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You’re the Best.

The thing we love the most about Half-Pint Resale isn’t the cute cheap kids clothing and toys and everything else we need (although, don’t get us wrong, it’s high on the list), but the Community that Half-Pint Resale creates.

It’s full – to the brim! – with people who care about each other and want to support each other, and want the best for each other.   We see it at the sale, we see it in line when people are chatting and meeting new friends.  We see it in consignors who are parting with their favorite stripey sleeper because while it’s hard to pass it on, they can’t wait to see someone else find their treasure and love it and make memories in it just like they did.  We see it in volunteers who sign up for the same shift every year or with the same people, because even though they didn’t know each other prior to the sale, they are now Half-Pint friends.

And we see it in the Supporters who keep Half-Pint free for ALL shoppers, and for the services that they provide for the community.  

We hope that you’ll take a gander at all they have to offer;  and if you use their services, tell them Half-Pint Resale sent you.

 

Fullscreen capture 292015 35222 PMForward Fertility-   Working closely with surrogates and egg donors to help form loving families for those who need help on their journey to becoming parents.  Forward Fertility is an innovative progressive business run by Christie Olsen, a women’s health nurse practitioner and Madison-loving resident since 2002. Primarily, Forward Fertilityprovides professional guidance and support to women who want to be egg donors or surrogates along with the same exceptional service for the parents-to-be seeking surrogates and/or egg donors.  Forward Fertility is also committed to the community at large to improve “Fertility Literacy” – increasing awareness about fertility testing, treatments, options, and education. This has been done through newspaper articles, radio interview, free information sessions across the state.

 

swimwest_new11_colorSwim West   Half-Pint’s oldest supporter, and the place that both Lisa and Ellen’s kids learned to swim!!  The only sport that saves a life. Swim Safer, Swim Smarter.
SwimWest has two location, Fitchburg and West Madison. Warm water to keep your babies warm while learning to be safer in and around the water. We have on going registration and welcome you to come in and try us out for free at either of our locations. We have small classes, certified teachers with friendly staff ready to assist you where ever needed. Come and visit us today.

 

huckleberry and persimmon Huckleberry & Persimmon is a place for families to grow.   Huckleberry & Persimmon is a new small business on the west side of Madison. We offer children’s enrichment classes including science, art, movement, music, and language for Littles (1-3 years) and Bigs (2-5 years). We offer a parent/infant social group, Itty Bitties, and an open play group, Mayhem Hour, for kids to burn off that extra energy before bed! Parent/caregiver workshops will also be offered on a variety of topics.

Half Pint Resale shoppers will receive a coupon for discounted class registration and a free pass to Mayhem Hour! There will also be drawings at the sale for a $50 gift certificate, tee shirts, and other fun prizes!  And don’t miss their Grand Opening on September 19, 3:30-6pm!  

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Meriter – UnityPoint Health – Coordinating your care from the doctor’s office to the hospital and back home.  Meriter – UnityPoint Health makes it easy to get your family in to see a doctor through same-day appointments and extended hours, as well as a pediatric after-hours clinic open nights and weekends. Our health care professionals and physicians all work toward the same goal: individualized, coordinated care for the patients we treat so every patient can be healthy every day. The point of everything we do is you.

 

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Hulafrog Madison – Subscribe to Hulafrog to find the best local events, activites, and businesses that cater to kids and families!  Hulafrog Madison curates the best local events, activities, and businesses that cater to kids and families in our area. Visit the site daily to find tons of awesome events and recommendations from area parents. Subscribe to their free newsletter and be ‘in the know’ about fun events going on around town that you and your kids won’t want to miss!

Half-Pint Resale is proud to be the 2014 and 2015 Most-Loved Hula-frog Children’s Consignment Sale!

 

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Unity Health Insurance, a local leader in health and wellness, provides top-rated health plans to more than 175,000 members throughout southwestern and south central Wisconsin.  When looking for a health plan, choose the one that offers you great doctors and guaranteed access to all UW Health physicians. When you choose Unity, you receive Quality care, Consistent service and Convenient access to a large network of doctors and innovative health and wellness programs. As your health plan, our goal is to exceed your expectations in everything we do.

 

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Cooperative Playgroup of Madison – a place for families/nannies to build community, support each other, and spend time together while participating in their young children’s play and socialization in a safe and stimulating environment.

Madison Area Midwives –  Madison and its surrounding areas are rich in maternity care options for childbearing families. Resources include doulas, childbirth education choices, lactation services and midwives for home and hospital settings. These midwives are currently practicing in the Madison area, attending women at home, and in the Meriter hospital birthing center.

Mothers’ Milk Alliance – Mothers’ Milk Alliance was born in 2007 from the meeting of two mothers: one with extra breastmilk and one with low milk supply. Both dilemmas are common and have occurred throughout time.   One timeless solution has been milk sharing. Shared breastmilk can optimize infant health and nutrition, while profoundly strengthening social bonds and community resilience. But many mothers either do not know another breastfeeding woman or do not feel comfortable asking for such intimate help. Moreover, mothers want basic assurance that milk from another woman is safe. Their healthcare practitioners want this too.   Mothers’ Milk Alliance is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education and health screening, and free and local accessibility for infants up to 6 months of age.

