It’s Fall! Are Your Kids’ School Uniforms Ready?

If your kids are in need of new school uniforms for fall, don’t go from store to store looking for something in their size, visit instead. They sent my babies fall uniforms to facilitate this post and we’re hooked!

French Toast School Uniforms for Fall

School uniforms. They’re a great equalizer and I’m kind of a fan. Well, I’m a fan of equalizing the haves and have nots and the no drama morning outfit debate that I don’t have to deal with, but I’m not a fan of trying to find these uniforms at my limited local stores in the right colors, the right sizes, and the right seasonal attire. Until now. Now that I’ve found French Toast, that hopping from store to store to never find what we needed struggle (the struggle was real, y’all) is over!

French Toast School Uniforms for boys and girls

You see, my babies are tiny, and our weather is crazy on the island this time of the year. By tiny I mean, Bug just turned 9 and she wears a size 7 in clothes, but the pants are way too short, and so are the shorts, so we always get skorts with leggings. Bubby will be 7 (be still my heart) this month, and the little guy is still in a size 5…with elastic waistbands. I have no clue where they get their tiny stature from *ahem* but I hope they grow (literally) out of it one day. Until then, we deal with it. But we don’t have to deal with the endless hours of shopping for ill-fitted school uniforms that aren’t seasonal anymore.

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French Toast Uniforms Benefits

French Toast gets that kids come in different sizes, they get that seasonal uniforms are hard to find since the seasons are so different across the nation, so they accommodate year round with a wide variety of school uniform choices and items that can even help my littles out. I easily found long shorts for Bug (not an easy task since she’s got an itty bitty waist and bean stalk legs) and pleated shorts for Bubby that don’t fall off since they have those adjustable waistlines that I can’t find locally. And even though we don’t need them just yet (hello Houston 90º weather in October), I was able to stock up on long sleeved uniform shirts for both because I can never find them when the cooler temps set in. All without leaving the comfort of my living room (and my laptop).

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I feel really accomplished, y’all. I’m ahead of the game this year when it comes to the babies’ preparedness and if you’ve been following along at all, you know that’s a really huge deal for me this year! We’re ready for fall (OK, not the cold weather, but everything else), are you? Get the kids school ready for fall and *e-gads* winter with the help of French Toast School Uniforms this year. My kids are ready. Are yours?

You’re Busy. Why Wait When There’s Walgreens?

For the record, I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This #shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and Walgreens #HealthcareClinic. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own. #cbias

Summer is winding down and the school year is about to kick in. *SIGH*

We’ve enjoyed our time off but it’s time for a reality check and for life to kick into full gear again. Things are about to get busy around here. We’re always busy but the school year keeps us super busy. Especially the prep for the school year. CRA-ZY! We’ve been buying school uniforms, back packs, school supplies, and trying to make sure that Bug has a happy and healthy start for her adventures in first grade. That’s crazy busy stuff. 

We don’t have time to wait for anything. We’ve been waiting in line to check out for clothes. Waiting in line to check out for school supplies. Waiting in line to sign up for school activities. Enough waiting already. Who has time for all that?
The babies don’t like to wait, and neither do I. That’s why waiting in a doctor’s office for Bug’s vaccines for school isn’t happening around here. Thankfully we found out that Walgreens has healthcare clinics in the Houston area that can provide us with vaccines, medical check ups, and sports physicals (when we get there) for minimal costs, with or without insurance, without the wait of the typical clinic or pediatric office. 

Our insurance stinks. B is union and that means they pay our entire insurance bill. That would be GREAT if we had insurance that was worth a flip. But we don’t. We pay $400 per person annually as a deductible. With a healthy family, we might as well not have insurance at all. A typical pediatric visit in my area is $230. Couple that with the cost of vaccinations, and although you still haven’t met the deductible, you might as well take out a loan. Seems ridiculous and there has to be a better way!
Thankfully, Walgreens wants my kids to get well and stay well. Their new healthcare clinics are located across the U.S. and offer benefits to the under insured, the non-insured, and to those of us that just don’t like to wait. They are conveniently located and since there’s a Walgreens on every corner, you might even be able to walk to get the services you need!

There’s no appointment necessary and if you’re like me and don’t want to wait, you can actually check the site, find your local clinic, and check the wait time. We waited less than 5 minutes. No lie. Plus they accept most major insurances so if you’re just trying to save time, or if you don’t have a family practitioner you love, this might be the answer for you too. 
Back to school sports physicals, or back to school physicals (with a school supplied form) for anyone under the age of 21 are only $39 now (through September 30th, regularly $60). You can’t beat that. There’s no wait, no hassle, and you can make an appointment online or just walk in. There’s no $230 office visit fee to pay. Just the check up. And if your child just needs vaccinations, they can help you with that too (without that crazy $230 office visit fee). And they offer clinical testing for many other conditions as well. These clinics serve patients of all ages and they are so kind and personal. You should really check them out!
We’ll be headed back soon because flu season is just around the corner and they offer flu shots for $31.99 per person. We don’t have to pay that crazy well visit fee to just go in and get our flu shots. They offer flu shots for anyone over 2 years of age by skilled Nurse Practitioners (most pharmacy stores will only administer these to those over the age of 7), and I know that Walgreens offers services that I can trust by people who truly care about me and my family. Plus they’re open late on weeknights and open on weekends which makes it easier for me. I’m all about making things easier for me and my babies. It’s reassuring to know that we’re ready for school and that I’m sending my Bug off to first grade happy and healthy.
If your life is busy during back to school and you need to get your kids vaccinated or they need a simple check up for sports, be sure to check out Walgreens on Facebook and Twitter. You won’t want to miss out on any of this. It’s rare in the healthcare industry that you find a “deal”. Don’t miss out!

