Back to school with Stikins

The task of getting ready to go back to school can seem never ending (especially when you have as many children as I do) but if there is one job that I usually put off for the last minute then it is labelling everything. There is no getting out of it though, is there? When my eldest child started school, we were told to please label all of his uniform and I remember questioning if it was really necessary. Partly because it seemed like such a mammoth task but mostly because I thought he would never lose anything. How wet behind the ears was I? Let me tell you something, they lose everything. All. Of. The. Time. I remember my son once coming out of class with one shoe on in reception. One shoe. How can you lose a shoe? But he did. And I was glad I had labelled everything when the thing finally turned up!

But then of course you have to find the right kind of name labels to use and for me, that is where Stikins from LabelPlanet have come to the rescue. I’ve tried all kinds of different types over the years. The sew in ones were always so time consuming to use and always used to fall off in the wash. The iron in ones never quite stick properly for me no matter how hard I try. I’ve even resorted to writing their names in pen on the labels before now but again, they rarely survive a term of washing. I don’t know about your children but mine never get more than a day’s wear out of their uniform before it finds itself back in the laundry pile. Stikins though seem to tick all of my boxes and having put them to the test, will never use anything else again.

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As the name suggests, they are stickers so they couldn’t be easier to use. They come on sheets and you carefully peel the label from the backing paper and ideally apply to the wash care label of the garment. You simply smooth it down with your thumb and hold it down for a few seconds to ensure that the adhesive fully bonds with the material and that’s it! Done! It took me minutes to label piles and piles of uniform I was so impressed.

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Not only can Stikins be used for clothing but other items too such as shoes, pumps, bags, lunch boxes, water bottles, hats etc. It’s so easy that I have been labelling everything in sight! The stickers are made from a soft plastic type material so they are really strong. My children don’t go back to school for a couple of weeks yet so to put them to the test before writing this review, I actually attached some of the left over stickers we had on some labels of everyday items like face cloths and towels so I could see how they survived in the wash and I have to say that they haven’t budged or faded after countless 60° washes. I’m so pleased with them.

Stikins are available in four pack sizes; 30 labels, 60 labels, 90 labels, or 120 labels per pack with prices starting at just £6. Each label within a pack is printed with the same text and you can choose to have it over one line or two and they print exactly what you want. So you could add their class etc if you needed to as well as their name. Delivery is free in the UK and they are sent by first class post on the same day Monday to Friday so if you are a Last Minute Larry like me, you still have time to order from stikins.co.uk.

I was so impressed with the set of name labels that I received to review that I have since bought more for my other daughter too. I don’t think there is anything left to label in our house I have stuck them on anything that stayed still long enough! Ha! I can’t recommend them enough though for both quality and service.

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Back to school with House of Fraser

House of Fraser have a great range of childrenswear with everything you might need to get your kids ready to go back to school from polo shirts to shoes, lunchboxes to backpacks. We were kindly asked to choose something to review and we really were spoilt for choice but we decided to take a look at the back to school coats and jackets.

As you might expect from House of Fraser, there is a really great range to choose from. There were some lovely quilted coats and parka jackets but actually what really caught my eye was this handy little Pack It Jacket by Regatta. We are back to school in a couple of weeks and it isn’t time for a big winter coat just yet so this seemed like the perfect inbetweeny kind of jacket that would be perfect come September.

House of Fraser back to school coats and jackets up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

House of Fraser back to school coats and jackets up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

The Regatta Pack It Jacket comes in a few different colours and patterns and my daughter chose this red flowery one which will be sure to brighten up rainy days! The jacket is unlined so perfect as an emergency wet weather jacket to pop on over whatever you are wearing. It folds right down and comes with its own little pouch too so it’s perfect for throwing into the boot of the car or a school bag for those just in case days (and let’s face it, we get an awful lot of those so it is nice to be prepared!)

House of Fraser back to school coats and jackets up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

House of Fraser back to school coats and jackets up for review on top parenting blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

The coat is waterproof and wind resistant and is made using a breathable Isolite fabric so very comfortable to wear. The coat has zip and velcro fastenings and you can even adjust the hood to keep the worst of the weather out. Priced at £30 I think it is really good value for such a versatile little jacket. This will definitely see her through the autumn months until it’s time to dig out her proper winter coat we absolutely love it.

Are you all ready to go back to school yet? Have you picked out a school coat yet?

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review for House of Fraser we were kindly provided with a jacket of our choice but all words and opinions are of course my own 

Back to school with Poundland

As summer flies by at a rate of knots, I’m sure we’re not the only ones to be thinking about getting ready to go back to school shopping. Poundland offer a large range of quality back to school items and we were sent some lovely items to try out and review here on my blog.

