TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Executive Board Letter
- Guest Column
- LexFUN!’s Annual Spring Consignment Sale
- Upcoming Special Events
- Kindergarten Korner
- Community Service
- The British Are Coming! Well, Maybe Not …
- Sun Safety for Our Children
- Many Thanks!
REMINDER: Our Newsletter is organized into 6 tabs (i.e., sections) which appear across the black bar right under our logo – Home, “All Things Consignment,” LexFUN! Events for Kids, LexFUN! Events for Parents, Events In & Around Town, Membership Partners and About LexFUN! Make sure you click on all the tabs so you don’t miss anything!
April brought us warmer temperatures, lots of rain, and a full slate of activities for the LexFUN! Team! We kicked off the month with our second to last Youville visit, where the residents are always thrilled to see our smiling faces. We followed that up with Date Night at Waxy’s, where apparently my husband showed up without a date! Our drop in center wrapped up its season in April after a fun filled 8 months, and the team is already making plans for next year’s activities. Last, but not least, Mother Nature got in the way of the Patriots Day parade, but word on the street is that we were a lock for 1st place with our float this year!
May should bring more days outside and, perhaps more importantly, more warmth! While the school year is slowly winding down towards summer, our calendar remains busy with our final Youville visit and the Annual LexFUN! Consignment sale, our largest event of the year. For those of you who have never experienced it, imagine an amazing cross between a charity event, a yard-sale, and a stampede. This year’s event will be held at the Field House at the Lexington High School on May 16th. It is our most important fundraiser of the year, and generates enough money for us to provide scholarships for many children in our area to attend pre-school who otherwise would not be able to. We hope to see all of you there in one fashion or another, whether you are volunteering or just perusing the merchandise!
Lastly, on a personal note, this will be my last newsletter, as I am officially “graduating” from the LexFUN! Board in June. The time has truly flown by – early days on WinterFUN!, happy memories as our Photographer, and the past two years helping manage the group as Co-Pres. I consider it a privilege to have worked with all of you, and while I am sad to be moving on, I am thrilled to see the organization in such amazing hands.
Lindsay Wedell for the LexFUN! Executive Board
- If you take it out, put it back.
- If you open it, close it.
- If you throw it down, pick it up.
- If you take it off, hang it up.”
From Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Embarking on a home organization project? Channel your favorite celebrity chef personality and organize your home like a chef would organize her kitchen. The term mise-en-place, or, “put in place” is a French phrase that means to gather and arrange the ingredients and tools needed before you begin cooking. For moms on the go, this is a foolproof method to remain ahead of the clutter and disorganization that comes with managing a busy home. Still not sure how to translate this to household organization?
Start by setting family rules to specifically address areas of frustration. By enlisting the help of all family members the task of home organization becomes less of a dreaded chore.
- A huge first step it to make everyone responsible for his or her own things. Keep an “Up/Down” bag at the base of the stairs for items that belong on the second floor. Have the kids take turns emptying it at the end of every day.
- Next is to establish a welcome home practice. We have a process in our family where every family member empties their bag and coat pockets every time they come home. There is a drop zone in our mudroom for school forms, keys, phones, sport equipment, etc. It took some time, but now that the family is on board, forms are no longer forgotten, equipment isn’t misplaced and getting out of the house is an easier task.
- Growing families accumulate a lot of stuff! From too short pants to discarded toys, a home can get pretty cluttered. Set aside a place for everyone to put his or her outgrown clothes, shoes and toys. Hang up those shirts (with the hanger positioned so the top forms a question mark when looking at the garment) throughout the year so when it comes time to tag your consignment sale items you know exactly where everything is and the sorting is already done for you.
- Going shopping, have returns? Keep reusable shopping bags in the car so you can quickly grab and go. Dedicate one of those bags to returns and file those receipts after the return is made.
- Need help organizing paperwork? Well that’s another article for another month!
