A Back to School Must-Have + GIVEAWAY *CLOSED*

Happy New Year A&L Fam πŸ™‚

And so the year has officially begun and it’s time for the tribe of parents to get their kids organised and ready for a new year at school. Before I became a mom, I didn’t quite get the whole ‘back to school’ thing. I loved it as a kid, because it meant that I got new…almost everything. It was when my mom would get replacements for my worn out pencil case, beaten up lunch bag, and school bag (if needed), new stationery and possibly some new clothes. And then the excitement of seeing my old friends again and possibly meeting new ones was huge. Of course, there were still nerves lurking there too – especially when a new teacher, schedule and classroom were on the cards for me.

Now that I officially have a school-going kid myself, it’s a completely different experience. While Kai may still be in preschool, I’m a little nervous about him going back to school this week. He’s been at home for just over three weeks and we’ve all really enjoyed the family time we’ve had, staycationing in Joburg. It’s the most time we’ve spent together in ages. This back to school time is particularly nerve-wracking for me because Kai’s been bumped up a class, so not only is his teacher going to be different (he absolutely loved his first teacher), but he’ll be in a different class to his friends. While I’m super proud of him doing so well, I know it’s going to be emotional for me the first few days, hoping he’ll fit in ok. He’s physically on the smaller side of his age, so him being in a class with the next (read: bigger) age group is something I’m going to have to get used to.

One way to make sure we’re both ready for his first day back, I’ve already put aside all of the necessities for his school bag; nappies, wet wipes, sunblock, blanket and pillow for naps and tissue. Lots of tissue. Kai’s school requires us to send four boxes of tissue at the beginning of the year that they keep and use throughout the year. I’m kinda surprised they’ve only asked for four because we go through tissues like crazy in our house. From wiping his snotty toddler nose, to cleaning up inevitable messes and tantrum tears, tissues have become one of my must-have handbag, car and every-room-in-the-house items. If you’re a mama of young ones, I’m sure you share my struggle.

WIN a Twinsaver Hamper!

I’ve partnered with Twinsaver, to give away a massive hamper! Five lucky mamas will each receive this must-have to make sure you and your little students are ready for the first day of school – whether it’s to wipe up your little one’s nose or wipe your own emotional tears. Just enter below.

*Competition now closed. Congratulations to: (IG) @padayacheejudy, @mother.of.7; (FB) Annelize Mostert, Faziela Prantices; (Blog) Bongiwe Mavimbela. Please respond to your DMs ASAP*

How to enter to win the hamper:

In the comments below, what will you be using your boxes of Twinsaver for? Up your chances and enter on my Instagram and Facebook too.

*Twinsaver is also running an amazing competition on their Facebook page. They want to help ease the stress and worry that comes to so many families this month and are giving away R50 000 worth of school fees! Enter on their page to stand a chance to win a share: Twinsaver Facebook page.*

Hamper giveaway rules:

  • The competition will close at 12pm on Friday 18th January, 2019.
  • This competition is open to South African residents only.
  • Five (5) winners will be chosen randomly and announced on this blog post and tagged in the original Instagram and Facebook post by Monday 21st January, 2019.
  • Only answers submitted in the comments below, Instagram and Facebook will be valid.
  • The winner will be contacted via e-mail, Instagram DM or Facebook DM so please be available to supply full contact and delivery details. If the winner does not respond to the email/DM within 48 hours of contact, another winner will be chosen and the original winner will forfeit their prize.

Good luck!

*Sponsored by Twinsaver



  1. Miriam
    January 15, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    For my tears when I watch romantic movies. I can always count on twinsaver πŸ™‚

  2. Sharlotte Nkabindr
    January 13, 2019 / 8:22 am

    I will use my hamper to keep one or two of those pocket size tissues in my handbag as I always do. They always come in handy to use for wiping my nose or that of one of my daughters. I make sure they always have one as well. As a proud mom, sniffles always come so quickly, my daughters though grown, still make the mommy tears flow with their various achievements. Also will keep some on my office desk. They are always great to have for wiping some shine off my face or to wipe my nose as my day progresses and I love the packaging. β€οΈπŸ‘Œ

  3. Phumzile Miriam Zondi
    January 12, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Ayanda Tumi has allergies and sneezes often and runny nose so this tissues are essential for my child to wipe the cute nose.
    Also for my handbag for my personal use and readily available for Ayanda whenever needed

