Gifts to give yourself for back-to-school
Kids aren't the only ones who deserve some new gear at the start of the school year. You've worked hard all summer, so show yourself some love, too.
Reading books... you remember what that is, right? You might actually have some time to do that again now that the kids are back in class. Grab yourself an e-reader for easy access to all your favorite titles. Already have one? Download some new books and stock up. (Amazon, $139)
Look as good as you can at 8 a.m. by ditching those faded and threadbare yoga pants for a pair of brand new ones. (Old Navy, $20)
Single cup coffee brewer
You have enough to think about in the mornings, don't add making coffee to that list. With a single cup coffee brewer, you just grab a pack, stick it in and press one button — voilà. It's so easy you can do it with one eye open (and while packing lunches). (keurig.com, $180)
Now that school's back in session, you're going to spend a lot of time just sitting. You'll be sitting in your car at drop off and pick up, and sitting on bleachers and uncomfortable chairs during sports and dance practices. Download some new tunes to help pass the time.
It'll soon be too cold for those flip-flops you've been sporting all summer. Get yourself a great pair of ballet flats to celebrate the arrival of fall. They're comfy enough to wear all day while running errands, and will look much better at your next PTO meeting than those tired old tennis shoes you were wearing last spring. (Kohl's, $50)
Between teacher meetings, doctor's appointments, play dates and extracurricular activities, it's pretty tough to keep track of who needs to be where and when. Keep it all together with a calendar app. Cozi is great for a busy family, because multiple devices can log in to the same calendar, so you all know what's in the plan for the week. (Cozi.com, free)
Slow cooker cookbook
School-night meals are often rushed. Give yourself a little extra time by throwing something in the slow cooker after dropping the kids off at school. Grab a new slow cooker cookbook to get some new ideas. (crockingirls.com, $33)
Moms are always on the move and by the end of day, your feet are feeling it. Give yourself some well-deserved pampering with a footbath. Splurge on one with massaging water jets for a little slice of heaven. (Target, $50)
Be the most stylish (and warmest) mom in the bleachers this football season with a jacket made to get you through the best and worst of the fall weather. (Dick's Sporting Goods, $260)