That time I spent 3 hours Back to School shopping at Justice (and a Giveaway!) #LiveJustice

When I got the email, I sat back for a good 15 minutes. I was like “Do I tell her?” (the her being my older daughter). Do I surprise her? Am I brave enough to to do this?

Before I could contemplate further I called her over and said “So. How would like to work on a post with Mommy? Justice asked if we would like to go do some Back to School shopping at their store and you can choose some cool new things from…”

I was interrupted by some Mariah Carey high octave screaming and jumping up and down which was then matched by her little sister.

If you’re reading this going “What’s Justice?” because you are a first time parent whose little toddler daughter is still into all things Princess and thinking whatever is behind your kitchen cupboards are the coolest things to play with, just you wait.

You will be indoctrinated into the Club that is Justice Clothing in the future.

It is inevitable that your sweet little chubby legged ball of cuteness will come home from school one day and ask “Can we shopping at Justice? “So and so” got the cutest t-shirt and notebook from there and can we, please? Go? Today? Maybe?” and will not drop the subject until you drive her there.

How do I explain Justice? Colourful. Extremely colourful. Brighter than a neon rainbow. Filled with all of the stuff that you wish you had as a child but never did and will now look with envy at the wardrobe and school supply selection that your own kids get. I think I had a Muppet Babies lunchbox and my clothing options were whatever green or burgundy corduroy pants that were available.

Taking them there however, will also make you Parent of the Year. We had Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Their imaginary yellow brick road leads to Justice. And because there is no place like home, get comfy because you will not be leaving that store for a good 3 hours after you step into it.

Maybe never.

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Because you walk inside and it’s head to toe, wall to wall, eye candy.

Clothing. Athletic wear. Gymnastic wear. Fun graphic tees. And endless school and home decor supplies.

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There are 3 things my older daughter loves the most right now aside from Minecraft like every other preteen.

Unicorns. Paris. And Emojis.

It’s like they made the store for her dream shopping selection.

Exhibit A. Unicorns.

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Exhibit B. Paris.

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Exhibit C. Emojis.

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Paris and Unicorns.

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See? Unicorns and positive messaging. I like this. You ARE better than unicorns and sparkles combined. Damn straight.

At some point, most likely an hour into this browsing session, it was time to try on clothing. It was all casual until my younger daughter realized that she could try on anything she wanted to and actually got to take her top selections home.

Well. Then it was like pandora’s box opened up.

Mind you she barely got out of those leggings. They came home with us because she adored them so much. I would love to tell you I have 1000 photos of all the stuff she tried on but I was too busy being buried in it and helping the really (and I mean REALLY) great staff help us with putting things back and vice versa.

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Back to my preteen, she loved this Activity Tracker.

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And of course…

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So. Many. Unicorns. And emojis.

No I am just kidding. Really. It’s been, what’s the word I am looking for, bittersweet and yet exciting to watch my older daughter grow into her own identity and develop her own tastes. The whole point of this experience and shopping together at Justice was to let her choose her own clothing. The days of when I had a say in what she would wear are long gone as it’s become really obvious the stuff I would have chosen for her was so not what she would want to wear (like a pair of amazing jeans I found and she was like nope. Leggings and comfy pants!).

Letting her have a say in her own style is important because I remember wearing clothing I didn’t want to wear and it hindered my confidence in so many ways. Justice is very passionate about celebrating each girls individual style that makes them unique. Their motto is Live Justice and what that encompasses is that they believe that girls can change the world. That they are fearless and strong. And that their customers – the girls who shop there and influence them – are the center of everything they do.

And I have to say, Justice’s customer service, the girls in the store who helped us are some of the best we’ve experienced. Every time we’ve been in there, they’ve gone above and beyond and they’re always so gracious and fun to chat with. They also have far more patience than I do as a mother. Shhh…

Fast forward to oh approx 3 hours later (not kidding – they have these great couches for parents to sit on by the way, while your children try on clothing) we left with a good haul and Unicorns. Though I don’t know what that has to do with Back to School but really, you can’t leave without the Unicorn. You know that scene in that movie with the toy unicorn? Yeah it was reenacted.

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What Justice doesn’t know is that this week – the day I am posting this actually – is my now 9 year old’s birthday. So I just want to say Thank You to Justice for allowing us to not only have this great Back to School shopping experience together but also for providing one heck of a Birthday present for her. Where were you when I was 9?!

Did I mention that they also have a great collection of Birthday party planning swag? Oh yes.

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Here is the final list of what my girls went home with and their favourite pieces from the collection:

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1 – Avery Top / 2 – Kaylie Striped Top with Unicorns / 3 – Kaylie Ice Cream Top / 4 – Kaylie Unicorn and Emoji Top / 5 – Go For It Activity Tracker

6 – Emoji Sweatpants / 7 -Printed leggings / 8 – Emoji leggings  / 9 – Rhinestone Emoji Eternity Scarf / 10 – Metallic Plush Unicorn

But what fun is us having our own shopping experience if YOU can’t have one too?

Well, Justice has been so wonderful that they are giving one lucky reader a chance to win a $100 Gift Card to spend on their own Back to School shopping experience! Enter in the Rafflecopter Below. Contest opens to Canadian Residents over the age 18. Contest closes Sept 1, 2016 at midnight. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  • Reply
    August 25, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I know how you feel. I also have a tween and when she is in Justice she will go back and forth just thinking about what to pick. She love the pajamas because they are so comfy and she loves the “cute” designs, too. She is not into glitters now but rocks the prints.

