Are you stocked up for back to school?

No worries, I wasn’t either. Take heart, you still have plenty of time!

Traditionally our family goes school shopping after the kids are well back into their school year. Not on purpose, of course. It just seems to work out that way due to our schedules. But this year was different. This year we paid attention and managed to hit the stores at the perfect time.

(In case you aren’t aware, Maryland kicked off it’s annual Tax Free Shopping Week on Sunday. A 6% sales-tax savings? Yes, please!)

So the hubby and I took the boys out to the Westfield Annapolis Mall to prepare them for their upcoming 7th and 8th grade school year. We’d never been there before and I was a bit apprehensive going in but let me tell you….it was the absolute perfect choice for a tween/teen shopping trip!

Not surprisingly, my boys are not huge shoppers. They usually beg to be released from the task. But this location made it a pleasure. Not only were there tons of stores to choose from (Vans, Children’s Place, Marbles, Gap Kids, Quicksilver, PB Teen, H & M and tons more) but there were great activities as well. The family amenities made me jealous. Why weren’t they around when my kiddos were younger? Between the play yard, Zbounce and free babysitting – a mom can get way more accomplished than in the past.

 Shopping at Westfield Annapolis

Indulge me for a moment? I would like to take a moment to gush about the food court we visited. From what I understand it is a recent addition to the building adding a second location for shoppers to munch. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it in a mall. It was more like an upscale eatery than a “food court.” The ambiance was incredible and the aquariums located in the space were impressive. (Apparently Tanked was filmed there.) A tip – try the bruchetta pizza from Squisito Pizza & Pasta. You won’t regret it!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the bargains, by the way. We were on a limited budget for the boys but managed to outfit them head to toe this week for a fraction of what we expected. The savings, plus the variety made this mom very, very happy!

We left with a week’s worth of outfits, full bellies and two tween boys asking to come back.  (I call that success!)


  • A huge hit at the Westfield Mall are the Back-to-School prizes. There is a cool locker display (by Crate & Barrell) where you have the opportunity to literally win a prize on the spot.  (The promotion runs through August 17th) All you have to do is text ANNAPOLIS  to receive a code. You then enter your code at the lockers and see if you are a winner. You can win tons of prizes including backpacks, supplies and even an iPad mini!
  • If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, I’m sure this will -> Annapolis Westfield Mall has a Facebook promotion going on right now for folks to get a chance to win a $1,000 Back to School gift card! I don’t know about you but I could certainly use that opportunity. (I know, right?)


Disclosure:  I am working with Westfield on their Back to School program. All opinions are my own and yes, we will be back to shop often!