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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Back to School Guide - Unique Items for the New School Year! (Part 1)

The new school year is just a few weeks away. Back to School shopping is one of my favorite activities of the year. In today's post, I'll share trendy items that you will want to stock up on for the new school year!  

is a meal subscription service that makes life easier, especially on busy school nights because they send everything you need in order to make delicious dinners for your family. Dinnerly is particularly well-tailored to families because their meals serve four people. It's $98.79 for the recipes and ingredients to create five meals that each feed a family of four. You simply visit their website to pick out your meals and then they will ship the pre-portioned ingredients to your doorstep.  We've discovered unique and delicious recipes with a twist that we love, such as Za'atar Chicken, Creamy Tortelloni, and Beef Kofte Pita Wraps.  Even better, why not let your family browse the Dinnerly website to help select meals for upcoming weeks! My children love to look forward to the special meals that they select. 

Brooklyn Bedding's
 Sateen Sheets are the ultimate sheets for a good night of sleep.  The new school year is a great time of year to replace older bedding. If your children are off to college, these ultimately soft sheets come in Twin XL size to fit most dorm room mattresses. Personally, my children are still at home, but we refresh their sheets at the beginning of the school year and went with these Brooklyn Bedding TENCEL Sateen Sheets in white. We chose white because we like the fresh and clean look, plus it's easier for me as a mom to wash everyone's white bedding at the same time without worrying about colors bleeding. We chose the TENCEL Sateen sheets because the TENCEL Lyocell fibers are soft to touch and extremely comfortable, even absorbing moisture more efficiently than traditional cotton. The fiber's sleek cross section and weave enhance the softness of the sheets even after repeated washing.  Plus, my eco-friendly heart loves that the fibers are derived from sustainable wood sources that include natural forests and sustainably managed plantations. is a store that we love year-round because they are the ultimate family-friendly store for character inspired clothing that creates happy memories. While you will definitely want to check them out for Halloween and Christmas, they are also a great shopping destination for the Back-to-School shopping season. They have the best t-shirts and hoodies for kids, teens, and college students. For instance, checkout the Paddy's Irish Pub hoodie below. This authentic hoodie has a fun look and is excellent quality for the upcoming cold weather.

Another great example is the Saved by the Bell Bayside Tigers t-shirt. Go Bayside Go! This retro t-shirt not only has a fun print, but it's also made with super soft fabric and is very comfortable! also has other trendy television inspired clothing that your family will love, including shirts with inspiration from The Big Bang Theory, various Super Heroes, and more.  

Smile! Sox are the ultimate Back-to-School socks.  If your children usually find socks to be a boring purchase, Smile! Sox may change their mind. These trendy socks are adorable, nice quality, and affordable. I love being able to send my children to school with smiles on their socks. My children think that it's funny to wear sad emojis because I tell them to at least mix-and-match them with happy emojis! The mix-and-match concept is a lot of fun for younger ages.  It's a fun ongoing joke at our house and I'm sure that these socks will be part of their happy childhood memories. Plus, they are a great deal at $18.99 per 6-pack for younger sizes and $21.99 per 6-pack for tweens/women.  Even better, for a limited time, if you use the discount code smilesox15, you'll receive 15% off + FREE shipping at! 

Ooly offers colorful and whimsical school supplies that feature everything from Taco Cat iron-on patches to Ice Cream Cone themed pencils to Astronaut erasers.  This brand combines childhood imaginations with bright colors. Their school supplies are also excellent quality.  Personally, we have used this brand in the past and their Ooly brand supplies have lasted the entire school year which is a big deal. It's inconvenient to have to shop for school supply replacements throughout the school year, so I love that this brand has been such great quality to survive my energetic children in recent years.

Superior Source Vitamins are our go-to vitamins because their Microlingual® tablets  with “Under the Tongue Technology” work fast and are quickly absorbed into the body, dissolving in seconds. My children love them because there are no pills to swallow! Did you know that by swallowing supplements, as much as 50% of the potency is lost in the high acid environment of the stomach. The vitamins that my children take include:

  • Children’s Vitamin D works in conjunction with calcium to promote the development and maintenance of strong bones and teeth. Our Vitamin D products are D3, the finest source of Vitamin D available.
  • Children’s Vitamin B with folic acid, calcium pantothenate and biotin is formulated to provide the nutrients that support optimal health for the production and maintenance of new cells and supports nervous system health, energy metabolism, and healthy heart function.
  • Children’s Iron is a low 5 mg dosage suitable for children under 4-years of age. In the fumarate form, which is gentler on the stomach than other form of iron.
  • Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that cannot be produced by the body, therefore, it must be replenished daily. Vitamin C has several beneficial purposes including developing and maintaining healthy skin and bones, to form collagen and enhances the absorption of iron from plant-based foods we eat. Vitamin C also provides support to the body's immune system. "Superior Source" Vitamin C 500 mg, “Sour Cherry Melts” contains very little sodium (only 1% of the Daily Requirement), it is helpful in offsetting the natural acidity of Vitamin C, creating a smoother less acidic taste. NO sugar added; only sweetened with a little stevia. This is preferable to most “chewable” vitamin C products that typically are loaded with lots of sugar. 
  • Melatonin acts as a natural aid for healthy sleep regulation and the promotion of normal sleep cycles during travel. Chamomile is an herb that works together with melatonin to promote calmness and restfulness.
  • Biotin helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, promotes nail and hair strength and supports cell growth, metabolism of fats and amino acids and the production of fatty acids. Biotin is essential in the healthy functioning of the “Krebs Cycle” in which energy is released from foods and transferred to the body for use.

Visit the Superior Source website, store locator, or online retailers.

ZOKU offers trendy items to make child friendly treats such as astronaut popsicles and more.  Personally, I puree Greek yogurt and fresh fruit to fill ZOKU popsicle molds.  It's funny because my children will not always happily eat plain yogurt with fresh fruit, but if I puree them into popsicles, they love them and ask for more! I've even pureed veggies into some of their popsicles! For instance, I've added a handful of carrots to mango popsicles and a couple of handfuls of spinach to blueberry popsicles. It's an easy way to pack extra fruits and veggies into their diets while calling it a treat. We use the ZOKU Summer Pops mold for larger servings and the Space Pops Mold for rocket ship and astronaut themed popsicles.

BugBand Mosquito Repellent has been a game changer for our family.  If you live in North Texas, I'm sure that you know all about the frustrations associated with mosquitos.  They love to bite during evening sports practices and games.  Several weeks ago, we started using BugBand bands in the evenings and couldn't be happier!  BugBand uses Geraniol rather than DEET to repel mosquitos. We've found it to be great!  We each slip a BugBand Band onto our wrists and enjoy the easy and DEET-free opportunity to repel mosquitos!  We have found them to be comfortable and not too intrusive.  Another great thing about them is that they last up to 120 hours. They come in a little plastic container to store them when they aren't in use.  While I love the bands, they also have sprays and wipes.  We look forward to an awesome year of sports practices and games now that we know about BugBand products!

Please check back next week for the second part of our Back to School series!

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