The tale of the forgotten uniform + Bright Star Kids giveaway

There’s a woman who works at our local Coles that the girls absolutely adore.

Each time we do our groceries they make a beeline for her checkout and delight in telling her their latest adventures while she takes forever and a day to scan my groceries.

‘I’m off to big school next year,’ Miss Five proudly declared to the checkout woman.

‘Big school. Wow!’ she responded to Miss Five.

‘Have you got your uniform?’

Miss Five turned to me with her head half-cocked searching my face for an answer.

I looked back at her blankly for what seemed an eternity. If I was a computer, I’m sure the screen would blink ‘computer says no’.

Uniform … uniform …

Holy Mother of God – I’ve forgotten to buy the school uniform!

I somehow managed to compose myself and spouted a little white lie about waiting until next year before school starts in case she has a growth spurt. On the outside I’m sure I was very composed, but on the inside I was freeakkkkkkkkkinnnnnnnnnnnnnng out. What sort of mother forgets to buy her firstborn’s uniform ready for her to start prep? Prep is all we’ve been talking about all year and I forgot to buy the main thing she needs in order to attend prep. Deep breaths.

In all honesty, it wasn’t that I completely forgot. It was there in the deep recesses of my mind along with the preschool excursion, preschool graduation, presents for daycare teachers, Christmas presents for friends and family, doctors appointments, ballet concerts and paperwork, paperwork paperwork. I had definitely thought about purchasing the uniforms – yes indeedy-do, but the uniform shop never seemed to be open on a day I didn’t work. I kept telling myself I’d organise a time and then the next thing you know school is over for the year, the uniform shop is closed, and there is NO UNIFORM FOR YOU!

It was then and there that I promised myself I would not let myself get this disorganised again. Miss Five has been prep-ready for the most of 2015 and it was time I got prep-ready too. No more major mum fails for this newbie school mum.

I’m pleased to announce I have implemented several fail-safe techniques for my ailing memory and am back to being the extremely organised person I usually am. We have school supplies, we have the sweetest Mary-Jane shoes you’ve ever seen, and thanks to Bright Star Kids we have name labels galore.

Bright Star KidsMiss Five and I had fun the other day choosing the colour and icon for her labels (pink and a butterfly, of course) and Miss Three wanted to get in on the act, so we created some for her (orange and a dog, of course). The labels were quick and easy to create, arrived in a few days and we’ve been sticking up a storm ever since. We’ve got her lunchbox, containers and drink bottles covered, hell – I’ve even got her socks and undies covered.

Bright Star KidsI cannot explain to you the feeling of inner peace I will have when I finally have that precious size six uniform in my hands and can iron a name label on it.

GIVEAWAY – This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Phillip C and Leanne V!

In the spirit of back to school readiness, Bright Star Kids is kindly allowing me to give away to two lucky readers 2 x $40 gift vouchers to help you get ready for your kids’ return to school. Bright Star Kids has a huge array of labels available – we went for the mini iron on clothing labels because Miss Five has a short name, and we purchased a pack of the small label stickers for each of the girls. The stickers are great for school and daycare and even if you’re just out and about with the kids. If name labels aren’t your thing, Bright Star Kids has a cute collection of school bags, lunch boxes, personalised clothing, wall art and more.

To enter, all you need to do is tell me one of your major mum fails. It would also be nice, but not a condition of entry, if you could follow Bright Star Kids on Facebook.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Thursday 21 January.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Friday 22 January.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Mummy, Wife, Me received a Bright Star Kids gift card for the purpose of this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

31 comments on The tale of the forgotten uniform + Bright Star Kids giveaway

  1. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    January 14, 2016 at 10:56 am (1 year ago)

    I am all organised, but only because I haven’t been in the years before! It gets harder when you have multiple kids! And next year I’ll have 3 there – sobs xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      January 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh my Gosh! That’s a huge milestone to have all three at school xx

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  2. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    January 14, 2016 at 10:59 am (1 year ago)

    As for a mum fail, when my daughter started Prep I missed payment for this cool dance thing that every other child in prep got to do in the first term. There were only 5 of 97 kids who had to sit it out and go to another classroom instead of the hall for a fun hour of dancing. Still haunts me to this day. xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      January 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh my Lord, Em. That is a big fail. You poor thing. I bet you were unbelievably gutted about that. God. So easy to happen though xx

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  3. Emily
    January 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm (1 year ago)

    Am I allowed to enter? Well hey, why not?! One of my (many) major mum fails was to take my kids to see the Myer windows. We sat down to have a hot chocolate first, and little man (then 7 months old) pulled my steaming hot drink all over himself and we ended up in an ambulance instead. SUPREME FAIL. (Hat tip to the staff at Koko Black who rushed him to their bathroom and got him straight under cold running water while I called 000. And then they sent us a copy of the book the Myer windows were based on because we’d missed out on seeing them!)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      January 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm (1 year ago)

      OUCH!!! The poor little guy. That would have been horrible. I’m glad he was okay and good on Koko Black. So sweet of them.

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      • Emily
        January 17, 2016 at 7:46 pm (1 year ago)

        Thanks. He is A-OK – no lasting burn mark or anything. Even at the time, while panicking, deep down I knew it wasn’t that bad as far as burns go. Just a big shock for us all, and still wish it hadn’t happened! x

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  4. Eleise
    January 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh gosh, I love this story! I take the easy going mim path which often leads me into similar troubles.

