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Why I Now Order My Kids’ Name Labels

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on April 21, 2016
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I was a Dymo mum. I’m usually pretty picky when it comes to decorating my kids’ things, but my husband had purchased one of those nifty labellers, and it seemed a waste not to use it. I would look wistfully at my kids’ friends’ pretty personalised labels adorning their lunch boxes and water bottles. But then, I reminded myself of that labeller sitting at home. And, I could just see my husband rolling his eyes when he saw the pretty colourful stickers instead of the boring black and white strips.

Then they kept falling off… Both the plastic ones and the iron-on’s. I soon had to make a trip to OfficeWorks to pick up a tape refill. In the sea of tapes (think toothpaste aisle), I picked out the ones that I needed. And gawk! Some of the tapes cost more than the labeller itself! That made me question why the Dymo labels use up so much tape. There’s a couple of centimetres on either side of the name that I have to cut off.

I soldiered on. I put my whole weight on the iron and pressed and pressed the labels. Still peeled off after a few months… I rubbed and rubbed the stickers on to the lunch boxes. Only to have them fall off when I took the boxes out of the dishwasher…

Then I received some hand-me-downs from my friend. Some of them had personalised name labels on them. I tried to peel them off, and guess what? They wouldn’t fall off! Then and there I decided, I was going to stop my battle with my Dymo labeller. It just wasn’t going to cut it for lunch boxes and uniforms. Stuff it, I was done.

With my daughter, I happily browsed the website of a personalised name label company I had heard good things about. There were so many cute designs to choose from. My daughter loved trying out all the different colour and font options.

And they have been good to me. They stay on, like they said they would, and they look darn cute. My husband rolled his eyes, as expected. So I printed out a boring black and white label with his name on it and stuck it on the labeller. Yours to keep! :)


What Lessons Can Be Learned from Personalised Books for Kids?

Posted in Kid's World
on April 14, 2016
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Books are some of the most versatile things you can give to a child as a gift. From teaching kids about their letters, numbers, colors and shapes, to helping them understand emotions and actions, to providing lessons about situations and circumstances in life, books are truly educational tools that can also entertain them over and over.

While there are plenty of classic storybooks for children as well as new titles popping up every year thanks to an ever-emerging crop of authors of children’s stories, it can be beneficial to think outside the box every now and then when picking out a book for your young son or daughter to read. One of the most unique kinds of books that you can give a child is a personalised book.

What do personalised books for kids look like?

A personalised book will have a specific story line — everyone knows that kids love fun and happy stories, and children’s stories typically incorporate a positive lesson that they can learn and apply in their own lives.

What makes personalised books different, however, is that they can be made to include the name of the child who will be getting the book. The main character will be named after your son or daughter, and there may even be an illustration of this male or female character with your son’s or daughter’s same hair colour so the child can recognise the character.

Receiving a personalised gift tells the young one that:

This gift made the giver think of me.

Such a gift would make the child feel wonder and amazement at finding their likeness and their name on the printed book. They may feel that this book is a special one — made precious because it has their name on it — and that the person who gave them is special too, because no one else has given a gift like it before.

No other kid has this exact same item.

The child may feel a sense of pride at being told that this special book is theirs and no one has the very same one, because of their name printed on it.

The person who gave this to me put a lot of thought and love into the choice of gift.

Kids are often showered with presents, and most of the time they receive toys, books, clothes and games that are easily recognisable from TV commercials or trips to the toy stores. When someone gives them a unique personalised gift, however, the child can sense that the giver made an effort to give something different — something that will stand out, and something that the child can cherish because of this very uniqueness.

The character in the book is me.

Seeing his or her name on the book, and an illustration of a child with his or her hair colour, lets the child know that he or she is the character. The child then identifies with the events in the story, acts them out, and applies the lessons learned from the book in real life. A personalised book can effectively entertain a child while teaching positive values and behaviours.


A Gift That’s Truly “Made for Me”

Posted in Kid's World
on April 14, 2016
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When you search for a gift for a child’s birthday, for Christmas, or for any other special occasion — regardless of whether the young one is your own child, a young sibling, a niece or nephew, or a godchild — you’ll usually find yourself in giant toy stores, browsing through rows upon rows of toys in colourful, flashy packaging.

