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27
Dec

Five New Year’s Eve celebration essentials

2020 is looming and we’re all gearing up to celebrate the New Year in different ways. Some of us have cosy nights in with the TV countdown planned, while others are hosting a party, and the braver ones are seeing in the new year while out on the town. Whatever your plans, we’ve got it covered with a range of essentials to suit all.

3,2,1…

Get Glitzed Up

Whether you’re out, out or chilling at home, New Year celebrations call for glam. Go all out with a sparkly dress and full on make-up, or simply go for tasteful face and body glitter. And guys, don’t forget the smart shirt and ties. 2020 deserves smartness!

Grab the party gear

Staying in with the kids and friends? You need games in your life! Whether it’s a board game, karaoke machine or a cool imaginative way to play, it’ll create great memories, even if the little ones do fall asleep before the clock strikes 12. Going out? You can’t go wrong with fun party kit, feather boa or fake glasses anyone?

Eat and go

If you’re hosting a dinner party, the last thing you want to wake up to first thing in 2020 is dirty dishes. Make it easy for yourself and pick up disposable plates, cups and cutlery that can be easily popped into the recycling bin. Oh, and while you’re at it, let’s not forget the glitter confetti for the table. Want to go all out? Light up New Year with candles. They’re great for creating an ambient mood.

Fancy Food

Whether you’re entertaining or going around to friends for dinner, food is a must. Save yourself the hassle of sweating over a hot oven and pick up a range of party food. From the simple sausage rolls to canapes, you’ll be host or guest with the most when these come out. Going out, out? You don’t have to miss out. Pre-cook this grub to have when you get back. Post-midnight feast anyone?

Dress (your table) to impress

If you’re hosting a dinner party, then you want your table to be dressed suitably. Grab table decorations and party poppers for the kids (and adults). Want to go all out? Light up New Year with designer candles. They’re great for creating an ambient mood.

So, there you go guys. Our sweet and simple New Year’s Eve essentials. Have a great one!

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Sports Direct:

Golddigga Sequin Dress Ladies – £12.00

 

Sports Direct:

Pierre Cardin Tipped Polo Shirt Mens – £10.00

Boots

Collection Glam Crystals Face & Body Glitter – £3.99

Tesco

Easy Entertaining Vol Au Vent Selection – £12.00

20
Dec

Sustainable and eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas

Wow, there’s not long left until we’re excitedly ripping open presents… anyone else counting down or is that just us?

But, if you’re a last-minute shopper still looking for a Christmas gift, don’t panic, we’ve got it all in hand, with our pick of sustainable and eco-friendly gift ideas. Trust us, you’ll do good, and feel good when you grab one of these!

Here we go…

Take a trip to the charity shop

Ok, we’ve started this one simply, because let’s face it, when it comes to giving things back, this is a no brainer. We’re huge fans of charity shops, where you can find nearly new items, retro wonders and of course a range of wares such as cards and fair trade items. It just takes a little bit of digging, but we think this makes that gift so much more special.

Plant the seeds of love

Know someone who has it all? We know they can be tricky Christmas gift customers. So, give them a gift that grows with them. Literally! Whether it’s a seed gift set that can be planted and looked after, or a book on gardening, we love this green and eco-friendly gift idea!

Very Vegan

Ok, this is more one for the ethically minded person, but we like to think there’s something there that channels the eco-friendly part too . Thankfully, this ethos has moved on greatly with a whole host of items now being vegan friendly, so whether it’s a vegan leather bag, beauty gift set or purse, we’ve got you covered. Oh, and don’t forget all the edible treats too…

Wooden Wonders Wooden toys. We had them when we were little and they’ve stood the test of time, making their way onto our little one’s wish lists too. However, what has changed since we were playing with that wooden train set all those years ago, is the way that they are made. Many wooden toys are now made from recycled wood in sustainable ways, meaning they make a great sustainable gift. Just look for toys made from FSC-certified forests. And, since they last the test of time, they can be handed down from sibling to sibling… We like to think that’s a green bonus too!

Bring on biodegradable

Did you know? Our landfills are full of plastic that will take thousands of years to decompose. So, this Christmas don’t add to the pile. There’s now a whole host of cool biodegradable kit coming into play. From bamboo home decor which decompose naturally, to biodegradable toys and even reusable cloth tote bags. Why not make a hamper of these awesome products or, pick just one.

