Friday, September 5, 2014

Back-to-School Interviews

While preparing this post, I watched the previous years' videos and shed a few tears.  I can't believe how quickly they are growing up and how they have changed/not changed at all.  
O still wants to wear whatever he is wearing the day of the video, and JD decides this year... clothes, duh. 
JD has (hopefully) reached the peak of this Ninja Turtle craze, and O is pretty evenly split between asserting his own favorites and wanting whatever his brother wants.  I hope this year in separate school buildings will help him develop his own individual preferences more.

For comparison, here is the 2012 post, and the 2013 videos for JD and O. It blows my mind that next fall K3 will have things like a favorite food, toy, and book.  I have no memory of how many words JD & O had at 12 months, but now I will probably spend too much time going through old videos to figure it out.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mabel's Labels Giveaway

It's back-to-school time, which in our house means Mabel's Labels.  I've been ordering from Mabel's Labels since I met them at a media event years ago, and I keep going back.  I had already ordered labels for K3 when they contacted me to do a review and giveaway here, but the more labels the better!
Here is a Tag Mate on a smock.  We're big into hand-me-downs and sharing here, so I use the boys' last names on the labels.
We use them for labeling all the school supplies (smocks, lunchboxes, etc.) as well as clothing (coats, sweaters, hats... basically anything) and bedding and pillows.  JD and O used to bring labeled sippy cups to daycare and the labels lasted longer than the cups!  K3 will need a ton of labels for changes of clothes, bottles, diaper cream- and eventually food containers, sippies, and all that other toddler stuff I'm forgetting about.

We've used them to label sporting equipment and shoes- especially snow or rain boots that they change out of at school, and I would highly recommend labeling dance shoes and cleats.  (As a former dance teacher, nothing is worse than losing a toddler ballet slipper in a room full of little people changing in and out of identical shoes.)  
Lasted the whole season on JD's bat handle
The Ultimate Back-to-School Combo contains 40 Skinny-Minis (dishwasher & microwave safe), 50 Tag Mates (washer & dryer safe), 16 Shoe Labels (waterproof and UV resistant), and 2 metal Teeny Tags with rings (also waterproof and UV resistant).  You can choose colors and designs from a huge selection, and they ship super fast!

You can win an Ultimate Back-to-School Combo of your own with the easy entry below!  And if you don't want to wait to win, they are currently offering 10% off for signing up for their mailing list and free shipping (dispatched in 24 hours) on their website.

Disclosure: Mabel's Labels provided me with an Ultimate Back-to-School Combo to review and another to give away. All opinions are my own, and I've happily paid full price for all my other labels.  It's money well spent!
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