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  • Floppy Sun Hats: Beautiful Sun Protection

    Spring is almost here and fashion is heating up.

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    Don't Let Mother Nature Ruin Your Summer Fun

    Next month marks the time of year when the snow begins to melt, the birds begin to sing, and the sun will show his smiling face once again. This can only mean one thing...sun hats are back! Staying protected from the sun is very important, but looking good while doing so is just as important. Finding the perfect floppy straw sun hat can be tough, so we have put together this guide to help you this upcoming season.

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    So Many Styles

    There are so many great sun hats out there each with their own unique personality. Some have wired bendable brims, some made of straw, others made of special UV blocking material. Each designed with a certain individual in mind. The floppy sun hats below are only a small fraction of the beautiful sun hats you can find online. The best sun hats on the market today are made of UPF and UV material that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.

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    Protective Material Sun Hats

    These specialized sun hats are made of a laboratory tested UV blocking material that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, not only that they are made in styles that any woman would love. Skin cancer has been growing on the list of the most prevalent types of cancer. Keeping  yourself protected from the sun's harmful rays can add years to your life and keep you looking great into your golden years.

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    Celebrities Dictate Style

    Celebrities starting new trends is not a new thing. Over the years many huge trends have started with a star or starlet rocking the newest fashion craze. The sun hat is no different. The floppy sun hat has shown its staying power and has been a hot piece of summer fashion for years now.

    Floppy Women's Hats2015 Spring and Summer Season

    With the 2015 spring and summer approaching you need to be ready with the latest summer head wear. If you wait too long into the season you will not be able to find beautiful sun hats in stores, or online. Straw hats as well as panama style fedora hats are the latest trend and if you want to look great this upcoming season you should stock up before the starlets do.

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  • 10 Things You Might Not Know About Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras is one of the wildest holidays of the entire year.

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    It is a day of fun, eating, and overall overindulgence. There are massive parades, masked masquerade balls, elaborate floats and a combination of masks, music and mayhem. Many people think that they know what Mardi Gras is all about but we offer of up things that you might not know about Mardi Gras.
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    1) Mardi Gras has been known by many names including, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, Laissez les bons hemp rouler, Martex de Carnaval, Fastan, J'Douvert, Karenava and many more names.

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    2) The day of the holiday always falls upon the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

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    3) Louisiana was actually not the first state to hold a Mardi Gras parade. That distinction belongs to Mobile Alabama.

     

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    4) The first parade held in New Orleans was in 1837.

     

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    5) Most parades are coordinated by small clubs call "krewes" that come together to put together elaborate floats.

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    6) The tradition of the colorful beads actually started in the early 1900's

     

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    7) Some states require by law that any float riders are required to wear masks.

     

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    8) The man to first add Mardi Gras to the calendar was Pope Gregory XIII.

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    9) Purple, Gold, and Green are the offial colors of the holiday each with a symbolic meaning. Purple=Justice Gold=Power Green=Faith

     

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    10)The little toy coins found around the holiday are called "doubloons" and "King Cake" is eaten all throughout the carnival season. King cake has a little surprise hidden within usually a little figurine. Finding this in your cake is supposed to bring you good luck for the next year.

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  • Youth are the Future: Youth Hats, Technology and Parenting

    The youth are our future.

    youth hatsThe next generation of our country are going to be so much different than the youth that have come before it. These kids have had technology at their fingertips for their entire lives. Many of the younger generation might never have even heard of a land line telephone or even know what a cassette tape is. These young minds are who we will be turning over the country to in a few short years. The children are our future so keeping them happy, healthy and educated is the key to the future success of our country.

    One way to keep your child healthy is by keeping them protected from harmful UV rays. Keeping your children protected from the sun has never been more important than it is today. Youth hats are a great way to keep you children protected. With the degradation of our ozone layer and atmosphere, the sun’s harmful rays are as powerful as ever. We protect everything that we love in this world and nothing is more important than our children. The proper head wear can go a very long way in keeping your child protected. With the proper head wear you can not only keep yourself protected from the sun but your child will look great as well.

