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I have two girls and I LOVE styling their hair each day for school. In the beginning it was fun, however now it’s important to style it in a way, either braid or pulled back and tidy to stops the nits! I use the drawers in our TV cabinet to store all the girls hairties, […]

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  • Julia K

    Two of my dd’s dance and this requires a fair selection of hair paraphernalia. I was fed up with hair stuff here there and everywhere so this year I invested in a hair trolley like the ones they use at the hairdressers. It was about $90 on ebay but has been worth every penny !ReplyCancel

  • Beck!

    Hi! I was sick of never being able to fine matching coloured hair ties, so this is what I came up with. :) LOVE YOUR SITE by the way! :)ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great way to be able to see everything in one go! Not to mention portable!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    I have boys. They don’t even brush their hair. EVER. Ok, maybe occasionally when we’re going out or something – but their hair looks exactly the same regardless! short back and sides for both of them (to stop the dreaded nits) and a trim every eight weeks.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Berriman

    I have three little girls and doing hair is a massive drama everyday (they are 5, 3, and 22 months). I am looking forward to being able to try out some of these styles when they are older and will sit still for a nice style. I am terrible at braids though (and I was a hairdresser years ago!) I think I will look up those tutorials. I also love the idea of using those square containers. I have a stack of them in the cupboard. Thanks for sharing these ideas.ReplyCancel

    • It sure is hard when they’re younger. Hopefully they learn quickly so you can have some fun!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    My 5 year old Daughter HATES having her hair done. I have tried to organize her hair clips etc but never thought to have a “hair station”. Having things in the bathroom never helps because we do hair in the lounge room generally. What a great idea, thank you. Must try this this year.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat I have tried a few of these styles and I suppose practice makes perfect. You are so clever.I use for all the hair ties a cut off 2 litre plastic milk bottle/cartons. Wash, remove labels cut off to the desired height and presto. So they will fit in any drawer.I use them in all of my drawers, they are inexpensive, as you buy it for the milk and you are recycling as well. I use them for everything and everywhere. They also make great tea light holders, just put a little sand in the bottom and use in the garden for parties. . ReplyCancel

  • Gin

    I wish I had girls for this reason! I have fond memories of my mum doing my hair for school every morning.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It’s such a great way to spend time together.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I’ve been thinking of taking some photos of my girl’s hair styles and putting together a photo book so they can show me which one they want. We’ve already named a few and I often have requests for ‘Elsa’ hair. :)ReplyCancel

Many years ago after the twins started kindy I created our school bag nook. I didn’t want to keep their school bags in their bedrooms and preferred to keep them off the floor. Firstly it started with a few 3M hooks on the wall, then I personalised them a wooden letter for their name with […]

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  • Marita Beard

    We got a 4 shelf expedit unit (2×2) and put that in our foyer. Just the right size for sliding bags in, ours get to heavy to put on wall hooks.. well husbands bag anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    We’ve got an expedit as well. We have the 8 shelf one. The top row houses their school bags (and one for my handbag) and the bottom row houses their school shoes inside baskets. It works perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie @ Aspiring Mum

    We use the expedit as well. I bought some of the ‘Lekman’ boxes from Ikea for the bottom row – these are where the bags go, and the top row is for hats and homework folders. It looks neat and works really well.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    I love how Emily has used the Ikea Trofast frames and tubs for her school storage! Fantastic. Love that even the bags are packed awayReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I still have problems with the school bags, but we put a row of hooks up with the days of the week on it for after-school activities. The Monday hook has the gymnastics uniform bag; Tuesday the Taekwondo, etc. That way the washing goes to a logical place, music books can be put away somewhere, etc., and grabbing them on the way out the door is very easy. There is a spare hook at the end for a “homework requirements” bag that has pens/pencils, coloured pencils, paper etc so the other child can do homework while waiting for the activity to end.ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I have a small townhouse and a huge expedit just inside the front door, 2 cubes are dedicated to my 2 girls backpacks and then another 2 with baskets for shoes and another 2 for their homework stations. No more bags on my kitchen floor and it has worked well for the past 8 months or so we have been doing it.ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    Just done our bag nook – got a shelf with sections above, and 9 hooks (4 kids), a shoe rack below, pottery barn boxes for papers etc and a whiteboard diary. may the clutter be confined to the one spot!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa M

    Just wondering where you store the kids’ library bags Katrina or special bags for sports (swimming, footy etc)?ReplyCancel

  • […] Back to School Series shares some easy healthy lunch ideas, reviews on lunchboxes, but the School Bag Nook post is my absolute fave of the series. School bags waiting to be tripped over on the floor is bloody […]ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    My friend runs a business called stuff masters. You should look at her launch pods. They’re amazing for organising kids bags etc.
    I think the website is

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This post is sponsored by Ascent Footwear My husband has had problems with his back ever since he was a child and for this reason we have made sure that we buy the kids good quality school shoes. It’s critical for their little growing feet to have a school shoe specifically designed to support their […]

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  • Colleen

    I have 2 boys still at school, I look for shoes that have thick leather on the toe area as the boys play soccer at recess and lunch and they kick the toes out of their school shoes before the shoes wear out.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I have 2 girls and one boy in school, I always had fitted school shoes, so definitely get them fitted, double stitching, comfort and a for the girls a nice slim line. For my boy who kicks the ball around and runs like crazy the shoes have to stand up to wear and tear! One daughter always sits cross-legged on the concrete so good thick leather on the outsides! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wood

    I’d love to win some Ascent Footwear
    To wear to school on my first day
    My friends will be jealous
    My Podiatrist zealous
    To Athletes Foot for a fitting I pray…ReplyCancel

  • Luise P

    I look for shoes that are going to be comfortable and hopefully last the whole yearReplyCancel

  • Mummasita

    Mum’s Criteria/ Kids Criteria – a every day shoe that works like a sports shoe (street cred), looks smart (styling), fits well and is comfortable ( sweet bounce), durability ( wicked wearability).
    One and the same needs
    Answer an Ascent ShoeReplyCancel

  • Bridgetjayne .

    I look for durability, comfort and of course having a girl they have to look pretty.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn Delapierre

    My daughter is hard on her school shoes. I always look for double stitching, comfortable, well fitted shoes. Ascent meet all these criteria and more. We are in the process of having our daughter assessed by an OT and a podiatrist, so its looking like the Ascent Shoes will be the best fit for her!ReplyCancel

  • Peta Sage

    We have purchased Ascent shoes before and they are awesome, but unfortunately out of our price range.
    I look for comfort, support and quality in a mid price range shoe.ReplyCancel

  • Dan Noller

    I look for shoes that are easy to clean and keep looking good after a lot of school play. Also the idea of sneaky sports shoes is excellent. Best of both worlds!

  • Penny

    Last year for Prep I looked for velcro straps, this year for Year 1 I will look for laces for motor skills development. In addition I look for quality and comfort with a professional measure. I was in the UK pre-school last year so I bought black leather sports shoes in disguise from Clarks but this year I’ll need to look at what good brands are here. Thanks for the intro to Ascent shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    This is my first year buying school shoes…but what I thought most important was comfort, good fit, durability and ease for my little one to get on and off.ReplyCancel

  • Syandmel

    With our oldest in Prep we’re looking for comfort, black leather, long-lasting & Velcro straps. He’s VERY active & rough.
    Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Russell

    I have found over the years buying cheap shoes turns out more expensive in the long run. My boys will go through a cheap pair of shoes in 6wks. I have found that buying a good quality shoe will last my boys about 6mths… they are pretty rough on shoes!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Comfort and qualityReplyCancel

  • Nik

    Comfort, durability and value for money.
    We bought Ascent shoes for the first time last year and are definitely buying them again this year – it was the “sports shoe in disguise” that got us in. At the end of the year the kids said they were still comfortable, and even after playing footy at lunch my sons shoes showed very little wear – or maybe he’s just not as good as he pretends! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - The Everyday Blessings

    I look for a shoe that is comfortable, one that is snug enough so their shoes won’t rub but with enough growing room so I don’t need to buy a new pair in a couple of months. They need to last well and not fall apart and we also look for velcro so our youngest ones can put their shoes on independently. We buy Ascent shoes at Athlete’s Foot too :)ReplyCancel

  • Cara

    My aim is to get the school year out of one pair of shoes. With a boy going into year 2 this year this is a BIG ask as he’s so hard on his shoes! But for the last 2 years we have purchased Ascent shoes and have almost made it. The first year we got until 2 weeks from the end of year before the “gaffa” tape came out and last year it was November.
    I don’t believe there is another brand that will give us this longevity.ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Quality shoes for my small boys has always been important to me. I look for quality, natural materials where possible, durability, good fit, good tread, supportive & of course, nice looking shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Cannon

    I have 3 active boys at school. I know they run around, play handball, soccer, football and tip during lunch and afternoon breaks. Ascent school shoes give the black traditional look for the classroom but also sport shoe technology for comfort and support for growing active feet in the playground! 2 in 1 perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Joyce

    I look for a good quality shoe that has a good fit and looks good too.ReplyCancel

  • mareea

    For me the most important thing about buying school shoes, is getting comfy shoes with arch support. My son has slightly flat feet and I need him to have shoes that are going to support his feet while running around and because they wear them for at least 6hrs a day. I love the school shoes that double as sports shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Mendham

    In the past I’ve bought other school shoes, but this year I’ll be giving Ascent shoes ago! Thanks so much for your information, especially on the “Double stitching”, as last year my Prep boy only got six months out of his shoes. I’m sure these four growing feet will be comfortable and happy this year!ReplyCancel

  • Emma Hunt

    When it comes to school shoes for my children I look for comfort, durability and support. My son is going into grade 4 and my daughter is going into grade 1 this year they both desperately need new shoes! The Ascent would be perfect for us because our school requires black,leather,lace up shoes and these fit the criteria but are quite pricey. Like many families we are feeling the pinch after Christmas time, this is an awesome prize! Good luck everyone :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    Durability, comfort and quality!ReplyCancel

