Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tips for Shopping Kids Consignment Sales!

TOP shopping TIPS for those Kids’ Consignment Sales



Save Big with Spring Consignment Shopping

With Spring upon us, it’s time to start thinking shorts and tanks, sandals, bathing suits and beach toys! Kids grow fast (most budgets don’t!), so why pay retail! Shop at the upcoming Just Between Friends of Allentown/Bethlehem consignment sale event, and get MORE for LESS!

Think 3-4 pairs of shorts for the price of ONE at the retail stores. Water tables, sand toys, flip flips and bicycles… they have it all! Here are my top shopping tips to get the most bang for your buck!

Top 7 Tips for Getting the MOST out of your shopping

1. Bring a list! With over 50,000 items in 20,000 square feet of space, hit your top priorities first, THEN shop the other areas.
2. Write down upcoming birthdays and holidays. JBF is a great place to get gifts for a reduced price! They also offer a HUGE selection of brand-new Melissa and Doug items… all at 25% off retail price!

3.Use their Ikea shopping bags and hold area. Those bags are huge! You can fill them to the brim, them put them in the hold area until you are done shopping! Just pick them up on the way to the register!

4. Claim your free tickets ahead of time! Why pay at the door when free tickets are available online? Get your tickets here (don’t forget one for grandma, or your BFF!): https://jbfallentownsp17.eventbrite.com

5. If you don’t like crowds, consider shopping during presales! Presales are Wednesday night. If you are an expecting mom (or foster or adoptive mom), or have a child under age 12 months, teacher or served in the military, you get to shop a day before the public! Don’t fit into one of those categories? No problem! Reserve a PRIME TIME ticket! Get tickets here: https://jbfallentownsp17.eventbrite.com

6. Make a second trip during the 50% off sale! Come back on Saturday to shop, when many items will be reduced 50% off!
7. RSVP to the JBF facebook event to stay in the know! They have lots of contests and giveaways, and go LIVE on Facebook to give you a sneak peek of what they have at the sale. RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/228376260921614/

The information you need to know! 

When: March 29-April 1
Where: the Lou Ramos Center (home of the Lehigh Valley United soccer team)- 1344 N Sherman Street, Allentown. This is right off Airport Rd!
Who: You! Plus your friends and family (don’t forget to invite them!) Get tickets here: https://jbfallentownsp17.eventbrite.com
Cash, debit, visa, mastercard and discover are accepted
Children and strollers are always welcome!

Happy spring shopping! Shop with JBF to get everything your kids want at a fraction of the retail prices!

Want more information?

Check out their website at www.allentownbethlehem.jbfsale.com and follow them on Facebook for announcements and giveaways at www.facebook.com/JBFallentown you can also contact the sale owners directly at kendrasalem@jbfsale.com


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Friday, March 24, 2017

Deals and Steals for Kids at Kohl's!



Deal blog posts are really my thing but... after today's mini shopping spree I needed to share some of these killer deals. 

I stocked up on stuff for next fall and winter including Totes snow boots, leggings, jeans, jackets and more at Kohl's.


I filled an online shopping cart with a full retail value of over $100 and paid under $40 for it (the reaction from the kid on the right says it all. 

So here are some awesome spring shopping codes to enjoy many of these can be combined in one order!  Also placing separate orders of $40 qualifying values and using the KIDSALE10 code will save you even more. Happy shopping. 


















Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What to do in Winter: Indoor activities for the whole family






With winter persisting into March and more snow in our sights we are all looking looking for some ways to get out and have some fun while staying warm! Here are some awesome ways the whole family can enjoy each other and make some memories in the Lehigh Valley! 




Bounce Your Heart Out! 



Kids LOVE BounceU's Birthday Parties! But you don't need to get an invite to enjoy all the fun.

Stop by BounceU in Easton or in Allentown to bounce at any of their Open Bounce events.

You can easily take a look at what is coming up at both locations by visiting our Events Calendar or see the schedule for President's Day below.


Their open bounce schedule varies from week to week but can easily be found by checking their event calendars! Click your chosen location and see whats going on! 







Get Cozy and Creative at Crayola!

Color, play and create at Crayola Experience! The kids will love their interactive exhibits, indoor two story play structure and their live shows.  They are open 7 days per week including school holidays! They are open daily at 10am! 

