Three Essential Brands for Back To School

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It is that time of year yet again – the kids are heading back to school and we are prepping for a busy work season (in-or-out of the office). I joined TV stations around the country to discuss some essential items to help our kids prepare for a smooth transition.  

Last year, many kids – especially younger ones – missed out on key lessons while staying at home, but thankfully, Osmo is known for combining hands-on play with interactive gameplay for an engaging learning experience. Their Genius Starter Kit is for ages 6-10 and the Little Genius Starter Kit is suitable for preschoolers – and both have received around 10,000 glowing reviews on Amazon. These award-winning learning kits are equipped with age-appropriate games that help kids engage in math, reading, spelling, drawing, problem-solving, social-emotional learning, and more. Through Aug. 14, Osmo is offering 25% off these & other items at, Amazon & other major retailers!


Quality sleep is important to help support a child’s learning, memory, mood, and immune system, but sleep doesn’t come easily to everyone. If your kids struggle with quality sleep, melatonin is pediatrician recommended to help kids fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.  I suggest Natrol, the #1 drug-free sleep aid brand in America. They have several kid-friendly, melatonin-based edible formulas, including their new Natrol Kids Sleep+ gummies, which are available in pharmacies or on They also have products for busy parents seeking a quality nights’ sleep. 


And lastly, personalized school supplies from Shutterfly make back-to-school essentials more fun than ever to shop! From lunch boxes to pencils, these products are easy to make and will get kids excited for school this year. They let your kids show off their school spirit and personal style with custom-made back-to-school supplies – no matter how they are attending school this year. 


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