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Le Top Back-to-School

Back-to-school isn’t just for the big kids. Preschoolers deserve just as much attention when it comes to picking styles for going back to school this fall and with Le Top on their side, shopping will be as easy as learning their ABCs.

Back-to-school preschool style for boys

Le Top Preschool Style for Boys

Pictured: Dino-mite! 3-D Stegosaurus Shirt with Raglan Sleeves, $29-30, Rookie of the Year #1 Applique Shirt, $28-29, Rock On! Drum Star Striped Raglan-Sleeve Shirt, $28-29, Rookie of the Year Washed Denim Jeans, $31-33.

One of the things we love most about shopping at Le Top for back-to-school is that they’ve done all of the thinking for us… especially when it comes to dressing the boys. Start with a pair of their comfy jeans, or elastic-waist pants for kiddos who are still working on potty training at school, and add a complimentary shirt to make it cool. The Back-to-School Collection from Le Top covers all of the bases for boys this year, from dinosaurs to athletics to rockers-in-the-making.

Back-to-school preschool style for girls

Le Top Back-to-School Preschool Style for Girls

Pictured: Twinkle Twinkle Flower Striped Swing Top & Jeggings, $54-58, Ballet Class Tulle Skirt Dress & Footless Ballet Tights, $52-56, Gigi’s Garden Floral Dress & Striped Footless Tights, $50.

With super sweet and playful ready-to-wear outfits that scream back-to-school preschool style, Le Top makes dressing even the most stylish girls easy. Choose from the adorable matching sets in their Back-to-School Collection or pick out individual pieces to create a look that is all her own. We adore that Le Top thinks of every girl when they create their collection, with styles that range from bright and bold to sweet and simple.

Tips on back-to-school shopping for preschoolers
  • Get the washing machine ready: Preschoolers (and all kids, really) are mess-makers by nature and at school, it can be a free-for-all. Moms know that school clothes get washed, a lot, and thankfully, the clothes from Le Top withstand the wear-and-tear of the washing machine with ease. So, go ahead, wash that paint-covered shirt he loves three times this week. It can handle it.
  • Buy what they’ll wear: Not what you think they’ll wear. There’s way too much fun to be had at school for your kids to be worrying about if their pants are bugging them or if the details on their shirt are scratching their skin. Le Top takes both style and comfort into consideration with every piece they design, making them instant favorites for even the pickiest of kids.
  • Think beyond the classroom: Buying clothes for back-to-school can be an investment, especially if you have more than one child headed to the classroom this fall. The clothes from Le Top do double-duty in their wardrobe, taking your kiddos from school to play dates to family dinners to the weekend without skipping a beat. With newborn through size 7, Le Top can check a lot of clothes off of your family’s fall clothing to-buy list.
Keeping up with Le Top

Le Top can be purchased online at LeTop-USA.com, as well as in stores across the nation. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more kids’ fashion inspiration.

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Rack Room Shoes Models Wanted wants you to be their next top model. Really!

Rack Room Shoes has featured real families – instead of professional models – in all of their seasonal advertisements over the past decade. Selected through the annual Rack Room Shoes Models Wanted Contest, winners are featured for a season on the Rack Room Shoes website, in advertising inserts and on display signage in more than 385 stores nationwide.

Bodacious Benefits

We think that you and your crazy-cute kids are the perfect family to featured in the our 2015 advertisements beginning in August! Just think, your photos could be showcased throughout Rack Room Shoes’ seasonal advertising campaigns, displayed on their websites, featured across social media and gracing the pages of the newspaper ads. You could even be blown up larger than life in the in-store signage!

Other awesome advantages for families selected for Rack Room Shoes Models Wanted:

  • Professional photo and video shoot with experienced photographers
  • Spa-like hair, make-up and wardrobe treatments
  • Rack Room Shoes gift cards
  • Commemorative book and DVD of your family’s experience
  • Shoes from the shoot
(Rewards) Members Only

The only requirement for entry is that you register as a Rack Room Shoes Rewards Member –   something you should be taking advantage of already. Membership is free, paperless and the sign up process is lightning fast. As soon as you sign up you earn $15 to spend on merchandise, you receive a birthday gift, too and throughout your membership you will get loads of discounts and special perks.

