When you’re a parent, a mom hack isn’t just the easy way out—it’s also the only way to get it all done—especially in the busy back-to-school season. We scoured Instagram and rounded up some of the best “mom hacks” that other moms swear by . . . and you can start using right away.
1. Put together your own “I’m bored” pack.
Pick up an extra one of these from the back-to-school supplies area, and you’ll always have entertainment ready to go.
2. Turn veggies into easy snack options.
It’s such a simple thing, but yes, it does make kids more likely to eat their fruits and veggies! Here’s one of our favorite food prep containers … a 10-piece set for only $17.
3. Add LEGOs to the soap dispenser.
It looks cute, leaves little ones in awe, and entices them to always wash their hands and leave the bathroom clean and germ-free!
4. Use nail polish for labeling.
Who needs a marker when nail polish will do just fine? It’s also so … much … fun!
'Bear Grylls' mom strikes again! When your indelible marker gives up the ghost (or you weren't organised enough to buy one, ahem) – your trusty Flormar nail varnish can do the trick on those back to school essentials 😉 It's done. They're gone to school. Obligatory school uniform photos taken. Empty cereal bowls abandoned on the kitchen table. Pyjamas discarded across the landing. Kettle on. Yep. Back to routine. – – – – #backtoschool #school #hack #sharpie #momhack #nametag #millie #flormar #nailvarnish #kitchen #inventive #momlife #schoolrun #beargrylls #instafunny #instamood #friday #friyay #instablog #lifestyle #tigerstore #coffeetime
5. Prep and serve.
This mom used cutting boards as plates/placemats when her dishwasher was in the middle of a cycle. But we love the idea for ALL the time. You can cut up their lunch and then just serve it to them right away. Plus they’re so inexpensive. Get a pack of six for around $10.
6. Put together a quick safety kit.
A snack bag and lunch box doubles as a quick safety kit for this wise mom.
7. Save time and shop online.
Save time by ordering your groceries online and then pick them up when it’s convenient for you! Walmart’s free Online Grocery Pickup means you don’t even have to get out of your car. Just swing by the store, wait for a friendly associate to load your trunk, and you’ll be on your way. It’s that simple! Try it today and you’ll save $10 off your first order of $50 or more. Use code MOMHACKS.
On the recommendation of my sister in law, @vrbarton I finally tried online grocery shopping for the first time. This is life changing! I ordered my groceries yesterday and picked them up this afternoon. When my personal shoppers Akeem and Detra brought them out and loaded them in the car I almost jumped out of the car to hug them…but thought that might be going a bit too far 😁😁😁 They even gave me this little bag of freebies!#walmartonlinegrocery
8. Make your own dry shampoo.
You don’t need to wash your kids’ hair every single day. And for the in-between days, try this hack!
This is SO EASY!!!!! DIY Dry Shampoo!!!! This is amazing!!!! I've used dry shampoo in the past (chemical filled🙈) and they haven't been this good!!! This smells amazing and feels so soft and lovely, not gritty!!!! Step 1: find empty container (I used old body butter container👌🏻) Step 2: dump arrowroot powder in container! Step 3: add a few drops of oils you like & mix Step 4: apply to sections of hair using make up brush- this is key and helps blend!!! ****for DARK hair: add coco powder!!!
9. Make easy popsicles.
Dump those fruit squeezes your kids love so much into a mold and voila! Try this mold, which makes nine popsicles at once!
#momhacks ok so if you've read the blog or cruised through my ig at all you have seen my homemade Popsicle recipes. Sure, I love to whip up a batch of #goodforyou #fudgesicles with beans, oats, peanut butter and almond milk, but some days (like today) I just wanna squeeze a tube of premade fruit pouch into the moulds and call it a day. #food #toddlerfood #vegetarianbaby #vegetariantoddler #easypeasy #lazy #mamadrinkswineblog
10. Add oils to your dryer routine.
Essential oils + dryer balls = genius idea and wonderful smells.
11. Sharpen your crayons.
If you like your crayons sharp like your pencils, then try this hack. It’s a pencil sharpener attached to a plastic storage container. So simple and so smart!
