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Abby Terlecki
Add Personality To Your Middle Schooler's Uniform

When it comes to clothes and tweens, it’s all about the look. So when it’s time to wear a uniform, the lack of individuality can seem like the end of the world. Help them show their personality with unique touches for their uniform that will take them from an eye-rolling pre-teen to a smiling student.

Legwear

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Keep your pre-teen warm and stylish with eye-catching legwear. From tights, leg warmers to leggings, prints and colors will let you daughter show her personal style without sacrificing the uniform’s look. A school appropriate suggestion is a colorful pair of printed tights. They will be a colorful and unique touch to a black and white uniform that will soon be your pre-teen’s favorite. 

Accessories

Accessories are where the true individuality begins. Certain schools are strict when it comes to jewelry and accessories, so double check before you buy. 

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Pre-Teens love jewelry and accessories that evoke their personality, so the more, the better. For your fashionista daughter who wants to amp up her uniform, opt for small jewelry pieces in distinctive shapes. The small size won’t cause a distraction in class, but the unique style will make your daughter feel like an individual.

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Personalized accessories also do the trick. Opt for a monogrammed paracord bracelet in your child’s favorite colors. It's a great option for boys who want to spruce up the typical uniform. Also, they’re made from parachute cord that is almost indestructible. A double win! 

Shoes

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Comfy shoes are a must, but let your middle schooler have some fun with an emphasis on style! Closed toes are often a requirement for many schools, but that doesn’t mean there has to be a lack of creative shoewear. For your young Anna Wintour or David Beckham, buy them a pair of metallic kicks to amp up their outfit. 

Socks 

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What we consider an average, everyday piece of clothing can be the ultimate accessory for your middle schooler. Bright colors, prints, and funky textures are all welcomed on the feet of uniformed students. A trend for both male and females, a couple pairs of groovy socks will be a little touch of individuality that affects in a big way.

Check out our style essentials for girls in high school and kindergarten, as well as ways to update your teen son's style

 

Top Photo Credit: EricaWeiner.com

Abby Terlecki
Help Your High School Daughter Create A Signature Uniform


By the time your daughter is in high school, she has a full understanding of the uniform game. Help her pick and choose signature items that will make her stand out and embrace wearing a uniform.

The Legwear Lady

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Is your daughter known for her colorful tights at school? Help her stay true to her style with eye-catching, yet appropriate legwear. Students who wear uniforms often rely on visually interesting socks, tights or leggings, so even though they seem a bit extreme, these are a godsend for teens.

The Accessories Girl

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Earrings, bracelets, brooches and rings - your daughter is all about it. Let her sparkle shine with some bright baubles. When purchasing them, make sure they are an appropriate size. Jewels too large can be seen as a distraction, and with a uniform, a classic stud can be a beautiful statement piece. 

The Headband Queen

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Your daughter loves to frame her face with headbands. Thick or thin, sparkly or matte, there hasn’t been a headband she hasn’t worn. If she is a DIY type, make this a mother and daughter activity by creating some unique bands together!

The Lacquer Lover 

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On Monday she’s rocking marble and by Friday, she has a floral-inspired manicure. Your daughter brightens her standard uniform with bright and visually stunning nails that are like works of art.

This is a easy way to bond with your child, whether it’s at your favorite nail salon or a do-it yourself night. Also, you will get all of the gossip that you’ve missed during your busy days.

Check out our style essentials for girls in middle school and kindergarten, as well as ways to update your teen son's style

Abby Terlecki
3 New Turkey Recipes To Try

After eating the same dry turkey year after year, you might be in the market for new spin on the holiday bird. Here are a few ideas you might want to try when preparing this year's feast. 

Beer Can Turkey

Turkey and beer go well together separately, but combining the two for the cooking process can really bring your feast to the next level. The video below shows how this method keeps the interior of your turkey moist and flavorful when dinner time comes around.

Citrus Glazed Turkey

Fill your home with a tasty citrus scent with this delicious turkey recipe. The video might be a bit long, but the process is well worth the delicious reward. 

Turkey Tandoori

Show off your worldly cooking skills with this turkey tandoori recipe. It calls for the use of many different spices that might make the process a little longer, but is well worth the resulting flavor.  

Abby Terlecki
Three T's Of Turkey Preparation

As if seeing your entire extended family didn't cause enough stress, preparing an enormous meal can be downright overwhelming. Turkey is almost always the centerpiece of the holiday feast, so making a quality bird is extremely important.

Luckily, the Butterball Turkey Talk Hotline is here to help. Womensforum had a chance to speak with co-director of the Turkey Talk Line Nicole Johnson and talk about what steps you'll need to take ensuring a delicious turkey. 

Johnson described preparing the perfect turkey using what she called the "three T's." By following these three simple steps, you'll be able to prepare and excellent meal with no trouble at all!

