Okay, straight up it pains me to write that this is a back to school post.
(Literally hyper-ventilating I am.)
Right now it's smack-bang middle of the Summer break. That sun is shining magically, no-one's out of bed before 9am, seven days a week and bedtime for anyone regardless of age, is a foreign concept. It's anything goes. (Same applies for food, fun and games - free-range - go for it kiddos!)
Mummy. Just. Does. Not. Care...and we're all loving that.
Same over at your place too? I hope so!
But back to the dreaded back to school topic...Before you have a panic attack and feel all anxious about the end of January coming along so dang fast it might knock you over in a hit and run, check out the groovy goodies I will be show and telling here from one of my all-time favourite kiddie companies Gooie.
Lovely followers who have been around for a good deal of time now, might recall meeting Gooie in this post I penned a while back now. (Oh how excited were my kids?!)
Gooie don't manufacture your average, dull back to school items like those depicted in the catalogues clogging our letterboxes at this time of year; or those blessed TV commercials that incite the loud moans and groans of children and adults alike. Meh!
So-very-thankfully, Gooie produce something else entirely; gear that kids love so much they want to use it on holidays...
With the passage of each new school year, kids do a surprising amount of growing up don't they? Must be all that Summer sunshine, outdoors play and free time of the school break. Yup, kids who previously had no standards whatsoever, (because they were simply too little to care), suddenly get all attitudy when it comes to having the right gear.
Who'd have thunk it?
That can leave Mummy with a real headache too; trying to track down all the right labels and stuff to please the little people. It sure is un-fun, time consuming and expensive. Us grown-ups know that the quality is not always there either. Brand names don't necessarily equate to 'great' and it can be a long road teaching your know-it-all babies this fact. (I won't even mention the difficulties inherent in the teenage years...whoops! I accidently did. Sorry!)
Gooie understands kids however, and their parents and this tricky relationship / situation entirely. Imagine a brand that has whipped up a wonderful collection of products that appeal to grown-ups just as much as their picky offspring and which packs together quality as well as a price-point that satisfies all? And...you can shop for it all online.
I am relaxing already...are you?
And so, we rounded up the younger boys and dished out their new bags, (kindly provided by Gooie), asked them to pack a few of their favourite things and took them on an expedition. I should mention here that the boys adore the bags! The quality is amazing. They are foam-padded inside, fully lined in signature Gooie logo fabrics and remain lightweight. Serious quality that will stand the rigours of the school year and beyond.
Taite scored himself the Dino lunchbox combo backpack. This backpack features a removable lunchbox which fastens securely to the outside of the bag and includes a freezer brick. No more leaky lunches for this boy and no more missing lunchboxes either. The bag has a good selection of padded pockets for storing all of his best goodies and essentials as well as an outer drink bottle holder and nifty front fastening chest strap to secure the pack to his body firmly and comfortably. (No more missing school bag either methinks!)
Eight year old Ruben was totes excited about his big boy bag - the large Xtreme sport backpack for the more mature kid. (Which he then stuffed with his vast collection of UFC fighter figurines - not so mature after all!)
The bag has ample room for books, papers and pencil cases, even tech. There are several large and small pockets built onto the exterior for organising bits and pieces as well as a bottle holder and outer side zippered pocket for small but important things.
On the subject of pencil cases, Gooie have gorgeous designs to match their backpacks. Fully lined and well sized. Pictured are the Dino and Car-mo styles priced at $16.99.
Don't forget a swim bag! These are lightweight, fully lined and sized to wear easily on little bodies. Drawstring cord straps make for quick outings and secure everything well. Fab for school excursions too. Pictured is the Xtreme design and it's priced at $19.99.
All Gooie items are hand printed and delightful. Check out their full back to school range here.
Like to win a back to school set for your child?
Gooie have generously offered one lucky
Six Little Hearts reader the chance to win a set of items
pictured here in their *choice of designs for either a boy or a girl.
The back to school Gooie prize pack includes:
One backpack/lunchbox combo $59.99,
one pencil case ($16.99) and one swim bag ($19.99).
Total prize pool $97.
*Subject to availability
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