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!

Gear Up For School

When it comes to shopping for school supplies, I am like a kid in a candy store.

Although it's been years since I took my last final exam, I am always on the lookout for pretty notebooks, pens and organizers - only now I refer to them as "office" supplies.

School supplies have come a long way since I was in elementary school, when the fanciest thing I could find was a five-subject Mead spiral notebook that featured a different color of pastel paper for each subject!

So, I am super-excited to partner with Office Depot this year to show what's new for back-to-school.  From backpacks to cute school supplies, they have everything students and parents need to gear up for school.

For many kids, it's all about the backpack. Not only do they have all of the popular styles and high-quality brands like High Sierra, Jansport and others - but parents will love that all styles are now 30 percent off. (Photos courtesy of Office Depot).

The exclusive Divoga fashion collections have dozens of cute notebooks, planners, folders, binders, pencil pouches, rulers and other supplies/accessories - perfect for expressing your personal style and accessorizing your basic school uniforms.  I have already stocked up on several of these notebooks!  Here are a few of my faves:

Take a look at all of these cute items - along with some great back-to-school looks from Dockers - on this segment on the "Sonoran Living" show on ABC Phoenix:

Appearing on the "Sonoran Living" show on ABC, Phoenix.

Appearing on the "Sonoran Living" show on ABC, Phoenix.

Moms - what are your children's "must-haves" for the new school year?