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Send a little love with their lunches

What you pack in your kids’ lunches is important. You’re fueling their bodies and brains for the hours they’re in the classroom — and it’s a long day for little ones! Lunches don’t have to be fancy to be nutritious, tasty and a reminder of how much you care about their day at school.

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Make them smile with nutritious treats

Yogurt is one of my lunchbox staples. My daughter loves it, and I feel like it’s a good source of nutrition for the second half of her school day. Ehrmann® MIXIM Greek Yogurt is going to find a spot in our lunchbox rotation this fall. Little things can make a big difference for kids, and I know my (almost) first grader smiles every time she sees the heart-shaped yogurt container in the refrigerator. Like Ehrmann USA on Facebook for fun, printable lunchbox surprises. Knowing I can make her smile when she opens her lunch is an extra bonus!

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Why you’ll love MIXIM

MIXIM yogurt is a fat-free greek yogurt that packs a protein punch while offering a little extra treat. Available in six flavor combinations, you can consistently send your child’s favorite or mix and match for a lot of lunchbox love. Each of the flavor combinations has a crunchy component, which can help the yogurt feel a little more substantial. Whether the MIXIM yogurt is used as the main component of a lunch or a side dish for a sandwich or cheese and crackers, kids will love the sweetness of the mix-ins. The 5.3 ounce serving isn’t so large that yogurt will go to waste, but it’s sufficient to use as the main portion if your kids struggle to make it through their lunches in the time provided.

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Why your kids will love MIXIM

One of the best parts about MIXIM yogurt is the design of the container. The heart shape does more than bring a smile to a child’s face. Bending the curved mix-in containers into the main yogurt section is the perfect angle to dump in the mix-ins. Kids are able to add the “treats” to their yogurt on their own, without worrying about spilling or dropping during a spoon transfer. Some of the flavors seem like treats — my kids think they’ve hit the lunchbox jackpot when I pack the Blueberry and Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites. MIXIM is a nice compromise if your kids want a sweet treat in their lunch each day, but you’re more worried about their health than their candy requests. Pack the yogurt with a side of fruit or ham and cheese roll-ups, and your kids will have a healthy lunch that even picky eaters will love.

Ehrmann MIXIM is currently available in: CA, AZ, NV, HI, NM, CO, TX and WY.
Check out the MIXIM Facebook Page for more love in the lunchbox ideas and printables!

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Your dress-loving girl loves playing hard at recess, but keeping her covered when she’s at school can be hard. The solution? Playground shorts! They’re perfect solution for every girl who loves to swing from the monkey bars or cartwheel through the grass, without needing to keep one hand on her dress the entire time. 

8 Playground shorts we love

Playground Shorts for Girls

1. Bon Bon Shorts, $22 each
Playground shorts with a touch of ruffle, the Bon Bon Short is made from super-soft bamboo-based rayon to make sure she is comfortable while she plays. Available in pink, aqua and blue in sizes 2T-5T.

2. Hide-ees, $16 each
Just because you’re trying to keep your undies covered while you play, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun doing it! These playground shorts are spunky, with various other colors and styles available as well. Plus, they even come in sizes for women!

3. Monkeybar Buddies, $16-18 each
Made of a stretchier material  — think closer to a bathing suit than underwear — Monkeybar Buddies come in some funky patterns and colors and are popular with tweens as well.

4. Old Navy Jersey Stretch Shorts, $5-8 each
If you aren’t sure your if your daughter will even wear playground shorts under her skirts and dresses, give a pair or two of these from Old Navy a try first. At about $5 each, they’re an inexpensive way to test them out!

5. UndieShorts, $13 each or $33 for three
For girls who need to or want to wear playground shorts, but who can’t stand doubling up on underwear and shorts, check out UndieShorts. With built-in underwear in each pair, they’re a one-and-done playground shorts solution.

