My daughter’s new obsession: hair braiding videos. She’s all over YouTube, checking out the coolest braid styles she can do herself, do to her friends, do to me, do to her great-grandmother…basically anyone too nice or too tired to say no. Truth is, she’s actually come away with some really cute braid styles that are a fun change from our “hurry up and get your hair in a ponytail” routine. (And hey, if it gets her more apt to brush her hair in the morning without being reminded, I’m all in.) Need a little inspiration? Here are my top...Read More
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I think it’s safe to say that this is the year of Wonder Woman. Okay, so on this site, every year has been the year of Wonder Woman, but with the hit movie introducing her to a new generation, our kids are clamoring for Wonder Woman gear for back-to-school that celebrate both the classic cartoon superhero, and Gal Godot’s arse-kicking modern movie heroine. So this next post in our 2017 Back-to-School Shopping Guide is dedicated to all things Amazon Princess, from backpacks and lunch totes to school supplies and those fun little gifts that let us all tap into our...Read More
We’ve been hard at work rounding up some of the absolute coolest back to school gear for the season, like unicorn school supplies, crazy cheap preschooler gear, fun space-themed supplies, with tons more still coming. And now we’ve found a great selection of motivational back-to-school printables for kids, to help lend a little word of encouragement and brighten the day of a student in your life. Plus, they’re almost all free! After all your school shopping, that might brighten up your own day too. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Free printable bookmarks at top | Somewhat Simple Related: More of...Read More
Creative ideas to help little kids with school anxiety: 7 small items that can make a big difference.
Preschoolers or kindergarten students often feel really nervous about their first day of school. Or their first month of school. Even older kids may feel anxious about a new teacher, new friends, or just getting back into a more rigorous schedule after a long and lazy summer. While family discussions should help ease their worries, I also love the idea of giving kids a little gift that can help ease anxieties about going back to school, like these seven items I put together here. But hey, whatever works for your kid — that’s the very best idea of all....Read More
Back-to-school shopping with tweens and teens is like a whooole new thing. They have pretty strong opinions about what they love and don’t love. Even more than preschoolers, if you can believe that. (Though at least they don’t insist on wearing their swimsuit and flip-flops to school in the winter, ha.) So we had a great time putting together this third back-to-school shopping miniguide on behalf of our partner JCPenney, to help you fin tons of cool stuff for your older kids. And it’s all so affordable. Yes! From backpacks and school gear to clothing essentials and those fun...Read More
9 of the coolest, prettiest 2017-18 school year planners to get you and your family on the same page
As much as I love the convenience and ease of digital calendar apps, I’m in the market for a brand new 2017-18 school year planner, because I’m a paper planner girl at heart. I always get a little thrill when it’s time to get a new one, and that time is now! Because the best 2018 planners tend to start in August or September of 2017 in them to coincide with back-to-school busyness. Here are some of our favorites, from sassy to sweet. Make a date (heh!) to order one ASAP though, because your fall schedule is going to...Read More
Forget having the coolest shoes in school, the Star Wars x Sperry mashup that just released this week may be the coolest sneakers in the galaxy. Classic shoe styles meets classic geek culture design? Yep, we’re probably going to be stealing these Star Wars sneakers from our teens’ closets. Or maybe grabbing our own, considering these all come in adult sizes. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: This 40th anniversary Star Wars clothing collection is a force Although our whole household has become huge fans of the new Rogue One crew, I do love that these shoes feature original...Read More
We are in full-on back-to-school shopping mode here at CMP. And considering how much our kids love it too (well, they are our kids), they’ve been spending a whole lot of time helping us out on behalf of our partner JCPenney, scouring their website, and looking for the coolest school gear and gifts that we know other grade-school kids will love too. As for parents, we think you’ll love all these backpacks, school gear, clothing basics, and other essentials not just because your kids love them, but because they’re wildly affordable. Yay for that! Psst…check out our guide to...Read More
One of the biggest tasks on our back-to-school to-do lists: Get organized. If only that list didn’t come with 6 parts, each with about 10 subsections (sigh). One of the things we’re trying to get better at is labeling all those clothes, shoes, books, and shiny new back-to-school supplies our kids go off to school with, because we certainly want all those goodies to come back home with our kids too! So we’re happy to be bringing you some of our best labeling tips and tricks on behalf of our sponsor Stuck On You, which makes the personalized name labels...Read More
I’m 5’11 and while I love my height now, middle school me wasn’t thrilled about the perennial challenge of buying jeans for tall girls. Especially since my parents didn’t want to spend a bundle on jeans that would only last one BTS season at best. With my willowy nieces now facing the same long-legged shopping problem, I decided to do some digging and find the cutest, most affordable jeans for tall girls to help them out — and any of your own kids, too. Because #TallGirlProblems are real. But with the XL inseam jeans these stores offer, they don’t...Read More