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My youngest daughter is Dory mad so you can imagine her little face when she clapped eyes on these goodies that we were sent! The spiral bound notebook came with a matching Dory pencil and is plain inside so perfect for drawing or writing. Her favourite though was the giant pencil shaped pencil case which came with coloured pencils inside. Such great value at £1 each and they would be great now in fact to keep her busy on our travels or indeed for squirreling away until September. Bright coloured items like this are always so appealing to children and it’s nice to add a fun element to education.

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Poundland’s back to school range is amazing value with everything costing just £1. What impressed me most was that there were a whole range of things suitable from infant school right through to university. It’s great that there is something for everybody but particularly good when you have as many children as I do spread out over so many years! When you have a large family, the shopping list for stationery for going back to school seems to get longer every year so it’s nice to be able to do it all under one roof wherever possible.

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My eldest daughter is about to start her final year in sixth form and that means stocking up on basics like folders and pens. She gets through so many each term as you can imagine but it is not a problem when they are such good value. We were also sent some revision cards and funky highlighter pens which will be put to full use this year with so many exams ahead. Her final year! Eeek!

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She is studying fine art at school and always has a sketchbook on the go. I think this metallic paint we were sent was probably meant for my younger children but she claimed it for herself. We have to spend an eye-wateringly lot of money on some of her specialist art equipment so it’s nice to be able to save some pennies by getting basics like this for just £1. Did I mention that everything is just £1? I can’t get over the quality for the value!

I was really impressed with the overall quality of the back to school items that we were sent from Poundland. In all honesty it isn’t a shop that I have ever thought of before for stationery but I will be back. The great thing is that they stock these back to school essentials all year round too. I will definitely be going for a proper explore on the lookout for more amazing school bargains.

Are you getting ready to go back to school? I’d definitely recommend that you take a look at Poundland, you might just be surprised like I was!

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Disclaimer: This post has been commissioned by Poundland

Have a crackin’ lunchtime with Jacob’s

Crackers are always a firm favourite here for lunch or even just a snack so we couldn’t wait to get stuck into these Jacob’s Crispbreads. We were sent the mixed seed, mixed grain and chive flavours to try as well as some recipe ideas to put to the test.

First of all though I must say how much I loved that they were in packets. So you get 5 packs of 4 crispbreads inside each box. So handy for picnic lunches now (and packed lunches come September!) but it means that they are sealed so keep fresher for longer. Sometimes the smallest things really can make the biggest difference.

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These crispbreads are a really nice large size so perfect for loading up for lunch. I’m rather partial to a bit of cream cheese and smoked salmon myself but actually, you can’t beat good old cheese and chutney. I could eat this at any time of day never mind just lunchtime. Or even just in celebration of passing the fridge. No excuse needed. Ahem.

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If you fancied a sweeter snack, how about a mixed grain crispbread with crunchy peanut butter topped with fresh banana and a drizzle of honey? Oh my days this was such a yummy flavour combination it felt like such a treat!

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I loved each of the three flavours of the Jacob’s Crispbreads they were all slightly different but with the same crispy crunch that you would expect from a good cracker. Being in the portion packs keeps them so much fresher and it is so handy to grab one at a time for a truly crackin’ lunch.

Jacob’s Crispbreads are available now in all good supermarkets and cost just £1.39 RRP. For more inspiration and information on this new range please visit jacobs.co.uk

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this post I was very kindly sent a hamper of goodies and recipe suggestions from Jacob’s

Finding Dory ROBOFish up for review

Everyone’s favourite forgetful fish is back at last for Finding Dory and now you can take Dory and her friend’s home with you for your very own underwater adventure as ZURU launch their ROBOFish collection inspired by Disney Pixar’s box office record holder film. We were sent a Finding Dory ROBOFish to review here on my blog and it is safe to say that she has been a huge hit with my little ones.

ZURU Finding Dory ROBOFish up for review by top parenting blogger (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

The thing that I found really astonishing is that this ROBOFish swims just like a real fish. In fact, so much so that it was really quite difficult to capture a good photo of it so I do apologise for that! You simply drop Dory into the water and watch her swim, swishing her tail from side to side whilst exploring their aquatic environment just like the film. It really can swim around in circles and intuitively knows when to turn etc it is so clever.

ZURU Finding Dory ROBOFish up for review by top parenting blogger (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

Thanks to ZURU’s innovative technology it has a power save mode and automatically switches off after one minute to save battery power. You can just tap the side of the tank to reawaken your fish. When you remove the fish from the water it automatically stops, ready to be stored away for their next underwater adventure.

