Back to School Guide 2016

Disclosure: Post contains affiliate links. I received some of the products below for inclusion in my guide. All opinions stated here are my own.
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It is that time of the year again! School will be back in session in no time. Are you ready? I have to admit I still have a few things to pick up. My daughter will be starting Pre-K and my son is starting 3rd grade. I gather some back to school essentials that will help make your back to school shopping a breeze!

Essentials from Pre-K to college!


Invoxia Triby

Triby is an Alexa speaker: Use the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, get the news, set alarms, control smart home devices, and more using just your voice. Just say the wake word “Alexa” and Triby responds instantly. Preset Internet radio stations and Spotify playlists for one-button access. Make calls over VoIP or with a paired smartphone from 15 feet away.
Yoobi Composition Book

With 100 pages of college ruled paper, a spot on the front cover for your name, subject, school and grade, and a customizable class schedule inside the front cover, what more could you want? Oh yeah, a super cool print and color combo of blue checker design and green binding! You buy, Yoobi gives - For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S.
Multi-Pocket Pencil Case

Sometimes, searching for all those mini Yoobi items amongst your full size ones gets to be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. That's why we've created this awesome aqua diamond pencil case with two front pockets to store all things mini! You buy, Yoobi gives - For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S.

3D Erasers - Animal and Food Assorted 6 pk

Use them or display them, either way you can keep them handy in their clear carrying case complete with a clip to hang onto your backpack, pencil case or even your lanyard. You buy, Yoobi gives - For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S.

Funny Face Binder Clips, 6pk

Some paperclips don't stand a chance with your giant stacks of artwork, homework or paperwork. Look no further than these funny-faced binder clips that will keep all your papers in one place. Googly eye stickers are included to make them extra silly. You buy, Yoobi gives - For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S.

Yoobi Mini Supply Kit

Think of it as a first aid office kit for when you're on the go. Pencil sharpener? Check. Scissors? Check. Stapler, staple remover and staples? Check. Tape dispenser, hole punch? Check. We've got you covered for any supply emergency. You buy, Yoobi gives - For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S.
Yoobi x i am OTHER folder

Yoobi x i am OTHER presented by Pharrell Williams brings you this fun printed folder with twin pockets that keep all of your papers safe and sound. A sturdy paper cover provides protection and quite a bit of style. Grab some markers and make it your own with the color-in design. You buy, Yoobi gives - For every Yoobi item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need, right here in the U.S.
VerveRider+ wearable Bluetooth® earbuds by Motorola

Enjoy powerful HD sound and a comfortable wear style. The VerveRider+ bring you the perfect listening experience, along with the perfect secure fit. Wherever you go, the contoured collar design is made to move with you, so it hardly feels like you’re wearing them at all. Lose your headphones? Find last connected location on a map with Hubble Connect for VerveLife.

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Stephen Joseph Sketch Pad

Activity time is fun with our colorful preschooler Sketch Pads! Each pad has 100 pages and comes with six crayons to make beautiful sketches. An easy carry handle and a reusable crayon pouch makes moving the pad a breeze.
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Stephen Joseph Butterfly Pencil Pouch

With three-dimensional character accents, these pencil pouches for kids are designed to coordinate with the Sidekick Backpacks, Art Totes, Lap Desks, and Lunch Pals. They have a zippered closure and are approximately 9” x 4” x 0.5”. Designs coordinate with Sidekick Backpacks, Art Totes, Lap Desks, and Lunch Pals
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Stephen Joseph Little Squirts

Our Little Squirts drink pouches for toddlers are perfect for a quick drink on the go. They are reusable, top rack dishwasher safe, freezable, and foldable. Measuring approximately 6.75” x 4.75”, it holds approximately 10 ounces.
Stephen Joseph Crossbody Purse

Big on style, these preschooler crossbody purses are cute and compact! The design is not only cute but functional with a zip close top and 25” strap.
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Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens

Spread joy (not smears) with quick-drying Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens. With vivid gel ink that dries 3X faster* for reduced smearing, it’s like a party on the page where smudges aren’t invited. With 14 brilliant colors to choose from, your notes will be bright and filled with fun. Perk alert: these colorful pens are fully wrapped with a comfort grip (because words should never hurt you) and feature a smooth style that keeps the joy flowing as fast as your thoughts.