Humans can’t live by keyboards alone, and for actual old school writing, we’re big fans of Moleskine notebooks. (Who isn’t, right?) Looking at the new Limited Edition Moleskine notebooks collection has my girls — and me — eager to put pen to paper, to journal our deepest thoughts. Or write a to-do list. Or jot down ideas. Or doodle. Anything really just to score one of these cool notebooks. I think this year’s collection especially speaks to teens (and the grown-ups who love them). With themes from rock n’ roll to pop culture, modern art to Minions, Disney characters...Read More
Any parent who has walls, floors, tables, refrigerators, windows, or slips of important paperwork knows: If it’s even slightly colorable, a kid will color it. So having extra things around that are supposed to be colored is always a good idea, and that’s just one of the reasons we’re all over the back-to-school coloring accessories from a CMP favorite company, OMY Design + Play. Related: Crazy-affordable back-to-school gear for preschoolers OMY is a cool woman-owned Parisian business that creates color-your-own items like placemats, puzzles, and posters with fantastically fun graphics. And now it’s bringing your kids creativity to a new line of color-your-own...Read More
We know that feeling of realizing that whoa — that little baby of yours is now a preschooler (sniff) and it’s time to start on back-to-school shopping. We also know how special those first years of school can be, which is why we had so much fun putting together this back to school shopping guide just for you parents of preschoolers, on behalf of our partner JCPenney. We’ve scoured their site and put together our picks for the coolest backpacks, school gear, clothing basics, and other essentials that can help make September just a little — or okay, a...Read More
It would hardly be 2017 — or heck, the 21st century as a whole — without a look at the coolest unicorn school supplies as part of our annual back to school shopping guide. Because if there’s one theme our kids show no sign of getting tired of, it’s got to be unicorns. And we can hardly blame them. Hope there’s something here to make September a little more magical and a little more sparkly. If only we had saved our own Lisa Frank unicorn supplies from our own childhoods! CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Related: 23...Read More
Looking at all the space-themed school supplies and cool gear we’re this year, we were thinking…wow, we could do a whole post on this! So, that’s just what we did. In fact for this year’s annual back-to-school shopping guide we decided to devote each post to a different hot trend that our kids our loving. That way, you can put together a collection of the coolest backpacks, lunch bags, clothing and gear for your kids not just by size or function, but to suit your kid’s own style, tastes and interests. With that, check out all these awesome back-to-school items...Read More
The effortlessly cool backpacks and lunchboxes from SoYoung have been topping our lists of favorite back-to-school gear for years. And now our favorite durable, long-lasting, raw linen backpacks and lunch packs have gotten even cooler (yes, it is possible) because they’ve collaborated with artist Ali Sabet to unleash some illustrated magic in the new SoYoung x Pixopop back-to-school collection. Half doodle-y daydream, half graffiti-like street art, this world of Tokidoki-esque original characters by Ali Sabet of Pixipop could be a top contender for your kid’s next favorite cartoon creatures. And ours. Related: Back to school guide: The coolest backpacks and lunchboxes...Read More
We love when big brands put energy toward doing good, especially when it positively impacts the lives of children. That’s why we’re so pleased to be teaming up with JCPenney, to help spread the word about their wonderful new Pair Up program and just in time for back-to-school season, we really hope you’ll check it out. Essentially JCPenney and the Y are partnering to help get clothing basics, like socks and underwear, out to underserved kids across the country. The *stats from a national survey are pretty sobering: -Nearly half of all US kid are considered low-income. – 40% of...Read More
A simple way to help refugee children feel a little more confident on their first day of school in the U.S.
I can’t imagine adjusting to a new school and a new country at the same time, but that’s a challenge many refugee children will be facing this back-to-school season. Which is why I loved learning that the Tiyya Foundation is organizing a Backpacks for Refugees Drive using an Amazon wish list, to make sure kids who are new to the US can get the backpacks, notebooks, and other back to school gear they need. Such a terrific group of kids to help, right? Related: How to help the Syrian victims and refugees: A comprehensive list of 20+ outstanding organizations. The whole...Read More
If your kids are like ours, they still can’t get enough of emojis and emoji accessories, whether on their smartphone cases, their notebooks, or their name labels. Insert praise hands emoji here. With World Emoji Day coming up (it’s July 17!), and back to school season right around the corner, we’re so thrilled to be teaming up with Avery, who’s always had us covered with school supplies and organizational help going back to when we were kids. What we didn’t have? Three very cool new Avery binders and dividers with emojis that your kids can customize free, with Avery’s...Read More
It’s Prime Day! Which means those of us savvy shoppers are kind of glued to our screens today, checking in just to see if there are any amazing deals on stuff we would be buying anyway. That being the operative phrase. Related: prime benefits Whether it’s kitchen goods, art supplies for the kids, electronics, or holiday gifts (hey, nothing like making a dent in that big holiday list in July!) you can really score today. After all, I happened to be adding some leotards for my daughter in my Amazon cart last night when all of a sudden I...Read More
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