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Gap Sparkle Backpack

Your kid is sure to sparkle at school with this backpack from Gap. Credit: gap.com It may seem like you're just getting into the swing of summer, but back to school shopping season is already upon us. New clothes, new shoes, new...Shine on with this sparkling backpack style.

Boy Gives Up Sexy Backpack After Principal Gets Excited ... That Is, 'Upset'

Is this backpack too crass for class? Credit: District School Board of Pasco County
A variety of colorful and popular characters appear on children's backpacks. You have your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You have Dora the Explorer. You have...
Whoever that is on his backpack, it's not Dora the Explorer.

Organizing System Leaves You Tangle-Free

Flexible bands create flexible storage. Credit: Cocoon
Every once in a while, a product comes along that you think will revolutionize your life. That's exactly how we feel about the GRID-IT! organizer system. Each GRID-IT! organizer is made...

Happy Helperz: Making Chores More Fun for Kids

We're all looking for ways to simplify our lives, do more activities together as a family, and to make our homes happy and productive spaces. Heidi Girvan, a former primary-school teacher and mother of three young children, did more than just...

Camping while pregnant

Some friends -- part of the same group we went with last time -- are organizing another camping trip. This time, it's the last weekend in April. Naturally, I want to go. Rachel, however, is complaining that it is close to her due date and she doesn't...

Camping with kids

So we finally got to go camping and all I can say is I'm sorry we didn't go sooner. (Thanks for all the great advice!) It's a little late in the year now to be thinking about going again, even for me, but come next spring, you can bet your bottom...

Product Recall: Cars-themed backpack game pieces

Global Design Concepts Inc., of New York, N.Y., in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling the Magnetic Game Pieces sold with their "Cars" Themed Backpacks. There are small magnets inside the game pieces...

Going campin'

Back in the day, I used to do a lot of camping and backpacking. When I say a lot, I mean a lot. As in, leading trips for the Sierra Club. As in knowing the exact weight of every piece of gear I owned (baby scales are good for that). As in, having had...

Clipping lunch

As part of the vast array of clothes, stationery, and other supplies Rachel bought for Jared to get his school year off to a good start, Jared got a new backpack and lunchbox. The two of them are a matched set from the Disney store and the lunchbox...

Are backpacks history?

It seems that these days, kids aren't so interested in backpacks for their school gear. Messenger bags are the new style, according to the Star Tribune. Kids are eschewing the traditional two-strap pack for the hip look of a beat-up messenger bag. If...

Endings and beginnings

It seems like just last week I wrote about Ellie's last day of kindergarten. We were both so sad that day, crying together in the back seat of my car. Next week, she starts first grade at a new school - and this time I am the only one who is feeling...

School craft: Backpack tags

This September (why so late, Texas?), both of my children will be heading down the street to the Mother's Day Out preschool program, or, as one commenter once referred to it, "glorified babysitting." Just for the record, it isn't glorified...

Back to school shopping? Try this Star Wars Chewbacca backpack

I was a total nerd in school. And, like most nerdy kids, I made the mistake of trying to be cool -- when, let's be honest, it was never going to happen. What I should've done was embrace my geekiness, proudly declaring to both the popular kids and...

Back to school awesomeness: Darth Vader backpack

If you're thinking of getting your son or daughter some lame old Eddie Bauer backpack or glitzy Trapper Keeper like all the other kids -- think again. Why would let your child carry something so bland when he or she could, in fact, be the coolest kid...

Product Recall: Baby Trend Back Pack Carriers

Baby Trend Inc., of Ontario, California, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling their Baby Trend Back Pack Carriers. The stitching on the straps can loosen or detach; this may cause the carrier to move...

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