summer holiday ideas

20 Ideas to Grow Your Child’s Faith During the Summer Holidays

summer holiday ideas

As the school year comes to a close today, many of us are now thinking about the vast expanse of the six weeks summer holidays.  If you are a geeky organised mum like me, then you might have put together a list of trip and activities you want to do with your kids, or maybe even a calendar planning out your every move!!  Or maybe you’re the opposite and like to just go with the flow.  Whatever your style ,why not try to use this summer holidays to be intentional with your children and grow their faith.  I’m not talking about family church services every morning, but there are lots of fun ways in which we can act out our faith and teach our kids a bit more during this period of extra time with them.

So here are just a few ideas that you might want to try:

  1. Order a Treasure Box to try out and explore a new bible story
  2. Buy a Godventure Sticker Book and work through it together
  3. Learn a new worship song each week and have a praise/dance party in your lounge
  4. Try out “chat and catch” from the Parenting for Faith Course
  5. Visit a Cathedral or Minister and chat about the different areas in it and what they are used for
  6. Find a Messy Church or Holiday Club that your kids can go along to (even if its not run by your normal church)
  7. Buy and explore the bible through food
  8. Spend a day making or baking gifts for your neighbours and go and pass them out door to door.
  9. Have an open garden afternoon and invite children from your street
  10. Pick a charity and fundraise for them over the summer, seeing how much you can raise in total (perhaps pick out 3 or 4 mission related charities for your kids to choose from)
  11. Set up a new child sponsorship account with Compassion and write a letter to them
  12. Visit activities in your local community and make new friends (try your library, children’s centre and local parks for what is already going on and support them)
  13. Recreate your favourite bible story through dress up/puppets/lego/playdough
  14. Make your own flags to wave during worship at church
  15. Make a bible themed assault course in the garden – go through “the den of lions”, across the sea of Galilee, roll the rock away from the Jesus’ tomb, etc!
  16. Commit to pray for their new class teacher and class mates over the summer and make a “we’ve been praying for you” gift to give to the teacher on the first day back
  17. Make parent survival kits for the new reception class parents to hand out in September or welcome to school gifts for the new pupils themselves
  18. Offer to have their friends over for the afternoon to give another mum a break
  19. Make bible bunting and add a triangle everyday with a picture of a bible story you have read
  20. Try out the new Devotional Dippers from 10ofthose.com

Happy Summer Holidays!! 

P.S.  Do share how it goes, and if you have any more ideas on how to grow your child’s faith during the summer holidays then post them in the comments below…

parenting for faith website

Should you do the Parenting For Faith course?


parenting for faith

Have you heard about the Parenting for Faith Course?  Maybe you are involved in a mum’s bible study group or lifegroup at your church and think it might be a good resource to use?  Then have a read below of my own experiences running and taking part in a Parenting for Faith Course.

what is the parenting for faith course?

You might think its just a parenting course for Christians, but you would be completely wrong.  I went into it thinking it would teach me normal parenting skills, things that will be useful to make sure I have “good Christian kids”, but that is the wrong idea entirely.  The truth is that this course will teach you how to help your kids have an authentic faith of their own in the future.  This course will help them to not just hang off your faith as the parents, but to truly get to know God for themselves.  And if our kids know God and can manage that relationship with Him on their own, then when they reach the teenage years maybe they will just carry that on and turn to God when they go through the rough times.  Doesn’t that sound like one of the most amazing things that we as Christian parents can do??!

how does it work?

parenting for faith websiteThe Parenting for Faith course is a free video based online course.  This means that you can do it anytime, anywhere.  You can do it on your own, or with a group of other parents, and you don’t really need to wait for church to organise it – just get on and do it!!!  I have run this as part of our parents lifegroup that meets on a Wednesday morning in our church building.  There are usually between 6 and 12 mums and the accompanying tots in attendance, so it can get a bit loud.  We agreed to watch the videos in our own time before coming, and we then printed off the accompanying workbooks to go through together.  There is a leaders workbook, but in my opinion it doesn’t add much than the participants workbooks, so we just go through the questions in their together.  There is space to write if you want, and also some questions to think over at home after the session.

Are THE VIDEOS ANY GOOD?!

