As a parent, you are faced with the challenge of ensuring that you are providing your child with nurture, love, educational experiences and an overall enriching exposure to the world. I, just as every parent out there, strive to give my child only the best. While this ongoing task can be extremely daunting, I know without a doubt that the care my daughter receives from the Lil Pumpkins daycare is nothing but outstanding. I have had my daughter enrolled in this program for almost two years and have been nothing but grateful to have found such a caring person to watch over my child. I have been so impressed with this provider’s care, level of energy, creativity and overall motivation to enrich the lives of the families she works for. My daughter has gained many skills since her time at Lil Pumpkins. She has developed a wonderful vocabulary, knowledge of shapes, songs, colors, etc., as well as a great sense of humor that comes from the playful atmosphere that this daycare provider offers. In addition to providing my child with a wonderful "home away from home", I, as a parent, have always felt welcomed in this facility. Upon drop off and pick up, I often manage to stay for a few extra minutes to simply observe my daughter and the other children at play. Because of my profession, as a school psychologist, I tend to have a critical eye and high standard for best practices in working with children. I tend to use this time to assure myself that my daughter is indeed under great care. During these times, I have observed the provider engage whole heartedly in play activities (which often include ambitious art projects, cooking time, etc.), facilitate social play between the children that I feel is critical in their development, as well as use behavioral consequences and strategies that I often recommend to the staff and faculty with whom I work with at my elementary school sites. Lil Pumpkins is, in my opinion, a stellar daycare facility. I feel it is important to note that my daughter’s enrollment at Lil Pumpkins did overlap with that of the individuals who offered the previous review. I would like to stress that my experience during their time of dissatisfaction was greatly different. I have and continue to feel lucky to have found this provider and to have been accepted into her extended family. I find the story of the family below/above so unfortunate, and had I not had such a varying experience, I would have pulled my child immediately. I am tempted to say that the review offered may reflect the quality of the personal relationship between provider and family and not the actual care that the child received. For all parents reading these reviews, please know that even after reading what I have, I would still recommend Lil Pumpkins Daycare with full confidence. As a mom, I have felt proud knowing that I have put my daughter in such loving, nurturing and enriching environment. My mind is always at ease when my sweet girl is under her care. ~ A loving parent
Antique lovers, you will feel like you died and gone to heaven when you walk into Antique & Collectibles Marketplace! I found out about this wonderful antique shop when I did an internet search and came to the website http://www.tace.com which offers many items for sale from this store as well as other antique stores across the country. I found a beautiful bronze cherub clock and purchased it online. The next day I received a call from Ron with Antique & Collectibles Marketplace letting me know that their store is local and I could pick the clock up and save on shipping costs, if I'd prefer to do that. I went down there and the minute I walked through the door I knew I was somewhere special. I was greeted by the two owners Ron and Paulette. They are just delightful. Ron offered to show me around the 6000 square foot (!) store and had really interesting stories to share about some of the items we came across - an elaborate, upholstered mahogany chamber pot/commode, an exquisite brass and onyx bed, a Nancy Ann doll, and so many others! This antique store is not one that has different vendors who rent out space. The pricing and quality are consistent. You will not find any junkie items here. And I was quite taken aback by the very fair pricing. There wasn't a single item that I thought was overpriced - which is never the case when I shop in antique stores. The store is also very well organized. The front room has collectibles (bronze items, china pieces, jewelry, etc.). Another room is filled with dolls - Nancy Ann, Peggy Nesbit, Francesca, Madame Alexander, etc. They have original boxes, too, and are in exceptional condition. Along the hallway there are numerous pieces of art, and then you enter a huge area filled with furniture, tapestries, lamps, etc. Oh, and there is even a separate room that is filled to the ceiling with antique Barbie dolls all in their original boxes. Ron even showed me where they pack items for shipping. He carefully packages each item - I would feel very confident purchasing online. I really could go on and on about this store. If you are coming from out of town, it is certainly worth the trip. You will not be disappointed. If you can't make the trip, however, visit them on their web site - they have quite a few items (although nowhere near as many as in their store) available for sale. Incidentally, I absolutely love my bronze cherub clock and will always think fondly about my shopping experience when I look at it.
My 4 year old daughter has attended World of Fun for a year now. I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions her father and I have ever made. I previously worked in a private day care/preschool facility (that has since closed down) and I knew what to look for in a preschool for my daughter. World of Fun was the first school we visited out of about 10 local preschools in the greater Sacramento area. I thought it was too good to be true that we would find the perfect preschool at the very first location. However, I soon discovered the more preschools we toured, the more I knew World of Fun was the right place for our daughter to attend. She had only attended a home day care prior to attending World of Fun and I was concerned that it might be a little overwhelming for her. I was put at ease by taking her along for the second visit. She began playing with the other children and teachers who welcomed her with open arms and open hearts. She quickly became attached to her teachers and a few close friends. The very first week of attending the school I was highly impressed with what she was learning. She began counting to 10 in Spanish (which we had never exposed her to), her critical thinking, fine motor and gross motor skills improved greatly. As a previous preschool teacher myself I can greatly appreciate how difficult it can be dealing with a child with a temper. Unfortunately, my daughter has a temper that needed to be tamed. The teachers have helped with reducing the frequency of "fits" as well as teaching her how to control her emotions. The positive reinforcement and positive energy within the school is absolutely fantastic. The teachers have all been very supportive of nurturing development while encouraging creativity. I also appreciate how all food (snacks and meals) are included and provided for the children. I don't need to worry about forgetting to bring a lunch or snacks for her to eat. Our daughter recently had her 4th birthday party and it was fantastic to hear her say she wanted to invite all her school friends and teachers to her party. I can't ask for a better preschool for her. We even moved about 6 months ago and we now drive an extra 20 minutes daily so she can still attend World of Fun where I know she is safe, has fun and learns throughout the day.