A new year is full of firsts, and for many Mighty Girls that may include her first period! To help her feel prepared for whenever her period starts, a “just in case” first period kit is a great addition to her backpack or school locker — or to have on hand at home if she’ll be studying remotely this spring And, the start of a new school semester is the perfect time to stash a first period kit in her backpack or bedroom and talk to her about what to expect when her period comes.
It’s important to start talking about periods early; although the average age of menarche in the US is 12, girls can start their periods any time between the ages of 8 and 15. In particular, parents should keep in mind that a girl’s first period usually (but not always!) happens about two years after her breasts start to develop. So as soon as you start noticing physical changes in your Mighty Girl, you should start the on-going discussion about puberty and periods.
We campaign tirelessly for greater subsidies for organic farming and incentives for farmers who switch to nature-friendly farming systems – in doing so we hope to create a sustainable farming system that can provide good food for all.
However, it’s also important to realise that when you do spend a little more on an organic product, you’re casting a vote with your wallet, opting into a fully traceable food system with no hidden costs, one that prioritises the highest standards of animal welfare supports wildlife and creates living soils and a healthy ecosystem for generations to come.
In the meantime, if you are wondering how to shop organic on a budget, here are ten easy ways:
1. Look out for organic in your local supermarket
Affordable organic food is available nationwide, with own-brand organic ranges in major supermarkets including:
Consumers are looking for reasons to eat healthier and they want more information about where their food comes from and how it was produced. There are hundreds of reasons to choose certified organic over conventional products, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 15 reasons to eat organic.
When my kids were little, I would enviously eye parents traveling with teens. They seemed so self-sufficient, carrying their own suitcases and watching movies or playing video games during long flights, while my needy toddlers were stuck to me like peanut butter to jelly.
Little did I know that when my kids reached their teens, they’d find spending vacation time with their boring parents anything but cool. Their idea of vacation paradise is splashing around in water parks and hanging out with new friends at the resort’s teen club. They’ll spend time with their parents as long as they’re also allowed a healthy dose of independence, too.
Here are our faves!
Club Med Punta Cana
In the Dominican Republic, Club Med Punta Cana sits alongside a stunning swath of the Caribbean Sea fringed with sugary sand and tall coconut palms. Club Med pioneered the whole concept of all-inclusive resorts, with meals, drinks, activities, kid and teen clubs, and entertainment covered in the pay-one-price deal.
At Club Med Punta Cana, teens ages 11 to 17 have their own space called Club Med Passworld. Activities include water sports, circus arts such as learning to swing on a flying trapeze, archery, and horseback riding. When the sun goes down, outdoor movies on the beach and dance parties offer the chance to mingle with new friends.
Nestled in a private enclave on the Riviera Maya just a short drive from Cancun, the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is a beachfront hideaway located between the world’s second largest barrier reef and a tranquil nature preserve.
If you’re traveling with active older kids and teens, the resort is the ideal spot for outdoor adventures. In addition to numerous pools and tennis courts, guests can stop by the sports desk and reserve equipment for water sports such as snorkeling and kayaking, or borrow bicycles to pedal around the grounds. The activity centeris open daily and includes the opportunity to try beach volleyball, salsa, and yoga classes.
Carmel Valley Ranch is an upscale resort in Monterey County, California. It’s paradise for active families with teens who crave adventure. There are multiple saltwater swimming pools, including one designated for families that includes a hot tub and squirting water jets.
Golf, tennis, and hiking should keep many teens entertained, but there are also more unusual opportunities to get acquainted with the natural world. Carmel Valley Ranch is home to its own apiary with thousands of Italian honeybees. Teens may explore beekeeping, from hive science to honey tasting, when they join a 90-minute class and learn about the connection between plants and pollinators. They’ll suit up in protective gear and head to the apiary to watch the bees in action before sampling the luscious honey.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten Resort is loaded with recreational possibilities to tempt teens. There are indoor and outdoor options in all seasons, so there’s never a wrong time to visit. And it’s located only a few hours from Washington, D.C., making it a favorite weekend escape for Beltway families.
There’s a huge indoor/outdoor water park, a Family Adventure Park with a zipline, 30 miles of mountain bike and hiking trails, plus basketball and tennis courts. In winter, active families and teens enjoy ice skating, snow tubing, downhill skiing, and snowboarding. Creative teens can try ukulele lessons and tie-dye workshops. In summer and during holidays, there are special teen nights with games and activities.
Woodloch Pines is a family-owned lakeside resort in the Pocono Mountains. It exudes genuine hospitality and prides itself on personalized service, which helps to explain why so many guests return year after year.
It’s a slice of teen heaven only two hours from New York City, with paintball, go-carting, archery, and more activities targeted to teenagers and older kids. In winter, snow tubing and ice-skating are fun outdoor options. While there’s no specific teen club at Woodloch, the resort hosts numerous friendly competitions such as Bakery Wars and Olympics, all of which are a great way for teens to make friends. Entertainment each evening includes juggling, magic shows, and comedy acts.
Sometimes it takes a pandemic to make you realize which family vacation ideas are really at the top of your bucket list. Now that we can’t travel as freely as we used to because of COVID-19, you might be finding yourself daydreaming more than ever about where you want to take the kids when the world reopens. If so, you’re not alone. Surveys show that when travel resumes, people are more likely than ever to invest in all-inclusive family vacations in the U.S. and abroad along with other big-ticket vacation experiences.
