Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Just Between Friends Fall Sale Preview




We LOVE previewing Just Between Friends Children's Consignment event! 

We always come home with some fabulous stuff for a fraction of the retail cost, and the sale is really fantastic, you can find just about anything you could possibly want there for your kiddos. Stock up on holiday gifts, winter gear, fall/winter clothing, toys, books, shoes and everything for baby too! 

Check out our Live preview of the full sales floor! Look for items you want to find while you are shopping as our camera scans their whole huge inventory! 

                                                  


See our Haul! 

Check out everything we snagged at JBF for only $84! This video outlines each of the items we got while shopping today, prices, brands and the quality. We also share some great tips on what to buy and what to look for while shopping consignment sales! Looking for more tips on how to save? Check out this recent article


                                                   


                                         




Their location is at the Lou Ramos Center in Allentown (Just minutes off of Airport Road and Union Blvd. The Address is 1344 N. Sherman Street Allentown, PA 18109.  It is easy to find and perfectly location right in between Allentown and Bethlehem just off route 22 for shoppers to access from any direction. 

           





                        
       



How To Shop! 

Prime Time Shopping - Presale Day
Want to shop BEFORE the PUBLIC to get the biggest and best selection and the best prices? Purchase a PRIME TIME SHOPPING pass!

Presale starts Wednesday 9/13 at 3pm! Make sure to check your ticket for your admission time!

Public Shopping Days
Thursday, Friday and Saturday are Public shopping days! Admission to the sale is $3 or FREE if your reserve your ticket in advance here https://jbfallentownfall2017.eventbrite.com



Are you a first-time parent, grandparent, teacher or member of the military? You can shop at one of our special presales! Click here for tickets








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Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Best Toddler Toy Ever : Spark Kitchen Sink Review

 Since the big kids have all been in school for about three weeks now my 2 year old has been a little lonely and has been LOVING "helping" me wash dishes and wash her hands in our kitchen sink. Its literally her favorite thing to do. Which I love but it HATE all of the water it wastes and that it means that I cannot do anything at the sink while she is playing. I recently saw a momma share a video of her daughter using this little sink in one of the online parent groups and I immediately went in search of one for myself.

I bought one online for store pick up the next day at Wal Mart and I can easily say this is the best money on a toy I have ever spent in my 7.5 years as a parent.

I shared the below video on my Facebook Page because I'm seriously impressed with this thing and my kid is pretty cute.....  I believe I singlehandedly sold out every Wal-Mart in a 25 mile radius within 24 hours of sharing it. I have a feeling this is going to be a pretty hot holiday item and so far the only place I see that is carrying them is Wal-Mart. If you see them pop up somewhere else please let us know by commenting below so we can help more families grab this awesome toy!



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The Spark Kitchen Sink runs on 2 AA batteries and pumps water through the back of sink like a champ. It recycles the water over and over and kids can easily turn it on and off using the little faucet handle. 



I believe it to be the only toy sink/kitchen item that actually has working water that does not require hand pumping to make it flow. The Little Tykes Splish & Splash Sink which also seems super cute is similar but the child or parent needs to pump the water by hand to get it to flow.  




                                              










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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Birthday Party Fun with Imagi Nation


We recently celebrated Middle Chickadee turning FIVE at Imagi Nation and are really excited to share our experience with everyone.  Imagi Nation is one of the newer birthday party locations in the Lehigh Valley so we hope you learn something!

This was the first time that we hosted a birthday party for one of our kids outside of our home, so it was really a whole new experience for us.  The preparation that it takes to get ready to host even a small get together in your home is exhausting. Cleaning, rearranging furniture, making food and then cleaning up again after the whole thing is over is quite the headache. Our party at Imagi Nation was an absolute breeze! The staff at really took care of everything for us! I actually had a mini panic attack the morning of the party because I realized I didn't prepare anything!



The staff at Imagi Nation was excellent, patient with the children and really helped our little one feel special on her special day. They kept the event moving at a very comfortable pace and still fit in each of the important elements of the celebration.



We visited Imagi Nation a few months back and after having to literally drag the kids out the front door when our session was over, it occurred that this might be a great place to celebrate a birthday!

