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“10 Back To School Must-Haves”

Welcome to Jessica’s Top Thursday. Each week, I will feature a new Top Trend, Top 10 or Top List. I will mention some of our favorite items, tips, ideas, recipes and more. Enjoy! To see my previous Top Thursday posts, click here.

This week’s Top 10 Thursday is all about back-to-school. Focusing on back-to-school items for kids AND parents!

School starts this month, are you ready? :)

Let me break it down for you here:

1. Lovable Labels

Keep track of items, claim what is yours. These back to school packs are perfect for your kids.

For little ones, their Toddler Toes are the perfect thing. Have your toddler learn right for left with these adorable shoe labels! Add a phone number on the second line and feel safe that your little one has this information on them (but discreetly hidden) in an emergency.

Click here for more information

2. Mighty Nest – Waste Free Lunch Gear

Mighty Nest carries everything you need to pack a safe, non-toxic, waste-free lunch. Find reusable lunch sacks, stainless steel thermoses, reusable sandwich bags, organic napkins and more. All products are: BPA Free, Phthalate Free, PVC Free, Melamine Free and Lead Free.

Click here for more information

3. The Organized Family Menu Planner from GlowBaby

The Organized Family Menu Planner helps plan delicious and nutritious meals in every household. Organize each week’s meals, build grocery lists and maintain food budgets and dietary requirements with this stylish and handy planner. There is also a section to help you plan your next special occasion.
Create menus that suit your family’s favourites and nutritional needs as well as busy lifestyle.

Features:

•52 weeks of Menu Planning worksheets with detachable shopping lists
•Food preferences chart
•Favourite Meals list
•Recipes Section
•Envelope to store recipes
•Special Occasions Planning Pages – includes event information, menu planning chart, guest and RSVP list and notes
•Measurement Conversion Chart
•Wipeable Covers
•Printed on FSC mixed sources paper

Click here for more information

4. Umi Shoes

Shoes are made for much more than walking. Umi shoes are specially designed for the littlest and hardest working feet in mind. At Umi, their focus is on quality, comfort and style.

Click here for more information

5. Skip Hop Zoo Pack

The Zoo Pack is the little kid backpack where “fun meets function!” Whimsical details and durable materials make this the perfect on-the-go pack for kids on-the-go!

Age: 3+
BPA-Free, Phthalate-free

Click here for more information

6. Skip Hop Zoo Lunchies

With friendly faces and matching zipper-pulls, ZOO LUNCHIES make lunchtime fun time! Sized just right for little kids, or a mom and baby on-the-go, these soft bags have a roomy main compartment that holds sandwiches, snacks, drinks and more. An insulated, wipe-clean interior keeps food and drinks cold, plus an inside mesh pocket holds lunch money, an ice pack or utensils.

ZOO LUNCHIES coordinate with the entire line of ZOO PACKS little kid backpacks. The clip-on handle attaches securely to any backpack.

Click here for more information

7. Emergen-c & Emergen-c Kids

We are huge fans of Emergen-c in this house. Both for kids and for adults. Added to lemonade, orange juice, water and even sparkling water, emergen-c can taste good and be good for you too!

Click here for more information

8. Goodbyn – Raspberry Goodbyn Bynto Kit

The Raspberry Goodbyn Bynto Kit utilizes three compartments to keep kids’ lunches from spilling, sloshing or mixing. Sandwiches won’t taste like your banana and your fresh fruit won’t have biscuit crumbs in it! Made entirely of FDA-approved materials, the Goodbyn lunchbox is dishwasher-safe and made to last. And when it’s time for a new one, the Goodbyn lunchbox is 100 percent recyclable. And, with hundreds of stickers, you’ll love designing their own one-of-a-kind, super cool lunchbox!

Goodbyn Bynto does away with wasteful plastic bags and drink boxes. Parents can save an estimated $190 per child each year on these two items alone. That’s good news for Mom and Mother Earth!

Click here for more information

9. Cleanwell

CleanWell hand sanitizer kills germs with a patented formulation of essential plant oils. The active ingredient is thyme, which is proven to kill 99.99% of germs. See Jasmine’s review of Cleanwell.

