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We call it ‘back to reality’ because it’s not always about going back to school, but it is about getting back to routines.
Don’t start getting anxious about fall while it’s still summer…just follow this savvy checklist and rest easy for the next few weeks.

Backpack…check
There are a few need-to haves you’ll want to pick up before the selection runs a bit dry, and we suggest starting with the backpack. For the trendy tot, the latest ‘it’ bags are Dabbawalla. They are unlike any packs we have seen before and we love that they go in the washing machine. For the too cool for school kids (or at least too cool for a pack with an animal on it) our favourite bags are from Land’s End. Kids will love the personal touches such as monograms or embroidered patches (think hockey sticks, dinosaurs or flowers).

Lunch Box…check
Lunches are something moms obsess about (just a bit)—but before you worry about what to pack, decide what you are going to pack the lunch into. We like the LunchBots Duo reusable lunch container. It is the perfect eco-replacement for plastic baggies and is grease proof and dishwasher safe. For the non-sandwich eater, we opt for the trusted Thermos Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Food Jar. The wide lid makes it easy for kids to dig down and get the good stuff at the bottom.

Shoes…check
Shoes are also top of the list this time of year. If you’re stuck and don’t have time to take Jack and Jill to a shoe store, check out The Shoe Company online. They have lots in stock and they will gladly accept returns in a retail store near you if they don’t fit.

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