6. UnderTwirl Shorts, $22 each
Maybe your girl is more of a twirler than a playground climber. These are the shorts for her! With bright, fun colors for their playground shorts, these are meant to be seen, so let her twirl her heart out.

7. GAP Knit Shorts, $17 for three (on sale)
Families who have to follow school uniform guidelines will want to grab a pack or two of these playground shorts from GAP. They’re plain and simple and with basic colors, they will work well for under nearly any color or pattern school uniform.

8. J.Crew Crewcut Girls’ Tumble Shorts, $15 each
A favorite short for girls of all ages (they go up to size 14), the Tumble Shorts go from the playground to gymnastics practice, where they can be worn without a dress or skirt covering them.

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Don’t fall into a lunch box rut

Packing kids’ lunches can become a chore after the first week of school ends. Finding new kids’ lunch ideas can keep moms from falling into a lunch making rut. Kids will love having new — delicious — lunches to try, and moms will feel better knowing their little ones are filling their tummies with nutritious choices.

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10 fantastic kids’ lunch ideas

Poppy Haus lets you take your kids’ lunches old school with Fruit Roll-Ups. The all-fruit snacks don’t add any sugar or other artificial ingredients, so you can feel good sending them in your kids’ lunch boxes.

Sandwich skewers from My Fussy Eater make lunch time a little bit more fun for fussy eaters. They sneak a bit of salad into a lunchbox, but even if kids don’t eat their greens, there are still other options to make sure they’re not hungry after lunch.

Make your little monsters a fun, new sandwich for lunch. Chocolate and Carrots takes a simple kids’ favorite and transforms it into her Monster Sandwiches. They’re an easy way to add something special to lunch without foregoing your little one’s favorite flavors.

Healthy carrot muffins from Wholesome Ireland can be added to a lunch box or used as a quick breakfast before school. Without sugar, eggs, or wheat they’re allergy-friendly and nutritious.

Filo pastry mini quiches from A Mummy Too are a delicious way to let kids customize their lunches. Offer them a variety of fillings for the quiches, and they’ll have their favorite flavors tucked into a portable, easy-to-eat package.

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Pizza — a constant favorite of kids — becomes lunch box friendly in The Cook’s Pyjamas’ Margherita pizza scrolls. The three-ingredient bites are sure to become a favorite in your child’s lunch rotation.

Ham & cheese cupcakes from Meals, Heels, and Cocktails are delicious straight from the oven — and taste just as yummy the next day. Whip up a batch of the savory muffins for dinner one night and pack the leftovers for lunch.

Gluten-free Mexican bites take a few ingredients from the ever-popular taco night and repurpose them for lunch the next day. They’re freezable, too, so you can make a double batch and pull them out whenever you’re short on time.

Thank Half Baked Harvest for a protein-packed lunch option that kids will devour. Kid-favorite chicken strips add a little extra nutrition in her Quinoa crusted chicken strips. Add your child’s favorite dipping sauce or try the included BBQ honey mustard sauce.

Chicken pesto zucchini noodles are a flavorful lunch option that add a healthy punch to any box. Chilled pasta is an unexpected alternative to sandwiches and easy for kids to eat quickly. Let kids help spiralize the noodles so they know they’ve helped with their lunches.

A bonus recipe for added sweetness

For a sweet treat at the end of your child’s lunch, try the Nutty Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from My Friend’s Bakery. Making your own granola bars is easier than you think and avoids a bunch of preservatives your kids don’t need.

Like these fabulous food bloggers on Facebook for even more delicious ideas

1. Poppy Haus, 2. My Fussy Eater, 3. Chocolate and Carrots, 4. Wholesome Ireland, 5. A Mummy Too, 6. The Cook’s Pyjamas, 7. Meals, Heels, and Cocktails, 8. Gluten Free for Lunchboxes, 9. Half Baked Harvest, 10. Snixy Kitchen, 11. My Friend’s Bakery

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Le Top Back-to-School

Back-to-school isn’t just for the big kids. Preschoolers deserve just as much attention when it comes to picking styles for going back to school this fall and with Le Top on their side, shopping will be as easy as learning their ABCs.

