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Back to School time is around the corner and we are busy planning our schedules for the last few summer fun trips. But while we would love for Summer to last for forever, we know all good things must come to an end and Back to School time will be here before we know it. Growing up I can remember my parents telling me school would start after my Nana and Papa’s birthdays which was usually after August 28th, because their birthdays were August 26th and 28th. While we don’t get those longer summer breaks now kids everywhere start seeing those dreaded school supplies on the shelves as early as July. While we aren’t that early this year, we are earlier than we have been in the past and I for one am glad we are busy Wedding planning instead of Back to School Shopping. However, the writers of Life with Heidi all have school aged children and they know that the crunch is on.
Back To School Guide
This year Making of a Mom, Life with Heidi and My Unentitled Life have teamed up to bring you an amazing partnership for our Back to School Gift Guide. We have lots of great packages for you to choose from and each one has it’s own benefits as well as exposure for your brand! If you don’t see something you want, please let us know and we will work out a package just for you!
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Dates: Back To School Gift Guide: August 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017
Back To School Guide (Packages)
Make Learning Fun with IXL
If you make learning fun for kids you will be more successful as a parent and your child(ren) will be more successful in education as well as in life. The younger we start focusing on their love of learning, the better off the kids will be and that is where IXL comes in. IXL is an online learning program that K-12 students can use all year long to practice skills in Math, English Language Arts, Science and even Social Studies. It’s a great addition to homeschooling curriculum and makes learning fun with interactive questions, vibrant visuals and prizes to keep the kids engaged while making them more confident as well as curious learners.
IXL is available to implement using iOS, Android or Kindle apps that is personalized to each kids pace in an organized manner allowing them to be introduced to new concepts at the right time for them. Plus when they make a mistake there is a learning opportunity with detailed explanations to help them master the new concept.
There are over 6,000 skills in all subjects and grade levels so this is the perfect time to enroll them so they can review last school years subjects. And get a jump start on their upcoming grade level and be ahead of their classmates before even stepping foot into the classroom. At only $9.95 for a monthly membership it is affordable enough to fit everyone’s budget.
Are you looking for a great place to buy second hand clothing? Swap.com is the perfect example of a superb second-hand clothing option, without even feeling as though you’re buying second hand. Swap.com has clothing for kids, adults, and everyone in between. With back to school season here, make sure you keep Swap.com on your radar. Shoes, clothes, and any other kind of clothing you can imagine is sold here. Top quality consignment type clothing is waiting for you! Don’t miss out.
Calphalon Back to College Savings
Calphalon is offering 15% off their high quality pans and their Classic collection is perfect for the just starting out college students. You can grab all of the deals for back to school in their Calphalon Back 2 College section.
- Calphalon Classic™ Nonstick 12-In. Fry Pan With Cover – $44.99 $38.24
- Calphalon Classic™ Ceramic Nonstick 12-in. Fry Pan with Cover – $54.99 $46.74
- Calphalon Classic™ Ceramic Nonstick 10-in. Fry Pan – $34.99 $29.74
- Calphalon Classic™ Nonstick 5-Qt. Saute Pan With Cover – $59.99 $50.99
- Calphalon Classic™ Ceramic Nonstick 8-in. Fry Pan – $29.99 $25.49
- Calphalon Classic™ Nonstick 12-in. Fry Pan – $39.99 $33.99
- Calphalon Classic Stainless Steel 1.5-qt. Sauce Pan with Cover – $29.99 $25.49
- Calphalon Classic™ Nonstick 2-qt. Chef’s Pan with Cover – $44.99 $38.24
- Calphalon Classic™ Nonstick 10-pc. Cookware Set – $199.99 $169.99
With prices like these they fit everyone’s budget and are the perfect pans to have in any kitchen. Remember to stock up on them for upcoming weddings, bridal showers and of course your gift closet.
Kleenex To Go!
