Backpack, uniform, lunchbox, drink bottle, pencil case… we’re slowly getting back-to-school ready here at Hip Little One HQ. This year we’ll have three little students at primary school, a big change for all!
Of course our stationery cupboard needed a bit of a restock too in preparation for all the homework, craft and special projects the kids will be making this year. Check out Crayola‘s biggest Back to School must haves:
If you thought crayons are just for toddlers think again. Crayola Twistables Crayons (RRP $8.99, 12-pack) are making crayons cool again with a funky twistable design: they draw like crayons in thick, warm colours, they feel slim and solid like a pen and can be twisted up instead of sharpened, how easy is that and completely mess-free! The twins have been using Twistables in class and think they are awesome.
A good pack of pencils in the most popular colours is a must for little students. Crayola Colored Pencils (RRP $5.99, 12-pack) are high-quality, durable and come pre-sharpened so they are colour-ready straight away. There is enough variety in colours to create a beautiful piece of art and at the same time they easily fit in a standard pencil case with room to spare for a few pens and an eraser.
If you do want to go all out colour wise you’ll be spoilt for choice with this huge pack of Crayola Washable SuperTips Markers (RRP $10.99, 20-pack). This is such a great value pack and being both washable and non-toxic they are perfect for young artists too. The start of the school year is a perfect time to finally throw out all the old, dried out textas and replace them with these bright, vibrant markers, without breaking the bank.
While I prefer plastic scissors for miss almost-3 (the idea of damaged fingers and DIY haircuts doesn’t appeal to me) the older kids are very comfortable and capable of cutting with these Crayola Blunt Tip Scissors (RRP $5.49). They are that little bit sharper for thick paper and cardboard and easy to hold with room for multiple fingers for more precise cutting of homework. They are also suitable for left and right handed people making them ideal for class rooms.
I absolutely love a good multi-purpose product, especially if it is as well-priced as the Crayola Washable School Glue (RRP $2.75, 118ml). Paper, cardboard, fabric and even wood, we’ve used an entire bottle of school glue over the school holidays and it works a treat. Initially the glue is white so kids can see where they have applied glue and which spots they have missed, but it dries clear for a neat end result. Bonus: The bottle lid clicks onto the bottle so you won’t lose it, how clever!
To find out more about Crayola, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.crayola.com.au.
With just 11 days until the first day of school we are making the most of the school holidays. Arts and crafts, baking treats, playgrounds, bus trips and fun outings, we’re making this last week count! It is also a great opportunity to give our new school gear a little test-run before the big day, yummy picnic coming up:
Australian homeware specialist Décor has got meals on-the-go covered with a fresh new Back to School range. From small snacks to luscious lunches, from tasty treats to delicious dinners and even thirst quenching drinks, Décor keeps them fresh all day.
The colourful Lunch Break System is perfect for our big family, it allows me to pack a personalised, homemade lunch for each child to suit their taste, day and meal size perfectly. Featuring a range of Realseal boxes in different sizes and shapes it feels a bit like a fun game of tetris, but the end result is a well-filled lunchbox that will provide my little students with all the energy they need for a big school day.
Don’t you hate it when your child’s healthy yoghurt spills into their backpack or when salad dressing runs over homework or expensive school books? As the name suggests each Realseal container features a unique seal in the lid making the container instantly airtight and leakproof, yay for no more mess! And that’s not all, the containers are also microwave-safe, freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe and of course free from nasty BPA.
Lunch Break boxes are available in 125ml, 300ml, 650ml and 1L sizes and come in four bright colours that kids will love and are quick to recognise for mother and child (our school-aged kids can each have their own colour, no more mix-ups and arguments). Packing a serve of yoghurt, custard, pasta or salad? There is even a matching carry case with Realseal Cutlery Set available, how handy.
The Realseal Compact 2 Insulated Cooler (smaller lunches) and Insulated Cooler Bag (bigger lunches) are specifically designed to keep all your little Realseal boxes neatly together and cool as a cucumber using an Icewall. I find the Compact 2 the perfect size for our children (aged 7 and under). Both styles are durable, easy to clean and free from BPA, Phthalates, Lead and PVC for lunches that are tasty, fresh and safe.
The Décor Lunch Break range is currently available at Spotlight, Howards Storage World and independent supermarkets across Australia.
To find out more about Décor, to locate a stockist near you and to browse the range visit www.decor.com.au.
It feels like January has only just begun, but one look at the school supplies list and you know that the new school year is just around the corner. Most of the basic school items are pretty standard (and a bit boring) but thankfully you can always add a personal touch with some funky add-ons.
Stationery specialist Smiggle is ready for the Back To School rush with lots of colourful, fun and quirky goodies that are sure to brighten up a boring school day. Here’s the Smiggle gear the cool kids are coveting this school year:
Of course no student likes being late on their very first day of school, luckily waking up on time is a piece of cake with this funky Retro Talking Clock (RRP $29.95, available in four colours) with glow-in-the-dark numbers. There is no more need for mum to yell ‘Wake up!’ in her loudest voice, simply record your own wake-up message and it will play when the alarm goes off in the morning, awesome!
