That One Time I went Back to School Shopping in my Robe

When we moved to the middle of no where a little over a year ago I knew that I would be sacrificing a few things in exchange for so many positive things. I left behind health food stores, museums, parks, and libraries. I gained land to grow a garden, a community like no other to raise my kids in, and a slower way of life that I am grateful for.

I’ve found lots of hikes, sand dunes, and our little town pool to fill our recreational need. The bookmobile (a mobile library of sorts) stops by twice a month to fill our reading needs, and I’ve gotten used to never eating out. But then there is the shopping. Oh the shopping. If I need anything more than groceries I have to make a 3 hour round-trip drive to St. George. I pack my kids up, we only make it to a handful of stores before the day is over and we are exhausted, and then I think of 37 more things I should have picked up on our drive pack home. Shopping has become a bit of a nightmare for me.

School shopping last year for one child was hard (with 3 total kids), thinking about shopping for two this year (with 4 total kids) is kind of like planning a personal torture day. Don’t. Make. Me. Go.

I’ve been avoiding and dreading the day for a few weeks now, because when you ignore things they generally figure themselves out right?! Wrong, but I thought I’d give it a shot. And then the heavens parted and the angels sang in the form of an email from Lands’ End. Would I like to work on their back to school campaign? Why yes, yes I’d love for you to mail me clothes that I sat in my robe at home to pick out. Match made in heaven indeed.

Here’s the beauty of it friends. You can do the same thing! You too can sit in your robe, pick out well made and adorable clothes for you kids, and they’ll be mailed right to your house. In fact, Lands’ End has some great discount codes and incentives to get you just as excited about back to school shopping (in your robe) as I am. Keep reading.

The longer I’m a mom, the more I realize that I’m better off buying quality things that are meant to last. This idea holds very true when it comes to kids clothes. Even if I have to pay a little more to get a better product, it is worth it. Plus, buying less clothes that are higher quality means that I have less things in my house to wash, put away, and manage. I’ve been a big fan of Lands’ End’s swimming suits for years. I just got a new one this year; the last one that I had lasted for 6 years! Sure I paid a little more upfront but that quality meant I paid less over time because it lasted.

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I was asked to pick out three different outfits for my kids which was a total blast. Lands’ End has clothes that are classic while still being trendy enough to make everyone happy. My goal was to pick things that I knew the kids would like but are still timeless durable pieces that can be worn by siblings later.

I also like clothes that will work the whole school year. A mix of long sleeves, short sleeves, jackets, skirts, leggings is a smart start. Layers are always cute and also practical. In the high desert our mornings are always chilly but it can heat up a ton by recess. When I send May to school with a short sleeve shirt, a cardigan, and a jacket she’s happiest. She’ll wear the jacket in the morning, the cardigan in the cool classroom, and then be down to her t-shirt for recess. In the winter she wears all three most of the day.

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And let’s chat backpacks. Lands’ End is known for really cute yet super sturdy backpacks. I was excited to give these a try. The best part is they come in different sizes! I bought my preschooler a size small and my first grader a size medium backpack. They fit all of the stuff they need to pack back and forth from school but they are also not so big it looks like they’ll tip over backwards. I’m such a fan of these backpacks.

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If you can’t tell my from their faces, kids loved doing this with me. Getting mail is fun, getting adorable clothes in the mail is even better. Before I agreed to work with Lands’ End I asked my kids if it was something they wanted to do. I wasn’t going to sign them up without their permission. We are all glad we had the chance to work on this project! Being able to work with them was so fun for me, so thank you for supporting me. It really does mean a lot to me.

Next week I’m going to be revealing all of the outfits we picked out and you’ll be able to shop the same looks with a coupon that is just for Bless this Mess readers.

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I loved watching them open their packages. It was like Christmas in July! Those smiles are real, because this is what they look like with I ask them to “look excited”. Cheese!

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So be on the look out next Monday for details and coupons. I’m so excited to share; the pictures turned out perfect!

Thanks for stopping in and supporting me in my desire to never go school shopping in a store with all of my kids. Bless you.

This post was sponsored by Lands’ End through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Lands’ End, all opinions are my own.

12 Responses
  1. Jodi

    Buying well made clothes that will last is great for an adult but kids outgrow their fall clothes before winter rolls around. I’m not a fan of buying clothing that’s too big so they have room to grow. I shop for my grand kids now and buy at Target, Wal-Mart and Sears for their clothes. Much better pricing. You might be better off going to those stores online and looking. I realize Land’s End was giving you something but would you really spend your dollars there if not compensated?

    1. Jodi! Loved your comment and I loved that you had an opinion and could say it in such a nice way. The internet is not always kind, so thank you for being nice. Our family chooses not to shop at large “everything under one roof” chain stores because if one like that ever came near our town we’d loose our livelihood. My in-laws own a grocery store and my husband and his dad are just weeks away from opening their hardware/general store here in town. I head into a WalMart or Target about once a year, generally when I need last minute Christmas stuff. So we choose to not support them for personal reasons. And yes, I do buy my kids good clothes, a set for winter and a set for summer. Here’s my secret though. I get Lands’ End emails and they always have great deals and I also shop the off season. I just bought Macey’s swimming suit for next year for around $8 and the boys were $6 (all their swim stuff was 60% off the week before last). So if I’m shopping a season ahead then I think I do great when it comes to prices! Here’s my last thought. I had three little boys in 4 years (the oldest boy and the second are 19 month apart!) so I don’t mind at all if they grow out of them because I don’t even have to put them away before the next little boy is ready for them. Perk of lots of kids I guess. On that line though, they sure don’t wear nice clothes only. I buy lots from garage sales and thrift stores, but if I’m going to pay a store for something that I’m getting to be selective about, I do choose the higher end stores. And yep, this post gave me a lot more than clothes and it’s been a real blessing for my family! My husband has been working without pay to get the hardware store up and going for the last 20 months. Your support is invaluable and I (and my family) really do appreciate it. Your time here matters to me, so thank you for being here. I hope I answered your questions and I explained a little bit of where I was coming from. I love your comments! Have a great day friend.

  2. DaNae

    Online shopping is my best friend and I love Land’s End! I always buy their swimsuits because they are darling and don’t get saggy in the bum by the end of summer! What cute kiddos too. Perfect little models.

  3. I love Lands End since I have little girls and they have some of the nicest (cough cough not hootchie looking) clothes around. They make little girls look like LITTLE GIRLS and not little women. Plus I agree about their quality. It is worth the extra few dollars on clothes that can withstand wear and tear and multiple washes. Plus we use hand me downs in this house, so inexpensive clothes from the discount stores just don’t hold up.

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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