OK, so lets not beat around the bush.   There are lots of resources out there we could use, and you don’t want to waste your time on things that aren’t going to work!  But I can honestly say that the videos, as well as being free, are some of the most engaging Christian course videos I have ever seen.  Rachel Turner speaks in a really easy way, and the videos have a good mix of visuals and filmed scenes to keep you interested.  They are all around 25 minutes long, which makes them the perfect length for watching during midnight feeding sessions with babies (this has been road tested by some of our group!) or during nap time.  So yes – they are pretty good!

Here is a little snippet of a video that shows you what they are like and a bit more about the concept:

how has it gone in our group?

Well we are currently on session 6 out of 8, so not quite at the end yet.  But what has amazed me is how much I have learnt and how common sense it all is!!  Sometimes you don’t see things until they are pointed out to you.  There are lots of really practical ideas for different aged children, and most weeks there has been a technique that we have taken away to try with our kids at home.  Even our kids pastor said that she hadn’t thought of things in that way before, and that it would be helpful for all the parents to be able to go through the course!

why should you do it?

I would highly recommend every parent, whether their child is a baby or older, to spend the time and do this course.  If nothing else, it opens your eyes to the fact that we have to be intentional about teaching our children our faith, we cannot just leave it up to Sunday School to do that or else a real relationship will not flourish and when it comes to being their decision they will not know God for themselves.  I pray that as I use the techniques I am learning from this, that my two boys will get to know God and be equipped to stand firm with Him in every situation they find themselves in.  If that is your prayers for your kids too, then make sure you do this course.  You can find all the information over on their website.  Happy Parenting for Faith!

(p.s. if you need to persuade anyone at church about it or need some more persuasion yourself then check out the promo video here.)

 

moving house with kids

10 Tips for Moving House with Kids

moving house with kids

We are now over a month past moving house and I have had time to reflect about the things we did right and wrong with our 5 year old and 2 year old sons during this hectic time.

  • Take them on house viewings with you.   The best thing you can do to prepare your kids for moving house to involve them in as much of the process as possible.  The first step will be to take them on some viewings with you.  Whether it be first viewings, or second viewings, make sure you get to see them running around your potential new home.  It will help you to visualise it on as your family home, and your kids will love seeing what could be their new bedroom.
  • Try to explain the process to them.  Even little ones as young as five can start to understand how the house buying process works.  I tried to explain in simple terms all the little steps that we had to make, so my eldest son could see how far we had come from the first viewing.  It can be months after viewings until you actually move in so this was helpful (it was around 5 months for us).  I was able to talk about signing papers and them having to be swapped before we can move, as well as having to book a van and why we needed to pack boxes.
  • Find ways to fill the waiting.  Yup moving house is very very stressful!!  So try to find some ways to fill the periods of waiting for news.  Day trips, holidays, treat days.  These will take both yours and your kids minds off what is happening with the house move.  And if you end up taking on a project that needs lots of DIY when you get moved you won’t have as much time to do this afterwards.  Enjoy what is most important – your family.
  • Start buying things for the new house.  I wanted to keep the boys excited about the new house as well as taking their mind off it, so I tried to keep buying things to go in their new bedroom.  Name signs for the door.  New duvet covers.  Whatever little things you need to invest in anyway and a few things you don’t!  The boys were so excited about these when we got them and then when they saw them in the new room.
  • Go and explore the new area.  With my littlest boy it was important to know where the local park, library and other exciting places were.  So when he was off nursery we drove over to the new house and wandered around the area.  This meant we could hit the ground running when we finally got there and know where some of the best places to go are.
  • Find a new school and tell their old school as soon as you can.  As soon as we knew we were going to move house, we told the school my son was at.  This meant they could be aware of any changes in behaviour that might come with it.  We’ve had a bit of a rollercoaster with this one, but at least the school are aware of why it is happening and can support him.  I have made sure to find him a great new school to move to and have talked to him about his new uniform, but this will always a scary thing for a child.
  • Let them play in the moving van.  Ok so a fun one this time – let the kids enjoy the excitement as moving day gets closer!  We even let ours run up and down the big moving van before they started packing it.  Let them play with bubble wrap, hide in boxes and just be kids!
  • Sort out childcare for moving week.  This might seem obvious, but as you try to deal with solicitors, removal men and all the stress that comes with the last few days of moving, its best not to have kids in that mix too.  If you can, get grandparents or other family/friends to have them for a couple of days.  That way you can enjoy the last few days in your old house and focus on moving day.  We were lucky that it was half term when we moved so we didn’t have to worry about school.  Grandma brought the boys back at 4pm on moving day when the worst parts were over.
  • Have their room ready first.  Make sure you’ve marked the boxes, packed a bag with everything they will need for the first night (monitor, pyjamas, favourite teddy) and get their room ready as soon as you can.  We had an amazing Grandad working to build their new bunkbeds as soon as we got the keys, and then we had most of the things we need right to hand (I somehow managed to not pack any fitted sheets for the bottom of their beds and had a crazy ten minutes scrabbling in boxes to find some!!!!).   That way the second they walk into their new house it will feel like home.
  • Plan something exciting for the first day there.  Yes there will be plenty of boxes to unpack, but make sure you spend time with your kids on your first day in the new house.  Do something special to remember it.  Maybe a special breakfast or dinner out to the local restaurant.  Celebrate that the stressful period of moving house is over (yippee!!!!)
spiritual growth in children

