Back to School Essentials for a Successful Year

It is that time of year and I have been thinking about everything my children will need for back to school. If you are like me, then you like to plan ahead. This year, with inflation at a record high, I have been thinking about the essentials without buying what we don't already have on hand. For example, both of my kids have very nice backpacks that have warranties, so I won't be buying new ones this year. I also have a variety of lunch boxes that they can choose from, so again I won't be buying them new ones. And with our school district no longer providing free lunches county wide, that money is allocated towards our grocery budget. But their feet are ever growing, so new shoes will be on the list.
You can think smart while still sending your children off to a successful school year.

Here are some of my favorite essentials but be smart!
Organize and prioritize for a budget friendly back to school season!

Viva Naturals Kid's Sleep Melatonin Gummies

With school in session getting a good night's sleep is high on the priority list. Taking melatonin short term has been shown to see benefits when given to children. Melatonin is a natural hormone that your brain produces in response to darkness. It helps with the timing of your circadian rhythms (24-hour internal clock) and with sleep. Being exposed to light at night can block melatonin production. Viva Naturals Melatonin Gummies are soft, easy to chew, and work with your child’s natural sleep cycle to help put those sleepless nights to rest. * Taking 1 gummy 30 minutes before bedtime under adult supervision promotes a restful night sleep. * These kids' gummies are non-habit-forming and help promote peaceful sleep for children who may experience occasional sleeplessness. *

- Works with your child's sleep cycle to help them fall asleep naturally*
- Non-habit forming and 100% drug-free*
- Soft and easy to chew gummies
- 1 mg melatonin per gummy
- Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and third party tested
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Mabel's Labels

Mabel’s Labels custom Kids' School Labels are a must-have on your Back-to-School checklist. Whether your kids are starting kindergarten or middle school, Mabel's Labels has a value pack that will perfectly fit your needs. Our personalized school labels are ultra-durable and ready to take on the school year. Waterproof, laundry safe, and dishwasher-safe Mabel's Labels will stay stuck from their first orientation to their last day of school.
Features of our School Labels:
- Laundry Safe (both the washer and the dryer!)
- Dishwasher Safe
- Waterproof & Weatherproof
- Easy to Apply
- An Adhesive That Stays Stuck
- High-Performance Vinyl, Won’t Rip or Peel
- Personalized & Custom Designs
- Easy to Order
- FREE Shipping on All School Label Orders
- 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
- Teacher Approved
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Hydrojug Minis

Life is hard enough without the added stress of drinking enough water. This is why they made the Mini HydroJug the perfect size to take anywhere. The Mini HydroJug has a wide mouth opening for easy cleaning and mixing and an included straw to eliminate the need to purchase extra accessories. You can rest easy knowing all of their Mini HydroJugs are BPA-free and top-rack dishwasher safe.
Don't forget about the Mini Sleeve that is designed with double layer, premium neoprene to keep your drinks cooler, longer. The Mini Sleeve comes with an adjustable strap for easy carrying that has sleeker and more discrete attachments. The Mini Sleeve has a storage pocket, so you never have to leave your small essential behind.
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PeachSkin Sheets

PeachSkinSheets® are made from a breathable, high-performance athletic grade SMART fabric that is great for hot sleepers due to its thermal control and moisture-wicking properties.
With over 32K 5-star reviews and counting, the ultra-soft brushed finish provides a softness level that parallels 1,500 thread count cotton but without the shrinkage, wrinkles, and pilling.
They thrive on being a quality company with a quality product and going the extra mile for their customers. Sheet sets start at $75 —an affordable luxury that truly can’t be beat.

TeachMy Learning Kits

100% Screen Free! Teach My Learning Kits contain all of the tools necessary to give your baby, toddler, preschooler, and kindergartener a head start for school. From finger puppets, blocks, puzzles and posters to books, games and activities, your mini scholar can master first words, the alphabet, reading, printing, numbers to 100, early math and more. Bond, Teach, Play…20 Minutes A Day!
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Echo Show

Alexa can show you even more - With a 10.1" HD screen that’s designed to move with you, video calls, recipes, and shows are always in view. The speakers deliver premium, directional sound.
Stay in frame - Video call friends and family or take a picture while the 13 MP camera with auto-framing and motion keeps you front and center.
Smart Home made simple - Set up compatible Zigbee devices or smart products without a separate hub. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats. Take a look around when you’re away - Securely access the built-in camera to remotely monitor your home anytime with the Alexa app or other Echo Show devices.
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Piggy Paint

Piggy Paint nail polish is Non-toxic, Virtually Odorless, and Kid-friendly! This Water-based formula Dries Hard and doesn’t wash or peel off. Enjoy a rainbow of fun shades that are Cruelty-free & Vegan. ALL the fun, with NO harsh chemicals!
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O-Yaki Ecoware Bento-Box with utensils

