Thursday, July 24, 2014

Do your Back to School Shopping during the Tax Free Holiday in your State

Mark you Calendars!

Shopping during the Tax Free Holiday weekend in your state is a smart way to create a sale for yourself and get an extra discount. Its a perfect time to stock up on back to school items such as clothing, shoes, backpacks, lunchboxes, and school supplies.  Stores will tend to be more crowded during these days, so go early for the best selection and pack you patience.

Below is a list of the states that have scheduled a tax free holiday during the fall back to school shopping season (Source):


Items Included


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clothing & footwear - $100
July 25-26
school supplies
August 1-2
clothing - $100
supplies - $20
computers - $1,000
clothing - $100
August 1-2
all TPP - $2,500
August 1-2
clothing - $100
August 1-3
computers - $750
school supplies - $50
books - $30
school suppies
August 1-3
clothing - $100
supplies - $15
computers - $750
clothing - $100
August 1-3
computers - $3,500
school supplies - $50
New Mexico
clothing - $100
August 1-3
computers - $1,000
computer equip. - $500
school supplies - $30
clothing - $100
August 1-3
South Carolina
August 1-3
school supplies
clothing - $100
August 1-3
school supplies - $100
computers - $1,500
clothing - $100
August 1-3
school supplies - $20
clothing - $100
August 2-3
school supplies
clothing, backpacks and school supplies- $100
August 8-10
clothing & footwear-$100
August 10-16
clothing and footwear - $300
August 17-23

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10monkeys Math World Giveaway (ends 8/5/14)

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10monkeys Math World is an online Math Program geared for younger elementary aged children around grades K-3. It has fun, eye-catching graphics kids love! 10monkeys Math World takes a progressive approach to learning Math. It uses what is referred to as the “high pedagogic approach,” developed together with top professionals and schools. As they progress, their skills are improving as well - and they're having fun!

As a homeschooling mom, Emilee at Pea of Sweetness loves the progressive approach 10monkeys Math World takes and loves that her kids want to learn Math with 10monkeys Math World! Check out her full 10monkeys Math World math program review on Pea of Sweetness.

Whether you are a homeschooling parent, teacher, or parent (or grandparent) to young children and wanting to enrich their education, 10monkeys Math World offers a quality program anyone can appreciate! Three winners will each receive a one-year subscription to 10monkeys Math World (all levels) for one child. This giveaway begins on 7/23 and ends on 8/5 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: Emilee from both Pea of Sweetness and Deals of Sweetness received a code for the full version app in exchange for an honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Lands' End School Uniform Perfect Fit Pants and Interlock Polo, a Review

I'm working with Lands' End as a Brand Ambassador during the 2014 Back to School season. They gifted me school uniforms for me to evaluate so I could share my opinion of the items with you. All opinions are my own.

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Today we'll take a look at two classic wardrobe staples: the Girls' Perfect Fit Pants from the Iron Knee collection and the Girls' Feminine Fit Interlock Polo Shirt from Lands' End.

I love the updated fit of the School Uniform Girls' Perfect Fit Plain Front Blend Chino Pants. They aren't a skinny pant, but the cut of the leg is just a bit narrower than a straight cut style. I think this will be a popular choice for fashion forward young ladies that wear uniforms to school. My daughter is used to wearing boot cut pants because she really doesn't like the feel of skinny jeans or pants.  After putting them on, she pulled at the pant leg once noticing the difference in the style, but not being able to vocalize the difference at how they fit her closer in the leg.  I then paid close attention to see if she continued to tug at them, but she quickly got used to them not giving it another thought.

As a Mom, I also love the features and quality of these pants.  Because she is just growing into a new size, we had to take advantage of the adjustable waist and make it smaller.  This is her first pair of reinforced knee pants.  Back in preschool, she quickly blew out the knees on all her jeans and I had to resort to using iron on patches.  So, I know she's going to put these Iron Knee Pants to the test this year.  But the best part is the hem. 