12. Organize your life.
This mom conquers organization in so many ways. It’s amazing how a little bit of organization can keep us sane and happy.
BFE Coach Tip: With school back in session soon (or already in session for many), I am focused on organization and stress-free school days! Of course command stations are my go-to, but keeping a place for your kids to easily pack and unpack/pickup their backpacks and gather all of their clothes for the day is a sure way to keep them organized and involved, increase their accountability and responsible behavior, and reduce the hassles of bolting out the door and forgetting something. What are you adapting into your routine this school year?
13. Convince your kids that bananas are cookies.
You want a cookie? How about banana cookies!!! (If you say it with enough enthusiasm, your toddler just might believe you.)
14. Take the guesswork out of breakfast.
We love easy meal prep. These cupcake breakfast quiches make it easy to grab food on the go.
I'm gonna try & use the stories feature here on IG more often. Inspired by my girl @styleapproximately and her use of stories… lol. So check that out if you were curious. But anyways, meal prepping saves my life DAILY. Especially with a newborn because I don't have time to cook a full on meal three times a day. So this week I made my menu with recipes from the #FitgirlsCookbook . These #CupcakeQuiche with potatoes were hella easy to make and good! So easy to customize to your liking. Then all you gotta do is warm em up in the morning. Easy to make for a family too! Also made the #stupideasymacandcheese but prepped 2 ways. Husband takes his to work so I put the ingredients together (sour cream on the side) so he can easily take it on the go to microwave it fresh at work. For me, I'll be home so I just threw the cauliflower & pasta in separate tupperwares to assemble my portion here at home. Another recipe that is good for the fam. #KitchenHacks #ChefCarmen #Mama #WifeLife #FitFam #mealPrep #MomLife #MomHack #Breakfast #Lunch #MacAndCheese #HiddenVeggies #Eggs #EasyMeals #Easy #HealthyMeals
15. Count and play.
Visual learning is always a good idea. Plus this builds good fine motor skills for those little hands!
16. Turn lunch into art and fun.
#momhack Want to share one of my kiddos favorite 🍱 #hotlunch 🐙🌭 #salchipulpos for 👦🏻👦🏻👧🏻 #teamaguayo 📚 is always a hit!!!! Very easy, fun and fast To Make 👩🏻🍳 My kiddos are 🙇🏻 not crazy about #coldlunches or #schoollunches so this 👩🏻 #mama likes to get 😉creative 🍱 Tip: Use #barillaplus spaghetti to give them extra protein Make little slits on the hotdog, where the face would be to represent the 👀 eyes, it is always fun to see what the facial expressions will be after they are boiled #somearehappy #somearemad #salchipulpos🐙 #hotfoodthermos are a 💖 lifesaver for #casaaguayo #AguayoAdventure #schoollunchideas #kidshotlunch
17. Make ice pack balloons.
The next picnic, I’m definitely doing this. Frozen water balloons as ice is a mom hack I can totally get behind.
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18. Take great pictures with speech bubbles.
These awesome speech-bubble signs are so easy to make. I see a Christmas card in the making right here.
This week on the blog, I'm talking about my favorite Back To School Mom Hacks–including my absolute favorite-Speech Bubble First Day of School Signs. They're fun, functional, super easy to make, and won't cover your kids adorable outfits. Check out my blog for your own free printable. What's your favorite Back To School Mom Hack? Leave me a comment below. #Technotini . . . #backtoschool #momhacks #family #familyfun #familyfirst #familylove #kidsofinstagram #momswithcameras #candidchildhood #momblog #pixel_kids #clickinmoms #childhoodunplugged #letthembelittle #momtogs #mom_hub #cameramama #childofig #uniteinmotherhood #our_everyday_moments #suttonsisters #georgiablogger #adventureawaits #siblinghoodlove #happygirlsaretheprettiest #abmhappylife #thisisfive #thisis5 #thisisseven
19. Keep your floors clean longer.
These will make this chore a lot more fun. Plus, your results will last longer. Buy a pair of mop slippers here.
