Monday, August 12 2013 00:14

Back to School: Getting Ready to Rock with Fashions from Gordmans #GordmansBTS

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Well, it's official. Addie is signed up for her "fours and fives" Pre-K for Fall. I just got it all taken care of this past week, and now our first Back-to-School season is officially official, and we're getting ready to rock. Last year was "twos and threes" preschool, and while we kept her going through summer in "Duckie Day Camp" (same place, same teachers, largely same class), Back-to-School shopping should be an exciting part of the Fall ritual - one my wife and I both enjoyed as kids. A new stop for us this year was Gordmans, relatively new to our area, but known for their savings of up to 60% off the competition's ticketed pricing. Read on for our experience, The Rock Father's "unexpected" connection to Gordmans, and your chance to WIN a $1000 VISA Gift Card and a $100 Gordmans Gift Card to help with your Back-to-School Shopping!

Possible outfits at Gordmans If you've been reading this site for awhile, then you probably already know that Addie is my little, four-year-old fashionista. Rocker one minute... Princess the next... and sometimes both rolled into one. I absolutely LOVE shopping for clothes with both of my girls, but with Addie being the oldest (Finn just turned 1), I've been known to go overboard on occasion. As we browsed the selection at the Gordmans store in Vernon Hills, Illinois, it didn't take long to zero-in on a few possible combos.

Addie makes her picks...As Addie browsed the racks with Mommy and Daddy, Finley started getting antsy, so we had to expedite the process a little bit. Addie was overwhelmed by some purses she wanted (but mean Daddy said "No.") along with all the possible clothing choices. Eventually, she settled on a pair of outfits that perfectly fit her style. Personally, there was one I spotted that I thought would be cute for Fall but my wife vetoed for "looking like a little Farmer Girl outfit" - which is exactly why I liked it.

Three Fun Facts about Gordmans - The Rock Father Edition:

1. Gordmans is tailored to family. In addition to offering clothing, housewares, toys, home decor, and more, their stores are set-up with little accents to make the trip fun for all. Like the "Gordmans Giggles" area of the kids' section. A place to chill out...

Gordmans Giggles

gRewards at Gordmans2. They have a Loyalty Program that pays you back. Quite simply, you get $10 back for every $200 you spend with gRewards, and that's on top of some other bonuses. You also get 10% off for your Birthday, and at $300 you achieve "Platinum Status." I signed up for it, because I'll surely be back. Not only for the kids (I'll go get that "Farmer" outfit my wife didn't like), but because they also have clothing for Rock Fathers. And they have Halloween decorations, which I can't get enough of. You can sign up online, here.

Rock Shirts at Gordmans


3. The Rock Father was almost in a Gordmans commerical! It's true. Some of you might not know that I used to be an actor... agent and all. My very last audition before (temporarily?) hanging up my acting hat was on Friday, August 13, 2010... for a Gordmans commercial. It was at O'Connor Casting in Chicago, and happened to be the day that I decided acting had to go from my mix since Addie had just turned one, and I needed to find balance as an at-home Dad (and then this site happened!).

So how did our Back-to-School Shopping trip to Gordmans wind up? See for yourself...


So how do YOU get your little ones excited for Back-to-School? Leave a comment below to share your tips with the world, AND be entered for a chance to WIN a $1000 VISA Gift Card and a $100 Gordmans Gift Card to help get your family set for Back-to-School in Style! Official Rules

As noted above, this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gordmans. The opinions and text are all mine.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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