Monday, August 9, 2010

It's Back to School Time! Staples Gift Card Giveaway

The boys started school last week.  They were not too happy about it.  They were even less happy that I would embarrass them by taking a picture in front of their friends at school, as evidenced by this photo.  It was a rough start for all of us, to be sure. 
So we are 6 days into the new school year and things have smoothed out immensely.  We are all settling back into the much needed routine and school life seems tolerable - for the moment.  I have to thank Staples and MomSelect for helping out with the Back to School transition.  LOOK what the Fed-X Guy dropped off yesterday!!  The boys were so excited to have some cool new school supplies that they kind of forgot that they were mad about the short summer! 

Staples has a lot of new items this year, including some "green" gear that kids will love, like pencil sharpeners and rulers made out of recycled materials.  It'll be really handy for the boys to have an example right in their desks when the class discussion about how kids can help the environment takes place! 

I love the organizer that came with the notebooks and comp books and am keeping that for myself so I can actually make an attempt at being organized and efficient this year!  So thanks for that, Staples.  My kids and their teachers and their coaches and my friends and doctors and anyone else who watches me flounder in a sea of forgotten information will appreciate the organizer too.

The notebooks and comp books have cool designs and teens can check out the website and learn about various social issues.  Notice the word "teens" used there...Staples has definitely geared this campaign and these products toward older teenagers.  (Warning:  Honest Mom Review Alert!!) While I appreciate the intent and the effort to educate kids about service and charity, as a parent I am pretty careful about steering my kids through the world of "social issues."  These are impressionable years and I want to make sure that what is being thown at them is appropriate for their maturity level.  So, I have to state that the website is NOT something I would allow my pre-teen kids to explore without adult supervision, given their age.  The website discusses things like STD's and teen pregnancy and reproductive rights, as well as other issues that I'm not ready for my 8 year old to be exposed to yet.  But that's just me.

Having said that, there are also inummerable ideas on the website that encourage kids to get involved in helping around their community, an idea which I really support.     

Other than that, I loved the products we received!  Big Brother immediatley snagged the Omnitech portable MP3 player speaker and is thrilled with his ability to rock out in his room without earphones.

Little Man was fast on the draw and took the cool Soccer Buddy calculator.  

The new school supplies and fun little items made our 2nd week of going back to school a little more bearable.  Both boys left the house this morning excited to share their new notebooks and cool gadgets with their friends.

Staples has some great Back-to-School specials on all of these products and more, so be sure to check out their website for more fun items to fill your students' backpacks this year!

And to help fill your backpacks?  Staples and MomSelect are giving one of my lucky readers a $25 Staples gift card to help with your Back-to-School shopping!   Just visit Staples' Back to School website, then come back here and leave a comment telling me which item you might purchase with your gift card.  Contest is gonna be a quickie, it will end on Sunday, August 15th, 2010 @ 12 Midnight PST.  Open to US Residents only.  

And don't forget, you can earn extra entries by: 

  • Tweeting this contest

  • Posting the contest on Facebook

  • Becoming a Follower of I Am Boymom

  • Listing this blog on a Mr. Linky somewhere on the internet

  • Blogging about it on Your blog! 
Good luck with the contest and with your Back-to-School experiences!!           

**DISCLOSURE: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.  Staples provided me with various products to try in order to facilitate this review.**


Anonymous said...

Nice picture, glad they didn't smile and ruin the serious nature of going to school!! They do look very prepared and professional however!!

johnsonteammom said...

Love the uniforms!! That is one thing I wish we could do over here, but whatever. Your boys looked like my Drew going to 8th grade. So many moms taking pictures in the parking lot. I never even thought of that cause I'd have to have been wearing a bra and have done my hair, which didn't happen. But, I digrees. I would get the swivel flash drive for my teenagers at the high school. Thanks for posting!

johnsonteammom said...

I am a follower, I blogged about it, I made a comment and I got it on FB. I hope I win.

Melanie said...

I never have enough notebooks, so I'd buy a bunch of notebooks if I won!! Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

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