Monday, September 9, 2013

Back to School 2013


Back to School 2013
By Shandra Hill Smith



Not only will your star student get an A for style, he’ll be steps ahead of the class no matter the physical challenge with the new Reebok ATV19. The all-terrain running shoe is designed to perform on all kinds of surfaces, thanks to its unique outsole of 19 large ATV lugs. Reebok ATV19 comes in sizes for preschool and grade-school boys and girls. It’s available at Finish Line stores nationwide and at Finishline.com. www.reebok.com


Parents give five stars to the Hanna Andersson Soft and Sturdy Ribbies, made of a high-quality combination of cotton, nylon and spandex. The socks for girls and boys come in colors such as navy, white, black and pink. www.hannaandersson.com




There won’t be any getting lost in the crowd with an eye-catching Pottery Barn Kids backpack. The roomy and rugged backpacks come in choices of mini, small, large and rolling. Styles include Mackenzie Plum Butterfly, Fairfax Green and Mackenzie Chocolate Kitty with personalization available. Backpacks feature adjustable straps and pockets such as an MP3 player pocket for headphone cords. www.potterybarnkids.com



Lighten the older student’s load with the New Balance Performance Backpack featuring cushioned straps. The unisex backpack includes an organizer with zip storage and cell phone pocket and a scratch-resistant media pocket. Laptop storage and a removable mesh bag are included. Colors include grey with black and red, navy and black. www.newbalance.com

Trade in those plastic bags for Good Lunch Boxes from Sugarbooger by Oré. Containers such as Good Lunch Box Hoot! and Good Lunch Box Retro Robot feature three separate areas for holding dry foods.



And, when it comes time to show the teacher a little appreciation, Living Goods by Oré has you covered with its Cuppa This Cuppa That mugs: Cuppa This Cuppa That Mug Alphabet, Cuppa This Cuppa That Mug Pencil and Cuppa This Cuppa That Mug Ruler. www.oreoriginals.com

Keep up with their toys and more with new Rubbermaid All Access Organizers. Featuring a clear, drop-down door, the organizers make it easier to see and get to items. They’re stackable to help save even more space.

Also, Rubbermaid Flex Totes offer solutions in tight spaces such as college dorm rooms. The flexible containers can slide under beds and fit in closet corners, while Closet Helper Drawer Cube can neatly store folded clothing and accessories. www.rubbermaid.com

College students won’t have to stress over picking up little messes with the BISSELL Lift-Off Floors and More. Great for light vacuuming, the cordless and bagless stick unit reaches under beds, chairs and other furniture to get to dirt in those hard-to-reach areas. It includes an attached hand vacuum for smaller areas.