Back to School

It's that time of year again...checking off supply lists, getting new gear, choosing the perfect "first day" outfit. Even though we are still in the full swing of summer fun, August is Back to School time and Ju-Ju Monkey can help you get ready for the big year ahead.

Zero Waste Lunch
If you haven't done so already, now is a great time to transition your child to a zero-waste lunch.
Packing a lunch and snack using pre-packaged food and disposable supplies creates a lot of trash on a daily basis. You can help reduce this (and save money in the long run!) by supplying your children with reusable lunch items.

Replace all of those plastic bags with reusable sandwich wraps and zipper sandwich bags from Planetwise. These wraps and bags come in super fun prints your kids will love, are a cinch to wipe clean, and hold generous sizes of sandwiches, wraps, fruits, snacks, and more. As a bonus, the sandwich wrap doubles as a place mat to keep food from touching schoolroom tables.

Eliminate waste and save money by buying food in full or bulk size, rather than pre-packaged serving sizes. Portion foods into a bento box, such as the ECO Lunchbox Splash Bento Lunchbox Container, or smaller reusable containers, such as the the ECO Lunchbox Stainless Containers in various sizes.

If your child is packing foods like yogurt, soup, salads, etc. that require utensils, the Innobaby Din Din Smart Stainless Spoon and Fork Set is a great option to replace disposable plastic utensils. Sets are available in 3 colors and stored in a compact carrying case to keep dirty utensils from making a mess in the their bag.

Add in a reusable water bottle to eliminate juice boxes and disposable plastic drink containers. We love the EcoVessel Summit because it's triple insulation keeps 17oz drinks cold for 36 hours. The EcoVessel Frost is another great option in a smaller size of 13oz.

Pack it all in an organic cotton bento lunch bag from ECO Lunchbox. These lunch bags mimic the style of baby bags without the all the waste, fit the ECO Lunchbox Bento perfectly, and come in 2 bright designs.

Ju-Ju Monkey Back to School Tip#1:

Grab a few Planetwise Clear Quart Zip Bags to store spare clothes- perfect for bringing home soiled outfits, keeping extra hats and mittens in the cubby, or holding extra lunch supplies.

Whether your child is attending a traditional school, Waldorf, Montessori, homeschool, or a little one
just beginning to learn before school age, Ju-Ju Monkey has some high-quality art and school supplies to add to your list.
Stockmar Wax Crayons and Wax Blocks. The non-toxic crayons provide high quality color ideal for layering, drawing, melting, and more. The wax blocks are the same as the crayons, presented in a flat shape easy for little hands to grasp and control.

Mercurius Water Color Pencils are an amazing addition to any artist's table, with a wide, triangular shape perfect for growing hands, these pencils can used for drawing or creating watercolor painting by wetting the lines with the included paintbrush.

Add in a Mercurius Main Lesson Book, our favorite resource for writing and drawing. The thick, wide pages work perfectly with various art materials and are great for young students writing, journaling, or taking notes.

Ju-Ju Monkey Back to School Tip #2:

Stock up on immune-boosting Elderberry Immune chews from Nature's Sunshine. The start of school always brings with it the exposure to illness that little bodies might not yet be accustomed to. Give their immune systems a healthy hand with a daily boost of Vitamins C and D3, Elderberry, zinc, Echinacea, and more.  For parents, try the Elderberry D3fense, a capsule form of similar ingredients perfect for parents and especially teachers beginning a new school year.

Show your appreciation for those caring for your children in the upcoming year with a small token of thanks. Ju-Ju Monkey has ready-made gifts chosen just for school personnel, complete with a handmade tag for teachers , bus drivers, or anyone else helping to make your child's year a great one.

Ju-Ju Monkey Back to School Tip #3:

Stop in to make some essential oil roller or sprays just in time for fighting classroom germs and nerves and keeping bugs at bay during recess. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the right blends for your family's needs.