Just Keep Swimming

Swim Lessons for Kids, Fishers, IndianaOne of the best things about our new neighborhood is the pool. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we can swim to our heart’s content at this beautiful pool, staffed with competent lifeguards. It won’t lie- it is DREAMY. But, Indiana.

This winter the Kahuna Kids will be swimming at the Fishers Goldfish Swim School, and I am so excited for them! Goldfish Swim School has two Indy metro area locations – one on the east side of Fishers and one in Carmel. Classes are offered every day of the week for the very young through 12 years old.

While the Fox was ready to jump in with both feet, Mam was feeling a little self conscious. She was clearly the oldest person in her class, and due to my underestimating her swimming ability, she wasn’t even in the highest class they offer. Oops. What I appreciated though, was at her very first lesson, she received a progress card indicating she’d mastered everything she needed to move up to the “Pros” class- which is the last level before swim team. As we scheduled her into the new level, the staff was sensitive to the fact that she wanted to be a group with older kids.

Thinking about Swim lessons this winter? Check out Goldfish! Their classes are ongoing, and kids can join in at anytime. You can even wrap a new beach towel and some goggles and stick them under the tree- with the real gift being a winter’s worth of swimming lessons. Hop on over to Goldfish Swim School and take look at their special holiday offer!

Disclosure: Thanks to Goldfish Swim School for partnering with us this winter to build my summer swimmers over this winter in exchange for my honest review of their programs! 

Listen to Your Mother 2015- The Indianapolis Videos

They’re up! They’re amazing (that’s my unbiased opinion). Sit down by yourself or with your daughter or with your BFF or with your own mom or your favorite mom crush and enjoy.

I’m sharing the whole playlist here (mine’s first- convenient, eh?)- and if it leaves you wanting more, head over to the Listen to Your Mother You Tube Channel. There were playlists for every show this year, and actually, playlists for every show since the inception of Ann Imig’s creation in 2010. Videos aren’t your thing? View the text of my reading, Real Moms.

Indy Kids Consignment Fall 2014 Sale: Shopping Advice and a Giveaway

It’s that time of year again- it’s fall consignment sale season! Every night this week I’ve sat down with a pile of tags and some safety pins and have tagged away at the inventory I’m selling this year.

The annual Indy Kids Consignment Fall sale is happening next week, with the pre-sale happening on Wednesday, September 10th, and then the actual sale happening on September 11-13. Even though it’s 98 degrees out right now, the time for long pants and boots will be here before you know it.

I’ve consigned with IKC for several years now, and I always shop the pre-sale. Getting to the sale as early as you possibly can is crucial to getting the best inventory, I’ve purchased winter coats, shoes, boots and so much more at these sales. Wondering what else might be in stock? Check out my article on FunCityFinder for all of the details.

Here are three things to keep in mind when you get ready to shop:

1) Wear comfortable shoes, and don’t bring in anything extra. There are no shopping carts, so you many want to bring a tote bag or even a hamper on wheels. You may want to wear a cross-body bag or  (gasp!) a fanny pack. Basically, you want your hands free, because you’ll need them.

2) Make a note of your kids’ sizes. Yes, they’ll hate you for it, but you have to know. Haven’t had your kid measured for shoes lately? Trace the outline of his foot on the back of your shopping list to use as a guide.

3) Speaking of a shopping list….make one. I always go through what my kids have, and then make a list from there.

4) Set aside an adequate amount of time to shop. The showroom is HUGE. If you’ve never been, it’s hard to even picture. It takes time to go through the different areas of the sale, it takes time to use a sorting table to make final decisions, and it takes time to get through the checkout. It’s much more enjoyable if you’ve given yourself a minimum of an hour, if not two.

5) Bring a friend! Because, obviously.

It's an invasion of Little People! Toys sell fast at every sale.
It’s an invasion of Little People!
Toys sell fast at every sale.

 

{THE GIVEAWAY}

Enter to win a pair of pre-sale passes for 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 10th.

To enter, leave a comment and tell me what’s on your shopping list this year.

For additional entries, tweet about this giveaway, linking back to this post- look-all the work’s done for you! After you tweet, leave a comment telling me that you did.

Tweet: Enter to win pre-sale passes to the Fall @IKCSale from @gotchababy. Clothes don’t buy themselves, & your kids have grown! http://gotchababy.com/?p=4171

For another additional entry, share this post on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me that you did.

This giveaway will be open through noon on Monday, September 8th, and the winner will have 24 hours to respond. If there’s no response, another winner will be selected.