This time of year, orange is everywhere.  We see it outside in the swirling leaves and in the pumpkins on our doorstep.  When we bring orange inside, it offers a beautiful punch of color in any room.  Bright orange accents add energy, while lighter shades of orange can add contrast but still keep things calm.

At In Its Place Kids, we’re always looking for storage and organizational products that are both functional and stylish.  If you want to incorporate orange into your kids’ spaces, add some of these fun pieces into the mix:

Color Confidence OrangeMini Locker / P’kolino Book Buggee / Boon Stuffed Animal Bag / 3 Sprouts Storage Bin / P’kolino Clothes Tree / Stegosaurus Bookend / Nested Wooden Storage Crates / Skip Hop Bath Toy Organizer / Round Custom Storage Ottoman


1. As an accent, orange will not stand out as much when used with colors that are adjacent to it on the color wheel (red and yellow).  Orange works with these colors to warm up and energize a room.

2. When orange is used with complementary colors (those that are opposite to it on the color wheel), it packs more visual punch.

Bright orange, paired with bright green, adds vitality, energy and a sense of fun to this kids’ play space.

In the rooms below, your eye goes immediately to the orange accents.  Orange used in lighter and more muted tones adds contrast and interest to these nurseries, but still keeps things calm and restful for their tiny residents.

Want more orange?  Follow our “Juicy Orange” board on Pinterest!


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To:         Mom

From:     In Its Place Kids

Subject:  Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween party with children trick or treatingHalloween is just a week away and it may seem like there are still a million things to do before the kids say “Trick or Treat!”  While you’re busy with last-minute costumes and school parties and parades, don’t forget to think about the most important part of the holiday — making it a safe one for your family and the kiddos who show up at your door.

These common-sense tips from, including precautions for older kids who are trick-or-treating on their own for the first time, will help to ensure that everyone has a safe and spooktacular Halloween:  Simple safety tips to make this year’s festivity a trick-free treat.



Jump-start your holiday shopping with these Fabulous Gift Ideas from In Its Place Kids.  Hurry, they’re available now for under $15.00!


iPhone 6 Case with Stylus BlackiPhone 6 (4.7″) – Shock-Absorption Bumper Case w/ Screen Protector & Stylus – $6.99 (List Price $19.99)

Ultra-Slim, light-weight caseIncludes Stylus, Clear Screen Protector and E LV Microfiber Sticker Digital Cleaner.  Available in various colors.  Perfect as a stocking stuffer!Hello Kitty Backpack and LunchboxHello Kitty Backpack with Lunchbox – $12.99 (List Price $19.00)

Made of sturdy ripstop material, this backpack has adjustable padded shoulder straps, a mesh water bottle pocket, and a zippered main compartment. The bonus lunchbox straps on with Velcro and coordinates with the main graphic.

Avengers Backpack and LunchboxThe Avengers “Hero Force” Backpack with Lunchbox – $12.99 (List Price $19.00)

The lunchbox features a convenient carry handle and spacious insulated interior. The backpack has a single compartment and bottle holder at the side. Both pieces are ripstop material with colorful and coordinating Avengers graphics.

Memosaurus Desk OrganizerMemo-saurus Desk Organizer – $12.99

 Let this prehistoric organizer rule over the desktop, while its spring-loaded chomper hangs onto a reminder for an important upcoming event!  White notepad included.  Makes a dino-mite gift!


Check out these Fabulous Products from In Its Place Kids, available now for under $15.00!

 Bag Buddies Reduced HalfNoodlehead Bag Buddies – ($5.42 – $12.39 Each; Price varies by animal)

Bag Buddies are luggage-tag pets that personalize any bag, backpack, or stroller. Sturdy Velcro strap keeps pet securely fastened and name tag is located on the belly of each animal.

Lego Friends Carry House CaseLEGO Friends Carry Case House – $6.48 (Regularly $12.99)

Designed to store and carry LEGO Friends creations, mini dolls and their accessories.  Includes an attached 4×12 building plate.  Makes a great gift for any LEGO Friends fan!

Grab N Go Document OrganizerGrab ‘N Go Essential Document Organizer: The Ultimate Guide to Gathering Emergency Contacts, Family Information, Personal and Financial Records, and Other Vital Documents – $11.65 (Paperback)

Also available in Kindle edition – $5.99

With 25 years of experience as an insurance professional, Mary Rowbury helps you create your own emergency binder, filled with essential family records.  Gain peace of mind knowing that this binder will be at your fingertips when you may need it most.

