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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! :)


Call Me A Bag Lady

Posted in Simple Life
on April 20, 2016
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I’m going to share with you one of the tricks that help me maintain my sanity in the morning while delivering two kids to school/childcare and getting to work on time (ok, give or take 10 minutes…).

I have a bag for every purpose.

My 6 year old daughter has 7 bags that she uses regularly, and this is not counting her little handbags (School backpack, Lunch bag, Library bag, Swim bag, Music bag, Activity bag, Overnighter/Travel backpack).

My baby boy has 5 bags (Childcare backpack, Snack bag, Swim bag, Nappy bag, Activity bag).

When you come into our house, the first thing you will see is bags… All lined up at the entrance. My kids know where to drop off their bags (yes, basically, plunk it down as soon as they enter, but I’ve designed it so that this is the right spot… maybe that’s another trick in itself!!). She knows where to fetch her reader. I know where to go to unpack the lunchboxes and fish out the wet bathers and soiled clothes. I know where to drop in the water bottles and lunch boxes. BOOM!

I get nice ones for the main bags that get used everyday – the School/Childcare Backpack and Lunch Bag, I actually have personalised bags from Hippo Blue. I let my daughter choose the design because my theory is they will take better care of things that they picked out. For my boy, his carers appreciate that they can easily identify his personalised bag because it’s got his name on it. The latest designs even show a character in his likeness, so they will like that even more! The other bags are either gifts or freebies I received over the years at shops, baby classes, and swim schools.

Try it out and let me know how it works for you! I say, if it saves you 2 minutes in a day, it’s worth it!!


Use Kids’ School Labels for Your Child’s Daycare Essentials

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on March 18, 2016

After a few years of spending countless hours together, it is now time to send your young one off to day care. For both parents and children, this can be both an exciting and stressful proposition.

On one hand, you’re giving your child an opportunity to spend time with his peers and explore new surroundings; you’ll also be giving him the resources his hungry mind is craving. And on the other hand, the time you spend apart from your kid can be an opportunity to relax or pursue other endeavours like crafting or simply reading a book.

Of course, it is perfectly normal to feel anxious during his first few weeks in day care. Will he instantly warm up to his new friends? Will he be comfortable with the idea of being separated from you, even for just a few hours?

And then you need to make sure that your child brings with him all the essentials that he will need for his class. For parents, this can get quite tricky, unless the day care centre lists down all the stuff your young one needs.

In the absence of these, you can utilise this checklist.

For your child’s diaper bag, you will need to prepare a few bottles, a blanket he can use for nap time, two sets of shoes (one for indoor use and another for outdoor use), changes of clothes, baby wipes, diapers, beddings, a burp cloth, bibs, a sippy cup, a pacifier, and snacks.

Other items can be stored at the day care facility. These include his favourite toys, medications, extra diapers and baby wipes, and diaper cream.

Make sure that you out kids’ school labels for these in order to prevent misplacing or losing these. In fact, the staff at the day care centre will appreciate this simple tip as it can make their jobs easier.

Often, young children lose items like bottles and sippy cups. Putting a label on each of your child’s belongings will ensure that the chances of these getting lost or swapped with a classmate’s becomes minimal and you do not have to spend more money getting new things for your child to replace the misplaced ones.

For his clothes and other garments, you can use iron-on name labels, while vinyl name labels can be used for a diverse array of items including shoes, notebooks, pencils and colours. If your child has an allergy, you can purchase allergy safety name labels for him. You can even buy personalised backpacks, lunch bags, pencil cases and library bags for your young one here at Hippo Blue.

The Best Name Labels for Clothing Take the Stress Out of Different Situations

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on March 18, 2016

When you have a little one at home — especially if it’s your first one — you’ll be surprised to discover just how many articles of clothing he will soon own.

A happy little mess

Soon after his birth (or even earlier, during your baby shower), relatives and friends will be eager to send over their gifts and tokens for the new little man in your life, and many of these presents are sure to be clothes.