Middleton Preschool – Offering both half day preschool and 4K, Middleton Preschool takes pride in helping prepare preschool aged children for success in kindergarten and beyond.  Welcome to Middleton Preschool! We take pride in helping prepare preschool aged children for success in kindergarten and beyond. Our curriculum encourages social, mental, emotional and physical growth in a safe and healthy environment for all of our children. Please, come and take a closer look at Middleton Preschool’s teaching philosophy, enrollment guidelines, curriculum and objectives that we strive to offer our children each and every school year.


madison stackedBabywearing International of Madison – Babywearing International of Madison is a Wisconsin chapter of Babywearing International, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support. In addition to mainstream education sessions, workshops, and events, BWI-Madison strives to promote babywearing in all communities, with a targeted focus on underserved populations. Through partnerships with community organizations and resources, we reach out to a diverse population of caregivers and empower them to keep their children close, and experience the many benefits of babywearing.    They have monthly meetings, online support, a lending library, and provide outreach to the community.

Speaking of outreach, find the awesome members of BWI Madison at Half-Pint near the baby carriers, helping you make informed choices!    We’re sooo very excited ot have them back!

 
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – making and selling over 110 flavors of Wisconsin’s finest super-premium ice cream. You want nutrition? Eat carrots.

 
kindred_kids_logo_w_resale_libraryKindred Kids – Kindred Kids is a community resource providing affordable, quality children’s items to all children, with an environmental conscience which believes in reducing waste by reusing children’s items. Our proceeds from our resale store benefit our social mission of providing a free lending library of toys, specialized equipment and resources to children with special needs

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Madison Mom’s Blog – We are passionate about encouraging other Madison Moms to get out in our great community and try new things!

They make Half-Pint Resale free and fun!

Each one of the following organizations and businesses not only makes our community better, but they make Half-Pint a reality.  You’ll want to check out their postcards in your bags and their tables at the sale – there will be drawings, awesome coupons, and even activities for your kids!!! And when you are out in the community supporting these fine folks, be sure to say THANK YOU for all they do to make this great community resource available.

BIG WHEEL SUPPORTERS

 

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Attorney Heather E. Hazelwood Heather specializes in personal and business services, focusing on estate planning, family law, and small business and non-profit organization and management. She is passionate about working with clients to help them plan for the future and manage life’s transitions. Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C. is dedicated to proving clients with the comprehensive and thorough work usually expected of large firms while maintaining the personal working relationships and cost-effectiveness associated with smaller firms. The firm handles all types of estate planning. The firm represents a wide variety of individual and business clientele, including those with substantial wealth as well as those with modest means. Stop by hertable at the sale for information on the special Half-Pint Resale estate planning discount and enter our give away for a chance to win one of two $50 giftcards for Madison Originals!  You can also find her posting about family-related legal matters on facebook.

 

SwimWest has made the water a safer place for over 23 years!  We have sung the praises of Swim West Swim School for years (and years and years), and are continuing to do so.  Only a few years into swimming, the eldest of our kids can be found doing backstroke the length of the pool and our youngests are on their way.  We’ve seen the magic first hand that turns a child that hates the water to one that is laughing and giggling all throughout class.   With so many places to swim in and around Madison, having a child who is safe around water is a must.   Their philosophy is to “provide all children, regardless of age, race, or special needs, the best aquatic experience, to teach the necessary skills to be safe in the water, to nurture a love of swimming, and to educate parents about water safety and the aquatic learning process.”

 


Forward Fertility is an innovative progressive business run by Christie Olsen, a women’s health nurse practitioner and Madison-loving resident since 2002. Primarily, Forward Fertility provides professional guidance and support to women who want to be egg donors or surrogates along with the same exceptional service for the parents-to-be seeking surrogates and/or egg donors. In 2013-2014, approximately half of the Forward Fertility clients were men in search of surrogates or egg donors to become fathers!

Forward Fertility is also committed to the community at large to improve “Fertility Literacy” – increasing awareness about fertility testing, treatments, options, and education. This has been done through newspaper articles, radio interview, free information sessions across the state.  She also hosts A Conversation About Fertility: each FIRST Thursday of the month, from 8-9pm.  Join Christie Olsen to discuss what is on your mind!

 

Infant Learning Lab

Do you ever wonder how your baby is learning language? Would you like to learn more about how babies learn? Are you interested in participating in studies with your child? If so, the Infant Learning Lab would love to have you join them! The Infant Learning Lab is located at the UW-Madison Waisman Center, and has studies for children from 6 months to 4 years of age. A study only takes one 30-45 minute visit, and they provide childcare for siblings, as well as free on-site parking and taxi rides. Your child will receive a book, a t-shirt, or $10 as a thank you! If you’re interested in signing up or learning more, call them at (608) 263-5876 or email to babies@waisman.wisc.edu. You can also sign up online!

 

 

UW Health

UW Health is happy to offer CenteringPregnancy. It’s a great way to learn more about pregnancy, participate in your health care and meet other women who are pregnant and due at the same time as you. You will see your health care provider at the beginning of each group for an individual check-up, including blood pressure, weight, belly measurements and heartbeat checks. Then you will meet with your group to talk about many things like: nutrition, preparing for labor and delivery, breastfeeding, newborn care and parenting.  CenteringPregnancy groups start monthly and are offered at our 1102 S Park St Clinic location with providers from both Arboretum ObGyn Clinic and ACHC/Wingra Family Medical Center.

