2 ways to help save schools and yourself with Schoola clothing +linkup

February 9, 2016

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You guys I am so EXCITED for today’s post as it is my first one collaborating with a company I love and believe in while also getting to have fun and time with my family whom also enjoys the efforts and clothing from this online store that helps put paint and paper in our school art rooms to drums and recorders in music classrooms and more. Who is this online company?

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Schoola! They are an online clothing site that was started by and ran by a former teacher and principal named Stacey Boyd that felt that learning subjects in schools such as math or foreign languages had a direct correlation with subjects such as art and physical education and that these help those students struggling. However, we all know how funding and cutting of schools are these days and sometimes extra curricular activities such as art or music get the cuts, so to speak and this is where Schoola is passionate about stepping in and making a difference, but it wouldn’t be without one woman and schools vision and yours.

So how can you help? See below! (After all the bunches of adorable photos!)

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As the hoodie on my husband suggests and as you have learned above, there is a great need to SAVE our schools from cuts in areas that children need such as art, music, library, etc. As a former teacher myself, I know how important it is for some children to use painting or coloring as a form of expression or release from stress from the everyday learning of academics as I was one of those students myself, so to cut this from schools would be devastating.

So how do you help?

First of all you go here to Schoola’s main website and check them out.  Schoola sends you a bag with your purchased item to donate gently or new clothing and 40% of the sales from these items they sale for you will help a school of your choice raise money. What a neat idea! You don’t even have to make a purchase, just request a postage paid bag to send your items off to them. Or you can make a purchase with the $20 credit you get from me when joining up for the first time and I get a $20 credit and you and I can both shop and help a school out with sending 40% of the profit made to a school of choice.

SO there is a win, win here… you can donate your gently and or new clothes to Schoola and help relieve your closet of items you no longer need or wear while knowing you help a school in need out and you also can shop gently or new items to be sent to you with 40% of the proceeds going to a school needed those extra funds.

Now for the products sent to my family and our little continuation of our fun snow day outing and “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up.

Items sent:

My kiddos and I were sent the following items and a few of them still had tags on them so this made it even better as I love the brands that were sent as well, so let’s dive in:

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Our 7 year old, Nevaeh loves dresses lately. When I mentioned this to the lovely team over at Schoola, this is what they sent, new with Gymboree tags. This dress was orignally $34.95, but with schoola you would have found it at a much lower rate. The dress is a size 8 and while Nevaeh is in 7’s this will fit her well into the spring, summer and maybe next years warm months. This dress was in excellent condition too when it came.

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I received this lovely heart prints cardigan sweater that I AM in LOVE with! In fact I wore it and styled it for this post in celebration of Valentines day and styled it through out this post with my family. The sweater came gently used with no tags and in PERFECT condition. You can’t see it in the above photo but the colors were not faded and it almost seemed like this had never been worn or washed before as it looked and smelled new and it was the perfect fit.

You can see how Nevaeh and I styled our new items:

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My Elizabeth (age 2) also received a new with tags Gymboree sweater cardigan.

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This cardigan has a shimmery sparkle to it and is brand new. The size sent was a 4T so that it can fit her well into next year as well. Where Elizabeth is small and in 3T now this sweater was a bit big on her and hid her hands without sleeves being rolled up a million times. You can see through out this post that her sleeves became unrolled several times through the shoot, so a good mending should help that til next year when hopefully she will fill the cardigan out more.

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My son’s received the following items:

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My 3 year old, Alexander received this Baby Gap 4T top that he has worn several times as it is comfortable and fits him perfectly. It did not come with tags, but is in perfect condition.

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Alexander also received this top, brand new with Carters tags and sticker on front and it also fit him comfortably. This top was a size 3T but looked to big for my 2 year old Max, so Xander will give it a few more wears before it passes to Max.

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I loved that my 2 year old Max got layering pieces as the turtleneck could be worn alone or with other clothing items in his wardrobe or with this cute polo vest. Both were gently used and the Polo vest is a Ralph Lauren at that. This little handsome number was too cute on him too.

