Oct 26, 2016
And Then There Were Two: Groupon & CertifiKID - The Last Remaining Daily Deal Sites
Our CEO and Founder, Jamie Ratner, reacts to Groupon's pending acquisition of LivingSocial and what that means for CertifiKID: Yesterday’s big news really hit home. Groupon acquired LivingSocial, its major competitor in the daily deal space. When I launched CertifiKID more than six years ago, there were scores of daily deal sites popping up every day, all pushing to be ...
Oct 22, 2016
CertifiKid Field Report: ABCmouse.com
The brain of a little one is an amazing thing. Think about it--in the first five years they go from not being able to hold up their heads to walking, talking, and having pretty strong opinions. Any parent who’s tried to get a three year old to eat something they don’t want to, knows this all too well. Taking full advantage of those brain-forming years is so important. One of our team ...
Aug 05, 2016
CertifiKID Field Report: Educational Play with Square Panda
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." ~ Fred (Mr.) Rogers Here at CertifiKID we subscribe to the Mr. Rogers philosophy. Whether it's outdoors in nature, exploring at a museum or helping history come to life by getting out and seeing where its happened, play is ...
Jul 15, 2016
Fun Places to Find Pokémon
Gotta catch 'em all, do ya? I get it. The whole Pokémon Go thing is sweeping the globe and while there have a few scary stories surrounding the phenomenon, seeing kids - families even - getting outside, exploring, being active and having fun is pretty darn cool. Heck, my kids and I were out in the park until almost dark yesterday evening and we met three families we'd never ...
Jul 08, 2016 | Just For Fun
5 Great Ways to Enjoy Watermelon!
The laid back pace and sunny days of summer are great but if we're being honest one of the best things has got to be, watermelon! What's better than a cool, juicy slice of this sweet treat when the day has been long an hot? Not much. Then again... just when you thought watermelon couldn't get any better we go out and find these amazing, creative and tasty ways to enjoy ...
Jun 30, 2016
Expert Tips for Building Your Summer First Aid Kit
If you’ve ever had to go on a frantic search for Band-Aids while a tearful kiddo is hyperventilating, sure that scrape on their knee will cause them to lose a limb, you know how important having a First Aid Kit is. But did you know that a change in seasons means you should be changing things up in your kit? We’ve sought some expert advice on what you should have in the family First Aid ...
Jun 20, 2016
CertifiKID Field Report: The Fun Side of Parenting... Parties with Oriental Trading Company!
Sure, this whole parenting thing can be tough. What with the crazy schedules and endless obligations. The thing is, it also can be lots of fun -- especially when we get to throw parties for our kiddos! We love Oriental Trading Company because the variety of products they offer helps make the celebrating and creating a snap. They're our party 'partner' and go-to ...
Jun 16, 2016 | Just For Fun
Road Trip Sanity Savers
Since even before the days of Griswold, the family road trip has been a right of passage. Whether it's over the river and through the woods at the holidays or down to the shore for summer, the biggest challenge in any road trip is saving your sanity. After all you can only hear, "are we there yet?!" so many times before you go loopy. And honesty, keeping the kids engaged and ...
May 25, 2016
Summer Boredom Busters
Summer is coming. Along with it come the heady smells of sunscreen and barbeque, sunny days and warm nights, and… The Bored Birds. How long does it take for your kids to start squawking about being bored? Camp, days at the pool and awesome CertifiKID adventures are great ways to keep the Bored Birds at bay. But, eventually they’ll nest in your house. We headed out ...
May 22, 2016
Digital Parenting: How Do We Keep Our Kids Safe?
Recently our CEO, Jamie came to me with an infographic about apps that posed potential risks to children. Some of them - as the parent of a teen- I knew about. Others I had zero clue about, and honestly I was a bit freaked out. In this world of digital parenting, how we do keep our kids safe? You may have seen the infographic (or a form of it) yourself on social media or in the kiddo's ...
May 04, 2016 | Just For Fun
May The 4th Be With You!
