Tag: back to school

Back to School with Start-rite

*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with start-rite.

I think this is the shortest summer holiday little T has ever had and I can’t believe that she’ll be back in school next month.  I’m panicking a bit because there are still some activities I want to do with her.  We haven’t even gone camping yet, or learned how to ride the bike without stabilizers, or learned the “You are my sunshine” song in the ukulele yet.

And yes, I do know the summer holiday will end soon.  In fact, in spite the panic, we’re actually ready for it.  She already has new uniforms in time for next month and also has a pair of  new school shoes courtesy of Start-rite.  We got little T’s first ever pair of shoes from them.  My husband was very particular about this. He didn’t want to just buy just any pair of shoe from the shops.  He wanted her properly fitted and booted.  Yes, T and has a history with this particular shoe brand and we trust it.

For this year, T chose a classic Mary Janes style for her school-shoes.  If you’ve been following our little blog for some time now, you will know that my daughter is very sporty and just like any other six, going seven-year-old, she loves to skip and run around like a loony.

What we liked about the shoes:

  • The velcro.  Admittedly, T still hasn’t mastered tying her shoelace yet so a velcro strap is a big help for her.
  • We like the style and the leather.  As mentioned, we’ve been happy with Start-rite from the beginning and know that we are getting good quality shoes.
  • At £42.99 we think that the price is just right.  Might be pricier than other school shoes, but at least we know that we’re getting our money’s worth and know that it will last her long.

When it comes to school shoes my husband and I don’t really mind spending more for better quality shoes and as I’ve mentioned, T and start-rite have a good history together, we know that this will last her till at least next year.  I won’t be surprised if it even lasts longer than that.

As parents of young and active kids, it’s always best to spend a little bit more for good quality school shoes, isn’t it, especially if we know that it will last longer than most of the other brands.

What about you?

Are you a Start-rite parent too?

We are!

Back-to-School School Supplies with Smiggle

*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Smiggle

I know what you’re thinking, school hasn’t even ended yet.  But hey, what can I say?  My daughter is exactly like me who loves anything to do with stationary, coloured pens, and beautiful sparkly journals.  Personally, I prefer my journals not to be sparkly, but when you’re a six-year-old, I guess they prefer, one that glimmers.

I’m familiar with the brand Smiggle.  Who isn’t?  Go to any city centre and you’ll find a Smiggle shop filled with the brightest pens and everything your little one will need for school, or even just for their collection.  When the lovely people behind the brand got in touch and asked if T would like to sample some, I said yes of course.  And boy was she pleased when she opened the package which was addressed to her, she especially loves this very sparkly journal:

She spent hours just playing with the sequins alone.  By brushing across it with your fingers, you can actually change the design.  She quickly wrote her first entry down and I’m not kidding when I say that she actually slept with it.  That was how much she was pleased with this very sparkly journal from Smiggle.

She also had fun with this DIY pencil-case that has everything a child would need for school.  It has coloured felt-tip pens, a rubber, a ruler, a sharpener and scissors.

There was also a small little badge journal which smelt like candy.  T loves it! And of course, not to mention a letter T keychain which she quickly put on her backpack.  I was kinda hoping she’d save it for September, but did she listen to me?  Of course she didn’t.  When a child is that excited, you wouldn’t want to burst their bubble now would you?

Thank you Smiggle for making little T a happy bunny.

What about you?

Are you and your child crazy about stationary/school supplies too?

The List

School check list

I can’t believe the summer holidays will be over by Monday – T goes back to school as a Year 2 student.  How did that happen?  It seems like only yesterday she was a weepy little girl in reception and now she’s one of the “older kids”.

For the past couple of weeks or so, I’ve been ticking off my list of things to buy for T.  Thank goodness last year’s uniforms (most of them) still fit her since I always get a size bigger. I did buy her some new tops though, they always get really stained at the end of term.  I do envy those schools who have coloured tops instead of the classic white, at least the paint and ink stains won’t show so much.  Now if only they changed their tops to blue!  I wonder if parents can request that?

My word of the week is: List

The truth is, believe it or not, I’m not ready for T to go back to school just yet.  I want her to have another week or so with us.  She seems a bit indifferent about going back to school, neither excited nor disappointed that she’s going on Monday.

Now that school begins next week, in spite wanting more time with T, I’m actually read to hunker down for autumn, although if we were granted more lovely sunshiny weather of course, I’d still prefer that.

What about you?

Are you looking forward to your kids going back to school?

Are you ready for summer to end?

The Reading Residence

The School Countdown begins!

We’re back in Blightey folks!  As I type this I see grey clouds looming outside.  I’m wearing a cardi, leggings and wooly socks.  Not a pretty picture at all!

But anyway, back to reality!  And that is, the school countdown is about to begin.  Sigh.  The one good thing I was looking forward to was the parcel Debenhams had very kindly sent over to us for hosting the #backtoschool competition.   Little T had fun modelling her outfits, while I had fun taking photos of her.