Sharpie Extreme Permanent Markers

High-contrast ink resists fading from exposure to UV, rain, snow, and even mud. From the leading name in premium permanent markers, a fade-resistant marker that withstands extreme conditions. Bold, high-contrast colors resist fading when exposed to harsh UV rays, rain, snow and mud. Fine, durable tip delivers bold color and lines on most surfaces, including plastic, glass and wood. Ideal for sporting equipment, camping gear, playground toys, water bottles and more. Includes black, blue, green, and red markers.
Philips Sonicare For Kids Ice Age: Collision Course

The NEW limited edition Philips Sonicare For Kids Ice Age: Collision Course has Bluetooth® technology that connects the power toothbrush directly to its customizable FREE interactive Ice Age coaching app. With the help of their fun personal brushing coach, “Sparkly” and his bag of tricks and games, kids develop a lifetime of healthy oral care habits and get rewards for doing a thorough job each time they brush. Parents can even monitor their child’s routine by reviewing their brushing habits on the separate, parent dashboard and set up milestones and rewards to motivate their child to brush their teeth twice a day.
Fiskars Softgrip® Pointed-tip Kids Scissors

Fishars Softgrip® Pointed-tip Kids Scissors give children a scissors that’s safe and comfortable to use with a blade tip design that offers excellent cutting control. Additionally, it features a creative, colorful handle that makes cutting fun for kids. Like all of Fiskars Kids Scissors, their Softgrip® Pointed-tip Kids Scissors feature their innovative safety-edge blades for high-quality cutting with a safer blade angle.

bedface offers 24 colors that can be mix-and-matched to make your dream bed. Go ahead, dream big. Available in Twin XL for college dorms. Quality bedding should always be affordable, why should you ever pay the middlemen? Shopping for bed sheets has never been easier, mix and match any bedface sheets and have them delivered to your door within days. Be ready for the best damn sheets on the Internet!
Crayola Power Lines Project Markers

Create rich, vibrant designs with Power Lines Project Markers. With 10 different bold colors to choose from, you'll be able to create eye-catching drawings that stand out. The versatile tip can create thick or thin lines, so you can add fine details and color in your work using the same marker.

Crayola Ultra Clean Washable Markers

Kids love to get creative with color, but parents want to keep the color where it belongs and easily remove it where it doesn't! Crayola Ultra-Clean Broad Line Bold Markers now have an improved Ultra-Clean washable formula and come with two new bold colors. These durable broad-line markers feature conical tips that let kids color in large areas or create slim lines.
Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Crayons

Great for use at home or school, Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Crayons are an essential creative tool for kids. The 24 non-toxic crayons in this pack are specially formulated to wash clean from skin, clothing, and even painted walls. Featuring classic colors as well as bright, fun shades, they inspire self-expression and imaginative play.

Crayola Fine Line Washable Dry Erase Markers

Crayola Washable Dry-Erase Fine Line Markers can be used for any number of projects and activities, at home or on the go. Write whiteboard notes on a family schedule or calendar, tackle an organizing project, help kids practice their letters and numbers, or simply draw a colorful picture. The bright ink easily erases from whiteboard surfaces, plus it washes off of skin and out of most clothing. This pack includes six markers in vibrant colors.

8-Count Washable Dry-Erase Crayons, Neon

Washable Dry-Erase Crayons in 8 vibrant neon colors! Erases cleanly but won't easily brush off dry-erase surfaces. Washes easily from skin and fabrics. No odor, no caps to lose and they won't dry out. Includes built-in sharpener.

Crayola Doodle Scents Markers

Bold, colorful and infused with sweet smells, Crayola Doodle Scents are inspired by the great outdoors, fun shops and tasty eateries that are kids' favorite places.
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Markers

Endearing Pip-Squeaks Markers are small in size, but BIG in color! The easy-to-hold short barrels are scaled to match little hands and the ink is our special washable formula!

