Items Worth Having + Repurchasing For School + Home

I have these items in my home all year-round, if it’s lost or needs to be replaced, I definitely will – because, they’re just that good!

School Related Items

⇒ Clothing Labels: I use Mabel’s Labels either on the shirt tag or on the shirt it self. I put them on their uniforms, sweaters and rain jackets, just in case these items are left in school – or daycare, this will ensure I get the items back. These Avery No-Iron Kids Clothing Labels, Washer & Dryer Safe, Writable Fabric Labels, 45 Assorted Shapes & Sizes (40700) work too!

⇒ Closet Uniform Cubby: I use this Household Essentials 311342 Hanging Closet Organizer | 3 Pocket Shelves | Natural Canvas as uniform cubbies for the kids. These get filled every night with everything each child needs to wear for the next morning, it includes school tops, bottoms, their Myself Belts, shoes, socks, etc. If they have to wear say a red shirt or their Friday school shirt, it will all be prepared accordingly.

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School Uniform Cubby

⇒ Belt “Kids Can Fasten Themselves”: This one for the boys Myself Belts- Easy Belt with One Handed Closure for Little Boys Navy/Black Webbing and for my daughter Myself Belts the Belt Kids Can Fasten Themselves! Pink Sparkle (Medium) My boys will fasten the belt themselves and have no trouble using the school restroom. The key to the Myself Belts, they fasten with Velcro NOT a tricky metal buckle. My boys have always gone to the restroom by themselves at school since Pre-K 3 by using these belts. I buy them each new school year. * These belts are also great for children and adults with disabilities

⇒ Laundry Sharpie Markers: You can also use these for the kids school uniforms or daycare clothes Sharpie Rub-a Dub Laundry Markers Black, 2pk they will keep the name from fading when washed.

⇒ Water Bottles: This is a three pack Contigo Kids Autospout Gizmo Water Bottles, 14oz (Cherry Blossom, Persian Green, & Lavender) and this is a single Contigo AUTOSEAL Gizmo Sip Kids Water Bottle, 14oz, Sapphire water bottles for school. We use these Prepworks by Progressive Icy Bottle Stick Trays – Set of 3 ice stick trays to keep their water cold. I use the Inch Bug Labels for the water bottles and sippy cups – no need to remove to wash. You choose the color and personalization. I personalize the to read “Please Return to (our last name)” I purchase the 3D Orbit Labels, 4 pack, two colors per label. The times my kids have forgotten their cups in the classroom or during PE, they’ve been returned to them.

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Contigo Gizmo water bottles, Munchkin sippy cup with Inch Bug labels

 Desktop Computer: I have HP Pavilion 24-b010 23.8″ All-In-One Desktop (AMD A9-9410, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home) and it works great for our family needs –  basic use and the children’s daily school work. Also because the computer is in the living room – so I can monitor what they’re doing, they wear Headphones, Sound Intone I65 Foldable Headphone with Microphone and Volume Control, Wired Headset for iphone, Android Smartphones and Tablets (Black/gold) to keep my sanity help them listen to the assignment and concentrate. I have this HP DeskJet 2544 Compact All-in-One Wireless Printer with Mobile Printing (D3A79A) which uses these HP 61 Black Ink Cartridge (CH561WN), HP 61 Tri-Color Ink Cartirdge (CH562WN), 2 Ink Cartridges (CR259FN)

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Pictured HP desktop, HP printer + Sound Intone headphones

* Note teachers encourage parents to purchase the good ole’ fashioned desk top with a mouse – “non touchscreen” computer. Why you ask, because there are kids that will arrive to school, sit in front of a computer and will begin swiping the screen with their finger as if the screen were a touchscreen – not knowing how to use a mouse. The desktops are still in most our kids school libraries and inside their classrooms. The school budgets do not call to keep their technology up-to-date year after year.  While our children are technology savvy and know how to use touchscreens from using the iPhones and iPads, at school the teacher will have a desktop computer with keyboard and mouse for them to use.

⇒ Backpack and Lunch Box: I get the kids school backpacks and lunch boxes from Pottery Barn Kids, the personalisation is optional – be sure to check their sale selections as well, it’s great!

