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Got Easter Baskets? We’ll help you fill them up!

Easter is Sunday and there is still time to fill those baskets with fun!

easter basket 16 3A little candy is always a welcome addition to the basket but how about stepping up your game & adding a few things that kids of all ages will love!

First on our list is for the sweet little girl excited to see what the Easter bunny has left in the morning.A sweet little itty bitty. We have several to choose from ranging from princesses to Rainbow Brite but we picked Lambie. We added a lip gloss, bunny tails candy & a sweet Easter card.

 

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And for the little boys looking for the Easter bunny goodies, we have a few options for Easter fun. Again, we started with an itty bitty – from Super Heroes to Star Wars, there is sure to be one he’ll love! We picked a Stormtrooper to add to our basket. We topped it off with one of our World’s Smallest toys that range from Rubik’s cubes to Army men. We added a chocolate bunny and a fun Easter card.

 

easter basket 16 2Now, you may have a young lady who doesn’t exactly still “believe” in the Easter bunny but she’s still thrilled to receive an Easter basket filled with some of her favorite things! We started this basket off with one of our Vera Bradley tumblers with straws. From Vera to Kate Spade to Lillly Pulitzer, you’ll be sure to find a tumbler that fits her style. We added a coin purse from Scout & a Key FOB from Lilly Pulitzer. And of course, we couldn’t forget a sweet treet. A “carrot” filled with jelly beans!

 

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And for your bigger “boys”, we can put together a basket of fun! Bean Boozle is still the favorite game for kids’ of all ages and we have several options. Don’t forget the jelly bean refill pack! We then added some cans of silly string available in glow in the dark or bright vibrant colors. Add a chocolate bunny and you’ve got a basket that any boy will love!

We have lots of great ideas for your Easter baskets so stop by & let us fill your basket full of fun… and lots of love!

 

 

 

 

Your Daily Calendar – Paper or Tech?

A new trend in the agenda market is really an old one. The resurgence of the paper agenda to keep your daily schedule is making a huge comeback!

Even though every smartphone has a calendar that you can easily access and there are numerous apps out there to help schedule your family activities, many still choose to use the old fashion way of keeping track of their daily calendar – pen and paper.

vera agenda 2Some studies show that the act of writing helps you remember things better. Some feel being able to “see” the calendar in front of them helps to better visualize & remember their schedule. Finding an agenda with a pretty layout makes the activity of “writing it all down” even more pleasing!

Using different colored pens for each family member or “type” of activity on your calendar also helps to better visualize and keep track of all your family members or the many activities your trying to juggle. Washi tape, stickers and sticvera gel pensky notes can help track important activities.

A paper agenda can also be used as a journal to document an important milestone; a funny memory of one of your kids; or your goals & dreams for the upcoming year. Looking through an old agenda is always a good reminder of how far you have come!

So, what’s the best paper agenda? There are so many to choose from that there isn’t one choice that will fit everyone’s needs. Lucky for you we carry a variety of agendas!

Emily Ley creemily ley agendaated a planner to organize her hectic life. She thinks the easiest way to simplify your life is to take pen to paper and have a plan! Her wide open pages enable you to track many activities, family members, dinner planning and your weekly to do list!

 

Vera Bradley offers a variety of agendas in differevera agenda 1nt patterns, sizes and styles. Fun quotes and pictures are sprinkled throughout to keep you smiling your entire week! Vera Bradley’s pretty patterns keep the pages looking beautiful while you fill it up with all of your activities.

lilly agenda 16One of our most popular agendas is from Lilly Pulitzer. Her iconic patterns grace the cover and pages of these agendas but there is still plenty of room to keep track of your daily schedule. And Lilly has every size agenda to fit your need! You can purchase Lilly agendas on our website here.

 

happy everything agenda 2016 1The newest addition to our agenda collection is the Happy Everything agenda. This agenda wants to sprinkle a little happy into every week with inspiring quotes, colorful graphics and plenty of space to track your weekly to do list along with your everyday appointments. The Happy Everything agenda can be purchased here.

The year is winding down and it’s time to start thinking about getting organized for 2016! If you haven’t tried a paper agenda, maybe it’s time to start a new habit. We’re happy to help you find the perfect agenda to keep your daily life organized and productive!

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Back to School with Vera Bradley!

