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Back To School Guide


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.

Teach My Preschooler

Teach My Preschooler

About Teach My

Teach My is a Women Owned company all about helping parents spend quality time with their children through educational play. Started by Christy Cook when her son was a toddler, she realized the need for an all-inclusive educational kit that parents could work on with their children. These products teach babies, toddlers and preschoolers the basic skills, things like; the alphabet, colors, shapes, numbers, reading and even math! These products can be found in nationwide retailers including Walmart, Toys R Us, Target.com and online on Amazon. Shop Teach My today!

USBthere

USBthere is the perfect solution or the missing cords, or usb ports. It’s always right where you left it! It’s the perfect solution for the busy areas of your house where guests can easily plug in and get a charge no matter what phone they have. USBthere installs on any outlet cover in just seconds with a special security screw that locks it in place. It is inconspicuous, safe and virtually unbreakable. 

The kit includes: USBthere durable charger lock and security screw with a hex L-key, compatible with most outlet covers. A 3.2 Foot retractable 3-in-1 USB cable compatible with iPhone, Android, and Type C. It even has a single USB charging cube, 5V, 1A charging output with built in overage and short circuit protection. 

USBthere

 

Cold Bee Gone

With Back to School season arriving quickly, that means germs and colds will be on the rise. But my friends at Cold Bee Gone, have a homeopathic, Manuka honey-based remedy that you swab in your nose to fight colds, flu and allergies. I suffer from allergies in the Spring and Summer and since Cold Bee Gone arriving, I’ve been using it to see if I can tell a difference in just a couple of doses. 

The science behind the nasal swab method is that cold and flu viruses generally enter the body through our eyes, ears, nose or throat, and then replicate millions of times within 1-3 days. Introducing Cold Bee Gone can help reduce the duration and severity of the illness.

Staying away from sickness is extremely important when going back to school and I’m a Cold Bee Gone convert!

Cold Bee Gone

Wrap Buddies

With Back 2 School means lots of fun things but it also means lots and lots of birthday parties, gifts and more. But if you are anything like me, wrapping is one of my least favorite chores, but I have an ultimate secret weapon that combines all your wrapping necessities into one! Wrap Buddies clips to your table to hold your wrapping paper in place, while doubling as a tape dispenser at the same time. With adjustable table clips and supplies close at hand, you’ll be able to measure, cut, trim, wrap, and tape quicker than ever before! But it’s more than just a “gift wrapping” assistant. It’s the perfect solution to use with school projects/crafts, and teachers all over the world would love a Wrap Buddy for a present! It will even help you hold plastic wrap or aluminum foil rolls in the kitchen for upcoming bake sales! It’s a must have Back to School accessory! 

Wrap Buddy

Fracture Glass Prints 

As an Empty Nesters I get to cherish the memories of years gone by of Elizabeth’s school years. But being a Grandma is one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. But as Back to School season is approaching, we all need to remember those fresh haircuts, new clothes and how cute they look year after year. Fracture is the perfect way to capture those First Day Memories as well as the last that has been a growing tradition. All you have to do is snap that photo, upload it to www.fracture.me, select your preferred size, click and wait for that perfect memory to be printed directly onto durable glass and shipped to you in a cool, eco-friendly box. Mine arrived in less than a week and is the perfect addition to our daughter’s wall. While our little Tater isn’t heading to school just yet, he will have lots and lots of pictures to remember his childhood through. I know that we will be using FractureMe for several upcoming projects. 

The Fracture glass prints are unlike any traditional paper print, canvas or digital frame. The effect is stunning, sleek, unique and ready to hang on the wall with one simple mounting screw that’s included. 

Perfect photo gift ideas

Wamsutta Micro Cotton Ultra Soft Bath Towels

Got a college student heading off to college? Pick up some Micro Cotton’s Wamsutta Collection Towels from one of my all time favorite stores! Bed, Bath and Beyond is one of the stores that I head to first when shipping for Back To school Items, but I do admit that my shopping isn’t quite like it used to be. We are done with Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and even College but with 25 nieces and nephews I try to help their parents when I can. That’s why I pick things up to help them out. But this year I’m keeping the new towels for my own bathroom. Available in 50 different colors, you are sure to find the perfect set for the college dorm, your bathroom, or even the kids bathroom. 

