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School is in session! I love this time of year—BACK-TO-SCHOOL. Here are my absolute favorite must-haves, as the kiddos head back to the classroom.

Affordable finds like backpacks, notebooks, and even “Sketch & Sniff” pencils from Spencer’s will make anyone excited to hit the books.

Another really awesome must-have is Chalk Wild. These erasable backpacks were invented by an 11-year old boy from Modesto, CA who was looking for a way to express his creativity. Design and doodle with a full set of colorful markers to make your own special backpack. Feel like switching it up? Just erase with paper towels and water or wet wipes for a clean slate. Check out their KickStarter Campaign for more info!

Let’s make getting ready in the morning a fun experience for the little ones. Hello Toothpaste is naturally-friendly, fun and now comes in yummy fluoride and fluoride-free flavors: Watermelon, Bubble Gum, Blue Raspberry. Available at select Walmarts nationwide.

Clear skin has always been an essential for heading back to school and Biore is helping us out with their new Limited-Edition Deep Cleaning Pore Strips with the new, cool tie-dye prints. Pulls out impurities, oil, and dirt from pores, giving you the freshest skin for the first day of school.

Lord, how I wish dry-shampoo existed when I was in school (would have loved those extra 15 minutes to sleep in!)—try out John Frieda’s new Luxurious Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo

With a spritz of this dry shampoo, you can give your hair touchable body that lasts. Formulated for fine hair, it is the ultimate way to end your favorite styles and give them a boost of body. The revitalizing formula instantly refreshes, revives and restores limp locks, while also absorbing dirt and oil for hair that feels clean, healthy and light. Available exclusively at ULTA.

I LOVE what JCPenney is doing this back-to-school season, JCPenney is asking customers to “Pair Up with JCPenney” to ensure all kids have the basics they need to succeed. From August 1 to 15, for each pack of kids’ socks or underwear customers buy, JCPenney will donate a pack to the Y to distribute to kids in need, up to 750,000 pairs. Visit to learn more and see how you can “Pair Up with JCPenney”

Let’s get to the really good part—SNACK TIME!

Currently obsessed with Sambazon. Upgrade your smoothie at home with Sambazon superfoods— Supergreens pack has acai + kale + spinach all in one serving.This is a great way to sneak veggies into your children’s diet that they will actually enjoy!Just add your kids' favorite fruits and liquid (apple juice, banana and berries work great) and voila, you have a tasty, easy breakfast or healthy snack they’ll love.

I also really love the new Probiotics Drinks from Harmless Harvest—not only great for digestion, but they taste amazing. So easy to drink with flavors like blueberry, strawberry, and mango (available at Whole Foods).

When packing a lunch, replace those unhealthy corn-based crunchy snacks with the delicious and nutritious Peatos from World Peas. These taste like savory junk food, but they are good for you! Made with chick peas and lentils, this nutrient-dense snack comes in three mouth-watering flavors: Masala, Fiery Hot, and Chili Cheese. Available at VONS in Los Angeles.

Get your protein fix with One Bar—tastes amazing and so good for you. When it comes to fueling our bodies with food, convenience and healthy portable nutrition are the dominant factors! OhYeah! One bars were created to simplify your decision. Formulated with over 11 mouthwatering flavors, superior protein blend, texture and taste, OhYeah! ONE bars contain up to 22g Protein, Only 1g Sugar, 10g Fiber and are certified Gluten Free!

GoodnessKNOWS snack squares are my new favorite indulgence—Gluten-free, Non-GMO, 150 calories, whole nuts, real fruits, toasted oats and dark chocolate, 100mg of naturally-occurring cocoa flavanols, the good stuff in dark chocolate. NO high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors or artificial colors.

From supplies and backpacks to clear skin and snacks, these essentials will have you covered for a wonderful school season!



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