  • jessica

    A shoe that can handle the active life of a 6 year old boy… haven’t found one that lasts the distance yet, so I’d love to see how an Acsent shoe would withstand the onslaught!ReplyCancel

  • delfa

    That they are genuine leather and durability, I have made my mistake over the years and purchased shoes on sale and found out the hard way that I was going back and buying my trusted Clarks a few weeks after school started, so these days I look for Clarks too. I would however give Ascents a go now.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie B

    That the fit is excellent, well made and comfy.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Paton

    A shoe that will last more than a term and one that does not restrict movement as both my children love to runReplyCancel

  • susan b

    Durability and comfort. Something that will last more than 3 months on my14 year old.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Sounds like a great shoe, my daughter starts school this year and I’ve been looking for a shoe that will support growing feet and last and have found a few groups talk about these. So we would love to winReplyCancel

  • Míchelle&claire

    I’ve only heard great things about ascent school shoes! I’d look for durability and comfort for my preppy starting this year! She would love the Mary Jane style- such a girly girl :)

  • Dearne Murray

    I look for a durable shoe that offers their growing feet the essential support they need. They also need to fit in with their school’s dress code.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Lawrence

    As my son was born with a club foot, getting the correct fit is essential. A shoe that fits with the school standards and is comfortable is also very important. ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    I look for comfort and support! – I have been shoe shopping for my daughter who starts school this year a few times already but not found what I’m looking for. I’ll have to check out Ascent!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I look for comfort and durability. $80-$120 isnt a lot of money to pay for little kids feet for a whole year.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    The first year of school for my oldest son, I bought the Clark shoes and sport shoes from Athletes foot for sports day (1 day per week). At the end of the year, the Clarks shoes were 70% worn and the sports shoes were completely worn out from use also as casual wear; both shoes still fitted fine.

    The following year when I found out that the kids were running cross country as a class in their lunchbreak, I bought the Ascent disguised sports/school shoes. There is no need to change shoes at lunchtime and risk losing shoes and I know his feet are always supported. There is also no need to figure out what shoes to wear in the morning and where are they, as there is one set of shoes specifically for school.

    Lace-ups are required for school and there has been a struggle tying them and tying them tight enough to stay done up. I now buy the Ascent shoes with the elastic fake laces and the one Velcro strap for all my sons. Gives them independence and they are less likely to miss the school bus in the morning.

    It’s a no-brainer, the Ascent shoes last and they are able to do what it would take multiple shoes to achieve.ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    With four kids needing school shoes,
    Only the best will we choose.
    A school year they must last,
    Many others wear out fast!
    We’ve put others to the test,
    But Ascent are the best.
    To give Mum a treat,
    And look after their feet,
    Head to an Athlete’s Foot store.
    You really can’t ask for more!ReplyCancel

  • Clair M

    I have 3 kids the youngest starting school this year & they all have their
    Fathers flat feet so they need good quality comfy shoes. I havent tried
    Ascent before but would love the oppotunity. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    First, check out the school ground and the playing areas, and the activities they’re likely to be doing in their breaks. My children’s school was a building site for the first year my oldest was there – industrial strength shoes are a must for those circumstances. Now the building works are well and truly complete, it’s a mix of asphalt and grass, and they both play and run mainly on the asphalt – shoes need to have solid soles and ankle support.

    Also, you have to seriously consider your child’s abilities in the laces department – if they can’t tie laces tightly themselves, don’t go there no matter how hard they beg and plead. There’s nowt worse for a teacher that’s attempting to supervise an entire playground full of kids to have to endlessly re-tie shoelaces instead of stopping Little Jenny from burying Freddy in the sandpit.ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell

    I have tried many diffferent brands over the last 3 years with little success of them lasting more than 6 months. I have bought expensive ones and cheap ones with the same results.
    Thank goodness I have found this site, my house is in order and thanks to the budget tracker so are my finances. I think I will be heading to Ascent this year and hopefully we will have to get new shoes because his feet has grown and not because of the shoes falling apart.ReplyCancel

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  • Donella

    I look for quality stitching which will not wear out, good tread for non-slip running on the oval, and a style that my very particular boys will actually like.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Pike

    Comfortable fit (with orthodics), my child’s opinion and ‘The Athlete’s Foot’.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pang

    Leather, double stitching, ease of them putting on and off and something they like, if they are a good price too I love thatReplyCancel

  • Mel Betts

    I look for a good fit and durability, plus it has to be something they like so they will happily wear them.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Willis

    Correct fitting, durability (I perform the twist of the shoe test as too much movement is not very good. Comfort of my child, I too can vouch for the ascent shoe. I believe it to be very important to have a proper fitting shoe as my daughter wears these 3 days a week running around the playground, we buy the Mary Jane style and they seem to have excellent support and cushioning for her arches.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Pierson

    A = agreeable to parent and child
    S = shoe that meets school requirements
    C = comfortable
    E = excellent fit
    N = (k)nowledgeable shop assistant for accurate fit
    T = toe not hitting front of shoe!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    I look for quality. I like a show that looks like a school shoe with a jogger sole and support. Of course my kids are getting fussier as they get older so it has to be some thing that they will wear. With twins I learnt the hard way to stick with ASCENT. The first year I went through 2 pairs of cheaper school shoes, and three pairs of cheaper white joggers for sports day, each! Yes, 12 pairs of shoes. the next year I bought Ascent and they last all year, every year.ReplyCancel

    • nicole

      That was meant to be 3 pairs of school shoes and 3 pairs of joggers each!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Wilkinson

    I look for a shoe that will support my daughters feet everyday and that will wear well. ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    I buy ascents for support and comfort that are best for my child.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I am looking for a shoe which helps to align my 6 year old daughter’s heel to prevent excessive pronation. She gets shin pain if she wears anything other than high quality white joggers but school code is to wear black shoes. So i will definitely give the ascent shoes a go so she can have a supported heel and a black shoe as well!!ReplyCancel

  • jessica

    My twin daughters will be starting kindergarten this year. I’ll be looking for a shoe that has the flexibility to support their feet in all types of physical activity and also Velcro fastening.

  • Mary-Jane Vella

    This is actually perfect timing for me as I have my first child starting school in a matter of weeks and I’m very lost as to what to buy. When buying my son’s shoes, I will always look for good quality, comfortable shoes that are durable and obviously fit well. So when looking for his school shoes I will be doing the same. Thanks for your tips!ReplyCancel

  • ruthb

    A proper fit, good quality & durabilityReplyCancel

  • Joanne Everson

    I look for shoes that are of good quality, are a good fit and are comfortable for my daughter to wear and that will also lastReplyCancel

  • Jane

    Both my partner and I have back problems so I look for a shoe that will support not only my daughter’s feet but her whole body. A shoe that absorbs shock when she walks/runs, is comfortable to wear all day, every day and one that is durable to last at until she grows out of it (which at 5yrs of age, will probably be the end of the year). One that fits her well, so that there is no rubbing, no blisters and no scrunched up toes. One that doesn’t restrict movement and fits the active lifestyle of my little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I look for shoes that fit the foot well – we have brought Ascent shoes for our two eldest children as they seem to fit the shape of their feet well. I also look for a shoe that seems to be well made.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Mansell

    For my two school aged boys, I buy quality comfortable shoes. People often ask why I bother spending $100 on shoes when their kids have been fine in the $7 Big W shoes. My issue isn’t only about whether or not they will last (although with very active boys this needs to be considered) but I am.more concerned about the health of their feet. They are in these shoes almost all day everyday. I want the best shoes to be fitted properly to my child.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie

    Durable shoe that will with stand everyday activities of my 6yr old boy! Not an easy feat we went through 7 pairs of shoes last year :( We tried Betts Kids, Target, Kmart, Spendless shoe brands.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    There is now a great brand of shoes
    That every wise parent should choose;
    Support and great fit
    and they don’t hurt a bit –
    ASCENT is the brand you should use!ReplyCancel

  • colleen

    I have the first of my children starting school this year. I have everything organised except for the school shoes, as i have been putting it off, not sure on where or what to buy. This article is exactly what i needed…we always look for good quality, supportive, comfortable shoes for our children…Straight into The Athletes Foot next week for us, Thank you:-)ReplyCancel

  • Cara

    Definitely comfort and durability. Ascent definitely are the best all round shoes- the only one that my very active son can wear and they still look decent (without the usual holes in the toes/soles that he normally has with other brands- did I mention how hard he is on his shoes??). And he is so comfortable in them, and swears he runs faster and better in them. So its a win win all around :)ReplyCancel

  • Brooke May

    My daughter has klippel trenaunay syndrome and one of the issues is that her legs are different lengths.
    To prevent (or at least reduce) sprains, she needs a shoe with great support, and this year will have to fit her orthotics. But of course they still have to look good!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I would like to have a shoe that lasts long rather than spending money on a shoe that brakes, Id also look for a shoe that is comfortable and also has a lot of space to move your feet around.

