Back to school is here, mamas, and you know what that means… nine straight months of packing lunches! With four kids in my house, I can attest that nothing about the school year stresses me out more than lunch.

I have to constantly come up with healthy meals that my kids will actually eat and I never have the right food containers. Believe me, I've attempted to have the right gear—like that time I bought four bento boxes and after one cycle in the dishwasher, none of them would close. Or that time I bought four sets of lunch boxes at the grocery store and all the lids had cracked after a few uses.

Plus the waste plagues me. My family's landfill contribution annually is something I'm actively trying to chip away at, which is why investing in waste-free mealtime solutions is a priority.

So, say it with me, mamas: New school year, new lunch situation! I set out to find the safest, most durable reusable food containers that will satisfy all the demands of even your pickiest eater. Got a kid that prefers fresh veggies? PlanetBox's stainless bento boxes are the way to go. Your kid demands a hot, homemade lunch daily? Hydro Flask's food flasks are your solution. Can't stand the idea of sending one more snack to school in a plastic bag? Well, Stasher's reusable silicone bags about to blow your mind.

Comprised of stainless steel, silicone and in some cases BPA-free plastic, these food container solutions are all non-toxic and they're going to set you on the path to healthy school lunches all year long


Why we love it: Is it possible for a food container brand to be lovely? Because, um, that's the exact sentiment when using Ecolunchbox's wares. Plastic-free and leak-free, the brand's Blue Water Bento line of nesting cups and modular boxes are the perfect lunch solution for kids who want options—and genius design means that all of the products can either nest into themselves or stack for easy storage. Our favorite offering is the Seal Cup Trio (pictured above) comprising a small, medium and large round container that is perfect for everything from berries to pasta to pita chips. All parts are dishwasher and oven-safe to boot!

More to know: Ecolunchbox also offers a variety of 100% stainless steel stackable bento boxes and snack containers that are equally awesome.



Why we love it: If the amount of single-use plastic bags your family churns through is something you simply can't abide by anymore, Stasher is your answer. Perfect for the many snacks kiddos need throughout the school day, Stasher bags are 100% silicone, non-toxic, hypoallergenic and—get this—can go in the dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, stovetop (sous vide!) and in the oven. Seriously. And the amount of things you can put in the five different bag sizes—snacks! sandwiches! school supplies! makeup!—is literally endless. You're going to want to have a drawer full of these, and we don't blame you one bit.

More to know: A certified B Corp., Stasher is part of the 1% for the Planet organization, donating 1% of its proceeds to non-profits protecting the ocean. Doesn't that feel good?


U Konserve

Why we love it: Deeply committed to reducing the amount of trash we product, U Konserve has a complete selection on of food storage solutions to help you this school year. Our favorites are the stainless steel "divided" containers that come in a range of sizes with removable dividers and leak-free lids and the round nesting trio. While these products' lids and dividers are plastic, they are free of BPA, phthalates and lead. Bright primary colors make these containers cute as can be, and the roomy sizes mean that you'll probably be borrowing them to store dinner leftovers every now and again, too.

More to know: Also a certified B Corp., U Konserve donates 20% of its profits back to schools that promote waste-free lunch packing, and is also part of 1% for the Planet.


Pottery Barn Kids

Why we love it: It's hard to talk about kids' lunch solutions without mentioning Pottery Barn Kids. A leader for all things back to school—backpacks and water bottles and pencil cases, oh my!—all swathed in adorable prints and patterns, the company clearly knows how to satisfy the needs of moms and kids alike. And when it comes to food containers, we love the myriad of options within the Spencer line. Available in a dozen sizes and configurations—from a bento with four compartments great for Mediterranean snacking to a sandwich-size—the collection comprises stainless steel bottoms with translucent plastic lids that are free of BPA, phthalates and lead. Looking for a one stop shop? PBK is your answer, as all of the Spencer components fit neatly in the brand's litany of lunchbox options.

More to know: The containers are dishwasher safe.



