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The Essential Guide to Family Function and Fun - Back to School Planning

Many lessons have been learned along this amazing journey called parenting. Sage advice comes from the concept of understanding that it takes a village to raise a child. In addition to the foundation of family and friends that each village thrives upon are the supportive resources of products and services key to everyday affairs. Including lifestyle brands into our lives is contingent upon the ability to meet each family member's unique set of needs. Take a look at our Essential guide to Family Function and Fun for Back to School Planning.

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The Essential Guide to Family Function & Fun
Back to School Planning

The Nanny League 

Welcome a new addition into your family's village from The Nanny League, a premier childcare resource providing extensive screening. Whether your family needs a full-time or part-time nanny, special needs care, a tutor or a personal assistant, The Nanny League represents highly-qualified, college educated childcare professionals selectively paired with each family. 

Mabel's Labels

Finders Keepers is the name of the game with Mabel's Labels. Showcasing award-winning, personalized labels, tags and other customized products, the mom-created labels are made to last and proven to be laundry, dishwasher, and microwave safe, as well as being UV resistant. My kids have taught me the value of labeling any and everything to protect my investment on items that I would hope to have returned to our home.

Bringing families a BPA/BPS-Free product line, Nalgene is "made for real life". Uniquely designed with kid-friendly features, taking food and drinks out and about has reached a new level of convenience. Including features such as a dishwasher-safe, protective plastic case with a flip and serve lid, and adjustable cool fit ice pack, eating meals and snacks away from home are both functional and fun.


Not only is USANA a Dr. Oz Show Trusted Partner and Sponsor, Health Corp and True Health Organization are charitable collaborations benefiting health and wellness worldwide.  “At USANA, scientific research is at the heart of every product we offer. Whether in studies conducted by top scientists in our on-site laboratories, or findings from the many research partnerships we have across the globe, USANA is fully committed to the research and development of cutting-edge nutritional technology. Dr. Myron Wentz,
Founder and Chairman, USANA Health Sciences

Surprise visitors are never welcomed during those weekly head lice checks. Preventative measures taken with Vamousse Lice Defense Daily Shampoo is one of the most effective ways to stop lice infestations prior to the hair care frustrations. Actively controlling the spread of lice is never a fun or easy task, prevention is the best defense against the discomforts of head lice.

Creativity, entertainment and craft time fun all in one iconic, brightly colored plastic container. Play-Doh is ever present in our home, where the cardinal rule stands for family and friends to abide by- "Do not mix colors!" Save the Date- September 16, 2016 is Play-Doh's 60th birthday! Share some birthday love using the hashtag #PlayDoh60!


The place where accessories that are "mommy chic, baby safe" is the trendy jewelry accessory line from chewbeads. The 100% silicone chewbeads and juniorbeads by chewbeads are fashionable necklaces and bracelets created with the safety of babies in mind. Also useful for older kids with sensory needs, all chewbeads products are free of BPA, phthalates, cadium, lead or metals.

KEEN, Inc.

Finding the right shoes involves so many other factors besides just a lucky box with the right size in the right color. KEEN Kids captures the "Boundless Wonder" of youth with shoes that provide a secure fit and comfort, high traction, non-marking soles all in colorful, durable materials. From infants to big kids, there's just the right shoe for leading the path to adventure.


Decoration and design with WallPops are made for family life. These removable wall decals peel and stick to walls adding to any decor with stylish artwork, charming nursery designs, and essential dry-erase calendars and message boards and so much more, with decals that are removable, repositionable, safe for walls and even windows.

Paula's Choice Skincare

Establishing a personal skincare that effectively combines Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide for clearer skin is an ideal way to begin and end each day. With no animal testing, the Paula's Choice product line has developed a 3-Step skincare regime in both regular and extra strength formulas for daily use, which also includes a Clear Ultra-Light Daily Fluid SPF 30+ and Clear Acne Body Spray.


Signature brightly colored designs and patterns have elevated Joules to becoming one of the top trending lifestyle brands "Across the Pond". Bring their high quality styles to The States, Joules is lending British culture to the USA with "wellies" that are guaranteed to please. Look for the Joules fashion line to make dressing for work and play a way to "make the ordinary extraordinary".


Show your support, "Yoobi- the change". Yoobi, which is pronounced as “you-be,” means “one for you, one for me.” head over to Target, You Buy - Yoobi Gives. For any item that you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need in the United States. With your support, more students in more grades, more cities and more school districts will be helped out with the supplies needed to learn and be creative.

Earth's Best Organic

Getting kids to eat a well-balanced diet of all of the required daily amounts of anything is understated as a challenge. Thankfully, Earth’s Best Organic products make meals and snacks less of a daily challenge. Earth's Best Organic is committed "to protect the environment for generations to come." Featuring an organic product line inclusive of foods and personal care items for infancy though big kids, the new frozen foods and special diet products for families to enjoy. 

Ella's Kitchen

This family-based company has worked closely with a wide variety of experts– including nutritionists specializing in children’s diets, retailers, manufacturers and other organic baby food experts to provide families with the best of the best. Ella's Kitchen consults with everyday parents like ourselves and follows the lead of happy and healthy kids to develop a nutritious and delicious product line made from real fruits and veggies without preservatives, artificial flavors or colors.

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