It's Not Too Late To Put a Label On It!

Years ago, when my son went to daycare for the first time, it was really important to me to make sure he had everything he needed to be comfortable, including: extra clothes, blankets, and his bottles. I wanted to make sure all of his things were clearly recognizable and I labeled everything!

I ordered dishwasher & washing machine safe labels so that no one could confuse his belongings with any of the other babies in the nursery. Getting these labels was one of the best things I ever did because it gave me peace of mind that my son was getting his bottles and all of his favorite things while at daycare.  



Eight+ Years Later

Now, more than 8 years later, I continue to buy these labels for all of my sons' back-to-school stuff. Mabel's Labels, who kindly sent me some of their labels to review, makes hip labels that are extremely durable. They have labels that are dishwasher/laundry safe and customizable to your needs. They are perfect for all of my kids' outerwear and pricey sports equipment too!

How I Use Mabel's Labels

My tip: Get your last name and phone number on our labels, so that anyone can track you down to return a lost item. During the change of seasons, you never know if your kids are going to keep their light jackets or sweatshirts on during recess. But, if you have your name and phone number listed right on your label, there's a pretty good chance a lost item won't end up in lost and found. I also stick a label on my cell phone too.  Better safe than sorry, right?

If you haven't heard of Mabel's Labels, they are a leading provider of personalized labels for kids and adults. Their custom labels include sticky labels for clothing, personalized stickers for tweens, school labels, name labels, iron-on clothing labels/name tags, book plates, label stickers/adhesive labels for the home, and children’s labels for look-alike items sent to school, daycare or camp.

Check out their awesome selection of labels at MabelsLabels.com!


Back to School Tips

I can't believe it's time to go back to school already!  

This is my first year that both of my sons will be in school full-time and we're ready for it! We just found out who their teachers will be and now, we are excited to learn which kids will be in their classes. This is the moment they've been waiting for, and I'm excited to share it with them.

I remember back to when my eldest was entering kindergarten. He was incredibly excited, and his eagerness to get in the classroom definitely put me at ease. This year, he'll be able to guide my little guy through full-day elementary school and I think we're all looking forward to it just as much.

Three years ago, as I was anticipating my son's first day in kimdergarten, I wrote up a blog post with lots of tips based on suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics. My kids have changed so much over the past few years, but these tips have with held the test of time. 

Read more here: Back to School Advice for Parents and Kids




Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


Have you heard about The Philadelphia Museum of Art's new summer program for kids? Their Art Splash program gives kids a chance to explore, create, and play through art and imagination.

Through this special program, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s main building has been transformed into a special place where families can "Meet the Masterpieces" as select treasures from the Museum's collection come to life through gallery explorations, studio-art creations, and imaginative play for visitors of all ages. Upcoming events include:

Trip around the World - Now through Aug. 17, 2014

- Medieval Worlds - August 19–24, 2014

- Tea and Treasure - August 26–September 1, 2014

Do your kids like to cook?

On Wednesday August 20th, Stephen Starr Events & Catering along with Philadelphia Art Museum will host a kids cooking class as part of the museum's summer family friendly Art Splash programming.

At “Cook with Your Kids,” parents and kids will be able to participate in a fun, interactive cooking demonstration and learn tips on how to cook at home together from Executive Chef Gerald Drummond who helms the kitchen at the museum's Granite Hill restaurant.

The unique class will be located in Philadelphia Art Museum’s Cafeteria from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The class is $45, $40 for members and can be purchased online here. Children must be 6 years of age or older to participate. 

For all other Art Splash events, go to: Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art



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