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BACK TO SCHOOL IN SKECHERS WITH MEGHAN JOY YANCEY

We’re entering Back To School 2017 with a special, unique POV on how to get it done: mom and homeschooler of five, Meghan Joy Yancey! Read on to see how she navigates this busy season with humor, fun and style.

We are heading into our 5th year of homeschooling and we are nearing that beautiful back-to-school time again. My husband works in education as an assistant principal at a private school but we have chosen to homeschool our children during this season of life. We have five kids who are ages 8, 7, 5, 3 and 20 months. Our “Back to School” might look very different from the traditional type, but it works pretty well for us. I’m going to share a few tips and tricks with you for how we do “Back to School.”

#1  Because of our homeschooling schedule, I have the luxury of waiting for the back-to-school madness to pass before I hit the supply store. We schedule our homeschool year around my husbands’ school schedule, so we have the same days off that he does. And I make sure to have enough supplies on hand so I can start school with last year’s supplies and head to the store once the BTS rush is over. A laid-back trip through the aisles with our shopping cart while Mama sips on a chai tea! If you can hack it, wait a few weeks for a more stress-free shopping experience (you may even find some good deals).

#2  The kids are always seeing other kids get new clothes for school and they always desire some new digs as well. They don’t have any sort of dress code (obviously) and although some days are spent in their pajamas, we most often like to get ready for the day and also have our own adventures/field trips to explore. They each get to pick out their own awesome Skechers shoes to complete their wardrobes and roll into the new school year with style. They each have their own unique styles and rock them fiercely. I love to see how they mix and match their outfits to go with their shoes, and being able to let them explore their style is a joy on its own. This year, their top picks were Energy Lights and Energy Lights – ElipticTwinkle Toes: Shuffles – Twist N TurnsSkech-Lite – Lil Critter and Skech-Trax (we treated ourselves to Classic Cup – Buckner and Canal casuals as well)!

#3  We have created a special place in our home where our studies are done. (We call it our homeschool room, but find your own name that tickles your fancy and say it with pride!) Our room is peaceful, bright and organized. We have it strategically decorated with motivating décor and signs. There are windows lining one whole wall so they get to feel the sun shining in. They each have their own drawers to store their schoolwork and a place for studying. We keep it very tidy so they learn how to have a nice work space and focus on their tasks. Now, I have little ones running around all day as well and that can allow for some distractions. I keep a few toys on hand to keep them occupied during our school hours. Creating your child’s own quiet space can be so fun to design, and they really look forward to going to “their” spot.

#4  We really cherish our time together in the evenings. It is time we set apart to talk and grow together. Every single night, we purpose to sit down to a home-cooked meal and eat together. We each talk about our highs and lows of the day and it gives us great opportunity to stop all the hustle and bustle and hear about each other’s day. Rejoicing in the highs together and learning how to grow through the lows. We get updated on Daddy’s day at work while he was away, and also share our own experiences at home. Being able to rest at the end of the day and catch up as a family is so crucial. And each child feels like he or she is being heard. So, if they do have jitters or are apprehensive about something with summer ending and school starting back up again, there is always a chance to speak about it.

#5  Prepare for the next day. Before you go to bed that night, make preparations for the next day. For us, that might mean setting out lesson plans. For others, that might mean packing up lunches. Whatever it is, set yourself up for success in the morning. And if at all possible, rise before the rest of the house does. Give yourself some time to wake up, have some alone time and get charged up for the day ahead. It is a gift to be alive and healthy and strong, so live the day to the fullest. Maybe you need to go for a quick jog? Slap on your sneakers and get your heart pumping. Maybe you enjoy spending time getting ready in the morning. Put on the pretty fall dress and adorable wedges and take on the day! You’ve got this.

And there you have it. Back to School jitters don’t have to be overwhelming. Stop and smell the roses. Go for a walk in some kick-butt new sneaks and enjoy the beauty around you. Plan ahead, be prepared, stay chill and enjoy the journey, my friends.

Meghan and her husband, Seborn, live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with their 5 children. She homeschools while running a few businesses from home. Meghan runs her blog over at www.meghanjoyyancy.com and is currently writing her first book. She enjoys spontaneous adventures, creating art with her hands, and a random dance party almost every day. You can follow along for some daily encouragement on Instagram, @meghanjoytoday. 

