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Juggling back to school with multiple children

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On my kids: middle school boys outfit: green top / black shorts / high school girls outfit: athelisure dress / sneakers / middle school girls outfit: blue tee / black running shorts / sneakers /

I have three kids, who attend three different schools. This means multiple start times, multiple end times, and driving all over town! I am definitely a “Mom Taxi!” Ha ha! In order to ensure I can get all the kids to school on time, I need to plan ahead.

The first thing we did to prepare for back to school was to get the kids’ wardrobes in order. I don’t like to buy too much before the first day of school, because when the kids go back, they always realize they need specific items for their closets. I try to stick to buying the basics they need, and then purchase the ultimate IT items that are popular among the kids after they ask for these items. Here in our school district, adidas is the ultimate destination for IT items my kids need in their back to school wardrobes.

All of the girls in middle school and high school wear adidas superstar sneakers. They are the ultimate IT shoes for teen girls! The favorite color combo is black stripes, on a white shoe. You really cannot go back to school without those sneakers!

Another IT item for teenage girls is the adidas trefoil hoodie sweatshirt. Every teen girl needs this sweatshirt in her closet!  Knowing these two items are must-have’s for teen girls, I ensured both of my teenage daughters have them clean and ready for the first day of school. Even if it’s 80 degrees outside on the first day of school, those sweatshirts will be worn-at least around the waist! Ha ha!  A girl has to show she has the ultimate IT item on day one!

When it comes to boys, adidas is also a go-to brand! Boys are not as specific when it comes to clothing. They are more brand driven. My son is starting middle school this fall, so I made sure he was fully stocked with adidas shorts and tee’s. They are the ultimate sporty pieces a boy needs for middle school. My son is all set!

Once they have their wardrobes settled, I purchase the boring stuff such as binders, binder paper, pens, pencils, folders, etc. Then, I need to make sure I plan ahead for dropping my kids off all over town!

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How to organize multiple drop-offs

The first thing I do to prepare my kids for school the next day is make their lunch. Then, I always make sure my kids have their backpacks packed before bedtime. This way they aren’t scrambling in the morning before school. In addition to packing their backpacks the night before, I make my kids pick out their outfit the night before too. This way the morning is spent washing up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast. I have a schedule to keep!

It’s important to pay attention to when the drop-off line at school gets busy in the morning. I always get to my children’s schools before the drop-off line gets long. This way I can quickly get through the line, and get over to the next school for drop-off without any delays. Once the drop-off line gets busy, anything could happen, and my schedule is bound to get thrown off!

I would say the rule of thumb is to drop off your child twenty minutes before the first bell. Most parents arrive roughly ten minutes before the first bell. That’s when the drop-off circle becomes a madhouse.

I drop off my kids in order of when the first bell rings. This means my high schooler is dropped off first, then my youngest, and lastly my middle child.

When it comes to pick-up after school, I use the opposite reasoning to pick-up my children. Parents start filling up the pick-up circle twenty-minutes before the bell. No way am I sitting in a long line, in a hot car, with my engine idling. I live five minutes from the high school, which is the first bell to ring. I leave the house five minutes after it rings, enabling me to arrive at the school with the line moving quickly. My car doesn’t idle, and I am able swiftly pick up my daughter. Love that!

This leaves ample time to swing over to my middle child’s school to pick her up, then drive quickly through the circle to pick up my son. Once you know the traffic patterns, you can figure out a system for picking up multiple kids, at multiple schools, without being late or leaving your engine idling in the hot sun.

It can be overwhelming to have multiple kids, in multiple schools. Don’t let it overwhelm you! Once you know the traffic patterns, you can easily beat the system, and make the pick-up/drop-off routine smooth and simple.

What are some of your tips for juggling multiple kids in multiple schools? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!



*thank you to adidas for sponsoring this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Back-to-School shopping guide at Santana Row

It is that time of year again when children and adults of all ages are getting ready to head back to school! When it is time to go back to school, there is quite a bit of shopping which must take place before setting foot on campus for the new year. In addition to binder paper, erasable pens, folders and binders, students of all ages need to be able to express who they are for the new year through a new wardrobe!

Of course, students do not need to replace their entire wardrobe from the previous school year, but buying a few new outfits and a new book-bag are definitely in order for the new school year. After all, a new year requires an updated, new look!

As a Mother of three, my favorite place to go back-to-school school shopping in the Bay Area is Santana Row. Not only can you start your shopping day off at one of the Row’s many fabulous restaurants, there are many shops to choose from in varying price points. Love that!

