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.
Miss 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.
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.