Giveaway: 3 Backpacks full of back-to-school supplies from Boogie Wipes
This September, Mazzy is going to her first year of kindergarten. Also, her last year of kindergarten. Unless she fails cutting and pasting, which (judging by the mess she leaves at home) is VERY POSSIBLE.
Prior to kindergarten, Mazzy’s back-to-school supplies consisted of dry underwear and a change of clothes. Things this year are a little different. There are actual notebooks involved. Writing implements even. Maybe even a ruler. Or as Mazzy likes to call it, “a measuring stick”. Also, yesterday was the first time she had ever seen a sharpener. So much to learn!
I also found out our growing pile of animal character backpacks, which I thought would really be put to use once kindergarten starts, are too small for notebooks and now useless. Well, I guess Harlow can carry her dry underwear in them to pre-pre-school. Actually, what am I talking about? Harlow is in diapers. We've got tons of toddler diaper bags then? Whatever.
In any case, I had to buy what they call a "grade school sized backpack".
MIKE: Why did you buy a new backpack? Don’t we have twenty of them thanks to that toddler backpack review you did a few years ago?
ME: Yes. But *SOB* Mazzy is not a *SOB* toddler anymore….
Besides the standard pencils and paper and crayons and erasers, etc. every back-to-school list tells you to bring a pack of tissues. Except Mazzy hates tissues. She prefers to let her snot drip freely until it eventually reaches her sleeve. She’s also a big fan of letting boogers crust up around her nose to remain there for all eternity. I’m sure this will make her really popular in school!
The best solution we’ve come up with is packing a to-go case of Boogie Wipes in her bag. Mazzy loves the grape flavor and I love that they are made with saline so they work to dissolve the crusties instead of just shifting them around a bit. They are also pediatrician recommended, super soft and don't irritate her nose, so hopefully she’ll choose to use them herself as opposed to waiting for someone to wipe her nose for her.
For some reason, I don’t think her new teacher is going to be on Dried Booger Alert nearly as much as I am.
To make back-to-school shopping a little easier, Boogie Wipes and I got together to create a giveaway, including everything your little kindergartener needs, including a 30 count pack of Boogie Wipes, which comes in your choice of one of five scents— Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol (for extra stuffy noses), Simply Unscented and Boogieberry.
The backpacks and back-to-school items have all been hand selected by me (with a few alternative options for the backpack and the notebooks, since I know not everybody loves pink as much as Mazzy). I spent a good two hours at Target picking all this stuff out, so I hope you like it! I found the grade school backpacks on Amazon.
I’m giving away three complete backpacks full of all the stuff in the photo above (which includes a backpack, a full set of crayons, washable markers, and colored pencils)— one on the blog (to enter, just leave a comment below telling me your hopes and/or fears for your child's school year ahead), one on instagram (watch for details on @mommyshorts, ) and one directly on facebook (see details on the Mommy Shorts facebook page), giving you three chances to win.
You can find the full rules and regs here.
Winners will be announced on Thursday, August 21st. Hopefully with enough time to prepare for kindergarten.
I'm talking about preparing your children, obviously. My fellow moms I cannot help.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Lindsay O who is praying her son won't hit, bite or rub his snot on someone on the first day of school. She is the blog post winner. The winner on facebook is Michelle Gengler who is hoping her girls don't have any missing-mommy-meltdowns and the winner on Instagram is @brookebov.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize and good luck to your kids on their first day of school!
This post was sponsored by Boogie Wipes, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
My daughter starts Kindergarten this year as well! I’ve been keeping it together so far but I started crying this morning when I realized it was her last day of daycare! 🙁 I might need those wipes way more than my daughter!
my daughter is starting pre-school and loves the idea of putting stuff in her backpack!
here’s hoping that she continues to love it post the initial ‘newness’ phase 🙂
My oldest is about to start Kindergarten, too. He already told me that he doesn’t want to go because he thinks it will be “too much hard work.” Apparently, he thought preschool was really rough. My biggest hope is that he actually starts to enjoy learning.
