Disclosure: I received product in partnership with Canadian Tire and Sport Chek. However, all views and opinions are genuine and my own.
We are nearing the start of back-to-school and summer is slowly winding down. As the nights grow a bit cooler, that means the excitement for the new school year is well underway in our household. Both of my kids are excited about their new grades and they can’t wait to see who their teachers will be this year. We always make sure they are well prepared and comfortable each school year, and this year is no different.
We are fortunate to be starting the school year on the right foot with some amazing products from Canadian Tire and Sport Chek. They are always 2 of our go-to stores for back-to-school needs and it’s always exciting to see what new products they have to offer for kids each year.
We not only ensure our kids are prepared AT school, but at home as well. We like to have a dedicated space for them to do homework and activities, so we are thrilled with a few items from the CANVAS line from Canadian Tire that are helping us achieve that workspace.
The CANVAS Clara Desk is absolutely stunning. It is sleek in design while functional for what we need to do. It automatically beautifies any decor with its smooth, grey painted finish, black metal handles and clean edges. I appreciate how slim it is, compared to more bulky desks that take up too much room. It is the perfect size for the area we needed it in and there is plenty of room for the kids to use the laptop, as well as do paperwork. The oversized drawer is a generous size to hold papers, pens, books, etc. Lots of leg room underneath makes it comfortable to sit at and move around. Assembly was easy and effortless for me. It took me about an hour on my own and the instructions are detailed and easy to follow.
The CANVAS Blaire Office Chair is a perfect partner to the CANVAS Clara Desk. It is modern in a white colour, stylish and incredibly comfortable! This is by far the most comfortable office chair I have owned so far. It took me about 20 minutes to assemble the pieces on my own and the instructions were illustrated and written easily enough to follow. I love how it swivels and glides, but most importantly for me, I love the height adjuster because it instantly allows me to lower or lift the seat to my height preference, which is great for adjusting to me or the kids when in use. The kids will be quite comfortable doing homework thanks to this gorgeous chair!
My daughter needed more storage room in her bedroom not only for her nicknacks and collectibles, but also in time for school books and reading books. The CANVAS Evelyn 5-Shelf Bookcase has all the room she needs thanks to the 5 shelves and beautiful white design. It compliments her bedroom perfectly, while providing her with a functional shelf that allows her to store as much as she needs during the school year. She has dedicated the top shelves to her collectibles and is saving the bottom shelves for her school books. This took me over an hour to build on my own and I am so thankful for the clear instructions that were included. It is solid and elegant, yet simple and roomy without being overwhelmingly bulky in the room. There are also safety attachments to attach it to the wall if needed, to prevent the bookcase ever falling forward.
A great addition to the CANVAS Evelyn 5-Shelf Bookcase are the CANVAS Lucy Rectangular Storage baskets. They are sturdy and stylish with the lower half of the baskets painted in white. These hand-woven baskets are made from hyacinth and give a natural look to any decor. My daughter is using hers to store books and stuffed animals at the moment. She is looking forward to also using them for school books and for storing school crafts.
We all know a big part of back-to-school preparations is outfitting them in clothing that is comfortable and in-line with their individual style. My kids like to be comfortable while learning and playing, and Sport Chek has plenty of clothing options to outfit them for the school season.
My son prefers pants that he can easily move around in, that are comfortable and relaxed. He is very particular with jeans, as he doesn’t like ones that are stiff and restricting. The Gravity Boys’ Slim Fit Jeans in Washed Blue colour are extremely comfortable and easy to move in. The jean material is softer and not stiff, they are fitted and stretchy so he can easily move and run around in them. As soon as he put them on, he said, “I REALLY like these!”. I was surprised, because he’s so picky with jeans, but he absolutely loves this pair.
My daughter, like a lot of girls right now, prefers leggings whenever possible. The NIKE Sportswear Girls’ All Over Print Club Tights are very comfortable for her since they are stretchy, form fitting and made with a blend of cotton jersey and spandex. They are funky in design and allow her to run, jump, practice her gymnastic moves and play with no restrictions.