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    Lynne Knowlton
    August 25, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Unicorns make everything better 🙂 LOVING the big grins on the girls faces! xo

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    Crystal McLeod
    August 25, 2016 at 10:34 am

    We’ve yet to make the back to school trek to our local Justice, but it’s in the plans. I envision so many emoji things coming home 😉

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    Jamie Bertrand
    August 25, 2016 at 10:35 am

    my daughter loves the bright and colourful stuff, i dont think id be able to take her willingly out of the store, lol

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    Sue F
    August 25, 2016 at 10:41 am

    My girls love #LiveJustice the store helps them bring out everything they love in there style

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    Monique L.S.
    August 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

    My daughter encompasses #LiveJustice because she is a sensitive, compassionate girl who likes to befriend all, and enjoys helping out the younger children and including them as well.

    She loves a colourful wardrobe, so would find many things to purchase at Justice.

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    Florence C
    August 25, 2016 at 10:55 am

    My granddaughter love shopping the for the tshirts. #LiveJustice.

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    Karen E. Hill
    August 25, 2016 at 10:58 am

    My Granddaughter embodies #Justice by being the life of the party wherever she is. She is bubbly, loves colour and is effusive about EVERYTHING. Chatterbox is her pet name. Why, what, when is her motto!

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    jay nelson
    August 25, 2016 at 10:59 am

    I have two girls who both #LiveJustice. They have a different style-identity, but both can find what they love at Justice. I am very impressed with their bathing suits and the back straps which do not slide off their shoulders and with their slim sized pants/shorts.

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    Lindsay T
    August 25, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Your daughter looks like she’s on top of the world 🙂
    My girls embody #LiveJustice because they’re friendly and always willing to help out others. They also love bright colours & sparkly things!

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    August 25, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Okay, this post is fantastic! I love those beaming faces! You guys obviously had a great time!

    How does my kid embody Justice? Well, she’s a sweet and kindhearted soul. And she would be THRILLED to get to have a Back to School shopping spree there. Emojis for days!

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    Judy Cowan
    August 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    My niece loves #LiveJustice, she is quite the little fashionista and can always find what she wants in there. I am sure she would go crazy for the unicorn items right now!

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    Diana Corlett
    August 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    My granddaughter has a firm idea of what constitutes fashionable…and so much that fits the category can be found at Justice! #LiveJustice

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    Nancy T
    August 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    I have 2 girls that #LiveJustice and when they’re not in their school uniforms that’s what they’re wearing. To gymnastics, figure skating and dance Justice fits them and all their activities.

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    Alison Braidwood
    August 25, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I have three nieces under the age of 5 (4, 3, and 9 months), who are all feisty go-getters. The older two love pink, ponies, and anything glitter. They’d go nuts in this store. And I’d be a popular auntie if I won them a spree :0

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    August 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    My niece loves justice!! I can’t wait for my little girl to fit!!

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    Jeannie Lam
    August 25, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    My niece #LiveJustice because she has a unique sense of style and she’s confidence and proud of being unique.

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    August 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    My daughters are two very different people they #LiveJustice , they both get to be who they truly are shopping at Justice . I love it !!!

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    August 25, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I am a Justice virgin. Up until now it’s been children’s place and old navy. But my daughter is now at an age where these clothes appeal to her so I think we will make the trip out to Justice! She is a leggings kind of girl and from what I can tell from your posted pics this place we will be right up her alley!

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    Darlene W
    August 25, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I have two granddaughters who wouldn’t stop giggling upon entering the store and they would be in their glory choosing anything with Pink in it #LiveJustice both of these girls are volunteer at their schools helping younger children with their reading

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    August 25, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I have 2 girls that #LiveJustice. They love everything in the store and it’s so hard to get them out. You know that you can pick anything from the store and made an awesome decision.

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    August 26, 2016 at 7:44 am

    My daughter is unique and strong. She does things on her own terms which is challenging now, but will serve her well in the future.

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    Victoria Ess
    August 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

    She loves picking out her own clothes!

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    BobbiJo Pentney
    August 26, 2016 at 10:32 am

    When my daughter goes into justice she feels so at ease putting her own styles together.

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    April P
    August 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Lacey loves Justice! We’re there ALL the time. LOL

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    Jennifer Flores (@ramblingreno)
    August 26, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Oh man, I can’t show Chloe this blog post or I won’t hear the end of it. She #LiveJustice in that no matter how many cute jeans or practical long sleeve tops mom picks out for her, she confidently sports her own blend of Paris tops and everything colourful.

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    August 26, 2016 at 11:53 am

    My kiddo is unique and sparkly, she looks like a walking Justice store!

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    Christine Murray
    August 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Great giveaway. thank you for the chance to win.

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    Julie bolduc
    August 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    My daughter brings it by wearing bright colours from justice

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    August 27, 2016 at 12:42 am

    I would love to win so I could donate the gift card to the charity I work with — maybe we could raffle it off so it could support our work with children!

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    Bethany Aubin
    August 27, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    I have three daughters and this sure would come in handy 🙂

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    August 28, 2016 at 1:41 am

    My girl is so bubbly and fun and these clothes show that perfectly! Awesome.

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    Robyn Bellefleur
    August 29, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    My daughter #LiveJustice by using her confidence as a social butterfly.

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    Tammy Dalley
    August 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    My niece loves to rock all the beautiful colors

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    Yuen C
    August 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    She #LiveJustice by choosing colourful and cute outfits!

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    Julia Gabriel
    August 31, 2016 at 10:20 am

    My middle daughter #LiveJustice by being a peacemaker in our family.

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    Nicolthepickle (@Nicolthepickle)
    August 31, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    My Daughter shows it by being herself and styling everything her own way. #LiveJustice

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    Caryn Coates
    August 31, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    My daughter #LiveJustice by being her colourful, confident self 🙂

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    August 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    My girls love #LiveJustice the store it’s such a wonderful confidence booster when you have nice clothing

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    August 31, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    She is #LiveJustice because she is unique and is always trying out new looks! (Suzi)

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