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So it’s official. Today the kids are finally back at school after a long 6 weeks of school holidays. For the most part the kids were great and we filled the weeks with adventures, sleepovers and chill out days but by the end of it I think they were tired and are now ready to go back to school. So am I.

We have finished all our back to school shopping, geez that is expensive with three now at school. Yes that is right, Haddie starts preschool this year (kindy for those not in NSW, she’s 4 this year) and I am so freakin’ excited. Three down, one to go!

back to school smiggle backpack | preschool girl laughing wearing backpack

Smiggle Backpacks and accessories 

I have written names on every individual pencil, purchased lunch boxes, school bags and had shoes fitted. Every year Smiggle makes a feature in our back to school gear and this year is no different. The boys chose their bags this year while Haddie got a Smiggle City Backpack. She loves it! How could she not though when it is covered in cupcakes, hot chocolate and sweets? Everything little girls (and big ones) love.

I am so grateful to be working with Smiggle again this year because the quality of their school bags has never failed us before, they have lasted all year and could easily be used for the following year if we had to. We do however give the kids a new bag each year and use their old ones for sleepovers.

back to school smiggle backpack

City Backpack – $54.95

Naturally being at preschool, Haddie will be running around outside and will need a water bottle that stays cool in the heat. Smiggle has this covered as well. Hello Snazzy Freeze Bottle, you will be a favourite this year!

back to school smiggle backpack smiggle preschool girl with water bottle

Snazzy Freeze Bottle – $17.95

With a year full of expanding her knowledge in letters, number, shapes and colours she is going to need special books and pencils that are just for her. Well guess what – Smiggle has just what she needs. Notebooks and a special matching pencil case that will help to keep her interested when she can’t grasp how to write an ‘e’. A lot of learning is on the cards this year and I am looking so forward to seeing how she grows.

back to school smiggle pencil case with notebooks

City A5 Pencil Case $15.95, City Ebooks A4 $3.95, City Ebooks A5 $2.95, City Ebooks A6 $1.95

Find everything for back to school and stationery needs on the Smiggle website.

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Prize includes: 2 x Snazzy Grip Pens (pink, black) $3.75, 2 x Snazzy Grey Lead Pencils with Erasers (pink, black) $2.75, 2 x Work It Out Hardtop Pencil Case (black, pink) $29.95, 2 x Snazzy Rainbow Pen Lanyard (pink, black) $7.95, 2 x 10 Scented Bon Bon Micro Highlighters $12.95. Total Prize Value: $114.70.

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  1. 30/01/2017 / 7:12 am

    My back to school struggle is different this year. My eldest two are in Year 12 and will be doing their HSC. Organising their return to school this year I have felt so nostalgic thinking this is the last year I do the back to school routine with them! Mind you I still have their younger sibling to go. Heaven help me when he finally gets to year 12!

  2. 30/01/2017 / 7:53 am

    It does cost a lot to send a child to public school. While we didn’t receive it, I’m very angry at our government for taking that back to school bonus off famillies that needed it. Take it off people with kids in private school, take it off people over a certain income level but if you were on $60k and had two children, that money would mean a LOT. There’s a charity providing stationary for kids in need (to go back to school with). The fact that this charity needs to exist should be an alarm bell to our goverment. Shame on them.

  3. 30/01/2017 / 7:57 am

    A great post and wow, you will have 3 out of 4 kids ‘out of the house’ for a part of each day! Smiggle is good quality stuff and I know how much my grandkids love this store. Happy Back to School (and Pre School!) week. Denyse

  4. Bec Broderick
    30/01/2017 / 8:04 am

    My struggle is getting everyone into routine including myself, after such a long break. Even the last week we try to get into routine a little, it still doesn’t prepare you for the real thing ?

  5. 30/01/2017 / 8:55 am

    Would it be wrong to keep that prize pack for myself? 😛 It’s too cute.

  6. 30/01/2017 / 9:29 am

    I agree with Lydia. School is becoming far too expensive. This year we’re really scratching to afford the $3600 it will cost to get 5 through primary and high schools. Shame there’s no more School Kids Bonus to help. Not even School Kids Tax anymore.
    We have this backpack. It’s great quality too.
    Is your kinder child starting school next year? I haven’t enrolled my youngest in kinder yet. She will start school next year. I might put her in mid-year when my treatment ends.

  7. 30/01/2017 / 9:52 am

    Absolutely love Smiggle! Got Master E a Smiggle soccer pencil case and an awesome soccer ball keychain for his bag with the letter E on it and it lights up! So glad I didn’t have to label each individual pencil because they share them!

