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Embracing the School Year

Mindfulness with Kids

Embracing the School Year

Week 2 has started for us and I must admit last week was a struggle.  Adjusting from 6 weeks holiday straight back into the school routine has taken its toll.  As much as we were organised with school uniforms, routines and a stocked freezer I didn’t do any mental and emotional preparation and that was evident at the end of the week.  Come Friday afternoon we had exhausted kids and one Mumma who was on the brink of a meltdown.

Smiling Mind is a great mindfulness app which we use infrequently with the kids.  Last week, ABC and Smiling Minds shared a great mindful meditation to help our kids tune into their emotions.  Mindfulness is a great tool for all of us in a busy switched on world and this meditation is one you can do together as a family.

My aim this week is to be mindful and start the day positive and focused with the aim of changing our Friday afternoon up.  So this week I will practise this meditation with the kids a couple of times and see if we can identify emotions and stay present rather than getting carried away with large emotions at the beginning of another school term.

Do you practise mindfulness in your family?

Natalie

School’s Back!

School Starts

School’s Back!

It’s the first day of term 1 for us and many other families in NSW and around Australia.  While I’m reluctant to go back into the routine, I am ready for the kids to head back into the classroom for another year of learning, discovery and growing.

My kids have mixed feelings about a new year and indeed today.  Who will their teacher be and who will be in their class?  My main concern is will they bring everything home and survive the first day of school in nearly 40-degree heat?

We have everything ready and today I will try and remember to capture their annual photo by in our doorway so we can see how they grow and change over the years.  I’m sure I’ll struggle to get back to a quiet house and will fall into the trap of looking for them more than once.  3:10 pm will come around all too quickly and once again we will back in the swing of another school year.

If the kids come home without a hat or worse don’t forget our Free Shipping ends on 31st January so jump online and grab the extra supplies.

We wish all the kindy and year 7 families, a successful transition to big school.  For all the families with kids returning to school, stay strong and enjoy the routine for another year.

Natalie

Class of 2017 Are You Ready?

Class of 2017 Are You Ready?

Class of 2017 Are You Ready?

Queensland families are the first to kick the school year off as term 1 starts for them today.  The rest of the country has a staggered start, but for us, next Monday is fast approaching.  We’re at that stage in the holidays where the kids need some extra challenges and more people to play with.  I’m ready to send them back but also reluctant to start the year because it means back into the routine and another year will soon fly by!

This week I will be focusing on getting back into the routine, writing out our lunch menu ideas, so lunchboxes don’t become stale by week 3 and finalising all of the school uniforms.  While it’s still in the 30’s, we are very used to a quick chilly change in the next 2 months, so I’m going to make sure we have uniforms to cover term 1’s weather and activities.

There is no better time to set yourself up for term 1 and beyond with school uniforms because all orders over $110 receive Free Shipping when you purchase your school uniforms online with Made For School.

Term 1 always has a long start as we all get back into the routine.  That often means that things go missing and the first thing to take an excursion in our house is the kid’s hats!  Our winning hat is the Gosse microfibre bucket hat.  It’s soft, squashable, washable and the crown cord holds it firmly on Miss 10’s head no matter what hairstyle she has.  I’m also going to get a couple of lightweight jackets for when the cool afternoon and morning breezes begin.  Sure it’s not likely to happen anytime soon but it seems to catch me off guard every year, not in 2017!

Free Shipping means you can have all your uniforms sorted in a matter of minutes.  Jump online and check out our extensive school uniform range.  We’ve got you covered from head to toe with hats, polosshirts, skirts, shorts, skorts, pants, jackets, jumpers, socks, bags and more!  While you’re there be sure to check out our clearance items and bag a bargain as well.

Enjoy the last week of the holidays and get ready for term 1 and enjoy Free Shipping on all orders over $110.

Natalie

Back to School Sorted

Back to School Sorted

Back to School Sorted

We’ve got 2 weeks left of these holidays and I can’t believe how fast they have disappeared.  We’re yet to hit the “I’m bored” stage and we’ve only managed to tick off a few things from our bucket list.  With the countdown to school starting, I’ve decided to pull my head out of the sand and get the house and kids sorted for the return of routine.

