Back to School for Tweens and Teens

It’s that time of year again… school is starting and kids need to be equipped for the new year. If your daughter is in her teens like mine, this is one of her favorite times of the year. September means a license to go on a shopping spree. Here are some new tools and items that can help your tween or teen start the school year off on her best foot.

Keds Shoes

Keds sneakers make a great impression on the first day of school. This new Boyfriend Sahara in camel floral and lux leather with linen is both adorable and trendy. The lightweight lace-up ankle boot has a cushioned insole, a rubber outer sole and a breathable lining. Available at

TI-Nspire CX Graphing Calculator

A new tool all teens should have is the TI-Nspire CX, a graphing calculator that represents the most sophisticated graphing technology available on the market. . Faster than your regular calculator, it is more like a mini computer and helps students master deeper mathematical concepts. You can use it to transfer classwork to your computer and is suitable for all math levels and tests including SAT and CATs. Available at Staples, Target and major stores.

Bluetooth Alarm Clock

This Bluetooth Alarm Clock features an FM Radio, a USB port for charging your mobile, Reason 8 speaker enclosure and EXB circuitry for rich sound and a dual alarm with gradual wake to radio. You can hook up your MP3 players and other audio devices and stream wireless digital audio from your I-phone or I-pad, Android Blackberry and other bluetooth enabled devices.

Perfect for any teenager’s room. Available at

Aurora Cutout Buckled Booties

Cut out tops have been the trend all summer. This fall, shoes and boots, like these Aurora Cutout Buckled Booties, are picking up the cue. Ultra cool with a bold buckle detail, these booties capture this trendy Fall look at an affordable price. Available at


Humor shirts are very popular with teens searching for subtle messages to express themselves. This spoof on the Enjoy Coca Cola campaign will appeal to any college bound student. If you want to create your own shirts, Spreadshirts gives you a platform to produce and sell your own designs. Get creative at

Messenger Bag from

For your unconventional teen, this tough woven 11 x 12 in, messenger bag in polypropylene with a magnetic catch closure in 95% recycled materials is a must. An I-pad can be conveniently tucked inside thanks to the interior pocket. Check all trendy designs at

Fuel Salad on the Go

Check out the environmentally friendly Fuel Salad on the Go. This BPA-free reusable food and drink container is perfect for today’s health conscious teen who wants to bring her own salad to school. Available at

Digital Combination Padlock from Master Lock

To keep all your valuable electronics secure at school, the 1500 XD Dialspeed ™ Digital Combination Padlock offers high security technology with easy to recall resettable personalized codes. Don’t worry about forgetting your code. Each lock is preprogrammed with a permanent back-up master lock that you can retrieve online. Available at CVS pharmacy and many other locations. Check for all retailers.

Back to school shopping does not need to be such a headache if you make a list and stay organized. Have fun with these options and enjoy the new school year.

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