Draft Mode: Trendy Mom’s Back to School Guide
The new school year is here! In today’s post, I’ll share several products that we recommend for the new school year. We include our personal favorites that make our lives easier throughout the hectic school year, mainly focusing on items that we use on a daily basis. Let’s get started.
Our first recommendation includes trendy Bombas socks for the entire family. As a mom, you’ll appreciate that Bombas sock are photogenic, have a nice design on the bottom to help prevent slipping, and are excellent quality. As a Boy Mom , my children stress test everything and I’m glad to report that their Bombas socks have always held up. Plus, every mom needs to know about this bonus – if your child does outgrow their Bombas socks, they have a unique Growth Guarantee:
” If your little one outgrows or wears through his or her Bombas Kids socks within a year of purchase, we’ll send you a new pair the next size up free of charge. Just pay $4.95 shipping total for as many pairs as you want to exchange. We know kids grow fast. And we want Bombas to grow right alongside them. Source: [Bombas website. ] “
As you may have guessed, we are a Bombas family. I love this brand for our entire family. They have a nice variety of styles and colors. Of course, the biggest reason that I love their socks is that they have latest for entire school years. My children seem to wear everything out, but their Bombas socks are an exception as they actually hold up to their high energy levels!
The last group of Bombas socks below are extra special to me because I have spent years searching for the perfect no-show socks. Many brands of no-show socks are described as ” Fits Sizes 5 to 10 ” or ” One Size “. It is a huge range. As someone on the upper side of that size range, I’ve never found a brand that actually fits me. They have always been too small. I felt like I won the lottery when I tried no-show socks from Bombas because they actually fit! I think that the big difference here is that Bombas focuses on quality and realizes that trying to cram every women into a “Fits Sizes 5 to 10” does work well. Instead of one size for everyone, they break their no-show socks into three ranges. As a size 9 1/2, I wear the large no-show socks and they are amazing! I’ve tried over a dozen brands of no-show socks and this is the first brand that is actually comfortable for me. Visit Bombas here .
Next on our list is shoes. My boys love shoes from See Kai Run. They are adorable for photos and great quality. Personally, I really like this brand because the shoes provide good support for their growing bodies. I never want to skimp on shoes since good support is important for their development. I want them to naturally run, play, and grow! See Kai Run shoes have been great for my boys. Stock up now while they have a great back-to-school sale here .
In addition to products that children take to school with them, I wanted to feature safety products this year since it’s a good idea to remember to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers. There are a couple of reasons that I decided to feature these. One is that my son asked me if he could look at our fire extinguisher. When we were looking at it, we realized that it expired many years ago! I guess that the years went by and we never thought about the expiration date. It was a wakeup call to order a new fire extinguisher. I thought that I should share because many of you may have overlooked the fact that fire extinguishers expire too. Please, check your fire extinguisher’s expiration date! It’s very easy to order a new one online. We have the First Alert Home Fire Extinguisher shown below and keep it easily accessible in our kitchen. This one is particularly nice because it’s rechargeable and our local fire station will recharge it when we need it.
After realizing that our fire extinguisher was expired, we reviewed other saftey issues in our home. We had one smoke detector that went bad in our home and then realized that the builder of our home never put one in our son’s bedroom. When we moved into our home, there was so much going on that we overlooked this detail on our son’s bedroom and I feel bad about the critical oversight. It was an easy fix though. We added the FirstAlert Battery-Operated Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Voice and Location to our son’s room. We also replaced the broken smoke detector in another area of our home. Again, it’s so easy to run to the store to pick these up or order them online. Since they are battery powered, it’s extra easy to install them without needing an electrician! I also like that it detects two different threats and has the nice alarm with voice and location. Visit First Alert here .
In addition to safety, we know that shortly after our children return to school, that they may have a rough sports practice or catch germs that make them want to rest. We love having a hot water bottle from Warm Traditions to help easy their aches and pains on rough days. Nothing is cozier than Warm Traditions’ hot water bottles because they wrap them in soft fabrics. We even use the Warm Traditions hot water bottles in the winter time to warm their beds as part of their bedtime routine. I think that it’s a special touch that they will always remember from their childhood. My husband and I will fill the hot water bottles with hot water and put one under each of their blankets before bedtime so that they have a cozy warm spot in their bed. Visit Warm Traditions here .
