pulling it together
When you were a little kid, Spring Break meant
sleeping late and playing outside until the street
lights came on. When you were a big kid, it meant
sleeping all day and playing outside until the
sheriff pulled up. Now that you’re a so-called
grown-up, Spring Break means laying awake at night
worrying about what you’re going to do with
your kids for 5 business days, and playing catch-up
with the Supermoms who booked Spring Break child
care the day the school-year calendar was released.
Rather than engaging in bidding wars with all
the other working parents in the neighborhood
who are also desperately seeking last-minute,
short-term day care, or dealing with the guilt
of knowing that the neighbor’s kids are
on a Disney Cruise and your kids are making macaroni
necklaces at the community center, why not just
take the week off yourself?
I know it’s not truly a vacation, (nothing
that involves multiple showings of The SpongeBob
Squarepants Movie in the back of a mini-van should
be considered a vacation) but with a little planning,
and the right accessories from See
Jane Work, Spring Break can be just
that, a nice little break in your routine.
Weekender Bag from Hable
Construction is made from
heavy-weight canvas. The open-top design
makes it perfect for toting sports equipment;
picnic supplies; toys and books or, take
it with you to the street fair or farmer’s
- Take a road trip.The
Barcelona Travel Bag holds
crayons and markers, postcards and stamps,
or use it to keep portable electronic
games and all the accessories together.
- Wipe-clean Zip
Boxes from Jane
Marvel are a great way to
store snow pants and jackets for ski
trips. When you get there, give each
kid his or her own Zip
Box and they can get changed
while you unload the gear.
- Need to stay in touch with the office?
Laptop Case from Gina B. protects
your computer and has plenty of room for
your phone, PDA and other work essentials.
- While the kids are building the World’s
Greatest Sandcastle, you can take a moment
to drop a line to your sister or even your
Note Cards feature five different
aquatic designs. Avoid smeared ink by writing
in pencil. The Becca
Pencil Case from Kate
Spade includes pencils, an eraser
and even a pencil sharpener.
Whether you use Spring Break to get away, or
go exploring close to home, remember to include
plenty of down time, and be prepared to postpone
or cancel an activity if it feels like you’re
exhausting them or yourself.
The point is to relax and spend some time together
without alarm clocks, school bells, or deadlines.
If you don’t make the 2 o’clock show,
go at 4, or just skip it altogether and go get
ice cream instead.
This is your time off…sort of.
If one of our ideas or products works for you,
or if you have a solution you’d like to
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