Back to School Guide & Giveaway Theresa July 18, 2016 Giveaways, Parenting 28 Comments Worried about getting your kids ready for school in the fall? Summer may have only just started in some parts of the United States but in other parts, it is quickly coming to an end. Whether your kids are heading into preschool or middle school, you can send them back to school academically prepared and wearing the latest gear. Back to School Guide From school supplies to fun shoes, we’ve got you covered! New shoes are a must have for the new school year. Start the year off right with a nice pair of tennis shoes. Staying active will keep your kid healthy and focused. If you like shopping online to save time, ShoeBuy.com is a helpful resource. You can find a large variety of shoes, and you can easily narrow down the type of shoe by selecting the activity. I found some of my favorite brands, like these Stride Rite Made 2 Play Myra Sneakers. Going into first grade means that you’ve got to be ready to run and play in recess and PE! Samantha is all set for any athletic endeavor, and for having fun! The shoes fit well and have a vibrant color. Another favorite pick at ShoeBuy.com were the purple Keen Chandler CNX shoes. If your kids hike and go on long walks, these are the perfect shoes. While the shoes are ideal for athletic endeavors, they also look attractive and fit comfortably so you can use them for any occasion. In addition to hiking and running shoes, you should buy a pair for nice occasions. Pediped has an excellent selection of shoes for the fall, with new styles debuting soon for back to school. With Pediped shoes, you get high quality, comfortable shoes that help feet develop naturally. One style that looks great with any outfit are the Flex Bree Pink Floral mary janes with velcro closure. These shoes comes in such a beautiful style and would look nice year round. Cute pink roses add a feminine touch. Since the colors are light, the shoes go well with many different outfits. With a rubber sole, the shoes offer excellent support and are comfortable for walking a long distance. A light fabric lining makes the shoes feel nice in even the warmest weather. Whether you’re dressing your kids for church or picture day, they’ll look stylish and pretty in such a nice style. Since many kids use summer as a time to relax and pursue hobbies, academics can fall to the wayside. Keeping up the skills and strategies kids learn during the school year can be hard without some at home practice. Luckily, you don’t have to surf Pinterest all day to come up with learning activities that will get your kids ready for the school year. Several publishers make workbooks to help kids make academic progress at home. The Spectrum series covers math, language arts, vocabulary, science and social studies. Encourage your kids to focus by offering a small incentive for each page they finish. For early elementary learners, Playroom Prep is a great choice. You get a reusable workbook that comes with a crayon – instead of a messy marker – and a cloth to wipe the surface. Kids love being in charge of how they learn. With this workbook, your kids can choose the page to work on, go out of order, or follow a suggested calendar that comes with the book. Kids love wiping the crayon off and redoing the activities as they focus on letter recognition and handwriting With a strong at home curriculum, you can get your kids ready for the next grade level. You can enter the code THERESA20 for 20% off a workbook at Playroom Prep. Even the strongest student can fall behind without the right school supplies. Buy plenty of school supplies at the beginning of the year, and restock as the year goes on so your kids can get their work done. Using the right school supplies can make a big difference in the quality of a kid’s school work. This year, BIC offers some unique school supply selections that kids will love. From translucent mechanical pencils to a 4-color stylus pen, some of the traditional must have school supplies have gotten an upgrade. Since Velocity® Side Clic Mechanical Pencils are clear, you can instantly recognize if you’re low on lead. With the 4-Color™ Stylus and Pen, you can keep color coordinated notes, while also accessing your tablet or cell phone. Choose pre-sharpened pencils that work well from day one. The XTRA-Fun #2 Pencils with Stripes are standard pre-sharpened pencils that come in bright, attractive colors. High quality pens will help make note taking simple. You can get excellent ink quality with the original Gel-ocity pens, which write smoothly. Before the first day of school, you should check that you clearly labeled all the school supplies. With a 12-ct package of permanent markers, your kids can help you choose what color to label each item. As kids head back to school, this is a perfect time to double check their hygiene and grooming routines. Updating toothbrushes regularly can help prevent germs and sicknesses. With fun, light up Firefly toothbrushes, you can make toothbrushing one of the best parts of the morning and the night. Kids will adore the light up Star Wars Toothbrushes, which are miniature light sabers. Firefly has a large selection of character toothbrushes that are exciting to kids, whether they enjoy brushing their teeth or not. The Angry Bird and Hello Kitty toothbrushes have lights that go from green to yellow to red to communicate whether you’re done brushing your teeth. You can also get toothbrushes that have characters but no