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.

Recycle Your Lunch

And now we come to our least favorite part of back to school – the lunch making. You want to be environmentally friendly and pack reusable containers, but there’s only so many of those things you can shove into a lunch bag. Cue LA native Rachel Ostroy to the rescue with Neat-O’s. These baggies can be reused hundreds of times, let you see the contents without opening it, and can even be personalized with drawings or labels. They come in multiple sizes and all close with zippers, so you don’t have to worry about trying to scrape off dried food from velcro – yuck! With these awesome little gems, you might actually look forward to packing lunches every morning.
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Photo Credit: Neat-O’s

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