Summer is winding down and the stores are full of parents looking for the perfect clothes, notebooks, and pencils. To help, I put together this handy back to school guide. It includes some great finds that you may not have thought about needing. While you won’t find the latest flashy pencils (I prefer Ticonderoga anyway!), you will find some amazing items that will help you and your kid rock back to school.
Back To School Traditions
- Every year we have a back to school date! I take each of my kids on a one-on-one date to buy school supplies and go to their choice lunch and dessert spots! It’s become something they look forward to every year! It’s a special time that I get to spend with my kids where they feel valued and special. It also allows me quiet time with them to see what they are looking forward to for the school year, goals they have (character and academic), and anything, in particular, they want to learn (skills, etc) this year.
- Have your kids fill out this back-to-school survey and save them year after year to look back on!
- Create personalized school supplies for the year ahead with your Cricut. I have 18 must have back to school projects using your Cricut to inspire you.
- This post deserves to be revisited before the first day of school – start a tradition of packing a week of school lunches in under an hour OR get inspired from these healthy make-ahead school lunches!
Be sure to pick your favorite back to school traditions and make the start of school extra special this year! Now let’s move on to our back-to-school guide where we have compiled some of our favorite picks for this year!
Back to School Guide
School Lunch Must Haves
Packing school lunches quickly becomes a daily chore that many don’t look forward to! Make it exciting with some of these fun picks for school lunches this year!
Yipes! Hand & Face Cleaning Wipes by PlaneAire
Orgain has your back with their Organic Protein line made just for kids! Ranging from vegan to non-vegan, Orgain’s Kids Protein line makes it easy and delicious for your little ones to get in 8 grams of protein for their growing, active bodies. Orgain’s USDA Organic protein shakes for kids are vegan, dairy, soy, and lactose-free. Along with each shake containing 8 grams of protein, it also contains 22 vitamins and minerals that are disguised by the delicious flavor.
Orgain offers a flavor for every taste bud including vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. The shake’s convenient packaging makes these the perfect on-the-go snack for your kid’s busy schedule. Getting kids to get their daily fruit and veggie intake has never been easier with Orgain’s Kids Protein!
Dick & Jane Educational Snacks
As you get ready to send your kids back, let’s make sure we have everything squared away: backpack, notebooks, lunchbox…but don’t forget a nutritious and brain-healthy snack. Look no further than Brainiac! Easy to store in a lunchbox and perfect for snack time, every Brainiac snack contains the BrainPack — a proprietary blend of brain nutrients including Omega‑3s and Choline to supercharge kids’ developing brains with the nutrients it needs. Plus, all snacks are Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher, have no added sugars or artificial flavors, and are approved by pediatricians!
Think! Kids Bars
When searching for a tasty protein bar for kids it can be difficult to find one that they actually like. My kids LOVE these bars and gobble them down in no time. With four different flavors, Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Crème, Peanut Butter Cup, and Vanilla Cupcake, kids can enjoy a range of dessert-like tastes, while parents can feel better knowing each bar provides a good source of protein and fiber and has 45% less sugar than the leading granola bar.
think! also offers a variety of other flavors and different protein-filled bars for adults and teenagers as well, ranging from 10-20 grams of protein, which can also be found on think!’s website here.
Old Trapper’s Zero Sugar Beef Jerky
Naked Nutrition offers proteins and supplements using the purest raw ingredients. Their vision is to help support your health and fitness goals by sourcing premium ingredients, using as few of them as possible, and being transparent so you know exactly what’s going into your body. It’s that simple. Their powdered peanut butter or strawberry banana vegan proteins make a great addition to any lunch box. Use them in smoothies, pancakes, or any other items you pack for lunch. Naked Nutrition has grown to offer over 40 products, with most having 3 ingredients or less. As they grow the vision is still the same – give people control over their health and fitness journey by using pure ingredients that are easy to understand and as few of them as possible.
