The new school year is upon us. Time for kids to learn. Time for kids to make new friends. Time for kids to lose hundreds of dollars worth of crap that you worked your butt off to pay for. Yep. It’s that time of year, folks. The “I lost ANOTHER sweatshirt” time of year.
I remember walking through school campus last year on my way to pick up my son. The playground was like a sweatshirt graveyard. They were strewn everywhere. Lying on benches. Shoved into corners. Hanging from trees. And you know those poor, lost sweatshirts never made it back to their lawful owners. Because who the hell could tell who they belonged to? I mean, there were like 14 blue GAP sweatshirts lying at the bottom of the slide. All size 7. Who could tell them apart?
Here at Casa Dalporto, we always start the school year out with new shoes and sweatshirts and lunch boxes, and by June we’re down to one Croc, one stained sweatshirt and a Ziploc baggie lunch box. Why? Because everything is gone. POOF! Disappeared into thin air. At the end of last school year I took a tally. Just how much did we really lose? And here’s what I found:
10: Number of sweatshirts and jackets lost
12: Number of Tupperware containers lost
2: Number of single shoes lost, leaving one, lonely, useless shoe.
1: Number of pairs of underwear lost. Don’t even ask.
2: Number of lunch boxes lost
8: Number of over-priced, eco-friendly water bottles lost
3: Number of Thermos tops lost
90: Number of pencils lost
6: Number of hats lost
1: Number of backpacks lost
40,000: Number of Tupperware container tops lost
400,000: Number of hours lost looking for lost stuff
4,000,000: Number of times I lost my mind because the kids lost something at school
This year I am determined for this not to happen. So I am going to label everything. And I mean everything. And luckily, the awesome people from StickerKid have hooked me up! They sent me a big, ol batch of name labels for, well, everything. So here I go a-labeling. Sweatshirts – BOOYAH! Water bottles – BAM! Lunch boxes – WHOMP! The Dalporto name is going to be on every, single last item my kids own before school starts. And you bet I’ll make my kids fish their way through that disgustingly smelly lost and found pile to find every, single lost item this year. And thanks to my OCD-like labeling, we’ll find them. But really the main place I should put a label is on my forehead. Because maybe then I won’t lose my mind.
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