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Your Ultimate Back to School Guide

Getting back into the school year groove isn’t always easy. Early morning drop-offs, navigating carpool schedules, and a hankering for another cup of coffee before the school bell rings. In order to make your transition the smoothest its ever been, we’ve compiled our ultimate back to school guide. From tips for must-have gear and apparel to lunch time meals your kids will gobble up, read on to discover everything you need to head back to school in style.

Lunch Boxes

Our kids don’t even know the meaning of a brown bag lunch thanks in part to some totally innovative and creative lunch boxes. From vintage lunch boxes to BPA-free options, we’ve got plenty of choices for every little school kid out there. Click here for our full list of kid (and mom)-approved awesome lunch boxes. 

Backpacks

While our school yard talk debated the merits of wearing one backpack strap or two, our kids are all about wearing the backpack that’s the most fun and functional. There are a bevy of options out there so we’ve narrowed down our favorites. All of our picks fulfill three criteria that are a must-have in our book: stylish, functional, and durable. Click here for 21 backpacks that you’ll want to buy now. 

Uanyi Pixel Art Backpack

Back to School Musical Playlist

From songs that’ll soothe first day butterflies to tunes that’ll get your kid amped up to strut into the classroom, this ultimate back to school playlist (pssst…check out the spotify playlist while you scroll through the slideshow) has it all. Click here for the tunes.

Lace Free Shoes

Whether your kids are still learning to tie their shoes or are required (like many Seattle kindergarteners) to only wear lace-free kicks, here are some great footwear picks sans laces. Click here to check them out.

Morgan & Milo Sparkle MJ

Beyond the Boring Lunchbox: Fantastic Lunch Ideas

Do your kids turn their noses up at PB&J, carrot sticks, and their juice box? We don’t blame them if that’s what they’re eating on the daily. We’ve talked to tons of moms and dads with picky eaters and drew from our own experiences trying to diversify our lunchbox options and came up with a ton of amazing ideas for your kids’ lunches. Got some ideas to share? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Perfect Pencils

Number two yellow pencils sure have come a long way. Go old school this year and show your kids some cool pencils that will make them forget their iPad (at least for a few minutes). Here are 10 sweet picks you’ll want for your pencil case this year. 

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Eco-Friendly School Essentials

You no longer have to sacrifice style or functionality for eco-friendly features. Here’s our list of back to school essentials that are eco-friendly, stylish and won’t break the bank. Huzzah!

Must-Have Reusable Snack Bags

Ditch the plastic bags and go for these cute and convenient reusable snack bags. Most of our picks can be thrown in the dishwasher or washing machine for hassle-free cleaning. Convenience, style and sustainability? Sold!

Street Style: First Day of School Looks That Wow

With butterflies and excitement (yes, for both of you), you send your little one off to play and learn. Celebrate the first day of school with us by clicking through the gallery for some sweet first day of school photos and then share one of your own!

Personalized Apparel and Gear

Ah, lost and found — that black hole of all of your kids clothes and gear. Why not try something a little different this year (ah-hem, we mean ditch the sharpie) and send your child off with some totally cute personalized school staples. From personalized water bottles to lunch boxes and folders, we’ve got a great list of resources so your kids will never lose a thing again. Well, here’s hoping…

Reusable Snack Bags

Do You Have a Back-to-School Tradition?

While most of us back to school means a shopping spree for new backpacks, lunch boxes and shoes, some of us take another route. Laura Rodde, our National Account Director, holds a special tradition every year with her daughter and their family friends. Read on to find out what Laura’s back to school tradition is and then share with us yours.

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