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So, what do you buy for a tween's back-to-school wardrobe that isn't superheroes & sparkles, but also isn't...whatever actual teens are wearing.
My eldest, Vivi, is eight and a half and has never been a super "girly girl" when it comes to fashion. She ripped bows out of her hair as a baby. She hates anything tight or sequined (too itchy). She's the reserved one, as opposed to her often pants-less, free-loving younger sister. It's becoming increasingly hard to find clothing...
I'm loving this whole mix of cute pieces, edgy pieces & sporty ones, too, plus an array of classic investment pieces paired w/ a few trendy items. Love.
We get asked quite often around here for more tween and teen coverage. I cannot pretend to know what teens would actually like to wear for back-to-school these days, but my fab intern Nova does! Nova put together some rad outfits that we then pulled into a bit of a capsule wardrobe for teens who gravitate towards mostly black...
Back-to-school means shopping for school supplies, plus routines & home organization for keeping kids on schedule & ready for class. We're on it, Mama.
I LOVE summer and all the freedom (and ice cream) it offers, but I am the first to admit...by the end of August, I am SO ready to put an end to my kids' late nights, terrible eating, and general chaos our summers devolve in to. Routines calm me. Yes, Shana...roll those eyes and give me a big "I want...
We're oggling this cool capsule wardrobe featuring a balance of fun colors + patterns, with classic denim & other wearable basics mixed in, plus 4 outfit combos to get ya started!
This mama has always adored picking out rad clothes for my girlie. It's been fun because she's only just now, at 8-years-old, started to have strong opinions about what she wears...and thankfully that still includes a love for great prints and bold colors. Yay! Cool Girls' Clothes In A Fun Back-To-School Capsule Wardrobe Sienna has also always been a pro...
We found these camo Crocs for O that actually stay on (& don't hurt his feet) + these adorable pink(!) Adidas sneakers for G (that she loves) from DSW.
A huge thank you to ShopStyle Collective and DSW for sponsoring this post! I've always felt that excitement for the beginning of the school year, but this year -- this year -- is special. Last year we took Greenlea's first day of school picture on the front steps, her holding her laptop, ready to start first grade and then opened...
Homeschool organization in a 19th-century house? We're there. Study nooks for kids' desks & reading corners are a start. Come see.
Y'all, I'm writing this on the first day of virtual school here. My girlie is so excited to see her classmates, even if it's just online. She definitely needed a space that wasn't the kitchen table (like last spring's locale) so we set off to figure out how we could make that happen in her room! Her teacher sent out...
Let's go...homeschool, remote learning, hybrid school...For school-at-home + WFH, a peek into our apartment organization & kids' study nook.
Because it is August, and because Facebook is creepy, I keep getting these Timeline reminders, or whatever they’re called, of various past status updates expressing my excitement about the first day of school -- as a teacher. I loved everything about that first day -- a newly decorated classroom, a fresh set of unit plans and course syllabi, my...
Back-to-school & fall signal our dire need for orderly work stations, fun school supplies & easy household routines. Zulily's deals get us there.
A huge thank you to Zulily & ShopStyle for sponsoring this post. GIVE ME SOME CALM!!! After a summer filled with pretty much no bedtimes, a lot of chaos, and way too much ice cream (pandemic or no pandemic), I always look forward to the last week of August as the time I get everything back in order. Clipboards, lazy...
Homeschool requires some prep --we're on a kids' study nook & refurbished laptops from eBay, perfect for remote learning & gaming.
A huge thank you to eBay and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post. Well...school starts in a couple of weeks, and we're trying to get ready. We're re-arranging furniture and scoping out places to create little study nooks. I have zero illusions that two active boys will be able to sit in one spot staring at a computer screen all day,...
As with all things back-to-school, we're stocking up on kid-friendly recipes that aren't sandwiches. Yes to packing lunch boxes & bento boxes full of YUM.
Hey friends, it's been a minute, eh? Lana's had the month of August off from school, and we've spent the last week road-tripping through Northern California and the Nevada desert, visiting all six of her grandparents and her three great-grandparents. We logged almost 1k miles, just the two of us, and I'm delighted (and a little shocked, honestly) to...

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