Back-to-school preschool style for boys

Le Top Preschool Style for Boys

Pictured: Dino-mite! 3-D Stegosaurus Shirt with Raglan Sleeves, $29-30, Rookie of the Year #1 Applique Shirt, $28-29, Rock On! Drum Star Striped Raglan-Sleeve Shirt, $28-29, Rookie of the Year Washed Denim Jeans, $31-33.

One of the things we love most about shopping at Le Top for back-to-school is that they’ve done all of the thinking for us… especially when it comes to dressing the boys. Start with a pair of their comfy jeans, or elastic-waist pants for kiddos who are still working on potty training at school, and add a complimentary shirt to make it cool. The Back-to-School Collection from Le Top covers all of the bases for boys this year, from dinosaurs to athletics to rockers-in-the-making.

Back-to-school preschool style for girls

Le Top Back-to-School Preschool Style for Girls

Pictured: Twinkle Twinkle Flower Striped Swing Top & Jeggings, $54-58, Ballet Class Tulle Skirt Dress & Footless Ballet Tights, $52-56, Gigi’s Garden Floral Dress & Striped Footless Tights, $50.

With super sweet and playful ready-to-wear outfits that scream back-to-school preschool style, Le Top makes dressing even the most stylish girls easy. Choose from the adorable matching sets in their Back-to-School Collection or pick out individual pieces to create a look that is all her own. We adore that Le Top thinks of every girl when they create their collection, with styles that range from bright and bold to sweet and simple.

Tips on back-to-school shopping for preschoolers
  • Get the washing machine ready: Preschoolers (and all kids, really) are mess-makers by nature and at school, it can be a free-for-all. Moms know that school clothes get washed, a lot, and thankfully, the clothes from Le Top withstand the wear-and-tear of the washing machine with ease. So, go ahead, wash that paint-covered shirt he loves three times this week. It can handle it.
  • Buy what they’ll wear: Not what you think they’ll wear. There’s way too much fun to be had at school for your kids to be worrying about if their pants are bugging them or if the details on their shirt are scratching their skin. Le Top takes both style and comfort into consideration with every piece they design, making them instant favorites for even the pickiest of kids.
  • Think beyond the classroom: Buying clothes for back-to-school can be an investment, especially if you have more than one child headed to the classroom this fall. The clothes from Le Top do double-duty in their wardrobe, taking your kiddos from school to play dates to family dinners to the weekend without skipping a beat. With newborn through size 7, Le Top can check a lot of clothes off of your family’s fall clothing to-buy list.
Keeping up with Le Top

Le Top can be purchased online at LeTop-USA.com, as well as in stores across the nation. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more kids’ fashion inspiration.

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Rack Room Shoes Models Wanted wants you to be their next top model. Really!

Rack Room Shoes has featured real families – instead of professional models – in all of their seasonal advertisements over the past decade. Selected through the annual Rack Room Shoes Models Wanted Contest, winners are featured for a season on the Rack Room Shoes website, in advertising inserts and on display signage in more than 385 stores nationwide.

Bodacious Benefits

We think that you and your crazy-cute kids are the perfect family to featured in the our 2015 advertisements beginning in August! Just think, your photos could be showcased throughout Rack Room Shoes’ seasonal advertising campaigns, displayed on their websites, featured across social media and gracing the pages of the newspaper ads. You could even be blown up larger than life in the in-store signage!

Other awesome advantages for families selected for Rack Room Shoes Models Wanted:

  • Professional photo and video shoot with experienced photographers
  • Spa-like hair, make-up and wardrobe treatments
  • Rack Room Shoes gift cards
  • Commemorative book and DVD of your family’s experience
  • Shoes from the shoot
(Rewards) Members Only

The only requirement for entry is that you register as a Rack Room Shoes Rewards Member –   something you should be taking advantage of already. Membership is free, paperless and the sign up process is lightning fast. As soon as you sign up you earn $15 to spend on merchandise, you receive a birthday gift, too and throughout your membership you will get loads of discounts and special perks.

