Back to School Must Haves

The end of August signifies Back to School, and every tip, trick and shortcut helps. From stinky gym socks to homework stations, your entire life changes from the lazy summer days. Here are a few items to help get you back on track after a few months of summer living! Check out my TV segment on News 4 in San Antonio here!


I have a 10 year old and a 7.5 year old, and along with kids that age comes a lot of…smells. From stinky soccer cleats to towels left on the floor, there is always something in my home that isn’t emanating a pleasant odor. The tough part about a lot of these items is that you can’t pop them in the washer!

FunkAway eliminates all the funky odors from clothes, shoes, bags and gear. This is my go-to when I need to control the funk – and I’m telling you it works!

FunkAway’s Exclusive ” OM Complex™” separates itself from it’s competitors – they are considered the “Anti-Febreze” by attacking the source of funky odors, breaking it down and eliminating it completely, versus just covering it up! Grab them on Amazon and in select Walmarts. Here is the lineup I use in my home:

  • The heavy-duty Aerospray is perfect for removing built-up odors in sports gear, smelly bags and refreshes whatever else you can’t put in the wash.
  • FunkAway Shoe Spray is great for bringing life back to your kids sneakers, cleats, skates, or any other funky pair of shoes.
  • The max strength Laundry Booster works as your everyday detergent as a booster to remove trapped-in smells and stains from activewear, shin guards, workout towels and more.
  • For keeping your home Funk Free, the supercharged Odor Eliminating Beads work where others fail in kid’s bedrooms, closets, home gyms, laundry rooms, bathrooms, garages or wherever odors are a problem. I have one permanently in our shared bathroom, and it even helps to eliminate cigarette smoke that sometimes drifts in through the window (ew).

Ubuntu Life Go-To Tote & Pouches

Yes, kids usually need a new backpack when they go back to school. But what about YOU? You still haul all of their stuff around on the weekends, to PTA meetings, and to sporting events, drama productions and music recitals. Time to grab a gorgeous, high-quality bag and pouches to organize your life.

This collection of eye-catching Kuba-print bags and pouches are a practical, yet stylish back to school must-haves. The 100% natural cotton canvas bag, with a screen-printed historical Kuba cloth pattern from the Democratic Republic of Congo, comes in a variety of neutral tones (the pouches are also now available in NEON) and has a leather trim from one of Kenya’s finest & oldest tanneries.

Also, Ubuntu Life is a fashion accessories brand based in Austin but made in Kenya. Every purchase employs Maker Mums in Kenya with the profits benefiting a medical center for their disabled children. 

Surprize by Stride Rite

EVERY year my kids need new shoes. Scratch that, every season! My kids usually get two pair of shoes at a time- one is a sneaker, and the other is seasonal (either sandals or snow boots…that’s all we have in the Midwest!). My children have worn Stride Rite for years- I love the durability and reasonable pricing that the brand offers.

They have two styles currently available exclusively at Target for little kids:

Surprize by Stride Rite Revel Shoes are not just versatile, they’re easy to take on and off with the wide opening and faux lace-up & light-up detailing. She’ll love the big-girl look and you’ll revel in how easy they are to machine wash, yes, even with those adorable lights that shine with every step she takes.

The trendy styling of the Surprize by Stride Rite Flynn Sneaker has the versatility to play-up any outfit. Thanks to the generous fit, grippy rubber outsoles and memory foam footbeds, he will be safe from stumbles. Plus, the hook-and-loop closure is paired with a faux lace-up detail to lend a big-boy look with the ease of a slip-on silhouette.


Many of us know the burden of setting up a home school space for our children. It was a bit of a disaster for us last year- no one had enough chargers, there wasn’t good lighting, they couldn’t stay organized. This year, we are fortunate enough to be back in school…for now. BUT- my children still need organized spaces in our home to do homework and complete projects.

Lumicharge is the IDEAL home desk accessory for everyone in the family, especially kids. It is a multi-funcitonal lamp that comes with the ability to charge up to three phones at once! It also includes an iWatch charger, headphone holder, clock, calendar, temperature display, and alarm.

Right now, you can grab 20% off on their website of with code FALL20 and an automatic 50% off a second item PLUS free shipping over $79. It can also be found on Amazon, but without the discount. I have one for each of my kids!

Cheers to staying organized, stink-free and getting something for yourself this back to school season!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and may contain affiliate links. All opinions are honest and my own as always.