Where has this summer gone! It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-August, which means that school time is just around the corner – and for some, it’s already here!
By the end of summer, I’m pretty much ready to be back on a regular schedule, but getting ready to send the kidlets back to school gets me stressed. There are so many things to get done – buying school supplies and new clothes, completing annual physicals & immunization forms and don’t forget organizing all the kidlets extra-curricular schedules for fall. So this week on The Harried Mom we’ll be talking and sharing about all things “Back to School” (BTS).
Buying back to school supplies can be daunting. What type of notebook should I buy? How many folders should I get? Which brand of crayons, markers and pencils are the best ones for younger students with smaller hands?
Luckily, my son’s elementary school sends us a supply list. The list for each grade is very specific — down to composition book cover color! — but all the items are readily available at my local big box or office supply store.
We took our son “back-to-school” shopping for his classroom supplies last weekend (we still need to do clothes & shoes, ugh!). He was very excited since he’s no longer a kindergartener, now he’s a “grader” as he calls it. As I read off each item from his 1st grade list my boy went racing up and down the store aisles to find it and put it in our shopping cart.
As soon as we got home, like any anal-retentive mom, I immediately started to label all his school supplies!
Last year I wrote my son’s name on all his items with a marker. That was all fine and good for the first few weeks of school, but after the daily manhandling of his items, his name faded. Throughout the year I had to keep re-writing his name in marker so his items wouldn’t get lost.
This year I decided to go the label route. Bright Star Kids has all sorts of affordable and high-quality personalized labels for back-to-school, perfect for sticking on all kinds of kid belongings including books, folders, backpacks, waterbottles, clothes and even shoes!
Me & the boy labeling up this year’s school supplies
We went with Bright Star Kids’ popular School Value Kit which includes 175 durable Stick-On and Iron-On labels in various sizes, including slim ones that can fit onto pencils and scissors. The labels are totally customizable; we picked out blue labels using the kiddie font and included a monster icon.
You can see the variety of sizes in the School Value Kit, and how the labels can fit onto any school supply.
The Stick-On labels are 100% waterproof and scratch resistant. They’re safe to use on containers that go in the dishwasher, microwave or freezer. The best part is if you want to remove the label, just peel it off and there is no sticky/tacky residue left behind. The Iron-On labels are made to stick on items that go in washing machines and dryers – so perfect for hoodies and jackets.
Bright Star Kids labels are great to use for any kid who goes to school, pre-school, daycare and even camp. They also have make food allergy alert labels which are super useful and important to any parent whose child is allergic to nuts, dairy, gluten or eggs.
Since our package arrived, I’ve been on a labeling craze of all my son’s things, whether they are for school or not. Now there are labels on the inside of his favorite reading books, his karate uniform and soccer shin guards which will hopefully guarantee that none of his items will get lost, since he’ll be able to recognize his items by his Bright Star Kids personalized label.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your least favorite back to school chore?
For Full Disclosure – I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a free School Value Label Kit from Bright Star kids to review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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