Lands' End does the hemming for you! Yeah, it seems so old school for a retailer to hem your pants, but it makes so much sense.  I've never understood why women's pants are made all the same length while men's are sized both by waist and inseam.  With these quickly growing kids, it seems the standard pant sizes are either too long or too short.  With a custom inseam sized just to fit, it makes things simple.  Because beyond a simple button repair, I'm no good at sewing and I don't even have a sewing machine or have access to one. This is so awesome for me because most standard pants in my daughter's new size are a good four or five or more inches too long for her.

When you place your online order, you enter your child's inseam.  Now here's what's really important to know, there is no need to size up.  They make the adjustment for us to allow some wiggle room for the fabric to shrink under recommended laundering instructions and to allow some growing room. I measured my daughter's inseam at 20 inches and, as advised, entered her actual measurements when ordering.  The pants that arrived measure almost 22 inches.  And as promised they will give her room to grow, but they don't look noticeably long and are totally wearable at this length.
Girls' Perfect Fit Plain Front Blend Chino Pants - Khaki
Girls' Perfect Fit
Plain Front Blend Chino Pants


  • Improved fit for comfort and flexibility
  • Little Girl & Big Girl sizes: New! reinforce patched Iron Knees for longer lasting wear
  • Wrinkle-resistant 60% cotton/40% polyester blend
  • Front & rear pockets
  • Little Girl & Big Girl sizes: adjustable inner waistband to fine-tune her fit
  • Little Girl sizes: easy-on elastic back & snap button close
  • Big Girl sizes: no-gap contoured waistband & FREE hemming available!
  • Women’s sizes: Contoured waistband prevents gaping at back
These pants are available in classic navy, khaki and black.  They are available in sizes to fit everyone: Toddler 2T - 4T,  Little Girls 4-7 (regular and slim), Big Girls 7 - 16 (regular, slim and plus), Junior and Adult (regular and tall). The regular retail price is $40.00.

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The pants pair well with the School Uniform Girls' Short Sleeve Feminine Fit Interlock Polo Shirt. Personally, I prefer the feel of the interlock polos to mesh polos.  And this polo is SO super soft, made from 100% cotton.  It is by far the nicest kids' polo I've seen.  If your child is fussy about the texture or feel of fabrics, you should definitely check this one out.

I always advocate that you look for brands and items with the word "resistant" in its product claims.  This polo is said to resist stains, resists shrinkage and resists piling. No boxy fit either; the fit is distinctly all girl and shaped to be flattering to a young girls figure. It is machine washable for easy care. The other feature worth noting for uniform kids is that this polo hits the top of the hip, allowing the right amount of fabric to properly tuck in your uniform polo. 

Girls' Short Sleeve Feminine Fit Interlock Polo Shirt - White, L
Girls' Short Sleeve Feminine Fit


  • She-shaped, plush 100% cotton
  • Enhanced fabric keeps colors true
  • Resists stains and shrinkage
  • Top-of-hip length with side vents
  • Shaped: Not too slim or too loose
  • Sized to allow for shrinkage, please wash before wear

This polo is offered in a dozen different colors, so you're sure to find your school's colors.  It comes in sizes for Little Girls 4-7, Big Girls 7 - 16, Junior and Adult (regular and tall). The regular retail price is $18.00. And when required or desired, you can get your school logo added to this polo. 

I really love both of these school uniform items.  These are high quality wardrobe staples that will last through the school year.

Limited time! School Logo applied free! Use Promotion Code FREE and Pin 1148. Offer available to all schools with a logo currently on file with us. (excludes monogramming, Lands’ End Camp and Lands’ End Business Outfitters purchases). Please allow an extra 7-10 business days for logo applications. Discount will be applied at checkout. This offer has no cash value and is not redeemable for cash. Promotional savings may be deducted from returns. Offer valid through 9:59 p.m. Central, July 24, 2014. Not valid on previous purchases or when combined with any other promotional offers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Favorite School Uniform items from Lands' End

Disclosure - I'm working with Lands' End as a Brand Ambassador during the 2014 Back to School season. 