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What are you waiting for? Fill out the entry today. You and your crew were made to model!

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Head to your local Rack Room Shoes for a hard-copy flier about the Models Wanted program and  to check out the real-life models featured throughout the store (imagine yourself in their shoes…literally.) While you there get your kids ready for fall with new styles and preferred classics from your favorite shoe brands. See what is new and popular in athleticscasual canvas and boots, made especially for back to school.

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Back to school. It’s the words we’ve been waiting to hear. But it also means it’s time to hit the store and pick up some much needed school supplies for the kiddos. And if you’re as tired of ho hum pencils, notebooks and folders as we are, you’re going to love Yoobi. They’re products are anything but ordinary and a whole lot of fun. Yoobi Fun Day At The Grove!We hit up Yoobi Fun Day at the Grove in Los Angeles, and got to sneak a peek at their new line of back to school supplies. Bonus? We spied some celeb moms and dads who were joining in on the fun as well. Check out Soleil Moon Frye, Busy Philipps, and Peter Facinelli below. They certainly make the whole end of summer thing look good. Yoobi Fun Day At The Grove!Cool games, giveaways and crafts were all a part of the fun. Check out Peter and his girls taking their turn at the beanbag toss. So what are our favorite products? First off, we’re crushing on the vibrant colors and out of the box designs. But the oversized highlighter, bendy erasers, and super soft pencil bags were at the top of our list. yoobisupplies Buy them online or in your local store. For every product you buy, they’ll donate one to a classroom in need. Now that’s a back to school purchase you can feel good about. Moms, what was a must have on your back to school shopping list this year?

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We know that technically it’s still summer, but with fall right around the corner, stocking up on back-to-school essentials for kids now is a must. Grab these fall favorites while they’re still in stock.

Back-to-school essentials for girls

Back to School Essentials for Girls

1. Girls’ Scrunch Down Vest, L.L. Bean, $50
A great layering piece for girls of all ages, sometimes getting her to wear a vest is easier than getting her to wear a coat as you’re running out of the door for school in the morning. This one from L.L. Bean will keep her warm and has a girly touch with its detailed ruching.

2. REI Jaya Fleece Hoodie Jacket for Girls, REI, $50
Cold weather is just around the corner and we hear that the dreaded polar vortex is due back this year. Yikes. Don’t leave buying her a warm coat until the last minute… you’ll save time and money by picking one up as you back-to-school shop.

3. Rain Jacket, GAP, $50
If you live in a spot where fall means rain, you’ll need at least one rain jacket to get her through the school year. This one from GAP is basic and simple… and will keep her dry waiting for the bus in the morning. Big points from moms for the bright color, making it easy to spot in the school’s lost and found!

4. Girls’ Pattern Ankle Length Leggings, Lands’ End, $18
If your girls are like ours, fashion is all about the leggings. Stock up on them now and save — most stores give you a deep discount for purchasing leggings in bulk, like at Lands’ End, where you’ll save $3 on each pair if you buy two or more. Grab a bunch now and stash them in her closet.

5. Girls Stripped Knee-High Socks, Old Navy, $5
Another one of those fall essentials that seems to be hard to find the moment back-to-school is over… fun, funky knee-high socks. They’re great under boots or as an extra layer under her jeans on cold days.

6. Girls’ Bogs Rainboot Stripe, OnlineShoes.com, $50
It’s hard to imagine buying boots when our air conditioners are still blasting, but trust us on this one… if you wait much longer to buy boots for fall, you’ll be too late. Grab her favorite pair now and tuck them in the back of the closet, if you need to. She’ll be thrilled when you pull them out on that first rainy day!

