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Let’s Go Back to School, Gluten-Free!
It’s the end of July, which means that either you’re going back to school shopping soon, or at least thinking about it. It’s back to school season!
Now, as a kid, this was my favorite time of the year. Every year, my aunt would take me on a shopping spree (or what I thought was a “spree” as a kid) and she’d buy me a few new outfits and stock up on school supplies. It was my favorite – just rolling down the aisles with her, picking out new pencils and locker supplies and stickers, and everything Lisa Frank humanly possible.
But now, I don’t have children, and asking my aunt to take me on a back-to-school shopping spree would make me feel pretty silly. I still get those tingles when I walk by the back to school aisles at Target, and always stop for a little browsing. I use less of those Lisa Frank binders, and more of branded notebooks from various brands I’ve worked with. Most of my work for blogging or the magazine is done online, and I buy all of my Macbook supplies (sadly, they’re so expensive!). But new paper, pens, notebooks, pens – they’re still my favorite.
I’ve partnered with Vitacost yet again to show you some of my favorite gluten-free back to school products. Gluten-free back to school? What’s gluten-free about pens and pencils? Well, those are covered. But what about back-to-school bath and beauty products for teenagers and those crazy hormones? Or new products to put in a lunchbox for kids of all ages? Don’t worry, Vitacost.com has you covered!
IN THE BATH
Smarty Pants makes gluten-free gummy vitamins for all sorts of people – women, men, pregnant ladies, teens, and kids. I chose the teen girl complete set of gummies because it includes important nutrients like Lutein and Zeaxanthin for eyeballs constantly glued to phones, Biotin, Vitamin D, Omega 3 Fish Oil, B12 and Folate.
Kids are smelly. I don’t have any, but I know kids. and they’re smelly. Many of my friends are teachers (seriously, bless their souls) and have kids of their own, and I’ve heard stories. I mean, I bet I was smelly once too. I should probably call my mom and ask about my smelliness. All I know is that I wore the WORST smelling deodorant. I wore like this awful baby powder smelling deodorant that was in a absurdly pink package that makes me cringe now. For this, I’ve included Goodwipes Body Wipes Travel Packs – perfect for backpacks or purses or lockers. Also, I’ve included a natural, unscented deodorant from Tom’s of Maine. It’s not in some wacky teen scent, but your kids’ teachers might thank you after being nasally assaulted by the overwhelming scent of Axe body spray all day. And, I mean, flushable wipes are a god send for those with celiac anyways.
Puberty brings even more fun with acne. I love Derma E products, and I’ve included Derma E Very Clean Acne Spot Treatment. Unlike the acne spot treatment I used as a kid, this one doesn’t burn my flesh off and is clear – you can’t even see it on. It’s safe to put on before school and at night. DermaE products are vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.
PS cats never need deodorant, however, they do get cat acne (cat-ne), and their breath smells like tuna like 24/7.
IN THE KITCHEN
I love working from home, but honestly, I do miss packing lunches for myself. I love unwrapping each item that was packed and prepared with love (for me, by me), and not being able to just dive into the cupboard at any time to get snacks (I’m a bit of a snack-a-holic). I also really love lunchboxes and adorably small containers that fit nearly nothing but are really cute. You know – practical. New Wave Enviro makes water pitchers that I use, and I like that they also make BPA-free lunchboxes and containers. I also love using glass, like the Lifefactory glass food storage with silicone sleeve, that is less likely to stain with foods like leftover spaghetti. Face it, we probably all have plastic that is now permanently dyed orange thanks to spaghetti.
Here’s what’s inside my Vitacost inspired lunchbox!
Schar Artisan Baker White Bread + SunButter + jam of choice
Annie’s gluten-free organic crispy snack bars
Crunch Master mulit-grain crisp crackers Snack Packs
Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips Snack Packs
Enjoy Life Foods Soft Baked Mini Cookies Snack Packs
Yum Earth organic fruit snacks in Tropical and Original
Fruit and vegetable pre-washed and cut
Reusable silverware and bamboo napkins
You can win my GLUTEN-FREE SNACKS to fill your lunchbox and all of these awesome gluten-free back-to-school BATH and BEAUTY goodies too! I’ve partnered with Vitacost to give this all away to one lucky person – valued at around $150!