 

TRICYCLE AND SCOOTER SUPPORTERS

 

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At Meriter-UnityPoint Health, they’re focused around a single purpose: you.  They are dedicated to providing comprehensive, coordinated care through our clinics, hospital and home care servicesfor patients located in South Central Wisconsin. Meriter offers adults and children primary and specialty care, including heart and vascular, orthopedics, women’s health and emergency services. The point of everything they do is you.

 

 

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Sell your home for only 1% commission, with support from real estate attorneys through Open Homes!  Their mission is simple – Connect buyers and sellers directly. They put your home on the MLS and other websites, so you get the widest possible exposure. They give you a yard sign and a lockbox for your house key to facilitate showings. And they provide real estate attorneys to help you anytime you need it, so you’re never on your own. Open Homes empowers you to sell your home on your own terms and is the modern way to sell your home – without the high cost of a traditional agent, but with professional backup and help that flat fee/FSBO services can’t match!

 

 

Long Waisman logo with Blue SquareThe Waisman Center Children’s Theatre features a variety of performers–magicians, singers, dancers, musical groups, educators, and professional theatrical companies.   Many of the performances showcase children as the sole performers or “stars” of the production.  Download a copy of the season’s schedule!  Admission: $2.00, adults; $1.00, children.   Advance tickets for any show in the series can be purchased beginning at NOON on performance days .  All shows are sign interpreted!

 


Celebrating six years in Fitchburg and ten years in Middleton, The Little Gym is focused on Serious Fun whether it’s in a gymnastics class, at a Birthday bash or our amazing Parent Survivla Nights or Camps! We are excited about their newest programs: Tumblers – a grade school class focusing on tumbling skills that would be a great complement to other activities a child is in or an additional class each week AND Wonder Kids Club – a PreK enrichment program for ages 3-5 years old where the children come for 3 hours and work out in the gym while also having 2 hours of enrichment through reading, imagination, and organized, theme-based activities.    An Open House to celebrate their anniversaries will be Sunday September 21 from noon-2pm at the Fitchburg location and 3-5pm at the Middleton location!  Stop in to learn why their birthday parties have ranked number one in Parents magazine for a second time!

 

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The Surrogacy Center has been providing safe, legal, and professional gestational surrogacy arrangements since 2002. They have had 109 babies born through our program and they just keep growing through referrals. They make it a priority to support our surrogates throughout the entire journey and guarantee independent legal representation for every surrogate. They are happy to arrange for a prospective surrogate to speak with an experiencedsurrogate to answer questions objectively.

 

Madison Area Midwives – This group of independent midwives provides prenatal, birth, and postpartum maternity care for women desiring to birth in their private homes. Madison and its surrounding areas are rich in maternity care options for childbearing families. Visit their website to see the home birth and hospital midwives currently practicing in Madison and the surrounding community.

Mother’s Milk Alliance – MMA is run by volunteer licensed midwives and community advocates dedicated to providing donor human milk to families in Dane County. MMA is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education, and health screening. This is free and local accessibility for infants up to 6 months of age.

Don’t miss it!   Microbirth Film Screening – September 20, 2014 – 5 pm film begins with refreshments, free admission, Promega – 5445 E Cheryl Parkway, a film revealing the microscopic events at birth that shape our future.

 

Flutterby BeginningsFlutterby Beginnings is a growing service offering private HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Education classes, doula services, and doTERRA Essential Oils. HypnoBirthing® is a complete childbirth method that focuses on preparing you and your birthing companion for a gentle and satisfying birth experience. Having a doula benefits not only the laboring mother but also her birthing companion by being constantly near to offer support and guidance. Learn how you can provide safe benefits without side effects using doTERRA Essential Oils.

 

Hulafrog.logo.color.tag.900px copy.nolayersHula-Frog – Fun things for Kids to Do.  Have you checked out Hulafrog yet?  Subscribe to their newsletter for FREE and get their Our Pick emails & The Weekend Guide to find out about can’t miss activities, deals and events for families.  We love that they send us emails to remind us of fun happening around town.  Your kids will thank you for it!  WHILE YOU ARE THERE, don’t forget to show Half-Pint a little love by clicking on that heart next to our name!  (Thanks!)


 

Many thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their ongoing support!

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What's New

Half-Pint by the Numbers: Spring 2014

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45,000 – Number of (estimated) available items for sale
1,886 – Total sales of our top Consignor this sale
292 – Number of shoppers waiting to get in on Friday when the doors opened at Noon (not including littles in carriers, of course!)
14 – Number of Consignors who sold over $900 worth of items
615– Total Number of consignors who registered for the Spring 2014 sale
183 – Number of these people who were new to Half-Pint
198 – Number of consignors who donated items to our Charitable Partners
5 – Fee, in dollars, that Consignors are charged for being in the sale
99+ – Percent of items that were half-price on Sunday (Only 4 items on the whole sales floor were not eligible for the half-price discount!)
62+ – Number of bags of spring/summer items and gear donated
60 – Number of Cities in Wisconsin where Consignors live (33% more than last sale!)
3 – Number of States were Consignors live
400 – Miles away the furthest Consignor lives
(Top 4, in order: Madison, Sun Prairie, McFarland, and Verona & Fitchburg (tied for fourth!)
52  – Percentage of consignors that live in Madison
1,403 – Total Number of Volunteer Hours
18 – Number of Community Businesses and Organizations partnering with Half-Pint
535 – Number of Places and Organizations where Volunteers posted information about the sale
170 –  Number of hours Lisa and Ellen spent at the Madison Curling Club over the five days
15 –  Pounds of Candy consumed by Volunteers
66 –  Number of days until the Fall 2014 Half-Pint Resale
0 – Cost to Enter or Park at the Sale (always free!)

