8 Things To Buy During Pehr's Back To School Event

Our editors pick their faves to help you get your home in order.

8 Things To Buy During Pehr's Back To School Event

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There’s something about back to school season that gets us all excited to shop. Especially for stuff that will help make the return to our September routine a little smoother. Or a little more stylish. Or both.

To help ring in back to school season, we asked our editors to scour the offerings at Pehr, where all the modern and sophisticated storage options are 25% off from August 25-August 27th with the coupon code BOOK. (Plus, sign up for Pehr’s newsletter for an additional discount!).

By full admission, our staff simply could not stick only to storage -- Pehr’s got way too much good stuff in the bedding, layette and home decor departments to shop baskets alone. So get ready for an interior overhaul...all in the name of back to school (or so we tell ourselves).

Jessica Pallay, Co-founder

Editor's Pick: Gold Foil Speck Bin

This year, my goal for back to school is getting out the door quicker and with less drama. So I’m stocking up on these 100% natural cotton canvas, hand screen-printed Gold Foil storage bins in every size for my entryway. I’ll have one of these for shoes, mittens, hats, keys...basically anything we usually spend 10 minutes we don’t have searching for. I swear, this is the year I’m going to get to dropoff -- I mean everywhere -- on time!

Kaity Velez, Co-founder

Editor's Pick: Alphabet Drum

One thing I forgot about newborns is the amount of time you spend at the changing table in those first few weeks! The Alphabet Drum is not only perfect for storing all my diapering needs, it’s also a bright addition to an area we originally didn't put much thought into. Especially since despite all the not-so-fun diaper action, the changing table has become an unexpected spot to get some coohs and smiles.

Charlene Petitjean-Barkulis, Managing Editor

Editor's Pick: Showers Blue Swaddle

A swaddle is my absolute must. It’s the one thing that keeps my newborn from waking up every 30 minutes, so I don’t think I’d have a decent night’s sleep without one. This sweet Pehr blanket is the perfect combination of style and whimsy to sit pretty in your little one’s nursery.

Marisa Zucker, Director of Sales & Partnerships

Editor's Pick: Grey Stripe Rug

I’m pretty obsessed with all of Pehr’s new rugs, and the clean lines on this Grey Striped version are the perfect backdrop for playing cars on the floor with my son. No matter how many colorful toys get strewn about, this rug will lend a sophisticated minimal vibe to his nursery.

Jenny Greenstein, Fashion Editor

Editor's Pick: Blush Pom Pom Hamper

I’m loving Pehr’s Blush Pom Pom Hamper because of its versatility to store laundry, toys, etc. From a design perspective, the pom poms give it a global feel and it doesn't read too cliche kid-like or nursery, but a bit more elevated.

Alexis Barad, Associate Editor

Editor's Pick: Painted Dots Sheet Set

This sheet set is perfect for my toddler as he transitions into a more "grown up" twin bed. He's not really into cars and trucks or traditional "boy" things, but I'm not so into his Disney characters on our bedding. I prefer understated palates (as long as I'm still "allowed" to make those decisions for my kids). The Painted Dots has a nice Pollack-esque artist thing going on, and a more neutral design that will totally go with his three-dozen or so loudly colored Disney toys and accessories.

Allaya Cooks-Campbell, Associate Editor

Editor's Pick: Little Lamb Mini

I love the Little Lamb Mini for my little girl’s room, since she’s getting to the age where we’ve got lots of little toys all over the place. The print is cute and classic, but minimalist enough to work in any spot in the nursery. It would also make such a sweet gift, especially when you add in Pehr’s Chick and Bunny Minis!

Danielle Wilson, Events Director

Editor's Pick: Noah’s Ark Twin Duvet Cover

Sometimes with two boys sharing a room, it naturally can feel like a jungle inside. The colorfully fun Noah Ark bedding set is a great pick for our 6-year-old son. Plus, when he feels like he's too cool, like his tween-aged brother, he can flip it over to the stripes on the back side.

Get ready for back to school with 25% OFF all Pehr Storage from August 25th through August 27th. Sign up for Pehr’s newsletter for an additional discount!

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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