Get a Move On – A Trip Around the World, Part 5

map-of-australiaGood Day Mate! Welcome to Australia – the next stop in our food tour around the world. Children in Australia grow up with koalas, kangaroos and wallabies in their country. While Australians live “down under” they start their day off right, just like us, with breakfast! One of their favorite breakfast cereals is muesli. Similar to granola, muesli is toasted oats, nuts, dried fruits and cereal flakes. You can find muesli in the cereal aisle in the grocery store.

Why not take a trip to Australia with your child over breakfast? Try mixing muesli with milk – like you do with cereal. Or, mix it with any flavored yogurt for a fun way to start the day. Remember to involve your child in learning and talking about Australia – try a morning of make believe and invite a koala over for breakfast!

Next stop? Brazil!


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

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Glitter Slime

Summer is in full swing – and we’re alllllllmost to the point where I am counting down the days until they go back. But ideas like this from the JBF Corporate Blog keep the fun in summer, even when “Momma Weary” sets in!

Enjoy!


GLitter slimeWith fireworks, good food, and the red white and blue, the month of July is one of the best times of the year. Whether it’s the parades, parties, or a good time with our loved ones, summer is always a good time. However, keeping the kids entertained isn’t always easy, with the excitement surrounding your those summer days. We’ve got an awesome glitter slime recipe for families of all ages, sure to make your summer special.

Glitter Slime

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 oz of white glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Food coloring – pink, blue, green and yellow
  • Glitter
  • Cups and craft sticks for mixing

Directions:

  1. First, mix 1/2 cup of white glue, 1 tbsp of water, food coloring, and glitter in a red solo cup.
  2. Use 3 different cups for each color. Use a craft stick to mix completely.
  3. After mixture is combined, add 1/4 cup of liquid starch.
  4. Keep stirring and slime will form. When slime forms, take the slime and begin kneading.
  5. If the slime starts to stick, add some more liquid starch. Be careful not to add more than 1 tsp at a time.
  6. Braid the three colors of slime for a marbled appearance.
  7. Store in a sealed container until you’re ready to put this colorful slime to good use!

And there you have it! A fun AND pretty way to display your creative side. This slime is perfect for kids, parents, and everyone in between. We hope you try making this slime to make this summer extra fun. What’s your favorite summer craft? Leave your comments below!

Quality Counts – Shoes, Part 2

So either Godzilla came in my house, or my son’s feet have grown another shoe size in the last six weeks. I’m really looking forward to the JBF sale coming up, his poor toes are in dire straits!

So I am going through and grabbing a few pairs of shoes that are still in great condition and I could sell. Sell some, buy some. #MomForTheWin!


Look at that happy face! Barely any scuff whatsoever. I’m thinking these are in great condition.


Mayday, Mayday! This is where your attention to detail and your commitment to the quality of your items counts.

Yes, the Pinterest hack works. A bread clip does keep the flip-flop in use. But it is not appropriate for a JBF sale. We need you to check not only the tops which look cute, but the bottoms as well. Remember this for flip-flops, gym shoes, boots, sandals, etc.

We are going from a good sale to a great sale, and your commitment to quality gets us there!

Happy Tagging!

Snack Time!

It’s blueberry time in West Michigan – WOOHOO!! If you’re not already loaded up on cherries and strawberries – or if you just bleed blue – it’s your time to shine! Thanks to the JBF Corporate Blog for this cute post on summer snacks. Happy Munching!


BlueberriesJuly is here, which means tons of family fun and full-time demand for hungry kiddos! If you’re tired of hearing “Mom, I’m hungry”, this one’s for you ladies! Whether you prefer fresh fruit and vegetables or prefer to go for something a little more exciting, we’re here to help with some summer snack hacks for all appetites. Not only do we have some great ideas that will make your summer go smoothly, they’ll also keep your kids happy!

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

What You’ll Need:

  • Colby-Jack Cheese Snacks
  • 30 Seedless Grapes
  • 1/2 lb fresh strawberries
  • 4 oz low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • Honey
  • Skewers

Directions

  1. Before cutting your fruit, cut cheese into rectangles or cubes – whichever you prefer.
  2. Then cut strawberries into thirds, or keep them whole if you prefer. However, make sure they still fit on your skewers!
  3. Following chopping the fruit and cheese, place ingredients on the skewers. Start with alternating cheese, grapes, and strawberries on skewers.
  4. Finally, drizzle honey over the vanilla yogurt and serve as a dip for fruit kabobs. Enjoy!

Apple Nachos

What You’ll Need:

  •  1 crisp, sweet apple
  • 1 tbsp dark chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped almonds

Directions:

  1. Before melting your drizzle, core your apple and slice completely. Arrange in a single layer on a plate.
  2. Then, put chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave for 15-20 seconds at a time, until completely melted and smooth. Mix between heating.
  3. Following step two, in a separate bowl, melt the peanut butter for 20-30 seconds, until soft. You’ll use this to drizzle over the apples with a spoon.
  4. Finally, Drizzle chocolate and peanut butter over the apples. Sprinkle coconut and almonds over the drizzle and enjoy!

