Back To School Essentials

When it comes to this time of year, Back to School shopping can become a total minefield. Here is a round up of fantastic Back to School products that I have tried and loved, for easy and convenient shopping.

Treads School Shoes

School shoe shopping made easy, Treads have school shoes covered, from their sleek designs to their handy online measuring guide. Using only the best and most durable materials and craftmanship, this British company makes a fantastic range of leather school shoes for children aged 6-16. All Treads school shoes come with a 12 Month indestructible guarantee, giving you total peace of mind that these school shoes will stand the test of time, even for the most active child. The online measuring system is simple and easy to use, teamed with the speedy delivery Treads takes the stress out of school shoe shopping. Get yours here.

ION8 Leakproof Bottles

A leaky water bottle is a time consuming nightmare that many parents have faced. ION8 LEAKPROOF bottles are 100% leakproof and BPA free, they use fast-flow technology to enable kids to take a drink quickly and easily. Open these drinking bottles with one hand, and lock them closed for peace of mind when throwing into a bag. The stylish and fun designs mean that they are guaranteed to please children of all ages while providing durability and longevity. Check out more of ION8 fantastic range of leakproof bottles here.

KAMBUKKA Food Jar

Lunch just got more exciting! KAMBUKKA storage jars are designed to keep your food fresh all day. This sleek pot can keep food warm for up to 6 hours or keep cool foods at the perfect fresh temperature all day. Perfect for active kids and teenagers on the go. KAMBUKKA have a range of stylish designs that your child is guaranteed to love as well as a vast range of other matching lunch accessories. Say goodbye to single use food packaging in style! Check out KAMBUKKA’s range here.

SMASH Back To School Products

Back to school in style. SMASH offer a large array of innovative products which aim to make everyday life easier. SMASH lunch boxes are a generous size, with a functional carry handle and nifty water bottle holder, making them a dream for a busy school morning. BPA-free, non-toxic and food-safe, these stylish lunch accessories are guaranteed to be a huge hit with everyone this school year. With a great range of cool and on trend designs, this exclusive range is available in ASDA now, why not simply add yours to your online groceries using the links below! Be sure to check out SMASH’s Facebook and Instagram.

Love Heart Sequin Lunch Bag, Rio Flamingo Lunch Bag, Corrupt Lunch Bag, Rio Football lunch set.

Tile

To the parent of the child that loses everything, meet your new best friend! The tile Mate is perfect for School bags, PE kits and lunch boxes and will ensure your child doesn’t come out of school empty handed again. With a huge 200ft Bluetooth range and it’s sleek and discreet size the tile is the perfect way to keep your child’s belongings safe this school year. Simply attach Mate to your desired product and use the Tile app to find your things via your mobile. These can be purchased singularly or in a handy 4 pack to ensure your child never loses a thing. Get your Tile mate here.

Suneez

With so many things to remember when the new school year comes around, it’s easy to forget the importance of your little ones eye care. Why not pack a pair of the UKs number one sunglasses into your little ones school bag so that they can stay protected this school year. Suneez sunglasses come in a range of colours and not only do they look cool, they offer the ultimate optical protection to your child. Suneez are made from flexible material, allowing them to bend without snapping so that they are virtually unbreakable. Suneez block out 100% of harmful UVA/UVB rays and come in nifty microfibre case with strap. Keep your little one safe in style. Click here to pick yours.

Black+Blum Food Pot

When it comes to lunches It’s out with the single use and in with the re-usable and sustainable. With rigorous attention to detail and a focus on sustainability, Black+Blum design original products that inspire a sense of well-being. This Lunch Pot original has two separate pots that makes it easy to carry both snack and lunch on-the-go. BPA free and dishwasher safe Black+Blum products make great sustainable food storage which is perfect for every child’s on the go lifestyle. Explore Black+Blum here.

RED by Modibodi

The comfiest, coolest and most stylish Teen/Pre Teen underwear, Modibodi believe girls should never have to worry about the arrival of their periods or about spotting or leaking throughout the day, especially when it comes to school. With Modibodi teen underwear your daughter can go to school with total confidence that they will not be taken by surprise. With a huge range of stylish shapes, patterns, colours and absorbency, Modibodi teen underwear looks like any other underwear……just cooler. Check out their fantastic range here and give your daughter power over periods.