Snacks are one of the biggest must-haves at the beach, especially with kids in tow. Ditch plastic, single-use containers that end up in the trash and opt for the reusable O-Yaki Ecoware Take Anywhere Lunch Box -- it’s a bento-style box with three separate compartments to keep food separated. It comes with a reusable spoon and fork set and a snap-on, spill-proof lid to keep food fresh. Made with natural wheat or rice husk composite material, this bento box is biodegradable, BPA-Free, freezer and microwave safe. Comes in four colors.
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Bluelight Glasses

As the amount of screen time goes up, we want to be on the front lines ahead of the curve in families around the world to make sure each kid has what they need anti-blue glasses in this new digital world. Blue light is visible light with shorter wavelengths and more energy than light at the other end of the color spectrum. The sun is the primary source of blue light, but blue light also comes from Computers tablets smartphones Television screens fluorescent lights and LED lights, etc. A good pair of kids' blue light glasses are also essential for blocking UV light and blue light when your child using electronic products in an activity with lots of glare.
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Wired Headphones for Kids

Protect your kids' hearing while giving them the best musical experience they can find! These volume limiting kids' headphones are unique not only because they have built-in protection for overly loud music, but these special headphones even come equipped with a mic so kids can answer calls from grandma or their friends, hands-free!
Exposure to excessive levels of sound is proven to be damaging and can cause adverse long-term effect. Neesolo volume limiting kids' headphones are designed to keep kids safe, but also to give parents a peace of mind, without having to constantly monitor the volume.
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Viva Naturals D3 + B12 Gummies

High potency, delicious, and easy to chew gummies that support your immune and cardiovascular health, cellular energy production, and help maintain healthy teeth and bones. *
What are the benefits of vitamin B12? Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep your body's blood and nerve cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all of your cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent megaloblastic anemia, a blood condition that makes people tired and weak.
What are the benefits of taking vitamin D3? Health Benefits of D3 Supplements. Strengthens bones and muscles. Boosts immunity. Improves mood. Reduces inflammation. Improves heart function.
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One bag. One million adventures. The body of this black backpack for men is water-resistant for all of your outdoor adventures. The main compartment is deep enough to hold your stuff and the outer zipped pocket is perfect for items you need to grab quickly. The entire backpack can be folded and stuffed inside the inner pocket. It’s easy to toss in your luggage and unfold at your destination. Let the adventure begin. This bag is incredibly lightweight and easy to wear with adjustable straps and detachable tag.
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High Rise™ Mobile Adjustable Standing Desk with Keyboard Tray

Wherever you need to go, your DC550 can follow. The large work surface can accommodate a computer and desktop necessities such as files, notes, calculator, or phone. Keyboard tray allows for placement of separate keyboard and mouse. This multi-functional desk can be used in multiple settings, including office, classroom, production set, crafting, workshop, warehouse, flea market, lectern, healthcare, and any other application where mobility and variable height adjustment helps get the job done.
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Zoey Curved Pillow

Struggling to get a good night's sleep?
Zoey Sleep has developed a customizable pillow with the perfect amount of comfort and support. We give you the ability to add and remove shredded memory foam for the ultimate sleeping experience. Its curved design contours to your shoulder, centering your head on the pillow
Buy one or multiples. Queen and King sizing.
Zoey Sleep also offers weighted blankets in multiple sized.
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Kombucha Kamp

Enjoy drinking Kombucha and want to make it yourself? Kombucha has been made for thousands of years by people all over the world because it is easy to prepare and offers immediate and long-term benefits to the regular drinker. The ingredients are inexpensive and the process is simple and sustainable.
Using a kit and supplies from Kombucha Kamp streamlines it all.
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Opopop Ultimate Popcorn Collection

Whether it is for an afternoon snack or movie night, Opopop is ready with different flavor options. Be prepared when you bring the Opopop Ultimate Popcorn Collection into your home.
Get an Opopop Popcorn Popper, a Test Launch pouch of our Lightly Salted flavor to dial in your cook time, all of their Flavor Wrapped Popcorn Kernel flavors, and all of their Peel + Pour Popcorn Cup flavors.