Faced with so many choices, you’re highly likely to allow yourself to be steered toward the “right” gift according to the store’s strategic classifications. Unsure about what the child would like, you simply walk toward the part of the store that profiles the little one best — girl, age 3 and up, dolls/art materials/sporty toys/popular cartoon character merchandise. Anything in these sections, you’re gently coaxed to believe, would be something that the little one will like.

So you just grab a random item, have it gift wrapped, and feel assured that the young girl will be happy with her gift.

Adding a special touch

Sometimes, however, a generic, mass-produced item simply isn’t enough to show the beloved child that you appreciate and care for her. You want to give her something that would be different from all the other gifts she’ll be receiving — something that she can use, enjoy, and cherish for a long time.

Something that she will know is meant for her — and no one else.

Have you ever considered getting her a personalised children’s book?

A book with her name on it — and more

Lots of kids love being read stories by their parents and loved ones. Books contain all kinds of stories — funny ones, scary ones, ones that take them on adventures — so they develop a love for these books that they carry with them as they grow and learn to read. Stories help them visualise things, understand situations, and imagine all kinds of scenarios.

So getting a book where the main character is your little girl (with her name and her hair colour!) is sure to be a unique thrill for her.

Hippo Blue, an Australian-owned company specialising in name labels, stationery and other personalised items, also offers personalised children’s books that your young one is sure to love.

Entitled “The Adventures You’ll Have” and created in collaboration with author and illustrator Brett Curzon, the storybook presents your little girl as the main character on an enriching journey to self-belief. There are fun companions and an assortment of situations in it that teach an important lesson: that the world is hers to discover and that her dreams can be as big as she wants them to be — and that life is beautiful and rich with possibilities.

Your little girl will love this personalised book not only because it tells a wonderful story, but also because it is truly made for her. And from the moment she holds it in her hands, it quite simply becomes — to her and to everyone else — “her” book.


Gifts To Mould Your Child’s Self-Belief

Posted in Kid's World
on April 14, 2016
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Reading is a very important activity for young children. From books, they are able to learn more about the world. Likewise, books help them tap into their imagination, which is a highly crucial component of cognitive development. And most importantly, books — particularly storybooks — can take your kids on thrilling adventures without exposing them to any kind of physical danger or discomfort.

Therefore, if you want your children to be blessed with great imagination (which will help them in their journey throughout life), books truly make awesome gifts.

Storybooks are excellent creations and your children will likely collect many of them as they cultivate a love for reading. But if you’re looking to present something really unique to them – something that they will treasure all their lives — you should consider getting them personalised books while they’re young.

Talented local authors and illustrators can create personalised books; they will make your child the main character and hero of the story. What’s particularly impressive about a personalised storybook is your child, even at an early age, can learn that his existence has value. And, depending on the choices he makes, his life can work for the betterment of others as well; a single action from him can create a huge impact. This moral is imperative in shaping a child’s sense of accountability or responsibility.

Another big advantage that personalised books offer is they will allow your child to build upon presented ideas and make them his own. Every time he reads “his” story, he can expand the complexity of the journey the story’s taking him on. This is highly beneficial in forming more synaptic connections in the brain. So, as real life gets more complicated as he ages, you can be sure he has a deep pool of ideas to work with in order to solve life’s problems.

Also, with a personalised storybook, instead of looking up to other story heroes, your child can make himself his own hero. There’s nothing wrong with having other characters to look up to, but the advantage here is he will learn to rely on himself more than depend on other people all the time. You can empower him by building his confidence in his own personal abilities. The book will serve as an affirmation that he is a wonderfully crafted and unique person.

Lastly, personalised books make fantastic gifts because it’s something that your child can call completely his own. It’s something that he can keep for all his life as one of the early manuals he used in designing his own lifelong tale.


Adventures with Wonderful and Whimsical Creatures

Posted in Hippo Blue, Kid's World
on April 13, 2016

From our personalised story book, “The Adventures You’ll Have”  we’ve create six different masks of the eccentric and wonderful characters that your child encounters in the adventure. Whether it’s for a crafty play time or a quick dressup, you can’t go wrong with these unique free printables. For best results, print on thicker paper. You can use popsicle sticks to hold up the mask or punch holes on either side and thread a string.

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