Bat Treat Basket CroppedBat Trick-or-Treat Bag – $14.99 (Regularly $24.99)

This soft, plump basket with easy-carry handles features embroidered, appliqued, 3-D details! FREE Personalization!  Hurry – Halloween is just two weeks away!


 Check out these Fabulous Products from In Its Place Kids, available now for under $15.00!


Instagram AlbumsInstagram Photo Albums – $8.99 (Each)

 These 4 x 4″ mini-albums are the perfect size to store your Instagram photos! Each album includes seven 4 x 4″ photo sleeves and three 2 x 2″ photo sleeves (four photos per sleeve).  Available in Neon Pink, Neon Purple, Neon Yellow and Neon Teal. Black Cat Treat BasketBlack Cat Trick-or-Treat Basket – $12.99 (Regularly $21.99)

This soft, plump basket with easy-carry handles features embroidered, appliqued, 3-D details! FREE Personalization.

Personalized Wall Coat Rack Unpainted Personalized Wall Coat Rack (4″ H) – $13.00

Crafted from solid wood and hand-painted in the color of your choice, this personalized coat rack is a must for every boy and girl. Sturdy pegs will hold everything, from hats and coats to belts and backpacks. This rack is also perfect for displaying their hard-earned sports medals.

Lego 3 Piece Organizer Cubes CroppedLEGO 3-Piece Organizer Cubes – $14.99 (regularly $16.99)

These organizers come in three perfect travel sizes – just right for keeping smaller toys and toy parts organized. Little ones will love how easy it is to take their toy collections with them! Holds 500+ LEGO bricks!


halloween nightWhen pumpkin patches and costume shops are the destinations of choice, it must be October!  This is one of my favorite months of the year, mostly because I have always loved Halloween.  In my neighborhood growing up, Trick-or-Treat was a much-anticipated event and there were gobs of kids around to partake of all the free candy.  Sorting through our loot at the end of the night was always the best part.  I looked for chocolate, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Hershey bars, in particular.  Even now, I still love to go through the spoils of a good night of trick-or-treating – I just have to raid my daughter’s treat bag when she’s not looking. She’s a chip off the ol’ chocolate block herself and she doesn’t like to share. Good thing I always buy an extra bag or two of my favorite candy, “just in case” we have more trick-or-treaters than we’re expecting! (I guess it’s pretty obvious where I’ll find my joy this month!)

To all of you, I wish happy days all month long, a very merry Halloween and lots of your most favorite treats!  Enjoy!

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Set the scene for some spooktacular fun at home or in the classroom with these Halloween Party Ideas from Birthday in a Box.

October is a great month for family movie nights.  Turn out the lights and share some popcorn while you enjoy these 13 Halloween Movies for Families from  I’ll add two of my family’s favorite Halloween movies, both from Disney, to this list:  The Haunted Mansion and Spooky Buddies.  They’re both frighteningly fun!

halloween nightWhat’s Halloween without the ubiquitous Jack O’ Lantern?  Get free carving templates and tips for carving, illuminating and preserving your pumpkins: Pumpkin-Carving Tips and Tools from Home & Garden Television.

How did Jack O’ Lanterns become symbols of Halloween?  Learn the story of “Stingy Jack” in History of the Jack O’ Lantern at

If ever there was a holiday that deserves to be commercialized, it’s Halloween. We haven’t taken it away from kids. We’ve just expanded it so that the kid in adults can enjoy it, too. – Cassandra Peterson at BrainyQuote.

Things that go bump in the night – it’s just not Halloween without a good, scary tale!  Check out these 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime, selected by the editors at, and some spooky Ghost Stories that are just right for the season.  Read them if you dare…Happy Halloween!


 Check out these Fabulous Products from In Its Place Kids, available now for under $15.00!


iPod 5 Case Cover with Stand Pink

iPod Touch 5G 5 – Pink/Black Rugged Case Cover w/ Stand – $2.48 and FREE Shipping!

Hard plastic on the inside and soft silicone on the outside to provide better grip and protection.  Built-in stand for hands-free viewing.

Organization is Kid PossibleOrganization Is Kid-Possible: On the Way to an “A” (Paperback) – $4.70

Provides dozens of easy to implement methods for organizing your child at school and at home. Includes solutions to daily battles, such as doing homework and getting dressed, and provides methods to encourage positive self-esteem. Includes strategies to organize everything in your child’s life, from desks and closets to homework and schedules.

Ghost Treat BasketGhost Trick-or-Treat Basket – $9.99 (Regularly $21.99)

Soft, plump basket with easy-carry handles features embroidered, appliqued, 3-D details! Free personalization!

