Back-to-School Must-Haves!

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I know! School started late August for most of us here in sunny So Cal but September will always mean back-to-school to me! I was still in Summer mode until very recently so here are some of my favorite things for back-to-school this year!

This first one will make going back to school more fun! New from Big G Creative, the Trapper Keeper® Game is a fun and nostalgic game that brings back all the memories of stashing homework, class notes and quizzes in an authentic Trapper Keeper® folder.

One of the most revolutionary school supply products of its time, the Trapper Keeper® has come back to life in this new card game that celebrates the best of the ‘80s and ‘90s school days and the need to keep your papers trapped in one place.

The game challenges players to school the competition by collecting cards with the most points and stashing them in their Trapper Keeper® folders. Cards include homework, quizzes, parent signatures, report cards, detention slips, notes from classmates, and field trip slips. After the last bell card is played by the assigned Teacher’s Pet, the players tally up doodles and points to determine the winner. Players will enjoy reading the humorous student notes and clever content on the cards.

This one is fun for kids of all ages! The Trapper Keeper® Game includes 81 school paper cards, 11 bell cards, five mini Trapper Keeper® folders, a teacher’s pet marker, score pad and pencil. For ages eight and up, the game takes approximately twenty-five minutes to play. Available exclusively at Target stores nationwide, the Trapper Keeper® Game sells for SRP $16.99.

These next ones are great for lunches!

Lunchbox Essentials for Back-to-School Season

  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks: Available in a variety of delicious summer flavors, think Mixed Fruit, Berries n’ Cherries, Fruit Punch, SuperFruit Mix and more, these snacks contain Fruit as the First Ingredient and are made with REAL fruit, no preservatives and fat-free. Available at major retailers including Target, Walmart,, Amazon and more. (MSRP: $2.99 / 10ct Box with 0.9oz. Pouches)
  • Welch’s Fruit n’ Yogurt: Made with real fruit and surrounded by creamy yogurt for a melt in your mouth taste, Welch’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt are uniquely delicious and kids will love them! Available at major retailers including Walmart, Kroger, and Amazon. (MSRP: $2.99/ 8ct Box with 0.8oz. Pouches)
Lance Minis

12-count Multipack SRP $5.99

Available at retailers including Walmart,, Harris Teeter, ShopRite, Wegmans, all Kroger-Owned Stores and more

The brand new line of Lance Minis Sandwich Crackers is fueling families with the classic peanut butter sandwich crackers this school season and beyond.

Available in the classic ToastChee Peanut Butter and Whole Grain Peanut Butter, Lance Minis are made with real peanut butter, no high-fructose corn syrup, and no artificial flavors or preservatives. According to a recent survey from Lance Minis, the average parent surveyed spends 86 hours a year prepping snacks for the family with 62% saying their top tip for snack packing is stocking up on grab-and-go snacks to help save time.

These are quite tasty!

These next snacks will be a hit and are great for after school!

Kip’s Allergy-Friendly Snacks

Make room for a delicious, allergen-free snack in your lunchbox! Baked with integrity & packed with goodness, Kip’s Granola Bark is a versatile and tasty snack that can be enjoyed anywhere!

  • The Granola Bark comes in two mouthwatering flavors, Cinnamon Crunch and Cocoa Crunch, and can be topped with your child’s favorite seed butter or dipped into chocolate or yogurt!
  • Kip’s is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and offers a great source of fiber from flaxseeds and gluten-free oats.
  • Most importantly, Kip’s Allergy-Friendly Snacks are free of the top 8 allergens, including Peanuts, Nuts, Wheat, Dairy, Soy & Egg. Certified Gluten-Free, Vegan and Kosher.
  • Kip’s Allergy-Friendly Snacks can be purchased online at and on $7.99

Back-to-school often means more laundry especially if you have any kids that play sports! I love this laundry detergent!

No Sweat’s liquid sports wash is an industry leading laundry detergent made for those hard to clean athletic and sports clothes. No Sweat’s proprietary bio-based enzyme blend was developed to dissolve odor-causing bacteria and mold while maintaining the quality of your athletic gear. It contains no harsh chemicals, no artificial perfumes, and leaves no residue. Check out this link to the website for information

I love these next ones because they are perfect for Pre-Teens, Teens and College students!

Wrap Rage is a real thing. The struggle to open clamshell and other hard plastic packaging. Back to School means online shopping for supplies, dorm necessities and all the new technology products for the student headed back to class! 

