“Nothing is really ‘lost’ until your Mum can’t find it”.
Oh my goodness me. If I had £1 for every time one of my kids has lost something at school, I would have enough money to buy my own Gin Distillery…now there’s a thought. I might put that to Dragons Den.
Where does all this stuff go?!
It seems to disappear into the void, never to be seen again.
If my kids come home and utter the words, “Sorry Mummy, I left that on my peg”, what they are basically saying is, “It has been on my peg at some point in my school life but it has been missing for about 8 weeks Mummy”. You get the jist.
When your little cherubs first start school, you diligently label everything with ‘proper’ labels (I did that for my eldest, actually, when I say ‘I’, I mean my mum because even in my 30’s, I am incapable of sewing labels into clothes properly. I once sewed my Primary School sewing project to my skirt on my lap and I had to be cut off – need I explain myself anymore) and you ensure that if something does get lost, you’re going to stand a decent chance of getting these things back.
By the time my second child got to school however, my eldest had managed to loose so much stuff, despite it being labelled, that I gave up with the ‘proper’ sew in labels and used a Sharpie (a permanent pen to you and me). The shame, I know, but it’s a sign of the times. My man would tut at me I’m sure.
When I was approached a company called, My Name Tags, to review some self adhesive clothing labels, I literally jumped at the chance.
My eldest has now lost 2 entire pencil cases worth of stationary in 10 months. That’s pretty impressive, and infuriating at the same time. He claims he ‘lends it to friends’ who then don’t give it back and that sometimes things ‘fall on the floor’ and he forgets to pick them up. Whatever happens, it’s costing me a bloody fortune (that Gin Distillery isn’t going to buy itself you know) and also means he often doens’t even have a pencil sharpener to sharpen his writing pencil – despite me having bought 8 over the course of 10 months. Head. Brick Wall. You get what I’m saying.
These self adhesive labels can be put on almost anything, probably including your children themselves if you are that forgetful 😉
The labels I chose had Mr Men on and the boys chose the design. Mr Happy with a striped background. Very eye catching and actually meant they wanted to label everything themselves! Winner! Saved me a job. I chose to just put our surname on them (which isn’t a very common surname so the chances of their being someone else in the school with that name are slim, it also means that when we hand down clothes from one brother to the next, they will not need re-labelling). I also put my phone number on them in case someone kind finds our belongings and decides to give me a call or a text.
They labelled everything from school jumpers, polo shirts, pants, shoes and shorts, to pens, pencils, rulers, water bottles and bags. They had a great time labelling everything.
The only caveat to these self adhesive labels is that they cannot be stuck on fabric, you have to stick them to a label, such as a sizing or washing label. The labels will stick to hard surfaces like pens or a plastic bottles quite happily though. This was fine for us though as socks, which rarely go missing, are easily replaceable. School Jumpers, Coats and Bags are not.
The labels come with usage instructions and are very clear in describing how to use them.
My eldest, who is 8, managed to read and understand these instructions no problem.
The name tags come in different designs and some have pictures, some don’t. There are Mr Men and Hello Kitty ones (which are a little more expensive) as well as other simpler pictures/symbols like teddy bears, bikes, cars, etc that you can choose from. All options are fully customisable on their easy to use website.
A sheet of 56 self adhesive labels costs a maximum of approximately £13.95 (plus £1 P&P). The labels have a 10 year guarantee, are safe in a washing machine, and delivery is really prompt.
With this school year coming to a close already, and the summer holidays looming, get ahead of the game and place an order using the link on the right hand column my website. If you put in the code SHIPFREE16, you will get the £1 postage for free! That’s £1 saved to be put towards the Gin distillery fund 😉
We are really pleased with our labels and I’ll be placing another order soon, ready for when my smallest monster starts pre-school in September…lord help the poor staff there!
Only 2 hours to go until I find out what items the boys have managed to loose at school today. As long as it’s not themselves they’ve lost, I guess it could be worse 😉
(Disclamier: I wasn’t paid for this review but I did receive some super smashing customised Mr Men labels to use on my kids clothes. All opinions and words are my own).