Why we love it: There are bento boxes and then there is PlanetBox. This brand legit launched a thousand Pinterest pages—you know the ones, where moms post photos of the healthy, adorable meals tidily arranged in cutesy compartment? Yep, those shiny, stainless steel lunchboxes you're eyeing are likely from PlanetBox.

Offering three options, we tested them all and here's the rundown: The Shuttle is the smallest option and is perfect for pre-schoolers, with two compartments and one tall silicone-capped "dipper" that is ideal for containing condiments, yogurts, juicy fruits and more. Next up is the Rover, which is full of compartments of varying size and shape and contains one small and one big dipper. Lastly, there's the Launch, which is the same size as Rover but has three bigger compartments and one small dipper—perfect for your traditional kid who loves nothing more than a PB&J, a fruit and a dessert. The best part? You can throw 'em in the dishwasher nightly. (Oh, and the lids are attached… so your kids will never lose them!)

More to know: Pair your lunchboxes with PlanetBox's super cute coordinating Carry Bags that are made from 100% recycled polyester—and add the stainless steel and silicone water bottle, which fits perfectly into the bags' front pocket.



Why we love it: We've long been obsessed with Hydro Flask's water bottles for adults and kids (seriously, if you haven't checked these out, you want to!), so it's no surprise we're equally enamored with the brand's Food Flasks. Available in 12 and 18 ounces, the flasks keep foods piping hot or freezing cold. You read that right—you can now send your sweet-pea to school with ice cream as dessert. Comprised of pro-grade steel on the inside, powder coat on the outside and an insulated plastic lid that is free of BPA and Phthalates, the food flask is about to be your kiddo's new favorite way to eat lunch.

More to know: The flasks come with a lifetime warranty.


Bee's Wrap

Why we love it: Bee's Wrap is the sustainable, natural alternative to the Saran Wrap that you're perpetually running out of. Use it to wrap everything from fruit to sandwiches or cover last night's leftovers in a bowl. Made of GOTS-certified organic cotton treated with beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, the malleable wraps are reusable for up to a year—simply hand wash and air dry! With more than 1,200 positive reviews on Amazon, Bee's Wraps come in four bee-themed patterns will make you and your kiddo's eyes light up.

More to know: A certified B Corp., Bee's Wrap is based in Vermont where the wraps are made by hand.


Bonus: Bentgo

Why we love it: Listen, we were really hoping to avoid 100% plastic items on this list… but with more than 6,000 positive reviews on Amazon, the Bentgo Kids Lunch Boxes simply had to be included in our roundup. And that's not including the multiple Motherly staffers who swear by these puppies! Available in three primary colors (green, purple and blue), the box's big latches are easy for little hands to open and include five sensibly-sized compartments that kiddos—especially younger ones—will enjoy grazing over. They're leak-proof, dishwasher and microwave-safe and feature rubberized edges that make it the most durable on this list.

More to know: The boxes are free of BPA, Vinyl, Lead, and PVC and are recommended for ages 3 to 7.


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I'm usually that girl who shells out for premium leggings, and I still think they're fun as a treat, but I've now bought these so-called "compression" leggings in multiple colors. And since 74% of you told us in a recent Instagram poll that you live in leggings, we hope this practical hot tip can help make #momlife a little easier for you, too.

So why compression? While we'd never advise going to extremes, we're not opposed to a little help keeping everything in place. To be clear, this isn't about hiding—we're all for celebrating our bodies (and especially our bellies) at every stage. But adapting to an ever-changing shape can be distracting, and a little extra support around the stomach and hips can feel amazing after birth and help you focus on what's important.

What these $20 leggings have on even my most expensive pairs is that they are thickmeaning they don't snag in the wash, sheer out when I squat, or (heaven forbid) rip when I bend over. Their durability makes them perfect for both household chores and high-intensity workouts. They're also warm, making them well-suited for transitioning between seasons. And once your wardrobe fully changes over, the same brand makes compression shorts that are equally comfy.