Crayola 8 Count Washable Window Markers

Use Crayola Washable Window Markers to create fun and colorful designs on windows for holidays, birthdays, graduations, and other special occasions. Crayola Window Markers also work great on glass picture frames, mirrors, Mylar and more.
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Camo Multi-Device Charging Station And Dock

Keep all your portable gadgets charged and organized with the brand new Multi-Device Charging Station. With room for a laptop, tablet and up to 3 other devices this sturdy stand holds and hides unsightly cords. A magnetic base flips open to reveal a hidden storage compartment for wires that otherwise clutter up your desk space. No real techie will want to be without this essential accessory!
WAFF Large Journal Combo

Inspired by the grid of a waffle the WAFF Notebook comes with 2 Clips on the side that can be used to customize the book as well as to keep it closed; you can clip them anywhere on the WAFF cover. Comes with 50 alphabet cubes and 50 color cubes.

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Staples® Arc System 12 Month Undated Planner

Customize the way you plan with the Staples® Arc System 12 Month Undated Planner in assorted designs. The Staples® Arc System 12 Month Undated Planner in assorted designs measures 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", and features 12 months of weekly and monthly layouts, with inspirational quotes and fun designs.

JLab Audio Epic2 Bluetooth Wireless Sport Earbuds

With up to 12 hours of mind-blowing sound between charges, Epic2 Bluetooth Earbuds powers past the competition. Get a week's worth of workouts, almost three marathons or a round-trip flight from San Diego to New York. Talk about stamina. Plus, the battery indicator on your device will always keep you in the know.
ZOKU Iced Coffee Maker

Turn piping hot coffee or tea into a delicious chilled beverage in as little as five minutes. Don’t let ice dilute your favorite flavor, just store your stainless steel mug in your freezer, add it to the insulating sleeve, pour your beverage and snap the lid on tight. This travel mug is spill resistant with a sipping straw that makes it ideal for drinking on the go.
ZOKU Travel Tumbler

Sip without spills with the Zoku 16oz. Travel Tumbler. The double-walled design keeps drinks insulated and your hands warm and dry on the outside. Sealing is a snap with the press-fit lid. And the silicone holder keeps your straw in place no matter where you take it.
Capresso On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker

The On-the-Go Personal Coffee Maker keeps up with your busy lifestyle by quickly brewing coffee directly into the stainless steel insulated thermal travel mug so you never have to leave your brew behind.
Capresso 5-Cup Mini Drip
The 5-Cup Mini Drip Coffee Maker is a programmable drip coffee maker for brewing the perfect amount for small households.

Trailmaker Girls' Printed Backpack with Pencil Pouch

Girls vinyl patch printed backpack with attached pencil case.
Fiskars Flexible Ruler

Our virtually unbreakable Flexible Ruler can be folded, bent and twisted, and it will still lay flat to give you accurate measurements and help you draw straight lines.

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Sometimes clean just isn’t enough. That’s why Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are made to kill 99.999% of viruses and bacteria*, including Staph, E. coli, Salmonella, Strep, Kleb and the viruses that cause colds and flu. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes give you all kinds of multi-tasking power in one wipe, ready to attack multiple surfaces, multiple messes and all manner of nasties you find lurking in your home.

Charmin Essentials Soft Toilet Paper

New Charmin Essentials Strong toilet paper is 3X stronger when wet vs. Scott® 1000 and available at a comparable price. What's not to like? At Charmin we understand how important value is and that's why we created long-lasting Charmin Essentials Strong toilet paper. We all go to the bathroom, those who go with Charmin Essentials Strong toilet paper really Enjoy the Go!

Infiniti Pro by Conair 1875 Watt Translucent Styler

The Infiniti Pro by Conair 1875 Watt Translucent Styler is designed with a salon performance AC motor that delivers powerful airflow for up to 50% faster drying and up to 3x longer life. Ceramic technology helps to protect hair from heat damage while ionic technology gives you smooth, shiny hair with up to 75% less frizz. With 3 heat / 2 speed settings, you can customize the styling tool for your hair type. Then, lock in curls, waves and style with the true cold shot button. It also includes a concentrator attachment for pinpoint styling and diffuser attachment that enhances curls and waves.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Dermatological Acne Treatment System

Dermatological 3-step acne treatment system. Reduces up to 60% of acne in 10 days, with visible results starting day 1. Contains acne cleanser, acne toner and acne treatment cream. Head back to school with clear skin!

