Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Go Bravely - Amazing Advice for Young Women

I can't give a full review of Go Bravely because I've reviewed it for Catholic Library World and am prohibited from doing so, but I just want to say that this book is amazing. It's basically a life manual for teens and young women. I wish I had this book 25 years ago! So, if you are a young woman or if there is a young woman in your life, get them this book. It just may change their lives.

Here is the official description:

Emily Wilson Hussem used to feel the same way. In Go Bravely, the Catholic musician and speaker offers twenty bits of advice that will equip you to tackle your deepest concerns about relationships, self-esteem, and dating while strengthening your faith at the same time.

"Sometimes even the smallest acts of living out faith require great bravery."

In Go Bravely, Wilson Hussem offers readers warm and friendly encouragement as she shares her experiences with other young women as their youth minister as well as her own struggles with insecurity, relationships, loving and forgiving herself, and living her faith. You’ll feel right at home as she challenges you to be a light in the world while simultaneously offering you easy-to-digest advice on your most pressing questions.

Fresh off figuring out who she is as a daughter of God, how to cultivate healthy friendships, how to save sex for marriage, and how to develop a prayer life, Wilson Hussem gives you advice about what she learned in the midst of becoming a young woman. Aware of the information overload that young people face today, she shares simple wisdom for bravely living your faith, such as:
  • Always be kind to other women.
  • Work hard at what you love.
  • Recognize God's plan for your life.
  • Remember that nobody is perfect.
  • Cultivate authentic friendships.
These are basic ideas, Wilson Hussem says, but taking care of yourself and loving others are easy tenets of our faith to forget. A book that can be read in short snippets or in one sitting, Go Bravely offers you the encouragement and tools you need to live out your Christian faith with purpose and zeal.
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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Target's Cat & Jack Line Includes Clothes for Kids with Special Needs

The retailer Target announced in late 2017 that their Cat & Jack line would feature sensory-friendly pieces as well as adaptive clothing for those with physical disabilities.

Target’s internal design team created the 40-item assortment with features like side and back snap and zip closures and hidden openings for abdominal access, all in an effort to make getting dressed easier for everyone (kids and parents!).
“It’s our goal at Target to always make sure we have products that fit our guests’ needs, and all at a reasonable price point. We heard from our guests—and members of our own team—that there’s a need for adaptive clothing for kids that is both fashionable and affordable, so we set out to create exactly that,” said Julie Guggemos, senior vice president, Product Design & Development, Target. 

“Since launching sensory-friendly apparel and receiving such positive guest feedback, we’re focused on continuing to evolve and expand Cat & Jack to meet the needs of even more of our guests.”
Some highlights from the assortment include outerwear with zip-off sleeves, footless sleepwear and diaper-friendly leggings and bodysuits. Another plus? The clothing is made from extra-soft, comfortable and durable cotton knits.

Children with sensory issues (including those on the Autism spectrum) can often have a hard time with clothing. A tag, inseam, or rough material can send them into meltdown. Having more choices available for children with special needs is wonderful. One can only hope more mainstream retailers follow Target's lead.

Image Copyright Target. For more information on Cat and Jack, please visit: https://corporate.target.com/article/2017/10/cat-and-jack-adaptive-apparel

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