Cheap, Easy, Fun! The Scavenger Hunt Reinvented

Whether it’s for a birthday party, a holiday gathering or a group bonding event, scavenger hunts are fun for people of all ages.

Here’s a new take on an old favorite!Image

 

The Inverted Scavenger Hunt

DESCRIPTION: Play at any large store like Target, Walmart or K-Mart.

RULES:

  1. Split into 2 teams of at least 3 people each.
  2. Each team gets 1 shopping cart.
  3. Establish a home base (could be the front of the store, near the restrooms, etc.)
  4. Each team is allowed 10 minutes to gather 10 items from around the store (the more obscure the better!) Meet back at home base and switch carts.
  5. The team that puts all the items in their new cart back in their original locations the fastest wins! You must take a picture to document that the item is back on the correct shelf.
  6. Whichever team is back to home base first with all ten pictures WINS!

 

Other rules: No running! No disturbing other shoppers! No asking the store staff for help!

January 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Just can’t wait to get your hands on some

TruKid?

Here are some Bay Area retailers that are carrying the TruKid skincare products you love!

Transports– College Avenue, Oakland, CA

Rockridge Kids– College Avenue, Oakland, CA

Montclair Sports– 1970 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA

Tot Tank– 1413 Park Street, Alameda, CA

The Nurture Center– 3399 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA

Our main TruKid offices– 129 Filbert Street, Oakland, CA

Don’t see any stores in your area? Email liz@trukid.com to become a TruKid ambassador for your city or neighborhood!

October 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Back to school, back to healthy habits!

Summer is officially over and the school year brings an entirely new set of challenges for kids and parents. While your kids are learning about writing, science and math in school, why not teach them other important skills and habits at home?

Kids can gain independence in their organization and personal care by establishing simple routines. Here are a few tips for guiding your children to form healthy, helpful and independence-building habits:

  • Send your children to school and after school activities with sunscreen (TruKid Facesticks are especially convenient!) Though recess is only for a short time, children can get sunburnt being outside in this hot September weather. Remind them to lather up before recess and soccer practice!
  • Remind your children to wash their hands before and after each meal and regularly throughout the day. Children’s immune systems are much less developed than those of adults, so they’re more susceptible to germs. Washing up regularly can help prevent colds and other illnesses.
  • Give your kids a very simple list of chores and reward them for completing tasks.
  • Encourage them to gather everything they need for school and their activities the night before (make lunch, pack backpack, lay out clothes, etc.).
  • Convening as a family every morning to go over the day’s activities and appointments can make your days less stressful.

Not only can these simple tips teach children to take care of their bodies, but can also help them develop a sense of independence and proactivity at home and in school while taking some stress off of you parents!

Stay tuned for more TruKid tips for building healthy habits to last a lifetime!

October 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TRUKID!

Join in the birthday fun by entering our super easy Facebook giveaways!

All this week we’ll be celebrating TruKid’s birthday by giving YOU gifts! Each day we’ll post a special birthday question on our Facebook page- all you have to do is comment on the post answering the question and you’ll be entered to win free TruKid products EVERY DAY! 

Check us out at:   http://www.facebook.com/TruKidProducts

Help us blow out the candles on our eco-crafted cake by entering our Facebook birthday giveaways!

September 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

TruKid Presents: PROJECT ECO-CRAFT

Making good on our eco-friendly promise, TruKid is launching Project Eco-Craft, hours of fun for you and your kids to enjoy while doing your part to create a healthier planet. Not only do we use completely biodegradable formulas that are free of environmentally harmful toxins as well as BPA-free plastics, but we’re also finding innovative ways to recycle and repurpose TruKid packaging. From sail boats to piggy banks to luggage tags, the TruKid team has cooked up over seventy different ways to extend the fun of TruKid products and to keep materials out of landfills. You can turn vibrantly colored TruKid bottles, caps, pumps and labels into virtually anything- toys, costumes, jewelry, accessories, gifts, organizers, household and gardening tools and so much more! We’ll be posting pictures of and instructions for crafts we’ve done so far on our Facebook and Pinterest pages to give you a little inspiration, but we’re also excited to see and hear your great ideas! Stay posted for announcements about our upcoming TruKid Eco-Crafting contests for your chance to win awesome TruKid prizes. With a little imagination, we can work together towards a sustainable future.

Follow us on Pinterest  for more great eco-crafting examples and ideas!

http://pinterest.com/trukid/project-eco-craft/

September 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Big Rewards for taking Small Actions!

What is Recyclebank?

