Friday, August 11, 2017

Back to School Must Haves

Happy Friday friends!

This month I'm so excited I got my butt in gear to participate in my blogger buddy's link up! Erin is the sweetest and I love this link up she hosts. I know this should have been posted yesterday, but I was too busy sharing all about my dream vacation..

This month is all about 10 back to school must haves!

School for Brayden starts in a little over a week, and the girls don't start preschool until after Labor Day, however, we have started getting our butts in gear before it will be here before we know.

Here's our 10 back to school must haves:

{ONE} - New Backpack

The kids loooove picking out their backpacks. Last year we got them from Target and while they were really cute and themed to their liking, the quality just wasn't there. This year I ordered Brayden a new one from PBK and I've yet to get the girls (they really don't need one, but I know they like to carry one)

Brayden got the large backpack from this collection - I love it!

Fairfax Navy/White Stripe Backpack

{TWO} - Lunchbox

Last year I collaborated with Bentgo and received one in return. I love this lunchbox so much and so does Brayden - he loves that he can have a little bit of everything, which is his preference over a standard lunch (a little high maintenanced is he? Yep! lol)

You can find Bentgo lunchboxes on Amazon. I never had a lunch bag to put the Bentgo in (the one from the beginning of the year wouldn't fit it) so I would just stick it in his backpack, but the other day while I was at Aldi I saw a lunch bag big enough and grabbed it for $5! Score!

Image result for bentgo lunch box

{THREE} - Thermos

On the days I don't pack Brayden his Bentgo - I love to use a Thermos and make him pasta/meatballs or mac n cheese. We have this one and it works perfectly!

THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar, Charcoal/Teal

{FOUR} - New Clothes

It isn't back to school time without some new clothes, right!? I  picked up a few items from Gap's Friends & Family sale and my Mom has said she plans to get some them some stuff too. 

{FIVE} - New Shoes

Thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, I was able to get them some new shoes at great prices. 

Brayden got a new pair of Nikes & Converse and Ella got some new Twinkle Toes. Thanks to my sister in law, the girls really don't ever need new shoes, but once in a while it's nice to get them!
Main Image - SKECHERS Twinkle Toes Shuffles Light-Up High Top Sneaker (Walker, Toddler & Little Kid)

Main Image - Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Basket Weave Street Mid Sneaker (Toddler, Little Kid & Big Kid)

{SIX} - School Supplies

I don't know why, but I won't ever buy the school supply package from school. There's something about going and picking everything out - when I was little, I LOVED doing that and I'm trying to get my kids to inherit that. Brayden doesn't seem to be there, while I know when Ella hits elementary school, girlfriend will be all about it! I love going to Target for school supplies

{SEVEN} - Labels

I love the idea of labeling things for school - notebooks, binders, lunchboxes, shoes - pretty much anything I can. I did this for Brayden when he entered Kindergarten and had enough to continue last year. This year I'm looking at Mabels Labels - I think Brayden would love some Emoji labels!

{EIGHT} -  Clip on Beanie Boos

Brayden & Ella LOVE these things - last year I think Brayden's backpack had 5 as well as other stuff he would clip to it. By the end of the year, this backpack was hanging past his butt LOL

Image result for beanie boos clip on

{NINE} - Earlier Bedtime

Of course in Summer we let loose and let the kids stay up later than normal, but at back to school time, that all changes. I have to say, I'm looking forward to this one!

{TEN} - Lots of love & good wishes

At the start of each new school year, I get very emotional. Time is flying by and I know it's not going to slow down as much as I beg it to. I want to always send my kids off to their new school year with tons of praise and positivity and of course, lots of love.

What's on your back to school must have list? I can't wait to read through the link up!

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  1. My daughter LOVES those clip on beanie boos and emoji keychains. It's such a cute way for them to personalize their bags! I love that you found a lunch box at Aldi, I am forever and always finding random GOOD deals there. Lucy got a bike helmet there for $10! Thanks for linking up! xoxo ERIN

  2. That little thermos is so cute! Question - do you heat up the food in the morning, then transfer it over to the thermos, or how does that exactly work?

  3. Twinning with our PB bookbags on the blog today! Aren't they just great?! I have a feeling we will be using them for a long time to come!

  4. LOVE PB still, each boy got a few things from there for college. Love back to school gear, always have, always will!

  5. We love the bento boxes we got too, they're so fun! I've done Mabel's Labels since my oldest was a baby and sent stuff to daycare. I mostly use ones with just our last name since my girls share many of the same things! LOVE them, they stick to clothes, lunch boxes, water bottles, basically everything, ha! EEEK early bedtimes, we're still trying to adjust to that!! Good luck! :)

  6. Your school offers a school supply package?!?! I've never heard of that! Those little Beanie clips are SO cute. My girls would love some of those.