Back To School | Kids & Tweens

I’m not sure about you but just reading “back to school” gives me a little bit of anxiety. As a parent of two kids in elementary school I am both excited for school to start but also sad that the summer is coming to a close. When I asked the TRM Tribe when you start thinking about Back To School shopping the overwhelming response was NOW!

Funny enough I’m in the same boat. We have started grabbing things like backpacks and shoes that I KNOW the kids will need but soon I’m doing a full edit of what we have on hand and what we will need for the upcoming school year.

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Although my kids are 3 years apart my oldest is really starting to want less “kid” stuff and leaning hard in to the tween and teen items. This year I have two lists one for younger elementary school and the 2nd for older more intermediate/ middle school kids.

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PB Teen Backpack | PB Kids Camo Backpack

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Our favorite backpacks have always come from Pottery Barn and this year I didn’t love any of the kid options for my daughter so we checked out PB Teen and fell in LOVE with this Artsy Backpack with gold detailing and key ring loop for all her “accessories”.

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Nike Flex Plus Sneakers NSALE | Amazon Listing more colors

The other must have we buy every year are these Nike Flex Sneakers! My kids love the ease of a slip on sneaker when we are running out the door plus they are great for PE days. In general I feel like these run small so we size to ensure some growing room.

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Athleta Tank | Chit Chat Capris | Nike Flex Sneakers | Artsy Waterbottle | PB teen Backpack

My daughter going into the 4th grade has pretty much switched to a 70% athletic wardrobe!! Over the past year she has taken to Athleta girl because it fits her slender built and so much of it is soft and comfy! This tank has double layers great for those girls that don’t want to have to wear a “bra” but need a little extra coverage.

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Tick Talk 4 Watch (clip the $10 off coupon)

The other BIG change for the kids is they will be at the same school for the first time in 3 years!! We are close enough to walk so having Miss A have her own Tick Talk watch where she can call me and I can gps her exact location makes me feel better about them walking home together.

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Under Amour Camo Tee | Under Amour Boys Shorts | Nike Flex Shoes

After 3 years of uniforms little man is EXCITED to wear whatever he wants to school. Most of the time in his books that means Under Armour (like daddy) and we love this new Camo style. Since my son is also on the slender side we like that these shorts come in 4-7 so he can get an exact size.


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YOUNGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGE:

Thermos Funtainer Water Bottle 12 oz // 16 oz : While my daughter loves her hydro flask my son isn’t quite ready for a bottle that size and does great with the Thermos funtainer size. Still keeps water cold but in a manageable younger kids and available in 12 oz or 16 oz.

Lunch Chillers These are some of the few ice packs that fit with a Bentgo box in our Amazon and PB Kids Cold Pack Lunch boxes. They are slim but keep things cold!

Bentology Lunch Box for Kids: For years my kids have had personalized lunch boxes from PBK but last year I found these cute ones from Amazon and we love them! They have great pockets and fit the Bentgo box well. For under $13 great for backup also. Boys prints here

Amazon Echo | Amazon Glow My kids love their Echos and recently Amazon released these cute animal versions that also can be hooked up to the glow. This cool addition can be programmed for reading, bedtime, wake up or just fun colors as they listen to music.

Kids’ UA Sim Water Repellent Softshell Jacket This jacket we got in the NSALE and it’s perfect for back to school! It’s not too thick but soft and repels rain, now I just need to add the Mabel’s Label Tag so it doesn’t get lost!

Mabels Labels We love the Back to School combo with Tag labels, small rectangles and larger circles. These go on jackets, bags, water bottles and more! Right now they are 20% off

Pottery Barn Kids Backpacks My son still loves his PB Kids backpacks and when he saw there are new options that GLOW IN THE DARK the kid was smitten, we ended up with this style since he wanted glow in the dark. We get the large size and I’ve felt it’s a good size for Kindergarten and up.

Nike Flex Plus Sneakers (Amazon Listing): The other must have we buy every year are these Nike Flex Sneakers! My kids love the ease of a slip on sneaker when we are running out the door plus they are great for PE days. In general I feel like these run small so we size to ensure some growing room.

Micro Scooter LED 3-Wheeled, Lean-to-Steer Both my kids LOVE their scooters and since we are close enough to walk to school these get used a TON! My son still likes the smaller 3 wheel version but my daughter has moved up to the 2 wheel.

