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Back to School with Gooie Bags + GIVEAWAY

We know what a task finding a decent backpack and lunch box can be for the kids when they go back to school. They need to be strong, comfortable while being supportive and made to last. Gooie bags and lunch boxes are a great option because they are durable and designed to handle whatever kids put them through. Gooie is a proudly Australian owned and operated business that creates reliable products for families. Gooie’s range includes, insulated lunch boxes, backpacks, trolley bags, pencil cases and a variety of other multifunctional bags and totes. Below you will find a review of some of the amazing Gooie bags available and one of their lunch boxes plus you will also have a chance to win yourself a fantastic Gooie prize pack.

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Large Backpack

This large backpack is full of features. Each bag is fully lined for extra protection, has the added benefits of large zip pullers making it easy for children to use and one of my favourite features, a waterproof coating on the fabric. This school bag measures 42x32x10cm and is a great size for 6-12 year olds. It also features contoured, padded and adjustable shoulder straps with a sternum strap for both comfort and support. With 4 zip compartments and a drink bottle holder your child will always have room for their school stuff, jumpers, hats, lunch boxes, etc. They retail for $59.99 and are available in a wide range of prints – spotti dotti, xtreme sport (shown here), car-mo, navy blossom, woodlands and dino.

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Small Backpack

The small backpack shares all the great features of the large backpack but in a smaller version. Measuring 36x25x9cm, this Gooie bag is the perfect size 2½ -5 years. A great bag for kindy, preschool and day care as it also has the waterproof coating in case of spills. With 4 zip compartments and a drink bottle holder your little one will have plenty of space to bring home their art creations and keep their lunch safe. It is also available in a wide range of prints – spotti dotti (shown here), navy blossom, car-mo, dino and woodlands. RRP $49.99.

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XL Lunchbox

As mentioned above trying to find a good lunchbox is hard. A lot of them are just not big enough and many don’t last a term before they start falling apart. Gooie have put thought into their lunch box making them easy to clean, a sinch to open to close and are generously sized. Perfect for not only school students but also mums and dads taking kids out and about thanks to its detachable shoulder strap and extra zip pocket on the front. The fully insulated interior keeps food fresh and cool when it needs it to be. The XL lunchbox measures 24x24x9cm and is also available in a wide range of prints – spotti dotti, xtreme sport, woodlands, dino, navy blossom and car-mo (shown here). RRP $34.99. These are a must have!!


Prize Contains: 1 x small backpack (suitable 2.5-5 years) RRP $49.99, 1 x large backpack (suitable 6-12 years) RRP $59.99, 1 x XL lunchbox RRP$29.99. Winners choice of design for each item. TOTAL PRIZE POOL $139.97.

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**As the winners are chosen based on skill and not chance; you will be sharing for 0 extra entries however I’d love you to share the giveaway with friends and family. Sharing is caring and karma loves kind people. ** 

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Disclosure: I received product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Kylie Harris
    19/01/2015 / 9:25 pm

    Many Occasions but the most recent was from a pack of nerds packed in with wet bathers and towel, I did not realise that the nerds were stuck to everything until about two weeks later. The bag had to be thrown out

  2. Charl L.
    20/01/2015 / 12:25 am

    All sorts of surprises are in my children’s school bags. The worst find was a squashed forgotten banana, loose sultanas, and a half drunk popper juice that had leaked everywhere!

  3. Deborah
    20/01/2015 / 6:48 am

    Never know what you will find in my kids bags it is usually sand from toys they play with in the sand pit and as we all know sand goes through everything

  4. Michelle
    20/01/2015 / 8:03 am

    My eldest daughter rarely eats her lunch so it would have to rotting fruit

  5. Rachel Kriss-Newell
    20/01/2015 / 11:22 am

    This item I would never had imagined in my wildest dreams but upon opening my son’s lunch box late last year I found a dead bat. He assures me he wanted to put it in there so it didn’t make his bag smell. I got the shock of my life. Turns out the bat had been electrocuted on some power lines at school and he was super excited to be the one to find it and bring it home.

    It received a speedy burial in the garden.

