Category: Back to School Shopping

11 of the coolest emoji accessories for back to school. Or any time of year!

If your kids are like ours, they still can’t get enough of emojis and emoji accessories, whether on their smartphone cases, their notebooks, or their name labels. Insert praise hands emoji here. With World Emoji Day coming up (it’s July 17!), and back to school season right around the corner, we’re so thrilled to be teaming up with Avery, who’s always had us covered with school supplies and organizational help going back to when we were kids. What we didn’t have? Three very cool new Avery binders and dividers with emojis that your kids can customize free, with Avery’s...

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The coolest back to school printables: Lunch notes, planners, labels and more | Back to School Guide 2016

Back to school time isn’t just about shopping! (Not that there’s anything wrong with shopping, of course.) One of our favorite annual traditions is sharing our favorite back to school printables that help make the school year easier, more organized, and just more fun. This year, we’re sharing 22 favorites, most of them free! And we’re so pleased that this year’s Back to School Guide is made possible by our terrific partner BIC, who’s celebrating handwriting through their Fight for Your Write campaign. (And you all know how much we value handwriting, parents.) Visit the site, sign the pledge to encourage handwriting at home like we do, and they’ll...

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Cool, colorful school supplies to make September a little more fun | Back to School Guide 2016

So once you’ve gotten the hand sanitizer, the tissue boxes, and everything else on that classroom shopping list, it’s time to have a little fun with some colorful school supplies! We always recommend getting a little goodie or two for the kids that gets them more excited about going back to school, whether it’s a cute backpack charm, a personalized notebook, a pencil case with their favorite character, or even a set of #2 pencils that are just that much cooler than your standard issue yellow pencils. With that, we had the best time putting together a rainbow of cool school...

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34 of the coolest lunch boxes and bags | Back to School Guide 2016

While we admit we don’t always love packing lunches every morning, we do love picking out cool new lunch boxes for our kids each year in time for back to school. And so, our Cool Mom Picks 2016 Back to School Guide continues with tons of our favorite finds this year! From colorful and happy lunch boxes, to adorable animals, kids’ favorite characters, hip designs for tweens and teens, and everything in between, hopefully there’s the perfect one for your kid. (We sure know our kids are having trouble picking a favorite.) And we’re so pleased that our guide is brought to you by our...

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23 cool backpacks for teens and big kids | Cool Mom Picks Back to School Guide 2016

We’re continuing our 2016 Back to School Guide with our picks for cool backpacks for teens and bigger kids this year. This is the age kids get pretty picky about what they’re wearing every day, because it really is a reflection of them. So we’ve searched the web for all kinds of cool backpacks in every price range that help reflect your teen, tween, or grade-schooler’s style. Whether they’re into emojis, Star Wars, video games, ironic retro cartoon characters, superheroes, fashion-forward metallics, or rugged rucksacks, we’ve got your backs. (Ha. Couldn’t resist.) We’re so pleased that our 2016 guide is sponsored by BIC, who’s celebrating handwriting through their Fight for...

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The coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids | Cool Mom Picks Back to School Guide 2016

It seems like our annual Back to School Guide gets earlier each year, because hey – we’re here for you, parents! Whether you’re already scrambling to get those school shopping lists covered or you’ve got a good month left to track down the best backpack or lunch box or pencil case or kawaii eraser, we’ve got you covered. So we’re excited to kick off our back to school shopping recos with an amazing selection of the coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids! We’ve scoured the web to find the most adorably fun backpacks that are sized or designed just for little ones, who don’t...

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5 of the cutest backpacks and lunch boxes to give you a head start on back to school

With lots of kids heading back to school in early August, and September really not that far behind, it’s not too soon to start thinking about back to school. Especially when they’re some of the most adorable backpacks and lunch boxes you’ll see, and at an extra special discount too. We’ve been longtime fans of mom-run business Apple Park and their eco-friendly gifts and gear for babies kids, featuring them on our site almost exactly six years ago (wow!), and now we’re so thrilled to welcome them as a sponsor. Their ridiculously cute back to school goodies, including backpacks, lunchpacks,...