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The Enterprises 

Imagi Nation features a number of different "Enterprises" that help children experience all kinds of occupations and community experiences. Children can fulfil orders for ice cream, act a part, go shopping and more! These are the different spaces featured at Imagi Nation

In the Media Center children can put on a show, create a live broadcast, or read the news just like a real anchor.


The Market Cafe and Recycling Center is a family favorite. Children enjoy shopping, cooking and checking out customers at that cashier station! 




For our party we opted for a Make Your Own Ice Cream Experience! The might be one of the coolest features of Imagi Nation Birthday Parties. Children get to choose and add flavoring to plain vanilla ice cream and mix until their heart is content! Then they get to choose from a variety of delicious toppings and mix ins to add to their signature flavor!  



                               

Ice Cream Making was AWESOME... 
  • Children with allergies could easily choose something that fit their needs. The facility does not offer nut products as mix in or topping options. 
  • Everyone got something exactly the way they like it! 
  • All of the leftover ice cream went home with the kids and we didn't need to toss half of a sheet cake into the garbage after each kid ate the frosting off or only took two bites!


There are a few features in particular that really stand out that we thought made this party just perfect. 

  • The playtime was actually directed by the birthday child, she chose the activity spaces that she wanted to go to and our staff person from Imagi Nation ushered our group to each space following her lead and then helping us to move on when she decided she wanted to play somewhere else. It didn't feel rushed or hurried as some parties often feel and it worked perfectly for our group. 
  • The effort we needed to put forth to plan/host/throw the party was non-existent Imagi Nation took care of everything for us, and even had a printable invitation we could use to send out to our friends! I threw together a quick favor but even that wasn't necessary. 
  • There was no clean up afterwards, we picked up the few items we brought and were on our way! Plus our house was still clean (or at least the way we left it!) when we got home!
  • Imagi Nation provided each of our guests to return for a discounted visit which was fantastic! 

 

We owe an ENORMOUS thank you to Imagi Nation for hosting us for this most spectacular Birthday Party and letting us share our thoughts about the experience with all of our readers! 

                 
You don't need to wait for a party to visit! 
You can stop by to visit them during one of their daily open play sessions, see our recent article about their space, open play and more fun here







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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 no affiliate links but we have received products/service for free in exchange for services related to promoting the noted business. 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 with you 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 your support.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Shopping TIPS for Kids Consignment Sales

From My PerchSeptember 5, 2017


Tip Shopping Tips for Kids Consignment Sales


Happy September! With back-to- school upon us, it’s time to start thinking jeans and backpacks, winter gear, sleds, and toys for Christmas! 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!



10 Tips you Need to Know!

Think 3-4 pairs of jeans for the price of ONE at the retail stores. Bikes, diaper bags, cribs & carriers, puzzles and MORE… they have it all! Here are my top shopping tips to get the most bang for your buck!

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!)

5. Want the very best selection? 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, are a teacher or have 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 

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,













The Info You Need to Know

When: September 14-16
Where: The Lou Ramos Center – 1344 N Sherman Street, Allentown (located right off Airport Rd!)
Who: You! Plus your friends and family (don’t forget to invite them!) Get tickets here: https://jbfallentownfall2017.eventbrite.com

Cash, Debit, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted children and strollers are always welcome!
Check out their website  www.allentownbethlehem.jbfsale.com 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 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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FREE Dorney Park Passes for Kids 3 - 5

Today Dorney Park has officially announced that for the 2-18 season they will be offering free annual passes for children ages 3 through 5!




It is super easy to reserve your passes on your phone or laptop. Just click here for your "FREE Pre-K Pass" Click register to claim your passes now! Simply register online before May 28 and activate the pass at the park before June 29. PLUS, if you register and activate the pass before October 29, kids can receive admission for the rest of the 2017 season, including the Great Pumpkin Fest!


Just enter your basic demographic information for your eligible children, check out and you are set to go! No credit card or payment method is needed.


            

Click over to https://www.dorneypark.com/tickets-passes/pre-k-pass for more answers to a number of questions you might have about these passes and how they work including age restrictions, registration details and other benefits of the pass.






Kids Consignment: How to get started!