  6. Jaimi Layt
    20/01/2015 / 12:18 pm

    I have had one of each 🙂
    Most disgusting…would be finding a pair of dirty boys undies in my daughter’s school bag. Horribly smelly and disgusting I thought. Apparently the teacher ‘accidentally’ put the prep boys soiled undies in the wrong bag. Blah!
    And most surprising was a card made by my daughter for me…just because 🙂

  7. Ali
    20/01/2015 / 1:33 pm

    Child 1, now 18
    Had the worst bag I’ve ever seen
    Boarding school he went away
    Once home he’d dump and say
    “mum here’s my washing bag”
    And id look and almost gag
    For every term without fail
    Filthy socks, sandwiches stale.
    No matter how many times id say
    “Clean that bag every day”
    He’d keep bringing home the mess
    Secretly liked mum to stress!

  8. carly
    20/01/2015 / 8:18 pm

    a tub of yogo that had gone through the whole bag and homework etc very big clean up job

  9. karina l
    21/01/2015 / 10:14 am

    Dog poo! She had stepped on a land mine during a sports session and packed away her shoes in her bag afterwards! Major pong!

  10. Ally L
    21/01/2015 / 2:41 pm

    Words cannot describe the blackened Banana I found in my sons bag.. Can I send you a photo? It features in my nightmares!

    • 06/02/2015 / 10:15 pm

      Best to leave that to the imagination I think. Oh wait my 5 year old treated me to this as well. It was awful!!

  11. Diana O
    21/01/2015 / 7:18 pm

    Surprising would be the handful of (unused) tampons contained securely in an empty chip packet. On asking where he got them from and why they were in his school bag and if he knew what they were for, he said on the way home from school (during hard rubbish) he and his friend had found a little suitcase full of them and that they are what gets put in your mouth when you’re at the dentist. It was sooooo hard for hubby and I to keep straight faces.

  12. Tina Clausen
    21/01/2015 / 7:34 pm

    A lunchbox full of dead and rotting worms, apparently he’d been finding them on/in the sports oval and saving them up over a couple of weeks for an upcoming and much anticipated fishing trip with his dad, lol.

  13. Kelly Rowe
    22/01/2015 / 7:11 am

    Found a sludge-like substance in the front pocket of the bag, Apparently had not been finishing her yoghurt and would poor it into the front pocket to save for later and forget it was in there

  14. Stacey Shailer
    22/01/2015 / 3:56 pm

    A ‘growing’ lunch box…no idea what it was, but definitely in the ‘science experiment’ realms!

  15. Phillip Cunningham
    22/01/2015 / 6:37 pm

    Old smelly socks, no idea why they ended up in there but end up in there they did.

  16. Kasey Evans
    22/01/2015 / 6:59 pm

    A lunchbox containing mouldy food that was inside a schoolbag for the entire Xmas holiday, yes 7 weeks old so the whole lot got chucked!

  17. claire evans
    22/01/2015 / 8:17 pm

    dead lizard shoved in my sons sock, apparently he was safe in there

  18. kori
    23/01/2015 / 8:40 am

    A cupcake that was given to him and he threw in the bag and it was there for about a month as his being independent unpacking his own bag, I found it when the ant trail led to the bag!

  19. 23/01/2015 / 2:52 pm

    My littlest human has a habit of popping things into his big sister’s school bag… at the end of one week, I found a collection of items from the laundry basket…

  20. Kim
    23/01/2015 / 10:17 pm

    I sweet and sour sauce satchet that my son thought it would be a good idea to keep late. After the squishing incident, his bag smelt lovely and wasn’t sticky at all, and he definitely helped me clean it up!

  21. Tina Clausen
    26/01/2015 / 8:02 pm

    A lunchbox full of dead and rotting worms, apparently he’d been finding them on/in the sports oval and saving them up over a couple of weeks for an upcoming and much anticipated fishing trip with his dad, lol.

    (Repeated my entry as I think I had wrong e-mail address before).

  22. Narelle Rock
    28/01/2015 / 3:10 pm

    not a school bag…but I used to not eat my sandwiches and then come home and hide them behind my wardrobe!!

  23. Maria P
    29/01/2015 / 12:13 pm

    A condom…Given to her by her friend who stole it from her older sister.

