Conquering Your Child’s Sleep Issues

Thanks to JBF Corporate’s Blog for this post – as I am sure so many of us have faced some challenge in the sleep department at one time or another!

Sweet Dreams!

Sleep.pngDoes your child have problems going to sleep and staying there? I think every parent goes through this stage but I’m here to help you find a solution. When a child doesn’t sleep, that means a mother doesn’t sleep either and this can cause several different problems… Have you ever tried to stay up all night and then taking care of a wild child? It can be very stressful but I hoping these few steps will help you avoid these issues.


If you start your child on a bed routine STICK WITH IT! Don’t just follow this schedule for a few weeks and then give up on it. Once your child is used to a specific bedtime routine then they will know when they get put into bed it’s sleeping time and not play time.

Playtime is over:

Kids tend to want to stay up because they think they are missing out on something. If you make them believe that going to bed is more fun than staying up they won’t have a problem going to sleep. Be as boring as you possibly can.


I know this sounds silly and no one should reward a child for something they are supposed to do but at some point, you just give up and will do anything to make your child sleep. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it can honestly be something like you will give them 10 more minutes of TV for everything night they go to bed on time. Or give them that candy bar they beg for everything you go to check out at the store. It’s the little things that make life better.

Stick to your guns and don’t back down. You’re the parent and they are the children. When bedtime gets tough and you don’t know what to do anymore refer back to these few steps. Don’t have any more sleepless nights.


#JBFGrandRapids Checks are in the Email

Check_Your_EmailWe’re back with super-fast delivery! Consignor checks were emailed out and you should be receiving yours!

Just print the check out and deposit as normal. Should you have any questions, Deluxe Checks will be happy to assist you. Plain ol’ copy paper is fine – black and white or color, no matter.

We hope you like the quick delivery of the emailed check, as it is our hope to get you the “Cash for your Clutter” as efficiently as we can.

Thanks again for making this a great event!

Half Price Day is Here!!

Oh my goodness, what a busy week! We started with 110,000 items on the floor with our biggest drop off ever. Everything was in the door, and we kicked off the sale in a fabulous way. We have been study and finding that there are deals to be found everywhere. But today is the day for those great bargains! Today is half off day.

There is still plenty of time to shop today until 8 PM and tomorrow, our last day, we are open from 9 AM to 2 PM.

There are amazing deals to be found absolutely everywhere and we can’t wait to hear what kind of deal made your day!

Presale It Up!

It is hard to believe, but another sale is already here! It’s time to shop!

Today is our presale – for our volunteers, consignors and for Military, First Responders, Teachers and First Time moms.

The inventory is amazing – over 110,000 items – so many bargains to find!

There is something for everyone – infant to teen and everyone in between. As well as mommas, daddas, grandmas, grandpas, friends and family.

So come on down! Tomorrow – Wednesday – we’re open to the public and we can’t wait to have you!!

Get a Move On – An Active Family

Throughout the year, we’ve encouraged you to get up, get moving and get active with your child. As your little one grows, so does their curiosity regarding the world around them. Coach them along – get out there an experience their world, they will love you for it.

Still need a few ideas? Here are a few tips for family fitness fun!

  • Schedule regular times throughout the week for your family to be physically active
  • Help everyone find something active that they enjoy and feel successful doing
  • Use a pedometer to determine which activities require the most steps
  • Write down personal goals and track everyone’s progress
  • Wear loose fitting clothing and proper shoes to permit freedom of movement.
  • Be sure to warm up. Stay flexibly by stretching and cool down following your workout.

Remember, it doesn’t not have to cost a lot of money to activate the family!

This is part of the Get a Move On series – keeping your child healthy through activity and movement.

Spotlight on Safety – Recall Notice

We shared this recall on our VIP Page – but with all the flurry of activity leading up to our sale in GR next week, we wanted to make sure you saw this:


If you or someone you know is a parent or is expecting, you’ll want to read this very carefully till the end as it involves your child’s safety on the road.

Major car seat manufacturers have issued recalls for multiple models. The 16 models affected by the recall do not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 and could increase the risk injury in the event of a crash. The recall includes popular brands like Graco, Evenflo and Baby Jogger.

Here are the brands and model numbers that are affected:

1. Evenflo Evolve 3-in-1 Combination Booster Seats

  • Model # 34411700 manufactured February 26, 2015, to February 9, 2016.
  • Model # 34411741 manufactured May 27, 2015, to February 9, 2016.

2.  Baby Jogger (Various)

  • City GO Infant Car Seats, model # BJ64510 and BJ64529
  • Baby Jogger CIty GO Base, model # BJ80400 and BJ61500
  • City Mini Infant Car Seat/Stroller Travel Systems, model # BJ72510
  • Vue Lite Infant Car Seat/Stroller Travel Systems, model # BJ70411, BJ70424, and BJ70431

3. Graco Milestone Child Seats

  • Model # 1910130, 1923980, 1926538, and 1926539

4. Combi USA, Coccoro Convertible Child Restraints

  • Model # 8220

5. Kiddy USA, World Plus Convertible Child Restraints

  • Model # 51100 WP

If you have any of these in your possession, contact the manufacturer or visit for details on how to get the issues fixed.

It’s Almost Here


I can’t believe it’s almost that time again! How did we get to another sale? Didn’t I just swear I needed to buy new tennis shoes and wonder how all of Winter would be gone before it was time to head back to the DeltaPlex?

We’ve been hard at work – oh, so very hard  at work – to create a bigger, better, more efficient sale for you to sell and shop.

We’ve improved drop off and pick up – the way shoppers shop – prizes for playing along – a new floor plan – I could go on. My brain is on overload – Melanie and Melissa have put thousands  of hours into making this a great success.

And here we are – one week out.

Are you prepped? Ready? Cleaned, clutter-free and ready to create some cash?


If you have any last questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask -we’re here for you! We’ll see you in ONE WEEK!

Family Traditions – The Bedtime Story

Another great post from the JBF Corporate blog this week. I can smile right along with the author, as I, too, remember so many nights with my mother reading books under the covers. In turn, I’ve created little readers myself – always longing for one more story.

The time with your child in that quiet space is precious – enjoy every last word.

StockSnap_KI0YU7B6O7-1024x683My favorite part of my night as a little girl was when my mom and I would read a story together. Although I hated the actual bed time part, I loved spending those extra few minutes with her and my favorite story. These days, the bedtime routine seems to be a thing of the past. Parents work late or kids would rather play their video game for twenty more minutes instead of reading a book. Here are a few reasons why we should bring back the bedtime story:

Encourages Reading: The bedtime story is obviously a great way to get your child reading. If he or she is young, read a book that he loves that also uses repetitive phrases that they can say with you. If he is older, take turns reading a page from a chapter book he enjoys.

Creativity: Bedtime stories also boost your child’s creativity. Reading these stories can help your child to retell them and add to their own ending.

Language Development: Reading stories every night boosts your child’s vocabulary. Exposing him to language in the stories will help him to understand and use what he is hearing.

Calming: Playing a game or looking at a bright phone screen keeps your child’s brain awake and does not help him to fall asleep. Being read to or reading will calm him. There is no bright light stimulating his brain, and he will become more relaxed making it easier to fall asleep.

Bonding: Parents and children can spend those last few minutes of the day enjoying something together. Not only can you and your child read before bedtime, you can talk, or sing nursery rhymes. No matter the age, children love to spend a few extra moments one on one with their parent.

Bring the bedtime story back to life and back into your family traditions!