5 Fun Back-to-School Picks

Some may think buying clothes is the best part of back-to-school shopping, but I beg to differ — it’s buying school supplies! New pencils, notebooks, the smell of never-been-used binders… ahhh, heaven.
Of course, just like picking out the perfect outfit, you have to put careful thought and consideration into your academic accessories. Here are five fun items with load of personality.

 OMFG Notebook, Fred Flare ($8). That’s right, whether it’s the latest gossip or a pop quiz, you can jot your OMFG-thoughts in this LOL notebook.

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Drink and Give

When Ben Lewis was 17, he and a group of high school friends created a charity that encourages local giving. Now 21, Ben’s GIVE natural spring water is still going strong, and it’s very possible that they’re helping your community.

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Personalized Ikea!

Perhaps you’re moving into a dorm soon or redecorating your bedroom for fall. Could it be that you have some Ikea furniture (who doesn’t)? In that case, we have awesome news: Mykea is here.
Mykea is a design company that specializes in helping you make your Ikea furniture less… generic. They make high quality vinyl stickers that fit into specific pieces of Ikea furniture to brighten it up and give it a personalized feel.

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Cool New App: Popbooth!

What is it about those old school photo booths that take four shots of you in various poses (smile normally! look silly! do something crazy! look mad!)? They are So. Much. Fun.

Now there’s an app, PopBooth, that lets you host a photo booth in your iPhone. Choose a filter (black and white is always classy, or try the retro “1985”), decide on your poses, and snap away. Your virtual photo strip will be ready in no time.

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Cyberbullying? Just Hit Delete.

We are all for adding to the anti-bullying cries, and Delete Digital Drama, a campaign by Seventeen magazine and ABC Family, has such a simple but powerful message that it deserves a shout-out.
Admirable as it may be, it’s definitely hard to do the thing where you tell a teacher about someone being bullied or stand up for a victim against a big group of people. But those aren’t the only options. There’s a simpler one: Hit delete.

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RED Hearts: Q&A with Katie Leclerc

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Jordyn Turney, 21, in San Diego, CA, who talked to Switched at Birth star Katie Leclerc:

We love Switched at Birth, an ABC Family show with a great premise — neatly conveyed right there in the title — great characters and a great way of bringing deaf culture into the mainstream. At the forefront of it all is Daphne Vasquez, played by the talented actor Katie Leclerc.

Daphne is a hearing-impaired teenager whose life is turned upside down when she finds out that she’s not really related to her hardworking (and often stubborn) single mother, and that her biological parents are the super-wealthy Kennishes. Here, Katie gives us her take on the groundbreaking show –and her connection to the fallible but refreshingly optimistic character she brings to life.

Jordyn Turney: How do you get into the mindset of a girl who discovers that she’s not who she thought she was?
Katie Leclerc: I think that teenagers always think, ‘What if these people are not actually my family?’ Identity issues and finding where you fit in and what that means in the bigger picture, that’s something a lot of teens can relate to. At the end of the day, these characters still love each other and they’re still family.

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