Are you prepping for back to school? We have some products that are going to rock your socks off from Kleenex. Kleenex Multicare tissues are large tissues that are perfect for back to school. You can take them to school to help the teacher out or even keep them in the minivan for when things get messy. Don’t forget to bring along your Kleenex Ultra Soft Go Anywhere Pack. Throw these in your purse or car for on the go convenience. Kleenex has many products to make your back to school experience easier.
Kleenex products are always a must-have for schools for sniffles, messy hands and quick spills.
· Kleenex Multicare: 75% larger and 50% stronger than regular facial tissues; this is perfect for in the classroom for sneezes, snacks and small spills. This is also perfect for a dorm room, as it’s an easy 3-in-1 product, taking the place of facial tissues, paper towels and napkins.
· Kleenex Go-Anywhere: With a snap-strap, sealable lid and 3x the tissues of other on-the-go formats, Go-Anywhere can easily be attached to any backpack so kids have tissues whenever needed.
Getting your kids to read can be exhausting. There has to be a better way and there is! Epic’s eBooks are a fantastic way to engage kids and get them excited about reading this school year. Whether you’re homeschooling or looking for a new way to engage your child with reading. Epic! is available for iOS, Android, Apple TV and on any Web browser. You can also access offline. You can access this awesome app for only $7.99 a month. Think about how many amazing books your kids can read in that time period, all from a smart phone too. There are over 25,000 books and videos, aimed at kids ages 2 and up. Check out for more information on Epic Books today!
Organization Made Easy with The Horacio Printing Student Planner is perfect for the school year. Help your high school or college student get started on the right foot with a pocket that reminds them to Live Your Dreams. They even include a Bucket List, Dream Planning Time Table, Top 3 Dreams, Focus and of course some generosity planning. But then they take it a step further with a heart check and a place to put all of your fears, which is perfect for letting go of the gitters. Each month has a monthly calendar, as well as a to do list and weekly calendars. There is lots of spots for note taking and jotting down your feelings. So it’s a calendar, planner and journal all for the price of $43.
Are you looking for amazing electronic products that you can use daily? Toddy Gear is where it is at in 2017! You can purchase any tech accessory from them and your life will be so much easier. They have everything from phone cases to power banks to pocket toddys which allows you to accessorize & match your personality. Head on over to the Toddy Gear website to get a first-hand look at what they offer. Back to school season just got a whole lot more fun in the tech department.
Have you ever wondered how you can get the food on the table quickly? You’re going to love the Wonderbag. It’s truly a revolutionary way to cook without electricity. You can save energy in your home and not worry about burning anything down. It’s a money saving way to cook, but it creates delicious food that you cannot experience anywhere else. Cooking healthy food just got a whole lot easier. Make sure you head to Wonderbag to get to get a closer look at their products.
Hask Keratin Protein Stylers
What if you could make doing hair care a lot easier on yourself? Now you can with the help of Hask Keratin Protein Stylers. These amazing products, like the Flash Blow-Dry Spray ($7.99), allow you to make the drying process simpler. The Hydrolyzed keratin helps to reduce frizz and blocks that humidity from hitting your hair. Protecting your hair from the heat has never been easier. Grab your Flash Blow-Dry Spray or Sleek Blow-Out Balm from Hask Keratin.
Get your blowout without the wait! HASK’s new light-weight spray features a multi-benefit formula that speeds up the drying process so you can get a few extra minutes of sleep and still look fabulous for work.
Available at Ulta, Target & Walgreens
Thirty One is one of my all time favorite brands because there stuff is built to last and there is always a special bonus each month. When I was in the classroom their lunchboxes kept my sanity and our daughter Liz still carries hers to and from work each day. I know we have both had them for at least 4 years and they are still going strong. Thirty One has products for busy moms, kids, and even host bonuses. For example when you host a party in August you get the Double Take Tote for free when you host a $600 party. It’s a reversible tote that is usually $150, so that is a steal. Be sure to check out their online catalog and get your orders placed today!
