I get emails every week inviting me to review things. Most of them are for tiny children, so I say no - but the back-to-school period has been a good time for age-appropriate offers. And I've been enjoying the parcels while I can.
First, I had an email from My Nametags asking me if I wanted to try out some clothing name labels and stickers for belongings. With Eldest starting secondary school this term it seemed a great time to say yes. And then suddenly all of Blogland reported that it was sewing on name labels.
Iron-on labels? With a 10-year life guarantee? Bring them on.
Eight seconds. They iron on in eight seconds (Don't give them nine, or they start to melt. See? They're actually serious about saving you even that last second.). Which gives you time to do other things, like drink, or sew something more interesting than name labels.
What I liked about them - other than the eight seconds thing - was the range. There are images, colours and fonts to choose from - you can see examples here - which made things more interesting for the Lattes, and the stickers also look quite cool when slapped on a lunchbox. The iron-on tags are less a fabric label, more a transfer - and though they're not going to satisfy the old-school white embroidered label purist, I am not one of those women. I value speed.
The Lattes chose green labels, with a little tree image and purple curly writing. We went with just the surname because if they really do last 10 years, we had to plan for hand-me-downs. Also I got a few different ones - white with a different font - so I could show you.
They've been through the washing machine/ dishwasher a couple of times already, and I'm impressed. The stickers are also small enough to label every single thing - including pens - that Eldest owns. She's a child who tends to leave her belongings strewn in her wake. It's day four, and already her glasses are missing. Best to pin everything down.
Then Stabilo asked if we wanted to try out pens. Did we? Everyone knows
that the best thing about September is new pens. And these weren't just
pens - these were pens created entirely for Eldest. Cappi pens are felt
tips with caps that thread onto a loop ring, so they're harder to lose. Eldest's has just three colours - I covet the one on the right.
Now this - below - is lovely. It's the Stabilo Easy Original, and the fact that it impressed us is saying something. Having a child with cerebral palsy and fine motor difficulties, we're quite the aficionados of the ergonomic pen. We've tried a lot. This is a right-handed version (modelled by our righty, Littlest) but the first chance I get I'm off to Ryman's to track down the left handed pen for Eldest.
I'm stepping away from the Stabilo website now, because it's just too tempting. And besides, it's lunchtime. Have you seen my new lunchbox?
Yes. You heard that right. MY new lunchbox. Lunchboxes are so over now, according to Eldest, and as a result I'll be spending the weekend making these because a new ziplock bag each day is not something I can sanction. My new lunchbox came with a Bear Nibbles mango yoyo snack in it. I might eat it right now. It only has 27 calories. It's good for me. It has one of my five a day and fibre in it. I could give it to the children to eat before swimming but, you know, they got new pens. They'd never know.