Back to School Checklist - For Moms!

DoSayGive’s Back to School Checklist – For Moms!



I’ve been helping the children get “back to school” all week, now it’s time for you moms. No mom jeans here – I’m sharing the all the accessories that will help get the year started off with ease and style.

1. Big O Key Ring ($55) and the NEW Silicone Big O ($28!)


Been rated my DoSayGive and O Magazine as a TOP gift for moms. (Read my original post here), if you’ve been holding off getting one because of the price, you are going to love their new silicone Big O. Same size, just not made of expensive leather.



2. Practical, Yet Chic Calendar


There are so many to choose from – find what fits your style and needs most. Last week I told you about the Whitney English Day Designer for Target. Many of you emailed me to say you bought one and LOVED it! (Remember, if you can’t find it at Target, click here to order one n Blue Sky’s website – a friend said that it was only $23 with shipping!). The hardcover one also comes in gold stripe!

I love my Emily Ley Simplified Planner but here are some more, including Kate Spade and Lilly!


3. Yeti Rambler Tumbler – with Monogram!


Whether you want your ice water to stay cold for soccer Saturdays or your coffee to stay hot for morning errands, a Yeti Rambler is going to be your best friend. Get a get a custom monogram decal off Etsy to make it extra cute! (Note: this would be a great gift to send a gal off to college!).

If you want the kind of monogram that isn’t removable, see this post.

4. Supplies!

to do list

Moms need back-to-school supplies, too! I love these Le Pen pens for writing in my calendar and I love seeing these pretty gold scissors on my desk (free shipping on those right now!). If you have a chalkboard, I’ve learned these chalkboard pens are the secret to making your writing look uniform! Minted has a ton of customizable notebooks that you can get with or without lines. Also, I am old school use and use a steno pad for my to-dos but here are some cute notepads with free shipping:



5. Cooler Bag for Your Car

Mine is kaput. This floral foldable one is cute. If it’s in your budget, the Yeti one is completely leakproof – great for sports teams’ drinks and will definitely keep your milk and eggs cold for hours while you do errands!!

6. The Perfect Tote!


Moms are always in search of the right tote. You know I love my Barrington Gifts tote. Also this leather tote is a great price at $58 and comes in several colors. A good monogram company can monogram it for you!


(FYI, the pattern in the collage is the navy geometric in the monogram stripe  tote, mine is the St. Anne’s Tote in the Black-Khaki Herringbone.

7. Ways to Store All The Stuff that Comes Home!

I like to have a quick place to stick my children’s art and papers throughout the year. I have a little plastic bin for each child, but the huge folders are cute, too (and are great gifts, this time of year!). At the end of the school year, or during the summer, I will go sort through all their stuff and figure out what I really want to save long term.



8. Get your Mom Uniform Basics  – Jeans + Tops + Flats

hudson jeans, nordstrom

So many great sales right now. I tried these jeans ($209) on during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but didn’t get them because they weren’t on sale. But I LOVED them! Well, I just found the same exact style in a lighter wash on sale! So I may have to buy. I’ve found a good pair of jeans really pays for themselves because they get worn so often and hold up over time!


Now for the tops. So many great sale right now to make jeans look super chic (including my black jeans from the Nordstrom Sale – sorry they are back up to full price!).

gap, st. bernard sports, nordstrom, black jeans

My white sweater is on major sale. Use code GOODDAY to get 25% off at  Gap.There are several cute transition Anthro tops on sale, too. Tip: Gingham and plaid really big right now and great for fall transition! (Like my shirt at the top of this post). At Old Navy, get 30% off $with free shipping with code GOODTIMES.

Also a great time to stock up on Tees. J. Crew is my favorite and so cute under a great blazer. Use code SHOPMORE for 30% off $200 purchase or more and 25% off $100 or more!



And, flats, let’s not forget flats. Yosi Samra are so comfy and cute. I just found these summer ones (good for fall transition!) on major sale with free shipping!



Top the mom uniform off with some great jewels! Remember my special offer from Rocksbox (use code dosaygivexoxo to get one month free of the is jewelry subscription service!).

I hope you enjoyed my back to school checklist – for moms! Don’t forget my back to school checklist for children (read it here) and my tax free weekend sale roundup post.

Let me know if I forgot anything below!








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