Homma Premium Thick High Waist Tummy Compression Slimming Leggings

amazon leggings

As for the whole compression thing? Once they're on, I honestly don't notice anything but how flattering they are when I catch my reflection in the mirror. The 88% Nylon, 12% Spandex blend keeps it tight without feeling, well, too tight. Think of the compression like a gentle hug, or a guardian angel that just wants to bless your curves all day long. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to order another pair.


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I admit it: We struggle with screen time in my house. My 4-year-old is a rambunctious consumer of entertainment and most of his beloved forms come in the mini screen of my cell phone. I do, however, do my best to fill that screen with the most educational kid's apps that exist, and one of his favorites is the world of Sago Mini. Their apps are fun, playful, and yes, help him learn something too.

So imagine our excitement when we found out that Sago Mini is bringing that experience offline with an IRL kid's toy subscription service that sends open-ended toys to you about once a month. The service officially launched Tuesday, February 18th and it's perfect for kids aged 3-5. It costs about $19 a month or $15 a month if you pay for an annual subscription.

The Sago Mini box

The first set of boxes will have planes, road trip and fairy tales themes. ✨The box we tried was road-trip themed and it came with everything your little needs to get off the phone and into their imagination. I loved that even the box itself can be turned into a toy by disassembling it and rebuilding it inside out. Because we all know that sometimes our kid's favorite toy ends up being the box it was shipped in!

The kit comes with three make and play activities, all designed to build off each other. For example, our road trip box came with a felt "road" that my son loved draping all over the furniture, and a cardboard car with wooden wheels in one activity pack. Then the second activity pack had destinations your child can "drive" their car to like Grandma's house, school and a gas station.

I especially appreciated that they kept an eye on sustainability (and cute design!) when creating these play materials. All the paper materials that come in the box are made from recycled goods or sourced from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC certified). The best part? My son played with his set for a good few hours—and never asked for my phone once.


Wouldn't it be nice to throw on mascara and instantly look well-rested? Let's set the scene: You've been up all night caring for your sick toddler and you look extremely tired. You quickly apply a waterproof, lengthening and volumizing mascara and poof—tired eyes begone. Sounds like a magic trick, right? But we have a few mascaras in our makeup bag that can do just that, mama.

These are our favorite mascaras to use that make us look well-rested and ready to conquer the day, even if we're running on just a few hours:

Tarte surfer curl mascara

Tarte surfer curl mascara

Whether you're prepping for hot yoga, a day at the beach, or just keeping up with the kiddos, Tarte's latest mascara is perfect for a mamas active lifestyle. It's a vitamin E- based mascara that delivers sweatproof, weightless volume without the clumps. Pro tip: Just do the top lashes for a more natural look.


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna full frontal volume, lift + curl mascara

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna full frontal volume, lift + curl mascara

This popular mascara was designed to deliver Rihanna's full lash look, and we must admit, after three applications, our lashes turned out thicker and fuller than ever. The key to this formula is that it's paired with aflat-to-fat brush that customizes what you need. The fat side holds lots of product to quickly load and lift lashes, while the flat side defines and curls each lash.


Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Maybelline lash sensational mascara

Not ready to spend loads of money on a beauty product? We hear you. That's why we love this liquid ink formula from Maybelline. It coats from all sides for full coverage with a featherlight feel. Just be careful with your application—it requires a good makeup remover to remove.


L'Oréal voluminous lash paradise mascara

L'Or\u00e9al voluminous lash paradise mascara

If a deep black color is what you're after, this mascara will get you there in the best way possible. The soft wavy bristle brush gives lots of volume and the 200 bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect. No, seriously—get the results you crave in only two coats!


Stila Cosmetics magnum xxx mascara

Stila Cosmetics magnum xxx mascara

Suffer from thin, straight lashes that never seem to curl? This creamy, non-clumping formula is buildable and gives instant volume. It's also pretty cool that the blossom-shaped fiber wand is carved in a curved silhouette that dispenses just the right amount of formula on each individual lash for lots of volume.


