On-the-Air: "Good Day Chicago"

They don't call Chicago the Windy City for nothing!  It's always fun to do segments outside, although heavy blocks and duct tape go a long way toward keeping table coverings and products secured on the table on a windy day.

I had a great time this morning talking back-to-school on "Good Day Chicago," doing our segment live on their Michigan Avenue plaza.  Check out this link or click on the image below to see the full segment!

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It was also great to be back at the close of the show with four of the anchors.

I did this segment on behalf of several companies.  Here is where you can find the items discussed!

Happy New (School) Year!

When I was in school, I was a total school supply nerd, always looking for fun, colorful notebooks and supplies.  I'm still a big fan of school supplies, only now I call them "office supplies" and use them to stock my desk and travel bag. Since I'm also currently working on a master's degree, that gives me an excuse to pick up a few cute notebooks. 

So, I am excited to once again team up with Office Depot and Office Max to show some of the cutest new supplies for back-to-school!  While Trapper Keepers in primary colors were about the fanciest thing you could find when I was in junior high, the choices are so much better now.  Even more, kids can customize them and bling them out with cute stickers, pom poms, charms, tassels, and more!

From colorful backpacks like this High Sierra Loop Flower Daze to packs from Speck and other popular brands, they have all of the styles kids love - and high-quality brands that score high on parents' shopping lists.

I don't know about you, but I'm thinking a few of these pencil cases would make fabulous makeup bags.

Here are a few of my favorites!

Bringing Healthy Back

Scott and I travel light.  Whether it is an overnight trip to see family or two weeks overseas, we each take one rollerboard bag.

For trekking around and sightseeing, I also carry a Healthy Back Bag.  The design helps avoid the shoulder or neck pain that can creep in when schlepping a heavy tote bag.  It is also hands-free, and easy to hang onto when walking around, keeping track of kids or standing while riding the subway, tube or Metro.  You can also wear it cross-body with the bag in front on crowded buses, streets and tourist areas where pickpockets tend to ply their trade.

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I have found the smaller size is perfect for carrying the essentials for a long flight, along with sightseeing needs like maps, sunscreen and small water bottles.  The bags have tons of internal and external zippered and Velcro pockets.  They also have larger sizes, ideal for traveling with children or if you have more stuff to carry.

Mine is basic black - suitable for a New Yorker, but it comes in other colors if you are a bit more adventurous.  They also come in a variety of fabrics, and are easy to find on the company's web site or online at Amazon, eBags, Walmart, TravelSmith and other sites.

Next week - what's in that bag, and a few details about my much scaled-down beauty routine when traveling.