Starting School Essentials


I can hardly believe how fast time has flown by and that Blake will be starting primary school next month. We are nearly all sorted with all the bits we need for him and so I am sharing with you the essentials for starting school. This post features a mixture of items we have purchased ourselves and items with a * were kindly  gifted to us for the purpose of this post.

The uniform can be expensive however we are lucky that we only needed a few items that have the school logo on (jumper, pe bag and book bag). The rest of Blake's uniform: polo shirt, trousers, plain white t-shirt, PE shorts and socks we all got from Asda. Supermarkets are great for cheap school uniform pieces and we opted with Asda on the reccomendation of a friend.

Another pricey item and definitely an item we've spent the most on. We opted to go to Clark's as we've always got Blake shoes from there. The shoes in particular we went for are funnily enough called Blake Street and look great quality so I'm really hoping they will last.

New Coat
We currently don't need a new coat for Blake. However when he does we will be popping into our local supermarket as we've never had any issues with supermarket coats before.

*Pencil case and Stationery
Smiggle are a great company that sell many back to school products. Smiggle are known for their fun and quirky stationery that are in bright and colourful designs. Smiggle have some great pencil case and stationery options for back to school. 

If you are looking for a regular water bottle with a funky design Smiggle is the place to go. Or if you are wanting a personalised design than giftpup sell a range of different designs of aluminium bottles. This moon and stars design is perfect for Blake.

Blake is only doing part time at school to begin with and when he moves on to full time school we are hoping to do school meals to get him more into trying new foods. However it's handy to have a lunch box just incase. Smiggle do a wonderful range including stacking box ones like the one below to give you an idea.

A backpack is definitely an essential for keeping all your childs school bits together. Ours is again from Smiggle and is the Royal blue design. Smiggle have so many different designs including travel bags on wheels so definitely check out their selection. 

*Name lables
Once you have all your child/rens school bits together than you must label them. To make labelling items much easier Bright Star Kids sell label packs. In the designer school labels pack you'll get a mixture of stick on labels, iron on clothing labels, subject labels and shoes labels. Bright star kids also sell handy custom bag tags  that are incredibly durable and waterproof.

*Snacks and drinks
Because children come out of school ravenous taking a snack and a drink for them when they come out is a good idea. These granola bars from MadeGood have launched in the UK recently and they are the FIRST EVER totally allergen free granola snack bar. They not just perfect snack for after school but are ideal for lunch boxes too. There are 3 different flavours: chocolate chip, chocolate banana and mixed berry which are sold in Asda.

As for drinks Get More Vits sell a range of flavoured water that have the daily dose of vitamins needed aswell as keeping your child hydrated.  Even better is that they are also sugar free.

* Kleenex pocket tissues

Popping a pack of pocket tissues in your childs bag as well as in your own is a good idea. Kids catch all sorts of bugs so you will probably find you are dealing with snotty noses often. You may also need them yourself on your childs first day of school I know I will.

* Headlice products

It’s probably inevitable that your child may catch nits at some point. So it's handy to have some emergency treatment in the cupboard just in case. Hedrin all in one shampoo and Hedrin protect and go spray have been shown to be effective at killing headlice along with their nit combs. 


My Little World | Encouraging Children's Creativity


When out and about especially when travelling to see family we need to find ways to distract Blake from the long journey. My Little World who we recently came across have created little imaginative sets for children that are ideal for those times. 

All you need is a pair of scissors as the set comes with everything else you need. The sets are aimed at children aged 5 years and over and as Blake is close to that age they are the right age range for him. There are 6 different sets to choose from and each set retails at £4.99.

Each of the sets come packaged in cardboard with a pack of 12 colouring pencils as well as a range of sheets with different buildings, vehicles and characters for your child to colour and cut out. The fun don't end there as once the sets are coloured in and cut out your child can have hours of fun playing.

I love how detailed the illustrations are and they are such a fun way for children to create different scenarios with.  The sets are also educational so children can learn something new too. The cards have little explanations of who the characters are and what they do.

For £4.99 I definitely feel you are getting your money's worth with these sets and fully reccomend them.

We were sent 4 of the sets and have kept 2 for Blake to enjoy and I've decided to giveaway the other 2 over on Facebook and Instagram so make sure you follow me if you fancy a chance of winning.

If you plan on ordering some sets yourself you are in luck as you can get 25% off by using code " Joanna" at the checkout.


World Calligraphy Day | Giveaway


Happy World Calligraphy Day! If you missed yesterday post than please have a read on ways you can be involved with #worldcalligraphyday and #SaySomethingSpecial.

What is World Calligraphy Day?

World Calligraphy Day celebrates the art of calligraphy, hand writing, or any way or putting pen to paper and writing something special.

This is the third World Calligraphy day. It began in 2017 as a celebration set up by the Pen Museum and Manuscript Pen Company. The Pen Museum is a museum that teaches the art of calligraphy and they set up a special event for World Calligraphy day. Manuscript Pen Company specialise in calligraphy products and run competitions to mark the day.

I've been given the chance to collaborate with them and have the opportunity for someone to win a set of Aquabrush markers and a practice pad so they can enjoy learning the art of calligraphy. 

To enter complete the rafflecopter below.

Terms and conditions
-To enter you must be 16 and over
- This competition will close on 21st August 2019  at 12.00am GMT
- The winner will be chosen at random and notified via email, twitter or facebook
- If the winner doesn't reply within 30 days another winner will be drawn
- The prize will be sent from Small Man Media

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