Back To School | 2019

*Disclosure: Contains gifted items.

Back to school is nearly here again. Are you excited at the thought or horrified? Whichever way it’s inevitable that they will need new things, whether thye’ve been a grower or a destroyer and here are a few ideas if you are yet to finish your shopping (or barely even started.)


Last year my daughter had a Smiggle backpack and amazingly it lasted all year, it’s no secret she’s known for being tough on her school things. We were delighted to have been sent another one for this year and it’s a beauty.

This is the Flashy Sequin Backpack £37.00 

Flashy Sequin Backpack Explore Scented Character Wallet Viva Spritz Flip Spout Drink Bottle Lulu Character Scented Pom Pom Pencil Case

With it’s reversible sequins and an array of extras to accomodate all manner of school books, pencil cases, bottles and even a laptop. I find Smiggle bags to be extremely hard wearing and robust so this is perfect for us.

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  • Four zipped compartments – main compartment with double zip
  • Dual drink bottle sleeves
  • Padded adjustable shoulder straps
  • Padded carry handle
  • 15-inch laptop compartment
  • Lined media device pocket with headphone access
  • Internal name label
  • Scented badge
  • Polyester (cover and lining)
  • Polyethylene (foam insert)
  • W 30cm x H 42cm x D 13cm

Lulu Character Scented Pom Pom Pencil Case

To go with the bag we also have the Lulu Character Scented Pom Pom Pencil Case £12.50  it features a scented pom pom which we spent ages sniffing and plenty of room for all manner of stationery.


  • 2 x zipped compartments
  • Applique and embroidered detail
  • Scented pom pom feature zip pull
  • Polyurethane outer, Polyester lining
  • W 22cm x H 12 cm x D 5 cm

Next up is the, Explore Scented Character Wallet £8.50 with a fab scented butterfly feature that has velcro on the back to act as the closure.

Explore Scented Character Wallet

Perfect for dinner money, fruit money or school trips this wallet will keep their money super safe. It also has a name & phone number card inside for you to fill in their details so it can be returned to them should they lose it.

  • One transparent ID slot and four card slots
  • Large zipped compartment for notes and coins
  • Scented badge
  • L 12.5cm x W 8.5cm x D 1.5cm

Then we have the Viva Spritz Flip Spout Drink Bottle £15.00 at our school (and probably most schools now) we have to send a bottle of water for the children to drink from throughout the day. It has a spout that can be locked to avoid any spillage.

Viva Spritz Flip Spout Drink Bottle

  • 700ml
  • 7.3cm (Dia.) x 24.5cm (H)
  • BPA free
  • Tritan body
  • Silicone spout with spout lock
  • Carry handle
  • Misting function


We chose this Name White Adult Water Bottle from Giftpup for my son as he is now in his last year of juniors he wanted something a little more ‘grown up’. Ensuring it can’t be mistaken for anyone else’s it has his name across the front saving time on labelling too!

Giftpup Boys Name White Adult Water Bottle

  • Personalised & dispatched within 48 hours 
  • Aluminium
  • 600ml
  • Interchangeable spout and caribiner or screw off lid

Giftpup Boys Name White Adult Water Bottle

GB Posters

We chose this L.O.L Surprise bottle £9.99 as my daughter is obsessed with them! Featuring several of the dolls around the body of the bottle this is sure to be a hit with any L.O.L fan.

GB Posters L.O.L Surprise Aluminium Bottle

  • Aluminium
  • Folding Straw
  • Comes with spare straw

GB Posters L.O.L Surprise Aluminium Bottle


I’ve spoken many times about my daughter and her shoes, or to be more clear, her destruction of them. Cheap ones, expensive ones, trainers, they’ve all gone to the shoe shop in the sky. Treads are different, they are borne of an idea from a Dad who, like me was fed up of rubbish kids shoes.

Fed-up father-of-3 launches own brand of school shoes. A British father-of-three was so frustrated with continually replacing his children’s broken school shoes that he resolved to make his own. Simon Locke, from Llandeilo Carmarthenshire, took on leading High Street shoe shops to launch his own rival brand of indestructible school shoes. After several years of research, product development and rigorous testing, Treads was born, and started online trading in March 2018.

We chose the Alberta Mary Jane style £45 as she is 7 we prefer to give her velcro styles for school – she can do up laces but I think velcro just makes it easier for P.E etc.

A brilliant feature of Treads shoes is that they come with a dual fitting system and the oranger layer can be removed if the child requires a wider fitting shoe, giving you greater control.


The shoes come with:

  • 12 Month Indescructible Guarantee*
  • Free UK Delivery
  • Free Returns
  • 30 Satisfaction Gurantee

The uppers are made form Permair leather which makes them soft and comfy and the soles are grippy and feature this snowflake design – how cool would that look if you did make a footprint in snow?


As you can see below they’ll certainly be put through their paces so I look forward to seeing how long they last throughout the school year, I have to say judging by the brilliant quality of them I think these will do well!

Are you all sorted for Back To School yet?

Julie x (2)

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