The Haves and The Have Nots: Sears Makes It Possible for Both to Have Back To School Fun

For the record, I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and Sears. As always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.
My Bug is a “Have”. My older girls were “Have Nots”. I’ve seen both sides, I’ve been on both sides, and it still stings to think about it. With back to school right around the corner (seriously…where did the summer go?), I’m reminded of the Have Nots as I feel the pain of not being able to buy my older girls the abundance of school clothes and supplies back then that I do for Bug now. I try to ensure that she knows how lucky she is to have so much. I hope she knows. But sometimes I like to remind her by involving her in missions to help others who do not have what she has. Sears helped me accomplish that this year with their affordable fashion. 
My life is good now and we are able to afford the things we need, including school clothes and supplies, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy spending a ton of money. I’m not frugal by any means, but I’m not stupid either. When shopping for school uniforms, a denim jacket and new jeans for casual days, plus a backpack, the first place I thought to shop was Sears. I know they offer affordable, quality fashion, at a price that will please my checkbook. And I get additional discounts for being a Shop Your Way Reward Member. Obviously I took advantage of that since they were having a Secret Members Only Sale that day. 
I was able to snag 4 uniforms for my Bug at amazing prices (seriously the skorts were only $13 each!) and I found her size! She’s super thin and it’s hard to find uniforms in a size 6. If you need them, GO TO SEARS NOW, they’ve got them. Last year we had a horrible time trying to find her uniforms and I washed constantly. If I’d only known then that Sears carried uniforms, I wouldn’t have stressed so much.
But for the real fun, we got to go all out. Bug has “freestyle” days at school for field trips and special events. Those are the days she shines. She loves to have a special outfit for those special days and she found exactly what she wanted at Sears at prices that pleased me. This light blue denim jacket is adorable and she can wear it year round here. Uniforms are a must to even out the Have/Have Not thing and I’m glad for that, but I’m also glad my Bug can let her colors shine. Sears has over 2000 denim styles in store for men, women, and children. You’ll certainly find something to suit your personal style like Bug.
And although Bubby won’t start school until next year, he needed clothes too. I couldn’t refuse the prices on the boy’s 2-piece outfits so he got a couple. He’s a good boy, he deserves to look good too!
You might be asking yourself what these crazy kids are doing. Are they practicing their favorite dance moves?
Nope. They’re practicing their synchronized falling skills. My kids are rough and tumble. That’s why I shop at Sears often. The babies are rough on their clothes and the quality items that Sears carries at fabulous prices stand up to my babies’ rough sides. 
And since I was able to save so much on my purchases (far more than I had anticipated but hey, those monokinis for $15 each for me were adorable and B needed clothes too), I decided to teach my Bug one of those lessons I mentioned above. The Hello Kitty Backpack Bug picked out was regularly $30, on sale for $15, and it had a detachable lunch bag. I planned on $30, we spend that every year on a new backpack. So I bought 2 for the price of one plus a Hello Kitty screened t-shirt that she picked out with the money I saved on the other items. No child should be without the necessities in life. No child should go to school feeling less fabulous than another. No little girl should ever wish that she sparkled but not have the means to sparkle on the outside the way she does on the inside. When my big girls were younger, we were fortunate to have “angels” that helped us through the tough times and I’m happy to pay that back. 

When I go to buy Bug’s school supplies this week, I’ll be putting half of the supplies I buy in this other backpack with the screened t-shirt (and the tiara…Bug threw that in). Then I’ll be heading back to the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County to donate our backpack full of BTS fun to a child that has lived through an abusive relationship and a mother that was brave enough to escape. This non-profit does amazing things in my community and helping a child feel better about themselves as they heal, while relieving the burden from their mother as she heals, feels really good. I’ve been there. As a mom, there’s nothing worse than the feeling that comes with not being able to provide for your children.
My Bug has everything she needs and then some and she’s always excited and appreciative when we take the time to give to those who have not. I encourage you to do the same this year. There’s still time. Sears can help. You’ll save enough to get what your child needs, plus help another, without breaking your initial budget. All children deserve to have a fun Back to School experience. Your one donation could be the difference between an A+ and a D kind of year. Your choice! We’re shooting for A+’s across the board again this year!

Follow along with Sears on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all of the back to school fashion and deals. And if you save enough (which you will), be sure to stop back by and let me know how you decided to brighten a little life this year for back to school with your savings.

You can get inspiration for your own summer style by flipping through the Live SoFab Summer Digital Magazine below. Sears is featured of course!