Thawing

Thawing out the turkey is an often overlooked step that puts a lot of amateur chefs in a tough spot. Thawing out a turkey can take hours or even days depending on the method you choose.

Using the refrigeration method can take 24 hours for every 4 pounds of turkey meat, and Johnson reminded us that, "a 20-pound turkey's gonna take a good five days when using the refrigeration method. If you're short on time, or you don't have the refrigeration space, opt for the cold water bath."

The cold water bath offers a much quicker thawing method, only taking about a half hour per pound. 

Thermometer 

 The second 'T' of Butterball's turkey-tips is the thermometer. The meat thermometer is the best way to tell how close your turkey is to being ready during the whole cooking process. 

It's important to remember that different parts of the turkey will require different temperatures to indicate they're ready to enjoy! There are three key places you'll want to measure on your bird:

  • Thigh: 180 degrees
  • Breast: 170 degrees
  • Stuffing: 165 degrees

Tenting

You might not have ever heard of the third and final 'T,' but it's an essential step in ensuring a quality turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. 'Tenting' is done when about two-thirds of the cooking process has is completed, when the breast area of the bird starts to brown a little faster than other parts of the turkey. 

"So at that time you can take your piece of foil, tent that breast area," Johnson told us, "and that’s gonna help prevent the breast from over-browning."

So thawing, thermometer, tenting. Three easy T's to remember to have one of the tastiest holiday meals yet. Got your own questions about your holiday bird? Give the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line a call at 1-800-butterball! 

Abby Terlecki
Three New Ways To Prepare Your Holiday Turkey

Nothing says it's the holiday season more than a fresh turkey straight out of the oven, but that same flavor year after year can get a little boring. 

Yes, turkeys are usually cooked in the oven, but that doesn't mean that's the tastiest way they can be enjoyed. Here are a few different  ways to prepare your bird this year that will give you family's taste buds a whole new experience.  

Grilling

Some people just love standing around an open grill, and using the method to prepare your Thanksgiving meal can make it all the more enjoyable.

This method requires a little more attentiveness than the oven, but the extra work is well worth it. You'll want to make sure you're using indirect heat and cooking at about 350 degrees. Depending on your preference, you may need to flip the turkey over halfway through the process. 

Using a meat thermometer, make sure the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees in the thigh and 170 degrees in the breast. A 10-16 lb turkey will take about 2-3 hours to grill. 

Deep-frying 

Put a little southern spin on your bird with the deep-frying method.

Add oil to your frying pot, but make sure not to let it overfill. The oil should reach 400 degrees before you add your turkey. Make sure to pat the turkey down before you slowly lower it into the fryer. Make sure it's totally immersed in the oil before you start your timer.

 Leave the turkey in the oil for about 3-4 minutes per pound. Dark meat will need to reach a temperature of 180 degrees, and white meat should cap at around 170 degrees.  

Crockpot

This method might not give your turkey a fabulous look with golden brown skin, but you will get some of the juiciest and most tender turkey you've ever had. 

All you need to do is find a crock pot that's big enough to fit the turkey, add whatever seasoning you might like, throw in a cupful of chicken stock, and cover that lid up! 

Leave your bird on 'high' for two hours and then reduce the heat to low for 4-6 hours. No basting required! You can even transfer the entire turkey to your broiler for a few minutes to get it that crispy brown look!

Abby Terlecki
Baked Apple Cranberry Stuffing & Herb Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy

Pair this savory stuffing recipe with a moist and flavorful turkey for a superb and seasonal holiday meal. The sweetness of apples and cranberries paired with an herb-seasoned bird will have your guests begging for seconds, thirds, and... you get the idea!

Watch our video to learn how you can make for your next holiday event!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, chopped
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 package (12 ounces) herb-seasoned cubed stuffing

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line a 3-quart shallow baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Heat the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the celery and onion and cook until they're tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the broth, apple and cranberries. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  4. Add the stuffing and mix lightly. Spoon the stuffing mixture into the baking pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes or until the stuffing mixture is hot.
Abby Terlecki
Cool Touches To Update Your Teen Son's Uniform

More and more young men are into fashion, and not every teenage boy wants to fit into high school stereotypes. So when shopping for your fashion forward son's uniform, here are some tips that will set him on a stylish path.

Moto Jackets

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Jackets are synonymous with the high school experience, and they always look great with a uniform. However, not all kids are interested in rocking the iconic Letterman jacket. For those young men who want classic style that isn’t too stuffy, a fitted moto jacket will be in style for the whole school year.


For the creative types, a printed biker jacket made from waxed cotton will add a light touch to a polo, khaki uniform.