A simple ADIDAS Logo T-Shirt is always a must have, according to my son. He loves ADIDAS and is looking forward to sporting this classic ADIDAS tee to school this year. It’s made with lightweight cotton jersey and will be perfect for when he is doing gym activities, or playing sports during and after school.
My son not only plays tackle and flag football every year, but he enjoys playing baseball and basketball with his friends after school as well. In the Fall months, the weather gets cooler and he needs clothing that allows him to be active, as well as warm. The Under Armour Pennant Boys’ Tapered Pants are great for him because they are the style he loves (he loves tapered pants!) and they are made of a soft, smooth fabric that helps to keep in the warmth. They are super comfortable for school, after school activities and lounging around at home.
They will be all set when it comes to carrying books and other necessities to and from school this year. The Under Armour Girls’ Favourite Backpacks are SO cool. They are colourful, durable and roomy. My daughter likes the paint splattered look and how it has enough compartments for storing her folders, books, shoes and other school work.
My son is looking forward to using his new ADIDAS Pace Backpack this year. He is on the go and into sports, so this backpack is perfect for durability and holding multiple items he needs for school thanks to the different compartments.
Transporting lunch to school is no issue with the NIKE Lunch Duffel Bags are an insulated, compact way to keep your food and drinks cool. My kids like the “mature” look to them and how they resemble a gym bag…in miniature form. It fits easily in their backpacks but can be carried separately as well.
It’s not just about the kids during back-to-school season. Us moms need to take care of ourselves too! A great way to keep up with the school year and the kids is by staying active. The FitBit Flex 2 Fitness Tracker allows me to walk the kids in the morning to school and then continue on with my exercise throughout the morning while they are at school.
It’s important to take time for myself and keep myself active and energized, since I don’t get the same activity the kids do in school with their gym, recess and other activities. The FitBit Flex 2 helps me track steps, monitor my progress and track goals. I can check my progress using the app on my phone or tablet to help encourage and keep myself motivated. It’s a great tool to stay on top of your fitness goals! It is really slim and comfortable to wear and doesn’t slide around on your wrist.
- Track steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, hourly activity & stationary time.
- An LED display lights up when you get calls, texts and Reminders to Move, and shows you how close you are to your daily goal with a simple tap.
- Get call & text notifications (when your phone is nearby) with unique vibration patterns and color-coded LED lights: blue for calls, purple for texts.
- Automatically track your sleep quality & wake up peacefully with a silent alarm.
- Automatically recognizes select activities and records them in the exercise section of the Fitbit app.
- Wear it in the shower, ocean or pool. Track swimming automatically and see your workout summary in the Fitbit app.
- Style this ultra-slim, removable tracker with wristband, bangle and pendant accessories.
- Get friendly Reminders to Move that encourage you to reach an hourly goal of 250 steps.
NIKE has great selection of shoes for kids to get through the school day while making sure their feet are comfortable and supported, while allowing them to keep up with activities and sports. The designs are colourful and playful, just like these Kids’ Star Runner AC Preschool Shoes. They have shoes for kids of all ages and my kids would have LOVED these when they were in preschool or kindergarten. Thankfully, NIKE has an assortment of designs and sizes to choose from, so my kids will get to enjoy NIKE shoes like these ones each school year as they grow and get older.
I love the Firefly Girls’ Melissa Graphic Tee! It looks so cute on my daughter and the colour is a beautiful dark pink with a fun saying printed on the front, “Fun Please”. It’s nice and light so my daughter will keep cool when she’s running around at school in gym or recess.
Both of my kids love hoodies – all year round! They are perfect for layering no matter what the season and they especially love them in the fall and winter months. The ADIDAS Boys’ Fusion Pullover Hoodie and the Diadora Girls’ Hug Me Full Zip Hoodie are both thick, warm and comfortable.
I always try to get everything organized and ready for the school season almost as soon as the previous school season has ended. I don’t like leaving things to the last minute, because it feels rushed and stressed. I feel so relieved that we are prepared for back-to-school and the kids have everything they need to make it another good school year. I’m sure they will be happy, comfortable and ready to conquer in their new grades and eager to make the new school year a memorable one.
Are you and your kids ready for back-to-school?