We are all wired differently. Some thrive in disorganized chaos while others get headaches looking at a pile of paper. As an Independent Consultant for Thirty-One, I have personalized bags for each of the areas listed above. I am a more productive person, happier wife and friend and better mom when my mind and home are not cluttered. If you are interested to learn more about how Thirty-One can organize your life or need help getting started on an organizing project, contact me to set a plan in motion. We have some great specials running specifically for home organization and your mudroom, playroom, pantry and closets are projects I love to tackle!
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LexFUN!’s Annual Consignment Sale is a fantastic one-day sale of high quality, gently used maternity and children’s clothing (newborn to 12 – all seasons), toys, games, books, strollers, car seats, high chairs, cribs, baby furniture, bouncy seats, baby gear and equipment, bikes and wagons. NEW this year we will be selling maternity clothes, and tween sizes! We bring together hundreds and hundreds of buyers and sellers under one roof for this exciting one-day shopping event!
Also, to make shopping as convenient as possible, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Credit Cards.
DATE: Saturday, May 16th
TIME: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Bargain Bag Sale ($20) from 2:15-3:00 pm
PLACE: Lexington High School Field House, 251 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421
• No strollers allowed inside while you shop; you’ll be asked to leave your stroller in our designated stroller parking area
• Bring your own bags if you want
- Go early and have time to spare – With thousands of clothes, toys and equipment to choose from, go to the Sale early and give yourself extra time to shop. Slow down and look through all the racks.
- Know what you need – Go through your children’s closets and drawers beforehand and make a list of what’s needed. Think about seasonal needs and put sizes right on your list (e.g., Katie – spring clothes, size 6 mos; winter clothes, size 12 mos, Nicky – spring clothes, size 6, winter clothes size 7, boots size 2).
- Plan which Sale areas you’ll shop first – We sell many different types of children’s products –Clothing, toys, baby gear, strollers, bikes and wagons, to name a few. It’s best to prioritize which areas of the sale you want to shop first- ie, which items you need the most. The best baby gear items go fast, so go there first if that’s on your list.
- Leave the kids at home – You will find shopping more enjoyable if you leave your little ones at home. Also, strollers aren’t allowed on the selling floor. We’ll ask you to leave them in our designated stroller parking area.
- Bring a friend – Shopping is more fun with a friend!
You still have a few more days to tag your items for the Consignment Sale!
Tagging Deadline: All tags must be printed by midnight on Tuesday May 12th, 2015. The Consignment Sale Website will be locked down and closed at midnight on Tuesday, May 12th. This means tags cannot be printed after this date. So please plan accordingly and please remember to print your price tags on white cardstock (60, 67 or 110 pound).
Sellers can sell oversized items like swing sets without transporting them to the sale!
Here are the details:
- What kind of oversized items can be sold? Swing sets, large climbing structures, forts, large children’s picnic tables, oversized children’s riding vehicles, children’s bedroom sets, and any other type of large children’s items which are too big to fit into your car.
- How do you sell it? (1) Create a bar code price tag for the item, just like you would for clothes or toys. (2) Tape the bar code price tag and a photo of the item (your own photo or copied from manufacturer’s website) onto a piece of card stock/cardboard. (3) Then write the following onto the card stock/cardboard:
(a) Pick Up Instructions – tell buyers where they must go to pick up the item (e.g., “buyer must pick up swing set from East Lexington home”),
(b) Any Special Instructions, such as “bedroom set available for pick up after May 20th),
(c) your name and phone number or email, so the buyer may contact you to arrange for pick up.
- Drop off details — You do not have to bring the oversized item to the Sale. You only need to drop off the piece of card stock/cardboard with the bar code price tag and other details. You can drop it off during regular drop off times (Friday, May 15, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.).
- What if the item doesn’t sell? — You keep it! Unlike clothes or toys, oversized items like swing sets cannot be donated to charities. So if your item doesn’t sell, you simply keep it. Oversized items do not qualify for the bargain bag sale either. If it doesn’t sell during our regular pre-sale or sale hours, you keep the item.