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Join us for a Twitter Social to help you get into the back to school groove

Back-to-school season is in full swing, some of us just starting this week and others already a month in. But however long your kids have been in school this year, you know how hard it can be to adjust to the new schedule — homework, activities, volunteering — the list goes on. So we’re excited to be teaming up with Staples for a fun Twitter Social to talk about getting into the back-to-school groove and we hope you’ll be there too! Join us on Thursday, September 10, 9pm ET sharp to chat with our editors Liz and Kristen, a few of...

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10 cool backpacks and bags for LEGO lovers heading back to school

While kids may not be able to bring that 647 piece LEGO x to school, it’s not to say they can’t bring bricks along in the form of a cool LEGO backpack or bag. There are quite a few neat ones to choose from this year for back to school — and even a few vintage ones you can still track down if you’re a good searcher. But we’ve done the legwork for you. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The coolest backpacks for preschool and little kids | Back to school guide 2015 The Officially Licensed Stuff LEGO Future Backpack...

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The coolest school supplies to make the year a little more fun | Back to school shopping guide 2015

While there are certain must-haves for school, like backpacks and lunch boxes, we always love finding the coolest school supplies that just make things a little more fun this time of year. Whether you’re helping your kid express his or her individuality with a cool backpack charm, making reading time more special with personalized bookplates, or tracking down file folders in different styles —  so that there is no fighting among your kids about whose is whose — we love these little indulgences that make for big smiles. [click here for our 2016 back to school guide] And so we’re thrilled...

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The coolest lunch box accessories, water bottles, and other goodies to make school lunch more fun | Back to school guide 2015

When it comes to our back to school guide, we always love tracking down those cool lunch box accessories, water bottles, bentos, and other fun goodies that help make opening that same old lunch box every day a little more special. Some of our picks are little affordable treats, some are slightly more expensive products that we adore and stand by. The way we see it, we’d rather buy one great water bottle that lasts a lot of years, than a cheap new one every year. But hey, there’s so many cool things to choose from these days! From fun ice...

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The coolest backpacks for kids who carry more than a change of clothes | Back to school 2015

We’ve already shared our picks for this year’s coolest preschool backpacks in our Back to School Guide, but now we’ve got you covered for backpacks for big kids too. Older kids, tweens and teens, as you probably know, have slightly more sophisticated taste (aw, we’ll miss those cute penguins and bunnies), plus they need more room, more pockets, and maybe a sleeve for a laptop or tablet. You might even spend a little more on a great quality backpack for older kids, since it won’t be outgrown quite so quickly. But hey, we’ve got options for every budget. Hope you love them! Related: Click...

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The coolest backpacks for preschool and little kids | Back to school guide 2015

There’s something so fun about picking out that first backpack for a younger child headed off to preschool or kindergarten for the first time. So we love helping you do that very thing! Check out our picks for the coolest backpacks for smaller kids who don’t yet have to tote six hardcover library books too and from school each day…yet. Related: Click here for our 2016 back to school guide: The coolest backpacks for preschoolers and little kids – Don’t miss a big chance to enter our back to school giveaway! We’re giving away TWO $250 Target Gift cards...

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12 awesome DIY back to school crafts your kids can actually do: Back to school shopping guide 2015.

We are not the parents who are going to put together a list of back to school crafts that require 6 kinds of sandpaper and a drawer full of spare x-rays to turn into DIY stencils. (Seriously. We’ve seen this.) Like most of you, we’re looking for the kinds of crafts we can actually do with our kids, that only require some basic supplies. Or okay, maybe a very few not-so-basic supplies if you count Modge Podge. We think all of these cool DIY projects and back to school craft ideas give you the opportunity to spend a fun hour or afternoon with your family, to help get kids of...

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The coolest lunch boxes and bags for kids of all ages | Back to school guide 2015

Our longtime readers may know that we always get excited for the back to school season, mainly because of back to school shopping. Okay, also because we have an excuse to get the kids to bed a little earlier. But mainly it’s the shopping. There’s just something about our kids’ excitement for a new lunch box that makes us nearly as excited to start packing those lunches. Well, at least for the first week. Related: Click here for our 2016 back to school guide: 34 of the coolest lunch boxes and bags Check out some of our very favorites, for big...