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What are you waiting for? Fill out the entry today. You and your crew were made to model!

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Head to your local Rack Room Shoes for a hard-copy flier about the Models Wanted program and  to check out the real-life models featured throughout the store (imagine yourself in their shoes…literally.) While you there get your kids ready for fall with new styles and preferred classics from your favorite shoe brands. See what is new and popular in athleticscasual canvas and boots, made especially for back to school.

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Back to school. It’s the words we’ve been waiting to hear. But it also means it’s time to hit the store and pick up some much needed school supplies for the kiddos. And if you’re as tired of ho hum pencils, notebooks and folders as we are, you’re going to love Yoobi. They’re products are anything but ordinary and a whole lot of fun. Yoobi Fun Day At The Grove!We hit up Yoobi Fun Day at the Grove in Los Angeles, and got to sneak a peek at their new line of back to school supplies. Bonus? We spied some celeb moms and dads who were joining in on the fun as well. Check out Soleil Moon Frye, Busy Philipps, and Peter Facinelli below. They certainly make the whole end of summer thing look good. Yoobi Fun Day At The Grove!Cool games, giveaways and crafts were all a part of the fun. Check out Peter and his girls taking their turn at the beanbag toss. So what are our favorite products? First off, we’re crushing on the vibrant colors and out of the box designs. But the oversized highlighter, bendy erasers, and super soft pencil bags were at the top of our list. yoobisupplies Buy them online or in your local store. For every product you buy, they’ll donate one to a classroom in need. Now that’s a back to school purchase you can feel good about. Moms, what was a must have on your back to school shopping list this year?

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We know that technically it’s still summer, but with fall right around the corner, stocking up on back-to-school essentials for kids now is a must. Grab these fall favorites while they’re still in stock.

Back-to-school essentials for girls

Back to School Essentials for Girls

1. Girls’ Scrunch Down Vest, L.L. Bean, $50
A great layering piece for girls of all ages, sometimes getting her to wear a vest is easier than getting her to wear a coat as you’re running out of the door for school in the morning. This one from L.L. Bean will keep her warm and has a girly touch with its detailed ruching.

2. REI Jaya Fleece Hoodie Jacket for Girls, REI, $50
Cold weather is just around the corner and we hear that the dreaded polar vortex is due back this year. Yikes. Don’t leave buying her a warm coat until the last minute… you’ll save time and money by picking one up as you back-to-school shop.

3. Rain Jacket, GAP, $50
If you live in a spot where fall means rain, you’ll need at least one rain jacket to get her through the school year. This one from GAP is basic and simple… and will keep her dry waiting for the bus in the morning. Big points from moms for the bright color, making it easy to spot in the school’s lost and found!

4. Girls’ Pattern Ankle Length Leggings, Lands’ End, $18
If your girls are like ours, fashion is all about the leggings. Stock up on them now and save — most stores give you a deep discount for purchasing leggings in bulk, like at Lands’ End, where you’ll save $3 on each pair if you buy two or more. Grab a bunch now and stash them in her closet.

5. Girls Stripped Knee-High Socks, Old Navy, $5
Another one of those fall essentials that seems to be hard to find the moment back-to-school is over… fun, funky knee-high socks. They’re great under boots or as an extra layer under her jeans on cold days.

6. Girls’ Bogs Rainboot Stripe, OnlineShoes.com, $50
It’s hard to imagine buying boots when our air conditioners are still blasting, but trust us on this one… if you wait much longer to buy boots for fall, you’ll be too late. Grab her favorite pair now and tuck them in the back of the closet, if you need to. She’ll be thrilled when you pull them out on that first rainy day!

Back-to-school essentials for boys

Back to School Essentials for Boys

1. Aigle Kids Flac Boots, Zappos.com, $49
He may only wear them to tromp to school and back, changing into his much cooler, beloved sneakers as soon as he gets inside, but making sure he has some rain boots to keep his feet dry will set your mind at ease. These are simple and fuss-free, just like him… sometimes.

2. Boys’ Pattern Knit Hat, Lands’ End, $20
Boys and their hats. He probably has dozens strewn around the house, but he’s still sure to appreciate a fresh one for back-to-school.