As much as I love technology I do have to admit that I am also a paper & pen kind of gal as well. I love to have a fun notebook with me at all times so i can jot down any ideas as they pop into my head. I loved this Inspiration notebook because it is well made and fun to boot. So be sure to check out this new brand that will keep you organized, inspired and of course ready to tackle all Back to School throws your way.
Important Notebook, Inspiration Notebook (MSRP $15 each)
You’ll actually enjoy taking notes with these stylish notebooks.
Biotera Naturelle is the best for dry hair
Having dry hair is never fun, which is why Biotera Naturelle is something every person needs in their haircare routine. This line of shampoos, conditioners, and other haircare products has no parabens and is designed to cleanse and deeply condition damaged hair. It’s even infused with 100% more botanicals and extracts. The main ingredient is marula oil, which is what makes it amazing in the cleansing and conditioning department. Check out the Biotera Naturelle Ultra Moisturizing line and let us know what you think. Is this not your hair time? Biotera has so many amazing haircare products that will leave your hair looking AMAZING! Head to their website to order yours today!
All Types of Hair, All Types of Cuts
What if you could clip and trim your hair with one tool? Now you can! Check out the Headliner Combo Clipper and Trimmer from andis. This is a 27-piece combo set that helps to cut and trim your hair. Cutting hair is easy because everything you need is in one combo set. The T-blade trimmer makes detailing and trimming super easy. Whether it’s detailing and trimming necklines, beards, and sideburns, the Headliner Combo has you covered. Andis makes cutting easier than you ever thought possible
For flexibility in styling, the kit comes with eight attachment combs, ranging in size from 1/16-inch to 7/8-inch, plus a blending comb and left and right taper combs. Perfect for crew cuts and maintaining shorter hair types. Also included are: stainless-steel shears, styling barber comb, tapered barber comb, even a barber cape. Clean-up is easy, too, with a blade cleaning brush and lubricating blade oil. A protective blade guard covers the clipper when it isn’t used. Everything tucks away for storage in a soft case. Most important, a DVD with easy step-by-step instructions to follow for haircutting is included.
When kids are listening to something, they want it to be fun. There is nothing more fun than these Cozy Phones – Kids Headphones. They come in a variety of colors and are super comfortable. They are made as soft fleece headbands that slide right over your child’s head, so they can listen to their device. It keeps you sane and your kids happy. You couldn’t ask for anything better in a kid’s headphone. Grab your next pair from Cozy Phones and at only $19.97 they are budget friendly as well.
Have you ever wanted an amazing way to organize? Now you can be organized, but with cute cotton baskets. These Cotton Baskets from Lorena Canals are to die for. Choose from Basket Bubbly’s in several different colors. The Basket Leaf also come in a variety of colors. These cotton baskets are great for organizing your classroom, kids room, or the living room. You cannot go wrong with how versatile they are. Pick yours up from Lorena Canals today.
Canvas Pop makes the perfect custom photo pillows and is a leading photo to art printing company. They make the perfect gift for themed bedrooms, dorm room gifts or even wedding presents. As you can see above “Grandson” Grizzly is over the moon excited that his humans are getting married. I for one can’t wait to give them this one of a kind wedding present because it is unique as well as something that they can use in their new home. Their prices are all very reasonable and the custom photo pillow is well made and built to last. So submit your pictures and make one to celebrate Back to School today!
Built New York
Built New York has lots of great products available to help get you back to school in style. But one thing that I’ve learned over my years as a teacher that eve moms deserve a new item or two to celebrate the start of a new year. So one of the items I picked was the Built New York Gourmet 3 Compartment Bento with Stainless Steel Utensils. The design is made with break-resistant polypropylene and includes a leak-proof lid that is secured with four durable, long-lasting clips. The utensils are a full size knife, fork and spoon, and are constructed of 18/10 stainless steel. Dishwasher safe, top rack only. Container and lid are microwave safe.
