Back to School Guide for 2014



Every kid loves getting a new backpack for school and you can find high quality backpacks of all styles and sizes at LightintheBox.

Along with backpacks, the site also carries clothing, accessories, electronics and toys so it really is the one stop shop for every mom's back-to-school shopping needs.

While you are on the site, make sure you pick up a little something for yourself like a new purse, some lingerie, a new piece of jewelry or some fancy heels.

One way to save a lot of money throughout the school year is by packing your child's lunch but PB&J sandwiches can get boring if given every day. Instead make sure you pick up one of these awesome 10 oz Mira Insulated Jars to keep soups, raviolis, spaghetti and other hot foods warm until lunchtime (up to 5 hours). This reusable jar is BPA free, contains no phthalates, and boasts a premium grade 18/8 entirely stainless steel interior.

You can pick one up from in either pink or split pea green.

Tooth Tunes toothbrushes are the perfect way to get kids to brush their teeth before school. Each toothbrush plays a two-minute song clip from a particular artist to encourage your child to brush their teeth for the dentist-recommended two minutes.

Choose from songs such as The Alphabet Song, Wake Me Up, We Will Rock You, Party in the USA, One Thing and many more.

You can find a store that sells Tooth Tunes near you HERE.

Everyone knows, school is one of the places kids are most likely to pick up lice so it is always good to have a good treatment on hand in case your child comes in contact with it. Vamousse Lice Treatment is a non-toxic, 100% effective lice treatment product.

Plus make sure you pick up some of the Vamousse Lice Prevention shampoo is a pesticide-free, homeopathic product that prevents lice infestation by breaking the lice life cycle, killing lice before they can lay eggs. Daily use for at least two weeks provides effective protection for the entire family when there is a head lice outbreak at school, or if head lice is a concern when going to summer camp or a sleepover.

Vamousse™ Lice Prevention shampoo comes in an 8 fluid ounce (236mL) bottle. Vamousse™ Lice Treatment comes in a 6 fluid ounce (177mL) canister accompanied by a professional steel comb. Both are competitively priced with other lice treatments products. For further product information, visit
Fruit of Loom

Most of us think about new school clothes for the kids but don't forget to pick up new under garments as well. With Fruit of the Loom, kids will love getting ready for school each day.

For Teen Girls:

* Ladies’ Cotton Boy Shorts (6+2 free pack)
* Ladies’ Cotton Bikini (6+2 free pack)


For Boys:

* Boys’ Crew Neck Tee
* Boys’ Long Sleeve Tee

Back to School with Crayola


For over 100 years, Crayola has never missed a first day of school and 2014 is no exception! They have come out with some really cool new products to add to their fabulous collection of Crayola products to help send kids back to school with all the best for their coloring needs and to help teachers be creative in the classroom.

Brand new for 2014 are Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, featuring all-new washability technology that allows these markers to wash out of skin, clothing and now from painted walls! Ultra-Clean will allow teachers to wash off common classroom desks with ease.

Plus, newly added to the Crayola line, the Crayola Visi-Max Dry Erase Markers are designed to help maximize classroom visibility by improving the color vibrancy, making them easier to read.  

And who can forget about all the other back-to-school necessities such as Crayola crayons, Crayola Colored Pencils and Crayola Washable Watercolors.

I know my kids have always had Crayola products on their required “Back to School” list and if you ask teachers which coloring products they would prefer students to get, most would say Crayola (in fact, many years the list would actually say “Crayola Preferred” after the markers and crayons).  That is because these products simply preform above many other brands on the market !

What is your favorite Crayola product? Are you super excited about the New Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers?

Disclosure: I was given the products featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

Good Deal on Mead Composition Notebooks at Target


Mead Wide Ruled Composition Notebook (70 Sheets) 99¢
Coupon: $1 off any (2) Mead Five Star Products
Final Price: 49¢ each

Back to School Shopping – Tax Free Weekends


Here is a list of all the state’s Tax Free Weekends where clothing and school supplies are tax free!

Alabama– 8/1 – 8/3

Arkansas– 8/2-8/3

Connecticut– 8/17-8/23

Florida– 8/1-8/3

Georgia- 8/1-8/2

Iowa– 8/1-8/2


Maryland– 8/10-8/16


Missouri– 8/1-8/3

New Mexico– 8/1-8/3

North Carolina– 8/1-8/3

Oklahoma– 8/1-8/3

South Carolina- 8/1-8/3

Tennessee– 8/1-8/3

Texas– 8/8-8/10

Virginia– 8/1-8/3

Thanks swaggrabber

Go Back to School with Otterbox Protection


As you think about all the products your kids need for Back to School, you must not forget to get them protection for their smartphones and tablets.  The brand of case that I personally trust and recommend strongly is Otterbox.  In fact, because I didn’t purchase insurance for Kaley’s iphone, I make her use an Otterbox Defender case to keep it safe from being damaged when dropped (which she seems to do constantly).

The OtterBox Defender Series SmartPhone Case features:

  • Guards against drops, shocks and dust while maintaining usability
  • Port plugs prevent intrusion of dust and debris
  • Complete access to all the features
  • Built-in memory foam cushions the device inside the case
  • Integrated screen protector guards against scratches to the touch screen
  • High-impact polycarbonate shell completely surrounds your smartphone
  • Outer slipcover absorbs impact from drops and shocks

If your child will be bringing their Kindle to school, you will want to read my review of the Otterbox Defender Case for the Kindle Fire.  This case is definitely top of the line protection.

Make sure you “Like” Otterbox on Facebook and Follow Otterbox on Twitter to keep up with the latest products and promotions.

Disclosure: I was given the products featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.