Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Back To School Outfits For Tweens From Kohl's, Justice, Target, and More!

Apparently some jeans are all wrong.

I discovered this while going back to school shopping with my tween daughter. I had brought a "wrong" pair into the dressing room and I guess because they weren't high waisted, it's what made them wrong.

Also, she said I kept bringing her the non-ripped jeans--or, excuse me, non-DISTRESSED jeans, and that was offensive too.

"Why do you want to look like you've gone to battle with Scar?" I asked her.

"Because," was her response, and that was as far as it went.


We managed to find some outfits with minimal tears (from me, not her) and then she wanted to try some on to see what she should wear on the first day.

First up is a dress she found at Kohl's.

Now, this one might not be allowed at her school because you see SHOULDERS (Heaven Forbid), but it's the proper length.

She loves Stranger Things, so she picked out this shirt from Etsy. Alexei is one of her favorite characters:

She likes this shirt too, but the word ass would probably be frowned upon at school. But she can use the Scoops Ahoy lunchbox.

This outfit is from Justice:

Justice sent Natalie a fabulous backpack and lunchbox set. We loved the lunch box container. You can get one and it fits all Justice lunchboxes.

These two outfits are from Kohl's and the shoes are from Famous Footwear. Yup, those are the jeans that look like she's gone to battle with an irate cat.

Shirt change!

Finally, here's a shirt from Target, and high-waisted jeans from Walmart. Fila shoes from Famous Footwear. This is the outfit that she's decided to wear on the first day.

Her shirt has a good message for people in Middle School. It says Do It For You. Not Them. Stay True. Be Real. Be Real. Be Real. 

School starts on Monday, and while I am not looking forward to early mornings and homework, I am ready. The kids say they are sort of ready.

Also, I asked my son what he was going to wear on the first day and he went, "I don't know. Clothes," so it's safe to say that most boys don't really put as much thought as girls.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

5 Reasons Why My Kids Ride The Bus Even Though I Work From Home

So I was browsing Facebook and I came across a post where buses were discussed. One woman had said, "Since I'm a stay at home mom, I drive my kids to school. If you stay at home there's no reason for kids to ride the bus."

I was like:

Because guess what? I work from home, which means I stay at home, and my kids DO ride the bus.

Here are reasons why:

1. I'm not dealing with all the traffic. I am NOT a morning person. This is Texas. There are people in every damn corner.

2. I'd lose my cool if people didn't follow car line procedures. I am not friendly before I've had my caffeine so if the person in front of me wasn't following the rules, I might get out of my car, march over, and ask what the hell they thought they were doing. For everyone's safety, it's best I'm never in a car line.

3. I'm half asleep since I'm up at 6 so I wouldn't feel safe driving with all the traffic. No further explanation needed.

4. Other people tick me off. This sort of goes along with the top two reasons, but it's true: I have road rage. And people in Texas don't like to do the following: use their turn signals, give a proper distance between vehicles, wave when someone lets you in the line....

5. I just plain don't want to. The bus is there for a reason. I get to save my gas. I had a friend who said she had THE BEST conversations with her kids when she drove them to school but here's the thing: my kids would be fast asleep because hello, we are NOT morning people.

Now, if my kids said they were being bullied on the bus, I might consider driving them. Maybe. What I'd probably want to do is march onto the bus and remind the other kids to stop being assholes. So far the kids are okay though. I rode the bus. I was okay. It helped me get comfortable with public transportation.

Do you drive your kids to school even though they could ride the bus?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.

HEY, IT'S OKAY.... be both excited and dreading about school starting on Monday. I do love my quiet time because I can get so much done, but it's my son's senior year, so I also want to cry daily. Also, none of us are morning people so waking up super early is not fun. Normally I've been up at 9 AM and the kids roll out about 11 AM. So it'll be an adjustment. also be dreading the homework. I have to get on my daughter to finish it. She loves to procrastinate, but then again, so does her mother. wish we were going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party this year. We got to go last year and had a blast. And yup, Disney World had its first one last week! They start early. have already checked out Spirit Halloween. The store was already open so my daughter and I had a blast checking everything out. We're so ready for the fall. think this bracelet from is fabulous. My daughter is wearing it. The triangle represents a mountain which reminds us that we can do it, one step at a time. Never give up. I tell my daughter this often. I also tell her if all else fails, there's chocolate. You can get one here

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