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School Uniforms with George at Asda**

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I know it’s only their second week off school, but I like to be organised you know!

Especially now I have two different types of uniforms to buy. H needs the proper, grown up stuff – blazers, knee length skirts (more on that later) and badges while C is still in the “how long will these trousers actually last” stage. Because both of my kids seem to be extra long and fast growing, I really resent spending a fortune on uniform, especially when they’re all pretty much as long lasting as each other.

I’ve never really tried George at Asda before, usually preferring a different supermarket brand but when I had a look online at their stuff, I was pretty impressed! The blazers (which I bought in M&S last year for over £20 and it is now too small for her) cost up to £12 – up to! As in, that’s the maximum price not the minimum *and* they’re a really good fit, I am a complete convert! I now don’t mind if she outgrows it halfway through the year, because it costs less to buy two than it did to buy the original one. Bargain. Skirts are a little bit harder to find online for us, only because the school needs to them to be knee length and my daughter has legs that rival Naomi and or Bambi. That, or all uniform manufactures think school girls are short. I cannot get a skirt to finish anywhere near her knee, never mind on it. We’re going to take a trip to the good old fashioned uniform superstore that I used to get my school stuff from way back when. If they don’t have the right length then she’s just going to have to walk on her knees or something.

My biggest challenge with the boy is keeping t-shirts white and trousers hole-less. That’s it. Nothing too difficult. The t-shirts in question cost £3 for a pack of two – naturally I stocked up and now own four packs. It always pays to be prepared with a 6 year old boy in the house! Trousers, from the bargain price of £3, I mean, come on!

Of course, all these savings on uniforms will probably be cancelled out by the extortionate price of school shoes, but I stand by my argument of making a saving in one place to spend it wisely in another…….! And, to me, cheap shoes are pretty much a waste of time, I’ll end up replacing them at least twice if not more so I may as well pay out for a pair that will fit the entire school year. That is, of course, as long as the feet don’t grow – C is 6 years old and only 6 sizes smaller than me. I’m picturing HUGE feet in his future.

So, it’s not even August yet and I have almost the entire school uniform sorted, shirts, polo shirts, trousers, blazers, backpacks, socks and sweatshirts. All for less than £70!

All I need to do is hit the shops late in the month to grab the shoes (Kickers have been requested by both) and hunt out the right length skirt. I’d say that’s pretty damn successful.

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Love a slogan……

Ahhh. School (college) is out for summer and I can finally catch up on everything that I’ve put off!

Ages ago I was asked if I’d like to design some hoodies from LeaversHoodies for all four of us, and, being a slogan lover, I couldn’t say no! I gave the kids the colour choices but I knew what I wanted theirs to say, my two little AG’s, and I had an idea in mind for the bloke and I although I did end up changing my mind, several times…..! Nothing new there! But to their credit, they didn’t once tell me to get stuffed, which shows amazing patience!

We all went with sweatshirts in the end, fire red for C, charcoal for H and good old black for the adults. The quality of the sweatshirts is really good, so soft. It’s the kind of thing you’ll throw on when it starts to get chilly on a summer evening, or when you’re snuggling down with a good book on a rainy afternoon, one of those comforting jumpers. We all went for a baggy size as well, us because we were all about the comfort and the kids because they grow faster than the speed of light so these are going to fit for a good while yet!

Slogan wise, I toyed between several different designs but in the end settled on Mr & Mrs T. Straight to the point! On the back we went with Est 2001. Pretty damn unique if you ask me! I’m all about feminism, but I love having my husbands name smack bang in the middle of my sweatshirt. For the kids, it was nice and easy. AG and their year of birth on the back.

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Of course, the whole point of LeaversHoodies is that they can customise your hoodies to whatever you want it to say, they’ve got so many different designs and styles to choose from, I’m pretty sure H’s leavers t-shirt last year came from here (via her school) and it’s such a lovely keepsake. The designers are fab, they literally move things around until you’re happy and they never tell you to stop being so fussy (are you listening husband…!) I am now eyeing up the trackie bottoms, they look so comfortable…..!

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Summer Sale at Melijoe*

There is a huge summer sale over at Meljoe at the moment, unto 60% off baby and kids stuff, just in time for the summer holidays.

With fab prices and brands, there’s something for everyone on there, I am in love with the baby stuff, if only I had a baby to buy for…..!

I’ve already done a bit of browsing for the boy, I can see him in this outfit, Stella McCartney T-shirt, Scotch & Soda shorts and red Toms, in fact, I think I’ll be adding a few things to my basket…..

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I love a summer sale! If only we had a holiday booked for August……!

 

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Petit Bateau Collection

I am sitting here, macbook in front of me, coffee beside me (I should really be studying, but I’m not) and the tumble dryer is doing it’s thing. It’s almost June, and I’m still having to use the tumble dryer. Ok, that could be down to the fact that I seem to be behind on all my washing, but in fairness, it really should be bloody warm enough to dry all my washing outside now. And it’s not.

