With the new school year back in full swing, we are quickly becoming accustomed to the early morning and the never ending shopping lists we seem to accumulate. From the summer sun to the winter walks, I have got your back. I have put together a list of essentials every parent needs, it has been a long slog, but I seem to have all the bases covered.
First we have a real must have for any handbag. P20, they have a fabulous range of sun protection items which not only last all day, but they really do work too. After this very long winded summer, it will soon be winging its way back around, to getting this essential now, just makes far more sense.
Next may have to be my favourite. I love a good notebook and I would be lying if I didn’t admit to wanting to have one of these for myself. Frozen has been a huge hit this year so any of their merchandise is always a huge hit. More so when it comes to items for school. Which child doesn’t want to have the cool olaf notebook. I know mine do.
But not only have Sambro made Frozen stationary, but they have also made One direction andTeenage Mutant Ninja Turles, all available from Littlewoods, argos and peacocks to name a few. There really is something for everyone. I don’t know about you, but I have total stationary envy.
Then we have a walk to school or lunchbox must have. The new look, yet still fantastic, panda soft drinks. Available from almost all of the supermarkets Panda are a classic and they still taste great. These little bottles fit into almost any lunchbox and are great to pop into any handbag for the walk to or from school, especially when they insist on racing you!
Scotch tape is one of those things you always need. From taping together a school project or fixing a rather vicious notebook, scotch tape can do it all. 3M have created this rather magic tape, that has all of the following capabilities; instantly repositionable – great for art classes when they make a mistake, you can write on the tape, doesn’t go yellow over time – precious kids scrapbooks stay perfect forever, easily photocopied and does no ghost and easy for children to use as it doesn’t get stuck to itself! All of which will come in handy at any moment. Perfect for the craft draw.
Ahh poundland, a savour for any parent. they have everything from PE kit bags, pencils and pens to the pictured hippo staples (amazing) coloured tape and multipacks of rubbers. Essential for any rubber chewing child (hey, it happens. I don’t condone, but my brother ate his way through more than one rubber in his time) Poundland stock everything you need to fill a pencil case or craft box and all for £1 each. You can‘t complain or go wrong with their school essentials.
Next we have one for us Mums. Yay! A mum diary has everything you need to successfully plan your families life. School days bring trips, clubs and the dreaded parents evening. And that’s only a fraction of it, so being prepared and one step ahead is essential. That is where the Mum diary comes in. With a fabulous grid view, week planning and fitting perfectly into any handbag, it will become your new best friend.
Next is a firm favourite of Ninny’s. The Lexicon Barbie tablet from QVC. This tablet retails at £86 and has so much to offer. With kids becoming so savvy, having some electronic learning time has become a norm. This tablet runs off android, so you have access to their thousands of apps right off the bat, but because this is Lexibook tablet it also offers you the chance to use their 26,000 free and paid for apps. SO that on top of the android apps leaves you with so many possibilities it’s unreal.
Ninny has gotten on so well with this tablet. It’s child-friendly interface and cute look has kept her entertained for hours. Not only can she watch the pre-loaded Barbie videos but she also has access to so many different learning apps, she has come on leaps and bounds at school.
Yes, this is another must for mums, a fabulous range from Clintons, The Rays of sunshine mugs AND travel mugs are just gorgeous. These travel mugs are firstly amazing at keeping the drinks the warm, but they are ceramic! So you feel like you have a proper cupper at hand!
The travel mugs retail for £8.50 and they have been perfect since the cold weather has started drawing in. I know I can be running late and still have time to pop the lid on my travel mug and rush out the door.
I have had a few jealous glares I will admit. But no-one is having my Rays of sunshine mug.
Hallmark, they have some fabulous notebooks, pencil cases (pictures) and those all-important birthday cards and invites. Let’s face it, as the weeks roll by, the friend count increases and the birthday invites come flooding in. Hallmark do some really beautiful notebooks and stationary, all of which I would happily take of Ninnys hands should she need me too.
Next is my own addition and essential school bag item. Hand sanitizer. Let’s face it, they are not at the age where they can be trusted to wash their hands. No matter how much you try and encourage them. So this ecohydra hand sanitiser is really easy for little hands and they always enjoy using it. I think its the whole doing something in a different way thing. I can be assured she has clean hands after using the toilet and before eating, because she loves doing ‘mums job’
I wish she did the rest of the thing I ask her to do!
Next is nits. Its always nits! These fabulous products from Anovia not only help stop nits in their tracks, but they are also great at prevention. Which means it is gentle enough to be used in the daily hair care routine. We all dread the nit letter, but it almost always happens, so Head On from Anovia’s 3-in-1 range contains a unique blend of essential oils that work in harmony to stop these creatures in their tracks. All of the products are manufactured in the UK using 97% naturally derived ingredients. Head On contains tea tree, eucalyptus and neem oil, which derives from the evergreen neem tree in India and acts as a natural insecticide. So they won’t do any damage to little heads.
Last but not least is winterwear from Regatta. Regatta are a classic and they never stop thinking of new ways to keep warm whilst outside enjoying the great outdoors. So with more of us being urged to walk to school, having the appropriate clothing is so important. The moonflare jacket (right) is perfect for Winter and summer. with the removable fleece lining and zip away hood makes it perfect. Add to that the Isotex polyester fabric which is both breathable and waterproof, you will always be equity whatever the weather.
The mudplay all in one (left) is perfect for the ultimate outdoor protection.
You get amazing head to toe cover. With fleece lining in the body and hood and also being made from the Isotex material means its breathable but still waterproof. Perfect for forest school and jumping in muddy puddles on the walks to and from school.
Especially for the younger siblings!
Regatta have a wide variety of clothing for all times of the year. They are affordable and so long lasting. Plus with the Isotex polyester, it makes washing these garments even easier with great results.
So, there you have it. My school essentials. Go forth and shop. But most of all, be prepared.