2017 Back to School Guide

Back to School
It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to think about the kids going Back to School. Here are some of my favorite items and stores that will help your child get prepared for the big day and help you ease back into that super busy school year schedule.

Disclosure: I received free product samples in exchange for posting products to this page, however all opinions stated are my own and I do believe these items are perfect for Back to School time!

Beauty conscious college bound students will love MEVEI Luxury Essential Oils. The benefits of essential oils extend far beyond aromatherapy; as a critical element of your daily beauty routine, for personal care recipes, around the dorm, in the laundry etc. MEVEI features a wide array of scents to meet your individual needs. Choose from such favorites as Lavender, Tea Tree, Pomegranate and more. Get 10% off your order with code SDMOM10. Buy it.

IllumaBoost ™ Brightening & Shield from Nerium is a must have for the busy college student. Has your hectic schedule caused you to neglect your skin making it look dull? With IllumaBoost ™ Brightening & Shield, you can fight discoloration and recover your healthy glow for fresher looking complexion. IllumaBoost ™ Brightening & Shield features a breakthrough delivery system that dispenses a fresh and potent dose of proprietary and proven ingredients to help brighten, hydrate and protect skin, by simply adding a few pumps to any skincare product, or directly to one’s face. Buy it.

The ONE CLICK Bluetooth speaker by Libratone is a wonderful tool for students. Whether they’re streaming e-books, recordings of lectures, or playing the audio for an online course, students can use the ONE CLICK Bluetooth speaker, which is compact enough to fit in small quarters. About the size of a paperback book, ONE CLICK fits naturally in your hand and can be conveniently slipped into a purse or a bag. Also boasts 360-degree sound. Pairs up nicely with a laptop via Bluetooth. Includes two interchangeable accessories; a flexible strap and a lockable hook, making it easy to carry or hang. Buy it.

Turn water into sparkling water with the SodaStream Fizzi™. SodaStreams are proven to encourage healthy hydration (SodaStream owners drink 43% more water than non-owners) and make an ideal gift for college kids in hot dorms. SodaStream’s are also one of the only kitchen gadgets safe for dorm rooms as they do not require electricity. Ranging in price from $79.99 to $199.99, SodaStream sparkling water makers meet both individual and family needs for younger kids who are still at home. Buy it.

Family game night is a way to unplug from devices and reconnect after a day away at work and school. Utter Nonsense: Family Edition is a hilarious, family-friendly card game where players combine silly voices with even sillier phrases to create sayings that are just plain ridiculous. You can see real families and kids playing the game in these YouTube videos. Buy it.

is a great Back to School product for college students.  They will love this product for hanging bulletin boards, small shelves, artwork and other wall decor for their dorm rooms. Avoid costly dorm fines at the end of the year by eliminating unnecessary holes in your walls. Hang stuff on the walls right the first time! Buy it.

Do your Facebook ads seem oddly specific: marketed to your private conversations, privy to things you’ve only spoken about? It’s safe to say that your camera may be watching and your ​computer​ is listening. CreepBlockers are stylish privacy decals that cover your webcams, phone camera and muffle your computer microphones. Each sheet contains over 60+ emblems. CreepBlockers are reusable, removable and leave behind no residue or lens damage. Buy it.

The HYDAWAY Collapsible Bottle is a must have to include in your child’s backpack. It’s a safe and convenient alternative to disposable plastic bottles with a size to fit every member of your family. Made from certified-safe and BPA-free materials, its sleek design collapses down to just over 1″ for easy stashing. When expanded, the Large size holds a thirst-quenching 21oz of water and fits in most vehicle cup holders and backpack water bottle pockets. Equipped with water tight seals, this bottle won’t leak. Buy it.

Beef Snack Sticks
from US Wellness Meats make a great after school snack. These Snack Sticks are fully cooked and ready to be enjoyed right out of the package and are nitrate, gluten, high fructose corn syrup, and MSG free. They generate stellar nutrition for young and old alike. All of US Wellness Meats’ beef products are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. But, don’t stop at the beef sticks. Check out all the All of US Wellness Meats has to offer. Buy it.

Create the perfect atmosphere to do homework with Switch to Dim and ColorChoice IntelliBulbs from Feit Electric. Feit Electric’s new clear glass color filament bulbs are also a great option for school spirited parties, or for those kids who just love a beautiful, colorful glow. The Switch to Dim bulbs allow you to adjust brightness with a standard light switch. Flip the switch.  Switch the light. No dimmer switch? No problem. Buy it.

If your student has trouble sleeping, SleepPhones might be the answer to your problem. SleepPhones are the first sleep headphones and highest quality bed-friendly headphones on the market.  By wearing SleepPhones to bed, they can use them to listen to music or other relaxing sounds that can help them fall asleep. SleepPhones are available in both wired and wireless versions. These soft and comfortable “headphones in a headband” make listening to audio in bed a dream. Buy it.

Creativity for Kids offers a wide variety of products for kids that are perfect for getting ready for Back to School. The Invent a Stellar Solar Light kit will teach your kids how to design and build their own solar lantern, flashlight or night light powered by batteries charged by the sun. Kids will use the Spark!Lab invention process to invent their own solar lantern light, flashlight or night light. Buy it.