3. Stripe Days-of-the-Week Socks, Pack of 7, GAP, $20
They’re going to stink the minute he puts them on, but at least with the days-of-the-week feature of this pack from GAP, he’ll know whether or not they’re clean… without having to do the sniff-test.

4. REI Myka Sweater Fleece Jacket for Boys, REI, $70
Something super cozy and soft is always a priority for fall. If he’s grown out of his fleece from last year, this one from REI is a nice option. The puff in front keeps the wind away and the sweater-look means it is a little fancier than your average fleece jacket.

5. Boys’ Bean’s Down Vest, L.L. Bean, $54
Vests are cool… but they are also fleeting. Grab one now or else you’ll be left with the crazy colors and sizes by the time fall weather actually hits later in the school year.

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I don’t know how you feel, but for my family summer has flown by! It’s hard to believe it’s time to start thinking about homework, schedules and packing lunches. If you are anything like us and feeling a little apprehensive about the upcoming weeks, don’t stress because we’ve joined forces with our friends at Project Junior and Weelicious to help you with everything to you need to send your kids back to school.

Over the next four weeks we’ll be sharing our back to school “must-haves” and the one-and-only Catherine McCord from Weelicious will be share her top recipes and tips to help you prepare meals for your kiddos that are mom tested and kid approved!

We kicking week 1 off with Catherine’s top five foods to always have one hand to help you whip a gourmet (and healthy meal) at a moment’s notice.

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Carrot Broccoli Arroz

1. Pasta and brown rice

I keep these dry in the pantry so that I can cook it any day of the week. I also cook a bunch on the weekends so that I have them at the ready to mix into any manner of meals. Carrot Broccoli Cheese Orzo.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

2. Nut and seed butters

Spread on pancakes, tortillas, or crepes for a fun new twist on the traditional PB&J for school lunch. You can also make fun dips like this Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip.

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3. Pesto

Pesto adds tons of flavor to sandwiches, pasta, or use as a dip for veggies. Basil Pesto is one of those things you might be surprised to learn that kids love! You can store it for weeks in the fridge and my kids devour it up no matter what I put it on.

Crock Pot Mexican Bean Soup by Weelicious

4. Beans

Dried or canned for a great vegetarian protein mixed with brown rice, in breakfast burritos, or served as a side dish with your favorite dinner. Try this  Crock Pot Mexican Corn and Bean Soup.

Chicken Ceaser Wrap by Weelicious

5. Bread and tortillas

Use tortillas instead of sandwich bread to break away from the typical sandwich for lunch. Wrap up your Caesar Salad to make dinner a hands-on dining experience to get kids more interested. A Chicken Caesar Wrap will be an unexpected surprise in your childs lunchbox too!

These are the five pantry staples Catherine always have on hand, of course you want plenty of fruits, veggies, eggs, chicken and cheese too! Don’t forget to label each container in your pantry to keep your shelves organized. Mabel’s Labels is one of our favorite go-to for keeping the kitchen looking beautiful.

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Ready to start packing that lunch? Munchkin’s Click Lock Bento Mealbox set will help keep your school-goers lunch fresh and organized. It’s thought out design help keep the food in place so the portions don’t mix and match.

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Post by Catherine McCord.  Catherine posts new family-friendly recipes and videos every week on Weelicious. She is also creator of Weelicious Menus, a meal planning service that helps make dinner easier for busy families.

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Rack Room Shoes for Back to School + Help a Great Cause

Each year, children head back to school with ill-fitting or damaged shoes because they have no other options. Even worse, some children are not able to attend school because they have no shoes at all. Rack Room Shoes is proud to partner with Shoes That Fit, a national non-profit organization that provides shoes to disadvantaged children, for the Back to School season.

We think that this is a tremendous cause. Not only are we focused on shopping and style, we love these accessible, easy ways that we can teach giving and social good actions to our children. Over the course of seven years, Rack Room Shoes has put new shoes on the feet of more than 89,000 kids, and last year raised more than half a million dollars for needy children going back to school.

Easy social good with kids

This year when you go back to school shopping for your kiddos at Rack Room Shoes, involve your kids in making a simple five dollar donation to Shoes That Fit. 100 percent of your $5 gift will go to buying shoes for kids in need. We think that’s pretty savvy!