We’re in the realm of being an old 5 for K because of a Dec birthday (strict cutoffs here for being 5 by Sept 1 for K), so hopefully he doesn’t turn into a bored troublemaker in his third year of preschool.
Betsy we had the same problem. My daughter will be turning 6 right after she starts because our cut off was super strict and we missed it by only 3 days!
My baby… er, I mean toddler starts preschool this fall. I’m hoping she doesn’t bring too many crafting herpes (aka glitter) projects home. Girl came back from her “summer camp” program with glitter all over her face and didn’t even have any glitter projects to take home! WTH!
In all seriousness, I hope she makes new friends. She’s an only and we don’t know anyone nearby with kids her age. She’s great with adults she knows and I’d love to see her blossom socially with other kids too.
Quinn’s not in school yet, but we’re gonna start doing some at home preschool and I’m mostly worried I won’t be a good teacher.
I hope my first grader gets a strict teacher :). Last years class was chaos and my “structured” kid was a basket case.
My daughter is starting kindergarten this year too. I am hoping it goes really well for her as we also just found out she needs glasses! So much new stuff at once!
I hope my son makes lots of friends and is one of the “good kids” in class.
I have two daughters who love pink (and purple). One is starting first grade and one is starting nursery (pre pre K). I hope the first grader and I survive the homework experience because there was no homework in Kindergarten.
My son is a first born, has a strong personality and is older than many of his friends. I hope he’s faced with other strong personalities that will tone down his overbearing (at times) personality and bossiness.
My daughter is going into 1st grade this year, a full day of learning rather than the half day from last year. I hope she has a teacher that actually engages with her this year so I’m not told that she didn’t do ANY work at school! I’m hoping maybe, just maybe, she might be able to actually sit and do her worksheets BEFORE visiting with the other kids. Last year she was thrilled to have a captive audience. 🙁
My son is going to 1st grade and my daughter moves to the 3s room at her daycare… looking forward to another great year of learning and making new friends! And hoping that homework-doing is less of a struggle than last year! lol
I hope my 2nd grader makes friends and keeps her hands to herself (she loves to hug).
My son starts kindergarten this year, and I can’t even really think about it without tearing up. I hope that he has fun, I don’t want his first introduction to school to be negative! I hope that he will be helpful and kind to the kids in his class and not treat them like he does his sister. I hope that he’ll enjoy learning and look forward to going every day. I fear that he’ll lose his lunch box and water bottle and boots and mittens and that I’ll spend a fortune just keeping him fed and clothed appropriately for the weather.
I am hoping that school lives up to my daughters expectations…. she is so excited and I hope it stays that way!
I also hope no one picks and eats their nose
My twins are starting home school this year out of necessity because of the area we live in. My biggest fear is having to teach them myself! (And don’t discount us home schoolers as needing supplies. It’s astounding how expensive this is. Ugh.)
My husband had the same reaction about all the cute little backpacks around the house not being big enough for any real functionality. Oh well. Kids are a blast to waste money on.
My daughter missed the cutoff by 5 days, so chose to send her to private K at the local catholic school. It was a bit pricey but better than having her bored! She then moved to a public school for grade 1. She’s doing just fine being with the peer her age! For some kids it’s great they have the option of holding them back, but frustrating for those who are ready early!
My oldest is starting kindergarten in a week. My fears are that he’s the youngest in his class. In Texas we have a September 1st cut off and he turns 5 August 23rd! 🙁 little fish, big sea. He also has been home with my for 5 years outside of a day or two a week for preschool so it is hard to send him of full time. I won’t have my little buddy with me everyday. He’s had preschool prep though and loved his experiences so my hopes are he takes it like a champ as he has done in his previous school programs. I am so not ready for this big transition!
