Back to School 2019

Summer is slowly winding down and the gears in my head are spinning as I try to make sure I’ve checked off all the boxes necessary so the kids are ready to start school. Thankfully I ordered our kids school supplies online a few months ago so no need to walk the store aisles debating on erasers/pencil cases/binders/etc. I’ve put together a list of clothing sales below that are worth checking out. The Patagonia one is hard to beat if you can wrap your head around buying a down jacket when it’s still in the 90’s outside! After living in the south for almost 13 years now, I know better than to think the cold (or even cool) weather is anywhere close but I’ll cross my fingers again and hope this year is different! I’ve also compiled my top picks for backpacks, lunch essentials, sneakers and pajamas! Hope this helps as you switch gears from laid back/summer mode back into routine/school year mode!
Xx, Heather

Clothing Sales worth checking out:

  • Boden – 20% off (free ship & returns orders $49+)
  • Gap – 40% off, +additional 10% (free ship orders $50+)
  • Garnet Hill Kids – 25% off backpacks (free lunch pack included)
  • Hanna Andersson – 40% off (free ship orders $49+)
  • J.Crew Crewcuts – 30% off full price (free ship)
  • Lands End – 50% off kids (+free ship, no min. w/ code:POOL, Pin:2932)
  • Patagonia – up to 50% off (+free ship $75+)
  • Primary – save 25% off when you use this link
Backpacks come in all shapes and sizes…the two most important things I look for are size and durability. Make sure the overall dimensions will fit the different binders, etc. they will need to lug around for the year if they’re in grade school. Other features that might be selling points could be interior and exterior pockets, side pockets to hold water bottles, a carry handle on top, adjustable chest straps, reflective trim, the material it’s made of (think durability) and if it has a warranty or not! That last part might sound crazy but some of these bags are expensive and with a good warranty you can count of them lasting several years.
  1. Skip Hop Little Kid Backpack – 12(H)x5(W)x11(D)
  2. Herschel Youth Backpack – 15.5(H)x10.5(W)x4.5(D)
  3. PBKs Mackenzie Aqua Glow-in-the-Dark Backpack-17(H)x14(W)x7.5(D)
  4. Lands’ End Kids Classmate Medium Backpack – 17(H)x12(W)x7(D)
  5. Lululemon Set To Focus Backpack – 12.5(H)x6(W)x17.5(D)
  6. Under Armour Kids’ Scrimmage 2.0 Backpack – 12.6(H)x6.7(W)x18.5(L)
  7. LL Bean – 17(H)x13(W)x9.5(D)
  8. State Kane Bag – 14.95(H)x11.22(W)x4.72(D)
  9. Garnet Hill’s Eco Kids’ Backpack – 18(H)x12.5(W)x7.75(D)
  10. Target’s Cat & Jack 17″ Backpack – 17(H)x12(W)x5.5(D)
Packing my kids lunches is way down on my list of favorite things to do but today I’m sharing some of my go-to products that make it just a little easier on a daily basis! I can’t even count how many water bottles we’ve plowed through at our house…the straw falls off, they leak all over everything in the backpack, the plastic smells and I could go on and on…but these three are keepers! Take a look at the different spouts and sizes to find which one is best for your kid(s). Lunch boxes are also tricky, these 3 hit home for different reasons – the first is the one we’ve used the most but if you have a kid who really enjoys warm foods – the Omie delivers and their utensils and carry case are the perfect accessory. The thermos insert can also be removed for days when it’s not needed to create additional room for other cold items. The PlanetBox Rover is the most expensive but it has some great features that may warrant the price tag for some. It’s made of stainless steel, is dishwasher safe, has 5 different sections allowing for a good variety, includes two dipper containers for wet foods, and it contains no lead, PVC, Phthalates or BPA materials. Check out the 2 different types of reusable snack bags too – it’s amazing how they cut down our consumption of plastic ziplock bags! The Lunch Notes From Me are new for us this year but I think they’re going to be a hit with both of our kids. Here’s hoping they will create lots of smiles and laughs!