  8. Kylie Embury
    30/01/2017 / 10:31 am

    Getting Mr 17 out of bed!
    Getting Master 5 to sleep!
    Miss 16 is super organised,
    up early without a peep!

    So sleep’s my biggest struggle,
    but I think it may change this year,
    as Master 5 will be full time,
    and I know I’ll shed a tear 🙁

  9. 30/01/2017 / 10:58 am

    Making big decisons – like which Smiggles products to “home”

  10. 30/01/2017 / 11:06 am

    Awe, sad that I live in America, no contest for me.

  11. 30/01/2017 / 11:36 am

    Yay for school going back! We made it!

  12. Mel Smith
    30/01/2017 / 11:44 am

    The greatest back to school struggle is motivating ………………………. myself lol The kids are excited to go back to school! Me? I really enjoyed all of those weeks free from “What do you mean you can’t find your shoes?”, “did you brush your teeth? Really? Did you really? No? Go brush your teeth”

  13. Shannon
    30/01/2017 / 12:11 pm

    My struggle is getting my son to sleep, it’s his first year at school and he is so excited he is up at 5am (this is the kid I had to wake at 8:30am on Christmas morning). He just loves school. I hope I continue to have this struggle as I love his excitement and enthusiasm, but I’m sure it will change as he gets older.
    Thanks for the chance

  14. Aleisha Sullivan
    30/01/2017 / 12:14 pm

    Back to day care,
    Struggling with teaching her to share!
    At nearly 3, she likes things of her own.
    One day she will be all grown,
    and the struggles will be done.
    But for now I’d prefer these little things over none!

  15. Racheal M
    30/01/2017 / 12:26 pm

    Back to school; getting her into bed and asleep and then up, ready and out the door in time for school because we were relaxed with bedtimes during the holidays. The first week after holidays is always hardest.

  16. 30/01/2017 / 12:45 pm

    The backpack looks so big on Haddie 🙂

  17. Barbara Fehmel
    30/01/2017 / 12:56 pm

    A child who is crying could be enticed into the school with a Sniggle back pack, they would love the coours and being able to show it off.

  18. 30/01/2017 / 12:59 pm

    What an awesome giveaway, we love smiggle in our house!

  19. Nichole McKee
    30/01/2017 / 1:26 pm

    My biggest back to school struggle is….Is it 7.30am yet? Can they go to the bus yet? Can school just start for the day already…My impatience is a little concerning I think haha 😉

  20. sapna
    30/01/2017 / 2:25 pm

    Last year my son was bullied in school & he really lost his confidence & interest in school because of this. This year my biggest back to school struggle is to motivate him to go back to school & make him start the new school year on a happy note .

  21. Tracy Wedding
    30/01/2017 / 2:51 pm

    getting the kids up each day and then dressed and fed

  22. May Lee Sioe
    30/01/2017 / 5:55 pm

    My getting ready back to school struggle is finding a lunch box and water bottle in my son’s favorite cartoon character – the teenage mutant ninja turtles. My daily struggle once school starts would be getting out of the door to be at school on time. And during pick up is getting a napping toddler out of the house to pick his older brother. Nap time clash with school pickup is a nightmare!

  23. Lynnette Bull
    30/01/2017 / 7:09 pm

    My back to school struggle is uniforms, I thought with my youngest starting prep that she would wear her older sisters hand me down uniform. However, even with 3 years difference in age, they are wearing the same size uniform so I had to buy two new lots of school clothes, leaving a huge dent in the wallet.

  24. Natalie Murnane
    30/01/2017 / 9:23 pm

    My biggest struggle is a 3yr old girl going to school for the first time and she loves colour and the uniform is all blue… I will have to colour her up with pink school shoes and bows. She starts tomorrow.

  25. 31/01/2017 / 1:01 am

    The two class pads at over $300 each, for my eldest two almost did me in last year. Especially when the eldest has a tendency to lose or gift her school leftovers at the end of the year. Thankfully, the class pad survived and I didn’t need to purchase a third one this year for our youngest.

    I’m rather over back to school, especially the expense and not looking forward to the girls returning on Wednesday.

  26. 31/01/2017 / 7:39 am

    My back to school struggle officially starts next year but we kick it all off today with the first day of kindy. I am now feeling guilty I didn’t spring for a new bag but her Peppa Pig one is still going strong. I’d have lived for Smiggle if they were around when I was at school though!

  27. Peta
    31/01/2017 / 3:30 pm

    Biggest struggle is getting everyone out the door on time. With a young toddler that likes to set his own pace (and does a last minute rush to the toilet) I’m sure the grey hairs are from it!

  28. 31/01/2017 / 4:48 pm

    My daughter is so excited to go to school, I am not sure how I feel about it!

