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The Ultimate Back To School Guide #PTPABTS

“ I am part of the PTPA Back to School Brand Ambassador Program with Sphero, Lyve and Rich Products. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.”

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It’s time to send the kiddos back to school and this year we have a few things that we really think will make heading back to school a little easier.

We start off with packing lunch, I want to be sure I pack a lunch that is healthy and safe for everyone. Our school has a nut free policy so it’s nice to know there are options you can buy at stores that are nut free which means you can actually take them in as a treat for the entire class. Nut free frosted cookies from Rich Products are a great answer for every nut-free back to school snack fix. With Brooklin finally in Kindergarten, they made a grade wide rule, not peanut items at school. So many things has trace amounts, so its important we have to be aware. The Rich Products Nut Free Frosted Sugar Cookies are a great way to pack a tasty treat, making for a happy kid at the end of the day. Plus she knows she wont get more if she doesn’t eat all her food, problem solved!

I don’t know what its is a bout a beautifully made sugar cookie, but the Frosted Sugar Cookies from Rich Products were so moist, we had to put the container away. Our kids loved them and they made great delicious treats. Wasn’t hard to get our kids to do things with the reward possibly being a Frosted Sugar cookie!


Another back to school must have goes techie with the Sphero. The Sphero isn’t just your ordinary toy, this extraordinary robot is inspiring young innovators and educating them while they play. We actually ran into this some years back at an expo and wanted to get our hands on one! This thing is great to entertain ages 0-100+ years old.

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You start out by downloading the app on your iPhone or Android device. Drive Sphero, watch Sphero dance and interact within Sphero’s robotic world right through your phone. We have had so much fun with this little device. From just do free driving to playing the built in games, there are endless possibilities with Sphero. Whats great is we can sync it to both mom and dads phone and its easy to take places. Then the kids can do something active instead of just watching a screen. We’ve also had a lot of fun playing with our dogs, just be careful to watch any pets.

Sphero takes education seriously and there’s an easy way to get many students involved with the SPRK Education Program. It’s been a really great new way for my children to interact and play with a toy. It’s one of those things I wished we would have had sooner. We have even thought of things to do with it maybe during halloween and its great for night time play. With the rubber grip cover Nubby, Sphero can off road it in the grass and over obstacles. It’s all around fun in the best of ways!


I quickly saw how Sphero taught our daughter eye and hand coordination, to realize how to control a remote device by hand while watching it. It was challenging enough to keep her entertained time and time again, and add in a dog, the fun can go on and on for what seems like ever. Sphero is one of our favorite family toys because we can all have fun with it, but we also take it on trips for something to do, day or night, indoor and outdoors. Its a new family favorite!


The last must have for back to school will keep you organized and keep your photo memories together in one place all year. I know this time of year I am taking more photos than ever so I want to share them and actually enjoy them. I take so many pictures to be honest I some times worry about there they all are.

Lyve  Photo Video Storage Manager WiFi (3)

The Lyve  allows you to view your photos and videos from any mobile device via the Lyve app, with the full resolution originals safe on your LyveHome. That means you can save, view and store all of those first day of school photos right at home. It makes it easy to backup your phone, while also having a digital picture frame to share it all.

Lyve  Photo Video Storage Manager WiFi (2)

You can select and store your photos and view them from your computer and for your phone. You always have a place to store those photos so you can always make extra room on your phone if you need to. And the Lyve also works off a homes wi-fi system, so accessing it is easy anywhere, no relying off being close iwht some type of short range wireless setup, send your pictures to your LyveHome while on the road, and know their safe.

Lyve  Photo Video Storage Manager WiFi (4)

It’s easy to set up and even easier to use, I really have enjoyed being able to see our photos over and over again. I can see us changing out the photos and using this as a storage device often. This is also great for moms and dads and grandparents to know whats going on, just hook up your phone or computer to their LyveHome and send them pictures instantly, let them wake up to new images.

Lyve  Photo Video Storage Manager WiFi (1)

This year head back to school with the latest and hottest gear. I know I’m glad we found some new favorites to add to our back to school must haves!

