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Back to School Essentials – The Must-Haves for 2017

Summer is almost over and that means students across the country are going back to school. It’s time to stock up on gear and get ready for class, at home and on the go.

Lifestyle & Trends Expert Justine Santaniello partnered with some of her favorite brands for a look at the back to school essentials that students and parents should check out this school year!

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Growth spurts can throw off teen boys' strut

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Let safety bloom in your garden this season

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Nagging your kids about weight might backfire

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