Posts Tagged ‘back-to-school’


Lifestyle and travel bags & accessories! 

Great for: 

travel (Italy, anyone?), weekend getaways (cottage, please!), overnight trips, outdoor sports (hiking, biking + more!), local exploring, sporting events (why not go hands free?), baby needs, school needs!



The lug® collection of undercover bears is a cuddle team of different bears/agents. They have different colors, faces, names, and even personalities! Agent Boots, the brown bear, is “one tough bear – a mighty force, no doubt. His strength is matched by none around; he’s stable as a rock. Cuddle in close with this big, strong bear, and carry him for health and stability whenever you need cover.” 




There is an inflatable pillow for the bear cover or you could use the blanket inside the bear cover for a softer shapable fit (assuming you don’t need the blanket) Both the bear pillow cover and the blanket are machine washable.

I’ve washed agent Gomer, the “green” bear, several times since I’ve had him (2014) and he is still soft and in good shape. I’ve had many uses for him over the years. Not surprising that it makes a great back-to-school idea. We head out in the morning with a cuddly back seat travel buddy. Sometimes he rides with mom up front !

Pillow Case Size: 11″w x 9″h x 3″d
Blanket Size: 35″w x 46″h
Notes From Dawn received an UCB from lug® in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Really Good Stuff - Teaching Supplies, Classroom Organizers and Decorations

I recently discovered this company which I understand started back in 1992. They have a huge selection of “really good stuff” for teachers.

My review is of their Book & Binder Holders, two slightly different designs. The first is a set of four bins with labels. Named “earth”, the colors are brown, orange, pink, and purple.

Durable Book And...

The second set of four are seaside inspired colors of pebble, sand, shell, and water. They also come with “stabilizer wings”. [to stabilize]

Book And Binder...

There are many more colors for your personal preference in book bin decor. I admit I’m not much of a shopper but even with that said I’ve not seen these in stores. This is a great additional to our preschool classroom this fall. They are durable and hold most of the books I have put in them (workbooks). They are gems for any organizer and are toddler user friendly, too.

Really Good Stuff states that they are environmentally aware by reducing their carbon footprint and protecting forests. You can read about their efforts with this link before you start shopping.

Really Good Stuff provided products to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received


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Advertised as a pillow that is ideal for any sleeping position, here’s the rundown


If you’re a back sleeper, the SNUZ Pillow’s unique, hourglass design perfectly fits, cradles and supports the curve of your neck and the back of your head…

If you’re a side sleeper, the SNUZ Pillow provides ideal head support & neck and spinal alignment. And the gentle dip in the middle of the pillow prevents pressure on your ear created by the crown of regular pillows…

If you’re a stomach sleeper, the cavity on the bottom creates the perfect channel for your arm, while still offering neck and spinal alignment and reduced pressure on your ear.


It’s dreamy! It’s thick but not hard & it’s soft yet supportive. I find it easy to sleep on in all positions and I have had less neck discomfort waking up with this pillow. Support is not so much about firmness as it is about maintaining a proper position. I think that’s why this pillow works. It doesn’t prop my head up but lets my neck and shoulder muscles relax. A great back-to-school recommendation for the whole family.

other Snuz facts:

outside is 300-thread count cotton

filled with ultra-light, super-durable, hypoallergenic fibers

open mesh venting on the sides will help keep it cool and comfortable

machine washable

made in USA

Snuz provided this product to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.




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Do not condemn the man that cannot think or act as fast as you can, because there was a time when you could not do things as well as you can today. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A Back-To-School DIY Project


Very inexpensive 

Fun for all ages


and Thoughtful


With a few inexpensive supplies, some that you already have around the house, anyone can create a Composition Notebook Journal for school or to make as a gift. 

Requires Only:

(1) Composition Notebook – the hardback black and white kind for about 50 cents during pre-school sales

(2) Two or more pieces of scrapbook paper

(3) Stickers and Ribbon

(4) Glue Stick and Scissors

Trace around the front and back of the book. I don’t cover over the black spine.

Cut out and glue in place. (Ideal for little hands to practice trace, cut, and glue)

The inside front and back cover can also be covered with paper.

I was going to use lavender for the front of my journal but, of course, I changed my mind and used periwinkle.

   Then design the cover. 

And don’t forget to give your journal a ribbon bookmark. Use a large sticker to attach the ribbon to the back of the book. 

  A finished journal ready to use.

Autumn made one, too.

 The inside pages can also get some special touches.


I’d love to see your journal.

Send a picture to notesfromdawnATyahooDOTcom

Submitted by Pam from An Artful Mom. She had the journal book cut in half at a copy store to make two smaller journals.

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