Back To School Essentials

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Summer is almost over and it is time to make sure you have everything organised for back to school. We are in our last week of the holiday's and I am on a mission to be prepared this year. I have found it is not just uniform to get ready this year but with Gracie starting Reception, and therefore starting full days for the first time, I seem to have so many extra things to get in preparation. I also have Zach starting pre-school and spending time away from me for the first time and so I have two of most things to buy. I thought I would share a few great back to school products that we have either been sent or have bought ourselves.

Stationery



This really cute Disney Princess Stationery set from Disney Store is a great back to school kit for young girls. I find just going to school really inspires Gracie to come home and practice what she has learnt and the folder and book will be really handy for holding any of her 'work'. She also likes to have a pencil case in her school bag for if she goes to either a friends house or a member of family picks her up and takes her to their house. The set contains Folder, notebook, pencil case, sharpener, rubber, ruler/stencil, scissors, highlighter, 3 x pencils. The set costs £10.95 and is available from www.disneystore.co.uk or in selected Disney Stores.

Lunchbox



This super cool Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron super hero lunch bag, also from Disney Store, was chosen by Zach as his lunch bag of choice for lunch club which he will attend a few times a week once he has settled at pre-school. Zach loves his superheroes with Iron Man being his favourite at the moment and he is already excited to take his lunch to school to show off  his cool bag. It has an insulated inside and a front zip pocket. The Age of Ultron lunch bag costs £10.95 and is available from www.disneystore.co.uk or selected Disney Stores.

Water Bottle



This year Gracie has to take her own water bottle with her to drink out of through the day. I am not a fan of most children's sports bottles as I find them hard to clean thoroughly. This BRITA Fill & Go water filter bottle is easy to use and easy to clean. It is used with a filter disc to ensure her water is as clean tasting as possible. I love filtered water and how refreshing it is. Gracie's BRITA Fill & Go has a pink trim on the lid and mouthpiece which I really like. It   is also distinct enough for Gracie to recognise it as hers (although I will be sure to label it anyway). The BRITA Fill & Go comes with 4 discs and recommend you change your filter once a week to ensure your water is well filtered. It costs £14.99 and is available at www.brita.co.uk

School Bags



One of the biggest school essentials. This year I let both of the kids choose their own school bags. 

Gracie insisted on a My Little Pony bag. Luckily, Asda have two different My Little Pony bags available in their back to school range at the moment and Gracie chose the backpack style which I think is really cute and very much Gracie's style. I was surprised that it was only £7, as I had budgeted around £10 each for school bags meaning we were both very pleased with this bag!

Zach's bag we came across by chance. He is a huge Star Wars fan and whilst shopping in B&M we came across this retro Star Wars messenger style bag which he spotted straight away. As Zach will need to take spare clothes etc to school with him, the large size of the bag is perfect for what he needs and will probably last him a few years! Now I can't remember whether this bag was £8.99 or £9.99 but it was under £10 again.

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20 comments

  1. I can see the Marvel and the Star Wars ones being very popular in our house too.

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    1. Yes they seem to be very popular with the boys! Although Gracie is a huge fan of both too and is a little bit jealous of Zach now.

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  2. Oh wow!! that little pony bag !! I think I might need to buy that for my eldest xx

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    1. I know it is really cool isn't it! In fact she took it to London yesterday and I wasn't embarrassed when I ended up wearing it! Haha

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  3. The cartoon school bags are nice. School bags are getting better and better!

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    1. They really are! I don't remember them being a big deal when I was at school it was pencil cases for us which is probably the reason for my stationery obsession.

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  4. The Marvel stuff would be much loved here as well!

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    1. Yeah the lunch box went down very well with Zach. He is so pleased with it!

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  5. Both the Marvel & Star Wars would have gone down well with my son when he was in school - me, I'd take the Disney Princesses!!

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    1. aww yes the princess stationery is lovely and great quality like you would expect from Disney Store. I would totally have some myself too. Gracie and Zach are big lovers of Star Wars and Marvel, I am quite lucky they love everything I do!

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  6. I love the Star Wars bag. My kids all have to have the school's own bags, bottles and lunch bags. It saves having to shop around but I bet they'd like something a little different.

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    1. Ah I understand why schools do that but I love that ours doesn't. We don't have to buy anything with logos unless we want to though so we shop around the cheap nice uniforms and manage to save enough to let them have whatever bags etc. they want. Which is great as my kids are so different to others their age and I try to encourage their individuality by letting them choose :)

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  7. Now those are some awesome looking back to school essentials, loving the Marvel bits. x

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  8. Eliza would love the MLP bag - think it may have to go on her Christmas wishlist

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  9. Love the start wars and Avengers lunchboxes. We love MArvel here

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  10. I love that my little pony bag! fab!

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  11. Ella bought the same school bag for herself with her birthday money this year :)

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  12. I was informed by another mum at the school gate this morning that they're supposed to have pencil cases this year!! Eek better get one of those pronto.

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  13. I'm loving the Marvel bag. We have a bit of a marvel theme going on in this house at the moment and that would fit in perfectly

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  14. It's always tricky to get the design and style of a school bag right. My son always wants the Marvel one and I have to explain that it needs to be the right bag to fit all his bits in as well as have the right picture!

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