My Favorite Time of Year: Back to School with Zaful

I have always loved the beginning of the school year. For as long as I can remember, the whole process of getting ready for the new year to start was just so exciting to me. Shopping for a new wardrobe and school supplies was my favorite part of the summer! Clearly, I have always loved clothes, but I also have forever had a fascination with pens, paper, notebooks, and other similar items. But I also looked forward to the beginning of every new school year with the expectation that a new year meant a new beginning. A chance to try things a little differently than the year before. An opportunity to reinvent myself.

*This is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Now, in my 40’s with two young school-aged children, I look forward to the new school year for entirely different reasons. After 11 very long weeks of full-time momming, my patience has been pushed beyond its limits and my sanity is hanging on by a thread. I miss the solitude and the freedom that I had enjoyed for a few hours every Monday through Friday. Those hours when I only have myself to worry about. I can get work done uninterrupted. I can go have a leisurely lunch with friends. I can eat candy whenever I want without having to hide in the bathroom! Oh, yes, those are the days a stay-at-home mom relishes! School days!

While I still do enjoy the preparation for the beginning of the new school year, the shopping for new clothing and supplies, it definitely hurts the wallet a bit more than when I was just spending my own parents’ money. School supplies are expensive! And these required school supply lists just seem to get longer every year. Plus I am that mom who buys extra supplies for the classroom knowing full well that there are some students who will not bring in the required items. Not wanting the teacher to have to provide these items out of pocket, I generally deliver lots of extras to the classroom.

I am fortunate that I have two boys who do not express much interest in clothing. They will wear what I buy. But the shoes! They are both obsessed with shoes!  I suppose they get this passion from me.  Especially my four year old…since he was about 18 months old, this child has always loved new shoes! I can’t really blame them, shoes are my weakness, too. So the new shoes have already been purchased for the upcoming school year. And now it’s time to get a few new pieces of clothing for these kids.

So if you also are getting ready for the new school year and need some fun new trendy pieces, hop on over to Zaful for their Back to School special promotion. From now through August 22, Zaful is offering Free Shipping and accepting entries into their Back to School giveaway contest. See Entry Rules Below…

Zaful Back to School Giveaway Entry Rules

Simply click on the link to the Back to School special promotion. Pick the one product that you would want and share the image on your social media platform.

1. Share the image of the product you desire.
2. In the caption, put #BackToSchool I want free clothes for two! Zaful 16 days free shipping from now.
3.Tag a friend: @XXXXXXX and post your url link in the event review area.

Zaful will choose 3 winners who will receive the product they chose as well as an extra one for the friend they tagged!

The contest ends on August 22, so be sure to get your entries in now!

Outfit Details
Jacket: Zippered PU Leather Jacket ($21.79) c/o Zaful.
Shirt: Torrid Lace Up Mock Neck Tank Top ($32.98) from Torrid Salmon Run Mall.
Socks: Torrid Ruched Knee-High Socks ($14.17 for a 2 pack) from Torrid Salmon Run Mall.
Shorts: Old.
Booties: Christian Siriano for Payless (No longer available).
Necklace: Michal Golan Evil Eye ($45.00).
Clutch: Old Navy (No longer available, but really cute options here and here).

What are your favorite things about back to school?  The new clothes?  The supplies? The weather? The freedom?

To wrap up this post, I want to send a big heartfelt thank you to all the teachers and educators out there! You are appreciated and I am so grateful for what you do. Being able to send my children to school with confidence that they will be learning in a safe and nurturing environment is of the utmost importance. And I hope that all of your students are better behaved at school than mine are at home! Have a wonderful year!

Waiting for my freedom on the edge,


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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

28 Responses

  1. What a fantastic jacket! I ll bet a lot of mothers will be happy when school begins again!

  2. Wow Shelbee you look great!

  3. My oldest kid goes back to school tomorrow and I still feel that I not ready for it! I have so much to do and not a lot a time to do it in. I have five kids 3 out of 5 kids will be going back to school. And I can’t wait until all 5 are going to school. I wouldn’t know what to do with all that free time!

    And as for the outfit I love it. The jacket is fabulous and for a moment I thought your shoes and knee socks were boots, LOL!

    • Gigi, thanks so much for stopping by and for the wonderful comment. The bootie and sock combination really does appear to be one long sock-boot! As far as kids at school and free time for me, I never have trouble filling up that time. Hahaha. Have a fabulous week, my friend.


  4. I always loved back to school time too. I have to discipline myself to not buy pens and pencils and notebooks, because I so badly want to and I really have no reason to now. You are looking cute! – Amy

    • Amy, thanks for the lovely compliment! I am the same way with office supplies. I always want to buy more and I really have no need for them either. Have a wonderful week, my friend.


  5. You look very cool in the outfit!
    Have a wonderful upcoming week.

  6. Great outfit Shelbee, looks amazing on you! I always looked forward to buying new clothes for back to school and just like you I was always excited about the promises of a new year. As boy moms we get off easy with back to school shopping but it still adds up. I’m sure the teachers appreciate the extra supplies!

    • Kellyann, thanks so much for your kind compliment! I suppose we definitely do have it a little easier with boys…but kids in general are costly, aren’t they?! Ha. Have a fabulous week, my friend!


  7. looking fierce! Thanks for your encouraging comments over at my blog. And thanks for linking up, have a wonderful day, XO

  8. As a teacher, I love that you bring extra supplies – thank you!!!

  9. You’re the mom that all moms want to be! One day I’ll have style again haha till then, I’ll be envious of your amazing booties and that jacket! Love!

    • Wow, Melissa! That is just about the kindest thing ever! Thanks so much! I had to break out of my style rut years ago because I just couldn’t function properly unless I was put together. I will help you! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous week.


  10. I absolutely love this look, those socks are fab


  11. I am looking forward to back to school this year Shelbee so I can get to the gym. ( Not that I went before) for a bit of me time. Great look, perfect through to Autumn too 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

    • Claire, thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words! Yes, me time is so important no matter where you spedn it…at the gym or elsewhere! Happy back to school!


  12. Totally cute! love that jacket too Shelbee! 🙂

  13. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party with your post. I love your bag!

  14. You had me cracking up about being able to eat candy hahaha!! That is seriously the truth 😉 Back to school was a big thing for me when I was younger. And even as a grownup, I still enjoying my excited while shopping for the kids


    • Ha, Mel, I am glad I could make you laugh! We are down to 2 weeks now and I am seriously counting the days…maybe even the hours! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.