Back-To-School Shopping For Mom!

Back-to-school season is in full swing!!!

Here in the Northwest we don’t begin classes until after Labor Day, but the stores are full of supplies and my Facebook is full of back-to-school status updates. From what I hear, the supply lists are long and specific!

We are launching homeschool preschool this year, but that doesn’t mean we skip back-to-school supply shopping. If anything, we do a little more than most because we need just about everything and I’m all about stocking up when the sale prices scream “BUY ME!” But, my purchases are not just for our school room and craft projects – I also buy school supplies just for me! Moms have to stay organized too, right?

Here’s a peek at what landed in my shopping cart while browsing the back-to-school corner at good ol’ Target!

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 11.21.24 PMBic Atlantis

These are the best pens! Smooth writing with a click top (no lid to lose!) – I bought one pack on a whim and will be back for more!

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 11.23.41 PMIndex Cards

I write everything on index cards – grocery shopping lists, notes for my hubby’s lunch, reminders for myself, picture messages for the kids. Index cards are the perfect size and they’re sturdier than scrap paper.

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 11.25.22 PMPretty Notebooks

For reminders that have a longer life span than my grocery list, I like to carry a little notebook. These ones are both pretty and functional.

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 11.27.17 PMStorage

Back-to-school is the PERFECT time to stock up on home storage solutions thanks to all the dorm room supplies. I grabbed 6 of these pretty storage boxes for a bookshelf in our dining room this year. Think through what you might need in your craft space, kid’s closet, pantry, etc. then, stock up!

Screen shot 2014-08-10 at 11.28.43 PMSnack Containers

As a breastfeeding mama I get hungry often. To avoid spendy and sometimes unhealthy runs through the drive thru I’ve started carrying dried fruit, nuts or trail mix in my purse for those imminent snacks. Back-to-school time has the best selection of snack containers for moms and kids alike!

When stocking up on binders and crayons for the kids, what school supplies to you buy for YOU?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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anna pry

yes, i always like to have a little notebook too and having a cute one is just a nice perk

Samantha Jenkins

I’m currently enrolled in school myself so I have to pick up the binders and folders and paper etc. However I also got new dish cloths for the kitchen, a new basket for towels, and I’m in search of some chair cushions for our dining room. Love this time of year!