Chrome Wire Locker Storage BasketChrome Wire Locker Storage Basket – $14.99

Versatile locker storage bin is available in two handy sizes (9″ W or 11.75″ W) – price varies by size.  Ideal for lockers at school, work, the gym, or in the garage.


Why It’s Good to Be a Karate Kid


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If your kids are into martial arts, then you’re probably already aware of the positive effects these activities can have on children.  Not only do martial arts classes get the kids off the couch, they also help to develop concentration skills and self-control.  Discipline and respect are required in martial arts training and these can have a positive effect on a child’s behavior at home and at school.  To learn more, take a look at Karate Kids: The Benefits of Martial Arts from It includes a list of class options (from Karate to T’ai Chi) to help you choose what’s right for your child.

At In Its Place Kids, you can find some kickin’ products that are sure to be a hit with your favorite martial arts superstar.  Check ‘em out:

Martial Arts SmileBookTrack their progress in this motivational Martial Arts Photo StoryBook – $26.95 

Martial Arts DuffelStow their gear in a Personalized Martial Arts Duffel Bag – $27.99 w/ Free Personalization

Already have a bag?  Tag it with one of these:

Karate Personalized Bag TagMartial Arts Personalized Bag Tag – $2.99 w/ Free Personalization

Karate Zipper PullMartial Arts Personalized Zipper Pull – $1.29 w/ Free Personalization

Martial Arts Belts Display Racks

Show off their accomplishments!  Display their hard-earned belts on one of these stylish display racks.

KidKraft Martial Arts Belt Holder – $26.34 / KidKraft Personalized Martial Arts Belt Holder – $43.58 w/ Free Personalization / Personalized Martial Arts Belts Display Rack – $23.99 w/ Free Personalization


Check out these Fabulous Products from In Its Place Kids, available now for under $15.00!


Stroller Back Seat OrganizerStroller/Back Seat Organizer – $10.99 (regularly $14.99)

Features expandable pockets for baby bottles, sippy cups or coffee mugs and zippered front pouch for keys, cell phones and wallets. Also a back seat organizer – strap it on the headrest to keep your car clean and organized. Buy now and receive a BONUS: 75-pack of disposable diaper bags included with purchase!

That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last WeekThat Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life (Paperback) – $11.12

Top academic counselor Ana Homayoun has helped turn even the most disorganized, scattered, and unfocused boys into successful young people who consistently meet their personal and academic challenges. Much more than a study guide, this insightful, user-friendly book provides a road map for the success too many boys have trouble finding–in school and in life.  Also available in Kindle edition.

Wire School Locker ShelfSchool Locker Shelf – $14.99

Place on the bottom of your locker to add an additional storage shelf for books. Extra items can be stored underneath.

Blinking Treat Basket PumpkinBlinking Treat Basket GhostPumpkin or Ghost Blinking Light-Up Treat Basket  – $14.99 (Regularly $24.99)

Make your trick-or-treaters more visible at night with these cute light-up treat baskets.  Lights blink and change colors!



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It’s already nearing the end of September as I write this.  As usual, I find myself wondering where the time has gone.  Fall will officially arrive within days, the kids are getting settled into the new school year and America has survived another anniversary of the September 11th attacks.  As I think about 9/11, I wonder if our nation will ever really heal from such an overwhelming tragedy.  I continue to pray for all those who lost loved ones and I remain inspired by the amazing acts of heroism we saw from so many on that day.

There is a lot left to enjoy in the remaining days of September as we say goodbye to summer and welcome fall.  I’m looking forward to simple things, like watching the leaves become a background of vivid color, replacing my ailing summer flowers with some fresh containers of mums and harvesting a perfect pumpkin that we’ve been nurturing in our garden for months.  I hope you find plenty of things to bring you joy, too.  Happy Autumn!

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Welcome fall to your home with tips from these decorating videos:

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Gorgeous Fall Mantel Inspiration.Welcome Fall Single Leaf

Autumn puts on a beautiful display.  Check out Fall Foliage Destinations: 10 Best Places to Go Leaf Peeping (and When!) from Yahoo Travel to see where you might find some of the season’s best.

Back to school can mean hectic evenings.  Try these easy recipes from to get your busy family fed.

 Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus at BrainyQuote.

Fall is the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book.  Get some inspiration from these 15 Cozy Book Nooks and What They Want You to Read from

Looking for more great books to enjoy this fall?  Try one of these Fall Blockbusters, courtesy of the editors at

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