Then I also picked the City Tote in granite because it could work as a purse or as a shopping bag. This bag is light-weight and is an ultra-durable tote that I can stuff full and know it won’t break. The City Tote helps keep daily essentials together in one fun, stylish package! Big enough for shopping, but compact enough to take anywhere. This padded-handle tote includes inner pockets for keys, wallet, smartphone and more. Made from durable neoprene (the wetsuit material) and features high-quality faux leather. Easily wipes clean and is a must have for any busy mom.
Remodeez for Footware, home, travel and auto
I wish I would have had these when Liz was in school, because man oh man did her feet stink especially in elementary school. But I knew that I could put these to the test because no matter what there is always a smell in your house or car, no matter how hard you try. They are hypoallergenic & chemical free but my favorite part is that they can last up to one year and can be “recharged” by placing them in the sun. Talk about a genius solution for stinky gym bags everywhere, Move over airfreshners, remodeez are coming to the rescue of moms everywhere. And at only $9.99 they are perfect for every budget!
One of the hardest things for kids is the ability to fit into groups or cliques and this gets tougher as they get older. While I was a loner because of how I was raised, I never really believed in myself and had lots of self doubt through the years. This is something that I still struggle with today and is something that I worked really hard to not pass on to Liz. But Keys2BMe is the perfect reminder for kids of all ages and even some adults, and today when I opened the card that came with my KeysBMe I was reminded that I hold the key to my own happiness. So I encourage each and everyone of you to pick up one for each of your kids as well as teachers and remind them to be fierce, shine, they are worth it, or even be happy. They will always remember to be themselves, and that is the most important person to be in the end. At only $6.99 they are perfect for all budgets.
Little Bee Books
Little Bee Books has lots of fun books later this month and they are the perfect way to get kids started with a love of reading. When I was pregnant with Liz I read to her nightly and continued to do so as she got older and older. We eventually moved onto chapter books, but it is time that was well spent and some of our fondest memories. Check out all of these fun titles from Little Bee Books today!
Help Crocodali, the most talented painter in the whole wide world, create a masterpiece by tilting, shaking, rubbing, and blowing on the book. In this interactive picture book, children can follow Crocodali the painter’s instructions to help him create a masterpiece that will spark children’s curiosity! Crocodali tells readers to tilt the book to straighten the canvas, shake the book to spread the paint, blow on the book (but not too hard!) to help the painting dry, and much more. As they help Crocodali paint his masterpiece, children will be able to express their creative sides and learn to appreciate art.
The Great Pasta Escape
Join a ragtag group of pasta as they complete the greatest escape of their lives in this hilarious new book by Miranda Paul! Since the beginning of their lives (which was earlier that morning), the pasta at the factory followed the rules. That is, until they discover what it really means to be pasta: they will eventually be eaten by humans! Fettuccine is scared, Ramen is outraged, and Mac is just trying to keep the peace among all the pasta. Will they be able to work together to use their noodles and concoct a great escape?
The Curious Cares of Bears
One family of bears does all their favorite things before it’s time to hibernate for the winter in this follow-up to The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits by the award-winning author and illustrator team of Douglas Florian and Sonia Sánchez. The cares of bears are curious indeed, as you will discover, if you care to read. Join a family of bears as they have all kinds of fun throughout the seasons! From climbing up trees and stealing honey to giving bear hugs and lazing in lakes, these bears have many curious cares. But when winter comes, it’s time to hibernate. Can the cares of these bears wait until spring? The rhyming text makes this story a perfect read-along book for story time!
BEDDI Glow Intelligent Alarm Clock
I remember all to well the struggle of waking Liz up for a day of school. I would tell her it was time to get up and in 10 minutes I was telling her again. Then in 5 minutes telling her again, and again. It was brutal…but we survived but now parents don’t have to live that struggle withe the help of BEDDI Glow Intelligent Alarm.
