Whether in-person or virtual classrooms, it’s back-to-school time. The transition from summer to packed schedules always leaves families feeling frazzled from what to cook for dinner to school supplies. Here’s a little guide to help ease the return to reality (despite this year’s very different circumstances).

Mr. Mandolin

The culinary couple behind Mandolin Aegean Bistro and Mrs. Mandolin re-routed their Gregory’s Diner to Mr. Mandolin. Its elevated versions of Greek comfort fare make easy weeknight meals. Order the Feast, which feeds 4-6 people, or choose à la carte takeout items such as kebabs, gyros, dips, and savory and sweet baked goods. They just added outdoor seating, too.
See their menu here

Kids Clothes

Known for high fashion, the Miami Design District has really stepped up its children’s department. Now the next generation can sport designer duds like mom and dad. Kenzo Kids, pictured, opened its first U.S. boutique for chic clothing and backpacks as well in-store activities like crafts. Owned by mother-daughter Miamians, C’est Chou specializes in sustainable, imported labels for girls.
kidilizusa.com/collections/kenzo-kids
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FJU Desk at Luminaire

With the rise of WFH, there are a lot of nifty home desks in a range of price points. But for an investment piece with panache, opt for the FJU Desk by Cologne-based studio Kaschkasch. Its sleek, minimal design mounts to the wall and folds up neatly into a cool shelving system for a two-in-one twist. Find it in two oak shades at Luminaire showrooms.
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Kirna Zabête

As the founder of Kirna Zabête boutiques with a Palm Beach location and mother of four children aged 17 and under, Beth Buccini has mastered the balancing act. Her capsule collection of women’s essential pieces including T-shirts and cotton day dresses are meant to throw on while working from home or helping kids with online school. They’re the perfect excuse to put away the sweatpants.
kirnazabete.com

“Just Feed Me” Book Brunch

There’s no shortage of celebrity cookbooks. Country musician and New York Times bestselling author Jessie James Decker enters the pool with a kid-friendly cookbook “Just Feed Me.” The busy wife and mother shares time-tested, heirloom recipes in a variety of cuisines from Italian-American to Cajun. Books & Books hosts her virtual brunch with book copies on September 26.
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Science Camps

Science museums are coming to the rescue to fill in educational gaps during this difficult time. In addition to learning pods for virtual school programs, Frost Science Museum is offering monthlong, virtual homeschool science sessions for STEM lessons to exhibition tours. South Florida Science Center also hosts camps to study critters up close in September and have Halloween-themed fun in October.
frostscience.org
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