Do you have some outgrown children’s clothes, toys or baby gear but just don’t have time to tag them? Please consider donating them to LexFUN! 100% of the proceeds will go towards LexFUN!’s Community and Preschool Scholarship Fund.
Bring your items to the Lexington High School Field House on Friday, May 15th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and head directly to the “Donated Items” section (there will be signs posted). Please remember we cannot accept the following items for donation:
- Car seats more than 5 years old (by law, we can’t sell them; we have to throw them away)
- Drop-side cribs
- Children’s clothes larger than size 12
- Stuffed animals
- Broken toys
- Violent toys such as guns or weapons
- Used bottles, pacifiers, teethers or sippy cups
- Under garments
- Outdated media like VHS or cassette tapes
We are looking for volunteers to help us with our Annual Consignment Sale on May 16th. All volunteers will be eligible to shop at the Private Pre-Sale Events (there are two this year, one Friday night and one Saturday morning), before the sale opens to the public.
Volunteers should register as a “volunteer” on our sale website. Go to www.myconsignmentmanager.com/lexfun and go to the “Volunteer” section.
If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact the LexFUN! Consignment Sale Team at Lexfunconsignmentsale@gmail.com.
Join the nationwide event celebrating moms everywhere and all we do. Join us at Tavern On The Square in Burlington for a fun night out. RSVP on BigTent.
No, this is not a “social” event, but attending may help improve your social life overall. Come and find your babysitter or mother’s helper for the Summer!! Come meet local high school and college students who are looking for summer babysitting jobs. It’s a win-win for everyone!! RSVP on BigTent.
Once again, LexFUN! is co-sponsoring Club Shake It. Club Shake It is a pop up dance club, operating for just one night a year, in support of COMPASS for homeless families, a program of COMPASS for kids. Club shake it is an adult club, with live and silent auctions, food and drink, and other fun. Shake It is an annual go-to event for Greater Bostonians who launch summer by dancing under a tent- symbolizing temporary shelter- part of the homeless family experience. Since 2002, more than 2,500 individuals and businesses have participated in Club Shake It, which is supported by sponsors, donors, and ticket sales.
This year’s theme is “Prom Night”. Tickets can be bought at www.clubshakeit.org and LEXFUN! members receive a special discount for Silver level VIP tickets! The Silver VIP level includes 7pm pre-party access (with open bar, hors d’ouevres and VIP door prize drawing), and 1 drink ticket per person. Individual Silver ticket – $100 ($125 without discount) or Silver 10 ticket pack – $1000 ($1250 without discount). Must use promo code LEXFUN at check out for discount to apply; discounts valid until May 15th.
Club Shake It will appear on Hayden Lower Field – Lexington.
For more information or to get involved please contact Sarah Humphreys, COMPASS for kids, Outreach and Development Associate, by email email@example.com, or by telephone 781-862-4446.
Enjoy the good weather and join other LexFUN! families for a social meet-up at Lincoln Park. Light snacks will be served.
Join us to kick off the summer with food, friends and fun! Come and enjoy one of the favorite LexFUN! activities of the summer – a pot luck dinner at a local outdoor concert (concert begins at 7:15 pm).
Food assignments (based on your last name) are as follows:
- A-I Desserts
- J-R Salads
- S-Z Main Dishes
Paper products will be provided. Please bring your own beverage and blanket. LexFUN!’s potluck will be over at 8 PM, so please retrieve any serving plates for food by then at our tables! If the weather looks questionable, please call (781) 862-0500 x707 for a cancellation. We hope to see you there!
Kindergarten Connection is a playdate-based program of LexFUN! that enables you and your child to meet other Kindergarteners and their families at your school over the summer – it’s a great way to ease the transition in the fall with some familiar faces. Everyone is welcome to sign up!
