Hurray! You are heading out of town and your tween or teen is now old enough to pack themselves (really, they are)! Whether heading across the state or across the ocean, here are tips to help it go more smoothly for all. Bon Voyage!
- If you've traveled by air in the last decade, you know the security drill: no drinks through security including large bottles of liquid product, paste, or gel. Keep everything at or under the 3.4 oz. limit. You and your tween can find updates to the rules at the TSA website: https://www.tsa.gov/travel
- If you are a US citizen heading out of the country, download the Mobile Passport App to your phone. This new and little known time saver helps you breeze through passport control upon your return to the US. Just look for the "Mobile Passport" line in lieu of waiting in the traditional paper form or kiosk lines. Dedicated Mobile Passport lines are available at 23 major US airports.
- If your tween wants to bring a reusable water bottle through the airport, no problem. Just make sure it is empty going through security. It's refillable at a fountain, restaurant or Starbucks, and you save a few dollars.
- For road trips, bring a portable charger to extend the battery life of 'important' devices and extra charging cables for the hotel/car/sharing.
- Bring along a travel game or two: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Toys-Games-Travel/zgbs/toys-and-games/166265011
- Layer, layer, layer --- it's the best way to adapt and keep the fun going despite the weather. Our reversible jacket is a perfect take along for styling options.
- Other packing tips for tweens and teens: https://www.babble.com/babble-voices/top-15-packing-tips-for-the-teenage-girl/
- Use a packing list! We have just the one: Packing Checklist for Tweens
At Calzico, we get excited about the use of interesting fabrics from around the world. In fact, some of our own styles feature fabrics that are inspired from around the world. So, when we heard about Ife Medow bags and accessories, we knew we wanted to share more about their product line and it's unique African influence.
We caught up with Ife Medow Founder, Toyin Ajayi, who shared some insight into the use of African Ankara fabric in her new line of sustainable bags and accessories.
ST: Can you tell us about the meaning of your brand name, Ife Medow?
TA: I wanted Ife Medow to be a personal brand that paid tribute to the places that have made me who I am. Ife means "Love" in Yoruba, my Nigerian tribe and language. My dad's side of the family is Nigerian. Medow is a phonetic version of "My Love" in Fanti (Fante), my Ghanaian tribe and language, which comes from my mother's side of the family.
ST: You use Ankara textiles to line your products. Can you tell us more about how you decided on the textiles you wanted to use?
TA: There's been an exciting rise in Ankara fashion, which is introducing people to various African textiles. When I decided to start Ife Medow, I knew I wanted the brand to have an African influence, but not be narrowly defined as purely an African brand.
African prints from different regions and countries have different names. In Ghana, "Kente" is a well known type of cloth, but there are many others such as Batiks and wax print fabrics. In fact, many of the wax print fabrics made in Holland showcase designs from Ghana. In traditional Nigerian attire, it is common to see lace prints or prints on silk and women wearing intricate head wraps, called a "GELE".
So, I decided to line each of the Ife Medow pieces in this collection with African prints from Ghana or Nigeria. It's my hope that people will enjoy the pop of color inside and will want to learn more about this culture along the way.
While it is never too early to start thinking about ways to foster independence in your child, sometimes life has a way of getting in the way. As parents juggling the demands of work, home, practice and whatever else happens in a day, we forget or don’t realize our children are in fact old enough to learn ways to help out around the house. Are your tweens starting to learn a few basics like these?
Topsail Island offers a 26-mile-long barrier island that lies just off the coast of North Carolina. Accessible only by two bridges (one at each end of the island) or by sea, the island is home to immaculate white, sandy beaches and tranquil maritime forests. Find out why its a hidden little known gem here.
Introducing my kids to new experiences and cultures is one of the most important things I want to do for and with my kids. Travel often teaches flexibility, respect, and awareness of other cultures, and brings history to life in a way just a book can never do. In addition, travel gives my kids a sense of the greater world that exists beyond their home region, state, or country. The big question for me is how can we travel as a family, without spending a small fortune? Here are some planning tips.
Trying to find appropriate clothing for her tween daughter sent Shannon Tennyson to the drawing board. A year ago, Tennyson founded CALZICO, an innovative line of clothing for tween girls developed, in part, with the help of her daughter, who just turned 11.
Shannon Tennyson and her tween daughter Callie have teamed up to create Calzico a brand new line of clothing for tween girls. Her fourteen year old son is also in on the family venture, helping with multimedia and graphic projects. Read about how they do it and why in a guest interview at Bright Girls.