The easiest part of back to school preparations is ordering the school uniforms online.  If I order by midday during the week, my parcel gets dispatched the same day.  At the moment you can also enjoy free shipping when you spend over $110 in one order, which is easy to do since my kids have sprouted up over summer.  Miss 10 needs some skorts, polos and our favourite jacket in a bag for when the showers hit at 3:10pm.  Master 8 is after his favourite sports shorts and his smart cargo shorts as well as more polos and a new hat because that managed to land in someone else’s this year.  Our library bags are still going strong after 5 years and I think with their years they will no longer need the art smock, but who knows?  It’s nearly time to pack the backpacks and my essentials are always sunscreen, tissues and hand sanitiser so we will be stocking up.  Thankfully the school uniforms will be delivered to our door because this heat means we are inside for some cooling down before there’s another meltdown.This year the kids will both be in primary school so I’m beginning to think about ways to get set up so homework is a breeze rather than an argument.  Our homework basket has helped us get homework sorted for the past few years so it’s time to replenish the supplies and be ready for another year to begin.

Next week we will be getting back into school routine with the kids hitting their pillows closer to their school night times.  We’ve enjoyed late nights quite a lot these holidays.  But the heat and being tired has led to a few moments when emotions run wild and we’re not at our best and I’m not just talking about the kids.  My kids, well really it’s me who loves routine.  The predictable pace and moments throughout the day and week all mean we know what we’re doing and what to pack for the day.  This year I will be revamping the kid’s routine charts as they help Master 8 to stay on track and Miss 10 to know what to pack in her bag.

I think the only thing left for our back to school to be sorted is the baking.  Miss 10 and I will be trying out some new recipes this week so we can mix up the lunchboxes a bit because come week 4 I’m tired of ham and cheese sandwiches.  We’ve got some great recipes which freeze beautifully so we’ll be making those and filling the freezer with some goodies for term 1.

If I get everything sorted this week then the next week we can tick a few more things off our bucket list and enjoy the final week of the holidays.

Are you ready for Back to School?

Natalie

 

Get Back to School Ready with Free Shipping

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Get Back to School Ready with Made For School

There’s never been a better time to stay at home and order your school uniforms online with Made For School.  We’ve got over 1.2 million items in stock, so we’re bound to have your colour range for school, sport and play.   Our Free Shipping for all orders over $110 makes buying your school uniforms online easy and hassle free this year.

We’ve been clothing Aussie kids for over 90 years, so we know a thing or two about making great gear that is kid proof.  Our products are quality tested on our kids every day, so you don’t have to worry about how they will last because they will.

I love nothing more than the lazy, slow rhythm of school holidays so if you’re like me, you’d prefer to enjoy time with the kids instead of dragging them around the shops for hours.  Our size guide helps you to ensure you get the right fit every time when your buy your school uniforms online from Made For School.

So what’s in a kit?  Everything your child needs from head to toe and more!

Choose a hat that suits your child and school policy and move on down to choose from our great range of polo shirts and school shirts.

Next, choose your bottoms to coordinate with your uniforms.  We’ve got a range of skirts, skorts, and shorts for our girls and some great shorts and pant options for your boys.

Of course, a uniform is not complete without a great pair of socks and our Howitts are available in 7 different colours.

Our accessory range will get the rest of your school kit sorted, so you’ll just have to fill the bag.  We’ve got 2 great back pack options.  Our Kennedy is great for primary school kids while our Hume does a great job for high schoolers and busy parents tackling all the after school activities.

We’ve got a great range of library bags from our waterproof Lawson through to our Furphy calico library bag.  These bags will save you money and heartache in library fines this year.

Have you got the kid’s kits sorted for 2017 yet?

Natalie

 

 

Our Gift to You

Free Shipping School Uniforms Online

Our Gift to You!

Christmas is just around the corner which is both wonderful and daunting.  Our kids finish school on Friday and while I am in school mode I’m going through their wardrobes and seeing what we can pass on and what needs to be replaced.

Now is the perfect time to buy your school uniforms online.  In the spirit of giving at Christmas we’re offering Free Shipping on all orders over $110.  If you’re still filling up the stockings then head over and check out our great range of hats and accessories.

While you’re looking at our great range of uniforms online, head over to our clearance section and pick up some cheap school uniforms or even a polo for Uncle Fred.

Shop quality school uniforms online at Made For School and enjoy our gift to you this Christmas season.

Natalie

 

Refer a Friend and Win!

Refer a Friend and Win!

Refer a Friend and Win!

Here is your chance to win a Made For School head to toe kit valued at $100.  It’s an easy way to pick up new uniforms in time for presentation day or to pick up some goodies for the Christmas stocking or 2017 school uniform needs.

Purchasing school uniforms online with Made For School makes your life easier.  We’d love it if you could spread the word with your friends so they can take advantage of our service and products and win back valuable time with the kids this summer.

To enter simply click here and refer a friend.  All terms and conditions are on the website so check them out here.

