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 the door and walked back inside.
No new backpacks or lunch bags, no meeting the teacher (not in person at least), no excitement of seeing friends after the summer.
Any excitement I had quickly dissipated into anxiety of how we were going to manage all of the online learning. The whole thing was just overwhelming–and I know we all felt that last year, whether your kids went to school face-to-face or online.
DSW Is A Win For Kids’ Back-To-School Shoes (& The Whole Fam)
This year G is beyond excited for school to start, and I’ve already started back-to-school shopping with her. Ozzie is also starting school (kind of–two and a half days at nursery school) and didn’t want to miss out on the fun. So where did we start? Shoes.
They’re both very picky. But we found these camo Crocs for Ozzie that actually stay on (and don’t hurt his feet) and these adorable pink(!) adidas sneakers for Greenlea (that she loves) from DSW. So I thought maybe I needed a new pair of adidas sneaks (they’re SO comfy) and while I was at it, maybe Zack should get some new shoes too. We ended up getting new shoes for the entire family for just over $200. Yaaaaas. Better yet, DSW is offering TME readers And as a bonus $10 off with your order of $49+ at checkout from now through 7/31! Use code MOMEDIT10 at checkout. Exclusions apply.
My dad was the principal of the middle school here for years–we took the kids to see “Bapa’s” name engraved on one of the stones outside his old office. I can’t wait for them to go to school here!
Greenlea picked out this Madden Girl Belt Bag & Face Mask Set and was thrilled to see there was a place for her phone (she doesn’t really have her “own phone,” but uses an old one of ours that we use Facebook messenger to contact her on). For school, though, she picked out this blinged-out sequin backpack and lunch bag set. Good vibes only!
Ozzie loves his new Crocs because they don’t rub on his heel–I love them because they actually stay on when he’s playing! (Usually, he either takes his shoes off if they’re uncomfortable or they fall off if they’re too big.)
I’ve loved my adidas Grand Court shoes for years, but when I saw these cute adidas Puremotion Sneakers and read the reviews, I had to try them…and OMG, they feel amazing! I don’t even need to wear socks, they’re that good. I’m packing them for after my brain surgery when I need to do lots of walking in super stable shoes–these are definitely cute AND comfy.
Zack has loved these Converse Chuck Taylor shoes for years…and I do mean years. (It was time for him to get a new pair.) He wears these with everything from suits to jeans to shorts. I love the classic look.
The kids are excited to get back to school this year, and I’m looking forward to being able to walk with them! It’s the little things, right? Here are more of our back-to-school favorites from DSW!
Back-To-School Sneakers For Kids
Back-To-School Backpacks For Kids
Back-To-School Masks For Kids
Happy Back-to-School Season!
A huge thank you to ShopStyle Collective and DSW for sponsoring this post! Thanks for helping us get excited about getting back to normal this school year! Abby, thank you for the pictures! Always such a pleasure working with you! And readers, thank you SO much for your continued support especially during the last year. It’s so appreciated!