Hassle-Free School Supply Shopping

Shopping for school supplies is easier when you know what you’re looking for. Let our lists below—broken down by school year—give you an edge.

Homework Help

Homework is part of daily life during the school year. If you make it as pleasant as possible, you can help improve your child’s attitude about schoolwork. This is where the homework caddy comes in.

Lunchtime Combos Made Easy

Sending lunch to school in a multi-segment box container means no more ho-hum lunches and no lunchtime rut for your student. Keep it healthy and fun with any of these combos:

Morning Routines

Once school starts, those lazy summer mornings are history. To ensure that weekday mornings run smoothly, it’s best to have a plan. Here’s a list to get your kids out the door with everything they need for a great school day. Once they’re on board, you’ll be rewarded with a moment to catch your breath as well.

Snack Stations

Kids are often hungry when they walk through the door after a long day at school. With varied lunchtimes, children are usually ready to fuel up once they get home. Lets’ make it easy for them to enjoy good-for-you snacks by creating an After-School Snack Station.

4 Easy DIY Back-To-School Plant-Based Meals

By: Margaret Chapman, The Plant Philosophy

Back-to-school lunches are here! I’m so excited to be sharing content geared towards vegan kiddos, however adults can have a little fun and make these for themselves too. Really this is perfect for all ages because you can modify each as needed. A little meal prep never hurt anyone.

Drink Up!

Staying hydrated is always key, especially when summertime heats up. If you’re physically active, you have even more reason to drink lots and lots of water. But let’s be honest: Water, though refreshing, can also be boring. Yet the more appealing juices, sodas, energy drinks and teas can be frighteningly high in sugar. A better bet is to infuse your own fruit-flavored water.

More S'mores!

Summer isn’t summer without s’mores. Whether you’re looking for specific instructions on how to build your favorite campfire treat or a more relaxed mix-and-match approach, your s’more options are many!

Hot Dog Toppings!

Wherever you’re travelling this 4th of July, we have you covered with our regional hot dog and topping suggestions.


6 Tips for the Perfect Backyard BBQ

Backyard grilling is more fun with friends, so call everyone over for the day or just for dinner. There are ways to simplify in order to spend less time working and more time mingling.

Sunny Sangria Bar

Treat your guests to a fun sangria bar. We typically think of sangria as being red or pink, but this bar will celebrate summer with cheerful orange and yellow accents. We’ll use white wine as a base and offer many different choices so guests can mix up their own unique concoctions—from strong to sweet and everything in between.

Beach or Pool Packing List

Hitting the beach, pool or waterpark is a refreshing way to spend a hot summer day. In all the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to pack the items you’ll want for a more fulfilling trip.

Summer Skin Care

Our skin has been craving the bright, warm comfort of sunshine and the gentle breezes of summer. We may be anxious to wear our tanks, shorts, dresses and swim suits, but it’s important to take good care of that exposed skin throughout the season. Sunscreen, bug repellant and aloe vera are three summertime essentials you should never leave the house without.

Create a Hub for Back to School Organizing

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

If you are like me, sending the kids back to school is bitter sweet. After spending all summer with them, I miss when they aren’t with me all day, every day. However, I certainly do look forward to those kid-free hours in the middle of the school day. It means I have time to focus on the things that I love again and to get things back in order after a summer full of vacations and activities.

5 Unique S'more Ideas

Although the mix of sticky-sweet marshmallow, crunchy graham cracker and creamy chocolate conjures up childhood memories of camping, s’mores can get old if you never break from tradition.

Grilling with the Kids: Keeping it Safe

Grilling is a traditional pastime for dads, but your kids may want to help you too, just like they help mom in the kitchen. Grilling is a little different than cooking in the kitchen, though. While the kids can pitch in on preparation, you need to set some ground rules to keep them safe.

3 Ways to Serve Healthier Summer Cocktails

Created by: Simple Truth

Be cordial by serving cocktails that are decadent in flavor but light in sugar content. Here are three all-natural substitutes for table sugar, so your calorie-conscious guests can have their cake and drink their mojitos, too!

Prep Shrimp Like a Pro

Created by: Kroger Discover Fresh

Don’t skimp on the shrimp! Whether fresh or frozen, try to avoid shrimp that has been peeled and deveined. The shell protects the meat and the flavor, but peeling and deveining can be a real challenge. Take these quick tips into consideration before making your next shrimp cocktail.

4 Surprising Ways to Enjoy Fresh Blueberries

Created by: Kroger Discover Fresh

You might think of blueberries as the sink-to-the-bottom component of your fruit salad, but this antioxidant-rich fruit can be a foodie’s BFF when paired with the right ingredients. Here are four ways to get the most out of this summer produce staple:

Dietitian’s Corner: How Veggie & Fruit Color Can Affect Your Health

Created by: Allison Kuhn, RD LD

You've probably heard popular catchphrases like "color your plate" and "eat the rainbow." The natural pigments responsible for the colors in fruits and vegetables are divided into several categories. Within each, individual compounds called phytochemicals can contribute to different aspects of human health.

Eat your way across all categories to get the most out of them all!

Mini Pepper Garland

A handful of mini peppers and some ribbon are all you need to unfurl a party banner that really packs a punch! Try alternating colors, playing with spacing, or adding hanging letters to make it your own – then drape it in a doorway or on the backs of guests’ chairs.

Lemon Votives

Set the mood for a fabulous evening with friends with sparkling votive holders made from fresh-picked lemons.

Pop of Pepper Vase

Jazz up a regular bouquet of flowers with this effortlessly unique centerpiece that’s sure to attract attention at any fiesta.

The Ultimate Party Planning Timeline

Once the invitations have been sent, and RSVPs are filing in, you're ready to start preparing for your party guests. Our comprehensive cheat sheet lets you check off the to-dos up to four weeks in advance of your next party to make planning less stressful and hectic!

Party Etiquette Tips for Everyone

Common courtesies make a party more pleasant, whether you're hosting or attending the event. Check out our list of do’s and don’ts to make sure you’re always on top of your party game.