Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meet A Sale Committee Member

Recently Parent Talk asked two of our sale committee members, Ellie B. and Karin D. to answer some questions about their experience volunteering for the Parent Talk Used Clothing, Toy & Equipment Sale both as a committee member and as a shift volunteer.  If you are interested in learning more about the sale or signing up to volunteer CLICK HERE.  There are still some prime volunteer Saturday shifts available on sale weekend! Sign up here and get a spot!

Parent Talk: Why Do you Volunteer For the Sale?

Karin:  I love to meet new people who are all working toward a common goal. Parent Talk is such a great cause that brings many people together who wouldn't potentially meet. 

Ellie: I volunteer for the Sale for many reasons. I have benefited so much from all that Parent Talk offers (from playgroups for both my kids to many afternoons spent at the playspace to attending PT events and lectures) that I wanted to contribute my energy and time to one of Parent Talk's big events and fundraisers. Being part of Sale weekend and the Sale committee is such a fun way to meet other people who share similar interests but whose kids may be different ages from mine, or live in a different town, so our paths hadn't yet crossed. I love the perks of being able to shop early and score the best deals on games, clothing, gear, toys, and so much more. 

Parent Talk: What is your Favorite Part of Sale Weekend?

Karin: Starting a shift with strangers, laughing with them all night, and leaving with friends.

Ellie: My favorite part of Sale weekend is Saturday morning right before the doors open to the public. It is so exciting to watch everyone lining up outside with their coffees in hand eagerly waiting for the doors to open and the shopping to begin. I love chatting with people in line about where they came from and how many Sales they've been to before. I love helping to pass out garbage bags for shoppers to fill, hearing what they hope to find inside and how many children they have. The calm before the thrilling shopping storm! :)

Parent Talk: What was your first Sale Volunteer Experience?

Karin: My first experience was in October of 2011. I had had my first son the previous May and was looking to meet newer Moms in the area. It was pouring rain and I was involved in transporting goods from the POD to the church. While we were all soaked going back and forth, our cheeks hurt from laughing all night while we slipped and slided along the way.

Ellie: My first experience with the Sale was several years ago as a new Needham resident and new Parent Talk member, volunteering for a 2-hr shift on a Friday night before the day of the Sale. I was AMAZED at how much coordination, volunteer effort, organization, and fun went into the whole Sale. I was impressed by all the ladies in the purple shirts on the Sale committee and wanted to learn about how to get more involved at making this incredible day happen. 

Parent Talk: What is your role is this year's Sale?

Karin: Volunteer Committee Chair

Ellie: This is my second time on the Sale committee. I had a blast at the tagging party where we helped price and tag many donated clothing items to get them ready for the Sale. I also helped distribute flyers all around town in local businesses to help get the word out about Sale weekend. Such a fun way to interact with local shop owners and see first-hand what a great reputation Parent Talk has in the community. I look forward to working Sale weekend including a cashier shift for the first time.

NEXT SALE DATE: Saturday, May 3, 2014


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thumbprint Easter Craft

Written by Susan Orr

Who doesn't love a craft with cute little thumbprints! So easy to make Easter chicks and bunnies using the little ones fingerprints. Create cards for grandparents or embellish some place cards for the Easter table. 

These Easter bunnies are so sweet! {source}
You could also draw a basket and fill it with "easter eggs."
Cute thumbprint eggs! {source}
Happy Easter everyone!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Parent Talk Receives Service Award!

Thanks to the devoted volunteer efforts of Jenny George, Parent Talk has partnered with Project Night Night for seven years running to stuff "night night bags" for children and teens in area shelters.  This year, Parent Talk assembled 243 Night Night bags, positively impacting the lives of hundreds of children.  We are proud of our members who mobilize to support this organization annually and who have donated close to 1500 bags over the last seven years. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Cleaning the Toys

After the influx of new toys from the holidays and three birthdays in January and March, our playroom (and living room and bedrooms) are literally bursting at the seams. The race cars, babydolls and legos are constantly underfoot, and maybe it's the 26 consecutive weekends of winter but if I hear another round of "Let It Go!" I might just box it ALL up and toss it out on the curb.  

Fortunately it won't have to come to that since the Parent Talk Used Toy, Clothing & Equipment Sale is coming up which means the donation POD is open and accepting donations, so this weekend while the kids are finally playing outside I'll be rounding up everything we've grown out of and make a trip (or two) to the POD!  

Below I've rounded up my favorite toy organization and storage strategies too - so take a peek, get inspired and reclaim your playroom from the winter toy-splosion! The pin links are included too if you want to save the articles for later.

Anyone with a little boy in their life will appreciate this one - Lego Storage:

Reading Corner Inspiration:

The biannual Parent Talk Used Clothing and Equipment Sale is coming up May 3rd. Click here for all the details, including donation and consignment information. Sale starts at 8:30 and make sure you get there early! There is also still time to sign up for a volunteer shift so you can shop early on Friday.

Written by Wendy Todd

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rosemary Pool Update - Meeting Monday April 7th

It may be cold and drizzly now, but let's think about summer for a minute. Here's the latest on the future of the Rosemary Pool. Join in the Park and Rec Meeting on Monday April 7th at 7:00pm to share your vote!

This is the opportunity for Parent Talk families to share their ideas for the framework that will be presented to the selectmen in mid-April. Love the beach aspect? Want closer restrooms? Let your thoughts be heard as the plans move forward.
Please consider attending the meeting and sharing this post with your community. Here's to thinking about summer and warmer weather!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ideas to Display Your Silhouette Art

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Want to start your Mother’s Day shopping early? Want a special, unique gift for grandparents or relatives that will be treasured for years to come? Want a delicate record of a little face? With a tiny pair of surgical scissors, black-coated paper and precise eye-hand coordination, Joy Anne McConnell, internationally known silhouette artist, will freehand cut your child’s silhouette portrait in only two minutes. 

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Joy Anne will be creating her magical portraits at the Parent Talk Play space located in the Caryl Community Center Saturday, April 5th from 9 to 5, at 4 Springdale Ave, Dover.  Please RSVP now to arrange an appointment; her schedule fills up quickly!  For information, contact Mary Celeste Brown at or 781-453-5418.  

Kids silhouette art display

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Congratulations to our 2013 Volunteer of the Year, Nikki Amara Myers!

Beginning with 2013, Parent Talk will name a "Volunteer of the Year" in recognition of the strong spirit of volunteerism within our organization. The volunteer is chosen from the general membership by the board of directors.

Known to many as just "The Sale Lady," Nikki has long been a staple of the Used Toy, Clothing and Equipment Sale.  She first joined the sale committee as coordinator of the sellers kits and quickly worked her way up to chair the sale. She has been co-chair of the Parent Talk Used Toy, Clothing and Equipment Sale for 4 consecutive sales beginning in the Fall of 2012.  The hours she has dedicated to our organization are too many to count, but for Nikki it has always been a labor of love.  

Nikki's enthusiasm for Parent Talk, and specifically the sale itself, is never evident than on sale morning when she enthusiastically greets everyone in line. Her commitment to the success of each sale is ever present, and she has even made at least one trip to the ER at the expense of promoting the sale she loves so much.

Thank You Nikki!

Want to get more involved with volunteering?  Check out our open positions here! Meet new families and learn more about all that Parent Talk has to offer moms, dads and kids.

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