BACK TO SCHOOL...9 Essentials



I have that feeling. You know the feeling where I MUST look at binders, markers, post-it's, and Ticonderoga pencils!!! Oh my. Whether it's the teacher in me, the stationary obsessed freak or oh yeah, the mom; the sight of neatly lined up folders and notebooks on store shelves makes me so happy!!!

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This week two of our boys register for High School for the LAST time. Sigh..
 First day last year for these two

Unfortunately, All our boys need at this point in High School is paper, folders, binders, pens and pencils....BORING. Ha! They do not want to decorate their lockers. They do not want chevron folders or strawberry scented pencils....."only plain colors, mom." I crave girly stuff too!

Even if you do not have kids or your kids are too little ..or big for back to school shopping, I'll bet a lot of you can either relate to some of these or too have a love for all things Back To School.

So to indulge the inner stylin studious girl in me, I've got some fun back to school essentials for you all. How did that tassel pencil case get into my cart? 

1. BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING DAY
During my school days, my second favorite day of the year next to Christmas was the day in August when my mom and I would leave the house at 8am and go to the "Big Mall" an hour away for back to school shopping. We'd have lunch and literally not get home until 9 o"clock at night. I would spread out all my goodies on my bed and decide which outfit I was wearing on the first day.


 In the 80's the look was a little different, but this was about the amount of loot I'd bring home.
My Fall 2015 forecast: Crimson, Merlot colors will be HOT!! And lots of plaid
 

2. WATER BOTTLE
Let's face it, in order to stay hydrated and at your best learning potential, we need water!! Most schools let the kids have a water bottle. If they don't, shame on them. My favorite are by CamelBak as they do not sweat. Etsy has these cute monogrammed decals to put on them. Look, a bottle for each day of the week.

 


3. CUTE PENCIL CASE
I about died when I saw this pencil case in Target. Tassels on a pencil case! Brilliant. I am sure I can find some use for this or the leopard one below. In high school, I kept candy in mine!
 Cute Target Pencil cases Here

4. FAKE GLASSES
Guilty as charged. I thought my big red rimmed glasses made me look "cool". Now the joke is on me as I am in a desperate need of REAL glasses. I went through a phase as a junior in High School where I wore these exact red glasses I have on here for about 3 weeks. Our oldest actually wears glasses and our youngest may soon so I tend to think they are just cute as a button. I have no problem with people wearing them whether they need them or not.

Selfie from yesterday sporting the Big Ole Red glasses I wore back in 1987




5. DAY PLANNER
It doesn't matter who you are, if you are an organized person like me, you LOVE a good day or monthly planner. How cute is this Lilly one? I have always encouraged my boys to carry a day planner and I must admit, they are pretty organized. Win for mama!!
Lilly Pulitzer Planner from Nordstrom's Here

6. TOTE BAG
Back in my junior and senior years of high school and then in college, I did not carry a backpack. Rather, I thought it would be more "grown-up" to carry a tote! I must say I am nuts over totes to this day. The one below looked very similar to one I had in college but any big tote will do, especially if it has pockets.



7. LUNCH BOX
My boys eat at school now that they're older. When I was little, I had an oval Holly Hobbie Lunch box that I adored. Just found out it is very rare and worth...um, the price of a pair of "Louboutins!" What???? We do not know what happen to it, darn it. In high school I still packed some and my mom would put the lunch in a white paper bag and being the "cool" mom, she would write little notes to on my friends on it. I take my lunch to work everyday and would probably do the same if still in school. I simply love the look of the traditional tin lunch boxes like this one.



8.NOTE FOLDING TUTORIAL BOOKLET
Sorry, but I am OLD SCHOOL. I actually saved many of y notes from high school. Texting was not even on the radar. Remember all the cools ways to fold notes? So fun passing them and trying not to get caught by the teacher.


9. LOCKER CHANDELIER
OMG, I saved the BEST for last. A what? A locker chandelier. Are you kidding me? I would have died for one of these. What locker decorating girly girl wouldn't LOVE one of these. I want to go back to school just to decorate my locker with one again.



Honestly I LOVED school, I keep my teaching license up to date and I would be a professional student if I could, getting a PHD in something, but my school days are done so I can concentrate in sending boys to college, but a girl can still revel in the 
glory of back to school supplies!
First Day of school for me Preschool 1975 /2nd grade 1978 /Junior 1987

Even when the boys no longer have the need for all things Mead, I'm sure I can find use for an owl shaped eraser with a wood stump pencil sharpener!!

"School days, school days, good ole' golden rule days..."
~Will D. Cobb

41 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness that locker chandelier!! My daughter would love that! We just did a little back to school shopping and she got some great items - she is super girly with a hint of boho( : I hate sending her back to school because I just love having her home. But we enjoy shopping for any reason! I need to pick up one of those Lily planners for her!! Susan

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    1. Oh Susan, how wonderful!! Such a special mother/daughter you are!!! I found out those little locker chandeliers are under $5 and they have all kinds of other locker lighting too. So cool! I hope you have a great start to your week!!

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  2. Ugh I wish I was going back to school! I loved buying school supplies! Those first day of school outfits you picked are perfect! And LOVE those first day of school pictures of you! So adorable!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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    1. Oh sweet Kelly! You just made me day! Thank you! Too bad we cannot go back to school shopping together today!!! ;)

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  3. I miss back to school shopping so much, more so for the school supplies - but i just got myself that new planner and pens so I feel like I'm going to school lol! I can't believe your kids are starting their senior year - that is amazing!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. Woohoo new planner and pens!! That so would work for me! Thank you beautiful friend!!

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  4. Ah back to school! Can't believe it's already that time!

    Xo Jessi
    www.thedarlingdetail.com

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    1. I know, crazy how time flies. I hope your week is off to a great start beautiful!!