20. Create a new place for art at home.
This is a teacher hack, but it would be a wonderful set-up for home, too. All you need is a board, and then you can display all their prized work year-round.
21. Cut up bananas in seconds.
Remember the banana cookies from earlier? Now you have a way to quickly slice them! Use this egg slicer to make it easy.
22. Maximize your ice cube tray.
Chocolate as ice cubes? Don’t mind if I do. One of these would also be perfect in cooling down hot chocolate. You can get a three pack of trays for less than $3.
23. Save yourself from extra dishes.
Want to stop your kids from always getting a new cup? Try this idea by adding magnets!
Drink cups/snack cups!!! Magnets and some hot glue to help the kids feel independent! Drink cups are for water only and the snack cups will have a line that certain snacks can be filled to! (They also do have to ask to get the snack) #backtoschool #momlife #organization #kitchenhacks #kids #independentkids
24. Turn jars into organizers.
This is a great idea to reuse old jars. This hack could also work for organizing art areas.
25. Use ribbon for easy ID.
Sometimes the simplest solutions can be the most wonderful answers to a common problem. This mom used ribbon to help identify her child’s jacket.
Getting tired of your kid coming home with another kid's jacket? I just wrote a little #backtoschool #parentinghack blog post on how to get around this! Hit link in bio 😃 · · · · #parentblogger #school #schooluniform #mummyblogger #mommyblogger #momhacks #parenthacks #kidshacks #schoolbags #newpost #blogpost #parentinghacks
26. Give multiple options for pizza night.
This photo proves that dads can have pretty amazing hacks, too. This guy made different pizzas for his family by creating strips because everyone likes it a different way! Try this AirBake pan for $10.
27. Make your walls safe for masterpieces.
There’s something about the walls that just inspire kids to bust out their crayons and channel their inner Picasso. Stick a piece of foam board to your walls or the backside of wrapping paper and let their creativity flow!
I got a ton of messages the other day when I power my workout and how I keep this little lady busy so I wanted to share my fav #parenthack ! I attached a foam board to our wall and give her crayons to go to town! You could also use the back of old wrapping paper which is cheap and takes up more space. I need to remind her sometimes to only draw on board but she's getting there! TAG another parent or SHARE today's hack! #toddlermom
28. Use essential oils for cleaning.
Lemon essential oil can get rid of stickiness quickly. Just add a few drops to the affected area, let it sit for a few minutes and buh-bye annoying sticker remains. Bonus: this also works on furniture.
Here is a great tip! Ever have stubborn sticker residue left on something that is driving you crazy? Try a few drops of lemon essential oil! I let the oil sit on the area for a few minutes and then gently rub with a cloth and repeat if necessary. I used to always destroy my nails trying to get the darn things off and the result was never this good! This also works when your children draw on or apply stickers to your furniture. Bonus: your room smells ah-mazing when you are done! 😊🍋 . . #cleaninghacks #momhacks #essentialoilsrock #lemonyfresh
29. Organize the weekly wardrobe.
On Sunday nights, pick out the outfits for the week and roll them up into a handy closet organizer like the one below. Bonus: choose two options for each day if you live in an area with unpredictable weather!
Back to school mom hacks! These closet organizers are a god sent. I got this thru Avon years ago. But I'm pretty sure they can be found at places like #walmart this one happened to have a slot for shoes but we aren't that fancy. So I've used that space for a cooler outfit. Everyone knows how unpredictable September weather can be especially in Canada. So having a quick choice between hor and cold options will be key! Pic 2 features #burritoclothing. In an effort to save space and make sure my kids and hubs could quickly grab a prematched outfit I decided to roll the bottom and top together! #hacks #lifehacks #momhacks #backtoschool #imready #kidsstuff #momstuff
30. Make an instant easel.
When the boxes start piling up from deliveries, don’t feel the pressure to toss them. Instead stick your child inside, hand them some crayons and let them enjoy their very own artist’s space!
31. Use a shoe organizer in the bathroom.
You’ll always be organized and know where to find just what you need even when bath time becomes a messy, tantrum fueled showdown!