Use the widget below to enter into the giveaway. US only please! If you’re a kid reading this, make sure your mom or dad enters for you if you’re not 18 yet (also, what are you reading a blog for? You’re way cooler than I was as a kid. Also, if you’re a kid, sorry I told you that you smell bad, but you probably do.).
Stick around for more BACK TO SCHOOL from Celiac and the Beast! We’ve got an awesome Back to School guide coming soon!
Tagged: Annie's, Back to School, Crunchmaster, Deodorant, Derma E, Enjoy life Foods, gluten free, Gluten Free Kids, Gluten Free Teens, Goodwipes, Smarty Pants, Sponsored, YumEarth
I love the Enjoy Life chips
I am a snack-o-holic so ANY GF snack would be awesome to win & try! 😄😉
I love glass containers for food! Makes so much sense.
The hygiene products for my sweet almost middle schooler..oh lord, the tween years are here. And the lunch box and containers for my almost kindergartner!! Both girls with Celiac deserve a little extra something special. xo
I’d love to try the Derma-E acne spot treatment!
Love Vitacost for my Gluten free vitamins, food, and hair/makeup!
I’d love to try YumEarth and Smarty Pants!
This giveaway is even extra great having a teen daughter!!!
I would love to try the Enjoy Life products.
Awesome giveaway!! My daughter would love this for back to school. She’s adjusted well to her gluten free life at 7 years old. But eats a lot of the same stuff. This is a good way to get her to try more things. Thank you!
Its nice to have a resource to go to and find GF alternatives to essentials for my kids.
I would love to win for myself and for my kids.
I would like to try the Enjoy Life products.
Excited to have the chance to win all of these items!
What an awesome giveaway!! I was just asking about lunch boxideas today!
Back to School School possibilities are so much healthier these days like Sunbutter & glass containers.
Would love to win this for my kids ! Haven’t tried the Schar bread yet .
An amazing giveaway for an allergy family and/or teacher!
I love the Crunchmaster crackers. I would love to try the bread.
Oooh the vitamin gummies for health and the Annie’s crispy snack bars! Looks fantastic!
Cookies and chips are always good.
Thanks for the chance to enter! My soon to be kindergartener has celiac disease. I’d love to win these awesome items to make her feel special on her first day!
I’m probably most excited about the Annie’s crispy snack bars…I really miss Rice Krispie treats!
Best of luck to everyone!
I’m most excited to try & win the Lifefactory glassware! I’ve been slowly working on throwing all Plastic containers out & replacing with glass, but it’s expensive, so it’s taking me time, haha. I also LOVE the Schar bread and the lunch bag is super cute!
I know my daughter loves almost all the Schär products – so anything from them!
Or crunchmaster…. because crisps!!!
We pack school lunches so the sun butter is perfect for sandwiches!
We love the SmartyPants Vitamins, and hygiene products for stinky kids are always appriciated.
So many great ideas and products here. And yes, they do tend to get smelly. Totally agreed!
I’m excited for the Schär bread and the smarty pants vitamins!
I am in need of these supplies!
Way to go Celiac and the Beast with Vitacoast!
So many of our favorite snacks, all in one awesome giveaway! Would love to win!
My kids love those vitamins!! If we win, I’ll take the snacks to school for teachers with students who are gluten free that way they’ll always have something on hand when the class is celebrating. ❤
I’m most excited about the acne treatment-Derma E Very Clear Acne Spot Treatment! Both my teens (and I on occasion) suffer with acne and I’m always looking for healthier products for our skin! And the Schar bread!!!
Yum Earth gummies and crunchmaster crackers are my fave!
The acne spot treatment or gummy vitamins!
I love the sunbutter! My girls go through it like crazy & it would be nice to win it 🙂
I am most excited about ;the Schar bread and sunbutter…I have not been able to find either in my area. The whole give away is worth being excited about…thanks for the chance.
I would like to try the acne spot treatment
Definitely the glass container!
Annie’s gluten-free organic crispy snack bars.
I want to try the Soft Baked Mini Cookies Snack Packs
Yum Earth snacks!!
I’m most excited about the enjoy life cookies, and the containers, because it’s glass… and I just love cookies!!!
However, I’m afraid I won’t get all nine entries in because I don’t have instagram, I did when it wasn’t connected to Facebook, but since I lost interests in instagram and didn’t have a phone to take and post photos with, felt no need for it… but I’ll try to put in as many as possible.
The bread and sunbutter looks good