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  5. I love school supplies, too, Andrea, and those pencil cases are the bomb dot com! I'm kinda glad, though, that at Alise's school, all I have to do it "write a check" for her supplies. I mean, I like paroosing the school supply aisle, but I don't like crowds, so I'm okay with writing the check for her. Those fake glasses crack me up! They do make you look smart, though! Enjoy your Monday!

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    1. Why thank you, I feel smarter in them. Lol. Yay in just a check though. I'm not a big crowd fan either but I get Googly over stationary. Ha! Have a super Monday sweet friend!

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  6. Ahh! I was the nerdy girl that LOVED going back to school! I use to get so excited to get all my supplies together and decorating my locker was like the best thing ever haha! Love those monogrammed water bottles and the Lilly planner. Can't believe it's almost that time already! Happy Monday!

    xo, Rachel
    www.ablondesmoment.com

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    1. I know, so so fun!!! I love paper so much! Ha! Hope your Monday is going terrific!!

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  7. This post made me so incredibly happy & sad at the same time ha. I love the fresh new start of a school year. It makes me so giddy. On the flip side I also cannot believe that 9 days from now I'll be back at work. Like I used to tell my mom as a kid "but I just started having fun..."

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    1. Where did the Summer go, flies by faster every year we get older!! Well girl you better be fittin in some fun these next 9 days :-) bittersweet for sure! Have a great Monday beautiful!

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  8. How can it already be back to school?! Love the throw back pictures of you too! :)

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. Aww, thank you girl! Doesn't time just fly the older we get??!! Crazy! Have a great Monday beautiful!!

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  9. Whoa look at those lockers!! They did not have that stuff when I was in school!!! All we got were mirrors and maybe some colored plastic shelves we could put in there. Otherwise it was magazine clippings of different letters and fun pictures that I clued together. I walked the back to school supplies at Target last weekend but couldn't find an excuse to purchase any of it. Sigh. Haha! Wow, senior year!!! I have a niece starting her sophomore year this year and she is on the varsity cheerleading squad. So grown up!

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    1. Aww, bet you're a darn good Auntie!! Get this, I has a cut out picture of Pee Wee Herman (pre misdemeanor days) and one of Debbie Gibson, only because people said I looked like her. "Only in my dreams!" Ha, what was I thinking?

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  10. I love everything on this list! What a fun post!
    Kelsey
    http://www.thepeacockroost.com

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    1. Thank you Miss Kelsey!! Hope you're having a super Monday!

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  11. What a fun post! I seriously always loved our shopping trips before back to school! Such a fun day!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. I know, I miss those days! Now we're grown ups! lol. Have a super Monday Darcy! :-)

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  12. Those pencil cases are adorable!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  13. Such an awesome guide, and how cute is that lunchbox!

    Enjoy every second of the last year with two of your boys in high school :)

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    1. Oh thank you Kate, so sweet! Hope you're enjoying a wonderful Monday! ;-)

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  14. Hello my dear Andrea:

    Such a great post esp since my son will officially start preschool this summer! I still cannot believe how fast he's been growing! Also, I truly think that you have the cutest family ever! You are so blessed my dear, you are such an inspiration to me!
    Oh, and how fun are those glasses?! You look so fab!
    Sending you much love, and I hope your Monday is as fabulous as you are!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.net

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    1. Ahhhh your sweet baby in preschool!! How fun! Oh Vanessa, it goes so fast, soak up every precious second!! Thank you for making my day with your sweet comment! Hope yours is grand and beautiful like you!!!

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  15. I love back to school shopping, it was one my favorite times of the year. Who am I fooling? I still indulge in back to school shopping but mainly for the school supplies. haha. I love all the locker things they have these days. I totally would love to be that forever student. I truly did love school. Work not so much.

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    1. Mree, I feel exactly the same way! I tell our boys to enjoy it because they have it so good in school. I just pray they land jobs they love!! Have a wonderful day sweet friend!!

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  16. OMG 1987 you were KILLING IT! Full on denim and that hair! Love it, girl!! A pencil box (filled with lots of distracting junk to play with) plus the water bottle and of course cute pencil pouch, and a lunch box with matching plastic thermos were musts! ;)

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    1. Oh yes, check, check and check! The Acid wash ruled. Lol. My parents had stock in Aqua Net. Ha! Must be why I still use cheap hair spray despite expensive shampoo! Ha!!

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  17. Cute post! I am loving the idea of a note folding tutorial book. That sounds like a great way to pass time in a boring class
    Dresses & Denim

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    1. Oh yes, check, check and check! The Acid wash ruled. Lol. My parents had stock in Aqua Net. Ha! Must be why I still use cheap hair spray despite expensive shampoo! Ha!!

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  18. Love all your back to school picks! I definitely miss shopping for it. SO fun to look back at your pictures...no wonder you were best dressed!

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    1. Oh Emily, you're so precious! Thank you girl! Hope your Monday is off to a great start!!

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  19. Those are some cute outfits and a planner is a must! i cannot live without my planner.

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    1. That's for sure! One time I thought I lost my planner and I was freaking out until it was recovered thank goodness! Happy Monday!!

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  20. Beautiful family:) I feel your pain...I don't have kids but can't go anywhere near a staples right now...too many cute things! And a locker chandelier??? LOVE!!!

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  21. Those lockers are pretty! I didn't even get to use my locker in high school; I barely had enough time to get to class.

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  22. A. These made me giggle. In fact, I still have notes from high school that are still folded all kinds of cool.
    B. These are great essentials to have! I think I do need a few more for my kids, but I think I got most of them!

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  23. This was a fun post to read over, I would go for girly school supplies too. I love your picks and seeing pictures of you on your back to school days, you were definitely stylish and still are!
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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