Fun Finds For Mom

Back to School Top Picks

back to school picks

1. Hydro Flask / 2. Color Appeel Crayons / 3. U Konserve stainless steel snack containers / 4. Hanna Andersson backpack / 5. Mark-My-Time digital bookmark timer / 6. PlanetBox lunch box

Yes, it’s that time. My kids will be starting back to school next week. These days, we order most of our school supplies from a single vendor online. The binders, pencils, sketchbooks, etc. arrive on our doorstep in a single box and we don’t have to run around town trying to track down the extremely specific items on the list. I know some of you love school supply shopping, but the last time I spent days running around town trying to find the right supplies in the brutal Arizona heat, I decided online ordering was well worth the investment.

Of course it’s always fun to supplement! These are some of my favorite tried and true products, plus a few more that caught my eye.

If you’re in the market for a new water bottle, I’ve been reading rave reviews about these stainless steel leak-proof Hydro Flasks. I haven’t tried them yet, but I love their wide mouth that makes it easy to fill with ice and water from the fridge door dispenser.

My friend Carrie gave me the idea of always having jars of markers, pencils and crayons on the dining room table so the kids can get creative whenever inspiration strikes. We love these Color Appeel crayons. You just pull the string and peel off the curly outside to reveal fresh new crayon stick.

Snack containers are a must in our snack-happy family. We use these Sistema containers, but also I love the look of this stainless steel nesting set from U Konserve.

Hanna Andersson has some great-looking backpacks this year, like the floral design shown, or lots of fun striped options.

My daughter spotted this digital bookmark that keeps track of reading time at Barnes and Noble and asked if she could please have one for her upcoming birthday. She even volunteered to read in the kids area if I wanted to do a little “secret birthday shopping!” How could I resist?

Finally, you know I love our PlanetBoxes. We’re heading into year two with ours, and I am still a passionate advocate for these lunch containers. It’s so fun and easy to fill up the compartments with healthy food. And I recently discovered I could wash the cases, so now they look brand new again.

Posted Monday, August 4, 2014 in Food & Drink, Kids, Organizing