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Tis the sea­son to prep your of­fices, back to school needs or to get sup­plies for your home of­fice. We chat with Tia Mowry on how she does this as well as catch up on projects she’s work­ing on.

The tran­si­tion that takes place in Au­gust is al­ways an in­ter­est­ing one as many are fo­cus­ing on the last days of sum­mer and get­ting ready for fall, some are go­ing back to school (or are in­volved with lit­tle ones) and the clock be­gins to tick on plan­ning for hol­i­day. As we're all about prepa­ra­tion, we took some time to talk to Tia Mowry about the up­com­ing sea­son as a work­ing mom, her part­ner­ship with Of­fice De­pot and up­com­ing projects that we should keep an eye out for.

ATH­LEISURE MAG: Back to School Sea­son is like a mo­ment in time where even those who may not be go­ing to school are think­ing about their home of­fices - how im­por­tant is it to have the im­por­tant tools to get your work done whether it's go­ing back to school, set­ting up your home of­fice or just do­ing a gen­eral re­fresh?

TIA MOWRY: As a work­ing mother of two, you can imag­ine how chaotic life gets at times. The only way I ac­com­plish all the tasks I need to get done dur­ing the day is by stay­ing or­ga­nized - and the best way to do that is to have fun with it. I usu­ally have end­less to-do lists lay­ing around my house, how­ever I just dis­cov­ered my new fa­vorite or­ga­ni­za­tion “tool” – Of­fice De­pot’s cus­tom­iz­a­ble TUL plan­ner. It’s so cute and comes with a bunch of fun stick­ers and built-in ac­ces­sories that make each todo list fun to cre­ate and check off.

When Cree and I go back to school shop­ping, I can’t help but think about stu­dents and fam­i­lies who can­not af­ford the school sup­plies they need. I think that having the proper sup­plies helps stu­dents suc­ceed in school and ev­ery stu­dent de­serves a fair chance to suc­ceed in the class­room. I love that Of­fice De­pot is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing ed­u­ca­tion and makes it so easy to give back.

This year, Of­fice De­pot has two great ways that ev­ery­one can par­tic­i­pate in

giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity. Their “Give Back to Schools” pro­gram lets you give 5% of your qual­i­fy­ing pur­chase back in cred­its to­wards sup­plies to a school of your choice, or the Of­fice De­pot School Sup­ply Drive lets you pur­chase ex­tra sup­plies at a lo­cal store that will go to a lo­cal Ti­tle 1 school at the be­gin­ning of the 2018 school year. It’s a great feel­ing buy­ing all Cree’s school sup­plies in one place, but it’s even more rewarding be­ing able to give back to sup­port lo­cal schools while shop­ping, and I am glad that Cree is get­ting that experience at such a young age.

AM: What tools should we al­ways buy to make sure that we can re­plen­ish them with­out having to make an­other or­der?

TM: I’m all about pens! I think it is im­por­tant to al­ways have fresh pens on hand. Noth­ing is more an­noy­ing then writ­ing a note or list or help­ing Cree out with a project and running out of ink. So for me, I have packs and packs of pens in ev­ery color and of course, my fa­vorite – gel pens (es­pe­cially Of­fice De­pot’s TUL re­tractable gel pens)! For back to school, Of­fice De­pot also has th­ese adorable jewel top pen­cils and wind­mill pens and I am ob­sessed! They make writ­ing any­thing much more fun.

AM: Why did you part­ner with Of­fice De­pot?

TM: Ed­u­ca­tion and giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity are two things I fully sup­port and stand by. Of­fice De­pot has been com­mit­ted to this for over 30 years, so part­ner­ing with the com­pany was an easy de­ci­sion for me.

Of­fice De­pot makes it easy for me and my fam­ily to send Cree to school with ev­ery­thing he needs, and I know I can rely on them to have ex­actly what we want –fun and stylish (what Cree wants!) and func­tional so I know he’ll

be pre­pared for any­thing.

AM: How do you make lunches fun - do you change up the op­tions, add spe­cial uten­sils?

TM: When I was in school, I used to love open­ing up my lunch and get­ting sur­prise notes from my mom. Ev­ery note would be dif­fer­ent and would brighten my day. I make sure Cree has some­thing (be­sides food) to look for­ward to at lunch, like a note or some cool stick­ers.

Kids get bored of things so eas­ily, so I try my best to change up Cree’s lunches as much as pos­si­ble. Whether it’s a dif­fer­ent type of sand­wich or fruit, I think it’s im­por­tant to mix it up and pro­vide a va­ri­ety. It also helps to plan

ahead for the week and of course I ask Cree if he has any pref­er­ences (this makes it eas­ier on me). His fa­vorite are th­ese yummy turkey meat­balls I make so I try to pack those of­ten. The Ben­tol­ogy Bento Box Set from Of­fice De­pot makes pack­ing lunches so easy and also fun, and since Cree is ob­sessed with the Slime lunch box and loves show­ing it off, I pack the bento box set in it and we’re both happy

AM: Tell us about Tia Mowry Quick Fix and what we can ex­pect to find there.

TM: Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix is all about life hacks that make every­day things that we do eas­ier! Hence the “Quick Fix”! You’ll find recipe hacks, beauty hacks, and Q&A's so my view­ers can learn more about my life and fam­ily. It’s re­ally a com­mu­nity that I have cre­ated that helps peo­ple get through their day to day life eas­ier.

AM: Tell us about projects that you are work­ing on that we should keep an eye out for as we have been fans of your work for years?

TM: I am do­ing more tv/movies in the fu­ture, so keep an eye out for that! Look out for new episodes of Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix as well.

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