Back-to-school essentials for boys

Back to School Essentials for Boys

1. Aigle Kids Flac Boots, Zappos.com, $49
He may only wear them to tromp to school and back, changing into his much cooler, beloved sneakers as soon as he gets inside, but making sure he has some rain boots to keep his feet dry will set your mind at ease. These are simple and fuss-free, just like him… sometimes.

2. Boys’ Pattern Knit Hat, Lands’ End, $20
Boys and their hats. He probably has dozens strewn around the house, but he’s still sure to appreciate a fresh one for back-to-school.

3. Stripe Days-of-the-Week Socks, Pack of 7, GAP, $20
They’re going to stink the minute he puts them on, but at least with the days-of-the-week feature of this pack from GAP, he’ll know whether or not they’re clean… without having to do the sniff-test.

4. REI Myka Sweater Fleece Jacket for Boys, REI, $70
Something super cozy and soft is always a priority for fall. If he’s grown out of his fleece from last year, this one from REI is a nice option. The puff in front keeps the wind away and the sweater-look means it is a little fancier than your average fleece jacket.

5. Boys’ Bean’s Down Vest, L.L. Bean, $54
Vests are cool… but they are also fleeting. Grab one now or else you’ll be left with the crazy colors and sizes by the time fall weather actually hits later in the school year.

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I don’t know how you feel, but for my family summer has flown by! It’s hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about homework, schedules and packing lunches. If you are anything like us and feeling a little apprehensive about the upcoming weeks, don’t stress because we’ve joined forces with our friends at Project Junior and Weelicious to help you with everything to you need to send your kids back to school.

Over the next four weeks we’ll be sharing our back to school “must-haves” and the one-and-only Catherine McCord from Weelicious will be share her top recipes and tips to help you prepare meals for your kiddos that are mom tested and kid approved!

We kicking week 1 off with Catherine’s top five foods to always have one hand to help you whip a gourmet (and healthy meal) at a moment’s notice.

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Carrot Broccoli Arroz

1. Pasta and brown rice

I keep these dry in the pantry so that I can cook it any day of the week. I also cook a bunch on the weekends so that I have them at the ready to mix into any manner of meals. Carrot Broccoli Cheese Orzo.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

2. Nut and seed butters

Spread on pancakes, tortillas, or crepes for a fun new twist on the traditional PB&J for school lunch. You can also make fun dips like this Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip.

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3. Pesto

Pesto adds tons of flavor to sandwiches, pasta, or use as a dip for veggies. Basil Pesto is one of those things you might be surprised to learn that kids love! You can store it for weeks in the fridge and my kids devour it up no matter what I put it on.

Crock Pot Mexican Bean Soup by Weelicious

4. Beans

Dried or canned for a great vegetarian protein mixed with brown rice, in breakfast burritos, or served as a side dish with your favorite dinner. Try this  Crock Pot Mexican Corn and Bean Soup.

Chicken Ceaser Wrap by Weelicious

5. Bread and tortillas

Use tortillas instead of sandwich bread to break away from the typical sandwich for lunch. Wrap up your Caesar Salad to make dinner a hands-on dining experience to get kids more interested. A Chicken Caesar Wrap will be an unexpected surprise in your childs lunchbox too!

These are the five pantry staples Catherine always have on hand, of course you want plenty of fruits, veggies, eggs, chicken and cheese too! Don’t forget to label each container in your pantry to keep your shelves organized. Mabel’s Labels is one of our favorite go-to for keeping the kitchen looking beautiful.

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Ready to start packing that lunch? Munchkin’s Click Lock Bento Mealbox set will help keep your school-goers lunch fresh and organized. It’s thought out design help keep the food in place so the portions don’t mix and match.

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Post by Catherine McCord.  Catherine posts new family-friendly recipes and videos every week on Weelicious. She is also creator of Weelicious Menus, a meal planning service that helps make dinner easier for busy families.

