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Back to school with Matalan

7 Sep

I love Matalan, it was where I brought the children’s school uniform last year and having been so pleased with it, it’s where I brought them again this year.

Considering I brought the uniform so late in month, I was actually surprised to be able to get one at all.

With two weeks to go, I headed to Matalan to get Alice her uniform. Admittedly they had every single size of school dress but one… Alice’s of course! Nonetheless they did still have plenty of school skirts in stock and at £6 and £5 each these we a bargain.

A round up of what I brought

1x Grey pleated skirt size 10-11 £5
1x Grey skirt 10-11 with small flower £6
2x White girls 10-11 polo shirts in sets of 2 set £6 each set (£12)
1x Girls black 5 pack of tights £4

The white polo shirts come in sets of 2. They feature the same flower detail as the shirt which is very discreet yet still gives it that feminine touch.I found that At £6 per set of 2 was a really good value. For just £12 I had 4 really good quality polo shirts.

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The skirts are really pretty, they are both well cut and a good length. Alice-Sara loves the grey skirt with flower pattern where’s I’m more into the pleated look.

Alice-Sara started back at school just yesterday and wore the grey pleated skirt.Once she was home and changed I washed both the white polo shirt and following this her grey skirt. Both washed well. There was no bobbling on either garment and nothing shrunk. Again very good value for money.

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Everything I brought listed above, came to a grand total of £27.

I’ll be returning to Matalan next week in the hope of grabbing a couple of their pinafore dresses. These were really very pretty but sadly very popular too as they didn’t have any stock in Alice-Sara’s size.

Matalan did have plenty of designs and colours to choose from in both the girls and boys department. They stocked a good selection of school shoes, as well as other everyday school essentials such as, Lunch boxes, PE kits, Backpacks, and more.

You can check out the Matalan back to school range online or at your local Matalan store.

Win a bundle of ‘Natural and Clean’ goodies

6 Feb

As many may know, I love hosting a competition, its great to be able to give away a few prizes to my readers! Really it’s a great feeling being able to alert your reader and make their day! I almost love it as much as when I receive that special notification alerting me to a competition I’ve ran (yes, comping is getting a bit addictive but that’s another post altogether)!

So, as you may have guessed already, this is one of them awesome competition post, bringing you the chance to get your paws on some freebies.

Today’s competition is brought to you by “Natural and Clean” a fantastic brand selling ecological innovative household, travel and pet cleaning essentials. We did a review for the brand back in 2011 (Click Here to read) in-which we were bowled over by the magical Whoops a daisy! This stuff is amazing, a powder consisting of super absorbent crystals that when sprinkled directly onto spillage’s, the crystals expand & magically absorb the liquid converting it into a jelly like substance so it can then be easily removed along with any traces of odour with the use of a dust pan and brush. Not only does this save your carpets and upholstery’s from staining but is great for them difficult clean up jobs like urine caused by the little potty training tots or in my case a naughty little kitten. There were loads more great products in the range however, this is one I swear by.

Well, those lovely lot at Natural and Clean, have donated a great selection of there products, including my favourite “Whoops a daisy” as a competition prize.

This isn’t just one or two products we’re talking about… “Oh no”! Natural and Clean are giving you lovely lot, the chance to bag yourselves a huge bundle of goodies, consisting of 9 Natural and Clean products, worth the tidy sum of £45.99

Here’s what you can win, along with a few images of some of these earth friendly products.

Whoops-a-daisy (for every day spills) £4.99

The essential travel kit (handy to have in the car or under the buggy) £10.99

Nappy and standard bin deodoriser (for fresh smelling bins) £3.39

Spot remover spray £3.43

Spot remover wipes (useful for spills on carpets and soft furnishings) £3.43

Carpet and fabric deodoriser £3.43

Baby clean-up kit (a handy travel kit) £10.99

Dry Carpet Cleaner (500g) £5.19

Foaming Carpet Cleaner £3.58
For more information on all items Click Here to be directed to the Natural and Clean Website

One winner will bag themselves this huge bundle of essentials

Here’s how to enter

Compulsory action
This entry must be completed before any of the below extra entries will be accepted!

Leave a comment telling me a great cleaning tip (email address or twitter contact left with all comments please)

Extra Entries
You can do however many you like, though for each action taken a separate comment must be left (those that are not, sadly won’t be valid)!

+1: Follow Clean and Natural on Twitter


+1: Tweet, “I want to win a cleaning bundle from @naturalandclean via @clairelouise82 & ensuring you add the URL for this post!


+1: You, will receive one extra entry for using any of the share buttons within this post (separate comment for each please)!


+1 Subscribe via “Feedburner” to my blog


+2 visit and subscribe to my sister blog “Mummy of many talents” you may just love it (no obligation to remain once competition closed, though I hope you might) 🙂


+1 Follow me on twitter @clairelouise82

Myself and Natural and Clean would love you to pop over and check out the Natural and Clean Facebook page. You don’t have to and it is not an entry into the competition but it would be lovely of you guys to check them out! (Plus you will never miss a fab comp or great promotion) and we wouldn’t want that would we.

Competition will close on the 6th March 2012
Winner will be randomly drawn and announced soon after.

T&C

UK residents only please, competition will close on the 6th March at 5 pm, prize will be sent directly from prize provider “Natural and Clean” (Note: there is no cash alternative to this prize) All rules must be followed, those entries that have not abided by this rules will not be counted into the draw, regardless if the comment was approved or otherwise. Winners will be given 72 hours following the winning notification to contact me via the email located in the sidebar or that of the about page. Postal address will need to be forwarded to the brands PR and winners name will be published here on the blog. Those who do not leave an efficient contact (email, twitter , etc.. Please no Facebook contacts) may lose the prize which will be randomly redrawn.

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