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Must-haves for Back-to-School Season #BTS

As my youngest heads back to school next week and my college kids are out the door already (where did summer go?), I want to share a few of my top picks for students from elementary school to college. From awesome printers for older students to lunchbox essentials and more, check these out:

HP e-Printer and Instant Ink: This pair is perfect for college students who need a reliable, quality printer and NEVER to run out of ink! I use the HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One Printer and I love it. You can email documents and photos to the printer at any time. To make sure your college students don’t run out of ink (which only happens when a paper is due and there’s no time to run to the store), check out HP’s Instant Ink program. Never run out of ink and lower overall printing costs with this monthly program based on pages printed, with no annual fee and ink shipped directly to an apartment or dorm.




BioGaia is a product every mom should have in her medicine cabinet, especially when school starts and more than pencils and crayons are shared in the classroom. Back-to-school often means a spike in common illnesses and tummy troubles. BioGaia is a global leader in probiotics and their strain L. reuteri Protectis has over 20 years of clinical research backing it. It’s proven safe and effective for children and is now available in Walgreens nationwide in drops or chewable tablets.

BioGaia is great for constipation, diarrhea, upset stomachs, immune health and overall gut health when attending daycare/preschool, transitioning to solids and potty training.


Lunchboxes and snacks are top priorities for kids and Thermos is certainly a trusted brand. This fire truck lunchbox is adorable!

-Fire Engine Novelty Lunch Kit is a durable, 100 percent PVC-free lunch kit featuring foam insulation to keep contents fresh and a comfortable, padded carrying handle.

GTB Fire Engine Soft Novelty Lunch Kit
-Blue FUNtainer Bottle and Food Jar
The 12oz stainless steel bottle can keep contents cold for up to 12 hours, ensuring that a child’s favorite lunch time drink stays fresh all day. The Food Jar is a 10-ounce stainless steel food jar with a wide mouth, making it easy to eat from. It can also keep contents hot for five hours and cold for seven.

GTB FUNtainer Blue Food Jar


For ideas on what to put in the lunchbox and food jar, our friends at Arla Foods and Jack Link’s offer these selections:
Arla Dofino Havarti ($4.99-6.99): Havarti adds that perfect creamy touch when used in a sandwich, especially when melted.
Find a kid-friendly recipe idea at http://www.arlafoodsusa.com/recipes/fruit-and-cheese-skewers/

-Jack Link’s Jerky Varieties ($6.99-7.99): Available in Original, Chicken, Turkey and more, Jack Link’s jerky is the perfect protein-packed snack for on-the-run students looking to feed their wild side between meals.



Finally, these mini-hand sanitizers are very popular with kids of all ages, especially if they can be attached to a backpack.
Bath & Body Works PocketBac Sanitizers ($1.75): Miniature must-haves contain skin-loving Aloe & Vitamin E paired with powerful germ fighters to leave hands feeling squeaky clean & silky smooth. Fragrances include Dancing Waters, Japanese Cherry Blossom, Sweet Pea, Warm Vanilla Sugar & Caribbean Escape.

HP and BioGaia are clients, the remaining products are included as part of a media campaign.