Click here for more information

10. Adhesive Dry Erase or Chalk Board

Featured a few weeks ago in the Top 10 Must Haves for your home… these will be perfect for back to school time!

Chalkboard | Whiteboard

Going to do something a little different this week. 4 of these companies have offered to feature a giveaway of their items…

Today, we will be giving away:

#3: GlowBaby Menu Planner

#1: Lovable Labels – Custom Labels for your child

#7: Emergen-c 2 (30pack) boxes & Emergen-c Kidz 2 (30pack) boxes!

#5: Skip Hop Zoo Pack

We will pick (4) winners

how to enter:

Leave a comment below and let us know what some of your back-to-school must-haves are! Do any of these products stick out to you?

for extra entries:

1. Tell your friends! Be sure to include the link to this giveaway!

2. Become friends with these companies:

Follow Glowbaby on twitter
Like Glowbaby on Facebook

Follow Lovable Labels on twitter
Like Lovable Labels on Facebook

Follow Emergen-c on twitter
Like Emergen-c on Facebook

Follow Skip Hop on twitter
Like Skip Hop on Facebook

Winners will be chosen Monday, August 15th.

Guidelines: Must be 18 or older to enter and live in the United States, unless otherwise noted. To see our official giveaway guidelines, please visit this link.

Check back with us Monday for the winning announcement!

Make sure you are following Modern Day Moms on facebook and twitter to stay up to date with the latest information, contests and more

Winning Announcement: August 15th

Congrats to our 4 winners: #76 Meghan, #113 Courtney H, #118 Heather G. & #78 Barbara. We will be e-mailing you shortly!

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138 COMMENTS

  • Lorraine Marie Deichert on August 11, 2011

    Definitly the Skip Hop Zoo Packs are on our list & the Mighty Nest Waste Free Lunch Gear! Both seem to be wonderful! But, those Skip Hop Zoo’s are too adorable!

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  • Melanie Ivie on August 11, 2011

    The Mighty Nest Waste Free Lunch Gear would be pretty awesome, as everything else would be super cool too! Lovin the Skip Hop’s also!

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  • Christy on August 11, 2011

    Those Skip Hop Zoos are too cute! My daughter is starting preschool so this would be awesome. I also love the waste free lunch kit.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    My 6 year old started 1st grade yesterday! :/ Our must have back to school gear is; some new clothes/shoes, backpack, lunch box, and supplies the teacher requests. I always wait on purchasing the in class supplies because the teacher’s list is always different then the standard “back to school” list you find at Target and Walmart.
    What sticks out to me are the labels because my son leaves everything everywhere, last year on his first day of kindergarten he misplaced his lunch bag, jacket, and supply box.
    Love the lunch gear because I pack his lunch.
    The meal planner is awesome because I cook every night.
    I adore the backpack and lunch bag, he would definitely he able to find his quickly!
    Would love to try the Emergen-C to keep us from getting sick from those dreaded back to school germs.
    That lunch kit is awesome and would be put to good use.
    Would love to have some CleanWell to put in his lunch box to sanitize him before eating.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I’m following Glowbaby on Twitter.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I like Glowbaby on Facebook.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I’m following Lovable Labels on Twitter.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I like Lovable Labels on Facebook.

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  • mia on August 11, 2011

    Love everything, but the Emergen-c sticks out the most to me! Last year my son kept getting sick from all the germs kids spread. Would be great to have this this year!

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I follow Emergen-C on Twitter.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I like Emergen-C on Facebook.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I follow Skip Hop on Twitter.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I like Skip Hop on Facebook.

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  • Kaydee on August 11, 2011

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

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  • Melinda on August 11, 2011

    The lovable labels are awesome!! With Triplets, labeling things is the only way to make sure we have everything and know whose is whose. The meal planner and dry erase chalkboard are pretty cool for keeping organzed especially with the three little ones taking up a lot of time.

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  • Melinda on August 11, 2011

    Liked Glowbaby on facebook.