lights for a more traditional choice. Start the new school year off with healthy choices. Tasty, nutritious snacks from EnviroKidz and Nature’s Path provide the energy your kids need to power through long days at school. Loaded with nutritious and sweet tasting ingredients, the rice and granola bars are an easy snack to take on the go. You can top the cereal and granola with some fresh blueberries for a nutritious breakfast. Even if your kids don’t have allergies, many schools and after-school programs require nut free meals to keep allergens far from kids who would be affected. Ideal for kids with allergies, Cybele’s Free-to-Eat cookies are free from dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. With a delicious cinnamon flavor, the snickerdoodle cookies are a delicious treat to pack in your kid’s lunch. These cookies also come in chocolate chip, chocolate chunk cookie and oatmeal raisin, and they taste amazing! Most of all, send you kids off to school on their first day with the clothes, school supplies, and snacks that they need! What’s the one thing your kids couldn’t do without as they head back to school? Share in the comments! Giveaway You can win a pair of Originals shoes (0-24 months sizing) from Pediped as well as a collection of snacks and cereal worth approximately $50 from EnviroKidz and Nature’s Path! Enter with this simple Rafflecopter widget. a Rafflecopter giveaway For more ideas on parenting and education, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! Disclosure I received a free item, but it in no way influenced my opinion! 28 Responses Breharne July 18, 2016 Wow! I am so in love with those shoes! My girls would go crazy for them. Reply Mindy@FarmFitLiving July 18, 2016 It’s so hard to believe back to school season is just around the corner! It’s always good to start thinking about supplies and knowing what the kids need for a good year start. Reply Tiffany July 18, 2016 I love keen shoes! They fit so well! I always loved back to school shopping! My son starts kindergarten this year! Reply yvette morgan July 18, 2016 love the shoes 🙂 Reply Erica July 18, 2016 We have the starwars toothbrush at our house! Now my son wants nothing but that lol! Reply Mhegan Gill July 18, 2016 I found this post great for some reminiscing of my old school days. I am still crazy about stationery and as a student teacher I can guarantee you my future classroom will be stationery heaven. I also loved the shoes and just know that if I was little again they would never leave my feet. Love Mhegan Reply Lauren July 18, 2016 Those shoes looks awesome and my kids love firefly toothbrushes! My son has the lightsaber one! Reply Jessica July 18, 2016 Such cute shoes! I can’t believe it’s almost time to go back to school Reply Kristen July 18, 2016 I am dreading my baby girl staying school. She is just 2 but it has already gonna by so fast. Reply JeeYoung July 19, 2016 The shoes are adorable! Great list! Your girls are adorbs! Reply Shann Eva July 19, 2016 I’m not sure if my first comment went thru….but I love all the shoes! My son is also heading into first grade, so we need to get some new ones ASAP. All three of my boys would go crazy for those Star Wars toothbrushes! Reply Theresa July 19, 2016 What a big year 1st grade is!! It’s so exciting. Reply Debra July 19, 2016 What a cool giveaway! Love those shoes! Reply Shannon July 19, 2016 Great shoes and great finds! Reply Carlen July 19, 2016 What? Back to school with adorable clothes, fun toothbrushes AND great snacks??? I love it! My boys will go nuts over the light saber toothbrushes. Thanks for sharing, I liked those shoes – Carlen Reply Amber July 19, 2016 Entering this now! I have never bought stride rite but heard they are good and my one year old needs some good walking shoes. Reply Mary Clements July 19, 2016 We love Pedipeds!! Reply Esther | The Cuteness July 19, 2016 I seriously can’t believe we’re already talking ab out Back to School… this summer is flying by! Reply Preschool2Teen July 19, 2016 Ohhh….shoes are always a hot topic for back to school in our house. We have a middle school daughter and the shoes MUST compliament every outfit. I must check out BICS new selection. Just as the shoes, pens are just as important. Reply Kristen July 20, 2016 Love all your picks! Those tennis are so cute, my daughter would love all the bright colors! Reply Jessica Herring July 23, 2016 Love this back to school guide giveaway! Reply jennifer L July 23, 2016 Wow love the outfits! I need to buy a back to school outfit for my goddaughter and you just gave me so many ideas thank you! Reply cheryl July 24, 2016 Love your entire blog. The post about remembering your beach vacation is my fav. Reply Keri Justice July 25, 2016 I love pediped shoes and would love to the the Envirokids snacks for my 3 kiddos! What an awesome review! Reply Corsica Nambiar August 2, 2016 Super cute!!!! Reply Corsica Nambiar August 2, 2016 This giveaway is super cool, I think cute for kids!! Corsica | kissesfromcarolina.com Reply Heather August 2, 2016 What a great guide! We started our school year yesterday (we homeschool). We have all of our regular school supplies, but haven’t done the clothes/shoes shopping yet. Will definitely look at these cute shoes for my kiddos! Reply Lynn December 22, 2016 Great tips. But much better if we have discount on other online store to shop school supplies and shoes. We can save a lot of money for our kids. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.