Spotting the Signs of Spiritual Growth in Our Children

spiritual growth in children

This week we have been doing lots in our new garden.  We emptied old plant pots of dead plants, refilled them with soil and planted new seeds.  Then came the anxious waiting period, where all you can do is keeping watering them and seeing what will happen.  Every day me and my boys would go out to see if anything had started to grow, and the excitement when the first little green leaves poked through the dark soil was huge!  We’d actually grown something!!

But that isn’t the end of the story – we will continue to watch these little plants and care for them in the hope that they will produce fruit, or carrots, or pretty flowers in the future.

I think I have forgotten to look for the new growth in my children’s spiritual lives.

Yes I celebrate their physical and mental achievements – starting to read or learning to use the potty (my sons are 5 and 2 at the moment so these are forefront in my mind!).  But I often fail to see the little things that they are learning and grasping about God.

Whilst we were on holiday a couple of weeks back, we went on a walk up to a waterfall.  There were some steep steps with slate edges, so we warned Sam our eldest to be careful.  However, he decided it would be much more fun to jump up the steps than walk, and so grazed the whole front of one of his legs in the process.  Much crying happened, and we eventually were able to carry on and reach the waterfall.  As we carried on walking Sam turned to me and said “Mummy, it still hurts.  I need to ask Father God to heal it”.  He then stopped on the path and prayed (right in the way of all the other tourists trying to reach the waterfall!).

This may seem like a little thing, or perhaps people might assume its a habit I’ve gotten him into, but it wasn’t.  It was entirely his choice.  I hadn’t pushed him to pray, but only gently taught him over the last year that when we feel poorly we can take our hurts to God and ask him to heal them.  Sam knew there was nothing I could do to fix his leg (I had no plasters which of course fix everything), so he took it to the person he knew could – God.  This was a tiny little glimpse into the growth of his spiritual life, and I almost missed it trying to hurry on walking and get him out of everyone’s way.

You see sometimes I feel like what I try to teach him about God isn’t sinking in.  Prayer times are hurried or giggled through in an evening, and sometimes church can be a time of messing around.  But when I look back at where he was a year ago I can see how much he has grown spiritually.  He thoroughly enjoys worship at church and has a “dance team” of friends who join him in dancing to the songs.  He loves the Sunday School, can’t wait to go to Messy Church at Grandma’s, and comes home from school excited to have made a “tell everyone about the good news of Jesus” banner!  There is a long way to go, but we have come a long way too.

Perhaps if you are feeling discouraged in your spiritual parenting, just stop and take a look at the tiny little leaves in the same way you would a plant pot of seeds.  Maybe there is growth that you haven’t spotted yet.

Tackling Head Lice Head-on

I remember the night.  I was breastfeeding my 4 month old baby in the middle of the night during the start of the Christmas holidays.  Sat in my breastfeeding chair I could feel my head itching.  I thought nothing of it – I hadn’t had head lice since I was at primary school so why should I have them now?!  Plus my son had really  short hair.  He was in nursery but surely he couldn’t have got them?

