Abbey Lou, Taking Style To Class

Holiday Giveaway - Extended!!

Jennifer Smith - Friday, December 20, 2013

We've extended our Holiday Giveaway through 12/24/13!

Instagram Holiday Giveaway

Jennifer Smith - Monday, December 16, 2013

Abbey Lou - Instagram Holiday Giveaway

We're so excited for the holidays, how about you?! Here's your chance to win an Abbey Lou bag of your own!

1) follow us on instagram @abbeyloubags 

2) upload a pic of your current bag on instagram and tell us why you should win & which Abbey Lou bag is your dream bag! 

3) hashtag your photo: #abbeylouwillsaveyou 

4) share the contest with your friends

Ready, set, GO!

Abbey Lou - Instagram Holiday Giveaway Terms & Conditions:

How to Enter: 1) follow us on instagram @abbeyloubags 2) upload a pic of your current bag on instagram and tell us why you should win & which Abbey Lou bag is your dream bag! 3) hashtag your photo: #abbeylouwillsaveyou 4) share the contest with your friends

Winner: We will choose one winner from #abbeylouwillsaveyou. Potential winner will be notified through Instagram by december 21st and must respond providing contact information within 48 hours from notification or an alternate potential winner will be selected. Prize will be awarded only if the potential winner complies with giveaway rules.

Prize: Winner will get to choose a bag of their choice (some restrictions apply)

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. Contest begins 12/16/13. Contest ends 12/19/13 midnight PST.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram. We hereby release Facebook and Instagram of any liability.

Back to School...Ready or Not!

Jennifer Smith - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The phrase "back to school" can illicit different reactions in different people.  Some people may feel excited to go back - to see their friends and start something new.  Others may feel nervous or scared.  Many students just feel dread - the homework, the schedule, the stress!  Whichever category you fit into, the one thing you all if in common is this - it is here, and what you make of this school year is entirely up to you!

Starting a new year can feel a little like New Years, er, in August.  It is a chance to reassess yourself.  To look at how you did last year and make new goals for this year.  Think you could do better on your grades?  Need to be more organized?  Want to try out for something new?  Well, here is that chance to start fresh and have a better year!  

At the beginning of each new school year, we sit down as a family and talk about what is ahead.  We encourage the kids to set goals and to "start strong."  Emphasizing that it is a lot easier to start on top then to try to pull yourself up after a bad start.  We are full of all kinds of wisdom like that.  Having said that, we didn't start so strong this year.  

We started school on August 5.  Yep, here in blazing Arizona, we start school early!  I'm not sure why that is (and if there are any member of the Arizona Dept. of Education reading my blog, feel free to pass my sentiments on at the next board meeting).  On August 5 we are still in summer vacation mode.  Frankly, we are just too hot and lazy to take school seriously.  This year in particular we were still at the lake until a day before school started.  Come monday morning, I threw some pencils in a backpack and sent my kids out the door.  The week pretty much stayed that way - chaotic, unorganized, frenzied.  And with 3 out of the 4 kids now with raging colds.  

Lesson learned?  I'm a bad mom.  Another lesson learned?  School is here - whether I think it is too early or not - and you have the power to make it a great (or not so great) year.  I encourage you to sit down and think about what you want this year to bring...and how to get it!  I found a saying on Pinterest (because Pinterest knows everything) that outlined 7*UP lifting goals for starting back to school:

1. Wake up - and decide to have a good day

2.  Dress up - the best way to dress up is to put on a smile!

3.  Cheer up - say nice things and have a positive attitude

4.  Stand up - for what you believe in.  

5.  Look up - to the Lord.  He is only a prayer away

6.  Reach up - for something higher.  Set some good goals

7.  Lift up - be a good friend and help those around you

Well said unknown author on Pinterest, well said!  Now get out there and make it a great year.  Set some goals, try something new, be confident, make a new friend!  And for heaven's sake...start STRONG!

Back to School Giveaway

Jennifer Smith - Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Back to school blues?! We have a solution for that.

Okay well, not a solution. More like a bandage. You know--the cute and colorful kind...

