Summer goes by far too fast – before you know it, you were sitting on a beach, and then its time to wash PE kits, sharpen pencils, and restock pencil cases.

We’ve been busy making sure we have everything we need for our return to school by trawling the Smiggle Back to School UK site to get stocked up with their new range, but not before we have written to our new Smiggle Pen pals about all the exciting things we have got up to in the holidays…

Smiggle's got a great range of supplies for the kids going back to school, and encouraging them to get creative with their postcard writing as well!

…and drawn in our new school pads…making sure we capture some of those summer memories forever…

My son was drawing what his summer meant to him with his Smiggle back to school supplies, and we got a beach and a rainbow - not bad so far, eh?

I’d say we are having a successful summer if we get a beach and a rainbow – and a scented one at that – wouldn’t you?

I guess it should be no surprise that a beach features prominently in my son’s memories of the summer. We have been lucky enough to visit Antigua, and I suspect that Mummy of Three Diaries kids, whom we are writing our postcards too, won’t know what’s hit them when they receive them. Tales of stingrays, snorkelling, and lizards are either going to put them off wanting to go to Antigua, or they will all be on the next plane there!

Their tales have been made even more colourful by the gorgeous scented gel pens that Smiggle have for school too. These were so well loved, they even shared them ;-).

The Smiggle Gel Pens were a big hit with the kids, so much so that they even shared them!

My daughter was keen, at first, to ensure that the Antiguan postcard smelt of pineapple or banana, which are, of course, rather important fruits in the Carribean. Authenticity is important when writing postcards is concerned. However, in the end, pink won out, but those fruity scents came a very close second :-D

It isn’t all smelly pens, and glitter with Smiggle though.

You’d be surprised at how sneaky they can be – making some of the more boring aspects of school life into something that little bit more exciting, from slap bands with timetables on them, which my kids think are amazing, to some very snazzy pocket calculators.

Slap bands that HELP your kids learn times tables - I'm in.

Smiggle have an excellent selection of lined pads which are perfect for that school work. There are a great selection of different colours, and designs, so that there is going to be one that your child will fall in love with.

My son loves his Smiggle football pad for back to school, and for leaning on when writing his postcards!

They are great for leaning on when we are writing postcards too ;-) My football mad son is in his element on Smiggle, as they have an excellent range of stationery with this theme.

We love writing to our new pen pals, and Smiggle is making the pain of going back to school a little easier too. If, like me, you were wondering where Smiggle get their name – it is where a smile meets a giggle – and I think that given all the fun we have had playing with their back to school range, this about sums it up.

We hope you find something you like on the Back to School section within Smiggle, and remember you can get 20% off if you sign up to their newsletter too. Just scroll down to the bottom of their homepage to find their sign up info.

Helen

Helen is a mum to two, and social media consultant and website editor. Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts now works with big family brands to help them promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. Helen also helps other organisations with their social media and blogging strategies, including working part-time as a community manager with Truprint. She can often be found hanging about on social media, and trying to avoid stepping on the Lego her kids keep leaving lying around.