Back-to-School Guide for 2022 - The Best Products for the New School Year! (Updated on August 25th!) ~ Dallas Mom Blog and Fort Worth Mom Blogger: Trendy Mom Reviews
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Friday, August 26, 2022

Back-to-School Guide for 2022 - The Best Products for the New School Year! (Updated on August 25th!)

Welcome to our Back to School Guide! We have a great selection of items to help your family prepare for a new season of life. Did you know that our Holiday Gift Guides and Back to School Guides are among our most popular posts?  I always write posts in hope of helping others, so I hope that you find inspiration in today's post that features unique and useful items for the new school year!  

Let's start with mornings! Sweet Maria's will help you to look forward to early morning school year routines. I know that many parents and teachers have morning routines that count on good coffee.  Sweet Maria's is an iconic brand to coffee connoisseurs who roast their own coffee beans since high quality green coffee beans create amazing results. (Read more about coffee roasting at Sweet Maria's here if you are new to coffee roasting. Spoiler alert - if you learn to roast your own coffee, you'll become hooked on the freshness and your ability to customize the roasts to your preferences!)   

We've featured Sweet Maria's for many years because it's a brand that we truly love. Their green coffee bean sampler is amazing and gives customers something to look forward to on busy mornings during the school year. They do an amazing job and we look forward to their best finds! My husband loves to roast green coffee beans for himself and others. Throughout the school year, he roasts coffee beans for our son's teachers.  This is always a popular surprise. Some teachers even share their preferences and special requests. Some prefer freshly roasted coffee beans while others prefer for us to make lattes or other drinks that we send in with our children in the mornings. It's a fun hobby personally, but also a unique gift to let teachers know that they are appreciated.  Visit Sweet Marias!

Vuori offers performance driven clothing that is made to last. This customer centric brand offers high quality clothing that comes with their Investment in Happiness that is more than just a product guarantee, but is also symbolic of how they treat their team, community, and our environment. It's only natural that we recommend this brand for you to consider as you shop for back-to-school clothing! Personally, I think that good quality and stylish clothing helps most people to feel more confident. As a parent, I know that feeling and looking good boosts the self-esteem of my family members. Let me share a few examples! The outfit below includes the Lux Performance Tank  and Halo Wide Leg Flare Pant.  This ultra-comfortable outfit is flattering and comfortable. The Lux Performance Tank is effectively activewear meeting luxury. It has a light and silky top featuring a halter neckline, a racerback and a breathable but flattering hug throughout the body. The Lux Performance Tank has all the performance properties including anti-odor, needed for a workout top! The Halo Wide Leg Flare Pant is cut from the same cloth as their best-selling Performance Joggers. These high quality athleisure items should hold up well during the school year and beyond!

The next outfit includes Grandview Tech Tank and Course Run Shorts.  These items were on my teen's wishlist because he loves morning runs with his cross country team and needs comfortable clothing that holds up in our hot and humid weather. The Grandview Tech Tank is sustainably designed with performance in mind. The engineered knit is designed for maximum comfort and minimal chafing. It's perforated for breathability and allows you to move with ease. The Course Run Shorts are designed for runners. These shorts feature reverse seam construction for chafe-free movements, a reflective logo, anti-odor properties, and a moisture-wicking boxer brief liner with a hidden phone pocket. They are breathable, lightweight, and functional to make it easier to go the extra mile!

I zoomed into the shirt below to highlight the highly breathable fabric!

The Current Tech Tee and Sunday Performance Jogger are perfect for cooler weather.  The Current Tech Tee is incredibly soft while also offering performance aspects. The 4-way knit stretch is moisture wicking and amazingly lightweight. This shirt is great for yoga, training, running, and travel. The Sunday Performance Jogger provides a fresh take on athleisure and will be a staple in your teen's wardrobe! The Sunday Performance Joggers are premier in fit, function, and soft stretch. I love that this jogger style makes it easy to move!

I zoomed into one of the pockets on the Sunday Performance Joggers to highlight the nice attention to detail on these pants. If you have a teen boy, you will quickly learn that pants with zippers make life easier so that they are less likely to lose items from their pockets. I love that Vuori thinks of everything possible to perfect their clothing. Visit Vuori

Melin's Hydro Pace Hat is specifically designed for running. My son is a runner that wakes up early to go on runs for his cross country practice. This hat is a game changer because the innovative style is tailored to the needs of runners. It's lightweight, breathable, and machine washable! Texans will have extra appreciation for this breathable hat on humid days. My husband and son both love the comfort of this hat on their runs. 

These hats are also easy to wash! I put the hats in a garment bag and add them to a regular load of laundry to wash them.  I then let them air dry.  These hats are perfect for the new school year if you have a child that participates in sports! Visit Melin here.

Educational Products Inc. (EPI) has put an end to the days of parents running to different stores in attempt to track down school supplies! (Here in Texas, it's over 100 degrees and I couldn't be more grateful!) EPI curates boxes of school supplies that are based on the exact school supply lists that schools provide. Their extensive database covers thousands of schools. The way that it works is that you visit the EPI website here, enter your zip code, select your child's school, and select your child's grade.  They show you the list of supplies for the respective school/grade. You add the package to your shopping cart and checkout.  It's so easy and convenient to order their school supplies this way!  It's a great time saver and guarantees that your kids have supplies that their schools require. Visit EPI here.

