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May 19, 2024

Things We Like: Buzz Box Edition

Back to school is upon us. Check out these great products that can help make back to school back to COOL!

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Bobbi-Toads Paintable Shoes

Perfect for expressing yourself, Bobbi-Toads Paintable Sneakers can be painted with any nail polish, over and over again, just like real nails! When you’re ready to switch up your style, simply use nail polish remover to take the old polish off, and you can repaint your Bobbi-Toads sneakers to match any outfit or mood! Available in seven exciting designs, in sizes 11 (Little Kid) to size 6 (Big Kid). New Bobbi Dobbiez are also available – adorable and portable plush buddies you can take on any adventure. The small, 2-3? accessories feature a detachable base/clip, which can fasten to almost anything — just slip, clip, and go!


Kip’s Allergy-Friendly Snacks

Make room for a delicious, allergen-free snack in your lunchbox! Baked with integrity and packed with goodness, Kip’s Granola Bark is a versatile and tasty snack that can be enjoyed anywhere! The Granola Bark comes in two mouthwatering flavors, Cinnamon Crunch and Cocoa Crunch, and can be topped with your child’s favorite seed butter or dipped into chocolate or yogurt! Kip’s is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and offers a great source of fiber from flaxseeds and gluten-free oats. Most importantly, Kip’s Allergy-Friendly Snacks are free of the top eight allergens, including peanuts, nuts, wheat, dairy, soy and egg. Certified gluten-free, vegan and kosher. Kip’s Allergy-Friendly Snacks can be purchased online at and on


Wild Willett Food Fruit Flavored Jerky

Food that fuels growing bodies! New, innovative and tasty … Wild Willett Food Fruit Flavored Jerky is a new take on traditional jerky that offers a protein-packed snack that is perfect anytime, anywhere! Available in three delicious, kid-friendly flavors, including Sassy Strawberry, Playful Papaya and Spunky Savory, the jerky is gluten-free, non-GMO, and does not contain MSG or nitrates. The jerky has 6 – 7 grams of protein, too! Tuck it in a backpack, lunchbox or sports bag for portable snacking on-the-go. Learn more at


Dabbawalla Lunch Bags


Flexible, strong and durable, Dabbawalla Lunch Bags are perfect for young children heading off to school! All lunch bags feature a sturdy handle and two interior mesh pockets; and are roomy enough to fit lunch, a water bottle and snacks. Each insulated bag is made from sustainable material that is degradable, recyclable and 100 percent toxic-free, lead-free, BPA-free, and no phthalates or PVC. Moms love that the bags are machine washable, too! Available in a multitude of cheerful, fun designs.


ZizzyBee Bags   

Stay organized this school season with ZizzyBee Bags! These eco-friendly, mesh bags are an ideal alternative to plastic bags! Whether you use them for keeping school supplies neat and tidy or for small foods and snacks in your child’s lunch box, the bags zip close easily! ZizzyBee Bags are available in a variety of bright, bold designs and three sizes.


Handzies Soap + Water Wipes

Get a ‘soap and water clean’ anytime, anywhere! Individually packaged and perfect for on-the-go, Handzies Soap + Water Wipes give you fresh, clean hands using only natural castile soap, water and essential oils. Say goodbye to harsh hand sanitizers, Handzies do not contain alcohol, BZK, triclosan, artificial perfumes or dyes. Gentle for use by the entire family!


ROCK THE LOCKS Conditioning Detangler

Make morning routines easier with ROCK THE LOCKS conditioning detangler! Designed with children in mind, ROCK THE LOCKS tames the toughest tangles while conditioning and adding body and moisture. Infused with essential oils and super fruit complex for shine. Contains no parabens, phthlates or alcohol. Available in two scents kids love, including Pineapple Banana and Green Apple.


Piggy Paint Non-Toxic Nail Polish

Piggy Paint is a non-toxic, virtually odorless nail polish. It’s safe for all ages and a great alternative to solvent-based nail polishes! This advanced water-based formula leaves little nails healthy and does not cause them to yellow or become brittle. Free of ALL harsh chemicals, Piggy Paint is eco-friendly, vegan, cruelty-free and made in the USA. Available in a gorgeous array of colors and sets, including Scented for back-to-school fun. $7.99 and up. Made in the USA.

Colour-A-Puppet from Great Pretenders

As alive and vibrant as the children who put on the performances! These puppets will nourish any active imagination. Each kit comes with two reversible puppets; four characters to jump off the adventures. Using the six markers included, these puppets will come to life to get the stories started. Get ready to be entertained by all the shows these puppets will inspire. Characters include: Princess, Wizard, Prince and Dragon. Best of all, each puppet is machine washable!

2019-2020 Academic Planner from Order Out of Chaos

An academic planner that gives all students – both those with learning challenges and the most able learners — an easy way to see time so they can learn to manage it. The planner’s patented design allows students to see when assignments are due and tests scheduled ALONGSIDE after-school commitments and free blocks of time.


About the Author

Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).