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My Back to School Favorites

Growing up, Labor Day was always the official “end” of summer…we started school right after, and it was back to reality. In my town, school started last week for kids, so I am feeling kind of off…its August, its summer, but there is SCHOOL? Crazy!!  I have been getting all sorts of sentimental and teary seeing the pictures of all the munchkins with their backpacks on, hopeful smiles with some slight nervousness in their eyes. I can’t believe my little guy will be there soon.  The official start of school at my son’s school was last Monday, and because we decided to hold him back a year, it was a bit of a strange day (You can read more about this decision on my RedShirting Post). We had a lot of discussions about why he was going to be in the class, that he would see his friends in his class, and the first day went well. I know it helped that five other boys in his class also stayed back (an unexpected surprise for me and for him!)…but I didn’t make it an overly special day. I just thought it would be too confusing.

Either way, I still have the back to school fever and have loved celebrating the monumental occasion with others. Today, I am sharing my favorite back to school themed items…

 

From around the blogosphere:

Momastery: The Talk (As always, Glennon writes a “must read”!)

Makaboo.com: Tips for Becoming a Kindergarten Mom

Sarah’s Cucina Bella: Back to School Awesome Snacks 

In case you missed the MMB posts from Back to School week, here they are:

The Real Mom Chronicles: Teacher Mom of 2

Mommy Brain: Back to School Version

Top 5 Ways to Partner with your Child’s Teacher

 

And lastly, some of my favorite school supply finds:

LunchBots stainless steel food containers which help avoid squished sandwiches. We have used these for a couple of years, and I can’t see us stopping! I have 6 containers in our rotation:)

Snack Bags from Kikibonan…I am in LOVE with these bags. They hold up great, and are perfect for snack time. Even if you don’t have a school age child, you ned these for the diaper bag:)The etsy site has TONS of more options for bags as well. I just have to say – the mom who sells these is from my town, and put these on our town mom’s FB page – they are absolutely selling like crazy and the feedback is AWESOME. Can’t recommend these enough!

hearts reusable snack bag - eco friendly

 

What are you loving about back to school? Any great reads, products??

 

Kristin Hackman - September 4, 2012 - 11:58 pm

Want those bags!!! So I’m yet to personally try- but I was given rec’s (& plan to order) Contigo water bottles for kids and namebubbles.com for cute dishwashwer,laundry safe labels !!

olusola - September 5, 2012 - 12:32 am

I love buying colored pens. My favorite part of back to school is when the kids are all back in school and the supplies are marked down so my inner geek can shop with much glee.

I’m going to check out those snack bags though. sounds nifty

Capri + 3--Theresa - September 5, 2012 - 12:45 am

The snack bags are really cute. Ours are not school age yet, but I think those would be fun for outings. It is great that the person who makes them is from your town.

: 0 ) Theresa

admin - September 5, 2012 - 6:17 am

Theresa – the bags are AWESEOME! I use them for the kids school snacks – but they are also a diaper bag must for food, but also crayons and little matchbox cars. I won’t publicly admit how many I have…. =)

admin - September 5, 2012 - 6:19 am

Olusola, HA! I agree…the inner nerd in me comes out near those school supplies and we don’t even have required ones yet.

admin - September 5, 2012 - 6:22 am

Kristin – I will definitely look into those. I have always used Camelback (target) water bottles for the kiddos. I also use la neu chick (link is on the right hand side of the page) for labels. Another great mom owned business!

Amy Smith - September 5, 2012 - 11:01 am

We’re a week in, and already I feel like a chauffeur!!! I write a ton on parenting stuff, and have a page dedicated to school & homework you may like – http://tinyurl.com/c6mubgo

My favorite back to school tip…aside from the mechanics of it all, is to BREATHE…and try to do something just for YOU…take a long walk with friends, catch up with girlfriends you lost touch with over the summer…

Ellie - September 5, 2012 - 10:26 pm

Those snack bags are awesome! I think you just provided the solution to my concern about the number of baggies I was going to contribute to the landfills over the next 15 years! :)

carrie - September 14, 2012 - 9:07 am

For those of you who’ve commented on the snack bags, If you send me a convo via kikibonan.etsy.com with your order, I will set up a custom listing for you and waive the shipping and handling for your (snack bag only) order. Just be sure to mention MMB in your convo!

Thanks!
Carrie

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