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Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and spending quality time with family; it’s the perfect time to continue or begin family traditions.

Here are some great family activities to try out this holiday.

1. Macy’s Day Parade

This year will be the 89th Annual Macy’s Day Parade. Watching the parade is a long-time Thanksgiving Day tradition for many American families. For details on the parade this year, click here.

2. Turkey Trot Run

As these types of runs grow increasingly popular, check to see if your town is hosting a Turkey Trot Run. Turkey Trots are usually open to the whole family, and as proceeds often go to charities it’s a great way to give back on a day of gratitude. Not to mention, it’s a great way to get some exercise before the big feast!

3. Touch Football

With a chaotic Thanksgiving morning, it may be a good idea to send some of the family outside (away from the kitchen) for some athletic bonding. Football is traditionally the sport of the day, but if you have little ones, try some Touch Football to keep it kid-friendly.

4. Thanksgiving Table Crafts

Another way to keep the kids occupied is to have them build Thanksgiving decorations for the table. The kids will have fun making their personal contribution and this could be a great time to sneak in a lesson on how to set the table while they’re at it. Here are some awesome craft ideas here.

5. Discuss Family History

With all of the relatives around, what better time to discuss family genealogy? You may want to bring out some photo albums to help refresh old memories or build a family tree with the little ones. If you want to keep it simple, ask each family member to tell their favorite family story. The warm memories are sure to bring many smiles!

THE WOODLANDS, TX—November 16, 2015—Local business owner Donna Gylling and her staff at The Woodlands Kid to Kid store were honored with the Kid to Kid Store of the Month award for October. Through this award, the Kid to Kid franchise recognizes one of its 115 locations across the United States, Canada, and Portugal for outstanding achievement.

Donna began her store in February 2005 when her two girls were ages 4 and 8. She says she’d always been a big resale shopper, and that she received lots of compliments on the outfits she found for her girls. “People were always surprised when they found out that my kids wore resale clothes,” Donna recalls. “After I opened a Kid to Kid store, my friends would often say, ‘Oh, this is what resale looks like?’”

Kid to Kid of The Woodlands buys an average of 2,200 gently used children’s items per week from the community, paying its customers for their clothes, baby equipment, toys, books, shoes, and maternity wear. The store then sells these items at up to 70% off of their original retail prices. By helping parents and grandparents recycle their kids’ outgrown stuff, Kid to Kid of The Woodlands provides value to those who sell and to those who shop for their growing kids. In addition, this reduces the amount of waste in the community.

Over the last decade, Donna raised her family as she built a successful store. “My work never gets boring,” Donna reflects. “It really surprises me that even after ten and a half years, every day is something new.” Owning a store is hard work, she says, but it gives her the flexibility to actively participate in her daughters’ lives. She is grateful for a fantastic staff that shares her vision for providing excellent customer service. “The staff here truly wants to provide the best for our customers. We work to offer our community an experience that can’t be found anywhere else, and our staff does a fantastic job.” Remarkably, the first employee Donna hired at Kid to Kid is still faithfully working in her store. Donna and her team are thrilled to be awarded the Kid to Kid Store of the Month.

To learn more about Kid to Kid of The Woodlands, visit or find them on Facebook.


Kid to Kid Bossier City

BOSSIER CITY, LA—November 18, 2015—Local residents, Shannon and David Linton are excited to announce the grand opening of their Kid to Kid children’s resale store on Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m. With more than 8,000 sq. ft. of sales space, their store will be the world’s largest Kid to Kid location. The grand opening will feature a special visit from a minion character, the “Grill of the Dead” food truck, a drawing for an Altitude Trampoline Park birthday party package, and the first chance for customers to shop the store.

Located at 2001 Airline Dr. in Bossier City, 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 for customers to sell their gently used items for cash. After the grand opening, customers will be able to shop for new and like-new children’s clothes, shoes, toys, baby equipment and maternity apparel 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.

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.

Although this is the first Kid to Kid store for the Lintons, they are not new to the resale concept. In 2013, they opened Uptown Cheapskate, the sister store of Kid to Kid that buys and sells teen and young adult fashion. Within one year, their store was ranked in the top five for store sales in the franchise system. “Uptown Cheapskate is the coolest store in town,” said Shannon, “Everybody loves shopping there, so we’re so excited to expand this same resale concept into the children’s market.” Shannon and her daughter, Taylor Linton, will primarily manage the store. They are excited to apply the principles they’ve learned from Uptown Cheapskate to create a successful Kid to Kid business, and provide an important resource to families in their community.

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

Thanksgiving will be here soon and the best way to succeed this holiday is to plan ahead. To save you the time, we’ve found some mouth-watering, classic recipes that will impress everyone at the table this year.


Sour Cream & Chive Potatoes

cour cream chive mashed potatoes

Spice up your potato dish with sour cream, garlic and chives. This home-made potato recipe is simple, yet perfectly delicious.