Why get a Beddi?
children of all ages who are heading into the school year or even taking a day trip. Bixbee backpacks bridge function and durability with fashion and fun by creating a patented, horizontal backpack specifically to keep weight above waist level. Backpacksstart at $29.99
The backpacks feature:
· PVC, BPA, phthalate,and lead free
· Optimal distributionof weight
· Contoured and padded adjustable shoulder straps allow for the perfect fit while generously padded mesh back panels alleviate pressure points and provide extra comfort.
· Lightweight,comfortable and durable, at just 1.3 pounds, Bixbee backpacks are perfect for keeping unnecessary weight off of kids’ backs.
Bixbee’s uniquebackpacks and accessories have helped create a movement with their “OneHere. One There.” social mission. For every backpack purchase, Bixbeedonates a backpack with school supplies to a child in need.
The Connect + Pro Headphones
If you are a parent of multiple children, then these are the headphones for you!! The Connect+ Pro are a beautifully designed, high-quality, wired children’s headphone for children aged 6 and up, featuring the integratedSharePort to make sharing a little easier between kiddos. Each pair comes with a high quality microfiber travel pouch and a four foot premium nylon braided 3.5mm audio cable with an inline microphone. The Connect+ Pro is foldable anddurably constructed out of a high quality polycarbonate, reinforced with metalextenders for variable sizing, and covered with comfortable SoftTouch Fabric. VolumeLimited with Adult Worthy, Quality Audio: The max volume is set at 93db with internal 40mm drivers and a range of 20Hz to 20kHz.
D’Eco Silicone Lunch Box
Available for purchase on Amazon, decohousewares.com, and specialty retailers nationwide.
Kids Collapsible Lunch Box retails for $12.99 and the larger version for adults is available for $19.99.
Do you have a kid who is more on the creative side? There is something exciting out there for your child and it’s called Creation Crate. Building Circuits, program electronics, and is so fun with Creation Create. You can easily get tech-literate with this fun approach to technical learning. People love building and creating because they make everything super easy. The next time you’re trying to challenge your kid and make learning more fun, head to Creation Crate.
Creepblockers is something that everyone needs to use regardless of their age. They come in lots of fun designs and as you can see I used lips to block out my camera. I was a little skeptical when they first arrived, but let me tell you, they work like a charm and keep your life private. These days we can not be to careful with our kids, teens, or even ourselves as adults, so grab your Creepblockers today!
Here’s a little more about Creepblockers
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: *Your camera may be watching and your computer is listening.* But, don’t have fear: SaferTech has got you covered – literally!! CreepBlockers are stylish privacy decals that 1)cover your computer webcams & phone camera and 2) muffle your computer microphones. Each CreepBlocker sheet contains over 60+ polyvinyl emblems, enough to cover the whole family’s devices. They come in so many designs – from funny, uplifting and adorable motifs for mom & the kids to sleek & discrete emblems for guy’s guy or computer geek in your life . CreepBlockers are: – highly reusable, – removable – reposition-able – leave behind no residue or lens damage like Post-its or tape. They retail for $14.95 or 2/$20. Everyone from the stars of Snowden to the Real Housewives love them!
Baby Jack & Co
The Learning Lovey by baby Jack is an educational sensory tag toy and blanket that provides comfort and entertainment for kids of all ages.
Our sensory tag blankets have been inspired by our baby Jack – now 6 years old and our CEO. Owned and operated by mom Kelley, dad Brian and nana Nancy. Each and every educational print is designed by Baby Jack Co. with the help of #babyjackfans. Our daughter VPBailey (Jack’s kid sister) hand picks the plush animals that are attached. Nothing gets created unless CEOJack approves!
Oh my gosh, this is the softest and cutest lovely I have ever seen. One side is silky soft with cute little farm animals, the other side is soft and fluffy minki fabric. All the tags on the side will be sure to keep any little babe completely occupied and entertained too. I especially love the little hook to attach the lovey to a car seat or really anything. Hopefully this means it won’t land on the floor. I’d highly recommend the Baby Jack & company, highly quality products at great prices.
