Back to School Guide + GIVEAWAY!

Back to School shopping can be overwhelming. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite back to school products in our comprehensive Back to School Guide + GIVEAWAY to make things easier this school year!

Back to School Guide

Our Back to School Guide features some of our favorite finds from all over the internet. Kid and parent approved.

We’re even giving away over $200 of prizes in our Back to School Must-Have Giveaway!

Back to School Guide – Backpacks

Backpacks are a staple for back to school gear. Our Back to School Guide highlights our top choices in both style and functionality for backpacks in 2017.

  1. State BagsWe love this STATE Kane Coney Island Backpack. Also available in other colorblock combos. Bonded mesh with a zip front pocket, 2 side pockets and 7 interior pockets! For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack — packed with essential tools for success– to an American child in need. Get one, give one. #GiveBackPack $65.
  2. Garnet Hill Kids – This ECO signature backpack is pretty trendy. Made with recycled-PET fabric keeping reclaimed plastic bottles and polyester out of our landfills and water supplies. PLUS get a FREE matching lunchbox (until 9/6/17, while supplies last) $49.95.
  3. Pottery Barn KidsOne of our favorites is the Solar System Backpack. From critter packs, to personalized big kid backpacks and rolling options, Pottery Barn Kids has a lot to choose from. You can personalize them with names too! $29.50-$69.50 (depending on size).
  4. MadPax – One of a kind Blue Mamba Spike Backpack. Stand out with spikes! Air mesh padding, 2 side zip pockets, laptop sleeve and interior zip pocket. $77.99 + free shipping.
  5. Zicac – Go clear with the Transparent PVC school backpack with mesh side pockets. $19.99
  6. KenoxVintage style backpack in mint green. Fits a 15 inch laptop. Waterproof with a reinforced bottom and internal pocket for valuables. $78 $27.90

Back to School Guide – Lunch

If your student takes lunch, they need good lunch gear. Even if you eat school lunch, be sure to check out this super unique water bottle for kids, it’s so fun.

  1. PlanetboxROVER stainless steel bento lunchbox. With 5 compartments, 2 round carry containers and a soft carry bag. Available in a variety of colors. $79.95
  2.  OXOGood Grips Lunch Container. Two level container with leak proof compartments. $14.95
  3. GululuInteractive Water Bottle + Health Tracker. Keep kids drinking water with this interactive water bottle. Choose an interactive pet that encourages your child to drink water throughout the day. Every Gululu purchase provides clean drinking water to a child in a developing country because water = life. $147 $109.65
  4. Boden – Trendy printed lunchbox with wipe-clean interior. Adorable, European inspired Blooming Traffic design. $34
  5. Pottery Barn Kids – Lunch boxes from Pottery Barn Kids, including this Shark themed one, are designed to hold a full lunch including their hot/cold container. $22.50 $12.99
  6. Pinnacle Thermoware – Leakproof Hot Lunch container for kids and adults. Heat release valve and insulated to keep food hot! $29.95 $21.95

Back to School Guide – Organization

Get organized this school year. Our favorite organizational product is Mabel’s Labels. The kids love choosing their label characters and I love that it helps keep their stuff from getting lost!

The Little Kid Combo pack even comes with shoe stickers, which is great for preschool and kindergarten ages.

Check out Mabel’s Labels and other favorites for staying organized this school year!

  1. Mabel’s LabelsMUST HAVE! Mabel’s Labels are waterproof, personalized name labels for all the stuff kids lose! Perfect for school supplies, bottles, clothes and more, our labels ensure items won’t get mixed up or lost at play dates, daycare, school and everywhere else your kids go! Our favorite way to keep track of everything school related. WIN A LABEL COMBO PACK! $42 SEE HOW TO WIN BELOW!
  2. CalendarsWeekly Calendar with color coded adhesive notes. Keep everyone’s activities organized in one place for 52 weeks. $13.95.
  3. Lockers – Keep the locker clutter contained with this magnetic locker organizer. Perfect for holding pens, notebooks, headphones etc. Includes a picture display and mirror. $11.99
  4. Pencil Cases – Get organized with cool pencil cases, planners and other fun accessories for the school year.
  5. Notebooks – Custom journals, notebooks and planners from Minted. $16-$26

Back to School Guide – Books & Learning

Ease those back to school jitters with a visit from Mac. Back to School with Mac is a new family tradition will be cherished for years to come. Older kids will enjoy reading the book with younger siblings too.

Reading is so important. Raise a reader with our favorite back to school books. We’re so excited to be parternering with Harper Collins Children’s Books to be giving away FOUR school themed books for kids!

And check out these apps and workbooks for skill building all year long. Be sure to enter our giveaway below for your chance to WIN 5 NEW BOOKS!