My son is going into the 4th grade, you would think by now that the beginning of school wouldn’t be so horrible for me. WRONG. We are in a walking zone, and he has announced he wants to ride his bike…no more getting walked to school for him. This makes my heart break. I will miss our alone time to, and sometimes from school. I dont want my baby to grow up!!!!
I caught one of mine *snacking* on hers the other day. I said, “don’t! that’s gross!” To which she replied, “Have you tried it?” and stuck another one in. Ew. Just ew.
My step-son attends special classes at his current school which are great for his learning needs. However, he will have to switch schools soon, and I hope his new school will be able to address his needs as well. I also hope he meets new and kind friends there.
I hope my son has a smooth transition from kindergarten to full day first grade this year!
My son had his first 1/2 day of kindergarten today. He and the teacher said it went really well. He’s been very excited to get out of daycare and start kindergarten. Hopefully his excitement continues!
We already have back packs for this year but the North Face mini freefall fits regular sized notebooKs and doesn’t look gigantic on lIttle kiddos.
I’m hoping my daughter isn’t the only kid in preschool that sometimes forgets to take off her undies before she pees. Yikes.
I like to keep my expectations reasonable, so this year I’m just hoping that both of my kids stay healthy on the first day of school…and neither one requires an ambulance ride, which actually happened on my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. I’ll just take a nice, typical first day thanks!
I hope my daughter stops crying during drop off.
I hope she loves school…she’s never been before. I hope I don’t lose it when I drop her off the first day. I fear I’m going to miss having her by my side all day everyday.
I hope that my kids have a smooth transition into their new year and that they continue to love learning.
We are entering preschool once again for our final year .
I have watched him grow each day and I’m so proud of him. I hope he continues to enjoy learning and interacting with his peers. My fears will come next year as he goes to “big boy” school and on the school bus! I wish I could go but like my husband says ” you need to cut that umbilical cord sometime. ”
I hope that my daughter doesn’t boss everyone around
Keeping our lice-free streak! (I hope this only posts once, technical difficulties! )
My hope is that my son makes new friends.
I have had an in home preschool for the past 7 years. My daughter has been here since she was born and now she’s 4. I am pregnant with our second and decided it was time to close my doors and spend more time with her this last year before Kindergarten. However, my biggest fear is that because she’s been so used to having a playmate every day since she was born that she’s going to be bored! We are talking about sending her somewhere part time just to fight off that boredom. Here’s hoping we made the right decision!
I hope my son doesn’t give in to peer pressure and sticks up for the things he likes and dislikes.
We’re looking forward to our first year of preschool! We’re hoping our spirited ginger keeps his cool in school!
Hoping for no tears and no more getting sick!
I hope my second grader has less worksheets and more hands on learning, he goes to a great school but I’m afraid of what we are in for with Common Core and standardized tests.
I hope my son does not stab anyone like he did last year in preschool.
I am instituting a “wash your hands when you get to school” rule for the WHOLE CLASS to decrease the inevitable viral illnesses we will all get. My fear is that no one will do it and we will be sick for two months.
I just hope my little one learns to love school and all the new possibilities it will bring.
My daughter just finished her first week of kindergarten, and it went surprisingly well!! Everyday she has been so excited about telling me about her day…I hope it continues for the rest of the year (and through her high school years)!!
This year I’m hoping my son’s speech delay won’t interfere too much with school. It’s been a work in progress and sometimes he gets frustrated since he can’t let us know everything he wants but I’m hoping the teachers have patience with him and he flourishes.
I’m hoping the snobby/whiney girl in my daughters class doesn’t rub off on her!
I hope the kids are nice… I’m scared…
Our daughter is starting her second year of pre school & I hope she stays engaged in school. She picked up so much last year that I’m afraid she’ll be bored this year.
I hope my 1st grader will learn to read and that he won’t run into too much trouble because he’s still learning.
I hope my 4th grader won’t get caught up in all the 4th grade girl drama.
My son is starting preschool this year. My hope for him is that he meets all kinds of new friends! (And that he learns how to share)!
