Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back to School Haul

Push me Brutha!  We're off to school!

Wow, summer is speeding by here like a 7-year-old chasing his little sister around a dead lawn.

And that is fast, readers!!  We don't have a dog, but the dog days of summer are certainly upon us now, with August in full swing.

August used to only mean dog days, hot weather, water fights, and stay-cations in the LIAYF household.  But in the past couple of years August has taken on a whole new, not so fun meaning.  Back to school shopping. You can tell how I feel about shopping, can't you?

In fact, a mall or department store is the last place I, or Mrs. LIAYF for that matter, want to be spending our time during the summer stretch run that is August.

Enter Kohl's.  Sure Kohl's has a brick and mortar store near you, but what you may not know is that Kohl's also has an awesome back-to-school online site where you can do all your back to school shopping from the comfort of your back deck while the kids are in bed and the sun is finally setting on a sun drenched summer day.

And that is exactly what we (and by 'we', I mostly mean Mrs. LIAYF) did recently as we used some timely deals from Kohls, who is teaming up with Office Max, to net a great haul for back to school.  Through their collaboration with Office Max,  Kohl's is now offering all the supplies you will need from folders to notebooks and pens to pencil cases.  (Note to readers - stop by next week and I will be giving away a Kohl's gift card perfect for your back-to-school shopping).

Lukas' school uses uniforms, so we were happy to find that Kohl's has a school uniform shop.  We choose several practical uniform pieces, but also selected a few fun items that he could wear on weekends and after school.  We didn't want to leave out Annabelle, so we got her some cute clothes for "back to daycare" (well, she never really left, but now she looks stylin').  And, because every family with kids is cash-strapped, we went for clothing that could mix and match with items we already owned.  For example, Lukas already has several pairs of Converse high-tops, so we didn't purchase any extras, but Kohl's has an awesome selection of Converse if you want to check it out.

Here are just a few of the looks we were able to winnow from the vast online selection:

Lukas: Pique polo navy uniform shirt,  khaki canvas shorts,
cool hipster hat and blue high-tops (already owned),
Annabelle: Striped tunic in navy,
Levi's jeggings (awww), Hello Kitty blue hairclip.

Lukas: Striped blue hoodie,  Levi's 511 slim fit,
blue hightops (already owned)

Lukas: Bicycle "7" Tee,  navy canvas shorts,
Keen sandles (already owned), steely grimace
(from taking too many pictures)
Annabelle: Bicycle Tee,  Hello Kitty hairclip,
blue check shorts (already owned)

Lukas: Whale Tee,  Levi's 511 slim-fit,
 check shirt and blue hightops (already owned)

Finally, back on the topic of school supplies, we also got these amazing water bottles we used last year in his lunch box.  We love their size, packability (is that a word?), and that they held up to heavy, heavy abuse.  Lukas also likes their bright graphics.

Juuuust right for lunchboxes!

As for the rest of the supplies, Lukas' school supply list has not been provided yet.  So, we are putting in an order this weekend for all his school supplies, using the Kohl's cash we earned online with our back-to-school purchases.  In addition to the water bottles, we anticipate we would likely be ordering one of the basic school packs offered by Kohl's, which includes pencils, paper, glue, markers, scissors, etc.  And, of course, the ubiquitous box of Kleenex (why does every teacher ask for these - oh, that's right, 7 year-old-boys and runny noses).

Disclaimer: The fine people at Kohl's provided me with compensation in order to purchase these fine products and to write here about all the great stuff we received.  It's worth noting though, that our experience was terrific throughout.


Post Post Modern Dad said...

I like that whale shirt.

We have had our school supply list for a couple of weeks and have already started our back-to-school shopping as well. August is a very different month from when we were kids.

DesiredOne said...

I love that they have school supplies, sure makes one stop shopping easier for me. Only wish my kids had uniforms, i love their outfits great choices!

Unknown said...

We've had the supply list all summer and so far have only got a few items from it. Need to go shopping SOON! Still need to get her some new clothes too.

Mami2jcn said...

I love the striped tunic. Nautical styles are adorable.

JewelWood said...

I like the Whale shirt a lot. I am thrilled that Kohl's has back to school supplies! Now I can do one stop shopping and get great deals at Kohl's for back to school.

Nicole-Lynn said...

Your daughter looks so cute in that blue/white striped dress! How fun! :) They are both cuties! :)

Elena said...

Your kids are so cute.
I like shopping at Kohl's for back to school clothes and shoes

HS said...

I like the striped hoodie and the Striped tunic in navy.

Unknown said...

There are their happy faces! I love that navy striped tunic. Too cute!

meredith m said...

what great back to school outfits!

Julie said...

I like the Whale tee! Cute.

d schmidt said...

You know I go to Kohls all the time and never visited the shoe department! My son really wants some new Converse so I shall have to go and look.

Unknown said...

cute! the striped tunic in navy is my favorite.

Shelly Peterson said...

Love the outfits, he's lookin stylin for school for sure. The water bottles have awesome designs.

vivaciousgold said...

happy to know about the water bottles. these are cool

Tammy S said...

You really did a great job on your back to school haul. I like to shop Kohl's online also. There is a huge selection of items plus you can take advantage of the closeout prices. I love the Whale T-shirt! I wish they had one like that in girls for my daughter.

Unknown said...

Your kids got some awesome clothes!