5 Time-Saving Tips for Packing School Lunches

by Erica Young
School lunch ideas
Source: Shutterstock / Oleksandra Naumenko

I'm not a mom that loves the laid back, anything-goes freedom of summer vacation. I'm the mom who always greet the "Back to School" season with welcome arms! There are so many things to love about the school year: my children are back on a regular routine, early bedtimes are enforced, I'm not monitoring screen time and sibling fights all day, and I get a little time to myself while they're gone.

What's the one thing I'm not looking forward to? Packing school lunches. I'm not a fan of cooking or meal prep in general - I prefer decorating and organizing. Luckily, I've found a few school lunch ideas to make the packing grind a little easier.            

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36 Dorm Room "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

by M.E. Gray
Before and After: Dorm room decor ideas
Styling: Emily Henderson; Photo: Sara Tramp

If you've been to any big box store lately, you know it's back to school season! The college merch is on the shelves, organization supplies are on sale, and dorm decor is abundant. Dorm rooms are among the most difficult rooms to decorate, and a cute dorm room is like a unicorn: rare and magical. But, good dorm room decor ideas do exist! Check out these 36 inspiring before and after snapshots of some seriously cute dorm rooms.              

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How to Make a Faux Fur Pouf for Under $40!

by M.E. Gray

Faux fur pouf DIY

I have a secret infatuation with faux fur. I'm the gal who raids the remnant bin at the fabric store for any and all furry fabrics. What I'm saving them for, I don't know. They're just so fun! The faux fur pouf is trending, but some of the nicer onces available to purchase are over $100. With back-to-school season upon us again, I wanted to find a way to make one of these fun and furry ottomans on the cheap. Keep reading to see how I made this one for under $40!     

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Kid-Friendly DIY Project: Back to School Pencil Cases

by Alicia Lacy

DIY back to school pencil case

Our oldest daughter begins school after Labor Day, and at the moment there is much anticipation buzzing around our house because their teacher and class placements will be mailed in the coming weeks.

This year, our girl wanted to come up with a gift she could share with her friends to celebrate the start of school. After a walk through the 'Back to School' section of Target, we came up with a simple DIY pencil case embellishment that she's excited to share with her friends. Read on to find out what we did!

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15 Awesome Office Items that Will Make you Feel Like You're Headed Back to School

by Brittni Mehlhoff
15 Awesome Office Items that Will Make you Feel Like You're Headed Back to School

August is back to school month, which means pencil and binder shopping for the kiddos. But what about the adults? You can get in on the fun of back to school too, without having to step foot into a classroom. This list of awesome office supplies and accessories will have you inspired in no time. Your office is the new classroom  with the cool picks from this list.

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Back to School: Colorful Essentials for Happy Dorm Living!

by Capree K

Back to School: Colorful Essentials for Happy Dorm Living!

It's back to school season and for many starting or returning to college, a white cinder block room awaits.  Hooray for student housing!  Balancing school, jobs, and a social life is difficult enough, so we're making sure your home away from home is as non-depressing as possible.  We've rounded up a few of our favorite colorful essentials to make dorm life happy on the inside - and friendly on your student budget!   

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