Recyclebank is a rewards program whose mission is to inspire others to take actions that will have a positive impact on the environment. When you make those actions, you can earn points to use for rewards. Rewards include products, discounts, coupons (online and printable), or donations to support environmental education in schools.
Or, you can pay the good deed forward by donating your points to support environmental education in schools.
Through these rewards programs, we not only help our own neighborhoods and cities, but we can see what how collective actions result in one serious collective impact. It’s our world, let’s better it together.

What does this have to do with TruKid?

Trukid is proud to be a partner with Recyclebank. When you earn 100 points on recyclebank’s website, you can then redeem those points on their website for a Trukid coupon code that will give you 20% off your order when you order through Trukid’s website.  A win for you and a win for the environment!!

100 POINTS = 20% Off Total Purchase

brought to you by TruKid: Natural Skin, Hair and Suncare for Kids!

Online Reward

So how do you get started?

First, you will need to sign up for Recyclebank. Go to http://www.recyclebank.com Once you are registered, head over to the Earn Tab to start earning points! You can earn points from Recyclebank in a variety of ways. This includes home recycling, using points code on specially marked packages, by learning (Learn & Earn), referring a friend, or completing a certain online action. These update often so you will need to check in or view your occasional emails from Recyclebank to participate in the new offers.

Refer-a-friend

Spread the word & earn, earn, earn.
Encourage your neighbors & friends to become members. Recyclebank will hook you up with 10 Recyclebank Points for each person that joins because of you.

So, check it out!

The Trukid Team

January 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Snow, Sun and Fun! Oh, and a coupon code too!

Most Americans are aware of the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation during summer. Yet we often forget that winter activities such as snow skiing or snowboarding also pose a high risk of sunburn. UV is more intense in alpine regions because the atmosphere is thinner due to altitude, letting more UV reach the earth’s surface.

Snow is very efficient at reflecting UV radiation, which puts exposed areas such as the face at increased risk of sunburn. Don’t be fooled by cold and cloudy days – you can still get sunburnt in the snow. Always cover up with clothing, eye protection and sunscreen.

Protective clothing and hats
Suggestions include:

  • A balaclava or beanie that covers your ears, will keep your head warm and reduce the risk of sun exposure.
  • Scarves and jackets with high collars do a great job at keeping you warm and dry but also protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Apply sunscreen
Suggestions include:

All exposed areas of skin should be covered in water resistant, broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen. Sunscreens can block out 80% of harmful rays

Apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before venturing outside to allow absorption time.

Put some sunscreen in your jacket pocket and reapply every two hours.

Eye Protection

Always wear wraparound sunglasses or goggles. Aim for a snug fit, so that UV can’t get through the top or sides of your eye wear.

Choose eye wear that  will block 95 per cent of UV radiation.

Sunglasses and goggles can be fitted with prescription lenses. See your optometrist for more information.

For one week only Trukid is offering 25% off all Sunny Days SPORT water resistant/unscented SPF 30+ sunscreens, both our 2oz size and 3.5oz size. Also our Sunny Days water resistant Face and Body stick!

Now is the time to stock up for the whole family for your winter fun trips. Remember, the 2oz also comes in a 3 pack, the 3.5oz also comes in a 2 pack and the face & body stick comes in a 3 or 5 pack. All this saves you even more money!!!

To get this fabulous offer just use the coupon code: winter25 at checkout. Visit us at www.trukid.com

Stay warm, stay dry and stay safe.

The TruKid Team

December 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

WE ARE CHAMPIONS!!

We here at Trukid are proud to be a compact signer for the Environmental Working Group. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics just came out with their report and we are listed as a Champion!! Please read on…..

Market Shift: The story of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
and the growth in demand for safe cosmetics

by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
November 30th, 2011

MarketShiftReport
Download Market Shift

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ report Market Shift describes the seven-year project during which the Campaign worked with companies through the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, the voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals banned in other countries, avoid harmful ingredients whenever possible and fully disclose product ingredients.

Market Shift highlights the 321 cosmetics companies (we call them “Champions”) that met the goals of the Compact. Another 111 companies (we call them “Innovators”) made significant progress toward those goals. This is great news for you, the consumer, and for the Campaign, the cosmetics industry and the lawmakers working to pass the Safe Cosmetics Act. These 432 companies are leading the industry toward safety, showing it’s possible to make products without using the hazardous chemicals that are all too common in conventional personal care products.

Search the list of Champion and Innovator companies

See which companies are Champions and which are Innovators

Frequently asked questions

Read the press release

More than 1,500 companies signed the Compact from its inception in 2004 until 2011. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics closed the Compact in August 2011. The research team at Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database developed tools for tracking each company’s compliance with the goals of the Compact. Through these tools the Campaign determined that 321 companies achieved “Champion” status by fulfilling the goals of the Compact, and another 111 companies reached “Innovator” status by getting most of the way there.