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     This generation has had the most information and technology available to them. They have all the tools needed to succeed. We have put together a helpful list to help you make sure that technology is not taking over your child's life.

    It is really important to limit the amount of time that your children spend with this emerging technology. There are several reason why you should limit your child's use of smartphones and tablets. Any time a child sits inactive is not good for their development. Secondly, having your children disconnect gives them the chance for their imagination and creativity to  grow. Social skills are also something that cannot be learn while looking at a display. Not to mention obesity, sleep disorders, and other behavior related consequences related to high amounts of screen time.

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    1. Many smart phones and tablet have setting where you can limit the usage time your child can have with the device. (Check the settings menu of your respective device for more info)
    2. Children Age 2-8 should be allowed no more than 1-2 hours of screen time per day. Any more can be detrimental to their development.
    3. If the device is able to help the child learn or pick up a useful skill, a little extra screen time is alright.
    4. Holding family meetings might be met with eye rolling, and/or groans, but can be very helpful in teaching your children the importance of social problem solving.
    5. Another great tool is to let your children earn screen time, that way your child understands that being well rounded is an important part of being an adult
    6. Something tough for some parents to do is lead by example. You cannot tell you kids to get off their devices if you are nose deep in yours.
    7. Setting limits is great but don't make them too extreme, kids fight back against extreme limitations. They are hard to enforce and not effective.
    8. Be involved in what your children are doing on their phones. tablets and computers. You might be even to learn a thing or two from your kids.

    hats for kidsThe youth has changed greatly over the last century

      Hats for kids have sure come a long way in the last 50 years or so. The picture above speaks volumes on how hats for kids have evolved. One of the most popular youth styles every year is our youth fedoras.  A fedora offers the best of both worlds allowing you to look cool while you stay protected. A child fedora can be worn with almost any outfit and the myriad of colors and styles will make even the pickiest child happy. You painstakingly look out for your child whether it is their diet, who they hang out with, what they watch on TV, their health and hundreds of other aspects of their lives. What they are wearing is just as important as anything else.

     

     

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    Be sure to also check out the great sun visors we have available for children. A visor offers a more minimalist approach to sun protection and gives your child’s head room to breathe while at the very same time offering great sun protection. I believe a cotton visor offers the best level of comfort for children with sensitive heads and can offer you at least a little peace of mind that your child is protected from the sun when they are enjoying the spring and summer months and more importantly, enjoying being a kid. Shop for youth hats with your little one showing them the options we have and you are both sure to find the youth hat that you both can agree on. We need to protect our children to protect our future and youth hats or caps are a great way to do that. The youth is starting to change, are you, starting to change.

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    Dealing with children can sometimes be tough. Check out our Back-To School Shopping Guide to help both you and your children make that part of the year no so difficult. The guide not only tells you great places to find youth hats for less, but how to emotionally prepare both you and your child for the school year.

  • Top Ten 2014 Winter Hats and Trends

    Winter is here, are you ready.

    Fashion can be one of the most polarizing topics among people all over the world. Who truly decides what becomes the next trendy winter hats? Is it celebrities? Could it be fashion designers? Do you just follow what the advertisers tell you? If you are just a regular Joe like myself, wading through the noise to get a simple yet striking style, can be a monumental undertaking. I have scoured the internet to put together a simple layman's guide for busy men and women so you can stay ahead of the fashion trends that matter to you.

     

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    Number One: Slouchy Beanie

    One of the best winter hats you can wear is a beanie and there is a style of beanie out there that has been around for a very long time but is still somehow relatively unknown. That is the slouchy beanie. A slouchy beanie is is not worn like a traditional beanie but has more space in the crown and is also worn more towards the back of your head. This beanie is great to wear in more temperate climates like California where "cold", really isn't that cold. This is a great new take on the traditional beanie. Check out some of the great ways to wear this versatile beanie below.