  29. Anthea Cornish
    31/01/2017 / 6:26 pm

    My back to school struggle is firstly getting out of bed. We are all good sleepers and often we don’t get going until my husband who works nights gets home.

  30. Anna Ryan-Punch
    01/02/2017 / 9:06 am

    I struggle with the extra lunches – half the time the kids end up with their school lunches but I’ve got nothing for work!

  31. Maree Gray
    01/02/2017 / 9:21 am

    Getting Miss S to go to bed on time so she isn’t too tired for school the next morning. She takes after me and is a night owl!

  32. Ern
    01/02/2017 / 2:10 pm

    Getting the kids to eat breakfast on school mornings, they’re just never hungry that early in the day. And I for one don’t like being force fed at that time, so the struggle is real, very real.

  33. DIANA
    01/02/2017 / 6:57 pm

    Shopping for school shoes. I don’t have the patience for it, not the kids carrying on, not liking ‘school shoes’, not for the sales assistants, none of the carry on about sizing, fit, style, blah, blah, blah, none of it, for me this is the biggest back to school struggle. Next year, hubbies doing it (but he doesn’t know about that just yet!!!!!!!!!).

  34. Anne X
    01/02/2017 / 7:18 pm

    My back to school struggle is making school lunches every morning and trying to be creative each day so that they eat it!

  35. Sonya N
    01/02/2017 / 10:57 pm

    My problem is that my oldest child is returning to school, meaning my youngest child no longer has his playmate to play with and gets very upset and sorrowful now his playmate has gone for most of the day… meaning I have to play with him a lot!

  36. Paula
    02/02/2017 / 8:22 am

    Time to get my nagging boots on again…..Miss 13 sleeps through anything, including her alarm and phone ringing. She isn’t a morning girl

  37. Sarah Armstrong
    02/02/2017 / 3:44 pm

    We live on a farm so the first thing we do when we get up is check on animals. Then it starts.
    OMG, Where’s my shoes Mum?
    Where’s my school dress.
    Bugger we’ve ran out of bread.
    I don’t want the Sugar to get wet on my Wheet-Bix,
    I can’t find my toothbrush.

    Sorry Hubby, I’m late for work. Have fun getting the kids ready. bahahahahahahahahah

  38. Sarah F
    03/02/2017 / 8:06 pm

    My back to school trouble is getting out of bed early! I hate mornings so very much. My eldest is in year 9 this year, you would think I would have gotten used to it by now!

  39. Wendy S
    05/02/2017 / 8:45 am

    Packing lunchboxes, every day!! Miss 5 refuses to try variety, so it looks so boring packing the same things over and over!

    • Cate
      20/02/2017 / 9:05 pm

      Struggles of a first time School Mum,
      Packing lunches makes me glum.
      Healthy, nutritious food is packed with care,
      Nothing is eaten- it isn’t fair!
      The next struggle’s drop off and pick up time,
      Coinciding with my baby’s sleep- no bigger crime.
      It can only get better because it can’t get any worse.
      All I can do is curse, curse, curse…

  40. claire evans
    06/02/2017 / 1:08 am

    finding school shoes and socks. They are there before bed but by 8am they are gone, vanished and only odd socks and shoe prints left in place

  41. renae
    07/02/2017 / 12:15 pm

    my back to school struggle varies, but this year it was my daughters moving schools. Not only did we have the stress of getting all the back to school supplies as well as new school uniforms it was settling them both into a new school and reassuring them that they would make new friends. Just over a week down the line and it is lovely picking them up and seeing them come out smiling each day.

  42. Trish
    07/02/2017 / 5:49 pm

    The first day anxiety. I wasn’t prepared for the crying, screaming and feeling sick, it’s very difficult to deal with and makes us mamas feel dreadful. Luckily the second day was much more of a success 🙂

  43. Bryan Rigby-Roberts
    07/02/2017 / 11:46 pm

    Having to be up and active for the first time in weeks. Definitely far more stressful for the caffeine-addicted adult than the sprightly sprogs!

  44. Carolyn
    08/02/2017 / 3:13 pm

    Homework! Getting the kids motivated to do it and finding the time everyday to sit down and check it and listen to home readers and sight words and practise show and tell and ask spelling and times tables!!!

  45. Maha Almoussli
    10/02/2017 / 12:48 pm

    My everyday struggle is to take my 3 years old son from his sister’s school (in the morning) and back to home or anywhere else. everyday he cries and says,” I am year 1 as Talia (my Daughter), I want to go to school too!”. I think people each day may think that I am not his mother and I am kidnapping him, only from the drama way he uses! 🙁

  46. Jean
    12/02/2017 / 5:10 am

    On the holidays I have:
    A drawer full of cutlery,
    A cupboard I can’t close because it is overflowing with plastic containers,
    Drink bottles a plenty.