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The coolest affordable small appliances for college | Back to school guide

It’s like you blink and you’ve gone from back to school shopping for toddler backpacks to those annoying extra-long twin sheets for dorm room beds. So whether you’re sending your own kid off to college this year (sniff!), or maybe your niece, nephew, or even grandchild, we’ve got a ton of ideas that will help make their dorm room feel more like home. Or maybe even better in some ways. [click here for our 2016 back to school guide] That’s why we’re thrilled to be partnering with Best Buy, which is more than just tech. In fact, it’s more like a one-stop...

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Great savings on some of the coolest back-to-school shopping

When we were growing up, the best part about back-to-school season was always shopping for school supplies. But things have come a long way from the small thrill of finding a Trapper Keeper pattern that matched your personality. In fact, our friends at Minted are back as a sponsor (yay Minted!), and they’ve gotten into the back to school shopping game, too. You thought Minted was just stationery? Turns out they’ve now got personalized notebooks, name labels, cards and more, all to help your kids express themselves through a few special school supplies. Plus, we are so thrilled that Minted is offering 15% off all their kids’ essentials for back...

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The coolest back to school shopping finds on Etsy, all with cash back. Thanks, Ebates!

Do you know how much the average parent spends on back to school shopping? Let’s just say, a lot. We love supporting smaller indie brands, and finding the cool school supplies out there that helps make this time of year a little more fun — but we also love a great bargain. Which is why we are beyond happy to be working with our sponsor Ebates, which is now helping us all do both. From July 21 to August 3, when you sign in with your Ebates account, you get double cash back from tons of online retailers you may be shopping anyway, like Old...

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The coolest school supplies to make school more fun: Back to School Guide 2014

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impression, and when it comes to back to school shopping, it may be the backpack we spend all our time stressing about, when it turns out to be the $1 hamster eraser or the personalized pencil case that our kids love and cherish like nothing else. So we’ve scoured the web for you to track down two dozen of the very coolest school supplies and fun accessories to make all this preparation a little more fun. For both of you.   Flying colors rainbow tape dispenser ($11.99, coming soon to Perpetual Kid) And...

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15 of the coolest back to school printables: Back to School Guide 2014

As parents, one of our favorite things about the web is the ability to find so many cool–often free–printables for kids of all kinds that make us all look like crafty geniuses. They’re especially abundant this time of year, as back to school printables help make back to school time easier, more organized, and sometimes just more fun. So in this installment of our Back to School Guide, we share some of our very fave back to school printables, with gratitude to the awesome designers who put their talents to work for all of our benefits. Of course one thing you...

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The coolest lunch box accessories: Back to School Guide 2014

In the next installment of our Back to School Guide, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest lunch box accessories–always one of our favorite categories. We’re not miracle workers or anything, but here’s hoping they’ll make you look forward to school lunch packing. Or at least, encourage your kids to gobble up everything you’ve so thoughtfully prepared. And what would our guide be without a killer giveaway? We’ve got over $1000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including goodies for your kid and goodies for you. Just scroll down to the bottom of this post for the details. We promise, it’s super easy...

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The coolest lunch boxes and lunch bags: Back to School Guide 2014

Next up in our back to school shopping guide: The coolest lunch boxes and bags. And wow, there are so many, whether it’s your first year sending your preschooler off to school with lunch, or (lucky you) your kids are finally packing their own. And what would our guide be without a killer giveaway? This year it’s a $1000 back to school giveaway that we like to think of as a little something for you, a little something for the kids. Scroll down for all the details; entering is as easy as leaving a comment. This all comes to you thanks to...

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The coolest backpacks and bags for big kids: Back to School Guide 2014

Next up in our Back to School Shopping Guide series are the coolest backpacks and bags for big kids. And you may know that’s no easy task, especially when kids suddenly have an opinion (or two or 27) about what they’re carrying. Here, you’ll find the coolest styles from preppy to funky to everything in between, all big enough all those books and homework folders (ack!) and snacks and even laptops they’ll be toting around. Plus as moms, we’re aiming for packs that will still look pretty great in May, too.   We’re thrilled to bring you all these cool picks courtesy of our awesome...