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As thanks for your contribution, your child will receive a cool tote bag that he or she can color. As pictured above, my girls spent an entire afternoon on this fun project (a wonderful time period of peace for which I would have donated much more than a five dollars for).I also explained to the girls that the money donated for these tote backs goes to children that need new shoes for back to school, it was a great way to talk to them about children that are not as fortunate as them.

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Of course, you will also find loads of high quality shoes and on-trend styles for your scholars — check out our top picks from Rack Room Shoes below. It is a total back to school win-win.  Every child deserves to start their year off on the right foot!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.  We hare this with you because we support this worth while cause and program.

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If your kids are in the market for a new backpack for fall, take a peek at these for some inspiration. We’ve rounded up the coolest, craziest, cutest, best backpacks for fall and your kids are sure to fall in love with one of these to kick off their school year.

The best backpacks for fall

Best Backpacks

Top row:

Sequin Backpack in Gold Chevron, Pottery Barn Teen, $79
If you have a tween in the house, be prepared for a lot of high-pitched screams when you show her this glittery, gold and black chevron backpack. Best backpack ever? How about best mom ever?

Girls Glittery Backpack, Old Navy, $15 (on sale)
For a backpack that has a lot of glitter, but at a fraction of the price (under $20!), this version from Old Navy is a hit. Also available in blue, it will have a big impact for your girl who loves everything sparkle.

Middle row:

Tucker & Tate Print Backpack, Nordstrom, $38
One of our favorite picks for the best backpacks for fall, this Tucker & Tate striped backpack hits major style points, especially for girls who are all about color and pattern for back-to-school.

Camo Owl Backpack, GAP, $35
Animal backpacks are always a hit and this version that combines a discreet owl with super cool camouflage will catch his eye for back-to-school.

Kids’ Backpack, Garnet Hill, $45
Garnet Hill makes some of the best backpacks in the kid market — they are tried and true with features and pockets that really think about how kids use their packs at school. All backpacks at Garnet Hill are also available in smaller sizes for littler kids.

Star Wars R2-D2 Backpack, Nordstrom, $42
You don’t have to be a huge Star Wars fan to think this backpack is cool. While it won’t give sage advice like the real R2-D2, it will keep all of his school accessories contained for the trek to school and back.

Bottom row:

Colton Backpack, Pottery Barn Kids, $55
For kiddos who think the best backpacks are those that are a little more chill, Pottery Barn Kids has great options. The Colton Backpack is simple, but cool and is available with and without the monogram and logo.

There & Backpack, Hanna Andersson, $36 (on sale)
Hanna Andersson takes back-to-school to the old school with their selection of striped backpacks this year. Available in a few different color combinations, for both boys and girls, these are a fan favorite.

Zoo Packs Little Kid Backpack, Skip Hop, $20
We fell instantly in love with this cool and cute hedgehog from Skip Hop’s Zoo Packs collection, but there are so many animals available, in both backpacks and lunch packs, that they are sure to have your kiddo’s favorite, too.

Kitty Cat Backpack, GAP, $35
Meow! This sweet little kitty backpack from GAP is the cutest one we’ve seen this year. She is soft and adorable and small enough for your little kitten to take to preschool or school this year.

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 7 Eco-friendly lunch kits

Can you believe that school is almost upon us again? I’m in a bit of denial about it. I don’t normally like to think about it this early in the game, but one thing that I DO enjoy about back-to-school is the shopping! One thing that I always make sure my daughter has is a good, eco-friendly lunch kit that is not only great quality and will last throughout the year, but is non-toxic and safe for her to be using constantly. She can have the backpack adorned with her favourite TV show characters, she can wear the not-the-best-quality pair of sandals from WalMart, but I am adamant about her having a great lunch kit.

I have done a fair bit of searching for the best lunch kits, and if having a waste-free, safe and healthy lunch kit for your child is a priority for you as it is for me, you’ll love these 7 picks!