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, Shark Week, Two Different Colored Shoes Day (yup, actually a thing) it seems there is a day to celebrate just about any kooky, crazy, yummy thing you'd ever want to. So it sort of makes perfect sense that Star Wars gets it's own day too, right? Plus how fun is it to say, "May the 4th Be With You"? Go ahead, say it again. Fun, ...
Apr 20, 2016 | Just For Fun
Creative Birthday Cake Ideas
Whether it's a birthday soiree or special day celebration, the star of any party has got to be the cake. Oh, those glorious layers of sweet confection. We recently posted a creative cake idea -a tie-dye surprise cake - on our Facebook pages and judging by the number of likes, comments and shares, you're into the creative birthday cake ideas too. So, we've gone out and combed ...
Feb 12, 2016
CertifiKid Field Report: Cardpool
Gift cards, we all get them and buy them. What’s not to love? You don’t have to rack your brain trying to figure out what someone else might want, just give them a gift card and let them go get it. What happens when you find yourself the owner of a gift card for a store you’ll never set foot (or cursor) in? Team CertifiKid’s Barbara sets out to answer this question for us. Barbara: ...
Feb 05, 2016
CertifiKid Field Report: Circle with Disney
Today’s CertifiKid Field Report comes from Team Member Jennifer - mom of three (2 tweens and an 8 year old) who love their digital devices. Can Circle with Disney revolutionize the internet for this wifi family and yours? Let’s see. I had been combing the web for what seemed like forever, in an a frantic search for apps and devices to help manage our family's internet content and ...
Feb 05, 2016
Homemade Hot Cocoa (packet-free recipe)
Winter has arrived. Which isn't news to our Chicago or New York CertifiKid families (burrr.) Even our Atlanta, Los Angles and Dallas folks have had their fair share of Jack Frost nipping at their noses. This morning DC and Baltimore bundled up against single digit wind chills. With all that shivering, maybe a nice cup of hot cocoa is in order. Before you break out that packet of ...
Jan 28, 2016
CertifiKid Field Report: Brain Training of Maryland
As parents we all know what it’s like to want the very best for your kids. That starts from the minute the line or plus sign shows up in the tiny test window. By the time we nudge them on their way out of the nest, we’ll have spent countless hours researching everything from car seats to college admissions. It’s what we do, we’re parents. So what do you do when you find out your child has ...
Jan 23, 2016 | Just For Fun
Snowzilla 2016 - Freebies and a Giveaway!
Thanks so much to all the CertifiKid families who played along with our CertifiKid Snowzilla fun. We loved seeing all the ADORABE that came in! Picking just five winners was hard... like really hard! The winners are... This mom was hillairous - and brilliant - with her wine slushy. GRAND PRIZE WINNER Tiny Dinos, towering plies of snow, lots of laughs and even a ...
Jan 22, 2016
CertifiKid Field Report: Kinsa Smart Thermometer
When you were a kid, did your mom have to keep the household thermometer under tight security? Mine did. Depending on how old you are (and, I’m not revealing anything here) those thermometers could have contained actual Mercury. Really! The upside? My mom always knew where the thermometer was. That’s not quite the case with the digital one I have. I can never find the darn thing when I ...
Dec 14, 2015
CertifiKid Field Report: SmartyPants Vitamins
Confession time! We make sure our kids take their vitamins every day, but we aren’t so good about doing that ourselves. Then along came the adult gummy vitamin! Barbara and her family recently tried out a vitamin called SmartyPants (how cute is that name?!). She and her husband, as well as their six- and eight-year-old children, submitted the following Field Report. ...
Dec 07, 2015
CertifiKid Field Report: Bevy Photo Sharing & Storage
Sharing photos with family and friends has gotten a lot easier with the advent of social media. But, what if you want to share with Great Aunt Milly who isn’t into this newfangled interwebs thing, or would rather not put those photos online where they’ll be there quite possibly forever? Is there a way to share without putting it all ‘out there’? CertifiKid Team Member, Nikki, went on a ...