Kids

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!

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!

BEST FRIEND PAIR UPS

Did you know that today is National Best Friends Day?  It’s the perfect day to let your BFF know how much you appreciate them always being there to share advice, tears and laughs together. Maybe she’s the one who always responds with exactly what you need to hear when you message ten outfit selfies being considered for the big date—of course the green dress was a terrible idea!  She’s heard you cycle through 15 scenarios on a big life decision—listening carefully and never being judgmental when you ultimately don’t heed her advice. She’s a shoulder to cry on and her cheerful goofiness picks you up when you need it most.  Of course, you’re there to do all the same in return!

As BFFs, you get along so well because of your yin complements her yang.  You’d never be caught dressing entirely the same, so what better way to celebrate your friendship with just a little bit of shared style?  And with so many colorful options available in comfy Skechers styles it’s super easy to do!  At the top the sporty women’s Ultraflex – Bright Horizon sneaker comes in Navy and Pink or Black and Gray with an easy-to-wear slip-on bungee design.

Sometimes your super friend tribe extends to three and for that more refined casual look there’s the Women’s Vaso – Vivir lace-up sneaker available in Black, Blue and Gray with a trend-right vulcanized sole. Your squad can hit the town together with this sneaky subtle style connection.  And with countless options in the retro D’Lites collection, you can find the perfect BFF pairs that aren’t so on the nose but still carry the style story together.

And for kids—be it brothers, sisters or just little friends…the newest styles in the Energy Lights collection gives those mini-BFFs a totally fun way to light up the night and play together in these incredibly innovative and brilliantly bright sneakers. These black and gray colors may look similar in the day, but as soon as it’s dark there’s 11 light options to choose from to show off that electric personality.

Sorry guys…we know there’s some serious BFF bro-mances out there, but didn’t get to you this time.  Don’t worry–we’ve got some cool men’s styles set to be featured later this month.  So as we celebrate Best Friends of all types—we have to know—have you ever coordinated style with your BFF?  Tell us about it in the comments!

JUMP INTO SPRING WITH SKECHERS KIDS

As much of the country continues to thaw out from the late season blizzard earlier this week, it could be hard to comprehend that the spring season is only a few days away.  Of course kids are the most eager to get outside no matter what and despite the chill in the air, spring arriving on March 20 will signal that warmer weather will help the north and east catch up to the more moderate temperatures already spreading across the south and west.

When boys and girls start bouncing back to the playground, it’s important that they’re feeling amazingly comfortable as they jump, climb, slide and play. And a pair of lightweight sneakers that features a soft Skechers Gel-Infused Memory Foam insole is perfect for the season. For girls, the delightfully colorful and bright Skech Appeal – Rainbow Runner is a go-everywhere pair that’s cool, sporty and totally fun. And for boys, the athletic slip-on Skech-Train offers an easy-to-wear closure for little ones on the move. Both include our signature plush Skechers Memory Foam that kids love.

And these two are just a few super comfy options for kids that feature squishy, squashy and super comfy Skechers Memory Foam!  From sporty styles to light up shoes to everything in between there’s a Skechers Kids style for every boy and girl so check out the full collection on skechers.com to find a perfect pair.  And because we want to make sure you’re excited for spring—even if the cold hasn’t moved away yet…we’re giving away several pairs of Skechers on Monday to ring in the new season!  Check our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages at NOON PST to learn how to enter! 

 

KIDS’ HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

The holiday season is in full force! We cannot get enough of all the new adorable trends for kids this season, and have so many adorable winter looks for little ones (cozy knits, emoji-themed sneaks, colorful soles and an awesome holiday must-have that’s flying off shelves – Energy Lights)! Read on to see the latest…

HOT FOR HOLIDAY

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Energy Lights rechargeable sneakers are one of our hottest trends for kids and teens – take a look and you’ll see why! Boys and girls have been pouring into our stores demanding these (we even have adults trying to get a pair). Whatever your favorite light shade – red, green, blue – this street style can change colors and modes, run for hours, and quickly charge up to hit the streets all over again. These make the perfect gift!

SNOW STOMPERS

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Way back when, Skechers started out as a utility boot brand – and these Mecca – Mitigate boots for boys and girls have been a cute classic for years (they’re better than ever now with comfy Skechers Gel-Infused Memory Foam insoles). These are perfect for trekking around the playground and looking all-around adorable during winter break and beyond.

GONE IN A FLASH

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For younger boys, these S Lights: Hypno-Flash sneakers have been a big seller. We love how great they look for day as well as night – the cool lime and black fusion ombre design, and the sweet-looking outsole. With features moms and dads love (easy-on Z-straps) as well as kids (cool flashing lights) you can’t go wrong with these.