  24. Sharyn
    29/01/2015 / 10:26 pm

    Well I have to say we are pretty boring – I have not found anything disgusting or surprising in my child’s backpack yet so dont have an amazing or gross story to tell – sorry (i know i could have made up something exciting as this prize is great) 🙂 The worst I have found is some blueberries that fell out of the container and got squished a little (bit of a let down i know lol) – Still figured I would enter anyway lol

  25. Jen Smith
    30/01/2015 / 8:19 am

    I found last years ‘petrified’ ham and cheese sandwich and a slightly dehydrated apple…..thankfully it was in a lunchbox!!!

  26. Bella B
    30/01/2015 / 6:11 pm

    The most horrible, awful, perfectly preserved half eaten cheeseburger and fries. I couldn’t believe that she left it in her bag a month before and apart from the fries being stale, was pristinely fossilised in preservatives which she’d usually eat.

  27. leanne
    31/01/2015 / 11:24 am

    an unidentifiable object. Green, fury and a little high on the nose. Is it an orange, a pear or even a mandarin. Taken refuge in our lunch box. Our object had such a lovely xmas break.

  28. Jill08
    01/02/2015 / 12:35 pm

    SILKWORMS in the lunchbox… I’m nor adverse to having them as pets, having had SILKWORMS as a child, but after a weekend in the lunchbox they were almost dead.
    We don’t have a mulberry tree, neither do neighbours. We had to scour the neighbourhood on a Sunday night to find mulberry leaves to rescue and revive the hungry hoard.

  29. ang t
    01/02/2015 / 5:49 pm

    something that was green and hard so full of mould and stunk I had no idea what it was as it had been in there for over 7 weeks!! needless to say I didn’t examine it to closely almost gaged at the smell

  30. Zoe
    01/02/2015 / 8:05 pm

    Weirdest thing was some other kids artwork, which we had to take back! Most disgusting thing was mushed up banana with sandwich with biscuits. Kids are gross haha!

  31. Val C
    01/02/2015 / 9:48 pm

    My helpful pre-schooler once made a tuna sandwich ready for big-school, which unfortunately was 7 weeks later, to this day, my husband will not open a backpack without a peg on his nose!

  32. Rosemary Harris
    01/02/2015 / 11:20 pm

    Vomit….when I was looking after my niece, she was feeling really sick on the bus and rather than upchuck on herself or her friends, she buried her face in her school bag….in the morning, so it had been in there all day. YUCK…we opted for a new bag.

  33. Tamara Lamb
    02/02/2015 / 11:54 am

    Lollies he hid at the end of the term 2 the day before returning to school! Oh we have 4 weeks holiday too at the end of term 2 so double yuck!

  34. Kylie Embury
    02/02/2015 / 1:57 pm

    A banana….found in early February that had been there since December! It was fuzzy and I had to throw out the bag! Not a fan of bananas at the best of times, I still gag just thinking about that find!

  35. lee
    02/02/2015 / 4:14 pm

    The most discusting thing is half a sandwich from the year before ewww

  36. Teena
    02/02/2015 / 5:22 pm

    I’ll never forget the mushed up banana that was left over the weekend, dry reach!

  37. monica s.
    02/02/2015 / 6:05 pm

    An apple left over on last day of school one year and not found until months later when the following school year started! It was in that final condition (following that slimy condition) of going dehydrated!!!

  38. Michelle Gray
    02/02/2015 / 8:40 pm

    A snail, it had been alive when she put it in there, not so much by the time I found it. She wanted it as a pet, a fail for her on pet ownership, I think.

  39. Deanne Kiely
    02/02/2015 / 10:27 pm

    The worst surprise would have to be the stinky nappy I put in the nappy bag a couple of weeks earlier that sat in the car in the Qld sun and sweated. Stuck everything out in the bag.

  40. Shelly F
    02/02/2015 / 10:56 pm

    Haha…. all of the monopoly money mixed in with money box real money 5 years old and off to buy me a present …. bless their little cotton socks … mum of 4 awesome kids and gmar of 2

  41. Crystal Donohue
    02/02/2015 / 11:52 pm

    Not one but two putrid rotten bananas that were definitely not in an edible state! The smell and look temporarily put me off bananas!