Considering consignment? Not sure where to start? We've documented our basic system for preparing items to be consigned and making some great money on our unused items here, and we hope it helps get you started! 





First things first! You are going to need a few things to get started. 

Storage Totes come in handy for sorting your items and hauling your items to the sale once you are ready to drop everything off. The Sterilite ones shown here are some of my favorites. We've had many of these for years and they hold up great. Plus I love that they are clear so you can see what is inside of them.

Tagging/Labeling Materials

You can use a few different methods for tagging your items. 

  • One common option is a tagging gun. These allow you to place your tags on just like the stores do!  Safety Pins work well too! 
  • You will need WHITE Card stock for printing your tags! Do not print on paper, the tags need to be durable to be touched and passed through while shoppers look for items. 
  • If your will be selling books, Painter's tape is a great way to ensure the covers do not rip when the buyer removes the tag. 
  • Ziploc or generic sealable plastic bags are perfect for items that have lots of pieces. Check the dollar store for these especially larger sized ones for a more affordable options. 
  • Hangers, lots of them! There's plenty of affordable and free ways to obtain these! Ask friends and family members - especially those who dry clean often (they usually will have lots of un used hangers) Check at retailers to see if they have any they will give you. 



        






Start by sorting your items into a few labeled bins. 

#1 Toss: Start with a bin for items the first is for items that are too worn to be donated or sold.

#2 Donate: Items that are not is excellent/like new shape generally cannot be sold at a consignment sale, but are still in good enough shape to donate to a worth cause or friend with children of the right age/size. 

#3 Keep: You may run across an item that holds sentimental value you for you that despite being outgrown you decide to tuck it away for a memory box or baby clothing quilt. 

#4 Tag: These are the items that you want to sell and are in good enough shape to wash, prep and tag for the sale. 

#5 Missing Pieces/Needs TLC: This bin contains all of the items that might be needing some help before you prep them for sale. Things like toys that are missing a piece or an item that needs some extra attention to remove a stain. 





You can set aside your Toss, Donate and Keep Bins since you've completed what you need to do with those items for now (though you may find you continue to add to them so don't get rid of them completely!).   Now it is time to take a closer look at your Tag and Missing Pieces bins. 

From here I sort from the Tag bin into two more bins, and utilize the Missing Pieces/TLC bin as needed

#1 Wash/Clean: Items that need to be washed before being tagged or hung up

#2 Ready to Tag: Items that are ready to be tagged bagged and need no additional parts or pieces to complete the item. 



You've successfully begun the first phase of your consignment process! See The Clothing Tree's videos here for some great information on the next phase of preparing your items and how to hang, bag and tag your items for the best presentation and sale results! 





Sunday, July 30, 2017

knoebels ten things to know before you go





Recently we took a trip to Knoebels! This Pennsylvania Amusement Park has been in existence for over 90 years and is really a tradition all its own. If you've never visited before (or even if you have) we have some great information to share with you from our visit! These , tips, and tricks on visiting, how to save money on your tickets and what the BEST perks of visiting this park are!

1. Visit During the week
In most cases amusement parks operate pretty much the same no matter when you visit. Knoebels is an exception and thus you should plan your visit accordingly if possible.

On weekdays Knoebels offers daily "handstamps" or wristbands which allow for unlimited riding from park open to park close (with a few attractions excluded). These are available for both adults and children Monday through Friday. We have visited on a weekday before and our experience is as follows kids who ride a lot and will ride all day will get a huge bang for your buck on an all day ride pass. I actually calculated when we bought these the value based on how many rides they did and it far surpassed what we paid for the passes. So if you have kids who LOVE to ride and have the time to be there for most of the day a handstamp is definitely the way to go.  Tickets are also available for weekdays for light or occasional riders who don't feel they would get value from the cost of a ride pass. 


Can't go during the week? No worries!
On the weekends the park operates with a ticket system, patrons purchase tickets and pay for each ride they do with different amounts of tickets based on the ride (values vary and can all be seen here Kiddie rides  and Family rides).



2. Plan ahead! 
Buy your tickets before you get there or pack your coupon book!


 Discounts and coupons for Knoebels all day ride passes are available a few different places, Including KidsStuff Books, Pepsi cans and more see the full list here.

