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. ...
Feb 13, 2013 | Certifikid News | Business | DC/MD/VA
Welcome to the CertifiKid Family, FamilyFINDS!
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 ...
Dec 14, 2012 | Just For Fun | About Our Deals - What We Say | DC/MD/VA
Let's Dish About Making Time During The Holidays
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 ...
Jun 19, 2012 | Just For Fun | About Our Deals - What We Say
The CertifiKid Challenge: Can a Family of Six have a Week's Worth of Fun using Only CertifiKid Deals?
This Spring Break our Director of Marketing, a mom of four between the ages of 18 and 5, accepted a challenge from our CEO. Could she entertain her whole family for a week using only CertifiKid deals? See if they could do it!
Dec 11, 2011 | DC/MD/VA
Cartoon Cuts - A Fun First Cut!
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 ...
Dec 07, 2011 | DC/MD/VA
Certifkid on ICE! at the Gaylord National DreamWorks Experience
(click HERE for a special offer on 2015 ICE! tickets and HERE for a Christmas on The Potomac package deal) Today we took the kids to the Gaylord National Resort for the first time. What an exciting afternoon we had! Entering the area, we were shocked to find this incredible waterfront, right here in DC, which we had never explored. There are a bunch restaurants, great places to shop and ...
Sep 30, 2011 | Certifikid News
An Interview with Our Founder and CEO; Jamie Ratner
Have you ever wanted to just sit and chat with the head of a company you like? You know, pull up a chair like Oprah and dish. That sort of thing. Our Founder and CEO, Jamie Ratner, was recently named one of the 2011 Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40 by the Washington Business Journal. So many of you sent along your congratulations, making the honor that much more special for Jamie and our team. ...
Sep 09, 2011
Fundraising With Certifikid Cares
Now that things have settled down and we’ve gotten that whole “Back-To-School” thing out of the way, guess what comes next …. Back to fundraising!
Sep 07, 2011
Awesome Autumn Activities
Just when we thought we’d emerged victorious over the scourge of summer schedules, school shows up on the stoop. Flip-flops and National Lampoon style family road trips are replaced backpacks and drop-off lines.
Jul 10, 2011 | About Our Deals - What We Say
Ahhh....What Can You Find Inside a Mom's Dirty Minivan?
Why is it SO hard to keep a minivan clean with two little kids? No matter how hard I try, a day doesn't go by without a spilled milk or goldfish spill. However, after running a deal on a Mobile One's car detail and getting lots of rave reviews, I finally decided (with major urging from my husband) to try the deal myself when we ran it a second time and hoped it could be my miracle ...
Jun 12, 2011 | About Our Deals - What We Say
A Certifikid Baby Shower Starring Nail Taxi & Babycakes
My little sister is about to have baby #2. I wanted to do something special for her, but we already did the big baby shower thing for her baby #1. So I had the perfect idea when I thought back to the very successful Nail Taxi party deal we ran this past Spring. I decided to make it a "drizzle" (get it...not "shower"). It turned out to be two and a half hours of relaxation, ...
May 23, 2011
All the Details on Certifikid's Birthday Party "Favorite Things" Giveaway
Now that you’ve received the email announcement about our Birthday Party "Favorite Things" giveaway, here are more details about some of our favorite things which the lucky winners of this contest will receive in their goodie bags. (If you don’t know what we’re talking about, check your email!)
May 22, 2011
A Nostalgic Trip Down on the Farm for the Mom of Certifikid's Founder
Visiting Clark's Elioak Farm today with my children and grandchildren was like going back in time to my childhood. As I entered the farm, my attention immediately went to the large story book structures that I had remembered seeing more than 40 years ago when my parents took me to the Enchanted Forest.