  42. Cathy H
    02/02/2015 / 11:53 pm

    Most surprising thing found in my sons bag was 3 TEETH carefully stored in a “missing” sock! Turns out my son had been using his loose change to buy teeth that fell out at school. He was hoping to leave these out for the tooth fairy and double his money!

  43. Amanda
    03/02/2015 / 1:27 am

    A diary…..ok so finding a diary isnt THAT big of a surprise but it was the contents of the diary that delivered the shock….crushing on and kissing boys……She is 7!

  44. MargC
    03/02/2015 / 8:03 am

    My boy puts all types of bugs into his school bag. It can be a nightmare for me to clean out … lol.

  45. sarah vally
    03/02/2015 / 1:16 pm

    My 8 year old son loves collecting insects including snails, ants, worms and even lizards as pets. He brings empty jars in his school bag and collects anything he can find. He will never let an insect go (even when he has forgotten his jars) and makes sure to store them in the little pockets of his school bag. Always a great surprise…!

  46. kat barber
    03/02/2015 / 2:25 pm

    Its always mold, lots and lots of mold!

  47. Becky Downey
    03/02/2015 / 2:43 pm

    Old bananas are great. I found also an ant family living in the bag!

  48. Cassy
    03/02/2015 / 4:22 pm

    I opened my daughters lunch box to find about ten slaters. When I asked her why, she said she didnt want them to “drown” because it was going to rain…..I couldnt help but laugh….

  49. Kristina S
    03/02/2015 / 4:31 pm

    It’s still a mystery as to what the most disgusting this that’s grown in the bottom of my kids bags. I couldn’t really tell what food it orientated from, definitely not a processed food as it had decomposed and possibly starting sprouting life of it’s own.

    P.S I hit enter to start a new line giving my name and address and it submitted with only my name, cant get back in to edit 🙁

  50. Amanda
    03/02/2015 / 5:58 pm

    I am yet to enter the world of school lunch boxes so am awaiting my first suprise lol but when it happens next year I would love to have goose bags on hand!

  51. Teena quinn
    03/02/2015 / 6:38 pm

    A sandwich I had made him from a month before it was as bad as the nuggets he took from maccas one day and left in his shorts under his bed

  52. Kirsty
    03/02/2015 / 8:14 pm

    I have found undies that were brown and wet. Looking further I found a melted chocolate in the bag near the undies

  53. Lauren
    03/02/2015 / 8:43 pm

    We are only early in our schoolbag days, so we try to keep it nice and clean. The method chosen by my children? All rubbish, half eaten food, and miscellaneous “stuff” is shoved into the pram or nappy bag when mum isn’t looking! Digging around in the nappy bag one handed whilst trying to hold down a wriggling baby and pulling out a mouldy, half eaten pear is no fun for anyone!

    On the upside, the toddler gained her payback – lost TV remote was eventually discovered stashed in an unused pocket of the school bag!!

  54. Kellee Higgins
    03/02/2015 / 8:58 pm

    The lunchbox is heaps more trendy then the plastic Woolworths bag as a lunchbox my mum use to send me to school with.

  55. Nerolie G
    03/02/2015 / 10:06 pm

    Opening up my son’s bag to find someone else’s mouldy lunch was the most surprising thing I’ve seen. My son brought home the wrong school bag. To his credit, the bag looked identical. My kids have grown up now and have kids of there own. I can’t wait to hear there stories about what comes home. 😉 wink wink.

  56. Deb K
    03/02/2015 / 11:03 pm

    A Friday it was, many weeks after school had finished…
    The smell was enough to give something away
    A black mushy mess, which was once a banana,
    Arghhh, welcome to the school holidays!

  57. Elle
    03/02/2015 / 11:10 pm

    Last year (apparently) Daddy took the boys to Maccas for a secret end of school treat…and left the schoolbags in his car…well this year when we got the bags out again there was our youngests happy meal stuffed right into it! The worst part is the chips and nuggets looked completely fresh (BLEGH! We all still went to maccas again today though :P) !

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