Back to School Trends at OshKosh B’Gosh

I am participating in a sponsored campaign with the Motherhood and OshKosh B’gosh. All opinions are my own. As are most of the children pictured in this post. Ha!

The official back-to-school countdown is just 14 days, people! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!! Oops, was that too loud? Is my celebration a little too tacky? I DON’T CARE! I am so excited to get back to our school schedule, I can’t even take it! Just to get in the spirit, we’ve already done some back-to-school shopping. The kids were really getting into the school supplies shopping! (Side note: I love the way Joshua is getting to be a ham as he gets older.)

JoshuaSophie school supplies

Man,  I love school supplies! Why is shopping for them so fun? Oh, I know, it’s because it means THE KIDS ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL!

Soph enjoyed picking out her own folders.

Sophie folders

This girl still had all her teeth on the last day of school! She’s lost THREE this summer!

But anyway, my very favorite part of back-to-school shopping as a kid was always shopping for clothes. I’ve always been a clotheshorse! And now I love shopping for my kids. As part of a sponsored campaign with the Motherhood and OshKosh B’gosh, I recently sat in on a learning session where I got some trend tips from the experts at OskKosh. I used to LOVE my OshKosh pink overalls when I was a kid – I loved them SO much in fact, that when they had bleach spilled on them, my mom dyed them purple for me so the bleach stain would be covered and I could still wear my beloved overalls! Classic I tell you! Well, the overalls will ALWAYS be in style, but here are a few other fashion trends that are big for back-to-school this year.


One trend I ADORE for girls is what OshKosh calls “TLC” – Tunic & Legging Collection. There’s a whole slew of mix & match styles that are trendy, adorable, and oh-so-comfortable. When Sophie was in preschool she wore these styles A LOT. (Now she wears uniforms which we will get to in a second.) I also still love to put her in a tunic and leggings on the weekend. They are cute for church or just hanging out. L-O-V-E this collection!

Another comfy & cute trend is B’Gosh activewear. Sporty graphic tees mixed with super-soft track pants = win! For school, I almost always put Jonah in a comfy elastic-waist pant like these. And the B’Gosh styles make sure that active is also attractive!

Another trend you just can’t go wrong with is denim, and OshKosh B’Gosh denim is on a hot special right now – just $10! I couldn’t pass up the chance to get Jonah some jeans! Paired with this cute $5 graphic tee, that’s a pretty trendy back-to-school look for a great price. And, it’s so comfortable, he can run around and play in it. See?


You guys, I’m DYING. This is my BABY!!!

(I am thinking maybe this kid needs to model!)



Isn’t that just the CUTEST? Our church isn’t very dressy so nice jeans like these are often the foundation of our “dressy” outfits. I think my boy looks pretty darn handsome!

As I mentioned before, Sophie wears uniforms, and fortunately her school allows her to wear some things that are totally cute and not boring! OshKosh B’Gosh has some adorable options! I chose this super-sweet polo dress for her. I love the hemline on the skirt.


My big girl. I think she looks so sweet in this!


Of course I wanted to make sure she could run and play and be comfortable in this darling polo uniform dress, so she showed me that she could, for sure!

Osh Kosh Uniform Dress 2

I am super-excited that my little kids are ready for their first day of school thanks to OshKosh B’gosh! You’ve got to go  online or get to a store near you for their big back-to-school sale – soon the entire store will be 50% off! WHAT? Crazy!

What favorite trends are sending your kiddos back-to-school in this year?

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The end of the insta-vacation

We are on vacation this week at my parents’ house in Virginia (don’t come rob our house, we took all our valuables with us!) It is extraordinarily beautiful here, and fortunately, there are lots of fun things to do nearby.

This week I’ve been challenging myself to take more pictures with my good camera, play more, interact more, an Instagram less. I am allowing myself some “latergrams” but for the most part I’m really trying to enjoy the moments we are having together instead of uploading the moments at the exact time they are occurring. This is a challenge to me and against the 2nd nature that I’ve acquired in the past few years.

But…I’m loving it! It’s really fun to not have to hit “pause” in the middle of an activity so I can upload to Facebook or Instagram. It’s fun to just PLAY. Yes, I’m still taking pictures (tons of them) but I am waiting til later to upload, edit and share them. Later, you know, when we’re not in the middle of something. (Radical concept!)

I’d show you some of the images I’ve captured of our fun and of the beauty of this place, but ironically, the internet at my folks’ house is not working well enough for me to upload any photos. I am totally seeing the humor in that, I swear!

We’re having an awesome time and I can’t wait to share all our pics with you…later.

How do you get in the game with your family on vacation? Do you take pictures throughout, upload on the spot, or later? Or do you just chuck the camera altogether? I’d love to hear how you do it.




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A Blast From the Past Back-to-School Giveaway!

Ladies and gent (UP), I am about to BLOW YOUR MINDS with a back-to-school giveaway. Think back, children of the 80s and 90s, what was your very favorite school supply item EVAH? Did it happen to look something like…THIS?

Rainbow Trapper Keeper

So maybe yours had kittens or puppies or a horse on it, but if you knew what was UP, you had a Trapper Keeper. And now, SO CAN YOUR KIDS!! That’s right, people…

Green Trapper Keeper 2

My friends, all of your old skool supply fantasies have come true. You can now re-live your childhood by hooking your kid up with a Trapper Keeper for school this year! And it’s snazzy re-design makes it better than ever. I don’t even know WHY I was worried about Joshua going to middle school. He will rule the halls with this thing!

Trapper Keeper 8

Aww yeah. He now has all the tools he needs to succeed in Middle School. Thanks, Trapper Keeper!

When Emily and I were at Mom 2.0 we met the Trapper Keeper crew, several of whom reside right here in Dayton, OHIO WHAAAAT!?!?! Because in case you didn’t know, Dayton is the original home of Trapper Keeper. YESSIR! And we are proud of it!

But I digress. Let me tell you why YOU, yes YOU are gonna wanna win one of these awesome new Trapper Keepers, fully loaded with accessories like the Trapper Keeper student planner, pocket folder, dividers, and 1-subject notebook.



My favorite feature is the Snapper Trapper reinforced holes that keep your items IN the Trapper Keeper binder but also make them a snap to remove…allow me to demonstrate:

Cool, right? The new Trapper Keeper and all its accessories is totally BOSS! And you can win one! Here’s how to enter:

All you have to do to enter is either go to or Trapper Keeper’s Facebook page (where they are also having some SWEET giveaways!) and look around at the all-new Trapper Keeper line, then come back here and leave me a comment telling me what your fave feature is!

For an OPTIONAL second entry, you can leave me a second, separate comment telling me what kind of Trapper Keeper you had as a kid (kittens over here, naturally!) OR if you were a deprived child and didn’t have  one, WHOSE you envied. OOOH!

One giveaway winner will be chosen on Friday August 1 at 6pm EST! Good luck and happy TRAPPIN’!!

Thanks, Mead, for providing me with a Trapper Keeper to review and the one to give away! All opinions about the Trapper Keeper are naturally, my very own.

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