Add to that the little mountain of clothing that you and your husband have already purchased yourselves (there’s likely to be a pile for the absolute essentials, and another pile for clothes that you couldn’t resist buying because they were so cute — even if they were still too big), and you’ve got yourself a nice full wardrobe for your son.

Now, there’s certainly nothing wrong with being fully prepared to clothe your child and keep him nice and comfortable at all times. It will be amusing, however, to discover how keeping track of all the little clothes can be challenging when new developments take place in your family’s life — like when another baby arrives, and when the kids are old enough to attend day care and school.

Labels save the day

Fortunately, you can purchase name labels designed specifically for children’s clothes (like the high-quality personalised labels created by Hippo Blue) that you can use to tell which clothes belong to which child.

How do you know that you’ve got the best name labels for clothing? They should be easy to iron onto clothes, waterproof, washing machine safe, and dryer safe. These qualities mean that the labels are easily attached to the clothes, they will stay clear and highly readable for a long while, and they will not be damaged from repeated cycles in washing machines and tumble driers.

Best of all, name labels help take the stress out of regular activities:


Your child interacts with other kids in school all day, and it can be easy for his things to become misplaced or switched with his classmates’. A label makes it easy for your child to learn to keep track of his belongings, return what isn’t his, and use and bring home what is his. There’ll be less headaches over looking for items, and you won’t have to keep buying new clothes to replace lost ones.

Field trips

You’re sure to pack extra clothes, jackets, socks, towels or blankets when your child goes on a field trip, and you’ll want all these to still be with your kid when he comes home. Labels help teachers and chaperones make sure that their little charges have all they brought (and need) with them during the excursion.


Your kid will have lots of clothes in his overnight bag when he spends the night at a friend’s house. Those clothes and other things will be sure to be mixed up and strewn all over the sleepover venue, but the labels will help your son find his own things.

Laundry day

Finally, what parent hasn’t felt confusion over which clothes belong to which child once the laundry is done? Labels make it easy for mums and dads to sort through the pile and identify which ones belong to each kid.

Important Things to Consider When Having Personalised Name Labels Made

Posted in Kid's World, Simple Life
on March 18, 2016

If you spend a lot of time on social media sites, you’re probably aware that a lot of people dedicate a great amount of time and money to beautifying their personal items using stationery. Among these trailblazing stationery items are labels; they’re a big hit among crafts-loving folks around the world. The really cool thing about labels is that they’re not just functional — they’re decorative as well.

Personalised name labels, in particular, are very popular because they are made according to the aesthetic and functional requirements of the user. If you’re thinking of having personalised name labels made to use on your belongings or for your kids’, here are some important things to consider to ensure that they properly indicate ownership at all times.

  1. Font – If you’re having the name labels made for your children, big typefaces and bold fonts are recommended, especially if they’re still young and cannot quite read yet. Also, a unique font will set the name label apart or make it more recognisable.
  2. Colour – This is a vital consideration if you want the name label to stand out; you want to make sure that the label is easily visible because it doesn’t blend into the design of the items they’re adhered to.
  3. Stickiness – This a must in ensuring that sticker labels stay in place. Otherwise, those labels won’t be able to do their job of continuously providing personal belongings with “identity of ownership.” There are labels with adhesives that are water-resistant and can stick to any kind of surface — these are the best to use if the items are washed regularly, are often exposed to water, or if the owner has the tendency to peel labels off most surfaces.
  4. Design – This is another vital consideration because of its aesthetic value. If you want the labels to enhance the look of your personal belongings, you should definitely give the design a lot of thought. Think of the shape of the label, the pattern, and the other visual components so it can look uniquely your own.
  5. Durability – Go for sticker vinyl that is water- and stain-resistant. On top of that, this kind of sticker vinyl is thick and difficult to peel off, and it retains colour well. If you want long-lasting personalised name labels, you should certainly enquire about the quality of the vinyl.


With this guide, you can be sure that the labels you order will enhance the appearance of your belongings and can be used for a long time.