Monthly Archives: August 2021

  • Top 10 Essentials You’ll Need to Accessorise Your Home

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    We have a multitude of essential household products to fit everyone’s needs. We’ve got bathroom essentials, kitchen essentials, living room essentials. You name it, we’ve got it, and it all looks super stylish. And here’s the best part; we have picked out 10 essential homeware items that we know you’ll love.

    Velvet Footstool

    Relax in your home on this elegant velvet footstool. Ideal for home or office furniture, this footstool will make any room look fabulous with its quaint design!

    Velvet Footstool

    Kitchen Sink Caddy

    Keep your kitchen free from unsightly clutter with this kitchen sink caddy. It's made of strong acrylic plastic in white and grey that will look great in any kitchen sink.

    Kitchen Sink Caddy

    Luxury Popcorn Throw

    Add some style to your sofa with this luxurious popcorn textured throw! Super soft and cosy to the touch this throw is the perfect home decor item that you can throw on the bed, a sofa, or a chair. Perfect for those cosy movie nights.

    Luxury Popcorn Throw

    Faux Mongolian Cushion

    Get snug in your bedroom/living room with our stylish Faux Mongolian Cushion, perfect for making you feel extra cosy. Made to be luxuriously soft, you'll be able to relax in style while staying comfy thanks to their trendy yet homey look. Available in assorted colours, you're sure to find a cushion to match your decor.

    Faux Mongolian Cushion

    Wide Navy Stripe Storage Bag

    Store your daily essentials in this stylish wide navy stripe storage basket. Whether you're storing make-up, toiletries, stationery, or other items, there's plenty of storage in these wide baskets.

    Wide Navy Stripe Storage Bag

    Microfibre Fitted Sheet

    I’m sure you can agree, there is nothing better than ending a long day, and coming home to fresh bed sheets. Drift away on luxury and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead with this microfibre fitted sheet. With many colours to choose from and different sizes, you can revamp your bedding for amazing value!

    Perfect for adding a fresh style to your bedroom, this sheet is durable, long lasting and machine washable for ease of care.

    Microfibre Fitted Sheet

    Small Multi Compartment Organiser

    Stay organised and store your daily essentials in this multi compartment organiser. Whether you're storing make-up, toiletries, stationery, or other items, there's plenty of storage in these organisers.

    Small Multi Compartment Organiser

    Glass & Bamboo Serving Set

    This glass & bamboo serving set is great for serving your guests tea, sugar and coffee or anything of your choice. The glass and bamboo combination is a great aesthetic design that will look fabulous in any kitchen.

    Glass & Bamboo Serving Set

    Pink Neat & Tidy Storage Box

    To get your home looking nice and clean, why not use this pink Neat & Tidy Storage Box! It's ideal for storing away all your various bits and pieces and is in a colour that goes well with any room.

    Pink Neat & Tidy Storage Box

    Sugar Plum Pudding Jar Candle

    Perfect as a gift or simply for you to enjoy at home, this 18oz jar candle has a yummy sugar plum pudding scent which brings an inviting atmosphere to your home all year round. Not only does it smell great, but it also looks great in your house with its pink colour it would easily go with any living room, bedroom or bathroom.

    Sugar Plum Pudding Jar Candle

    That is our top 10 list of household essentials. We have lots of other great items that you might also be interested in. To view our full range of bargains, check out our Home Sweet Home leaflet by clicking the button below.

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  • The Back To School Essentials Checklist

    Wow! After all the homeschooling and the various lockdowns, it’s great to see kids going back to school and into the classrooms. With the strange year we’ve had, the usual routines have gone out the window and finding that PE kit may be a struggle too. And will they even fit in their kit and uniform? And where’s that lunch box gone?

    Getting ready to go back to school can sometimes be a challenge. Creating that list of back to school tasks is often part of the process and for busy mums and dads, a list is always required. To prevent any issues, we’ve created a checklist of those essentials you’ll need to check, re-use or buy again.

    Here’s our comprehensive checklist of those back to school essentials, split into kit, stationery and COVID-19 essentials to make it easy for you and your kids to tick off as you go along. Getting your little ones involved, whether they’re younger or older children, makes sense as it adds to the excitement of getting back to school and can be a fun activity to do together. Of course, the older ones will also be keen to have their say on what’s being bought – they really don’t want another lunchbox with pink fairies on!

    We’ve even created a downloadable PDF version of the checklist below so you can print it and tick it off as you go along. We all get a sense of satisfaction ticking off those little, yet important tasks.


    The Back To School Kit Essentials Checklist

    When it comes to the kit, it definitely makes sense to check if clothes, shoes and trainers still fit. The checklist includes:

    • Uniform – checking the school requirements of course
    • Shoes and socks
    • Shoe polish kit – to make those shoes shiny
    • Coat
    • Umbrella
    • Hat, scarf and gloves
    • PE kit including trainers, t-shirts, shorts, sports socks and a PE kit bag to pop it all in
    • Swimwear if there’s school swimming lessons and maybe a separate swimming kit bag
    • Rucksack, school bag or book bag
    • Lunch box and drinks bottle
    • Name labels for all that kit

    The Back To School Stationery Essentials Checklist

    colour pencils lined upThis includes all the stationery essentials as well as a few extras for older children:

    Depending on the age of your children, you may also need:

    • English dictionary and thesaurus
    • A pocket calculator and possibly a scientific one
    • A maths geometry kit including compass, protractor and set squares
    • Foreign language dictionary may also be on the list

    The COVID-19 Essentials Checklist

    Of course, these days, we also need to add:

    • Hand sanitiser – ideally pocket-sized
    • Hand wipes
    • Possible face masks depending on your school’s policy on this
    • Tissues
    • Sun cream and a sun hat (in case of hot weather)

    Buying all this back to school equipment needn’t cost the earth, so make a trip to your nearest Poundstretcher store and bring our checklist along so you can tick off the items as you add them to your basket or trolley.

