The SoCal City Kids Back-to-School Guide! Here are some of my favorites for this time of year!

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MOLLY’S BAKEOVERS– The Food Allergy Research Center estimates 1 in 13 United States children suffer from food allergies and some can be life-threatening. As parents pack back to school lunches, Molly’s Bakeovers is a major consideration. Mother of four, Molly Hamilton has revolutionized a packable, allergy-free snack just launched at Safeway stores across California.

Sold in three flavors, Brownie Crisps, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin, each Molly’s Bakeovers bag of cookies is egg, soy, gluten, peanut and dairy-free. 6 bags, $36.  These are delicious and I highly recommend the Brownie Crisps!

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MOZI– The Mozi toy combines the nostalgia of the slinky and a modern day spinner because it can do both. Once you create motion you can’t stop. The Mozi spins continuously from one arm to another and you can even pass it from one friend to another. It provides limitless fun and infuses engineering, science, and math into fun, everyday play. Newton would definitely be proud! Sold in three colors, silver, green and iridescent, the Mozi is the hit toy of the season. $15.99. This one really is a lot of fun!

Every Organic Snack Moms (And Dads) Should Stock Up On!

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 Launched in 2016 by Chris Clarke and Sabrina Peterson, Pure Growth Organic was created in the belief that organic snacking should be more delicious, more engaging for children and more accessible for families. As moms reach to stock up on organic snacks, Pure Growth should be at the top of their list! These are really good and would make great after school snacks!

You can find on Amazon.com, Walmart and Target retailers:

My favorites are the Crispy Rice Squares –  $2.98!   Also avail:

  • Veggie Chips – $2.87
  • Strawberry Breakfast Biscuit Bites – $2.99
  • Chocolate Chip Biscuit Bites – $2.98
  • Plus many more…

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K+ Organics – New sports drink for kids and adults!

These are sold in Southern California in Gelsons and Bristol Farms and now online and are great for after school!

K+ Organics is a new electrolyte sports drink with ONLY 14 grams of sugar per bottle (more than half of other leading brands) and no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors or sweeteners and is certified organic. They are available in three unique flavors: Fruit Punch, Orange and Lime.

This next one is great for the little ones! 

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Getting your pre-schooler ready for back to school can be fun and games! Many of the skills that are reinforced by Edushape toys can prepare your child to learn.  For example small motor skills are necessary for writing, and socialization is important in any situation.

One of the newest creations from the celebrated pre-school toy company is the new Edushape Try Angles which offer toddlers many ways to build and create.  The easy to grab pieces can fit together so many different ways that your child will feel as if he is playing with a different toy each time.

I like that these are perfect for young children ages 2-4. I like the bright colors and that the pieces are easy to fit together. I highly recommend these! Find out more here.

20 bright colored pieces come packaged in a great storage case.  SRP: $29.99

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SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

This is a delightful book for young children starting school! This charming picture book is all about back to school nerves, with an ironic twist from the point of view of the school itself! Written by the very witty, Adam Rex, and illustrated by Caldedcott Honoree Christian Robinson, this picture book is a New York Times bestseller, received seven starred reviews, and made Amazon’s best picture books of the year list!  I love the illustrations and highly recommend this one for children ages 4-7.

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Dr. Beaker, just in time for Back-to-School!

This is a must for children ages 8+. I like that you have to use logic for this one! This one is from Blue Orage Games and is from the makers of Dr. Eureka. You may remember, I reviewed that one in the past! This one is also a hit! I like that it is a rather fast paced game and not one that takes way too long to enjoy! It can also be played with only 2 players or up to 4. This one is great for homeschooling and I highly recommend! Look for it here.

Back-to-School Backpacks from Solo New York are a must for the Older Kids and even the College Kids!

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Solo New York has a wide variety of backpacks great for students of all ages. Solo’s sophisticated styles and abstract designs are inspired by life in New York City and will stand out in both design and function.

I love the Bridge Design packpack we received and it’s cool enough for my teenage son!

Check out all their different styles here!

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Back-to-School usually means time to make school lunches and more sandwiches. Here’s a healthier Bread!

Barely Bread replaces wheat with a blend of almond, seed and coconut flours.  It’s the perfect mix of health benefits, texture and taste from spiced and seeded loaves, baguettes, bagels, and rolls.  Gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO, and Paleo-approved, these breads are guilty-free and delicious.

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This bread is delicious and it’s healthier!

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This next one is great on toast and equals a healthy, quick breakfast! Great for those school mornings that you are in a hurry! 