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The coolest backpacks and bags for preschoolers and little kids: Back to School Guide 2014

We’re so excited to bring you our annual Back to School Shopping Guide! Whoo! While you were busy drinking in the rest of summer, we were all busy combing the web to find our favorite back to school goodies to help get everyone a little more excited for September…or uh, early August, for a few of you. (Sorry Nashville.) We’re kicking things off today with the coolest backpacks and bags for preschoolers and the younger kids in your life, which is always one of our favorites. How sweet is it to pick out your child’s very first backpack that no doubt will...

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Join us for a Twitter social to help you get ready for back to school

While you’re all still lounging by the pool, making the most of your linen, or squeezing in a last minute vacation with the family, we’re already thinking about helping parents out for back to school season. (Oh, the sacrifices we make for you.) So we’re so excited to be teaming up with Staples to talk Back to School on a fun, cool Twitter Social this coming Tuesday and we hope you’ll join us. You may not know it, but Staples is an amazing destination for back to school shopping — even stuff you didn’t imagine they’d have for your kids? Yeah, they...

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Cool school clothes for kids: Back to School Guide 2013

For our 2013 Back to School Guide, we looked at four of the hottest style trends for cool school clothes for kids and (a little painfully) pared them down to some of our very favorite pieces. Remember with back to school shopping, you don’t need to buy “outfits.” Sometimes all you need is one special new piece to pair with existing items, sale clothes or hand-me-downs to make an outfit feel totally fresh and fun.   BLACK AND WHITE Shades of the 80’s, black and white is back and it’s big! From stripes to plaids to houndstooth and everything...

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Cool school supplies: Back to School Guide 2013

While we love the annual ritual of picking out a new backpack or fun lunch box to start the school year, there’s something about finding just a few cool school supplies for our kids that remind us that school isn’t just about homework and tests. Well, okay, sometimes it is about homework and tests; but at least they can do them with a nifty pen stored in a super cool case, right? We’ve narrowed it down to 20 of the very coolest school supplies we’ve found to help students express their individuality and style. Enjoy! Set of 4 Rainbow...

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Best lunch containers for kids (and other goodies that make lunch boxes more fun): Back to School Guide 2013

There’s no shortage of cool lunch containers, bento boxes, water bottles and other fun accessories to help make your kid’s lunch a little more appealing than our own brown-bag days of yore. Here, we’ve pared them down to a few of the very coolest for our 2013 back to school shopping guide. Bonus: So many of them are reusable and eco-friendly, saving you plenty of money in the not-so long run. We like that. Ninja Reusable Napkins A warning to those who might try to steal your kid’s sandwich. ($10, Funkins) Space Robot Lunch Containers Love these adorable, practical...

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The best lunchboxes and lunch bags: Back to School Guide 2013

Finding the best new lunchboxes and lunch bags for kids is one of our favorite back to school rituals. It’s even more fun that we get to pick more than one, since we’re shopping for you all! This year for our back to school shopping guide, we’ve pared it down to 14 options from adorable to funky to almost too cool for school. Even some lunchboxes that you might not mind borrowing yourself. Striped Milkdot Lunch Totes We’re longtime fans of these sturdy, insulated lunch totes and the new colors and patterns only seal the deal. ($27, Milkdot)  ...

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Cool backpacks for big kids: Back to School Guide 2013

One of our favorite annual traditions is shopping for a cool new backpack with our big kids to get them excited for the school year. With any luck, these picks should last you beyond a year–or at least give a second kid some joy with a gently used backpack next September. We’ve found cool backpack ideas for grade schoolers through early teens. Also: Good luck getting a say in choosing things, the older your kids get. You’ve been warned. Stars and Stripes Bag with 1967 Label ($55 at Jansport) Fur Zebra backpack (PB Teen, $79) MadPax Blok Pak (Kitsel,...

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