I am a jumble of conflicting emotions. Luca begins his first year of primary school. We call it Prep, maybe you call is Kindergarten? Either way, my firstborn is to join the brigade of tiny people with huge school bags. It's a moment, you know?
No sooner had he graduated from 4-year-old kindergarten (you might call it preschool – gah! confusing!) and the Christmas holidays began, I could sense the restlessness in Luca. He needs to be challenged, mentally and physically, and no
matter how hands on I could be (and we all know how I love to play!), replicating the stimulus-rich experience of
school at home is impossible. Without the structure of the school day, Luca has
become a jangle of unspent energy, a ticking timebomb of boredom.
So school is absolutely the place for him. I know he will love it. But still, he's my boy and I can't help but worry as he ventures into a bigger piece of the world without one hand caught safely in mine.
Excitement laced with quiet terror – that heady cocktail of contradictory emotions we call 'parenthood.'
But iron-on clothing labels? That's a motherhood rite of passage I can get excited about! Picture me with the ironing board and a smile on my face. I know, I know, it's ridiculous and Germaine Greer just involuntarily heaved and doesn't know why. But I can't help it – sometimes the minutiae of motherhood really bangs my gong. Ironing little labels onto spanking new school uniform = real. This is happening! Adventures await.
And then there's the kick I get out of seeing my kids' names in print. Am I alone in hi-fiving myself for its awesomeness each time I see it printed in full? Am I the only one who teared up a bit when the Medicare card arrived with the completed family listed on it?
Hang on, I'm distracted.
Name labels. Back to school. Or in Zig's case, 3-year-old kinder (preschool!). I have two kids embarking on an education and that's two times the chance of stuff getting lost. Or maybe it's four times the chance – they are boys afterall.
Cue email from Stuck On You telling me to go shopping on them. Specialising in labels and personalised gear for kids – art smocks, lunch boxes, SO MUCH STUFF – I can officially say that I have Back To School completely sorted now. The boys and I checked out the website
together to choose products and designs, an experience that was both super-awesome because all the products are previewed with your kid’s name on it before you go ahead and purchase it, and super-painful because they kept
changing their minds. They involved themselves right down to the choice of font. Seriously, don't get into a discussion about fonts with your three-year-old. Just….don't.
Font disagreements aside, we were all pumped for our order to arrive and we weren't disappointed.
I love Luca's library bag. This theme (Super Strong) is from the Designer range – my favourite.
The boys were especially loving themselves sick in their art smocks.
In fact, Ziggy was so enamoured of his that he wore it at the dinner table last night. This turned out to be an excellent idea since we were having fettucine with a tomato-based sauce. I can now officially vouch for the art smock's ability to protect kid clothes from pasta – I can only imagine it will be equally effective with paint.
The name labels were simple to iron on (although admittedly, the novelty wore off by the 50th label) and adhered well. Time will tell how well they hold up to repeated washing but I have heard good things.
Want a piece of this pie? I have one Value Pack to give away.
To enter, swing by this page, decide which of the fourteen packs you would choose if you were the lucky winner and then leave a comment back here telling me what you chose.
The competition will close at midnight (EST) Monday 22nd January, 2012 and I'll be announcing the randomly drawn winner on Tuesday 23rd.
Open to Australian residents only.
And if you can't wait and want to grab some stuff now, Stuck On You are offering 10% off Classic Labels (excludes value packs) for anyone who Likes their Facebook page. Look under Coupons for your code.
Disclosure: Stuck On You provided me with $100 to spend on back to school products for review. They also gifted an art smock each for the boys. Stuck On You paid the $40 Admin Fee which I charge as (token) compensation for the time it takes to run giveaway posts on the blog.