Bin the bottles One Christmas gift we’ve got firmly on our wish list is a stainless-steel water bottle. Not only do they look cool, but they’re also a great way to stop that plastic from piling up. Take the lead and give one of these as a gift. Or, make it a cheeky little stocking filler!

So there we go guys, a way to be sustainable and eco-friendly this Christmas. We hope you have a great one, but before you go here’s our pick of our fave products below.

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Boots

Gold Collagen Vegan 10 Day Programme – £37.00

Boots

Tisserand Aromatherapy Little Wellbeing Wonders Mini Mood Mist Collection – £15.00

WH Smiths

Vegan Made Easy- £7.00

 

British Heart Foundation Shops

Stainless Steel Reusable Water Bottle – £12.99

29
Nov

Five ways to get festive with friends and family

Christmas. It’s a time for friends, family and we’re going to throw it in there – pets too. In fact, if you can’t be social at Christmas when can you be?

We’ve already given you some fab gifting ideas (just hit back to take a read) and now we thought we’d give you a few hints and tips on how to really embrace that festive friends and family time. So, here we go…Brace yourselves!

1. Get to a Grotto

Hey, did you know? You don’t have to travel all the way to London to wow your little ones. In fact, Santa is probably closer than you think. Word on the street (well, the elves) is that he’s taken residence in a range of local shopping centres. So do your research. The pros, you’ll pay a reasonable price to see the Big Man without having to drag your little poppets on trains and in cars and we’re pretty confident you’ll love the visit as much as the kids.

2. Join in the Christmas Carols

Nothing says Christmas more than hearing those festive songs and hey, they’re so much better live. Again, there’s a range of places you can take your friends and family to watch these. Check out listings of local churches, The Salvation Army, council events or, your local shopping centre. Yup, they’re on demand this year!

3. Liven up with the lights

What’s better than seeing all the festive lights? And the great thing about this? They’re everywhere! From the crazy displays in people’s front gardens to shopping centres. And, it doesn’t have to take up all your time. Just a walk through the town watching these twinkle is a great way to get into the festive vibe. Bring your bestie, have a look and then grab a coffee or mooch round the shops. We can’t think of anything better to get bonding this Christmas season!

4. See a Christmas film or Panto

Home Alone, Love Actually or Elf. Whatever takes your fancy, you got it! Our advice, buy the DVD, get those Christmas PJs on and settle on the sofa with the kids to really have some festive family time. Want a bit of time with the other half? Take a visit to the cinema to watch one of the great Christmas films that are out. We dare you not to come out feeling the festive vibe. Alternatively, go all out and grab tickets to a panto… get ready for the cheers of ‘they’re behind you!’

5. Help those less fortunate

Ok, so this one is more about giving rather than bonding, but we guarantee you’ll feel like you’ve really given something back. Around this time, there are hundreds of people on the street looking for food, so join up with a charity that hands this out to these people. Alternatively, grab a friend and volunteer at a soup kitchen for the evening. Not only is it rewarding, but an experience that will really make you think about the meaning of Christmas…

So on that note, we think it’s time to wrap this all up. Have fun guys, whatever you decide to do!

22
Nov

Christmas gift ideas for every family member

Christmas has gone from creeping up on us, to well, racing towards the finish line. To put it simply, there’s less than two months left. And yes, Elf has already been on the TV. Fun, festive times are coming guys.

But, as well as the excitement, we also know there’s a lot of present buying and planning to be done. That’s why we thought we’d lend a hand, giving you a few Christmas gift ideas for mum, dad, baby and of course grandparents and siblings too…

Here we go…

Christmas gift ideas for a baby

Ok, let’s be frank for a second. Up until they’re one, babies won’t really understand the concept of Christmas and will probably be more interested in the wrapping paper or box more than the actual toy, so don’t go overboard. Want to give them something they’ll play with more than the gift wrap? You can’t go wrong with a sensory toy. We love a soft toy with lots of textures for the 0-3 month olds – they’re great for helping develop tactile skills, while a 6-9 month old won’t be able to put down something with lights and music – while all the time expanding those audio and visual skills. Once they hit the 9 month mark, we love a Christmas gift that will help them up their game. The answer? A baby walker or their first building blocks. And yes, these will all last well after those Christmas decorations have been taken down and Easter eggs have been eaten too!