  • Sarah Armstrong

    A good fitting, supportive and comfortable shoe. They are in them all day and do a wide variety of activities. Ill fitting shoes can lead to other health problems. Nothing worse than a pair of shoes that are uncomfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Jenni

    definitely correct fit. my daughter has long narrow feet, my son flat wide feet with a massive inner roll! my feet are dodgy and so painful all of the time and I would hate for my children to have painful feet, so I’m hoping getting properly supported and fitted shoes will help prevent future pain for them.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Turner

    I always look for comfort and style otherwise my kid’s want nothing to do with them.ReplyCancel

  • Janette Genner

    versatility and durability – both of my sons like to play sports/handball at lunchtime so I tend to go for a black leather jogger type shoes. My sons both have a skinny heal but are broad across the front of their feet so I have always had to get their shoes professionally fitted usually costing me heaps. Their last clark shoes did not last the distance so I will give athletes foot a chance this year – my girlfriend also went there last year and was very impressed with her kids shoes and the service. So glad to hear someone else recommends them. Thanks so much for your post on this subject and the pictures of the shoes they offer – the definately look sturdy.ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    support, comfort and that they fit.ReplyCancel

  • Linda C

    Both my girls have problems with their feet, so I always look for support, quality, comfort and style. After spending thousands treating feet problems I don’t want to go cheap and nasty when it comes to shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Kim E

    I look for shoes with good arches as my youngest daughter has flat feet like her father. I don’t want her to have the same problem with her legs and knees that he has. I find it hard to find shoes that look nice but are a good quality and within my budget. Having four daughters it is a costly exercise, and no matter how much I spent on shoes for my twins they would chew through their shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Julie C

    I look for comfort, quality and complying with the shool uniform code. Makes life easier for everyone!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Claire Barton

    I try to avoid synthetic materials and go for leather material, also the quality of how it is put together like stitching compared to glue etc and try to aim for light weight on their feet. For my 7 y/o son I also have to consider the toe section as he is constantly kicking things that is usually the first to go! For my 10 y/o daughter style is super important to avoid being teased as she seems to make a prime target at school so low key mainstream is the usual winner for her!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    I look for good support around the heel, something we can put orthotics in & shoes that will last. A podiatrist recommended my son wear Ascent school shoes 4 years ago, & we have never looked back. They are the only school shoes that last the distance with my son.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Kagie

    Shoes that are comfortable and offer great support is a must when looking for a school shoe.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Mills

    My son has special needs and has some manual dexterity issues with tying shoe laces, so I tend to look for brands that have options of velcro tabs to provide him with some sense of independence (checking out your link to the Ascent website, I see they have these!). Of course, on top of that there is the comfort, the look and how much durability and support they are likely to have.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    A well fitting shoe that can be used for both the Class Uniform (3 days a week) and the Sports Uniform (2 days a week). I am not keen to buy 2 pairs of school shoes for a Prep child so the Ascent School shoe that looks like a school shoe and functions as sport shoe suits our needs perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Trina Hain

    With a very active 7 year old I am looking for durability and then price. I would prefer to pay a premium price as long as it last all the school year.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Carey

    A shoe that fits well, feels comfortable and is durable are my priorities. This means I only need to buy one pair per yearReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    I look for a shoe with a comfortable fit – bit like Goldilocks, not too big, not too small, just right; with a bit of growing room and a good tread. Leather so it molds nicely to their feet shape and breathes out those wafting smells. If my son had his way we would buy the biggest, clompiest sandshoes with thick heels and no laces. My daughter on the other hand would like red sparkly shoes like the Wizard of Oz. I’d love the perfect shoe that miraculously appears polished each Monday morning and expands with their ever growing feet.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy K

    I like to buy leather shoes for my children. I look for a shoe with an arch support as I think this is important for posture and to prevent flat feet.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Turner

    I look for leather shoes as they let the foot breath, that they are a comfortable fit, have arch support, at least a thumb width between the tip of there toes and the tip of the shoe, as the toes should not rub against the tip of the shoeReplyCancel

  • Annie Wittup

    When looking for school shoes the essentials are: leather, well supporting, quality, comfort, price, durability.ReplyCancel

  • Liz A

    It’s a juggle between what our podiatrist recommends (bendy in the right place, fitting our custom orthotics while supporting heels and ankles well) and school requirements of all-black leather running shoes!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Brown

    I look for shoes that have good stitching, are a good price for a large family, and ones that my daughters think look like girls shoes – as I got that wrong once, I hope never to repeat!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith

    I am happy to pay more for shoes that will last for as long as they fit, and can be polished up to a nice shine!ReplyCancel

  • Susan

    I look for fit and comfort but also the weight. Both my children have quite small feet so I don’t want them having to lug around heavy shoes. They need black lace ups for school and I’ve noticed a lot of the good quality ones are chunky and heavy. SusanReplyCancel

  • Demi Monfries

    Definitely that it fits my son and he finds it comfortable. I also find lots of kids shoes are quite heavy so I like to find ones that are as light as possible. My sons school allows velcro for the first 2 years and then laces so a shoe brand with both options so if the velcro ones are comfy I know the laces ones will be too! My sons feet are quite narrow so ones that cater to this as well would be fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Abby

    Wow thanks for the shoe advise! My eldest is starting Kindy this year at school, so this is my first time having to buy shoes! So I really needed to read this! Thanks
    I need to look for ones with velco apparently to.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    My son is starting Prep, so these articles are valuable having no previous experience, I know I need to look for quality, comfort and the correct size and from word of mouth – Velcro straps, as he is not yet proficient in tying laces up. Thanks for all the recent articles – proving invaluable!ReplyCancel

  • Bron

    We have now purchased Ascent school shoes for two years now and they are great. They do last the whole year, accommodate one child’s orthotics with no problem, are light to wear and durable. Both children say they are comfortable and never complain about wearing school shoes. Won’t be changing any time soon!ReplyCancel

  • Donna W

    I am about to become a school mum, so don’t really know what to look for in a school shoe. Everyone who I’ve asked advice from has told me to look for leather, sports style shoes and to get them properly fitted.

    Most friends have recommended going to Athlete’s Foot over Shoes ‘n Sox because of the Ascent brand quality. So I guess I will be heading to Athletes Foot! I would love to win a free pair. Thanks for the tip about bringing his own socks!ReplyCancel

  • Nikki D

    I look for shoes that have a good sole, are flexible and fit well around the ankle. Ascent ticks all of these boxesReplyCancel

  • Carli Thom

    I look for a leather shoe, well made with a good reputation. I had been buying Clarks shoes for 13yrs and last year tried Ascent, I was very happy with them, I will be buying them again this year for my six children!ReplyCancel

  • karen keiper

    leather, well made and value for money are my criteria.(as well as a good fit of course!!)ReplyCancel

  • Dani

    Durablity and flexibility ….. a shoe that can handle my VERY active kids and that will last longer than a term. My 13yo and 6yo are very hard on shoes, whereas my 9yo makes them last … must be the different ways they play!ReplyCancel

  • julie

    A good pair of school shoes has
    1. Strong ankle support but not too rigid
    2. When you twist the toes and heel it does move with some resistance
    3. Good weight.. not too heavy and not too light
    4. Comfort.. if they are not comfortable you wont want to wear them
    5. Good stitching and looks goodReplyCancel

  • Tricia Greig

    I have not had to buy “proper” school shoes before. My kids have so far just worn runners or sandals they already own. This year my eldest boy starts highschool with a very strict uniform. After purchasing the clothes and the Ipad for him I then turned to shoes. AHHHHHHHH! $$$$$ Im not happy about the state of the leather industry at the moment (the use of sacred indian cows is disgusting and our leather industry is not very good either) So im looking for an eco friendly shoe that still fits with the code. I have been reading these posts and I will be on a mission to check out the Acsent shoe range this payday.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    Comfort, reliability, effectiveness, room for feet to grow, ease of cleaning and hardiness.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Kapsley

    i like my daughter to like the look but i expect them to be comfortable and safe as wellReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Durability. With two minichaps, I need a shoe that I know will last longer on the playground than they do.ReplyCancel

  • kel412

    Fit, comfort and durability, I want my kids to be comfortable in their shoes as they spend a lot of time in them, and I also prefer the school sports shoe in one, as the kids don’t have to carry another pair of shoes in their bags on sports or PE days.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Evans

    Price, comfort, durability, correct colour, leather & room for growth.ReplyCancel

  • Thash

    My little girl is starting Prep soon. She has not been to Kindy or DayCare and has always been with me – so aside from the emotional side of her going to Prep (sob) – there’s also the enormous amount of decisions I am now having to make regarding lunch boxes, school bags, book lists, homework nooks, school shoes etc. and I am confused as!! Your website has been an ENORMOUS help – thank you so very much for all your advice. To answer the competition question: I would look for durability, quality stitching, comfortable inner parts, the look of the shoe is important and I would look for a shoe that’s been recommended by “The Organised Housewife!” since you seem to have it all together and you have the school mum experience and knowledge! I’ve already bought stuff for my daughter’s homework nook, am going to use the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus and will look for lunch ideas on your site. Being on one income the Ascent Footwear shoes are a bit pricey for us – so would love to win a pair. Thank you again for all your help!ReplyCancel

  • Jill

    I chose school shoes that are not too heavy so my kids run around all lunch break. Many of the huge, clunky leather school shoes are very heavy.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Jones

    Breathable. My boy has sweaty feet. It’s horrible if his shoes are not breathable particularly after playing sports.ReplyCancel

  • Sam Santillo

    comfort and the right fit!!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Comfort that won’t wear out before they’re grown out of. I want shoes that last.ReplyCancel


    Affordable durability that’s comfortable. AND they have to look good, my two are right royal little shoe snobs……and yep they got it from me!ReplyCancel

  • Karina Wong

    It is good quality and will fit them for at least a year!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Reed

    Longevity, I have 4 kids and I have learnt from experience that cheap shoes mean that they will only last a few weeks at the most.( I have 3 boys) The more you pay means the longer they will last, generally. I also work in a school, and see some kids wearing “cheap” shoes and sure enough they are wrecked soon enough.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Over the years my Podiatrist hubby has taught me to
    # check that the shoe bends with the foot
    #take the orthotics with me!
    # take out the innersole, stand my children’s feet on it to check where their toes spread to make sure that growing toes aren’t being squashed.
    # quality sole that can handle scuffing.
    I have taken many shoes back when I haven’t followed the guidelines. Will be fine with Ascent…my hubby rates these.ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    A quality shoe in a store with good customer service that can measure and fit the 4 children as quickly as possible! It is never often a pleasurable experience taking all 4 shoe shopping!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Lawson

    Well fitting and durable as well as easy for the children to put on.ReplyCancel

  • JBMarigold

    For the money outlaid, shoes have to have QUALITY… a substantial sole, heavy-duty stitching and leather that will outlast the child’s time in them!