  1. Back to School with Mac MUST HAVE – Back to School with Mac is a great end of summer tradition. Mac is a friendly stuffed apple who helps kids get excited about back to school. Read the book and start a new tradition with Mac and his silly antics. Mac is great for helping anxious kids who have back-to-school jitters. Be sure to check out our full review of Back to School with Mac. WIN YOUR VERY OWN MAC AND BOOK SET! SEE HOW TO WIN BELOW!
  2. Harper Collins MUST HAVE  Harper Collins has been publishing books for over 200 years. They offer some of the best children’s books around. Here are four of our favorite books for back to school. 1. I’m Smart” by Kate and Jim McMullan – it takes smarts to be a school bus. 2. “The Legend of Rock, Paper Scissors” by Drew Daywalt – read the legend of rock, paper and scissors — the ones who started the infamous game! 3. “Frazzled – Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom” by Books Vivat – Abbie is about to start middle school and she’s freaking out. “Invisible Emmie” by Terri Libenson –  a graphic novel about two totally different middle school girls, one who is shy and artistic and one who is outgoing and athletic. WIN 4 HARPER COLLINS BOOKS! SEE HOW TO WIN BELOW!
  3. Testing Mom  – Testing Mom is the online place for testing prep and skill building for Pre-K through 8th grade. Start with their FREE 100 practice questions today.
  4. Brain QuestBrain Quest workbooks make learning fun! Get one for every grade.
  5. Thinkster Math – Help students become math champs with Thinkster Math, the math app that really works! Start your 7-day free trial now.

Back to School Guide – A+ Style

Tea Collection and Pediped are 2 of our favorite brands. Dress your kids in style and comfort from head to foot this school year. Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win a Tea Collection gift card and a pair of new Pediped shoes for back to school!

Step into the new school year with these A+ styles. Shop our favorite styles below and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

  1. Tea Collection MUST HAVE Tea Collection is the best of globally inspired clothing for kids. Shop their newest Scotland collection or save big on Aussie inspired threads. SEE HOW TO WIN BELOW!
  2. Pediped – MUST HAVE Pediped shoes are specifically designed to promote healthy foot development. Created with comfort and style in mind, they’ve been favorites since our babies started walking. WIN A PAIR OF PEDIPED SHOES FOR YOUR KIDS! SEE HOW TO WIN BELOW!
  3. Cat & Jack – Cat and Jack is clothing with an imagination of it’s own. We love the science inspired graphic tees best! 
  4. Mini Boden  – Mini Boden offers stand out prints, first-class appliqués and soft jersey outfits for every day.
  5. GapGapkids has fashion-forward styles for a great year.

Back to School Guide GIVEAWAY!

And now for the part you’ve been waiting for – the GIVEAWAY!

One lucky winner will win this bundle of our MUST-HAVE favorites featured in our Back-To-School Guide! Check out these awesome prizes:

  • Mabel’s Labels – Your choice of one back to school combo pack. Choose from: Ultimate Back-To-School Combo, Middle School label Pack, Little Kid School Combo, Designer Series Label Pack, Hello Kitty Label Pack. $42 value!
  • Tea Collection – Win a $50 gift card for Tea Collection to shop for some back to school clothes! $50 value!
  • Back to School with Mac – Ease back to school jitters with your very own Back to School with Mac hardback book and plush Mac apple set. A fun family tradition.  $29.99 value!
  • Pediped – Snag a new pair of trendy Pediped shoes to kick off the school year. Let us know what size and if you have a girl or boy and we’ll send you some new kicks. 1 pair of new shoes! 
  • Harper Collins Children’s Books – Encourage reading this school year. Win 4 books from Harper Collins. Above we talked about 4 of our favorite books for back to school and now you get a chance to win them. We’re giving away 4 books total – two young readers and two middle grade books. (I’m Smart, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Frazzled and Invisible Emmie)  4 books – a $42 value!

Enter our Rafflecopter giveaway below for a chance to be the lucky winner!

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  • Jeanna

    I’m most excited to win the Tea Collection gift card!

    August 17, 2017 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • Angela

    Where is the Rafflecopter located to enter (I do not see it).

    August 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm Reply
  • Beth

    My kids are excited to win the Pediped shoes!

    August 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    All of this looks so adorable. And I LOVE that Shultute photo. I’m American but my partner is German and that is definitely a tradition we’ll have with our future kids!

    August 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm Reply
  • Angela Tolsma

    OMG I love the vintage backpack! If I ever went to university I would want a bento box. Love the books you listed, I’m always looking for book ideas for my nephews!

    August 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Flansburg

    Wow! what an amazing list and lineup of product ideas. Thanks for saving me tons of time 🙂

    August 18, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply
  • Sandra

    I would be most excited to win the $50 Tea Collection Gift Card

    August 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • KV

    I’m excited for the books.

    August 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm Reply
  • Kristin

    Amazing prize pack!

    August 18, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Gina

    Love everything! But my kid needs the shoes the most.

    August 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm Reply

    The pediped shoes are a must have.

    August 19, 2017 at 3:47 am Reply

    The pediped shoes are a must have.

    August 19, 2017 at 3:48 am Reply
  • Sheila K.

    New books are always welcome in our home!

    August 19, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply
  • Heather

    I’d love to shop the Tea Collection for my daughters!

    August 19, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Donna L

    I’m excited about the Harper Collins book set. Everything is wonderful in this giveaway!

    August 19, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Jaclyn Reynolds

    The pediped shoes and books!

    August 19, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Amanda Hoffman

    Style with tea collection

    August 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply
  • Angela

    It’s that time of year! I am trying to get the kids organized right now. Great review of products!