Christmas gift ideas for that special lady

Whether it’s your mum, gran or partner, one thing stays the same. You’ll want to give them a Christmas present that wows. And the world really is your oyster when it comes to this. Jewellery is always a great Christmas gift idea. Not only does it give a great heartfelt moment as they open it, but it’s also a perfect keepsake. Not a fan? You can’t go wrong with a carefully thought out piece of clothing. Our faves? A scarf or bobble at just to her style. Or, think outta the box. Book them in for a free make-up consultation or, pop into a store and grab a voucher for their fave retailer. Throw in a coffee or meal voucher too and there’s a perfect pamper day for them to look forward to.

Christmas gift ideas for your main man

Warning: We won’t be giving any tips or advice on buying socks, ties or pants here. You know about that part already #laughingfaceemoji

So, what’s that ultimate Christmas gift for your dad, grandad, husband or boyfriend? We don’t think you can go wrong with a nice watch or wallet. Yep, it’s not rocket science, but let’s be honest, this little token will last long after the festive day. Not sure? Give them the gift of positivity with a book that evokes mental health wellbeing and a hamper full of vitamins and great tasting healthy snacks.

Christmas gift ideas for the whole family

Want to give a gift to everyone? We hear ya! And we know you’ll want to make it stand out. While we’re very strict on not opening present until the big day, we’ll make an exception here. To make those memories we love the idea of putting money into a pot and each buying an early Christmas gift of a tree decoration. One that suits each personality. Then, make it a Christmas tradition. After a few years, your

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Argos

Fisher-Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo – £70.00

 

 

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25
Oct

Getting ready for the clocks going back: What you may not know

How is it that time again? We feel like we’ve just settled back from our summer holidays and wham… the clocks are going back. It’s time to say hi to darker, colder and cosier evenings. And well, dare we say it, start prepping for Christmas #sorrynotsorry. But, we digress, because there’s a whole range of stuff that comes with the clocks going back, from ensuring the kids don’t wake up at ridiculously early hours, to making sure your well-being is catered for… here’s our top tips on getting ready for what we think is the official start of winter…

Beat the early wake-ups

If you have a tot who’s up at 6am on a normal day, you’re not going to love the 5am start that comes with the clocks going back… even if it is only for a week until they adjust. But, there are a few ways to combat this. And that means… deep breath… changing their routine. Yep, that’s right, starting your kids’ bedtime 15 minutes later a few days before the big clock changing event means you’re easing them into a new bed and wake time. For example, if their bedtime is at 8pm, put them down at 8.15pm on Thursday, 8:30pm on Friday, 8:45pm on Saturday. This means that at 7pm (new time), they should have adjusted enough to slip into the land of nod. And, wake at their old time in the morning 🙏. If it doesn’t work, then we guess there’s coffee… lots of coffee…

Don’t make it a SAD time

According to medical experts, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes on in the winter. This is due to a reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter days caused by the clocks going back. And while medical advice is the best, there are a few ways you can help yourself combat it. This includes investing in a lightbox where a special lamp stimulates exposure to sunlight, while Vitamin C and D tablets are a great way to boost your health too – again it’s worth talking to your doctor about this one!

I will leave the light on

If you have kids, darker nights mean more cries of ‘I’m scared of the dark.’ Yup, it just got (scarily) real. Stop the wailing in its tracks by investing in a nightlight. Whether it’s one that sits on a desk, or one that can be placed in their bed with them – think the plastic kind that don’t get hot – there’s no excuse for them to be up. Although, we’re sure ‘I’m thirsty, hungry, need the loo’ will still crop up #facepalm.

Snuggle up

Colder nights mean it’s time to ramp up the cosy clothes and bedding. Got a baby or tot? Take advice from the Lullaby Trust that advises that a room temperature of 16-20°C – with light bedding or a lightweight, well-fitting baby sleeping bag is comfortable and safe for sleeping babies. Looking for one for the grown-ups? We’re going for a 10.5 tog to 13.5 tog… yes, we’re cold sleepers.

Bedtime buddies

Nothing beats a snuggly warm dressing gown for those cool winter nights, so invest in new ones for everyone. And don’t forget those warm PJs. Yep, any excuse to buy new nightwear… Long Johns totally optional 😊.

And that’s it from us. Here’s to the next few snuggle up months… <

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Sports Direct

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Vitamin C Food Supplement - 30 Tablets

Boots

Vitamin C Food Supplement – 30 Tablets – £0.99

 

The Slipper Company Womens Cream Mule Slipper

Shoezone

The Slipper Company Womens Cream Mule Slipper – £4.99

 

Magical Unicorn Lights

WHSmith

Magical Unicorn Lights – £11.99

 

 

17
Oct

Halloween tips: How to dress your house and the kids!