    I guess my major failure was when relatives were supposed to pick up my daughter but forgot, I didn’t remind them on the day and I was stuck in a three hour client meeting. Thank goodness the school got creative and called our emergency contacts.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 15, 2016 at 12:25 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh that would have been scary for all involved. I’m glad the school was on top of it 🙂

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  5. Bree
    January 14, 2016 at 9:39 pm (1 year ago)

    About a week after my son started prep there was a sausage sizzle. I read the letter and filed it (in the bin) and when the day rolled around I was all prepared to send a couple of $$ in a brown paper bag to secure the sausage. Except you had to fill in an order form and return it with your $ the week before so my kid was the only one in the class sans sausage. He hasn’t forgotten it…3 years later.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 15, 2016 at 12:26 pm (1 year ago)

      Lol. Oh no! I’ve got a bad track record of filing things in the bin too 🙂

      Reply
  6. Yolandi
    January 14, 2016 at 11:38 pm (1 year ago)

    My husband and I were all excited about our little trip to melbourne with only our new baby in tow, leaving the older 3 girls with my mum and dad. We had so been looking forward to it that we actually forgot to add her to our tickets…only realising when we’re checking in and the gentleman behind the desks looks at us blankly and says….”and are you checking the baby in with your luggage then because doesn’t have a ticket.” Such a big mum fail!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm (1 year ago)

      Lol. Oh oh. Oh yeah the baby. Whoops! I hope it all got sorted out without too much trouble 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh my God, Elisha!!! That can so easily happen. The poor little guy and poor you!!!

      Reply
  7. Kezza
    January 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm (1 year ago)

    For such an insignificant prize, I won’t be airing any of my inadequacies.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 16, 2016 at 1:54 pm (1 year ago)

      Fair enough, Kezza. Thank you.

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    • Deb K
      January 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Hearing a little voice pipe up as we’re shopping,
      Mum, I’m really hungry!
      Not realising she had missed out on breakfast!
      The hazards of having too many children!

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  8. Anastasia
    January 15, 2016 at 7:24 pm (1 year ago)

    Purchasing the wrong colour school uniform for my daughter’s first day in prep.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 16, 2016 at 1:54 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh no, Anastasia. I hope you were able to get another straightaway 🙂

      Reply
  9. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    January 16, 2016 at 10:44 pm (1 year ago)

    I went out one day and took her formula, but forgot the actual bottle to go with it. I filled it up with water ready to go and forgot to pack it. Thankfully I was going to mothers group and it was at someone’s house so there was a spare bottle to use. Also thankful it was the bottle I forgot not the formula!

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  10. Phillip Cunningham
    January 18, 2016 at 8:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Mine’s a dad’s and a mum’s fail and it was pushing our 2 month old daughter in her stroller out of the lift first, then going back into the lift to my wife to help her with the fully laden trolley, only to have the lift doors shut leaving baby in her stroller on one level and both of us travelling down to a different level. Moment of blind panic for the two of us, my wife raced upstairs, leaving me with the trolley, she didn’t wait for the lift to find a whole bunch of mums surrounding the pram wondering whose child it was. True story.

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  11. Karla Oleinikoff
    January 20, 2016 at 12:04 am (1 year ago)

    Hubby and I had our then 1 year old sitting in the trolley at Kmart waiting to be served. We were talking to each other, and took our eyes of bub for that split second. Next thing you know, the lady in front of us turned around and looked at us. We looked down, and there was Miss Izzy leaning down and around and patting this lady that we didn’t know on the bum. We stopped her, apologised, didn’t know where to look, and took off out of there as soon as we could. Big mum fail in not taking your eyes off your children!

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  12. Renee
    January 20, 2016 at 9:34 am (1 year ago)

    that would be letting things get on top of me

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  13. Christy
    January 20, 2016 at 9:34 pm (1 year ago)

    I left my two year old son with a close relative for 15 minutes while I popped to the shop. He became so distressed that he wouldn’t let me out of his sight for a month!

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  14. Han E
    January 20, 2016 at 11:46 pm (1 year ago)

    A few years ago at Christmas time they had a display of fake snow in Perth, which was hold at this special spot in the city. We didn’t realize that it would’ve become so busy with people and kids. My daughter got so upset with all the hundreds of people shuffling en pushing and was almost hysterical. To this day, she hates big crowds and I still feel terrible thinking of her reaction.

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  15. Leanne
    January 21, 2016 at 11:59 am (1 year ago)

    I had just become a new mum and had gone out to dinner with friends I was folding pram up to put back in car when someone said where is Bub ummm she was still in pram I was folding hence I never made mother of the year…still get good laugh and ribbed about it years later though 🙂

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  16. Teena
    January 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Sending my daughter to school dressed up for book club week and it was supposed to be the next day! Luckily for me her best friend was also dressed up (because I told her mum it was on that day as well) – felt so bad!!

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  17. sapna
    January 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I forgot to buy school dress for my son in early january and by the end of the january his size was sold out – i ended up in sending him in home clothes on first day of prep.

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  18. Heart
    January 23, 2016 at 1:03 am (1 year ago)

    I think all moms experience this especially when you are still adjusting to a new situation. Congratulations to the winners by the way! =)

    Reply

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