Crap on a cracker. Look what day it is.
The kids go back to school in NINETEEN DAYS! I was so excited for school to end, had the summer planned so perfectly and here we are 19 days before the night before school starts and I’m coming to the realization that I need to get my act together.
Do you KNOW how hard it is to get a rising 1st grade girl to decide on her backpack? A 5th grade boy to choose shoes he likes? I have a headache from it all.
Here’s what we have so far…
Backpacks and lunchboxes ordered from Lands End. We’ve had three backpacks from here over the years and they’ve held up better than any others. We’ve only needed to replace them as the kids have grown, but still use them for sleep overs or day trips. The girl needs a new backpack and lunchbox and the boy just the lunch box. Thanks, Lands End for making this so easy.
School supplies ordered from Amazon. Holy man, that’s a lot of school supplies. I created the kids school supply lists for their school. This made shopping so easy on Amazon Prime! Guess who is NOT going to WalMart, Kmart, Target, CVS on “Tax Free Saturday”? THIS GIRL. The thought of it gives me a stomach ache. Thank you, Amazon Prime, for keeping me out of the stores!
I’ve stocked up on everything from kid safe, paraben free deodorant to a months worth of lunchbox snacks to pencils and pencil top erasers. Last year we bought each kid their supplies they take to school and duplicates for home, which included about 100 sharpened pencils. Do you know how many pencils we have left? ZERO. I am going to tape plastic spoons to them like at the convenience stores so they don’t walk away this year.
Oh, who am I kidding. They’ll totally get lost. See you in January for the refill, Amazon.
Outfits. Oh The Girl’s outfit. We’re still deciding which specific one we want from Fabkids but we’re totally crushing on a couple. Every time the girl sees me near a computer, she asks if she can shop on Fabkids – they totally get her style. (Use this link to BOGO off your first two outfits!) I love that the girl gets a ton of hand-me-downs and this summer friends moved to Germany and gave us a bunch of clothes with tags still on them. So, really, we just need the one special outfit to celebrate the first day of school!
The boy has last year’s surprisingly survived Under Armour backpack. (The girl’s from Garnet Hill, not so much. The lunchbox disintegrated after summer camp and the backpack fell apart in the final weeks of school. Look, I’m not asking for miracles, but it’s not like she carried home that many books – just usually half stuffed with paper and crafts and glitter. The boy’s Lands end lunchbox, in contrast, is still going mostly strong after two full school years and summer camps,)
And he hardly ever wore the dress up clothes (and by dress up I mean not athletic) he just got in April for his birthday, so he really doesn’t need much to start school. Except the shoes. Oh boy shoes. The fact that he knows which kids in his class have Jordans, KDs, LeBrons blows my mind. The fact that all these kids have NEW versions of these $150 shoes is crazy to me. The Boy had a pair that he used all of his birthday gift cards to buy – that was his choice. Maybe the same is true for his classmates. But WHY? Why are we allowing Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, etc. to charge this for shoes. Do you have $150 pairs of shoes? I certainly don’t. AH rant over.
So, back to the shoes – we’ll hit the outlet malls next weekend and see if we can find last years versions of shoes at a discounted price. Anyone have a favorite destination for kids shoes?
On top of all of this I’m lining up after-school care, figuring out which sports we’re going to play this year and taking the kids for their back-to-school physicals in case they do decide to play sports. Don’t think DOC isn’t doing anything. He has to LISTEN to me complain and worry about all of this stuff! And answer questions like “do you think she’ll wear this? Will he like these” before I show the kids. We’ve realized giving them limited options instead of the whole catalog works better at keeping us in their right price range and, ahem, style choices we would pick. (Yeah, I still haven’t told you about my anger at Zulilly right?)
After all this hard work prepping for back to school, don’t you think MOM needs some back to school love? I picked one dress off the clearance sale on Lands End to get me through the fall and you know somehow a new outfit from Katie K active popped into my cart. I mean a 40% off sale on your favorite workout clothes? That’s not an impulse purchase – that’s a MUST purchase. Just use my code AIMEE40 in your shopping cart and earn 40% off everything and free shipping.
Sorry I’m totally jumping off the Friday Five topic for today – but panic just set in and I realized I needed to move in a different direction today. For some of my favorite blogger’s “Race Day Surprises” head on over to the Friday Five link up hosted by Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney.
So, what do you still need to get for back to school? Do you pick one special outfit for the first day? How do you stay sane? No, really, help! :)
Sparkle on, Shop Smart!
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