Giveaway: Our Essential Picks for Back-to-School from Target

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This weekend I have a fun giveaway for you from Target:  our picks for back-to-school essentials!

Last week I reported on our family”s back-to-school shopping trip.  You might recall there was a noticeable difference between what mom considers an essential for back-to-school and what the kids believe is essential.  Perhaps it is that way in your home, too?

Target is partnering with me this weekend to give one lucky reader my must-have and the kids” must-have pick for back-t0-school (up to a $100 combined value).


My Back-to-School Essential Pick

The thing I’ve been most happy that we purchased, my back-to-school essential for 2013, is a large white board and the  colored dry erase markers and post-it notes that compliment the existing color coding system I use for my family.  This is Fleck Family Command Central during the school year.

Jillian”s Back-to-School Essential Pick

Jillian”s most essential thing for back-to-school 2013 is she picked out that has .  She’s ready for back to back club meetings and field trips and looks super cute (which is very important when you are eleven).

To Enter

Ready to win the goodies from Target you need to make your own family command center PLUS a super cool backpack with coordinating lunch box?

To enter:  simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your back-to-school most essential item is.  Good luck!

This giveaway will end at midnight EST Saturday August 24, 2013. The winner will be announced in this Sunday”s Link Love post.

Fine Print:  this giveaway is open to US residents only at this time. But don”t worry, I”ve got another back-to-school giveaway coming up for everyone very soon.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Around here, we all need new notebooks, mom and dad included.

  2. An big huge wall calendar to start a family command center of our own, among the usual items – pencils, crayons, markers, folders, notebooks.

  3. My planner is the most essential thing we need so we can stay on top of all of our daily activities!

  4. Lots and lots of pencils.

  5. Our essentials are pens, mechanical pencils, glue sticks and clip boards!

  6. neuyear. net calendar: it is a huge poster size calendar that we put on the wall where we can all see the whole year at a glance. With an organizationally challenged husband, the fact that the calendar is one place always is fantastic! Also, he cannot move it.

  7. Our back-to-school essentials are a giant lap desk for working on the couch together, and some new reusable snack bags.

  8. Cute backpack and pencils, and snacks!

  9. Virginia gal says:

    Essentials include new lunch boxes each year because the old ones are always beat down and a new three ring binder. And no matter how many pencils I buy we can never find one when we need it!

  10. enough lunchboxes and reusable containers for lunches and snacks for all the kids.

  11. Great giveaway thanks! we need a whole list of things from Target crayons markers pencils binders we need it all!

  12. A big preschoolin’ planner to help mommy dip her toe in the homeschooling waters and more crafting supplies for the kids– We’re gonna need more paint!

  13. Kimberly J says:

    A great planner and pencils!

  14. Lots of paper , pencils, markers, rulers and much more.

  15. Melodie Booton says:

    This year it was those new washable dry erase markers and pencils. And washable markers. My girl’s in kindergarten, but we’ve got a 2 year old that really likes to use those markers, too!

  16. Notebooks and automatic pencils!

  17. we need paper! construction paper, printer paper, water color paper, ALL THE PAPER!!!
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  18. Pencils, dry erase markers and our binders :)

  19. Our back-to-school essentials include LOTS of notebooks and folders! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Probably crayons!

  21. Post-it’s are SUPER high on my list as well! I never have enough. : )
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  22. You can’t go wrong with a new box of crayons!

  23. Maria Luna says:

    Yey!! Our most essential is paper. white, construction, recycled, anything that can lend itself to snowflakes, airplanes, paper dolls, writing, drawing. Posterboard is so important too as we love HUGE letters! Good luck everyone!

  24. Our essential BTS item is probably new running shoes – 2 pairs each! Our school requires a pair left there for “indoor shoes”, so each growth spurt requires 2 new pairs. Sigh – my little hobbits feet have surely grown this summer…
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  25. Just starting out homeschooling this year… We needed lots of paper and crayons and markers and pencils and colored pencils (my sons favorite new school supply!)

  26. This year is our first year with school so it’s not really “back” to school – but for my daughter I really need to get her a lunch box/bag of some sort so we can take our lunch along when we go on our Classical Conversation days! :)

  27. Katy Gowen says:

    Lots of crafting supplies!

  28. Our daughter just started high school.
    She needed a very dependable back pack.

  29. How can I get it down to one essential for our homeschool. I guess one thing would be the kids get to pick out a new folder and a new spiral each year and mama gets to get a new planner!!!
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  30. Pencils, crayons, glue sticks and new shoes!

  31. Tiffany Blair says:

    We always need new lunch packing essentials! This year we are experimenting with hot foods in fun Thermos’s!

  32. For me it’s a good planner and some nice pens!

  33. Great writing pens, pencils and highlighters are our essentials. Thanks for the chance!
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  34. We have one going to college and one in fourth grade. The college girl needed a backpack….not too big, not too small, and tough as nails. We homeschool the younger and go through dry erase markers and water color paper like crazy.

  35. Pens, paper and good books!

  36. We are knee-deep in preschool/early grades so lots of paper, crayons, and wipes for messy hands!

  37. My most important back to school item is coffee for mama! Or lots and lots and lots of books from the library.

  38. New “cool” notebooks!
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  39. our MOST essential item is pencils! we can never seem to have enough. thanks for the opportunity to win!! :)

  40. Pencils!!! Where do they disappear too?

  41. Planner, pencils and notebooks.

  42. Ours is a backpack that won’t swallow our little brand-y new kindergartner!

  43. We need mechanical pencils, lots of them. They are the pencils my kids prefer and they lose them all the time. I should buy stock in papermate for as often as I have to run to Target to replenish them.

  44. We got through lots of Crayola markers here.

  45. My kindergartner’s essential school supply is an Angry Birds backpack. More importantly, I stocked up on his prescription for Auvi-Q (a new epinephrine injector, similar to the Epipen) and will make sure his teachers and school administrators know when/how to use it in case of an allergic reaction.
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  46. Coffee! Lots of prayer! And the pencil sharpener. :)

  47. Katherine says:

    For me an essential is our Family Binder so I gather any new supplies to keep it organized. For the kids, it’s definitely new lunchboxes, new rain gear (they go outside 3x a day in all weather) and new clothes.

  48. Michelle White says:

    My son is in 1st so jumbo pencils and erasers were our must have this year.

  49. seems like around here it is markers & glue

  50. I couldn’t believe how many glue sticks are on the lists for my 3 children (two first graders and a kindergardener)!
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