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Back To School Backpack Round-Up

Back To School Backpack Round-Up

It’s that time of year, my friends! I have been preparing my kids for the transition from homeschooling to the traditional school setting and it has definitely been a process. They are very excited; I’m pretty nervous but I think that is absolutely common for a mama in my position.

Anyways, before I get all teary-eyed at the thought of our new normal quickly approaching, I rounded up y favorite backpacks for back-to-school. School supplies shopping is, for the most part, a drag. School supplies are boring, uniforms offer the least amount of distractions in the classroom and most things we get for school will look like everyone else’s. I get why and I agree with the reasoning. The fun, for me, comes in at being able to put some personality into each kid’s school day. The backpacks are one area at our new school with the least amount of restrictions so I immediately started looking for bags that function well but are also cool; a FUNctional backpack, if you will. lol.

We went with the Sticky Lemon envelope backpacks but there were soooo many good options this season that it took me a while to make a decision. Here is the round-up of my favorite bags for back-to-school.

1- STATE bags Rainbow Tie Die

2- Zip & Zoe Spaceman Backpack

3- Sticky Lemon Envelope Backpack

4- Bobo Choses Stars School Bag

5- Parkland ‘Peachy’ Backpack

6- Herschel Heritage ‘Polka People’ Youth Bag

7- TWELVElittle Sports Patch Backpack

8- JanSport Blue Jay Mix Backpack

9- Mini Rodini UFO School Bag (this was a close second choice for RJ but in the end, I liked the idea of RJ and Milly having the same backpack in different colors.)

10- FJallraven Kanken Art – Spring Landscape Bag (really, I’ll probably buy this one for me!)

As far as our Sticky Lemon backpacks go, I’m thinking I might add some patches to them just for fun. It might be a really sweet kind of activity for me and the kids to do together before the end of summer break. Squeeze in one more memory if we can…..you know how that goes!

Until next time.

Ashly

Mom Community Monday – Weekly Round-Up

Mom Community Monday – Weekly Round-Up

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you had a great weekend and that your Monday is treating you well. Here is another post for my #MCM segment. Honestly, I have really been enjoying the process of putting these posts together. Sharing information and all the things, I think, is so beneficial in parenthood. Obviously, I am not saying that there is one right way to parent and there may be information that you find here that you disagree with and that is completely fine! I just think that knowledge is power; the more you know, the better you will be and the more your decisions will be informed. It offers me a little comfort in my journey as a mom to do a little research before making decisions for my kids. All this to say, I hope you find inspiration and/or comfort in some of this information.

It takes a village.

With back to school right around the corner, vaccinations have been on my mind lately. As a homeschool parent, vaccines were not a top priority for me. Now that my kids are moving into a charter school situation, I had to take a hard look at what my kids had and had not been exposed to. To be honest, some of the information I found scared the hell out of me. Ultimately, my husband and I got our kids vaccinated and prayed for the best outcome. Here is an article that gives a non-biased (in my opinion), intro to the pros and cons of vaccination and as well as a little history on the subject.

I read this article written by a father about the process of letting his daughter choose what private school to go to; the process of getting in, figuring out what she wanted and what made sense for their family and the balancing act of decision making as a family. I loved it.

I always joke (kinda) that vacationing with kids is just taking care of kids in a different space. This article is a nice read and offers ways to enjoy your vacation more with your kiddos.

This reading list is supposed to help you “not raise a jerk” and I love it. We actually have a couple of the books on the list so I gave myself a congratulatory pat on the pack. Go, me. 🙂 Topics range from cultural difference to body positivity. Find your next read-aloud book on the list!

This bad boy talks about how to stay mindful when your preschooler isn’t and I found that most (if not all) of the points made in this article relate to age ranges outside of toddler-hood. Milly is a firecracker and I will be working on being more mindful with her for sure. It’s a journey, isn’t it?

Share these articles to your mama and papa friends!

Until next time,

Ashly

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