What’s your annual back-to-school plan (and which Skechers Kids styles are on your list)? Tell us in the comments!

EXPLORING NAXOS IN SKECHERS

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands and is less known compared to its famous neighbors — Mykonos and Santorini. A historical island blessed with a fertile land, Naxos is dotted with enchanting villages, ancient walking paths and isolated beaches. Passion for Greece founder and travel blogger Elena Sergeeva spent a week exploring Naxos in her Skech-Air – Infinity sneakers; here is what she experienced.

Chora of Naxos

The capital and main harbor of Naxos known as Chora has managed to preserve its traditional flair. An imposing Venetian castle dominates the highest point of the capital. Spend some hours getting lost in the picturesque cobbled alleys. Discover the pretty doors and windows, the blooming bougainvilleas and the friendly Naxian cats along the way.

The main harbor of Naxos is perfect for scenic seaside walks where you will come across the sailing boats which moor here before continuing their voyage. Here you will find a plethora of local stores, cafes and restaurants that stretch across the harbor.

Follow the long paved road which leads to the northern part of Chora to witness the most memorable sunset from the landmark of Naxos — the famous Portara translating as big door, the only evidence of the unfinished Temple of Apollo, god of sun and music.

 

Hiking on Naxos

Naxos is heaven for the outdoor enthusiasts. Those who greatly enjoy outdoor activities must definitely go hiking on Naxos. One morning I put my Skechers gear on and went to explore one of the most popular hiking trails, Kurunochori or Seven Villages walk with a local expert — Stella Korre.

During the four-hour hiking tour we visited the two Kouros statues which date back to the 6th century B.C., learned about the fascinating local flora and fauna of Naxos, toured the island’s marble queries and walked the ancient marble trails.

Villages of Naxos

One of the highlights of Naxos is its quaint villages. The 45 villages of Naxos all have their own unique charm – but the most picturesque are Halki and Apiranthos. When visiting Halki, visit the Vallindras Distilleryto to try the locally produced citron liquor known as kitron.

The village of Apiranthos was originally settled by Cretans and to this day, you will come across the Cretan dialect spoken by the locals. Walk the narrow paved mule tracks covered by archways and marvel at the untouched architecture which dates back to the Venetian times.

Temple of Demeter

Naxos is a sacred island and is also home to the Temple of Demeter, the ancient goddess of earth fertility. According to the ancient Greek mythology it is here that Pluto placed the abducted Mother and Daughter. Persephone was taken to the netherworld and thus symbolizes the cycle of seasons.  At the beginning of autumn, when the seeds of the old crop are laid on the fields, Persephone ascends and is reunited with her mother Demeter.

This magnificent temple made of the finest Naxian white marble dates back to 530-520 BC. It is located in the village of Ano Sangri.

Culinary Delights on Naxos

Due to its fertile land, Naxos is known for its rich production of olives, grapes, figs, citrus fruit and the famous Naxian potatoes. One of the best places to try the potatoes is at Popi’s Grill, a traditional family-run taverna, one of the oldest on the island which opened in 1948.

Today the taverna is operated by the fourth generation of the Margaritis family. It’s no surprise that one of the owners, Georgia was also wearing Skechers shoes!

Popi’s Grill is located on the harbor of Naxos overlooking the boats and the sea. Here you can enjoy fresh fish, grilled meats, the fantastic Naxian grilled cheese called saganaki, delicious Greek style burgers biftekia made by Georgia and the best Moussaka you will ever have! All of the vegetables are grown on the family’s farm. The olive oil and wine are also produced by the Margaritis family. A true farm-to-fork experience.

Trekking Naxos in Skechers

Exploring Naxos in my Skechers was a perfect and comfortable choice.

The Skech-Air infinity shoes feature an air-cushioned heel that supported my feet while hiking the trails and walking around Chora. The air-cooled memory foam allowed my feet to breathe, in spite of the warm island weather.

Elena Sergeeva is the founder of Passion for Greece and Passion for Dubai, social and visual travel platforms that encourage travelers and travel bloggers to discover, explore and share remarkable places and activities along their journey.

Which Skechers would you take with you to explore the Mediterranean? Let us know in the comments!

BEST BTS STYLES FOR GIRLS

Welcome back to our all-girls’ edition of hot BTS styles! Our Top Five line-up has all of the sparkles, bling, lights and comfort you’d expect from Skechers Kids… and then some! Our product gurus have selected an adorbs collection of so-cute styles sure to have all eyes on the girl in class. Read on!

