You know you’re a Gen X parent when Back to School conjures images of Trapper Keepers, scented erasers and shiny new Mary Janes (the shoes, people). But as a parent, we’re thinking useful; the backpack that won’t fall apart, packing of the lunches day after day and the – ugh! – getting up early. These uniquely LA ideas make going back to school that much more fun.

Cool, Unique Backbacks

Our favorite local bag maker has a new line of backpacks for little girls, just in time for back to school. The Pattern LA bags are adorable, unique, and you’ll want to borrow them -if you can get them away from your daughter. (Order yourself an extra pencil case – they double as great tablet/ipad/kindle holders.) They come in mix and match colors and they’re so brand spanking new that your little girl will be the only one at school with this cool bag –no need to write her name all over it!

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Happy Back to School shopping! All Red Tricycle readers get a 30% discount on these awesome backpacks this fall! Just enter the code REDTRI30 at checkout.

Photo credit: Pattern LA

What are your secrets for making it easier to head back to school?  Meet you in the comment section to find out!