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101 Alphabet  Activities 
This Reading Mama brings tons of reading and alphabet activities.

Outdoor Math Games 
The Golden Gleam brings you great math activities you can do outdoors.

Writing Full Sentences 
This Reading Mama has more info about teaching kids full episodes.

Online resources:

PBS Kids – Free educational games and more!

Education.com – Reading and math games for young children plus activities.

Science Kids – Science lessons and educational activities for kids.

ABCya – Games and more separated by grade level.

Nick Jr. – Games with your favorite TV characters!

Fisher-Price – From ABCs to shapes and more for kids!

HIGHER_logo-14SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Feb. 25, 2015—Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate, trademark brands of BaseCamp Franchising, recognized top performing stores during their annual meeting Feb. 9 thru Feb. 11 in Midway, Utah.

Each year, more than 200 franchise owners and managers from store locations all over the United States, Portugal, and Canada come together for training, to discuss new franchise developments, and recognize top performing stores.

This year, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate store owners gathered in the historic, Swiss-inspired city of Midway for meetings centered around the theme “Higher”. Selected from 107 Kid to Kid stores and 43 Uptown Cheapskate locations, BaseCamp Franchising presented the following awards for outstanding achievements during 2014:

Kid to Kid Store of the Year: Kid to Kid of Cumming, GA

Kid to Kid Top Performer: Kid to Kid of Arlington, TX

Most Improved: Kid to Kid of Midlothian, VA

Fast Track: Kid to Kid of Rockville, MD

Uptown Cheapskate Store of the Year for Profitability: Uptown Cheapskate of Timonium, MD

Uptown Cheapskate Store of the Year for Top Sales: Uptown Cheapskate of Evans, GA

Uptown Cheapskate Rookie of the Year: Uptown Cheapskate of Watauga, TX

Best Merchandising: Uptown Cheapskate of Lewisville, TX

Best Grand Opening: Uptown Cheapskate of Sugar House, UT

“Our outstanding franchise owners operate the best resale stores in the country,” said Shauna Sloan, Founder of Kid to Kid. “They serve their communities by recycling hundreds of thousands of items each year, supporting local charities, and putting millions of dollars back into the pockets of the customers who sell and shop. Our Annual Meeting provides a great opportunity for our franchisees to learn from each other about building their businesses and serving their communities.”

This year, two stores shared the Store of the Year honors for Uptown Cheapskate – one for sales, and one for profitability. Nancy Kline, owner of Uptown Cheapskate in Timonium, MD and winner of Store of the Year for Profits stated, “It feels so great to be part of a franchise system where the other owners are looking out for each other and cheering each other on.”

Shannon Clark, owner of Uptown Cheapskate in Evans, GA and winner of Store of the Year for Sales credited her store team and franchise system for her success. “I couldn’t have done it without my hard-working staff and strong belief in the franchise system,” said Clark.

The Fast Track award for Kid to Kid is new this year, and was given to a rookie owner who accomplished record-breaking growth within the first full year of operation.

“I have always heard do what you love and you will never work a day in your life!” stated Leily Kiani, owner of Kid to Kid in Rockville, MD and winner of the Fast Track award. “I am so excited to be where I am and to have this success is so amazing.  I have a great team in Rockville and I would never have been here without them.”

Rob Phillips, owner of the Kid to Kid store in Midlothian, VA has won the Most Improved award an unprecedented three years in a row with a 44 percent sales increase. “We wouldn’t have been able to win this award without following the franchise systems, sticking to our high buying standards and working together as a team,” said Phillips.

For more information about Kid to Kid, visit kidtokid.com. Additional information about Uptown Cheapskate can be found at uptowncheapskate.com.

About BaseCamp Franchising

For over 20 years, BaseCamp Franchising has been a leader in the upscale 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 107 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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Is it still storming in your area? This winter has been rough for many parts of the country and your family might be cold and bored! Below are some great tips and ideas for surviving winter with your family including fun activities to prevent boredom. 

