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Back-to-School Essentials for Mom

Chances are you've already sifted through mounds of pencils, folders and backpacks to snag your kids' supplies for the year ahead. But what about you, Mom? Between carpool schlepping and soccer game cheering, back-to-school is the perfect time to stock up on your own must-haves. Here are a few essentials we recommend to keep you fueled, fun and fearless all school year long:

1. Relax: Back-to-school anxieties aren't just for kids. Bring on the fall frenzy with this genius concoction that relieves stress in 20 seconds flat. Deep breaths, Mamas — we've got this!

2. Eat Up: Wow your kids with these awesome recipes for quick, healthy and fun-packed lunches. Sorry, PB&J, but it's time to break up. (It's not you—it's our allergic kid.)

3. Get Kicky: Face it; your ragged old sweats have seen better carpool drop-offs. Step it up a notch by stepping out in these ultra-cozy, flattering leggings from Beyond Yoga. Pair with sneakers and a graphic tee to hit the gym (or not — we won't tell!).

4. Energy Boost: For those jam-packed days without a lunch break in sight, stash a Justin's delicious gluten-free, on-the-go nut butter (or four) in your purse, glove compartment or work tote. Sharing optional.

5. New Uniform: All hail the fall uniform, and if there's one closet workhorse we're betting on this season, it's the work shirt from Madewell. Dress it up for your 9-to-5 with a bold pencil skirt and heels, then simply swap out the footwear for your kid's cross-country meet.

6. Aromatherapy: Combat those late-night worries and drift into a stress-free dream land with this lavender-infused pillow spray from Net-a-Porter.

7. Duly Noted: Want a planner that (finally!) fits your busy lifestyle? This French favorite from Mon Cahier leaves plenty of space to schedule your entire day, hour-by-hour. From PTA meetings to weekend bonfires — Type A mamas, rejoice!

8. The Recreational Bag: For the million hats you don daily, here's the bag to fit 'em all in. This roomy leather carry-all is handmade in Ethiopia from one loving mama to another.

9. Technical Upgrade: While you're running all over town, your phone's battery is running on empty. Stay charged and in charge with an on-the-go keychain that works (almost) as hard as you.

10. Multitasker: Stash this multitasking beauty balm from Tory Burch in your glove compartment to pucker up while they buckle up. Or, dab a bit on your cheeks and achieve that rosy "I just ran six miles" glow without even lacing those sneakers.

11. Water Cooler: Every mother knows that staying hydrated is the key to an energetic day. Sip in style with BKR's smart glass water bottle nestled in a BPA-free silicone sleeve. Eco-conscious and pretty? A++!

12. Sneaker Chic: Craving a pair of shoes you can dress up, down and all around? Jump into fall's most lovable, comfy trend: the neutral suede sneaker. Pair with running pants for a quickie workout, then slap on a fitted skirt and oversized sweater to move throughout your day with ease and style.

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