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06 March 2013

Football Mum Survival Kit

This post is sponsored by Target

March. Autumn is here. Before we know it, the days will be short and cold and we’ll be longing to bask in the warmth of summer. But for now, I am happy that summer has come to an end and look forward to the leaves dropping and the crispness of that lovely morning air.

March. The month which also brings about the start of the kids football season. Whether they play soccer, rugby or AFL, many of us will be taking our children to mid week, after school, training sessions. And before long, the weekend games will begin.

I have been a soccer mum for the past few years. So, I have a little bit of experience in what will make the long winter a little bit more comfortable – for mums.

Football Mum Survival Kit:

Target Winter - Football Mum - @SameliasMum

 

1. Umbrella: Invest in a good umbrella. I picked up this zebra print umbrella from Target for $19. It’s strong and should be able to cope with not only rain, but wind. That awful, cold biting wind, while still standing on the sidelines, cheering on my son and his team. Kids don’t seem to feel the cold and wet. Let me rephrase that. Kids like playing in the cold and wet. The muddier, the better.

2. Gumboots: The grass on the sidelines will be wet. It may not be wet from the rain, it will be wet from the dew, which will have built up overnight.

For 2 years, every Saturday morning I’d get wet feet and vow to go out and buy some gumboots. Well this year, I have done it. Bring on the wet grass. I’m ready. I tossed up whether to buy THESE rose & blue boots, but in the end I chose sedate, black with white spots.

 

Target Winter - Football Mum 2 - @SameliasMum

 

3. Thermos: Coffee will give you the required kick-start for major cheering. There is usually a coffee van, somewhere near the storage sheds. There may even be a BBQ with ladies cooking up bacon and egg rolls. Breakfast of champions… but until you have the opportunity to escape and fulfill your caffeine and cholesterol needs, your thermos filled with a steaming hot beverage will suffice... and make the “less organised” football mums just a wee bit jealous.

4. Gloves. These basic Target essentials cable knit gloves. Only $4.80. No need for any more words.

 

Target Winter - Football Mum 3 - @SameliasMum

5. Tissues. Convenient sized packets of tissues for your pocket or handbag. Cold weather means runny noses so save the kids sleeves (or smears on the front of your shirt) but investing in some pockets sized packets of tissues.

This packet of 12 only set me back $2. Bargain!!

 

So what have I missed?

 

What other tips can you suggest to a new Football Mum?

 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I received payment and a voucher from Target Australia. All thoughts and images are my own.

16 comments:

  1. I guess it goes without saying but some thick socks and a windbreaker-type jacket that stops the cold blowing straight through you.

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    1. Yes absolutely. Early mornings in August... BRRRR!!

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  2. You look very prepared! Good luck for a fantastic season.

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  3. Scarf and I always have a folding chair in the car and a blanket. Usually pack a spare pair of socks and what about the hand stitching for the mornings tt it's just too cod to get out of the car!

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    1. Yes I always have a folding chair in the car and a picnic blanket (with the plastic lining). Might as well be comfortable while watching the football.

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  4. Definitely get the polar fleece boot liners from rays outdoors. They will keep you toes toasty even on the coldest mornings. Go team!!!

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    1. Thanks for the advice. I'd never even heard of polar fleece liners!!

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  5. How about some Throaties, you might need them after cheering on your champion son ;)Have fun!

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    1. LOL - Yes!!! I am a loud cheerer. I think I might need some pom pom's too... though I may completely traumatize him.

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  6. Oh this is so timely for me, just attended my first training session yesterday for my Mr5. Fabulous post, thank you so much, I will be investing in these items for the season ahead! xo

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    1. Glad I could help. Some great extra tips here in the comments too :)

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  7. I always carried in the car - WARM all weather jacket and 2 folding chairs and of course a hand sewing project that was set aside for training and matches for the season.

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  8. Definitely a warm jacket and scarf,plus the beanie.You look very well prepared . And a heart that says have fun Sam.Enjoy!!!

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  9. I love how prepared you are! We did the soccer thing with my youngest brother and I don't feel like we ever went prepared. Ever. Those gumboots are SO adorable!

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