Back-to-School Guide: 18 Pieces to Mix and Match

Have you seen our style guide? One of the reasons that we created The Boy’s Store was to bring awesome style to the boys of the world. Mainly the boys in YOUR world.

We know that boy style seems to be forgotten in the midst of shopping. Boys love to look good just like their girl counterparts, but they may not always have the choices that girls have.

The Boy’s Store seeks to change that with new style options every day. This back-to-school season you can find so many different styles for your boys. Style can mean different things to different people. So finding items that can be mixed and matched is a huge help.

This mix and match style hack is perfect for boys heading back to school. Check out how easily these 18 pieces flow together, separately, and with other items. Our style blog adds new items all the time. Your boys will love the ideas and ensembles that are highlighted so be sure to check it out.

Right now you can find many of these items in our store. So go check them out now!

First Day of School Photo Ideas

Are your kids starting school this month? Why not commemorate the day with a fun back-to-school photo? Many parents are getting super crafty with all of the first day photos. You may or may not be a super crafty parent. But we are going to give you some incredible tips that will help you to get that super-crafty first day at school photo without a lot of work.

Check out theses fun and simple ideas:

You can even try chalkboards for a quick and interchangeable look every year:

 

Simple Dinners: Summer Garden Meals

My summer garden has been very productive this year. I have tomatoes coming out of my ears! I love tomatoes, and so do my kids. So I try to incorporate them in to a lot of my meals. However, during part of the summer my niece and nephew were visiting and they are not huge fans of tomatoes. So I had to try and use them in a way that would make them still want to eat. They love spaghetti, so I thought of making that and using my tomatoes to make sauce. But it is still so hot here and I hate to be int he kitchen using the stove for so long. So instead I found this amazing summer fresh-tomato spaghetti recipe by Martha Stewart that actually impressed everyone in my house.

What You Will Need:

  • 2 1/4 pounds unrefrigerated ripe tomatoes 
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti or spaghettini
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

What You Will Do:

  1. Finely chop tomatoes, basil, parsley, and garlic, and mix together with oil (or pulse ingredients, including oil, in a food processor to blend).

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and toss it in a serving bowl with the raw sauce. Transfer to 6 shallow bowls, and drizzle with oil. Serve with cheese.

    This dish gave that perfect little taste of Italy without the heat of the stove in my kitchen. It was great for a quick meal, and it used up a LOT of my tomatoes. My niece and nephew even sat there and ate their entire bowls. We added some bread to the side and the kids used their bread to pick up what was left of their tomatoes. It was a perfect night.