Cool Mom Picks Back to School 2010It’s 104 degrees outside, and you know what that means: back to school and our annual Back to School Shopping Guide!

We know– it doesn’t make much sense. But we also know that the next few ultra-sunny weeks will require new clothes, shoes, backpacks, and lunch gear. And let’s not forget indulgences for us moms, whether the moms in question are missing the carefree days of summer or mourning that first bus ride to Kindergarten. Sniff sniff.

[Awesome giveaway after the jump!]

This year’s Back to School Shopping Guide has everything you’d expect,
from hip indie items to big sales on well-known brands, plus a few surprises, of course! We’ve tracked
down the must-haves and the man-I-wish stuff for you with an emphasis
on eco-consciousness and supporting mom-run companies.

And discount
codes, of course, because great deals get you right to the head of the

We also give big, gold stars to our sponsors Tea Collection and Em Tanner Designs.

Tea Collection children's clothingEm Tanner personalized clothes and gear

We adore these amazing sponsors for helping make our 2010 Back to School Shopping Guide possible. Plus, they’re offering up an incredible giveaway that will get one lucky winner off to school in great style!

for great deals and cool gear in the our guide. It’s the only thing hotter than August weather.

EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! One lucky CMP reader will win a $200 gift certificate to Tea Collection and $250 in Funky BUCK$ from Em Tanner Designs. Whoo! Post our beeeeeautiful button [link] to your blog, website, or Facebook page and send us an email with BACK TO SCHOOL in the subject line and a link to where you’ve posted our button so that we can admire it for ourselves. We’ll draw one winner at random. Good luck!