I left it two weeks until the end of the Christmas holidays thinking it was just an itch, but it just got worse and worse!  I had to find out so went out to get the comb and whatever stuff you use to treat it.  The annoying thing was that when I checked Sam’s hair he didn’t have any – he had just passed them all to my nice long hair!!  I was devastated to have to admit I had headlice as a grown up.  So now I am insistent on not ever getting them again.

Getting ahead with head lice

For all those joyful hours that the children play together and the memories they share, unfortunately the close contact and endless selfies, brings an increased risk of head lice infestation – so as parents we need to be prepared! Luckily, with the help of Ian Burgess, head lice expert, Hedrin have put together a brief guide to getting ahead of head lice.

If in doubt, check it out

Head lice expert Ian Burgess, explains, “Head lice can appear at any place and any time, so there is no need to avoid certain situations, but just be vigilant and ensure that you check your child’s hair regularly. Some parents wait until their child starts to scratch, however, not all infestations cause an itching sensation.

Firstly, to diagnose a case of head lice, you need to find them alive. Lice range in size from a full stop to a sesame seed and they remain close to the scalp, however, you will need to check all over from the back of the head to behind the ears and under the fringe.”

How to check – remember the three C’s

Comb: Use a fine toothcomb, with teeth no more than 0.3mm apart to ensure that you can trap them and ideally use a white comb so they are more visible.

Conditioner: To ensure the process is as hassle free as possible, try combing the hair when it is wet and use a conditioner as a lubricant. This will allow the comb to glide through easily without causing any fuss.

Comfort: As the process should be part of your weekly routine, make sure they are comfortable and distract your child with their favourite TV programme, this will ensure you can check for lice quickly and thoroughly.

Treat and defeat

Ian continues, “If you find lice, don’t panic, head lice are a normal part of life. You should use a non-pesticide treatment that smothers the lice instead of poisoning them. Research suggests that lice have become resistant to traditional pesticide treatments so they are less effective although most people do use a non-pesticide product these days. “Home” remedies are sometimes used by parents, such as dosing the hair in vinegar, mayonnaise and olive oil, however, none of which are clinically proven to eradicate lice. If you are unsure about what treatment to use, speak to your pharmacist.”

How to ensure the treatment is effective

• Remember, only treat if you find live lice. Your pharmacist can advise on protection options if this is what you are looking for.

• It is very important to follow the instructions on the pack and cover the full length of hair until it is saturated for the recommended time.

• Whilst ensuring the product is used thoroughly, it is important to keep it away from your child’s eyes, face and shoulders and ensure you keep the lotion away from heat sources such as hair dryers, naked flames and cigarettes.

Detect and Protect

Once you have completed the course of the treatment, you should check thoroughly to see if there are any live lice left – remember, you need to see them moving. If you do find lice, this could be a result of a failed treatment or a re-infestation. At this point, you will need to treat again and ensure that you follow the instructions carefully.

“It is likely that some of the empty eggs are left behind, as they have a strong bond with the hair and are difficult to remove, these are called nits. Previously the removal process was done by hand or using a comb on dry hair, but ultimately this may cause hair breakage. There are now products available that help loosen the bond between the nits and the hair, to allow them to slide off easily when using a suitable comb. When you are confident that you have got rid of the infestation and the remaining nits, it may be worth considering a protection product as other children are likely to still be carrying lice in their class. Ask your pharmacist for more information.”

For more information about head lice, you can download or order free resources at www.onceaweektakeapeek.co.uk. For regular tips on head lice management check out www.facebook.com/onceaweektakeapeek

The Hedrin range:

Hedrin Once spray gel (60ml £7.49, 100ml £11.99), available from Boots

Hedrin Stubborn Egg Loosening Lotion (RRP £4.99) and as a kit (RRP £7.29) from pharmacies including Boots.

Hedrin Protect & Go (120ml £4.29, 200ml £6.29, 250ml £7.29), available from Boots

Hedrin Head lice Detection Comb is available for £3.49 from pharmacies.

 

NOTE: We were sent samples of hedrin products to review, but all opinions are my own.  Facts and advice provided by Hedrin. 