Marc Jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

Marc Jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara

When we heard that this mascara was inspired by Marc Jacobs' first beauty memory of his mother shaving fibers from a velvet ribbon to create her own faux lashes, we knew this was something special. This mascara gives smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less.


IT Cosmetics superhero mascara

 IT Cosmetics superhero mascara

If black mascara leaves you with raccoon eyes by the end of the day, this mascara might be your new bestie. Developed with plastic surgeons, and clinically tested, it provides both length and volume in one coat. Also, the formula contains collagen, biotin and peptides to condition your lashes as you coat.


Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Too Faced better than sex waterproof mascara

Without question, the original better than sex mascara lives up to its name, and the waterproof feature on this one is an added bonus. The hourglass-shaped brush was designed with extra stiff bristles to maximize the performance of this super black, collagen-fueled formula. But, once on your lashes, prepare to rub for a long time to get it off.


Lancôme monsieur big mascara

Lanc\u00f4me Monsieur big mascara

This is one of Lancôme's bestselling mascaras and we get why. For starters, it's a creamy formula with a gel-like texture that does not require touch-ups. It also brings a ton of volume, without the flaking.


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Kim Kardashian West has recently been in the spotlight for her home design—it's incredibly minimalist, with lots of white, bright (but barely there) details—and it got many mamas wondering: How do multiple kiddos live there? Because no matter how much we love minimalism, it can be hard to maintain when toys seem to pop up out of nowhere.

Well, she gave us a sneak peek into her kids' playroom today on Instagram Stories. "You guys always say my house is so minimal—well, you guys haven't seen my playroom," shares Kardashian West.

So now we get it. Among the super-cool details (hello, concert stage and movie projector), her four little ones do play with a ton of toys. Some toys, in fact, that our own kids play with!

Here are some of our favorite toys that we spotted in Kim Kardashian's playroom:

Melissa & Doug Wooden Grocery Store

melissa and doug grocery cart

One of Motherly mamas' favorite interactive play sets. Complete with a hand cranked conveyor belt, a beeping scanner and swipe machine. Plus, it looks beautiful in any playroom. (It was adorable watching Kim show us how it works.)


CAT Construction Fleet Dump Truck

kids toy drump truck

Littles will love putting items in the back of the dump truck. Even better, it's great for both indoor and outdoor play (even works great in sand!).


Sesame Street Big Bird Toy

sesame street toy

This super soft plush toy is a classic with a twist. Yes, it's Big Bird, your child's friend from Sesame Street, but with an artsy twist by Kaws. It's just a tiny detail in the toy's eyes that makes it different and so much cooler.


Learning Resources Pretend Play Food

pretend play baked goods

With 15 pieces, kids have everything they need to bake cookies and cupcakes. Bonus points for working on their hand-eye coordination with the rolling pin, spatula and mixing bowl.


KidKraft Lil' Symphony Guitar

kidkraft kids guitar

The Kardashian West kids might just take after their dad practicing their music skills with this wooden guitar. With nearly 400 positive reviews, this is a favorite for many mamas.


LEGO Classic Box

lego classic

Kids can build and bring anything to life with this set—484 pieces total. Kim has the Legos organized by colors in her drawers, but we like this box to drop everything in.


100-Piece Wooden Train Set

wooden train set

A gorgeous wooden train set for kids of all ages. This one comes with multiple tracks, bridges, buildings and vehicles to create the ultimate experience.


Melissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart

melissa and doug cart

We doubt Kim Kardashian does her own grocery shopping, but her little ones seem to love this pretend play grocery cart. It pairs perfectly with the grocery mart above!


London Doll Pram Stroller

kids london doll pram

This gorgeous stroller is the sweetest accessory for kids who enjoy playing with baby dolls. It's big enough to fit all different types, from small Barbies to larger ones. Plus, the wheels don't swivel so it's easy for small hands to push around.


Play-Doh Play Pack

play doh

This classic toy never goes out of style. Kiddos can create just about anything their imagination wants with the squishy and bright, non-toxic modeling clay.


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