As a mom and a teacher, back to school is one of the busiest times of the year for me! I feel like summer went way too fast, but here we are with school just around the corner. Thankfully, I’ve teamed up with pediped shoes and GoSili reusable cups and straws so I can feel prepared for the year ahead. If you’re in the market for kids’ school shoes or reusable lunch and snack options, read on to see my back to school favorites!
I’ve chosen pediped for school shoes ever since the kids have been in school. pediped has over 120 designs for both boys and girls between its three lines: Originals, Grip ‘n’ Go & Flex, so there’s something for everyone! They offer sizes Newborn to 6 Youth, & there are plenty of styles that are perfect for school.
My favorite part about pediped is the Flex Fit System™ which allows for extended wear, so I’m only buying shoes ONCE per school year! The trick is to size up and use the extra insoles to provide the perfect fit. Once the shoe gets snug, remove the extra insole and the shoe instantly has more room to grow into! In my opinion, it’s the smartest shoe design on the market for busy moms. Not only that, these shoes have held up to seasons and seasons of wear between two kids– You simply can’t beat the quality.
We decided to get the Flex® Force Grey/Orange and the Flex® Force Hot Pink which feature an ultra lightweight design (only 5 oz!) specially made to support kids’ feet in all activities. The flexible natural rubber and phylon sole provide comfort, grip, and movability while on the playground. These are also machine washable so they’ll stay looking & smelling like new for many adventures to come! The faux laces and hook & loop fastener makes it a quick & easy option when you have to make it out the door in a snap.
The Flex Gehrig features microfiber suede and mesh upper with a breathable mesh lining. The flexible rubber sole allows for comfort and movability on the playground, while offering plenty of grip to keep kiddos safe. I love that these are machine washable so they can stay looking new no matter how dirty they get on their outdoor playground adventures. This shoe is approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development, so you can feel confident that it’s a good choice for your kiddos.
The Flex Dakota Blue has “Gabi” written all over it– the adorable pink, purple, & aqua are a perfect combination for this design! The breathable mesh lining provides air-flow to keep little feet cool, and the flexible rubber sole offers grip and movability. This Mary Jane style shoe has an adjustable hook and loop fastener so it’s quick & easy for kids to get on & off.
GoSili creates silicone tableware products for the whole family, in an effort to eliminate excess use & waste of disposable paper and plastic products. GoSili has partnered with Lonely Whale to create awareness, conservation, give back and to keep our oceans clean. No more plastics in our waters!
The Reusable Ocean Straws are perfect for snacks & lunches on-the-go. The 100% European-grade, platinum silicone is both durable & easy to clean, making them a no brainer for reducing plastic waste. The Reusable Straw & Travel Case is great for lunches, or throw it in your bag for on-the-go.
These unique straws can be boiled, thrown in the dishwasher, or hand-washed; no special cleaning tools necessary. GoSili straws are designed with maximum durability in mind, while also being easy to clean! The translucent design allows you to easily see when the straws are clean.
The Silicone Ocean Cup features an embedded stainless-steel ring, which prevents the cup from collapsing when gripped. We love that each cup has a unique water design– no two cups are the same! These cups stack for easy and organized storage, and it’s compatible with the GoSili Universal Straw Lid. The Silicone Ocean Cup is dishwasher safe, you can boil to sterilize, or wash it by hand! The best part? 1% of every purchase is donated to ocean clean-up and conservation!
For some added mealtime fun, check out the Reusable Connectable Silicone Straws! These unique straws can be connected together to create an extra-long straw. Your kids will be amazed that you can tie them into a knot– or two! As an added bonus, the built in stopper on the base of every SiliStraw helps prevent the straw from being pulled out of lids.
If you’re into drinking smoothies, the Extra Wide Silicone Straw is the perfect option. The wide design allows you to drink (and clean it!) with ease.
Stuck on You is your one-stop-shop for all things “lunch!” With customizable lunch boxes and cooler bags, you can create designs that fit your child’s style and interests.
Since I needed two of everything, I ordered the Double Bento Box & Bag value pack. It comes with two custom bento boxes and cooler bags. Bento boxes make lunch prep a breeze, with little containers for each food group so you don’t have to think too hard about what you need, as well as portion sizes for each.
Everything is customizable, including name, design, font, and color! It was fun to let the kids pick their designs, they loved looking through all the options. Having their name on the box and bag makes it easy for everyone to know whose lunch it belongs to :)
I decided it was wise to order extras of the removable inserts so that I’ll have a clean one while the other is in the dishwasher. I added some extra silicone inserts to my cart, too, for this same reason. I grabbed those in different colors so we can mix and match between boxes.
Be aware– While I ordered these at the beginning of August, I still have yet to receive them since it’s back to school season. Please allow plenty of time for processing and shipping, since everything is custom-made. We can’t wait to try out our lunch boxes & cooler bags!!
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