Our tips + Picks for Back to School!

JESS

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When I was young, one of my most favorite things about the Summertime coming to a close, was going with my parents to buy my school supplies, getting my new uniforms {I wore one my whole life!}, a new backpack and just getting ready of the new school year. It made me excited to see all my friends everyday again, find out who my teachers were and get back into the after school activities.

But, I like really really loved getting fresh new school supplies and then regaining them all in my new backpack. Theres noting better then brand new pencils, they smell good and they write so great!

I still love office supplies so much! I just do.

My littles are headed to second grade and kindergarten! They are super excited to be at the same school and our son said he is going to walk his little sitter to her classroom every morning. He melted my heart!

I can not believe it and I always get so weepy when the school year starts. I get super sentimental and the time flies thing is just so true. I love the so much and I love spending the days with them. But I am so excited for them to learn new things, have fun & grow even more into who they are.

Anyhow, I picked a few things I love for my littles as some good back to school ideas.

  • The Sticky Lemon Backpacks are made so well and in my opinion, just adorable. they are made from recycled materials and the perfect sizes.

  • The Sugarbooger Bento Boxes are BPA free and the perfect size for almost every lunchbox. And my kids love the little sections. It makes packing much easy.

  • I also adore the utensil sets by January Moon because they are easy to pop in everyday and not have to use something disposable. {Plus, they are so cute!}

  • I love good old school pencils. I am always buying my kiddos pencils because I always want them to write!! Not just use a computer. It is extremely important to me. And they love it!

  • I had Hemming Birds make us a pencil pouch. I sent her the dimensions and style I wanted and she did great! I want one of our patches to be with our kids every day so it gives a great reminder to be the good.


HEATHER

Here on Hilton Head Island back-to-school is about a month away. Its crazy how fast Summer blasts by. Although I love SUMMER, I've always loved the change of seasons. The beginning of the school year is refreshing and exciting.

This year is especially exciting for us because my eldest, Ella Grace will be starting 1st grade at a new school. She is really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, Ella Grace (6yrs) and Rose (3yr) will be at different schools for the first time. For the past couple of years they've attended our local Montessori Preschool together. We've been having lots of conversations about how this Fall will be a little different but that's okay. Ella Grace has loads of adorable questions: "Do you think Rose will be sad we're not at the same school", "Will I have homework", "Will some of my friends be there?". I'm trying to keep her excited about 1st grade and her new school without creating too much anxiety. One big change for me will be our morning routine. I will be doing TWO separate drop-offs and both schools are on completely opposite ends of the island. I've already started thinking about how our morning routine needs to efficient and full of LOADS of coffee.

Here are some of my picks to make those morning and afternoon routines a little easier.

  • Lunch Ideas: My "go-to" website for lunch ideas for my kiddos is "My Lovely Little Lunchbox". I started following this BLOG when Ella Grace was a baby. There are tons of amazing recipes to get your children eating more than just chicken fingers. I revisited this site to get ideas for their lunches. The FRITTERS are my absolute favorite and you can freeze them. Nothing could be easier. Bonus: the recipes are really tasty and adult approved which comes in handy when I'm on the go too! You should totally check it out: https://mylovelylittlelunchbox.com

  • Do you ever find yourself saying "please Lord, I hope I don't have to get out of my car in the carpool lane this morning". ha! We've all been there. I'm definitely the mom with a top knot, no make-up, a HUGE coffee and basically wearing my PJ's. Our "Be the Good" adult sweatshirt is perfect for those, "I don't really want to get dressed to drive carpool" days. Its super comfortable and looks adorable with anything. This is my CARPOOL UNIFORM for sure!

  • The Morning Commute: So...most of us Moms become "taxi drivers" at some point. Right? This year I will be driving to two different schools that are pretty far in distance plus all the after school activities. I love Podcasts and have found that my kids do too! There are bunch of really great Podcasts for kids out there. "Ear Snacks" is one of our favorites. My girls really enjoy it and I find it keeps the "peace" in the car. To find kid friendly Podcasts, visit: commonsense media.org and download Ear Snacks anywhere you get your Podcats (earsnacks.com).

