Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein


Back to packing lunches. Back to wearing jackets. Back to homework. That’s right. We’re all going Back to School! Of course, we’ll miss those summer nights, but with each September comes a fresh start and the opportunity to stay healthy, organized and stylish straight through to May. Here are some fantastic products to get you and your kids started on the right foot.

Aladdin Snack and Lunch Containers

Say goodbye to Ziplocs, keep snacks from getting smooshed and save on space with these adorable collapsible snack containers from Aladdin. The wide twist-off lid makes it easy to fill with any snack, from chips to pretzels to popcorn. Then collapse it when you’re done for space saving toting and storing. From the character lunch boxes you remember as a kid to the sleek mug you use to tote your morning coffee, Aladdin has been creating lifestyle products since 1908. Check out for a great selection of earth-friendly, hot and cold food storage solutions that you and your children will love.


It isn’t the most glamorous product to shop for but it’s definitely one of the more necessary ones. Head lice is most common among preschool children attending child care, elementary school children, and the household members of infested children. Now, you can stop these little critters without subjecting your child to harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals. LiceGuard is the only complete non-toxic lice detection-killing-prevention line on the market. This lice killing treatment is non-toxic, pesticide free, reusable and has been proven 100% effective. The Robi Comb, powered with a single AA battery, detects and destroys lice on contact simply by combing it through dry hair. This safe, effective and budget friendly line is available at your local Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS or by visiting

Sharkies – Funky Monkey – Skeeter Snacks

Admit it. Pre-packaged snacks are all too convenient to pass up when packing your child’s lunch box. So, keep those tasty treats healthy and delicious! Sharkies® Organic Sports Chews are USDA certified Organic and they have no artificial dyes or flavors, are totally free of fat, high-fructose corn syrup, gluten, wheat, nuts and dairy. Visit and any REI, Whole Foods or Babies R Us to purchase.

Funky Monkey Snacks are an all-natural snack that has great taste and the health benefits of fresh fruit. One Funky Monkey Snack contains a serving of fruit, it’s free of gluten, wheat, dairy, peanuts and tree nuts, and it contains no added sugars, colors, flavors or preservatives. They are Non-GMO Project verified, vegan, raw and certified Kosher. Visit

Skeeter Snacks are the perfect dessert to pack in your little cookie monster’s lunch box. These delicious, nut-free cookies are safe for those with allergies and without! Enjoy Chocolate Chunk, Skeeterdoodle, & Golden Oatmeal. Visit

Beatrix Backpack

Send your little one to school in style with one of these adorable backpacks by Beatrix. Embroidered with their beloved forest creatures, these sturdy little packs hold everything a child needs for a busy day. They’re PVC free, lead free, and phthalate free and constructed from durable nylon and easy-to-clean laminated canvas. And with 2 sizes to choose from, fashionable kids ages 2-10 can sport their Beatrix backpacks right through elementary school. Visit and check out this celebrity-loved line of lunch boxes, wheelie bags, backpacks and water bottles.

Lock & Lock Nestable Food Containers from QVC

With these nestable storage containers, you’ll never go ‘topless’ again. Keep your fridge and pantry, as well your child’s lunch bag, super organized this school year. Lock and load all your leftovers or keep your supply of snacks super-fresh in these colorful (and transparent), BPA-free nestable containers from Lock & Lock. From the freezer to the microwave and the dishwasher, this 12-piece storage set is an essential part of your kitchen. Visit to purchase.

With these great products, you and your children will be on your way to the head of the class!

Originally published September 2012



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