OMAHA, NE—Oct. 9, 2015—Local residents, Jerry and Nikki VanWagoner, are excited to announce the grand opening of their first Kid to Kid store on Thursday, October 15 at 4 p.m. The grand opening will feature free Chick-fil-A coupons for the first customers in line and the opportunity for the public to have first access to thousands of hand-selected children’s items at huge discounts. Customers that RSVP to the store’s Facebook event will be entered to win a $100 shopping spree.
Located at 1215 S 180th St. in Omaha, 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 items for 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 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday,” Jerry explained. “We pride ourselves in knowing that we make it easy for families to bring their items to sell to us. No appointment is necessary and we welcome anyone to sell anytime our store is open up to an hour before close.”
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.
The VanWagoners always knew they wanted to open their own business, and first became interested in a Kid to Kid franchise while living in Denver. They had visited other children’s resale stores in the area to outfit their four young kids, but were most impressed with a Colorado Kid to Kid store the moment he stepped in. “It was so much cleaner, more organized, welcoming, and had such a great selection,” Jerry said. He and Nikki became frequent Kid to Kid customers, and when they made the decision to move to Omaha, they were ready to pursue their dream of opening their own business. After speaking with the franchise corporate staff, they knew Kid to Kid was the right choice for them.
For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid Omaha 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 more than 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.
Meal planning is very beneficial. It saves time and money, reduces wasted food, decreases stress, and helps you to eat healthier, thought-out meals. Below are the ways to create a meal-plan calendar, plus some additional sites we found that show how others have perfected their meal-planning methods.
Create a Recipe Collection. The initial stage of meal planning requires research. This is where you choose which meals you will be willing to prepare and eat. Scour your recipe books, Pinterest boards and favorite websites to compile your collection. Start out with recipes that are realistic to you: use simple recipes if you don’t like to spend time in the kitchen.
Consolidate, Format, and Categorize. Take all of these recipes and put them in one place. It’s recommended that you put each into the same format. Formatting them may initially be time-consuming, but it will help make your meal planning smoother if all the information (e.g. prep time, ingredients, instructions) can easily be found in the same places on each card or page. Lastly, categorize the recipes—we recommend by protein, but choose what makes sense to you. Examples of food categories: steak, seafood, pork, chicken, vegetarian, or perhaps Mexican, Chinese, Italian etc. When labeling, assign a color to each group. Consider compiling categories for things like sides or desserts as well.
Make a Reusable Calendar. The longer you plan ahead, the more money and trips to the grocery store you can save. However, keep in mind that you can only plan for as much food as you can stock up on; if you can buy a month’s worth of food and keep it from spoiling, then plan for a month. If you have lots of fresh produce-based recipes, you may want to plan for 1-2 weeks at a time. Find either a physical or digital calendar that can be your visual meal plan board. Make sure that it is reusable. A magnetic dry-erase calendar board works well for many people. Next, consider how you’re going to correspond your recipes to your board. Remember the colors assigned to your recipe types? Match your colors on the board to the categories you’ve chosen. Some board material ideas: colored magnets, printable magnets, and symbols. Consider extra notes other than just main meals. For example, you may want to add “sides,” “desserts,” “leftovers,” or “occasions” as extra labels to your board.
Fill the Calendar. This is the fun part! Fill your calendar with meals and mix up them up to keep things interesting. The color-coded labels should help to make the calendar readable. Again, don’t forget to add in events, and possible days for leftovers. Extra Tip: take inventory of your current ingredients and peruse grocery store newsletters for sales and specials to save extra money.
Create the Ultimate Shopping List. Once you’ve put your meal plan together on the board, pull all the associated recipes and create your shopping list. This will make your grocery-shopping trips much more purposeful; just don’t forget to bring it with you!
Try it out! Lastly, of course, try it out. Buy the groceries and start following the plan. As you practice your meal-planning, you may develop ways to keep your plan a little flexible or decide to organize in a way that is ideal for you. Every family is different, so make changes as you see fit. Good luck and happy planning!
Check out these awesome meal plan calendars:
The Homes I Have Made‘s menu board with symbols: click here.
RobbGurl’s Creations’ very color-coded meal plan calendar: click here.
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.
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 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.
This month, the Kid to Kid franchise awarded the August Store of the Month designation to Dustin and Mandy Taylor, owners of the St. George Kid to Kid. Through the Store of the Month award, the franchise recognizes particular excellence demonstrated by one of its 112 locations across the United States, Canada, and Portugal. During the month of August, the St. George Kid to Kid showed an impressive sales increase for a tenured Kid to Kid store, as well as a 38% increase in the number of items it purchased from parents in the local community.
Kid to Kid buys and sells gently used children’s items, such as clothing, shoes, toys, books, and baby equipment, as well as maternity apparel. According to the Taylors, what their customers love most about the store is that they can purchase great items in like-new condition that are otherwise unavailable in St. George. “There are not a lot of places to shop in St. George,” says Mandy, “so usually you have to shop online or drive to Las Vegas [to buy specialty children’s items]. Many parents get these items outside of St. George, use them a few times, and then bring them to us—making our store a place where people can see and feel the items before they buy them.” Snow boots, for example, are a great selling item at Kid to Kid, because it’s one of the few places in St. George where parents can bring their kids to actually try on the boots before they buy them.
