The Hungry Sitter: Get organized for back-to-school

September 8, 2012

Thirty One Bags

Say hello to the hungry sitter, an experienced, active, funny and thoughtful care giver who also really loves food. The hungry sitter has worked with lots of families, each with a unique take on feeding, and she has a lot to say about it all.

It’s that time again. Time to get back to the routine.  As a sitter, this time of year means ditching day trips to the beach and and long afternoons in the park for school pick-ups, play dates and dance classes. And all those food rules we were allowed to break on hot summer days—like ducking into the random boardwalk burger joint for a “special” lunch or saying “why not” to the 4:30 pm ice cream cone—not so much anymore. These days, when you have to factor in homework and early wake-ups, it’s all about having healthy snacks on hand and staying on schedule, meals included.

Sound familiar? I’m sure it does since so much of what I do is an extension of what parents do. We’re all in the same boat, so I think you’ll agree when I say that the key to making it through a hectic school-year day is having a great bag.

Seriously!

This is all assuming that you’ve made the schedule. Once that’s done—which it usually is by the time I step in—having a good bag is essential to making it through the day without losing your mind trying to find diapers, water bottles, extra clothes, a first aid kit and snacks. So many snacks! Now that Stacie’s got you covered on the healthy snacks front, I want to help you keep them organized in your bag.

I am the queen of bags. Today, that means that I know how to spot the perfect one. Yesterday, though, it meant that I was carrying a million bags with me at any given moment. One wasn’t big enough, the other not the right shape. This one was for snacks, that one for swim class. It wasn’t good. Now that I understand what a big difference the right bag can make, I want to share my finds with you. It may seem like a small thing, but I’ve found that the more organized and settled we are, the more our brain can focus on what’s most important: those cute little people we love so much.

I know it’s a departure from the normally food focused posts here on OHM, but I also know that your bag is probably packed with snacks as we speak… and maybe even a few smooshed cheese sticks from last week. (Been there.) These bags, a few of my favorites, will help keep you—and all those snacks you’re carrying around—super organized.

OHM Dakine Sophia backpack

Dakine Sophia Backpack

First of all, this is just cute. (I don’t know about you, but that’s first of my list!) It’s also super practical with tons of little compartments and plenty of room for a stock of healthy snacks that’ll keep your little ones going after a long day at school.

ikat diaper bag

OiOi Pompeian Ikat Tote

Again, just so cute! It’s really a diaper bag, which is a major plus for those of us caring for botte-drinking, diaper-wearing wee ones. However, it’s also great for folks taking care of older kids (especially more than one). The thing about diaper bags is that they have lots and lots of room!

I grab a diaper bag when I hit the park in early fall for an after-school picnic. Paired with these reusable utensils, it’s all you need. Well, maybe these delicious vanilla poached cherries, too. (What a great afterschool snack!)

OHM Thirty-One City Weekender Tote

Thirty-One Bags

These bags are my absolute FAV! I will be toting a City Weekender Bag this fall, for sure! These funky bags are made to hold up through the long haul. Some even have lunch box and cooler inserts. Hello food lovers! There are a million styles to chose from. And, if these aren’t for you, you should at least check out the kids bags. Kiddo can help you buy having their own super organized bag and these are the ones, with compartments for everything from (you guessed it) snacks to crayons. The only drawback is that you have to order from a rep, but most have their own website where you can order one to have shipped to you at home.

So there you go! Let me know you think and share your secrets for staying organized.

– The Hungry Sitter

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