  1. Best Kids Straw Water Bottle – Hydro Flask Kids 12oz.
  2. Best Attached Cap/Open Spout Bottle – Takeya Actives 18oz.
  3. Best Sport Cap Bottle – Klean Kanteen 27 oz.
  4. Just for Fun – Lunch Notes From Me – Riddles & Giggles or Sports Facts & Sillies
  5. Best Overall Kids Lunchbox – Bentgo
  6. Best Lunchbox with a Hot Food Optional Compartment – OmieBox Bento Box With Thermos
  7. Best Environmentally Friendly Lunchbox – PlanetBox Rover
  8. Best Reusable Dry Snack Bags – Bumkins
  9. Best Reusable Wet/Dry Snack Bags – Envirogens
  10. Best Reusable Spoon/Fork Set with Travel Case – Omie Utensil Set
Comfortable shoes are essential for school! This sweet group of girls sneakers covers big girls to toddlers, sneakers that will log miles and miles, canvas slip ons, velcro closures for our little girls who have yet to learn how to tie a pair of shoes, loop closure and elastic mary janes and even a pair with zippers down both sides to make getting them on/off a breeze!
  1. Big Girl Only – New Balance for crewcuts Fresh Foam Roav Sneakers ($70)
  2. Cienta Silver Sparkle Mary Jane Canvas Sneaker ($36)
  3. Nike Free Run 5.0 Sneaker ($36)
  4. ChildrenChic Canvas Elastic Mary Jane Sneakers ($30)
  5. H&M Velcro Light Pink Polka Dot Velcro Sneakers ($14.99)
  6. H&M Slip on Canvas Floral Sneaker ($14.99)
  7. Cat & Jack Lucian Adaptive Double Zip Canvas Sneakers ($19.99)
  8. Native Phoenix Slip-On Sneaker ($45)
  9. ChildrenChic Mary Jane Velcro Sneaker ($36)
  10. New Balance 455v2 Sneaker Dark Violet ($39.99)
My son plays so hard and his sneakers really take a beating every single day so I try to pick the most durable ones I can find! Here’s a round up of my top picks…for both big and little feet!
  1. Surprize by Stride Rite Luke Sneaker at Target ($29.99)
  2. See Kai Run Basics Monterey Sneaker at Target ($29.99)
  3. Boden Canvas Slip-Ons ($45)
  4. New Balance for crewcuts 24/7 sneakers with no-tie laces ($65)
  5. Nike Tanjun Sneaker ($50.00)
  6. Saucony Jazz Original Sneaker ($45)
  7. Tsukihoshi Racer Washable Sneaker ($44.95)
  8. Plae TY Sneaker ($55)
  9. Puma Cabana Racer Mesh Sneaker ($35)
  10. Under Armour X Level Scramjet Sneaker ($49.98)
Sleep is the key for everyone in our household…so while I’m stocking up on new school clothes I also check out summer pajamas that have gone on sale and I start looking at the new fall/winter ones! (I know…it’s still in the 90’s here but I’m dreaming of cooler weather!) Here are some of the brands my kids pull out of the drawer over and over and the ones that wash/wear well!
  1. Hanna Andersson – Long John Pajamas in Organic Cotton ($44…Buy 1, Get one 50% off)
  2. Janie and Jack – Long Sleeve Pajama Set ($36)
  3. Vaenait Soft Rib Knit Short Set with Shirring Trim Pajamas ($14.99)
  4. Carter’s Nightgown with Matching Doll Size Nightgown ($15)
  5. Tea Collection Short Pajama Set ($22.97)
  6. Tucker + Tate Two-Piece Fitted Pajamas ($29 + free shipping)
  7. Vaenait Soft Rib Short Set Pajamas ($15)
  8. J.Crew Crewcuts Short Striped Pajama Set ($23 with Code:BDAY)
  9. Primary Short Sleeve PJ Top ($10) and Primary Short PJ Bottom ($10)
  10. Cat & Jack Tight Fit 2 Pack Pajamas Set ($12.99)



  1. Alexis
    August 20, 2019 / 7:18 am

    This is fantastic! Thank you for sharing all of this information.

    • Heather
      August 31, 2019 / 1:39 pm

      Hope you got some good things for the boys!!Xx