Back to School List Essentials

School starts August 1st for us. And that is so crazy to think that summer is almost over. I went to our local stores and they are still trying to get everything for back-to-school on the shelves! If you would like to know what to get for those lists, check out this one I have compile for you. You can also find some back to school shopping lists here.

I personally try to get everything that is asked for even some teacher's wish list items because my mom was a teacher and I remember her using her own money multiple times for things. Some items the teacher might need help replenishing through out the year so consider that as well when you are purchasing. I love that Target has an easy back to school section on their website, but you if you are like me and your school wasn't listed - then Amazon is the way to go.

Land's End Classmate Medium Backpack

ClassMate® Medium Backpack’s kid-friendly features go beyond carrying capacity. For one thing, it’s made from durable, 600-denier polyester with a water-repellent finish. The base is 1200-denier pack cloth and the padded, adjustable shoulder straps are securely stitched, so this cute backpack can take all the dropping, dragging and tugging their school day has in store. In fact, it's recommended to make sure this is the backpack they really want - it’s going to be with them for a long time! P.S. Great for elementary kids 4+. Buying a quality backpack is key. This is the first time I have purchased a Land's End brand, but I have heard wonderful things. What I love about these is that you can get them personalized on their site as well.
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Wildkins Shark Original Nap Mat

YES! My son will still have "rest" time in Kindergarten. I think it is wonderful because a short day time nap helps improve memory which means better information retention. Say hello to your little one's new favorite naptime accessory. The Wildkins children's Original Nap Mat is soft and oh-so-cozy perfect for daycare snoozes, slumber parties, and living room campouts. Lightweight and functional, the Original Nap Mat features an easy roll-up design complete with fastening straps and attached carrying handle for the ultimate nap-and-go experience. Wildkins Original Nap Mats measure 50 x 3.8cm x 50cm and are recommended for children ages 3 - 7 years. Each nap mat is a high-quality cotton and super soft microfiber blend that has been rigorously tested to ensure that all parts are PVC, BPA, Phthalate-free, and conform to all rules and regulations set forth by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
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pediped Flex® Force

A force to recon with! This athletic style has Ultra Light Technology™ allowing natural movement and maximum flexibility. A breathable mesh upper will keep his foot cool, and heel cushion will protect against impact. Force features water-safe, machine washable, and our Flex Fit System™.
- Man-made and mesh upper
- Breathable mesh lining
- Flexible rubber and phylon sole
- Ultra-lightweight of 5oz (based on a size EU 27/US 10 kids shoe)
- Athletic style with faux laces and Velcro closure
- Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development
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Stuck On You Personalized Bento Box & Cooler Bag

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.
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Swift Ink

Last year, one of the back to school items that my daughter's teacher asked for was printer ink. Although I like to buy everything on my children's list even the "wish list" items, this seemed impossible. Swift Ink offers the best quality ink and toner cartridges at a fraction of the cost compared to expensive OEM cartridges. With over 1 million products shipped, Swift Ink has become the number one choice for discounted ink and toner cartridges for every brand inkjet or laser printer on the market. Their customer reviews and Google reviews are unmatched by the competition. I wish I had known about this sooner and will use this service going forward.
Purchase at, Use code MRSDCHASTAIN for 15% off your entire order

Crayola Take Note! Line

Take Note! Erasable Highlighters features six vibrant colors, allowing tweens and teens to highlight and underline with bold colors and magically erase as needed. The Crayola Take Note! Erasable highlighters have bright colors on one end and clear ink tips on the opposite end for quick and easy erasing. No more worrying about highlighting the wrong word or over-highlighting a page!
Take Note! Washable Gel Pens : Each washable gel color lays smoothly and streak-free with a cool click of these ergonomic, cushioned-gripped pens. Crayola Take Note! Washable Gel Pens are perfect for taking notes, art projects, organizing documents by color and creating colorful outputs, all with the washability you expect from Crayola.
Take Note! Dual-Ended Highlighter Pens : The two-in-one tool features a bold felt tip pen on one side and chisel tip highlighter on the other in six vibrant Crayola colors. Take Note! Highlighter Pens make organization and notetaking a breeze! Students can use the fine line end that’s perfect for writing and then switch to the wide tip end for highlighting. They are available in 6-count packs.
Take Note! Permanent Markers : With Crayola Take Note! Permanent Markers, teens, tweens and adults can create intense color and permanence on a variety of surfaces including plastic, metal, wood, canvas, fabric and more. Crayola Take Note! Permanent Markers create smooth, fine lines and feature a comfort grip for easy usage. Crayola Take Note! Permanent Markers are available in 8-count, 12-count, and 24-count packs.
Take Note! Dry Erase Markers : Ideal for brainstorming, notetaking and more, Take Note! Dry Erase Markers feature vibrant colors that dry quickly and easily erase. Additional features include low odor ink and an ink level indicator that will show when the marker is almost finished so you never run out! Crayola Take Note! Dry Erase Markers are available in 12-count Broad Line, 4-count Broad Line, and 4-count Fine Line.
Take Note! Washable Felt Tip Pens : With the Crayola Take Note! Washable Felt Tip Pens, capture your thoughts, notes and important things to remember with a washable felt-tip pen that’s bold and vibrant and features a smooth laydown! Get ready to leave your mark, using six colorful felt-tip pens ideal for color-coding notes and bullet journaling.

Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter

Founded in 2007 by Pic Picot, New Zealand-based Pic’s Peanut Butter is New Zealand's #1 selling peanut butter and sold in 13 countries around the world. Pic’s is made from the finest quality Hi-Oleic peanuts from Australia that are fresh roasted and lovingly squashed in Nelson. Pic’s then quick seals its peanut butter to preserve freshness and flavor. Pic’s is all-natural, is gluten and sugar free and has no additives – simply peanuts and a trace of Kiwi salt, the unsalted version containing 100% peanuts. Pic’s Peanut Butter is NON GMO Verified . Four varieties are offered - Original (Crunchy), Original (Crunchy, no salt), Smooth and Smooth (no salt) along with Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs available individually or in packs of 20 (available on Amazon). Suggested retail is $7.99-$8.99 (380g, 13.4 oz. jar). A 1Kg, 35.27 oz. sized jar is also available in Original Crunchy at a recommended retail of $19.99. Pic’s Peanut Butter Slug retail is $.89-$.99 for individual packs.
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Lindsay Olives

Your favorite savory, salty snack is now on-the-go and packed with protein! Available in Black Ripe Pitted Olives, Sliced Ripe Olives, Pimiento Stuffed Spanish Manzanilla Olives, and Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives.
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Made Good

MadeGood snacks have partnered with Mabel’s Labels to help families snack and save. Anyone can enjoy $10 off of Mabel's Labels personalized school label pack when they purchase these 4 snacks from MadeGood. Mabel’s Labels are washable and durable labels for everyone in the family. Not to mention, MadeGood snacks are organic, gluten-free, vegan, Non-GMO, are made with real fruit and contain nutrients from one full serving of vegetables. Their healthy granola bars and Crispy Squares are made in a facility free from the 8 most common allergens; peanut, tree nut, soy, dairy, egg, fish, shellfish, gluten, and sesame. You can rest assured that they are an allergy-friendly and school safe snack.

GoSili Reusable Extra Long Silicone Straws

GoSili is the first brand which focuses on creating silicone products that have high-end design at affordable prices competing directly with plastic. The company is dedicated to building a social movement away from toxic and unsustainable plastic wares by providing the alternative to them. With the excessive amount of plastic table wares linked to negative health and environmental issues, GoSili is creating a cultural shift away from the overuse of these “throw away” plastics. As GoSili continues to grow its brands, the primary goal is to promote the silicone benefit, lead the industry and change the way we live. The Siliskin® Reusable Straws are 100% silicone. These extra long size straws are perfect for 24oz size drinks and up. They come in a pack of 4 different colors. Easy to use and keep clean. Also the perfect compliment to the Siliskin® Straw Tops! Time to GoSili!
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Variety Fun

Variety Fun snack subscription service delivers an assortment of delicious snacks to your home & office! Every month their team curates a snack box with a variety of tasty cookies, chips, candy, crackers, pretzels, popcorn, & nuts from all your favorite brands. With classic and healthy options, there is something for everyone.
Purchase at, Use code FUN20 for 20% off -prices start as low as $24.99

Scribble Stuff and USA Gold

New for 2019, there is a new 25-piece Writing Kit for $13.97, a great value for families. It contains some of the top selling gel and felt pens, offering super-stylish, on trend palettes that make homework more fun and encourage self-expression and doodling through drawing and coloring. New in the pencil line, the USA Titanium pencil provides a smooth and elevated writing style to compliment the already popular USA Gold pencil packs. The USA Gold pencil line is made right here in America! They are manufactured in a factory that has operated in Lewisburg, Tennessee for 57 years. Families can support American jobs when they buy USA Gold pencils for back-to-school this season. Plus, the pencils are teacher-recommended. In an April 2017 third party survey of teachers, over 89% of teachers familiar with USA Gold Pencils would recommend them for use in their classroom.

Lice Shield

Lice Shield is a line of hair care products specially formulated with an exclusive blend of 5 natural essential oils proven to repel lice — and even super lice.* When one child gets lice, the whole family is at risk. For peace of mind, protect your whole family with Lice Shield. Lice Shield is a safe, effective and easy way for parents to protect a child when returning to school or camp after being treated for lice, and can also be used for daily hair care during periods of increased exposure such as lice outbreaks at school.
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What are your Back to School list must haves?

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  1. Can't believe it is Back to School time already! Seems like they just got done... great list, the lice prevention is a big plus I can remember when my daughter was in grade school and was a magnet for those things!

  2. Hard to believe it is BTS time already. These are all great ideas.I like the Scribble Stuff pens!


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