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April Showers! 10 Rainy Day Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained + Screen Free

April Showers! 10 Rainy Day Activities to Keep Your Kids Entertained + Screen Free

April Showers calls for many indoor days!  Eliminate the "I'm bored!" with these 10 rainy day activities!
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Anxiety in Children

Anxiety in Children

Anxiety is rapidly growing in today's school-age children.  Read about how KidEssence is trying to help.
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Six Benefits of Fine Motor Skills

Six Benefits of Fine Motor Skills

Learn why fine-motor skills are important in a child's development and how you can help provide an environment to help your child develop these skills.

 

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Fall & Winter Events

Fall & Winter Events

It's that time of year again.  We love getting out and meeting everyone!  Here is a list of events you can find us at!  All are family friendly filled with lots of fun activities and great artists to shop from!

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH

Hoboken Fall Festival 2017

One of our favorite events to not only work, but attend! So many activities for parents and kids!  Find us and get some free hand drawn coloring pages!  

NOVEMBER 4TH

Find us at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran church for the Holiday Craft Fair in Bethpage, NY.  Yes Long Island friends!  We will be in your neck of the woods this year!  

449 Stewart Ave. Bethpage, NY 9:00am-4:00pm

DECEMBER

Lindgren Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Fundraiser - Date and Time TBD.  We love helping to support this local preschool.  Bring the kids and let them play in the school yard, read books in the library, pet the goats, chase the chickens, and enjoy the bonfire with a donkey in the background!

Location: Lindren Preschool in Closter, NJ

Stokes Farm Holiday Craft Bazaar- Date and Time TBD. Enjoy this 2 day even just before Christmas and support an amazing local farm in Old Tappan, NJ.  Grab a homemade donut, cookies, unique vinyl art, and other Christmas gifts located in their farmhouse!

23 Dewolf Rd, Old Tappan, NJ 07675

 

 

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Making the Most of the Solar Eclipse

Making the Most of the Solar Eclipse

It's been all over the news, and social media.  Every other post or reports seem to be about this Monday's Solar Eclipse.  The first in 99 years that it will be viewable from across the United States.  It's exciting to be able to witness rare events like this.  We prepared early and ordered our eclipse glasses.  We don't plan on traveling to a town that is in the path of totality though.  We do know several people that either is traveling or live in the path.  Truly lucky for them!  For us, we will see 71% of the sun obscured.  Enough to notice some change of the sun, at 1:30-2:30 pm will be i a perfect position from our house. We've been reading up with Erin on the solar eclipse and what it means.  She's really excited to see it!

As I sent out a new batch of stuffed animals to MADE in Jackson, WY this week I realized, they are in the path of totality!  And what does that mean- Jackson, WY will be bombarded with a large amount of eclipse viewers this weekend through Monday.  I started thinking, what other retailers that we partner with are in the path of totality?  And isn't this a perfect opportunity to shop small local business, especially those that promote handmade products! 

So, we've compiled a list of a few stores (we will add throughout the weekend), that sell handmade products and located in the path of totality.  If you happen to be in one of these locations these next few days, make some time to check it out.  After all, the eclipse only lasts for a few minutes.  Might as well make the rest of your visit count too, right?  

Below is a list of shops that are in/close to the path of totality (90% and above)

Starting with our retailers:

MADE in Jackson, WY- 97.3% 

Vintage Willows/Willow Baby in Loveland, CO-  95.1% 

Project Studio in Marietta, GA- 97.4% 

Old Delta Rag in Des Arc, AR- 90.5% 

Some other retailers that have some of our favorites products- we highly recommend looking for The Idea Box Kids:

Green Bean Books + Art of STEM Play Store in Portland, OR- 99.2%

Treehouse Artisans in Manor, KY- 95.5%

 

 

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KidEssence Zebra Lovey

Growing KidEssence

3 years ago, we would have never thought that seeing our products on store shelves would be a reality so when the opportunity came to us locally, we had all sorts of emotions running through our veins.  Excitement- this could really be a possibility; Nnervousness- what if the owners don't like our product?  Anxiety- how do we become successful at wholesale?  What steps do we need to take to make this successful? Fear- what if we fail?  

