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Backseat Activity Book

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Taking a road trip over Labor Day weekend? Try the “In the Backseat” activity book to keep the kids entertained. Available at Anthropologie.com for $16.

 

These adorable personalized birthday crowns are perfect for the kid of the day. Customize with initials or name, depending on the design. Available for $38 at ChloeInStyle.com.

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Maternity Milestone Cards

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Here’s a cute gift for the pregnant lady in your life. The Milestone Pregnancy Cards are illustrated with messages like “Today You Kicked for the First Time” and “We Found Out You Were On the Way.” The idea is to take the card, write down the date and snap a photo of belly and card. 30 6″ x 4″ illustrated cards per box. Available for $26 at PerfectlySmitten.com.

 

Pom Pom Headband

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These pom pom headbands are simple adorable. Available for $24.50 at Garnet Hill.

Sushi Baby

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I honestly can’t decide is this is hilarious or super weird, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusion. This seaweed swaddler makes a newborn look like a sushi roll. It’s a funny shower gift, anyway. Available for $48 at UncommonGoods.com.

Everyone wants to instill kindness in their children, but it can be hard to lay out a plan to do so. Teaching through action is the most important, but there are little lessons in shows found on Netflix that can reinforce the concept. (Because Daniel Tiger is just cooler than me, as it turns out.)

Here’s a list of shows (which link to specific episodes) that can teach young children a thing or two about kindness, a great lesson to instill just before school (and recess) start.


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Sales This Week

The Red Balloon Co. has opened a pop-up shop in Hyde Park at 1504 E. 53rd Street, bringing its signature style to the South Side.

This event isn’t for another two weeks, but tickets sell out early. Bump Club and Beyond hosts its signature Gearapalooza event, which showcases the best baby gear, on August 27th and 28th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Galt Baby  (1915 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago). The night is hosted by nationally-renowned baby gear expert The BabyGuy Jamie Grayson. Tickets start at $50 and include gift bags. To purchase tickets for the Chicago event, or for more information about Gearapalooza, please visit Bump Club and Beyond’s website: http://www.bumpclubandbeyond.com/gearapalooza.

Kids outgrow clothes so quickly that consignment sales are a great option to save money. (If you only pay $2 for a T-shirt, you don’t really care when it meets the business end of a marker.) Save on baby, kid, and maternity clothing as well as gear, toys, and furniture and/or unload the clothing and gear that your kid has outgrown. (Click on the links below for each sale to see consignment rules.)

Even if resale isn’t your game, the low prices make these sales worthwhile, especially for babies who can grow out of clothes in a month. But know that some moms take this very seriously. Plenty of diehards line-up early to get first pick. (There’s not a lot of smiling at these events. It’s all business. Know that before you go.) If you’re just in the market for clothes and toys, being an early bird isn’t that necessary because there is usually plenty to go around. But if you’re looking for a high chair, stroller, or the ever-coveted double stroller? Show up early because those items go first.

Do:

-Bring a laundry basket to hold your goodies, the collapsible kind is best for your own convenience.

-Bring cash. It’s the easiest and fastest way to pay, and the best way to stick to your budget.

- Bring a cardboard cutout or foot measurements of your kid’s feet to check which resale shoes will fit.

-Come with a list, because these sales can be overwhelming. Know what you need and in what sizes.

 

Don’t:

-Bring your kid, if you can avoid it, unless it’s an infant in a sling. Kids aren’t allowed to play with toys at these sales and that’s hard to explain, let alone to enforce while you’re shopping. Plus, it goes much faster without them.

-Bring strollers, they usually aren’t allowed at the sales.

Below is a roundup of the sales coming up around the area. I’ll also post them in the weekly sales listings as they come up, but this way you can plan ahead. Happy bargain hunting!

AUGUST

Kids Closet

When: Thursday, Aug. 7th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (half price sale starts at 3 p.m.), and Saturday, Aug. 9th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (half price day).

Where: Hallmark Sports Club (10850 W. Laraway Rd., Frankfort)

Admission: Free

Purchases: Cash and credit

 

Children’s Clothing & Toy Resale by Mothers & More of McHenry County

When: Saturday, August 9th from 8 a.m. to noon

Where: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1023 S. McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake

Admission: $1 or a food pantry item

Purchases: Cash

Other details: No strollers permitted; bring a laundry basket or shopping tote.

 

Lots for Tots Consignments

When: Friday, Aug. 14th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday Aug. 15thfrom 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the half-price sale on Sunday, Aug. 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Libertyville Sports Complex (1950 N. Hwy. 45, Libertyville)

Admission: Free

Purchases: Cash, Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted

 

Will County Mothers of Twins Club

When: Saturday, Aug. 23rd from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Doors close at 11 and reopen at 11:30 a.m. for half price sale on pink tag items)

Where: Romeoville Recreation Center (900 W. Romeo Rd., Romeoville)

Admission: $1 cash

Purchases: Cash only

Other details: Bring a laundry basket; no strollers or wagons permitted

 

Babies, Tots n More

When: Friday, Aug. 29th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 30th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Most items half off on Saturday)

Where: Lil’ Kickers (2640 W. Bradley Pl., Chicago)

Admission: Free; cash and credit accepted for purchases.

Other details: Large tote bags provided (no outside bags permitted).