The Bags
Abbey Lou bags are designed with the discerning, stylish girl in mind. Combining bright colors, fun prints, high quality materials, and functionality, we offer everything a girl could want in a great bag. Various accessories such as coordinating ipad cases, PC sleeves, and interchangeable flowers, allow you to make your look truly unique. Abbey Lou...taking style to class!

The Prize
We are giving away our Overachiever bag (pictured below)--stylish and practical, perfect for anyone!

The Giveaway
Just give us some online love for your chance to win...

 Use the form below to enter

Each item you complete gives you an additional entry in the prize drawing

Brand New Year (and You)

Jennifer Smith - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

At the end of December I went to get my hair cut with the same stylist I have been using for years. When I walked into the salon the first words out of her mouth were "I am sooooo excited for the new year!" I laughed and asked her "why?", assuming she would tell me about some fun plans she had. Instead, she proceeded to tell me how New Years is her very favorite holiday - not because of parties, or friends, or football, or traveling - but because it is a brand new start. She loved the excitement of not knowing what this new year will bring. She loved the feeling of getting a fresh start and making new dreams and goals. She loved reflecting on the last year and assessing where she was and where she wants to be.

As I have spent the last week taking down decorations and cleaning up the Christmas clutter, I have thought a lot about Aimee's excitement with the new year. My house always looks bare where the decorations come down, but it also looks clean and fresh and I have had that same sense of "out with the old, in with the new" that a new year can bring. As a family we talked about making new year's resolutions and the importance of setting goals for yourself and working hard to achieve them. We also talked about how to do this - because it requires so much more than just thinking "I really want this!" It requires a plan on how to achieve it and regular assessment of where you are in relation to that goal. Say you want to get straight A's. How are you going to make that happen? Maybe it is setting a certain amount of time you are going to study every night, or joining a homework club, or getting a tutor. Whatever your goal is, carefully plan out the steps you need to take to reach it - and then DO IT!! It also helps to tell your family and friends about your goals so they can help you and keep you focused.

I truly believe that with enough desire, hard work, and determination, you can achieve anything you want to achieve! So what will 2013 bring for you? A spot on the volleyball team? The lead in a play? Maybe a new friend or the ability to speak French? Perhaps you want to run a marathon or learn to snowboard? Whatever it is, go for it...and good luck!

P.S. Thank you for your inspiration and enthusiasm, Aimee!

Taking a Stand

Jennifer Smith - Friday, November 16, 2012

A few days ago, my husband showed me this story and, after drying my tears, I immediately thought it was something I needed to share on our blog. It is one of those stories that just makes you feel good and think there are some really good people in the world. Take 5 minutes and read it - I promise it will be worth it! Everyone has the right to walk down the halls at school and feel safe. Bullying is NEVER cool! What is cool? Embracing your uniqueness and respecting the uniqueness of others. Take a stand against bullying and encourage others to do the same. You CAN make a difference!

Happy Customer

Jennifer Smith - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
"Wow, what an amazing company.  I have several things to comment on....
1. We ordered a backpack just before school started with no hope it would arrive
before the first day of school but to my shock it came 2 or 3 days after I ordered
it.  That was amazing.
2. The style and quality of the backpack was so darling.  My 12 year old wore it
around the house for 2 days before school started, so funny.  Also amazing!
3. I just received a replacement backpack without even asking because they had
improved the design and wanted to make sure the customers that bought the first
batch had the best quality. Again, amazing.
Honestly, companies like this don't really exist anymore.
Abbeylou has the best customer service I've ever experienced."

What It Takes to Be Your Best

Jennifer Smith - Thursday, September 20, 2012

Getting Up Early to Reach Your GoalsHave you ever laid in bed at night, stared up at your ceiling and day dreamt about what your life would be like if you just could accomplish one particular goal? This goal could be a wide variety of things.

Some people wish that they could make a specific team at school, make the school play, be able to finish their mile in gym class or be able to create a specific piece of art in their art class.

No matter what your goal is, you can make it something that you can accomplish. Sit down and work out a plan for yourself. When you know that a goal is going to be hard to accomplish, you are going to have to reach down deep within yourself.

There are going to be days when you are not going to want to push yourself to the next level but you have to do it anyways. Some days you may have to wake up early, push yourself harder, go without hanging out with friends or even go to sleep early.

