Back-to-school prep looks a lot different this year than any other. Whether we like it or not we are still living that pandemic life. Your school district might be planning to go back virtually, give face-to-face a go, rock a hybrid schedule, or you've thrown all caution to the wind and decided to homeschool. Either way school in some form is going down and we all want to be ready.
Last week I popped into one of my favorite local boutiques - Findlay Rowe in Roswell, Ga.
(Who now can be your local boutique too! Because while 2020 hasn't produced many great things, it has produced some of our favorite local stores going online. While we love browsing in person - we love getting fun surprises in the mail too!)
Y'all know we are long time fans of the Findlay Rowe ladies and their adorable shop. All through this stressful year they have been a bright little light. If you don't know what I'm talking about - tune into their weekly Live they do Thursday's on social media. Not only have these ladies made sure to stay positive through the last few months, they've done a stellar job to support their customers and local community.
When it came time for back-to-school shopping, I knew they would have tons of great items to help get my little ones prepped for the year as well as a little something for the teachers (because Lord knows if anyone deserves a gift right now - it's them!).
I brought one of my shopping partners with me and we were easily and safely able to get the job done! No matter what capacity you are going back-to-school in, or if you are sending off your biggest littles for the first time - Findlay Rowe has a little something for everyone to be covered.
Here are some of my back-to-school favorites that I found.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL MUST HAVES
I know we are all digital and have phones, shared Google Calendars, Siri and her BFF Alexa, and apps galore to keep our schedules in order, but I'm old school. I still need to write everything down. I think on a school year calendar year these days, so August is usually when I get a new one. This year there might not be something to write in it, but at least she's pretty!
If I could go back in 2019 and do one thing - It would be to open a mask making business. I'd be on my own self-quarantined private island by now. With a person solely dedicated to bringing me fruity cocktails. But alas, I'm just a professional mask-wearer these days like everyone else.
Findlay Rowe not only had a stylish selection of mask options for adults, they also have a great selection for kids too. They carry ones from Scout
, Gretchen Scott, and more!
LUNCH BOXES & COOLERS
One of the things our kids look forward to most each school year is picking out a new lunch box. Well since eating out isn't as much of a thing any more, whether you're at work or at school Findlay Rowe has a lot of fun lunchbox and cooler options
for the whole family. Including a wine backpack
made by Corkcicle that mommy has her eye. (Okay, it can be a regular backpack too. But really, it's insulated and fits wine. So...
CUPS & WATER BOTTLES
We've heard one of the biggest conversions at school is that there will no longer be water fountains. In lieu of water fountains there will be water bottle stations where kids can refill their water bottles throughout the day. Whether working from home or at school staying hydrated is important. And so is purchasing a during cup. Because kids. And their need to destroy.
Findlay Rowe has a great selection of insulated water cups and durable water bottles. Corkcicle
, Lilly Pulitzer - just to name a few. We loved these flip top ones
This pink tie dye one caught my eye too, and was an instant hit with my girls.
I also was a huge fan of these reusable stainless steel straws in their own carrying case from Swig. Perfect to just throw in your book bag or purse for use.
STICKERS & NOTEBOOKS
VSCO girls can rest at ease - FR has you covered!
SOAP, SANITIZERS & WIPES
Listen, if 2020 is going down as anything - it's the cleanest year ever. Sanitizers, soaps, and wipes are the hottest back-to-school items amongst any teacher (homeschool and face-to-face alike). Findlay Rowe has some of our favorite luxury hand soaps and lotions.
These ones from Michel Design Works
smell ah-mazing, and make for great teachers welcome gifts.
These wipes from Well-Kept are also a great back-to-school idea. Have you seen the studies recently on germs and cell phones? It's not for the faint of heart.
These wipes are perfect for tweens and teens to throw in their book bags for a daily clean down.
Listen, if I'm going to be teaching my kids from home I want to be as zen and cozy as possible. Light my favorite Capri Blue candle
, fill my Swig cup
with some "mommy juice", and give me all the Findlay Rowe cozies.
The Barefoot Dreams selection is dream worthy and totally worth the price. Common core math and long division approved.
I almost held off on including college team gear
to my must-have list, but listen - some friends have rising college Freshman who had a rough end to their senior year. What better way to get them hyped for their first year of college with some theme gear. This year looks nothing like what the class of 2020 predicted but we can try to make it as fun as possible in little ways.
As for the rest of us...it's the South. There will always be a team to cheer for. Even if there isn't. May your homegating be on point, and your ESPN Game Day Classic subscription be strong.
From delicious treats to adorable snack time dishes, Findlay Rowe has a little something for everyone to make snack time special.
I had a blast catching up with the team from Findlay Rowe and checking out everything they have for back-to-school season. Stop by and say hi or if you aren't local give them a visit online
! They make it so easy for you!
What are some of your back-to-school must haves this year?
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