Skip the line and save some money by pre-purchasing tickets before you go!





All the indoor Fun you can Imagine! 
at Imagi Nation!





Imagi Nation is the Lehigh Valley's premier indoor play space for kids! Their "Little World for Big Thinkers" sparks creativity, imagination and inspires every child to think BIG!

 This indoor attraction is similar to a Childrens Museum / Hand's on Museum  and is set up as a mini city where children can move throughout each of their interactive spaces, exploring, learning and playing! Visit the fire house, grocery store, doctor's office and more! 


Imagi Nation is open for regular operating hours each week, making it easy to stop in and play! Their location right next to Dorney Park is conveniently accessible from I-78, Route 309 and Route 22! 



The facility is just minutes away from other parts of the Lehigh Valley including Bethlehem, Easton, Macungie, Emmaus, Quakertown and Center Valley making it an ideal family attraction.



Imagi Nation features an on site Ice Cream lab where children can create their own ice cream flavor with their help of Imagi Nation staff. The facility is peanut free for anyone who is concerned about allergies. 





Loads of Lasers and Plenty of Putt Putt!




The Mill Experience is the only indoor facility that offers indoor mini golf in the area. Their space also includes an indoor food truck, and a laser tag course all under one roof. Their huge indoor facility has all the fun a family could need without stepping a foot outdoors in the cold weather.

The Mill is open Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays! There is no reservation needed, just drop in. You can even "dine out" all under one roof at their indoor food truck! 









Lehigh Valley Museums 


It may be chilly outside but these indoor museums are warm and cozy inside! Allentown Art Museum, DaVinci Science Center, and Bethlehem Historic Sites are all waiting to be discovered by your family this winter!










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Friday, February 17, 2017

Presidents Day Fun!




With President's Day this coming weekend everyone is going to be looking for some great ways to get out and have some fun! Here are some awesome ways the whole family can enjoy each other and make some memories! As always visit our full events calendar for things going on!




Bounce Your Heart Out! 



Kids LOVE BounceU's Birthday Parties! But you don't need to get an invite to enjoy all the fun.

Stop by BounceU in Easton or in Allentown to bounce at any of their Open Bounce events.

You can easily take a look at what is coming up at both locations by visiting our Events Calendar or see the schedule for President's Day below.


 Open Bounce Schedule for President's Day

Easton is hosting Preschool Open Bounce on 2/20 at 10:30am

Allentown is hosting All Ages Open Bounce on 2/20 at 10:30am

Easton is hosting All Ages Open Bounce on 2/20 at 12:30pm

Allentown is hosting All Ages Open Bounce on 2/20 at 1:00pm




Get Creative at Crayola!

Color, play and create at Crayola Experience! The kids will love their interactive exhibits, indoor two story play structure and their live shows.  They are open 7 days per week including school holidays! Hours on Monday 2/20 are from 10am to 6pm.
Skip the line and save some money by pre-purchasing tickets before you go!


Current features for the month include Galactic themed art and activities throughout the facility. 




Loads of Lasers and Plenty of Putt Putt!




The Mill Experience is the only indoor facility that offers indoor mini golf in the area. Their space also includes an indoor food truck, and a laser tag course all under one roof. Their huge indoor facility has all the fun a family could need without stepping a foot outdoors in the cold weather.

They will be open for President's day on Monday 2/20 from 1pm to 5pm stop in anytime, no appointments are required, but they do recommend calling ahead if you have a large party of 10 or more.  






Didn't see something that is what you are looking for? 

There are hundreds of more activities waiting to be discovered on our website. 



Museums
Such as Allentown Art Museum, DaVinci Science Center, and Bethlehem Historic Sites are all waiting to be discovered by your family on your day off!





Day Tripper
Maybe a little drive was what you had in mind? We've got a great list of regional attractions just outside the Lehigh Valley that could entertain for the family!



Off the Beaten Path
Perhaps something a little more rustic was in your sights? Find a new hiking spot or space to export using our Off the Beaten Path list.






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Thursday, February 9, 2017

DIY Waldorf Block Crayons


Block crayons are awesome for young children! They help promote proper grasps, teach different shading techniques and are super durable. These are commonly used in the early grades of Waldof Schools. For the purposes of this tutorial we used a new set of crayons because we were making them to include with Valentines for school but this is a great activity to recycle old broken crayons!