Create your goal. Stick with your plan and work as hard as you can! You are capable of great things. When you put your mind to it – when you really dedicate yourself to a goal – you will find that you have much more power within you than you may have realized.

You should want your goal so bad, that there is not anything you want more than that goal. Want it just as much as you want to breathe, and you will get it.

photo credit: Alan Cleaver via photo pin cc

Count Your Blessings

Jennifer Smith - Thursday, September 13, 2012

In April of 1999, when Logan was 1 1/2 and Abbey just 2 months old, I took them to visit my parents in Colorado. I was living in Georgia at the time so a cross country flight with 2 babies by myself was hideous... so I usually stayed a month before I thought I could make the return flight home. On April 20 my mom and I loaded the babies into the car to run some errands. While we were out we started getting broadcasts on the radio about a shooting at Columbine High School, approximately 45 minutes from the high school my youngest brother was attending. For the next several days I sat glued to the t.v. in my parent's basement crying over the stories of the victims and families of that horrible tragedy. One story really struck me as particularly tragic. The kids in the library who hid under tables and behind bookshelves with no way out.

Abbey is now 13. On September 11, 2012 she was standing at her outside locker when a teacher screamed for her to get in a room. Gunshots had been heard on campus and the school was being put in lock down. The closest room to Abbey was the library. She ran in there and hid behind bookshelves for 2 1/2 hours while police swarmed the school and searched every room with guns drawn. Down the road my son Dylan, 8, was also on lock down. His 2nd grade class was locked in their room with the lights off, blinds drawn, and told to sit in a corner and be very quiet. Again, for 2 hours. Some kids fell asleep:)

Fortunately, I didn't hear about the incident until 2 hours into the lock down at which time I completely fell apart. Had I known sooner there is no doubt I would have gone running up there like a screaming banshee and gotten myself admitted to a "hospital." The greatest news in our life right now is that no one was hurt. The school administrators and Prescott police force handled the situation quickly, professionally, and efficiently. For that I am truly grateful. We live in the mountains of Northern Arizona. The school campuses are beautiful with the buildings built around the natural resources, leaving the tall pines and rock formations scattered throughout the campuses. Often when I am up there I can't help think how easy it would be for a weirdo to hide there. Not pleasant thoughts, I know, but I'm a mama bear (and a fraidy cat) so I notice these things...then go have nightmares about them at night. The staff and police really put their lives on the line as they searched those campuses, not knowing where someone could be hiding.

The last few days I have been weepy. Easily crying at the thought of those poor kids huddled in their dark classrooms waiting for something to happen. But I'm also weepy with joy. That something that could have turned out so bad, instead turned out okay. I'm grateful that my husband and 4 children are sound asleep in their beds another night. I'm grateful I have been trusted to raise these kids. They are an absolute joy to me. I'm grateful for dear friends, pizza, and Modern Family. I'm grateful for country music, Twix bars and yoga pants. I'm grateful for fall leaves, date night, and vampire books. Okay, now it is your turn. Forget the yucky, stressful things in your life and count your blessings. Go on, do it...I bet you find more than you thought. And I bet you have a much better day today! I truly hope so...

Mother Bird

Jennifer Smith - Thursday, September 06, 2012

For those of you who have been reading our blog you may have noticed a common theme among our posts. When you become a mom and watch your kids grow up there are so many things you want for them. When they are little you think you have all the time in the world to tell and teach them everything they need to know. Then they become teenagers. And between school and sports and activities and friends, you discover that you rarely see them...and that time is moving waaaaaay too fast...and all of a sudden they are grown and you worry that you didn't teach them everything you wanted to.

So a lot of our blogs will be about some of those life lessons I want to share with my daughters... and sons... and their friends and their cousins and -- you get the point. Hopefully, they won't seem too "lecturey", because they aren't meant to be (well, maybe sometimes). But mostly I hope they are "inspirey" and in a small way will help you be a better you. Some of our blog ideas I get from what is going on in Abbey's life and ask for her input on things that are important and relevant to her/you. And some of them will just be for fun. They will be (mostly) brief-I know you're busy! But I will warn you , I have A LOT to say! haha.


P.S. We would love to hear your thoughts and comments!  Just make the team or get straight A's?  Learn a valuable lesson or have something you want us to blog about?  Let us know!