Fresh Fruit Pizza

What You’ll Need: 

  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 whole bananas

Directions:

  1. Start by cutting watermelon into circular slices, then cut into quarter slices.
  2. However, before you begin topping your slices make sure all other fruit is chopped. When toppings are ready, start with some strawberries, bananas, and blueberries. Add or remove whatever fruit you prefer!
  3. Lastly, trim the rind of the watermelon if you wish, if not your snack is ready to eat and enjoy.

And there you have it, folks! After all, who doesn’t love a summer snack that tastes good AND is guilt free? Even if you love the classics like celery and peanut butter, trying out a new snack this summer is always a good idea. What are some of your favorite snacks that your family loves? Leave your comments below!

Quality Counts – Part 4 – Shoes

So I found these boots the other day in my daughters closet. They are not the right size, and I thought they would be a perfect fit for the sale. I tossed them over to the basket where I continue to collect my items over the course of a week or two before I tag. In the toss, something caught my eye…


Those cute little purple boots… Rain boots no less… Had a gash on the upper bridge. The little girl who would get these next would have wet feet in a matter of minutes.

She would be frustrated, her mother would be frustrated. This is the kind of quality we want to ensure especially if a parent or other loved one is buying an item at one of the sales for use later in the year. How frustrating to find a crack in a rain boot two months after you’ve purchased it?!

So please add this to your quality check on your shoes. We will do more quality posts around shoes, so stay tuned. But boots are a place to check to ensure that if they are designed to keep snow or rain out, that they will do that!

Here is to happy feet!

Fun Poolside Activities

Thanks to the JBF Corporate Blog for some fun, creative ideas for your doodlebugs by the pool this summer. Here’s an inexpensive one that’s got some staying power. Enjoy!


Going to the pool with your kids is probably one of your go-to activities over the summer. Your kids probably love soaking in the sunshine and playing with their friends at your local pool and hanging out poolside. But how many times do you see your kids getting bored of just swimming around? Switch up your summer days by introducing some fun poolside arts and crafts! Your kids will have so much fun making these and will love playing with them in the water. Now you can relax and read a book by the poolside while your kids are entertained. One less worry for mom!

Pool Noodle Boats

Materials

Pool noodle
Plastic Straw
Hole puncher
Foam sheet
Directions

  1. Cut the pool noodle into 1- 3 inch pieces. You can use scissors or a knife to do so
  2. Cut the foam into triangles to be the “sail” of the boat. Punch holes on the top and bottom of the foam.
  3. If you have creative little ones they can decorate the foam sail. Bring some sharpies to the pool and your kids can doodle their favorite pictures and write their names on them! Or bring some stickers and decorate the foam with them as well. But be careful, these decorations may come off when wet.
  4. Fit the straw through each of the holes in the foam, and place the straw into the pool noodle.

 

These pool noodle boats take two minutes to make and your kids will love playing with them. They can put their toys inside of the boat and swim with their favorite toys! Your kids will also love playing with the boats with all their friends. They can have boat races in the water, play pretend games, you may even see them wanting to play with the boats once they’re out of the pool as well. The possibilities are endless!

Get a Move On – A Trip Around the World, Part 4

bowl-of-riceOur next stop in our food tour around the world is Japan! A lot like Greece, Japan is over 70% mountains and has more than 6,000 islands. Japanese children love to go to school – and like bringing their lunch. One of their favorite things to eat is rice. In fact, many Japanese kids even eat rice for breakfast!

Try a taste of Japan with your child. Cook plain white rice by adding 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rice in a pot. Cover the pot and let it boil for 20 minutes. When the rice is finished cooking, the water will be gone (a great topic of conversation with your little one!) and the fluffy rice will remain. Top your rice with soy sauce and see if you can eat it with chopsticks. “Tano-shimu!” – Enjoy!

Next stop? Australia!


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

Quality Counts – Part 3 – Zippers

Zippers… Frustrating for toddlers, annoying for teenagers, and back to frustrating again for adults when they are broken!

Here’s an example of a zipper that actually still zips, but you can tell that it is broken, as it is missing the toggle. Items like this are perfect for donation, but we kindly ask that if the zipper is not complete, either repair it completely in order to sell the item at the sale, or donate the item. 

Why? The zipper still works!

True, it does zip. However, as many of our shoppers are quickly looking for bargains in a shopping frenzy, they are counting on you to ensure that the item is in full working order. Broken zippers that don’t zip are obvious. However zippers that are half broken, or do not function the way they were originally made, fall into this quality category that we count on you to help us enforce.

Thanks for helping us keep the quality at our sales very high!

Get a Move On – A Trip Around the World, Part 3

1-1210579642iNkhOur second stop in our food tour around the world is Kenya! Home of the world’s largest tropical lake, Lake Victoria, Kenya is also known for tasty foods like bananas, beans and pumpkins. Kids in Kenya love to help their parent’s garden and one of their favorite things to grow and eat are sweet potatoes – also known as yams.

You can have a lot of fun with sweet potatoes with your child. You can slice up a sweet potato and toss it in 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper and bake at 400 for 30 minutes for your own sweet potato fries. It’s a great way to try a new food. Remember to get your child involved by asking them to help  and encourage them to participate by asking them how sweet potatoes are like baking (white) potatoes – and how they are different. Enjoy a tasty treat together!

Next stop? Japan!


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