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She looked so cute in the Debenham’s school set.  FYI, I didn’t tell her to pose that way, she did it on her own and didn’t have the heart to tell her not to!  Was worried about the size of the blouses, some reviews I read mentioned that they were too small for their daughters.  But it fit little T really well, leaving enough room to grow into.

Little T also has a lovely skater pinafore dress, a pair of boot-leg school trousers, a couple of new school skirts, school blouses, black tights, and for a change black socks instead of white.  While I’m not a big fan of the shoe brand, Sketchers – I chose their “Velocity Pouty” strap shoes because of its sporty look.  If your daughter is like mine who loves to run amok in the school-grounds, then best to choose something like this.

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And lastly, a school outfit isn’t complete (especially if you live in a “cold” country like England) without a winter-coat.  We chose this lovely J by Conran Designer girl’s navy quilted fleece coat.  Isn’t it the cutest?

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If you like what you see, there’s still time to join our Debenhams Back-to-School Competition.  The deadline is on Saturday, midnight, 6th of September.  C’mon folks, what are you waiting for?

For parents with school-age children, are you all set for school too?  As for the rest, did you have a good summer vacation like we did?  Do tell!

Disclaimer:  Debenhams very kindly sent us the items shown in the photos and mentioned in the above post for hosting the Back-to-school competition.

Blast from the Past: A Debenhams Back-to-school Competition

What were you like as a primary schooler?  Were you shy or were you one of the kids whom everyone liked?

Like little T, I too was shy. But my mother said I also had the most infectious laugh, now whether I shared this with my friends in school, I have no idea.  And like T, I also would go to school impeccably dressed in my uniform and like my little one, go home from school looking absolutely disheveled.

I wish I had a photo to share with you.  But the problem with living and moving two continents in less than a decade, you tend to downsize your personal belongings and sadly, that included sacrificing personal stuff like old photographs. Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking now, but photos nowadays are stored on your laptop, phone, online or yes, the cloud!

But not in my days.  When I was a school girl, we stored photographs in family albums.  We went  to the shop to have them printed out and if memory serves me right, it took about a day or two before the prints were ready.  Remember those days?

Anyway, summer is about to end which means, for those who are parents, school is about to begin again.  Yes, it’s that maddening time of the year, you know that rush to buy all our children’s school needs in time before school starts, uniforms, school-shoes, jumpers and all that malarkey.

So in connection with that, as much as I’d love to share with you an old photograph of myself, I’m sharing instead, one of my dear husband as an adorably cute 5-year-old school boy.  In about three days, my little T will be the same age as her dad in the photo below:

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Why is he wearing a coat, mum?  Asks T.

It’s not a coat, sweetie.  It’s a school blazer. 

We have a school jumper!  Says T.

Do you like your dad’s old uniform?

Yes!  He looks smart!  She says skipping off to play Minion Rush.

Our little family is still on holiday, but didn’t want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to host my ever first competition on this blog.  Please support me!  So for those of you who have school-aged children and haven’t had the chance to complete your list of things-to-buy for your kids, this might just be your chance to tick off that list courtesy of Debenhams Back-to-School-Competition.  They’ve got a lovely range of school items for you to choose from.

Here’s how you can join:

  •  Post an old school photo of yourself (be it a class photo, school disco or even sports day), tell us what your child thinks of it and how they would recreate it using at least 5 items from Debenhams kids-wear.
  • To enter comment the post URL onto one of the host’s competition pages (that’s me, so you can comment here) and email it to bloggers@debenhams.com
  • Open to UK residents only.

Prizes:

  • Top 10 bloggers will win a £50 Debenhams voucher each AND each host will choose their favourite who will also win up to £100 to spend on kids’ clothes and accessories. This means we’re offering entrants TEN chances to share an £800 prize!  

The most creative post wins!

What about you?  What were you like as a primary school student?  Do share your photos and this is your chance to win every single school item your child will need for school.  However, if you’re one of those super-organised mothers who always get everything done way before anything starts.  See this as an opportunity to top-up whatever item your child might need, perhaps, a lovely new raincoat, winter-coat which might be a little bit too pricey for your budget, this is your chance to get it, without spending anything, but sharing a lovely memory with us!  FYI, I’m hosting this competition together with two other lovely bloggers:  Yellow Days and The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock n Roll Mum.

What are you guys waiting for? Unearth those adorable photos of yourself as a child and write a post about it and who knows, you might just win lovely items from Debenhams Back-to-school range!

COMPETITION ENDS AT MIDNIGHT SUNDAY. THE 6TH OF SEPTEMBER.

Plenty of time to find those adorable photos of you as a school girl or boy.  Once again, if you’re too shy to share your picture, you can also choose one of your husband/wife or partner (as long as you ask permission! 😉

DISCLAIMER:  This post is a collaboration with Debenhams.  Please click here, for more information about the terms and conditions of the Back-to-School competition. Debenhams will be responsible for the provision of prizes. I received items of school uniform in return for hosting this competition.