Our first live event for family-focused business owners, "Imagine the Places Your Business will Go," held on February 24, 2014, ended up being so much more than we imaged it would be.
Hundreds of entrepreneurs gleaned advice and inspiration from speakers that included; Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie, Co-Founders of ThinkFun, a global toy company; Jill Smokler, the New York Times Best Selling Author and mom behind the blog Scary Mommy; Eric Knaus, better Known as The Great Zucchini; Ben Johns, President of SCOUT by Bungalow, the wildly popular lifestyle brand; and Jamie Ratner our founder and CEO here at CertifiKid.
Sponsors provided products, talents and support for the event, making it a truly unique experience. Sign design and printing was provided by Speedpro Imaging of Silver Spring, stage and meeting area decor was artfully created by Tru-B-Loons Events.
Attendees got to show their fun side at XoXo Photobooth Photography & Events.
Everyone was treated to sweet suprises from Tasty Image, Baked by Yael and Carmen's Italian Ice & Cafe. Networking was held over a gourmet lunch featuring the famed sandwiches from The Bean Bag Deli & Catering, which were given some extra pop from a side of PopChips.
Thank you to everyone who atteneded and supported this this event! It was all we imagined and so much more!
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Like the mystery of the one missing sock --you know you put six pairs in the washer, counted twelve single socks as you loaded the dryer and yet only five pairs make it out-- where time goes is a puzzle.
Didn’t Summer just start? Aren’t we supposed to be at the beach, not in the carpool line? Wake up on Saturday morning and before you know it, it’s time to set your Monday alarm clock.
Time really flies when you're raising kids.*
Until someone gets that Time-Turner from Professor Dumbledore (shout out to our Potter Parents out there!) we need to find ways to make the most of the time we have! These are a few tips to help make the most of the tick-tock of the clock;
Pick Your Memories. Fall is farm season. Hayrides, petting zoos and apples await at farms just outside the city limits. Our team has handpicked some great farm deals. Be sure to check "All Deals" in your city, we add more all the time.
Change Your Point of View. See your hometown from a whole new perspective with a sightseeing tour on the water or from a double decker bus. Being a tourist in your town can be an easy adventure. Looking for the latest tours in your town? Check "All Deals" again!
Unplug. This might be easier said than done for most of us, but give it a try. No internet connection can be the best way to make that family connection.
Escape. Sure summer is the season of vacations, but Fall is far better for avoiding crowds and saving the budget. A mini-vacay, not far away, can really make those weekend hours last.
Reconnect. We dig our offspring. They are among the coolest kids we know… obviously. Spending time with them is a blast! Let’s face it though, sometimes you just want to hang out with the grownups. Do it. Really. Time for you is important too.
“What we need, is more time.” ~Albus Dumbledore
Have advice or ideas on more ways to make the most out of time with your family? Let us know!
*accept for the time you spend waiting in the pick-up line at school, in waiting rooms or waiting for them to clean up their rooms!Keep Reading »
Do you remember how excited you were when you brought home your new baby? How many hours did you spend thinking about all the amazing things that little one had ahead of them. Though we’d never suggest that starting a new chapter in business could ever measure up to the sheer joy of new life, we can say that we are feeling a lot of excitement these days!
This week we announced the arrival of a new member of the CertifiKid family as
Chicago-based FamilyFINDS became part of CertifiKid. While we are totally stoked to be creating a coast-to-coast powerhouse in the family-focused daily deal market, we are even more excited to get the chance to be part of these Chicago and LA communities and connect with even more parents and business owners.
Because of you, our hometown community, we have been recognized by CNBC, The Washington Post, and Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best deal websites for parents, while consistently outpacing our top competitors here at home. We are proud to be able to say that we’re here to stay, even in a daily deal landscape where many continue to re-shape themselves or shutter their doors.