The Full Back To School Guide


The giveaway winner will win one (1) LyveHome, one (1) Sphero and one (1) package of Rich Product’s Our Specialty Nut-Free Frosted Cookies.
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  1. shaunie on September 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Love the tech item. This is great for children and adults. Kids could play with to prevent to be bored and just to play with it

  2. shaunie on September 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Would have to say that love anything frosted . this is more than likely a product I will pick up

  3. Camesha on September 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Sweet giveaway! I could really use the storage for my images. My phone is overloaded with pictures!

  4. Barbie's Beauty Bits on September 4, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    What some great items! I especially like the Lyve, this is something that I need to get for all of my photo’s!

  5. Dina on September 4, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I love the photos for the iphone. I need that because i have too many on my phone! That’s awesome.

  6. Shannon Gosney on September 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Those look like some great products! I love the cookies and would love to have the Lyve!

  7. Shell on September 4, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    My kids would love that Sphero! Those cookies are making me hungry.

  8. Veronica on September 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Those are some really great products. My kids have been back to school for two weeks

  9. Christie on September 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Wow, these are definitely some great products! I’ve heard of the Sphero!

  10. Liz Mays on September 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

    The Lyve sounds like something most any household could use! And the Sphero is just plain fun.

  11. Krystal's Kitsch on September 4, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I just love my Lyve Home set! It is so easy to use and fun.

  12. Brandy on September 4, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Now that IS the ultimate back to school guide. Love it. I haven’t heard of some of those things before, thanks for sharing!

  13. Brett on September 4, 2014 at 6:55 am

    the LYVE is fabulous, isn’t it? we are loving it!

  14. melinda on September 4, 2014 at 6:38 am

    i love the picture frame. I think that would be a great gift

  15. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) on September 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    These sound like great products! I love the picture frame one! How neat that you can display whatever pictures you want, whenever! I need this!

  16. Carly Anderson on September 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    That Sphero looks really cool! I would love to have the Lyve, though!

  17. Danielle @ We Have It All on September 3, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I didn’t know those cookies were nut free. We have those at all of our stores, that’s good to know. And I love that sphero, very cool. I wonder how big the storage is on the Lyve device. That’s pretty cool.

  18. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition on September 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    That looks like a great way to teach kids hand eye coordination. Technology has really come a long way!

  19. Amanda on September 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    What great products and the cookies look so yummy too! I really love that clock!

  20. Rosey on September 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I really like that kind of photo storage. It’s like a digital frame? but better!

    And I laughed at the cookies. Those cookies get my kids excited when they see them in the store. All four of them like those!

  21. Marina on September 3, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    What a great way to show off all of those pictures we have on our cameras and tablets that we can never quite figure out what to do with. I love it.

  22. Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy on September 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Lyve is great! I have tons of digital pictures, but I’ve never had a good way to show them off before. Now I do. Love it.

  23. Tracey on September 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    These seem like great products! I was at a blogging conference this summer with the founder of PTPA!

  24. Pam on September 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Sphero seems like a lot of fun! And a great way to better hand eye coordination! I wish I had had it for my kids when they were little! The lyve seems like a great device, my daughter would love it! She always runs out of space for photos!

  25. deb on September 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I love the look of the Lyve photo product.

  26. Lisa on September 3, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Oh my gosh – I want the Lyve! Hadn’t heard of it until now but I have to have it 😀

  27. Dawn on September 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Lyve is so great! I’ve got digital pictures coming out of my ears, but I’ve never been able to do anything with them. Now I have a way to show off all those pictures.

  28. Lori Gunn on September 3, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Fantastic products abound, it appears, with the Sphero and Lyve. Pictures and fun are good for all of us.

  29. Chrystal @ YUM eating on September 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

    The Lyve looks like something I need to put on my Christmas list. I’ve worn out my digital photo frame.

  30. Debbie L. on September 3, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Davey would love the Sphero – I am sure DIggers their new puppy would too 🙂

  31. Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly on September 3, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Sphero looks fun, but mama needs that visa for a new michael kors handbag to store her essentials in of course! 😉

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  32. Robin (Masshole Mommy) on September 3, 2014 at 3:18 am

    The Sphero sounds really cool, but I don’t let my kids touch my phone, so I don;t think we can use it.

  33. Debbie Denny on September 3, 2014 at 3:16 am

    That is a great bunch of items. Awesome giveaway

  34. fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) on September 2, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    What fun products. I know my son would love the Sphero for sure.