The Hang-O-Matic has made it so easy to make my house feel like a home. When I first moved in, I procrastinated on putting pictures and decor on the walls because I knew it would be a pain. The Hang-O-Matic changed that. I can easily put up my frames and know that they’ll look good since this wonderful tool has a level built in to it. I can measure how far apart the frames need to be and then use this all-in-one tool to measure, level, and mark the wall for the nails. This is a must-have product for any home!
Community Coffee Company
If you have followed me for very long you know I’m powered by coffee and love it especially in the winter months. But I recently fell in love with a new to me brand and their caramel coffee is just what the Dr. ordered when I need a jolt of java to help make it through the day. While I’m technically an Empty Nester and this is my first year not having to prepare for the insanity of another school year, I’m glad Community Coffee is right along side me in my cup cheering me on.
Nothing says back-to-school like a good cup of coffee! As the largest family-owned and operated coffee company in the U.S., Community Coffee Company offers high-quality blends featuring 100% select Arabica coffee beans in a variety of yummy flavors. From the intense, bold flavor of their French Roast to the smooth, velvety taste of their Private Reserve Sumatra blend, Community coffee is sure to help make mornings for mom and dad a little easier. Community also offers an annual Cash for Schools program that helps participating schools earn money by collecting UPC labels! So when my coffee is gone and it won’t be long, I will help the local school by giving them my UPC labels.
Now that school is back in session, I have to get ready for late nights filled with my son’s homework. One thing I have found that helps with homework time is proper lighting. That’s why I love Feit Electric products. From their LED Intellibulb to their colorful bulb choices, I know that I can find the right lighting choice for each room in my house. I personally love the Color Choice bulb for back to school time. I can change the color for the mood, using the “get cozy” soft light for reading time to the “be productive” cool light for math homework. No matter what your lighting needs are, Feit Electric has the bulb for you.
EZviz mini 360 plus
Back-to-school time is complicated enough. My son and I have to get back in the swing of things, balancing work, school, homework, and dinner each day. That’s why I’m excited to try the Sideclick. The Sideclick is an add-on to my streaming device remote, allowing me to control my Roku, TV, and sound system with one remote. This simplifies my life a ton! I don’t have to worry about finding a different remote for each thing I need to turn on. I can simply grab my Roku remote with Sideclick and watch my favorite shows while I unwind for a crazy school day.
Have you been looking for the perfect back to school backpack? You’re going to love Sophia Style! They have all sorts of lunch boxes, backpacks, and anything else you need for your back to school adventures. Sophia Style is great because their designs are like no other. You can find a unique back to school backpack for your child. Of course, you can shop for everything you need here, not just backpacks. Just think, accessories, shoes, clothing, and even baby and women’s clothing can be purchased here. Don’t delay! Check out Sophia Style today and pick up bags for boys and girls.
My son loves his dogs, which is why I was so excited to get him this gift set from I See Me. Not only do we get a personalized book about one of our dogs, we also get a personalized bandana for Opie to wear. Jayce loved reading about the escapades Opie would get in if he could talk. This personalized set is the perfect personalized gift to give to your pet lover!
I see me even has other fun items including Lunchboxes / Puzzles / Coloring Books / Placemats / Stickers and Growth Charts! Something for everyone and every occasion!
The Andis Promotor+ Combo 27-Piece Haircutting Kit is perfect for all clipping and trimming needs. 4-times more powerful than magnetic motor tools, this combo cuts and styles wet or dry hair. Additionally, the adjustable blade clipper is ideal for crew cuts and maintaining shorter hair styles, while the T-Blade trimmer is perfect for detailing and trimming necklines, beards, and sideburns. This combo features contoured housings which allow for comfortable, controlled clipping and trimming, as well as a 5-year warranty. Ensure the longevity of your blade’s life by oiling it before every use.