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!

A Conference, Mother’s Day, and searsStyle….OH MY!

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Later this week, I’ll be heading to Bentonville, AR for SoFabCon and I’m super excited. The only thing is, I had nothing to wear. Nothing! You can’t show up at a conference in yoga pants or shorts, tank tops, and slippers. At least I don’t think you should, but that’s pretty much all I have to wear.

Like most busy moms, I don’t take too much time to pamper myself. Heck, I skip showers on more occasions than I’d like to admit because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to take care of everything that has to be done let alone just taking some “me time”. 
With 6 kids (well 7 if you include B), someone else always needs something. Sure the oldest 3 don’t live with me anymore, but believe me, that doesn’t stop them from calling asking me to do things for them. Once a parent, always a parent (seriously…they never grow up). Then the 3 youngest are always demanding something. I have to get the girls off to school, and be at Bubby’s beck and call all day every day as I try to work. Then afternoons are filled with getting the girls home from school, prepping dinner before B gets home, shopping trips for groceries, kitchen clean up after dinner, laundry, preparing lunches for the next day, baths, tucking everyone in, then getting back to work for a couple of hours before bed. Honestly not much time for me.
BUT sometimes moms just need to take a break so they don’t burn out. This conference will be my break. I’ll be meeting up with some of my best friends that I’ve never actually met. And there’s a bonus, I took a break this weekend to pamper myself before my actual break. And B helped which was another bonus. Although I don’t need an excuse to spend money on myself (I honestly have one of those husbands that constantly reminds me to do things for myself and spend as much money as I’d like), I remembered that Mother’s Day was right around the corner so that was as good of an excuse as any. I am a mother after all, of 6, I deserve a HUGE present!
I headed to Sears armed with my Shop Your Way Rewards card because although style is important to me, so is savings. The more you save, the more you can spend. Well, that’s how it works in my head anyway. My shopping experience was fabulous. Sears fashion is amazing. The store wasn’t crowded, everything was on sale, and I found pink and sparkly affordable fashion at every turn. And B showed up after work to save me take the babies off of my hands so I could actually try my clothes on in peace.
I came home with a LOT, you know, because I was able to save so much I could spend more right? I saved a total of $147 on my Mother’s Day gifts to myself. I think my favorite outfit is my traveling outfit. I will be arriving at SoFabCon in head to toe pink. No one would expect less. I was able to score Bongo jeans, an adorable top with built in pink sparkly necklace, sparkly pink flops, a pink purse, and pink Hello Kitty sunglasses for right around $50. Beat that!
And thanks to my Sears savings, I decided to pamper myself further with a sparkly pink manicure and pedicure. Sears was very, very good to me this weekend and I’m totally ready for Bentonville now. Oh wait…I still have to pack. I might need to go back to Sears with the 2,160 Shop Your Way Rewards points I earned this weekend because I think I need a bigger bag!
Oh my pink puffy heart stars! What do you think? Am I ready to defeat the Purple Army that awaits me at the conference? I say bring it! This is pink and #ThisisStyle!
I’ll be sure to come back here to share photos from the conference where I’ll be wearing all sorts of fabulous Sears fashions. You won’t want to miss this!
In the meantime, be sure to connect with searsStyle on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest fashion trends. If you’re not already a member, be sure to sign up for the Shop Your Way Rewards program to save even more in store and get updates on weekly deals. And if you’re a mom, be sure to remember to take some time to treat yourself this Mother’s Day. You work hard and you deserve it. Happy Mother’s Day! Head to Sears and buy yourself a prize.