The Micro Cotton’s Wamsutta Collection is available exclusively at Bed, Bath & Beyond and will help make your Back to School shopping stress free! They are high-quality cotton, and make you and your family think you are in a five-star hotel enjoying summer break, instead of their new normal routine.  The Micro Cotton towels are durable, super-absorbent and fast-drying, so they will last year after year. And at only $14.99 the won’t break the bank, so it’s a winning combination. 

Wamsutta Micro Cotton Ultra Soft Bath Towels

MyCharge 

MyCharge has been one of my favorite brands for a long time when it comes to staying charged on the go. But they aren’t just for back to school, they are perfect for when you are doing your daily activities. They make a wide range of portable powerbanks that provide a safe and quick recharge for phones, laptops, tablets and other devices. My favorite part is that most of them have cords built in and you don’t have to dig in the bottom of your purse to find the charger and the cord. They have the following popular models: HubMini, HubPlus, HubMax, AdventurePlus, AdventureMax, AdventureMega, AdventureMega C, AmpProng+, RazorMega C and RazorSuper. 

All of myCharge’s powerbanks come equipped with 12 layers of protection to prevent common issues users face with cheap, flimsy chargers such as overheating and overcharging and each powerbank is tested up to 500 lifecycles to get the most bang for your buck.  Whether you are traveling, commuting to work or school, doing outdoor recreation or just going about your day-to-day activities, you most likely need extra battery power for your phone or other electronic devices. Make myCharge your go to portable charger! 

The best portable charger on the market

Aculief

Thinking about going Back to School always gave me a headache and when I spend a lot of time working I often get headaches. I’m thankful I don’t get migraines often, but when I feel a headache coming on I reach for the Aculief. The award-winning, doctor approved Aculief Wearable Acupressure™ works by providing pressure to the LI4 acupressure point. The LI4 has been used for thousands of years to provide natural headache and tension relief as well as promote your body’s natural energy.

Aculief Wearable Acupressure™ provides:

Natural headache and tension relief

Promotes your bodies natural energy known as “Qi”

Works fast

Lasts forever

Designed for active lifestyles

I know you are skeptic and so was I honestly but it really does work. Now to give one of them to my niece Olivia to see if it helps her this school year because she has some really bad headaches on a daily basis once school is in session. 

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Woken Coffee 

Yes, you had me at coffee but this is a good for the Earth Coffee and that makes it even better right? This is a wonderful subscription service, that allows college students to stay caffeinated, or keeps busy moms sane with all of the Back To School Crazy! This eco-friendly company is reducing the waste and guilt that comes with single-serve espresso pods. Woken

Coffee pods are 100% compostable and compatible with *Nespresso OriginalLine Machine models. Compostable pods doesn’t mean compromising when it comes to taste. These eco-friendly pods contain diverse coffee blends varying in intensity and flavor. Choose from their three delectable flavors of premium espresso to start your morning off right and spend less than a dollar a day (each capsule is 67 cents)!

Make a commitment to the environment and your wallet with a tailored subscription:

  • Get your coffee delivered monthly to your home or office
  • Choose your quantity and mix and match your blends

Get your own Coffee Pods today! 

Woken Coffee

Back to School Early Bird Pricing at Mabel’s Labels!

The Car Seat Key

The Car Seat Key is a simple handheld tool that presses in the red harness release button on children’s car seats. With one hand you can easily and quickly release your child from his or her car seat harness. The product is perfect for helping moms with long nail struggles, can also assist anyone in need of releasing a child from his or her harness fast and easy in an emergency. Is grandma and grandpa babysitting? For those with arthritis or carpal tunnel, The Car Seat Key distributes this weight through your entire hand versus just one finger.
The Car Seat Key Works in Three Easy Steps:
  • Slide The Car Seat Key over the car seat harness release button
  • Apply slight pressure
  • Release the harness
Other “Key” Features:
  • Child safety tested and approved
  • Quick release keychain to keep on your keys, purse, diaper bag or any other place that is safely out of reach from your child 
  • Comes in five colors
  • Fast priority shipping
  • Made in the USA
Anyone on the road can easily get into a car accident. Ensure an extra step of preparedness with The Car Seat Key! We loved it so much that we have placed an order for a few gifts. Now they even have a Neon Collection so you can get your car seat key in pink, yellow and orange as well as the original colors. 

