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  and Just Like Home Kitchen Sink run 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.  

These things are now coming back into stock regularly so keep an eye on Walmart.com or click here for a direct link to try and grab one! They also are available a few other places including Amazon.


                  

                                 









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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!

                                 

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! Right outside the door is the Post Office, deliver and send mail from Imagi Nation!


The Manufacturing Center allows children to pack, fulfill and ship out orders from the ice cream factory! 



The Health Center is all set up with a dentist chair, receptionist's desk, a baby nursery, and X-Rax examination space! 




Their Fire and Police Center is all set up for little rescuers to get trained for the job.




The Creation Station is full of activities for building, creating and play! Design a logo for a new ice cream

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!
  • Additionally each Imagi Nation Ambassador is a certified and experienced educator skilled in engaging children in play while developing their social skills.  This is an element that really helps Imagi Nation stand out! Parents can relax knowing that their children are being entertained and well cared for by professionals. The staff that worked with us doing the party was outstanding. 

 

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







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 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!



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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