Our Secret To Stress-Free Back To School Shopping

The easiest way to shop for back to school this fall.
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The easiest way to shop for back to school this fall.
Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Currently both my children are sitting on the couch watching a program while I type away, chugging coffee, in my pjs - hair and teeth unbrushed. This morning is brought to you by summer vacation and a sick toddler. The former is something that has turned my house into a juggling act of sorts, while the latter has turned my house into a disaster zone of sorts. These are the elements of parenting I did not expect nor anticipate. Yes, I knew it would be hard, but I did not expect the constant push-pull of work and children, followed by guilt and empowerment. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.  

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

I don't pretend to know a lot in the way of parenting. I have never considered myself an expert, and many times feel like I take the "on a wing and a prayer" approach. I know what works (most of the time) for my family, which may work for yours, or it may not. Some of my favorite musings on motherhood came from one of our Everyday Icons who said "It took years for me to shake off how I thought I wanted or had to mother, and to just be comfortable with who I am as a mom. Once I embraced that and stopped pretending, I felt freed up in my mom role." 

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Needless to say, I tend to keep it fairly simple around here. For someone who bores easily and thrives in change, I am a creature of habit when it comes to motherhood. When I find something that works for us, I tend to stick with it..until it no longer works, then it is back to the drawing board or a favorite site to glean the next chunk of applicable wisdom (fingers crossed). 

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

This approach is visibly apparent in my children's wardrobes; my oldest son has a specific taste. I know what he likes and tend to not mess with a good thing. When it comes to back to school shopping, we need a handful of solid, stylish staples: jeans, shirts, joggers and a jacket - sprinkled with vintage treasures + shirts and hats that support our favorite local businesses. 

Old Navy is our go-to for said staples. The skinny jeans (a requirement for my 6 year old) don't swallow his lanky build, and are so affordable that I don't shed a tear with the inevitable destruction of the knees in every pair of pants he owns. Boom -everyone is happy! And on most days that alone is considered a huge success. 

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Image Credit: Jenny Jimenez

Now the start of school is around the corner, I feel the sense of longing for routine creeping in. We all crave rhythm in the day to day in one way, shape or form. For me it's a consistent schedule and some predictability, for my oldestt's a wardrobe that reflects his personal style while allowing him to be comfortable and well, a kid. Sometimes it's just that simple. 

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