Isn't it always true as a parent that just when you start to get into a groove, a change occurs to throw that groove off? That's exactly how I am feeling right about now. I feel like we have finally gotten into a routine this summer. A schedule that works for everyone. But now Summer is coming to an end and it's time to start thinking about the new school year. If you haven't started thinking about that yet, have no fear, I've got you covered. Here's a few of my must-have back to school items and a few other things that are just too darn cute to pass up.
Everyone loves to document those first and last days of the school year. And why not? It's fun to see their growth from one year to the next and the grandparents (along with all of your Facebook friends) go wild for these photos. Luckily for you, Julie at Champsy Creative makes this moment super easy for you with her printable Back to School signs. Just purchase, download and print right on your home computer. Easy peasy. She has both Preschool and Kindergarten versions available.
The Backpacks (and the Lunch Boxes!)
Hudson Tailor offers up a backpack that will rival all the others. Their classic mini backpack is the perfect size for Preschoolers and Kindergartners at 14.5" high. It features signature printed lining, a padded 13" laptop sleeve (in case you need it), ergonomic back padding, adjustable straps, two front zippered pockets, and side water bottle nets with zipper enclosure. And the bonus? If you order the set it includes a lunchbox that clips onto the front of
the back pack! How cool is that? The lunch box features a front zippered pocket, elastic bands to secure side-release buckles, waterproof insulated lining, and a name tag. And both are machine washable (mommy score!). If you have a bigger kid (or just need a bigger bag) their 17" high Classic Backpack is the perfect fit. Need a backpack but not the lunch box? Or a lunch box but not the backpack? That's ok, too. Backpacks and lunch boxes can be purchased separately.
The Lunch Essentials
If you are looking for ideas on what to feed your kids for lunch, you've come to the wrong place as I'm still learning that myself, but if you need to know how to pack it or what to pack it in, I'm your girl.
- The Container: Bentgo boxes have been our go-to for a couple of years now because they limit waste, are leak-proof and are designed specifically for kids. With 5 different compartments, you can pack a variety of things including fruits, veggies, and even dips without having to worry about anything spilling and they fit in those Hudson Tailor lunch boxes perfectly.
- The Napkins: Speaking of limiting waste, we long ago said goodbye to paper towels and disposable napkins. We use cloth napkins at home so it's only fitting that the kids would get cloth napkins with their lunch. These napkins from Marley's Monsters are super easy to clean (just throw them in the wash) and come in a bunch of fun patterns and colors.
- The Water Bottles: If I've learned anything during this whole motherhood gig it's that every kid is different and every mother has their list of products that work for them and those kids. Contigo water bottles are on my list. They are the perfect size for kids, easy to operate and never leak. Every time I have purchased something other than Contigo, I regret it.
Just For Fun
Sometimes the best part of Back to School shopping isn't buying what you need, but finding what gets you excited for the new school year and these four things do just that:
- Bright Bat makes the most adorable key chains that add a bit of fun flair to any backpack. We got this Astronaut Space Cat to add to Evan's bag and a Rainbow Unicorn for Hadley's.
- Skip the plain #2 pencils and opt instead for pencils with a message. This set by The Sea Shack is perfect for both kids and adults that could use a little reminder of how loved they are...and couldn't we all use a reminder like that occasionally?
- Sometimes the best way to prepare little ones for their very first day of school is to let them practice the event through play. The wooden peg doll school bus by Teeny Weeny Toys is perfect for just that. We've been acting out the first day, disputes with friends and what to do at "rest time" (something she appears to be a little anxious about).
- If your kids are in need of folders, notebooks or clipboards, Hart Paper has you covered. We are loving this Outer Space Spiral Notebook, but the shop also carries a huge variety so you will be sure to find something for both boys and girls of any age.