Spooky times are almost upon us. Yep, Halloween is scarily right around the corner again. Where did that time go? And with an event so big as this, the pressure’s on to get decorating. From Halloween home decorations, pumpkin ideas and of course kids’ Halloween fancy dress, we’ve nailed it for you. So, all you have to do is think about how to stop them from eating the trick or treat sweets 😊.

Finding Halloween Fancy Dress

The good news is that at this time of year there’s lots of Halloween costumes for kids and adults flying around. So, whether it’s a witch outfit, cat costume or zombie fancy dress, all you have to do is pick up and purchase. But, get in there quick as these will be flying off shelves quicker than you can say ‘Hocus Pocus!’

Alternative Halloween Dressing Up

Ok, we know that sometimes you may not want to go down the traditional route when there’s loads of ways to make a Halloween costume that can be used again and again. Feeling feline? A pair of cat’s ears can be teamed with a tutu, whilst a witches’ hat looks great teamed with a black tee and jeans. Last minute? Grab a pair of tights, cut off a leg and stuff with tissue for a quick and easy tail. Then, add face-paint. Yup, it’s that simple!

Halloween House fun

The amount of fun you can have decorating your home for Halloween is endless and you can go as subtle or crazy as you like! For a nod to the spooky day, grab yourself a couple of cobwebs, some silly string and maybe a pumpkin and Bob’s your Uncle, now there’s a quick way to do it. Want to go the full Halloween way? You’re going to need some more accessories! Think skeletons hung in windows, witches’ cauldrons and of course sweets to go in them. Hey, why not take it a step further and throw in some green lights? We like to think big…

Pimp-up your pumpkin

This is probably the part we love most about Halloween. Yes, it’s messy and, if like us you’re not artistic, then it might not float your boat but, hey, it’s for the kids, right? The great news is there’s loads of help around, from YouTube tutorials to local demos. Our word of advice? Grab a sharp knife and don’t forget that traditional or battery-operated candle. Then, place outside your front door or by your window to let those trick or treaters know you’re waiting…

And there it is, a list of simple and frightfully fun ways to get creative this Halloween. Enjoy guys!

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Sports Direct

Halloween Costume Adults – £19.99

 

 

Sports Direct

Boo Ghost74 – £1.99

 

Boots

Barry M Glitter Rush Body Glitter – £4.59

 

 

Card Factory

Halloween Party Decoration & Tableware Bundle – 86 Pieces – £10.99

 

 

 

27
Sep

Get the look: Peaky Blinders

Ahhh Peaky Blinders. We miss it already. But, let’s be honest. It’s been a series of fun, thrills and of course fashion. Yup, we all want to be dressed like Thomas, Alfie, Ada and Lizzie.

So, by order of the Peaky Blinders and well, us, here’s how to get the look.

(We) know what (we) know, you know

Peaky Blinder’s Boys

The Trademark Flat Cap

If you take any inspo from the Peaky Blinder’s dress code, it has to be the baker boy or woollen newsboy flat cap. However, we strongly suggest avoiding the concealed razor blade. To keep in line with the Peaky boys make sure you stick to dark greys, blacks or navy. Add a strong dose of confidence and you’re good to go.

Suits you sir!

Tweed, checks and textured grey, blue and brown suits are the order of the day for the Peaky crew, so take inspiration from these hues when buying a suit. Although, they may not ‘pay for suits’ we know we have to, so if you’re on a budget, check out local charity shops.

Add to this, the classic lace-up boots, a grandad or Oxford Shirt and of course the oversized, lapelled heavy coat and the look’s completed. Oh, and don’t forget the waistcoat… it’s a rule.

Peaky Blinder’s Girls

Flap into fashion

We couldn’t do a Peaky Blinder’s get the look without mentioning the 20s flapper style, after all who doesn’t love the sequined, sheer frocks from this era. Great for channeling the style and for an upcoming party – maybe the Christmas type? Yep we love to think ahead here!

Fake it

What better way to stay warm this winter with a faux lined coat like May or Ada’s. Not only are they bang on-trend, but also great for giving a nod to our fave series. #Justsaying.

Accessories, accessories

What can we say? Accessories are probably the best way to get this look without spending all your pennies… And it’s so easy to do, from pocket watches, chunky rings and ties for me, to feathers and pearls for women, it’s a great way to give a subtle hint of Peaky Blinder style.

