Back to School Shopping at The Arboretum of South Barrington PLUS $50 Justice Giveaway

20160804_101241 It’s time for back to school shopping and I partnered with The Arboretum of South Barrington to give you a look at what they can offer. The open air center is not only gorgeous to look at, but also offers many options for shopping, eating, and fun. The Arboretum is close to I-90 making it easy to access from all directions. Ollie and Ruby start school soon (3rd and 4th grade!) so we were on the hunt for back-to-school clothing to get them prepared for the first day.20160804_10100920160804_095930 20160804_10063520160806_131223This was our first time shopping at The Arboretum so we went exploring and found plenty of stores perfect for back to school!  If you are shopping for teens, I would hit DSW for shoes, L.L. Bean for backpacks and more, Charming Charlie for accessories / clothing, and Francesca’s for unique (but affordable) teen girl clothing. Be sure to stop in Home Goods for all your dorm needs if you are sending kids off to college, they have everything you would need at great prices. Bath and Body Works is a fun stop to pick up your hand sanitizers (and all the other goodies) you might need for school.

20160804_095609 20160806_12485620160806_125054 20160806_12501920160806_124915For the younger kids, Justice and Crazy 8 are the best, with stylish and affordable clothing, shoes and more. Claire’s is also great for backpacks and stylish accessories at a great price point.20160806_131447

After looking around at DSW and L.L. Bean, we stopped in to Crazy 8 since they offer clothing for both boys and girls.



20160806_13174720160806_13170320160806_132012 20160806_132124 20160806_134119What I love about Crazy 8 the most is their sales! Jeans were just $8.88 the day we shopped and there are always 40% off sales going on. Be sure to sign up with their email list because you will get coupons and be notified when sales hit. We found a ton of graphic tees for Ollie in his two favorite subjects: Star Wars and dinosaurs. Ruby picked out a few graphic tees, tops, a sweater, and even cute socks for back to school.

Next, we were off to Justice and Ruby was overwhelmed with the options there.20160804_10024420160806_134405 20160806_134446 20160806_134615 If you have a daughter, you probably already know that Justice is THE place for girls to shop. They always offer the cutest on-trend tees, leggings, jeans, accessories, and a ton more. You can even find the prettiest backpacks and lunch bags there. Be sure to check the sale and clearance racks, you can always find some great deals on cute pieces.

20160806_140844Needless to say, it was hard to narrow down what to buy at Justice, but Ruby found several adorable tees, tops and pants. With the emoji trend so popular right now, it was difficult not to buy every cute tee that we looked at! Justice could really be a one-stop shop since you can pick up everything from shirts, pants, shoes, underwear, socks to backpacks, lunch packs, and accessories.


20160806_142818At Claire’s Ruby picked out some hair accessories to go with her new school clothes. I could spend hours browsing in Claire’s, it has been one of my favorite stores for as long as I can remember. I’m over 40 and I still buy jewelry and hair clips for myself there! Don’t judge.

20160804_100940The great thing about The Arboretum is that you can take a break and do lunch or dinner while you are there. There are several options to dine, including Pinstripes where you can also indulge in some bowling or bocce ball while you are there. Pinstripes is quite a step up in the food game, offering items like Peanut Butter & Jelly Paninis for the kids, tons of flatbread pizza options (made in the wood-burning pizza oven, house-made pasta dishes, and more.  You can dine for brunch, lunch, dinner, even late night. We can’t wait to go back and try the bottomless Sunday brunch menu!20160806_144622

20160806_144543 We stopped for a cupcake break during our shopping trip and it was the perfect break in our day. There is also a Potbelly Sandwich Works, a frozen yogurt spot, and coffee shop if you are looking for more quick bites while you shop.

While we are pretty much all set for back-to-school, if you still have shopping to do be sure to enter our giveaway. You could win a $50 Justice gift card to shop your heart out!

$50 Justice Giveaway

20160806_141837The Arboretum of South Barrington is a beautiful place to shop, dine, and be entertained. We can’t wait to go back and enjoy some of the other restaurants, and stores. There is even a farmer’s market on the weekends! Be sure to check the events page to see what’s happening each week.

I partnered with The Arboretum to shop and provide a giveaway, all opinions are my own.

Have you done all of our back-to-school shopping yet?


  1. AEKZ2
    August 19, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    My son needs some black pants and my daughter needs some shirts.

  2. Jennifer Reed
    August 19, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    The back to school items I am still in search of are longer sports pants for my boys and leggings for my daughter.

  3. Francine Anchondo
    August 19, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Just need some more school clothes.

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