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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The summer holidays are flying by and if you haven't quite finished your back to school shopping by now, like me, you may be panicking. Here are a few examples of back to school handy items from some of our favourite brands. 

One of my biggest issues with school is that I spend a fortune on school uniform for the children at the start of each year and by the end of week one, I have the dreaded stained white polo shirts. It doesn't matter how smart Elsie is sent into school in the morning, she will come home filthy each day without a doubt. I don't mind though as long as I can get them clean again. I would definitely recommend stocking up on stain removal products early on and use them for all of your white washes to keep the school shirts looking clean and fresh for longer. I have recently been trying ACE stain removal products and am impressed so far but I will keep you updated on whether they work long-term! They are available to buy at Tesco’s, Morrison’s, The Range, Wilko, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and prices start from just £2 each. 

Gracie is just going into Year 4 at school and it is the first year that she is encouraged to take her own pencil case and stationery into school. I remember choosing my pencil cases each year and it being so exciting seeing what everyone else had on the first day of school. Also lunch boxes are exactly the same, my younger two still get free school meals due to their age but Gracie has packed lunches and again gets to choose her lunchbox for the year. Smiggle is THE place for young children to go for a back to school shopping spree. They have absolutely everything you could ever possibly need and more from bags to individual stationery items.

Staying hydrated is so important so I do try to make sure my children remember to take a water bottle to school each day. I like to buy them nice ones each to encourage them to actually remember them. We are all big Harry Potter fans in our house and I love this aluminium drinks bottle, it has the Hogwarts crest on one side and a Gryffindor Quidditch symbol on the other (as seen above). I would definitely use this myself but Zach has claimed it as his. You can look at the range of aluminium drink bottles from GB Posters here. They do some really cool ones (I want an AC/DC one!) and I have been told there will be more added shortly including this Harry Potter one. 

These BIC Gel-o-city quick dry gel pens have been added to Gracie's pencil case ready for school. Now that she has her pen license, she can use pens at school and I thought these would be great for any poster making activities etc. that she might have. The fact that they are quick drying means she won't end up with smudges all over her work and the small tip means that they will be nice and neat in comparison to felt tip pens. They are available to buy from most major retailers. 

Something that I often buy for school is handy pocket packs of tissues. Especially in the winter months, I like to make sure the children have a packet either in their bag or coat pocket so they are accessible on the school runs or at break time. You can buy multipacks of these Kleenex pocket tissues at most major supermarkets at a reasonable price. 

*These items were gifted in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own.