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    We’ve created the checklist to help you get super organised. Of course, this is the kit list and it’s great to get that organised in plenty of time. However, as all parents know, this is just one part of the getting ready to go back to school process. Encouraging your little ones to join in makes sense as you start to prepare them for the return to school and most likely reduce their stress levels from going back into school and all that entails. Certainly, the August/September back to school time is an important one, as they go up a year, maybe have a new teacher or even a new school to go to, so making the process of getting ready fun will certainly help.

    So, when do you start with all the preparations? We’ve built our checklist based on what you need to think about first and that is certainly the uniform as that will take a little longer to sort, especially as you’ve got to sew in or apply those name tags.

    In terms of a schedule, our recommendation is not to start too early, for one they keep growing, then there’s also the fact it’s the summer holidays, so it’s best to enjoy it and have some fun.

    The Back to School Final Countdown

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    4 weeks to go:

    • Check out any communications from the school. With COVID-19 restrictions easing the school’s policies on what to take, the process may be a little different to last year so make sure you read the information carefully.
      • is there a new school uniform policy
      • any checklists from the school
      • any paperwork to complete or anything extra to take into consideration which will most likely be the case when your child is changing schools
      • pop the back to school date on your family calendar so everyone knows when it is
    • Check the clothing situation and involve your children, and probably, more importantly, the teenagers, in any new purchases.
    • Consider what embroidered uniform you require, and the lead times from these suppliers, don’t leave this until the rush at the end of the summer break.
    • Check if any hand-me-downs are really reusable.
    • Get your name labels on order.
    • Organise any childcare arrangements.
    • Book that school bus if needed.

    3 weeks to go:

    • Buy those essential items including uniform, PE kit and coat (as long as you’re in agreement on the items) – top tip – shop around as you may not need to go to the school’s preferred uniform supplier.
    • Buy the rucksacks, lunch boxes and drinks bottles – encourage the children to get involved in deciding on the designs.
    • Buy the stationery you need – of course, re-use what you have but everyone loves new stationery, and the pencil case from year 3 is really not a good look for year 5 – honest!
    • Book in any haircuts and eye tests, and even getting them to the dentist before school starts will ease the busy time when school is back.

    2 weeks to go:

    • Time to check if there was any summer holiday homework – hopefully, there won’t have been but the schools this year may be eager to provide homework to help the children catch up, and let’s face it, you’re a dab hand at homeschooling now so you’d best get to it!
    • Routines need to start going back to the school term schedules, so gradually get them to bed earlier and up earlier. No more lie-ins and late nights.

    1 week to go:

    • Have you done your sewing? Pop those name tags in the new kit if you haven’t already, or if you’ve gone with a fabric pen approach, get that pen out and start tagging the kit.
    • Check the school paperwork and note down the timings on your Family Calendar.
    • Why not organise a picnic/playdate with their close friends to help them get excited about going back? A little bit of chocolate will always be a treat.
    • Pop a little slip of paper inside your children’s rucksack with your emergency contact details for added safety. Of course, the school should have your details.
    • For younger children, you may need to include a spare change of clothes in case of accidents – worth checking with the school on their specific policy as things have changed with COVID-19.
    • Remember to buy the lunch box food for the first week.
    • Having school dinners rather than packed lunches? Then make sure you’ve ordered them and set up payments.
    • If your child is on any medication, you’re best to contact the school to discuss their procedures. They will most likely need a medical form completing and the medicine dropped off at the school beforehand.

    The day before:

    • Encourage your child to pack their school bag or help you pack it.
    • Get the uniform ready as well as a PE kit if needed.
    • Prepare the lunch boxes including a piece of fruit for break time.
    • Re-set your alarm – no more lie-ins, Monday to Friday needs to be school hour wake-up times.

    On the day:

    • Start early to make the getting ready for school experience less frantic and more fun.
    • Fill up the drinks bottles and get all the kit ready – school bags, PE kit, lunch boxes and bottles.
    • Make sure they actually take their bags with them!
    • Send them or take them to school – aren’t school days just the best?
    • Set an alarm for yourself so you don’t forget to pick them up!

    Download Your Back To School Kit Essentials Checklist

    We hope you enjoy ticking everything off the list.

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    When it comes to going back to school, we hope the Back To School Kit Essentials Checklist as well as the Back to School Final Countdown is useful and helps relieve some of the stress of going back to school.

    Our Back to School Leaflet

    Check out our Back to School Leaflet below for the latest school related products in our one accessible PDF.

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    When you’re ready to buy all those essential items, check out our Back To School Supplies page and our Store Finder for addresses, directions and opening hours!

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