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Back-to-School Essentials for Moms

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When it's time for kids to go back to school, you're undoubtedly busy make sure your kids have all the necessary books, school supplies, sports gear, music equipment and clothes.


But moms, we don’t want you to forget about yourself!


So we've rounded up our top recommendations for back-to-school essentials to help moms save time and to help make your lives a little easier this school year. 

1. Stasher Bags

Photo source: Stasher

1. Stasher Bags

Many people you know - and maybe you yourself - are already making efforts to reduce single-use plastics, in light of the increasing number of reports on the harmful effects of plastic on our environment. One easy switch you can make this year is to get rid of plastic snack bags and replace them with reusable ones.

Our top pick for reusable snack bags is Stasher; Stasher makes reusable silicone storage bags that are non-toxic, durable, dishwasher- and microwave-safe and fridge-friendly. They come in a variety of colors and a range of sizes, so you can use them for sandwiches, snacks, full meals, fruits and veggies and more. 

2. Free Workouts

2. Free Workouts

Photo source: Jessica Smith TV

Sometimes there's just not enough time (or motivation, if we're being real) to get to the gym for a workout. Luckily, there are a handful of websites that offer high-quality fitness classes at no cost, including high intensity interval training, strength training, cardio, yoga and more. Check out our top three picks for free fitness resources here

3. DIY Message Center

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3. DIY Message Center

We love this Etsy shop owner's idea for keeping the whole family's schedules clean and organized. This organizer includes a weekly and monthly calendar view, a notes section and a place to clip homework/important papers/forms/etc. There's also a little bit of easy DIY involved! All you do is print out the digital download from the Etsy shop and place it in a 16x20 picture frame; then you can write directly on the glass with a dry erase marker and use it over and over again. You can also attach your family member's picture and write his/her name for a personalized touch. 

We love this Etsy shop owner's idea for keeping the whole family's schedules clean and organized. This organizer includes a weekly and monthly calendar view, a notes section and a place to clip homework/important papers/forms/etc. 

There's also a little bit of easy DIY involved! All you do is print out the digital download from the Etsy shop and place it in a 16x20 picture frame; then you can write directly on the glass with a dry erase marker and use it over and over again. You can also attach your family member's picture and write his/her name for a personalized touch.

4. Kids' Lunch Sets

4. Kids' Lunch Sets

Photo source: Swig Life

When it comes to school lunches, you want to make sure your kids are both well-fed and well-hydrated. Our Swig Life Hot Pots are perfect for packing soups, salads and snacks because their insulation keeps food cold for up to 24 hours and hot up to 12. 

5. Grocery Delivery

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5. Grocery Delivery Service

One of the last things you want to do at the end of a busy day is have to run to the grocery store. Wouldn't it be nice if you could send your grocery list to someone and they could deliver to your front door? With Instacart, you can choose from a selection of stores and get groceries delivered to you in as little as one hour. You can even chat directly with your shopper through the Instacart app, so you can communicate any of your preferences and even ask for a specific replacement if something's out of stock.

6. Insulated Travel Mug

6. Insulated Travel Mug

Photo source: Swig Life

Because every mom needs a good coffee mug! Our Swig Life mugs keep drinks hot for up to 3 hours and are perfect for traveling with. They're also cup-holder friendly and dishwasher-safe! Choose from nearly 20 different colors and fun patterns to best suit your personal style. 

7. Aromatherapy Kit

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7. Aromatherapy Kit

When it's time to wind down at the end of the day, a little aromatherapy can help you relax and may even help you get a better night's sleep. If you're new to aromatherapy, this ArtNaturals Starter Kit is perfect because it includes an oil diffuser, as well as Lavender, Eucalyptus and ArtNatural's Signature Zen essential oils.


The school year can be a hectic time, but with these essentials, you just might find yourself a little more at-ease and better-equipped for the year to come!

2 comments

  • Swig Life: October 08, 2019

    Hi Jenny,

    I’m glad to hear you enjoy our brand! The only handle that we currently sell by itself is this one, which fits on one of our previous products (20oz tumbler). It can fit on our newer 32 oz tumbler, but not as ideally as the 20oz: https://www.swiglife.com/search?q=handle&type=product

    (I emailed you as well.)

    Let me know if this helps and if you have any questions!

  • Jenny Kennon: October 08, 2019

    Love this brand of cups and mugs. I need to know what handle go which cup so that I can purchase a handle as well

    Jenny Kennon

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