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A City Kid’s Guide To BTS {& Giveaway}

It gets me blue to think about it, but summer is already half way over, meaning prep for back to school is just around the corner. This season, I scouted all the brands that have become favorites for my children over the years, and combined them in one guide for easy access. Since all of these vendors offer different product lines, you will be completely set up for the back to school season.  And the best part of all, one  lucky reader will have the chance to win the entire guide!

brand_400x400.gifWhen I was a kid, I loved to shop for school supplies and gear, but shopping for clothes was always my favorite. There’s nothing I love more than fresh new threads for when headed back to school. The kids get excited to wear their new outfits, and I get giddy watching them go through the same late summer rituals. As the weather begins to get cooler, the kids closets with be stocked with fall clothes, like light weight pants, tees, dresses, and new shoes from H&M. They totally have you covered this season, and as part of our giveaway, they have included a $300 Gift Card!




Madpax have been Ryder’s go-to backpack for last three years. From top to bottom, inside and out, these 3D backpacks are not only stylish but super durable. With great designs like dino spikes and outer space bubbles, your child will sure be able to express themselves with these rocking packs that scream cool, fresh and funky. Madpax will be giving away a backpack of your choice!

DOOHICKIES3DOOHICKIES are colorful and completely customizable shoelace replacements, that turn sneakers into slip-ons. DOOHICKIES lacing system works by threading seamlessly through the eyelets of any shoe, then snapping in place for a hassle-free fit. Fasten once and never tie your sneakers again. DOOHICKIES will be giving away a pair of Converse, and your favorite color combo laces, guaranteeing to make your mornings a little easier.


Make lunchtime fun this year with PlanetBox. I know I am always getting creative with my children’s lunches thanks to their built in, separate compartments, which keep food neat and fresh.  PlanetBox uses stainless steel for its construction, which is safe, non-toxic, recyclable, and best of all, it doesn’t retain yucky food odors or stains like plastic containers. Let your PlanetBox serve as a guide for packing a healthy lunch. Our winner will receive a PlanetBox, a carrying case and BottleRocket water bottle of their choice!

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Other than walking, a city kid’s easiest mode of transportation to and from school is their scooters. Micro Kickboards in our house make drop off and pick up from school not only fast, but fun and adventurous. Micro Kickboard offers a full line of high-quality scooters, available for ages 1-100, with the world’s best-rated scooters and kick boards used for urban mobility. To spread the fun, we are giving away an Adult 2 Wheeled Micro White for you, and a kid’s Micro Maxi, in the color of your choice.

UnknownHealthy snacks are always well stocked in our house, and GoGo SqueeZ apple sauce pouches have been one of our kids’ favorite treat for years.  They are a staple in packing school lunches, and I seriously can’t keep them stocked in our house, with least three packs consumed daily. Their pure apple sauce now has expanded to offer more flavors, even adding veggies to the mix. Today one winner will receive a 2 month supply of GoGo SqueeZ Goodness!

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With three children, all in different schools this year, my plan for keeping organized will be to personalize everything! Minted offers a beautiful assortment of school supplies, all bearing your child’s name, even photo! Keep track of their belongings in a fun way, with customized labels containing their name, photo and contact information. For their doodles, let them design their own notebook cover, before school starts, give their room an update with unique art from Minted’s community of independent artists. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Minted Gift Card for their back to school supplies!  02C-GoldStar_InAppMockupShopkick is America’s most-used shopping app, which enhances your retail experience by helping you find nearby stores, deals and new items, and then it rewards you just for walking in. Want to make sure your kids look stylish in the schoolyard? Shopkick curates collections of trending products across top retailers. And when classes do resume, you can redeem your kicks (like rewards points) in the form of a gift card–a win-win! To celebrate back to school, shopkick is giving away $200 worth of kicks toward gift cards for BEST BUY, TARGET, STARBUCKS, and many more of your favorite stores.

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Give Mom the gift that keeps on giving by treating her to a membership at Crunch gym! Membership gets you unlimited access to innovative classes that are so much fun you’ll hardly notice you’re working out! Crunch has 15 conveniently located gyms in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and one in Hoboken! Plus, with childcare at West 83rd Street, East 34th Street, Fort Greene, Park Slope, and Hoboken, so you’ll never have an excuse to miss a workout again. One lucky reader will receive a THREE month membership to Crunch! But why wait for the contest winner to be announced? Click here to get 15 days for $15, or snag your own 5 day guest pass plus personal training session!



