Back To School With F&F at Tesco / AD

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When my daughter was young I’d buy her enough uniform for the school year in August and it would last her just fine. Enough uniform was perhaps a couple of school skirts, a dress and 5 shirts. Now I have a boy I realise that enough is a relative term. He needs new uniform every day so that’s 5 jumpers, 5 t-shirts, 5 trousers.. before you even begin to consider a potential mid-year growth spurt. It can get really expensive so I tend to shop for his stuff at the supermarket and this year F&F at Tesco has a great Back To School range.

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A major difference I’ve found between my daughter and my son is how hard they are on their clothes. Ella was never one to shy away from getting dirty and she still can’t finish a meal without spilling something down her top but I cannot recall her ever wearing holes in anything. Milo must just be rougher and between rolling around with the dog and stunt falling during a rowdy game of Batman V Superman nothing lasts him long. The F&F range at Tesco has a couple of added benefits that I’m hoping will help to avoid that mad mid-season search for extra school clothes when they’re no longer in stores.

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Quality Fit – this is a big bonus for my son who struggles to find something that fits in both the length and width. They have slim, flat and front pleat trousers as well as adjustable waists to make it that bit easier to find uniform that fits well.

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Scuff-Resistant Shoes – This will be Milo’s first pair of proper school shoes and I’m hoping the pair he took forever to choose will be the only ones he needs. Ella does tend to have a couple of pairs of shoes per year because she wears ones with a thinner sole but the ballet flat style pumps I picked up were actually much more substantial than her previous pairs, it’s just a bonus that they were only £5!

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Reinforced Knees –  So I saw the label and thought ‘oh that’s good’ but didn’t REALLY think to far in to it until after trying them on Milo left them inside out. They really ARE reinforced, there’s a thicker membrane on the lining of the knee and now I’ve seen it I’m totally sold. He can skid around on his knees to his heart’s content now.

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‘As New’ Technology – My kids’ school colour is red which we all know is the WORST for fading. I’m not about to buy a new jumper just because it’s not as bright as it once was but if I can keep their uniform looking fresh and new that’s a bonus and F&F at Tesco have this label on both their jumpers AND their coloured polo shirts !

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I was really happy with the choice in store but don’t be thinking you’ve got ages to stock up. the earlier you buy the better so if the kids need new kit head to your local Tesco today!

This post is sponsored by Tesco. For more information on Tesco products visit www.Tesco.com

 

Changing Room Tales / Primark

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Last week I had some time alone in the worlds largest Primark (Manchester, so I’m told) and I was excited to have a proper look round and EVEN, MAYBE try something on! I think we’re between seasons right now so the selection was disappointing, the Summer stuff was picked over and the Autumn stuff was minimal so I only had an armful of items when I got to the changing rooms but I decided to do another ‘Changing Room Tales’ and show you my selection.

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This shirt is very much the one that got away right now, it was a bit itchy and the next one I tried was SO soft by comparison I decided not to buy it but since then I’ve been told it would have transformed after just one wash. I went back to my local store yesterday looking for it with no success so I’m a bit gutted cause I loved the pink stripe.. if you see it, buy it! I think it was only £7!! I didn’t love the exterior buttons on the shorts, I’ve since ordered a second pair of my favourite high waisters from H&M as I just don’t think I’ll find another pair I like as much, fit-wise.

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I’m wearing this shirt as I type, SO super comfy and can be dressed up (I think it can look formal worn as above) or tucked in to shorts like the other one and looks awesome, so casual and light for summer while being totally ageless. A teenager would look just as good in this as someone much older, total classic.. I think it was closer to £10 but don’t quote me.

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This was my ‘try it, you might like it’ item.. I actually really did, very 90s but it was horrifyingly itchy!! really uncomfortable otherwise it would have been coming home with me for sure. It’s not obvious in the picture but it’s a metallic bronze colour and I believe this one was also around £10. If anyone has this please don’t tell me a wash would have fixed it.. I’m not ready.

