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The Perfect After-School Snack: Homemade Granola Bars

Bake a pan of these snacks and you'll never go back to the boxed stuff. They're super-easy and fun to make with kids.

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  • Scheduling

    Who's picking up Susie from soccer practice? How are you going to be at gymnastics and piano lessons at the same time? Everyday scheduling conundrums like these beg the question: How does the serene (working) mom do it? Probably with some of these time-saving strategies! Learn how mothers cope with overloaded calendars and endless to-do lists with tips from Lorie Marrero, professional organizer and creator of ClutterDiet.com.

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    Choose the Right Calendar

    Yes, you can manage multiple schedules - with the proper tool. Paper planners, such as WhoMi, allow busy moms to organize their work, home, and travel schedules, as well as their spouse's and children's activities, all on one page. Free electronic calendars that consolidate multiple schedules, such as Google and Cozi, are ideal for sharing information between family members. Better yet, these calendars sync with your computer and smartphone. Take advantage of the reminder features to keep you on track on the go.

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  • The end of a relaxing summer is hard enough to face without stressing about your kids' return to the classroom. These ideas for family bonding, healthy eating, academic success, and more will make the transition a whole lot smoother. By Paige Carlotti and Julia Marino, REDBOOK.

    Celebrate the first day
    Start a first-day-of-school morning tradition, says Laura Bay, 2013 to 2015 National PTA president-elect, who gets up early to make her kids' favorite breakfasts each year. No time for an elaborate morning meal? Take a photo to commemorate the occasion, go out for ice cream after school, or slip an encouraging note into your child's backpack, suggests Sherrie Le Masurier, author of Organized Simplicity. These special traditions will make the first day of school seem like something to celebrate rather than something to dread.

    Get organized with apps
    During this crazy-busy time of year, keep everything on the one device that follows you everywhere: your phone. For after-school sports management

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  • Your nightly instruction to pack those bags so they won't miss the bus tomorrow will sound a whole lot less annoying when kids are stuffing supplies into these sacs. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

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  • Lunch Bag Plus, Arctic Zone

    Most lunch boxes fail to keep edibles at safe temperatures when loaded with an ice pack, which means food could spoil before lunchtime. But the Good Housekeeping Research Institute found a safe solution, including packing healthy foods that don't need to be so carefully chilled. Here, 10 of the easiest-to-clean, kid-friendliest boxes we tested.

    1. Lunch Bag Plus, Arctic Zone ($8.99)
    With a clip to attach it to a backpack, an external pocket, and a container to hold a sandwich, this soft-sided bag has lots to offer. As it's only available in solid colors and can be difficult for a young child to open, it's a better choice for an older child. Available in blue, black, and pink.

    2. Kids Hi-Top Lunch Bag Plus, Arctic Zone ($8.99)
    This soft-sided lunchbox has a zippered compartment for a sandwich container. As it comes in a wide variety of kid-friendly patterns ranging from football players to fairy princesses, it's a good choice for younger tots. Available in black, pink, and purple.

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  • Budget-friendly recommendations

    These budget-friendly recommendations from the Good Housekeeping Research Institute will help you set your favorite student up in style.

    1. Dorm Décor
    She'll want to put her own stamp on her space, and the easiest way to do that quickly is with colorful bedding. Since she may be using the same set for all four years, you'll want a durable topper like the Residence Hall Linens Extra Long Extra Warm Reversible Comforter ($40). This affordable blanket held up well after numerous washings and comes in a wide array of patterns and colors.

    2. Better Bedding
    Dorm beds aren't always the most comfortable, but the generous Wamsutta Pinpoint 360 Sheets ($15 twin, $25 XL twin) leave plenty of room for a cushy mattress topper and come in eight colors.

    Related: Find the Best Dorm Bedding

    3. Terrific Towels
    You'll want to send him off to school with a towel set that can take plenty of abuse. Lasting Color Towels ($3.99-$5.99) from Bed, Bath & Beyond are absorbent and quick to dry, and didn't bleed in the wa

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