First you will need a rectangular silicone mold. I was looking for a way to make our own Block Crayons for quite a while, I was searching for the perfect mold shape that would allow us to make a bunch of crayons in one shot. I really struggled to find something that fit the bill. I've see a few people use plastic molds from eraser packaging but this seemed super labor intensive - making one at a time. I stumbled across this mold accidentally, somehow all the searches I did came up empty and finally while mistyping a search term this popped up! Order one for yourself here!


Block crayons are excellent for little ones to grasp and are awesome for shading and coloring large areas because of the wide sides, they also are much harder to break. This Mold is the perfect 1 inch by 2 inch size for making these specialized crayons. Its helpful to take a look at this video if you are unfamiliar with block crayons and how they are used. A few other fun Silicone Mold options also shown above are the Lego Men Mold  and Heart Shaped Mold (which is awesome for promoting a tripod grasp).


Start off with new or old crayons, make sure to sort them out by the different brands you might have in your stash.  Any non-crayola crayons do not do well in this project - cheaper crayons tend to have way more wax and the wax separates out from the color.  So if you need new crayons definitely grab Crayola Crayons.

Start the project by prepping them to peel by placing some warm (NOT hot, they will melt and you will have a mess) water and a pump or two of dish soap into a baking pan.  Lay out your crayons and let them soak for a few minutes. After a little bit you'll notice the paper will start to peel off of the crayon and you will be able to easily slide them out or unravel the paper. If you notice that your crayons aren't peeling try added some more warm water to your tray. If you would like to do a natural version of these using beeswax and natural pigments +The Hippy Homemaker has an awesome recipe on her blog.





Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

Once your crayons are peeled and dry you can begin placing them in the molds. Fill them high! If there are a bit higher than the top of the mold that is OK the crayons will settle when they melt. If you don't fill them enough you will end up with tiny, thin crayons that will probably break when you try to remove them.




For kids the crayons may be hard to break with their hands. Adults can use a knife to chop them up or  if you want to have the kids involved try using these Handy wooden choppers that my kids used to make theirs smaller. They also love these tools for helping make dinner to chop carrots or other fresh veggies, make cheese cubes and more.   





Set a timer for 10 minutes, and with your mold placed on a cookie sheet put them in the oven. After the timer has gone off go back and check your crayons, if your crayons seem to low in the mold you can add a few additional pieces to them (these will melt faster if they are smaller pieces). Block crayons work best when they are nice and thick you'll want the spaces filled as much as possible.


Set the timer for another 5-7 minutes, after a few more minutes your crayons should all have melted. They will be ready to come out and cool. You can cool them on the counter or place in the freezer cool if if you want them ready faster. If you are making your crayons out of multiple colors I like to use a tooth pick to swirl the melted colors before they cool to give them a marbled effect.





Once cooled carefully remove your block crayons!  Our finished products turned out really awesome!

  

    


You may find If you have some colorless wax that separated from your crayons, simply shave it off using a vegetable peeler to smooth the backside of the crayon. I believe that quickly cooling your crayons in a freezer can help to reduce the wax separation on the back (top).  Its super easy to remove it and you will have beautiful and affordable block crayons you made at home!



In case you are making these for a Valentine treat! 
We've prepped a cute printable Valentine for you to include with your molded crayons! 









Sponsorship/Affiliate Disclaimer: 

lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net only exists because of hours upon hours of work that comes directly from the heart of a mom who wants to make the Lehigh Valley a better place to raise your family. Because of our effort we publish a resource that makes your life as a parent easier, makes the Lehigh Valley more welcoming to a family new to the area and helps make the Lehigh Valley a more vibrant and engaging place for families to grow and live. In order to make it possible to continue doing this we must find ways to generate income from our work. At times you will see posts from sponsors who pay us a fee to help them spread the word about their business or event. This article contains affiliate links from businesses that give us a very small portion of your purchase should you decide to purchase from any of our links.  Barters and fees that we receive from our sponsors and affiliates help make the website the best it can possibly be, they put food on our family's table and allow us to keep doing what we do! By patronizing the businesses who support us and by choosing to opt in to offers we share you keep lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net alive - making it possible for us to continue to provide information and engaging content for years to come. Without you and without our valued sponsors the website could not continue to operate. We love all of our LVFGS Families and thank you for you support.