Back To School Favorites

August 18, 2017

Happy Friday ladies!! We don’t know about y’all, but we are READY for the weekend. Courtney is running on minimal sleep because #kids and #pregnancy, and Hannah just survived her first week of having a kid in REAL school. All the praise hands for hopefully/possibly/please-dear-Jesus getting to sleep in at least one day this weekend.

Summer is coming to a close for a lot of us. Like we said, Hannah’s oldest started elementary school this week, and preschool is starting in just a few short weeks (again with the praise hands). So today we wanted to share some of our back to school favorites! We have had a few people ask us about “greener” or “safer” products for their kids, so we tried to include a little of that as well.

YumBoxPacking lunches for kids is a great idea in theory, but sometimes physically packing it can be a huge pain in the butt. The YumBox has made it SO much easier for me. Not only is it just a convenient and functional container, but the pre-portioned and labeled sizes make it super easy to pack a well balanced and healthy meal. And it helps your kids learn about proper portions (not that they wouldn’t probably prefer if we just filled each container with goldfish, right?). It’s BPA-free and phthalates-free, and it’s leak-proof! Which means you can pack things like yogurt or other dips and they won’t get all over everything. It’s also super easy for younger kids to use without having to worry about opening a lot of different containers.


If avoiding plastic is high on your priority list, Planetbox is for you. Made of high quality, non-toxic stainless steel these bento boxes make lunch making fun (and let’s be real, we moms need all of the fun we can get where making lunches is concerned as the school year goes on). They come in three different sizes and have lots of options to add-on and customize to fit your child’s needs. They are backed by a five year warranty and the best part, they’re dishwasher safe because NOBODY wants to hand wash a lunchbox every day of the week. So, let your kids treat it as a puzzle and be a part of making their lunches by fitting different types of foods into each compartment.

 Stasher Bags

Another product for those wanting to avoid toxins from plastic or even those looking to cut down on waste. These reusable bags are made of platinum silicon and are the first and only self-sealing, airtight, non-plastic bag in the world. They are perfect for sending snacks to school with your little one while cutting down on waste and reducing their exposure to the toxins in that are in plastic bags.

Skypies Stickers

As we’ve mentioned before, we love supporting other mom-owned businesses, and Skypies Stickers is our choice for all of the labels we need for our kids’ school things. They offer a variety of waterproof labels that are perfect for lunchboxes, water bottles, folders, pretty much anything that would need a label on it. They also have iron on labels for clothing which is perfect for the colder months when you’re sending them in layers, and they’re also great for blankets and nap mats as well. They have a quick turnaround time and fast shipping, and they’ve got a back to school special going on until September, so go check them out if.

edited to add: Ali saw our post and is graciously offering our readers 15% off with the code COLDCOFFEEHOTMESS.

Thermos Funtainer

Our preschool requires a leak-proof, straw water bottle. If you’re a mom, you know how difficult it is to find A) a cup that doesn’t leak and B) one that is actually functional enough that your kid can drink out of them. The Thermos Funtainer is, by far, one of the best on the market. It leaks the LEAST out of most of the water bottles made for kids and it can keep liquids cold for twelve hours! If you’re in the market for a budget friendly water bottle for your kiddo, give this one a try!

Cat & Jack Backpack

(book sack? book bag? back sack? How do you say it?!)

Hannah here! So for the first time ever I had to buy a real backpack for Evan. Our preschool used tote bags, and it was diaper bags before that. I wanted to let him pick out his own bag, but I really didn’t want him to pick out some obnoxious character bag. I mean, I know he’s little but I just wasn’t ready for that level of superhero commitment. I love all things Cat & Jack, so I knew they would come through in the backpack department. Evan picked out a super cute, non-obnoxious backpack. It’s got a subtle pattern on the outside, but on the back of it there’s a cute little superhero slogan. He thinks it’s pretty cool. I also know it will hold up well because of the Cat & Jack brand name. So if you want your kids to have a backpack they’ll love that won’t make you cringe, I’d recommend it. I secretly want one of the girl ones for myself!!

That’s it for this week, y’all! Do you have any school supplies that will make our lives easier? Please share in the comments. And good luck getting those babies off to school.

As always we are linking up with ErikaAndrea and Narci for Friday Favorites so go check them out too!

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