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Used kids clothes on Scoola.com

Save 20% at Slightly-Used Children’s Clothing at Schoola.com!

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What’s hanging in your child’s closet?

My daughter’s closet used to house clothes that she hadn’t worn for two or more years.  It’s not because I didn’t want to get rid of them but because my husband didn’t want to part with them.  He’s sentimental and does not like to get rid of things.  He’s not a hoarder by any means.  It’s when I came up with the idea of hanging a few of her infant and toddler dresses on a cute rack on her wall that he was able to pack the rest of her old clothes in a bag to donate them to our local donation center.  That was before Schoola.com.



Schoola.com launched during the 2012/2013 school year after Stacey Boyd, a parent, former teacher and school principal, saw how music and art programs in schools helped children who struggled in academic classes.

Today, Schoola.com is 3,000 schools strong. Schoola brings new paints to art classes, new instruments to the orchestra, new books for the libraries. Quality clothes get a second life. Parents help parents. Schools help schools. Schoola makes all this happen by giving children the tools they need to succeed.

The elementary, middle, and high school my kids have attended offer great art and music programs.  Every year come back-to-school time, my kids look forward to art and music and sports most of all.  I can’t imagine that there are so many kids in the U.S. who, because of lack of funding, are not able to experience the joy and pride and art and music bring to the lives of my kids.

How you can help

KIPP AcademySchoola wants to make sure that all schools have the funding they need for these programs and they have created a way for you to not only support programs at your own local schools, but for you to save money on back-to-school shopping as well.

All you have to do to support KIPP Academy is to request a donation bag from Schoola and they will automatically donate $1 to KIPP Academy, just by you requesting the FREE bag.  Send your child’s used clothes to Schoola and your child’s school will earn $2 for every $5 made when they sell your donated items.

Through August 20th, you can save 20% on your Schoola.com purchase when you use code BacktoSchoola20 (limit one use per customer)!

Watch the video below to learn about KIPP Academy and your purchases from and donations to Schoola will help fund a music program for the school:

In addition to helping your child’s school, now through August 16th, you can also help KIPP Academy in the Bronx fund their music program through the 20 Days of Schoola program.

Besides the greatness that is helping raise money to fun a school’s art or music program, you can put your child in some adorable, fashion-forward clothes when he or she goes back to school this year!

Here are a few pieces available on Schoola.com today

Used kids clothes on Scoola.com


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Back to school organizing and tips

15 Back-To-School Pins That’ll Save You Time, Money, and Sanity!

My kids go back to school August 4th and while I feel more prepared for the start of the school year than I have in the past, I still feel like we’re going to have to rush to the store this weekend to grab a few things and Monday morning will be hectic.  I would like to say that both kids will have their outfits picked out for the first week of school by Sunday, a lunchbox menu will be posted on the refrigerator, and the kids will be excited to do their homework after school.    I’m joking about that last one.   That couldn’t possibly happen.  😉

My online search for back-to-school organization and preparation ideas led me to Pinterest time and time again today.   While I get some of the most interesting ideas from Pinterest I hadn’t considered going to Pinterest to get back-to-school ideas.  Silly me!

Pinterest is a great place to get back to school money saving tips, outfit ideas, and homework station ideas.  Who’d have thought?

Some of my favorite back to school tips and other back to school related content you will find on my Back-To-School Pinterest board are:

  1. Back to School Routines for Kids & Mom
  2. DIY Homework Caddy
  3. 25 Things to sew for back to school
  4. Back To School Organizing: 5 Easy Steps To Packing School Lunches
  5. Back to School Savings Tips and Sale Information
  6. Back to school command center ideas
  7. Kids closet clothing tags for back to school outfits
  8. Crayon bin color labels printable
  9. First day of school photo – printable by grade
  10. School day routine printables
  11. Back To School: Get Organized with an Easy School Planning Wall!
  12. Back to SCHOOL: DIY Dry Erase Clip Board
  13. DIY Back to School Station
  14. Back to school survival kit
  15. Back to school homework station

Follow The Mommy Insider’s board Back to school on Pinterest.

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, you should probably get one.. today!  It’s free to sign up for a Pinterest account and you can think of Pinterest as your virtual bulletin board.  I look at my Pinterest boards as the bulletin boards I’d like to have on my office and kitchen walls to inspire me, but don’t want the clutter on the walls.  You can pin an image from just about any website and once you pin an image, you can go back to it anytime via your Pinterest page.

Happy pinning!

Get your Duck Tape® Back-to-School supplies at Walmart + Craft Idea!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Pencils, paper, folders, and binders are just a few of the school supplies that are on your kids back to school supply shopping list, right?  While you’re picking up the kids back to school supplies, don’t forget to buy Duck Tape at Walmart too!  I know, I know.  You’re thinking, did she really say Duck Tape®?  Yep! My kids think Duck Tape is the best thing ever for fixing things around the house, hanging things up when we go camping, and for projects for back to school items that they want to make.

There are lots of reasons that you might need to buy Duck Tape at Walmart when you are doing your back to school shopping.

Like this one:

Have your kids cover their school books with Duck Tape® instead of a boring paper bag!

Duck Tape book coverPhoto courtesy of Wikihow.com

Walmart has a huge assortment of Duck Tape® for back to school.

Polka dots, camo, and standard colors too. You will find Duck Tape® products in the paint department and the craft department and your local Walmart.

There are so many fun back to school projects that you can create with your kids using Duck Tape®.. run out and get some Duck Tape® today and see what your kids come up with. I bet they’ll be occupied for hours!

Here are a couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Make a pencil cup holder for a cute teacher’s gift
  • Make a custom name plate for your child’s desk
  • Make a colorful bookmark
  • Make a school supply case to hold your child’s crayons and colored pencils
  • Feeling really crafty? Make a book bag!