The report describes how these companies – from small mom-and-pop businesses to some of the largest businesses in the natural products sector – are setting a new high-bar standard for personal care products. The Champions are demonstrating best practices by:

  • Making effective products without using ingredients linked to cancer or birth defects.
  • Disclosing all their ingredients, including those that make up “fragrance,” showing that it’s not necessary to hide these ingredients from the public.
  • Working together with nonprofit health groups to increase market demand for safe, sustainable products and practices.

Please read and share the Market Shift report with your friends and family, and vote with your dollars to support companies that are doing the right thing- keeping toxic chemicals out of people and the environment.

November 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

Shopping Tips for this Holiday Season!

I am very lucky to have many smart friends. This time of year I feel even more lucky to know Philip Tirone, CEO of www.720.credit score.com. His experience and advice on ways of keeping good credit or improving credit is invaluable. But he also offers up shopping advice (from his sister) that I will use this year. I tend to “rationalize” my extra purchases for variety of reasons, but at the end of the day, gift giving does not have to be a guilt ridden event (when I get the credit card bill, UG!) it can be made just a bit easier and stress free. Read on . . . . .

It’s that time of year when just about everyone is going to plan a trip or two to the mall, so I want to change the tone of my emails a bit and give some financial tips!

Here’s an idea I got from my sister …

Before heading to the mall, set a budget for each person. Then pull out some plain old white envelopes. Write the name of each person you are going to purchase a present
for—one on each of the envelopes.

Within each envelope, place the appropriate amount of cash you have budgeted for this person—no more and no less. Each of these envelopes represents the “wallet” you
have for each person on your list.

Though you might want to bring a small amount of extra cash for parking and lunch, leave all credit cards at home, including your debit cards. That part is critical, so
it bears repeating: Leave all credit and debit cards at home. Take on the wallet/envelopes and cash for parking and lunch.

When you purchase a present, use the money from the appropriate “wallet.”

This method will create a psychological barrier to impulse shopping. If you are tempted to splurge on a gift, you will be dissuaded when you consider whose wallet you will withdraw money from in order to cover the impulse shopping. How could you short your daughter just because you found a great—but pricey—gift for your sister?

If you have any other holiday shopping tips, hit “reply” or post them on my blog.

Make it a great day, Philip Tirone.

I also figured out that I can use the same strategy for on-line shopping this weekend. Creating my “wallets” but then using only my debit card. By using coupon codes, discounts  and free shipping my budget will go that much further.

Happy Shopping

Jennifer, Founder and Mom of 6

November 22, 2011 at 12:57 pm Leave a comment

Reaching Women Everywhere. One Voice at a time!

One of my far reaching goals for Trukid/TruVillage is to encourage conversation with moms/women everywhere about our families, lives, challenges, successes and dreams.

I love our moms that blog about us, our fans on FaceBook and Twitter, and how we are building community together.

I have recently begun to spend some (a little bit) of my time exploring organizations that are engaged in really important work around the world. Women love to share and talk and listen and take action and we care greatly about the health of our families and future of our kids.

From time to time I want to share about organizations that I come across, that are mobilizing women on a global scale. We too can be involved on a global scale. The world is a big place but even “hearing” just one voice, can often be the beginning of a difference in someone’s lives.

One such organization is World Pulse. WorldPulse.com. I was able to join the World Pulse Technology Conference at Stanford University earlier this month. It was wonderful to meet engaged and incredible women who have literally overcome all odds to be part of the internet age in their villages and have the chance to hear their stories. I was able to meet leaders like Martha, Beatrice and Sarvina, from Colombia, Uganda, and Cambodia.

Check out: http://worldpulse.com/about/events/world-pulse-live-2011

Women from remote villages with out easy access to technology, that have been able to make change in their communities by connecting with women in other similar villages. Such as re-teaching the value of girls and how important their education is. Seems odd that this would be a challenge doesn’t it? Girls in many countries are still not valued.

World Pulse  WorldPulse.com has a network of tens of thousands of women leaders speaking out from 185 countries, and are intently focused on building a stable foundation to scale up their work so that they can unite a critical mass of women and amplify them into a powerful force for change. In order to achieve this goal, they have developed a national network of partners and philanthropists who are fueling their expansion – including many unique men and women from all over the United States.

I would love for all of you to have the chance to check this organization out. WorldPulse.com. If you like what they are doing, share it.

We all have something to give in support of World Pulse and our global community of women, even it is just listening or reading about them and sharing their stories.

Women are dynamic forces in their communities, and are uniquely positioned to help transform the world. We need to turn the volume up on their voices, and provide them with the tools, training and encouragement they need to step into their full potential as tomorrow’s leaders.

Have a Great Week!!

Jennifer Founder and mom of 6

November 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

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