And there you have it. As they say… style ‘intelligence is a very valuable thing, innit, my friend?’

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Sports Direct

Windowpane Tweed Glove – £11.00

 

 

Warren James

Arabella Sterling Silver Cultured Freshwater Pearl Collection – £27.00

ShoeZone

Beckett Mens Lace Up Black Boot – £19.99

 

ShoeZone

Lilley Womens Black Faux Suede T Bar Court Shoe – £14.99

 

 

16
Sep

Things you may not know about organic products…

#Trending right now is #OrganicSeptember, a month dedicated, to well, everything Organic. Yep, this initiative supported by the Soil Association pretty much does what it says on the tin. It’s 30 days dedicated to helping people understand the benefits of how buying organic can save the environment, wildlife and support local businesses too. So, how can you help and what is organic?

Here’s the lowdown…

Grow your organic wardrobe

Did you know? There’s a range of clothing made from organically produced fibres. This includes cotton, linen and wool. The idea behind these are that these fabrics are kinder, cleaner and better for our environment. This is because they use less water, no hazardous synthetic pesticides and low impact dyes.  Sounds good right? Just look for the GOTS Certified label!

Bring on the organic beauty

As well as fashion, there’s a whole host of organic beauty products that have sprung up, just about, well, everywhere! This includes skincare, shampoo, conditioner and of course, body washes. But what’s the difference? Well, according to the experts, these products are GM Free, contain antioxidants and aren’t tested on animals. Sounds good to us!

Cook up an organic feast

OK, so we’ve all seen the huge amount of organic food available in supermarkets and yes, you pretty much cook with them in the same way as you would the normal. But why are they any better? Well, again, the experts claim that these contain fewer pesticides, are ALWAYS free range and there’s fewer antibiotics used on animals. They often also come straight from the farms, which is why you may find you have to give them a good wash thanks to all the soil that’s still on them – nothing says natural more than that, right? 😉.

Because we love to give you a helping hand, we’ve sourced a great organic recipe video to help you work out what foods you need and with a choice of three great options. Bon Appetit guys!

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Sports Direct

Karrimor Organic T Shirt Mens – £10.00

 

 

Boots

Botanics Organic Bundle – £20.00

Poundland

Kallo Organic Unsalted Rice Cake 130g – £1.00

 

Tesco

Tesco Organic Gala Apples – £2.25

Tesco

Tesco Organic Almonds – £2.75

30
Aug

Top six savvy ways to save money

Let’s talk about money. No, we’re not asking for any, although, if you’d like to give it to us, we’ll never say no . We’re more about how to save it. Because, let’s be honest, we all like to get a few ideas on how to keep those pennies in our pockets.

Get those piggy banks at the ready guys…

Take the offer

Yep, we’re talking literally. Did you know, that a range of shopping centres have an offers feed that’s generated from retailers with info about in-store discounts. The best way to make sure you’re always up to date? Through good ol’ social media. As many centres and retailers share offers on their pages, it means you’ll never miss out on a great deal, which in turn means that you’ll be pocketing those pennies. Good call, good call… Oh, and don’t forget, many stores also have sales that they may not shout about. So, next time you’re near your fave retailer, pop in. You may just get a thrifty surprise!

Wireless wonders

It’s so easy to switch to 4G (or 5G if you’re there!) when you’re out and about. But, every second of surfing is lost data and, money. That’s why we love free WiFi. A whole host of shopping centres, coffee shops and even tube stations all offer this service. So, next time you’re out and about look out for the signs, or just switch on your WiFi and browse for a free to join network. Yup, so easy, so cost effective.

Shake your (car) booty

So, this is one that may help you make money, as well as save it…enter the car boot sale! Yep, if you’re looking for a cheap one off, then don your best bargaining hat and get on down to your local boot sale. We can guarantee, you’ll end up picking up some great stuff at a fraction of the price. And if you’re not looking to buy, then you can still make cash. Grab your old stuff and book a space because, as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Not really the car boot type? There’s an app for that. Yup, thanks to the likes of Facebook Market Place, Shpock and of course, eBay, buying and selling secondhand kit has never been so easy. The best bit? You can do it on your sofa. And while we’re on the secondhand topic, that leads us nicely to our next tip…

Charge into the charity shops

Fancy doing your bit for charity and bagging a bargain? These shops are a no brainer. Not only are there some great finds, but they are stocked up nearly every day thanks to so many kind donations. We think they’re great for finding something that you’d only wear once – ballgown for a special event anyone – at a great price. Then, once you’re done with it, take it back and let someone else get use of it. That’s what we call sustainable, money saving fashion!

