5 Fun Ideas for Tween Girls to do this Summer

School’s (almost) out for summer! For kids, this signals freedom and fun. For Stay-At-Home-Moms, this can make you tired just thinking about your ‘free’ time evaporating. We are here to help with some ideas that require little set-up or guidance for you.

– Get the girls started on making a photo album or scrapbook from the last school year.

– Encourage them to donate some time to a volunteer organization. This is something she can do with her friends to make it sound more appealing. Once they start, they will realize how much fun they are having! Some suggestions: beach or park clean up, organize a food drive and stock the local food pantry, or even make a bird feeder for your own backyard.

– Supply your tween with the supplies to make friendships bracelets for her friends to wear when they go back to school.

– Invite her closest friends over for a Flying Buttress panel decoration party with a ​Party Pack. Each girl gets to decorate their handbag or lunch bag and then take it home. It is a great activity for you to show off her style and creativity and the party favors are taken care of!


Party Pack designer

Party Pack designer

– Prepare a picnic at your favorite park with your daughter and her friends. Or she can go by yourself and read a new book – how about Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush

If you need even more ideas, follow our ​Summer Fun board on Pinterest!


8 Fun Summer Activities for Tweens

Running out of ideas of what to do as the mercury is still running high? Here is a quick list of new ideas.

– Make jewelry

– Interview your family for a ‘podcast’

– Learn some new braids and practice with your friends (lots of ideas on Pinterest)

– Enter the Sweety High Contest by designing your own Flying Buttress panel idea

– Scrapbook your memories from the last school year

– Learn how to cook something new

– Go through your closet and donate unwanted and gently used clothing to a charity

– Make friendships bracelets for all of your best buds to wear when you get back to school


Have a safe and fun August!!!


Top 5 Family Vacation Spots in the USA

With our Independence Day celebration tomorrow, I was inspired to highlight some family friendly vacay spots across our diverse and amazing country.

1) Southern California (our home) gets ranked pretty high because of the sheer number of things to do AND the beautiful beaches AND the fantastic weather. If you have enough time, hit Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego in one trip. You will need a rental car but seeing the different cities is worth it.

Start in Los Angeles to see the same sights you see in so many movies…Santa Monica Pier, the stars on Hollywood Boulevard, Universal Studios, etc. etc. Then head down to Anaheim and get that check in the Disneyland box. If you have two days, swing by California Adventure as well but you can do both parks in one day. I would stay near the beach to see some of the most beautiful coastline in southern California. Then go down to San Diego which has a much more relaxed atmosphere than either LA or Orange County. Plus, you have the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and some great museums (it’s always fun to see jets and helicopters flying overhead). In San Diego, you also have great beaches (a favorite is Seal Beach where seals are always lying out in the sun happy as clams) and more gorgeous coastline (especially in La Jolla). You’ll head home with a tan and some great memories.

Best handbag for Southern California: Birdie Bag with Kimberley Panel

Kimberley on the girls Birdie Bag

Kimberley on the Birdie Bag – best bag for So Cal


2) Chicago in the summer makes people forget the winter. A great city for family vacations since there is so much to do in a small area. Between Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the lake, Museum Campus and the Museum of Science and Industry – you will have easily spent a packed and fun-filled week. So when you add on a day at the beach, all of the great eating, and some lesser known activities you will find yourself planning another trip back there to experience them all. The boat cruises are a fantastic way to see the unparalleled architecture in the city and you don’t have to walk anywhere! Also rent bikes and cruise down by Lake Michigan and stop for lunch along one of the restaurants on the path. Ah….one of my favorite cities!

Best handbag for Chicago: Tommie Tote with Avery Panel

best bag for Chicago

Tommie Tote with Avery Panel – the best bag for Chicago


3) Hawaii is kind of an obvious place to want to visit but not everyone realizes how many family friendly resorts are there! The weather is fabulous, the activities are plentiful and EVERYONE will leave wanting to go back. Here are a few of the best reviewed family friendly resorts in Hawaii:

– The Westin in Maui: It has 5 pools, slides and an amazing beach. Aquatic sports add to the fun.

– Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach: This hotel has the largest single level swimming pool and is right in the middle of the North and South shores so you can explore the island easily.

– JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa: The architectural design of this hotel means most people get an ocean view and it is on a private lagoon with sunset cruises and sailing available. Plus there is always activities for kids of various ages.