Rigoni di Asiago’s newest product, Nocciolata Dairy Free, has also recently won FOUR prestigious food awards:

 

  • Delicious Living magazine’s Best Bite Awards: Best Spread
  • Specialty Food Associations sofi™ Awards: Best New Product, Nut/Seed Butter Category
  • Italian Food Awards USA 2017: Sweets & Confectionary Award
  • Italian Food Awards USA 2017: Special Award for Sustainability

Made with organic ingredients completely free of GMO’s, preservatives, colors, additives, or artificial sweeteners, Nocciolata Dairy Free combines hazelnuts, fair trade cocoa and cocoa butter, natural vanilla extract, and raw cane sugar for a chocolate-hazelnut spread with undeniably superior flavor. Nocciolata Dairy Free is certified vegan, organic, and made with environmentally-responsible cold-pressed sunflower oil. It also contains far less sugar than other brands and is free from hydrogenated fats.

I love that it tastes great and is a hit in my house! This one is even a hit with picky eaters! 

Here’s a quick recipe for after school:

1.       Spread Nocciolata Dairy Free (organic chocolate hazelnut spread) on apple slices

2.       Sprinkle with your favorite healthy toppings such as chopped nuts, seeds, cocoa nibs, shredded coconut, dried cranberries and/or raisins

3.       Freeze and enjoy later!

Do you homeschool? And, even if you don’t! Your older kids will love this!

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There are all kinds of monthly subscriptions out there but I really like this one! we received a sample kit and were able to make a Mood Lamp! Creation Crate (https://www.creationcrate.com), is a subscription box service aimed at ages 12 and up, that helps kids learn to build real-world electronics. My son likes this one because it is for older kids/teens. The Creation Crate curriculum focuses on introducing new concepts every month that build on the concepts learned from the months before. The projects are designed to increase in difficulty each month in order to be fluent in the language of technology by the end of the 24 month curriculum. Projects range from building a mood lamp, to a memory game focused on programming, to learning how to input a distance reading from an ultrasonic sensor.

Unlike other technology subscription boxes, Creation Crate uses raw electronic components, offering real-world skills. These boxes are also truly beginner friendly with no previous experience needed. While other boxes teach using intimidating technical lingo, Creation Crate doesn’t. Creation Crate subscriptions start at $30 a month, with available 3, 6 or 12 month packages to choose from.

I suggested for homeschooling because I am a homeschool mom of a soon to be 14-year-old. I think these are great and so much more fun than textbooks! But, I would recommend this for all older kids 12+!

Back- to- School with Garden Lites!

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Garden Lites®, the delicious vegetable company, debuts three new products along with their current veggie-rick line that are destined to be the hottest nutritional powerhouse in your Back to School arsenal ever. We know getting your family to eat their recommended daily amount of vegetables a day is daunting. Garden Lites® wants to get your family hooked on veggies – with their delicious, freshly frozen products that are veggie-rich. New to market, Garden Lites® debuts scrumptious and nutritious foods nationally in Target Stores: Garden Lites Superfood Veggie Cakes in two flavors – Superfood Blend and Kale & Quinoa. Also, their best-selling veggie-rich and Gluten Free line of muffins are now available nationally and at Target Stores.

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All Garden Lites® products are rich in vegetables, with vegetables ALWAYS the first ingredients; high in fiber; low in calories and packed with plenty of superfoods in each product in a convenient, portable and quick and easy package.   They come frozen and can be defrosted in minutes in the microwave or oven for your everyday meals, from lunch to snacks to dinnertime. When you pack these delicious, nutritious products in your kids’ lunch box or serve as convenient after-school snacks, you will feel good about feeding your family their daily dose of veggies!

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You’ll never believe the first ingredient in Garden Lites® Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins is zucchini! Heat in the microwave to enjoy a deliciously rich experience for only 120 calories. Garden Lites® Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are non-GMO, deliciously moist and a great source of fiber. Also, Allergy-friendly! Gluten, dairy & nut free.

I am still on the lookout for the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins! But, I loved the Veggie Chili and Cornbread!

As a Homeschool Mom, coffee every morning is a priority on my list!

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Melitta Coffee is one of my favorites! They have the best Caramel Macchiato coffee and it’s perfect with their Signature Series Porcelain Pour-Over Coffeemaker! What I love about this is it is also a great-to-go product when I have to go off to work! It’s super easy to use and easy to clean! It’s a real must for the school year!  It retails for $19.99. Check out Melitta here!

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This one is great for teenagers! Tags 2.0 – Wireless Earbuds are a must this school year! They are available in black or red. The sound is amazing and I highly recommend! They retail for $39.95 and can be found at Outdoor Tech.

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided. The quick recipe was also included for posting purposes. 

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