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Y’all. WHERE HAS THE SUMMER GONE?
It’s July 25th, and Carter starts school on August 10th.
I could actually bawl about it.
With only 1 kid at home who is now 13, summer is nothing short of glorious.
It’s just so easy and fun.
We LOVE summer over here, and at the end of each summer break, I find myself wanting it to never be over.
And now that he’s entering 8th grade, I’m really in my feels. Chris and I talk all the time about how many more times we’re going to get to do something with him before he heads off to college, and after this summer is over, we’ll only have 5 more summers with him until we send him off in the world.
HOW CAN THAT BE?
CAN YOU SEE WHY I WANT TO BAWL?
Still, I can’t just sit around and cry about it because we’ve got to get ourselves ready for the new year! I had to put on my big girl panties and make sure we had allllll the things.
Usually I’m scrambling around to lots of different retailers, or at the very least hopping from site to site, but this year I was able to grab most of what Carter still needed from Walmart!
CLOTHES FOR CARTER
Let’s start off with some new back-to-school outfits!
If y’all have been reading this blog for awhile, you know I started calling Carter “Captain Cozy” years and years ago. BECAUSE THE BOY PRIORITIZES COMFORT. He wants to wear athletic wear every single day of his life, and if he’s at home, you can always find him cozied up under a blanket.
He’s typically pretty brand loyal, but I brought these items home from him, AND HE WAS A FAN. I was absolutely thrilled because the prices are fantastic. These pieces are much less expensive than the other brand he typically wears, and he loves them just as much.
So, just how fantastic are the prices? So glad you asked!
The shirt comes in a 2-pack for $16.16, the shorts come in a 2-pack for $16.16 as well, and these slides are $7.98.
Those are some great deals, y’all.
Now listen, all of us moms know that no matter how inexpensive an item is, it’s not actually a great deal if your kid isn’t actually going to wear it. Well, he’s already worn this outfit twice. #score
He’s really hard on his backpacks, so he gets a new one every year. Regularly $55, this backpack is currently on sale for ONLY $36.99! He loves it, and I’m happy to have “get a new backpack” checked off my list. I liked the navy the best, but Carter chose the grey.
Carter wears athletic gear to school every day EXCEPT for game days during football season.
The coaches encourage the boys to dress up on game days, and the boys really get into it. Some have been known to wear full suits to school! Carter has never gone that far, but even jeans and a polo are dressing up for him when every other days are athletic gear.
Both of us love the polo and the jeans. They’re great quality, and again they are super affordable. You can grab a 2 pack of the polos for just $20 and there are several color combos available. And the jeans are under $18!
It’s the slip on shoes that are the real star of this outfit though.
Like me, Carter refuses to wear shoes that aren’t comfortable. Hey, I don’t blame him one bit. When I spotted these at the store, I knew Carter would approve. They are super lightweight, and Carter said wearing them feels like walking on air. They will be great for dress up days at school and for church. They come in brown too.
Okay, I’ve got one more outfit for y’all that’s not athletic wear.
And here’s the other color in the 2 pack.
Okay, one more outfit for y’all today! And it’s back to the athletic gear that Carter prefers to live in.
It’s nothing for me to pay $20-$25 per shirt and around $30 per pair of shorts that Carter typically wears, so this is an incredible savings. I’m thrilled to have found these options!
Okay, that’s all for Carter’s outfits today, but I’ve got a handful of more pictures to share. And I want to share my outfit too.
This first picture throws me right back into wanting to bawl my head off.
I’m just so darn proud of this little man AND I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW TALL HE IS GETTING.
He’s grown 4 inches since last July, and he’s still growing like a weed.
Now I’m not going back to school, but if you are a teacher and getting ready to start school yourself, YOU NEED THIS DRESS!
It’s 100% cotton and just a perfect little dress. The subtle tulip sleeves are so pretty, and the tiers are casual summer perfection.
Designed with easy pullover styling, you will be ready in an instant while the tiered bodice gives you a put-together finish. The best part? This dress is complete with two side pockets for even more convenience.
For size reference, I’m wearing a medium. If I had a smaller chest, a small would work because the rest of the sizing is generous, but I need the room up top.
The sandals are AWESOME and ON SALE! I suggest sizing up a 1/2!
And if you recall, I have this same dress in pink as well. And I might have grabbed it in olive too. At only $15 a piece, it just makes sense to have 3. 🙂
Annnnnnnnnnnnnd because apparently I share this picture every chance I get, here’s a reader (Shout Out, Rebecca!) with some of her teacher friends. And yes, all of them are wearing THE DRESS! I mean, it looks good on everybody! Several of the colors are picked over in sizes, but I’m telling you, get whatever colors are in your size!
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Now that we’ve talked clothes, it’s time to talk school supplies!
Walmart can totally be your 1 STOP SHOP for all of your back-to-school needs!
I buy a box of school supplies that the district puts together for each grade every year, so I already have a head start. I’m quite sure I pay more for the supplies than they are actually worth, but the convenience is well worth it to me. Still, there are odds and ends that we need to pick up on our own. And once school starts, there will be additional supplies that some teachers need specifically for their classes, so I’m hoping I can grab those from Walmart as well.
So what have we already grabbed this year?
Carter is very particular about his pencils, and he only likes to use Paper Mate mechanical pencils. I buy several packages at the beginning of the year and keep them in a drawer so new pencils are ready and waiting for him when he needs them. This is the cheapest I have ever seen these pencils.
You saw the Under Armour backpack and the stainless steel water bottle in the pics above. I was happy to find both at Walmart! And although I accidentally left this next item out of the collage, I grabbed Carter this stainless steel food jar. Last year he took Hawaiin roll sandwiches almost every single day but this year he’s decided he might want to take some hot leftovers. We also snagged a new laptop sleeve to help protect his laptop in his backpack.
We’re an Otter Box family, and I highly recommend them for their durability and the phone protection they provide. Carter didn’t need a new one, but if you have a kid with a phone, consider getting him/her an Otter Box. Phones are going to be dropped, and our Otter Boxes give me such peace of mind.
1) Sharpie gel pens / 2) Wirebound notebook / 3) Paper Mate mechanical pencils / 4) Under Armour backpack / 5) stainless steel water bottle / 6) Apple AirPods with charging case / 7) Apple Watch / 8) Gatorade squirt bottle / 9) lunchbox / 10) TI Scientific Calculator / 11) laptop sleeve / 12) inkjet printer / 13) pencil pouch / 14) OtterBox / 15) HP 11.6 Chromebook
Click HERE for supplies under $1.
Click HERE to check out everything you need for school. And across the top of the page, everything is divided into either age category or supply category.
Click HERE if you have one that’s headed off to college. Again, it’s divided by category across the top of the screen.
So, are y’all as blown away by these clothes for Carter as I am? Isn’t it crazy how affordable they all are?!? And my dress is the PERFECT teacher dress.
A huge thank you to Walmart and Shopstyle for the super affordable and on trend pieces and for sponsoring this post.