You can also plan ahead to buy your tickets in advance and you can save up and over 20%! Local grocery stores stores (Weis and Wegmans) sell tickets at their customer service booths, jut remember to pick them up before you head out of town (see purchasing details here).




3. Your tickets NEVER expire
If you purchase their ticket booklets and end up with leftovers, you can keep them for the next time you go back! Unlike those pesky Muskiest tickets that leave you fired up after finding $10 worth left in your pocket in September. 



4. Eat all the Food.
Seriously, Its really really good! and you can actually afford to do it!  Knoebels is world renowned for the the variety of food they offer in their park and the quality - they're actually rank above Disney World Accoring to  XXXXX . There is something for everyone! Different food stands around the park offer all kinds of different food choices which really is unique if you think about it, many times in similar attractions the will offer the same food in 15 different places.





My two personal favorites from our visit this month are the Boom Shaka Laka Burger (pictured above) and the Tiger Tail both available at the Phoenix Junction stand.

A close second is just about everything available at the Mexican station in the International Food Court.




This is a shot of a meal (above) I bought to split between my 3 kids it cost $5. Feeding kids on the go can be a challenge and super expensive especially when you are in a amusement park or attraction. This is a feature of Knoebels that really makes the place stand above the rest. If you haven't purchased a meal at Dorney Park recently you may not truly appreciate the value here... It would cost you nearly three times as much for the same amount of food.

Additionally the variety of food choices really makes it easy to find something everyone well like. 


5. It is always cooler there

Yup! this place is absolutely loaded with super tall beautiful trees and shade is everywhere. Still bring your sunscreen of course, but really comparing directly to the local park we visited last week in the same weather Knoebels is hands down way more comfortable to be in on a hot day.




6. You can stay! 
Knoebels offers a number of great lodging options including a huge campground for campersmotor homes and tents.  They have cabins also available for rent - reserve these far in advance they get snatched up fast.  It is easy to spend multiple days here exploring, snacking and riding.


7. Admission and Parking is FREE 
Yes really! You only pay if you ride! This park is perfect for a group with a bunch of people who only lightly ride or want to watch the kids enjoy the experience. It won't cost you anything to bring grandma and grandpa along for an extra set of hands!

Paying for parking is the one thing I hate more than paying for shipping.  A little piece of my soul dies each time I have to hand over a $20 bill to park my car. You won't pay anything to park at Knoebels.

8. Bring in your own food and snacks!
If you are looking to stay close to a tight budget, have allergies to work around or just want to make sure you have food your kids will eat Knoebels welcomes families bringing their items into the park. Pack a picnic, bring your meals, snacks and drinks and use their free picnic facilities to enjoy your visit! 


9. Don't miss the Pool!


We sadly didn't get to visit Crystal Pool when we were there due to some badly timed thunderstorms and rain! But this pool is gasp worthy. It is huge first of all and offers 3 different levels of diving boards, not to mention all of the other awesome features of the water area.


Swim, splash and slide! Knoebels Crystal Pool is filled with refreshing spring fed water and they offer water slides, a kiddie splash area, rope climbing course and more with pool admission.



Pool admission is separate from the daily handstamp pass and requires payment of an additional fee but is part of the reason you can easily spend more than one day at Knoebels! 


10. Get a Map!


The size of Knoebels is surprising for many and its can be difficult to navigate if you aren't familiar with it. In order to make sure you can easily find everything you are looking for a map will come in handy. 


With a number of amusement parks in our local proximity people often ask if Knoebels really worth the drive. After laying out all of the tips and tricks we've discovered the conclusion is pretty simple. It absolutely is worth the drive, and honestly I'd properly drive further if I had to.  Knoebels is simply a gem the history and tradition that Knoebels comes along with this park is like no other.  Their attention to detail is impeccable the rides are clean and well maintained,  the park is blooming with flowers all over the place. My hope this that some new families will considering checking this park out  and we're really excited to offer a giveaway to allow a family to enjoy the park for a day for free this summer!



We owe a HUGE thank you to the staff at Knoebels and thank them for hosting us to help gather all of the information we needed to complete this article. Here are a few of our favorite shots of our family from our visit to the park!












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