It is a great time to get out and help the seniors in our community. Please consider delivering Meals on Wheels. You can do the deliveries with (or without!) your children, and you may sign up for as little as one delivery at a time, which means you can participate when your schedule allows. Many of our drivers find this a rewarding activity for themselves and their children. The seniors really look forward to the weekly interaction. To sign up or find out more about delivering meals, please email Anne Boulter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But not before we built one awesome float! This year’s Parade marked the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Lexington. Centering on this theme, we focused our float’s decor on the battle and Lexington’s main man: Paul Revere. As the story goes, Paul Revere arrives in Lexington at midnight and travels to the Hancock-Clarke house to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that the British are coming. One of our LexFUN! Alumni (Nicholas Durant) was all set to lead our crew playing the role of Paul Revere on his balloon horse towards a mural of the Hancock-Clarke House! Our LexFUN! kiddies were all set to be our Patriots, complete with Patriots’ vests and Tricorn hats, sitting on our own “Lexington Battle Green”.
We have Taylor Singh, LexFUN! Board Member and owner of Avasara Events, Lexington’s number one independent event planning company, to thank for coming up with this creative plan for the float. She she pulled out all the stops and came up with a dynamic plan that included everything from building a bubble-blowing cannon to finding a blow up version of Paul Revere riding a horse to coming up with the perfect backdrop for Paul Revere’s ride to getting sod donated for the float flat bed. Thank you Taylor!!!
Last year, LexFUN! joined thousands of other organizations nationwide who are participating in the “SunWise” Program! The SunWise Program is a national health education program sponsored by the EPA that teaches children and their caregivers sun about safety and how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.
What’s the goal of the SunWise Program?
To protect our children from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays which will put them at an increased lifetime risk for skin cancer. LexFUN!’s goal is to promote public awareness about the importance of sun protection in an effort to decrease the incidence of skin cancer in our children.
Why be SunWise?
Massachusetts’ rate of skin cancer is 26% higher than the national average and it has the 15th highest melanoma death rate nationally. We need to protect our children.
What is LexFUN! doing to be SunWise?
Raising awareness in parents and encouraging them to change their behaviors related to sun safety.
Action Steps for Parents
- Apply sun screen to your children before sending them off to preschool or out to play. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours during outdoor activity
- Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors.
- Have your children wear sun-protective hats for all outdoor activities
- Limit sun exposure, especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 am to 4 pm
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We have a lot of people to thank this month!
Thank you to Patrice Cleaves and Katie Collin for putting on a rocking Date Night with an awesome band.
Kudos and thanks goes out to our dedicated Drop-In-Center moms – Sarah Carter, Jenna DiMaio-McCracken and Candice Lind – who ran our Drop-In-Center week in and week out throughout those long winter months. We couldn’t have made it through this winter with you!!
Bravo to the Consignment Sale Team — especially Kim Ryan and Jill Tierney — for running our first ever Express Tagging Event which helped a lot of moms create their tags for the Sale.
Thank you to everyone who came out to decorate our float for the Patriots Day Parade. Taylor Singh, LexFUN! Board Member and owner of Avasara Events, Lexington’s number one independent event planning company, was the creative mastermind behind our wonderful float – she pulled out all the stops and came up with a dynamic plan that included everything from building a bubble-blowing cannon to finding a blow up version of Paul Revere riding a horse to coming up with the perfect backdrop for Paul Revere’s ride to getting sod donated for the float flat bed. This lady really knows how to plan an event!! We’d also like to thank Joyce Dvorak for making all the little Patriots’ vests to outfit all our kiddos and Laura Wilkas, our wonderful graphic designer, who drew a huge version of the Hancock-Clarke house as the backdrop for Paul’s ride. And thanks to all the parents and kiddos who showed up to paint the cannon and the backdrop and decorate the float. Thank you to Wilson Farm for lending up the float flat bed and a big thank you to Wagon Wheel for donating the sod to us.