    August 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply
  • Drew


    August 20, 2017 at 5:12 am Reply
  • Michelle J.

    I’m most excited for the Pediped shoes!

    August 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply
  • Cindy Ingalls

    This is a really comprehensive guide, which is so helpful for back to school. I love seeing how advanced lunch boxes have become. They are nothing like the ones I had as a kid.

    August 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm Reply
  • mami2jcn

    I would love the Tea Collection gift card and the pediped shoes.

    August 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply
  • Rivka

    Really hard to choose a favorite, this package is amazing! I love the books! I love the shoes! I love it all!

    August 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Angela

    I love the Tea Collection clothing and the Pediped clothing.

    August 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • Julie R

    I would like the Tea Collection gift card most!

    August 20, 2017 at 11:50 pm Reply
  • Amber Hites

    The tea collection and the books!

    August 21, 2017 at 12:43 am Reply
  • Shannon Gurnee

    It’s so hard to believe that the kids are back in school! There are so many cute back to school products!

    August 21, 2017 at 2:41 am Reply
  • Rachel Catherine

    I love the back packs and some of those lunch boxes! I had a hard time finding my daughter a good lunch box this year. I will have to check some of these out.

    August 21, 2017 at 11:25 am Reply
  • Lucy

    I’d LOVE the Tea Collection gift card! That’d make a great back to school outfit!

    August 21, 2017 at 11:38 am Reply
  • Kimberly zais

    What a amazing prize and opportunity we are so so excited for Tea Collection gift card and a pair of new Pediped shoes for back to school that would be so amazing ! Thank you

    August 21, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Reed

    I’m most excited by the $50 gift card for Tea Collection from this prize package.

    August 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Kathy Stevenson

    I am most excited about the books!

    August 21, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply
  • Lauren

    I am most excited about Tea Collection!

    August 23, 2017 at 9:11 am Reply
  • latanya

    the tea collection is what I am excited about

    August 23, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Winnie B

    i am excited about mabel’s labels

    August 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm Reply
  • Anna Pry

    kids always need bigger shoes and clothes so i’d love the tea collection and pediped prizes most!

    August 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Shondra

    The Mac book set. So cute!

    August 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply
  • Jamie Williams

    I’m most excited to win the Mabel’s Labels pack.

    August 24, 2017 at 5:41 am Reply
  • Casandra LaMonaca

    I am most excited to win Mabel’s Labels. They have such cute good quality labels and being organized keeps me sane.

    August 24, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply
  • manda

    Love a pair of pedipeds

    August 24, 2017 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Rose

    Love the Solar System and Spike backpacks! So freaking cute!

    August 24, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Penny Olson

    The backpack and the books! Thanks!

    August 24, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Cheryl B

    The Pediped shoes would be perfect for my Granddaughter.

    August 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Katie Bellamy

    The Mabels Labels would come in handy!

    August 26, 2017 at 12:02 am Reply
  • Lesly f

    The twin collection card 🤗fingers crossed

    August 26, 2017 at 2:03 am Reply
  • Margaret S Porter

    This prize pack is amazing! I love all the products listed

    August 26, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply
  • Marilyn Nawara

    I’m most excited to win the pair Pediped shoes

    August 26, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply


    August 27, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Katrina Brockavich

    I’m most excited about the Pedipeds! The books would be the most fun though!

    August 27, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply
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    August 27, 2017 at 5:25 pm Reply
  • Randi S

    I’m most excited about the Pediped!

    August 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm Reply
  • Stacey Y

    I’m most excited about the shoes!

    August 27, 2017 at 11:00 pm Reply
  • Keri justice

    I love the books and the pediped shoes we also love them! Thanks for the chance.

    August 28, 2017 at 5:55 am Reply
  • Jennifer Wright

    The shoes would be awesome as she always needs new shoes.

    August 28, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Edye

    I’d like the Tea Collection! 🙂

    August 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • Sarah Hall

    I am most excited about the Gululu.

    August 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm Reply
  • Kelly D

    I am excited about the Tea Collection gift card.

    August 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply
  • Amber Cheras

    I am most excited about the pediped!

    August 29, 2017 at 2:37 am Reply
  • jeremy mclaughlin

    Excited about the books.

    August 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply
  • Christy Casper

    The shoes…the books…the tea collection…all of it!

    August 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply
  • Christy Casper

    The shoes…The books…The tea collection!

    August 29, 2017 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • olga

    Gift card for the Tea Collection!

    August 29, 2017 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • Kerri

    I would most want to win the $50 to Tea Collection – love their clothes

    August 30, 2017 at 12:08 am Reply
  • Laurajj

    I am most excited about the Mabel’s Labels! Last school year we had some things lost…and I really would love to label everything!

    August 30, 2017 at 12:47 am Reply
  • harjit

    What a fabulous set of giveaways. I’m most excited about the story books and building traditions with my little ones. My son will be starting his second year in preschool and I’m returning back to teaching. Thank you for the chance to win, twitter fan@plumerea

    August 30, 2017 at 6:36 pm Reply
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