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Gear up for Back to School

With school only a few weeks away now's the time to start thinking about getting your kiddo back in the sit down and focus groove. And to start thinking about school supplies and lunch/snack ideas!

When it comes to back to school shopping I say the more color the better! I've always loved helping my daughter pick out school supplies with all their bright colors. From backpacks to folders to markers there's so many colorful supplies out there. And the people over at Pilot Pen know exactly how to satisfy that desire for color with their awesome lines of pens and markers!

FriXion Colors Markers
These erasable bold point marker pens feature Pilot’s unique thermo-sensitive ink. No wear or tear so you can erase & recreate until it’s right without ruining the page. With a convenient, non-rolling capped design, extra durable point & quick-drying ink, the Frixion’s Colors Markers pen lets you create bold, erasable lines in 12 stunning colors. Purchase online here.

FriXion ColorSticks
The FriXion line of writing instruments offers unlimited do-overs s you can write, erase and re-write until you get it right. We created thermo-sensitive ink that becomes clear from the heat generated via erasing friction. There’s no wear and tear to the paper or messy eraser crumbs. Write fearlessly with FriXion! Purchase online here.

Precise V5 Deco Collection
The Pilot Precise V5 Deco Collection features the bold shapes & exuberant style of the Art Deco era in this classic rolling ball pen. Pilot’s patented, extra fine precision tip technology will provide you clean lines & smooth ink delivery in a rolling ball pen. Available in 10 stunning ink colors. Purchase online here.

The smooth writing, long-lasting Pilot G2 Premium Gel Ink Pen features a comfortable rubber grip, & is available in ultra-fine, extra fine, fine, & bold point. Proven to be the longest writing gel ink pen among top brands, the smooth-writing, retractable G2 gel ink pen is a classic choice for all your writing needs. If you love the original Pilot G2, you'll want to try our full G2 line of Mini, Metallic, Mosaic, & Fashion gel ink pens in a variety of sizes, barrel designs & colors. Purchase online here.

Juice Paint Markers
Draw, design, color and captivate with new made-to-create Juice Paint Markers from Pilot. The deeply saturated water-based colors are perfect for personalizing almost anything. Juice Paint is permanent on porous surfaces, from paper to fabric and wood. On non-porous surfaces like plastic, glass, chalkboards and metal, Juice Paint can easily be made permanent or be removed with soap and a damp cloth. So, add a splash of color to all of your favorite things and enjoy ultra-vibrant, easy, odor-free creativity with Juice Paint markers. Purchase online here.

These items and many, many more can be found on the Pilot website and in stores now!

With many states and schools making masks a requirement when heading back to school now's a great time to stock up! SchoolMaskPack offers a hassle-free pack of 5 daily color-coded reusable masks for kids, parents and teachers. Their masks have a 3-D design with adjustable ear straps to securely fit a wide variety of face shapes and ages. Available in sizes for kids 3-11 and adults 12+. Masks are machine washable using the included mesh laundry bag.

The Ultimate Book of Sharks (ages 9-12, hardcover, $19.99) by internationally acclaimed marine photographer and National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry is an underwater adventure like no other.  With exclusive photographs and personal insight from Skerry, this book takes the reader below the surface and into the minds of these spectacular predators.  Beyond the feared fins and terrifying teeth, readers will learn what its like to swim with these amazing fish, how they live, what they eat, their superhero-like senses and better understand why these graceful, confident, perfectly sculpted predators are also vulnerable animals that we need to protect.

Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (ages 4-8, hardcover, $14.95 ) - An adorable animal reference that includes the sea's high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures' sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.

Extreme Ocean (ages 8-12, paperback, $12.99)  An action-packed combination of science and adventure, famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face-to-face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom.

National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (ages 5-8, paperback, $4.99) - He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Meet the shark—the fish who ruled the deep before dinosaurs roamed the Earth! This leveled reader is for kids who are starting to read independently, are ready for more complex vocabulary and who love sharks!

So Cool! Sharks (ages 3-7, hardcover, $6.99 ) - Sharks are among the world's top predators, but that's just ONE reason why they are SO COOL. So who wouldn't want to hang out with them to learn more! These books blend awesome animal photos with silly quips and info that will delight young readers and animal enthusiasts. For example, kids can catch the hunting habits of a great white shark while learning that its true nature is as chill as a frozen fish stick. This is the perfect little reader to get their brain buzzing and keep them laughing during their downtime.

Domino® Sugar has some great Back-to-School recipe ideas any parent will love. They're the perfect fit for this year’s lunch box and after school snacking needs. Made with either the well known Domino Brown Sugar, or the awesome new Domino Golden Sugar (which you can use cup for cup in place of standard white sugar). Either way these treats are sure to be a hit with everyone!

• Dark Chocolate Dipped Cereal Bars
• Homemade Golden Lollipops
• Chocolate Chip Snack Cakes

PAINT BY STICKER: DOGS celebrates everyone’s favorite household pet with images of playful poodles, smiling pugs, bright-eyed huskies, and more—the perfect stress-free craft activity book for adults. While parents might enjoy Paint by Sticker: Dogs, kids will be thrilled to assemble pictures of armored ankylosaurus and ferocious T. rex in PAINT BY STICKER KIDS: DINOSAURS, learning fun facts paired with each creature as they piece together these prehistoric portraits.

Paint by Sticker is all the fun of arts and crafts without the mess. No paints or sticky glue to spill makes cleanup nonexistent. Plus, the perforated card stock pages make it easier than ever to tear out your picture and share it with the whole family!

It’s time for fun, easy and quick back-to-school lunch and after-school snack ideas that will have your kids looking forward to returning to the classroom, and going strong till dinnertime.

Convenience and portability are fueling lunch trends as wraps and sandwiches dominate lunch preferences by 30 percent. If your looking for an alternative to sliced bread let me introduce you to Crystal Farms Cheese Wraps! Crystal Farms Cheese Wraps retail for $4.99 per six-count package and are available in two great flavors Mozzarella and Marble Jack. The wraps can be purchased across the nation at Walmart, Kroger, Hy-Vee and other national grocery retailers.

Turn your personal photo into a Custom Paint by Numbers from Winnie's Picks. Bring your favorite photo to life with a custom paint by numbers work of art. The perfect way to create a pet paint by numbers, a family painting or a vacation souvenir. Each kit contains everything you need to get started.
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