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School is about to be back in session, and as you prepare your kid for his or her first day of the year, you might be surprised at how much you still need to buy. When you get into the routine of doing school virtually, there are formerly everyday items that you simply lose track of. Here are five must-have school supplies you can get to make sure your child is ready for the big day.

1. Bentgo Lunch Box

Remember lunchboxes? In school, children are responsible for feeding themselves at lunchtime, and that usually means either purchasing something from the school cafeteria or bringing in a healthier option from home. For the second option, your kid needs some way of taking the lunch to school—no one wants to be a boring “brown bagger”! Bentgo boxes are the current fad among schoolchildren, and they are the huge upgrade from the capacious tins of generations past. They are strong and sturdy, and their design allows you to pack the perfect amount of food each morning. Bentgo boxes are available in over a dozen different styles, ranging from camouflage to unicorn.

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Bentgo Kids Prints (Camouflage) – Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Kids Lunch Box – Ideal Portion Sizes for Ages 3 to 7 – BPA-Free and Food-Safe Materials — $27.99

2. Expersion Clear Backpack

Does your school require a clear backpack? If you are not sure, you’d better check. For both safety and security reasons, many schools mandate clear backpacks so that the authorities can see the contents at any given time. Most of the clear backpacks out there are rather boring; the Expersion one comes in four colors, plus it is equipped with an American flag patch to help your children display their patriotism.

Buy the Expersion clear backpack (in black, blue, grey, or pink) on Amazon

Buy the Expersion clear backpack (in black, blue, grey, or pink) at Walmart

3. Composition Books

During virtual schooling, many of the traditional methods of learning were marginalized or discarded altogether. That includes the very simple act of writing things down, a “skill” that may not be required at all in the future as more and more screens get integrated into the classroom. For now, your kid will probably need notebooks. It is hard to beat this 12 for $20 offer from Mead.

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Mead Composition Book, Wide Ruled Comp Book, Writing Journal Notebook with Lined Paper, Home School Supplies for College Students & K-12, 9-3/4″ x 7-1/2″, Fashion, Assorted Colors, 12 Pack (73389) — $19.99

4. Masks

Sadly, the CDC is now recommending that all children who attend school in the fall wear masks. This may not be the rule at your school—for example, if you live in Florida—but if it is, you need to be prepared. This 5-set of masks comes with one popular Crayola color for each day of the school week.

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Crayola Kids Face Mask – 5 Reusable Cloth Face Masks Set, Cool Colors, Back to School Supplies — $17.99

5. Pencil Sharpener

Last but not least is a pencil sharpener. I am including this from personal experience. I can never find a pencil sharpener when I need one! Committing to a big one, like the X-ACTO one here, will make you more likely to keep in a designated spot, so your son or daughter will always know when to find it when doing homework. Of course, you can also send your kids into school with the small manual ones. Just don’t be surprised when they lose all of them a few days in!

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X-ACTO Pencil Sharpener | Mighty Mite Electric Pencil Sharpener, With Pencil Saver, SafeStart Motor, Black, 1 Count — $14.97

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Start The Spooky Season Off Right With These Halloween Decorations

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Spooky season starts in September. That is the official rule. Maybe it’s just me, but Halloween is more fun as an adult. I mean sure, we can’t go trick-or-treating anymore, but personally I’d rather be sipping on a spooky spritzer than stuffing my face with candy anyways. Spooky season is one of the few times of the year that everyone (literally, everyone) can have fun for the sake of having fun. From the Halloween decorations, haunted houses and scary movies to the costumes, cocktails and parties, it’s almost impossible not to have fun. So, let’s get this party startled

First thing’s first, you have to decorate. Not only is this just fun, but it will undoubtedly get you into the spooky spirit in no time. Now, whether you want to keep it simple or you want to turn your entire front yard into a graveyard is entirely up to you, but if you need some inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve picked out some of the best Halloween decorations on Amazon to help get you started (and they’re budget-friendly!). Creep it real and have a fang-tastic Halloween!

  1. 5 Piece Halloween Table Decoration Set, $17.99
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This spooky spidery set comes with a fireplace runner, a table runner, a table cloth, a lamp cover AND bat stickers for your wall. Talk about all-inclusive.

  1. Happy Halloween 18 x 18 Pillow Covers Set of 4, $16.99
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Four festive pillow case covers and four decorative coasters? This is a steal for sure. Take good care of them and these pillow cases might just last you a lifetime.

  1. Black Creepy Cloth 196 x 39 inches, $7.99
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It wouldn’t be spooky season without a creepy cloth. Throw it up in the corner somewhere and the room automatically looks spookier.

  1. Drink Up Witches Banner Gold Glittery- Halloween Party Decorations, $9.99 
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The banner every COVID-safe Halloween party needs. Cheers, witches!

  1. KAF Home Pantry Halloween Dish Towel Set of 4, $13.99
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These dish towels are adorable and they are the perfect addition if you prefer to keep your decor simple and minimal. 