I’m going back to work & just hope my son feels loved & cared for so he can develop & learn to the best of his abilities.
Someone to wash her after she pees! It’s been a challenge teaching her that.
I’m just hoping my boys will make friends and that the youngest will learn to share!
Our first baby, having another primary care giver for the first time for a long stretch of time!
I’m excited for my kiddo to stat new friendships and come home with arts & craft projects I can hang on the fridge!
I’m terrified that Birdy is going to eat glue sticks. She’s already the kid that licks everything and we *just* broke her from being the booger-eater. This stuff happens in threes, right?
My son is going to junior kindergarten this year. At a new school. We just moved and the summer has been hard on him. I just hope he settles into his new school and enjoys it.
I’m sure Harlow would love to carry a back-pack. All the better to conceal her grocery store loot. 🙂
My daughter is a talker. And by that I mean a big fat blabber mouth. I hope she doesn’t spill the beans to her teacher about all of Mommiy’s dirty little secrets (e.g. “Mommy likes to Facebook and respond to blog posts while pooping”) cause that would just be downright embarrassing.
I want her to make some New friends. She’s at a new school and won’t really know anyone.
I hope my son gets along nicely with all the other children.
I really hope the K5 teacher is more patient than me when it comes to teaching this kid to read. I also hope that I’m patient enough to help her learn to read.
My son is starting kindergarten in a couple weeks we are moving this upcoming week. I’m honestly just hoping we are settled in time. That is all I can focus on. Let’s just survive this moment people!!! We also moved the week after he was born so yeah we do NOT have the best track record for convenient times to pack up your life and move it somewhere else.
I hope that my friends’ children have a happy and healthy school year!
My daughter is starting new school. She’s worried about making new friends.
My son just started in the 2 year old room at school and now I am FREAKING out about him being only 1 year away from preschool where he will be expected to act like a human and stuff. He is just a BABY!!!!
My fear is that she will be scared and not want to how anymore! She is a very out-there kid, once she gets to know everyone.
My son is starting at a new school, a special program at the elementary school. He’s almost three and autistic and I’m hoping he’ll not miss beat making progress.
Our town passed full day K just in time for my son to start this year! Hoping for an easy transition!
My son starts Pre-K this year. My hope is that he will learn to write his letters and name (he’s almost there)!
This is the twins (and our last ones to go to school) first year of school:( This will be their first time possibly being split up. Im excited for that, but equally nervous! Full day kindergarten here they come!
Well, fortunately, my little still has a couple of years before she starts kindergarten, but I’m hoping that she’ll learn to share this year in preschool ( she’s an only child *** gasp*** ).
My hopes and fears for my kids this year is how we will keep all their schedules straight! We have 5 kids, 4 of whom are in school, and each child is at a different school this year. (We have a K-3 school, a 4-5 school, a middle school and the high school! Insane, I know)
Add in two boys doing football, one girl doing soccer and our high schooler doing volleyball and FFA, and this mom is gonna be a little nutso by next June! Plus our 3 year old is desperate to go to preschool. I just want him to stay home with me and cuddle…
I hope my son’s teacher is good. I’ve heard people don’t like her. But he likes her so far, and as long as she’s a good teacher, I don’t care is she is kinda witchy to adults.
I hope my son’s teacher is good. I’ve heard people don’t like her. But he likes her so far, and as long as she’s a good teacher, I don’t care is she is kinda witchy to adults.
My three year old is starting preschool and my biggest fear is that she will either hate it or love it so much she forgets to use the potty and pees her pants. 🙁
I hope my daughter LOVES her Kindergarten class.
My daughter is starting PRESCHOOL next week!!! I am so excited for her to make new friends!!! And get all smart and stuff. LOL.
My fear is my son having to ride the school bus after school from the school to the YMCA after school program. He’s only 7 and in the 2nd grade. Although he is very mature for his age and I trust his judgement, I do not trust this cruel world and the many unkind people in it. However, I know it will teach him responsibility and I am happy about that.
