Supply lists, lunch-packing anxiety, early bedtimes and rushed mornings. Yep, it’s time for back to school. Here are some A+ products that will get you and your kids off to a great start.
De-stink kids’ gym and sports clothes with deFUNKit ($19.95 for a full load and $9.95 for a delicate hand-wash kit, www.defunkit.com) a non-toxic, non-allergenic fabric treatment that removes and prevents odor on sportswear, towels and other washables. Made in the U.S., it lasts through about 20 launderings.
Girls can find great back-to-school outfits with help from kidpik, (www.kidpik.com, girls’ sizes 4 to 14), a subscription service where stylists curate and send a box of clothing, shoes and accessories based on the profile each girl creates. There are no subscription or membership fees. Pay for what you keep and return the rest at no charge.
Backpack company Bixbee (www.bixbee.com) has designed an ergonomic horizontal pack to help smaller bodies carry heavy loads of books and school supplies. Kids will love the new EmotiCamo collection, exclusively at Amazon.com (Large: $44.99, Medium: $39.99, Lunchbox: $17.99). For every backpack purchased, the company donates supplies to a kid in need.
Protect the family iPhone investment and keep your kids charged up with PowerShadow Battery Case by Spyder ($99, www.spyderstyle.com). The case protects against drops and bacteria, weighs in at less than 3 ounces and gives the phone an extra 120 percent charge that will last well past the school day. Available for the iPhone 6 and 6s.
Learning has no limits with study.com ($49.99/month), an online program with a library of videos covering everything from elementary math and language to college and professional development. Follow-up quizzes effectively complement the lessons.