Back to School Backpack Review: Bixbee

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Back to School Backpack Review: Bixbee

Super excited to share with you the girls' backpacks for this school year!
Finding a good quality backpack is hard to find, & not only did I find that here-- but I love the company & what it does as well!
Double score!

Enter, Bixbee backpacks

First Bixbee backpacks are super Lightweight, comfortable and durable, at just 1.3 pounds. Perfect for keeping unnecessary weight off kids’ back and shoulders.

You will notice that Bixbees are horizontal rather than vertical. This is actually better for kiddos! Professionals say that a backpack should rest right at the curve of their backs. It always helps that put their books in with the spine up, so it's easier to see!

Bixbee's Ergonomic Tip: The backpack should rest no more than 4 inches below the waistline (bellybutton) and 1-2 inches below the shoulders.

 This with the contoured air-mesh adjustable shoulder straps with a sliding sternum strap will distribute the load optimally over the shoulders. Heavy books aren't such a issue for us right now. But they will be bringing home chrome books, & it's good to know if they were bringing home anything heavy it isn't hurting their backs negatively. The straps also have a reflective strip, & has a cute little zipper that is the perfect spot for lunch money!


They have cute little beehive zipper pulls that are perfect for little hands!

They have tons of pockets {i think you can see at least 4 just in the photo above if you look hard}, & a spot inside for a tablet or laptop.

I also love that the corners are reinforced, to help with durability! 
There is a TON of different styles & prints! My girls couldn't pass up the glitter!


Now that we have talked about the backpack itself lets talk about the company!
For every backpack you buy, they donate one!
Their Mission:
"Our “One Here. One There.” social mission allows us to collaborate with local and far-reaching non-profits that provide children in need access to education. As a certified B Corp, we are using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Bixbee works with select non-profit organizations to support areas with high levels of need. It is important to us that the whole community benefits from our program, so we select organizations that can source and/or produce the backpacks with supplies locally. Our program unites a community of givers!"

So not only do you get a cute, durable backpack that will fit properly on your kiddos back, you make a difference too! I couldn't ask for anything more!

For reference, both girls are wearing the size MEDIUM backpack.

First Day of School Signs

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First Day of School Signs for the Cutest First Day Photo

I love this new trend of holding the sign on the first day of school! It beats turning over a photo & hoping you remembered the date & wrote it on the back!

It back to school season, & today I am rounding up the cutest back to school signs for you!
I love that some of them have spots for the name of the teacher too! I can barely remember some of my teacher's names in elementary!

Shark Week Waffles

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Shark Week Waffles

Anyone else have a house full of Shark Week lovers?
My girls love Shark Week, & honestly, I do too!

I love a theme, so when I saw these waffles we had to recreate them!
My girls were so tickled to eat these while watching Shark Week in the morning! Super easy & a crowd pleaser!

What you need:
2 Frozen Waffles {what we used because I am lazy, you can def use homemade waffles}
Cool Whip
Blue food dye

This seems silly to put the directions because it's pretty self-explanatory BUT
Make waffles.
Cut waffle #1  into 4's, making 4 round bottle "triangles"
Mix blue dye with cool whip
Use waffle #2 at the base, & frost with cool whip, then garnish with the fin err.. other waffle triangle!

Things to do with Kids at Hershey's Chocolate World

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Thank you to Hershey World for hosting our family for a fabulous day! All views & opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting my blog &  family!

Things to do with Kids at Hershey's Chocolate World

We just got home from our trip to Pennsylvania! I am breaking down all our favorite parts that we hit as a family!

First up is Hershey's Chocolate World!

Upon planning our trip, it was semi confusing that Hershey's Chocolate World & Hershey's Park are completely separate places.
Chocolate World is, however, located right outside Hershey Park.

So let's break it down

There is no admission price to get into Chocolate World.

Within Chocolate World there are several things to do. & some of them require a purchased ticket.

I personally, would do Chocolate World & the park on separate days! Unless you are able to get there right at opening and schedule your activities {if you choose to do them} & get them done earlier in the day, or schedule them for when you are done with the park. It is strongly encouraged to buy your activity tickets in advance. As the day of, you will have limited availability on time slots
There is a ton of merch to buy all decked out in Hershey everything. The main part if sectioned into Hershey, Kisses, Reeses. There is something for everyone for souvenirs! Down to HUGE candy bars! There is also the largest candy store.

They also have a bakery, & a full cafeteria with food!
Our faves were the smores bar & the milkshakes! You MUST get a milkshake! We did the milkshake flight & got Hershey, Reese & Smores. SO good!

You might even get to meet a candy themselves!

Things to do:

Make Your Own Candy Bar      TICKET REQUIRED
This was my favorite of all! It is well, just like it says. You make your own candy bar! You get an apron & hair net {check out Brandon's beard net lol} Depending on the line, it can take about 30 mins. 
TIP: Get to your ticketed time a little early, so you are ready when they switch to your time slot to get your things!

You got to 5 stations scanning your ticket to customize your candy bar! You choose your base chocolate, we all got something different! Brandon & I got milk chocolate, Kensley got dark, & Kennedy got white!
TIP: Hold onto your ticket don't put it away, you will need to scan it at every station.

Then you choose your inclusions! Lots of options they girls loved! I went pretty mild, but had to add sprinkles because..well when you have the option-- you get sprinkles! You get to watch the whole thing be made & go down the conveyor belt!

At each station, it says the name of the bar going through, so you know which is yours!

You get to create your own logo for your box, which the girls loved getting creative with!

The progress is up on the screen so you can see about how long it will be until it's done! Or you can be like the girls & have a little robot dance party while you wait!

Then once they are all done you pick them up! We are just so torn on whether to eat them or keep them! What would you do?

4D Chocolate Movie      TICKET REQUIRED
This is adorable, & I highly recommend it with those with kids. The older ones may find it a little corny. But, the girls loved it! They actually said this was their favorite thing in the entire trip if that tells you anything! This philharmagic at Disney World. You truly get a 4D experience & some surprises trying to help Hershey, Reese & Kiss solve a mystery in the chocolate factory!

Unwrapped A Chocolate Tasting Journey      TICKET REQUIRED
A new this summer, Hershey World attraction --This is a fun take on a chocolate tasting! Defiantly super fun for kiddos! The actors are amazing, & the room is super interactive making the experience even more fun! As you are lining up you get a box, that you are not to open with what you are going to taste. Once you get inside they instruct you on when to open it & taste!

Hershey's Chocolate Tour      FREE- NO TICKET REQUIRED

I am just going to be honest, our family is a little dorky. We love history, & any "educational" tidbits we can get while traveling. So we were thrilled even at Hershey World we got a little bit of that!
Waiting in line the walls have facts about chocolate & Milton Hershey. Then you get into a car that takes you on a tour showing you how chocolate is made!

At the end, you even get a opportunity to buy a photo of your family on the ride! I am a sucker for a cheesy, tourist photo op. So you best believe my butt bought it, WITH the activities book holder ;)

For tickets for the attractions, the more you choose to do the more you saved money.
To do all three that required a ticket {as of 7/2019} Adult $33 & Child $29 Saving $18!

So what do you think? Do you think we bought 5lb, the world's largest Hershey bar?!

About Me

Welcome Friends!
I am Tara. I am a wanna be southern momma, stuck in the Midwest. Huge Disney lover. I love a huge bow & all things Farmhouse style. Frequent user of "Ya'll" Here you will find about our travels, all things motherhood & parenting, with everything I love in between! Grab a cup off coffee & stay awhile!