A List Maker's Life: Stepping Into It

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stepping Into It

Thank you to Crocs for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about Crocs’ new Back to School line. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

The truth is, I'd like to put off school shopping as long as possible!  If it is time to talk about shopping for clothes and supplies, it means our schedule free (mostly) summer days are coming to a end. While I would like to avoid the thought all together that would do nothing but leave us completely unprepared in 22 days when 2! of my kids head off to elementary school.

The first few years of our family's back to school preparations have been fairly easy with Gavin.  We weed through the outgrown and over played in selections in his closet, sort what is left into outfits, and pick a favorite to wear for the first day.  But that is about to change.  Ready or not....I am sending Anne Hope off to Kindergarten and what she wears matters (to her)!

Living on a budget encourages us to look for creative ways to spend less while still trying to give our kids positive experiences.  This year one of our friends jumped in to help with that creative experience, giving us a unique back to school gift.  After clearing out her soon-to-be 3rd grader's closets, mom and daughter set up an in home shopping mall for Anne Hope.  The clothes were organized by size, season, and type.  Anne Hope and I picked through each pile for favorites to try on.  Our "mall" even had a free styling service and told us just what pieces worked together best.  With a pile taller than Anne Hope we headed to the dressing room for at least 40 minutes of "yeses." "nos." "maybes." and "LOVE its."  Then we headed home (without an empty wallet) with two weeks worth of fantastic outfits and a very happy Kindergartener.

Still wanting a one of a kind outfit for the first day, Anne Hope and I picked out some special fabric with a cute skirt/shirt pattern in mind.  The same generous friend who invited us to shop her closets, helped us sew up a sweet outfit that "owl" show pictures of after she wears it for the first time.

So, now we just need to pick up the basics: underclothes, socks, and shoes.

It is important to me to be sure the kids each have one quality pair of shoes for everyday wear and a second nice pair to keep at school as indoor shoes for gym and boot season.  Since Gavin and Anne Hope happily live in Crocs all summer, it is fun to see they are now offering school approved (closed toe/closed heel) options for both boys and girls in grades K-8. In fact, there are now 13 new styles to choose from, made with the same comfort inside as their favorite summer shoes.

Since it is typically more fun to pick out Anne Hope's shoes, I thought I'd show you what I am thinking...

These navy Keelys will match her first day of school outfit perfectly, and can easily be mixed and matched with many of the outfits we have assembled for the fall and winter.  Pink Dawsons will be comfortable indoor shoes for her to keep nice for gym.

So, it looks like our closets are ready for September 6. Now I must get to work on our attitudes and sleep schedules, because at this point we are still all summer inside!

This music video is interactive- you can click on the shoes in the video to go directly to the shoes' corresponding pages on the Crocs official site.  While at the site users can enter a giveaway for a family vacation to San Diego (no purchase necessary).  The video also has a hidden surprise, click on the graphic to see what happens.


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