Our Back to School Haul 2018 – 5 Must Haves

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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!

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  1. Amazing post. I loved their cute bags… When I was in school, I used to love transformers too. Love the way your oldest daughter thinks. You have raised them so good. Cheers.!

  2. Those back to school products are such fun and colorful… I can’t wait for my kiddo to start her school and shopping with her ???❤️

  3. So many awesome products. I’m loving those backpacks. I wish I had one like that when I was in school .

  4. Looks like some pretty great back to school must have’s here. I know my daughter would find the fun part most important but definitely functional as well. Needs to be able to suit her needs. My daughter would definitely love the color on the backpacks.

  5. Those are awesome hauls! Never heard of this brand before but it’s definitely worth sharing.

  6. These all look like such fun pieces! I love how the Kiddies can customize them to their own styles and personalities.

  7. This back to school must haves are so cool and colourful. The kids are so cute. I’m sure the kids are loving and enjoying this stuff.

  8. I would always go for functionality, fun and durability. I think price is all but relative! You are indeed a SUPER MOM. Lovin’ your blog!

  9. CUTISIMOS!! Babushka knows her granddaughter would have loved any of those backpacks. Can’t get too much color in BB’s opinion.

  10. Back to schools must haves are so fresh, colourful and fun! Loved the diary .. made of denim and has a little pocket too! Would love to own it 🙂

  11. I’m glad to see kids are still having back to school fun! That always made me feel good as a kid who already hated the idea of school lol! Looks like a haul indeed, which definitely seems to have the kiddos happy, well done!

  12. This is such a great post. Such awesome hauls, I like how they all have lots of color and pattterns. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh this brings back memories of school shopping. I was always so unorganized and left it till the last minute. It was always such a rushed event. My son is now 30 with kids of his own and he is doing exactly what I did LOL.

  14. These are some awesome choices! I definitely think having something fun and colourful can make the back to school down seem a little bit better!

  15. I love how everything is so bright and fun! And that’s amazing that your kiddos chose great prices!

  16. I remember back when I use to shop for back to school. Before I know it my son will become one of the annual shoppers for the season, but not for a few years still! I agree that fun, bright colors along with durability and price are very important aspects when picking out back to school gear. I’ll have to remember this all when that day comes again. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Oh my goodness, all of these fun products make me miss my kids being small and their school days. Now I have grandkids and my granddaughters would agree that these are must haves for their new school year.

  18. These are all excellent points when it comes to back to school shopping. No matter how functional and durable a backpack is, if it’s not colorful and fun, it won’t be liked that much by children. 🙂

  19. I love your back to school furnitures !! Love the colors and how fun they are !! Such a great start of a school year with all of these ! 😀

  20. Great list. Remembered my schools days and how i still love going to stationary shops and picking up cute looking stuff even if i don’t need it!

  21. That is awesome that they got to pick out their own school supplies. I remember that being the best part of going back to school

  22. I agree! I look for durability, functionality and price. But of course I allow my kids to choose what they like.

  23. Looks like your girls had a blast picking out their adorable school supplies. I love shopping for new school stuff too and I’ve been out of school for years, lol!

  24. Love all the back to school goodies! I wish I had a daughter to buy all those cute accessories, I have a 12 year old son, not to many cute options for boys his age.

  25. Those backpacks are SO MUCH FUN! I love this time of year and miss getting to back-to-school shop!

  26. Such cute must-haves! Even I feel like having all of these. And yes! your daughters are soo pretty.

  27. Looks like they are all set to get back to school! So ahead as well! Loving the backpack! the print is great!

  28. These bags are so great! I have boys so we’re into dinosaurs and spaceships now and it’s lots of fun too!

  29. Oh my! I don’t have a daughter but I love the bag’s color. When shopping, I just grab back the school items for girls and put it back after 2 minutes. Yea, I had a son but mom likes it. If only I have a daughter, too. Colors lift my spirits when I see one.

  30. Those are really nice going back to school items. It is so important that our kids school things are also enjoyable like that pretty back pack.

  31. I love everything in here. These are perfect for chic girls. My daughter loves stylish and funky looking items too. I BEt she will love these.

  32. This sounds like a wonderful haul. I never heard of Little Miss Matched but it looks like you got a bunch of great goodies! I would love to check them out myself.

  33. This is such a fun haul. I love back to school time. I still have to do back to school shopping for the kiddos.

  34. That haul reminds me of my own back-to-school shopping I did as a kid – those COLORS! Makes me nostalgic for the first day of school again as a kid. LOVED the first day. Hope they enjoyed showing off their new supplies!

  35. I love the gear your girls picked out for school! It’s all so bright and colorful, definitely my style!!

  36. It’s funny….kids in the USA are ready to go back to school and here they still have another month vacation to go, can you believe that?

  37. I’m a teacher and I’m already scared of coming back to school! However, these are really great must haves for kids. I think they will really enjoy using these accessories at school. 🙂

  38. I just stumbled upon this blog today and not regretting spending even a minute of my reading time.

  39. Talk about awesome things for school! These will definitely get the kids excited to go back! I love how colorful and adorable the items are!

  40. I couldn’t agree with you more. We just did our last bit of BTS shopping and that’s exactly what was on my mind.

  41. Oh my goodness! Your girls are so adorable. I am so glad they got things that they love. Your list is spot on and I know that because I was a principal for 15 years!

  42. I love all your stuff! Those backpacks are especially pretty. I’m a fan of things with bright colors. My daughter would love them too.

  43. It looks like you girls got everything you need and then some! These are some cute backpacks too!

  44. I love the colors and the fun for sure! I agree the back to school items need to be durable because you do not want to have to replace in a couple weeks.

  45. I love everything they picked out as I like the color as well and would love to have the backpack and the other bag they purchased. As for the store I haven’t heard of it so I can’t wait to check it out for items for my nieces.

  46. Wow these are great. I wish they had items like this when I was in school. So colorful and it’s nice that your kids got to pick out their own items. It’s more likely they will take care of their things in the long term because they have some sort of attachment to it.

  47. Look at their happy faces. Such great finds … love the bright colors and the functionality.

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  48. Durability is always at the top of my list. I will pay more if it means it will last them the entire year.

  49. It seems like they had a good time picking school supplies, I don’t have any kids myself, but if I did those back packs would be at the top of the list.

  50. We homeschool, so we don’t have to deal with backpacks and such, but I still agree with color and fun! Even for homeschooling, we go for the bright colors and fun patterns.

  51. We homeschool, so some things are unneccesary. However, we still do back to school shopping for supplies.

  52. No kids in school anymore. I see all kinds of bright and colorful backpacks and corrdnating items to go along with the school list.

  53. LittleMissMismatched has so many fun and FUNctional items! My daughter is a fan! Thanks for the coupon code. It will certainly come in handy with our shopping this year.

  54. I love all the bright colors of the bookbags. Getting a good deal is so important and I love how your oldest daughter thinks! This is definitely a great back-to-school haul!

  55. Looks like you got a lot of great stuff. I actually just went BTS shopping myself yesterday. We don’t go back till September, but we have a big trip coming up at the end of this month and I wanted it to be done before we left.