Back to School

Back to school is upon us and nothing throws us into a panic of preparation, like North Carolina’s Tax Free Weekend.   This coming weekend August 2nd – 4th will mark the LAST Tax Free Weekend for school prep. and purchases.   Here are some of the essentials that we recommend tracking down this weekend:

a good bookbag

great bookbag in all sizes and good for schools with label and character restrictions

great bookbag in all sizes and good for schools with label and character restrictions

Finding the right bookbag for your child for pre-k to high school, has been made a lot easier by Lands End.  They make bookbags for all sizes and come in fun colors, with no character themes and stand the test of time. We like this new floral print shown in medium, which is great for kindergarten to 3rd grade.

pottery barn mini sizes, great for pre-k and camps

pottery barn mini sizes, great for pre-k and camps

If you have a little one in pre-k pottery barn makes really great mini-bookbags that are great for a change of clothes, a lovely, sippy cup and a few pullups.  They also scale their bags and we love the simplicity of the Green and Navy Fairfax Stripe.

a labeled towel/pillowcase

classic school colors monogrammed towel for "rest times"

classic school colors monogrammed towel for “rest times”

I must admit, with a rising kindergartener I was a little thrown with this one! But they use these for their ‘rest time’. I think we all will assume that when it says “labeled with name” it really reads “monogrammed with name”. There must have been a typo on the schools list.  I found a really cute basic towel at target and love this idea for monogramming which we can do for you at Babiology!

a good fleece

I know. It has been 90 degrees outside, but think of our very last 6.5% off ever folks! Then also think of the horrible tears and struggle that ensues and your little student is refusing the giant puffy coat.  A good polartec fleece can help. Super warm and washable, these easy on vests, coats and hoodies can be a morning saver. If you don’t want to spend the price, Babiology has already put out some great options:

easy on widgeons are great through the whole winter.

easy on widgeons are great through the whole winter

The Widgeon is perfect for pre-k.  Two tabs and your done, a hood to cover ears and two years worth of wear makes this an easy and perfect pick for the littlest of learners.

patagonia retro-x

waterproof lining and warm shearling make patagonia a great light weight choice in all their styles

Patagonia is the best fleece. In vest and zip ups you can’t beat the need for just a little extra layer of warmth without the weight.

lessons learned

As a mom of a soon to be kindergartener, I picked Velvet’s brain on what to do and not to do. One of the things I was worried about was getting out the door on time. Her suggestion was to start getting in the mind set now.  Starting with the good bedtime routine that will keep everyone (including mom) from being cranky at 6:30 a.m.   Another surprising tip she had was to not get sucked into the “fun” pencils.


Evidently, the erasers are no good and can make our little learners frustrated and accidentally rip all of their hard work. The best pencil, just the good old standard yellow No. 2.

We hope to see you this weekend during Tax Free shopping. We can’t wait to hear about all of the school adventures coming up and the excitement for shopping for the school list of supplies.