Back to School list time! Checking off all the things we need to get off to a great start this year. Thanks to our friends at Babbleboxx for sponsoring this post.
Hello August! I love this time of year for so many reasons. Back to school time has always been exciting for me, as a kid and even now. I get a little giddy at the site of all the shelves stocked with school supplies. Pens, paper, crayons, it completely brings out my inner nerd even though it's been years since I've spent a significant amount of time in a classroom.
We've been gearing up for the start of the school year for my little guy. He's all kinds of excited about meeting his new teacher and making new friends. I've been a busy mama making sure we've checked off the list of things he needs. And things I need too! Because there's plenty of planning and prepping that goes into getting momlife organized with the start of a new school year.
Here are a few things I've found extra handy with our back to school list of shopping and to-dos….
New School Year = Time for a Fresh Pair of Frames
Eyesight is extra important my friends! For your little one and for yourself. Getting your eyes checked and keeping those optometrist appointments regularly will literally save you a ton of headache and stress. As in stress on your eyes and stress on your brain! I learned this the hard way last year. I was pretty convinced I must have some strange illness or auto-immune disease because I couldn't knock the brain fog that plagued my every day. No amount of coffee could cure it and I couldn't seem to get my eyes to work. Turns out I had neglected getting a new eye exam for so long that my eyesight had changed. A fresh pair of glasses and a new set of frames got me back on track and made me feel like a brand new person.
Do not underestimate the importance of your eyesight! And do yourself and your child a favor and invest in frames that fit your face well and make you feel confident and comfortable.
Zenni Optical makes UV+ Blue Blockers which protect eyes against harmful light. They can be worn for protection whether you have a need for presciption glasses or not.
BLOT School Supplies
Okay, I have a thing for colorful pens, markers and pencils. I love having a nice collection to use with my daily planner and to mark up notes and to-dos with. Turns out my son loves them too! I'm having a hard time sharing so we've come to happy medium. I get the Ombre Pastel Gel Pens and the Retractable Ballpoint Pens. He gets the Blot Mini Gel Pens. We've agreed to share the Mini Highlighters and we've split the Mechanical Pencils evenly. Sharing is important, and it's a lesson I'm still learning obviously.
World's Favorite Scissors
Good scissors are essential, for school and for everyday life. I'm a big fan of these by Westcott because they are sharp and sturdy. Westcott’s line of scissors is superior due to the technology applied to the blade coatings and handles, and they have a manufacturer's lifetime warranty. The non-stick pair even resists stickiness when you cut through adhesives, tape and glue.
Back to School Clothing
Shopping for new clothes is a big part of getting ready for back to school. I love Osh Kosh because they have tons of styles and they are well made. They last through the year, and that's a big deal when it comes to all the wash and wear. I also love that the Osh Kosh boy clothes selection is full of fun colors, prints and styles that transition from the classroom to the playground.
Shop for Osh Kosh kids clothing and jeans and save 20% off purchase of $40+ (in store code: 038222 or online code OKBG3549.) Valid through September 30, 2018 Exclusions Apply
Organic Kids Snacks
Snacks are a major part of our our life. There is nothing in the world worse than a hangry kid! I keep our pantry stocked with snacks for packing lunches and after-school nibbles.
Sprout Organic Curlz™ are plant powered protein made from organic chickpeas and lentils. These curly, crunchy snacks are baked to perfection with white cheddar cheese and kids love them! They come in five single packet portions which are perfect for packing a school lunch.
Kids Styling Products
We don't drive 25 minutes to the cool kid's haircut place every two weeks for nothing! Kids hairstyles are a thing, just like trendy clothing and having a cool backpack. My husband has a certain way he likes to style our son's hair and I have a slightly different version I prefer. And every morning we both lose because at some point our son developed his own sense of coolness and likes to coif his faux-hawk whatever way he's feeling.
Snip-its makes kids hair care products with special ingredients that help protect hair and scalp as well as give it an all-day hold. Products like the Morning Miracle Mousse Styling Spray and the Wacky Wax Medium Hold Pomade keep hair soft and styled.