I am a mom; which, by definition means that I have kids. Four of them, to be exact (although, truth be told, sometimes it seems like more.) Also, having four kids means having stuff. Lots of it. Lots of toys. Lots of books. Lots of shoes, hats, mitts. Lots of shoes, boots and jackets. Lots of lunchbags and drinking cups. Y’know. STUFF.
Now that all four kids are in school (two are full days and two are half days), when the stuff leaves the house, I want the stuff to return.
Enter Mabel’s Labels ~ making labels for the stuff kids lose.
If you haven’t heard of Mabel’s Labels then either you live in a cave, where there is no risk of mixing up your rocks and clubs with those of your neighbour, or you don’t have kids.
I first heard of Mabel’s when my eldest daughter (now eight) was about three or four years old. While picking her up at school one day, I happened to notice that a pair of shoes belonging to one of her classmates was labeled on the inside with a cute little pink sticker sporting the classmate’s name and a little cartoon-like icon (a princess or a flower, I think.) The mom happened to be standing nearby so I asked her from where she got the label to which she responded, “Mabel’s.” Not long afterward I was ordering my first set of the Classic Camp/School Pack in the Princess-themed color with the flower icon.
Since then, we’ve had labels in nearly every color combination and embellished with butterflies, cars, owls, planes, skulls, peace signs, suns, dinosaurs, princesses and cupcakes. I’ve ordered sets for each of my kids and I am a HUGE fan of the Loot Bag Combo which you may recall I mentioned in my Cake Pop Party blog post this past summer.
Mabel’s are wonderful for tagging kids’ clothing (I prefer the skinny-minis to the iron-ons simply because I am not a fan of ironing.) The bigger sticky labels are awesome for sports equipment, bottles, cups, thermoses and the like. The shoes labels stay perfectly in place with the easy 1-2 system (although they’ve made it even easier with the one-step colorful shoe labels). And the bag tags are super cool for lunch bags and backpacks. Fear not, Mabel’s includes easy-peasy instructions on how to apply all their labels.
I have only ever had two instances of clothing getting mixed up at school: once was a pair of sneakers and the other was with the infamous Olympic red mittens that EVERYBODY had. Both times our items were returned thanks to Mabel’s!
Also, Mabel’s labels aren’t just for little kids. I use the bag tags on my luggage and handbags, I have a sticky label on my travel mug and many of my fellow conference-goers at Blissdom Canada used their Mabel’s Labels to lay claim to their phones, laptops and cables. We literally do not leave home without them! And neither should you!
Giveaway: One lucky reader will win a Mabel’s Labels Gift Certificate to be used towards a set of Colourful Sticky Labels (Certificate expires 12/31/11).
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