Duck Tape® is a creative and inexpensive tool for teachers, parents and students. ​The possibilities are endless on what you can create, embellish and decorate with Duck Tape®!

Don’t forget to buy Duck Tape at Walmart the next time you are shopping for back to school items.

For more fun and creative ideas on crafts to make follow along on twitter @theduckbrand.

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Back-To-School Style With Tea Collection – Nordic Line Review

We love travelling.. with Tea Collection.  So far we’ve experienced Bali and now we’re experiencing the fresh, clean, and modern look of Finland, Sweden, and Denmark through Tea Collection’s new Nordic Line.  You can learn more about Tea Collection’s destinations here.

My daughter started school this week and Tea Collection dominated her back-to-school wardrobe.  She loves her Tea Collection dresses of which she has several (because she loves them so much!) and now she has a couple of adorable t-shirts to pair with Tea’s whimsical Twirly Skirt and Skinny Stretch Leggings.

Tea Collection’s new Nordic line is made up of pieces with clean yet ‘fun-funky’ (a word my daughter made up) patterns.  My daughter’s favorite dress from the Noric Line is the Moderni Banded Dress while my favorite on her is the Life in the Trees Banded Dress.  I love the banded look on my daughter, although I think the Mod Colorblock a-line dress is very cute too.

Tea Collection Nordic Line
Top row: Mod Colorblock dress. Second row: Moderni Banded Dress

Her favorite play outfit is the Bluetail Robin Tee paired with the Twirly Skirt.  I could just go on and on with the pairings.  She wears the Mod Colorblock dress and the Moderni dress with the bouquet Skinny Stretch Leggings and the Bluetail Robin tee with the Twirly skirt, French Terry shorts, and Safari Paperback shorts.  There are so many possibilities with Tea Collection. The Nordic line is made up of pieces from the same color pallet so pieces are easily paired.

Fit and Comfort

Like most young kids, my daughter doesn’t like to wear anything snug around her waist.  No jeans or cordiroys yet.  I hope she’ll  get there sometime soon though.  That’s why Tea Collection’s peices are so great for kids. Most of their skirts, pants, and shorts are made of at least 70% cotton making them very soft and flexible which is exactly what kids love!

Tea Collection women's clothes
Tea Collection - Hassu Floral Exposed Zip Back blouse

Tea Collections offers clothes for boys and girls up to size 12 and they even have a women’s line!  We can’t leave out the moms!  Take a look at this beautiful blouse.  >

Follow Tea Collection on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest to get inspired and get great deals!

I received product from Tea Collection to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% my own. I was not told what or when to write.

SIGG Kid’s Water Bottle and Aluminum Lunch Box Giveaway! #BackToSchool with @SIGG_NA


SIGG water bottles
SIGG water bottles

I haven’t been very excited about shopping this back-to-school season. It was when my daughter, who’s entering first grade this year, told me that she wants a new backpack and my son mentioned that he needs a new USB stick that I finally got interested in the idea of back-to-school shopping. Is shopping for 3-ring binders, printer paper, and colored pencils really fun? Not so much.

Something that my kids use every day and need for school is a water bottle. Much more exciting to shop for than paper and pencils right?

We have dozens of water bottles between the four of us. Our SIGG water bottles are what we call our ‘special bottles’. We each have our ‘special bottles’ that we do not share. Both of my kids have a special SIGG water bottle that they’ve used for at least two years and my husband and I have several that we’ve used for that long. I use them for road trips and when I attend conferences. I even have a couple of personalized SIGG water bottles. My son uses his SIGG water bottles on camping trips, hikes and at school, my husband uses them for every day drinking (not that kind of drinking silly), and my daughter takes her SIGG to school with her in her lunch box.

SIGG’s new Rainbox collection offers kids a colorful way to enjoy water or their favorite juice while at school. The new collection features 12 vibrant hues inspired by the rainbow. Running the spectrum from neon yellow to cool coral to royal blue, you will undoubtedly find a shade that catches your child’s eye. The sleek, loop top style bottles are manufactured and quality checked in Switzerland and are BPA and phthalate free. Like all SIGG bottles, they are completely taste and odor neutral and are 100% recyclable at the end of their long lives. The nonporous interior lining in the bottles ensures that it remains taste and odor neutral so you can have juice on Monday, milk on Tuesday and water on Wednesday and there won’t be any residual taste. How great is that?

SIGG water bottles are sturdy. My son’s SIGGs have been dropped from trees and have rolled down the street plenty of times and boy will a SIGG bottle roll far and fast! My son has put SIGG water bottles to the test and they can withstand just about anything.

Who knows, maybe getting a new SIGG water bottle will become an annual back to school tradition? I can see it now..my son will have a line of SIGG water bottles on a bookshelf in his college dorm. That’s a few years from now but hey, they’ll last that long!

SIGG Aluminum Box Maxi Metallic Purple
SIGG Aluminum Box Metallic Purple

I also love SIGG’s metallic lunch/storage boxes. Available in colors fit for boys and girls, this lunch box is perfect for a snack or a sandwich. SIGG sleek boxes are available in fun bold colors and are perfect for containing your child’s lunch or snack items or for toting school or art supplies. Offered in hues of green, blue, fuchsia and silver, these boxes ward off moisture and mold with their aluminum composition and for that reason are also odor resistant. Light, durable with a slick appearance, this a multi-functional box your child will be excited to take to school. They also make for an easy canvas for children to decorate with stickers or puffy paint so they can customize their container.



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Entries accepted through 11:59pm EST August 22nd, 2012. Read our official contest rules here.

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Alicia Hagan, Editor

I am being compensated via product from SIGG, for this review. All opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced in any way. I really do have and love SIGG water bottles!