Make learning fun with John Adams

After months away from school why not ease your child back into learning with some fun yet educational sets from John Adams? The extremely gross science set will help your child to explore and understand how the human body functions. It supports National Curriculum learning and is safe, educational and fun! This set comes with clear instructions about how to conduct the experiments at home, as well as the method and science behind what you are doing. If your child loves writing then Bookeez enables them to create their own story books, scripts, journals and much more. Make and create three books and bring stories to life by stamping and stencilling pages. The perfect way to incorporate fun learning in to your summer. Available at both Amazon and Argos.

Getting Personal Stationary

Add a personal touch to your child’s back to school shopping with these gorgeous notebooks from Getting Personal. Ideal for taking notes, revision and planning, your budding writer will love these on trend and personalised styles. Children’s stationery made interesting, personalise yours here.

Indie Bay Snacks

When it comes to lunch box snacks we all want to feed our children heathy and nutritious products, Indie Bay make all natural pretzels in a variety of delicious flavours. They use whole grains and super seeds as their core ingredients and are the perfect low calorie, vegan and filling snack packed with protein and fibre. With a huge range of sweet and savoury flavours they really are a healthy and delicious crowd pleaser. Get yours here.

OGGS Mini Cupcakes

What child doesn’t love a cupcake! These low calorie treats are the perfect little lunch box treat. They are egg and dairy free and at only 88 calories per cupcake they are the perfect balance for a healthy lunchbox treat. Mumsnet approved – 82% of mums love OGGS. Marvellous Mini Cupcakes with fluffy vanilla flavoured sponge, topped with vanilla frosting and colourful sprinkles to brighten up any packed lunch. Find out more here. Available in Sainsbury’s.

PROYOUTH Protein Bars

The UK’s first protein bar for Children. PRO youth was founded and created by Mum of two Marina, who was looking for the perfect after school snack to fuel her daughter for competitive swimming. These fantastic bars provide slow release energy for young athletes and active children. A source of Protein for growth and maintenance of muscle, Magnesium for reduction of tiredness and fatigue and electrolyte balance, Copper for iron transport combined with Phosphorus and Manganese for further energy yielding metabolism, these bars are the perfect way to fuel your child for a busy day at school. Find out more about Pro Youth here. Also available on Amazon.

Valentine’s Gift Guide

*This post contains gifted items however all words, images and opinions are my own.

Love it or hate it Valentine’s day is a great excuse to show someone how much they mean to you. For me, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to make sure we take time from our busy lives as Mum and Dad, to treat each other and force us to spend some quality time together- Something we often let slide down the priority scale. Valentine’s gifts can be a minefield, so I have done the thinking for you and have put together a selection of gifts that are guaranteed to be a hit this Valentine’s.

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Dartington Crystal Cushion Large Heather Vase

This stunning hand made vase by the iconic Dartington Crystal is guaranteed to put a smile on her face this Valentine’s day. The Heather coloured glass has been designed with a delicate optic effect and features an indented base that helps to retain or splay out floral displays. This beautifully simplistic and chic vase is one of a huge collection of stunning vases by Dartington. Check out their range and order yours here.

Sassy Shop Wax Melts

Sassy shop Wax offer a huge range of beautifully scented melts to suit everyone, meaning that they will make a fantastic gift for your loved one this Valentine’s day. Their brightly coloured and thoughtfully designed bars are offered in a vast range of scents, from scents to create a relaxing environment to scents made to lift and invigorate, these are a true crowd pleaser. The melts are long burning and release powerful scents around the home. Head to Sassy shop wax website or social media to discover their gorgeous fragrance range.

Handmade Perfect4u Candles

Always a crowd pleaser, candles always make for a great Valentine’s gift. Handmade Perfect4u offer a fabulous range of scented candles and diffusers at affordable prices. I was kindly sent the Cassis and Fig candle to try and I am really impressed with the scent and burn. The Cassis is rich and teams perfectly with the sweet scent of fig for a well balanced and lovely fragrance. Soy wax delivers a clean and toxin free burn that is environmentally friendly. Discover Handmade Perfect4u range here.

