Back to School Basics

$1,100 Mega-Giveaway!

Back to School Basics

We know back-to-school season is emotional. No matter how many times you’ve gone through it (and especially if you haven’t yet), seeing that pint-sized baby of yours all cleaned up, dressed up and packed up for school (or preschool...or daycare) will get you teary-eyed every. single. time.

Making sure your baby has everything she needs for that first day of school can really help. So we’ve made you a nice list of all our very favorite back-to-school necessities, and we’re giving $1,100 of them away to one lucky parent. Enter here, then scroll down to see our picks (and you’re prizes!) for back-to-school.

Skip Hop Zoo Collection Owl Set. There’s nothing like a toddler backpack to help your little one feel confident and independent. And when it comes to bags (yours and your kiddo's), Skip Hop makes some of the best. Win Skip Hop’s Zoo Collection owl set, including a Zoopack, Lunchie, Rolling Luggage, Stainless Steel Straw Bottle, Lunch Kit, Bookends and Umbrella ($150 value).


Get your baby (ahem, we mean big kid!) dressed in style for his first day in some beautiful clothing from A Gifted Baby. We love that everything in this NYC-based online shop is from socially and ecologically responsible small designers, curated by a team of mamas who love their babies as much as they love their business. Win a $250 gift card to buy anything you want! ($250 value)


SoCozy Hair Care Suite. You buy special clothes, gear and food for your kid….you should buy special hair care too! SoCozy’s products are made especially for the daily grind of being a kid, free from chemicals and preservatives and focused on things you know your kid needs, like detangling, lice prevention and even post-pool care. Win the entire SoCozy product line. ($200 value)


. The best way to get ready for school is school! Eeboo’s got the very best, educational high-quality toys that you’ll love as much as your kiddo does. Win a back-to-school toy bundle that includes eeboo’s USA 20 Piece Geography Puzzle, Tell Me A Story Back to School Cards, Back to School Pretend Play Set, Trucks and a Bus Memory Game, Before and After All Learning Levels Activity, What Do I Do Flash Cards ($75 value)


Keen Shoes. When it comes to our kiddos footwear, fit and function are just as important (ok, maybe more important) than fashion. Keen’s got fit, function AND fashion in all its baby, toddler and kids shoes. From high performance sneakers to high-tops to boots, you can rest assured your baby’s feet will be taken care of in Keen. Win a pairs of kids shoes. ($65 value)


The transition of lunch at home to lunch at school is a big one, mama! OmieBox has got you covered with its stylish and smart bento-box style lunch boxes. We’re talking two types of insulation (pack hot and cold food!), lots of compartments, easy to customize, assemble and wash parts, and its BPA and phthalate-free. Win two lunch boxes (one for him and one for you?). ($80 value)


Stasher Bags. You cannot possibly imagine how many plastic sandwich bags you will go through once you send your kid to school. Save your sanity (and, um, the Earth) with Stasher’s self-sealing, reusable silicone bags, which are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe. Win 7 Stasher bags (3 print, 2 clear, 2 aqua) to cover all your school time needs. ($75 value)


Sure, kids sunglasses are super-cute, but they’re also super necessary to protect those delicate little eyes! Real Kids Shades are 100% UV protective sunglasses designed specifically for kids, and manufactured using the most durable materials available so they will last. Oh, and did we mention they’re super-cute too? Win 4 pairs to match every back-to-school outfit in your kiddo’s wardrobe. ($100 value)


. Now you’ve got all the best stuff for your kid for back-to-school. Don’t lose it! Put a Name Bubbles label on everything, mama! Personalize your labels with your kid’s favorite colors and designs, then stick them on and wash them, microwave them, dishwash them and more. Don’t worry, we promise they’ll stay put. Win a $100 Gift Certificate to cover label packages for all your kiddos. ($100 value)

Products that solve your biggest breastfeeding challenges

Including a battle plan for clogged ducts!

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.


Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.


Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.


Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.


boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.


Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.


Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.


Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.


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14 sweet 'just thinking of you' gifts for every mama

A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs.

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.


Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.


Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.


Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!


Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.


Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.


'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."


Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.


Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.


Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!


Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.


Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.


Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.


Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.


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21 questions to ask your partner instead of, “How was your day?”

2. If you could do any part of today over again, what would it be?

After a long day of doing seemingly everything, when our partners get home it kind of becomes a habit to ask, "How was your day?" In between prepping dinner, handing off the kids, finishing your own work, we don't exactly get much value from this question. Sure, it may open up the opportunity to complain about that awful thing that happened or excitedly share that presentation you killed at work—but it usually stops there.

I could do a better job of really talking in my relationship. After 12 years and two kids, sometimes all we can come up with post bedtime routine is, "You good? I'm good. Fire up the Netflix."

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