I haven't done a shopping post in about 2 years... so here goes! You may like to know what gets us by around here when it comes to school days... I'm not a pro or anything, but I've figured out in the past couple years what I do and don't like for school gear and clothing. Check it!
Pottery Barn Kids Backpacks & Lunchboxes
3rd year using PB Kids backpacks and each time I have got them on sale. You may pay a bit more ( roughly 10 bucks ) but the quality is for sure much higher than most backpacks you'll find at Target or elsewhere. They have great padded straps, lots of pockets, including the side pockets that hold water bottles. We bought Taylor the Small size in preschool and although it was a bit big on her it was perfect for fitting all that artsy stuff she was coming home with daily.
This will be the first year she's using the PB Kids lunch box. I loved how it is designed to attach to the front of the backpack. We also bought the bento box this year and I hope it helps cut down on plastic baggies. If it works out I'll buy a second one so I don't have to worry about washing it every nite. Taylor's school does not provide a hot lunch service ( fine by me ) and that means every single nite I'm packing lunches--Thanks to Pinterest for tons of lunch ideas, I went lunch pinning like crazy the other day!
Do your little ones ride the bus? Well mine does, and it's a long drive, about 25 minutes. So I have subscribed her to Highlights magazine and she can keep it in her backpack for those long bus rides. Kids love getting stuff in the mail and she'll get this every month for a year. It's fun with a purpose!! ( Just like the picture says! )
We love boots!! Both my girls have about 3 pairs each to get them thru fall and winter. The fuzzy "fuggs" ( faux Uggs ) are our favorites for cold weather but fashionble knee high boots are super cute too. Don't forget a pair of rain boots either! No kid in the NW can live without rubber boots. These ones by Western Chief Kids are awesome. We have the Ladybug style... but I'm totally loving these chocolate brown and pink ones!
These from Old Navy are perfect and super cute. They don't last longer than a year but for that price I don't mind, plus they grow out of them just as fast as they wear out.
|Old Navy Embellished Boots|
|Nordstrom "Regan" Boot for Girls|
I'll buy leggings from pretty much any store, especially when they're on sale. Old Navy seems to always have a ton of colors and designs to choose from. My all time favorite leggings for fall and winter would be the ones from Hanna Andersson. The thickness and quality are exceptional. Yes they're a bit spendier but you get what you pay for, and my girls wear leggings almost every single day, and the cheapies get holes in the knees pretty quick. Not Hanna's though, those babies are tough! Highly rec.
|Emersyn sporting her boots (with da fur) & ofcourse... leggings.|
|H&M Sweater Dress|
What goes amazingly with boots and leggings?? Sweater dresses!! I am a huge fan of the many different styles of sweater dresses from H&M. They hold up well, are super cute and modern, and so soft and cozy too. I am a huge H&M fan when it comes to my kiddos back to school closet. These dresses last a couple years because even when they get short they look adorable with a pair of jeans.
You gotta hook your kid up with a water bottle for school. Drinking fountains are ick. And there's always a long line. It will also help you see how much ( or how little ) your child is drinking throughout the day. Mine drinks very little, but I have noticed if I skip a juice box in her lunch she'll drink more of her water... hmmm... interesting. You'll want 3-5 of these to get by. So here ya go...
|Foogo BPA Free Thermos|
So I figured out last year that coats often get left at school, and it takes a few days to get them back. It seems you can't really rely on a 6 year old when it comes to checking the lost & found. Totally fine. I often dressed Taylor in cardigans. Knowing she could just pop it in her backpack or tie it around her waste when she got too warm. Somehow those NEVER made it to L&F! Shocking I know. I love these longer "boyfriend" style cardi's for little girls at Abercrombie Kids. I did see some at H&M this year but it seems the longer styles are harder to come by anymore. Must be going out? Well, they are great because they grow with your child and you can throw them on over pretty much any outfit and it totally works. Taylor & Emme both have plenty of cardigans to get thru a cool season... all different colors too. I am also guilty of having a closet full of cardigans... maybe it's time for an intervention?
|Tooth Fairy Pillow from Etsy|
This may not be school related or anything but it's a must .If you're little one is heading into Kindergarten or even 1st grade, you pretty much need to be prepared to have loose change or dollar bills on hand at all times. The teeth just start falling out faster than you can run to the ATM! And a cute little tooth fairy pillow or box is your best bet. Trust me. Do you want to get busted and ruin the " tooth fairy's " rep because you're clumsy and trip in the darkness of your child's room trying to not only put some $ under their pillow but also find their tooth without waking them?? Ya, I didn't think so. You want this.
Going back to school is rough! All the paperwork, the strict bedtime schedule, the lunch packing, the huge amount of activities, the anxiety of letting them go. It's a lot. So treat yourself to a drink after that first week. You deserve it! My go to is always a nice clean Margarita. Cheers!
- Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)
- Lime for Garnish
How to make:
Rim your glass with a lime wedge and swirl into a shallow plate of salt.
Fill the glass with ice, add tequila, lime juice and Cointreau. Stir a few times and Enjoy!!