Keep all those bright new markers, freshly sharpened pencils and squeaky erasers neatly together in the spacious Double Up Spot Hardtop Pencil Case (RRP $29.95, available in five colours). Thanks to dedicated pen slots and mesh pockets (for easy viewing) your school gear is always organised and on hand for when you need it. The sturdy case will offer welcome protection for breakable items too.
These days many schools expect their students to bring their own tablet to school or at least use one at home for homework and assignments. All parents now that accidents can happen and tablets can be costly to replace so a protective case is a real back to School must-have. Smiggle stocks a range of trendy tablet cases designed to fit the most popular tablets. Check out this cute A9 Fluffy Media Tablet (RRP $29.95), so soft and sweet!
People often ask me if life with four kids is crazy and I won’t lie, it is rather busy but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my big family and there are lots of small things you can do to make life a bit easier and your days run a tad smoother. Being organised is the key and something as little as a label can make a big difference.
Name labels help the kids recognise their bottles and lunch boxes while content labels make it easy for them to find the right art and craft supplies in the playroom (less mess to tidy up!) and pantry labels help me grab school snacks and dinner ingredients without wasting time. Creating and printing your own customised labels is now easier than ever with this clever gadget from the printing experts at Epson:
The Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer (RRP $129) is a small, portable label printer that can be controlled from your desktop PC (using the included USB cable) or smartphone/tablet using Bluetooth making it ideal for busy parents on-the-go. The compact Epson LabelWorksTM 600P operates on batteries so you can easily carry the unit around the house, garage, office and caravan and print as you go, or you can plug in the included AC adaptor.
Using the handy Epson iLabel App (which is free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play) you can create and print personalised stick-on labels, iron-on name tags, barcodes, date labels, QR code stickers, custom gift ribbons and much more, all from the comfort of your couch. There are several different speciality labels to choose from in fun colours and finishes to suit your project and taste perfectly.
Quick and easy name labels
Setting up the Epson LabelWorksTM Label Printer was a piece of cake and took less than a minute. First I clicked in the label tape (a sample size tape is included) and made sure the end of the roll was fed through the print opening. Then I downloaded the iLabel App, turned on bluetooth on my iPad and the printer so they could connect to each other. Et voila, you’re ready to print!
Create personalised gift ribbons
Aside from the compact size and ease of use there is plenty more to love about the Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer. One of our favourite features is the ability to print labels with your own handwriting. It’s so simple even the kids can do it and the end result is really sweet, it’s a great way for children to claim ownership of their belongings. Or imagine wrapping a gift with a ribbon showing your child’s handwritten message, such a personal touch. You can add symbols, borders and even photos too, once you get started you’ll never want to print a plain label again.
Organise your ‘Art & Craft’
As a budget-conscious parent I very much appreciate the fact that you can view your design before you print it so you can check spelling and placing and avoid mistakes. At the same time Epson LabelWorks offers a significantly smaller lead margin (up to 60%) compared to other brands and you can manually set the length of your label up to the millimetre which means a lot less waste and more economic use of your labels.
Handy iLabel App for ‘printing on-the-go’
The printer is automatically set to print one label but you can change the quantity to suit your needs, individual labels will be neatly cut by the built-in automatic cutter. You can also save your designs to print them again later if you were to need some more which keeps things neat and uniform and saves you precious time.
Disclosure: I received a free Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer to test and write about.
Thanks to Epson Australia we are able to give away one Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer + one Additional Ribbon (RRP $160.99) to one lucky reader. Just answer one simple question to enter, all entries must be received by February 21, 2015. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Terms and Conditions below.
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Shirts washed. Pants ironed. Shoes polished. Backpack labelled. Just one more sleep until the first day of school for many children across Australia. If you left it all a little late and discovered today, when all the shops are closed, that your little student could do with a new lunchbox or drink bottle you’ll be pleased to know that Where Did You Get That? is always open and they will ship your order out promptly. On top of that they’ve got a fantastic Back to School deal on right now:
Save 20% on the entire ‘Back to School’ category at Where Did You Get That?, simply enter the code ‘GETBACK’ at checkout. Offer ends January 31, 2015.
Over the last few years parents worldwide have discovered how easy it is to make varied, healthy lunches using a divided lunchbox and the Goodbyn range is perfect for those yummy bento lunches. Available in range of sizes, shapes and colours you can create your own ideal set of reusable lunch containers or you can go for quick and easy and grab one of the ready-to-go sets. With prices starting at just $2.95 this is a well-priced range and when you use the ‘GETBACK’ code you get an even better deal!
You can also use the ‘Back to School’ offer to shop the Contigo BPA-free drink bottle range, our children use Contigo bottles at home and at school and they are absolutely fantastic. Contigo bottles come in a rainbow of colours, styles and sizes to suit boys and girls and even mums and dads, the family can drink Contigo style! I can highly recommend the Swish Autoseal (leakproof, perfect for younger children) and the Addison Sports (for older children), I love the hardwearing, durable design and think they are worth every dollar.