We've always known that our dream is to live in a world where every child is empowered through the skills they discover while their imagination runs wild.  In order to make this dream a reality, we knew we needed to work hard to get our products on store shelves.  

As of today, we are currently partnered with 10 brick + mortar boutiques across the U.S.  But that's not enough to achieve our dream.  We know we need to up our game.  And in order to do that, we have to make smart financial decisions.  

That's why we are happy to announce that KidEssence is crowdfunding a 0% interest loan on Kiva. Kiva is the first and largest micro-lending service in the world that has distributed $709 million over 10 years, in 85 different countries, among 1.5 million small businesses.

We are currently in a private fundraising period, during which we have 15 days to get 7 lenders in order to make it on the public platform where anyone on Kiva can lend to us. The funds from this loan will go towards helping us to increase the visibility of KidEssence in the marketplace by perfecting our product packaging and gaining top notch marketing tools to boost our presence in the children's educational toy industry.

We would like to ask you to lend as little $25, $50 or $100 (which you will get back!) so that we can progress to the public fundraising period. If you would like to support us, please follow this link to my profile page https://www.kiva.org/lend/1331290. This is the only way your loan will be tracked as coming through us. Thanks for your support, we are honestly so grateful that you choose to value small handmade businesses like ours.

UPDATE: Our Kiva loan has been fully funded!  

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Erin's Review of her Mermaid Doll

Erin's Review of her Mermaid Doll

The hardest part of our job at KidEssence is having a 6-year old daughter constantly looking over our shoulders as we create new products.  She would LOVE to have the prototype of everything we make, but it just doesn't happen.  We like to spoil her friends and our family's kids too, get outside opinions and reviews of our products as we develop them.  As our only child, we try really hard not make her feel entitled to everything as well.  So, once a year, she will be the recipient of a prototype.  She can be a really tough critic too!  She's waited so long to receive one of our dolls, and this year, her patience paid off.  At the end of our photoshoot, Erin got to keep the mermaid doll.  She was SO happy and excited!  At the end of the day, Erin decided to share her review of the doll:

  

As you can see, it's just.....just...so....perfect!  :D  You shop our new crochet collection including our mermaid doll here.

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When You Ask a 6-year-old for Help...

When You Ask a 6-year-old for Help...

Sometimes, the only help available comes from the smallest person in the house.  Yesterday, we asked our daughter Erin to film a video of me cutting some new fabric for baby blankets.  I
It turns out she didn't just film me working....
To see more videos from KidEssence, visit our Facebook page.
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Kid's Craft- DIY Puzzles

Kid's Craft- DIY Puzzles

It's amazing what a child can do when you just hand them a paper and markers.  A colorful masterpiece emerges and soon a pile of creativity is covering your countertop.  Erin has been creative with her artwork lately.  On Mother's Day, her creations were turned into puzzles for us to put together.  She allowed me to document her process to share with you. So here is Erin's DIY Puzzle.
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Change is a Great Thing!

Change is a Great Thing!

With the change of seasons comes a change of designs for KidEssence!  We are so excited to announce our new lines in just a few weeks!  In preparation, we've taken 30% off select baby blankets, lap desks, and chalkboards just for you!  These select designs are your last chance to get them before they are gone forever! So take a peak and place your order before they are gone for good!
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5 Ways to Help Your Superhero be Confident

5 Ways to Help Your Superhero be Confident

This Friday, April 28th, is National Superhero Day.  How cool is it that superheroes get their own day of recognition!?! In honor of National Superhero Day, we've come up with 5 ways you can help your little superhero become awesomely confident.
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Make Your Own Greenhouse - Craft

Erin came home from school yesterday with a homework assignment- find an object around the house that you can reuse as something else, decorate it and bring it into class tomorrow. Erin chose an empty one-gallon plastic carton that was sitting in our recycling bin. Master Gardener grandma got excited and suggested making a greenhouse with it.
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