Back to school is a bittersweet time of year. The kids are getting older and bigger and summer is ending, but also you can say buh-bye to expensive summer camps and extra hot weather. You get back to early bedtimes, but you have to pack lunches again. Well, these inventive LA parents have come up with some big new ideas and products that make the start of the school year sweet and simple.

Chaboukie T-Shirts & Leggings

Speaking of giving back, local company Chaboukie also follows the you buy one, they give one model. So when you get a back to school outfit that combines cute and cool, stylish and super soft, you’re also being a good citizen. We love these clothes from Eastside husband and wife team Leah Piehl and Greg Bertens (especially the new Slice of Life Watermelon Shirt paired with any of the leggings) for preschoolers because they feel like pajamas. They’re super soft, but durable enough to withstand the rigors of preschool and come in sizes from baby up to size 5.

Available online: chaboukie.com

photo credit: Chaboukie

What are your local Back to School secrets? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose