“Back” to school shopping with my first pre-schooler


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I am absolutely in denial that I just took my first kid school shopping, but alas, it happened. And I think this will need to be a tradition to do a photoshoot in his back-to-school clothes. He’s growing up, and every day he surprises me with what he knows. He’s still testing me to see what he can get away with, but he’s a sweet boy and he’s so excited to finally be going to school. It was a blast to shop with my parents and to see him get excited about everything and to make it a big occasion for him. I have the fondest memories of school shopping with my mom and then waiting the few weeks before I could wear them for school. We snagged everything here from JCPenney for a STEAL!

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Ok, after you snort at how cute his accidental “model” pose is there, let me tell you that this kid has always had a pretty good eye for style. I take some credit, of course, but for a 4-year-old, he could probably do this on his own! He picked out most of the clothes that were “so so cool, mom” out of the Arizona collection; it’s a JCPenney-exclusive brand that I’m obsessed with. I love the subtle Aztec prints and the denim washes. I usually have just 1-2 places that I like to get pants for him because he’s tall and thin, but these straight-leg pants are perfect on him. Grays and blues are going to be in this fall, especially on boys. Of all the things he picked out, this look says “Boston” to me the most. He has always kind of tried to look like the understated SoCal surfer-dude, which cracks me up, ’cause yes, he’s four. back to school shopping jcpenny 4

The trend in boys shoes this year is understated and low-profile. I’ve wanted a pair of Vans for him for a while now and I’m stoked that we found some he liked. These are great too because he doesn’t need help to get them on. {And since I had to take a job to pay for said preschool, dad will be dressing him on school mornings. The need for ease here cannot be understated!}

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These tan pants are from the IZOD section for uniforms, and I think they are the perfect pair for little bodies. Most of the clothes I like on Boss are in the “Action Sports” style, which is fitting because this kid has a sporty build and loves riding bikes and is obsessed with skateboarding and surfing… I think that’s why this style will be around for a while in San Diego. It’s cute, but also functional. His best friend who is 6 has taught us all about the “best motocross shoes”… etc. It’s good to know we are all set, should we suddenly need to enter that phase of parenthood. back to school shopping jcpenny 5

What cracks you up when you are a 4-year-old California boy more than a robot with a surf board? He fake-chuckled like a cute old man at this shirt for 5 minutes. back to school shopping jcpenny 6 back to school shopping jcpenny 7

So I had to post this shirt too… he can’t read, but grabbed this shirt and shouted, “I NEED this! This is the best shirt ever!” [Insert a photo in your mind of me and my parents rolling on the floor at JCPenney here.] He had to have it. To be fair, he IS my child. I likely would have grabbed it too. Nice work, Boss. back to school shopping jcpenny 8 back to school shopping jcpenny 9 back to school shopping jcpenny 10 back to school shopping jcpenny 11 back to school shopping jcpenny 12 Again, you’d think I coached him on his fashion blogger-esque posing {don’t look at the camera ever!}, but I swear I didn’t. When you go to JCPenney, ’cause you will, the boys v-necks are awesome and they were buy one get one free when we were there so we got out of there for about an average of $6 per item! We will be heading back in a week or two for a $10 haircut {valid through Aug 31} for sure! How come I wasn’t told about this before?? I blame all of you. back to school shopping jcpenny 13

Oh this kid. He has my heart. And I’m completely ready for him to get to school!

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121 comments on “Back” to school shopping with my first pre-schooler

  1. Whitney
    August 11, 2015 at 12:49 am (2 years ago)

    Cute clothes!!

  2. Lisa Brown
    August 11, 2015 at 5:43 am (2 years ago)

    We purchased plaid tops, colorful sneakers and camo backpack.

  3. Lisa Brown
    August 11, 2015 at 5:43 am (2 years ago)

    tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/631083553288093696

  4. Julie Wood
    August 11, 2015 at 6:08 am (2 years ago)

    I got my son some nice clothes, but his favorite outfit is the Nike hoodie for my son with a numbered Sport shirt from his favorite team, and stone washed jeans, and a pair of Nike Mogan Mid 2 Jr. Skate Shoes because he loves skateboarding.

  5. Julie Wood
    August 11, 2015 at 6:09 am (2 years ago)

    tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/631089889497317376

  6. Mami2jcn
    August 11, 2015 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

    I love the lace top trend.

  7. Mami2jcn
    August 11, 2015 at 7:08 am (2 years ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/631104860457447424

  8. Elena
    August 11, 2015 at 7:14 am (2 years ago)

    I will be shopping for plaid shirts

  9. Natalie
    August 11, 2015 at 8:29 am (2 years ago)

    I love the “rockstar” type clothes for kids such as leather and jean jackets. I also like leggings for girls. I also like the trend toward more athletic like clothes.

  10. Madonna
    August 11, 2015 at 9:11 am (2 years ago)

    I tend to follow the classic looks of jeans and tshirts.

  11. Kristie Hernandez
    August 11, 2015 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

    I am always on the look out for great deals! I am looking for some great tops to wear with jackets or sweaters at school.

  12. Kristie Hernandez
    August 11, 2015 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

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  13. Kelly D
    August 11, 2015 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

    The trends we will be shopping for are graphic tees for my son and bright colors for my daughter.

  14. mita
    August 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    We like Sport shirt, jeans and backpack.

  15. Robin
    August 12, 2015 at 11:18 am (2 years ago)

    I kind of like the ’70’s trends!

  16. Lee
    August 12, 2015 at 1:24 pm (2 years ago)

    my kids are not into style much but we like JC Penney a lot!

  17. Erika
    August 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm (2 years ago)

    My back to school wishlist is a lot of French style- trench coat, minimal pieces, and a nice bag :)

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. Stephanie Phelps
    August 13, 2015 at 8:18 am (2 years ago)

    My son does not really do trends he loves his jeans and tshirts and that is all I can get him to wear these days!

  19. kjasus
    August 13, 2015 at 4:16 pm (2 years ago)

    i will be shopping for flannel shirts and overalls

  20. Jessie C.
    August 13, 2015 at 7:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I would be getting plaid and sneakers for kids.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  21. Jessie C.
    August 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm (2 years ago)

    tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/632018698266542080

  22. latanya
    August 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

    My son like cartoon characters shirts

  23. Amy Tong
    August 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm (2 years ago)

    My trends for back to school is add more colors. Bright ones always make me happy. Love the outfits that you pick. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  24. Cynthia C
    August 17, 2015 at 8:45 am (2 years ago)

    I go for casual and comfortable but stylish looks.

  25. Kristen
    August 17, 2015 at 11:28 am (2 years ago)

    I like the plaids and the autumn colors.

  26. Lisa
    August 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm (2 years ago)

    For my new kindergartener, the only trend he cared about was buying every red shirt he could find!

    • Meg
      August 18, 2015 at 9:59 am (2 years ago)

      haha! that’s awesome. 😉

  27. Margaret Smith
    August 21, 2015 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    My sons wanted plaid shirts and camo items. Thanks so much.

  28. Kelly Massman
    August 21, 2015 at 3:49 pm (2 years ago)

    My son is older and is in the “need a suit” trend. That is an expensive trend for us, so a win here would go a long way toward getting a new suit! Thanks for a chance to win!

  29. shelly peterson
    August 22, 2015 at 6:01 pm (2 years ago)

    My son would love the athletic trend he also likes graphic tees and camo print.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  30. Janice Cooper
    August 22, 2015 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Colorful tops and jeans with color

  31. Wanda McHenry
    August 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm (2 years ago)

    What caught my eye is the new cute western cowgirl look and above all, the kimono!

  32. Tina m
    August 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm (2 years ago)

    striped clothes and jeans are on my list

  33. Madeline
    August 24, 2015 at 4:34 am (2 years ago)

    My child doesn’t like skinny jeans so we buy looser cut, boot leg jeans. She’s really into plaid lately so we buy feminine plaid shirts.

  34. OFG
    August 27, 2015 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

    Anything that’s easy to put on. My son is turning four and needs to be able to get dressed all by himself.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  35. heather
    August 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    The top trend that is really excited about this season is the kimono I love the coverage.

  36. D Schmidt
    August 28, 2015 at 8:50 am (2 years ago)

    My son is obsessed with bow ties, every outfit must involve one

  37. Denise L
    August 31, 2015 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

    What a cutie! Our BTS trends consist of polos and khakis thanks to our school uniform policy. My little guy would LOVE those Van’s though.

  38. debbie
    September 1, 2015 at 2:10 pm (2 years ago)

    I really want a couple of cute plaid shirts for my daughter and for me!

  39. CR Williams
    September 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughter loves her dresses so I will getting a couple for her.

  40. Kerry
    September 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm (2 years ago)

    My daughters want some new skirts for school this year.

  41. ELIZABETH P
    September 2, 2015 at 7:10 am (2 years ago)

    My favorite style about bts is the excuse to buy a new outfit and the lace with jeans is what we pick! truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)COM

  42. Katherine
    September 3, 2015 at 8:13 am (2 years ago)

    I am looking for “girly” long sleeve Ts hirts and leggins by the way your little guy has a cute smile~

  43. Laura J
    September 4, 2015 at 9:59 pm (2 years ago)

    We will be shopping the sporty trends and the plaids! Carter looks so cute in the plaids! Perfect for back to school!

  44. Claudia Davis
    September 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

    sporty colorful sneakers and graphic shirts

  45. Kimmy Ripley
    September 5, 2015 at 8:56 am (2 years ago)

    My daughter, Chloe, loves to wear long tees with leggings and cool sneakers.

  46. maria cantu
    September 5, 2015 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

    My daughter is into jeans and pretty blouses.

  47. Susan Smith
    September 5, 2015 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    My son just likes to wear basic t shirts for school.

  48. Gina M
    September 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

    My son is into the plaid shirt trend for fall.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  49. Gina M
    September 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm (2 years ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/640305837551022080

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  50. Pudyqat
    September 6, 2015 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

    One trend my kids love and insist upon getting is colored jeans!

  51. Tara O.
    September 7, 2015 at 8:26 pm (2 years ago)

    A few pairs of some cute print leggings are on my back to school list for my daughter!

  52. Betty C
    September 8, 2015 at 9:55 am (2 years ago)

    I still like the layered look. A v-neck sweater or vest over a lacy shirt is great.

  53. Tamara
    September 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

    At back to school time, we’re always looking for new jeans and plaid shirts!

  54. Debbie B
    September 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm (2 years ago)

    my nieces like to wear jeans with brightly colored shirts

  55. Amanda Sakovitz
    September 9, 2015 at 12:42 pm (2 years ago)

    My niece is really into wearing dresses with cowboy boots right now.

  56. Thomas Murphy
    September 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the graphic tee trend.

  57. Kiara Johnson
    September 9, 2015 at 3:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Colored jeans and Nike!

  58. Ellie Wright
    September 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm (2 years ago)

    My boys eat , sleep and breathe sports. So most of the back to school clothes I bought this year are sport themed.

  59. shaneil
    September 9, 2015 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    We just do the basic jeans and t-shirts for our two

  60. Jessica
    September 9, 2015 at 9:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi! I LOVE the hashtag shirt! I have a hard time getting my kindergartner to wear anything other than athletic shorts! So, I’m sure we could add plenty to his collection. I love the outfits your little boy chose.

  61. Macey
    September 10, 2015 at 5:30 am (2 years ago)

    We keep it simple with jeans and simple shirts, I like these jcp options!

  62. Natalie
    September 10, 2015 at 6:11 am (2 years ago)

    He is so cute! I love his style. I’d probably shop for leggings and dresses for my daughter. It’s hard to convince her to wear anything else!

  63. Sondra Huckins
    September 10, 2015 at 6:54 am (2 years ago)

    This is the first year I went shopping for school clothes with my oldest, too! Hooray for us! We didn’t die from separation anxiety! (They say the kids have a hard time, but I’m pretty sure it’s just the parents).
    I just bought her some simple easy to match separates, since it’s preschool. The teacher warned us sometimes those “washable” paints and markers don’t wash out, so don’t send them in their favorite clothes.

  64. Amy
    September 10, 2015 at 7:07 am (2 years ago)

    Well, I confess I’m not going to be doing any school shopping this year. NEXT year, I am so doing this with Caleb when he starts preschool! Boss looks adorable, what a cute kid!
    I do have a weight loss goal, which when I achieve it, my husband promised me a whole new wardrobe. $100 to JC Penney would be an awesome motivator!!

  65. Katie A.
    September 10, 2015 at 7:25 am (2 years ago)

    I want some lightweight clothes for AZ Fall & Winter. All my stuff is too warm!

  66. Jodi
    September 10, 2015 at 7:41 am (2 years ago)

    My kids wear uniforms, so I would stick up on khakis and polos 😀

  67. Chelsea
    September 10, 2015 at 7:46 am (2 years ago)

    For my boys I look for fun brighter colored shirts, shirts and jeans. Always bright color tennis shoes! :-) for my daughter I am loving the new miss match leggings! She is very picky on what she wears sadly. Lol! :-)

  68. Emali
    September 10, 2015 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

    My 7 year old’s heart desires nothing but skinny jeans!

  69. Christina
    September 10, 2015 at 7:58 am (2 years ago)

    My son has to be comfortable and screams when he has to wear jeans! Lots of athletic shorts and tshirts for him!

  70. Laura
    September 10, 2015 at 8:11 am (2 years ago)

    pre-k for my little guy too! I was surprised from your post how JCP has changed! I like getting him skinny jeans and also tops with Aztec prints and also bold colors. He has a lot of sportswear so we would probably focus on getting him more tops and jeans/pants. Your son is so cute!

  71. Samantha C.
    September 10, 2015 at 8:11 am (2 years ago)

    My daughter is big into skirts, so that for her. My 4 yr old son would get a kick out of the robot surfer as well! Thanks.

  72. Tabathia B
    September 10, 2015 at 8:15 am (2 years ago)

    I will be shopping for the boyfriend tee with printed leggings

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  73. rachel
    September 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Lots of pink, purple and leggings!

  74. Keolani Smith
    September 10, 2015 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Kenzie loves anything PINK. Pink shoes, pinks skirts, pink shirts, pink dresses! Love my girly girl!

  75. Kathryn C
    September 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    #SweepstakesEntry- comment

    trends? pretty much anything w/ a flowered print! :)

    KC
    kacor7@hotmail.com

  76. Lisa
    September 10, 2015 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    My 4-year-old would pick all of the same colors, or a different pattern for every piece of clothing!

  77. Jen O
    September 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m searching for affordable fashion for my kids for back to school. I don’t care about brands as long as it’s good quality and not expensive.

  78. Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal
    September 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm (2 years ago)

    We love going with basics, like v-necks and jeans and then adding pops of color with hoodies and shoes. Your little man is stinkin’ cute!

  79. Angela S.
    September 10, 2015 at 10:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Anything that is cute! There is really nothing particular.

  80. CR Williams
    September 18, 2015 at 10:51 am (2 years ago)

    I will be shopping for more dresses for my daughter.