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Kristen J. Gough

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I’m a freelance writer, recipe developer, and—most importantly—mother of three. My work has appeared in KIWI, Parenting, Parents, Relish, USAA Magazine,,, and Yahoo Shine!. I’m currently a contributing editor for MetroParent magazine, the regional parenting publication of the greater Detroit area.

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Head-to-Toe Teen Style Guide

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine March 2017

Skinny jeans? They’re probably ending up on the bottom of your teen’s jean pile these days. Oh, and if you’ve been wondering why your teen stashed his plain white sneakers in the back of the closet — you know, way back behind his hockey gear — that’s because no one is wearing them anymore. Figuring out exactly what is and isn’t trendy when it comes to teen fashions can be tricky — that’s why Northeast Ohio Parent has taken the guesswork out of refreshing your teen’s style. We talked to fashion experts to find out what teens will be wearing this spring. Spoiler: t-shirts and jeans are always in — just with a little different style this season.

  1. Classic kicks

White and sky-high platform sneakers just aren’t in anymore. Your teen will most likely be begging for sneakers in classic styles and colors, along with textured fabrics.

  1. Bomber jackets

“One of the great things to wear for outerwear are bomber jackets,” explains Daisy Tran, a shopping expert at, a community of savvy shoppers. “Satin bomber jackets are super trendy right now.” Tran also notes that windbreakers are making a comeback, too.

  1. Showing some shoulder

Off-the-shoulder shirts. Subtle shoulder cut outs. One-shoulder shirts. This spring, expect to see plenty of shirts to show off shoulders, says Tran, who’s based in northern California. It’s a flattering style that’s easy to pull off and doesn’t show too much skin (after all, higher necklines are in, too).

  1. Blush

What’s the hot color for spring 2017? “Blush and bubble gum pink,” notes Tran. Not only does the more muted color work well with many skin tones, it’s easy to mix and match with clothing your teen probably already has hanging in her closet (or more accurately, strewn across her bedroom).

  1. High-waisted & vintage jeans

Jeans will remain the go-to mainstay for style — with a few tweaks.

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Tips to Help Your Child in the Second Semester of College

2017 Editions Ages & Stages Education Featured January 2017 Magazine Parenting
Freshman year of college is the first time most students are away from mom and dad for a significant stretch of time — and they're also adjusting to roommates, college food, exams and more. Learn how to help your teen finish the year strong. ...
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Cool Northeast Ohio Hangouts for Teens and Tweens

2016 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine November 2016 Things to do
As children get older, spending time with their friends becomes more and more important — and playdates and playgrounds just don’t cut it. Luckily, Northeast Ohio offers a variety of places where tweens and teens can hang out, have fun and stay safe. ...
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Northeast Ohio’s Great Indoors: Spots for Playing and Learning this Winter

2016 Editions Featured Magazine November 2016 Things to do Uncategorized
Cold weather is on its way, so now is a great time to swing into the autumn and winter seasons with some places for toddlers to elementary-age kids to learn and play. Check out our list of local spots. ...
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Pathways to Fun: On the Family Bike Trail

Pathways to Fun: On the Family Bike Trail
If ever there was a time to dig out your family’s bikes and head out on the trails, it’s now. May is Cleveland Bike Month and exploring Northeast Ohio on two wheels is a great way to get to know the area while enjoying the sites and sounds of spring. Learn the best places to go. ...
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Bike Trail Etiquette

Bike Trail Etiquette
Don’t get caught blocking the trails for other cyclists. Review the rules of the road — trail — with your kids to be ­courteous and safe. ...
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Family Fun with Biking

Family Fun with Biking

Bike_CleMet-mountain-bike-2Bike the Trail & Ride the Rail: Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Bike Aboard! Program

Beginning on Saturday, May 3, your family can take your bikes aboard the train in the Cuyahoga National Park. Take the train one way for a $3 fare and ride your bike back on the trail. The schedule runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May, then adds Wednesdays and Thursdays in June. For complete details, go to

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad runs this program.

Bike Tours in Cleveland

Cleveland Bike Tours
Choose from three tours in the city. Prices start at $30 for the 2 to 2-1/2-hour ride; bike carriages are available for younger children.

Bob’s Bike Tours
Tours cost $27 and include a bike rental, helmet and water for the 2-1/2-hour journey. You can also rent bikes and head out on your own.

Cleveland Cycle Tours
Fifteen riders fit on this fun bike mobile that makes for a unique birthday party or other get-together. Cost is $300 for 15 people for a two-hour ride.

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Costume and Decorating Fun for Kids of All Ages

Halloween gives kids — hey, adults, too — a chance to dress up and have fun creating costumes to show off their interests. While certain costumes remain popular year after year, there are definitely some newcomers made popular by this summer’s blockbusters. To help your little ghost or goblin come up with a great costume this year, here are a few ideas to get you started, along with cost-cutting tips so you still have enough money on hand to keep your candy bucket full for all those trick-or-treaters. ...
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