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My news feed is full of adorable back to school pictures and it finally sunk in enough for me to start preparing for the upcoming school year. Of course I use that term loosely, as our ‘school’ doesn’t start back until after Labor Day and is only a couple of mornings a week. Still, with both Hailey and Kaitlyn in some sort of ‘school’ this fall, it’s going to feel a little bizarre to have two mornings to myself each week. Honestly, I still have mixed feelings on it, but figure having time to make a dentist appointment to get my teeth cleaned is probably a good thing (see Al, I’m finally going to make it happen!).
Like I start every fall season, I promised myself that this year I’ll stay on top of all the activities, like marking all the parent events in my calendar (check!), and vowing to start the year of organized. This includes making sure the girls have everything they need for back to school, so I decided I needed to comb through the closets, toss, hand down and create a giveaway pile for the items that needed to move on. Then the tough part, taking two girls back to school shopping.
Well, yesterday that is just what we did.
We were just pulling into the new Charlotte Premium Outlets armed with everything I thought I needed- stroller, half caff coffee, diapers, Ergo, waters x3… then I slapped myself on the forehead. SNACKS! Rookie mistake.
Usually I would have combed the vending machines or hit up the Starbucks (located in the middle of the mall), but I’m partnering with CVS this fall so am familiar with their new CVS Gold Emblem Abound snack line and there just so happens to be one about 3 minutes from the outlets so we popped in!
When I think of CVS, I picture myself, 16 years old, dropping off rolls of film to be developed and hanging around for the hour hoping they could develop it sooner. Now that I’m a mom, I see CVS as so much more- a one stop ‘oops I forgot ____’ kind of haven. Really, though, they have anything you may forget- diapers, wipes, healthy snacks, pacifiers, sippy cups, bandaids, etc.
The outlet mall was pretty sweet. I was able to hit up the Old Navy Outlet, Gymboree outlet, Carters and OshKosh outlet and even J. Crew’s kid line outlet for the girls. I snagged some great deals on leggings, school tops, pajamas, socks, dresses and spent plenty of time gawking at Janie and Jack, which FYI gets everything the regular store gets (same quality), just two weeks later and marked down 25%.
I didn’t do much shopping for me except for a pair of these shorts (my favorite, flattering style and that is an affiliate link, FYI!) for $19 because trying to manage trying on clothes with kids in tow (one who has molars halfway popping through her gums) is just as much fun as you’d imagine.
We ended up being there longer than I anticipated, isn’t that always the case? I’m glad we brought snacks because the food court at this time is pretty slim pickens: two Japanese food spots and a Philly Cheesesteak stand.
I’m even more embarrassed that I snapped a picture.
Apologies ahead of time, but….
This is reason enough to make the drive back down these for future shopping needs.
After snacks and a potty break, I knew I was pushing it so we pulled out the big guns- my kindle, loaded with a Dora movie, and the Ergo.
Once home I mustered the energy to bring the task full circle, de-tagging, washing and putting away the girls’ new clothes.
I’m sure the organized closets will be chaos again once school actually starts, but for now, this to-do earned one big, satisfying check mark.
Disclosure: I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for the Back to School Healthy Essentials campaign. I am being sponsored by CVS/pharmacy for my posts and activities, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.
Have you done any back to school shopping yet?
Do you miss the days of shopping for the perfect Lisa Frank notebook as much as I do?
I know I still get the urge to stock up on new sparkly jelly pens this time of year…