Mommy Octopus has some great tips for preparing for a winter storm! Be sure you have plenty of non-perishable food, water, charged electronics, flashlights, and candles.
Then be prepared with board games and more for some good family fun when you’re snowed in. Read more.

Fireflies and Mud Pies has some amazing tips for winter play and safety while playing outside in the cold.
You’ll find tons of tips for layering clothes plus some great outdoor winter games! Read more.

Your Modern Family has an amazing tutorial for building a mini igloo.
It’s a great activity for the whole family when you have tons of snow! They even have a window in their igloo! Read more.

Too cold outside? Under the Sycamore has a great activity!
Bring the snow inside for some awesome winter playtime without the cold weather. Read more.

Fresh vegetables and fruit can get pricey in winter. Premeditated Leftovers brings you some
ideas and tips for saving money on produce during the cold winter months. Read more.

family date fun Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Here are some fun family date night ideas for you and your kids! Spend some time together before heading out on a romantic date with your significant other.

Picnic in the park (or backyard!)

What’s more fun than a picnic? Weather permitting, pack a special lunch and head out to the park or to the backyard and have a family picnic! Pack that lunch with some yummy Valentine’s treats and fizzy drinks. Make this picnic digital screen free and spend time talking and enjoying the weather. If it’s still not nice enough outside, then have an indoor picnic!

Decorate Valentine’s cookies

Make some plain sugar cookies or buy some from the store. Then load up on frosting, sprinkles, and candies to decorate your yummy cookies! It’s a great activity for the whole family and for friends too.

Make  a goofy photo booth 

Set up an easy backdrop with cutout hearts on a string to make your fun photo booth. Grab some props like silly costumes, hearts, wings, cupid’s arrows, and more for fun photos! These are great keepsakes and can be a fun tradition for every Valentine’s Day.

Visit a zoo, aquarium, or museum

Check your local zoo, aquarium, or museum for special holiday events! They’ll often have special events, fun tours, and sometimes discounted rates. It’s a great family date and you can sometimes avoid the crowds that show up during the busy seasons like summer.

Family movie night

Family movie night is a great tradition! Head to a daytime movie or put something on at home. Don’t forget tons of snacks! There are some great family movie night ideas in one of our other posts too!

Show off kids’ art, family portraits, and more using creative frames! Use the great tips below to save money on expensive framing and dress up your walls!

Show off your family tree
Use a bunch of family photos and build a family tree! You can find easy-to-remove vinyl tree decals or paint one onto your wall.

Create colorful versatile clip frames
We love this switchable photo frame idea! Using a clip makes it easy to swap out a photo and you can create any look you want using scrapbook paper.

Use your Instagram photos!
Square format photos are easy to set up in a grid and switch out easily like in this clothes pin large frame.

Frames don’t have to be big
Use every day objects and add a photo like in this adorable alarm clock frame!

Layer up photo ornaments
Create an interesting layered look using ornaments and create your own photo ornaments. It’s a great holiday look but can be used all year long!

One of the funnest things about babies is dressing them up!  The onesie is a wardrobe staple, but sometimes the classic solid white can grow drab.

In these DIY Onesies tutorials, we’ve found some fun onesie ideas to give your baby some style.

Classic Cardigan

To give a classy but masculine twist to your babe, try this one on for size. Source.

Classic Cardigan Onsie DIY

Pretty in Lace

Looking for a more feminine flair? Add some lace—doilies that is! Learn about how to applique doilies here.

Pretty in Lace

Age-Labels

Infant-hood is one of the rare times we flaunt our age. Document your fashionista with these excellent age labels. Templates are included in the tutorial.

Numbered Bbay

Stencil Humor

Does your baby have some clever things to say? Here’s a DIY to show your little one’s witty side. Side note: recommends a silhouette machine or adept cutting skills.

