Tween Scene – 6 Must Haves for Tweens

Tween Scene: 6 Must Haves for Tweens

Tweens are a picky crew and you can’t ever seem to keep up with what’s in and what’s out. It always amazes me when tween trends take off… I mean… lets talk about putty! who knew!

These days we have lots of items around the house that my tween has been obsessing over! Parents of tweens everywhere will tell you that putty is the #1 item. We have putty making stations throughout the house and Lily just can’t get enough!

So I’ve put together a list of our faves. It’s hard to find gifts for teens and tweens that are not tech or high ticket items. These are our go to gifts these days. You can find them at specialty stores or online. But I like to shop local… so maybe your downtown gift shops might carry these goodies!  A lot of these items are for fidgety tweens and adults.

Here is my list of Tween Must Haves. This is what’s being obsessed over and trending in the tween space!

  1. The Fidget Cube– We love this cube. each side has things that click, slide, roll and is great as a stress reliever or busy hands.
  2. Thinking Putty – This is the best putty .. hands down. Crazy Arron’s comes in all sorts of amazing themes and our favorites are the Liquid Glass that is totally clear, the Magnetic and the Electric Teal!
  3. Bath Bombs – I just spent $10 on ONE bath bomb from Lush…. but it was divine! Bath Bombs can be found in all price points, we love Lush products and they are natural and smell amazing. The glitter bath bombs are our favorite.
  4. Spinners! Lily has a few of these and again, perfect for calming nerves, anxiety, focus. These are hard to find so if a store near you sells it… grab it up quick!
  5. Lokai Bracelets – These bracelets claim to have mud from the black Sea and water from Mr. Everest. These are colorful bracelets that raise awareness for various causes and ideals. mental illness, balance…etc.
  6. Electro Dough – not sure that this is a tween must have but it’s pretty amazing. The kit encourages you to make your own dough with house hold items and for putty obsessors.. this is great. But once you have made your dough, there are LEDs and buzzers and all sorts of things that connect for circuitry play! Super cool!
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Back to School: Backpacks for Tweens

Back To School: Backpacks for Tweens
The kids are in the middle of the hot days of summer and while we here in New York still have over a month and half to go before school starts, most of the country starts in mid August. Lily starts 6th grade, this fall,  and it’s very exciting. Her sense of style is really becoming her own and no longer will I be able to pick out her accessories, clothes and backpacks.
To keep up with your picky tweens awesome personality, I’ve picked a few of our favorite backpacks this season. Everything from the trendy Pokemon to the classic Herchel is here on this list to fit your picky tweens style!
1. Miss Selfridge Holographic Mini Backpack $53 // 2. Accessorize Galazy $59// 3. Realm Divide Backpack $40 VANS // 4. Nintendo Backpack – $40 VANS // 5. Multi Tropical Backpack $34 GO JANE // 6. Herschel Supply Company $100 Nordstrom // 7. Aeropostale $25 // 8. Pokemon $20 HOT TOPIC //
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Back to School Must Haves for Tweens

I know the rest of you have had your kids in school for the past few weeks…but those of us here in the NorthEast still have over a week to go. This year Lily… my sweet 10-year-old fashion opinion generator… has decided to chime in on my Back to School round-up.

As Lily is getting older, I have loved seeing an evolution in her style. Some day’s she relaxed, other times she fancy, and she certainly has an eye for spotting trends.  Lily isn’t really a follower of fashion she sorta blazes her own trail! ( says the proud mom)  A little fashion blogger in the making!

It’s important to let your child experiment with what they are wearing, it’s their way of figuring out who they are, what they like and what makes them feel comfortable. These items on our list have  all been hand-picked by… my tween fashionista …Lily. We all know 10-year-old – 5th graders are the pickiest of all sooooo for your Back to School shopping… I give you Lily’s personal // must – have // list! Back to School2015

