Back To School With Sainsbury’s

September 1, 2014 in Kids

Here in Scotland the schools have been back for a couple of weeks, but for Newcastle-based Liz and the kids school starts this week. Sainsbury’s were kind enough to send over some of their back to school goodies and it’s fair to say that Jonny & Sophie loved them!


We love Sainsbury’s clothing, their Tu range features quite heavily in the kids’ wardrobes. The quality is great and the designs so cute. However we haven’t really tried any of their stationery or bags. I was impressed. Good quality, fab designs (which were a hit with the kids) and at a reasonable price. In a world where there is so much pressure for kids to have new stuff for school every year, you want to get the most from your money and I’d say these items from Sainsbury’s achieve that. The notebook is perhaps on the pricier side for younger kids but older kids would get good use from it.

Sophie’s favourite colour is pink. She loves it. So, naturally, she loved the cute bundle she was sent.


Travel Buddies Tea Party Lunch Bag and Bottle (£7), Butterfly A4 Notebook (£4.99) and Butterfly Stationery Pink (£2.99)

The Butterfly Notebook was definitely a hit. She couldn’t wait to get drawing in it so ripped open the stationery set and got going. I was pleased to see that a sharpener was included in both of the stationery sets, and a fairly decent one at that. Don’t you just hate when you get unsharpened pencils and have to search the house for a sharpener?


As for the bag? I love the inclusion of the drinks bottle, and the bag is a good size. Sophie? Well I think her face says it all..


Jonny is looking forward to going back to school, and was delighted with his Back To School goodies.

Amazing Spiderman 2 Lunch Bag (£8), Geo Pencil Case Blue (£5.99), Travel Buddies Pencils and Rubbers (£2.99)

Amazing Spiderman 2 Lunch Bag (£8), Geo Pencil Case Blue (£5.99), Travel Buddies Pencils and Rubbers (£2.99)

The pencil case was a definite hit (with both kids), and the stationery set was promptly whipped out of the packaging and put to use.


As for the lunch bag, Jonny is a Spiderman fan so this will be well loved.


Thank you to Sainsbury’s for sending over these goodies. They were definitely a hit!

Thank you to Sainsbury’s for sending these goodies for our consideration. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and completely honest.


Back To School Bargains

August 4, 2014 in Kids, Thrifty

It’s that time of year again, back to school. So we’ve had a browse online to provide you with a round-up of some great Back To School offers….we do love a bargain!

First things first, if you are ordering online make sure you check out Topcashback and Quidco. By clicking through these sites before you buy you will earn cashback. We’ve been using them both for a long time and they are fantastic! We’ve put the associated cashback rates in brackets. Oh and, as always, we aren’t affiliated with anyone or making any money through these links, we’re just sharing them with you.

Right, so on to some bargains….

Back To School

1. At WHSmith you can get £10 off a 24 pack of Sharpies when you buy any Back To School stationery. Looking at the website you could get a ringbinder and 24 Sharpies for a total of £8.23! BARGAIN! There are a few other deals over at WHSmith including 3 for 2 on stationery essentials & up to 20% off academic diaries. (7% cashback on stationery purchases)

2. We love the look of this Weekly Planner (£2.75) from Wilko. They also have 3 for 2 on stationery. (4% cashback)

3. ASOS have these cute notebooks in their sale (3% cashback).

4. The scientific calculator is in the Ryman 3 for 2 offer. (8% cashback)

5. As well as this cute letter tray in their outlet, Paperchase have a couple of deals on at the moment, 3 for 2 and 4 for 3. (8% cashback)

6. Debenhams have this gorgeous pencil case in their sale. (3% cashback)

7. Cath Kidston have some lovely things in their sale. We thought the roll of Sticky Back Plastic down from £12 to £3.60 would be perfect for covering school jotters. (6% cashback through Topcashback, 5% with Quidco)

8. Most of the supermarkets have 3 for 2 on stationery at the moment too. From Thursday 7th August ALDI will have these 89p ring binders!

 Have you grabbed any back to school bargains yet?

As always there are no affiliate links in this post. We’re just sharing some of the bargains we’ve found online.

Win a Year Subscription to Reading Eggs

March 20, 2014 in Book Reviews, Closed Giveaways, Discount Code, Kids

Since we are running a fantastic giveaway for adult bookworms it seems only fair that we host a giveaway for younger readers too, and this is a great prize!

We’ve teamed up with Reading Eggs to win a one year subscription to their Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress programs. The lovely people at Reading Eggs are also offering Strupag readers a 4 WEEK FREE TRIAL!


So, first things first, who and what are Reading Eggs?

Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress are comprehensive, interactive online literacy resources for children developed by a highly experienced team of educational teachers, writers and developers. They focus on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. 

