moms’ back to school guide

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The beginning of a new school year is like a clean slate; it’s the perfect chance to get organized and have a fresh start. Once you have your kids squared away with clothes and gear, it’s time to treat yourself to a few new Fall staples! We love to start of the new school year with some new items of our own. A new tote bag, a light weight jacket, colorful sneakers and an easy daytime dress are back to school wardrobe essentials. Of course we can’t forget to update our office supplies as well, which wouldn’t be complete without a new planner.

Planners are an item that most people are very particular about, but cannot live without. Some like the old fashioned paper version, while others are devoted to an electronic calendar. We prefer a paper planner and have tested out quite a few over the years. Ban.do and Kate Spade both have stylish 17 month planners that are great for this time of year.  We especially love the new larger ban.do agenda. It has sticker pages, tons of note pages and lots of fun illustrations. We are also big fans of Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner, but it is always out of stock! If you are willing to wait, the 2016 calendars will be available September 9th. Either way there are some great printables on her site to keep you organized. We have also heard great things about the new planners from A Beautiful Mess and customized planners from Plum Paper Designs and cannot wait to check them out.

To help get everyone ready for Back to School this season we’ve picked out a few of our favorite essentials to keep you organized and looking pulled together for school runs, errands, meetings and everything in between.

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1. Johnnie-O Topper Hat ($24) 2. Banana Republic Military Jacket ($158) 3. Ban.do 17 Month Planner ($28) 4. Minnie & Emma iPhone Case ($59) 5. Annabel Ingall Tote Bag ($415) 6. Pencil Shavings Set of Pencils ($13.25) 7. J.Crew Popover Shirt ($78) 8. Ban.do Thermal Mug ($14) 9. Boden Striped Dress ($78) 10. New Balance Sneakers ($79) 11. Minted Colorful Calling Cards ($)

Cheers to the school year, and happy shopping!

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Ashley + Hallman

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