    Only then is fashion considered!ReplyCancel

  • Julia Mason

    I look for extreme comfort and a great style as school is challenging enough without adding sore feet to the list!ReplyCancel

  • LadyTiffany OfGlencoe

    All leather, the right fit and comfort, plus they have to be durable for the rough play and time spent in themReplyCancel

  • Sharon Fawcett

    I go for leather shoes as they last longer and stand up to boys kicking footys and lord knows what else and always make sure I get them professionally fitted.ReplyCancel

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  • Lisa

    Durability – Buying cheaper shoes that don’t last distant is just false economy.ReplyCancel

  • Christina Lungo

    Support and shoes that are versatile as well as reliableReplyCancel

  • ardentwhispers

    Much like you, I look for comfort and versatility in a school shoe!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Young

    I want happy little feet,
    To walk along our street,
    To school for another year,
    That they’ll meet with good cheer!

    When buying shoes I look for fit,
    But that is only part of it,
    I need shoes that run a mile,
    And produce a happy smile!

    For mums and kids all year long,
    Durable leather – can’t go wrong,
    Easy to fasten for littlies too,
    I just love a good school shoe!ReplyCancel

  • Narelle Rock

    I look for shoes that have good soles that are non-slip, well made, preferably leather so they breathe, they need to fit well and be comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Tania C

    Durability – my eldest son is in men’s sizes and is costing us a fortune!ReplyCancel

  • Antonietta

    At the moment, our school shoes have to have velcro, per obvious
    reasons, can’t tie shoe laces just yet and don’t want that phone call
    from school saying, he’s fallen, won’t stop crying, hurt his leg, need
    to go to doctor. Other features I look for are a comfortable fit,
    leather to mould around the feet, support and a lasting quality in the
    shoe. I don’t want to have to go purchase another pair a month down the

  • Karla Oleinikoff

    Comfort, utility, versatility and practicality. I always have my kids school shoes expertly fitted, They wear them so much I don’t want to take chances and get it wrong.ReplyCancel

  • TajKai

    I spend ages looking for the perfect shoe. I seek to find one that meets school uniform specifications, one that is comfortable and is wide enough for my sons’ broad feet, one which provide postures support, shoes which are easy for my children to put on and take off … and, I cross my fingers when it comes to this criteria, are not excessively expensive.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Gaudette

    Their comfort!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ryan

    Durability, comfort and a great design (not clodhoppers) as my eldest would say.ReplyCancel

  • Kristina

    Today comfort means nothing to kids all about style. I love it when the 2 meet and we’re both happyReplyCancel

  • GabyP

    “As long as I can kick a soccer ball in them, they’re fiiiiiiiiinnnnnne mum”. See the above request…plus shoes that are comfortable, durable and a reasonable price!ReplyCancel

  • Soni

    I like shoes to be easy for schoolkids to put on themselves properly – ie, using the buckles rather than forcing their feet into the shoes as is.ReplyCancel

  • Abby Lee

    Comfort is the most important as I hate seeing them with blisters at the end of the day!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Fehmel

    the perfect school shoe must be expertly fitted, for comfort for the child.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten W

    Soles that are sturdy and thick enough to protect the feet from pain and injury, but also flexible so that they will bend with the foot. A bit like how I like the men in my life!ReplyCancel

  • Lynsey Stephensen

    It’s my girls’ first year of school,
    so I’m a newbie to this world.
    One thing I know is that throughout prep,
    I’ll guide and support her with a COMFORTABLE step!
    A STURDY shoe for lessons and play,
    and DURABLE (I want them to last beyond May!)ReplyCancel

  • helendeb

    School shoes …. the bane of my existence! My kids need BROWN leather shoes for school and these are one of the few brands that supply them. Love athletes foot for their fitting service.ReplyCancel

  • lindasteabben

    I look for comfort and good quality leather so I know we will last the year without another trip to the shoe store for replacements!ReplyCancel

  • Liesljt

    Well made leather shoes that have half a chance of lasting 6 months. They get worn each day, treated roughly in the playground, walked to & from school, footy gets played in them, bikes ridden and school days lived in them!ReplyCancel

  • Martin


  • Alicia Bardsley

    Top quality and value for moneyReplyCancel

  • Kyla

    I always look at the back of the heel, my girls both complain of their shoes rubbing and hurting. So tough to get comfortable ones!ReplyCancel

  • Smilie2601

    One Two buckle my shoe,

    Three, Four I ONLY buy brand new!

    Five, Six the kids NEED to try!

    Seven, Eight! A reputable brand I’ll buy!

    Nine, Ten, I’ll encourage a Jump! Walk! Skip AGAIN and AGAIN!

    Eleven! Twelve! Leather they must be!

    Thirteen! Fourteen! There MUST be a guarantee!

    Fifteen! Sixteen! A professional to size,

    Seventeen! Eighteen! I will NEVER improvise!

    Nineteen! Twenty! Fingers crossed I need to BUY 5 pairs of
    school shoes! Yearning to WIN this wondrous prize!ReplyCancel

  • Matt

    Since my daughter needs shoes
    And I don’t want to hear boo hoo’s,
    I check websites for advice
    On school related issues like shoes and lice :)
    Having no clue
    And starting to feel blue,
    I looked to you

    So, this year we’re buying Ascents
    And hoping they don’t cost too many dollars and cents.
    Durability, likeability and comfort to precious little feet
    Are the standards that these shoes must meet

    So, here’s to having no despair
    And hopefully wining a brand new pair!ReplyCancel

  • luciec

    Quality, great fit and comfort are essential as school shoes can make of break a child’s day, ill fitting shoes can stop them from participating in sporting activities and joining in skipping or playing tag ..all essential part of the social activities not to mention the long term health problems that can result from poor quality shoes.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I look for shoes that will fit my daughters arch supports in . ReplyCancel

  • Pip Giltay

    I look for comfort and durability, they’re wearing them 5 days a week, I want them to be comfortable and to last until they grow out of themReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    Quality, durability & comfortReplyCancel

  • Melissa Krohn

    Comfort and supportReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn R

    Comfort, support and durabilityReplyCancel

  • Fiona Quinn

    Durability, leather so we can polish them to look like new when scuffed. Love ones with removalbe innersoles so can take out and “get more space” for the growing foot inside.ReplyCancel

  • Fi

    I look for support, comfort and a guarantee – my older son can wear some shoes out in 8 weeks – I sometimes wonder if he chews on them if he gets hungry!ReplyCancel

  • M.Cowan

    Support,comfort,durability and my kids have to like them!ReplyCancel

  • louiseg

    kids have to like them and their comfort from the beginningReplyCancel

  • Lauren H

    My son has Sever’s Disease which causes him a large amount of lower leg pain so comfortable shoes that have the ability to take lifts and last for as long as possible are like hens teeth. Athletes foot is one of the very few places I can find shoes that tick any of those boxesReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gray

    I look for wide toes, after once spending 40 minutes getting my daughter to put on her school shoes as they were causing her sock to rub her toes, I’ve learnt my lesson.ReplyCancel

  • Izzy Brown

    Kids’ shoes need to be good quality, perfect fit, smooth inside, perfectly comfortable, lightweight but bouncy too, so impact is low!ReplyCancel

  • Kara

    Durability! I need it. With 3 teens in the house I go through shoes like water. I have been known to of bought 6 pairs in a week!! They need to last and they need to be ‘cool’ enough for them to wear them. These completely fit the bill!ReplyCancel

  • Karly

    Velcro. One term of tying laces multiple times a day and we made the move to velcro for the rest of the year.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Bowers Weinz

    Suport, they are running around all day playing outside they need to give them the support they need!ReplyCancel

  • Vija Leitis

    Support with a correct instep. Bad fitting shoes cause painful feetReplyCancel

  • Lauren Anastasiou

    The screwed up bit of packing paper in the toes of the shoes… it makes a big difference to the fit of the shoes (lol).ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Cook

    I look for comfort, they have to wear them almost eight hours so they have to be comfortable.ReplyCancel

  • Over 40

    I choose shoes that are well made, light weight and comfortable with room for growth
    like ASCENT shoes
    they’re the ones I like the most
    Podiatry endorsed and worth every penny
    with styles a plentyReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    My son has turned feet so needs support, comfort and durability of the ascent shoeReplyCancel

  • Nicjd

    Kids can be cruel so I like to make sure that the shoe looks good so that my son won’t get picked on for his shoes (and I also ensure all the other boxes are ticked such as comfort, fit, durability etc)!ReplyCancel

  • Tate

    They need to be comfortable, they need to support my child’s growing feet, and they need to last the school year.ReplyCancel

  • renee

    comfortable and dont break the bankReplyCancel

  • Belinda Bann

    Quality and fit! get this wrong and you can potentially damage growing feet, not to mention wallets!ReplyCancel

  • Cecilia Warrick

    My son’s chronic immunity problems have made him miss a huge amount of school,
    plus his feet fall in badly,
    which we discovered is causing leg pains;
    he needs something comfortable and light but supportive too,
    that will encourage him to go to school,
    that’s a lot to ask of a shoe,
    but I am sure that Ascent CAN DO!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Ladner

    A good pair of school shoes are well fitting and long lasting, can fit orthodics and are comfortable to play soccer in. Our last pair of Ascent school shoes lasted 2 years, and my son wears them at his part time job too. One more pair will see out his school years :-)ReplyCancel

  • Rachelle S

    Shoes that don’t scuff easily, easy to put on, made tough and last a long time.ReplyCancel

  • miasiello

    Shoes that fit properly, support the foot and are made well enough to last!!
    I will definitely look at this range, we are off to shop for school shoes tomorrow so thanks for the great info, cheers :) Megan IasielloReplyCancel