The Reading Eggs program is for 3-7 year olds and includes 120 literacy lessons, 96 spelling lessons, a creative writing factory, 20 comprehension and grammar lessons and much more! 

Reading Eggspress is for 7-13 year olds and uses a highly engaging spinning island where children are instantly involved and interested. The range of activities motivates students to return regularly to complete lessons, compete against others, earn more rewards and improve their skills. Within the program there are 200 comprehension and grammar lessons, a library with over 1700 e-books and much more!


We’ve had a wee look at the Reading Eggs sample lessons and the Reading Eggpress sample lessons. Both look really good – engaging, fun and educational. Kids will learn without even realising they are learning. Plus with the iPad and Android apps they can be kept busy on the go too.

Personally, I think combining a child’s love of technology with learning to read is a great idea. I feel it’s important for children to enjoy reading, and learning in general. If we can instill a love of reading at a young age, there is a whole lifetime of joy to be found. To quote one of my favourite authors, George R R Martin, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” Learning to read is key to this, and Reading Eggs can help set your child off on their lifetime literacy journey.

If you think you’d like to give Reading Eggs a go then you can sign up for a free trial. Usually free trials are 2 weeks long but Reading Eggs have given us an exclusive code so you can claim a 4 WEEK FREE TRIAL! Just visit, register an account and enter the code STRUPAG in the Promo Code box. This code expires on 17th April 2014, so be quick.

What’s more you could win a one year subscription to Reading Eggs by simply entering via the rafflecopter form below. You can do as many or as few of the entries as you wish. The winner will be chosen at random using rafflecopter. Please note that all entries will be verified, and that this giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.

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Good luck!

Thank you to Reading Eggs for providing the prize for this giveaway.

Mike the Knight – a.k.a Jonny!

July 16, 2013 in Kids, Toys and Games

We’ve just moved house. It’s been a crazy time, moving all our stuff from Glasgow to Newcastle, taking care of the kids and getting work done on our new house… I’ve barely had a second to think.

The kids have been great but it’s obviously a big upheaval for them….thank goodness for Grandparents and toys!

Jonny is particularly in love with his Mike the Knight set he went sent recently. He adores Mike the Knight and so when this Mission Set with a Sword and Helmet arrived he was particularly excited. In fact you can make out his massive grin in the photos below…

Mike the Knight

Part of me wonders if the reason Jonny loves this so much is because his Dad is called Mike! Maybe he’s pretending to be Dad…or maybe that thought hasn’t even occurred to him? I’d love to know what goes through his mind sometimes.

Jonny is particularly good at playing by himself these days. He will sit with a toy and chat away, playing a wee game in his head. This Mission Set is perfect for him at the moment, he uses his imagination and slips into the world of Mike the Knight. Indoors, outdoors it doesn’t matter, you’ll find him wielding this foam sword!

I love seeing him use his imagination, sometimes I just stop and listen to him playing. He can have me in stitches! This is a great toy to encourage Jonny’s imagination and as a big Mike the Knight fan he just loves it!

Mike the Knight Mission Set retails for £14.99.

We were sent a Mission Set free of charge for consideration. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and, as always, completely honest.

Zoe & Beans Board Books

June 22, 2013 in Book Reviews, Kids, Young Children

zoe and beans


We have a few books in the ‘Zoe and Beans’ collection and they are a real hit with both Sophie (two) and especially Jonny (four). Chloe and Mick Inkpen really do know how to appeal to a younger audience as, even though I have to admit that sometimes I don’t really get the stories, Jonny finds them absolutely hilarious and wants to read them again and again. He loves the style of illustration and how they and the text are creatively used on the page.

Two new chunky board books have just been released that are perfect for little destructive hands and may survive that bit longer than the paper books. They are aimed at a slightly younger age than the picture books but both the kids love them.

‘Look at Me!’ is all about Zoe and Oscar dressing up (eventually with a bit of cross dressing). Jonny follows the words and the way the ‘Beep beep’ of the robot is written, with the funny picture makes him hysterical. Even Sophie finds them funny, especially the pirate with a duck on his shoulder. As for Beans… Poor Beans who ends up wearing necklaces.

I think ‘How many pets?’ is probably my favourite out of the books we have. Sophie is pretty good on her numbers and this book is more creative than others. The numbers are dotted around the page and, although it is clear enough for Sophie to spot, it introduces another element, rather than most counting books which are set out the same way every page. Another thing I like is how the rhymes don’t necessarily follow the numbers in the same way, so you don’t get rhyming words for every number. Our favourite is definitely the tortoise…

Maybe, just maybe, I have become a convert to Zoe and Beans… One thing’s for sure, the kids adore them!

Copies of the books were received free of charge for our consideration. All opinions are entirely our own and, as always, completely honest.