TurboSke Toddler Bike Helmet: Finding a good breathable helmet for my 5 year old has been a pain until we found this one! covers great and has tons of airflow.

Garmin Vivofit Jr 2 or Version 3: With my younger son he doesn’t need a fully functional watch with gps but this step tracker does have alarms built in great for getting ready, brushing teeth and learning to understand time!

Lunch Box Notes Kids sometimes need a little pick me up and these cute notecards are perfect for lunch boxes!

TICONDEROGA Pencils pre-sharpened: Although we order school supplies from our district I always pick up an extra pack of these pencils for backups at home and a mid-semester refresh for our teachers!

OLLY Kids Multivitamin Gummy Worms Over the past few months we have fallen in love with these kids multivitamins that have a sour gummy worm taste!

Wet Ones Travel Wipes I bought these last year and they have come in handy so much! The tropical scent is nice and since they are individually wrapped I stick them in the kids backpacks and lunch boxes in case of extra sticky hands!

Purell 4 oz bottles I don’t know about you but after last year I have a new appreciation for brand name hand sanitizer that doesn’t feel and smell like rubbing alcohol. Stock up on these travel sizes to stick in backpacks.

Rosemary Repel Daily Kid Conditioning Spray for Lice Prevention: While last year had it’s challenges with masks the LAST thing I need in my house is Lice! I grab this Rosemary spray especially at the beginning of the year and spray down backpacks daily.


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OLDER ELEMENTARY/ INTERMEDIATE AGE:

Hydroflask & Flip Top Straw Lids I feel like it was about 2 years ago my daughter switched from the Funtainer to Hydroflasks and she has never looked back! The only thing is her favorite is the 21 oz style (fits well in her backpack) so we grabbed these flip top lids on Amazon so she could have a drinking straw.

Hatch Restore– If you have a teen or tween that has trouble waking up grab this smart sound machine/ alarm clock that you can customize with lights, sounds and even meditation if school gets REALLY stressful this year.

Bentgo Fresh This style of Bentgo box is a bit bigger and it has enough space for a full sandwich or salad. This style and the Thermos Hot food container gets used a bunch by my daughter.

PB Teen Lunch Boxes & Backpacks I get the “cold pack” version of lunch boxes since they fit the Bentgo boxes best. Also the teen backpack has more features for my tween like gold detailing and D ring to hold her keychain collection!

Athleta Girl Double the Fun Tank & Chit Chat Capris Over the past year she has taken to Athleta girl because it fits her slender built and so much of it is soft and comfy! This tank has double layers great for those girls that don’t want to have to wear a “bra” but need a little extra coverage. She does also like the Upbeat Bra style for times when she is wearing just a shirt.

Mabels Labels Middle School Pack This set of labels for older kids has less “baby” looking graphics but still gets the job done! My daughter loves the ocean looking style!

Gold Glitter Initial Key Ring Since little Miss just got her initial on her backpack she thought it would be fun to add a sparkly keychain for her last name.

Razor A3 Scooter This style is good for bigger kids with folding handle and adjustable handlebars.

Tick Talk Watch– If you are not ready to give your child a phone BUT you want them to be able to call listed people, track them with GPS, video call, listen to music and 2 cameras get this WATCH! Check out my video where I talk in detail why we chose this option instead of a phone.

Nike Flex Plus Sneakers (Amazon Listing): The other must have we buy every year are these Nike Flex Sneakers! My kids love the ease of a slip on sneaker when we are running out the door plus they are great for PE days. In general I feel like these run small so we size to ensure some growing room.

TICONDEROGA Pencils pre-sharpened: Although we order school supplies from our district I always pick up an extra pack of these pencils for backups at home and a mid-semester refresh for our teachers!

OLLY Kids Multivitamin Gummy Worms Big kids need vitamins too!

Purell 4 oz bottles I don’t know about you but after last year I have a new appreciation for brand name hand sanitizer that doesn’t feel and smell like rubbing alcohol. Stock up on these travel sizes to stick in backpacks and my daughter loves to attach them to her D ring with these cute holders.

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Although I will be sad to not have my babies around all day once school starts it also means I can float in my pool by myself!! YAASSS!!!

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Athleta Farallon Shorts (L) | Avenue Tee (M) | Rose Gold Adidas (size up 1/2)

Quick look at my go-to type of pick up/ drop off outfit since now that everyone is headed back in person mama’s gotta look good!

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