Nine years ago, Dustin and Mandy hadn’t even considered owning a children’s store. They were looking into opening an assisted living business, and came across Kid to Kid in a list of businesses for sale in the area. What attracted them most to the business, according to Dustin, was the recycle aspect—the sustainability and waste reduction were what convinced him to buy the store. “The Deseret Industries store refers people to us for the things like baby equipment that they would throw away,” Mandy adds, “so it’s nice to keep that out of the waste, and help somebody buy it who couldn’t otherwise afford it.”
On top of benefiting parents who shop and sell, the St. George Kid to Kid does a lot to serve in its community. The store gives clothes it can’t sell to the IHC Foundation, and it donates to the local YMCA and the Children’s Museum each time customers choose not to take a bag with their purchase. It also donates resources to support Meals on Wheels for pets, the Parent Teacher Association, and local schools. According to a member of Kid to Kid’s advisory board, “Dustin and Mandy are very aware of what’s happening in their community and are constantly looking for ways to be involved in areas that will make a difference.”
The Taylors attributed the success of their store to their fantastic staff, who they said are constantly willing to go above and beyond the call of duty, and to their diverse product offering. “Even moms who typically don’t shop resale will come into our store simply because they know Kid to Kid has the best bow selection in town,” explains Mandy. They offer much more than just used clothes, and have quite an impressive selection of new items, including hair accessories and toys.
Our Instagram contest is over and the winner has been chosen! Thank you for all the amazing submissions to our First Day of School Instagram Contest. We can’t tell you how much fun we had looking at all of the adorable pictures.
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
Teach that a chain can symbolize strength and connection. (source)
Patriotic Popsicle Flag
Celebrate the American flag and discuss what it means. (source)
Patriotic Paper Streamer
Hang a paper streamer as a memorial to those who lost their lives. (source)
‘We Remember’ Coloring Page
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.
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
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
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.
How to Declutter and Re-organize your Child’s Room, KonMari style
—with FREE printable closet dividers—
Declutter: To remove unnecessary items from (an untidy or overcrowded place).
Decluttering is the first and major step to keeping a tidy home. If there are less items for crowding, there are less possibilities for mess. While this process can be a challenge for any room, we all know that a child’s room is especially intimidating. Here are some tips, many taken from Marie Kondo’s KonMari method, that will help you go about tackling those hordes of forgotten toys and outgrown clothes.
Take everything out. Everything. Take all the toys and clothes and miscellaneous items and place them all into one pile in the middle of the room. As crazy as it sounds, this will enable you to see how much you have. Most likely it will be far more than you ever imagined, and that much more incentivizing.
Organize into categories. Move the items into piles, organizing the items by category: toys, books, clothes, etc. This will help you see how much you have of each kind of thing, and recognize any duplicates immediately.
Ask: “Does this spark joy?” This is the heart of the process. Begin with the clothing pile, then the books, art pieces, miscellaneous items, and finally things with sentimental value. Look at the item and ask whether it’s being used and whether it is loved. In other words, by its usefulness or its sentimental value, does it spark joy? If your little one is older than age 3, involve them in this process. Teach them that you are making their space more enjoyable by helping them focus on the things they love the most. If an object does not “spark joy,” put it into one of two piles: “sell” pile for items that are outgrown or only gently used, or a “discard” pile for unusable, broken or damaged things.
Re-organize, with the child’s perspective. When re-settling your child’s things in their room, get down to their eye-level and think about how the room functions from their point-of-view. Make sure things function from the ground-up, that it’s easier to put things away than to get them out, and that containers are accessible. Bins, baskets, and drawers are preferred over bookshelves, tall dressers, and hanging rods with difficult hangers.
Make a place for everything. As part of the KonMari method, things need to be respected when not in use. Teach your kids to put their toys and clothes in their specific “home” when tidying their room. Labeling with pictures or words can come in handy here, and even work as a learning tool. Below are free downloadable label dividers to help categorize where things go in your child’s closet. Write categories such as “tops,” “pants,” “t-shirts,” or whatever suits your child’s wardrobe needs.
Sell to Kid to Kid: Teach your child that their old toys and clothes will be going to another child and will have the opportunity to be appreciated and loved in a new home. After cleaning and/or laundering the items in your “sell” pile, take them to your nearest Kid to Kid location. There you can sell the items for cash on the spot or get 20% more for in-store credit. Anything Kid to Kid doesn’t accept can be donated for you, which will save you an extra trip. As a possible incentive to get rid of old toys, you could let your child accept the cash for their old toys personally and pick out a new one at the store.
For more reasons why simplifying your child’s belongings will help them, go here.
FREE closet dividers! Just click the image to download.