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    number 2Number 2: The Infinity Scarf

    The "infinity scarf" also known as a snood scarf is a style that I only recently became aware of. The best way to describe this style is that it is a super long scarf that is wrapped around your neck repeatedly. It has a bunched up but stylish look that has been worn by both men and women, and stars and starlets. If you are looking to turn heads while staying warm this winter, then this is the scarf for you. It can be worn with a wide variety of outfits and can be found in several different styles. Take a look here at some awesome infinity scarves available.

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    Number 3: Flip Top Gloves

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    Sometimes you want your fingers protected and other times you want to let those fingers roam. That is the beauty of flip top gloves. These versatile gloves can be worn as mittens but can also be converted into fingerless gloves. Like most men, I really hate making simple decisions. While they won't help me decide what food to eat for dinner, or what to do on a Saturday night, they can help be decide between gloves and mittens. It truly is the best of both hand accessory worlds.

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    Number 4: Santa Hats

    The Santa hat. One of the most popular winter hats out there. One of the most iconic hats worn in December since the birth of Christ(Slight embellishment) is still as popular as ever. You can't walk a block without seeing somebody sporting one of these fun hats. They are not just fun for kids. Casually wearing Santa hats has actually been widely accepted for adults both at work and at play.

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    Number 5: The Ugly Sweater

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    Ahhh, the ugly sweater, one of my most favorite things about the holiday season. Gone are the days of flipping through the racks at the Goodwill to find the most perfect ugly sweater. Winter hats have a new best friend, the ugly sweater. The ugly sweaters of today are actually designed to be ugly, on purpose. I don't know if they are hipster, or fashionable or what have you, I just love them. You better shop for one soon before they only have the pretty ones left.

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    Number 6: Trooper and Trapper Hats

    The next one on the list is the trooper and trapper hat. This is my personal favorite on this list. If you have not ever worn a trooper hat it is easily the most comfortable winter hats in existence today. With the fur lining and the long ear flaps, it is an integral part of the winter wardrobe. Not many outdoor excursions should take place without this trusted cranial companion.

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    Number 7: Animal Beanie Hats

    Animal beanie hats is a style that really picked up steam last year and continues to be a fun way to stay warm and have fun for both kids and adults alike. That trend looks like it will continue, as you can even find these types of hats on the shelf of your local 7 Eleven stores. When you see it at 7 Eleven you know it has hit the mainstream. These hats also come with mitten paws attached for added warmth and whimsy. Most of the MVP's of the animal kingdom can be found including pandas, monkeys, dogs, tigers, and even frogs.

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    Number 8: Ski Mask

    Ski and snow season is here. Now skiing and snowboarding is nothing new, and people have been hitting the slopes for decades now, but the gear has changed. Enter the neoprene ski mask. There are hundreds of cool designs out there for every person and every personality. Whether you are a winter bad boy and skulls are your thing you can find that. If you are more on the nerdy side you will find Transformers, and Hannibal designs. For the hipster (most might never admit it) you can find mustache designed face masks all across god's green internet.

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    Number 9: Corduroy Everything

    Corduroy is making a comeback (I never thought I would ever write that). Believe I was just as surprised as you, in finding out. Alas, the Prince of texture, the sultan of swag, and the king of casual is making it's triumphant return to the world of fashion. Corduroy hats, pants, bags, purses, children's clothes, high fashion apparel, and so many other bits of fashion are creeping back in style. Corduroy has always been the "Little Engine that Could" but it not only can it is, and it can be found all throughout popular fashion today.

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    Number 10: The Watch is Back in Style

    Many people have a love, hate relationship with a watch. Believe me, for the first 24 years of my life, the last thing I would ever be asking for this Christmas would be a watch. Flash forward to today, the watch has become an integral part of my daily fashion repertoire. It seems like I am not only in my new found appreciation for the watch. Both men and women are wearing watches more and more, and most are doing for for the fashion benefits and not to become more punctual.

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  • Over 50 Years of Deals: History of Black Friday

    Door busting, money saving mayhem.