Total time: 40 minutes (Source)


Lion House Rolls


Craving fluffy, buttery rolls for your Thanksgiving spread? Your search ends here. While this recipe requires a little more work, it’s well worth the wait!

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes (Source)


Rosemary Orange Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce

For some of us, cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving is an absolute must. This wow-factor recipe only takes 10 minutes!

Total time: 10 minutes (Source)


Brown Sugared Carrots


It’s perhaps the one day of the year when we shouldn’t feel guilty about adding butter and sugar to our carrots. The Martha Stewart recipe will not disappoint.

Total time: 20 minutes (Source)


Sweet Potato Casserole


Can’t decide whether you want to top your sweet potatoes with marshmallows or pecans? Problem solved: this recipe includes both!

Total time: (slow cooker) 5 hours 15 minutes (Source)

Our Instagram contest is over and winners have been chosen! Thank you for all the amazing submissions to our Halloween Instagram Contest. We can’t tell you how much fun we had looking at all of the adorable pictures. It was so hard to choose!

Grand Prize Winner – Most Likes – $100 Gift Card: Congratulations Courtney Nicole – @ismackratchets

Grand Prize Winner

1st Prize Winner – $50 Gift Card: Edible Category: Cindy Deceja – @jandeljioni

First Prize Winner

1st Prize Winner – $50 Gift Card: Group Photo Category: Casey Chappell – @caseychappell

1st Prize Winner Group Photo

1st Prize Winner – $50 Gift Card: Most Creative Category: @haydenandbear

Superman 1st Prize Winner

1st Prize Winner – $50 Gift Card: Best Look-a-Like Category: Cassy Torres – @cserna1011

Best Look a Like

Honorable Mentions – because we just loved them all so much!


Honorable Mention Gladiator


Honorable Mention Cupcake


Honorable Mention Frida


Honorable Mention Engine


Honorable Mention Sugar Skull

If you are a winner, Kid to Kid commented on your image!
Claim your prize by emailing or calling (801) 359-0071 ext. 117.

View all submissions on the web! See full contest rules here.

Charity Fill a Bag_Email Banner November 3, 2015—Kid to Kid has teamed up with buildOn, a non-profit organization that works with under-served communities around the world, to build three new schools in Africa. About 30 Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate (sister concept) stores across the nation will hold a charity Fill-A-Bag sale on November 7, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward building schools.

“We’re excited to be able to use our network of Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate franchise locations to raise funds to build schools and educate children in some of the most impoverished areas in the world,” said Shauna Sloan, founder of Kid to Kid. “Our customers shop resale to save money, conserve resources and help our environment. They’ve also generously donated product for the sale. During the charity Fill-A-Bag sale, shoppers buy a $15 bag that they can fill to the brim with select merchandise. They love getting the product, and feel great that the entire purchase price will be donated to buildOn to help change lives.”

Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stores held their first Charity Fill-a-Bag Sale in April of this year and raised $51,613 for buildOn. With those funds, they were able to build their first school in Mali. On November 7, local customers can attend the second Charity Fill-A-Bag Sale at store address in City.  For a $15 donation to buildOn, customers are given a bag to fill with as much specially-marked product as they can fit.  Most of sale merchandise has been donated by customers from the local community. Customers who purchase bags will also receive a coupon for 15 percent off all full-priced merchandise not included in the sale.

“What’s so great about this charity sale event is the significant impact it will have on the buildOn organization and the families they serve,” said Uptown Cheapskate co-founder, Chelsea Sloan Carroll. “We’re thrilled we’ve already been able to transform an entire village in Mali with our first school, and we can’t wait to earn enough for our second and hopefully third.”

Each school will accommodate up to 150 kids and feature two classrooms, a roof, latrines, and classroom supplies. buildOn works in partnership with the ministry of education in each country, the local village—which agrees to provide the land, local materials, and some construction labor; the engineering, materials skilled labor and project supervision is provided by buildOn. The village must also agree to send girls to school in equal numbers with boys for gender balance and equality.

Kid to Kid buys and sells new and gently used children’s and maternity clothes, toys, books, and baby gear. For young adults, Uptown Cheapskate buys and sells new and like-new name brand clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbags.

For more information about buildOn, visit

Enter to win a $100 Kid to Kid gift card!

Kid to Kid Costume Contest

It’s our third annual Halloween Costume Contest at Kid to Kid! Take a picture of your kid in their Halloween costume on Instagram
and use #kidtokidtrickortreat and follow @kidtokid to be entered to win. Your profile must be public to be entered so we can see your submission.
Get your costume at Kid to Kid this year and sell last year’s costume for cash or 20% more in store credit!

Grand Prize: $100 Gift Card
The photo with the most Likes gets the Grand Prize!