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  • Melinda on August 11, 2011

    Liked Lovable labels on facebook

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  • Melinda on August 11, 2011

    Liked Skip hop on facebook

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  • Belle via Facebook on August 11, 2011

    Jude is in love with his bee zoo pack! All day it’s “bag! bag! book in bag! shoos in bag!”

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  • Christy W. on August 11, 2011

    The Skip Hop Zoo Packs are adorable and functional! Love them! I also really like the idea behind the GlowBaby menu planner, but I would love to see something like that in an iPhone app — I just don’t need more paper in my life :)

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  • Jen via Facebook on August 11, 2011

    I need a new backpack for Noah…his pack got destroyed at camp…gonna enter now :)

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    I like the lovable labels product, the family planner would be nice, in fact my husband and I just started to try to do one…..so unorganized though…lol. Love the skip hop pack and lunchies……wouldn’t mind any product though. : )

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    Follow glow baby on twitter. : )

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    I liked glow baby facebook page. : )

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    Liked lovable labels facebook page.

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    Following lovable labels on twitter. : )

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    Liked emergen-c on facebook. : )

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    Follow emergen-c on twitter. : )

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    Following skip hop on twitter. : )

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  • Kimberlee Adams on August 11, 2011

    Liked skip hop on facebook. : )

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  • Jessica S on August 11, 2011

    I love the idea of the skip hop zoo pack! Anything to make getting ready more fun for my daughter is awesome!

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  • Jen on August 11, 2011

    My 3 year old son is starting preschool and the Skip Hop backpack is top of our list right now. The Skip Hop lunchies are too cute! We regularly use CleanWell and Emergen-C. I also like the Mighty-Nest waste free lunch gear and the Goodbyn Bynto Kit…I haven’t seen either of those yet. Thanks for sharing a great list!

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  • Jen on August 11, 2011

    I reshared the list’s link on my facebook page :)

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  • Jen on August 11, 2011

    I “like” SkipHop on Facebook

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  • Jen on August 11, 2011

    I “like” Emergen-C on Facebook

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  • Jen on August 11, 2011

    I “like” Loveable Labels on Facebook

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  • Jen on August 11, 2011

    I “like” Glowbaby on Facebook

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  • Shannon R on August 11, 2011

    I love the owl backpack! Everything I’ve got for my girls is owl themed. These all seem like great, and helpful products. I think anything that can get all of us excited for the school year, and save money is essential.

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  • Shannon R on August 11, 2011

    I like skip hop on Facebook!

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  • Sara on August 11, 2011

    Well, every week is back to school for me – the little one is in daycare! My must-have is the permanent labels for his sippy cups… we have some from a different company, but I’d love to win any of the prizes! :)

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  • Sara on August 11, 2011

    I follow Glowbaby on twitter (@ninjapanza)

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  • Sara on August 11, 2011

    I (already) follow(ed) emergen-c on twitter! (@ninjapanza)

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  • Sara on August 11, 2011

    I follow skip hop on twitter! (@ninjapanza)

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    I think hand sanitizer is a must have for school as well as wipes for the hands. I must say I am very interested in the glow baby planner (as well as every thing else)
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    Follow Glow Baby on twitter
    MikeAWife
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    I follow Lovable Labels on twitter
    MikeAWife
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    I follow Emergen-C on twitter
    MikeAWife
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    Follow Skip HOp on twitter
    MikeAWife
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com
    I would love to trytheir products!

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    I follow Skip Hop on FB
    Shannons Funpage
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    I follow Emergen-C on fb
    Shannons Funpage
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    I follow Loveable Labels on fb
    Shannons Funpage
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  • Shannon Alexander on August 11, 2011

    I like Glow Baby on fb
    Shannons Funpage
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  • Crystal on August 11, 2011

    My must-haves for the season are beautiful writing instruments!

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  • Crystal on August 11, 2011

    I like EmergenC on Facebook (Crystal Ward)

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  • Crystal on August 11, 2011

    I follow Emergen-C on Twitter- @Crystal11

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  • Miranda on August 11, 2011

    My back to school must haves for my sons are a cute and awesome backpack, love the Skip Hop ones. Labels are a top one. And new shoes and clothes.