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Backpacks from Pottery Barn Kids
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Pottery Barn Kids Lunch boxes. The Skip Hop Unicorn Toddler Backpack – although cute it will not work for school because it meassures 12” inches and the standard folder measures 16″ – folder will not fit.

*Pictured is the children’s gold painted play kitchen – a DIY project, Melissa & Doug Stainless Steel Pots and Pans Pretend Play Kitchen Set for Kids (8 pcs) and the children’s lap desk.

Kitchen Items

We use the Arrow Plastic Sip-A-Bowl 22 oz, Assorted Colors – Pack of 4 bowls with built in straw for our kids, they’re great for cereal and ice cream. These Gerber Graduates Kiddy Cutlery Forks in Neutral Colors, 3-count utensils for our baby and toddlers.

Baby Items

⇒ Stroller Fans: Dream Baby Stroller Fan, White/Blue – 2 Pack have foam “blades” and I use them for my toddler and Diono Stroller Fan, Bright, for baby, they have a fan cover, that keeps the baby from wanting to touch the blade.

⇒ Door Stopper: I’ve prevented my toddlers from slamming doors, potential door locking and finger pinching with Adecco LLC Creative & Thicken Children Safety Door Stoppers Finger Pinch Guard, Animal Cushiony Foam Door Stops to Prevent Baby’s Fingers from Being Caught in the Door, 9 Packs place them up high on the bedroom doors.

⇒ On-The-Go Potty Liners: Diaper bag must-have my kids use Kalencom Potette Plus On the Go Potty Liner Re-Fills 10-PackBetty Dain Anchors Away Waterproof Shampoo Cape for Kids in public restrooms.

⇒ Cape For Cutting Kids Hair At Home: I trim my two older girls bangs – no, I’m not a licensed hairdresser, but it comes with the mom role. A good tip would be to trim the hair dry! The cape I use is no longer available but this one is just as nice Betty Dain Kiddie Shampoo Cape 271V It’s a great way to keep the hair trimmings out of their clothes. Although the hair sheers or scissors I have are also no longer sold, these will work the same EYX Formula Stainless Steel 6.5 Inch Precision Scissor with New Handle Design ,Barber Hairdresser’s Shears For Easy Hairstlying and Trimming In the Home

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Betty Dain cape

⇒ Hanging Hamper Bag: This Household Essentials 148 Hanging Cotton Canvas Laundry Hamper Bag | White is a great spacer saver, I hang it on Spectrum Over-The-Door Single Hook Vinyl Coated White 4-3/4″ X 7/16″ X 4″ – Pack of 2 or in the closet for the babies clothes.

Car

⇒ Dual Car Charger: You can charge two phones at once with Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger, PowerDrive 2 for iPhone X / 8 / 7 / 6s / Plus, iPad Pro / Air 2 / mini, Galaxy S7 / S6 / Edge / Plus, Note 5 / 4, LG, Nexus, HTC and More

⇒ Phone Mount Holder: This Car Mount Holder, Universal Windshield Long Arm Car Phone Holder with Easy Touch for iPhone 7/6S/6 Plus/5S/5, Samsung Galaxy S6 S5, Nexus 5X/6P, LG, HTC and All Smartphones 3.5″-6″ has definitely been helpful for road trips and it’s a safer way to use Google Maps.

⇒ iPad Seat Holder: If you don’t have a DVD player in your car this Okra 360 Degree Adjustable Rotating Headrest Car Seat Mount Holder For iPad, Samsung Galaxy,Motorola Xoom, And all Tablets Up To -10.1″ will hold your iPad or Tablet.

⇒ Storage Basket Organizer:  These Kekow File Storage Basket Organizer for Office Supplies, 3-Pack, 13.27″ x 9.84″ x 3.43″ are so helpful! I’m guilty of every now and then allowing the kids to eat in the car. However, with these storage baskets “eating in the car” is easy to do, each child get’s a basket with their food and violà! The baskets permanently remain in the car unless they get used, then we take them out to wash. As for the daunting never-ending trash, we keep a roll of these  2.6 Gallon Small Trash Bags, blue 100 Counts (blue)in the  glove compartment.

Have a great weekend!

-Ana

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