

Erica credits her success to a hard working staff that goes the extra mile to assist customers and create a fun shopping experience. “We’ve made it our top priority to help customers as soon as they walk in the door and to help find what they are looking for before they reach the check-out counter,” Erica continued. “As a team, we’ve grown and become more productive and I think that helped us in achieving Store of the Month.”

To learn more about Kid to Kid in Gilbert, visit their website or find them on Facebook for recent photos and updates. For more information about owning a Kid to Kid store, click here.

“When you own a Kid to Kid you don’t wear many hats, you wear every hat – but it’s worth it because you are creating value in your community by creating job opportunities and helping families recycle and save,” commented Erica. “Going with an established franchise, to me, is the way to go. Even though you pay a small percentage of your sales to the franchise, the support you get from the other owners and the franchise itself makes it worth it.”

About Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid is an international franchise that buys and sells gently used children’s goods and maternity wear in an upscale environment.  With over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and Portugal, each Kid to Kid store provides a convenient place where families are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. Kid to Kid is a registered trademark of BaseCamp Franchising located in Salt Lake City, UT.  For more information about Kid to Kid and BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

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_DSC8462SALT LAKE CITY, UT—December 22, 2014—Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, resale stores and trademark brands of BaseCamp Franchising, have both been ranked in Entrepreneur’s Top 500 Franchises for 2015. This marks the fourteenth year for Kid to Kid and third year for Uptown Cheapskate to be listed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of America’s top franchise opportunities.

The Entrepreneur’s Top 500 Franchise announcement caps a year growth for both Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid, which now has 106 locations throughout the U.S. and Portugal. Kid to Kid has been a top child related franchise for over 20 years, and has thrived even in recessionary periods. Uptown Cheapskate hasn’t been around as long, but has demonstrated terrific potential for the teen and young adult resale market with 43 stores in 18 states. BaseCamp plans to add an additional 30 to 40 stores in 2015._DSC7309

“We are proud of our ranking in the list of top franchises for 2015,” said Scott Sloan, co-founder of Uptown Cheapskate. “This award is given to franchise companies who have the ability to guide franchisees from many different backgrounds to success using a proven system. That’s always been our focus, and the reason our franchisees are seeing tremendous growth.”

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate both offer an upscale shopping experience in stores that buy and sell current, stylish, gently used items. Kid to Kid carries children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books, and baby gear. Uptown Cheapskate picks up where Kid to Kid leaves off, buying and selling new and like-new name brand clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags for the teen and young adult market.

“We are so excited to see both our resale brands grow and expand into new markets,” said Shauna Sloan, founder of Kid to Kid. “From Kid to Kid’s humble beginnings in 1992, we now have over 100 stores throughout the U.S. and Portugal. We recently signed a master license agreement for Kid to Kid in Canada, and plan to expand into Spain in 2015. In November, we celebrated the grand opening of Uptown Cheapskate’s 43rd location and have 8 more scheduled to open soon. This is phenomenal growth from when the first Uptown Cheapskate store opened only five years ago – both in number of stores, and sales within the stores.”

For franchise information about Kid to Kid or Uptown Cheapskate, contact BaseCamp Franchising by calling 801-359-0071 ext. 101 or visit basecampfranchising.com.

About BaseCamp Franchising

For over 20 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the resale franchise industry. Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, both registered trademarks of BaseCamp Franchising, buy and sell gently-used yet fashionable clothes, shoes, gear and accessories. With 43 Uptown Cheapskate stores and 106 Kid to Kid franchise stores throughout the U.S. and in Portugal, Basecamp Franchising provides convenient locations where customers are financially and emotionally rewarded as they recycle their best items. BaseCamp Franchising is located in Salt Lake City, UT. For more information about BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.basecampfranchising.com.

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Happy Holidays from all of us at Kid to Kid! Get cozy this upcoming week and make some of these yummy treats for when you spend time with your family. What’s your favorite holiday treat? Tell us in the comments!

Funfetti Popcorn
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Krispie Trees!
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Pretzel Hugs
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Gingerbread Smoothie
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Don’t forget the Veggies!
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Recall Summary

Name of product  Animated toy
Hazard   The battery compartment can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, posing a burn hazard.
Remedy: View Details  Refund
Consumer Contact

Giggles International at (800) 738-6018 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online atwww.LoveMyGiggles.com and click on Recall at the top of the page for more information.

 

 

Recall Details

Units

About 13,000

Description

This recall involves Giggles International Animated Sing-Along Monkey toys. The monkey is made of brown and beige plush material and is about 9 inches tall. The toy is designed to hold a song book titled “5 Little Monkeys” and to sing the song when activated. A red music note is on the bottom of the monkey’s right foot and the face of a child with its hands covering its eyes are on the bottom of the money’s left foot. Recalled sing-along monkeys were manufactured between 6/7/2014 and 7/5/2014 and have batch code GP1410028.  The manufacture date in the M/D/YYYY format and batch code are printed on the bottom of a white fabric label attached near the base of the monkey’s tail. The monkey toys came in a tan colored box with words “Animated Sing-Along Monkey,” “Sing along with me!” and “I play peek-a-boo with you!” on the front. The age advisory “For ages 3+” and the warning that batteries are included are also on the front of the box.

Incidents/Injuries

Giggles International has received two reports of toys overheating and melting their battery compartments.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately take the animated monkey away from children, remove the batteries and return the toy to any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store or contact Giggles International for a full refund.

Sold exclusively at

Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores nationwide from September 2014 to October 2014 for about $25.

Manufacturer(s)

Giggles International Ltd., of Hong Kong

Manufactured in

China

IMG_8223GILBERT, AZ—The Kid to Kid franchise proudly awards the Kid to Kid Store of the Month for November to owner Erica Gentile of the Gilbert Kid to Kid store. The Store of the Month award is given to a franchise store that has shown outstanding performance and customer satisfaction.

The Gilbert Kid to Kid was selected from more than 100 stores because of an impressive 56 percent increase in sales over last year, as well as a significant increase in the amount of product bought from customers.

Erica, owner of both the Gilbert and Chandler Kid to Kid locations, credits much of the increase of sales to having a great selection of merchandise available. “We have really focused on keeping our racks organized and full of high-quality merchandise so our customers have a variety of items to choose from,” said Erica. “By offering more choices, our shoppers have a much better experience.”

Erica thanks her hard working staff for going the extra mile to assist customers and creating a fun shopping experience. “We’ve made it our top priority to help customers as soon as they walk in the door to help find what they are looking for BEFORE they reach the check-out counter,” Erica continued. “As a team, we’ve grown and become more productive – and as you see, it’s made a huge difference.”

To learn more about Kid to Kid, visit their website or find them on Facebook for recent photos and updates.

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