Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post brought to you by Academy Sports+Outdoors. All opinions are 100% my own.
Who else is super excited to get back to school?! I feel like summer 2021 flew by! Between getting ready for our football adventures and recovering from our baseball adventures – we barely had any time to summer it up! In the few weeks we did have, we managed to squeeze in tons of fun – tubing, kayaking, fishing, beach time and more! I can’t wait to give you the details on all of that! One exciting email arrived midway through the summer – we got notified that our schools were providing all the supplies for this year! As a parent of five – that thrilled me to no end! No more scrambling trying to get the right three hole binder! And it left more in the budget for getting back to school clothing and shoes….plus all the gear we needed for a brand new season of sports.
My kids absolutely love athletic wear and Academy Sports+Outdoors is my go-to place to score the best gear at great prices. Also it should be noted that OF COURSE my boys wear hand-me-downs (and Ella too!) so I always make sure to shop at Academy because my boys LOVE their items year after year after year. And I love the prices. It’s a win-win.
The boys actually call their athletic wear items “awesome clothes” and don’t mind one bit to get their big brothers shoes, cleats and clothing. This season all four boys are going to play tackle football. It’s definitely a first for my older two. Last year their little brothers paved the way and it was a blast! So this year the big boys want to prove what they are made of! They needed all new gear and Academy was our place to score big.
The favorite find was these gloves that Weston called dibs on. Let’s hope the Beast comes out when he gets the ball for the first time!
So many of our friends have been asking what we think is necessary for the kids to get for football since our rec department provides helmets and shoulder pads. Our list includes the following must-haves:
- padded pants
- practice jersey
- mouth guards
- water jugs
Of course – splurging for their own helmet and pads would be a great way to get practice in all year long. These are the ones we have!
We got new cleats for the boys and my personal favorites were these Nikes.
The little boys already had their gear from last year but their growing feet definitely needed more space. New Under Armour shoes were just the ticket! Also – if you are looking for large water jugs – we absolutely love these ones at Academy. This is our fourth one we bought and it hangs on fences and has a flip lid to prevent leaks.
Of course the boys also got a number of new things for school. Ready to see these cuties on their first day?!
I just can’t believe I have such handsome boys! How did this even happen?! They were infants yesterday! Now they look ready to shave and drive sedans to work. Ha!
Will and Weston got new backpacks – theirs were pretty beat up so they picked out these show stoppers.
All the boys got new water bottles for school. Apparently the hottest new water bottle is the Gx from Gatorade. It has a flip lid so they refill super easily at our schools water stations. You don’t unscrew the lid – you just flip the clip. The other fancy thing is that you can buy separate pods to make your water into an electrolyte drink. It’s super boujee and the kids LOVE it. Max also told me that he loves that you can “spray” the drink if you squeeze hard enough. It pops a mist into your face….just enough to cool you down….or startle your brother 🙂
My shopping wouldn’t be complete without picking up a few things for myself. I got a pair of shorts and a sports bra and top – maybe I will start working out while the kids are at school. Who knows?! Anything is possible! ha!
All that to say – I am so excited for this new season and I am really very happy with my purchases. I honestly can’t believe I got to partner with Academy again – this has been such a dream brand to work with because I spend so much time shopping there anyway. If you know me in real life, you have probably already heard me talking about the store and all my best finds. So thank you Academy for making this post come to life but really – thank you for having things that all my kids love. They love the way they look and how they feel in their things and I’m super excited to see those things play a role in this next big season!