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I was on the fence about this dress, really like it but it gapes at the bust. I decided to keep it because it was otherwise flattering and THEN the cashier told me it was a cross back.. I don’t want to admit how long I’ve spent trying to figure out how to cross the two straps so I’ve come to the conclusion she was wrong but if anyone knows PLEASE share your wisdom! – £13

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I’m ending on a couple more super softies. This baseball tee was something I thought wouldn’t look that nice on and truth be told it will probably end up as pyjamas but OMG it is the softest fabric EVER. I really like the fit and colours on me too so I’m taking it along to NYC in a couple of weeks and then we’ll see.. maybe a bed shirt after that – £6

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I need another sweatshirt like I need a hole in the head (aside from my existing necessary holes) but it’s nice to have something new to travel in, isn’t it? I bought this sweater (£5) and a pair of ‘cosy leggings’ for the flight (also £5) and am trying not to wear them before we go. The Sweater I bought in a 10 (I usually buy a 12) and it was a nice fit.. the leggings I bought in a 14 hoping they’d stretch over my tummy and be comfier mid-flight however being a bit big they bunch up in the crotch and I now wish the jumper was a bit longer 😉

If you want to see a walking, talking version of this post you can watch the video above. Let me know if you’d like to see these in future.. I think they’re a bit more interesting than just showing what I ended up buying, especially in Primark where the queues to try stuff on are SO long you may end up buying and regretting!

Schools Out ’16 / WEEKS 2&3

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IMG_0047Okay, I wasn’t quite so active this last fortnight so I thought I would combine the two weeks in one post. In my defence this was at least partly because Milo has had such an active social life recently and Ella was away with her Dad. Milo went to Butlins with his childminder (who offered to take him) and to his friends for a morning so I had tons of time last week to work.. this week has been considerably more difficult by comparison. We were away last weekend so I still have tons to catch up on but I’ve still managed to stick to working in the evenings rather than when I’m home with the kids during the day so that’s a win.

IMG_9370IMG_9393Milo and I did take a trip to Leeds last week for a meeting (where he sat on this giant L at the station and caught several Pokemon -HUGE Pokemon population in the centre) but that’s pretty much all we did. This week however I’d made a PLAN! I saw an ad for the ‘Gruffalo Experience’ at Meadowhall and booked us tickets for Monday. It was about £9 each and I honestly thought it would be terrible but I really felt like they padded it out to give you your moneys worth. It’s still steep for 45 minutes entertainment but it’s something I’d recommend if you’re in the area. There were kids of all ages there and the guy running our group got them all involved throughout, also by some sorcery they made the Gruffalo seem totally non-threatening.. Milo even went for a hug at the end. Put it this way, We have never had a picture with Santa turn out this well!

IMG_9388IMG_9374IMG_9391IMG_9384IMG_9392He spotted a playground that we never usually walk past as we were parked somewhere new and so we spent some time there before braving the summer shopping crowds. Didn’t last long but did come away with a pre-owned DS Game (Mario Kart) for Milo who’s just getting in to hand held stuff and a bargainous floor lamp from BHS (£30 down from £150) before we headed home.

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Yesterday we went to see Angry Birds at Kids AM.. if you are a parent and you have never heard of Kids AM you NEED to find a Vue (or I think Cineworld have their own version now) near you cause it’s the most cost effective way of taking the whole family to the cinema! It can be stupidly expensive, some tickets are more than a tenner each, that’s CRAZY!!! Kids AM is £1.99 per person and it shows films that have just finished playing. Milo really wanted to see Angry Birds but I suspected it would be terrible so this was one we were waiting on an AM ticket for, it actually wasn’t all THAT bad in the end but hey.. saved about £30 so I’m still glad we waited. They do it year round on weekends but every single day in the holidays!

I love this picture of Milo, it’s basically the behind the scenes of every ‘mummy blogger’ when the kid has had enough pictures taken and just wants to do their thing and be left alone.. the teenage vibes are coming from him at the moment rather than my daughter!

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