 

SEPTEMBER

Step by Step PTA resale

When: Saturday, Sept. 13th from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; half-price sale starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.

Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds (2015 Manchester Rd., Wheaton)

Admission: Free.

 

Bugaboo Children’s Consignment Sale

When: Friday Sept. 19th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday Sept. 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the half price sale

Where: Kendall County Fairgrounds (Route 71 and E. Highpoint Rd, Yorkville)

Admission: Free

Purchases: Cash and check accepted

Other details: No large bags allowed; strollers checked on the way in. Cloth bags, rolling carts, and laundry baskets permitted for shopping.

 

Twice as Nice Mothers of Multiples

When: Saturday, Sept. 20th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Half price sale starts at noon)

Where: Park Ridge Presbyterian Church (1300 W. Crescent Ave., Park Ridge)

Admission: $1

Purchases: Cash only

Other details: Bring box or laundry basket to shop; no strollers allowed.

 

Tri-Cities Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club 

When:  Saturday, Sept. 20th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (The half price sale runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Where: Mooseheart Field House (Rt. 31 and Mooseheart Rd., between North Aurora and Batavia)

Admission: $1

Purchases: Cash or check only.

Other details: No laundry baskets or backpacks permitted, but wagons, strollers, and large tote bags are allowed.

 

The Lake County Mother of Twins Sale

When: Saturday, Sept. 20th from 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center (2007 Civic Center Way., Round Lake Beach)

Admission: $2

Purchases: Cash only

 

Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland

When: Sunday, Sept. 21st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22nd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23rd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27th from 9 a.m. to noon (half price sale)

Where: 1163 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville

Admission: Free

Purchases: Cash or credit

 

Babies 2 Kidz

When: Friday, Sept. 25th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Most items half off on Sunday)

Where: Kane County Fairgrounds (525 S. Randall Rd., St. Charles)

Purchases: Cash and credit cards

 

Posh Tots Upscale Resale

When: Friday, Sept. 26th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat., Sept. 27th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday Sept. 28thfrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Location TBD

Purchases: Cash and credit cards

 

Park Ridge Newcomers Club Spring Kids Sale

When: Saturday, Sept. 27th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: St. Andrews Lutheran Church (260 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge)

Admission: $2 cash

Purchases: Cash or credit card; minimum $50 purchase for credit cards. Sales tax charged on all purchases.

Other details: Bring a laundry basket to shop; no strollers or carts allowed.

 

Moms of Multiples

When: Saturday, Sept. 27th from 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Unitarian Church of Evanston (1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston)

Admission: $1

Purchases: Cash only

Other details: One laundry basket allowed; no strollers permitted

 

OCTOBER 

Highlands Clothing Exchange (for infant and preschool children)

When: Wednesday, Oct. 15th, Thursday, Oct. 16th, when many items are half off.

Where: Grace United Methodist Church (300 E. Gartner Rd., Naperville)

Purchases: Cash and check only.

 

Millburn Kids Resale

When: Friday, Oct. 17th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m and Saturday, Oct. 18th from 8 p.m. to noon

Where: Millburn West Middle School (640 Freedom Way, Lindenhurst)

Purchases: Cash only

Other details: No strollers

 

Church of the Nazarene: Children’s Clothing and Toy Resale

When: Saturday, Oct 18th from 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Church Gym (12725 Bell Rd., Lemont)

Admission: Free

Purchases: Cash only

Other details: One laundry basket allowed; no children or strollers permitted.

 

NOVEMBER

Here Whee Go Again North

When: Thursday, Nov. 20th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday Nov. 21st from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday Nov. 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Nov. 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Rt 12 and Rt 22., Lake Zurich

Admission: $5 for Thursday, otherwise free

Purchases: Cash or credit for purchases over $30

 

Dates Still TBD

Growing Cents of Style

When: Dates TBD

Where: 22N102 Pepper Rd., Lake Barrington

Admission: Free

Purchases: Cash and Visa/Mastercard accepted

Other details: Bring your own bag.

 

Miraculous Multiples Mothers of Twins Club

When: Dates TBD

Where: Huntley Park District (12015 Mill Street, Huntley)

Admission: $1

Purchases: Cash or check accepted

Other details: Bring a laundry basket; no strollers permitted.

 

Twice Trendy

When: Dates TBD

Where: Grundy County Fairgrounds (8890 Route 47, Morris)

Purchases: Cash, credit, and check.

Searching for extracurriculars for your kids? New site Learnivore.com connects parents with instructors in the arts, athletic and academics. Through August 22nd, the site is offering free concierge services for anyone who posts a lesson request.

Here’s how it works — those behind the site will find several instructors and have them post profiles and reply to your requests. It’s free for potential students and instructors while the site builds up its community. (Check out a sample instructor profile here.)

So hook up the kids with a soccer coach, math tutor, violin teacher or yoga guru before the summer ends and get to know this new service before every other parent is in on it.

Sales This Week

Two locations of Once Upon a Child (9520 W. 159th St., Orland Park, 708-364-6333; 2108 Plainfield Rd., Crest Hill, 815-744-0202) are hosting a $8 grab bag event on Thursday, July 31st from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Stuff as many items into a clearance bag as possible for $8.

Cat & Mouse game store (2212 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, 773-384-4454) is holding its annual summer clearance sale, with games and puzzles priced 40 to 70 percent off, plus a $5 clearance table from Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd.

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