Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ideas For Mixing It Up This Summer

If you ask kids, summertime is awesome. THE. BEST. TIME. EVER. 

But as parents we know that, despite being fun, summer is a LOT of work! There are camps to book, activities to plan and play dates to schedule. It definitely takes some planning and organization. 

We have a few ideas that we hope will help you plan your summer, if you haven't done so already. ;)



1. Make a Boredom Buster Jar - have each family member make a list of things they'd like to do, then mark them on pieces of paper (or decorated craft sticks like these) and put them in a jar. Each day (or week - whatever you've decided on) a new activity is chosen from the jar.
  • Some ideas we like: picking berries, visiting a local farm / splash pad / pool, going on a picnic
  • Tip: be sure to set boundaries so there's no disappointment, i.e. a trip to France might not be in the budget!

2. Let kids cook - ask them for help in creating the weekly meal plan, and set up a rotating schedule for them to prep and/or make dinner (this is dependent on the skill level and age of your kids). If they prepare the meal, you know they'll eat it! Plus, the added responsibility will build confidence and empower them to try new foods. 
  • Tip: keep an open mind! If your kids have a wacky meal idea, indulge them. :)

3. Surprise your kids - there's nothing better than taking kids on a completely unexpected family outing. If the budget allows, take advantage of last-minute discounts by booking a night at a hotel, tickets to a theatre show or an excursion to a waterpark. Those are the kinds of things kids remember well after the summer is over. :)

4. Have a movie marathon day - I'm a big supporter of being outside and active, especially during the summer months. But there's something to be said for mixing it up with a day of staying in your pajamas, watching movies, eating popcorn and bonding as a family.
  • Tip: consider letting your child(ren) invite a friend or two to join in the fun. The more, the merrier!

What kinds of things does your family like to do in the summer? We'd love to hear your ideas, so let us know by commenting below or on social media! Be sure to tag us @oliverslabels. :)

Wishing you a great start to the summer season!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ready for Summer? {+ Promo Code!}


We can't believe it's almost the end of May, which means there are only a few more weeks of school before summer break. Ahhh... where does the time go?

To help all you Moms and Dads wrap up the school year with ease, and prepare for the fun summer months ahead, we've got a few tips that might help!

Teacher Appreciation Gifts


Don't stress over end-of-year teacher gifts. Try these DIY ideas that are useful, relatively inexpensive and so easy the kids can help make them too!

1. DIY terrariums are beautiful gifts that will be appreciated for a long time. Our favorites are mason jar terrariums... so chic!  Check out this tutorial on the Clean Slate blog.

    2. This (free)  Thank You Teacher Printable from The Suburban Mom is a heartfelt gift that any educator would love.


    3. Summer Relaxation Buckets are always a hit. The ones from Coffee Cups & Crayons are fabulous examples and will give you some inspiration when creating your own!


    Summer Prep


    It's never too early (or too late!) to plan summer activities for your kids; just be sure to label all their gear so it all comes home. ;)

    1. This awesome Lemonade Recipe from The Idea Room will come in handy when your kids ask to set up a lemonade stand. What a great way for them to learn about finances and responsibility with their own little business-for-a-day!



    2. This Summer Camp Guide (with packing checklists) will help you plan ahead for both day and overnight camp stays.



    3. Our Camp Package will keep you organized and help your child's stuff stay out of the lost and found pile. The best part? We're offering $20 off until June 4th! 

    That's 151 labels & tags starting at only $38.99! Order at www.oliverslabels.com and use code CAMP2015 at checkout. :)



    We'd love to hear your tips and tricks for making the end of the school year (and the start of summer) stress-free, so feel free to post them on any of our social media pages, using the hashtag #OliversLabelsTips.

    Happy summer!

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    Friday, May 8, 2015

    Friday's Featured Blog Fans (May 8, 2015)

    We want to send out a huge thanks to all of our wonderful fans who interact with us on our social media pages. Each time we get a "like", comment, +1, or tweet we put a sticker on our Great Wall of Friends.

    Here are the latest featured fans from our blog...







    Thanks for all of your enthusiasm and support! Stay tuned for some amazing giveaways just in time for the summer! :)


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    Monday, May 4, 2015

    Welcome to the World, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge!

    We were thrilled to learn that William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have welcomed a little girl into their family. 

    Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana has a lovely ring to it... congratulations from all of us at Oliver's Labels!

    Of all of the presents the new princess will be receiving, we think custom labels would make a great addition, don't you? ;)
                                             
    Which design do you think would be perfect for Princess Charlotte - Princess (left) or Sweet Hearts (right)? Let us know by commenting below or by reaching out to us on social media.
     

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    Friday, April 24, 2015

    Mom's Special Day {+ Free Gift With Purchase}

    Mother's Day is right around the corner, and it's the perfect time to show Mom just how much you care.

    Many of us here at Oliver's Labels are Moms, so we can tell you that there's nothing we love more than receiving lots of hugs, kisses, homemade goodies and, of course, our own custom labels. ;)

        

    In fact, we're giving away a $5 gift card with every order until Mother's Day! Simply visit our website and place your order - no promotion code required. :)

    In case you need more ideas, we've rounded up some amazing Mother's Day crafts for kids of all ages to make.
    1. Bead Necklace from Tuts+
      This tutorial shows how to use spray paint to make it ombre, but younger kids can easily paint them by hand, using acrylic paints, then an adult can spray lacquer them to seal the finish


    2. Butterfly Art from Mommypotamus
      We love this artwork that will be a touching memento of how little they used to be. :)


    3. Jar Gardens from The 36th Avenue 



    In case you're pressed for time or aren't sure what to do, breakfast in bed (with this cool printable menu option door hanger) and some fresh flowers are always good options. ;)

    Wishing you all a wonderful Mother's Day!

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    Friday, March 27, 2015

    NEW Nickelodeon Growth Charts Now Available! {+ 20% off!}

    Kids grow up so quickly; before you know it, they're taller than you! 

    A sweet way to capture their milestones is with our Room-eez™ Growth Charts, now available in Nickelodeon Designs! Each one comes complete with your choice of text, growth chart and small decals to mark your child's height at every stage. 


    The wall decals, available in 13 fun designs, are easily applied and can be removed when you wish, without harming walls. Many parents have told us they love the fact that they're reusable... if you move, they can go with you! (Just remember to save the backing paper they came on.)

    If you've ever wanted to try our Room-eez™ Wall Decals, now is the time to do it! We're offering 20% off all growth charts until April 7th with promo code "GROW20". Enjoy!

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