Preparing your child’s lunch is a breeze with these items! Lunchbags, thermos, and much more!

Star Wars Funtainer Thermos Bottle & Food Jar

Bottle: Thermos vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, not for use with hot liquids Durable stainless steel interior and exterior Hygienic push button lid with pop-up straw and integrated carry handle Keeps cold 12 hours 12 ounce capacity; hand washing recommended Food Jar: Thermos vacuum insulation technology for maximum temperature retention, hot or cold Durable stainless steel interior and exterior Wide mouth is easy to fill, serve from and clean Keeps cold for 7 hours and hot for 5 hours; stay cool exterior 10 ounce capacity
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Solid Pink Thermos Funtainer Bottle & Food Jar

olid Pink Thermos Funtainer Bottle & Food Jar... Beverage Bottle Keeps drinks Cold for 12 Hours; Food Jar Keeps Food Hot for 5 Hours, or Cold for 7 Hours! Double Wall Vacuums in Each; Kid-proof Design; Light, Compact, and Portable. Perfect for your daughter's school lunch! Great for road trips, vacations, a day around town, and more! Bottle - 12 oz... Food Jar - 10 oz.

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PlanetBox Rover

Our lunchbox helps guide you in packing well-balanced meals quickly and easy with our bento-style segmented containers. PlanetBox comes in three different styles; Rover, Launch and Shuttle. Each system is tailored for different appetites for children and adults. The Rover is designed for those who prefer to sample a wide variety of foods with smaller serving sizes.

BUILT NY Gourmet Getaway Neoprene Lunch Tote, Micro Dot

This mid-sized, stretchy neoprene tote, available in a huge variety of fun patterns, is the gold standard among reusable insulated lunch bags. Keeps food cold (or warm) for up to 4 hours, depending on the outside temperature. The flat bottom keeps it upright, perfect for bottles or dishes that you don’t want tipping over. Soft-grip handles make it easy to carry. It’s vinyl-free, PVC-free, tested for lead safety, and machine-washable so there's no need to worry about spills. Stores flat, but expands to fit a variety of containers.

Lunchbox Jokes: 100 Fun Tear-Out Notes for Kids

Add a joke and make lunch fun! Lunchbox notes are a great way to say I love you when your child is at school. Each tear-out page contains a joke that will add a smile to the lunch menu. Whether your kid relishes the fun alone or takes center stage and reads to the rest of the table, Lunchbox Jokes makes it easy, fun, and funny.

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Make Lunches Your Kids Will Love with More Than 200 Deliciously Nutritious Meal

The 200+ complete lunchbox recipes in this book are adorable and inspiring, and just as much a joy to make as they are to eat! There are even entire lunchbox meals that are gluten-, soy-, and/or nut-free. Make your own super-delicious, super-nutritious homemade lunches today—it’s guaranteed to be at the top of the class!

Munchkin Silly Sandwich Cutter Set, 3 count

The 3 piece Silly Sandwich Cutter by Munchkin makes fun shapes out of sandwiches, pancakes and more. Kids will be delighted at mealtime when food is cut into an elephant, penguin or puzzle. Ships one of each shape, one of each color.

Sistema To Go Cutlery Set - Reusable

This reusable cutlery set contains easy-to-assemble knife, fork, spoon and chopsticks in a hygienic and water-tight carrying case. Perfect for lunches and picnics! Set of 5: knife, fork, spoon, pair of chopsticks, and carrying case Colour/Pattern: Blue Care: Dishwasher safe, BPA Free

I hope these give you some ideas for some nutritional snacks for your child’s lunch boxes! I’ve personally tasted all the products listed below and love them all – even my kids!
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Barbara's Cheese Puffs

Irresistible cheese puffs bursting with the flavors of real cheeses, such as aged cheddar, blue cheese and white cheddar, and combined with Non-GMO stone-ground corn. The Cheese Puffs are cholesterol free, vegetarian, made with wheat-free ingredients, and now gluten free. Varieties include: Original, Jalapeno, Baked Original and Baked White Cheddar


