Ultimate Back to School Shopping List

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Now that summer is in full-swing, it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school. From clothes and shoes to backpack and lunchboxes, this list has something for all of your back to school shopping list needs.

We go back to school July 30th! We are transferring to an all year round school calendar. So that means we may get out a little early for some (May), but we will be going back late July. I'm honestly ready to go back. I love the schedule of the school year and even though my daughter will be starting cheerleading so it will be busy, I'm all for more order. My daughter is starting 2nd grade while my son is starting his last year as a pre-schooler. The question everyone asks is, "So what are you going to do when he goes off to elementary school?" I honestly am still trying to figure it all out. And I'll let you know when I do.

Anyways, so here are some of my hot back to school shopping list items that your kids are sure to love!

JanSport Superbreak BackPack

Featuring its classic silhouette, the JanSport SuperBreak is ultralight for everyday use. The backpack is available in more than 30 different colors and prints, perfect for every style of self expression. Plus JanSport backpacks come with a guarantee that if it ever break they will either fix it or send you a new one free of charge! I was SO tired of buying a new backpack in the middle of the year. Yes, I would only spend less than $15, but when you do it twice? You might as well buy a high quality backpack the first time around and not worry about it. Plus JanSport backpacks can last for years.

Purchase on Amazon.com

Fiskars Scissors

With an emphasis on both comfort and cutting performance, their collection of kids scissors makes it easy and fun to get creative - from preschool all the way to senior year. Featuring innovative, safety-edge blades with a safer blade angle, Fiskars high-performance Kids Scissors come with either a blunt-tip for added safety or a pointed-tip for improved control. Ideal for kids ages 4 and up, Fiskars 5 in. Kids Scissors are comfortable to use and cut easily through classroom materials. They even make left handed scissors too!

Purchase on Amazon.

KidsShoes - Sam Edelman Rainbow Ombre Boot

KidsShoes is your destination for the best in children’s footwear all in one place. They offer a variety of designer brands you know and love such as Michael Kors, Sam Edelman, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Ash Sneakers, Stuart Weitzman, Badgley Mischka, Frye, and Sydney Jordyn. They are the only place to get exclusive styles in these designer brands. They have new styles added every month in the latest trends in footwear. Their site is curated to bring you the best style and design in kids footwear. They are available 24/7 to answer any and all KidSizing, fashion, and style questions.

Purchase at KidsShoes. Snag 20% off with code MRSDCHASTAIN!

Gymboree: Kid's Fashions for Newborn to Size 12

Gymboree has been celebrating childhood for over 30 years, dressing kids from newborn to 12 years old. We offer colorful, head-to-toe clothing and accessory collections—quality clothes that let kids be kids. At Gymboree, we’re proud to dress your family for the moments that matter most – offering everything from quality playwear that stands the test of playtime to coordinated dressy looks for the perfect family photo.

So What’s New?
- Everything! But Gymboree’s fresh take on style is especially exciting—they’ll still have a kid sensibility, but now with a modern sense of style.
- The new pieces are now endlessly versatile and mixable, creating big possibilities for kids to create their own looks.
- Dialed up the comfort, softness and attention to detail in each piece—Gymboree want to be known for great quality once again!
- The best kids’ jeans ever—super comfortable, soft and durable.
- More for baby with the coziest, comfiest fabrics, more neutrals and modern details.
- Most importantly, Gymboree is making all these changes for you. Gymboree asked modern moms and families what they wanted most for their kids’ clothes, and they delivered. Gymboree wants to make you smile!

Purchase on Gymboree.com, Save 80% off site wide just in time for Back-to-School!


Crayola is getting energized for Back to School! They not only have NEW Take Note! writing instruments perfect for tweens and teens taking notes and highlighting planners and journals for the new school year, but they also have an exciting Thank A Teacher campaign promoted on their core Back To School items including 24 ct. crayons, 10 ct. Classic Broad Line & Fine Line Markers, 12 ct. Colored Pencils, and more. Families are encouraged to create a thank you card for a special teacher in their world and upload to www.Crayola.com/ThankATeacher for a chance to win grand prizes for their family, teacher and school!

