How is it time for back to school shopping already?!? The summer has flow by and we are gearing up for the return to school around here. We took the kids shopping last week at Village Pointe and I am excited to share our tips and finds with you!
I remember my parents taking us from our small town to Omaha for the weekend to go back to school shopping. The memory of those fun shopping trips has stayed with me and made me want to create that same excitement in back to school for our kids. I sat down with each of the kids beforehand to create our list that included both needs and wants. Our kids wear uniforms to school, so that does cut back on the clothes shopping, but they still needed plenty. I do have input on bigger purchases like shoes, but try to give them a little freedom in picking smaller items. We also let them each pick out one special “want” item during the shopping trip. Our list:
Harper is my easiest to shop for since she will only be in preschool 3 mornings a week. Her back to school needs were school shoes, every day shoes, and play outfits. Her adorable outfit is from Janie and Jack (I seriously wish this came in my size!). Her little sneakers have the sweetest white cutouts – they will serve as her school shoes. For her everyday shoes, we got her these Converse from Scheels – note that all are slip on or Velcro (gets us out the door faster!). We also got her some play clothes from Old Navy. She picked out this adorable clear purse from Janie and Jack and immediately asked to borrow some of my lip gloss to put in there ; )
Hudson’s outfit (and most of his purchases) were from Scheels – he is SO excited about his tennis shoes. He has officially entered that age where he wants to wear athletic wear 100% of the time he is not in his school uniform (or forced to dress up!). We stocked up on shirts and pants for him (the sale racks at Scheels had a lot of good finds). We also found some great activewear options for him at Gap and Old Navy. His every day sneakers are from Tradehome – I had not been in there yet and was really impressed with their selection of adult and kids shoes!
Elle’s outfit is from Old Navy. I love these leopard sneakers for her everyday shoes. For her school shoes, we found these tennis shoes at Scheels. She was able to find jeans at Gap – they did not have her size in store, but were able to order and ship for free to our house! She got a cute activewear outfit at Athleta and had a blast picking out a couple fun things like an initial notebook at Justice and cute earrings at Claires.
Of course, mom deserves some back to school clothes too ; ) I am loving this casual yet cute outfit from Village Pointe – I can easily throw a cute jean jacket over it to take me into fall! I got so many comments on this T-shirt from Evereve! This versatile skirt is from Loft and my sneakers are from DSW. My leopard belt bag from Francescas freed up my hands to carry all of our bags and my coffee – functional and cute!
We finished up all of our shopping list in one relatively easy trip! To celebrate our special shopping trip, we got lunch at Fuzzy Taco and then ice cream dessert at Coldstone! A ride on the ferris wheel at Scheels made it all the more fun. The weather was so beautiful and the kids loved being able to roam around the Village Pointe Shopping Center while we shopped. It is great to be able to make a full day of it there while having fun and completing our shopping list in one stop! While back to school shopping can sometimes be stressful, I am so glad we were able to put a fun spin on it and I hope my kids look back with the same fond memories that I do.