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  • Miranda on August 11, 2011

    I follow Glowbaby on twitter. @MamaHatch

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  • Miranda on August 11, 2011

    I like Glowbaby on facebook.

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  • Summer on August 11, 2011

    The waste free kit looked interesting. Also vitamin c is always a must with school age kids

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  • Miranda on August 11, 2011

    I follow Loveable Labels on twitter. @MamaHatch

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  • Miranda on August 11, 2011

    I like Loveable Labels on facbeook.

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  • Miranda on August 11, 2011

    I follow Skip Hop on twitter. @MamaHatch

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  • Miranda on August 11, 2011

    I like Skip Hop on facebook.

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  • Melanie Ivie on August 11, 2011

    I like Glowbaby on Facebook.

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  • Melanie Ivie on August 11, 2011

    I like Emergen-C on Facebook.

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  • Melanie Ivie on August 11, 2011

    I like Lovable Labels on Facebook.

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  • Melanie Ivie on August 11, 2011

    I follow Skip Hop on FB

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  • Danielle on August 11, 2011

    When I think of back to school I think back to germs! So anything that helps prevent germs being spread is at the top of my list. The menu planner is something I would looove to use!

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  • Danielle on August 11, 2011

    I liked Glowbaby on FB

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  • Danielle on August 11, 2011

    I liked lovable labels on FB.

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  • Danielle on August 11, 2011

    I liked Emergen-C on FB.

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  • Danielle on August 11, 2011

    I like Skip hop on FB.

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  • Maria on August 11, 2011

    Well…my daughter starts preschool next week so I guess that makes me a nubie, but I am familiar with Skip Hop products as I own the Duo Diaper Bag :) I really like their zoo line of products and would be awesome to win them for my little one. I think a must have for back to school hmmm…for me, nerves of steel (at least this time around)

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  • Maria on August 11, 2011

    “Liked” skip Hop on FB

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  • Claire on August 12, 2011

    A back to school must have is definitely a planner to write down the night’s HW & a backpack!!

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  • Meghan on August 12, 2011

    I absolutely love love love the Skip Hop Zoo Pack and lunches. They are so cute, especially the owl one (I’ve become slightly obsessed with anything owl!). I also am liking the menu planneri really think I could use something like that.

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  • Meghan Purtee on August 12, 2011

    I Liked both Skip Hop and Glowbaby on Facebook

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  • Barbara on August 12, 2011

    I like the emergen-c. It is great for staying healthy.

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  • Ken on August 12, 2011

    What a great giveaway. I like the emergen-c.

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    The Goodbyn lunch kit is definitely on our list. Their products look amazing. We also need to look for a new backpack (the Skip Hop Zoo ones are adorable) and new shoes.

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    I follow Glowbaby on Twitter @MommaStaciA

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    I liked Glow Baby on Facebook.

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    I follow Loveable Labels on Twitter @MommaStaciA

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    I liked Loveable Labels on Facebook.

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    I follow Emergen-C on Twitter @MommaStaciA

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    I liked Emergen-C on Facebook.

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    I follow Skip Hop on Twitter @MommaStaciA

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  • Staci A on August 12, 2011

    I liked Skip Hop on Facebook. Thanks!

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  • Tomoko on August 12, 2011

    I LOVE Skip Hop Zoo Pack. I would love to win this for my nephew.

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  • Tomoko on August 12, 2011

    follow Skip Hop on twitter @orangefukurou

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  • Amber on August 14, 2011

    I want 2 of everything! So cute :)

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  • Erin on August 14, 2011

    The Skip Hop bags and the Goodbyns are on MY wish list for back to school. Talk about making lunch fun and exciting for my kids!!

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  • Erin on August 14, 2011

    I liked Glow Baby on facebook!

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  • Erin on August 14, 2011

    I liked Lovable Labels on facebook!!

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  • Erin on August 14, 2011

    I liked Emergen-C on facebook!

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  • Erin on August 14, 2011

    I like Skip Hop on facebook!!

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  • Erin on August 14, 2011

    I followed Glow Baby on twitter!!

