hot stuff: back to school

it’s back to school time and we have all

of the latest, greatest items from grade school bag lunches to dorm room dinners. Take a look!


1 backpack to school

A big main compartment, multiple smaller pockets, and a padded section for safe transportation of a laptop has students covered. Extra padding on the straps and back panel of this Reebok backpack ensure that even the most studious of kids can carry their supplies in comfort. Also available in blue and black.

reebok.com; about $40



2 mini micro to go

Perfect for a small dorm room, this nifty little microwave has all the trappings of its larger cousins, and it plugs into any standard outlet. The iWaveCube measures only one cubic foot and weighs just 12 lbs., while its view-through door and built-in carry handle make it portable and convenient. Available in white, black and silver.

theiwavecube.com; about $90



3 go nuts

When the samples of almond Barney Butter arrived at the MNParent office, staff inhaled the delicious, versatile, and healthful alternative to peanut butter before you could say ‘trans-fat free.’ It is perfect for peanut-free environments, and did we mention it’s super yummy? Available in convenient, on-the-go squeeze packs, as well as jars, it can be substituted for peanut butter in any recipe.

barneybutter.com; ranging from $10 to $40



4 stylish storage

Can you say ‘coolest flash drives ever’? While you might be tempted to fight your kid over who gets the Mimobot Yoda, there’s no need to with over 100 original designs to choose from. Each drive comes pre-loaded with character-specific content like wallpapers, images, and avatars. mimoco.com; about $30



5 lunch and load

No lost lunches with this system: the lunch bag is built into the backpack with separate insulated compartment for snack … Not to mention, but it’s super adorable, too. The Kinder Bag is an ideal size for young children, with padded straps for easy carrying.

simplygoodus.com, about $30