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Kids #Craft and #Charity Corner: Coming To The #LongBeach Sunday Market!

COMING AUGUST 1: Kids Kraft Korner!

Starting on August 1, Brianne’s Basics will be hosting a Kids Kraft Korner at the Long Beach Sunday Market.

Every first Sunday, the Market has an Arts Theme. So for our kick-off event, we’re having the kids make Summer Journals, which are pretty  cute and easy. We’re asking all the kids to bring photos and mementos to make the books. We’re also taking pictures for them to put in the books.

We’re also kicking off monthly charity drives! For August 1, we’re collecting both school supplies and items for the  troops, benefitting Love In The Mirror and Soldier’s Angels. (To see exactly what we’re collecting, click on the links). Each month, we’ll have a different theme and we’ll be collecting different items.

Each craft is a $1-2 donation, depending on the craft.

I am very very excited to be taking on this project for this awesome Sunday Market! It’s a very family-centric place. I have  three kids, and I obviously do a ton of charity work. They say charity  begins at home. So I’m trying to do more in the Long Beach area.

I was also inspired by Kids Are Heroes. Kids can change the world, one event at a time.

If you’d like more information on sponsoring a craft, or having us collect items for your charity, please contact Heather at heathercrownelson {at} gmail.com


EXCITING #blog developments!

We now have a blog button. How cool is that?! So if you’d like to link back to our blog, go for it! Just leave a comment, grab the graphic, & link it back here to https://heatherinsocal.wordpress.com

Thanks for the support!

Ryan’s Going “Coasting For Kids”!

I found this link on Twitter today. I mentioned it to Ryan, and he was onboard immediately! He’ll be doing his best to raise money for this event, and with any luck he’ll be one of the 30 top fundraisers. Those top 30 will be chosen to ride Jaguar for 10 HOURS!!! He’ll be participating for Mikk’s Kid Krusaders. So exciting!


LONG BEACH — July 12, 2000 — Ryan Nelson, a Lakewood/Long Beach resident, will be participating in Coasting For Kids at Knott’s Berry Farm on Thursday, July 29.

This unique and fun event has roller coasters enthusiasts riding the Jaguar roller coaster for 10 hours to help raise funds for Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit organization that provides family vacations for children living with life-threatening illnesses. Knott’s will join with 10 other Cedar Fair parks in hosting this event making “Coasting for Kids” a national event.

“I’m definitely interested in this. I’m pretty sure there’ll be higher earners than me, but it’s worth the donations though. This event is definitely good for the charity”, said Ryan Nelson. He will be riding for Mikk’s Kid Krusaders, a family charity team started by the Nelson Family.

To be a part of “Coasting for Kids”, he must raise a minimum of $50 through http://www.firstgiving.com/ryantnelson by July 28. Participants can raise the money themselves, or can have friends donate to the cause. The top 30 fundraisers will earn a seat on the Knott’s Jaguar coaster. The marathon ride will begin at 7:00 am and will include a light breakfast, as well as a Mrs. Knott’s Chicken lunch at noon.

“Knott’s Berry Farm is proud to join with our sister Cedar Fair Parks in hosting Coasting for Kids,” said Knott’s General Manager, Marty Keithley. “Knott’s welcomes children from Give Kids The World everyday and we are committed to providing memorable and magical experiences to children with life threatening illnesses and their families. We feel that Coasting for Kids will give others the satisfaction of helping such a deserving community.”

For more information on Give Kids The World, visit http://www.givekidstheworld.org

For more information on Mikk’s Kid Krusaders, visit http://heathernelson.webs.com


For more information, press only:

Heather Nelson, (562) 325-7182, heathercrownelson@gmail.com

#Support The #Troops: The #Craft Way!

We had a few items out today to raise funds for our adopted soldier from Soldier’s Angels. Our best seller was the foam yellow ribbons! One lady bought 5 to put on her fridge, tree, & desk LOL We raised a few dollars, so we’ll be using that to shop for items for our soldier. We’re sending him a box in a few weeks, so hopefully we can raise even more next week!

#LongBeach Sunday Market

Today, we were a last minute addition to the Long Beach Sunday Market @ Longfellow Elementary in California Heights. I’ve been to the Market quite a few times. Justina from Shortnin Bread is there nearly every week, and Charlene has a booth for the LB Depot For Creative Reuse.

I had a FABULOUS time! It’s a nice market, very family friendly atmosphere. I met lots of great people, some of whom are donating to us!

We were invited to come back next week, July 18. There’s going to be a Pie Contest, Live Jazz Band, & more. Looks for us near the picnic benches!

To learn more about Brianne’s Basics, go to http://briannesbasics.webs.com

To learn more about the Sunday Market, go to http://www.longbeachsundaymarket.com

Yet another reason we support our troops

When we started Mikk’s Kid Krusaders, we had originally thought about just having our family team participate in charity walks and events. However Michael wanted to focus on supporting our troops.

Today I saw this post on Twitter. Add this to the many many reasons we support the troops, AND their families.

*NEW* Fundraiser To Support The Troops

We’re starting a new fundraiser to help support our adopted soldier via Soldier’s Angels. We’re very excited and honored to be volunteering for this organization.

First we have these foam support ribbons. 2 for $1.50, free shipping. We can personalized it with your soldier’s name, favorite quote, anything.

Second are personalized dogtags! We can make them with YOUR logo or picture!

We’ll have them up on our store tomorrow OR you can email me for more information.