  • Car Snacks: My kids are literally asking for snacks 24/7. During the week, we will be spending a ton of time in the car. I love my Bogg Bag (we use it at the beach, boat, pool...literally everywhere) and I'm obsessed with cooler insert. Its absolutely perfect for the car! I keep healthy snacks within arms reach and it makes the afternoon commute a lot easier. Locally I grabbed my Bogg Bag from Island Child Boutique located on the south end of Hilton Head Island. http://www.islandchild.com

  • Coffee: Let's talk about mornings. I love, love, love coffee. I'm an afternoon tea drinker but must of my caffeine fix in the morning. A few years ago, my little baby Rose was literally never sleeping. One day I was literally in tears from lack of sleep and our coffee maker had broken. Luckily, my husband had just gotten some gift cards from a client and we totally SPURLGED on this ridiculously amazing coffee maker from Jura. Please note, we don't usually "go big" on appliances like this but we were desperate. It is literally the best coffee maker ever and makes those early school mornings a lot easier. Don't worry, my kids are left out. I make a mean hot chocolate for them! Besides my kids and my husband, I might love this coffee maker the most. ha! Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Jura

Lastly, cheers to a NEW school year! It always brings back the best memories. Last year we hosted a "Be the Good" patch party for some of our pals. All the kids put Heartward patches on their backpacks and it was so fun to see them all lined up walking into school together. We're looking forward to spreading the word this school year and giving our "Be the Good" Patches to some new faces. Happy Back to school, Mamas! You've got this.

Summer in the Lowcountry

Here’s a little re-cap on what’s going on in my corner of the world. Summer is our sweet spot, here on beautiful Hilton Head Island. And, like most Mommas, I adore the slower pace of Summer but also deal with a little bit of chaos {juggling kiddos and work. Raise your hand if you feel like you hear, “Mom, we’re hungry!” like a THOUSAND times a day!}. However, a day never goes by that I’m not super grateful to live in such a beautiful place. The water, gorgeous sunsets and that SPANISH MOSS really do help me “breathe and take in every moment”. If you’ve never been to Hilton Head Island or the Lowcountry…you must! It’s good for the soul.

View of Point Comfort Creek HHI, SC

View of Point Comfort Creek HHI, SC

There are two camps on the island: 1. those that dislike the busy tourist months 2. And, those that roll with it. We are definitely the latter! Why not “staycation”. When I see a families biking around Hilton Head having the time of their lives, it makes me smile. I’m here to tell you, we take FULL ADVANTAGE. One of our favorite Summer activities is going to the Sea Pines Beach Club in the evenings. There is always live music, loads of people and a fun summertime atmosphere. My kiddos are total “hams” and love to dance whenever they hear a music at the beach club.

Ella Grace (Left) and Rose (Right) all smiles at the Sea Pines Beach Club

Ella Grace (Left) and Rose (Right) all smiles at the Sea Pines Beach Club

Boating. We’ve spent a ton of time out on the boat this Summer. One of our favorite activities is to jet over to Daufuskie Island or Palmetto Bluff with our kiddos and friends. In just a short 20-30minute boat ride; you can feel like you are off in a faraway place! A few suggestions: Daufuskie Island is not FANCY. Bring your “open-mind” and where clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. We affectionately tell our kids they have “FUSKIE FEET” whenever we get home from boating over to Daufuskie Island because they are black and muddy. Palmetto Bluff, on the other hand, is a completely different vibe. One of the prettiest places on the PLANET! We grab brunch at Buffalo’s and stroll through the Inn. You have no choice but to slow down when you are at “the Bluff”.

{Pictured Left to Right: Mommas and Kiddos after a trip to Daufuskie, Kid-Free Boat Day to Daufuskie, Boat Trip with Mimi and Poppy and my girls at Palmetto Bluff}

And…it wouldn’t be Summer without a bit of CHAOS. Right? Between doing anything to keep the kids entertained…I pop into the shop. It’s a juggling act {but, don’t we all juggle}. I have the best Louette Ladies helping me and we love meeting TONS of new faces in the Summer. Currently we’re working on a cool event called “Christmas in July” where I will be featuring a Pop-Up Heartward Shop. If you are in the area you should totally stop by. We’ve teamed up with some of our neighbors in The Village at Wexford and will be going FULL ON CHRISTMAS on July 17th. Hopefully my kids won’t be too confused. Ha!

“Christmas in July” Event in the Village at Wexford HHI, SC

“Christmas in July” Event in the Village at Wexford HHI, SC

Heartward Goods

Heartward Goods

While I’m writing this post, Jessica is a BUSY BUSY traveling to Atlanta, Ga to set-up for the International Gift Show. I will be joining her later in the week. We can’t wait to share our MARKET experience with y’all. So…stay tuned. In the meantime, I’m wishing EVERYONE {especially the MOMS} a sweet Summer filled with slow mornings, laughter and not too much CHAOS. Remember, “the days are long but the years are short”. Let’s help each other SLOW down, let the kitchen be dirty for awhile, let your kids jump in those puddles and stay up too late. We will wish for these times. And…when you’re feeling overwhelmed, know that we’re all in the same CRAZY boat. Cheers! BE THE GOOD. XO-Heather

Jessica Berinato