ZURU Finding Dory ROBOFish up for review by top parenting blogger (Mostly) Yummy Mummy

As well as Dory there is also Nemo, Marlin and Bailey characters to collect as well as a Marine Life Institute Playset. The ROBOFish is priced at just £9.99 which I think is great value for such a fun toy but that also includes a spare set of batteries too. We haven’t actually been to see Finding Dory at the cinema yet, have you? (I’m saving it for a rainy day treat at some point in the summer holidays!) I’m sure that once we have seen it though, my daughters will want to collect all of the other characters too!

ROBOFish Dory and the other characters are available from all good toy shops now. 

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was very kindly sent a press sample of the ZURU Finding Dory ROBOFish 

 

Bonne Maman New Rhubarb Conserve

A deliciously British summer flavour is the newest member of the Bonne Maman family. A wonderful way to enjoy the finest seasonal rhubarb year round, new Rhubarb Conserve is available in Sainsbury’s and Co-op nationwide now. I was invited along to the launch party a few weeks ago but unfortunately couldn’t make it but the lovely people over at Bonne Maman sent me the most gorgeous goody bag so I didn’t miss out completely.

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As with all Bonne Maman conserves, made of the finest ripe ingredients and some cane sugar, this delectable new conserve offers a perfect balance of sweetness and typical rhubarb ‘zing’ that rhubarb lovers like me will adore. The unique soft set texture of Bonne Maman conserves are perfect for spreading on toast or croissants, topping scones or adding to summer bakes. Now, I have to confess that we were on our third jar before I actually got round to actually baking anything and taking any photos. It is the kind of conserve that has you reaching for just one more slice of toast that accidentally turns into at least three. Seriously. It is that good.

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Anyway, before this jar vanished I made some scones using a recipe from The Seasonal Cookbook from Bonne Maman. It’s a great little book by the way, it isn’t just sweet things there are lots of savoury recipes too. Scones seemed like the perfect base to eat as much of this rhubarb delight as humanly possible though. Ha!

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Bonne Maman new rhubarb conserve up for review on top blog Mostly Yummy Mummy

Rhubarb is enjoying something of a kitchen renaissance, featuring on menus nationwide – in numerous dishes hot or cold and even summer drinks, beers, wine and cheese. As well as the new Rhubarb Conserve being a delectable topping for a slice of toast or scone, Bonne Maman’s Rhubarb Compote is also becoming an increasingly popular choice on granola or yoghurt. And I can heartily recommend both.

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You can find out more about Bonne Maman here and in the meantime, this yummy Rhubarb Conserve is available in Sainsbury’s and Co-op nationwide priced at £2.29. Be warned, one jar will never be enough…

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Disclaimer: I was very kindly sent a goody bag including products and vouchers from the lovely people at Bonne Maman but all words and opinions here are my own. As is my new addiction to Rhubarb Conserve. You’ll have to get your own. 

 

Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas up for review

I have been friends with the lovely Rachael Lucas for too many years to count and it has been so amazing to see her dreams of writing come true (and she really does write like a dream!) I have read and loved every single one of her books so I was ridiculously excited to get my mitts on a copy of her latest book Wildflower Bay.

Wildflower Bay by best-selling author Rachael Lucas up for review on Mostly Yummy Mummy Blog

If you have already read Rachael’s best-selling first book Sealed with a Kiss and the follow up novella Sealed with a Christmas Kiss, you might be excited to hear that this latest book, Wildflower Bay, sees us return to the beautiful remote Scottish island of Auchenmor. (You don’t need to have already read the earlier books, but I would definitely recommend that you do if you haven’t already because they really are brilliant!)

Anyway, in Wildflower Bay we meet Isla who has her dream job as a head stylist in the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she has been so single-minded in her career that she’s forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by – until disaster strikes. Out of options, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in need of an extra pair of scissors at her salon. Meanwhile, a native to the island Finn is thirty five and reality has hit him hard. His best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla…

For me, Wildflower Bay is a perfect summer read. It is set on this beautiful island that I fell in love with all over again and it was so nice to not only be back on Auchenmor but to see previous characters from Rachael’s first best-selling book pop up again too. The thing with Wildflower Bay (and in fact, every one of Rachael’s books) is that she creates the most amazing settings and has a way of making you feel like you are right there in the heart of the story. It is the kind of escapism that makes me want to curl up, shut out the world and read it all in one go. I was sucked in from the word go and I think that was down to the beautifully drawn characters. In particular we see the main character Isla grow throughout the book and I was particularly taken by the relationships (of the heart and otherwise) that she forms with the other people who live on the island. It really is an absolute gem of a book I absolutely loved it!

Wildflower Bay is available now on Kindle and in paperback from Amazon or you can find it in Asda, WHSmith or your local bookshop. You can visit Rachael’s website at rachaellucas.com or find her on Facebook as Rachael Lucas Writer

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