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1. Planetbox

Planetbox is an eco-friendly, waste-free part bento-box part dinner tray lunch kit. I love all of the compartments right on top that make food easily accessible for kids, and I also love it because it is stainless steel, which means no plastic to worry about. They make healthy eating fun for kids, and they are dishwasher safe! Say it with me: hallelujah. The Planetbox comes in three different sizes: Launch, Rover and Shuttle. They may look plain at first, but you can purchase fun magnets that can be placed on the lunch kits to give them a personal edge. That way, your child isn’t stuck with the same looking lunch kit all year round and can change up the look of their Planetbox as their tastes change! Planetbox is a really cool lunch kit, and definitely one of my top picks.

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2. Graze Organic

Graze Organic reusable lunch bags might not be a kit per-se, but they are such a cool idea that I had to include them in the round-up! These re-usable bags made with 100% organic cotton are the perfect addition to your child’s litterless lunch. I love that there is a bag labeled for each different item of your child’s lunch: a sandwich, vegetables, fruit, snack and surprise bag; all decorated with brightly coloured pictures of food to liven up any child’s lunch bag! Not only can you purchase the bags, but there are also lunch bags available and cloth napkins if you really want to have a waste-free lunch.

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3. Kids Konserve

Kids Konserve reusable lunch kits and containers is another fantastic line of eco-friendly lunch kit options. You can buy the waste-free lunch kits that include a recycled cotton bag and napkin, a stainless steel water bottle, food kozy wrap (a reusable ziploc-type bag) and two stainless steel containers, or you can buy each item separately and create your own lunch kit. There are plenty of different colours of containers and other items to appeal to everyone, and you can purchase water bottles, lunch totes, ice packs and more to help you keep your lunch free of any excess waste!

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4. Go Green Lunch Box

Another cool option for kids is the Go Green Lunch Box. While this one made of plastic, it is BPA, lead, and phthalate-free. The food container conforms to California Proposition 65, the nation’s most stringent law regulating environmental health and safety, as well as the company’s water bottle. You can also choose from a huge variety of carrying cases in different vibrant colours and patterns, so you know that there will be one that your child likes!

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5. ECOlunchbox

ECOlunchbox is another great line of plastic-free, waste-free lunch boxes. They have a really varied selection of items to choose from, which is nice because each child and each school does things a little differently, and one lunch box will not work for all. ECOlunchbox has a three-in-one lunch box that has an upper food container, a lower food container as well as a snack container. This is the perfect size for school lunch and snacks! They also have artisan cloth bags to put lunch kits in, which are lovely. There’s bamboo straws, singular containers, smaller lunch boxes and other accessories to choose from too.

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6. Laptop Lunches

Keeping in trend with the bento-style lunch boxes, Laptop Lunches is a bento lunch box that come in a wide array of fun, vibrant colours to help kids get excited to eat their healthy lunches! The bento boxes come with different sized compartments that can fit anything from a sandwich to more hard-to-pack items like ketchup or dips. Laptop Lunches are not plastic-free, but they are made from BPA, lead, phthalate and PVC-free plastic, making it not only a safe choice for your kids but a wise choose for the environment. Not only can you find adorable bento boxes for your kids lunch, but they have glass water bottles, creativity tools like sandwich shapers (you can turn a sandwich into a cute bear!) or fun-shaped fruit and veggie cutters.

So Young Lunch Bags

7. SoYoung Lunch Bags

These bags are gorgeous! I love the elegant prints on them, and the coated linen (yay for easy wiping!) bag that is PVC, BPA and phthalate-free would be a perfect addition to your child’s backpack. Every lunch bag comes with a leak-proof insulated insert so there doesn’t have to be any worries about spilling or staining, and there is an extra mesh back pocket to store things like utensils or napkins.

What ways to you encourage your children to have a waste-free lunch? Do you have any of the lunch kits listed above?

 

 

 

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With more and more schools requesting that kids wear shoes without laces until they’ve mastered tying them on their own, we’re all on the hunt for the best pairs for our preschoolers, kindergartners and still-learning-to-tie kiddos for fall. Check out these shoes without laces that are both kid and school-approved.

Shoes without laces for girls

Shoes without laces for girls

1. Vans Classic Chevron Slip-On Shoes, Nordstrom, $37
We can’t resist that cute chevron stripe and in black and white, these will go with anything she chooses to wear to school this fall. Plus, Vans are known for their easy on/off style.

