I was startled to see parents waiting for the school bus to return with their children this afternoon as I drove down my road. It's crazy to think it, but today was the first day of school in my town. The rainy July that we had here in New England made this summer feel quite short. Nevertheless, school is back in session and that's why this week's Picks is 'Back to School'.
The first thing you need to get ready for a new school year is a spiffy new backpack. This penguin pack would be absolutely adorable on your little munchkin! By BoutiqueID, $50.
Here is a backpack for the grown-up gals. It transforms between a cute backpack and a gorgeous shoulder bag. I would love to have one of these! By MimsMaine, $76.
This felt ID tag may save your little one from loosing his or her stuff. Cute and practical! By MiChiMa, $3.
You'll need a delightful little pencil case like this one, to keep all of your writing utensils handy! By Cheryland, $13.
Here's a beautiful handmade wooden pen to put in your owl pencil case. Made from native walnut. By WoodenPensandPencils, $29.
A small sketchbook (or two!) is a must have for any back-to-school-er. This gem of a notebook is modern, compact, and made from recycled materials... Huzzah! By BurgundyDistrict, $10.
Here's another lovely little hand-bound book for your thoughts and notes. One-of-a-kind. By OliveArt, $13.
My nephew was recently diagnosed with a peanut allergy. I've been thinking about how important it is for any new teachers or daycare providers to know that a child has a food allergy. These helpful tags are a constant reminder when attached to a child's day bag. By TagsOnBags, $5; marked down from $6.
I've always liked to pack my own lunch. In high school I remember reusing plastic shopping bags to carry my lunch. There are plenty of better looking, reusable, options on Etsy! I particularly like this bright and cheery one by JulieMeyer, $21.
Carry your sandwich in reusable style as well! These 'Sandwich Saks' are made with a food-safe nylon that is free of PVC, Phthalates, BPA, and lead. Who knew your lunch could look so good while saving our landfills from disposable garbage? By WasteNotSaks, $7.50.
Treat your apples right with this stylish purple 'Apple Sweater'. You'll have the finest dressed produce in school! By HandmaidenBC, $14.
Got a little one who loves to doodle and draw? This 'Crayon Wallet', complete with a pad of paper, is a cute and functional toy. By GetSassed, $12; marked down from $15.
Thanks for checking out Karen's Picks this week! Good luck on your next academic endeavor!