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Gift guide for Teens from Shoebuy.com

Gift guide for Teens from Shoebuy.com (you know you could use the help getting ready for the holidays)

I like to shop, bargain shop if the truth be told, anyone can just shop, but shopping with the clear purpose of getting great stuff and saving money – well, that’s how I have to shop – it’s part of my imprint now and no small source of pride, and while I am able to thank you if you like an article of my clothing, more than likely I will include the story of the deal I got on it. I’m working on just saying ‘thank you’. I’ll let you know how that’s going.

When I attended a Shoebuy.com event this fall and learned a bit about this local company (and their free shipping and return policy), the more I learned, the more I liked them. So when Style Expert Courtney Barry at Shoebuy.com offered some suggestions for a teen gift guide, I was happy to test drive it past my in-house team of very discerning teens (my nieces and daughters). 

Here’s a look at what Courtney came up with and is teen approved:

Every sporty girls needs a pair of flashy kicks that they can rock both in the classroom and on the field. Brands like New Balance and Asics offer sneakers that will give your teen the best of both worlds in terms of style and performance, while Marmot, Patagonia and Prana offer some great active-wear clothing options that your teen will be sure to love:

Sporty? Can’t go wrong with some cute sneakers, some leggings and an athletic top.

 

 

Is your teen a bit more glamorous?

For your fashionista, stick to colorful prints and metallics this holiday season. A great pair of leopard flats can add a touch of glam to any outfit, while a bright and flashy metallic bag or jacket can bring the perfect amount of shine to a dreary snow day.

 

Edgy:

If your teen has an edgier style, try a darker combat boot, an army green jacket or a great black leather bag. These options are great for casual days in, but can also be dressed up for a night out on the weekend.

Classic:

For your timeless teen, chic simplicity should be key! Consider a beautiful pair of ballet flats or a cozy neutral sweater this holiday season to give them a classic look that will never go out of style.

 

So far, my in-house team panel has voted yes Sporty, Classic and Glamorous with a smattering from the Edgy category. Shoebuy.com has terrific sales and private sales events. I got a Patagonia jacket for 40% off the regular price. Now that’s how I like to shop!

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

The Events Page (it’s free to join and you hear about the private sales).

Disclosure: I was given a gift card to Shoebuy.com to facilitate this post. #sponsored

Mabel’s Labels and More

Mabel’s Labels and More

Or How I got my ducks in a row.

Yes, I do find September challenging, thank you for asking. It’s not as crazy as June for the sheer number of events and activities, but it makes up for it in the way it ramps up, making me pull it together and getting the family on board with a whole new schedule. Yeah, I don’t love September.

What I do love is the preparation, which interestingly enough, one of the ways I mentally prepare for the change and challenges the new school year brings. Remember back to school shopping? It used to be all corduroys and sweaters, not sure why (global warming?) but it’s still summer weather here so those clothes can wait. What can’t wait is the back to school supplies. Sometimes you get an assist from the school in a list but sometimes it’s just you and your children in an office supply store. Overwhelming.

It’s helpful for me to make lists, get organized and label things! It gives us me a sense of order and the planning makes us me, at least, relax a little. I’ve found that things get lost less often when they are labeled – sometimes kindly people return the items (soccer balls, jackets), and somehow, sometimes, kids remember the stuff when it has their name on it. Not always, but more often than not and I like the odds.

Since I would label everything if I could, it’s great to have so many choices that are durable and colorful. The site is easy to navigate and to see all the lovely choices (the tough part is deciding) and to preview your choice.

We went with the Stylish Scholars and loved the choices like quatrefoil, chevron, faux bois and peony, and check out all of the color choices, too.

 

screenshot from mabel's labels
screenshot from Mabel’s Labels

 

We labeled everything, well, almost everything – like the ipad mini, the phone, the clear plastic shoe boxes that I got on sale for storing all sorts of stuff (in school and at home), the backpacks (with the sweet metal tags that clip right on), folders, binders, notebooks, water bottles and my favorite back to school item, the pencil case. I stopped just shy of labeling the pencils because my kids are older but I would definitely label them for little ones. Let them put the stickers on- it;s a great school readiness activity.

We do tend to misplace things around here so this is one of my strategies for holding on to the stuff we I care about. These Back to School labels are available until September 30th – so go check out Mabel’s Labels on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram or here on their website.

Started in 2003 by four super smart moms who were frustrated with their children losing items (aren’t we all) that they sent to school or camp. Read the about page here.

Disclaimer: I received a package of labels from Mabel’s Labels for this review. All opinions are, as always, my own.

