JetSet Tot went back to school on August 12th, and I am still trying to process how it is already September 15th. Somehow my baby is a first grader. How did this happen? Sadly, she is not in class with her bestie; however that’s OK because they spend as much time as possible together outside of school. Plus, she has been seated with the most adorable little boy who is always attentive to her and makes my heart go GUSH! Oh, and for the record, no boyfriends until she turns
Just because we are a few weeks in to the 2013/14 school year, doesn’t mean we are done with Back to School prep! We are now on the cusp of field trips class pictures, assemblies, holiday concerts, and student council elections, so let the chaos begin! I’m going to switch gears a little bit and dish on my favorite styles, accessories, bags and supplies have been off charts this year! From great styles from Fore!! Axel & Hudson, to backpacks, lunch boxes, and water bottles, here are some of my most favorite finds!
Look at that Birdie! JetSet Tot has discovered her love of golfing this year and loves her new threads from Fore!! Axel & Hudson. Well made, and incredibly stylish down to the accessories, Lil’ Miss Jetsetter can not wait for her next tee time! She really loved the feel of this outfit and even off the green it’s completely appropriate for around town or at school! Oh, and let’s not forget about that hat! How cute is this outfit? She recently wore it so Sunday brunch and all eyes were on her! The entire line is a-dor-able, so check it out for your little golfer! And just wait until you see their Fall 2013 line – it’s perfect. www.foreaxelandhudson.com
Let*s Do Lunch! ErinCondren.com won our hearts with her “let’s do lunch” personalized lunch boxes. These boxes are the bees knees! I love, love, love them because it is durable, has fantastic accessories, cleans up very easily, and JetSet Tot loves it because of the unbelievable attention it draws! Every single day a new mom or student comments on how great her lunchbox is. She’s quite proud of it! And there are so many cool and creative designs to choose from! ErinCondren.com not only wins the prize for best “Back to School” item, but is at the tippy top of my list for personalized gifts. www.ErinCondren.com
This year Tot is allowed to have a water bottle in class and all of the Tots are encouraged to bring one to P.E. This is all new to me, and I was over buying single serving ones from the store. I also wanted to eliminate juice boxes all together, so these are the fabulous options I found:
Head of the Class. Swiss made SIGG. We’ve been a SIGG family for as long as I can remember; however when these cool super cute Hello Kitty and Glo Monsters (that’s right, the caps on these babies glow in the dark!) arrived at our doorstep we were thrilled! While Hello Kitty has always been a #1 contender in our house, those little glo monsters have really won our hearts over! BPA Free and I’m just going to say this one more time, the Glo Monsters ROCK! Cutest H20 bottles ever! www.mysigg.com
Let’s Get Physical. P.E. is a whole different story, Tot requested a water bottle that looked pretty, but was durable enough that she could toss around without scratching. It also had to be pink and could squirt water so she could participate in water fights after school on hot days. What in the world, child? bobble water bottles got wind of our demands and sent us some in different sizes to try and we were sold. BPA Free, bobble’s carbon-based filter reduces odor, chlorine and organic contaminants from regular municipal tap water through a specially designed filter. www.waterbobble.com
Home Sweet Home. WaterWeek Kids by Reduce Everyday sent us these Simply Sweet water bottles that are the perfect size for our fridge! Dishwasher safe, they even come with a fridge tray. The bottle stay tightly closed to prevent leaks, they remain cold and they are durable and the perfect size for little hands! In fact, this is the water bottle of choice for JetSet Tot to bring along to the beach since there is no nozzle to get clogged with sand! www.reduceeveryday.com
Accessorize! JetSet Dad and I gave JetSet Tot a Kindle Fire for her Kindergarten graduation and while we were on the search for the perfect case, we found super cute Flying Buttress convertible Booie Bag. These padded hip bags with interchangable customizable panels are the perfect (stylish) size to protect all of your tech gadgets. From Kindle and iPads to phones and cameras, any tot and tween will go crazy for one of these! I absolutely love how this bag will grow with her. With a simple change of a panel, it’s a bag that is a great gift any tot, tween or teen will adore. This is also a great, great carry-on bag for JetSet Tot to bring on the plane! www.myflyingbuttress.com
Monkey Owl on my Back. I’d say the most important Back to School item without a doubt is a backpack. The one that JetSet Tot loves the most is her personalized Mackenzie Owl backpack from Pottery Barn Kids. And this backpack is definitely mom approved. With JetSet Tot’s name emblazoned across the back, let’s just say it’s been dropped, dragged, overstuffed, tugged at, tossed, spilled on, spilled in, survived lunch explosions, forced entries, and this bag still looks good as new. The Mackenzie backpack from PBK is not only fun, classic and stylish, but can take a serious beating from JetSet Tot and still be a loyal companion! www.potterybarnkids.com
What back to school item(s) do you recommend?
Hugs & passports,
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