  4. Sharne Peters
    January 12, 2019 / 4:36 pm

    I will use it to wipe my tears away as I drop off Camy at school its her first school year and will also put a few in her pocket for her to use

  5. Ansha Naidoo
    January 12, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    I will be using the box of Twinsavers for lIttle Evelyn and the unexpected moments at home when she sneezes to tears to wiping sticky fingers to when she uses my lipsticks etc

  6. Ragmat Baron
    January 12, 2019 / 11:55 am

    I will use it to pack in my daughter’s schoolbag for when she has a runny nose at school

    January 11, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    I will be using my Twinsaver Boxes to make Pencil,pens and scissors holders for my brother who is in Grade 4 this year,and as a makeup brush holders I’m a Beautician and this would be beyond perfect.

  8. January 11, 2019 / 9:16 am

    Wow awesome giveaway 😁 first day if school was really emotional and twinsaver is the my best friend

  9. Thuvashni Govender
    January 11, 2019 / 8:27 am

    I’m differently will use twinsavers tissue to wipe my tears as its very emotionally leaving my child at school for the first time ,thoughts of worry takes over and will be using it for my little one to wipe her nose ;and tears as it will be a new environment for her ;she’s meet new people and I won’t be there by her side.I would surely used alot of twinsaver.

  10. Louise Moonsamy
    January 10, 2019 / 10:30 pm

    I use Twinsavers for almost everything, for hand towels in the kitchen, to tissues for runny noses and drolling mouths, to dirty hands and little mishaps and spills and don’t forget the most comfortable toilet paper as well.

  11. January 10, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    l will be using my twinsavers to wipe my tears and my.nose.

  12. Michelle
    January 10, 2019 / 9:18 pm

    To pack in the kiddies bags for runny noses when they are not well.

  13. January 10, 2019 / 8:26 pm

    To keep twinsaver handy when they have a small accident or just need it to blow their noses.

  14. Nonceba Lushaba
    January 10, 2019 / 7:47 pm

    We will be using our Twinsavers for those sniffles that come with being in the sun, in the pool, and the air con. For keeping hands clean and wiping up those unexpected spills.

  15. Lethabo
    January 10, 2019 / 7:37 pm

    This Wil help my daughter to school

  16. Bongiwe Mavimbela
    January 10, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    I’d use my Twinsaver boxes on my 4 year olds, my prince and princess. Wiping those double tantrums tears when it’s crechΓ© time, wiping those little noses when one or both has a fever and not forgetting wiping those hands when its meal times.

  17. Mariza Benrkia
    January 10, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I will use it to write reminder notes to my daughter. As to how much she is missed while she is at school.

  18. Zakiah fyzoo
    January 10, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I will be using twinsaver tissues for EVERYTHING but most importantly on my baby girls sensitive nose. She suffers with very severe sinus so these tissues will be such a relief for her

  19. Umphile
    January 10, 2019 / 7:05 pm

    Definitely I will take some tissues with me to work and be able to keep some in the car. I will share them with my mom as we leave in separate houses and I buy her monthly groceries.
    This would be an awesome give away for us. ☺️

  20. Nadia Basha
    January 10, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    Yeah,love it, Winning this hamper will be awesome .I always have tissues handy and pocket tissues in my bag is a must have.Twinsavers are the bestβ™₯πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™β€

  21. Nasika baijnath
    January 10, 2019 / 6:24 pm

    I will be using my twinsavers for runny noses, messy hands and sweaty palms

  22. JP Botha
    January 10, 2019 / 5:51 pm

    I will be passing them over one by one to my wife on the kids first day back at school… perhaps tears of sadness… might be tears of joy though lol

  23. Jo-Anne Vermaak
    January 10, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    I will definitely be using this for all the snotty noses that the kids get through out the year! I will also be starting my first year as a teacher so think I will need more than a few of these in my classroom too!

  24. kamilah francis
    January 10, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    Cleaning little hands and feet noses and if course that ever present tears!

  25. January 10, 2019 / 5:29 pm

    I would donate some to my daughter Grade R class because they need them & keep few for my family.

  26. January 10, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    Awwww, so cute!

    My Cocoa is in daycare, and the school only closes for major holidays. I was able to keep her at home for the week of Christmas. Her school does not ask for tissues though – just diapers, wipes, and clothes. But yes, we go through tissues like crazy at home too!

  27. Portia Tshepiso Thipe
    January 10, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    To wipe my little one’s fragile skin, and to take some to her school.

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