  • Rach2643

    Comfort, durability and quality.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah De Geeter

    Shoes that fit correctly and that are comfortableReplyCancel

  • Julie Ford

    shoes that are comfortable and easy to wear for my little ones feetReplyCancel

  • Guest

    Quality, quality, quality. Also knowing they’re the best fit for my children’s feet, and they will support the feet, which in turn supports a proper posture, and keep them healthy. They need to be comfortable, and look good too. Hmm, is that a little picky? Only the best will do :)ReplyCancel

  • The item appears to be excellent despite the fact that…. Appreciate it pertaining to producing.ReplyCancel

  • Louise Davie

    Am the BIGGEST fan of Accent school shoes!! I promote them too at the school as BEING # 1 for being durable, comfortable & economical!! … Girls that don’t complain– that is a GUARANTEED!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle A

    A smile on my childs face. This way i know they are excited and happy to wear the shoes. SO, really no reason to complain about going to school for the whole year! right???? I have always purchased ascent shoes, would not look at purchasing anything elseReplyCancel

  • Firsr year buying school shoes,i will be looking for quality, i will definitely be looking at the ascent shoes, thanksReplyCancel

  • Fit is my biggest concern. My daughter was born with Talipes and having gone through the many, many casts, boots and bars and leg braces I’m not risking her future mobility on cheaply made, poorly fitting shoes!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    Quality which for me means both comfort and durability. I have three boys and ideally I’d like to see a shoe last long enough o hand down at least once! So far we’ve had Clarkes and Airflex shoes, but this year my son (being very sporty) wants black shoes that look and feel like runners, so we’re going to give Ascent a try.ReplyCancel

  • Carola Isaacs

    The ‘right fit’ is the most important. Second is quality, preferably a leather shoe that will last. I have medical issues with my feet and realise the importance of good shoes. So when my son was starting Prep last year who has very narrow feet (also slim around the ankles) we spent countless hours with him trying to find the right shoes for school. It wasn’t pleasant for either of us but now we are super happy as we won’t go through it again in a while. I now know which brands to buy that suit and for black formal style lace ups the Ascent shoes are a clear winner! A fabulous buy. It was hard to invest the money at the time, but they lasted the entire year and have withstood a lot of neglect by my active 6 year old, I really I consider the shoes more of an investment than just a shoe purchase. Most places offer a fitting service, however soon you realise that some places are more experts than just sales staff… I cringe thinking about our struggles with fitting last year, but it is so important to get the right fit to avoid issues. Doesn’t matter what the shoes look like, just get the fit right. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    My children need a great pair of shoes as they both wear orthotics and I have found that the ascent shoes cater to our needs. We look for shoes that have good ankle support and are a bit higher around the heel. Leather shoes last much longer and give a lot of comfort as they stretch. My son wears a size 13 and Ascent shoes come in sizes that fit him.ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Same as what I look for in a bra- comfort, support, durability and if you’re lucky, something that looks good too ? Got to look after their feet!ReplyCancel

  • Charlie

    With children I go along with recommendations by others that have children as they have learnt before me. I was recommended Ascent school shoes from the podiatrist I took my daughter to. So bought them last year and got the while years wear out of them. Goes to show they are quality made. Am yet to get this years school shoes so am crossing everything here that she again will be in Ascent shoes.ReplyCancel

  • kristy burridge

    I would look for support for my child’s feet. They will be doing a wide range of movements so will need good support. Then I would look for Velcro fastenings and colour.ReplyCancel

My twins are now in Grade 6, over the years I have tried many varieties of lunchboxes, some have been failures and some I have loved. I hope you enjoy my guide to finding the right lunchbox for your child. What to look for in a lunchbox: Go Green – Save the environment and your […]

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  • Becci Sundberg

    We loved the Nude Food lunchboxes, but one of the clips on the end broke after use for only 6 months and he was only at kindy so only used twice a week.
    The cleaning I didn’t find a problem once I found that you can remove the two end lids and slot them back in afterwards.
    I also particularly love that the containers are screw on which make taking yoghurt etc much safer.
    We have switched to a Decore one which I love but Master 5 has lost a container and a lid somewhere.ReplyCancel

  • retromumma

    Thanks for this great exploration of ‘lunch boxes’ I have 6 kids and I use a zippered insulated case full of the ‘nude food’ joining containers (because I only have to find one lid) and I partially fill (and freeze) a sistema water bottle each night and top it up with fresh water and lid it, then I use the water bottle as the ‘cool brick’.
    I have tried the ‘stuck on you’ named bags (about 4 years ago) but they all suffered from zip failures in term 1 – and they were quite expensive at the time compared to other ones.
    I also really like a zipped one with a ‘box’ shape and a zip that opens so that the lid flips back. One of my kids last year had a ‘mambo’ lunch bag that was a great size – but the lid didn’t flip open making it a hassle to fill and use.
    BUT – to be really honest I use ‘zip lock’ bags for their sandwiches – but I wash them up and reuse them a couple of times (there are always a couple ‘pegged’ to the kitchen curtain above my sink to dry – that way I can pre-make a whole loaf of vegemite sandwiches and freeze them.
    One of my kids doesn’t do ‘bread’ so they always have a ‘left over’ container of salad from dinner the night before (we always have at least one salad and I only dress it in oil – no acid -no lemon-no vinegar, so it is always fresh(ish) and good to use the next day)
    Once again – thanks for this set of options – the kids and I were only talking about lunch boxes yesterday.
    Another trick I use is that my kids all have a ‘colour’ for the year – so that their lunch boxes and pencil cases and ‘tags on their school bags’ and their towels etc.. are that colour so that I can easily work out who to ‘yell at’ so I minimise the ‘it’s not mine’ or ‘I picked mine up’ retorts..
    I love your posts

    • The colour system is such a great one – you don’t even have to think, just sort visually!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Maudy

    Both kids are colour coded – one is green and one is blue. I have the rectangle smash lunch boxes as they fit a small tupperware sandwich box, juice box, piece of fruit and two snacks quite nicely. I make and freeze eight sandwiches on Sunday night, and they build the rest of the lunch boxes in the mornings. They’re not super fancy, but we have to be out the door in 45 minutes on a school day, so simple is Good.

    The smash lunch boxes have lasted three years so far. They’ll see the big kid out, and the little one will probably need a new one next year.ReplyCancel

  • Bee

    I’m always surprised when people say they make all the sandwiches on Sunday and freeze them. Don’t they taste awful?ReplyCancel

  • Shazibell

    Good morning,
    What lunch bag do you use with the Tupperware boxes?

    • Melissa Rouvray

      You can now get lunch bags through Tupperware made especially for the sandwich keeper plus :)ReplyCancel

      • ngausden

        Could you please tell me what they are called. I have just looked at the Tupperware website & there seems to be a bag for the smaller “square” sandwich holders & a large one that looks like a handbag for the Sandwich Keeper Plus. Many thanksReplyCancel

  • Sandy Addison

    The issue that I have with most lunch boxes is durability. the kids leave the lunch boxes where they eat and then go and play. It turns out the boxes often get kicked or dropped about which causes wear and tear really quickly. The insulated ones get trashed but survive children much better than plastic ones.ReplyCancel

    • I think your school needs to change their policy Sandy. My kids have a washing basket which they put their lunch boxes in then after the lunch break is over the basket is taken to the class room and kids put their lunch boxes away.ReplyCancel

      • Sandy Addison

        I agree Katrina – that happens when the children are in Prep but once they are out of prep it is each for their own. I also think I need to have some stronger words to my children about taking a bit better care of their property. Lunch boxes are not substitute footballs!!!ReplyCancel

      • Hayley manning

        My son is going into yr 7 they dont use the baskets anymore. I have just bought him a smash insulated bag. They are really good put freezer block in.

  • Amber

    Plus, make sure your kids can open them. Little fingers sometimes struggle with lidsReplyCancel

  • ngausden

    Hi there
    I am after some information on the Tupperware Sandwich
    Keeper Plus & how the kids go to school with these. ie: Do they still have an insulated bag that holds the Sandwich keeper plus?
    I have a couple of these as they were the recommended lunch box at
    my son’s kindy last year. I think they are great, however this year he is going to prep and they will not be keeping their lunchboxes in the fridge. Therefore I need to find a new lunchbox solution for my little boy. The Sandwich Keeper Plus does not fit in any of the insulated lunch bags that I have seen. Does any one know of any brands of insulated lunch bags that fit the Sandwich keeper plus. I would love to use the lunch boxes that I already have, but not have his lunch hot and yucky by lunchtime, especially here in QLD.
    Many thanksReplyCancel

    • Barb

      Hi! There is now an insulated bag for the sandwich keeper plus. I am a Tupperware rep but feel free to contact your local rep o source a bag (or two!) for you.ReplyCancel

  • TJ

    My vote goes with the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper plus. It easily fits in a Smash brand insulated bag you can get from the supermarket. It’s long and narrow and easily fits in the school bag. Easy to clean, fits lunch and recess. In summer I just stick an ice block in the insulated bag as well to keep things fresh. I’ve most other brand lunchboxes are too bulky to fit in a school bag and leave little room for anything else. I’d previously used the Nude Food Mover but found that juice from cut up fruit like watermelon would leak out. I also found it a pain in the bum to clean with all the different compartments and lids. Plus some lids snapped off. I’ve since gone back to my Tupperware, which I originally thought was too precious to send off to school, but it has proved durable, easy and lasted years.ReplyCancel

