Products We Like: Leggings, Frozen Twists, Workout Apps, Books & More
Leggings — The New Jeans?
A trend known as “athleisure,” resulting from the popularity of fitness clothing such as leggings and yoga pants, may be to blame for a 6 percent drop in domestic jeans sales during 2013, as reported by the consumer market research firm NPD Group. Clothiers like Gap Kids, Justice and Abercrombie Kids group “leggings” into a unique category, while Pinterest features leggings made with lace, animal prints, polka dots and more. The perks? Comfort and price. A pair of girls’ Gap jeans cost $35 while the brand’s leggings cost $20.
Winter Tales and Common Sense
Does your daughter worship Anna or Elsa from Disney’s hit movie “Frozen”? If so, she’ll adore the 28 braids and twists in “Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa” by Theodora Mjoll Skuladottir Jack (Edda USA, $12.95).
The beloved siamese who thinks he’s a chihuahua explores a magical snow forest of make-believe in “Skippyjon Jones Snow What” by Judy Schachner (Dial Books for Young Readers, $17.99), the eighth book in this New York Times bestselling series.
“Raising Children Other People Like to Be Around” by parent of four and Huffington Post blogger Richard E. Greenberg (New Generation Publishing, $14.99), taps into why using common sense with confidence is the key to good parenting.
Calling All Lefties
“Your Left-Handed Child: Making Things Easy for Left-Handers in a Right-Handed World” by left-hander Lauren Milsom (Hamlyn, $14.99) — also the spouse and mother of left-handers — offers strategies to help left-handed kids master handwriting, dressing, cutlery, sports, instruments and more.
4 Free Apps for Good Health
Answer four questions to get your “Nudge Factor” score, then Nudge rates your health on a scale of 1 to 110. Connect fitness devices and compare health data to what friends and family are posting. Free. Available for iPhone and Android devices. nudgeyourself.com.
Map My Run
Touted by health industry publications and websites as the No. 1 running app, users can map their routes, track their runs, log food consumed and share data with friends and family. Free. Available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices. mapmyrun.com/app.
Earn points, beat quests and unlock achievements as you complete expertly designed workouts, set by set. Your virtual coach works with you daily to motivate you and keep you on track. Free. Available for iPhone and Android devices. fitocracy.com.
Choose from 75 customizable workouts, 1,000 videos and 1,700 exercises to create a routine that matches your lifestyle, goals and fitness level. Track weight and body measurements using graphs. Free. Available for iPhone and Android devices. fitnessbuddyapp.com.