ProCook Crystal Champagne Glasses

Valentine’s is the perfect excuse to reach for the bubbles, so do it in style with these ProCook crystal champagne glasses. With their stylish, angled design and long elegant stems, the ProCook crystal champagne glasses are guaranteed to add a touch of modern sophistication to your date night. Made from quality crystal glass these stunning glasses really have the wow factor and make a great gift. These timeless classics will be used again and again, sold in a pack of 4 so that you can share the love, get yours here.

Tesalate Towel for Two

Winter can feel extremely long and dull, so it’s probably not a surprise to hear that February is the most popular month for brits to head on holiday for some winter sun! If you have plans to escape the cold or just want to gift someone the promise of summer, then this towel for two is the perfect gift. Tesalate offer a huge range of sand free, fast drying towels, in the most stylish designs. Photographed is the bohemian towel for two, the quality of these beach towels is amazing and it’s big enough for two, how romantic. Get yours here.

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Yardley English Dahlia Eau de Toilette

Forming part of their floral classics range, Yardley classic floral scents are always a fabulous gift for women. Inspired by a diverse variety of flowers and containing an impressive 90% naturally derived ingredients. The delicate fragrance of Dahlia is met with fresh citrus notes, a warming patchouli and musk base making this divine fragrance wearable every day. Yardley offer an extensive range of timeless florals to suit all, check out their full range here.

Dr. PAWPAW Ultimate Red Balm

Another beauty wonder from the makers of Dr Pawpaw Original Balm, this nourishing lip balm is all you need to make your lips kissable this Valentine’s day. This balm has a subtle pinkie red tint that gives your lips and cheeks the perfect pop of colour. This paw paw balm is made in the UK from a variety of natural ingredients including the ingredient fermented Pawpaw, the fruit of the plant Carica Papaya. The Pawpaw has been found to have natural healing qualities and that’s why this nourishing balm is a must have. This make up bag staple is available to buy at Sainsburys.

Pretty You London Sleepwear

Effortlessly sexy and plush, this Animal Spot Cami and shorts set makes the perfect Valentine’s gift. This cami short pyjama set really feels special, finished with a chiffon layer trim and subtle Pretty You London branding, it drapes perfectly over the body for a sophisticated yet sexy look. The elasticated waistband and loose fitting shape make this the perfect pyjama set for your loved one. Check out Pretty You London’s stunning range here.

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Bulldog Skincare

A firm favourite among men, Bulldog is skincare for men, made easy. From the classics to more advanced skin care, there is something guaranteed to please everyone. The Original Bamboo Razor has everything he needs for a great shave, if he is bearded, the fast absorbing and nourishing beard oil will make the perfect treat. Team with Bulldog’s classics such as shower gel and moisturiser and you will be on to a winner this Valentine’s. Shop the full range here.

Trendhim Anchor Clasp Bracelet

Not sure what to buy the man who has it all? Look no further than Trendhim for all of your stylish male gifting needs. From Bracelets and watches to bow ties, Trendhim has it all. This gorgeous black and gold clasp stacked bracelet features an on trend nautical steel closure that hooks on to the luxury leather straps. Explore Trendhim’s extensive and stylish range of bracelets here.

Dear Barber Style & Go Collection

When it comes to hair many men are set in their ways, Dear Barber are set to change that. The unique styling and grooming range allow men to experience luxury grooming at home, every day. With it’s stylish yet traditional vibe, the Dear Barber style and go boxes are sure to be a huge hit with your man this Valentine’s. Absolutely everything from the Dear Barber range is made in the UK, for a true and authentic traditional feel. The products ooze luxury and grandeur but at a surprisingly affordable price. Check out the range here.