The Incredible Supporters of Half-Pint

We love our community – and we are so thankful for all of the businesses and organizations who help make Half-Pint Resale a reality.  We couldn’t do it without any of them.  In your check-out bag you’ll find a stack of postcards from some of these folks.  Make sure to read them – they include special offers and notices on upcoming events – only for your Half-Pinters!  Many of them will also have tables near the check-out lines and all of them offer something that we think might be of interest to you.  So without further adieu:

Big Wheel Sponsors

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Forward Fertility helps parents-to-be who need third-party fertility services begin their families with a perfectly matched egg, sperm, or embryo donor, or a gestational surrogate. Based in Madison and serving clients around the country, Forward Fertility’s founder Christie Olsen is a nurse practitioner with 16 years of experience in reproductive health care and 6 years running an egg donation/embryo donation/surrogacy program at one of the largest IVF clinics in Wisconsin.   Learn about what motivates people to become gestational surrogates.

On Saturday, April 26 (12 pm to 2 pm), Christie Olsen of Forward Fertility will be holding a free, public information session called “All Things Surrogacy” at the Happy Bambino store’s classroom on Madison’s east side. This is wonderful opportunity for women aged 21 to 45, and who are already a parent to their own child, to learn more about what’s involved in becoming a gestational surrogate (carrying a child who was conceived using someone else’s egg and sperm). Imagine what it would feel like to make someone else’s dream of having a child come true! No expectation and no commitment; bring a friend!

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SwimWest Swim School offers convenient class times and has award winning instructors. Our Fitchburg facility won a *BEST Facility* award in ’International Aquatics’ Magazine. Come check us out- we offer FREE trail lessons to new families.  we love Swim West!  They’ve been supporters of Half-Pint since the beginning and our kids all learned to swim here.  And don’t miss their FREE Easter Egg Hunt and Open Swim on April 12th at our West Madison location (1001 Deming Way) from 2-4:45. (If you shop Half-Pint in the morning, you won’t miss a thing!) Egg hunts for all ages and open swim to follow!

 

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Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C. is dedicated to providing clients with the comprehensive and thorough work usually expected of large firms while maintaining the personal working relationships and cost-effectiveness associated with smaller firms.  Heather specializes in business and personal services, focusing on the areas of estate planning, family law, and the organization and management of small businesses.   Over half of her estate planning clients are families with young children. She also has an interest in helping same-sex couples and non-traditional families ensure they enjoy the full extent of their rights.  Post-sale until May 31, 2014, 20% off all estate planning services for clients referred to me by Half-Pint Resale!   Depending on the services requested, for most clients this will be savings of $100-$300.

 

 

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Parenting can be a delightful journey, full of joy and wonder. Yet it’s also often challenging, and parents sometimes feel overwhelmed and isolated. Particularly when we’re grappling with stressful circumstances such as illness, divorce, or the hectic pace of a full life. Or when we’re striving to parent in innovative ways, which may not be understood by our communities.

Lailah is passionate about helping parents thrive in healthy, deeply fulfilling lives while becoming more present and consciously responsive with their kids. Through coaching, you can become more able to care for yourself and meet your challenges while taking care of your family, even when feeling groundless and vulnerable.  Lailah’s clients become more able to fully enjoy the gifts of parenting and steadily grow through the challenges. In this way, we cultivate peace in our hearts, peace in our families, and peace in our world!

Tricycle and Scooter Sponsors

 

Polly Westmont Personal TrainingMaking your wellness a priority is a gift for not only you but also your family!  Polly Westmont Personal Training (a dedicated Half-Pinter!) offers individual, duo, or group personal training sessions as well as nutritional counseling, and boot camp classes.   Present the coupon (from your Half-Pint shopper coupon packet) or text #makemefit for a free drop-in to any boot camp class!    Outdoor bootcamps begin in May! Sign up by April 20th for a discounted rate!    “I love training with Polly!  Her workouts are creative, accessible and fun, without ever being intimidating. I always know that I got the most out of my time and investment.”  -Erika, Mother of 4

 

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Meriter is an innovative health care organization comprised of Meriter hospital, Meriter clinics and Meriter doctors. they offer pediatric clinics located in Madison, Middleton, Monona and DeForest.  Their clinics offer same-day appointments and an excellent care team dedicated to the health of your child. Set up a free meet and greet visit with one of their pediatricians today!   Stop by the Meriter table at Half-Pint to learn about food allergies and enter for your chance to win two children’s books about food allergy safety by award-winning author Amy Recob!   Also learn more about their upcoming Passport to Food Allergy Awareness event on May 17th (10am-Noon) at the Madison Central Library.   Storytime, Ask the Expert, kids arts & crafts, and goodie bags!

oh_logo_squareOpenHomes is a low-cost, high-tech real estate company.