Faber Castell GRIP Watercolor EcoPencils are ideal for older children. The idea is simple, simply draw your picture then apply water to a paintbrush to create beautiful watercolor images. Watercolor paint is in the pencil! Paint brush included. The Color GRIP colored pencils feature an ergonomic triangular barrel and patented Soft-Grip zone that ensures comfortable drawing. Buy it.

Story Time Teas from Adiago Teas are the perfect way to get your kids back into their Back to School bedtime routine. These caffeine free herbal blends are inspired by timeless classics such as Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs. Each come in a lovely keepsake tin. For the adults, you can create your own personal blend of tea! Adiago Teas also carries eco-friendly reusable items that aim to reduce waste such as ActiviTEA and ToasTEA portable tea brewing tumblers. Check out the wonderful gourmet tea selection that Adiago Teas has to offer. Buy it.

The ON-THE-GO GIRL™ Classic Case from Caboodles is perfect for busy girls looking to tote their school supplies in style. Features an auto-open tray, flip lid with mirror, removable accessory tray, spacious interior storage and a secure latch. Comes in: Fuchsia Pearl Pink, Bright Purple and Robin’s Egg Blue. Available at Target, Walmart and Ulta. Buy it.


Send your student back to school in style with Isabelle Grace Jewelry. The Petite Charm Necklace is a perfect to wear on a casual day or even to something more formal such as a school concert. Customize it the way you like by choosing your charm and stone. Choose from charms such as music note, dolphin, butterfly flower and more. Stones come in 5 options like Peridot, Blue Topaz and more. Buy it.

Going back to school can be bittersweet, but this year, it’ll be nothing but sweet with Crayola’s new Silly Scents line of scented art tools. Kids will love the fun smells like Root Beer and Cotton Candy in this new line of scented crayons, markers and colored pencils. Crayola Silly Scents come ready to scribble and sniff and will bring added creativity, silliness and extra dimension to kids’ school projects and artwork. Buy it.

Just in time for the new school year, Casio has released the new Denim Casio Baby-G watch. Inspired by the perfect fall pair of crisp jeans, the band and case are printed with a washed-denim pattern while the face features black trim around a digital display. As with all Baby-G timepieces, this watch is entirely water- and shock-resistant and equipped with world time, daily alarms, a stopwatch and countdown timer, and EL backlight. Buy it.

Make a fashion statement this year with mens joggers from iHeartRaves. Each pair of joggers has the perfect combination of comfort and style and is handcrafted with super soft fabric and vibrant, eco-friendly inks that will never fade. iHeartRaves offers a huge selection of EDM clothing featuring a wide variety of t-shirts, hoodies, shorts for men and women so be sure to check out all they have to offer.

Make going back to school fun with Office Depot® Brand Alien Erasers. These playfully designed erasers come in cartoon-like, many-eyed alien shapes that are fun for students of all ages. These are not only fun, but also functional as they erase pencil lead without smudging. Available in assorted Colors and a pack of 2. Made of latex-free material that’s gentle on skin.Buy it.

Make a statement this year with the Divoga® Faux Fur Pencil Pouch from Office Depot. The fluffy, faux-fur design of this pouch transforms it from a simple storage solution into a fun, attention-grabbing accessory piece. The leatherette zipper pull adds a stylish accent to finish the look. Measures 8 1/2″H x 5 1/2″W x 1″D and comes in assorted colors. Buy it.

Keep your pencils in tip-top shape and ready to go with the C.R. Gibson® Stow-It Manual Pencil Sharpener And Storage from Office Depot. The snap-and-lock dome keeps items securely stored, while the built-in sharpener provides you with a crisp, ready-to-use point. The storage container keeps all of your writing instruments within easy reach and features a secret compartment at the bottom is great for erasers and other small items.  Buy it.

Accidents happen always. Be prepared for anything with the new skin-like BAND-AID Brand SKIN-FLEX Adhesive Bandages that provide superior wound protection. Designed to dry almost instantly and move like a second skin, you don’t have to worry about a distraction in classes. Not made with natural rubber latex, the bandage has a four-sided seal and a 24-hour hold that lasts through handwashing and withstands damage and frays. Buy it.

Students no longer have to fear smearing their class notes! BIC Gel-ocity Quick Dry pens dry three times faster to stop smearing, keeping your notes looking clean and neat up until finals week. This super smooth writing retractable gel pen features a comfortable full grip barrel. Buy it.

Mistake makers finally have a pencil with an eraser that won’t run out before the lead. The BIC Velocity pencil has soft grip and a 75% larger eraser to help you erase your mistakes all year long. The soft gel grip molds to your hand for a comfortable writing experience. Available in 0.7mm and 0.9mm lead sizes. Buy it.

Back to school means back to germs…when coughs and sore throats strike HALLS KIDS Pops are the ideal choice to have on hand. Each pop contains 5 mg of menthol, an active ingredient that temporarily relieves cough and sore throat. New HALLS KIDS Pops in three kid-friendly flavors and two varieties: HALLS KIDS Cough & Sore Throat Pops are available in Cherry & Strawberry flavors and HALLS KIDS Vitamin C Pops in Orange. Buy it.

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