I was beginning to feel like summer would never end. And all of a sudden, it’s gone. How are we getting ready for back to school already?! My boys are very particular with what they wear. With a dad who works in action sports apparel, and a mom who really likes to plan her outfits, it’s not surprising. Back to school shopping can be frustrating for all of us. We decided to start small and focus on denim for our first outing. For the second year in a row, we headed to JCPenney. Their Arizona Jean Co. line is fantastic. PLUS JCPenney is donating money to the YMCA to help under privileged youth with programs that help them gain confidence and get ahead academically.
This post is in collaboration with JCPenney. They have a great outlook on philanthropy and I’m happy to support a great cause AND cool fashion. #SoWorthItWe headed to our closest JCPenney store and easily found several pairs of Arizona jeans that both my kids loved. My older son LOVED the Flex Denim that came in several rad colors like this army green. They are an extra slim fit that suits his body type perfectly. They were on sale for $20 (and if you mention Pokemon Go and show the cashier the game on your phone you get 15% off! Some restrictions may apply.) My younger son grabbed a more traditional denim wash in Original Straight cut. Both had an adjustable waist which made them fit perfectly. I LOVE an adjustable waist! His were on sale for $15. You just can’t go wrong for those prices. Needless to say, we picked up a few…Once we paid for our jeans, we headed to a local park. I wanted to not only tell the kids why it’s awesome for JCPenney to donate money, but really show them. Last year we came to this park as part of a field trip. Before my son’s class went in to the science museum, we went to this park to eat lunch. The kids ate their lunches, then played on the park equipment while we waited for our designated field trip time. What they didn’t notice, though, was that an entire family, including school aged kids, were sleeping on a blanket not far from the play equipment. As the chaperones monitored our playing kids, a few of the teachers took it upon themselves to go chat with the family. The mom was shy and ashamed and said they’d been living in the park for months and that it was one of the safest places she could find. The kids weren’t in school because they didn’t have a place to live and she wished she could get out of this very stressful stage of life. The teachers quietly took up a collection among the adults on the field trip and left the mom with some money to make sure she could feed her children. And our kids didn’t notice any of this. I shared this story with my boys and showed them where the family had been. As they looked around, they realized that the park, that seemed so fun to them, was really a home for a lot of local people. What they had previously dismissed as litter, they realized were people’s belongings. We talked about what it might be like to live in a park and how you might grow up if that was your situation. And then they totally understood why I wanted to make the drive to JCPenney to buy them Arizona Jeans. We also talked about how awesome the YMCA is and the fact that their mission is to improve lives. JCPenney has a partnership with the YMCA where they are donating $1 from each pair of Arizona Jeans sold, during the back to school season, to the YMCA and their youth development initiatives. These initiatives include not only creating events to help prepare at risk youth for heading back to school, but also academic enrichment programs. Aside from donating money to fund these programs, JCPenney associates are encouraged to volunteer at their local Y chapters in numerous ways. You can help too, just by purchasing Arizona Jeans for your own kids this back to school season. I have a huge heart for JCPenney and the fact that they strive to bring affordable, on-trend fashion to the whole family. We love their Arizona Jeans line which is great for basics and shop the rest of their kid’s department for our other favorite brands. Add in the fact that they helping kids who are less fortunate is a company mission and that makes me a loyal customer. I have to keep it real and say that sometimes it takes doing a sponsored post to see the heart of a company. When I first was asked to do a post with JCPenney last year, I was worried that the clothes wouldn’t be totally our style (prior to that, I hadn’t been in for years!). But I was totally wrong. Consider me a fan. Check out JCPenney’s Penney Fridays and Saturdays for great deals on the latest trends for back to school. The Arizona Jeans deal for August 19th and 20th are $13 Arizona kids jeans and $17 Arizona jeans for bigger kids. With our jeans purchased, I feel like we took care of the hardest part of the back to school wardrobe. Pop in to your local JCPenney store so you can help others while getting your kids prepared for the school year.
*Thank you for supporting awesome brands, like JCPenney, that let me share important information and programs with you. Plus my kids look cool in their new clothes, so that’s a win for everyone! ;)
If you liked this post on cool kid’s fashion, you may also like:
Our fave birthday t-shirt tradition.
Oh yeah. My kids were in a magazine once for being cool.