If you haven’t already guessed, I am on the left and Loren is on the right. Both of us have kids returning to school this week and I thought it only fitting to stroll down memory lane before sending our kids off to their first day. Ahhh, aren’t school pictures fun?!? Go ahead, have a laugh on our behalf!

I have to be honest, I got totally lucky with all 3 kids this year who wanted to reuse their backpack from last year. However, most of my history consists of waiting until the last minute only to find that everyone’s favorite gear is completely sold out. Not a great start.

Hopefully, there are a few great picks for all ages on today’s post and I have motivated you to get those essential purchases made!

I have often wondered when kids would want or should need a backpack with wheels? If you have pondered the same question Forbes.com states, Your child’s backpack should weigh no more than 15 percent of their body weight and be no wider than their body or fall below the pant line even when fully packed.

Have a great start to the school year and for those of you who have lived in sweltering heat all summer like me….Fall is just around the corner! What’s your favorite “1st day of school” memory?

– ali