Feb 072015


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People often ask me if life with four kids is crazy and I won’t lie, it is rather busy but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my big family and there are lots of small things you can do to make life a bit easier and your days run a tad smoother. Being organised is the key and something as little as a label can make a big difference.

LabelWorksName labels help the kids recognise their bottles and lunch boxes while content labels make it easy for them to find the right art and craft supplies in the playroom (less mess to tidy up!) and pantry labels help me grab school snacks and dinner ingredients without wasting time. Creating and printing your own customised labels is now easier than ever with this clever gadget from the printing experts at Epson:

The Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer (RRP $129) is a small, portable label printer that can be controlled from your desktop PC (using the included USB cable) or smartphone/tablet using Bluetooth making it ideal for busy parents on-the-go. The compact Epson LabelWorksTM 600P operates on batteries so you can easily carry the unit around the house, garage, office and caravan and print as you go, or you can plug in the included AC adaptor.

Using the handy Epson iLabel App (which is free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play) you can create and print personalised stick-on labels, iron-on name tags, barcodes, date labels, QR code stickers, custom gift ribbons and much more, all from the comfort of your couch. There are several different speciality labels to choose from in fun colours and finishes to suit your project and taste perfectly.

Quick and easy name labels

Quick and easy name labels

Setting up the Epson LabelWorksTM Label Printer was a piece of cake and took less than a minute. First I clicked in the label tape (a sample size tape is included) and made sure the end of the roll was fed through the print opening. Then I downloaded the iLabel App, turned on bluetooth on my iPad and the printer so they could connect to each other. Et voila, you’re ready to print!

Personalised gift ribbons

Create personalised gift ribbons

Aside from the compact size and ease of use there is plenty more to love about the Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer. One of our favourite features is the ability to print labels with your own handwriting. It’s so simple even the kids can do it and the end result is really sweet, it’s a great way for children to claim ownership of their belongings. Or imagine wrapping a gift with a ribbon showing your child’s handwritten message, such a personal touch. You can add symbols, borders and even photos too, once you get started you’ll never want to print a plain label again.

Organise your 'Art & Craft'

Organise your ‘Art & Craft’

As a budget-conscious parent I very much appreciate the fact that you can view your design before you print it so you can check spelling and placing and avoid mistakes. At the same time Epson LabelWorks offers a significantly smaller lead margin (up to 60%) compared to other brands and you can manually set the length of your label up to the millimetre which means a lot less waste and more economic use of your labels.

Handy iLabel App for 'printing on-the-go'

Handy iLabel App for ‘printing on-the-go’

The printer is automatically set to print one label but you can change the quantity to suit your needs, individual labels will be neatly cut by the built-in automatic cutter. You can also save your designs to print them again later if you were to need some more which keeps things neat and uniform and saves you precious time.

Disclosure: I received a free Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer to test and write about.

To find out more about Epson, to locate an Epson stockist near you or to order online visit www.epson.com.au, you can find the Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer at your local Officeworks store.

Thanks to Epson Australia we are able to give away one Epson LabelWorksTM 600P Label Printer + one Additional Ribbon (RRP $160.99) to one lucky reader. Just answer one simple question to enter, all entries must be received by February 21, 2015. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners. By entering this giveaway you agree to the Terms and Conditions below.

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Sep 192013

Hippo Blue

With only one term of kindy to go it is time for our beautiful twins to get ready for the big school. Uniforms and hats, backpacks and lunchboxes, school shoes and much much more, there is plenty to organise and of course it all comes with a price tag. When I see the ‘lost and found’ box in the hall I am determined never to have to dig in there for something from my kids. I already regularly give them a good talking to about looking after your belongings and I hope that by clearly marking all their items I am reducing the risk even more.

Hippo Blue BackpackIf your kids are anything like mine they’ll each want to pick their own name labels and no, you can’t get away with just your family name for all of them! Hippo Blue supplies Australian families with a large range of personalised products in stylish designs at hard-to-beat prices. A different name, a different colour, a different design and even a different font, at Hippo Blue there are more options than you can count so the kids will have no trouble finding something that floats their boat.

Vinyl Label Variety PackHippo Blue loves helping families save money, take their Name Label Value Packs; there are a 4 different value packs to choose from and of course each pack will be personalised to your taste. The high quality vinyl labels are waterproof, microwave friendly and dishwasher safe, so you won’t have to replace lost labels all the time. With a huge 86 labels in different shapes and sizes the Vinyl Label Variety Pack ($27.50) goes a long way.

Hippo Blue Lunch BagWhen I asked my little lady if she would like to pick a new Hippo Blue Lunch Bag ($29) for school her whole face lit up, she was so excited and we had lots of fun checking out all the styles in store. Eventually she decided on this sweet Bird Group design, not to forget the ‘love heart on the i’ (probably the most important feature of all when you are 3). Just a few days later her lunch bag arrived on our door step and it is absolutely perfect.

Right now each Hippo Blue Lunch Bag comes with a FREE 32 piece Mixed Name Label Pack, what a nice bonus!

Hippe Blue Robot Lunch BagMade from strong, durable materials it will nicely hold its shape even when filled, the zipped lunch bag measures 200 x 245 x 80mm which is a very good size for a kids lunch and some snacks. Of course the inside is insulated to keep food at the right temperature and the handy netting will keep the contents nicely organised. On the outside you’ll find a carry handle and an extra front pocket for added storage.

Hip tip: Before you place your order make sure you sign up for the free Hippo Blue Club. As a thank you for subscribing you will receive 20% off your first order, that’s a very good saving on already fantastic prices. All Australian orders over $50 ship free of charge.

To find our more about Hippo Blue, to browse the range and to order online visit www.hippoblue.com.au.

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Nov 262012

Two weeks ago at kindy pickup time I found my little miss 4 running around bare feet. Now this is not unsual for her especially after playing in the sandpit, except that this time her beautiful red sandals were nowhere to be found. Not in the big shoe crate, not in her pigeon hole, they just vanished. After 30 minutes or so it turned out that another little girl had fallen in love with the cute red sandals too and decided to slip on those gorgeous strappy shoes and head off while leaving her old shoes behind…

Of course we swapped the shoes back and we had a little chat about property and looking after your things. Miss 4 felt the talk was a waste of time, we ‘just need to put my name on my shoes Mum’ and I had to agree that would be very helpful (although maybe no protection against other fashion savvy girls!). When we got home we grabbed our DYMO Letratag Labelmaker and labelled all our belongings, here’s to no more lost property at kindy for my twins!

Many of us will know DYMO as the brand to go to for printing labels, eg. to organise your pantry or the folders in your office. The awesome thing about the DYMO Letratag Labelmaker ($59) is that you can use it to print on lots of different labels all with the one unit, very convenient. So far we have printed on paper and iron-on labels (no more lost jackets at kindy) but plastic and metallic labels are available too.

Unlike in the olden days of wasted labels you can now actually see on the digital display what you are about to print before you do, this gives you a chance to check for spelling errors. Another big bonus is that you can print 1 or 2 lines on each label, so even long names and phone numbers will fit on nicely (more chances of getting your lost goodies returned to you). With choice of different fonts, sizes, symbols and ‘boxes’ you can print your labels just the way you want them.

(The labelmaker has a memory function too but I didn’t want to spoil the twins’ fun as they thoroughly enjoyed ‘helping’ by typing their names over and over)

To find out more about DYMO, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.dymo.com.au.

For your chance to win a DYMO LetraTag Labelmaker visit www.dymo.com.au and answer the following question: What is the first item you would label with your DYMO Labelmaker?

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