Colorful Shoes

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Spruce up the standard dress shoe with some color. If his school has a strict policy on dress, a pair of dress shoes with colored soles will give your son some individuality. Also, they work great both in and outside of school.

Neckties and Pocket Squares


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If your son’s school allows individual ties, this is a great way for him to personalize his uniform. Pick a look that is either in his favorite shades or school colors. 

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For the fashion follower, a pocket square is an ultimate style piece. Pick a fun pattern or match it with his tie or shirt for a great style moment. 

Graphic Watches

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Get your teen son on time with a cool watch. A colorful and graphic design will be so stylish that he won't be afraid to rock it on his wrist or accidentally “lose” it.  

Check out our style essentials for girls in high school, middle school and kindergarten.

Abby Terlecki
Here's How Your Skin Wins This Winter

A change is coming... for your skin. As the temperature begins to drop, the change in weather not only affects our wardrobe but also our skin care routines. Dry cold weather can do major harm to supple skin, causing ailments from being super dry to breakouts galore. Here are four ways to protect your face in winter and keep your skin looking beautiful!

Exfoliate

So using a scrub might not be your first inclination, but a great exfoliator can do wonders for winter skin. A pile of dead skin (yuck) can prevent moisturizer from sinking in and doing its job. By shedding these dead skin cells, a face can become instantly softer and smoother. Stray away from harsh scrubs and embrace a more mild, moisturizing exfoliant for winter time (especially ones with fun smells like peppermint or gingerbread). 

Toner

Once you scrub away that dead skin, a toner is up next. Toners tighten skin and help balance redness and blotchy skin. Redness is the worst enemy for so many during winter as it is a natural reaction to the freezing cold temps outside and intense heat indoors. Fight the Rudolph look with an natural toner that will get skin looking fresh and taut for a cold winter’s day.

Shower

Although we concentrate on our skin for outdoors, it’s also what’s going on indoors that counts.

The best way to fight dry, itchy skin is a moisturizing agent for showering. Once you do your usual washing and shampooing, an in-shower moisturizer can help create a protective shell that works instantly out of the bath.

Staying Indoors

When the winter weather is just too cold (we’re talking about those below-zero days), staying indoors is not only warmer but also a better option for your skin. The bitter cold winters dry out skin, especially if there’s any ounce of moisture.

Once you get indoors, the skin saving doesn’t stop there. A humidifier does wonders by adding moisture to the air which then goes on to your skin. It not only moisturizes but also helps fight redness.

Abby Terlecki
How To Bring The Bling To Your Halloween

It’s that time of year again... crunchy fall leaves, cute layers and leather boots, and let's not forget pumpkins! Visiting a local pumpkin patch is a tradition for many during the harvest season, but carving them up isn't as fun of a process. 

For those who are looking for a less messy and more refined way to decorate for Halloween (like the "blinged out" pumpkin from SettingForFour.com, see above), check out these three styles that bring the bling to the classic pumpkin!

Christmas in October

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Take your old holiday decorations and give them a new life with pumpkins. This eye-catching design is not only fabulous but also super easy to make! Simply glue gold garland, or Mardi Gras necklaces, in a clockwise pattern. That’s it!

For more of a gold moment, you can spray paint a pumpkin gold before applying the beads. Aside from the Halloween mood, these would make great Fall wedding decorations!

Learn how to make here

Spooky Glam

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While everyone is embracing spooky this Halloween, go glam! These designs are a literal definition of blinging out. More of a great party piece or outdoor porch accent, a glam pumpkin is a great conversation piece. Be the talk of Instagram and Pinterest once you finish your craft. 

These sparkly stunners are really easy to recreate - all they take are some glue and rhinestones or . If you want less sparkle but want to keep the glam, opt for sequins. To amp up the look, try multicolored jewels.

See how you can add some fashionable sass to your pumpkin here

A Touch of Lace

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Lace isn’t just for a Halloween costume! This super easy and beautiful craft will give a feminine grace to the average pumpkin. Either with some lace appliques or even a pair of pantyhose, it can be simply applied with a touch of glue. This fancy decoration will have house guests awing over your festive creations instead of cringing in fear of a scary (and maybe smelly) carved pumpkin. 

Get started on this lovely pumpkin project here.  

Abby Terlecki
12 Frighteningly Fab Costumes For Halloween

What are you wearing for Halloween? It’s a common question that can get pretty scary when you have no idea what to wear. Witch, ghost, nurse... you’ve done it all and want something way more original. 

Well, have no fear! There’s a one stop solution to fix any of your costume woes.

Check out our Frighteningly Fab Costumes Shop It that will help you find that perfect outfit. From Audrey Hepburn to a new take on bubblegum, there’s nothing basic about these costumes. 

