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It’s back to school time!  This year, we did things a little bit differently.  Since the girls are getting older and they have different tastes, I allowed them to choose their own school supplies.  It was fun to watch them select the things they love. They really had a blast.  While they chose some different items, I found that when it comes to selecting their back to school goodies, the girls have 5 very specific must-haves!

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Back to School Must Have #1: Color

My girls love bright, bold colors. So when they are searching for back to school must haves, they tend to go for the brightest, most colorful prints. Lucia is a fan of mermaid colors: teal, purple and aqua. Iyla loves rainbows so give her all the bright colors!  Falynn’s favorites are blues and greens.

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Back to School Must Have #2: Functionality

I loved transformers when I was a little kid so it’s no big surprise that my kids love things that transform! If something has multiple purposes, they have to have it!  They love to figure out how to flip it to make it into something totally different. I love that we only have to buy one thing that has multiple purposes.  Hurray for saving money!

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Back to School Must Have #3: Fun

If it’s not fun, what’s the point, right?! Everything they get has to have some sort of fun element involved. Whether it can be colored in, has something to attach or a place to add their fun touch to it, they love it all. Even if it doesn’t offer the ability to customize it, often my girls will find a way to do it themselves with markers, paint or stickers.

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Back to School Must Have #4: Durability

Surprisingly, my kids care about quality.  They can tell if something is flimsy and will break on them quickly.  Maybe it’s because they know that I’m not going to keep replacing things as they break, or maybe I’ve just taught them that quality matters. Either way, I’m proud that they watch out for durability!

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Back to School Must Have #5: Price

When I asked my oldest what was most important, I was so proud of her when she said “price”.  I guess I’ve been doing my job!  I’ve always tried to teach the girls how to shop smart but when they have free reign to buy what they wanted, I didn’t put a limit on price this year.  Surprisingly, they made the right decisions on their own, by comparing quantity and price on various items.  This deal loving Mama is so proud!

Overall, they did an incredible job and got everything they needed for the year in just two places!

Check out the back to school haul video they made:

This year, the majority of their back to school goodies are from LittleMissMatched.  LittleMissMatched ticks all the boxes when it comes to their wants.  They are bright and colorful, fun, durable, have multiple uses and are reasonably priced!  Best of all, they are allowing us to share an exclusive code with you so your kids can have some awesome back to school goodies too!  You can save 25% off their back to school collection with code SUPERMOM25 now through the end of August. I can’t wait to hear what you will buy!

What is important to you when buying back to school supplies?  Comment below and let us know!

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It's back to school time! When it comes to selecting their back to school goodies, my daughters have 5 very specific must-haves!

**This post is sponsored by LittleMissMatched but all opinions are my own.