Monday, May 27, 2013

Summer is Almost Here... and You Know What That Means!

Longer days, sunshine, warmer temps, sandals...

They can only mean one thing - that summer will soon be here!

And with all of the craziness of summer, it's going to take every ounce of organization to keep on top of your kids and their schedules. So take this opportunity to strike a few things off your to-do list. If your child is going to camp {day or overnight}, let us help your kids' stuff stay out of the lost-and-never-found pile by labeling their items with our exclusive {and FREE!} Found-it™code. We've recently added new designs, including Hungry Caterpillar™ and Brown Bear™ from The World of Eric Carle™, as well as skateboarders, birds and more. There are designs for every age group, so you're sure to find something you love. And, for those children with food allergies, we have a full line-up of allergy designs (shown below) as well as multi-line Allergy Labels (for more lengthy text/instructions) to help keep them safe.

Our Allergy Label Designs

And, if you're wondering how our products perform, take a peek at what these Mom bloggers have said recently about our products...

Laurie from Emily Reviews

Jennifer from It's An Itchy Little World

Rosey from Mail 4 Rosey

We're looking forward to a wonderful summer of sharing fun ideas and tips with you on our social media pages and sponsoring fantastic giveaways with some amazing bloggers, so stay tuned! And, to stay in the loop, be sure to connect with us here and on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Make-Ahead Father's Day DIY

Mother’s Day has come and gone (we hope you had a great one!), and before you know it, Father’s Day will be upon us. So why not get a head start planning a fun day for Dad?

Here are some fantastic DIY Father’s Day ideas for kids…

Fill a Can – use the free printables to make a customized can that can be filled with cookies, a t-shirt… whatever you wish. There are other printables (card, tag) included, too!


Custom Coasters – This tutorial from Arrow and Heart shows you how to use some of your favorite photos to add a sentimental element to a useful gift.

Photo with Personalized Chalk Drawing Background – I love this idea from Samantha at Crafty Texas Girls. Draw whatever you wish on the pavement and let your own creativity shine through!

Photo: Crafty Texas Girls
Dad will love any of these amazing gifts made with love by his child(ren). Happy crafting!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

School Bells

I don't know if it's the nice weather or the start of a busy work period, but the end of the school year tends to creep up quickly and catch me unprepared. The last few days before summer break I'm usually racing around trying to find the perfect presents, all the while staying within a reasonable budget. In the past, my choices have ranged from uninspired (coffee shop gift cards) to downright boring (coffee mugs).

There was that *one* year, when I had a great idea for a group gift and it was a lovely surprise for the teacher... but those "wins" are rare.

So this year, instead of pulling out my hair trying to find last-minute gifts, I'm going to start ahead of time...and get the kids involved. But, don't worry, these aren't your typical homemade gifts. These tokens of appreciation will be high on style, functional and made with love!
  • Give teacher an elegant flowerpot filled with blooms or herbs. You can decorate it (to maintain the elegant factor) and the kids can help by choosing the type of flower and helping plant it. After all, it's springtime... who doesn't love flowers? Even if your child's teacher doesn't have a green thumb (if this is the case, I suggest planting pretty cactus), this present will be a lasting reminder of your little angel. I especially love this chalkboard version from The Robin's Nest... so easy and economical too!
Photo: The Robin's Nest
  • Homemade cookies in a classic, reusable glass jar. If you're that Mom - the one with the killer chocolate chip (or oatmeal raisin?) cookie recipe that all of the students and educators LOVE - why not have your child help you make a batch for their teacher and package it in a classic, yet heartfelt way? I found this sweet version over at Home Is Where They Love You.
Photo: Home Is Where They Love You

The perfect addition to any of these presents is one of our new Loot Bag Packages. At only $5 each, they are a wonderful way to personalize your gift and give teacher something he or she will find useful. Or, if teacher loves to cook, you could include Date Labels or Pantry Labels.

These are a few of my favorites; I hope you find your perfect gift, too!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

...I see designs from The World of Eric Carle™ looking at me! :)

We are thrilled to offer our products in iconic designs from two of Eric Carle's best selling books. The Hungry Caterpillar™ and Brown Bear™ illustrations are already beloved by parents and children around the world, and now your little one can see them - along with their name - on their sippy cups, favorite toys, clothing, bedroom walls and so much more! A small sampling is shown below.




The new Eric Carle products have been a labor of love for us and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!