Yeah, I can hear you sighing! We’ve not even broken up for summer yet and I’m talking about going back to school.
In this house though, stationery is uber important. Serious business, that quite frankly, takes up the whole summer preparing for the ultimate Back-to-School kit.
Last week, we were invited into a place my girls think is very close to heaven. Most people by now will have heard of Smiggle. A shop devoted to funky stationery, founded in Australia.
We spend a LOT of time in Smiggle (Its a Smile & a Giggle you know!) – even Mr C has been known to have a mooch. He had spent that many occasions waiting around outside, that he gave up and joined the fun inside. Its fair to say that Smiggle is bright, an assault on not just the eyes but the nose and fingertips too. This isn’t a shop where you should be frightened of kids touching things – Everything in Smiggle is designed to be just that bit more interesting than ordinary stationery. A notebook is seldom just a notebook, they are full of hidden secrets – We saw a camouflage set with heat sensors that changed colour when you touch hidden animals. Pens and pencils are smelly – You can spend ages, working out the flavours.
Over the past few months, Smiggle stationery packs have become our standard choice for birthday present gifts – Tara insists on buying slap bands every time we go near and we have a wide selection of Smiggle water bottles.
So back to the event at Smiggle Arndale last week, Smiggle were introducing their new G’Day UK range – a ode to their Australian heritage. You can see the range in the photo above with Violet & Tara – Violet wasn’t moving far from that fan that sprays water! Think Koala erasers and Kangaroo back packs (with the cutest pouches).
I’m very pleased to be hosting a giveaway for some Smiggle Back-to-School goodies so you can stock up in time for September too. I have a Fluffy Buddy Lockable Notebook (RRP £11.50) and a 2tone Silicone Roll Bottle (RRP £13) to giveaway to one lucky winner.
To enter please tell me what makes you Smile & Giggle? The competition open at 10PM on Monday 11th July 2016 and will close at 11.59PM on Monday 25th July 2016. The winner will be randomly selected by Wednesday 27th July and informed by email. The winner will be asked to provide a postal address that their prize can be sent to.
To enter, please follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below (Please note, comments are to be left at the bottom of this post rather than on the widget itself to be a valid entry). Good Luck everyone! (Sorry Uk entries only)