The Car Seat Key

Treetop Applesauce

Starting a new school year can be daunting, not just for kids, but parents as well. For on-the-go moms racing against the clock during the morning rush and serious meal preppers alike, finding a wholesome snack the little ones will want to eat can be a challenge. Fortunately, Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches are here to catapult every kid’s lunch game to the top of the class. They are delicious, portable and best of all parents can see the good inside since the pouches are see-through! It is “clearly” the whole package.

Along with being an A+ fit for back-to-school lunches, Tree Top pouches are made with 100% USA apples and have no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and colors. They come in seven delicious flavors: Apple, Mango, Cinnamon, Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Tropical, and Organic Apple.

Treetop Applesauce

Jambo Books

Jambo Books is a children’s book subscription company. They send 2 age-appropriate books to our subscribers each month that feature children of color as the stars of their own stories. Jambo books show children of color in situations where children’s literature rarely places them – making friends, raising pets, loving grandparents and fighting dragons. The books arrive in boxes beautifully decorated with art that uplifts children of color with a personalized letter. They currently serve children aged 0-13.
Pricing:
  • Monthly Subscription: $24.99 a month
  • 3 Month Subscription: $67.50 (Save 10%!)
  • 6 Month Subscription: $124.00 (Get one month free!)
  • 12 Month Subscription: $249.90 (Get two months free!)

We received 3 books our grandson “Tater” as we call him online, and I love all three of them. They are staying at Nan’s and Poppy’s house so that way he can read them when he is visiting. Get your Jambo Books ordered and get a jump on the school year and donate a subscription donate a subscription to your child’s teacher.

Jambu books perfect for kids of all ages


Capture those First Day Memories

From visually narrating the first day of school on Instagram, to the classroom, prom and graduations, compact mobile photo printers like the Kodak Smile, Polaroid ZIP, Canon Ivy and Polaroid Mint are enjoying incredible popularity among students, faculty and parents for their ability to transform digital selfies into a lasting, physical memory.

With nothing more than a solid Bluetooth connection, these pocketsize mobile printers use ZINK Zero Ink’s inkless printing tech and paper to allow you to instant-print directly your smartphone. All the colors required for high-quality, photographic printing are embedded in the ZINK paper. ZINK photo paper is waterproof, and tear- and smudge resistant, and adhesive-backed, so teachers won’t have to worry about fingerprints and smudges damaging prints.

For teachers, inkless printing means no messy toner or ink cartridges when used for scrapbooking, arts and crafts, label printing and many other everyday activities. AND, since most of us already carry a high-end camera everywhere you go in the form of our smartphone, these devices combine the flexibility and fun of using filters and image editing on your phone with the delight of having a printed copy of your photo – without having to purchase (or carry) another device.

As so much of our lives goes digital, it makes sense that mobile instant-photo printers and 2-in-1 instant-print cameras have become the premier mobile accessory. Consumers today, more than at any time in recent history, crave the ability to click and print images wherever and whenever they choose.

Capture memories with Kodak and PolaroidPhabit

We as a society are on our phones a lot and I for one suffer from Tech Neck often. However, my friends at Phabit are helping me change my phone habits. Watching your favorite TV shows in bed just got a whole lot more relaxing and fun! Simply invert your phone before placing into Phabit and position at eye level. Phabit is designed so your phone’s touch controls, hardware buttons and ports are easily reachable. When positioning beyond easy reach, try a Bluetooth remote to pause, fast forward / rewind, or adjust volume right from the palm of your hand! You can even use it for cooking, video watching, selfie taking and so much more!

Support Your Phone Habit with Phabit today!