    When school starts:
    The cutlery drawer isn’t so full,
    My plastics cupboard door closes with ease,
    If I find a plastic lunch container, I can’t find its matching lid,
    Drink bottles run away it seems.

    Where does it all go?
    ANSWER: To school and it never comes home ?

  47. Anna T
    12/02/2017 / 10:25 am

    Getting the kids moving & out the door in the morning is always a struggle. Why is it that they’re in go-slow mode when it comes to school mornings???!!!

  48. Kristina S
    12/02/2017 / 3:13 pm

    I work at a school have one in primary and one in high school. Biggest struggle is time, or lack of it. Especially when my eldest 3 times a fortnight has to be at school at 7:50am for extension math. No hitting snooze for me.

  49. Kathy Bowdlert
    13/02/2017 / 11:58 am

    (S)narly upset daughter,
    (M)essy knotty hair,
    (I)t’s our daily struggle sorta.
    (G)irl gets upset,
    (G)ears up for a brawl,
    (L)udicrous to have regret…
    (E)xtra short hair…yes please!

  50. Teena L
    15/02/2017 / 3:06 pm

    After such long holidays, the kids are out of routine, I’m out of routine and it takes a few weeks before they get back into the swing of it! I think Christmas holidays are far too long – especially when both parents work and cant take the time off to spend with them 🙁

  51. Lisa
    15/02/2017 / 6:18 pm

    I think it’s knowing that I have a whole new year of making school lunches that won’t be as appreciated as I think they should be 🙂

  52. Lauren Ibbotson
    17/02/2017 / 11:51 pm

    My school time struggle is pretty lame but now that my little girl is in full time school I am finding it tricky to get her lunchbox made each morning as well as get myself ready for work and get the kids up, dressed and fed. Id make it the night before but she insists on helping pack her lunch! Its very sweet but takes up so much time each morning.

  53. sammy minshull
    19/02/2017 / 11:12 pm

    My youngest is feeling a little left out this year as her big sister is a yr 6 and just got voted Faction Captian and all the spot light is on her. She loves her smiggle more than cuddles with her mummy… this would be the best way to put a BIG smile on her face and get her happy and excited to learn and have fun at school! she will feel as important as her sister once more.

  54. Abbid Chaudhry
    19/02/2017 / 11:29 pm

    My back to school struggle is simply not knowing whether to (SM)ile or (GIGGLE) when my little ones run into my arms at the end of the day!

    • Abbid Chaudhry
      19/02/2017 / 11:32 pm

      My back to school struggle is simply not knowing whether to (SM)ile or g(IGGLE) when my little ones run into my arms at the end of the day!

  55. Susan Banyard
    20/02/2017 / 12:26 am

    My back to school struggle is affording everything that is needed, every year it’s getting more expensive, books, bags, uniforms, fees, then in 1st term swimming money and camp really struggling to keep on top of it all.

  56. 20/02/2017 / 8:19 am

    Covering books.labelling items… first day back all are eager to return to catch up with friends… Day 2 a different senario… struggle to get everyone up, dressed, fed, organised and out the door on time… me included!

  57. Lyn SC
    20/02/2017 / 10:47 am

    In the holidays we have the whole day together and have so much fun, but once school starts, my afternoons are full of fighting and crankiness from very tired children. It’s draining day after day. Then it’s just homework, activities, dinner, etc so there is little time for just enjoying our time together. So the biggest challenge is going from enjoyable days to a boring, mentally draining routine.

  58. Rachel K-N
    20/02/2017 / 11:17 am

    Our children go to small schools (50 students in all) which has great positive points but is also restricting in kids to befriend. My daughter arrived on her first day back to discover her best friend has left town. She’s devastated, feels deserted. The other students in her year are lovely one day, nasty the next so she felt such a strong tie to her special friend. Now she’s gone and with a new teacher and principal this year, everything has changed on her. She’s floundering, not coping, not wanting to attend school and crying each morning. Cripes this psychology bout is drowning. It breaks my heart not to be able to mend her broken little heart.

  59. Cate
    20/02/2017 / 9:09 pm

    Struggles of a first time School Mum,
    Packing lunches makes me glum.
    Healthy, nutritious food is packed with care,
    Nothing is eaten- it isn’t fair!
    The next struggle’s drop off and pick up time,
    Coinciding with my baby’s sleep- no bigger crime.
    It can only get better because it can’t get any worse.
    All I can do is curse, curse, curse…

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