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 ...
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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 ...
Nov 24, 2015
Why We Love Minted - and a $250 Giveaway too!
Every now and then there are moments here at CertifiKid when the whole team gets excited about something. Maybe even overly excited. Like the day Beth found out that our area was a test market for Starbucks delivery (Mind. Blown.) Then, there was the day that Barbara introduced us to Minted. It went something like this… “I'm coveting those holiday postcards this season. What ...
Nov 16, 2015
How to Talk to Your Kids about the Paris Attacks and Other Hard Stuff
Parenting is a tough job, made even harder when bad things happen and we have as many questions as our kids do (if not more). Like you, Team CertifiKid has been reeling with the news of the attacks in Paris, as well as Beirut last week. We too are struggling with how to talk to our kids about what happened and what it means. No parent is given a manual on day one that tells us how to ...
Oct 05, 2015
Awesome Autumn Recipes
Was that a leaf that just fell from the tree? Yippee, that must mean that fall is finally here. We can't wait to get out hit the fall farms, festivals and plethora of pick-your-own places. Apples, and cider, and pumpkins... oh, my. If you're anything like us you just can't help but load up on the bounty of harvest season, which means you too have found yourself with a house ...
Jul 16, 2015
Insider Tips on Indoor Family Fun in Washington D.C. (and beyond!)
Just because the weather isn't playing nice doesn't mean you have to put off having fun with the family. With that in mind, Team CertifiKid set out with our families to find the best places to take the fun indoors. From "top secret" spy missions to high flying fun, we found tons of ways to make any day awesome. International Spy Museum (Washington DC) In a city best ...
Feb 23, 2015 | Just For Fun | Certifikid News
Our CEO Brings You The Inside Scoop From The 2015 Toy Fair In NYC
One of the things I love most about running CertifiKid, is finding new things my kids will love - and yours too. It’s like I get to be a kid all over again. I certainly felt like one this past weekend when I attended the 2015 Toy Fair in New York City. Just imagine over 400,000 square feet filled with TOYS! I know, right? WOW! I had a blast getting an insider’s look at the latest and ...
Apr 16, 2014
Moms Who Rock: Deb Johns, CEO of SCOUT
As the song goes, "She Works Hard for the Money." Now, Donna Summer may have been singing about a freewheeling single gal there, but the sentiment is doubly true when that gal answers to “Mommy”. Working moms have evolved from the lines of cheesy, chart-topping 80s pop tunes to head up some of the most successful businesses on the planet, all while managing to make sure ...
Feb 28, 2014
Imagine the Places Your Business will Go: So Much More than We Imagined
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 ...
Aug 29, 2013
Five Ways to Make Time for Everything this Fall
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. ...
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