As much as I hate to think about summer coming to an end, it's about time to start making those back-to-school purchases. While school starts for us on September 8th, in many other areas kids are already back to school. Like many people, we start each school year with fresh lunch bags and backpacks (unless the old ones are still clean and in good shape).
This year I did a lot of research to find eco-friendly and stylish options for lunch bags and backpacks that would suit our family. My daughter is 10 so she still likes the cute and fun options, but she also requires a certain level of "maturity" in her choices. My son is 13 so this in-denial mom has to be careful she doesn't go with styles that are too "little boy" for him.
1. Lug's Pedals Lunch Tote in cranberry red keeps food cool in its insulated interior. Store utensils and napkins in the exterior pocket. So important for a lunch bag - the material is fully wipeable and water-repellent for easy cleanup of spills. This pretty lunch tote comes in several colours and works for girls and women alike.
2. Available at Bentley, this Roxy Pineapple Print Backpack has the "cool factor" that a preteen or teen looks for. It's also big enough to carry all her stuff. This backpack has a main zippered compartment, an inside pocket and a front zippered pocket. The straps are padded for comfort. Plus, let's face it, it's just really cute! And it's on sale right now. Bonus.
3. This adorable Beatrix New York Katarina the Frog Lunch Box brings some cheer to your school day. It's insulated to keep food fresh. It's made with heavy-duty nylon and it's machine washable for easy cleanup (yay!). There's a name tag on the back so this little beauty can find its way back to its owner. Very important for kids - Beatrix New York lunch boxes are tested PVC-, phthalate-, lead- and BPA-free. Find Beatrix New York's stylish lunch boxes and backpacks in Canada or in the U.S.
4. Another versatile lunch bag from Lug, the Tackle Box Lunch Tote in camo olive is suitable for anyone from a young boy to a grown man (or a girl who likes camo, of course!). It's a good size for a nice big lunch - it holds a standard sandwich container plus more small containers. The foil lining keeps your lunch hot or cold. Enjoy easy access to the contents with the wide-mouth opening. There's a detachable shoulder strap too.
In addition to getting these stylish back-to-school essentials, we have also created new desk areas in both of our kids' bedrooms. I have posts coming up about those spaces. Of course, we need to get around to doing some clothes shopping as well. The first-day-of-school outfit is crucial, right?
Have you done any back-to-school shopping? (Or fall shopping for those in a household where nobody's going back to school.) What did you buy?
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