Make a Date and Keep It

Get Organized for Back to School

erin condren calendar!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make sure all health forms are returned, permission slips signed, and drop-offs/pickups coordinated.

You may select any calendar, reminder system, or notepad to complete this task. However, we strongly recommend the following.

Erin Condren Jumbo Calendar
Backed with a sturdy piece of acrylic, the calendar ($40) hangs on the wall or sits on a counter propped up by a plate stand. Personalize it with your name and family pics; use colorful reminder stickers (date night, no school, hair appointment) to keep things on track.

susy jack notes mouse pad!Susy Jack Notes Mouse Pad
You’re online ordering winter pj’s when you remember you need milk — a natural mom-brain connection. Thankfully, a notepad is always at your fingertips, courtesy of a mouse pad ($9) that doubles as a to-do list. It’s a multifunctional solution for a multitasking mom.

russell + hazel mom binder!Russell + Hazel Signature Binder and Files
Think of them as Trapper Keepers for the carpool set. The three-ring accessories ($14-$60) can be organized to house class lists, emergency contact info, extracurricular schedules, and school calendars, as well as homework, projects, and report cards.

If you do not get organized, your home will self-destruct in one month. Welcome back to school.

kids’ backpacks for back to school!Need more help getting it together? We found the best kids’ backpacks for the new school year.

this week in washington d.c.!

Pick-Your-Own Blackberries

What: Take along a bucket (or buy one there) and fill it with the bumper crop of berries ($2.50 per pound).
Why: Thornless bushes make for ouch-free picking.
When: Tues.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Butler’s Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown (301-972-3299).

529 Kids Consign Event

What: Drop by for free story time and then browse the selection of gently used designer clothing for kiddos and moms-to-be.
Why: Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to break the bank.
When: Wed. Sale, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; story time, 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Where: Hooray for Books, 1555 King St., Alexandria (703-548-4092).

Ahh … Sharks

What: Hunt for teeth in the sand, make crafts, and touch artifacts.
Why: Become an expert on the fearsome fish.
When: Mon., Wed. & Fri., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: National Children’s Museum Launch Zone, 112 Waterfront St., National Harbor (301-686-0225). Adults and children, free.

Photos: Courtesy of Erin Condren; Courtesy of Blue Sky; Courtesy of Russell + Hazel

National Children's Museum Launch Zone
112 Waterfront St
National Harbor
Fort Washington, MD 20745
1555 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
22222 Davis Mill Rd
Germantown, MD 20876