Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back-to-School Essentials

It's back-to-school time! Lily had her first day yesterday, and Hadley starts Monday. With that said, I wanted to share some of the things we can't live without during the school year.
 
And add your picks in the comment section! We're always looking for things to make the year run more smoothly.
 
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The best backpack for little ones, hands-down. Comes in a variety of colors and prints and is especially cute personalized. It's durable and big enough for all the many things they'll bring home each day.
 
 
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I just ordered this devotional for the girls and me, and my goal is to read a devotion with them each morning while they're eating breakfast. The mornings are hectic, but I imagine this will take 5 minutes or less. And I KNOW it will be a good way to start our day.
 
 
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Cute water bottles with rave reviews, and they're easy for kids to operate.
 
 
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I was gifted these vitamins recently, and the girls have really enjoyed them. I've seen them in so many stores, so they'd be an easy option to add to breakfast time.
 
 
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These are the vitamins my girls take, and I've ordered them from a friend for a few years now. Unlike the Olly brand, you have to buy these from a distributor. When Lily started taking them, I noticed a huge decrease in the number of times she was sick during the school year. I'm a big believer that they boost the immune system. And they're another great option if your kiddo doesn't like fruits or veggies.
 
 
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These labels are perfect for reusable water bottles, sippy cups, or baby bottles. They stretch over the cup, and you don't have to remove them for the dishwasher.
 
 
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Lily picked out these kicks for back-to-school. She learned to tie her shoelaces in kindergarten, so she's drawn to laces now. Love the silver, and the back of the shoe has a pop of purple!
 
 
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As a nurse, I can handle most anything gross, medically-speaking. But I am terrified of lice. I've heard it's almost inevitable in school-age children, but I'm doing anything I can to prevent it. This spray (also comes in shampoo form) works as a preventative. And I LOVE that it's natural.
 
 
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Lily keeps one of these clipped to her backpack, and I have them stashed everywhere. Back to school means back to germs...this is a quick way to clean your hands!
 
 
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Lily is keychain-obsessed. Her backpack is loaded down with various ones she's picked up over time. She got to pick a new one for the school year, and this was her choice. What a cute furry creature, and it also serves as a coin purse.
 
 
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Lily's classroom gets really cold, so I like to send her with a jacket each day to keep warm. How cute is this one? Perfect weight for this time of year.
 
 
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I'm sure it's the same everywhere, but we have to label EVERYTHING! I adore these (I mean, how cute?!?!) because they're dishwasher and washing machine safe! I also think they'd be cute as a gift tag of sorts on presents.
 
 
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My girls like to wear dresses, and these shorts are great for underneath. They come in white, black, and grey and are just $5.
 
 
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Hadley's school strongly encourages close-toed shoes. We love Keds, and this pair is just right for play, and they hold up really well. Plus they look just as cute with dresses as they do with shorts or leggings!
 
 
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Love the sizes of these blocks for the lunchbox. The smaller ones hold a sweet treat nicely.
 
 
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Storing pencils in here makes homework a little easier and a little more fun. We keep stickers in the smaller pouch and have a homework chart. I like that these pouches keep Lily's school supplies for home organized and in one place.
 
 
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Like the backpack, this lunchbox is hard to beat. I've seen so many soft ones out there, and I like that this one is soft but has shape. A zippered area on the inside fits an ice pack perfectly, keeping lunch cold.
 
 
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I want to hear some of the back-to-school items you can't live without!
 
I hope all our little ones (and big ones) have a wonderful school year. And thank you TEACHERS! You're the real MVP! ;)
 
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