  • Siobhan

    this year my oldest is starting prep (sob!!) and last year at kindy we used the NFM lunchboxes and a few of us mums found them hard to negotiate any kind of variety into them with the lack of real room :( PERFECT for what they are shaped for (sandwich and small round objects) but my daughter would have gotten sick of the exact same lunch day in day out. This year we have opted for a Yubo Lunchbox. We have given it a few test runs at home and I am in love! It is easy for her to open on her own, has its own perfect shaped cooler block, has replaceable/customisable “faceplates”, and 3 perfect containers for inside. They haven’t spilt anything that I am aware of and my daughter can open and close them easily. It also has a generous size without being a HUGE LUG in the school bag! Two thumbs up!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    Hi. I agree with you and use the Sandwich Keeper Plus. It has also lasted since kindy and she is going into Grade 4. This is the first year I have been able to find the Smash bags and bought two at Big W this week for $10 each and a flat ice brick fits on top of the box inside to keep cool…. I have gone through a few of the official bags for the lunchbox from Tupperware but they are now discontinued. They have a new one, that looks like an old airline bag but they are enormous and take up too much room in the kids school bag, so we use them for family weekend picnics. So look for the Smash Bags if you can get them. Another few sites online sell handmade bags to fit the lunchbox as well but cost as much as the lunchbox itself and does not come with the lifetime warranty. We have bought and given away the Nude Lunchbox (it leaks and does now seal each compartment and too hard for my girls to undo) and the Goodbyn as they could not get the lid on & off. If they can’t do a lid up quickly it won’t get done and end up all over their bags. We prefer one lunchbox so they can see everything in one go vs lots of small lunchboxes. Thank you for your postingReplyCancel

    • Great tips, thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      Hi- can you please tell me the other sites you looked up other than the Smashbags? Also, which size fits the Tupperware plus? I did look it up but could only find ‘skins’…thanks so muchReplyCancel

  • Barb

    Hi! I use the sandwich keeper plus and love how it makes making fresh, unpackaged lunch boxes easy. I even photograph my daughter’s lunchbox each day to give other mums inspiration on filling up their lunch boxes with healthy, wholesome food. Feel free to check it out at

  • Lynda Brew

    we use the T/ware sandwich keepers. I’ve replaced them all with the lifetime guarantee. 5 of us use them and have been for over 11 years. We’ve saved a fortune by having tupperware.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Thanks Kat – how do you keep the Tupperware Sandwich Plus Keeper cool? Or do you make kids lunches the night before and keep in fridge overnight and let them ‘thaw out’, so to speak, during the next day? Also, are they easy to open? I have some Tupperware products and their clips can be quite tight. I have a 3 and 5yr olds. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Sorry – just read posts below. It seems Tupperware has an insulated bag/cover. Does anyone know if little kids can open them? I find the Nude Skins even difficult to get on!ReplyCancel

      • I just received mine yesterday Rachel and yes they are really easy to use, they are like a little carry bag, heaps of room for more containers, fruit and a drink bottle.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I tried using a container with multi compartments but found it didn’t work for my son as he would take it outside for recess and then forget to take it in at the end. It would then sit outside (often in the sun) until lunchtime. (Eww!) I now use an insulated bag with different containers for each food item; this means he only takes out what he wishes to eat. Means that more containers are misplaced but his food doesn’t go off.ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    I love the Tupperware Sandwich Plus Keeper. I use it when we leave the house to go any old place!!!
    My step kids Mum buys them the insulated bags. I had no idea they had bags that could fit a sandwich plus keeper. I am definitely going to invest!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    My daughter’s school sells the ‘Fridge-to-go’ lunch bags. They are insulated, zip up and come with a freezer brick which has a sleeve to slot into inside the bag, which keeps the condensation away from the food. They seem to work very well and come in two sizes. Also have a mesh pocket inside and one on the outside. They won’t fit the Tupperware Sandwich Plus though as they are more square shaped.ReplyCancel

    • Noelle

      Fridge-to-go do a longer bag too… I love these bags as they do work so well!ReplyCancel

  • angie_robyn

    The dahlia lunchbox set you have listed above is ‘Bento-ware’ from ‘Laptop Lunches’. I learnt about them from ‘Weelicious’ another blog I follow which is about food and cooking for children. They seem like they are really good quality, although they are a little expensive (they claim it’s because they are manufactured in USA). They have many different styles and designs. I have just ordered three sets for my kids. I love the idea of making healthy bento style lunches for the kids to encourage them to eat a variety of healthy foods and less packaged and processed foods.ReplyCancel

  • […] Purchase a lunchbox that is age appropriate and with separate compartments.  It needs to be easy to open, liquid proof and preferably have the ability to stay cool. Investing in quality will definitely pay off!  Read Kat’s tips for choosing the best lunchbox for your child. […]ReplyCancel

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  • J

    Tupperware isn’t BPA free.

  • Beth

    We use Ecobags canvas lunch bags with sistema klip-its, itzy-ritzy reusable snack bags, bags and serviettes from and sinchies for yoghurts and drinks. So nice to have everything reusable! We tried the one lunch-box many compartments thing and it didn’t work for us, neither did the lunchskins as ours found food bits got caught in the Velcro and it wouldn’t keep their sammies fresh, so we moved onto itzy-ritzy and loveforearth as they have zips; LFE are even insulated, even better! Ours prefer lots of separate containers and pouches placed in a single bag, and the klip-its worked best for us. Even though they go in the dishwasher, we’ve had our sets for a couple of years and they are still going strong. And now you can get the klips in different colours we are even more happy.ReplyCancel

  • emsey

    A quick question re. the Tupperware and the Nudie food lunch box, do you know where i would find an insulated lunch bag to carry it in and keep it cool? ThanksReplyCancel

    • Tupperware now sell lunch bags to fit their sandwich keepers in, in fact they would fit 2, they are a great size. They are only $19 each too.ReplyCancel

    • Noelle

      Fridge-to-go make a brilliant long bag (Golfridge XT) that fits the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper and Nude Food lunch box that stays cold up to 12 hours – it has 2 long panels and you can only use one for cooling up to 8 hours – keep the 2nd as a spare. You can find it here –

  • Renee

    I am thinking if purchasing the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus for my 2 girls and the insulated bag as well. I just wanted to know if the insulated bag was big enough to fit the lunchbox, ice brick and yogurt pouch. My girls love taking a yogurt to school everyday.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      The new tupperware sandwich keeper plus lunch bags are really quite spacious Renee, I’d say they would even fit 2 sandwich keeper plus inside easily. You will easily be able to fit the lunchbox icebrick, yogurt pouch and even an apple.ReplyCancel

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  • Kathleen Janne Smith

    We love our Go Greens! They are just fantastic and no waste so I do my bit for the environment!! ReplyCancel

  • Paline

    What sort of cooler bag does the Tupperware sandwich keeper plus fit into? thanksReplyCancel

  • Lindsey

    Does anyone know whether the Tupperware Snack Cups fit into the compartments of the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus?

    We’ve been using Nude Food Mover for a while now. I love it, especially as the separate lids allow me to fully separate each of my daughter’s snacks (she’s Type 1 Diabetic and needs to eat the right amount of food that her teacher aide gives insulin for). However, yesterday my son came home with yet another one broken. They love their yoghurt, which the NFM containers are perfect for, but I’m wondering how this might work with the Tupperware one.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lindsey,
      I’m not too sure weather the Tupperware Snack Cups would fit into the Sandwich Keeper Plus but i have come across a website called Name My Stuff and her lunch boxes are wonderful. I have attached the link for you to view:

  • I’ve just started using the Tupperwear box and I must admit I am converted. I have used it a couple of times for my hubby too so it looks like now I’ll need to get a few extra for my kids and my hubby’s lunch. Its big enough to fit a Squooshi reusable food pouch which is perfect for their yogurts and smoothie mixes. The only thing I dont like about the Tuppawear box is that it doesnt fit my kids insulated lunch bag.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Tupperware sell an insulated bag that is big enough to fit 2 in sandwich keeper plus boxes in it, plus ice bricks :)ReplyCancel

  • Pauline

    The Tupperware sandwich keeper plus fits perfectly on the smash insulated bags (those wetsuit material ones). I purchased mine in wollworths. There is still enough room for a small ice pack/block.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Good to know, thank you Pauline!ReplyCancel

  • Kerryn Pilkington

    I like tupperware… but when kids accidentally pick up the wrong box they don’t make it back to school, even when named because they are so good.

    I can’t afford to replace “lost/accidentally taken home by wrong child / never returned to correct owner” lunchboxes.

    cheep and cheerful work for me.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I’d love some comments please about this…..I have always tried to get a lunchbag that will hold the lunchbox flat, so the food is up the same way as when it was packed. I realise they get knocked around a bit but with, for example the tupperware sandwich keeper plus going into one of the insulated bags sideways doesn’t everything get very messy & knocked around before the child is even out the front door?

