Last Minute Back To School Ideas

Back to School time is upon us once more and the last minute purchase scramble is in full swing. Here I’m sharing some fab options if you’re yet to finish shopping for your littles and are looking for some inspiration.

Smiggle Says Silicone Roll Bottle £13.50 

This awesome Smiggle drinks bottle can be rolled up to take anywhere, great for lunchbags with a fold down spout, squeezy body and a handy caribiner clip to attach it to their bag. The silicone carry strap can be used to hold the rolled up bottle in place.

Smiggle Chaos Twin Zip Pencil Case £10

Rectangular soft block pencil case perfectly sized for holding all their stationery items. Features 2 zipped compartments, attractive bright colours the Smiggle logo embroidered to the front.

BRITA fill&go Active Water Bottle in Pink & Lime £12

The BRITA fill&go Active water bottle is an easy way to make sure your child is hydrated at school. At our school they ask us to bring plain water in bottles to be kept in the classroom as well as their drink in their lunchbag, which makes the Brita fill&go ideal as it can be filled up at any tap and the Microdisc filter (which lasts a month) will reduce the levels of impurities and chlorine, leaving you with fresh tasting water. It comes in lime,pink,blue and purple colourways and has a BPA free pull up/push down mouthpiece and a cap. The filters are replaceable and can be purchased separately.


Pusheen Lunchbox Set from Find Me A Gift £7.99

This stackable bento-style lunch box set features a cute Pusheen cat illustration to the top and inner layer. The set is made up of two individually-lidded layers that clip neatly together meaning you get a small, medium and large compartments, big enough for a yummiest of packed lunches. Even better, included are a spoon and fork.

Madpax Tennis Ball Bag Pink & Green from Room To Grow £29.99 each.

These quirky bags are made to look exactly like giant tennis balls. Double padded straps and a carry handle make it cool for school along with zipped pockets, inside compartments for pens/pencils/ dinner money purse or wallet and space for a lunch box/ drink bottle. Also great for days out or sports kit, particularly great fun if you have a tennis mad child!

Personalised Patchwork Union Jack Swim/PE Bag from Born Gifted £11

This great quality bag has made of bright blue canvas outer and has a waterproof lining  and black drawstring dual cords double up as shoulder straps. It’s roomy too, making this a perfect choice for either PE kit (which is what we will use it for) or swimming kit. It can be personalised with up to 12 letters, great for ensuring their PE kit doesn’t go walkabouts from their peg. In the school holidays it can even be used for days out. I also love that these guys are an independent website. It’s easy to go for all the big chains without seeing the other options out there.


Term Scarlett Touch Fastening School Shoe from New Brands £39.99 (Left)

Comfortable yet hardwearing and sturdy. Easy to get on and off with the velcro straps and a pretty pattern to the black leather upper. Term shoes come in half sizes which is brilliant if you struggle to get your child the right size.

 Black Boat Shoes from Dobell £29.99 (Right)

These black touch fasten shoes come with a double strap fastening for easy on and off. A padded collar for extra comfort and breathable mesh inside lining. They also have easy to clean uppers and durable soles which make them ideal for running around at school.


Del Monte Squeezies from Asda RRP 50p

These yummy squeeezy fruit pouches are packed with vitamins and minerals and full of flavour. As every pack counts as one of your five a day there’s no worrying what they’re eating at school and with 100% fruit, no added sugar or artificial ingredients there’s only goodness involved. The caps of the pouches can even be joined together to make fun shapes once they’re done enjoying them. Perfect for fitting in their lunchbox or as a snack after school. They come in Apple/Banana/Strawberry, Apple & Mango and Apple/Strawberry/Blueberry flavours.


Sheaffer Star Wars Stationery from £10

With a Darth Vader roller ball pen, Yoda pencil case and journal these are the perfect choice for any Star Wars fan big or small. The pencil case is large enough to fit all the essential school items or pens and pencils for after school colouring fun. A brilliant journal for writing about your day, remembering the all important homework or doodling your favourite Star Wars character in. Han Solo for me 😉


*Some of the items featured were provided free for the purposes of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Back To School Labels With Petit Fernand

One thing that can be a huge headache for Back to School is labelling every individual item to ensure that errant ones are returned to their owner. The office at our school has a huge box of sad looking lost property, unclaimed & unloved even though they probably cost the parents a small fortune when new. This is where Petit Fernand comes in. We were offered the chance to try out some of their clothing/item labels to see what we thought.

Ordering was particularly easy, choose which type of labels you need, customise with colours and a little picture, as you will see my children chose game controller/dinosaur (Little Man) and cupcake/lolly (Little Lady). They are made in France and dispatched within 48 hours with free delivery.



The labels come in a hand ‘cheque-book’ style which is great as it means they are all together and easily storable if you don’t use them all at once.


Each page has it’s own heading at the end so you know which labels are which. We had:



I used the Stick-On Item Labels for their lunchboxes (you’d never guess their favourite colours are green and pink would you?) They could also be used for bags, pencil cases, bottles etc. They are dishwasher/microwave safe and should be allowed 24 hours before use.


The Stick-On Clothing labels need to be applied directly to the label on the item rather than direct to the fabric as it would not stay put otherwise and you need to allow 24 hours before wearing or washing after applying. Iron-on labels are also available.


The Stick-On Shoe labels come in 2 parts, the sticker with the name on and then a transparent protective layer that goes on top. These are perfect for P.E day as I have heard of kids going home with the wrong shoes in the wrong size (bless). These stickers mean there’s no confusion. Again they should be allowed 24 hours before wear.


Inside the back/front cover of the book are instructions on how to apply the labels and some care tips just to make things extra easy. There is also an extra page of fun stickers for the little ones to play with. We shall say no more about me opening the door to a visitor with a coconut stuck to my chest.

Overall I loved these labels, they make life so much easier. As I chose the non-iron ones I literally just had to sit there and stick a few stickers on the items I wanted labelled. It took a matter of minutes once I’d gathered all the items together.


*we were gifted the labels for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*