Tumble dryer issues aside, I’m daydreaming about holidays. The bloke and I are planning on getting a last minute holiday booked during the school hols one way or another (probably cost less to build a house from scratch, but you gotta do what you gotta do) and so, summer holidays and growing children means the perfect shopping excuse. Ah come on, you knew that was coming didn’t you?

The Petit Bateau collection at Melijoe is dreamy. I’m in love with every single piece of the boys collection, even the teeny baby bits!

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Sense the theme? Nautical, stripes, red white a blue with a little bit of neutral thrown in. I love dressing C in neutrals with a little bit of colour to break it up, it’s a classic look that works. Add a little pair of boat shoes? Perfect outfit for a summer holiday evening.

Shorts £34, Hooded Longall £37, Printed Sweatshirt £31, Cotton T-Shirt £12.

Post written in collaboration with Melijoe.com

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Teenage dreams…..

Both the husband and I love our sleep. Like, when we were childfree and obviously carefree we would spend hours in bed at the weekend, reading magazines, having a nap, watching tv, having a nap, eating a really late brunch, having a nap, you get the idea. So having an almost teenager who I’ve never had to wake up, literally *never* because she doesn’t actually need that much sleep and would be up at the crack of dawn regardless of what day it was since the day she was born was quite a shock to the system! (Since then we’ve had the boy who likes his sleep just as much as we do, thank god!)

When we moved to this house and she got her own floor, we thought we could create a room for her that might make her want to chill out up there, have her own space and maybe, just maybe sleep a bit longer!

It’s been an ongoing process. As she gets older, her tastes are changing, but the basics are the same. A decent bed, a good mattress, nice furniture, a chill out zone, room for her books, pictures, make up and so on. Basically a room that I’d be happy in, but teenage style.

We bought a new bed for our room, so H decided she wanted our old bed frame, an iron, four poster bed. Which was fine, but we needed to change her mattress from a single to a king size. We decided to go with a memory foam mattress, because it’s soooo comfortable, and, you know, anything to make her sleep! We added a gorgeous, fluffy, feather filled duvet and enough cushions to give the husband a heart attack each night and she was set. I have to admit to laying on H’s bed while she’s doing homework (probably distracting her) because it’s so comfy!

Obviously style is important as well as substance. And not just for H! The furniture is all white, with plenty of storage space, it’s all pretty much Ikea based stuff, sturdy, simple and nice to look at and it all doubles up as shelf space. My daughter is my daughter. She has make up, nail varnish, hair & skin products coming out of her ears. She also seems to “borrow” a lot of my stuff, never to be seen again…..! As for clothes, don’t even get me started! I’ve decided not to fold her stuff anymore, because it doesn’t seem to make it from the pile to the drawers/wardrobe in the same condition. It’s a talent she has. And yes, I’m aware of how old I sound right now….

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So, has it worked? Well, she doesn’t come downstairs to wake us up anymore, because she has everything she needs in her room. TV, iPad, phone – I think if she was allowed a mini fridge up there I probably wouldn’t see her unless it was dinner time, but does she sleep longer? No. Do I have to wake her up in the mornings? No. Is she still dressed and ready to go before I even have both eyes open? Yes, of course she is. I think I’ve resigned myself to the fact that my daughter just doesn’t need that much sleep. But she does love her room & spends a lot of time up there being a teenager and doing whatever teenagers do. So it’s pretty much win win!

Thanks to Dormeo for sending H the fab mattress!

 

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Horse Riding in Wimbledon

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Horse riding in London, in the sunshine. Doesn’t get much better than that does it? The kids were invited along to Ridgway Stables in Wimbledon a few weekends ago (I told you I’m behind on posts) by the RSPCA.

They’ve both had a couple of riding lessons, the longest one being at when we were at Center Parcs a few years ago, but neither of them had had a full, proper lesson so I knew they would love it.

We drove into Wimbledon and I have to admit, I thought I’d written the address down wrong because we couldn’t see where on earth there would be a stable never mind a few horses, but, tucked away down a side road there were loads of them! Right next to a pub, which, we found out, was an old coach house years ago. It used to own the stables and let the travellers drinking there keep their horses overnight. Love a bit of history!

The kids were introduced to their horses, C was on Toby, the oldest (and smallest) horse in the stables and H was on Bob. A huge, gorgeous horse that I would have happily taken home with me! They mounted them in the side road and then were taken off with their instructor on her horse in the middle, to hit Wimbledon Common.

We had the option of sitting in the pub having a drink or following the horses, and, for some strange reason we decided to follow the horses. Which, of course, was quite hard work because obviously, horses can walk further and faster than we can! Pub next time, definitely!

The kids absolutely loved the entire hour and we are so tempted to send them back to Ridgway Stables for some more lessons. I really want to have a go myself too, but it’s quite an expensive hobby so we might have to hold fire for a while!

The whole point of the visit was to promote the RSPCA and their rescue horses and ponies. Everyone knows they re-home dogs and cats, but I personally hadn’t thought of horses needing new homes, so it’s such a good cause. Obviously not everyone can re-home a horse (if only!) but you can donate, either money or equipment. You can find out lots more info on their website.

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