Fill it up

How many water bottles do you buy when you’re out? We’re going with at least 20 a year minimum. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not that much. However, what if we told you, you could save at least a tenner by bagging a stainless steel bottle and taking advantage of the free refilling stations in shopping centres and cafes. Oh, and let’s not forget, plastic bottles make up a huge majority of landfill and they take 1000 years each to decompose, so not only are you saving pounds, but also the environment.

‘I wanna be a supermodel’

Did you know? Hairdressing salons and beauticians need to train up their apprentices. The best way for them to do that? Get hands on. And that’s great news for you because in order for them to do that, they need to practice. Because they aren’t fully trained, these apprentices will ask for models and you’ll either pay half the price or nothing at all. But they’ll also be supervised all the time, so don’t worry, there won’t be any wonky haircuts or smudged nails. Just some more pounds for you to keep!

19
Aug

Five top hacks for the new school term

Ahh, the new term. Whether it’s their first foray into school, or their last year at primary, the same still applies. They’ll need new kit including school bags, shoes and the rest. But what are the essentials and which bits suit your little (or large) learner? Yep, it can be a pretty confusing time. That’s why we’ve packed up everything you need to know in some handy hacks.

Their first ever day

OK, so before we even go into what they’ll need. Let’s have a chat about the parents. We know that this can be an emosh time for you guys too, so our advice: Bring the tissues and wear that waterproof mascara! Now that’s you all prepped, let’s talk about those mini learners. Pre-school and reception can be a confusing time for them, so get them all excited. Buy them a new teddy that they can take in for comfort – everyone loves a school buddy – and build up the excitement by buying a book that tells them all about what to expect on their big day. Chances are that these things combined, will have them running in without even a second glance at you. *Sob

Bagging the right one

Bags. Small ones, big ones, ones with straps, others that hold water bottles, satchels and backpacks. And let’s not forget those lunchboxes too! Yup, bagging the right one can be a minefield! But, there’s an easy way to get it spot on. Got an older kid? They’re going to have heavy books, so make sure you go for a large backpack that’s padded on the shoulders. And one that fits an A4 folder… we know it sounds silly, but trust us, it’ll save them lugging this around. Got a smaller schooler? If your school doesn’t supply a book bag, then invest in something similar. We’re huge fans of on-trend satchels, and, because they have compartments, they’re a lot easier for little ones to find stuff. Looking to pack a punch with a cool lunchbox? You can’t go wrong with a soft, insulated sort with compartments. As many come with straps, they’re great for slinging over the shoulder too.

School run fun

Ahhh, the school run – traffic and tantrums (mainly from us!). But there is another way. And that’s to walk. Not only is it great exercise, but it also means that you won’t be late because you’ve been driving around looking for that gold dust parking space. And there’s a good few things you can do to make this go as smoothly as possible. If you’re walking with little ones, then speed up the pace with a scooter. It’s a great way to get them all enthusiastic about the journey. Just don’t forget that helmet! Worried about rainy days? There’s stuff for that too. From kids’ sized umbrellas to wellies and raincoats for you all, there’s no excuse not to take on that walk. Unless it’s snowing – we draw the line at snow!

Dress code

Yes, we know, nearly every kid has to wear a uniform. But there are some pieces that can make your life easier. Don’t have time in the mornings? Invest in non or easy iron shirts that can be put straight on, or very quickly skimmed over. And, while we’re on the topic of making life easy, don’t forget to stock up on doubles of everything too! You never know when they’re going to lose something – if they’re anything like ours, it’ll be every. Single. Day. #Facepalm

Accessories Darling

Nothing marks the start of a new term more than a shiny new pencil case filled with pencils and pens. And when it comes to this, let them go wild and pick their own. Something they love may not go missing quite so easily! And finally. Let’s not forget that water bottle. Whether it’s a rubber version that can be slipped into a side pocket of a backpack, or, a stainless-steel sustainable number, this is a must for every little learner’s kit.

So, there it is, a list on getting prepped for the new term. We think we deserve an A star for this one guys!

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Tesco

Trousers – 2 pack from £7

Shoezone

Lilley Girls Black Patent T-Bar Shoe – £12.99

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe

Shoezone

Trux Boys Black Lace Up Flat Shoe – £12.99

 

SoulCal Denim Backpack

Sports Direct

SoulCal Denim Backpack – £10.00