Back-to-school must-haves for Chicago moms

The kids back to school and moms are probably hooting and hollering that they now have some valuable time to themselves, right? I’ve collected some of my favorite Back to School Mom Must Haves to keep your sanity and give a little pep to your step!

1 Refresh2Go

I recently discovered these straw water filter bottles and fell in love. Bright colors and a variety of sizes for your water needs, this innovative concept of attaching a water filter to the straw means that every sip is fresh! As an added bonus, this company is based out of Chicago. Replacement filters can be purchased in a multi-pack from Wal-Mart, Kmart and Meijer and direct through the company website.

2 Mabel’s Labels

Organization is not my forte, but when someone else does it for me? I’m set. Mabel’s Labels takes the guesswork out of whose is whose. As I was preparing the boys for school, I was able to put the variety of labels on everything from their shoes to their school supplies to their backpacks. The bright and fun-colored labels make things a breeze for you (and their teacher!) Plus, no more fighting over which one belongs to them!

3 Pumpkin spice anything

The weather has turned crisp and a chill is in the air. If you haven’t had something pumpkin yet, what is the matter with you? (Yes, I know, it’s not officially fall, but I’m a HUGE fall fan!)

4 Boot warmers and boots

It’s time to zip up your boots, put on your leg warmers (yes, they are back in style) and walk the back to school runway in style. I literally count down the days until they are back in fashion and Chicago weather means they are coming back a little sooner than anticipated. Woohoo!

5 Erin Condren Planner

Where would my life be without a little printable organization? While I use my iDevices to keep track of all things calendar, I LOVE seeing a print version for little notes, reminders and keeping track. Erin Condren has some of my favorite styles and I’ve been using her planners for years!

What are your back-to-school must-haves for Mom? Do they include a spa day or baking without little ones underfoot? See even more ideas over on our Pinterest page.

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