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    Black Friday: History of the Mayhem

    Black Friday has fallen on the day after Thanksgiving now for over 50 years. In the world of retail this is the Holy Grail of shopping days. The term "Black Friday" was coined in the 1960's to mark the kickoff of the Christmas shopping season. It is referred to as "Black Friday" now because it was the moment when retailers moved from being in the "red" (operating at a loss), to the "black" (starting to make a profit). The term actually originated in Philadelphia where the term was used to describe the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the day after Thanksgiving. For millions of us, Black Friday is a day where you can get some serious holiday shopping done, at some serious discounts. Even before the 1960's, since 1924 and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the day after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Every year it seems that retailers have been opening earlier and earlier to help with the massive crowds these promotions draw. Many retailers this year are even opening early Thanksgiving evening. Excitement for these deep discounts reaches a fever pitch at times and violence has actually occurred.

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    Deadly Deals

    Huge groups of ravenous deal hunters don't always play nice. Throughout the years a lot of violence and even deaths have occurred as a result of these massive discounts. In 2011 a woman pepper sprayed a crowd at a Walmart while trying to get a Nintendo Wii for 60% off. In 2012, again at a Walmart, two people were shot after there was an altercation over a parking space. Not to mention in 2008 when a man was trampled to death just trying to do his job. There is definitely a negative connotation to the term "Black Friday" for a great deal of people.

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    Black Friday Deals and Urgency

    The number one takeaway from Black Friday and the associated advertising is the term "urgency". As upsetting as it is to admit, Black Friday and commercialism has been ingrained in our shopping culture. The hype around "Black Friday" is ridiculous, limited quantity deals, door busters, and other sales sometimes up to 80% off are carefully crafted to show a sense of urgency. Some techniques used this include:

    • Advertising crazy low prices on select items, some even selling at a loss to the retailer.
    • Offering special deals during limited hours of the day.
    • Limiting the quantity of items available throughout the day.

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    The idea behind this is that most shoppers will buy full priced merchandise along with the highly discounted stuff. The internet has truly taken Black Friday to a whole new level allowing to help customer better plan out their shopping day.

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    The Consequences of Black Friday

    Deep discounts, holiday cheer, and hassle-free shopping. That's what Black Friday is all about right? Not exactly, there is a cost for all of this. Is this consumer excess and addiction to consumer goods healthy? As humans, does this primal behavior that comes out in shoppers including, shoving, rude comments, and overall indecency makes us look good? Many people believe that this costumer culture is making us forget about what is really important during the holiday season. If you have never visited a retail store after Black Friday it is a sight to behold. The carnage left in its wake can be hellish at times.

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    Internet Joins the Party

    The internet was not happy to sit by and let retail stores have all the fun. The term Cyber Monday entered our vocabulary around the year 2005. However, in this short time it has seen some of the largest volume of online sales ever. The day was officially named by the N.R.F (National Retail Federation). This additional sales day was added due to the fact that researchers found that online sales for that day spiked about 75% that day, so they figured they might as well take advantage of that fact. In fact the first year it was nationally mentioned, online sales rose over 25% to around $490 million. It rose every year, now predicted to be over 1 billion. Competition for online retailers on this day is fierce and discounts can be found almost anywhere. Here are some tips to score the best possible deals.

    1. Research- knowing what is out there can help you maximize your savings.
    2. Knowing time constraints-when a sale starts and ends so you don't miss time sensitive deals.
    3. You should create online accounts for the stores you are looking to buy from before actually shopping on Cyber Monday.
    4. Make breakfast in bed, leave your pajamas on all day and shop from the comfort of your own home with no doors to bust, no craziness, just low prices.

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    Best Cyber Monday Deals

    A big portion of Cyber Monday is technology deals, things like televisions, cell phones, tablets, computers, audio and more will be heavily discounted.

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    Fun Fact: According to a recent report (not sure how accurate the reporting is) over 35 million people have shopped online from the toilet.

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