Sell your home for only 1% commission, with support from real estate attorneys!  Their mission is simple – Connect buyers and sellers directly.   They put your home on the MLS and other websites, so you get the widest possible exposure.  They give you a yard sign and a lockbox for your house key to facilitate showings.  And they provide real estate attorneys to help you anytime you need it, so you’re never on your own.  Open Homes empowers you to sell your home on your own terms and is the modern way to sell your home – without the high cost of a traditional agent, but with professional backup and help that flat fee/FSBO services can’t match!

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Peace of Mind Nannies is a locally owned nanny agency in the Madison area. They help eliminate the stress of finding a nanny, because we are there for you every step of the way. Finding the right nanny is very detailed and important work and Peace of Mind Nannies can take the worry out of the process.  They pride ourselves on being rooted in personal relationships built upon face-to-face contact and continuous support. They interview each candidate personally and send our clients only the most highly qualified nannies!    Our goal is to help every family we meet choose from the best nannies in the area.

 

nikkis diapers Nicki’s Diapers is located on the west side of Madison, WI at 739 N. High Point Rd in Sauk Point Square (corner of Old Sauk and High Point next to the Alicia Ashman Madison Public Library). They offer all our current products but have also added more to support the breastfeeding mama.  They offer one of the largest selections of cloth diapers, baby carriers, and breastfeeding supplies in Wisconsin.

 

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The Little Gym is a nationally recognized franchise offering recreational gymnastics, birthday parties, camps, and Parent Survival Nights. If you have never been to The Little Gym in Middleton and Fitchburg, check-them out for an introductory experience to their award-winning, one-of-a-kind curriculum that thousands of children in the Madison area have been a part of over the past decade! They have Serious Fun at The Little Gym and can’t wait to see you on The Big Red Mat! Year Round Open Enrollment is available!  All new summer camps begin June 9!  They are celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year in Middleton!

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Madison Area Midwives – independent midwives providing out-of-hospital maternity care for women and their families in Dane County.  Check out their table at the sale!

 

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MMA is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education and health screening and free and local donor human milk for infants up to 6 months of age.  Have an over-filled freezer of milk and want to use it to help someone who is having supply issues?   Learn more!

 

Flutterby Beginnings

Flutterby Beginnings is inspiring families with knowledge and support before, during, and after their births so they can create their own amazing birth journeys.  Specializing in HypnoBirthing®, a complete childbirth method that focuses on preparing you and your birthing companion for a gentle and satisfying birth experience.  You will learn unique methods of relaxation, guided imagery, and visualization, enhanced by self-hypnosis techniques.  With HypnoBirthing®, you will be aware and fully in control, but deeply and profoundly relaxed.

 

Brickz for Kids

Bricks 4 Kidz is a project based program in which they teach children through hands on classes how to use critical thinking skills, math and science concepts to build and design using LEGO bricks. They follow principles and methods of engineering and offer classes through after-school programs and in-school field trips/workshops in public and private Elementary Schools as well as Scouts, youth groups and recreation centers.   Their classes are focused on STEM and can be tailored to meet the curriculum objectives of the organization that they are partnering with. Bricks 4 Kidz also offers birthday parties, Kidz Night Out evening events, and seasonal day camps.

 

Many thanks to the following businesses and organizations for their ongoing support!

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You Could be the Answer

You know those moments when your child does something that makes you realize what a gift it is to be a parent – when your child makes an adorable face that you can’t resist squishing or kissing, or asks you a funny but thought provoking question, or achieves something after working really hard?  That feeling is unexplainable and overwhelming – the warmth and love you feel in your heart makes every lost mitten (even if it’s the third of the week) worth it.

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Today, right now….you have friends, co-workers, neighbors, and family who long to experience those same feelings – even when it comes with never-ending mitten resupply and fixing the DIY toddler haircut.

Many people dream of having a family.   Some people seem to get pregnant so easily – but yet others cannot.  It can seem unfair, and it’s hard to understand.  And in many cases, there is no easy answer to the reason for the difficulty.

For many of these people, achieving the dream of becoming parents is possible – but ultimately includes others: either through adoption, sperm donation, egg donation, or surrogacy.  It’s not the most common path to parenthood, but thousands of Wisconsin residents each year embark on a journey that often starts with the kindness of another human being. Becoming a mom or a dad through adoption, egg donation, sperm donation, or surrogacy can be expensive, heart wrenching, and bumpy, but is worth it for those who long to be parents.

Have you considered that you or someone you know could be the answer to someone’s struggle?  There are parents-to-be who are currently in search of the right woman to help them achieve their dream of parenthood through gestational surrogacy.

Could you be the one for them?  Or, do you know someone who loved being pregnant?

Forward Fertility, a locally-owned Madison-based service agency, is proud to help interested gestational surrogates learn more about the process, answer questions, and explain the pros and cons – and then, if surrogacy is the right match, connect them with the perfect clients so they can together make the dream of parenthood a reality.

Did you know —

  • There is no genetic relation that exists between the surrogate and the baby.
  • There is significant compensation to being a gestational surrogate.

If you, or someone you know might be interested in learning more about surrogacy, or you are simply curious about the process, please come to a free community information session at Happy Bambino on Saturday, November 23rd, from 12-2pm and meet Christie Olsen, nurse practitioner and owner of Forward Fertility.  RSVP appreciated to accommodate all interested, but all are welcome!

Contact Christie at Christie@forwardfertility.com or 608-217-7511.   You can also learn more on their website.