Additional Winners: $50 Gift Card
Four additional winners will be chosen to receive $50 gift cards

Contest ends November 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm MST

Post a photo of your costumed-kid on Instagram.
Use #kidtokidtrickortreat  and follow @kidtokid to be entered.
Make sure your profile is public.


  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Halloween Safety Tips



We all know that Halloween-time is supposed to be scary, but it’s meant to be scary in the fun ways. Here are a few tips to help your little ones stay safe this Halloween and keep the bad scares away.

#1 Kid-Proof the Costumes

Got costume weapons? Make sure the swords, knives and other weapons are short, soft and flexible. Kids will find using their costume weapons irresistible, so to save future tears, provide “weapons” that are harmless.


#2 Adult Supervision

Don’t send kids trick-or-treating alone. Have them go in a group with a responsible caretaker. Make sure that your kids know not to enter the homes or cars of strangers. Teach them exactly what to say or do if they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation so they will be prepared if ever the time comes.


#3 Visibility

As you can imagine, poor visibility can lead to a number of accidents. Popular trick-or-treating hours are from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and it will most likely get dark while trick-or-treaters are out. Make sure your trick-or-treaters take a flash light with them. Have them wear a bit of reflective tape on their costumes to help drivers see them and teach them to use sidewalks and crosswalks. Also, check mask visibility to make sure that your child can see well enough while in costume. As a driver, be sure to be watchful and drive carefully.


#4 Treats

It is a good idea to instruct your kids to not open their candy until they get home, so that a parent can examine it before consumption. Parents should inspect candy for tampering. Look for choking hazards and candy that is not wrapped. Remember to limit your children on how much candy they can eat at one time to avoid a later tummy-ache!


#5 Pets

With visitors constantly arriving, this may stress out your pet. Make sure you have a game plan to either keep your pet from escaping through the open doorway or getting worked up in a tizzy. If possible, give them a quiet, closed off room with food, water, comfort, and their favorite toys. Be especially cautious about letting out your kitty on this evening as Halloween is a time notorious for crimes against felines.

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PITTSBURGH, PA—October 15, 2015—Local business owners Whitney and Mary Jo Hayes, along with their staff at the Pittsburgh Kid to Kid store, were honored this month with the Kid to Kid Store of the Month award. Through this award, the Kid to Kid franchise recognizes outstanding achievement exhibited by one of its 112 locations across the United States, Canada, and Portugal. Although the Pittsburgh Kid to Kid has only been open for less than a year, it is already proving to be a great success for the community it serves.

When asked what factors contributed to the store’s success, Whitney responded that first and foremost it has been “hard work.” The Kid to Kid store in Pittsburgh buys an average of 459 gently used items each day from the community, paying its customers more than $20,000 on average each month for their children’s clothes, baby equipment, toys, books, shoes, and maternity wear. The store then turns around and sells these items at up to 70% off of their original retail prices. By helping parents and grandparents recycle their outgrown kids stuff, Kid to Kid of Pittsburgh provides value both to those who sell and to those who shop for their growing kids as it reduces the amount of waste in the community.

Whitney and Mary Jo are creating a customer experience that is driving positive feedback from those they serve. One customer, upon first interacting with Whitney in the store, stated that she “could not have been nicer or more helpful.” Another customer, after trying out the store for a few months, concluded, “I must say I have never been disappointed… I’ve bought over $600 worth of [clothes] for under $65.” In addition, the Hayes have built a fantastic team. According to one customer, “The staff is so friendly, which makes the experience of shopping 10 times better… I don’t think I can say one bad thing about this place!” The store’s clientele is not failing to notice the store’s key strengths in providing service and driving value.

To learn more about Kid to Kid of Pittsburgh, visit or find them on Facebook.


One of the best parts about Halloween parties is creating  foods to make your guests squirm. Here are a few of our favorite creepy finds.


Wormy Sliders

Worm Sliders

For a filling refreshment, the wormy sliders are perfect (if you can stomach them). To created the “worm” look, simply slice hotdogs and drop them into boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Add a tasty barbecue sauce and slap them onto toasted buns. (Source)


Monster Eyeballs

Monster eyes

These little bites are easy to make: hard boiled eggs, a dash of food coloring, mayonnaise, paprika and olives. (Source)


Apple Jaws

Apple Jaws

We’ve added this one because we love that it’s not only scary, but healthy too. Use toasted almonds for teeth. (Source)


Witches’ Fingers

witches fingers

Yes, they look terrifying. But combine salty pretzel sticks with white (green) chocolate and who can resist? (Source)


Cup O’ Worms

worm cups

With chocolaty crumbs mixed into creamy pudding, this dessert is not so scary—but it’s definitely yummy! (Source)


Poisonous Potion

dry ice punch

It’s amazing what a little dry ice can do to transform your beverage. Try adding it to Kool Aid, juice or punch. (Source)