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  • Erin on August 14, 2011

    I followed Emergen-C on twitter.

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  • Erin on August 14, 2011

    I’m following Skip Hop on twitter.

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  • shawna on August 14, 2011

    We Love are dry erase board. Each kid has one in their room.

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  • Emily on August 14, 2011

    The loveable labels are must have for us :) And we always have a box of Emergen-C on hand for a healthy pick-up

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  • Nathalie on August 14, 2011

    I am in LOVE with Goodbyn lunch boxes I have a teen and these are great (& cool) enough for middle school :) Def a must have for a healthy lunch @ school. :) <3

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  • Claire on August 14, 2011

    I really like 2. Mighty Nest – Waste Free Lunch Gear out of the list. My back to school lists always includes new backpack and a pack of mechanical pencils.

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    I love all these ideas but the Glowbaby menu planner sticks out most to me! I was just researching something like this because I feel like we are stuck in a rut eating all the same foods. The Glowbaby menu planner would be great for my family!

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    I like Glow Baby on Facebook!

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    I like Skip Hop on Facebook!

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    I like Lovable Labels on Facebook

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    I like Emergen-C on Facebook

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    I’m following Skip Hop on Twitter

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    Following GlowBaby on Twitter

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    I’m following EmergenC on Twitter

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  • Katie on August 14, 2011

    Must haves for back to school: goodbyn lunch box, alarm clock & new backpack!

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  • Courtney H on August 14, 2011

    Following Lovable Labels on Twitter!

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  • Miranda on August 14, 2011

    Our must- haves for back to school are: new lunch boxes, shoes, and school supplies. Having some great labels would help keep belongings in their place. yay for Mighty Labels!

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  • Miranda on August 14, 2011

    Now that school is starting, it will be sniffle time before we know it. Emergen-c packets are a must have around our house, helping ward off the nasty flu season.

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  • adrienne fowler on August 14, 2011

    Love these! Especially the labels! And dry erase boards, definitely!

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  • Bronwen on August 15, 2011

    My back to school must have is Tylenol!

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  • Heather Gonzales on August 15, 2011

    As a teacher (even if I’m out of work at the moment), Emergen-C is a must have for me!

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    The Skip Hop packs are on our list! My son starting preschool insists on having the elephant backpack and lunch box, I still need to order it! I love making all 3 of my school age boys lunches so I’m excited to get the cute lunch box too

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    Following Glowbaby on Twitter @mommyof3tx

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    I like Glowbaby on Facebook

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    Following lovable labels on twitter @momyof3tx

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    I like lovable labels on Facebook

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    Following Emergen-C on Twitter @mommyof3tx

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    I like Emergen-C on Facebook

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    I’m following Skip Hop on Twitter @mommyof3tx

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  • Beth Scoggin on August 15, 2011

    I like skip hop on facebook

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  • Meg on August 15, 2011

    Our back to school must haves this year are some new clothes, a new lunch box and some emergency so we don’t all get sick!

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  • Meg on August 15, 2011

    Following Glowbaby on fb

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  • Meg on August 15, 2011

    Following Lovable Labels on fb

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  • Meg on August 15, 2011

    Liked Emergen-c on fb

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  • Meg on August 15, 2011

    Liked Skip Hop on fb

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  • Nicole Goodman on August 15, 2011

    I love the idea of the menu planner, I need help in that department for sure! Plus the Zoo Packs are soooo adorable. My back to school must have is a new lunch box!

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  • Lara Sort on August 15, 2011

    Brand new everything – it always feels good to start with fresh pencils, folders, etc. Love the pack!

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  • Meghan via Facebook on August 15, 2011

    Oh my goodness!!! Just seen I won the Skip Hop Zoo Pack, i’m so excited, I never usually win anything!! :)

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  • via Facebook on August 15, 2011

    Congrats Meghan! You have e-mail, check your spam if it’s not there. Let us know if you didn’t receive it!

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  • Heather via Facebook on August 16, 2011

    I’m so excited to have won the meal planner! That was the prize I most wanted, because I want to do a better job of planning meals to save my family money.

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