They Make Half-Pint Happen!

Each one of the following organizations and businesses not only makes our community better, but they make Half-Pint a reality.  You’ll want to check out their postcards in your bags and their tables at the sale – there will be drawings, awesome coupons, and even activities for your kids!!! And when you are out in the community supporting these fine folks, be sure to say THANK YOU for all they do to make this great community resource available.

BIG WHEEL SUPPORTERS

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Attorney Heather E. Hazelwood is passionate about working with clients to help them plan for the future and manage life’s transitions. Many of her estate planning clients are families with young children and couples just before and after marriage. She also focuses on helping same-sex couples and non-traditional families ensure they enjoy the full extent of their rights!   She is offering a special deal for friends of Half-Pint so don’t delay!  You can also find her posting about family-related legal matters on facebook.

Swim East and West are making the water a safer place for over 23 years!  We have sung the praises of Swim East  and Swim West for years (and years and years), and are continuing to do so.  Only a few years into swimming, the eldest of our kids can be found doing backstroke the length of the pool and our youngests are on their way.  We’ve seen the magic first hand that turns a child that hates the water to one that is laughing and giggling all throughout class.   With so many places to swim in and around Madison, having a child who is safe around water is a must.   Their philosophy is to “provide all children, regardless of age, race, or special needs, the best aquatic experience, to teach the necessary skills to be safe in the water, to nurture a love of swimming, and to educate parents about water safety and the aquatic learning process.”


Forward Fertility is a forward thinking, nurse practitioner-owned business based in Madison, Wisconsin.  The mission of Forward Fertility is simple:  Help people who are building their families via egg donation, gestational surrogacy, embryo donation, or donor sperm and educate our community about these options. Help can look different to each person, so Forward Fertility customizes services, based on needs.


Happy Bambino, LLC – Madison’s premier place to get  quality pregnancy and parenting resources, safe, green, locally-made products and  caring, hands-on support  – from pre-conception through birth and beyond.  If you are pregnant or a new parent, HB is the place to go. Their parenting resources and groups are out of this world.  They personally helped me through some major breastfeeding struggles, introduced me to several of my bestest friends, and saved my wallet issues (which are great, mind you) with their JuJeBe line.  AND on top of this, they’ve been HUGE Half-Pint supporters and such good friends us and care so much about their community.

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First Moments Photography – the official photographer of the Fall 2013 Half-Pint Resale, and specializes in capturing life’s intimate moments!   Our family had Danielle take our first family photos, and she even survived past my child screaming “NO PICTURES”, and gave us great results.

TRICYCLE AND SCOOTER SUPPORTERS

Hula-Frog – Fun things for Kids to Do.  Have you checked out Hulafrog yet?  Visit madison.hulafrog.com, subscribe to their newsletter for FREE and get their Our Pick emails & The Weekend Guide to find out about can’t miss activities, deals and events for families.  We love that they send us emails to remind us of fun happening around town.  Your kids will thank you for it!

Nicki’s Diapers is located on the west side of Madison, WI at 739 N. High Point Rd in Sauk Point Square (corner of Old Sauk and High Point next to the Alicia Ashman Madison Public Library).  We are very excited to offer the largest selection of cloth diapers, baby carriers, and breastfeeding supplies in Wisconsin. We also have free monthly classes such as Cloth Diapering 101 and Baby Wearing 101.
 

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Attorney Juscha E. M. Robinson is your go-to local attorney (not to mention, our neighbor and friend, fellow Half-Pinter and mom!) for everything related to real estate.  It’s hard to know who to trust with such big (and often larger-than-life) decisions, but you can count on Juscha to help you with buying, selling (providing flat fee work for people working without agents), property agreements, options to purchase, land contracts, deeds, private financing documents, and foreclosures.  She prides herself on responsiveness, her quick turn around-time and flexibleness.


The Little Gym is building Self-Confidence in Children, One Humongous Grin at a Time!  Want to give your child the best start in life? That extra edge that will help them become well-rounded, well-adjusted adults? Research suggests that creative physical activity may be the key to fostering confident, successful kids. In other words, Serious Fun provides some serious benefits.

Midwest Clay Project provides a dynamic and inspirational place for people of all ages and abilities to learn about making things with clay!  We wrote this post about Midwest Clay Project years ago, because we -and our kids- loved them then – and we still love them now!  Also, don’t miss out on the handmade MCP Half-Pint mugs!

Blackbird Family Yoga was built with the whole family in mind. We offer a wide range of adult yoga classes (with quality, interactive childcare provided), prenatal yoga classes, postnatal/ yoga with baby, parent & child yoga, yoga classes for preschool, school age children and teens, and a family class for everyone at the same time!

 
Madison Area Midwives – This group of independent midwives provides prenatal, birth, and postpartum maternity care for women desiring to birth in their private homes. Madison and its surrounding areas are rich in maternity care options for childbearing families. Visit their website to see the home birth and hospital midwives currently practicing in Madison and the surrounding community.
 
Mother’s Milk Alliance – MMA is run by volunteer licensed midwives and community advocates dedicated to providing donor human milk to families in Dane County. MMA is an informed choice model of human milk sharing that facilitates donor lab testing, safety education, and health screening. This is free and local accessibility for infants up to 6 months of age.
 