Stencil Humor

Mini Monet

For the parents out there who can’t resist some good craft fun, this last one’s for you. By the end of this painting activity, your mini-me will be modeling an authentic masterpiece. Go here.

Mini Monet

Grapevine store frontGRAPEVINE, TX—The Kid to Kid franchise proudly awarded its December Store of the Month award to Brittany Tucker, owner of the Kid to Kid located at 2100 W. Northwest Hwy., Suite #218 in Grapevine, TX for outstanding increase in sales, as well as improvements to store systems.

The Grapevine location was selected from more than 100 Kid to Kid children’s resale stores across the U.S. and Portugal because of an impressive 46 percent increase in sales and 44 percent increase in invoices over the previous year.

“The store’s terrific improvements over the past couple months are a result of implementing significant operational changes,” said the store’s corporate support representative, Jeff Kinsel. Brittany placed a stronger focus on turning product more quickly by consistently checking pricing, and keeping the racks full.

Brittany’s passion and dedication to her store has made the franchise location the best it’s ever been, and she has hopes of opening another store in the future. “I love the fact that we help families by paying them for stuff their kids have outgrown as well as help them find items at affordable prices – it’s a win-win,” Brittany said. “Owning a Kid to Kid, like any other business is not easy and takes a lot of learning, but it’s so worth it!”

For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid – Grapevine on Facebook for frequent updates, pictures and happenings in the store.

Kid to Kid Grapevine, TX

Kid to Kid Grapevine, TX

GRAPEVINE, TX—Jan. 27, 2015—The Kid to Kid franchise proudly awarded its December Store of the Month award to Brittany Tucker, owner of the Kid to Kid located at 2100 W. Northwest Hwy., Suite #218 in Grapevine, TX for outstanding increase in sales, as well as improvements to store systems.

The Grapevine location was selected from more than 100 Kid to Kid children’s resale stores across the U.S. and Portugal because of an impressive 46 percent increase in sales and 44 percent increase in invoices over the previous year.

“The store’s terrific improvements over the past couple months are a result of implementing significant operational changes,” said the store’s corporate support representative, Jeff Kinsel. Brittany placed a stronger focus on turning product more quickly by consistently checking pricing, and keeping the racks full.

Brittany started her career with Kid to Kid at just 16 years of age. She began working at the Arlington Kid to Kid location, and fell in love with the Kid to Kid concept, the people and the retail community. Five years later, Brittany had worked her way up the ranks and learned about a Kid to Kid franchise for sale.

“Thinking that it wouldn’t be possible, I over-looked the opportunity, but my mom didn’t,” said Brittany. “I guess in this case you can say it pays off to be an only child, because my mom quickly made my dream a reality.” Brittany and her mother, Theresa Tucker purchased the Kid to Kid store in Irving, TX and it continued to grow as Brittany handled the managerial side, and Theresa took care of the finances. In August 2013, the store relocated to Grapevine, and has experienced steady growth since the move.

The Grapevine Kid to Kid location is now one of 16 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. “Although the DFW market is quite competitive, I don’t look at it as much as a competition between stores, but more as a team effort to attract as many loyal customers as possible so each of us can grow year after year,” said Brittany. One of the main ways her store grew last year was through staff training and more defined policies. They focused on the customer – both those who sold product and those who were shopping, and did their best to process all items customers brought in to sell while they were still in the store. This allowed customers to shop while they waited, making it much more convenient to sell and shop, and saving them an extra trip.

Brittany’s passion and dedication to her store has made the franchise location the best it’s ever been, and she has hopes of opening another store in the future. “I love the fact that we help families by paying them for stuff their kids have outgrown as well as help them find items at affordable prices – it’s a win-win,” Brittany said. “Owning a Kid to Kid, like any other business is not easy and takes a lot of learning, but it’s so worth it!”

For more information, visit the store website or follow Kid to Kid – Grapevine 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 and BaseCamp Franchising, call 801-359-0071. You may also visit www.kidtokid.com or www.basecampfranchising.com.

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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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