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World Kids, papers, homework, pencils, books this is what we have to look forward to when the kids go back to school. Both my girls have desks in their bedroom, but all my kids prefer to sit at the kitchen bench and do their homework together while I […]

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All the back to school items can get rather unorganised and out of control…. only if you let it. I have a plan of attack right from the get go. I start planning early, which gives me enough time to purchase everything I need and either spend a full day labelling and covering or an […]

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  • Melva

    I love this way of doing the book lists ! Why do I insanely do it all at once ? It takes me a whole day doing 4 lists, even with the children helping.. I’m getting some baskets and doing it in my spare timeReplyCancel

  • jaye

    These baskets look great :) I have to do lists and shopping today so I think I may add two baskets to my list for organisation too :) Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • julie

    I usually hand my booklist in to the newsagent but this time thought I would do it myself. My 2 children had heaps of items leftover. So I saved money for a start. I took my eldest with me and left the youngest home with dad. This was also a bonding time with mother and daughter as my eldest… same age as yours… thought this was a very grown up task. Who would have thought a chore for me was a bonding time for her.ReplyCancel

  • Sasha

    Hi Kat, fabulous ideas and will definitely add baskets to my list also. Just wondering however if you have thought about, considered or even know about ez covers. I am not affliliated with them in any way, however I came upon them last year and purchased their covers for my childrens books and found them to be FANTASTIC! Not only reusable and super quick, they are much better for the environment than contact which gets one life cycle and you will be amazed at how easy they are to use. Just thought they were worth a mention. I know I will be using them again this year. Thanks x SashaReplyCancel

    • Ellen

      I didn’t read down far enough Sasha! LOL just did a bang up sales pitch for EZCover :-)ReplyCancel

  • Joy

    I am thinking we had the same idea…… Our school sends out a list prior to christmas so the kids got school supplies from santa and they went into the baskets to be ready for labels and school. I also copied the list and stuck it to the front of the basket and highlighted each item as it went in and it was clear what we had left to purchase.ReplyCancel

    • love the idea of highlighting what goes in Joy!! Very organised a girl after my own heart xReplyCancel

  • natmardon

    Great idea! I did one year of not buying the bookpack and will never do it again though!! I found I couldn’t find things I needed, but then maybe I was not organised enough doing the shopping early enough! Love this idea though, at the moment, ours are kinda just all over the place!ReplyCancel

    • Grab some storage containers or baskets now Nat so it doesn’t get too out of control!ReplyCancel

  • Sue

    At our kids school, they all do what is know as ‘Headstart’. For the first two weeks in December they ‘go up’ to the next year level. eg. if your were in Yr8 for 2013 you would commence Yr9 at the start of December. Therefor all our school books for the following year are all sorted in November. I must admit it is easier as you are still in ‘school mode’ rather than ‘holiday mode’. I agree with Kat and don’t order stationary items through the booklist – just text books (more for 7 – 12 levels). We keep a 28L crate in the linen cupboard and put any excess item in this over the year. Prior to purchasing anything we check the crate to see what could be used. The kids will also go to this crate to get things like glue sticks and biros throughout the year too. As for pencils, textas, pencil cases etc, these are given as christmas pressies or the kids can go shopping at smiggle and get a few fun extras. We always buy our kids quality items such as ‘Derwent’ pencils and teach the kids to ‘be responsible and look after them’. They are so much nicer to use rather than the 99 cent packet and the kids are still using the same packet after 5 or more years.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley

    FYI – Officeworks will match any school book price list. You can leave your list with them and they will collect for you and then call you to pick it up. You can cross off what you don’t need from left over items from the past year too. Oh and where did you get your baskets from Kat?ReplyCancel

  • Em Hart

    My kids school is using “School Stuff”this year and it is fabulous. We no longer need to have the list in by November to be filled and mailed out in January. Now it is a matter of going to the School Stuff website whenever you want and ordering. It is then sent out in 3-10 days. I have found their products fantastic and I could order whenever I wanted :)ReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    I bought all of my sons stationery at the newsagent and it worked out $20 cheaper than the schools recommended suppliers ‘early bird special’ :DReplyCancel

  • Carlene

    Those baskets look great – where did you get them from? Such a good size :)ReplyCancel

  • Ellen

    I am feeling clever because I have all of the Stationery sorted – by week 3 of holidays yeah me! I wanted to let everyone know about a great product that our school is using and it becomes a small fundraiser. makes reuseable covers in 3 sizes and they have EVERY Australian school already in their data base. If you nominate your school when ordering they will donate 5c per cover to your school – when the School’s total donation reaches multiples of $100, they forward it to the school – it rolls over from year to year. If your school actually contacts them about fundraising they will send you a newsletter/e-mail insert that has a code included which, when entered with your order, doubles the donation amount to 10c per cover. I have ordered my 15 covers (A4 and Scrapbook) @$1.20 and will only have to use sticky stuff to cover two text books – Whoot! The covers even come with 12 name labels per order :-) I hope this info will save some of you the ordeal of covering that I have been through before. EReplyCancel

  • […] Keeping Back to School Supplies Organised » The Organised …{The Organised Housewife} Back to School Supply Organising 4. Next I add in everything that the kids brought home from school last year and can be reused this year. I also add into the basket, uniforms and school bags to be … […]ReplyCancel

We all love school holidays here, the sleep ins, lazy days and spending time together, but funnily enough my kids also look forward to going back to school The twins will be in their last year of primary school this year and my youngest is in year 4. I just don’t know where all that […]

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  • Emma Lawson

    Katrina, I would love to know where you purchase your frames… I’m wanting to also have a range of frames in different sizes to be able to showcase art, photos or your printables….

  • Jessica

    I love the borders on these printables! What program do you use that gives you those? The confetti one is too cute!!ReplyCancel

I know Christmas has only just finished, but if you have kids starting or returning back to school it is time to start thinking about the school supplies that you need to buy and label. I have 3 kids and I always find that purchasing their school supplies, covering books and labelling everything takes quite […]

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I have great plans for you in 2014, however I’m going to treat the beginning of the year a little different. Whilst I like to make goals, reassess and make changes to what wasn’t working for me last year, I don’t usually start this on the typical 1st day of the year. For me my […]

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  • Leann

    Lunchbox ideas – I always struggle there :)ReplyCancel

  • Cara Jonkers

    I would like to set up a “lunch box” station so that my 6 yr old son can make his own lunch for school. Any ideas would be great.ReplyCancel

    • Miss Maudy

      I make all the sandwiches for a week at a time, and muffins if I have time – they go into the freezer. Kids lunch boxes sit on top of the freezer. They grab lunch box, sandwich, fruit from the fruit bowl, snack (muffins or home made biscuits) and a drink. Takes them two minutes because everything is close at hand.

      However, I am upgrading my kitchen this year and not going to have the same layout, so not sure how it’s going to work come March!ReplyCancel

  • Elita Hooper

    Lunchbox ideas for a fussy eater plsReplyCancel

  • PlanetSchnooks

    I would love to some ideas on what to pack for lunch!ReplyCancel

  • Maryanne

    Vegetarian lunch box idea. With so many schools being nut free it’s hard for those that are vegetarian to include variety of protein since it’s normally done via nuts. And healthy only please. No relying on store bought items.

    Also would be great to have ideas on different types of lunchboxes. We use Tupperware lunchboxes. The ones divided into sections but they are no good if you have wraps or leftover pizza. So ways the lunches can be packed to last and that are compact and not messy.ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Just wanted to share an idea. Have you considered cutting the wraps/ left over pizza to fit. Bite size/ finger food style?ReplyCancel

  • Kristie

    My eldest is going to school for the first time, so just knowing all the things I need to have ready will be handy.ReplyCancel

  • Yvette

    The logistics of getting three children and myself (looking respectable, no trackies or pjs) out of the door by 8:30am, and only having an hour and a half to do so.ReplyCancel

  • Jade Buhck

    Highly recommend the routine charts! Both my 2 have used them since Kindy! Great to get them into before they start prep!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret Hillier

    Hi Kat & family, I am way past having to worry about school lunches, I just want to wish you & yours a wonderful 2014 and to thank you for helping me declutter my home.Each day I clean & tidy at least one drawer or cupboard, you have been a great inspiration. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia Greig

    both my kids are in new schools this year, yr 1 and first year high school. I have new uniforms to buy, and an iPad too! Im looking forward to your gentle reminders of daily chores, to keep my mind off my impending cash crash.
    I’ve really enjoyed waking up to your blog every morning, over the past year, I tend to follow your cleaning tips the day after but it gets done.
    have a glorious January with your family, I love the holidays, no rush, no lunchbox fuss, just hanging around with my kids.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Leslie

    My daughter starts high school this year – any tips for helping her organise her study area, set up a homework/study routine etc would be most welcome.ReplyCancel

  • sally

    Thanks for being so great at what you do!!!. I have 4 kids and three of them with autism. You have helped me to be more organised over the past year and our christmas was well organised. I think that being organised for school with as much visual aides as possible is super important, one of my boys is starting kinda this year so the visual countdown is already on…..thanks salReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    This time last year Kat I had only just found you a few months prior and I spent my Christmas holidays reading heaps of your blogs on various ideas and organisational tips! I bought a couple of your downloadables, and set up a homework station for my four kids. It was wonderful! I am naturally just disorganised. I was finding it difficult to function at work knowing my household was not in good order. So thank you so much for help. I am definitely on my way to being well organised. I just need to work on morning and afternoon teas. I have these good ideas and but various things for snack foods but then I just forget them. So this year I’m going to write the snack items down & then the children will know what’s available. Any ideas for this? Thanks so much for all your help in the last 12 months – you have impacted my and my family’s life for good!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I have 3 boys in years 2, 6 & 9 this year, and would love some tips and ideas on how to manage the never-ending pile of school notes that get sent home…some are for events up to a month in advance. Thanks :-)ReplyCancel

    • I’m sure you have your hands full there Jo! I have some ideas for you which will hopefully help, I’ll share them next week on the blog.ReplyCancel

    • Janine Mumma D Daly

      that was what I was going to say Jo, we have 6 at school grades, 1,3,5,7,9&10 and they bring home a note every other day :) I can never keep upReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    I love to see discussed great and easy to use/open lunchboxes and containers, etc… Whilst some containers/lunchboxes look great, they can be difficult for little ones to open, etc…ReplyCancel

    • Shaz

      I like this idea as wellReplyCancel

    • Nic

      I’d like to know where you can get that silver lunch box in the picture?ReplyCancel

      • Terri

        The silver box is a planet box. I am not sure where you can buy them in Australia but they might tell you on the website. I think it is planet My oldest daughter has been using hers for 3 years now and it is still in perfect condition. They are a little expensive but worth the money as you don’t have to replace them every year. They are also easy for little ones to open and come with 2 containers, an insulated bag and fun magnets that go on the front of the box.ReplyCancel

      • kate @ livinglovinglaughing

        Biome just started selling them but i did the math and its actually $10 cheaper to order them from planetbox in the USA!! this is my dream lunchbox for my kids… stainless steel, lots of compartments, etc – now to convince the hubby ;) wish me luck hahaReplyCancel

  • Donna Jones

    My daughter is heading to school for the first time so it’s all new to me. Looking forward to reading some of your tips and going over some of your old posts :)ReplyCancel