For At Home
Bears for Cares
Bears for Cares book series and a campaign were founded by Lotus and her sister Jazmin Kay on Endangered Species Day as a project of Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots youth service program. The campaign aims to educate children about the state of wildlife and our earth, and what they can do to make a difference to create a more compassionate world. Bears for Cares is dedicated for children to learn about the beauty of nature, the endangered state of wildlife, treating animals kindly, and creating a more compassionate world.
Purchase any Bears for Cares book with companion toy during the month of September 2021 and world-renowned Hugg-A-Planet will giveaway a free Baby Hugg-A-Planet (a $15.95 value) with the order.
Pure Sky by Persik
So stick with me here, kids bring home germs from school. Those germs can make you sick. Keeping your home clean and germ-free is so important so the kids don’t miss school and you don’t miss work. These products have a special ultra microfiber that is antibacterial. Plus, they save a lot of money by using fewer paper towels every day.
Piggy Paint Neon Lights
For the past 12 years, Piggy Paint’s mission has been to create non-toxic, premium products. Products that are worry-free and completely safe for kids – our kids and your kids. With an ethical, eco-minded vision, our company strives to offer the safest polish on the planet. Piggy Paint is non-toxic, virtually odorless, and free of ALL harsh chemicals. Their water-based nail polish dries to a hard finish that doesn’t wash or peel off – and comes in a rainbow of fun colors! Cruelty-free, & Vegan! Get ready for back to school with safe and fun Piggy Paint. We love the Neon Lights for a fun blast of color.
With life returning to normal and back to school season ramping up, college students are likely more eager than ever before to get back to campus. The Duck Brand products below will help them take their empty college dorm and create a space that feels like home for studying and socializing alike. Decorating college dorms can be difficult, especially if paint chips at the end of the year mean hefty fines. Whether it’s power strips, class schedules, photos, flags, or art, Duck Max Strength® Nano Grab gel tape is ideal for hanging wall décor and other essential items. The tape is clear, double-sided, and easy to use and remove. Nano grab is made of microsphere adhesive particles that ensure long-lasting adhesion and extreme holding power for items up to 20 pounds. Similarly, Duck Brand EasyLiner® Shelf Liner can help with organizing, decorating, and protecting dorm rooms in a simple and affordable way. It can be used on shelves or in drawers to keep items in place and protect surfaces from scratches and dents. It can even be placed on mini-fridges or under Keurigs to prevent unwanted messes. The liners come in fun patterns to give extra personalization to an otherwise plain space.
Bug bites are no fun for anyone, especially when your kids are playing outside on the playground. Focus on the fun while BuzzPatch handles the rest. With cute smiley-face designs that serve as mosquito repellent patches, kids enjoy wearing the stickers on outer clothing. Unlike topical sprays which contain DEET or Picaridin, BuzzPatch is not only easy to apply but environment-friendly. A blend of natural Citronella and lavender essential oils on a non-woven fabric is all that’s needed to detract pesky bugs (it smells amazing!).
McKee Performance Wear
Rock back to school in this comfy and cute athleisure brand, perfect for athletes. The line includes gear for teens who will love the colorful, on-trend selections that give a shout-out to the new brand’s San Diego base. “Fuel your fire” with their collection and know that purchases help many worthy causes. McKee Performance Wear is here to help you reach your goals and always strive for the best. With buttery-soft athleisure wear that moves with you, you will feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. There is something for everyone in this fabulous new collection that inspires us all to live our best lives in style.
Love is the ingredient in everything that CannaSmack does. They continue to innovate with new hemp beauty products for their devoted fans worldwide. With funky designs that are made to inspire laidback vibes, enjoy natural and vegan lip balms in oh-so-yummy scents such as pineapple mango cherry, watermelon, and root beer. This has become our favorite lip balm, hands down!! They smell amazing while still being all-natural. I love them SO much. Throw one in each child’s backpack!
Tough as a mother
Gemstones have been a staple element in jewelry and accessories for centuries. Not only are they beautiful and timeless, but they also have the power to heal, inspire and ground you in ways you never thought possible (something all students could all use right now). Tough as a Mother Tribe utilizes the power and meanings of gemstones to design jewelry that honors the most joyous and raw parts of being a woman.