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Rack Room Shoes for Back to School + Help a Great Cause

Each year, children head back to school with ill-fitting or damaged shoes because they have no other options. Even worse, some children are not able to attend school because they have no shoes at all. Rack Room Shoes is proud to partner with Shoes That Fit, a national non-profit organization that provides shoes to disadvantaged children, for the Back to School season.

We think that this is a tremendous cause. Not only are we focused on shopping and style, we love these accessible, easy ways that we can teach giving and social good actions to our children. Over the course of seven years, Rack Room Shoes has put new shoes on the feet of more than 89,000 kids, and last year raised more than half a million dollars for needy children going back to school.

Easy social good with kids

This year when you go back to school shopping for your kiddos at Rack Room Shoes, involve your kids in making a simple five dollar donation to Shoes That Fit. 100 percent of your $5 gift will go to buying shoes for kids in need. We think that’s pretty savvy!

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As thanks for your contribution, your child will receive a cool tote bag that he or she can color. As pictured above, my girls spent an entire afternoon on this fun project (a wonderful time period of peace for which I would have donated much more than a five dollars for).I also explained to the girls that the money donated for these tote backs goes to children that need new shoes for back to school, it was a great way to talk to them about children that are not as fortunate as them.

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Of course, you will also find loads of high quality shoes and on-trend styles for your scholars — check out our top picks from Rack Room Shoes below. It is a total back to school win-win.  Every child deserves to start their year off on the right foot!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.  We hare this with you because we support this worth while cause and program.

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If your kids are in the market for a new backpack for fall, take a peek at these for some inspiration. We’ve rounded up the coolest, craziest, cutest, best backpacks for fall and your kids are sure to fall in love with one of these to kick off their school year.

The best backpacks for fall

Best Backpacks

Top row:

Sequin Backpack in Gold Chevron, Pottery Barn Teen, $79
If you have a tween in the house, be prepared for a lot of high-pitched screams when you show her this glittery, gold and black chevron backpack. Best backpack ever? How about best mom ever?

Girls Glittery Backpack, Old Navy, $15 (on sale)
For a backpack that has a lot of glitter, but at a fraction of the price (under $20!), this version from Old Navy is a hit. Also available in blue, it will have a big impact for your girl who loves everything sparkle.

Middle row:

Tucker & Tate Print Backpack, Nordstrom, $38
One of our favorite picks for the best backpacks for fall, this Tucker & Tate striped backpack hits major style points, especially for girls who are all about color and pattern for back-to-school.

Camo Owl Backpack, GAP, $35
Animal backpacks are always a hit and this version that combines a discreet owl with super cool camouflage will catch his eye for back-to-school.

Kids’ Backpack, Garnet Hill, $45
Garnet Hill makes some of the best backpacks in the kid market — they are tried and true with features and pockets that really think about how kids use their packs at school. All backpacks at Garnet Hill are also available in smaller sizes for littler kids.

Star Wars R2-D2 Backpack, Nordstrom, $42
You don’t have to be a huge Star Wars fan to think this backpack is cool. While it won’t give sage advice like the real R2-D2, it will keep all of his school accessories contained for the trek to school and back.

Bottom row:

Colton Backpack, Pottery Barn Kids, $55
For kiddos who think the best backpacks are those that are a little more chill, Pottery Barn Kids has great options. The Colton Backpack is simple, but cool and is available with and without the monogram and logo.

There & Backpack, Hanna Andersson, $36 (on sale)
Hanna Andersson takes back-to-school to the old school with their selection of striped backpacks this year. Available in a few different color combinations, for both boys and girls, these are a fan favorite.

Zoo Packs Little Kid Backpack, Skip Hop, $20
We fell instantly in love with this cool and cute hedgehog from Skip Hop’s Zoo Packs collection, but there are so many animals available, in both backpacks and lunch packs, that they are sure to have your kiddo’s favorite, too.

Kitty Cat Backpack, GAP, $35
Meow! This sweet little kitty backpack from GAP is the cutest one we’ve seen this year. She is soft and adorable and small enough for your little kitten to take to preschool or school this year.

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