  • Kaz

    how to organise their extra-curriculum items, so that Mum is happy with their rooms being tidy, but kids are happy because they can find things… I’m talking cricket gear, guitar, swimming, ballet, etc!ReplyCancel

    • Rennie

      I created a box under the bed called “sport” box. Any sport they do can be found in the box and when they have finished with it, they are to put it back in the “sport” box. So much easier with their sporting uniforms too. Doesnt get jumbled with normal clothes wearing.ReplyCancel

    • Sallyp

      Each ‘sport has its own bag, even just a supermarket one, and everything goes back into it. They just need to grab the right bag each time we head out. Luckily we have some shelves in the laundry that they all sit on, and as items get washed like bathers, they get put straight back into their bag. Nothing gets ‘lost’ in their rooms.ReplyCancel

      • Yvonne

        I do the same thing Sally. The bags live in my son’s bedroom and he grabs and goes! I was talking to a girlfriend before Christmas and she was was saying her girls had turned up to swimming without bathers as they hadn’t got them out of the drawer. She asked how I did it with working full time and a busy child – the system works much easier for me.ReplyCancel

      • Rachel

        What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I’m doing this, this year for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Young

    Ooh. I always find it hard to think of exciting lunchbox ideas for my daughter. Especially nut free ideas,ReplyCancel

  • Edith Twaddell

    I was wondering the pros and cons between getting a newsagent/office shop to fill out the kids book list or doing it yourself and where are the best deals for kids stationary. Thanks heapsReplyCancel

    • Sallyp

      I once owned a news agency, and found that parents loved the fact that I only sold them what they needed, and not huge packs. One parent attempted to do it by them selves and instead of the $70 that the list was with me, he spent $120 and spent a lot of time going from store to store.
      I would say have a good look at the list and cross off things that you already have then trust the retailer to do the rest. Some of the cheaper brands (from a teachers perspective), are poor quality and do not last the year. I feel it is always nice for the children to have the stationery, so that they are not worried about brands etc.

      • Rachel

        I agree! Having seen 3 step children through High School and still having my youngest 3 in school I find it is worth the time saving and impulse spending avoid. Buying some extras of the basics for the children/ home office and gifts while back to school sales are on is also well worth considering.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    In 2014 I will have one child in Year 10 and three children starting Year 7!!! I would appreciate any ideas, charts etc on how to set up homework schedule/s especially on those days when they’ll all be needing or wanting my time to assist them. This may include some weekend time for those bigger assessment tasks. I’m a bit stressed about how I’m going to divide my time between the 4 of them!!! Their dad works rotating rosters so he may or may not be home to assist. Thanks in advance Kat for any tips or ideas etc.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Massey

    I would love reviews on lunch boxes and which ones are the best. There is soooo many too choose from and with my first going off to school this year I would really love some help in this area.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Leesa

      I will write up a post next week all about this :)ReplyCancel

      • Leesa Massey

        Excellent!! Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Whatever you choose I must recommend:
      * Lids which stay attached to main container make life much easier, no lost lids or lid hunting/ storing hassles.
      * Easy/ simple to clean and store.
      * I love the “smash” brand sandwich containers, they stack and store well, and are also useful for household storage when retired from food use.
      * keep it interchangeable with multiples of same easy to stack and store style, rather then buying based on cuteness alone.
      *colour coding for individuals is helpful. We have Green for me, Pink for youngest Daughter, Blue for Son, Purple for Teen Daughter. The children had a say in what colour they got.
      * Label EVERYTHING. Just using the Family name can save time and $$$. Permanent marker is the budget friendly option which is fast, simple and effective.
      I would also love to see a review of different styles/ options.ReplyCancel

  • Terri

    I need ideas on what to do with all of the pictures and art work my girls bring home. How do you decide what to keep or throw out and how do you store the stuff you are keeping? ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      I had a similar dilema and have tried (for the 1st time) taking a photo of everything and creating a photo book of the years art work (some are huge and 3D and projects etc). We have only kept a few special (and flat) items, but still have a great memory,ReplyCancel

  • Madeline

    I am a first time school mummy this year… My little boy is going off to prep at the end of jan… So I need to know EVERYTHING!! lol… any advice on starting off on the right foot :)ReplyCancel

    • Hopefully you will enjoy the tips I have to share Madeline, and start the school year beautifully organised xReplyCancel

  • mammak

    I would also love to hear about the lunchboxes. I am loving bento boxes at the moment, but don’t really know where to start.ReplyCancel

  • Bubbles74

    Nut free, gluten free, dairy free lunches with plenty of protein & vegetables. No prepackaged food, no gluten free bread (still looking for a good recipe the kids will eat).ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Lunch box ideas and how to keep track of all the paper work/ paintings etc that come home from school. ReplyCancel

    • Cathy

      Hi – one idea that I love with my two boys is from –
      Its a really simple and effective solution. I bought them one box each from office works and by having one “file” per school year, I can keep school reports, photos, awards, some paintings/drawings and anything else that is significant to them. Then at the end of their school life everything is in one handy tidy location. Beautiful…..ReplyCancel

    • Rachel

      Quick tip, buy an art display folder A3 these are great for artwork storage. For “Bulk” of art from Pre-school onwards I find photographing the art then gifting or binning it (with sensitivity to children’s feelings) helps me keep track in an ordered fashion. Always name and date ASAP.ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    Lunch box weekly planner. Ideas and recipes of healthy lunchbox ideas for the week, especially recipes that are freezableReplyCancel

    • I love freezing our food Renee, you will love all the ideas I will share soon I am sure!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    About School in general – not necessarily ‘back to school’ – I’d love to hear ideas from you and other mums about how you ‘organise’ or store all your children’s keepsakes from school eg. their special artworks, school books etc.ReplyCancel

All parents get it……. ‘Mum, I’m bored’. I remember the days when I was a kid, TV wasn’t allowed on, electronics like iPads, xBox and Playstation didn’t exist. I spent a lot of my time outdoors withneighbours. Try creating a jar filled with activities. Write these activities onto notes for the kids to randomly pick […]

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  • Kerstin

    love it. thank you for sharing this with us. I only will have to do it in German. ReplyCancel

  • Chantelle Williams

    I love this idea! Might get my kids to help me create this today. ReplyCancel

    • thats a great idea Chantelle to get the kids involved, hope this makes your holidays easierReplyCancel

  • mickeymouse

    Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Teowai Ratahi

    This is a great idea. I’ll be honest my kids don’t usually tell me when they are bored cause there is always housework to be done. Im not organised enough to get it all done in the morningReplyCancel

  • Terri - Lee

    I haven’t heard “im bored” yet. But my oldest is only 4 lolll. Plus we homeschool :-)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Great idea!! – I tell my guys to wash the walls if they are bored. They suddenly find something better to do!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    I figure boredom is just the feeling as one transitions from over stimulation to the place of real creativity and imagination – isolation on ones bed seems to be an incredible catalyst to speed up the transition. I always reassure my kids that it is Ok and to breath through it.ReplyCancel

  • I made my own {I’m Bored} container for our children. Here’s my blog post about it – .Thank you for such a wonderful ideaReplyCancel

As always school holiday dates vary around the country, however Queensland kids are now on school holidays with quite a few other states starting next week. You can view all the school holiday dates by statehere. Today I want to share with you how we organise the school holidays, using my School Holiday Planner and […]

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I found this image below on the Colour Me There facebook page a few weeks ago (ooh and BTW, congratulations to Maddie from Colour Me There on the birth of her new baby girl, Violet). original image source unknown I love doing my girls hair and am very thankful that they both happily sit […]

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  • Kirsty

    Such a gorgeous hairstyle. I don’t know if I could manage doing it myself. My daughter is 3 so not quite so patient to sit there!ReplyCancel

    • Maybe when she gets a little older Kirsty. I would sit and play with my girls hair from when they were young, just in front of the TV or before going out and now they are 8 and 10, it’s just a part of our normal routine that I do their hair, but Miss 10 has started to do her own hair for school these days, I must admit I’m a little sad.ReplyCancel

  • Beck

    I love this! I’ll be attempting it on my poor 7 year old this week :)ReplyCancel

    • LOL, does she not like getting her hair done. It is very cute and the ribbon at the bottom can hide and messiness when you combine the to piggy tails together. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Love this Kat! Looks awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Oh to have a girl to do this for. Just gorgeous xReplyCancel

    • It is very cute, maybe one day you can be the cool grandma braiding your granddaughters hair, you know in 30 years time!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Hi Kat,
    I tried the rope braid but would love to do the first one, it looks some feminine. Do you know if there are more detailed instructions,maybe a video tute like you did.
    Thanks for a great,helpful,practical and realistic blog.

  • Fi @ My Mummy Daze

    I LOVE this Kat! I adore quietly enjoying mummy-daughter time while styling my Miss E’s hair. I’m not sure how successful I’ll be at this one, but I’m definitely going to give it a go! Thanks for sharing, Fi xReplyCancel

    • It’s fun and the end result is a really gorgeous hairdo. Your right, it is great mother daughter time. I hope that I can still be doing their hair when they are teenagers and they don’t become too independentReplyCancel

      • DonnaE

        Ha! Katrina, I am still braiding the hair of my 20-year old!!! She has quite curly hair and so she likes to keep it braided really neatly for work.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carroll

    I cant do any braid just a simple plait. so you have a step by step to show how to braid hair?ReplyCancel

  • Melanie

    I tried it today on my Miss4, bit of a fail but will try again another day :) I think I didn’t make the ponytail bit tight enough so it was wobbly.ReplyCancel

  • Kellie McLetchie

    Lovely! My girl is only a baby but I can’t wait to braid her hair. I’ve never managed to do it with my own hair though. Would love someone to post a tutorial for a plain braid so I could learn :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Duggan

    Love it! I have done this one several times. ReplyCancel