Badgerland Jiu-Jitsu offers a wide variety of self-defense and physical fitness programs for adults and for kids!  Every class is a great cardiovascular workout. Everyone can learn the beautiful martial art style of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Vejvoda Photographics – Specializing in a variety of photography styles!  Her style ranges from traditional to modern, and she offers a variety of packages to suit your needs.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – making and selling over 110 flavors of Wisconsin’s finest super-premium ice cream. You want nutrition? Eat carrots.  Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream has been a long time supporter of Half-Pint Resale.  We think you should eat their icecream because they are such huge community supporters (but we know that you will eat it because it’s so unbelievably irresistible and delicious.

Look who Supports Half-Pint

Each one of the following organizations and businesses not only makes our community better, but they make Half-Pint a reality.  You’ll want to check out their postcards in your bags and their tables at the sale – there will be drawings, awesome coupons, and even activities for your kids!!! And when you are out in the community supporting these fine folks, be sure to say THANK YOU for all they do to make this great community resource available.

BIG WHEEL SUPPORTERS

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Attorney Heather E. Hazelwood is passionate about working with clients to help them plan for the future and manage life’s transitions. Many of her estate planning clients are families with young children and couples just before and after marriage. She also focuses on helping same-sex couples and non-traditional families ensure they enjoy the full extent of their rights!   She is offering a special deal for friends of Half-Pint so don’t delay!  You can also find her posting about family-related legal matters on facebook.

Swim East and West are making the water a safer place for over 23 years!  We have sung the praises of Swim East  and Swim West for years (and years and years), and are continuing to do so.  Only a few years into swimming, the eldest of our kids can be found doing backstroke the length of the pool and our youngests are on their way.  We’ve seen the magic first hand that turns a child that hates the water to one that is laughing and giggling all throughout class.   With so many places to swim in and around Madison, having a child who is safe around water is a must.   Their philosophy is to “provide all children, regardless of age, race, or special needs, the best aquatic experience, to teach the necessary skills to be safe in the water, to nurture a love of swimming, and to educate parents about water safety and the aquatic learning process.”

Molly Bears is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit that exists to create a positive and comforting impact to families enduring any form of infant loss. They have over 3,500 bears on their waiting list and operate solely on donations. Every $45 they receive puts a bear in another family’s arms. Dannah Kilborn is a local bear creator for Molly Bears. She has made several hundred bears to comfort grieving families, several of them in the Madison area.  Donate today!


Happy Bambino, LLC – Madison’s premier place to get  quality pregnancy and parenting resources, safe, green, locally-made products and  caring, hands-on support  – from pre-conception through birth and beyond.  If you are pregnant or a new parent, HB is the place to go. Their parenting resources and groups are out of this world.  They personally helped me through some major breastfeeding struggles, introduced me to several of my bestest friends, and saved my wallet issues (which are great, mind you) with their JuJeBe line.  AND on top of this, they’ve been HUGE Half-Pint supporters and such good friends us and care so much about their community.

OFFICIAL HALF-PINT PHOTOGRAPHER

First Moments Photography – the official photographer of the Spring 2013 Half-Pint Resale, specializing in capturing life’s intimate moments!   Our family had Danielle take our first family photos, and she even survived past my child screaming “NO PICTURES”, and gave us great results.   See all of the fun from the Fall 2012 sale, and don’t forget to join us for the PHOTO BOOTH at this year’s sale!

TRICYCLE AND SCOOTER SUPPORTERS

Hula-Frog – Fun things for Kids to Do.  Have you checked out Hulafrog yet?  Visit madison.hulafrog.com, subscribe to their newsletter for FREE and get their Our Pick emails & The Weekend Guide to find out about can’t miss activities, deals and events for families.  We love that they send us emails to remind us of fun happening around town.  Your kids will thank you for it!

Attorney Juscha E. M. Robinson is your go-to local attorney (not to mention, our neighbor and friend, fellow Half-Pinter and mom!) for everything related to real estate.  It’s hard to know who to trust with such big (and often larger-than-life) decisions, but you can count on Juscha to help you with buying, selling (providing flat fee work for people working without agents), property agreements, options to purchase, land contracts, deeds, private financing documents, and foreclosures.  She prides herself on responsiveness, her quick turn around-time and flexibleness.

Thanks to locally owned Peace of Mind Nannies, finding someone to care for your children can actually be an enjoyable process.  Founded in 2010, Peace of Mind Nannies prides itself on building strong families within our community. They carefully match nannies and families; based on the needs of that specific family. Whether you’re a family with young children who need a full time nanny (even if it’s just for those summer months), or a busy mom who could use a mother’s helper, Peace of Mind Nannies is here to help!

Big Oak / Orton Park Camp  is a full-day, outdoor based camp on Madison’s eastside, especially suited for children ages 5 to 10. They utilize the many cultural, educational and recreational opportunities afforded us throughout the city, and incorporate the rich flavor of our community into the program through songs, art, music, recreational sports and games, and field trips. Informal, recreational swimming is offered daily. And the camp employs highly skilled counselors who specialize in the education of early elementary age children! They are state licensed and city accredited.

Spring is here and so are RainReserve rain barrels!  What’s better than rain water for your garden? Saving money!  Check out  www.rainreserve.com/wisconsin to learn more about their rain barrel sale on April 27th in Madison with three new colors, forest green, brown and gray.

