Back to school will be anything but boring with these gadgets and we are giving away a Swissmar Geneva 11-Piece Stainless Steel Fondue Set to bring the fun back to school night dinners!!

Congrats to our winner Christy G.!

The dog days of summer are here which means back to school is quickly approaching! And while a new school year can be fraught with apprehension about new teachers, schedules and stricter bedtimes-we’ve got some great gadgets and tools to get you and the kids prepared for the start of a new season. With these  new must have tools for this season from Bonne Maman, Dreamfarm, Edgeware, and Swissmar- back-to-school will be ANYTHING BUT BORING!

Win a Swissmar Geneva 11-Piece Stainless Steel Fondue Set to bring the fun back to school night dinners!!

Start the day on  the right foot with a good breakfast before school: Bonne Maman is well recognized around the world for the premium preserves and jellies in the iconic wide mouth jar, providing consumers with products of the highest taste quality, from the best French culinary tradition. For a quick easy and healthy breakfast add Bonne Maman to bagels, oatmeal, or yogurt.

  • 100% natural
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Gluten-free and nut-free
  • SRP:  $4.79 for a jar




Make Ahead Strawberry Muffins


  • 32 Paper baking cups
  • Half a stick of melted butter
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar + 1 tsp.
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 9 oz. creme fraiche
  • 1 jar Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves (13 oz.)
  1. Brush the inside of 16 paper baking cups with melted butter. Place each cup inside another paper cup. Place in a muffin pan. Pre-heat the oven to 400° degrees.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs well. Add vanilla extract. Stir in the crme fraiche.
  4. Add the dry mixture and mix carefully; don’t stir too long!
  5. Fill the prepared baking cups with the batter. Press one teaspoon of preserve into the centre of the dough in each one.
  6. Bake at 400° on the middle shelf for 12-15 minutes. Cool and serve.

Keep organized with Dreamfarm Membo: remember to do it.  It’s simple to remember the most important chores with the Membo from Dreamfarm. This organizing tool is great for families, class rooms, and offices.  No one want the dog feed twice or not at all! The tool is magnetic or adhesive and you can customize the icons.

  • Instantly know if a daily task has been completed
  • Customize the tiles to match the chore
  • Comes with dog, cat, fish and check mark icons
  • Can also download personalized icons
  • Use on flat surfaces only
  • Clean by wiping with a damp cloth
  • Colors: Black, red, white, green, pink, purple, yellow, orange and blue
  • SRP: $19.95

More organizational tools to help you: Dreamfarm Jot: just hold it there.  Stick anything, anywhere, anytime with this handy little tool. This is ideal for school lockers and classroom white boards.

  • Long lasting suction cup sticks to any smooth surface
  • Ideal for holding pens, keys, phone chargers, or sunglasses
  • Suction cup must be clean before sticking it to a smooth, flat surface
  • Clean by wiping with a damp cloth
  • Size: 1.8
  • Ten assorted colors, also available in clear
  • SRP: $5.95 for a set of 2


Make dinner easy with an Edgeware Pizza Wheel Sharpener is a sharpener for your ever-dull pizza wheel.  The ceramic sharpening rods realign and polish the edge of most pizza wheels and it is easy to use.  Simply roll through the sharpening stones a few times. Pizza is a favorite, easy, and can-be-healthy weeknight meal for all types of families.


  • Non-slip base provides stability
  • Regular maintenance with this sharper prolongs the life of a pizza/pastry wheel
  • SRP: $14.99




Make back to school dinners FUN and an event your kids will look forward to with a Swissmar Geneva 11-Piece Stainless Steel Fondue Set – perfect for an easy and fun weekday family dinner. The pot is made of 18/8 stainless steel; 18/0 bottom for added protection and stability of heat.  The tapered opening keeps the heat inside the pot, allowing the oil to remain above 350°F without spattering. Finally the modern design makes this piece great for kids or adult parties.

Set includes:

  • Meat fondue pot
  • Spatter guard
  • 6 numbered stainless steel forks
  • 18/8 stainless steel burner
  • Stainless steel wire rechaud
  • Bamboo base plate
  • 2.11 qt capacity
  • SRP: $60



Meat Fondue Tips:

  • A fondue pot cooks meat quickly so it’s important to use a tender cut, like beef tenderloin
  • Fondue Bourguignon – individual diners dunk chunks of skewered meat into sizzling vegetable oil and then dip the cooked pieces into savory sauces
  • More health-conscious selections are fish, shrimp, chicken, and vegetables in a broth instead of oil
  • Versatile: also great for one-pot meals such as chili, hearty soups, Swedish meatballs, hot nacho and veggie dips!

And guess what we are helping you BRING THE FUN to  your kids’ back to school dinner times by giving one lucky reader a Swissmar Geneva 11-Piece Stainless Steel Fondue Set! Just leave a comment on this blog post with a tip to help your kids’ start off the school year on the right foot!  For a second entry you can “like” Swissmar on Facebook: For a Third entry you can Like The Staten Island family on facebook! For a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can follow @MelissaSchapman on Pinterest Good luck! Giveaway ends August 9th!


  1. Denise Konkel says

    a couple weeks before school starts we start getting in the routine of going to bed and waking up. This way by the time school starts they will already be in a routine and it will be easier to transition.

  2. Ruby Daniels says

    set a certain time for homework and try your best to stick to it and it will become a habit instead of a battle

  3. Beth Klocinski says

    Have to breakfast to go ready. I make a oatmeal in a crock pot an preportion it in conatainers at the begining of the week.

  4. Nicki Joseph says

    We set out our clothes (myself included) the night before. Also, lunches are pre-packed the night before. This makes running out the door in the morning go more smoothly.

  5. Heather L. Davidson says

    I”m the Special Edu. Teacher nervous to go back as I am due 4 weeks into the school year. So my words of advice…the teachers are nervous too! You are not alone.

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