Back-To-School Favorites || Sunday Swoon

With the first full week of school under our belts, there is a lot of excitement for new beginnings and a new year of possibility.  Thoughts of the pictures drawn, friends made and words written bring so much hope and possibility to a new school-year.  This week’s Sunday Swoon is dedicated to a few of our favorite staple brands that accompany those special school-year memories and seem to always signal September.

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The Children’s Place continues to be an MB trusted brand because they offer great value with fun styles that the kiddos love.  Besides the leggings for girls and cargo pants for boys, that we re-stock every-year – we like the head to toe athletic options for girls and the preppy-camo looks for boys.  We stocked up on sporty separates for both kiddos.  The performance active zip-up jacket and shine pants (pictured above) offer perfect comfort for my big girl during school-days and afternoon activities. For boys, the pull on camo-cargos paired with a preppy, striped top, puffer vest and Nitro-high tops bring pre-school cool to the playground.

We all want our kiddos to return home with their belongings and Mabel’s Labels makes that possible. They are incredibly handy to have stashed away to slap on every item possible that passes my way.  This year we ordered the Stylish Scholars Combo and love the variation of styles and sizes and the fact that they can withstand the dishwasher!

PlanetBox truly makes packing a breeze and inspires parents to incorporate variety into school lunches.  My husband and I are committed to ridding our family of harmful exposure to plastics especially after recent news of the dangers in even BPA-free plastic.  Planet box is a great option for parents who no longer want to be troubled with numerous containers and washing reusable baggies.  Check out their awesome custom magnet options!

When it comes to back-packs, we need durability.  The cool styles offered by Levi’s match durability with fun. And tribal prints for boys are a win in our book!

Stride Rite was the first brand that we turned to for our budding walkers.  They are still one of our favorite shoe brands because they always offer exceptional quality with fun selections.  For girls, check out the sweet Jovonie boot with  incredible flexible, lightweight outsole and a side zipper for easy on and off.  We also like the ruggedness, durability and washability of the Made 2 Play Fleet for boys.  It also features a dirt-shedding outsole, anti-stink linings, reinforced toe and an easy alternative closure.

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Cheers to a beautiful Sunday and new school year!

 Marino Bambinos received products from a few of the mentioned brands.  However, opinions, as always are my own.


Bambini Style – Cool Kicks For Back-To-School

I remember the back-to-school brand spankin’ new shoes conspiracy when I was a kid.  My mom would purchase a pair of shoes that I was incredibly excited about.  I would beg her to wear them prior to school’s official start, yet she would tuck them away insisting that they needed to be saved for the first day of school.  She even had a hideous sneaker-marker!  One day my somewhat dirty (you know, enough dirt to feel cool) awesome 80’s white high-tops would disappear, and my mom would attack them with her weird white sneaker-marker.  My brother and I would break out in a chorus of disappointment.  We still laugh about her insistence of shoe washing and shoe-ruining with the loathed sneaker marker.  Fast forward many years later and I understand a bit of where my mother was coming from.  Just in time for back to school, we were fortunate enough to receive amazing fall shoes, hand picked for Lucia and Adrian.  Their cool kicks were perfectly selected, MICHAEL Michael Kors signature sneaker for girls in fuchsia for Lucia, and Cole Haan Air Paul Chukka boots in brown with orange accent for Adrian.  The kiddos were thrilled (and their mama was too!). Lucia’s favorite part is the shiny patent toe and heel, which gives the sneaker a touch of elegance.  The signature MK logo also adds a fun texture to the surface.  Adrian loves his boots and actually insists on wearing them every day.  I adore the sophisticated little man look of the boots and the stylish traction out-sole that keeps his busy feet grounded.

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The shoes arrived on the day of a big date night – Bob and I had tickets to see Mumford and Sons, and we were lucky enough to have my mother and brother watch the children.  Adrian and Lucia didn’t want to take their shoes off.  I became uneasy. My brother asked what was wrong with me when I said “you absolutely can not take them outside on their scooters in their new shoes!!“.  And just like my own mother used to do, I tucked away the new kicks until the first day of school.  It’s amusing when aspects of motherhood come full circle.  But I’m definitely leaving that awful sneaker-marker in 1985!

The MICHAEL Michael Kors signature sneaker for girls is available at Dillards, sizes 10-5; $39.00The Cole Haan Air Paul Chukka boots for boys are available at, sizes 8-5; $68.00.

The footwear in this post was provided for review purposes, however, all opinions are my own.


Flying Baby Birds

The last weeks brought significant change for us.  Lucia lost her first (and second!) tooth, and Adrian began a formal nursery program.  He tried to run away when it was time to enter (my tears that day were NOT anticipated!), but he returned to me with a smile and a silly first day of school hat.  My little guy appears to be incredibly happy, like his big sister who loves her new first grade teacher.

Thankfully, the changes that come with childhood growth are so incredible – otherwise, I would be paralyzed by leaving the baby years behind.  And although I love the fluidity of summer, I find myself excited about fall and the fresh start of a new school year.

For the first time, I’m remembering what it’s like to be on my own for a bit of time.

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My baby birds are growing up, and I have some flying of my own to do.