Help your tech neck with the help of Phabit

Ottlite

Working at a desk is something that I love to do and get way more done when I’m at a desk. That being said I dislike the “yellowish” glow from a lamp, but am happy to report that I’ve found the perfect lams for Back to School time or home office. There are 6 new OttLite Wellness desk lamps feature exclusive Clear Sun LED technology, which is as close to natural sunlight as you can get. The patent-pending Clear Sun lighting reduces eye strain up to 51 percent, and the energy efficient LEDs last up to 40,000 hours. In addition to being healthy, OttLite lamps are also full of convenient tech features like: wireless charging stations, touch controls, and voice assistant for Google Home and Alexa. Super flexible silicone neck holds position to direct light right where you need it making it the perfect addition to your Back to School shopping list. 

There are 6 new OttLite Wellness desk lamps feature exclusive Clear Sun LED technology

Velvet Caviar

If you have followed me for anytime at all you know i love my technology. But I dislike boring black cases and wanted something with a little more “jazz” if you will. So when I received an email from Velvet Caviar I was thrilled. Velvet Caviar is the perfect technology accessory for Back to School time because they let you have “pretty” cases, but yet still keep your investment protected. Pair your favorite Velvet Caviar phone case with a matching portable power bank charger! Never run out of power when on the go or in need for some extra juice.

  • 2 full phone charges from this compact and long lasting 4000 mAh lithium polymer battery. *1.7 charges for plus phone models*
  • Built in charging cords for iPhone & Android providing you the convenience of not having to carry additional cords you can easily lose or forget. 
  • Slim design and light weight construction for easy pocketing and convenient carrying similar in size and thickness to your phone.
  • Battery % indicator lights letting you know how much juice (25, 50, 75, 100%) is left before your next charge using the included usb cord.
  • 1 Year Guarantee on any malfunctions to the battery’s charging abilities. *Does not cover the charger’s expected exterior wear and tear*

Velvet Caviar has grips, cases, and chargers to help you look your best and you can personalize your cases with stickers and mirrors, how cool is that? Plus I’ve received hundreds of compliments on my new case and the phone stand it out of this world convenient, I was a skeptic about the stand, but it is the best accessory I’ve had on my cell phone yet. The battery chargers

 

 

 

Pretty yet protective smartphone cases

Stay Away

EarthKind pest repellents are made with fast-acting formulas with plant-powered essential oils. The patented pouch design delivers long-lasting, slow release of proven essential oils, reliably keeping pests out and preventing them from returning. No setup or messy cleanup! Available in the USA only. These great products that are plant-based, eco-friendly & toxin-free help you keep Ants, Spiders, Mice and Moths away while you focus on the important things like getting your kids back to school. which work by emitting a mixture scents from of plant fibers and essential oils that are pleasant for us, but disrupt their olfactory receptors, effectively making them ‘stay away.’ Get your  Stay Away Products today!

Be Earth Kind and get rid of critters

Isabelle Grace

Send the kids back to school with new jewelry from Isabelle Grace. They have affordable pieces that all kids love, and when it’s personalized it’s even better! Build your own charm necklace using their initials and their favorite sport to get them looking and feeling their best! Their cuff message bracelet is perfect for moms and having You Are Enough Engraved is a great way to make it a personalized gift with a sweet meaning too. As moms we need to remember that we are enough and are doing what we can and that is always enough no matter what we think.  Shop Isabelle Grace today!

Perfect Gift for Anyone from Isabelle Grace

Head Back To School with Thirty One

And now that summer is almost done here in Missouri we have had to make the switch to Back to school thoughts. Liz and I both carried Thirty One lunchboxes all 13 years in our classroom and my love for their products just keeps on giving. Last week Brady and I went on a small getaway and I, of course, packed The Crossbody Thermal Tote in Gingham with snacks for the road. And instead of packing a regular purse, I packed the old standby Retro Metro Bag I’ve had for years. It makes for the perfect travel bag for overnight trips.

But no matter what you decide to pick up for you or the kids, I know you will love the products just as much as I do. And they will last for years to come, so splurge and get some items for yourself as well. I promise everyone in the family will fight over who gets to carry what! Check out my last Fall’s picks before you go!

Thirty One makes the perfect holiday gifts

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Back to School Gift Guide 2019

Heidi Gray

Money saving Mom/Nan (Grandma) of 1, who loves to travel, cook, and of course spend time with family. Fun.Travel.Food not necessarily in that order serving Missouri and beyond!

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Alexis Yoakum

Thanks for the helpful tips!