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Blast from the Past: A Debenhams Back-to-school Competition

What were you like as a primary schooler?  Were you shy or were you one of the kids whom everyone liked?

Like little T, I too was shy. But my mother said I also had the most infectious laugh, now whether I shared this with my friends in school, I have no idea.  And like T, I also would go to school impeccably dressed in my uniform and like my little one, go home from school looking absolutely disheveled.

I wish I had a photo to share with you.  But the problem with living and moving two continents in less than a decade, you tend to downsize your personal belongings and sadly, that included sacrificing personal stuff like old photographs. Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking now, but photos nowadays are stored on your laptop, phone, online or yes, the cloud!

But not in my days.  When I was a school girl, we stored photographs in family albums.  We went  to the shop to have them printed out and if memory serves me right, it took about a day or two before the prints were ready.  Remember those days?

Anyway, summer is about to end which means, for those who are parents, school is about to begin again.  Yes, it’s that maddening time of the year, you know that rush to buy all our children’s school needs in time before school starts, uniforms, school-shoes, jumpers and all that malarkey.

So in connection with that, as much as I’d love to share with you an old photograph of myself, I’m sharing instead, one of my dear husband as an adorably cute 5-year-old school boy.  In about three days, my little T will be the same age as her dad in the photo below:

Why is he wearing a coat, mum?  Asks T.

It’s not a coat, sweetie.  It’s a school blazer. 

We have a school jumper!  Says T.

Do you like your dad’s old uniform?

Yes!  He looks smart!  She says skipping off to play Minion Rush.

Our little family is still on holiday, but didn’t want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to host my ever first competition on this blog.  Please support me!  So for those of you who have school-aged children and haven’t had the chance to complete your list of things-to-buy for your kids, this might just be your chance to tick off that list courtesy of Debenhams Back-to-School-Competition.  They’ve got a lovely range of school items for you to choose from.

Here’s how you can join:

  •  Post an old school photo of yourself (be it a class photo, school disco or even sports day), tell us what your child thinks of it and how they would recreate it using at least 5 items from Debenhams kids-wear.
  • To enter comment the post URL onto one of the host’s competition pages (that’s me, so you can comment here) and email it to bloggers@debenhams.com
  • Open to UK residents only.


  • Top 10 bloggers will win a £50 Debenhams voucher each AND each host will choose their favourite who will also win up to £100 to spend on kids’ clothes and accessories. This means we’re offering entrants TEN chances to share an £800 prize!  

The most creative post wins!

What about you?  What were you like as a primary school student?  Do share your photos and this is your chance to win every single school item your child will need for school.  However, if you’re one of those super-organised mothers who always get everything done way before anything starts.  See this as an opportunity to top-up whatever item your child might need, perhaps, a lovely new raincoat, winter-coat which might be a little bit too pricey for your budget, this is your chance to get it, without spending anything, but sharing a lovely memory with us!  FYI, I’m hosting this competition together with two other lovely bloggers:  Yellow Days and The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock n Roll Mum.

What are you guys waiting for? Unearth those adorable photos of yourself as a child and write a post about it and who knows, you might just win lovely items from Debenhams Back-to-school range!


Plenty of time to find those adorable photos of you as a school girl or boy.  Once again, if you’re too shy to share your picture, you can also choose one of your husband/wife or partner (as long as you ask permission! 😉

DISCLAIMER:  This post is a collaboration with Debenhams.  Please click here, for more information about the terms and conditions of the Back-to-School competition. Debenhams will be responsible for the provision of prizes. I received items of school uniform in return for hosting this competition.

My Little School Girl

“Once she starts school, she’ll be out the door.  She’ll be gone!”  My husband said to me last year when we were deciding whether to send little T to school as a four-year-old or wait till she turned five.  You see, she just turned four a few weeks before school began and my husband just thought that she was way too young and opted to send her when she was five.

Too soon, for big school?

But I felt she was ready.  Why?  Because she was always eager to do new things, always eager to be with her friends and she always wanted more.  I used to be able to satisfy her with a few activities to do at home, but she seemed insatiable, spending three days at play-school didn’t seem enough for her anymore.  That’s why I decided she was definitely ready.

And when it came, the first few days were an emotional-roller-coaster ride for all of us.  She would cry as soon as we reached school and cling to my neck.  At one time, I even wondered – “Have I made a mistake?  Did I push my daughter even before she was ready for big school?”.  The thing is, yes she cried on the first day of class.  But the head teacher phoned us less than twenty-minutes later, to tell us that Little T was absolutely fine after about ten-minutes of tears, not wailing, just tears.  And yes, this crying and clinging unto mummy went on for about a week or so, but even before the second week was over, she was fine.  As if she decided to stop all nonsense and admit to herself “It’s not so bad.  In fact, I’m having so much fun with my friends!”

We started her off just staying half-days, and by the second week, she was staying the whole day!  And would eagerly look forward to school each day.  She absolutely loves it no.  She comes home and chats away and tells us about her friends, who did-what and what they did.

I am loving that she is loving it.  And not only that, she has learned a lot.  Before going to big-school, we never sat her down to “study” and learn letters or numbers.  We never bought her any flashcards.  Not because we couldn’t be bothered, but more because we wanted our child to just have fun.  We figured at her age, having fun is more important.  Exploring is more important.  Reading be it, just looking at her books, or reciting the stories she’s memorised and doing it just for the fun of it.  She could count big numbers, not because we taught her, but because she liked counting her toys one-by-one.

It’s been over a month now since she began “big-school, yes, we do still occasionally get the “I’m going to miss you mummy” as she steps out the door to go to school, or a hesitant-wave to her dad as she queues to go inside her class , but mostly it’s always excited babble to and fro from school and that makes us extremely happy and …

What about you?  Is your child loving school too?

Sports Day

Last Thursday the primary school in our little village held their sports day at the football field not far from our house.  Little T and her other friends who will join the said school come September showed their support by showing up at the event.

The only problem though, they decided that it was more fun to play at the playground which was right beside the football field.

Here’s little T being pushed on the swing by her best friend F …

… while their other friends were busy on the merry-go-round.

Next year though will be different.  They won’t be allowed to play at the playground on sports day.  These little ones will actually be included in the event!  How time flies.  It’s bittersweet actually.  Part of me feels she’s growing up way too fast, but the other is excited for her to join “big school” because I know she will certainly enjoy it.

This post is linked-up with #CountryKids.


And the sunshine continuous!

Have a lovely weekend folks! 🙂