Ten grand prize packs will be awarded, inclusive of:
$10,000 classroom makeover for the teacher
One year supply of Crayola products for the school
$1,000 scholarship for the student
$1,000 gift card for both the teacher and school
Free CreatEd seminar for the school

In addition to the grand prizes, one lucky entrant will have his or her thank you note featured on a special pack of Crayola crayons this holiday. In addition, a weekly sweepstakes will run concurrently with the contest, offering entrants a chance to win $500 gift cards for themselves and their teachers. The contest and sweepstakes will run through August 25, 2018.

Purchase on Amazon.com

Elmer's Glow in the Dark glue

Elmer's is giving crafts, home activities, and school projects a luminous twist with NEW Glow in the Dark Glue! The glow glue is sold in fun neon colors that come to life once the lights are out, allowing for endless creativity. Whether used for arts and crafts or even slime, Elmer's Glow in the Dark glue can take your projects to the next level.

Purchase on Amazon.com


These are cute head phones that your child can sleep in. They make it great for the car because falling asleep watching something or playing a game is what inevitably happens at least in our cars. These headband like headphones can fit a wide range of head sizes and are easy to adjust as well. They have so many cute designs to choose from (like monster, fox, panda, or unicorn) as well as ones for working out! They even have a new PawPatrol line too! They also make them great for school supply lists since headphones are becoming a requirement.

Purchase on Amazon.com


Schoola lets you buy (or donate) new or gently used clothes so you can raise money for your school. You can save up to 70% off retail prices on name brand new or gently used clothes.
{Please read my full review.}

Purchase at Schoola.com, Save $30 off $60 with code BTS30 or $20 off $40 with code BTS20

Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree has everything you need for your child's supply list for only $1 each! Everything is a dollar and you can save on shipping by having your bulk order shipped in store! Make sure to check out our shopping haul video below.

Purchase at DollarTree.com

Mead Five Star

With durable and innovative products, Five Star eliminates the stress of organization by providing school supplies that last all year long. No need to worry about items breaking or losing their functionality, as all products and accessories support your academic achievements, especially when you need them the most.

Purchase at fivestardirect.us

Bento Box and Cooler Bag from Stuck On You

Jump on the Bento bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about. This handy Bento Value Pack comes with everything you need to revolutionize your school lunches. You’ll receive a personalized Bento Box and a personalized, insulated Lunch Cooler Bag designed to perfectly fit their bento box.

Purchase at StuckOnYou.us

Clothing Name Stamp from Stuck On You

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a faster and easier way to label clothes. At the flick of a wrist, label those seemingly mountainous school uniform pieces, layers and accessories. In a hurry? Stamp your kid’s school gear before running out the door and they can wear it instantly. Just remember that you need to leave at least 2 hours before laundering the stamped garments. For use with a Stuck On You Clothing Name Stamp Pad only.

Purchase at StuckOnYou.us 

La Bella

Say hello to brighter, glowing skin with a new mask and facial cleanser containing pearl extract from La Bella®. The heritage Hispanic brand is also introducing an ingredient-rich daily dandruff shampoo as well as the first La Bella Niños product for kids, a foaming 3-in-1 body wash, shampoo and conditioner. The new La Bella products each retail for less than $6 and are available exclusively in Walmart stores.

La Bella Glow Moisture Pearl Mask is made with good fats found in olives and avocados, which are known for nourishing dry or aging skin. Use this on your face, hands and delicate décolletage.
La Bella Foaming Facial Cleanser + Pearl Extract is a soft, foaming facial cleanser which is paraben-free and contains pearl extract to smooth skin, while pomegranate oil hydrates for extra softness.
La Bella Daily Dandruff Shampoo. Available in a clean, fresh scent, La Bella Daily Dandruff Shampoo contains the active ingredient zinc oxide, which is found in leading national dandruff shampoo brands and is gentler than coal tar for everyday use.
La Bella Niños Extra Gentle 3-in-1 Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner. This tear-free, fun-to-use formula gently cleans and detangles hair while leaving skin smooth and soft with natural aloe and vitamin E. Kids will love the packaging featuring the beloved Cookie Monster character from Sesame Street®. Available in a light apple scent, La Bella Niños 3-in-1 is pediatrician and dermatologist tested and free from dyes and parabens.