Lancôme will help you to look radiant throughout the school year! Our skin sometimes reflects the demanding schedule changes and stress of the new school year. Similar to many other families, my kids have many activities, orientations, and assessments that require me to rearrange my schedule to accompany them.  During the first few weeks of the school year, I have to be conscious about staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a good sleep schedule. One thing that is easily within my control is to use good quality skincare products. I count on Lancôme and their special formulas to help my skin look its best. This brand truly transcends generations! Personally, my top skincare concerns include dryness, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.  Lancôme's Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Cream With SPF 30 and Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream have been game changers for my aging skin. I love that my skin soaks up these moisturizers quickly without a feeling of residue.  These day and evening creams  are great for anti-aging and uneven skin tone. The hydration is truly replenishing.  

Lancôme also has you covered when it comes to cosmetics. Personally, I focus on good quality skincare products like the moisturizers that I mentioned above and then enjoy using lighter cosmetics such as iconic Lancôme Juicy Tubes. I love that this lip gloss provides ultra high shine and 4-hours of lasting hydration.  This product is available in more than a dozen shades. My favorite is the Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling (Cream) because the light and shimmery color looks natural and goes with everything. Whether I am heading into an important meeting at work or taking my boys to soccer practice, this is the ultimate low maintenance lip gloss that simultaneously helps to hydrate my lips! Visit Lancôme!

Honest Company offers high quality products for you and your family members to pamper yourselves throughout the school year.  Personally, they offer my favorite bath products for "Mommy Me Time". My children also love Honest Company bath products for bedtime routines that involve a bath before they read and fall asleep.  Let me share a few favorites! Honest Company Soak It Up Bath Salts are made with Dead Sea salt infused with a calming myrrh scent, including notes of patchouli and bergamont. These mineral-rich bath salts are designed to soothe and relax every inch of you. Honest Company The Wind Down Bubble Bath will help you to wind down after a long day with aromatic bubbles that feature a calming myrrh scent. This super-foaming formula with naturally-derived ingredients is the perfect way to end the day. Honest Company Sink in Body Oil is the perfect finishing touch for your post-bath bod. Infused with organic coconut, avocado + olive oils, this nourishing, plant-based blend is a luxurious, after bath (or shower) treat for dewy, softer feeling skin. You'll find all of these products on the Honest Company website!

Allbirds is an eco-friendly brand that has a large following. My teen and his friends are obsessed with this carbon neutral brand. He especially loves the Men's Wool Pipers. I love seeing his confidence when he looks and feels good in his clothing and shoes. As a mom, I also love Allbirds! I ordered the Women's Wool Dasher Mizzles and have been wearing them almost daily. They are my go-to shoes for the gym, errands, and casual Fridays at my office. Allbirds shoes rarely go on sale, but I asked for a family friendly deal for our audience. Visit through my Allbirds affiliate link here to add any shoes and any pair of socks to your order. The socks will then be deducted from your total at checkout (before you enter payment information)!  

Eastern Standard Provisions Co. offers delicious artisanal pretzels and gourmet salts. This popular brand was featured on Oprah's list of favorite things a few years ago. Their soft pretzels with course gourmet salts are fantastic, especially when the pretzels come fresh out of the oven!

We recommend the Back to School Variety Box for a memorable after school snack during the first week of school!   This box contains (6) SlidePiece Soft Pretzel Slider Buns, (6) Turnbuckle Soft Pretzel Sticks, (1)  Bag of One Timer Soft Pretzel Bites, (1)  Classic Pretzel Salt, and (1) "Hooray for Back to School" sticker on the outside of the box. Personally, we are obsessed with the White Truffle Pretzel Salt and ordered a packet of this separately.  Their artisanal soft pretzels with gourmet salts are the perfect snack to share with your children as you spend quality time listening to them talk about their day. Visit Eastern Standard Provisions Co!

Bake Me a Wish offers decadent cakes, brownies, and other desserts for Valentine's Day.  This New York based company has been around for over a decade with the sweetest story. The founder had just moved to Manhattan and wanted to send his mother a Tiramisu cake. He searched all over town, but no one provided the service to mail a cake.  After realizing the need to for a hassle-free service to send delicious cakes to family and friends, he got together with friends and created Bake Me a Wish. This company was created by perfectionists who pay meticulous attention to detail as they strive to provide a top quality service for sending cakes and other treats to loved ones. They use premium ingredients, amazing recipes, and decorate cakes with messages. Bake Me a Wish makes it easy to send delicious treats to your children that have moved away for college. Personally, we love the JUMBO Brownie Sampler that includes rich flavors such as Velvet Ganache Chocolate, Cheesecake, Brookie, Tuxedo, Raspberry Crumb, and Iced Lemon Blondie! Visit Bake Me a Wish!

NewAir should be your first stop for a dorm room refrigerator. Personally, we recommend the NewAir 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Mini Refrigerator with Freezer and Can Dispenser. This mini fridge with freezer is a great choice if you have a student going to college since the luxury of a good quality mini refrigerator and freezer will allow them to enjoy their favorite foods even when dining halls are closed. This model is especially nice because it has separate refrigerator/freezer compartments and the compressor is relatively quiet for a small dorm room. Visit NewAir and use the coupon code TRENDY for 10% off the NewAir 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Mini Refrigerator with Freezer and Can Dispenser! (Please also visit my longer post about this product here.)

We hope that this post helps you with your Back-to-School shopping! We also hope that you have a wonderful school year that is packed with happy memories and accomplishments for your children!

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