Best bag for Hawaii – Birdie Bag with Kiana Panel

best bag for Hawaii

Birdie Bag and Kiana Panel – best bag for Hawaii

4) With Disney World being in Orlando, it usually makes everyone’s short-list for family friendly vacation spots. But even without Disney World it would still make my short list with Sea World, Legoland and the Kennedy Space Center (among other things) being in close proximity. This provides you with a good mix of activities for all ages of children and interests. If you are tired of being in an amusement park environment, head on over to the downtown farmers’ market, ride a bike along the West Orange Trail or swim with the dolphins in Discovery Cove. There is something for everyone here and if you are on the East Coast, it’s a lot closer than Hawaii.

Best bag for Orlando: Booie Bag with Reina Panel

best bag for Orlando

Booie Bag and Reina Panel – best bag for Orlando


5) New York City’s praises have always been sung by crooners and travel writers. I’m adding it to my list because it was only recently that I realized young kids can enjoy the city as much as a young couple or group of friends. The museums are amazing with the Natural History Museum and the Met being obvious favorites. The Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium are also not to be missed. Take a cruise around the island on the Circle Line (there is a whole half of the island that would make you think you were far away from the Manhattan hustle and bustle). FAO Schwarz and Central Park make a perfect afternoon combo. New York may be the city that never sleeps but you’ll find that after a fun and full day, at least your children will definitely sleep!

Best bag for New York City – Booie Bag with Jackie Panel

best bag for NYC

Booie Bag and Jackie Panel – best bag for NYC

Five Favorite Gifts for Tween Girls

During the summer, the last thing we want to do is head to a mall to find the perfect gift for a hard-to-shop-for teen girl. I am hoping this list will keep you out of the mall and having fun outside instead. 1) From Social Print shop you can order a poster print of all of … Continue reading

Drink Holder Gift Basket {4 Tweens}

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Drink Holder Gift Basket {4 Tweens}.

10 Pinners to start following

With Facebook, Twitter and all of the other social media sites out there, sometimes it is hard to sort through all of the clutter. That is why I have put together a list of my favorite people to follow on Pinterest.

  • Cool Mom Picks (coolmompicks) will always show you the newest and the greatest gadgets and trends for children and their moms. You’ll soon see why they have over 12,000 followers. Currently they have 2,500 pins that you’ll love scouring.
  • Irene Cole (sweetieyee20) is a photographer with a fantastic eye and a new mother. This combination will give you great ideas for kids and great design and photography ideas. With 570 followers and over 2,500 pins there is a lot of inspiration here!
  • Lindsay Newton (pinkfabby) is a girl who loves all things pink and all things fabulous. If they are fabulous AND pink, even better! Her fashion style is classic, feminine and she shows a great mix of high and low fashion. Over 1,200 pins on everything from DIY to cooking to fashion trends.
  • Kimmy Erin (kimmyerin) has recently joined pinterest but you’ll enjoy getting in on the ground floor with her. She is an LA-based stylist whose style has a touch of boho chic. My favorite board is “my style pinboard” because you see what she actually we wears. The best part is you’ll get a heads up on the contests and giveaways that she regularly promotes.
  • Flying Buttress (fbbags) is an obvious choice! We focus on party ideas, tween trends, makeup tips and girls bags. You can always count on vibrant colors, great party ideas for girls and on-trend pins.
  • Cynthia Maxwell (cynthiamaxwell) is a place where you will go to see all things beautiful. It’s amazing how you her page always seems clean amongst the constant stream of pictures. You will quickly see why she has 7,300 following her 3,200 pins.
  • Katrina (kparkhill) is a teacher with devotion to Twilight and Hunger Games. She is a wealth of information in her 2,600 pins and 491,000 followers agree! You can find ideas for holiday decorating, home organization or activities for your child.
  • New Dress A Day (marisalynch) is an amazing story: Marisa was laid off from her job and feeling down so she went back to an old hobby from which she had always found joy – sewing. Since she didn’t have any money for fabric she started buying super cheap (usually ugly) pieces of clothing at thrift stores and re-vamping them to wearable and envy-worthy duds. She has some great DIY crafts, recipe suggestions and gift ideas on her page. She has almost 800 followers and 450 pins available for browsing.
  • Nancy Boes (nancy1761) is another pinner with a variety of categories. You can browse through food, home decorating and travel ideas…it’s almost like a wikipedia made of images. She has 443,000 followers so you know that she is doing something right!
  • Ree Drummond (thepioneerwoman) is another giant of Pinterest. She started as a food blogger so you can count on her for great recipes. She is also a mother of four so you can refer to her for some educational tips and fashion suggestions for real moms.

Hopefully this will help you cut through the clutter and you’ll get straight to the pins that interest you most!

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