 

circus tent

Mum on a Mission Reviews Paulos Circus

circus tent

I have fond memories of the circus from my childhood – seeing the big top go up on a field next to our local leisure centre and the thrill of sitting inside it.  I don’t remember much about what happened inside as I was very young, but I’ve always wanted to take the boys along to one.  Of course seeing the Greatest Showman re-ignited that desire, and so when I was given the opportunity to go along to Paulos Circus whilst it visits York I jumped at it!!

Easy to find

picnic spotI am not native to York, and we did travel from about an hour away to get to the circus, but it was really easy to find located on the ring road round the city.  The boys were so excited on the morning and we had a chorus of “It’s circus day!!” all the way there.  This excitement built when they saw all the arrows and signs pointing to the circus.  Parking was free and plenty of it, and we even brought a picnic to make a day of it as there was a grassy field next to the big top.

Great value for money

light windmillBefore we get onto the content of the show, I just want to mention that this is a great value show.  All tickets (adults and kids) were just £7.  Refreshments were served in the half an hour before the show and were reasonable too – £3 for popcorn, £2.50 for hot dogs and £1 for drinks.  They were also selling flashing light windmills for the kids to hold up which were £4 each.  I didn’t mind buying these for the kids seeing as the tickets hadn’t cost that much, and they enjoyed holding them up in the dark parts of the show.

friendly staff

We were greeted well by the ticket office staff, and the resident clown was milling around the crowd before the show started.  This made my kids very happy as they high fived and interacted with him.  He also came to say bye on the way out.  This is the kind of thing that adds to the experience and was greatly enjoyed.

varied and fun show

rings of deathFinally, the show was really great.  There was a good mix of acrobatics, comedy moments, danger and interesting acts.  The kids enjoyed every single one of the acts, although my eldest said that the high wire walker was his favourite (when he balanced on a chair on the highwire we were really biting our nails in suspence!).  Us adults particularly enjoyed the laserman act which was fascinating to watch and the ring of death act which started the show.  The acts used lighting and music to add to the performances and there wasn’t a dull moment.  The clown provided light relief between acts which was definitely needed with a 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 2 years old in tow.

you won’t be disappointed

hoop acrobaticsIf you are looking for a fun afternoon out with the kids then Paulos Circus is for you – it is good value for money, great acts to watch for young and old and just good fun!  Take a few extra pennies for a flashing light windmill and embrace the comedy.  My only tip is to dress lightly and take plenty of drinks, as it was very warm in there during the 1 hour and 10 minute show.  We all emerged a little red faced!

Paulos Circus are in York until the 13th May so theres plenty of time for you to get along – visit their facebook page for more information.

mummy and sam at circus

NOTE: I was given free tickets for Paulos Circus in exchange for completing this review.  All opinions are my own.  

preparing a place

Preparing a Place

preparing a place

It will be no surprise to most people reading this that I am in middle of moving to a new house. It has been in the pipeline for two years now, ever since we got told that a train was coming through our estate. And as we approach the (hopefully!) last few weeks living here, my heart and mind have become set upon our new house. I have been so excited to start dreaming about the different rooms, what they might look like with our furniture in and how we might decorate them.

One room in particular has been on my heart to get ready as soon as we are there, and that is my boys new bedroom. You see, as much as moving to a new house is stressful for us and emotional, I don’t want the boys to experience that.  Sam was under 1 year old when we moved to our current house so he doesn’t really remember it, but now he is 5 and starting to grasp what is going on. He knows he will get a new room and that he will have to change schools at some point. And as a mother I wanted to help him focus on the positive and exciting parts of moving to a new house. So I started collecting little treats and things for their new room.

This week one of the biggest things I have ordered for their new room has arrived – the bunk beds!! Yes in my insanity the decision has been made for the two boys to share a room and so we also decided to invest in some pretty epic bunk beds (they have steps up the side with drawers in them). But I have also stashed away name signs and new bedding, ideas for how we might decorate it and wallpaper samples. I am preparing a room for my boys that they will hopefully love and feel at home in.

