Survived the merry chaos that is Christmas? Had a nice little fiesta between then and New Year (with hopefully some siesta’s thrown in for good measure)? As everyone around you starts to get back into the swing of things one thing is crucial for parents nationwide – it is time to get organised… and I don’t mean in the peaceful ‘Marie Kondo fold-it-until-it’s-tiny’ way, although my freshly organised wardrobe would say otherwise. No no peeps, it’s time to get organised for the start of the school year. Notice those decimated seasonal shelves with the odd ugly set of bauble’s and the crushed box of the elf who adorns many a shelf? That will be the state of the nation the week before school goes back. Don’t spend the last week of school holidays racing around like a crazy person, no one wants to have to drag their kidlets in and out of multiple stores trying to see ‘what’s left’ and convincing them that the emoji lunchbox totally won’t have them laughed off the playground. Keep your cool and follow my top tips for getting back-to-school ready:
- Figure out what you need
I am sure there was a book list brought home at the end of last year… right?! If calling around other parents doesn’t shed any light on the situation, note that a lot of school admin staff are back at work. If you ask nicely I am sure they will be able to email you a fresh copy, but I bet most schools have all of this online these days in any case.
2. Set a budget and shop around
This is where it really helps to know what you need in order to jump online once the kids are fast asleep and shop around for the best prices. By avoiding last-minute shopping not only will you avoid having to settle for the leftovers, but you can get far more bang for your buck. Keep an eye out for the back to school specials too – they’re hot at the moment!
3. Have a little fun
I remember as a kid being super excited about back to school time. Being a mid-January baby (the 18th for all of you wanting to gift me puppies and chocolate!) I got a little used to the token school-themed birthday gifts – a new backpack, some funky new stationery *cough*25% off SMASH stationery right now at Spotlight*cough* and maybe some trendy school shoes… come on ladies, I know you all had a pair of these bad boys
For me it was all about the stationery and the accessories. Back in my day *ugh so old* you had to reply on a frozen popper to keep your lunch cool but to also thaw out at just the right time so you could actually drink it too. Not anymore folks, these kids have got it good… enter the latest SMASH Enterprises range, exclusive to Spotlight!
* Please note, this post has been created in return for a product review. The thoughts, opinions and experiences expressed below however are my own… I mean who on earth would write a press release like this?!
It is no secret I am a fan of the SMASH range, particularly the Nude Food Movers products. They look good, they are practical, and most importantly they are affordable! With something to suit every picky primary, pre-teen and fully fledged neurotic teen you can’t go wrong with SMASH. One thing I didn’t know about my friends at SMASH though is that their products are stocked in Spotlight stores. That’s right mum’s, you can cruise into Spotlight on the premise of going there for back to school goodies, and cover all bases – win win! Even better, Spotlight have 30% off all SMASH Nude Food Mover kids food storage items for their VIP Club members until this Sunday, January 13th. Want to see what’s on offer? Well I thought you’d never ask…..
All you need for a lunchtime feast!
What better way to wrap up your back to school shopping in one hit than with this spunky little combo! Insulated lunch bag that looks super cool and actually keeps things cool – check, practical sectioned lunchbox that you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to afford – check, the best sports water bottle on the planet – check. I told you this would be easy guys. Don’t sweat it, I’ve got you!
The Boy Tech Light Lunch insulated bag is a winner in my books. A decent enough size that it can fit a lunch box, such as the SMASH Bento Switch Up or the Nude Food Movers Rubbish Free Lunchbox, it has the team’s patented ‘Blue IQ’ lining. This lining is not only designed to prevent food from staining or leaching into the fabric, it is easy to wipe clean and protects against harmful bacteria. No stinky, stained lunch bags here, the lining is food safe and ensures it will last longer than your average lunch bag.
By ensuring this guy will last longer, you will save money and therefore more easily justify spoiling yourself whilst wandering the aisles of your local Spotlight stores – ahhhh #mumwin
Next up is the Bento Switch Up. This one was new to me but oh boy am I smitten! There are two removable dividers in this lunchbox which means it caters for every picky-eater and fuss-pot out there. The silicone edged divider also creates two separate leak resistant compartments, perfect for keeping washed fruit from making sandwiches go soggy. The Switch Up also has a ‘Cool Skin’ layer which not only gives this Bento box its edgy look, but helps to keep lunch cooler and protect the lunchbox for longer. Go on, you’re now saving even more knowing this gem is going to last longer… you totally deserve to bump a little extra cash into the mum-fund!