 

 

 

Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices EXPO

 Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices

What is Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices?

This is a multi-year effort by the Newton North PTSO and many community organizations to help parents/guardians and those who work with teens guide the teens in making good decisions that will lead to a long, happy, and healthy life.

What is the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices EXPO?

It’s a fun gathering of many non-profit organizations that support teens and families in Newton and provide educational and prevention information and constructive activities.

When is it?

This year it’s being held on Wednesday, January 22, from 5-7:30 p.m.

Where is it?

In the main hallways at Newton North High School (457 Walnut Street, Newton, MA).

How much does it cost?

It’s FREE! The non-profits are donating their time, and the Newton North PTSO is using parent/guardian dues and donations to support this event.

Who is the expo for?

Middle schoolers, high schoolers, parents, guardians, teachers, staff, counselors, and anyone else who cares about Newton teens.

My child is only in middle school. She/he is too young for this.

Now is the ideal time to use your influence to guide your middle schooler in a positive direction and to counteract some of society’s negative messages!

My child is a junior or senior. She/he doesn’t want to be seen with me.

That’s okay. You come with some adult friends, and have your teen come with some teen friends. Whole Foods will be giving out hot hors d’oeuvres, and we’ll have live jazz. If your teen drives to school, tell her/him that the first 50 students who bring a parent will receive a goodie bag with a chance to use the Newton North principal’s parking space for a week.

My teen is fine. We don’t need this.

The teen years are exciting, challenging, and often surprising. Some of the exhibitors offer enriching activities for teens in Newton. Others educate teens about how to navigate the challenges of academic pressure, peer pressure, and societal pressure in order to stay safe and healthy. Your teen may use this information for herself or himself, or it may come in handy when a friend needs help.

My teen will be too hungry to come.

We’ll be giving away pizza to hungry teens.

We’re too busy too come.

If you have even 30 minutes to stop by, we’ll make it worth your while. We’ll have two 15-minute sessions! First, back by popular demand, we’ll have a short presentation about crash prevention and driver’s education.

5:30-5:45 p.m.           Special presentation to be announced

Later, in response to the number-one concern expressed at the recent Newton Youth Summit, we’ll have a short presentation about stress reduction.

6:10-6:25 p.m.            Special presentation to be announced

My teen says this sounds boring.

The exhibitors are planning a fun night with things like an Angry Birds game, simulations, videos, giveaways, and crafts.

There will work to get live performances by student groups.

Isn’t Junior Parent Night on Wednesday? We can’t come to the expo because we have a junior.

Good question. The expo starts at 5:00 p.m. to give you an hour and a half to explore the exhibits with your teen before Junior Parent Night (6:30 p.m.).

My teen has sports practice so we can’t come to the expo.

The high school coaches support the positive messages of the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo and encourage families to attend. If your teen has practice at North, you can swing by the expo when you pick up your teen. Your teen can grab a slice of pizza at the expo to tide her/him over until dinner.

Okay, I’m thinking about coming with my teen. Who are the exhibitors?

Educational and prevention information

Great activities

Supporters from last year

Join the Newton North PTSO for Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices, an expo featuring approximately 30 community organizations. Parents/guardians and all those who help guide teens in making sensible decisions that will lead to a long, happy, and productive life are one focus. Teenagers are the other focus. They can participate in exhibitors’ enriching and fun activities, and they can also learn how to navigate the challenges of academic, peer, and societal pressures in order to stay safe and healthy. The expo will include several short presentations and discussions on current issues teens face every day.

 

Be one of the first 50 students who come with a parent and receive a goodie bag with a chance to use the Newton North principal’s parking space for a week.  Come, have pizza and stroll Main Street at Newton North High School on Wednesday January 22nd from 5-7:30 pm .

 

“Talking to our teenagers about making smart choices is so important as they navigate the challenges of being a teenager in 2013,” said Newton North Principal Jen Price in a letter inviting community members to attend. “This is our attempt to stimulate these critical conversations.”

Finding Kind on Indieflix – Try it

As a blogger, I get a lot of emails from companies; many of them are nice, some are self-serving (you know who you are), and some are flat out awesome on all levels. This is one of the awesome ones. Finding Kind is a documentary about female bullying that takes a clear look at how girls treat one another and how we can effect real change.

Check out the trailer here.

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About Finding Kind

In February 2009, two young women, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson joined forces having both been affected by female bullying throughout their youth and decided to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about this universal experience. What began as an idea for a documentary about girl-against-girl bullying, ultimately became Kind Campaign, an internationally recognized movement, documentary, and school assembly program based on the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”

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