I don’t want our fun summer days to come to an end, but at least I know kids will be ready to hit the books, with all the right supplies, while looking sharp. You can get into the back to school mode with a chance to win our giveaway below. Good luck, and enjoy the rest of the summer break!

A City Kids Guide To BTS .


This guide is sponsored of all of  my favorite things. 

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58 thoughts on “A City Kid’s Guide To BTS {& Giveaway}”

  1. We’ve already sent one BTS…we did the usual school supply & clothes shopping, walked the route to the bus stop & timed it, practiced locker combinations (cause our boy is off to middle school…*cry*)! But this would be incredible because we’ve still got 2 more to send BTS next month…

  2. My lil one has already gone back to school, I prepared by going clothing shopping there are fantastic sales going on at the moment…. I also googled various lunch ideas and planned his weekly lunch box meals and prepare them the night before so the morning can be a breeze x

  3. I am prepping for back to school by watching the ads for good deals on supplies. We’ll go shopping for clothes and shoes in a few more weeks. I want to make sure my tall girl doesn’t have another growth spurt!

  4. Cassandra Eastman

    I’m prepping by getting things organized and having a place for my son to get his homework done at home. Buying school supplies, clothes, backpacks! We can’t wait for my son to start 1st grade this year!

  5. My son hasn’t started elementary school yet but I prep for BTS by taking advantage of the sales on clothing and shoes and buying art supplies for us to do crafts at home.

  6. My daughter will be starting preschool and we are getting ready by reading books about going to school, clothes shopping, and labeling just about everything!

  7. We homeschool, but I am getting all of our curriculum ordered and everything organized as well as school supplies replenished.

  8. Shannon Stilwell

    I am preparing by searching for an pinning healthier lunch ideas and shopping BTS tax free weekend.

  9. Stephanie Phelps

    We have already started but I prepped by getting the kids back into a routine and getting them excited by buying them all new things for the first day!

  10. We are shopping for clothes and supplies this weekend, and then have 2 weeks to get the kids back on the right bedtime schedule for school.

  11. Jack wears a uniform to school so I’m just busy labeling everything and buying from the teacher’s supply list that we just received. Other than that, I’m not stressing a bit this year! Uniforms rock.

  12. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I’m Prepping For Back To School By Getting Into A Routine, Getting Kids On A Schedule. Cleaning Out Closets And Organizing Them. And Of Course Doing Some Shopping.

  13. Michelle Manning

    I’m getting prepped by separating clothes my son’s limbs extended too far from and donating to local shelters. We are starting afternoon walks and gathering ideas for after school activities. We are preparing mentally, physically and spiritually for a successful school year!!!!

  14. You’ve thought of all my favorite things and my kids faves too! my city kids would love these back to school Treats! The unicorn planet box is amazing!!

  15. We sat down & planned out all my daughter’s lunch food preferences. Then we put them into 3 groups: entrees, fruit/veggies, & sides. Each week she’ll pick 2 combos worth for the week & we’ll prep all her lunches in advance. Hopefully, this will help keep her from getting bored with her lunches & keep my stress level down during the week when packing her lunch.

  16. i’m not really preparing for it cause i’m in denial about this being my daughters first year of school. i don’t know how much longer i can live like this as sept 8 will be here before i know it.

  17. I’ve been watching for great deals on supplies and started my lunch planning! Still pinning great ideas for quick dinners after school activities get us home late.

  18. Stephanie Murphy

    We’re starting the back to school bedtime routine this week. Got to slowly ease into it! Also got to pick up a backpack! Yikes! I’m running out of time!

  19. I have already shopped with one of my kids, 2 to go. We are buying supplies we think we need and clothes..also going through dresser drawers and getting rid of things they do not use

  20. Personally I’m in complete denial that my oldest will be going off to kindergarten in two weeks. We are wrapping up our last beach trip of the summer and I just can’t even think about BTS shopping yet. But it will have to happen I suppose. For now I will pretend my travel schedule isn’t about to change forever and lap up my last day on the beach.

  21. checking pinterest for lunch ideas, started purchasing school uniforms and shoes, moving them back to school bedtime.

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