Show Notes: Back To School!

August 9, 2021

I love back to school season and greatly enjoyed recording this episode!

(We are also almost ready for back to school season around here – backpacks ready, school/lunch supplies ready, uniforms set, new shoes, etc! I anticipate a year with many quarantines during our current covid surge but I refuse to let go of all of the joy.)

Review of Current Planner Stack


Top to bottom: &Studium Study Planner, Papier dotted notebook, Hobonichi 5-year Journal, Erin Condren Life Planner, Cultivate What Matters 6-month Powersheets

Back to School Refreshes

For us, it’s the start of Quintile 4 and I like to think of it as a mini fresh start (the ‘true’ one being Jan 1!).

Things to think about refreshing . . .

Time-based routines

Start to the day – does it need to change based on when kids go to school? I will be writing out our AM routine step by step & reviewing with the kids. I will probably even hand them paper checklists the first week (this has helped us in the past!). Most likely, bedtime routines also need to be looked at.

Family calendar routines

Last year, did a physical calendar work well, or a digital one? (We have somewhat of a hybrid – physical for most things but shared Google Calendar for atypical events Josh and I want each other to be aware of). Also – make sure all school calendar holidays entered into whichever systems you are using!

Perfect timing to take advantage of fresh start + stacking of new routines. These can include planning routines, fitness, organizing, work habits, sleep habits, or anything else.

Vintage School Supply Fun!

My BPF (Best Planning Friend) suggested an episode dedicated too vintage school supplies. While I didn’t have enough material for an ep, this was a very fun segment!


Mead, $13, possibly available in October!
Pentech GripStix! Super vivid memories of these! Just me!?

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  • Reply Chelsea August 9, 2021 at 7:55 am

    I absolutely remember those scented markers. For me, it’s the grape one šŸ™‚

  • Reply Emily P August 9, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Did anyone else love the moldable erasers in the 90s? Those were my favorite weird school supply.

    Also, Iā€™m pretty sure I had a Lisa frank trapper keeper šŸ˜†

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger August 9, 2021 at 11:24 am

      Oh yeah I remember those!!!!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns August 9, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Ahh the nostalgia! One thing that came to mind for me was these mechanical pencils that had a fruit scent. They had these little lead pencil inserts that stacked w/in the pencil, so when one ran out, you pull it out and pushed it back into the pencil at the top? I am probably not describing them well, but I remember loving those! I also had a trapper keeper and some Lisa Frank accessories, like stickers!

    Also strongly remember the scented markers. The watermelon one stands out for me! It was a bright pink, I think?

  • Reply Amanda August 9, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    I remember all three of the items already mentioned! Teachers at my school hated Trapper Keepers because of the noise of the velcro! Pentech GripStix were awkward to hold and became even more awkward after you sharpened them. Another set of beloved markers was the Crayola Mini Stampers markers, which came out in the early 1990s. Did you have the pens with the multi-color inks (that never seemed to have much ink in them)? I had a 4-ink one – pink, purple, teal, and blue. I loved it. It wasn’t a school supply but for at home because it was pencil-only in elementary school.

  • Reply ashley August 9, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Gripstix! I’d completely forgotten about those. As a kid, I loved my Trapper Keeper, 4-color ballpoint pen, and all the Lisa Frank folders.

    I’m going to be working on some new back-to-school schedules, too. Older kid starts middle school, which means a new (earlier) start, and younger kiddo is going back to her before/after school program.

  • Reply Natasha Funk August 9, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Sarah, so glad you’re back! and looks like your summer has been good over all. I wanted to give you a pen suggestion: the Pentel Slicci 0.25 gel. I love this pen. I have the Wonderland 222 planner and this pen is perfect and doesn’t smudge! the super fine tip allows for precision writing because I’m rather particular about that! I saw that Amazon has an multi color 8pk, so I’m super excited to move into colors other than the purple one I bought forever ago and forgot about!

  • Reply Ali August 13, 2021 at 8:42 am

    My purple Trapper Keeper was MY LIFE. Going into this episode, I was HOPING you’d give the TK a shout-out!

    I used it throughout elementary school and loved every moment of it. When my younger brother was in high school, he used it for his summer driver’s ed course! He had no shame using it ~10-15 years later! Props to my my parents for still having it. šŸ™‚

    Grip Stix totally brought back memories, too! Ahhhhh!! Great episode!

  • Reply Marianne August 31, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Just getting to this episode, but had to come here and give a shout out to the 10-color pen, apparently still available on Amazon and I’m sure other fine retailers. Not that I ever needed yellow ink, but if I had, 7th grade me was totally ready!

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