For the 2014-2015 school year, students are looking for book bags with contrasting interiors, backpacks, lots of denim, plaid shirts, fringe details, booties and fitted jackets. Here is a snap-shot of what Santana Row has to offer for back to school shopping this year and where you can find the perfect, on trend pieces to start the school year off right!

Urban Outfitters

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From top: jacket, dress (in-store only) / sweaters, hat / tote (in-store only), necklace, necklace, hat, shoes, plaid shirt / plaid shirt (in-store only), sweater, dress, sweater, necklace, shoes (in-store only) / men’s sweater, backpack / hat, hat

Urban Outfitters is a back-to-school shopping paradise! This two story shop is filled with clothing and accessories for both men and women. Everything in store reflects the hottest street trends and runways trends for the fall 2014 season, making it an ideal destination for back-to-school shopping. Urban Outfitters also has book bags for the new school year. They have leather backpacks, canvas backpacks, reversible totes and color-blocked totes.

If your student is heading off to a college dorm, Urban Outfitters has a wide array of home decor items which would be perfect for creating a home away from home. Home items are located on both the first and second floors. Look for generously sizes mugs, retro styled cameras, books, records (yes! they still exist!) and cozy throws.

Urban Outfitters is located on the corner of Olin Avenue and Piazza di Valencia across from Maggiano’s (which happens to be the perfect place for lunch or dinner with the family while back-to-school shopping!).

To learn more about Urban Outfitters, please visit


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Pictured: Men’s and Women’s clothing and accessories. In-store at Diesel Santana Row. Please call 1-408-241-2355

Diesel at Santana Row has a fabulous selection of casual, edgy and chic clothing and accessories which will be perfect for back-to-school this fall season. The store is jam-packed with both men’s and women’s selections which includes a large selection of denim, shoes, booties, tee-shirts, moto-jackets and bags that will store books, a small laptop and more!

Diesel’s fall 2014 collection reflects both the runways and the streets; keeping any student on-trend for the new school year. Love that! Look for comfortable yet chic booties, cozy moto jackets, roomy totes, rocker-chic tee’s and the perfect pair of jeans.

To learn more about Diesel and what they have in-store at Santana Row, please visit the store in person or call 1-408-241-2355.

Blue Jeans Bar

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Pictured: Blue Jeans Bar. Selections in-store only. Please call  1-408-899-4012

One of the necessities of any student’s wardrobe is a perfect pair of jeans! Blue Jeans Bar is the perfect destination for finding the ideal pair of jeans for back-to-school. The shop carries both men’s and women’s jeans making it a one-stop-shop for parents!

Blue Jeans Bar at Santana Row carries a large selection of jeans, casual jackets, on-trend plaid shirt, blouses, sweaters and bags which will be perfect for carrying books, a laptop and more!

Blue Jeans Bar is located on Santana Row. For more information please stop by the store or call 1-408-899-4012.

Free People

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Pictured: boots (in-store only) / jeans / sweater (in-store only), tee / plaid shirts, denim shorts

Free People at Santana Row has the perfect selection of on-trend, boho-chic apparel and accessories which can turn any school hallway into a runway. Free People is stocked with denim, lightweight sweaters (perfect for our Bay Area micro-climates), plaid shirts (a hot fall trend!), knits, lace, blouses, tee’s, booties and totes bags which will carry everything a student needs for class.

Free People is located on Santana Row. Selections above can be found in-store. For more information please visit Free People in person or call 1-408-246-3311.


Santana Row is a fabulous destination for back-to-school shopping. Not only are the shops mentioned above great destinations for a back-to-school wardrobe, the Row is filled with additional shops which carry everything a student will need for fall. In addition to shopping, why not make back-to-school shopping special by making a day of it! Stop for lunch at Santana Row’s family-friendly restaurants including Maggiano’s, Veggie Grill (vegan), The Counter, Pasta Pomodoro, Left Bank and/or Pizza Antigua. After a long day of shopping, why not relax at Burke Williams Spa!

Looking for a gift for a picky student? Why not pick up a Santana Row gift certificate! Gift certificate’s can be used at Santana Row retailers and restaurants and can be purchased in any amount. Santana Row gift certificate’s can be purchased at the Concierge.

For more information about Santana Row, please visit

*Brought to you by Santana Row. All thoughts and opinions are my own.