One of our family traditions is to stock our kitchen with special meals and snacks that work with our busy schedules. My boys seem to have endless appetites, so stocking our kitchen with healthy meals and snacks at the beginning of the semester makes my life easier and keeps everyone happy. In today’s post, I’ll invite you into my kitchen to learn about several trendy meal and snack ideas from some of our favorite brands.
The first is Pizzeria Uno’s Original ’43 Deep Dish Pizzas. These were always a part of my childhood memories, so it’s nice that even though we moved away, we are able to order their trendy pizzas online. (They ship them on dry ice and then you may cook them when they arrive or store them in the freezer.) We stock up just before the school year starts and enjoy the first pizza on the first day of school. We then use the others as we celebrate accomplishments during the school year such as a good test grade, winning a game, and more. Visit Uno Pizzeria here to order Pizzeria Uno’s Original ’43 Deep Dish Pizzas to celebrate the first day of school and other memories throughout the school year.
My children‘s schools require us to send healthy snacks . I am not quite sure about their definition of healthy , but my son once overhead a teacher lecture someone’s parent for sending a snack with Dr. Pepper. So, let’s just say that I never want to push the limit and risk being pulled aside for pushing the limits on snack time. In all seriousness though, I feel like I’ve been a pro at finding the best snacks for snack time.
My first recommendation is Nearly Naked Popcorn from Popcornopolis. You may have noticed this brand a while back when the giant bags were on sale at Costco. Well, they also offer cases of individual size bags on their website here. In case you were wondering, the bags are generously portions for “individual size”. A case of 48 individual bags is $29.99+tax and they offer free shipping on your first order here . I have two children, so this covers a full month of snack time for us!
SunRype offers fantastic snacks that are made with 100% pure ingredients. They are vegan, kosher, and made from gluten-free and peanut-free ingredients. I send these to school with my children and also keep them in my purse since they are so convenient. If you follow regularly, you know that I have a child with food allergies and these SunRype snacks have been a great way to make him feel included in many situations. For instance, he isn’t able to have foods from the movie theater concession stand, so we take SunRype Fruit Source Bars and SunRype Fruit to Go Bars to theaters. I am also able to leave a box of them with his teacher so that he has a snack during birthday parties and other events. I should also add that I have son without food allergies. He loves SunRype snacks too! They are all great, but our favorite flavors are the SunRype Apple Mango Mangsteen Fruitsource 100% Natural Fruit Bars , SunRype Apple Wildberry Fruit to Go 100% Fruit Strip Snacks , and SunRype Apple Mango Strawberry Carrot Fruitsource 100% Natural Fruit Bars . Visit SunRype here .
We love Slammers pouches because they offer healthy snacks that our children love to eat without making a mess. They have delicious varieties that are made with organic fruits and vegetables. They even have varieties that are packed with protein. Slammers pouches are portable and easy to serve frozen, cold, or at room temperature. I love that my boys are happy and that they don’t make a mess. My children are very active, so the two flavors that are packed with 7 grams of protein are perfect for them. These are a staple for us to send to school with them for healthy and low-mess snacking.
In addition to snacks at school, my children love to snack at home too. Let me share some trendy Zak Design products that are easy to mix-and-match for usage at home and/or school. The Zak Designs brand is one of my favorites because they are true to their mission of making mealtime fun. My oldest is obsessed with Minions, so he naturally loved the Minion line of products at Zak Designs. They cover the basics such as plates, bowls, cups, and lunch/snack containers. However, they even offer fun products to let kids play in the kitchen. For instance, the little Minion baking set below with a rolling pin, cookie cutter, and pastry bag with tips is a great example of how they make mealtime fun! Making your own food is always fun for kids.
Plus, I need to highlight the unique Minions zak!snak Tumbler shown below. It’s such a creative solution for after school snacks in the car. It’s not only a cup with straw on the bottom, but the top provides an area for snacks. I’ve found it to be a low-mess solution for snack/drink combos in the car! (My husband is keeping his fingers crossed that they will create an adult version and that I’ll pack a good drink/snack combo for him too.)
Of course, I have to highlight the Paw Patrol items from Zak Designs! My youngest is a big fan of Paw Patrol, so these items rocked his world! I love that zak has such great products and that they have our favorite characters. Visit Zak Designs here !