Chipmunks are our favourite shoe brand , every pair of shoes/boots we have had from there have been amazing. They are superb quality and so robust. We had some of their boots early on in the year and they are still like new.
They have a gorgeous range of school shoes for both girls and boys to choose from. Chipmunks shoes are wider than other retailers too which is great as we can sometimes struggle with that for Archie. We were gifted a pair for Archie and Frankie , they were both gorgeous.
For Frankie we went for Esme infant shoes priced at £28.99 which is so reasonable for good quality school shoes. They have a T bar design which suits Frankie better and also a cute heart on the shoes which she loves.
For Archie we went for the Logan infant priced at £28.00 which again is so reasonable. The shoes look so smart with Archie’s uniform and I love that they have a Velcro strap as Archie can’t do laces yet. Archie said they feel so comfy and he loves how shiny they are. Overall I am majorly impressed with the school range and would recommend them for anyone starting / going back to school.
Smash enterprises lunch bags and bottles
Smash enterprises have a gorgeous range of lunch bags and bottles. We were sent some from their Sainsbury’s range which are fantastic.
We have the shark bag and bottle for Archie and the unicorn bag and bottle for Frankie. They were over the moon with the designs and can’t wait to use them.
I love the size of the bags they are big enough to fit a whole lunch in with no need to leave items loose in the school bag. Also there is a bottle include with the bag that slots in to the side storage – this is so handy and means no leaks over the packed lunch.
The lunch bags also have Blue IQ technology, the bag keeps your lunch fresher for longer. The bags are available for £10.00 in Sainsbury’s and the matching bottles £4.00 in Sainsbury’s.
I have learnt from nursery that you have to label everything as they are forever coming home with the wrong jumper or coat. I usually use good old biro and spend forever writing in their new items.
Not this year as Petit-Fernand have sent me some gorgeous personalised labels. There is a selection of labels for clothing , shoes and items. The labels are fantastic quality and stick on easily and have stayed on far. This has made my life so much easier.
Little life bag
Archie needs a little bag for his bits and bobs for school. I didn’t want anything too big but enough to fit the essentials in. I also wanted to steer away from anything character orientated as at his age his mind changes so much when it comes to his favourite character.
We were sent the Little life alpine for life backpack which is made for years 4 plus. It is priced at £17.99 which I think is reasonable. We have tested it out a few times over the summer holidays and Archie absolutely loves it.
The straps are really padded and comfy and the strap that goes around the chest adds more comfort too. We also love the front pocket to put little bits in. Overall very impressed with the bag.
We were sent a gorgeous Twirlywoos backpack from Character.com for Frankie to take to nursery. She is a huge fan and loved the design , it’s just big enough to fit all of her bits in for nursery. We have been testing it out over he summer holidays and she loves it.
Personalised pencil case and contents
We were sent the most beautiful pencil case from ijustloveit.co.uk with everything Archie needs for starting big school. The pencil case can be personalised with whatever name you choose and colour too.
The pencil case contains personalised pencils and coloured pencils. It also came felt tips, pens, a ruler and pencil sharpener. Archie was so happy with the pencil case and immediately said it has my name on it.
*We were sent all of the items in the guide free of charge in return for a feature in this guide. All thoughts and opinions are my own.