Abby Terlecki
3 Fall Hair Trends To Love And Try Out

Fall is officially here and many fashionistas are buying up their ankle boots and winter coats, but there’s another thing to plan, hair. Just like we’ve seen with fashion, there are some key hair styles that will dominate the season. So say goodbye to the topknots and middle-parted hair and hello to these incredibly cool hair styles.

Galaxy Hair

 

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Hair has gone to the stars with this latest coloring trend, galaxy hair. Just like with past pastel and neon coloring trends, this hair dyeing process incorporates multiple colors to create a multi-layered style. Although this requires some upkeep, it looks beautiful in person and in photos. Plus, it hides all of the split ends!

Rope Braid

 

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As we all know, braids have been in for years. From fishtails to box braids, it’s all been done. Now there’s a new style in town, the rope braid. Popping up at the latest Fashion Month, the rope braid is not only beautiful but super easy to recreate. Check out a how-to here.

Bombshell

 

Look at her hair ! This is perfection

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It’s time to break out the hair curlers! Big curly hair, think Gisele Bündchen and Diana Ross, is the latest going-out style. And don’t be afraid to wear your curlers outdoors, they’re the latest beauty accessories! 

 Photo Credit: Vogue.com 

Abby Terlecki
Be The Best House On The Block! Homemade Treat Ideas

There's nothing creepier than a pair of surgical gloves. With this Halloween treat-stuffed hand there's no need for the kids to go digging around in the bowl. The gloves are super easy to hand out and create an instant "wow!" factor.  Top the hand off with some spider rings to secure a spook. It also provides little ones a way to eat their goodies mess-free, using the glove as a tiny trash bag once they're done. Parents will thank you! 

Abby Terlecki
Personalize Your Kindergartener's Uniform

Starting school can be intimidating for a child, and sporting a uniform can add more pressure. Ease your child, and yourself, over this new life event with fun activities that can personalize your child’s uniform!

Abby Terlecki
7 Apps For Savvy Shopping

Some days the push of the crowds and the nose dives to the sale racks seem a little on the overwhelming side. We're here to help you avoid crazy shopping days with these savvy shopping apps that will help you gauge sale prices and compare the dollar amount across your local retailers.

1. RedLaser

Smart shopping is made easy with RedLaser's QR code reader and bar code scanner that finds the best deals from thousands of local and online retailers. Even more impressive is their loyalty card feature in which you're able to back up your loyalty card onto your RedLaser account. This allows you to leave your house card free, just don't forget the kids! (Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

2. Shopsavvy

Why waste your time constantly checking your favorite retailers and local stores for upcoming back to school sales and coupons when you can have an app for that? Shopsavvy alerts the family of new prices and sales items and will even send you new coupons when they are available. (Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

3. ScanLife

ScanLife allows you to compare prices from a variety of retailers, and depending on proximity, even allows you to purchase directly from your phone. This is great for busy-body families that need a simple and stress-free shopping experience or even for big families that don't have time to shop in-stores. The app is perfect for comparing prices as well as reviews, letting you see what others have to say about that product you've been on the fence about. (Available on iOS, Android)

4. ShopAdvisor

ShopAdvisor takes price comparing to a whole new level by not just finding the best deals but also tracking the product through its market high's and low's, notifying the family when the product reaches your desired price. This is especially great for monitoring that one backpack that your kid just "can't live without." (Available on iOS, Android)

5. Cash4books

Cash4books is a one-of-a-kind find for college students or any readers in your family ready to break free and find their books a new owner. Students are able to shed some weight off of their desks and find the best buy back prices for their used textbooks, receiving fast cash in return! (Available on iOS, Android)

 
 

6. Amazon Shopping

The Amazon app allows families to scan or even post a picture of in-store products to compare prices and check for availability! Fun feature: if your family has an Apple watch user, you can now create a shopping cart on your watch, check for products with voice command, and purchase with just 1-click all with the Amazon app! Got to love technology... (Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone)

 

Abby Terlecki
Arts & Crafts To Fight Boredom

Ask any parent and they will tell you that escaping the "mommy, I'm bored" cry is not easy!  Boredom can take hold at any time and can turn a happy day into a stressful mess. Instead of spending another the day in front of the television, try some of these fun arts and crafts activities that can be a ton of fun for everyone involved, no matter how old.

Make Your Own Summer Snow Globe

In case you haven't gotten enough of the outdoors, bring some of that fun charm inside can liven up a whole room. You probably already have the necessary supplies in your kitchen, so go get globin'! Hoopla Kidz has a great video showing you how easy it can be.

Paint Pops

With just a little clay, paint, and creativity, you can whip up a whole batch of these fun decorations. They're great for young kids since they don't require heat or scissors and are super fun to make!

Paper Spring Flowers 

Can't get enough of those pretty flowers? These paper replacements will last through even the hottest days! They're easy to make and work as cute decorations your kids will be proud of. 



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