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After ten years of marriage and official full-time residency in NNY, I swear I will be able to step out on the first chilly day of fall and not have to scoot my shivering tail back into the house to change – or, heaven forbid – over to Target and pay full-price for things I should have bought on sale months ago.

Being prepared is especially important since Diva will be starting Kindergarten and will be gone from the house *gulp* ALL DAY LONG.

The past two years we've had the luxury of not having to dive headlong into the kid vs. parent, fashion vs. function war. Diva has had to wear a uniform to her pre-school at Coleman Montessori Center in downtown Watertown since she turned 3. She wore either a green uniform dress or a green uniform shirt with pants (or a skirt), a sweater and her coat. If it was cold and rainy or snowing, we'd circle the block a few extra times until we found a spot directly in front of the door for drop off. No big deal if we forgot her mittens.

This school year I will bid farewell to my precious baby at around 7 o'clock in the morning as she boards the bus to school. After that, she will be left to her own devices (more or less) until she gets home at 3 p.m. I'm taking this opportunity to make sure both of my kiddos are prepared for the day when we have to turn on the heaters and bundle up to go outside.

This means pretty much everything I'm buying her for school this year will be functional, and I've been shopping the sales non-stop to make sure it's fashionable too.

Wardrobe for Diva (my 5-year-old girl)
She's earned her nickname for a reason. The girl hasn't worn a pair of jeans since before she was potty-trained. The only pair of pants she's worn in the past two years (besides snow pants) were athletic pants she needed for Zumba, dance and yoga on Phys Ed days at the Coleman Montessori Center. She's a girly girl through and through and I might not be able to get her to budge from the house if I tried to force her to wear sweatpants (or jeans, of course) to school. No, not even jeans that have been Bedazzled. I tried that. :(

See what is on our list as we prepare for the fall and winter months - using sales, coupons and other money-saving strategies - at NNY Life

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