Light, crunchy and oh-so-satisfying, these triangular-shaped popped corn snacks will leave your taste buds wanting during every adventure, all with an airy, perfectly imperfect texture. New flavors include: Carnival Kettle, Cheddar Feel-Good, Salt of the Earth, Smokin’ Jalapeno White Cheddar, Sweetly Salted Caramel, Cinema Style and Sweet Heat Chili
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Good Health Snacks

Offers a variety of kid-friendly travel snacks in single-serving bags that are Certified Organic, Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher Certified as well as those made with Extra Goodness!™. The snack selections include: Gluten Free Pretzels and Veggie Pretzels, Avocado Oil and Olive Oil Kettle Style Potato Chips and Sweet Potato Kettle Style Chips, Veggie Straws, Veggie Chips and Veggie Stix©
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Bare Snacks

A line of snacks that are made from freshly picked whole fruit that’s simply baked, never fried, with nothing artificial and no preservatives. These snacks are made with real fruit and no added sugar, which will help keep the energy levels at an appropriate level on long car trips or flights. Selections include: bare Apple Chips, bare Coconut Chips and bare Banana Chips
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Pressed by KIND

Pressed by KIND is our first-ever bar made with only fruit & chia or only fruit & veggies. All in five ingredients or less, with no added sugar. A convenient and tasty way to add two servings of fruit to your family daily routine! Flavors include: Mango Apple Chia, Pineapple Coconut Chia, Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach, Apricot Pear Carrot Beet, and Cherry Apple Chia

Orgain has kids and college students covered with their nutritional shake and their healthy kids shakes. With a delicious fruit and veggie blend, organic protein and 23 vitamins and minerals, the shakes help busy students keep hunger satisfied and is a perfect option for picky eaters. The new Organic Protein Bars are a delicious high fiber, low sugar alternative to most protein and nutrition bars for the whole family. For busy college students looking for an extra boost of energy, Orgain also offers Organic Cold Brew Coffee + Protein made with Fair Trade Certified coffee.

Vita Coco Coconut Water

Vita Coco is never made from concentrate. That means we pick, crack, and pack fresh young coconuts directly at the source. After the coconuts are cleaned, the delicate water inside is flash pasteurized (and occasionally mixed with all-natural fruit puree) then poured into a shelf-stable Tetra Pak. The entire process from tree to Pak doesn't exceed 72 hours. We hear the end result is a lot like sticking a straw in a coconut.

New Zealand Natural Premium Grass-Fed Beef Jerky

A line of premium Non-GMO Project Verified, free-range, grass-fed beef jerky made with only natural ingredients. Packaged in small, individual bags, NZJ’s protein-packed jerky is perfect for satisfying hunger on-the-go: Flavors include: Original, Teriyaki, and Peppered
Mamee Snacks

The NEW range of Mamee Stacked Crisps are available in 3 amazing flavours - Original, BBQ, and Sour Cream and Onion. Finally a stacked chip that tastes as good as the market leader but without all the nasties!
Slammers SuperFood Snack

Fuel the fun with organic snacks packed with healthy fruits, vegetables and vitamins. The perfect nutritious treat for kids on the go. Slammers™ are convenient, healthy treats that help kids get the nutrition they need without pausing the fun. Our ingredients come from certified organic farms: no added sugar, no artificial ingredients. We know it’s good stuff because we taste every batch.

SkinnyPop Popcorn

SkinnyPop starts with a premium popcorn kernel, sunflower oil and the perfect amount of salt. From there, "No Artificial Anything" says it all. Our popcorn has no GMOs, gluten or preservatives, making SkinnyPop a tasty, guilt-free snack.

Popchips Single Serve Ridges Four-Flavor

Come explore the mini mountains of flavor on our boldly original popchips ridges. with every crunchy bite, you’ll find it harder to stop, and why should you? get more for your tastebuds. with popchips you get more flavor and more chips with less calories and fat than the "other" brands. Available in Cheddar & sour cream, tangy barbeque, salted, and chili cheese.

I would love to know, what is your “must have” back to school item?


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