  1. AISENO Halloween Decorations Scary Giant Spider Virtual Realistic Hairy Spider Outdoor Indoor Party Supplies Decor, $11.98 
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An iconic piece of Halloween decor. Put it inside or put it outside, you’re guaranteed to make a few people jump either way. Place it on top of a fake spider web, and you’re all set. 

  1. KAILEDI Halloween String Lights, LED Pumpkin Lights, Holiday Lights for Outdoor Decor, $14.98
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Keep it lit with these adorable pumpkin LED lights.

  1. Pretex 19″ Posable Halloween Skeleton, $14.99
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The perfect trick-or-treater greeter.

  1. 17.7″ Halloween Hanging Ghosts (5 Pack), $12.70
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Boo-yah! These hanging ghosts are perfect indoor or outdoor Halloween decorations that everyone will love. You can even bend the arms to pose them however you’d like. 

  1. TGOOD Halloween Decorations 3 Pcs- Hanging Grim Reapers and Hanging Flying Skeleton Ghost, $14.99
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These will put the “spooky” in spooky season.

  1. JOYIN 17″ Halloween Foam RIP Graveyard Tombstones, $25.95
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These foam tombstones are affordable, easy to set up and the kids will love them! They also come with metal stakes to keep them secure in the yard.

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Find The Perfect Caddy To Attach To The Wall Of Your Shower

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You know what is annoying? Cleaning your shower. No matter how diligently you try to keep grime from building up around your tub, you are simply no match for the twin forces of time and gravity. The hardest stains to get out are rust and those pesky pink spots caused by bacteria.

This is especially a problem if, like me, you tend to keep all sorts of rust-prone hygiene accessories in and around your shower. Specifically, I am thinking about my razor and nail clippers. The best time to clip your nails is right after you shower, when they are moist and easy to trim. Yet, keeping nail clippers in your shower is a surefire way to end up with rust. This is true even with the so-called “rust-resistant” stainless steel nail clippers.

The only solution, I’ve found, is to invest in a shower caddy and attach it somewhere on the tile that is not exposed to water. This is the one I bought:

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TAILI Shower Caddy Drill-Free with Vacuum Suction Cup Removable Shower Shelf Storage Basket for Shampoo & Toiletries, Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Organizer — $23.99

All of a sudden, keeping my shower clean is no longer a herculean effort. In addition to my metal grooming products, I keep all my shampoos, soaps, and body washes in the caddy, which I attached directly under the shower head. This keeps it from getting wet. It has the added benefit of putting everything I need to access while showering within easy reach.

This shower caddy is incredibly easy to attach to the tile: It has these nifty suction cups you simply stick on. Then, if you need to take it off for any reason, you just push the buttons, and it pops right off the wall. Despite being very lightweight, it is also very sturdy. I loaded it up with pretty much anything I could find lying around my bathroom just to test its durability, and it held up under any and all pressure.

Your shower may already have some sort of shelf designed to store the aforementioned items. Even so, in most such cases rust and buildup is inevitable, and it is incumbent upon you to be proactive in improving your shower’s cleanliness. In other words, it is incumbent upon you to install a shower caddy.

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Organize Your Tea Bags In Preparation For Fall

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What is the autumnal version of spring cleaning? Whatever it is, it tends to happen right around Labor Day weekend each year. The summer is over; the kids are back in school; and if you are lucky the weather may even start to cool down. This is when you look around and reorganize your belongings in preparation for the colder seasons ahead.

This is obviously why tea bag organizers are suddenly selling like hotcakes. Dedicated tea and coffee bars have become popular in recent years, and if you missed the boat in 2020 now is your chance to catch up.

Most tea bag organizers that I’ve seen on Amazon are of the plastic variety, like this one:

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2 Pack Large Stackable Plastic Tea Bag Organizer – Storage Bin Box for Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops, Pantry – Holds Beverage Bags, Cups, Pods, Packets, Condiment Accessories Holder —$20.99

The appeal of plastic tea bag organizers (besides being, well, plastic, and therefore cheap) seems to be their transparency. Because they are see-through, you can intermingle a bunch of varieties and always know what your options are. By extension, these tea bag organizers do not take up very much space.

If you do have a little more room, however, I believe a wooden tea bag organizer has much more to offer in the way of aesthetics. Just imagine how nice this one would look in a small alcove adjoining your kitchen area:

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THEODORE Vertical Tea Bag Organizer. Bamboo Tea Bag Holder – Holds 180 Tea Bags. Elegant and Practical Wooden Tea Box for Tea Storage for Home, Office or Café. Can also Hold Sugar Packets and Creamers — $44.99

There is something warm and welcoming—almost “hygge”—about the bamboo version. To borrow a phrase, I do not think it is possible to take a look at the plastic one and feel that it “sparks joy.”

At the end of the day, no matter what popular Netflix hosts might say, how you organize your home is up to you. These are just two general styles of the many tea and coffee holders available for you to choose from.

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