In 2012, we innovated the market by becoming the first deal site to focus on deals for the families of children with Special Needs in our community. We will be taking our community-based, flexible, selective and personalized way of doing things to the Los Angeles and Chicago metro areas and upping our game with great national deals as well.
A little bit about FamilyFINDS - they burst onto the family-focused deal scene in December of 2010 with $5.75 million dollars in funding backed by the talents of Internet industry veterans who founded and ran several successful consumer businesses valued at over $1 billion, including the founder of FamilyFun magazine, who also ran the Disney Internet Group, and the founder of LowerMyBills.com (acquired by Experian). Since opening their doors, FamilyFINDS has established a brand reputation and following that has garnered it hundreds of thousands of loyal customers within the communities of major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles and its current headquarters in Chicago.
“We are so delighted to pass the baton to CertifiKid for the benefit of our loyal subscribers,” said Lindsay Cohen, FamilyFINDS CEO. “CertifiKid is a fantastic team of parents (like our subscribers and me) who will carry on the invaluable work of offering terrific values on the products and services families want and need, but in their own special and winning way.”
This acquisition has grown the CertifiKid family, enabling us to build relationships between businesses - big and small, local and national - and families of all shapes, sizes and needs.
We are kicking off this new chapter by offering unbeatable deals from popular vendors here at home and in our new home markets: Adventure Park USA in the DC and Baltimore markets; Disney on Ice, The Paintbrush and Language Stars in Chicago; and
Rockstar Salon, Wildlife Learning Center and Fun and Fit Gymnastics in Los Angeles.
We’ve even got a little “buzz” to share with you from the Washington Post Capital Buzz!
Ah, the holidays... the hustle and bustle, the parties, shopping, wrapping, scheduling and cleaning, oh my! Whether you deck the halls or light the menorah the holidays are so much more than just eight crazy nights. And we do this all on TOP of the already busy lives we lead. It’s enough to have you dreaming of a long winter’s nap!
We don’t know about you, but the whole CertifiKid team is always in search of that extra hour in every day. So when we find something that could help us take something off our plates, we sort of get excited. When that something happens to also fill the plates that have to hit the dinner table every night, well that is a big win in our book.
As it happens we’ve found a great new way to add that extra hour to our days, get the kids fed and do it with food that isn’t in nugget form or deep fried. How do we do this? Do you know about Let’s Dish!? Well, let us dish! (Okay, we couldn’t help but toss out that pun, it sort of wrote itself).
Let’s Dish helps you get that extra time back by helping you get dinner (or lunch) done. There are a few ways to “dish” it out at Let’s Dish!. You can assemble meals yourself in a super fun in-store session, take them home, let them chill in the fridge or freeze, and then just pop them in the oven when you’re ready. Or you can have them whip you up a customized - pre-assembled- selection, just for you. Guess what, they call that “Dish-n-Dash”... too cute, huh? Want to make your holidays even easier? Check out their NEW Dish-Delivery. Just place your order online and have your catered spread delivered ready for you to pop in the oven. Then toss on your super cute party look and wow the guest with your amazingness.
So, dish... how do you add extra time to your busy holiday schedule?
(We've also got a great deal from Let's Dish! that INCLUDES a gift card for a friend... share the fun! )Keep Reading »
The CertifiKid Challenge: Can a Family of Six have a Week's Worth of Fun using Only CertifiKid Deals?
As a child, I had a terrible first haircut experience. My mom had my hair chopped off into a bowl like a boy. It was so traumatic that she immediately took me to get my ears pierced so people knew I was a girl. So, when I had my daughter, I swore I would NEVER get her hair cut until it was super long and would only get it trimmed! Well, she is two and a half and her hair is down to the middle of her back when straight (but it's really only up to her shoulders because of her curls). I decided it was FINALLY time to bite the bullet today. I took her to Cartoon Cuts since they specialize in kid's hair and I had heard they make the first haircut a special experience. I have to say.....it was such a special, wonderful experience!Keep Reading »
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