Last week I told you all about The Generous Shopper, a fantastic initiative that allows people to support a range of great charities just by shopping online. It is easy to use, 100% free and an excellent way to make a difference in the lives of many without it costing you a cent. These days most of us shop online so you really have no excuse not to join!
With the first day of term less than a week away there is still lots to do and very little time to do it so I saved myself a trip to shop and used the The Generous Shopper website to pick up some gorgeous back to school gear at Tinyme. Yesterday the twins’ personalised backpacks and name labels were delivered to our doorstop, a great gift for my students and a great gift for the charities of my choice (Assist A Sista and Destiny Rescue) too.
For miss 6 I chose the Tinyme backpack in pretty pink, it’s her favourite colour and very generously sized with plenty of pockets to keep her school supplies, lunchbox and bottle organised. To make it easy for her to recognise her bag amongst all the other backpacks in the hallway we picked the sweet Garden Party design personalised with her first name and birth year, the end result is just lovely.
Personally I find shopping for boys a little harder, it’s a tricky age where interests change quickly. At the start of the year dinosaurs may be all the rage but by term 4 they are totally uncool so for master 6 I settled on a timeless design that will last throughout the year. The Authentic design is strong and masculine and the forgiving dark blue colour will hopefully keep his new backpack looking clean for longer. I love that you can preview your chosen design with your child’s name before you order, that way you can be sure you are happy with the look.
When you add it up all these school must-haves are a big expense and I would hate to have to replace lost items so we’ve labelled all our goods with matching Tinyme name labels. The well priced name label value packs contain a selection of different shapes and sizes in the design of your choice, they are ideal for lunch bottles, lunch boxes, exercise books and plenty more. There are 8 different value packs available so you can choose one that suits your needs perfectly.
To find out more about The Generous Shopper, to browse the list of shopping partners and to start supporting charities by shopping online visit www.thegenerousshopper.com.
If you missed our The Generous Shopper giveaway last week there is still time left, you could win a fabulous $50 Smiggle Back to School Prize Pack. Short of time? Take a shortcut and enter below:
I can hardly believe it. In just two short weeks I will be a mum to two Year 1 students! It feels like yesterday that I was holding my teeny premature twins in my arms, now we are busy getting ready for school. I’ll admit that as a busy mum of four my brain is not always reliable, so I depend on lists to make sure I don’t forget anything and the kids are totally Back-to-School ready when it comes to Term 1.
Taking the new school shoes for a test walk around the house
Lunch boxes, drink bottles, sun hats, hair ties, socks, pants, shirts, dresses and even netball undies, there are plenty of things to be ticked off on my Back-to-School list. They are all needed and (luckily) quite easily found however the most important school purchase of all is school shoes. Children wear them 5 days a week and at least 6-7 hours a day, so in my opinion a good pair of shoes is an absolute must, after all you’ve only got one set of feet!
Counting down until the first day of term
As many of you know I grew up in The Netherlands and while Dutch children don’t wear school uniforms or specific school shoes like they do here in Australia, my parents would always put great care into buying us a quality pair of Clarks shoes that would fit and support our growing feet perfectly. I have lovely memories going into store with my mum and getting measured up by a sales lady. I remember feeling very special! My children’s feet deserve comfortable, supportive, high quality shoes too so I am very pleased I can count on trusted footwear brand Clarks right here in Australia as well.
Because we already own multiple pairs of Clarks shoes we are familiar with sizing and fit so I picked the twins’ new school shoes online with 100% confidence (shipping AND returns are free!), saves me going into store with all four kids. If you are new to Clarks you can always pop into a Clarks stockist for a thorough 10-step check fitting by a specialist trained fitter to find the perfect fit for your child. You can also measure your child up in the comfort of your own home using a Clarks Measuring Gauge.
When choosing the twins’ school shoes there were a few must-have features for me (yes, another list!): leather material for durability and breathability, a thick and sturdy sole that doesn’t wear down in a few weeks, velcro closures to make getting dressed easy and quick (for the kids, and for me too), built-in arch support and of course a classy, stylish look with neat finishes.
The perfect school shoe for our girly girl
Like most Aussie kids our twins are an active little duo. They are always running, climbing, jumping, sliding, hopping and skipping so I want them to wear school proof shoes that are strong, grip well and are able to withstand a bit of rough and tumble. As soon as I saw the scuff resistant toe and heel of the Sawyer Jnr and Sian Jnr school shoes, I knew this would be my best chance at keeping their school shoes looking decent for longer than one term and they tick yes on all the other features too.
As the home of the original school shoe, Clarks offers an extensive range of more than 50 different school shoes in a range of styles, colours and sizes so there is a perfect pair to suit boys and girls of all ages. Have you taken your children for their first school shoe fitting yet? I can’t wait to share a picture of my big Year 1 students wearing their new shoes to school, just 13 days to go…
To find out more Clarks, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.clarks.com.au.
Thanks to Clarks Australia we have one pair of Clarks School Shoes in winner’s choice of style/size (value up to RRP $129.95) to give away. Just answer one simple question to enter, all entries must be received by 5.00pm AEST on 28th January 2015. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners. By entering this giveaway you agree to these Terms and Conditions.