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Although it’s not quite the end of the school year, we’re already busy preparing for next fall. The brand-new 2017 backpack collection has just been photographed and we couldn’t wait to share a sneak peek with you!

New for 2017:

Every backpack and lunch pack in the collection is now made with recycled PET fabric, created from plastic bottles and reclaimed polyester.

And, as always, each bag is ergonomically designed to give your child the best possible fit.

We’re thrilled with how they turned out and would really love to know which ones you’ll like the most. Would you share your thoughts with us? Fill out our quick backpack survey, and you’ll receive a promo code via email for FREE Shipping on your next order!

Thanks for your feedback, and be sure to mark your calendar for June 15 to be among the first to shop the collection when it premieres online.

Creative tips for traveling with kids

Low-tech entertainment for your next family vacation

As the season of family road trips and airplane travel approaches, it’s a good idea to have some fresh strategies ready to keep kids happy and occupied. Tablets and phones can be great in a pinch, but we love creative and interactive activities. Here are a few favorites:


Ask the kids to document the trip with an instant-print camera

Ocean Photos
You know, the old-fashioned kind. Introduce your kids to the joy of snapping a photo and waving it around in the air as you eagerly wait to see what develops.

Pro tip: You’ll want to ration the film – maybe even hide some extra in your bag – so you don’t run out before you’ve even left the driveway.


Create a collection with free (or nearly free) found items

Travel Bag
Anything from rocks, to sea glass, to coins, to flowers for pressing. Next, decide on some creative ways to catalog where you found each item and what it reminds you of.


Pack a journal/scrapbook with supplies

Butterflies on a Book
Give your child a journal for doodling, writing, and pasting in their photos. A blank book plus a glue stick, stickers, crayons and colored pencils for the younger set, and markers for older kids are all a good start.


Bring along a family mascot

Golddish in a Bowl
Pack something meaningful, but not priceless, like a photo of a pet who couldn’t make the trip or silly knickknack from home. Tote them along for funny photo ops and share their journey with family and friends.


Play some travel-friendly family games

Remember I-Spy? License-plate bingo? 20 questions? All of those car-trip classics are just as fun for kids now as they were back then, and they have the added benefit of engaging little imaginations.

Refresh your memory on how to play, and discover more games you may not know.

If you have the space, pack UNO, Go Fish, and Travel Yahtzee for more options.


Make a big deal out of little thrills

Kids are experts at this. The hotel elevator, the frog in the grass by the parking lot, the tiny swing set at the playground (rather than the over-the-top rides at the amusement park).

As every parent knows, the things you expect to make an impression are often not what kids are still talking about months and years later. And really, that’s part of the magic.

Step back whenever possible and let the kids take the lead. You may find it’s the key to your best vacation memories.

What are your suggestions for keeping everyone happy on a family trip?

Ideas for When You’re Snowed In with Kids


There’s nothing quite like a snow day to get kids up and out of bed earlier than almost any other day of the year. Even the sleepiest of sleepyheads can’t seem to resist the promise of an unexpected, school-free day.

But once the initial thrill wears off, how do you keep your kids entertained during all that free time (and divert their attention from the television)? With no chance to prep activities, snow days can mean a whole lot of extra stress for busy parents.

Fortunately, we’re no strangers to snow days here in New Hampshire so we’ve collected tons of ideas from Pinterest for creative crafts and activities. Here are some of our favorites:

Kids Get Crafty: Ice Ornaments

Snowball Target Practice from Parents.com

Snowball Target Practice

How to Build an Igloo from Instructables.com

Igloo
Find more ideas for winter activities in our Fun Kids’ Projects board on Pinterest.

Mittens Give Back on National Mitten Day

Sharing Warmth and Joy with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude Mitten PartySt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Their mission is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® And families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Because of this incredible commitment, St. Jude is very close to our hearts.

In honor of National Mitten Day today, and to celebrate our St. Jude Merry Mittens Campaign, we were honored to lend our support to the cause and donate a collection of colorful mittens and hats to St. Jude for its winter-themed Mitten Party. The children and their families made gingerbread-house crafts, enjoyed treats of mitten-shaped pops, and picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.

So today, on National Mitten Day, we’re asking for your help in supporting an incredible cause.

