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Monday, August 17, 2015

Re-Cap of the Container Store Event + Tips for a Breezy Back-to-School

Monday, you stinker...always popping up on us! I can't complain too much seeing as how we snuck off to the beach with friends to savor the final days before the kids head back to school. I'm trying to soak up every minute of this laid-back, schedule-free time with them, because I know that even with the best intentions, life will soon get more hectic, and our time together will be diluted.

A few Saturdays ago, I hosted a back-to-school event at my local Container Store...it was a fun afternoon of food, new and old friends, and tips for creating a more organized school year. Hundreds of you showed up, and I was thrilled to not only realize just how many Dallas-area peeps there are, but to meet so many of you in person!

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

Even Babygirl got involved and was an excellent hostess to the little guests. Nothing makes me more proud, and grateful, than to see her full of kindness and self-confidence. #girlpower

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

The Container Store served the cutest school-themed food, and cleverly used their Elfa set-up as the buffet.

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

Many of my friends and family stopped by to surprise and support me, too. You InstaGram friends weighed in on which top to pair with my striped skirt...as you can see, I went with stripes and floral. #nosurprisethere Obviously the love of stripes and monograms is genetic, could my mom be any cuter?! (Find my mom's bag here.)

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

I shared lots of tips and inspiration for a smoother back-to-school transition...starting with pre-planning the coming week's outfits, and organizing them by day with closet rod dividers, a labeled hanging sweater bag, or even a slide-in Elfa drawer system. (That handy foldable garmet rack...currently on sale...came home with me!)

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School
Floral Top | Striped Skirt | Cage Heels (similar) | Earrings | Watch | Bracelet


Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

Finding new and appealing lunch ideas is a hurdle in our house, but with the Container Store's large collection of lunch totes and food containers, I'm feeling motivated to create yummy new combinations for them this year. (See some lunchbox meal options here.)

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

The return of the school year also signals the return of the paper storm! A command center, no matter how small, is essential to staying on top of it.

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

It can be as simple as a wall-mount file, or more robust with calendars, dry-erase and pin boards. You don't need much space to create an organizational hub for your family. (See our old command center here.)

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

Designing a fun, yet organized, locker is a great way to get your kids excited for the new year, also.

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

Having a dedicated homework spot, stocked with all the supplies, makes it easier for the kids to focus. We've yet to carve out a space for our kids in the new house, but a well-appointed caddy, complete with all the necessary supplies, allows them to set-up wherever they want.

Hi Sugarplum | Back to School

Here are some more of the tips we shared...

Download and print the tips here.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out...it was such a joy to see you! And thank you to the Container Store for such a fun event...I was blown away by their preparation and presentation, and especially with the friendly, knowledgeable staff of the Stonebriar Plano store! Their excitement and genuine love of their jobs is what made the day such a success!

How are you prepping for a breezy back-to-school transition?

*Photos by the ever-talented Megan Weaver.*

14 comments:

  1. So sad I missed this!!!!!! Looks like you had so much fun, and you of course looked DARLING!

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  2. Too bad I live on the east coast... We don't even have a container store. hahahah. Your daughter seems very charming....She is learning great skills at such an early age.
    Jenn

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  3. You are just darling. And seriously, that is your mom??? She looks amazing, and now I know where you get your style sense from. And baby girl, too cute for words!!

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  4. first - ur momma is just as cute as you! 2nd - the magnetic weekly board calendar - is itself magnetic? I've got a big monthly calendar one already but want something smaller I think this would be perfect if it is magnetic and can attach to the frig

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    1. and yes your baby girl is just as sweet too! so kind to help the littles feel comfortable - does a momma heart good!

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  5. Looks like so much fun!! Love that your mom and daughter were there for you!!

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  6. So fun! I see where you get your great style. Your mom is precious!

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  7. So cute! It looks like a great event!

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  8. Ah, that's my Emilie with Sloan! She really wanted to take Sloan's stuffed horse home.

    It was so nice to meet you and your family. Lovely lovely people!

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  9. Could you do some fashion posts featuring your mom? She looks adorable! And as an older reader, I could really relate to ideas for women over um, thirty? Love her pop of color with those sandals!

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  10. Oh my gosh...your momma is A-dorable!! You got some great genes girlfriend.

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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