Back to School Organisation

Firstly, I’m sorry I’ve been absent of late however we have been planning and preparing for our “baby” to start school.  Let’s just say it took me a while to come to terms with this giant leap forward.  After cramming in as many “special days” as possible, I finally had to concede that time was marching on and our littlest guy was ready for the next phase, whether I liked it or not.

Apart from the emotional conflict , I was also concerned about how on earth I was going to keep everyone organised once we had three little students under our roof.  The school notes alone make my head spin …

They say necessity is the mother of all invention so my overwhelming need to avoid the usual morning chaos and “Shouty Mama” drove the development of our new School HQ. Ta daaaaah!

School HQ

It’s an easy IKEA hack, completed by hubby and I without any domestic disputes whatsoever! The basic unit is the Kallax, a bargain at $159 (no, this is not a sponsored post, we just love IKEA).  During construction, we (OK, hubby) left out the bottom row of shelves to allow space to hang school backpacks and store school shoes.  We have used stick on hooks to avoid damaging the unit.

School HQ bags

There is a shelf for hats and water bottles, and another to house readers, library books etc.

I’ve made a (not-so) fancy new folder for the millions of notes that come home and previously would be stuck on our already crowded fridge, left in a crumpled mass in the bottom of a school bag, or just lost.  Notes will be filed under the relevant child’s name, or general subjects such as band, sport and finances.

JW memo

Because our printer is currently on the fritz we hacked a Kikki K Kontrast Weekly planner document.  You could, of course, easily make your own personalised version which I believe would be waaaay cuter.

This planner is a prompt so the boys all know what they have on each day, giving them the independence to pack for their own requirements eg musical instrument, sports equipment etc. The littlest still needs help but takes great pride on packing his bag like his big brothers.

Just one week into the school term, we are yet to reap the rewards of our new HQ and I don’t expect it to look this pretty for too long however I do believe it is an important step in saving my sanity whilst teaching my boys to plan ahead.  Fingers crossed.

How do you and your family stay organised for school?

school shoes cropped

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thank you!

{THANKS} to everyone who supported any one of our nearest and dearest causes this silly season.  Whether you donated a gift to the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal, took your pre-loved plastic toys to your local hospital for the Toy challenge for the toy challenged public hospitals of Australia. or provided clothing, food or other goods to Homeless No More.  We REALLY appreciate your kindness.

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Mmmmwaah. x

win a NEEEEW CAAAAAR!

We told you we were just like Oprah around here.  Yep, this week we are giving away A NEEEEW CAAARRRRR!

Kids and parents alike will LOVE this timeless and classic “speedy le mans” racing car.

Designed in the UK, these stylish toys are over-engineered and made from heavy duty plastic. Through solid construction they have been designed for real play and made to last.

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If you’d like to win A NEEEEW CAAARRRRR (valued at $34.95) just tell us who you’d like it for and why in the comments below.  The lucky winner will be drawn by random.org on Monday 10th December at 10am EST and announced right here on the blog.

Good luck peeps!

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win this fab bunny night light

As promised we are going to giveaway some of our favourite things (you know, just like Oprah!) each week leading up to Christmas.

This little bunny night light is one of our most popular goodies in store so we thought it would be a hit with you all.

Looking like it just hopped straight from a vintage storybook it looks so cosy at night all lit up! It uses LED, so there is no need for messy cables.

Just let us know who you’d like to win it for, and why, by commenting below.  Winner will be drawn by random.org on Sunday 2 December at 8pm EST and will be announced here on the blog.  Open to Australian residents only.

Good luck!

win this wooden laptop blackboard

We are feeling festive so thought it would be kinda nice to giveaway some of our favourite things (you know, just like Oprah!) each week leading up to Christmas.

How grown up would the little one in your life feel ‘working’ like mummy or daddy on this fabulous wooden laptop blackboard?

Just let us know who you’d like to win it for, and why, by commenting below.  Winner will be drawn by random.org on Sunday 25 November at 8pm EST and will be announced here on the blog.  Open to Australian residents only.

Good luck!

pay it forward – kmart wishing tree / salvos appeal

One of the charities we always support at Christmas time is the Kmart Wishing Tree /Salvos Appeal who help assist families in need over the festive period by, amongst other things, collecting donations and gifts for family members who may otherwise go without.

If you also like to support them and would like to purchase your gift from our little store, just shop as usual then use the promotion code WISHES on check out so you dont pay any delivery fee.  Be sure to include a gift message if you’d like one included.

We will gift wrap it, add in a little extra gift from us, and deliver it to our local Kmart store for you.  We’ll be doing deliveries weekly up until Christmas and will post photos here for you all to see.

There is no minimum order and no limit on the number of gifts we will wrap for you.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy. x