2. PLAE Shoes Max, PLAE, $60
If she’s a hi-top wearing girl, she’ll love PLAE Shoes’ newest addition. With a space-aged metallic silver color and pops of neon, these will become her favorite in an instant… and yours, because she’ll be able to put them on herself.

3. Patterned Sneakers, H&M, $18
Coming in under $20, these are a great match for the girl who hits it hard on the playground. She will be able to avoid laces for a little bit longer and you won’t worry about spending a fortune on shoes that will only last a month.

4. Pink Houndstooth Tiny TOMS, TOMS.com, $36
Always a favorite in the pre-tying crowd, TOMS have that signature Velcro strap that securely keeps them on even the littlest of feet. Their new houndstooth pattern is perfect for fall.

Shoes without laces for boys

Shoes without laces for boys

1. Boys’ Clarks Beven Time, OnlineShoes.com, $60-65
With a super-cool skater-style, he’ll never know that these Clarks are actually supportive and functional. Plus, the faux-laces will keep him looking like a lace-tying star until he masters it.

2. Pediped Channing, Pediped, $55
For boys who wear uniforms to school, these navy shoes without laces will be a perfect fit for fall.

3. PLAE Shoes Max, PLAE, $60
He’s the coolest kid on the playground and so are his hi-tops. Even if he already knows how to tie his shoes, PLAE’s newest additions, the Max, will be on his must-have list for back-to-school.

4. Converse Kids Chuck Taylor All-Stars 2V Ox, Zappos.com, $35
Sometimes, there’s nothing like a classic and in this lace-free version, Converse pulls through, yet again. Available in all of the usual basic colors, the Converse are known to be the easiest for kids to put on and take off themselves.

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Back-to-school tips for busy families

Back-to-school time means a sudden influx of papers, artwork, homework and reading logs. Dedicating a few areas of your house to school organization will help make mornings and evenings less stressful for the whole family.

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Build a reading nook

A dedicated area for reading takes up only a small area in a home, but it can make a big difference in a child’s attitude about reading. Available books, a comfortable place to sit and a family understanding that readers should be left to read can serve double duty as a reading nook and a place for kids to decompress after a busy day.

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The quiet spot doesn’t need to be complicated. Storing books with their covers facing forward can encourage interest in a variety of books. A simple beanbag chair — we love the Cool Beans! Bean Bag — and a forward-facing shelf make for a special reading area (Land of Nod, $99). The Tidy Books Bunk Bed Shelves are perfect for a reading nook (Tidy-Books.com, $89). They store books and have room for journals, pens and bookmarks.

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Design a homework center

Homework done at the kitchen island while scarfing down breakfast is bound to have a few mistakes — though all moms know the morning scramble for a forgotten assignment is bound to happen at least once in a while. Most of the time, kids shouldn’t have to worry about their notebook sliding into an errant pile of after-school snack crumbs. A homework center gives kids a place to work on their assignments neatly.

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Having their own space, whether it’s a desk in his bedroom or a side table for her in a shared family space, gives kids a bit of responsibility over their homework. Start small, with a Utility Caddy that keeps pencils, scissors, colored pencils and erasers together on a work surface (PBTeen.com, $25). Be sure the homework area has enough light with the Clip It, Now Clip It Good Lamp (Land of Nod, $29).

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Stay organized with a family command center

One of the toughest parts about keeping kids organized during the beginning of the school year — and the middle and the end, to be honest — is making sure paperwork and important dates don’t get lost in the rush in or out of the door. Identify the door through which you enter and exit the majority of the time and set up a command center to keep everyone organized. A mudroom is a wonderful place for an organizational center, but any wall space or spare corner near your door works just as well — if you plan ahead.

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You can build your own center, but Tidy Books has taken some of the guess work out of what you’ll need with the Forget Me Not (Tidy-Books.com, $72). Even preschoolers can learn to hang their backpacks on the sturdy hooks, and reminder notices, permission slips and reading logs can be magnetically attached to the board so you don’t forget them in the morning. To maximize organization and minimize missed appointments, consider adding a calendar above the family organizer. We love the Oh! What a Week! Schedule Pad with its personalization option and bright colors (ErinCondren.com, $30).

What are your go-to tips for staying organized during the school year?
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