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What did my hubby and kids receive as well:

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A hoodie, tee,backpack and lunch box filled with crayons and sunglasses…the whole SHABANG when you think of school! Now what a neat way to promote ways to help save schools as well and the kids get a kick and joy out of the crayons and glasses too.

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Lastly, we received a bag to place our own gently used or new cloths into to mail, postage free and paid for by Schoola, back to Schoola so someone else can enjoy our items and help save schools.

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So what are you waiting for?

What was your favorite “specials” class in school and why?

So tell me what would you buy from Schoola with your $20 credit after signing up first time?

Outfit details:

Mine: Cardigan: c/o Schoola,similar//Top: JC Penny,similar//Pants: Mossimo, similiar//Shoes: Jessica Simpson, similiar//Necklace: Mint Julep Boutique, sold out, similar// X ring: Gorjana c/o via Rocksbox, similar

Chantrys (Husband): Hoodie: c/o Schoola,similar//Jeans: Levi Signature,similar//Shoes: Chaps,similar//Watch: c/o Wood watches by JORD, enter giveaway here to get an e-card of $25 off your order.

Nevaeh (7 year old): Dress: c/o Gymboree via Schoola,similar, similar options for Valentines day//Tights: Gymboree, similar//Shoes: L’amour, very similar//Sweater: Gymboree, similar.

Elizabeth (2 year old): Cardigan: c/o Schoola, similar//Leggings: similarg//Top: similar//Shoes: similar//Hair Bow: Target, similar

Alexander (3 year old): Gray Top: c/o Baby Gap via Schoola, similar.Guitar top: c/o Carters via Schoola, similar//Jeans: similar//Shoes: George, similar

Max (2 year old): Turtleneck & Vest: c/o Schoola, similar here and here//Pants: similar//Shoes: similar

See how else I have styled my cardigan here

Have you entered to receive a $25 credit e-card for a wood watch from JORD? If not go here.

Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up

Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:

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Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your co-host Lauren of Earth to Style
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You can follow Lauren through the following links for more on her lovely chic fashion:

Bloglovin/Instagram/Twitter/Pinterest

Now on to the featured five bloggers from last week:

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Kelsey shared a new to me way of stlying together patterns and textures. See look here.

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Amy shares what street style has recently meant for her in terms of styling and I just loved reading about her experience. Read here.

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Shauna mixes navy and black so well, don’t you think? See here.

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I loved Sherries tips on dressing in a dress when plus sized (like myself, depending on the brand or clothing article) and I loved her input and lovely  Valentines look. Read tips.

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I loved Lindseys reminder to change things up a bit even in make up for day to date night. See her preferences in makeup/beauty and looks here.

Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

2). Please follow your host:  Rachel of Garay Treasures either by Bloglovin, Instagram, Facebook or Twitter or all. Comment below and let me know how you are following so I can follow back.

3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking


To link up it would be great if you linked my button to your post that you link up. Get button code below:

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  • Tiina L February 9, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Cool clothes, and your children look so adorable!

  • Sheree February 9, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Congrats on the collaboration and all of you looked so adorable and amazing together. Great concept for schoola and good cause. Btw, I’m starting a weekly Weekend Wear Friday linkup and would love for you to stop by and share all of your beautiful styles.

    xo Sheree
    http://poshclassymom.com
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles February 9, 2016 at 1:11 am

    What a great cause – thanks for sharing!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

  • Katie D (Hello Katie Girl) February 9, 2016 at 2:31 am

    What an awesome company! This is such a great idea to benefit schools. Also, the pictures of your family are adorable!

    -Katie
    http://hellokatiegirl.blogspot.com/

  • Alex February 9, 2016 at 2:53 am

    This is such an interesting concept. And a great project too, saving the subjects that are commonly seen as “less important” but are actually very important for us as humans.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  • Jill February 9, 2016 at 6:08 am

    What a great concept! I love companies that give back! It was fun to see pics of your kiddo’s! You got some cute pieces for your family!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  • Carrie February 9, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Everyone looks great in their new clothes! Good post, Rachel!