Then on Sunday we were singing a song with the following lyric “In my Father’s house, there’s a place for me” from the Hillsong chorus “I am who you say I am”. My mind raced to the verse in John 14:2 “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”. A lovely image of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit came to my mind in that moment.  An image of them preparing me a room in heaven just how I would like it. An image of them researching and doing everything they can to make it the best room for me, so that when I arrive there it is exciting and comforting and homely, and not a scary transition at all.

It will be a big change when we go from living here on Earth to wherever the Father’s House is, so I know that God will do everything possible to make it a joyful transition, just as I am trying to do for my sons as we move to a new house.

Life: Revisited

life revisited

On my to do list for the past three (almost four!) months has been to put together our family yearbook for 2017.  It is a tradition we started after our second child came along, as it was no longer easy to categorise time based on how old Sam is!  A yearbook seemed like a great chance to get printed the millions of photos we had taken during each year and to have something to remember all our family adventures.

I think I love the process of it just as much as the finished result.  Take 2017 for example.  In my head, the only thing that happened in that year was dealing with HS2.  We submitted our blight notice, entered into negotiations about the value of our house and generally got thoroughly depressed about it all.  But when I looked back through the hundreds of photos we had taken, none of them showed that.  There were fun family times, celebrations, holidays in the rain and so much more.

I was also reminded of an old blog post this week – one I had written almost two years ago called “Hey! Get your own relationship with God.“.  It wasn’t until I re-read those words that I realised I had forgotten the message.  I was speaking those words to myself all over again, and reminding myself to stop comparing my relationship with God to others, but to embrace what is it during this current season.  I am now past the sleepless nights and craziness of newborn babies, but my current season has been just as challenging.  I have been lucky enough to get more time on my own with God, and I have needed to push into Him just to survive.

I am a little sad to not have midnight prayer sessions anymore (although I do very much enjoy unbroken sleep!), but revisiting this post has reminded me most of all to just grab what you have with God at the moment and cherish that.  It’s the same with life – revisiting it by making my yearbook has reminded me to grab hold of the amazing moments I can have with my family now, even throughout the stress of moving house, as I will forget the stress but the memories of times with my boys will last forever.

contents of tiny treasure box

Mum on a Mission Reviews Tiny Treasures

review of tiny treasures

A few months back Becky from the Treasure Box People got in touch to see if me and my youngest son , Reuben, would be interested in reviewing one of the new “Tiny Treasures” subscription boxes for Pre-school children.  Of course we were so excited!!  Sam absolutely loves his monthly Treasure Box which we now subscribe to (check out my review of it from last year), and it is a special time in our family life when it arrives.  We all gather around it to read the story, chat about it and do the activities together.   But Reuben (who is two years old) often gets frustrated that he can’t join in with all the activities, so we were looking forward to seeing how the Tiny Treasure box would help with this.

treasure boxes The most exciting thing for the boys is that both boxes arrived on the same day, so they both had one to open!!  Reuben’s was lots bigger, but that is mainly because for little kids the parts have to be big so they don’t swallow them.  The box that Reuben received was themed on the story of the Feeding of the 5000.  Included in the box were:

 

contents
  • A Storybook Bible Board Bookcontents of tiny treasure box
  • A large basket
  • Three small baskets
  • Two wooden fish
  • Ingredients to make salt dough pre-measured out
  • Piece of artificial grass
  • Book of ideas on how to explore the story

One thing to note that is that the Tiny Treasure Boxes are £20 instead of £10, and only come every two months.  But when you include postage in that amount (£2.90 at least for the large boxes) you can see that you are getting value for money.   By signing up you are building up a collection of treasure baskets that your younger children can come back to time and time again to explore each particular story.  The items you receive will not just be a one off activity, but some you can keep and include in your normal toys so that the bible and exploring it becomes part of their normal everyday play.  Isn’t that fantastic!!

open tiny treasure boxReuben was straight into the box pulling out the items and exploring them.  He loves books, so once he found the book we read it straight away.  I was then able to explain what the items in the box related to in the story.  It was only later that day I had chance to read the little book of big ideas and the suggested ways to do it!!  But that’s the beauty of these boxes – you can explore them and the bible story in a way that suits your own little one.