Through December 24, you can make a donation to St. Jude just by taking a picture outside bundled up in your coziest winter gear (and don’t forget your mittens!). Upload your mitten photo to Instagram, or here, with #stjudemerrymittens and we’ll make a $10 donation to St. Jude (up to $15,000).

Thank you for joining us in supporting St. Jude.

The photos from the event brought a lot of smiles to us here at the Garnet Hill offices, and we thought you’d enjoy seeing them too.

St. Jude Mitten Party

A young St. Jude patient, hard at work on his gingerbread house.

Handmade Mitten Pops

What a treat! Handmade mitten pops were provided for all to enjoy.

St. Jude Mitten Party

It was a lighthearted afternoon filled with laughter and smiles.

St. Jude Mitten Party

The patients and their siblings picked out a new pair of mittens and a cozy hat to stay warm this winter season.

Our Mittens Are on a Mission to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Mittens on a Mission. Help Us Reach our $15,000 Goal. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Finding Cures. Saving Children.Now through December 24, you can get cozy for a wonderful cause. We invite you to head outside and share a photo showing off your mittens and winter gear on Instagram using #StJudeMerryMittens or here.

Every photo is a winner! For every one shared, we’ll make a $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® (up to $15,000).

Snow Day Hat and Mittens. Mittens on a Mission. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Not ready to brave the cold?

pj-party-landing-donateSt. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most — saving kids regardless of their financial situation. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food.

Thank you for joining us in supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Take a look at others who are showing off their mittens to support by browsing the #StJudeMerryMittens photo gallery.

Meet Campbell, designer of the winning Seal Slipper Boots

Campbell, Designer of the Winning Seal Slipper Boots

 

We caught up with Campbell M. — one of three winners of the 2016 Slipper Boot Design Contest.

Campbell recently received her handmade Seal Slipper Boots prize. This is what she had to say about her design process and her winning Slipper Boot style.

“My Love of seals and Hawaii were my inspiration. When I first saw the slippers I was so excited and I love all the detail. It was a lot of fun telling all my friends and family that I was one of the winners. Everyone has been really supportive and excited for me.”
— Campbell, Winner & Seal Slipper Boot Designer

Stay tuned — there’s more fun to come!

 

Bernice and Her Fleece

Here’s something fun for the kids — meet Bernice!

Bernice the Mongolian Goat
I am a goat.
I live in Mongolia.

I live far away – how far?
Holy Molya!

My name is Bernice.
I’m the one with the bangs.
The goats you see here,
are the rest of my gang.
Mongolian Goats
Danny the Mongolian Goat
The one with his eyes closed?
That’s my pal Danny.
We play hide and goat seek
‘til called by our nanny.

We’re not just mere goats,
you see, we’re cashmere.
The sweater you love,
it may come from here.

Is it softer than soft?
Is it warmer than warm?
You’re wearing the same
cashmere fleece that I’ve worn.

Each year in the spring,
the herdsmen will trim.
They’ll give me a haircut.
It tickles, by Jim!

My fleece does grow back
before winter, don’t worry.
I’m programmed for warmth –
I’m head-to-toe furry.

They comb out my fleece,
the fleece of Bernice,
and soon they spin yarns
as soft as you please.

Then they knit you a sweater –
you’ve never looked better!

When asked by your friends,
or your cousins, or niece,
“Where did you get it?
That oh-so-soft fleece?”

Just tell them this tale
of your new friend, Bernice.

Week 1: Off to Camp!

Personalized Camp Tote

Get ready, get set — pack! From adventure-ready designs bursting with style and personality to accessories that (literally) have her name on them, our top picks for camp are ready to accompany her every adventure.

Personalized Camp Tote
Great for hauling her beach, pool, and shower essentials

Kids' Personalized Camp Tote by Clarabelle & the Hen

 

One-Piece and Rashguard Set
For her to splash (and stay protected) in the sun

Girls' One-Piece and Rashguard Set by Snapper Rock

 

Keen Whisper Sandals
A colorful, rugged style for her most active days

Kids' Keen Whisper Sandals

 

Green Cotton Essentials
Sporty pieces to mix and match for everyday play

Green Cotton Somersalt Tank, Easy Scooter, & Wide-Leg Pants

 

From party crafts to fun recipes, get inspired with our kids’ 6 Weeks of Summer Adventure board on Pinterest.