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Monday, August 13, 2018


I know back to school has already happened for some of you while some have several more weeks of Summer, but for us school starts this week!  I honestly think we blinked a few times and our Summer break was over.  Mamas with young ones, I know you hear it often, but believe it when you hear that the older they get the busier your kids are and the less you see of them!  We are thrilled that they are happy and thriving and wanting to spend time at so many activities and nurturing relationships with friends, yet we're wanting their time as well and have to take advantage of every spare moment we can spend with them.

My son will begin his Senior year this week (we won't even talk about that right now...waaaahhh!) and my daughter is settling into High School for her sophomore year.  She is a fun-loving girl around her friends but also a very conscientious student at school, and we always want her to feel well prepared, confident in her abilities, and ready to tackle anything that comes her way.

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Sandals here (very limited sizes) or here also  ||  Striped Shirt here or here  ||  Similar Jeans here or here

Having a few new outfits and the school gear that she needs is always a good way to  help her feel confident and ready to kick off a new school year. Don't you agree that it's SO much more fun to shop for school supplies now that binders and notebooks and folders come in such fun colors and patterns?  And her creative choices don't have to stop with her basic school supplies... we are so excited to introduce you to this beautiful custom backpack by Madeline and Company!  We absolutely love it and the fact that she was able to choose the monogram stripe and colors herself to go back to school in style while maintaining the practicality and functionality she needs in a backpack at the same time.

A little background on Madeline and Company... Searching for a functional yet stylish backpack for school and finding no good options, Madeline took matters into her own hands and created her first backpack just before her senior year in high school.  Now, as a college student, her family is helping her run a thriving small business sharing those stylish custom backpacks with girls everywhere!  Recently selected for the "O" List in The Oprah Magazine among other notable features, she is the perfect example of a creative spirit with the ingenuity to follow her dreams and make them into a reality!

There are two sizes available, but here are a few things we love about the "Slim Backpack"-

Even with it's slightly smaller scale than the classic backpack,  the space available is still generous with 3 main zipper compartments, as well as additional smaller interior pockets and organizational features. And, the darling black and white striped lining is the cutest!

Even with it's smaller size, it is still roomy enough to carry a laptop in it's own fully padded compartment.  That's important to us since our kids have school issued laptops that they carry back and forth to school every day!  Even with the computer stashed in it's spot, there's still plenty of room for addition folders and notebooks, and even a textbook or two.  She appreciates that there's lots of space available without the bulk!

Both exterior sides have generous pockets for larger water bottles or whatever they can fit in for easy access.  My daughter barely has time between classes to get from one room to the next, so I know she appreciates having the perfect spot for her water bottle when she doesn't have a chance to stop and get a drink at the water fountain.

With gold metal hardware, leather accents, and thick padded back and straps the quality is excellent and we know this bag will take the daily wear and tear of school life!

Madeline's backpacks are available in several different body colors, and the fun begins when you choose the colors for your stripes and monogram letters if desired!  My daughter was very creative with hers.  ;)  I'm so happy to tell you that just for my readers, Madeline is offering 25% off of your order when you use the code "Jennifer25".  That's extremely generous!

To top it all off, there's a different inspirational phrase tagged on the back of each bag, what a sweet detail!

I'm so excited to watch my girl thrive this year as she continues to work hard and challenge herself to do her best.  Here's to your best year yet, Emily!

Don't forget, use "Jennifer25" for 25% off of your order, let's support this young girl's business and hope that many more follow in her entrepreneurial footsteps!

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*This post is in partnership with Madeline and Company.  We are truly thrilled to recommend and promote this small company, and wish Madeline many future successes in her business!

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  1. Hope Emily has a successful and fun sophomore year! Love her cute sandals - can you share where you guys found them? Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much! We got them at Dillards but there are very limited sizes left, I'll link to a them and another source back up in the post under the first photo. :)

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    1. Thanks, she does too! Just added a couple of links under the first photo in the post.

  3. I love her sandles too, but not for $99.00.....

    1. I know, I hate that I couldn't find any more options. Great deal at Dillards though!

  4. Love her cute Madeline bag and love the colors she chose! My girls' Madeline bags just arrived today and we just adore them! So fun to carry something just a little different and special. Hope your kids are off to a great start!! xo

    1. Thanks Meredith! They really are the best bags, we love it! Hope your kiddos have a great year too! :)


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