Funky designs, sectioned and with a silicone-edged divider… it’s sexy and it knows it!
Bringing it home for the win in the ‘perfect lunch kit’ stakes is the legendary SMASH Sports Chiller. I won’t lie, the family don’t get a look in when it comes to ours (note to self: hide new one from them too!). My Sports Chiller comes everywhere with me… in the car, on play dates, out shopping and to work. My pet peeve always used to be having the condensation from my water bottle make everything in my bag wet, or leaving a little pool of water in my cars cup holders. With three levels of insulation (yep, THREE!) and a one-way sports valve, this legend also has ZERO condensation. I kid you not… I have one of these in my work bag with my yearly planner, wallet, phone, receipts, you name it… no leaking from the valve and NO CONDENSATION. Told you it was good…
Now you have the basics covered feel free to add in a few other bits and pieces. When they’re as affordable as the SMASH range, how could you not?!
Many schools are currently encouraging parents to pack plastic/package free lunches, or what the SMASH kids like to call Nude Food – cheeky little buggers aren’t they?! I always thought this would be a right royal pain in the butt. I mean how could you ensure you had an appropriate-size container for all the different snack and recess options… then I became acquainted with the SMASH Nude Food Movers (NFM) range. I have, hand on heart, passed on so many containers in favour of the NFM gang. On high rotation in our household with the child who eats everything in sight and requires alllllll the snacks when we are out and about, are the Snack Tubes. Rubbish free, BPA free, dishwasher friendly (top rack) and microwave safe, these puppies are ready for anything. Added bonus: you can simply take one along for short trips, or screw a few together for a variety of snacks or a longer outing. Get into your local Spotlight store quick though, the Nude Food Movers range won’t last long at 30% off for VIP members
The Double Snack Tube – great size for the bigger kids!
Just when you thought SMASH couldn’t get any more practical, enter the Glow Bottle. This little dude gave me serious heart eyes, as my little guy insists on having water with him through the night, but I always worry he wont be able to find it in the dark if it gets knocked off his shelf (because he is a wiggle worm/sleep ninja). The Glow Bottle has all the regular SMASH features busy parents love – recyclable, food safe, BPA free, just remember to not pop this guy in the dishwasher… hand wash please! Lay the bottle under a lamp for around 15 minutes before bedtime and any money you will have no dramas in ensuring your littles remain hydrated through these hot summer nights. I actually just had mine on the kitchen bench and here’s how it fared…
Eeeek – so cute!!
So to wrap things up for you I will answer the questions I am sure are buzzing around in your head right now…
- Is she really organised for back to school? We are at the daycare stage here and went back two days ago… so yep!
- Does she just say she loves the products because SMASH tell her to? They don’t. I have literally used every single item I have been gifted for review to give you the best idea of how they fare. Turns out they’re pretty darn awesome, so we have phased out and passed on all our previous lunchbox-type items in favour of something I know will last, will be affordable to replace when the time eventually comes, AND look hella-cool!
- The cost of back to school is insane, how can I afford to send my babes back with some cool new gear instead of recycling last years wares? At Spotlight they get it… sometimes you need things a little sooner than you have the funds for. To combat this they have both AfterPay AND ZipPay available, as well as gift cards if the relatives want to chip in and send the kids back to school with a spring in their step.
- Okay okay you’ve got me Megan… I’m off to Spotlight! Smart move there buddy, not just a pretty face after all are you! To find you local Spotlight store click here. Alternatively, shop online from the comfort of your own home with a glass of wine and sleeping babes. With a flat rate of $8.99 shipping on standard items you can totally avoid dragging the kids through the store.
Enjoy the last of the school holidays peeps. Hug your babes until they get annoyed with you and give them extra smooches, because as much as they’re driving you bat-shit crazy now, you’re going to miss them like crazy the minute they’re gone! #mumlife #parenting #thiswasmetwodaysago