Farmhouse Stripe Reversible Cotton Quilt Set

We know how much you love our Farmhouse Stripe Comforter Set, so we're now offering the same design in our new Farmhouse Stripe Reversible Cotton Quilt Set! Decorate your primary bedroom, guest bedroom, teen's bedroom or dorm room with this traditional farmhouse style reversible quilt set. The printing on this set will pair perfectly with your farmhouse shiplap beams.
Our Farmhouse Stripe Reversible Cotton Quilt Set is reversible, giving you two stylish looks in one great set! The back of both the quilt and the shams features a pinstripe print in the same colors.
This Farmhouse Stripe Reversible Cotton Quilt Set includes a reversible 100% cotton quilt and matching reversible pillow shams (1 sham for Twin XL, 2 shams for full/queen and king sizes). This is a look we are sure fans of the show "Fixer Upper" would approve of.
The Farmhouse Stripe Reversible Cotton Quilt Set is available in eight color choices, including red, neutral, gray, black, yellow/gray, blue, dark gray, and navy. The background color is a creamy off-white color. Some color options may not be offered in all sizes.
For your convenience, the quilt and the shams in this Farmhouse Stripe Reversible Cotton Quilt Set are both safe to machine wash and tumble dry. For best results, please refer to the product labels for full care instructions.
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The Spunky Stork
A happy + modern fashion brand passionate about creating clean, organic, non-toxic clothing for children of all ages. The Spunky Stork hand prints charming and whimsical designs onto the softest organic cotton baby bodysuits and youth tees. They have hundreds of funny designs and hilarious sayings. The Spunky Stork has lots of other designs for summer, traveling, 4th of July, Mommy & Me sets for Mother's Day, Daddy & Me sets for Father's Day and many more.
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AVI-8 TYPE 300 Automatic Midnight Chrome
The Spitfire Type 300 Automatic pays tribute to the prototype Supermarine developed in 1934. Inspired by the lines, form, and design of the famed World War 2-era fighter, AVI-8 delivers a unique take on a stylish timepiece that draws from one of the most famous aircraft to have ever flown. The Type 300 is complete as a reliably, sturdy, and wearable field watch with clear aviation design credentials.
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Leeway Just Ceramics Bundle
This full suite of 4 place settings, including all 5 stoneware ceramic shapes. The Ceramics bundle is built for everyday eating and drinking! Solids Collection features stoneware with a natural hand-feel and a satin exterior finish with a glossy interior. The bundle includes: 4 settings, 20 total pieces, 4 Big Plates, 4 Small Plates, 4 Bowls, 4 Mugs, and 4 Leeway Dishes (our signature all-purpose dish!)
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Circle Home Plus

The Circle Home Plus device connects with your router to manage every Internet-connected device on your home network. Use the Circle Parental Controls App to operate Circle and manage mobile devices (iOS and Android) everywhere. Circle has both Kid and Teen Filters (and more) built in to match your family’s needs. Filters are fully customizable for each family member’s Profile letting you decide which apps and websites are allowed and not allowed. Monitor your family’s online screen time. Compare online behavior to yesterday, last week or last month. With Usage you can see how much time your family is spending on different websites and apps. Get a detailed view of the sites each family member visits throughout the day across every connected device. Worried about kids spending too much time with one game or app? With Time Limits parents decide how much (or how little) family members should spend on certain websites, games or apps. Make late-night scrolling a thing of the past. Set an internet Bedtime for each family member’s devices (yes, yours too!). You decide when each Profile should disconnect from the Internet. Create a customized screen time schedule that benefits everyone in your family. Preset time offline for the important moments like practicing piano or dinner with the family. The internet now has a Pause button. With a quick press of one button, the internet stops, and you have your family’s full attention. Parents can Pause a single Profile or the whole house. Keep track of your family’s mobile devices. Enable location services and track mobile devices (and your kids) wherever they go. Grant extra online time when chores are complete or good grades are earned. With Rewards parents can extend Time Limits, disable a Focus Time, or give a later Bedtime.
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Tv Store Online

From Costumes, Beanies, Accessories (and so much more), TVStoreOnline goes above and beyond to find merchandise featuring characters, logos, or catchphrases from your favorite TV shows, Movies, and cartoons. As the demand for rare pop culture merchandise has exponentially grown around the globe, so has TVStoreOnline. The founding members of TV Store Online still strive to generate the best selection of T-shirts, Costumes, and Accessories every day.
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Gateway 23.8" All-in-one Desktop

Enjoy more on your computer with a new Intel Pentium Silver processor, which delivers a great balance of performance and connectivity at an amazing value. Experience speeds and a responsive, reliable connection – even in environments with many connected devices, for the things most important to you, like downloading your favorite entertainment fast, smooth gaming, and a rich online experience. The 23.8” All-in-One Desktop from Gateway is the desktop that brings crystal-clear picture for all of your tasks. It features a wireless keyboard and mouse as well as a fully adjustable stand that can pan, tilt or rotate. It is the ideal way to get the best and most efficient performance at home or in your office. The computer is powered by Intel Pentium Silver J5040 Processor and has 4 GB memory RAM. With a sleek design, this computer also features a 128 GB Solid State Drive. You’re guaranteed clarity with the 23.8” FHD display and with power of the Intel Pentium CPU you’ll experience fast, smooth and fluid performance for everyday use.
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What is your go-to back-to-school essentials this year?

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  1. Maybe beard care of perhaps a hat

  2. I would so like to win this one for the guys in my life this company has so many amazing items. I am so loving their bags and also the sunglasses.

  3. The Hydrojug Minis are awesome!! The kids would love them!

  4. I would like to get my sweetie an earring for his new piercing,

  5. I'd buy my husband new sunglasses.

  6. I'd like to win the backpack for my son.

  7. I would love to win the Farmhouse Stripe Reversible Cotton Quilt Set for my husband and I. It is beautiful!

  8. as a gift for my cousin!


  9. I would probably get a backpack or a belt. They definitely have a very nice selection of items.

  10. I like the Graphite gray color!

  11. I really like the Real Teal. I don't have anything in that color and it is so darn pretty.


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