This has been the most exciting Summer as we get ready for Little Squirrel starting school in just a couple of weeks time…
First we visited our local school uniform supplier and got her all kitted out for her new school. Seeing your child in a school uniform for the first time – what a rush of emotions that was!
Next on our list for getting ready for school was to find the perfect school bag and the perfect pencil case for this first exciting term. So last month, at Little Squirrel’s request, we visited our local Smiggle store to find the schoolbag. She very quickly decided on this Fluffy Swirl Junior Backpack…
Fiffy Swirl Junior Backpack
We were really lucky as when we were in store this backpack was on sale and cost us only £17.50, when it normally retails at £36. I know she was drawn to the fluffy colourful design and the Smiggle-scented ears, but I have to admit I love it too! Such a fun backpack, but I am also really pleased at the quality of this product, it feels strong and is practical with three zipped compartments and two drink bottle compartments. We also have a friend who has had this backpack for 6 months now and it is lasting really well!
Not long after we had bought the schoolbag, I had an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing some products from Smiggle’s Back To School range, so this is what we received and what we thought…
We received two pencil cases. One was the Smiggle Bestie pencil case, a fluffy Smiggle character with one zipped compartment, that comes with a character back story and birth certificate. The product itself is well made, and feels lovely to the touch, but I am afraid it is a little on the small side in length, as it doesn’t have room for standard sized pencils…
Left – Smiggle Bestie pencil case
Right – Dolly Squad hardtop pencil case
The other pencil case, pictured on the right above, was the Dolly Squad hardtop pencil case. Again, I love the fun, bright design of this case, but it is big and a little bulky I feel, that I don’t see her carrying this to school every day. We would most certainly get use out of it at home for storing colouring pens and craft supplies, but for a school pencil case I think we are going to buy ourselves a softer, less bulky one. Little Squirrel has her eye on the Fiffy character two pocket pencil case which is reduced from £12.50 to £8.50 at the minute. This one matches her school bag!
Fiffy character twopocket pencil case
Next we received a pack of Juicy Highlighters – 5 scented highlighters, retailing at £4.50 (though included in a 2 for £5 offer at the minute), and the Ice Cream Highlighter, retailing at £5.00. Both are fun products, and my girls love the novelty of a scented pen, and I know they will get lots of use, and fun, out of these.
Left – Juicy scented highlighters
Right – Ice cream highlighter
Finally, amongst our array of Smiggle goodies to try was the Now You See Me kids wallet and a reversible sequined A5 notebook. Little Squirrel loves the cute design on the wallet, and I think this will be handy to add to her schoolbag for carrying money in for school trips… The notebook is a hit with sequins and a unicorn for obvious reasons!
Left – Reversible sequined A5 notebook
Right – Now You See Me kids wallet
I have to be honest, I am a fan of Smiggle. I love their bright, fun designs. Some products could be more competitively priced, but they regularly have super money-saving offers on making some of their products more affordable. At the minute they are running 2 for £5 on stationery essentials and have 50% off back to school goodies when you spend £20+. I have always been impressed with the quality of the products we have bought, and the girls love a trip in store, where they are dazzled with sights and scents.
Thanks to Gareth from Beattie Communications Group and to Smiggle for sending through this range of products for us to review. As always are opinions are honest and my own. Prices are accurate at the time of publishing this post.