Long-time readers will know that my children don’t go to school. We are a home educating family, which means that we don’t have uniforms and school shoes to worry about every August – and Summertime growth spurts are a-okay with us! What we do like to do, though, is make a bit of a big deal of the kids when it comes to ‘back to school’ time. That means we share photos of the kids each year on social media just like every ‘back to school’ parent does, but instead of a uniform the kids can wear whatever they want, and they definitely don’t have to pose for a photo at half 7 in the morning. We also choose this time each year to pick the kids up a whole new wardrobe of clothing every year. This is for a couple of reasons: there are brilliant deals and discounts in most stores right before school starts, the Summer usually ends with my kids wearing ankle-swingers and t-shirts with little holes all over them, and August/September is about half way between birthdays and Christmas for my two little April babies. It just makes most sense.
So what am I doing, now that August is drawing to a close? Why, I’m making a list of course! Here is my wishlist for each child for Winter 2018/2019. Let me know if you find any good deals, or what you think I’m missing!
I try to do the majority of my shopping at one store, and even try and find duplicates for both kids in their own sizes – though this is getting more difficult now Paige can wear women’s sizes and Michael is only in age 6 clothing. An additional challenge I have is that Michael prefers clothes with sparkles, tassles and anything glamourous, while Paige would rather wear hoodies and jeans pretty much every day – so as they get older it becomes harder and harder to find ways to buy the same thing in two different sizes. This year I’ve discovered OD’s Designer Clothing and I’m really excited to buy some staples for both of the kids. The junior clothing at OD’s has some amazing deals, with 75% off some designer Winter coats, and there are some handbags in there that I might even try to sneak into my basket for myself.