Busy Barns Adventure Farm – Growing Memories, Harvesting Fun!   Busy Barns Adventure Farm happily invites you and your family to join them for their Spring Barnyard Adventures and fall Autumn Adventures. Make plans to spend the day on the farm Make plans to spend the day on the farm as you interact with the animals, play in the corn and straw, sit on the antique tractors, take in a puppet show, scurry down the rabbit hole slide, sway on the pony swings, complete the scavenger hunt & enjoy yummy food and drinks!

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream – making and selling over 110 flavors of Wisconsin’s finest super-premium ice cream. You want nutrition? Eat carrots.  Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream has been a long time supporter of Half-Pint Resale.  We think you should eat their icecream because they are such huge community supporters (but we know that you will eat it because it’s so unbelievably irresistible and delicious.

the Amazing Supporters of Half-Pint

The thing that we love best about Half-Pint is that it’s a place that builds community.  From families passing on their beloved clothes and baby goods, to sharing community resources with each other – it’s all of you helping each other out.  Making this parenting thing not so lonely.

Another thing that that we love is how so many businesses and groups come together to help make Half-Pint happen.  We want to take a minute to say THANKS to all of you who make this crazy thing that we all do twice a year possible.   So go Check out these great family resources!

Midwest Clay Project is a magical place for kids and their parents alike to explore making things with clay!   With programming designed to support everyone from the novice to the professional, Midwest Clay Project provides a dynamic and inspirational place for people of all ages and abilities to work in clay.  It’s one of my kid’s favorite places to create.  Read about our experience here!   Find them on Facebook.

 

The Madison, WI Chapter of Holistic Moms Network is a support, education and social network for parents interested in green living, alternative health care, and gentle, responsive parenting. We are a warm and inclusive group, and welcome you to join us wherever you are on the holistic path in an environment that does not judge.  We welcome moms and dads with children of any age, and future parents as well. We have events and activities for both working and stay at home parents. Children are welcome at all HMN events.   Find them on Facebook.

 

We have sung the praises of Swim East  and Swim West for years, and are continuing to do so.  Only a few years into swimming, the eldest of our kids can be found doing backstroke the length of the pool.  And we’ve seen the magic first hand that turns a child that transforms from hating the water to laughing and giggling all throughout class.  Find them on Facebook.

 

OOH MAMA!  The Out of Hospital Madison Area Midwives Association is a group of individuals who provide home birth maternity care for the community.   Find out more about their services at the sale!

 

Why should you love YumTum? Because they make feeding your baby and toddler delicious and nutritious food easy!   YumTum gently steams and minimally processes the ingredients to maintain as many nutrients as possible and they combine ingredients such as beans and rice to provide a complete protein in your baby’s meal, and more.  YumTum’s food grows with your baby, so they will love to eat the Tummy Grubs and snacks well into their toddler years.  Find them on Facebook. (where they are currently listing where you can buy their goods ON SALE!)

 

Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool – LIttle minds need greatschools and teachers!  Holy Cross offers a robust 4Kprogram that might be just right for you.  Located on Milwaukee Street on the East side of Madison, their programming includes everything from spanish, to music and science,to  reading and religious education.  Find them on Facebook.

 

Tenney Nursery and Parent Center – TNPC is a preschool and parent cooperative that offers several preschool classes and a parent/child playgroup (a great way to get introduced to this creative and play-based center).  Due to the cooperative nature, parents work closely with the staff and ED and help mold their child’s education.  Visit and see it in action!  Find them on Facebook.

 

Do you have a will?  If you have children, you should have a will!  Attorney Heather Hazelwood is an associate specializing in personal and business services at Hurley, Burish & Stanton, focusing on estate planning, family law, and Guardian ad Litem  appointments.  Heather is passionate about working with clients to help them plan for the future and manage life’s transitions.  Meet her at the sale!  Find her on Facebook.

 

 

Madison Children’s Museum – I know you’ve heard of them.  But have you tried them out yet?  Better yet, have you become a member? We’ve found the ability, because of our membership, to get discounted parking at the museum and to pop in and out as we please to be worth our membership’s weight in gold.   We love the museum year round, but as we’re heading into the summer months, I love all of the summer programming that they have, and it’s always great to have a humid day option where the kids can play hard and stay cool.  Find them on Facebook.

 

The Little Gym – Little people need a gym all their size – that is where the Little Gym comes in.   They encourage playful development, and non-competitive serious play.  A perfect way to start an active life!  Find them on Facebook.

 

Kindred Kids – We’re once again partnering with one of the greatest kid-focused non-profits around.  An organization that strives to let kids help kids, Kindred Kids is worth the drive to Columbus, just to hang out and be around these amazing people (which is something you can do!)  ”We chose the name “Kindred Kids” because there are commonalities shared by all kids. They really are all Kindred. Their differing abilities may make some of their needs different but their needs as children are the same.”  Find them on Facebook.

 

Mother Nature’s Diaper Service – Little bums love keeping the environment clean, and Mother Nature’s Diaper Service is here to help!  They deliver clean cloth diapers right to your door – Sounds dreamy!  Find them on Facebook.

 

First Moments Photography is the official photographer of the Spring 2012 Half-Pint!  I had our first family pictures taken by Danielle, and she managed to get great shots even though my child kept yelling “NO PICTURES!” We’re excited to have her on board.  Find her on Facebook.

-EC and LS