Thank you to Follett for sponsoring today's post on #FallBackToSchool. As always, the opinions are my own.
Back to school time can be stressful. Getting organized and back to a routine is hard for both kids and parents. In our family this year, we had a little bit more to add to the stress. My teen, Rosie, was getting ready to start her freshman year in high school where she only knew a handful of kids. Her cousin, Jenna, was gearing up to head out to Indiana University for her freshman year. Since we live ten hours away, we thought we'd get the girls together for a little late summer fun before they'd #FallBackToSchool
While we spent most of the time in the suburbs, we headed to Chicago for a full day of cousin fun. First up? Lunch with cousin Marissa in Wicker Park at a totally cool pizza place. Our first time to eat mac and cheese pizza. Yummy.
Next we headed to the Museum of Science and Industry. I remember going on a middle school field trip. It took all day to get through the place and I loved it. Since these kids have so much more available to them online, it wasn't as awesome as it was when I was 13. However, both girls were enthralled by the body exhibit (they look so serious).
Then we headed to Millenium Park to see the Big Bean (actually the real name for the sculpture is Cloud Gate but everyone know's it as a bean) and Crown Fountain. And, yes, that is a picture of me taking a picture of them taking a selfie. So cool.
We had an awesome time but I think the highlight of the trip was dinner at Sugar Rush. If you've never been, it's a sugaraholic's dream come true. Huge sugary drinks and lots of candy. Perfect for these teens.
With school just two weeks away, it was great to get the girls together and have some fun. Jenna had been getting all her gear together to head off to IU, so it was nice for her to have a week of fun- especially because prepping for college can be hard work.
The Follet Corporation has put together a site to ease the transition back to school for all ages. I thought this infographic is helpful for incoming freshman to make sure they have all the gear they need for a great year. I can tell you from surviving dorm life that those shower shoes are super important.
You'll want to check out their site. Lots of great info on how to fund college, pay for student loans. There's a wealth of information there to make gearing up for school easy.
Jenna's been at school almost a month and she's loving college life. Rosie and I are planning to send her a care package soon to make her transition even better. How do you make #FallBacktoSchool time stress-free?