  • Elle Spann February 9, 2016 at 7:17 am

    how adorable! love a good company with a cause 🙂
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

  • Becky @ bybmg February 9, 2016 at 7:21 am

    You got such cute stuff for the kiddos! Love it!

  • Dawn Lucy February 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    This teacher says thanks for supporting schools! 😀

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom February 9, 2016 at 7:39 am

    That heart cardi is my absolute favorite, your daughter looks adorable in that dress, too!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  • Kathrine Eldridge February 9, 2016 at 8:04 am

    What a wonderful cause! Schools are cutting way too much of the good stuff so I’m glad that you’ve shared this. Thanks for the Link Up!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  • Iris February 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I like the post. You have a lovely family and your kids are beautiful. thanks for sharing.
    Xo
    Iris
    http://lamoumous.blogspot.com

  • Christie February 9, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Your posts are always so nice and positive, Rachel! This sounds like a great website. As a creative, it’s so frustrating for me to see art and music getting cut from programs because they really are important. If nothing else, it can help kids cope with emotions and difficult times. Glad to see people fighting for it! Your kiddies look adorable, too!

    Thanks for hosting the link-up!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

  • Shea February 9, 2016 at 8:55 am

    I’d heard of Schoola but didn’t know much about the concept behind it–so awesome! I love being able to shop and do some good at the same time. I love the adorable clothes you and your kiddos got (that cardigan for your 2 year old…precious!). I will have to check it out and do some shopping! 🙂

  • Shauna February 9, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I love that this post is a family affair! And what a great company you got to partner with too. Thanks for the feature, Rachel!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Marta February 9, 2016 at 9:24 am

    This is such a great concept and way to support schools!! Really cute pics too! Enjoy your day:)
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

  • Mary Murnane February 9, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Such a cool company! Love this!

    – xox Mary
    http://www.marymurnane.com

  • Elise February 9, 2016 at 10:07 am

    What a great cause! Love this, and your pictures are great!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  • Emily February 9, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Rachel your kids are precious!!! That sounds like such an awesome organization. You’re right, some kids enjoy school solely for the outlets of creativity they get there. It’s so, so important!
    Emily

  • amy February 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Sounds like an awesome concept and a great way to help the schools out. You got some awesome clothes too. Love your heart cardigan and your little girls peplum jacket.

  • Laura February 9, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Adorable item! Sounds like a great site! I need to check it out!

  • Ashley February 9, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Loving your heart-printed cardigan, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Shannon February 9, 2016 at 10:52 am

    What an amazing cause!! All of your kiddos look so adorable!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Alecz February 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

    this company sounds like such a great idea! the arts are so important, especially when kids are young and just leaning what they enjoy.

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

  • Riva February 9, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Your kiddos are such darlings!!! Glad to see another momma of four out there!! 🙂 xoxo

  • Jess February 9, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    First, since I have been away, I wanted to say how much I love your new blog look! Clean and such a lovely floral with your name, very pretty! As a former teacher, this look great. I love the clothes you were sent to, your kids look sweet, as well as you my friend!
    jess xx

  • Rachel February 9, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Great items and lovely photos! Such adorable kids!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

  • Ada February 9, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    You have a beautiful family, Rachel. You all look great for a great cause. Love that you and your girls coordinated, too. =)

    Happy Tuesday hun!

  • Amy Ann February 9, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Okay this is seriously such a cool thing. Thanks for sharing! Love your fun photos of the whole family. And thanks for the feature!! 🙂

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Rachael Thomas February 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    What a great collaboration, and amazing cause! You sent some great items. Also, great the whole family was involved!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

  • Sherry February 10, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Sounds like a great company. What a great idea for the spring holidays Easter clothes.

  • Melissa February 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    What a great program. Will need to check them out!
    Thank you for linking up with weekend wear

    xo
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  • Monica February 16, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for linking up with me last week! Sorry for the delayed comment, I’ll be pinning this to the linkup board!

    http://www.jerseygirltexanheart.com