Here are our faves!
Monhonk Mountain House
The only U.S. location for Club Med is far from alone when it comes to all-inclusive vacation options for families, though. In the northeast, the Mohonk Mountain House offers a stunning Hudson River Valley backdrop for classic family vacation activities like swimming, kayaking, row boating, picnicking, and hiking (not to mention family-friendly fare like glow-in-the-dark disc golf).
Hawaii is always one of the best family vacation destinations in the world, but booking a stay at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a next-level family vacation idea for kids and parents alike. Ringed by glorious white-sand beaches and a rocky black lava landscape on the Big Island, this family-friendly resort has seven swimming pools, an incredible kids’ club, and a teen-only lounge for when your surly teen has had enough of you (or vice versa). Throughout 2021 and all the way until February 28, 2022, you can save 20 percent off the regular room rate if you book a stay at least seven days in advance.
Of course, Mexico and the Caribbean are great family vacation destinations for sand and sun, too. The island of Grand Cayman is home to the crescent-shaped Seven Mile Beach, world-renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire Caribbean. The seven miles of uninterrupted beach are lined with restaurants and the crystal clear water is perfect for snorkeling with kids. Family-friendly Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort boasts prime real estate on the beach to go with its beachfront pool and fabulous rooms.
In Mexico, Cancun’s Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers both a kid-friendly and an adults-only private beach vacation experience right in the heart of the Cancun Hotel Zone. Families love it for the 29,000-square-foot Woodward Riviera Maya action-sports facility (think trampolines, a skate park, and a ninja obstacle course), the kids club with daily activities, and the Rockaway Bay water park loaded with adrenaline-fueled slides for the older kids and gentler slides for the youngest families members.
All parents worry about their kids. Are they healthy? Will they be happy?Are they fitting in at school? But when your child learns or thinks differently, your worries may be a little more involved. And they can sometimes get the best of you.
You may worry that you’re not doing all you can to help your child. Or you may be anxious about what your child’s learning struggles could mean for the future. It’s not uncommon to have these ongoing thoughts. But learning how to manage your worries about your child—while hard to do—is very important.
A nutritionist (and mom of 7-year-old triplets!) gives tried-and-true tips for getting your kids to eat vegetables, drink milk, try new foods, and more.
Every single day, I deal with picky eaters both big and small. I’m the mother of 7-year-old triplets, all of whom have very different eating habits; I’m also a dietitian who teaches the professional athletes on the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls teams how to improve their diets. Although it’s tough to convince a towering basketball player or a 300-pound linebacker that junk food is bad for him, trying to get my kids to eat well can be even more of a challenge.
It can feel like there are very few silver linings when it comes to the pandemic we’ve been enduring for over a year. Thankfully, those of us whose work situations and sense of responsibility facilitate staying home have found little ways to make social distancing as enjoyable as possible. For many, that has meant becoming accomplished nail-painters, and with that comes an appetite for lots of new nail polishes to keep things from getting boring.
After the unprecedented school year they’ve had, our teachers deserve all our appreciation. But please — save the apples and cutesy knick-knacks. Instead, show some teacher appreciation by choosing one of these great gift ideas!
Here are some of our faves!
A STURDY TEACHER BAG
Teachers carry lots of things: books and papers that need to be graded, school supplies, and maybe even lunch. A sturdy teacher bag makes one of the best teacher gifts. And, lucky for you, Zulily has a great selection of handbags you might want to check out. When picking out this gift, just remember to choose a bag that’s roomy and sturdy with enough space to carry everything home at the end of the school day and then back to school the next morning.
Who doesn’t love a good book? Of course, that includes teachers. Is there a suspense thriller she might like to snuggle up to this summer? Or maybe your child’s teacher has recently taken up a new hobby? You might want to give him or her some books to help home in on a new hobby. Make sure to check out the wide variety of books available on the Zulily website and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect book for your child’s teacher to enjoy this upcoming summer break.
Chances are that your child’s teacher has talked with the class about something they really love. Maybe your child’s teacher is a Star Wars fan or really loves Harry Potter books. Does he or she have some other passions like video gaming or collecting bobbleheads? They might really be into a particular music genre or music band. Do they have a favorite movie or TV show? Ask your child if their teacher has talked about something they really love. Zulily has an entire Pop Culture Shop filled with unique music, videogames, movies, and TV–themed merch that can spark some great teacher gift ideas. Check it out!
Now, more than ever, teachers are living a digital lifestyle and functional electronics accessories can make their lives a bit easier. Zulily offers a great selection of wearable tech and accessories to choose from. I personally love the wireless earbuds and colorful Apple Watch band selection. Teachers might also appreciate a 3-in-1 wireless charger to charge their iPhone, apple watch, and air pods, all at the same time. Or how about a USB charging station that can help charge all the devices in the classroom at once? Teachers are oftentimes using multiple devices at once, so a five-adapter charger cable might also make a great little gift. The key to choosing just the right tech or gadget for a teacher gift is to think of its practicality in terms of how it might make your favorite teacher’s life a little easier.
Teachers may enjoy the mood-brightening effects of keeping classroom plants, but they don’t often have the time to tend to them. Make this a unique and extra low–maintenance gift by giving teachers a special succulent instead of an ordinary house plant. You can shop succulents right here on Zulily.