It’s back to school time! And our experts are here to help you plan all your back to school essentials!

emily collageEmily will be leaving in August to start her freshmen year in college! She’s heading to school with a Lighten-Up Expandable Travel Bag in Rio Stripes because it’s waterproof & a Pixie Blooms Large Duffle because it’s a BIG bag! She will store her make-up, jewelry, watches & flair accessories in her Classic Black Hanging Organizer. Heading off to her 7:30 am class will require coffee in her Midnight Paisley Travel Tumbler & she’ll use it to keep her hydrated the rest of the day. And speaking of class, her Katalina Pink Agenda will keep her organized along with her Study Buddy in Katalina Pink. She’ll tote her laptop in a Katalina Pink Laptop Case ensuring it stays safe. She plans on using a Classic Black Lanyard to hold her dorm room keys & she’s anticipating the October release of the Campus Double ID in Concerto to hold her student ID & driver’s license.

brianna collageBrianna is a college student on the go & commutes to campus. Since she carries all her supplies for a full day of class, she uses the Lighten Up Large Backpack in Sierra. She loves that it is spacious & lightweight! She always has her Katalina Blues umbrella handy because she never knows when she’ll get caught in a rain storm. She considers the Student Agenda in Parisian Paisley a necessity for keeping all her classes straight! She doesn’t like to carry a backpack & a purse, so uses the All In One Crossbody in Classic Black to hold all her personal essentials.

Maggie is in high school and she is super organized so she has a long back to school list! She carries all her school supplies in a Parisian Paisley Vera. She loves all the pockets & that she can throw it over her shoulder & be ready to go! Maggie likes the Classic Black Zipmaggie collage ID & Lanyard to carry her ID & keys. Inside her Vera, you’ll find a Parisian Paisley Pencil Pouch for her pencils & small supplies; a Study Buddy in Katalina Pink to help study anatomy; and an Eyeglass Case in Katalina Pink Diamonds to protect her glasses. Her back to school essentials include the Katalina Pink Mini Notebook with Pocket, Parisian Paisley Mechanical Pencil Set and Dual Tip Highlighters. She would be no where without her Parisian Paisley Student Agenda (at least nowhere on time)! She doesn’t want another cracked phone screen so she protects her phone with a Snap-on Phone Case in Rio. She loves the new style of the Lighten Up Lunch Cooler in Katalina Pink & stays hydrated all day with her Parisian Paisley Travel Tumbler. And if she ever gets caught in the rain, her go-to is the Pixie Blooms Bubble Umbrella!

haleigh collageHaleigh is also a high school student and her favorite bag to tote all her back to school essentials is the Vera in Classic Black. She loves all the inside pockets to help organize her school supplies. Haleigh loves the cool color tones of Katalina Blues and will use the Katalina Blues Agenda & Click Pens to keep her schedule organized. She holds her keys on a Katalina Blues lanyard and loves that the pattern sticks out inside her bag making them always easy to find!

 

Samantha is in middle school and she’s going to be prepared when she starts the eighth grade! She’ll tote all her supplies in a Katalina Pink Diamonds backpack with a Katalina Pink luggage tag attached.  samantha collageIn her backpack, you’ll find a Katalina Pink Mini Notebook with Pockets and a Katalina Pink Pencil Pouch carrying her Dual Tip Highlighters, Katalina Pink Click Pens & Mechanical Pencils. She’s going to use a Katalina Pink Student Agenda to write down her assignments and a Study Buddy in Katalina Pink to make flash cards. When she brings her lunch to school, she’ll tote it in a Pixie Blooms Lunch Bunch & when she buys, she’ll carry her lunch money in a Katalina Pink Coin Purse. She’ll use a Katalina Pink Diamonds Loop Keychain to carry her house keys and a Pixie Blooms Lanyard to hold her ID. She’s protecting her glasses with a Katalina Pink Eyeglass Case; her iPad with a Pixie Confetti Tablet Sleeve; and her iphone with a Pixie Blooms Snap-on Case.  And when those rainy days crop up, she’ll use her Katalina Pink Umbrella!

lilly collageLilly is in grade school & headed to first grade. Lilly holds a special place in our heart because she is our niece. After many years of boys in the family, we’re glad to finally have a girl heading to school who loves to carry Vera Bradley! Lilly is carrying all her school supplies in a Katalina Pink Ultimate Backpack. The smaller backpack size is perfect for the little ones headed to school. She will “take” her lunch to school in a Katalina Pink Diamonds Lunch Bunch.

Good luck to everyone headed back to school. Stop by the store and let us help you find the perfect essentials to start your school year off on the right foot!