I remember when the Treasure Box Subscription first came out and being gutted that Sam was too young to get one.  Well yes, Sam is now old enough to get the normal Treasure Box, but I love that this Tiny Treasures Box is now available for the younger age.  I would really encourage all parents to think about subscribing, as it is investing in your spiritual parenting and will help you to be intentional with sharing the bible with your kids.  After a year of receiving them just think how many amazing things you will have to explore lots of different stories for years to come!

reuben in tiny treasure box

How do i sign up?

So if you want to sign up, head over to The Treasure Box People’s website.  You can also buy a one off box if you want to give it a try before committing to a regular subscription.

You can also sign up to the regular Treasure Box which is ideal for those over 5 years old.

 

NOTE: I was sent a Tiny Treasure Box for free in order to review, but all opinions are my own.

Easy2Name bag tags

Mum on a Mission Reviews Easy2Name Labels

Easy2name labels

Calling mothers across the land – you really need to read this blog post!!  Whatever your time allowances and preferences, we all know that if we don’t label every little thing that leaves our house then it WILL, I repeat WILL get lost at school.  I can’t count the number of times my son has left his water bottle, book bag, hat, gloves, plimsolls, etc at school.  You name it, he’s forgotten it.  And luckily I have labelled most things of his.

Easy2Name labelsSo when I got approached by Easy2Name to review their labels I jumped at the chance!!  I have used both iron on and stick on labels in the past for my boys things, but they were quite expensive, so I wanted to see if these would be as good and more affordable.  First off, I loved their website and it breaks down the different types of labels into categories.  This means that whatever your preference you can find the labels you want fast.  I quite like the stick on ones for ease of use on anything and the iron on ones for clothes.

stickeasys

Easy2Name labelsI think these are my over favourites.  They just stick straight onto the care tag inside your kids clothes.  You can also get a cute design to go with the name, and I got two different designs for each of my boys which means that even the youngest one at 2 years old can recognise all of his things, as they have a football on and Sam’s have dinosaurs.  As soon I stuck them on they felt really secure, so I am not at all worried about them coming off.  Other brands have come off in the washing machine, and although I haven’t washed anything with these on yet I don’t think we will have the same problem.  I also think these are really good value for money at only £5.99 for 30 labels.

Easy2Name label

stick on labels and shoe label covers

Easy2Name labelsWe also got sent some normal stick on labels with the kids names really clear on them.  Each child has a separate colour, so again it makes it easy for them to distinguish which is theirs even before they can read. These labels are good for non clothing items such a juice bottles, lunch boxes, and I am even going to try them out next week when my son gets his first pair of glasses.  I also used these when labelling my sons shoes.  I had used another brands stickers in his shoes previously and the text had rubbed off, so when I saw that there were shoe label covers I was ecstatic!!  You just put the stick on label in the shoe and then cover with a shoe label cover.  It will take a while to see if these have worked, but I am hopeful they will stay put.

easytapes

Another type of label that we received was the easytapes which are iron on versions of the stick on labels.  I know these are a little more labour intensive (they require you to spend a few minutes per label ironing them in), but are a lot more reliable in the washing machine.  I have opted for these inside high wear items such as school jumpers and trousers, and have not been let down.

Bag tags

Easy2Name bag tagsFinally we got sent two bag tags for the boys, each with their symbol on (a football for Reuben and a dinosaur for Sam).  These are my favourite, and Sam’s favourite, labelling item!  We bought one of the official school logo book bags when my son started reception, and as good an idea it seemed at the time it is now a nightmare and every other child has exactly the same bag.  And to make matters worse, the names are hidden under a flap!!  What is that about?  So I love these bag tags as they attach to the handle and make it really easy for Sam to recognise which identical bag is his.  They are also made of similar material to credit cards, so quite durable, and are only £3.50, a bargain!  Maybe he’ll actually come out of school with it now…..

Easy2Name bag tags

Give it a try

I would suggest ordering yourself a selection of the different labels and giving them a try to find your favourite.  Lets face it, they are all going to get used as your kids grow up so it won’t be a waste of money!  Compared to other brands I have tried, I loved Easy2Name’s website, the choice and the options to customise.  The prices also seem a bit more reasonable than other places too, and it is run by a mum who set it up to tackle that age old problem of labelling kids clothes.  So lets support one of our own and get some fab labels at the same time!