We have been melting in the Austin heat since school was over a couple months ago. Searching for fun things to do inside or around water, loading up the kids in the car to head to the next camp, beach or lake vacation, driving up the mountains or somewhere in between has this Mama EXHAUSTED (please tell me I’m not the only one!) My children are my loves and my why BUT they can also be a lot in the Summer. Keeping their brains engaged and evolving, this is hard work! We’re at the finish line and need to work towards setting them up for success this upcoming school year.

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I have two children. My oldest is a boy who is quite responsible and extremely geared up every year for the beginning of classes. My youngest–my girl–likes the social aspect of heading back. When it comes to shopping for supplies, her focus is on things that are not on our lists. I attached a semi-last minute checklist for back to school shopping. Trusting this will remind you of what you still need to do and allow you to pat yourself on the back for what you have already completed!

Back to School Checklist:

Things to Gather/Purchase:

  • Book Bag or Wash Last Years
  • Lunch Bag or Wash Last Years
  • Reusable Lunch Containers
  • Sandwich Bags
  • Ice Packs
  • Reusable Water Bottle (2XChild)
  • Rain Jacket and/or Umbrella
  • New Sneakers
  • Socks (tall and short)
  • New School Clothes
  • School Supplies

Things to Organize:

  • Go Through Kids Clothes (donate/resale)
  • Arrange After School Care
  • Sing up for Sports Teams
  • Print/Download 2022-2023 Calendar
  • Input Holidays in Calendar
  • Download/Print School Supply Lists
  • Confirm Pick Up/Drop Off Times/Areas
  • Organize Shoe “Kick Off” Area
  • Backpack Drop Off Station/Hooks

Final Week of Summer:

  • Divide up School Supplies in Bags to be dropped off at Back to School night
  • Make a Grocery List of Needed Food and Supplies for Kids Lunches
  • Wash and Organize School Clothes/Outfits, Shoes for Do-It-Yourself Mornings
  • Start School Early Bedtimes and Routines
  • Start Weekday Wake Up Times and Morning Routines
  • Write Affirmation Lists and Discuss Expectations and Classroom Etiquette


Abigail Head
Abigail Head is a native Texan living in Central Austin with her hunky husband, Chad and their two strong willed rugrats. Their 6 year old son, Teak, is a true walking miracle and a strong force to be reckoned with. Sloan, their spunky firecracker and 2 year old daughter, is a fearless monkey on the playground. Abby loves chocolate, antiques, being creative, authentic people, and lots of coffee! She has been in the real estate business for over a decade however these days keeps busy wrangling her two little redheads and tries to find time to do something else she loves, write. Follow her and her family's shenanigans in the little squares on Instagram @theheadhouseatx or her little blog www.theheadhouseatx.com.


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