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Early preparation and budget-saving tips for back to school

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    Kids talk about school lunches they love - and hate

    When it comes to school lunch, there are two things the majority of kids seem to agree on: Most of what cafeterias serve is gross and unhealthy (and, at times, downright unsanitary); and anything with sugar is worth its weight in gold.

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    Lunch just got cute: 17 adorable school lunches that look like art

    Packed lunches can get boring fast once the school year begins, but a few easy tricks can liven up even the simplest of sandwiches. We found bloggers across the web that have mastered the artistry of kids' lunches with animal shapes, creative plating, and more. Give one of these cute ideas a try and who knows, your little one might start coming home with an empty lunchbox!

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    10 back-to-school DIY ideas from Pinterest

    We've rounded up 10 relatively easy DIY ideas from Pinterest to satisfy any crafty (or wannabe) parent. Send your kids off with one of these cute concepts, sure to deliver lots of 'likes' on your Facebook page...

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    6 back-to-school bargains

    The new semester is starting soon, so it’s time to gear up. College students this year are expected to spend an average of $836.83 on apparel, electronics, dorm furnishings and more, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2013 Back-to-School Survey. Here’s how you can get ready for the new school year -- and still leave a little extra spending money in your wallet.

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    The 20 best tech finds for busy moms

    Sometimes, between all those social media platforms, apps, and devices, it seems as if technology makes life a whole lot more complicated. But these picks do exactly what innovations are meant to: simplify, assist, and give you peace of mind.

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    12 ways to have a great morning

    Transform your mornings from grumpy to great by following these 12 simple steps. (Singing in the shower is highly encouraged.)

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    The 10 best back-to-school notebooks

    This year, the teacher won't have to beg your children to take detailed notes—they'll be delighted by the chance to show off their quirky tablets.