Below are some of my favorite school uniform items for girls and boys at schools with a standard or uniform dress code. These are classic wardrobe items that always make a popular choice for Back to School.  A few of these items will be reviewed here at Uniform Mom in the next few weeks.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to School Supplies Shopping Guide for wk of July 20, 2014

School Supplies -They hit stores this week, as least where I live.  They are on sale for great prices.  You have the list from the school already, right?  So why not order online to get everything done at one time? Since we vacation in August, I got mine done early and have them packed away ready for fall. Compare these sales to the items on your list:

Target (Order Online)
  • Elmer's 6pk glue sticks - 99 cents
  • Sharpie 2pk fine or ultra fine point markers - 99 cents
  • Mead 70-sheet composition or spiral bound notebook - 99 cents
  • Mead Five Star 4 pocket poly folder - 99 cents
  • up & up 12pk colored pencils - 99 cents
  • up & up 1-subject 100 sheet notebook (college or wide ruled) - $1.50
  • up & up clear cover 1" D ring binder - $2
  • up & up 8ct mechanical pencils - 99 cents

Walmart (Order Online)
  • Elmer's Washable School Glue, 4 fl oz - 50 cents
  • Westcott Kids Scissors, 5" Blunt - 99 cents
  • Crayola Classic Color Pack Crayons, Tuck Box, 8 Colors/Box - 99 cents
  • Crayola Mini-Twistables Crayons, 24pk - $2.50
Office Max (Order Online)
  • Buy one, Get One Free on all Crayola Washable Products (mix or match)
  • Buy one, Get One Free on All PaperMate InkJoy Pen Multipacks
  • 25% off All Five Star 1, 3 and 5 subject notebooks
  • 50% off Yak Pak, FUL, and HighSierra Back Packs
  • Scholastic & Office Max brand Pourable Glue 4oz. - 25 cents
  • 2 hole Manual Pencil Sharpeners - 25 cents
  • Office Depot brand 3pk & Office Max brand 5pk beveled erasers - 25 cents
  • Pencil Pouch with Mesh or Clear Window - $1
  • Locker Shelves $3
  • Poly Snap Envelopes - 25 cents
  • PaperMate EraserMate Pens 5pk - $2
  • Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens 5pk - $2
  • Sharpe Pens 4pk - $3
This information is gathered from weekend circulars and online.  It is shared for informational purposes. Please verify prices with retailer.
(photo used with permission from Micorooft)

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In the News early July 2014

Below are articles that feature school uniforms from all over the world! They are complied from my twitter stream. Follow me at @NavyPlaid to get updates on these types of headlines as they are published.


Assistance Efforts:

Enforcement Issues:

US School Boards Discuss School Uniforms:

International News:

Industry News:

(photo used with permission from Microsoft Press)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Back to School Shopping Guide for July 18, 2014

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Lands' End (School Uniforms)

Big Kids' Short Sleeve Solid Performance Interlock Polo Shirt - Blue Uniform Mom Featured Product: Big Kids' Short Sleeve Solid Performance Interlock Polo Shirt - Blue
Our improved Interlock Polo will look new longer. The improved fabric won't shrink, pill, or fade, and even stains will wash out easier. Even better, you get all this performance without giving up any softness. We still use 100% cotton interlock that has the cushiony feel you love. We build them with durability and comfort in mind, too. You get a smooth covered neck seam, reinforced shoulders and neat double-needle stitching. Shop around and you'll see — you get more with a Lands' End Polo! Machine wash. Imported.

from Lands' End

French Toast (Shop Online)

Cookies (Shop Online)

Children's Place

GAP (Shop GapKids)

Gymboree (Shop Online)




Various Shoe Stores
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