We’re sending my son to pre-k instead of kindergarten and I am so afraid that by making this choice we are somehow messing him up FOR LIFE! I am almost 100% positive this is the right choice for him, but I still have a little doubt to make me crazy!
I’m just hoping my girls will love their teachers and make new friends
Pray he won’t hit/bite/rub his snot on someone.
Here’s to my second chance at winning! My kid started kindergarten this week. I cried making her lunch the night before so I wouldn’t embarrass her by doing it on the first day. But! I have many hopes and fears. I hope to god she doesn’t drink water from the water fountains. I pack her two water bottles everyday. Also hope she isn’t making friends with that kid who repeated kindergarten. I hope she doesn’t pick her nose in front of everyone. I’ve already told her that if she eats her boogers, she’s going to die. What can I say, extreme consequences seem to work out.
I have two starting high school and one starting kindergarten. My kindergartener has never been away from me. She is excited and I am scared! I know she will do great and love it but I am on pins and needles thinking about her gone all day without her mommy. 🙁
My daughter is starting kindergarten this year, as well. She will be turning 6 a few weeks after class starts, so I’m worried that she won’t be challenged enough. She already was way ahead in preK, but she had fantastic teachers that kept up with her yearning for learning. 😉 Overall, my main worry is that we will be leaving Germany very soon, my husband is active duty in the USAF and he is medically retiring, this means my daughter will have to be the “new kid” in her next kindergarten class when we move. I’m scared of the new adjustment for her. She has made a lot of friends here and will be going to school with them, only to have to start over again someplace else.
Good luck to Mazzy on her new adventure! 🙂
my son starts kindergarten on wednesday 🙁 last day of summer camp today and i cried. my biggest fear is him getting picked on.
I have my oldest starting her junior year in highschool, my middle starting 7th grade and my little man starting prek!! I’m just hoping for easy transitions!! 3 the hard way!! Lol!
What if she gets sad and needs me 🙁
First year she’ll be going 5 days a week… not sure how well this is going to go.
Mine are simple. I just hope to get through the school year with my son’s confidence in tact and his kindness having been shown to all the kids. Not just the ones that make it easy to be kind.
My daughter is starting kindergarten this year… so nerve-wracking yet exciting! I hope she will continue to have enthusiasm for learning, and my fear is for her tendency towards anxiety. I hope this new experience will not make her more anxious and instead will help her grow! Good luck to Mazzy 🙂
These will be super helpful. I dont have a little one going to school this year but the supplies would be nice for at home crafting. Also i noticed that the rules say you have to share on twitter but not facebook. I dont have a twitter so will a facebook share count?
I have 3 daughters. My youngest is starting kindergarten, the middle is starting fourth grade, and my oldest will be in middle school. I hope that my youngest child doesn’t get sent to the principals office daily. I hope my middle child doesn’t give her teachers too much grief! And I hope my oldest can maintain confidence and grace as she navigates middle school and adolescence.
Well, given the fact that I had to call across the gymnasium (during Kindergarten Readiness Testing) “Eva, sweetheart, don’t tell the kids the answers, let them figure it out for themselves!” My biggest fear is that she is going to be the kid always in trouble for interrupting the class because she is impatient.
My youngest son will be in third grade this year and my biggest fear is that it’s going by too fast! Being the baby of the family, I can’t help but want to keep him little forever. It’s tough, but I know I’m raising him to be a caring, independent and respectful gentlemen.
My daughter’s still a baby, but she’ll be starting occupational therapy in the next few months – which is kind of like school… for me 🙁
I hope that my new Kindergartener is kind to her classmates and retains her enthusiasm for life!
I am hoping my son gets along well with his teachers and has some friends in his class. I am trying to keep my anxiety in check waiting for them to post the class lists on the school doors.
Hoping our first year of homeschooling goes well!!