Happy Monday, Girls!!
If you give me the topic, SCHOOL DAYS, on July 25th my mind is always going to go to what I need to be ordering, checking on, scheduling, etc.
AAHHH!!! This sweet picture melts my heart!
I was the newbie kindergarten mom who waited until the second week of August to order a backpack WITH her name embroidered so I had to pay a ridiculous amount to have it expedited to ensure it'd arrive before the first day of school.
This summer I wrote in my planner to order backpacks the first week of July. #imnotevenkidding And I can report they've all arrived.
My plan was for them to use their backpack for two years, but I've gotta be honest...after one full year of using them all day, everyday-they're kind of gross. Not falling apart, but dirty. Especially this last year because Ebby Lee's was a light pink. It showed EVERYTHING. Ugh! So all that to say, now I just evaluate the backpacks and if they're super dirty-we order a new one.
We get their backpacks from Pottery Barn Kids. They have a TON of colors, styles, and patterns. Everyone can always find a favorite. Sometimes they choose a color I want to give a little side-eye to, but it's just a backpack-so we go with it. :)
All that to say, if you're thinking of ordering a Pottery Barn backpack and want your child's name embroidered, then you should get to ordering ASAP. #dontmakemymistake
Here in Texas, it's crazy hot for a sweet forever. We'll be wearing shorts until October. I wish I was kidding. It makes school clothes shopping really easy though. I typically purchase a couple new things they can wear to school, but for the most part we don't need typical "fall" clothes-like jeans, sweaters until much, much later. The one thing I do stock up on before school start is SHOES!
Ebby Lee is READY in the shoe department. At my kiddos' school, they have to wear tennis shoes three days a week. The other two days they can change it up a bit. Nixon never changes it up, but Ebby Lee prefers to wear Ugg boots in the winter and ballet flats any other time. She had this exact pair of flats a couple years ago, so I was excited to see them in the Anniversary Sale this year.
And Nixon chose this pair and another similar pair (that I can no longer find) that both had velcro. If you're a mama like me, I couldn't love the velcro more. :) haha!
If you haven't done your shoe shopping just yet, I highly recommend you check out the goodies on sale at Nordstrom right now.
Another thing I always order before school starts are Monkey Bar Buddies for Ebby Lee. The Monkey Bar Buddies slogan is "Undergear that gets it". I always order several pairs of the little shorts. They're kind of like spandex, but Ebby Lee wears them under dresses.
I asked you guys for your favorite kid water bottle recommendations a few years ago and these were your faves! We've been using them ever since! I always stock us up at the beginning of the year.
I get my favorite planner ordered with all the best accessories. :) If you're similar to us, we absolutely LOVE the lazy days of summer with not much of a schedule in sight, but around August we start craving some consistency.
I also am on my "A GAME" when it comes to meal planning at the start of the school year. I've shared some of our favorite back-to-school dinners before here, here, and here.
When my kids head back to school I'm always a bit sad. Don't get me wrong, sometimes it's loud chaos at my house, but it's so nice to have everyone here. However, on the first day of school two years ago, my girlfriends and I started a new tradition. This back-to-school breakfast always helps my first day of drop-off.
If it's your first year sending one off to kindergarten, then I highly recommend heading to the mall. hahaha! #itusuallyworksforme
Should we be doing anything else to get ready for BACK TO SCHOOL? If I'm forgetting something, PLEASE help me out! :) XOXO