Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

The whole family can start the school year off right! Pack the proverbial backpack with these essentials for a successful, less stressful and healthy year ahead.

Crayola Washable Markers & Patterned Scotch Duct Tape

For over 100 years, Crayola has never missed a first day of school and 2014 is no exception! Try the brand new Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, featuring all-new washability technology that allows these markers to wash out of skin, clothing and now from painted walls! Ultra-Clean will allow teachers to wash off common classroom desks with ease. Visit http://www.crayolastore.com.

Making a one-of-a-kind duct tape project is a perfect way for kids to express themselves! And with Scotch Color & Pattern Duct Tape, as well as the dry erase and chalkboard tape, it’s never been easier. Check out the project gallery at http://www.scotchducttape.com for some very cool ideas!

Quick Snippers Craft Scissors

Give those school projects a little extra zing with Quick Snippers. Quick Snippers solves the problem of searching for and carrying multiple craft scissors.  It is convenient, portable, organized, and easy to use…by lefties and righties. Scrapbookers, card makers, crafters, designers, and jewelry makers find it to be a valuable inclusion in every craft kit.  This handy gadget measures 5x1x1.5 inches and weighs 1 lb.  Say goodbye to carrying cases, storage cases, and cluttered drawers with Quick Snippers! VIisit http://www.quicksnippers.com.

Black & Decker

With faster heat up and cooking times, the BLACK+DECKER Extra-Wide Convection Oven lets you cook anything you want right on your countertop! Great for entertaining, it fits standard bake pans for everything from muffins to your favorite casserole dish. It’s also great for any mom who feels like a short order cook and doesn’t want to turn on the main oven. This compact countertop appliance makes preparing meals for anyone on your list a cinch.

GoPicnic Meal Kits

Back to school means back to packing lunches. Make life easier with GoPicnic – a line that offers delicious and nutritious shelf-stable ready-to-eat meal, snack, and breakfast kits. GoPicnic makes it easy for any student or parent to quickly grab, pack and go. GoPicnic’s better-for-you selections offer the perfect balance of grains, protein, fiber and calories. Kits contain no artificial colors, flavors, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup or added MSG. The best part? No refrigeration or preparation required – simply open and enjoy! Visit http://www.gopicnic.com.

TOMS Shoes

Fall is the time to turn a new leaf and dressing for success is a good place to start. This season students will look and feel great in TOMS shoes which offer stylish pieces at reasonable prices while also giving back to communities in need. Kids and parents alike will love the burlap Biminis and canvas Paseo Mids for playtime as well as shiny Mary Janes and vegan leather Paseo Mids for more formal affairs. Visit http://www.toms.com.
Mederma

Your child had a blast at summer camp but he might’ve come home with a few too many boo boos. Fortunately, there’s Mederma® for Kids™, the #1 pediatrician-recommended product for kids’ scars. The gel goes on purple, rubs in clear, and has a fun grape scent, so kids can have fun with their scar therapy. It works for many types of scars, including acne scars, surgery scars, and scars from burns, cuts, and other injuries. Mederma® for Kids™ is clinically shown to soften and smooth scars, providing the same benefits as other Mederma® scar products. For some peace of mind, visit http://www.mederma.com.
Tanda Zap Acne Fighter

The dream of zapping away zits has finally come true! The Tanda Zap combines blue LED light with sonic vibration and gentle warming to destroy acne-causing bacteria on your skin and in your pores, breaking the cycle of acne, to clear pimples fast. Unlike traditional acne treatments, the Zap does not contain harsh ingredients that can dry and irritate your skin so all you see is a clear, healthy-looking complexion. Plus, it’s tiny enough to fit in your pocket! Visit http://www.tanda.com/zap.

LiceLogic

It’s only a matter of time before your child’s classroom gets infested with lice. Fortunately, LiceLogic has a full line of products to help protect and treat your family from these nasty little critters. LiceLogic Repel Conditioning Hair Spray is natural, pesticide free, non-toxic and will help leave hair soft, manageable, freshly scented and lice free with each use. The lice repelling Hair Spray provides an outstanding defense against headlice as part of LiceLogic’s Triple Shield Effect regimen. It does not contain pesticides, parabens, DEA, PEG, sulfates, SLS, artificial colors or fragrances and is proudly made in the USA. Visit https://www.logicproductgroup.com/licelogic for more information and to see their full line of lice treatment products. 

All the best for a great school year ahead!

Originally published September 2014
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