SHINE BRIGHT

Who doesn’t love shiny, sparkly shoes? Air Lights are the perfect fit for a stand-out girl who wants her shoes to be the center of attention.  This new addition to the S-Lights collection includes a new lighted technology show cased from toe to heel, a totally fun look.

And when it’s time to tone down the sparkle, a heart shaped on/off switch keeps the focus on the beautiful metallic-colored stitching surrounding the shoe. And the easy bungee closure makes for quick access to start dazzling through the day!

 TIME TO SHINE

Just in time for BTS, Skechers introduces Energy Lights in Rose Gold! This blush beauty is ready to stand out in a crowd. It’s available up to a size 7 youth, in a metallic shade that will make a girl feel trend-right and fashion-forward during the day and ready to light up and stand out in the dark.

The same exciting Energy Lights features are included: seven different blinking color lights included in 11 fun light-up sequences, an on/off tongue switch and a chargeable battery so the fun never ends!

SO-COOL COMFORTS

Here are two sweet ways to give your girl tons of style, with comfort included! The newest addition to the bubbly Skech-Air family, Skech-Air Ultra – Sparkle City is a sparkling star with girly glitz: pink and purple ombre details in a comfy mesh upper, filled with Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam. This sneaker is the complete package; it looks adorable and feels comfortable for all-day wear at school and for play at home. You can find it at select Skechers retail stores.

And the stretchy, spunky Diamond Runner sneaker includes Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam for fresh and comfy all-day wear, a stretchy EZ sock fit design that molds to your foot and a high apex upper for a cool, sporty look.  Cheerful color pops, sleek black mesh and sparkly laces make this style very trendy and fresh! Every girl will want to stay active when wearing this cool jogger!

PRETTY POP PRINCESS

Twinkle Toes presents Shuffles – Rockin Stars! This Twinkle Star showcases how to look glamourous in a light-up high-top with sequined star cutouts and vibrant hot pink rock glitter. An on/off switch is also included for when you need to turn off the toe cap lights. The metallic black material makes her spunky yet dainty, ready to take on another day in the limelight!

We love this new girls’ line-up – which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments! 

 

BEST BTS STYLES FOR BOYS

Kids’ imaginations have been running wild all summer with new movies, new toys… and now NEW SHOES! Thanks to Skechers Kids’ innovations, unique looks and cool comfort, back-to-school tracks are now a must-have treat. Check out these five hot styles from our style merchandisers; they’re sure to cover the halls this fall.

OUT OF THIS WORLD

The first pair that got my attention looked straight out of an alien odyssey movie. Skech-X: Cosmic Foam, this pair rocks a thick cushioned “Cosmic Foam” midsole that’s moon-speckled and that screams bounce! An edgy circuit board pattern with bright neon accents on a stretchy high-top design make this pair truly stand out.

INFINITE FUN

When he’s ready to explore the dark universe: Street Lightz 2.0 – Skech-Rayz are here! This pair of metallic Hot Lights shoes feature step activated lights that chase his steps to give a cool trailing effect and they stay lit to catch up with his sprint! To top it off this shoe features an infinity mirrored light on the top of the toe area that will leave him mesmerized.

 

FUEL UP WITH COLOR

If he doesn’t want a toy on his foot and wants a pair of shoes that will “magically” make him jump higher, run faster, and make him the next sports hero, then the Skech-Air 3.0 – Downswitch is for him! It’s easy to strap in and play on. 14 air-cushioned pods surround a cool sporty zig-zag designed sole for plush that performs. Then there’s Nitrate – this super-lightweight lace-up pair features Skech-Knit mesh which is breathable and durable, and with a 3D printed design on the outside and air-cooled memory foam insoles that keep him looking and feeling cool.

BOLD AND BRIGHT

For the boy who wants every step to be a statement, there are Energy Lights! With seven different colors and 11 different light-up options, the party is ready to start when he steps into the room! Easy-to-recharge batteries will give him six hours of continuous lighting options that will have this kid feeling cool. These shoes have a classic leather mid-top silhouette, but with a blast of lights on the bottom. This pair is so cool that they’re now available in adult sizes!

