Goldfish Swim School – Carrollton, TX – What Makes Them Different?

In only three months, my 5-year-old daughter has gone from being afraid to blow bubbles in the bathtub to swimming under water by herself. Goldfish Swim School has completely changed the way she acts in the water and I just have to share!

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I know how important it is to teach my kids safety in and around the water. I have always wanted them to learn to swim both for fun and for their own protection. When Goldfish Swim School reached out to partner with me to showcase their first school in the DFW area, I was so excited. And they have definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Every staff member, from the swim instructors to the ladies working the front desk, have been kind and helpful each week. If you miss a lesson and need to make it up, they are happy to help. If you have a question about your child’s progress, they will take a moment to chat with you about what you can work on at home.

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When you first start swimming lessons, your child will be evaluated to see which class they should join. They’ll also give you a checklist of skills to work on any time you are in the water – things like getting comfortable wearing goggles under water.

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Then you’ll come in for a 30-minute class each week in their heated 90-degree pool. (If you’ve ever tried to do swimming lessons in a cold pool, you KNOW what a big difference that makes!).

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Right now they offer classes Tuesday and Thursday morning and evening and throughout the day on the weekends. They offer different classes at each time slot so even if you have two kids you are trying to coordinate, they will have classes that fit your schedule.

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We have experienced both the mommy-and-me classes for the littlest swimmers and the traditional classes with a few students paired with a teacher. Both formats have been wonderful and it’s obvious the teachers are highly trained to work with kids in the water.

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In three months, my daughter (age five) has learned to hold her breath under water, swim a short distance under water, and float on her back just to name a few skills. My son (age 2.5) know that he needs to turn back towards the wall once he comes in the water, he has learned how to crawl along the wall, and he has overcome his fear of having water on his head.

These may seem like small steps, but they are huge strides for my kids. Each week they are so excited to show me what they’ve learned during the last five minutes of class (during “parent showcase” time).

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Aside from the perfectly heated pool and the phenomenal instructors who get real results, they have amenities that make it easy to go to swimming lessons. When’s the last time you thought it was easy to go to swimming lessons!?

When you come in, they have cubbies for all your gear and distractions for siblings who aren’t in lessons like books, coloring, TV, and even a chalk wall. There is also plenty of room for parent observation.

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They also have showers with tear-free soap for rinsing off after lessons, changing rooms that include a baby seat (as well as a diaper changing station for babies), and family bathrooms to make changing easy.

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Then they have a few features that are just above and beyond what you would expect purely to make a parent’s life easier. They have swimsuit drying stations (so you don’t have to carry a dripping wet swimsuit home in your bag) and a hair drying station with a bench that looks like a surfboard.

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The biggest reason we love Goldfish is because when we had tried swimming lessons in the past, there were tears and fits every single time we drove to lessons.

When we walk into Goldfish with their tropical decor, friendly staff, fun lessons, and extras to make my life easier, there are only smiles. We walk out and my kiddos are asking when they can come to swimming lessons again. That’s what I call a mom win!

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Find out more about Goldfish Swim School by visiting their website and following them on Instagram.

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Top 5 Tips for Shopping at Consignment Sales (+ $25 Giveaway!)

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There’s no way around it – kids are expensive! You buy tons of furniture, clothes, gear, and toys that you only need for a few months then you have to start over.

One way I have found to save money, while not sacrificing quality, is shopping a consignment sales. These huge sales generally happen twice a year and are filled with gently used children’s clothes, toys, games, books, equipment, and more! Even better – everything is marked 50%-90% off retail value and you can sell your items back after your kids have outgrown them.

My favorite consignment sale, Divine Consign, happens twice a year in Grapevine and Plano. It is run by two moms who know the importance of quality, so they have an army of volunteers meticulously inspect each item of clothing and piece of equipment so that only the best items end up on the show floor.

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Whether it’s your first time shopping at a consignment sale or you are a seasoned veteran, here are my Top 5 Tips for Shopping at Consignment Sales:

1. Come Prepared

If you walk into a consignment sale without a plan, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer number of items. The first year I shopped, I had no idea they sold shoes and I really regretted it when I paid full price later in the season! Before each sale, I take stock of what I have for my daughter for the next season and figure out what else I will need. I have found this Consignment Sale Shopping List to be a really useful tool in being prepared.

Tip: Make sure you know your kids shoe sizes by tracing their foot on a sheet of paper, cut it out, and bring the cut-out with you to the sale!

2. Shop for Gifts

Don’t forget to shop for things like birthdays and Christmas presents! You can save a ton of money on toys, games, books, movies, and more! I once found a $100 Lego set for $20 and a $60 Play Table for $5. You will often find popular authors like Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry, and Sandra Boynton in the children’s books section. At the Spring sales, you will find a large selection of bikes and outdoor toys that make fabulous birthday presents.

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3. Don’t Forget Furniture

In the first three years of a child’s life, they will have gone through four sleeping arrangements (or more!). They might start in a bassinet or co-sleeper, but they quickly move to a crib then transition to a toddler bed and finally into a “big kid” bed. You can save money (and space) by purchasing furniture at a consignment sale then selling it at a consignment sale once they grow out of it. I bought a Pack n’ Play at my first sale that I still use two years later!

4. Bring a Basket

If you plan to really shop, it’s a great idea to bring a basket. You will see moms with laundry baskets with a belt looped through the handle for easy pulling, rolling carts that everyone in my neck of the woods calls ‘Canton carts’, or their stroller (sans baby) for piling up their goodies. They will have giant shopping bags available at the door, but seasoned shoppers know to bring their own basket.Top 5 Tips for Shopping at Consignment Sales - Divine Consign | The Dallas Mom

5. Come Early (and often!)

There are several ways you can shop before the general public at a consignment sale. At Divine Consign, they have a “pre-sale” day specifically set aside for volunteers, consigners, and first time moms. If you register to volunteer or choose to consign your items, you will receive a wristband that will let you into the pre-sale at a designated time. Arrive early for your time slot to get a prime place in line. Some moms will show up an hour in advance, but arriving a half-hour before your shopping time should get you a good place in line. You’ll also want to be sure to come back for the half-price and 75% off sales, where a large number of items are discounted even further.

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Divine Consign

My favorite consignment sale is just up the road in North Dallas! With two sales each season in Grapevine and Plano, there are tons of great deals to be found. 

Grapevine

Divine Consign in Grapevine will be open to the public February 21-22, but you can shop early by volunteering, consigning, or registering as a first time mom. Click over to see the full schedule and get more information here. It is located at the Grapevine Convention Center, which is at 1209 S. Main St. in Grapevine, TX.

Plano

Divine Consign in Plano is the largest and longest running consignment sale in the Plano area with over 80,000 gently used children’s and maternity items covering 46,500 sq. feet. Divine Consign Plano is open to the public Sunday, February 28 – Tuesday, March 1, but don’t forget to shop early by registering as a consigner, volunteer, or first time mom. You can see the full schedule and more information on their website. Divine Consign Plano is held at the Plano Centre, which is located at 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, TX.

And one lucky The Dallas Mom reader will win a $25 Gift Card to Divine Consign. Enter here:

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Divine Consign, but all opinions expressed are the writer’s. I love this sale and I am so excited to share it with you! For questions about sponsorship or to have your product featured on The Dallas Mom, email Megan at megan@thedallasmom.com. Click here for more information. 

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