It turns out that it was exactly 1 year ago today that we wrote about being selected as Pink Lining ambassadors. I remember how special that was to us as it really was a dream come true to be able to tell others about a brand we love so much and that has had a big impact on our lives.
As our year of being ambassadors comes to a close, I've been nostalgically looking back at how things have changed over the past year. Watching those videos we made last year, what strikes me most is how Miss T's speech has come along so much. She's gone from being a little toddler to being a proper little girl now.
She has of course been through a lot in terms of her health too learning to live with Juvenile Arthritis. One thing that hasn't changed at all is our family's love of Pink Lining products.
I've said it before and I will say it again...All of their products are of extremely high quality, exceptionally practical and functional and beautiful to boot with their gorgeous designs. Miss T was lucky enough to receive a Pink Lining Cats and Dogs Lunchbox last year and this year D asked for a lunchbox from their new AW16 Pink Lining Child range.
It was the Captain Amazing design that really appealed to him. He's into his comics and loved the superhero theme with all the comic style words and pictures. This design seems to appeal to such a wide age range as I can imagine younger kids loving it right up to children of D's age - there's something special about Superheroes that has universal appeal!
So the design ticks all the boxes. How about functionality and practicality? We love keeping plastic cutlery and a napkin in the mesh pouch. The lunchbox opens up wide which makes it a lot easier to clean at the end of the day. There is an elasticated loop for a drinks bottle. We used it to hold D's Yumbox, so we fitted a drinks carton in along the long edge instead of using the loop.
Another thing we adore about Pink Lining is that they are constantly innovating, not only by introducing stunning new prints but with new products and making improvements to products too. So not only does this Captain Amazing lunchbox have the usual small carry handle to hold, but it also has an over the shoulder strap which any parent will tell you will come in extremely handy for the school run journey. It makes it that bit easier for children to carry all the bits and pieces they need for school.
As Pink Lining founder Charlotte Pearl's children grow, the product range seems to grow to meet the needs of her family (and families like mine!). So the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection sees the introduction of the 'Big Chaps Rucksack' in addition to the cute mini rucksacks they already do. Pink Lining kindly offered to send D one of these to match his new lunchbox but he said he was happy with his existing school bag. Needless to say, we were very excited by seeing the product range expanding in this way as we are very much hoping that new products will continue to be added to meet differing needs as my own family grows up!
This post was going to be written in September as a 'back-to-school' themed post, but I was so inspired by the Captain Amazing lunchbox that we gave it a trial run with a superhero themed lunch today.
- An apple juice carton was covered with a piece of duck tape from the Duck Tape colours range. A bright post-it note was cut with crimped scissors and stuck on along with a foam apple sticker to show that it was apple juice. The words 'U R Amazing' written on the post it.
- In the larger compartment we have superhero 'capes' made from yellow and red peppers. Some superhero gadget 'buttons' made from cucumber and grapes and a wrap with a cheese star and peas from a fresh sugar-snap pea on the corners of the star.
- The bottom right compartment has 'planets' of varying sizes, including cherry tomatoes, grapes and blueberries.
- Top right compartment contains a babybel which seemed to look rather superhero-like already with the eye mask, along with Nim's Fruit Crisps made from Kiwi slices. We ADORE these 100% natural fruit crisps and they make such a great addition to kids (and grown-ups) packed lunches because each pack contains 1 of your 5 a day).
- The small round compartment has a superhero 'swirl' made from a wrap and ham slice rolled together and cut to size.
- D's Yumbox is a perfect fit to go inside the thermo-insulated Captain Amazing lunchbox. In warmer months I'd also pop an icepack in or chill the drink carton first to help keep his lunch cool.
All that remains to be said is a massive thank you to Pink Lining for creating another awesome product with a fabulous design!