Slitit by Raeco is a simple, safe and hassle-free opener that will tackle any tough packaging in seconds! Great for dorm dwellers who order online and/or receive care packages and student home dwellers whose parents will need this. Slitit has a ground cutting edge that maximizes performance and cuts through the most challenging plastic in seconds-the more you use it the sharper it gets. This school season stop struggling and glide through tough packages. I love how easy this is to use! Available on https://slitit.comor or The Grommet. Price: $9.95

EKC Natural Deodorant-The Stink is Real.

How to make friends and influence teachers-HYGIENE! It’s your growing child’s best friend as he/she heads back to school. Naturally take the “stink” out of the student, as their bodies begin to change. EKC Natural Deodorant is the answer. This non-profit company is devoted to educating and donating safe deodorant (1 tube sold=1 tube donated).  Over 60% of the ingredients found in deodorants and antiperspirants are so toxic that they are banned throughout the world, but NOT in the US?  That is why Dr. Jessica Benningfield decided to make her own line of safe deodorants for her daughters in her kitchen. EKC Natural Deodorant is organic, all natural and made in the USA . It contains no harmful chemicals like aluminum, glycols, parabens, sulfates or zinc salts-some of these have been found in breast tumors!  You can’t stop them from growing, but you can guide them to use healthy products as they mature. There are two scents available (lavender and original-coconut).  Available on or Price: $13/1 tube lasts 3-4 months.

This is a real favorite of mine! NoteTower-Note to self

Get the revolutionary NoteTower Monitor Mount and keep your student de-cluttered, organized and highly productive! In a world of information overload, it’s impossible to keep all in one place. Like the” high-tech” Cloud storage the “low tech” NoteTower physically holds paper stragglers (sticky notes, photographs, flyers, invitations, etc) in one place while giving easy access and visibility to all.  With its innovative ergonomic extending arms, it can support most paper notes/documents in both portrait and landscape.. The NoteTower’s clamp makes it easy to mount to laptops, tablets and thin monitors (includes a bracket for thicker monitors).  Keep your student organized this year with the NoteTower Monitor Mount on Also available on Amazon. Price: $17.99

This next one is great for your iPhone or your iPad!

Made in the U.S.A., the deceptively simple GoDonut is a universal stand for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets that holds everyone’s favorite gadget at the perfect angle for comfortable viewing.

This one is a must-buy and I love the one I tried out! It even works if the device is in a case! GoDonut is available nationwide at Walmart for just $9.88.  It’s also available for purchase online at either or Amazon:

SMARTY Backpack will be a hit with the older kids!

SMARTY CO’s Clear Backpack, which has earned the reputation as the most durable clear backpack available. This backpack was designed from months of research and development and learning from customer reviews. SMARTY Transparent Backpack is the perfect combination of comfort, durability, convenience and style.

Feature Highlights:

-Reinforced bottom with double layered clear plastic & 1680D nylon
-Additional Criss Cross stitching for durability of straps
-One side pocket made with heavy duty 1680D fabric on bottom and stretchable mesh on top to withstand heavy liquids and allow easy access to bottle. -Other side pocket with zipper for security
-Laptop or notebook sleeve in main compartment
-Mesh organizer pocket for pen, pencils, calculator, or phone
-Quality, smooth zippers

Have a child that gets tangles in their hair and it takes too long to get them ready in the mornings? This next one will make mornings go smoothly!

ROCK THE LOCKS Conditioning Detangler

Make morning routines easier with eco-friendly ROCK THE LOCKS conditioning detangler! 
Tames the toughest tangles while conditioning & adding body and moisture. 
Infused with essential oils & super fruit complex for shine.
Contains no parabens, phthlates, or alcohol.
Available in two scents kids love, including Pineapple Banana and Green Apple.

As a Homeschool Mom, this next one was a real hit with me! I recommend for homeschoolers and for all students!

Academic Planner by Order Out of Chaos

I have to admit there are a lot of planners out there but this was is really unique! I like how it also helps you to learn how to manage time! More info:

  • This award-winning academic planner gives students an easy way to SEE time so they can learn to MANAGE it.
  • Originally invented for a mom’s ADHD son but is amazing for all students.
  • Patented layout allows students to see when assignments are due and tests scheduled alongside after-school commitments and free blocks of time.
  • No filler. No fluff. No word of the day. It’s a planner that does what it says it does. Plan time.
  • All planners come with a workbook giving students the tools they need to be successful in school. Letter Size – $18.99

Stay tuned! Next week there will be more back-to-school must-haves and also Back-to-school book suggestions! Have a happy school year!

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