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Mermaid Pink Gin

Generally speaking, you can’t for far wrong with a boozy gift, especially Gin! The gorgeous and striking bottle (plastic free may I add) in it’s pink design means that it looks perfect as a valentine’s gift. Inspired by it’s Isle of Wight setting, Mermaid pink gin is made from ethically sourced and totally natural ingredients. The gin itself is aromatic and refreshing with it’s infusion of fresh island strawberries, zesty lemon and a subtle hint of savoury rock samphire. I love the taste of this gin, it is far less sickly sweet than other pink gins that I have tried and a much cleaner flavour, you can tell there are no artificial sweeteners in it and every taste left me impressed. You can pick yours up at Marks and Spencer’s this Valentine’s or click here to find out more.

Myprotein Protein Truffles and Spread

Although Valentine’s makes most people reach for the flowers and chocolate, many of us (me included) are still keeping up our good intentions for the new year and trying to loose those pesky Christmas pounds! Myprotein have come up with the perfect solution so that you can indulge in chocolatey treats this Valentine’s, without the guilt. Packing a massive 2.6g of protein per truffle, these melt in your mouth sensations are the perfect Valentines treat for your health concious loved one. The truffles are velvety smooth and pack a real chocolate kick, they are almost brownie like in their richness. The chocolate spread is equally delicious, it has a silky texture and will be perfect as a guilt free solution for dipping fruit this Valentine’s. Don’t miss out on tasaty treats this Valentine’s, Get yours here.

Guylain Chocolates

Known and loved by many, this Valentine’s classic by Guylian is certain to make a great Valentine’s gift. Guylian creates all of it’s great tasting chocolates with only the finest Belgian chocolate. These Praline Hearts in their eye-catching red box, are marbled and filled with delicious roasted hazelnut praline. An elegant and timeless classic, get yours here.

Perky Blenders Coffee

Variety is the spice of life as they say and Perky Blenders have it in abundance. Their team is passionate about providing an extremely high quality product with excellent service. As well as providing an incredible selection of top quality coffee Perky Blenders also offer coffee subscriptions through their website, the perfect gift for a coffee lover this Valentine’s. Roasted daily, to make sure their coffee is at it’s freshest, convinient letterbox friendly and biodegradable packaging and a great variety of delicious blends, every coffee lovers dream! Get yours here.

Aladdin at the Bournemouth Pavilion

There is nothing I love more than a pre Christmas trip to the panto to get me feeling festive. This was our first Christmas panto since the move and I could not wait to see what the show had in store for us. When we arrived the Pavilion Theatre was absolutely buzzing with the excited chatter of children and their families, with the show still early in it’s release it was a full audience.

As with most pantomimes the story of Aladdin came secondary to the hilarious one liners and audience participation, I think the balance of story telling, singing and laughs worked really well in this performance. The undoubted stars of the show were David Ball as Widow Twanky and the hilarious Noel Brodie as Wishee Washee, their energy throughout the whole performance was amazing and they kept the children laughing all the way through with plenty of adult humour thrown in for good measure. The audience were up on their feet and singing along a number of times. With the show being quite new to the Pavilion there were still a few teething issues however these were dealt with seamlessly and the ad libbing from the characters made the show even more entertaining.

Eastenders star Richard Blackwood played the villain faultlessly and the clever use of lighting meant that he was portrayed as a baddie without terrifying the children. X Factors Amelia Lily was brilliant as the Spirit of the Ring, her powerful voice had the children captivated whenever she spoke or sang, a true star!

On a whole the show provides a great couple of hours of entertainment for all of the family. We left the show feeling festive and with the children singing songs from the show. There were a few moments where I felt that the adult banter and innuendos were a bit much for such a young audience and could have been toned down slightly in places. I also found an Ed Sheeran number between Aladdin and Jasmine a bit of an odd choice due to it’s raunchy wording, when the song first began I thought they would be changing the wording however this was not the case and bar a few lines of the song, most of the lyrics were not really fitting. Regardless we had a great time, the children were entertained throughout and a great night was had by all.

If you are looking for some family fun over the festive period you can catch Aladdin at the Bournemouth Pavilion until 5th January 2020. Tickets are available to purchase Online, from the box office or by phone.

We were kindly gifted tickets to see the show however all words and opinions are of my own. Images provided by BH Live.