This post was sponsored by Hanes but my love for their super soft products is all my own!
Doing some back to school shopping? Of course you’ll be buying new outfits and checking glue and pencils off the supply list but have you remembered everything? There are some things that may not be your list but that are equally important. Keep reading to find out if you remembered them all…
I can’t believe how fast summer has flown buy! This year, I sent both girls off to school for the first time. My “baby” actually started Kindergarten this year! She was so excited about finally going to school with her big sister and even more excited about going back to school shopping.
She loved picking out a backpack, lunchbox and all the other supplies that were on our list. We also had a lot of fun shopping for clothes. After all, my girls take after me and love shopping for cute new outfits to wear.
Thank goodness Ashling, my oldest, still lets me dress them somewhat alike too. Yes, I’m that mom! Ashling has developed her own sense of style but we still manage to find things that they can both agree on. They were pretty excited to put on their new outfits and head out for the first day of school.
While new clothes and school supplies are always at the top of the list, that’s not all you’ll need. There are lots of little things that don’t immediately come to mind but you realize soon enough that you need them, especially these first ones…
Socks and Underwear
When you’re buying all those cute new clothes, don’t forget about socks and underwear. We are big fans of Hanes because they make everything so soft and comfy. I love that they’re so affordable too, since that leaves us plenty of money for other supplies. With two girls in school now, I need all the help that I can get.
The Hanes X-Temp and Fresh IQ technologies work to keep my girls cool and fresh all day. If you haven’t heard of these yet, X-Temp technology actually adapts to your body temperature and activity. Fresh IQ is an advance odor protection technology that attacks odor causing bacteria in your clothes. They sure didn’t have stuff like this when I was a kid (and I think I may have buy my hubby some of those Fresh IQ socks too)!
Hanes tees are perfect for back-to-school because they’re cute enough that my girls can feel “stylish” but comfortable enough for running around during P.E. and recess. They’re lightweight and super soft and I also like that they don’t have the annoying tags that many other tees do. They come in lots of different styles but I think the “I believe in me” tee is my favorite, though the pink flamingo is a close second.
The beginning of the school year may be exciting but it’s also a little stressful, especially for a first-timer like Keira. I want to make it as easy as I can for my girls and if I can send them to school feeling comfortable, that’s one less thing to worry about.
When I taught Kindergarten, my students would show up the first day proudly carrying their brand new Disney princess or Star Wars backpacks. The problem was that some of these backbacks were way too small to hold everything. Make sure that the one your child chooses is big enough for a binder, library books and everything else that will be going back and forth between school and home.
I am a huge fan of labels! The lost and found at my old school was always overflowing and much of it just got donated at the end of the year. I label everything…bookbags, lunchboxes and especially jackets. Sometimes I use a marker for the supplies but I love the iron on labels for clothes. They just look nicer and don’t fade when you wash them. If you label everything at the beginning of the year, that jacket that got left on the playground is much more likely to find it’s way back home again.
If you’re planning to make your child’s lunch each day, be sure to stock up on freezer packs. My oldest eats late in the day so I use them to keep her food from spoiling. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
It’s a known fact…school = runny noses. This is especially true for the younger ones because they haven’t had years of school to build up their immunity. You’ll want to throw some of those little packs of tissues in your child’s backpack for the bus stop, carpool line or anywhere else where they might not be readily available.
I’m adding this to the list because it’s the one thing I forgot to do this year. Looking back at this picture, I have no idea how I missed it! Right before we were going to meet the teachers for the first time, I took one look at my girls’ out of control bangs and realized that we hadn’t done our traditional back to school haircut. My girls were starting to look more like sheepdogs than children! Make this part of your back to school shopping day so that you don’t have to worry about it later.
Once we check everything off our list, we like to finish the day with something fun like ice cream or a movie. When the school year begins, things get pretty hectic so we have to make the most of our last days of summer. Then I can send the kids off to school knowing that they are fully prepared for the year to come.
What must-haves are on your back to school shopping list? Do you do anything special to celebrate the end of summer?
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