CUTE TO BOOT

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Belle of the ball! Girls absolutely love these Twinkle Toes: Glamslam – Lil Lovelies boots – how could they not? Cozy cuteness, aqua pom-poms and glittery hearts make these soft suede, sweater knit and faux fur booties tops on every girl’s list. A sure hit for her first week back in school in 2017!
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OMG – we ❤ ❤ ❤ these!! Emojis are all the rage – and these Twinkle Toes: Shuffles – Expressionista sneaks are right on-trend. Little girls will love expressing themselves in these fun and fearless Twinkle Toes emoji sneaks – decked out with glitter, satin and bling.

SO COOL FOR SCHOOL

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Icy aqua is still a popular trend, and these Skech-Air Deluxe sneakers are such a fresh and cool take on the shade! They’ve got subtle pink pops and silver details that we just love. Plus girls will love walking on actual air in the midsole (and the soft air-cooled memory foam). This is a perfect style that she can use everywhere she goes, from home to school.

Need to grab a few more gifts for men and women on your holiday list? Check out our top winter trends for him and her – and let us know your favorite kids’ styles in the comments!

BLOG TAKEOVER: LITTLE SOUTHERN LIFE LIGHTS UP HALLOWEEN

Skechers lights for Halloween night! Amanda of Little Southern Life gives us an inside look on how she makes this spooky holiday so special for her kids, from head to toe.

This time of year is so much fun for our family. Not only do we get to do more out in the community, but I get to be creative with my little ones. With colder temperatures and fall colors comes the search for the perfect Halloween costume. I love the pre-made choices, but also have so much fun with the do-it-yourself flashes of brilliance. And of course, there’s the candy!

One of the finds I’m most excited about this year is Skechers’ line of light-up children’s shoes. Aside from the fashion statement they will make stomping to their hearts’ content, I know my little ones will be visible and easy to find in the hustle from house to house.

There are perks to buying a pre-made or DIY costume, so it really boils down to what type of work you want to put into it. When your kids are really specific about what they want to be, I vote to just purchase a pre-made from the store and save yourself the stress. This year, Nolan was very outspoken about the costume that he wanted. He is obsessed with superheroes and especially loves the Dark Knight – Batman! He also likes army men, so I decided to let him rock two. We go to several fall festivals and parties, so he will get use out of them before trick-or-treating as well.

Harper decided that she wanted to be a princess, and with so many choices she couldn’t decide on which princess, so I decided to make her a DIY costume. This was such a fun activity for me because I knew just the staples to use for her outfits. June and January just released their new pieces and they are all basic styles that work really well when making DIY costumes. I also decided to give her a second costume (there’s no way she would ever let it go if Nolan had two and she only had one). The June and January jumper works perfectly for a rocker look!

I paired both of the children’s outfits with the Skechers light-up sneakers. Coordinating the right shoes with Halloween costumes is fun and easy with so many styles and colors to choose from. Skechers’ light-up shoes enhance the children’s costumes, and help me keep track of them while they are trick-or-treating. And light-up shoes excite all children, so it’s a win-win both during and after Halloween.

For Nolan’s Batman costume we went with S LIGHTS: FLASHPOD – SCORIA. These have white lights along the bottom when he takes a step or stomps his feet (mostly stomping, because he enjoys watching them light up). Every time they light up, it makes him feel even more like a super hero. Nolan has had so much fun already that he has decided to forgo his name this week and only answer to “Batman!”

The shoes he is wearing with his army costume are HOT LIGHTS: DAMAGER II – ADVENTURE 2.0 and they have buttons that you press to light up each shoe. The lights change colors if you press the button twice and stay on until you turn them off. When Nolan is pretending to be an army man, the light comes in handy for his covert missions, along with the compass that is on top of each shoe.

Harper has the Skechers Twinkle Toes shoes for both of her costumes. For her princess costume, we went with TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – STARLIGHT STYLE. These are gold with pink bows and gemstones on the toes that light up when you move in them. They really do look like princess shoes; she always asks to wear them when she plays dress up!

For her rocker look, we went with Skechers’ high-top Twinkle Toes. TWINKLE TOES: SHUFFLES – SWEETHEART SOLE immediately caught my eye when I was looking for shoes for her costume. This style screams punk rock chick, and are really edgy but girly at the same time. She loves the sparkles and they are pink, her favorite color.

No matter what costume your little one decides to wear for Halloween, light-up Skechers are the way to go for footwear. Not only do they add a fun pop to any outfit, they make it easier to keep up with your child in a crowd. Nolan and Harper love wearing them in the dark and giggling at the cool light that comes from their shoes. I love that they get excited about their sneakers and are involved in their own style!

Learn more about Amanda’s Little Southern Life with her beautiful family on her blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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