Back to School Must-Haves: Kindergarten Edition

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Happy Sunday, friends! It's been a second since I could actually hit "publish" here, and that's because the back-to-school whirlwind, an uptick in work, and prepping for a new baby has taken over (and I've allowed it!). There's much to catch up on, but first I wanted to share some back-to-school favorites.

This is an especially exciting fall for us with one kiddo headed to kindergarten -- hold me -- and another starting preschool (and yet another coming into the world! ;)). We haven't gone too crazy with shopping since the girls have a great summer wardrobe to get them started, and it's still warm here at the beginning of the school season, but we've definitely scooped up a few new things and wanted to share our must-haves! 

Scratch-off lunchbox notes // Sturdy backpack (this pattern sold out) // Bento box (sale!)

First day dress (Under $9) // Stasher bag (this stye on sale!) // Rainboots (GREAT sale)

Does it ever seem like one day all of your kid's shoes fit, and the next day they don't? I hope we're not the only ones! We had to get all new shoes for Carrington for fall, and those adorable rainbow sneakers were first on the list (still working on learning to tie those laces!). When I saw the Joule rainboots on such a great sale (40% off), I had to get them. There are so many cute designs on sale right now to choose from. We also recently hit up DSW for these athletic sneakers -- PSA: don't forget to check your rewards points at every store you visit, just in case! I had $20 that I almost missed out on. Also, if I had a boy, I would get these immediately. So cute!

This is the first year C will be eating lunch out of the house. Santa brought her a new rainbow lunchbox last Christmas ;), so we invested in those great bento boxes to help keep her food separated. The boxes plus those Stasher bags (genius) will help us greatly reduce the number of plastic baggies we use. For every day things like water bottles, you can't go wrong with Camelbaks (we find ours at Target). They come in a ton of different colors and patterns, last, and don't leak. 

Speaking of lasting, the LL Bean backpack is so sturdy -- I'm hoping it carries us a couple of years beyond kindergarten. C was so excited to pick out that flower pattern herself (that pattern is now sold out, but there are others still in stock! Plus free shipping!). She'll be rocking it with that floral dress for her very first day.

And, just for fun, how cute are those scratch-off lunchbox notes? We're big into note writing/picture drawing in our family and I'm excited to send C off with little surprises each day for her to find when she opens her lunchbox. 

I'm going to miss that kid so much when she's away all day. It's going to be an adjustment for all of us, I think, but seeing how ready she is to learn all of the things, make new friends, and be more independent makes letting go just a teeny, tiny bit easier. 

Anyone else sending a kid off to kindergarten this year?


  1. So many cute things. I can't believe she is going to Kindergarten!

    1. I can't either! We have to send the girl back in style. ;)

  2. Those lunchbox notes are so cute! Kindergarten is such a big change - hope her year starts out wonderfully!

    1. Aren't they fun?! Thank you so much! I'm a little sad but super excited for her!


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