Don’t wait too long to spread the word because the lucky winner will be drawn 11th January 2017 which will be here in the blink of an eye.

Best of luck, we look forward to wowing your friends as much as we have wowed you!

Natalie

 

 

Remembrance Day 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

Remembrance Day is a day to remember those who have fought and served our country.  Too many brave men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom today.  Others like our great Uncle Leslie Winter Reid returned from the Great War to make a legacy that continues for our family today, LW Reid.

In 1919, a 24-year-old Leslie Winter Reid returned from the Western Front decorated as a pillar of the community with a British War Medal and a Victory Medal.  He made plans to create a business of his own. From the very start, Leslie’s mission statement was simple: Foster quality and service above all.  Leslie was supported in this business by one of his brothers, Herbert Preston Reid.  Herbert Reid would take over the business when Leslie died in nearly a century later, many things may have changed – but the mission statement of LW Reid has not: to outfit Australians with quality garments.

Today, the company that Leslie began as a family business has transformed into Australia’s leading uniform supplier, having clothed generations of Australians from shore to sun-drenched shore — expanding and innovating to become a respected manufacturer of stand-out corporate, sports and children’s wear. In fact, LWR is Australia’s leading supplier of uniforms for primary and high schools alike.Our reputation for quality and reliability, built over generations, started with what one man thought was important: honesty, loyalty and trustworthiness, for one and all.

Made For School is proudly a family owned and operated business and we continue to be grateful for the decision Uncle Leslie made when he returned.

Today we will remember him and the other brave men and women who have served and who continue to serve our country today, thank you.

Lest We Forget

Natalie

Aw Shucks, We’re Blushing!

Aw Shucks, We're Blushing!

Aw Shucks, We’re Blushing!

Don’t you just love a good news story?  You know the ones that make you smile and your heart sing?  Well sit back and enjoy what had us gushing and bursting with pride at Made For School.

Joanne sent us a message through our Facebook page and we wanted to share it with you; “Thank you for prompt efficient service.  I ordered shorts, they were the wrong size.  On my return request I indicated I’d like them swapped for the next size.  Thinking I’d have to call you i went onto my account to get your number.  What did I see… my return processed, my order picked and packed within 1.5hrs a text to say it was ready to be shipped…shorts have arrived and they fit..oh and thanks for the jelly beans.  It’s nice to see a company with great processes in place that are purely to look after their customers.”

Aww shucks Joanne, you’ve made us burst with pride today, thanks!  If you want to purchase school uniforms online, give Made For School a try and spend some extra time with the kids instead of dragging them around the shops.

Natalie

Made For Summer

Made For Summer

Made For Summer

Made for School is known for quality assured and great looking uniforms,  but did you know our gear is also made for Aussie summers?

We’ve got a great range of products which go the extra mile to keep your kids protected from harsh UV rays.  We’ve got a great range of polos and hats made from UPF rated fabrics so the kids will not only look great they’ll be doing part of their slip, slop and slap for summer.

Our new Baker Microfibre Legionnaire Cap is water repellant, so it can withstand a brief fight at the bubbler on the way to class.  If you’re after a broad rim then our Pemulwuy Microfibre Surf Hat, does the trick!  Soft, squashable, water repellant and with a crown cord to keep it in place, this hat is perfect for cricket, climbing trees and building sandcastles at the beach.

We’ve got a great range of t-shirts and polos to keep you covered for school uniforms and play.  Our cotton back Polo range is for the athlete and kids who get hot under the collar quickly.  Made with a soft cotton back, our Matson, Poidevin, Duffield, Craig and Wood polos offer great moisture management to help the kids stay cool, calm and collected this summer.

What is summer without some water action? We’ve got the perfect bags to wrap up summer.  Our Petrie Excursion bag is perfect for keeping the wet gear contained, or your special items save.  Made from waterproof polyester and featuring a drawstring cord, this bag is at home on excursions, by the pool, and at the beach.  Summer also means lazy days, late nights and sleepovers so our Ransford Sports bag can get those overnighters sorted, it’s perfect for my little Miss who has to pack everything including the kitchen sink!

Get ready for summer and embrace the warmer weather, relaxed schedules and time outdoors with the kids.  Order the kid’s school uniforms and summer gear online with Made For School and we’ll have it shipped to you in no time at all.  With over 1.2 million items in stock and same day dispatch for orders received before Midday Monday to Friday, we make dressing the kids easy.

Jump online and order from your desk, phone or device and we’ll ship it direct to your desk or door.

Natalie

 

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