FINDS by Robin Gorman Newman


I love to share my picks when I stumble on cool, practical, noteworthy items.  Check out the  below:



Known for his bold, street-inspired style, internationally recognized artist Zio Ziegler worked with PBteen to design a hip collection of graphic décor ranging from bedding to wall art and back-to-school picks like back packs, lunch bags, laptop cases and other gear. Each piece of Zio Ziegler’s detailed work is heavily influenced by graffiti and tells a story.

This messenger bag offers up some serious street style. It’s lightweight, tough enough to stand up to heavy loads, keeping books and supplies neatly organized.  My son loves this “awesome” bag, and it works for his laptop as well.

  • 17″ wide x 5.5″ deep x 9.5″ high — just the right size, without being overwhelming.
  • Made of rugged, water-resistant 600-denier polyester — strong, well-constructed.
  • Features padded cross-body strap and padded laptop sleeve — comfortable to carry.



masterlockMASTER LOCK

In need of locks for your child for school?  Look no further…Master Lock has a wide array, and locks have never been cooler and more secure.  Check out these two…..

1500eXD dialSpeed Digital Combination Padlock – Don’t worry about forgetting your combination again with this high-tech digital lock featuring a directional keypad. It offers fast entry, high security technology, and easy-to-recall resettable personalized codes. Each lock is preprogrammed with a permanent Backup Master code that users can retrieve online from The dialSpeed Digital Combination Padlock retails for $15.99.

1500iD Speed Dial Set-Your-Own Combination Lock – Great for students who prefer a combination based on directional movements, the innovative Speed Dial mechanical lock offers speed and ease of use and allows users to create their own up/down/left/right pattern to serve as the lock’s code. The Speed Dial retails for $8.99.

Locks can be purchased at a variety of retailers and e-tailers nationwide, with some models available through



pocketyThis August, Pushkin Children’s made its debut in the U.S. and Canada with the release of THE POINTLESS LEOPARD: What Good Are Kids Anyway? by Colas Gutman and POCKETY by Florence Seyvos, both translated from the French by Stephanie Seegmuller and Mika Provata-Carlone, respectively.  After enjoying a very warm reception in the UK, where Pushkin Children’s initially launched in 2013, the company is excited to introduce these wonderful stories from around the world to a wider audience of young readers.  

Each is a lovely little read, with a message.  leopard bookIn THE POINTLESS LEOPARD by Colas Gutman, illustrated by Delphine Perret, Leonard, who lives in the fast-paced city, begrudgingly goes on country walks with his parents and gets lost.  As he encounters an array of talking animals, he gains a powerful life lesson about the impact we have on each other and our purpose in life. 

POCKETY is described as a “very moving journey through grief.”  A young tortoise mourns her lost friend, learns to live alone, and find ways of being happy again. Written by Florence Seyvos and illustrated by Claude Ponti.  I was very touched by this heartfelt story, told with tenderness and humor.





nativeveronashoeNative Shoes has introduced its FW14 collection. In bold colors and styles, the lightweight, shock absorbent, washable, waterproof, odor-resistant and generally low maintenance shoes, made of EVA, are available now at Zappos.   Pictured is the Verona style, but there are others to choose from in an array of colors and fun styles.

EVA is the common name for ethylene-vinyl acetate. The natural characteristics of the material make it great for footwear because it molds to your feet. All Native shoes are also animal by-product free.

Great non-leather shoe option for casual everyday wear, plus fab for boating, and even nurses on their feet all day.





Have a JETS fan in your life?  Look no further for the perfect, affordable, functional gift!  They can tackle everyday tasks with a Post-it Pop-up Note Football Dispenser.  Super cute and practical…..both my son and husband, the JETS lovers in our house, can’t get enough of these post-its.  Other teams and fun dispenser styles are available as well.

  • Each team dispenser has the team name on one side and logo on the other
  • Includes one pad of 3” x 3” Post-it Pop-up Notes
  • Refillable Dispenser keeps Post-it Notes at your fingertips
  • Price: $7.49




Heelys-Stripes-White-Black-Grey-Orange-Shoes-250pxHeelys shoes are the official wheel in the heel shoe and have been bringing fun and joy to children all over the world for nearly a decade. Heelys come in either a 2 or 1 wheel version. The 2 wheel Heelys work as a more stable version of the shoe and are for children with less developed balance. Heelys with 1 wheel are for children who have better balance and wish to have more freedom in how they ride.  My son is crazy for these!  Not only are they hip looking, but they are comfortable, and he gets a huge kick skooting around in them!  Lots of styles to choose from for boys and girls.



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