Friday, 23 January 2015

Back to School With Gooie - Great Gear for Kids and A Fantastic Back to School Giveaway...


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.
 
****GIVEAWAY***
 
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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*Disclosure: The items featured in this review were gifted.
All opinions expressed are those of this blog's Author.
 
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54 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous!! Love the backpacks and all the useful goodies you can put in there - and how cute are the pics of your kids! My favourite school holiday was a beach holiday. Living in country NSW a beach holiday was a real treat to see water!! We had hours having fun !

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  2. Great give away! Those backpacks look great :)

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  3. Oops ... and my deets are ... Deepfriedfruit.com.au and Leanne at Leanne Shea Langdown dot com

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  4. The dinosaur bag is so cool!! I would love a dinosaur bag for myself!!!

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    1. I know Holly - they're gorgeous aren't they? Need an adult's range for those of us who are just big kids. x

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  5. Our favourite holiday activity would've been having a backyard campout. We set up our tent in the yard and the kids got to sleep out there. We topped it off with a BBQ and games. It was fantastic!
    Michelle V

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  6. Our favourite holiday activity is to go bush walking for 360 degrees of nature and fresh air!

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  7. We went to mogo zoo- it was awesome and the kids loved feeding deer. Seeing my 2 year old see a real life giraffe was priceless! (Amy Ahearn)

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  8. It would have to be our trip away for 7 days to the Sunshine Coast. No rushing, just chilling by the beach, the pool. I will miss the school holidays because I am inherently lazy and dread going back to being the morning Nazi.

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  9. You lost me at "everyone sleeps in until 9am". I wish!! ha ha These are just divine. My first starts primary school next week. BRING.IT.ON! :)

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    1. Yes - 9am! Must have inherited a gene! Good luck with the first school days - such a huge change. x

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  10. We had an overnight trip away to Canberra. The kids were wide eyed as we treated ourselves to a stay at the Novotel, complete with indoor pool and all you can eat breakfast. Then we took them to the Christmas Lights Display in Civic along with a traditional merry go round ride. The kids thrived on the excitement, shining lights and overall festive atmosphere. They didn't know where to look next. Follow this with a next day movie of Paddington which had us all in stitches, then a trip to the Canberra Zoo and Aquarium on our way home. What a jam packed fun filled two days. The kids were exhausted, hyper over their two days of excitement and totally pumped full of enthusiasm. How blessed we feel to have enjoyed such happy days with our three gorgeous bright and bubbly kidlets. Just a little holiday, but a fondly remembered one.

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    1. Sounds like a fantastic weekend Rachel - thanks for sharing and good luck!

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  11. These bags look great, fabulous quality. Entering your competition for sure!
    Amber
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

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  12. Hasn't the holidays passed by so quickly? oh wow another fabulous giveaway! Your blog is seriously the place to visit for young families like mine, you've introduced me to some amazing companies and products x

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    1. So glad to hear that Natalie - yours likewise!
      Yes the holidays are zooming by.

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  13. These are the perfect bags for my twin boys to start preschool this year...and I can get them the lunch box to match?!! Love it

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  14. They're all so pretty! Great activities for kids. These days, most would just keep them occupied...and quiet playing games on their ipads

    kids Kindergarten

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  15. many hours spent swimming in the ocean
    And catching waves with our children!
    All slept rather well while we were away
    Bliss!
    Deb K (tweeti at live dot com)

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  16. I've been working really long hours to pay the bills, but I got 9 days off over Christmas to spend with the kids and we had a fantastic time! We even played monopoly a few times!!
    Kim maree

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  17. Enjoying the pool at our new house. Makes all the hours spent cleaning it worth it when you see the joy on their faces!

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  18. Frolicking at the beach almost every day. Hooray for summer!

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  19. Love the holidays but have to admit, looking forward to school starting back! Gorgeous bags and giveaway. Will definitely share!

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  20. My boys would love the dinosaur design! Gooie gear would definitely get my kids excited about school. Still have a year for that day to happen!

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  21. Its always nice to see kids enjoying things that don't involve technology.

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  22. Th walk to Mutton Bird Island Reeves in Coffs Harbour, with views like this can you blame me. My girls love it. It's quite a walk for a 9 year old but she loves it.

    http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e247/wundergurl/10403216_850095345050531_114304416507300892_n_zpsde84tnqs.jpg

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing this - lovely!

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  23. We went up the coast these holidays and weren't all that impressed with the cabin we were in.. however, Dora thought it was the bee's knees. She had her own room with a bunk bed and there was a great pool, aivary and playground. She thought it was the best holiday ever, which made sleeping on the most uncomfortable bed, the rain, the heat, the dirty cabin well worth it.

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  24. I've loved taking my girls to a local resort for a cooling swim as it's been so very hot these school holidays, it was so refreshing.

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  25. I loved taking evening walks after dinner with my girls on the beach. It's one of the things I love about having a holiday house by the sea, hopefully they loved it too.

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  26. The bags look lovely and I'm sure the designs would appeal to lots of kids. Thanks for linking to Mummy Mondays #Team MM

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  27. Picking strawberries together has been a highlight. So much fun just spending time together and eating delicious warmed by the sun strawberries!

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  28. They are lovely. We have had fun playing in snow here.thanks for joining linked

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  29. Our favourite holiday memory of this summer would be swimming in the rain, the kids loved it, you have to make the most of the hoilday's.

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  30. The long drive away for our Christmas holiday, yeah everyone becomes tired and restless but confined to the car we have to choice but to talk, sing, laugh and cry with each other.....to me THAT is quality time that makes memories special

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  31. Favourite part of the day was having breakfast in bed with the kids! Melissa Puli

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  32. Swimming at a local reservoir surrounded by bushland & birds. The fresh waster was so soft & clear, we even found a baby turtle.

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  33. I loved all the beach trips we did

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  34. Loved going to my Uncles farm. Still go there now and take my 5yo daughter. She LOVES it there. My names Tanene :)

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  35. I love Pyjama days!! They really are the best!!! Marleisa

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  36. Best memories are time playing with the grandkids...trampoline time where i fall over and they 'stacks on the mills' me!
    Monica

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  37. We went on a motorhome trip for the first time with kids during the last week of school holidays & it was fun. We travelled around Sydney and kids loved all the sight seeing. Moreover it was a great bonding time for our family because we used our phones for emergency situations only & did not carry any other gadget with us.

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  38. We always get out the black plastic, detergent and a hill! We had it out over the weekend and the kids (and adults) had an absolute ball for hours :)

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  39. These holidays we went to visit Grandma and Grandpa at the beach where the kids enjoyed bringing along all their buckets and spades (which Mum had to carry along with everything else on the way home!) and made fun body sculptured castles upon Dad.
    Charisse Childs

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  40. We discovered the free kids events at the libraries - we've made pencil holders, planted herbs, created a puppet theatre and a bookmark - all for free!

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    1. Free events at the library are always top quality experiences! Thank you so much for entering and congratulations, you are our winner! I will be in touch shortly...
      Thank you everyone for entering, we really enjoyed hearing about your Summer fun!

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    2. Thank you so much! My son will so excited. (As am I!)

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  41. We love geocaching or as my kids call it 'treasure hunting'.

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