Tell us which boys’ shoe is your favorite for fall… and check out our top five girls’ styles this Thursday!

GET CHARGED FOR ENERGY LIGHTS

Our Energy Lights rechargeable shoes have been a huge hit this year – our kids’ styles have flown off the shelves since they launched, and now they’re available for adults as well! Everyone loves wearable technology, and these sneakers have so many light combinations (seven unique lights, four different modes and up to six hours on a single charge) that the world can’t get enough of them. Plus, they’re so easy to charge and go – Energy Lights even come with their own USB cable!

Here’s how simple Energy Lights are to charge and use:

1. LIFT FLAPS – Right behind each sneaker’s tongue is Energy Lights’ charging port – just flip up the tongue flap cover, and you’re ready for charging.

2. INSERT CABLES – Energy Lights have a dual cable so you can charge both shoes simultaneously. Just insert the cables into the ports on each shoe (make sure to push the end of the USB firmly into the port, so that the shoe will properly charge).

3. PLUG IN – Connect the other side of the cable to a computer, or a USB plug adapter if you have one. Once the cable is properly connected, the lights on the sole will flash red when it’s charging.

4. UNPLUG AND GO – It’ll take approximately two hours for your Energy Lights to fully charge – the red lights on the sole will turn off once they’re done charging. Make sure to unplug the cables when done (don’t overcharge or leave plugged in overnight).

Once you’re done wearing your Energy Lights, you can hold the power button on your tongue down for three seconds to turn them off.

Still need to get a pair? You can find them here. Leave your Energy Lights questions for us in the comments!

 

CELEBRATE YOUR INDEPENDENCE

From BBQ bashes to parades, the beach to the lake, there are tons of ways to create your own unique look and salute 1776 with a fresh new spin – in fun, spirited ways with family and friends.

We love making Skechers our personal anthem for the 4th. Whether it’s a breezy cool dress and a cute pair of flats; sporting red, white and blue soles with a classic American tee and denim (and completing the look with our Skechers watches!) or syncing up Energy Lights to blaze through fireworks night, there are endless ways to style up, celebrate and salute this wonderful patriotic tradition.

Want to kick off your July 4th celebration with a new pair of Skechers? Enter our Independence Day sweeps and you can win! Just tell us your favorite style for the long weekend in the comments to win! See all the details here.

Above: Skechers Sport styles for him and her.

Left: the pooch-friendly Burst 2.0 – Smeeton sneaker.

Clockwise on gallery: Energy Lights, Cleo flats, BOBS espadrilles and Skechers USA watches.

LITTLE SOUTHERN WIFE’S SKECHERS WORKOUT

From being a mom of three to blogging and staying fit, Amanda of Little Southern Life does it all! We partnered with our guest blogger to learn more about her mindset on getting in shape, and how Skechers fits into her regular fitness attire. Check out her thoughts and some of her favorite workout reps below.

Y’all, I can honestly say that choosing to invest in my body is one of the best decisions I ever made for myself. It literally changed my life. I lost weight and I didn’t feel like I was being held captive by my own body anymore. Three babies later and now I am in the best shape of my life. Exercising is more than just a way of getting that summer box, it’s about having a little “me time” and focusing on myself. The kids take up most of my time, which I love but if I don’t do a little something for me, I feel my cup becoming empty. I make it a point to get some form of exercise into every single day. It might be going for a walk, a run, yoga class or working out at home to a YouTube video, but I make sure I do it! Working out is a great way to relieve stress, keep my anxiety at bay and overall help me stay in a positive head space. I have noted over the years that the time I didn’t keep exercise at the top of my priorities is when I became depressed easier.

Above: Amanda heads out in Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 – Bold Move (in White/Gray).

I recently took over Skechers‘ Instagram for the day and showcased how my entire family wears Skechers. To say that we love them is a bit of an understatement. They are SO comfortable and I love all of the new styles they have available. I have been on the prowl for sneakers that I could wear with my workout attire and feel good in while I am exercising. I LOVE the memory foam support inside of these and I wear them pretty much every single day. The only bad thing that I can say is that I wish I would have found these sooner because they are amazing! You can purchase them at your local Skechers or click over to their website to order.

Amanda (Little Southern Life) is a stay-at-home mama turned mompreneur.

What are your favorite Skechers styles for working out? Tell us in the comments!

Below: Amanda works out in Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0 (in Black/White).

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