Pipsticks+Workman sticker gift line

A new line of 17-month planners with coordinating sticker books and notekeepers that are perfect for mom and tweens/teens who want to keep track of their school work. This is the first planner line where each planner’s interiors (monthly art and stickers) are unique to the theme. Each one is designed for a different personality: JUST GETTING STARTED for the life of the party, BUILDING MY EMPIRE for the entrepreneurial Type-A-in-a-good-way, and THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING for the dreamer who makes things happen. The planner line also offers VIP access to the Pipsticks Printables Library, a collection of downloadables (like meal planners and packing lists) that help personalize and customize the planners.

The perfect companion to a Pipsticks+Workman planner, there are three sticker books: THE FUN HAS JUST BEGUN, THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT, and DREAMING IN COLOR, each with 20 sheets (including one glitter and one holographic!) of totally unique stickers for marking important occasions or adding some fun decoration. There are also three notekeepers: GREAT THINGS INSIDE for tracking goals, FUN THINGS INSIDE for making lists, and BIG IDEAS INSIDE for brainstorming. The line is unified by HANDS OFF MY STICKERS!, a collection book for saving and organizing favorite stickers. The planners, sticker books, notekeepers, and collection book are on sale now.

Purchase on Amazon.com

Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel

Back to school is just around the corner and so is a parent's biggest fear...head lice! Rosemary Repel Daily Shampoo, Conditioner, and Conditioning Spray is loaded with organic rosemary, tea tree, citronella, and peppermint oils plus aloe, jojoba, and vitamins to not only keep hair lice free but soft, silky, and manageable. The American Academy of Pediatrics states there are more than 12-15 million cases of lice each year. Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Hair Care has been helping kids stay lice free since 1999. They are the #1 recommended brand by school nurses, moms, and pediatricians. Rosemary Repel is perfect for everyday use and is soy, dairy, gluten, and nut free too! Clinically tested to over 96% effective when the shampoo, conditioner, & conditioning spray are used together, Rosemary Repel is the back to school must have product you NEED not just want!

Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint

Smoothest Ballpoint Ever! A consumer favorite due to its wallet-friendly value and reliability. The Z-Grip Retractable Ballpoint pen features a fun, fashionable look and silky smooth low viscosity ink. You’ll feel the difference when you write, but not at the register. Low viscosity ballpoint ink for a smooth, skip-less writing experience Retractable pen. Latex-free rubber grip. Metal clip, so you never lose your favorite pen again!

Purchase on zebrapen.com

ZizzyBee Bags

ZizzyBee bags are an alternative to the plastic bags, bins and boxes you are constantly going through trying to keep organized. These eco-friendly, mesh bags are washable making them perfect for activities of all kinds!
ZizzyBee Bags help you store and organize just about anything…from toiletries, diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter! These handy compact reusable bags are convenient for every part of your life. Pack snacks and toys for road trips to grandma’s, or for those wet swimsuits after a day at the beach.
Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for all your home storage and travel needs.
Purchase on zizzybeebags.com or Amazon.com

Are there any items you would add for Back-to-School?

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  1. These are all great ideas and I love Dollar Tree too. Those Sam Edelman Rainbow Ombre Boots are so cute!

  2. That glow in the dark glue is so cool! I don't remember that from when I was a kid...

  3. Nice list.. ugh it's back to school already?!

  4. These are so good products! I spray that Fairy Tales lice spray in my daughter's hair everyday before school, and she stayed lice-free when lice was spread around her class 3 times last year. It also is a great detangeler. I have never seen the glow-in the dark glue. I am exited to get it for my kids though and make slime with it.

  5. (Ultimate Back to School Shopping List) So many great products to check out for back to school. Our five year old grandson started kidergarten two weeks ago, and so far he really likes it a lot.

  6. I'd never heard of several of these products and they all look great!

  7. This definitely is the Ultimate Back to School Shopping List! It’s got everything that I usually buy!! You even thought of the good ol’ lice remover!! Those suckers are so hard to get rid of!! I hope this Corona Virus goes away so the kids can get back to school and some kind of normalcy! I pinned this for when schools open again. Thank you for sharing!


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