  1. Whether it’s picture day, no gym day or the first day of school, a casual dress is a staple . Dress this up with fancy shoes or some fall boots and a jean jacket for multiple looks throughout the year.  $58JCREW.COM 
  2. A simple yet total statement piece top coat goes from fall to winter to spring and even an evening at the movies with friends. This one from Appaman stands out in the crowd as a total classic.  $99APPAMAN.COM  
  3. Ok I am soooo glad Lily picked this color because it’s my absolute favorite. Kanken Bags have a cult following and if you don’t have one… GET THEE ONE NAO! Kanken – Kanken Backpacks – Fjallraven $75FJALLRAVEN.US 
  4. Basically we covet every sort of bauble from CrewCuts… and while we are at it… the Jcrew jewels line too. This pink elephant adds a pop of color and whimsy to any outfit.  $19JCREW.COM
  5. 5th grade begins a whole new world of wonder so we thought it would a great time to start a – line or thought a day – sort of journal. Low commitment but a nice memory of the year.  $17TARGET.COM
  6. Planet Box makes all sorts of compartment boxes and we want them all. But we only have one and love it. These are a bit pricey but you only need one. The stainless steel is easy to clean, rejects bacteria and is eco-friendly. $75 PLANETBOX.COM
  7. Another stainless steel item. The Kid Kanteens are mini version of the KleanKantees which there is no shortage in this home. Even the little MOTO has a baby Kanteen milk bottle. KLEANKANTEEN.COM
  8. We love our BOGS! We really do. These shoes are classic, fashionable without sacrificing one ounce of practicality. These boots are waterproof and are good for fall, winter and spring.  $95BOGSFOOTWEAR.COM
  9. Have you seen Charm It Charms bracelets and necklaces? We love these and gave the bracelets out as birthday party favors for lily’s 8th birthday. These charm bracelets have tons of charms with every theme possible and the pops of colors and kitschy factor are perfection! Love to Travel Gift Set $27 SHOPCHARM-IT.COM

Happy school year everyone!

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Land of Nod Spring Preview – #NodFamilyHome

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What better time to think about Spring than during our first NorEaster!
While we are all just gearing up for Christmas, the design world has already tackled springtime trends.
Last month I was invited to attend the Land Of Nod spring preview. What a treat for the design senses! Land of Nod is an inline design store with a focus on kids gear. Kids, toys, bedding, furniture.. all of it.

To show-off their Spring goodies, Land of Nod moved into an entire Chelsea townhouse. Not shabby at all.

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Stepping in through the front door was just magical. The whole house has such whimsy and care and special creative details all through the rooms.

New to NOD this year – CRIBS!!! These are gorgeous baby cribs which I would have swooned over 2 years ago when the little moto was new to the world! Also look for fab collaborations with fun artists and of course the great big collaboration with LITTLE GOLDEN BOOKS! (available in 2015)  All of my childhood faves like the pokey little puppy and the Tawny Scrawny Lion can now be found on pillows and sheets and wall art!

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Hope you enjoy the preview via my pics! and then head over to Land of Nod to buy everything up! Because I REALLLY want it all!

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The New York Mom Holiday Gift Guides 2014 ~ coming soon

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Tis the season for gift giving and I am super excited to announce the FIRST ever official real- deal Holiday Gift Guide from The New York Mom.

How exciting you guys!

I have tons of tips and suggestions and ideas and all sorts of fun goodies coming up for the next few weeks. Gifts for kids, for moms, for dads, techy gifts, foodie gifts, gifts for young, gifts for old… i got you covered!

Soooo keep it where ya got it!

Happy gifting y’all!!

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Jumping into Fall with Bogs Footwear + Giveaway!

The New York Mom * This post is sponsored by BOGS Footwear. Stick around until the end for a fab giveaway* 

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SHOES: BOGSfootwear – JEGGINGS: Joes Jeans – WHITE TEE: Target – PLAID: Madewell – HAIR: Hotmess!

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Fall is here y’all! October has to be my most favorite month of the entire year! The leaves are turning, the air has a cool crispness to it, pumpkins are out on porches, apple cider, pumpkin pie.. boots! Boots and scarfs and sweaters oh my! I love fall.

Over the weekend we headed up the Hudson Valley to pick apples, drink cider, eat donuts and just take in the gorgeous sunny day!

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We always head up to Outhouse Orchards or Harvest Moon. And this year it was sorta disappointing. No apples to be picked, the lines for the cider and donuts was so long that we skipped it and the whole farm was a total mess of jumpy castles and consumerism. So we skipped the farmstand and all the madness and just headed up to the orchards to play. ( some of these photos are from a pumpkin patch we visited to find our perfect pumpkin!)The New York Mom

Lily and her monkey ways…climbed every single tree she saw.. which being in an orchard… she climbed a ton of trees. Thomas would just walk under the apple trees and pick up apples which had fallen and take a bite out of them. He also played in the dirt and collected lots of stones. Which is one his #1 pastimes these days. Lily used to be a “stone hunter” one upon a time so it only makes sense that her younger brother has taken up the family collection! The New York Mom  The New York Mom The New York Mom

Fall just wakes me up. I guess every changing of the season is a new birth is sorts and that newness is not lost on me. I love Fall though. I love the smell, the lazy days, the hot drinks. We leave our windows open all season and bundle up late into the night with our hot toddy’s while watching some BBC show. The BBC shows are good for the fall season as well. *just a tip*

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I’m thrilled to tell you about my latest collaboration with BogsFootwear. The kids and I have been outfitted with pieces from their fall line up and we love them. The kid shoes have bright colors for that childhood whimsy, classic colors are included as well for dapper dudes like Thomas. The women’s shoes are a mix of fashion and function and SUCH a better option than clunky goloshes. So babies, toddler, tweens, teens. women and men can all find what they need at BOGS.

The Bogs fall boots are water repellant and snow proof. That’s pretty awesome because they are not clunky like other boots and hug the foot just right so you won’t slip and slide in the snow with your socks and boots on. But mainly… the sleep lines. I have the pearl tall boots which are waterproof leather… yep you read that right! and love these tan jems!

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We have loved our BOGS so very much that I am offering one lucky reader a $100 giftcard toward a pair of shoes. Go check em out… and get your winter boots asap!

How to enter do one or all. You can enter once a day! Use #NYMGiveawayBOGS

  • Leave a comment on this post.
  • Head over to Instagram and regram the contest image and follow other steps.
  • Repost this post on your social outlets saying – Win a $100 giftcard for BOGS Footwear from TheNewYorkMom.com #NYMGiveawayBOGS
  • Contest ends – October 15, midnight eastern time. US only.  CONTEST OVER!

Congrats to Kristi – from twitter!!

*This post is sponsored by BOGS FOOTWEAR*  

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Tween Style File with French Toast school uniforms

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For back to school season, we have teamed up with French Toast to bring you school uniforms. Lily doesn’t wear school uniforms but we kinda loved these pieces from French Toast anyway. The skirt and shirt are both tailored with a few details to add a bit of personality. French Toast is also very affordable without sacrificing any style or quality points.

Swing by FRENCH TOAST to grab some gear for this school year.

Happy Back to School everyone!

* This post is sponsored by French Toast. All opinions are my own* 

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Tween Style File – H&M

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This week’s Tween Style File is brought to you by H&M. We loooove H&M. The clothes are really fun and on trend without that massive price tag. Whether it’s Thomas or Lily- Never a trip to H&M happens without a purchase.

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Lily is wearing – A cotton print dress $.4.95, Jean Jacket from Forever21 for $20, Faux Birks from Old Navy $14.

 

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Tween Style File – Back to School Shopping with Tanger Outlets

* This post is sponsored by Tanger Outlets. *

It’s Back To School shopping time everyone! I love shopping with Lily. She has such an amazing sense of style and personality and it’s such a treat to see her evolving through what she wears. This Back to School season, I’m working with Tanger Outlets to share our amazing… and i mean AH – Ma-Zing back to school finds.

 

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Lily is heading into the 4th grade. *Gasp* 4th grade is big time. She is really coming into her own and has a pretty strong opinion on what she wants to wear and what is ‘ babyish”. Along with these new found opinions and getting older come a raised price point for clothes. This is where shopping at Tanger Outlets is a win!

Tanger Outlets … as you can expect… has tons of name brand stores all with deals and sales and even regular priced items for a steal!

We love to shop at – JCrew/Crewcuts, RUUMkids, Gap, Old Navy and our secret obsession which has the best deals… SAKS Off 5th!

Lily picked up amazing pieces which will get her through fall, winter and spring! It’s a win!

Our Closest Tanger Outlet is in DeerPark and on August 16th… Bridgit Mendler of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie will be performing LIVE! We loooove Good Luck Charlie and we especially looooove Bridgit mendler!

It’s a free concert and it’s going to be awesome!! ( lily said that) . This is going to be a ton of fun with a Kids Style event going on and music and tons of fun activities. I hope you can make it to Tanger Outlets Deerpark, NY on August 16th! Lily is over the moon about attending!

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Happy Back To School Shopping everyone! Hope you swing by your nearest TANGER OUTLETS!  make to share your finds with me!!

Back_to_School_Style* This post is sponsored by Tanger Outlets. All opinions are my own. Thanks for swinging by and hearing about my sponsors! * 

 

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Tween Style File – Swimsuits

Finding a swimsuit for a 9YO is a challenge. If you have found yourself shopping for swimsuits for the 8-12 girl age range you might share my disregard for the itty bitty padded bikinis that are out on the racks for my 9YO!

I won’t use this post as a rant about how inappropriate clothing…especially swimsuits are for this age demographic. We are taking our little girls from tutus in the toddler age and throwing them into some awkward pre-woman – pretween stage… in the retail industry.

Lily has decided that “girl’ bathing suits are not her style.  She likes that boys get to wear baggy shorts and not tight underwear type swim bottoms. While she did not want me to photograph her wearing a swimsuit, she did pick out her favorites.

We love these brands and own a few of these suits. Hope your picky tween finds one that fits her style and one that you as a parent.. approve!

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