Saturday, July 30, 2011

School Supplies in July

It’s July, so it’s that time of year... Time to buy the school supplies. In the back of your mind, you’re probably thinking, “What???  Bethany has lost her mind is such a type A mom. It’s 100 degrees and the kids still have a few more weeks of summer.”

But school supplies are in stores like Staples, OfficeMax, and Target now at beyond amazing prices. Pencils and folders for a penny, spiral notebooks and Crayola crayons for ten cents and Crayola markers for a quarter. I stock up now for the entire year. Spending less than $10 on major school supplies for the entire year for my two minnies makes it easy to say yes to the whims of the Lilly Pulitzer highlighters, or the Jonathan Adler erasers, too.


Last year, Natalia told me that only “babies and boys have backpacks,” so the girls graduated to a Lilly Pulitzer original tote for their supplies. My little girls are growing up so quickly. I remember their ladybug rolling backpack for pre-k and now they’re very sophisticated young ladies with a Lilly tote bag of a sudden. But no matter how grown up they are, they still need labels for their supplies and camp clothes.

Mabel’s Labels is the best label resource I have encountered. Children of all ages like their pretty designs and bright colors and patterns make your child’s items easy to locate and quickly recognize among their friends’ school supplies.

Mabel’s Labels tag mates and iron-ons are ideal for labeling clothing for summer camp or school. The labels are waterproof and laundry safe and will last for a long time.



The skinny mini labels are ideal for labeling small items such as rulers, markers, pencils, and scissors. These bright labels are durable and waterproof. They’re a major improvement over writing a name in black Sharpie, don’t you think?



At dance class, girls quickly change between tap and ballet shoes. There’s always a pile of ghillies before Irish Dance class, too. All of the girls are similar in age and size and the dance school requires that every girl has the same brand and style of shoe, so it’s very difficult to know which shoe belongs to which girl. The Classic Shoe labels offer a perfect solution for shoes for dance, sports, or day care. The heavy duty stickers firmly adhere to the insole of shoes and stay put, even with a lot of wear and tear.


Right now, Mabel's Labels has a wonderful promotion for back to school. The Ultimate Back to School Combo includes everything you’ll need to label for the new school year. Here’s what you’ll receive: 50 Tag Mates™, 40 Skinny-Minis™, 16 Shoe Labels, and 2 Teeny Tags™. This special deal will only be available until September 30, so act now and get ready for school. There’s a label for every style too, with 6 limited edition Classic color palettes or 27 Colorful Label Out Loud™ designs, plus 6 exclusive Ultimate Back-to-School Combo motifs. It is a pleasure to review Mabel’s Labels and we are certainly enjoying our Ultimate Back-to-School Combo. I think I need some labels for my own classroom supplies, too!

Have you started shopping for school supplies?  How do you label school supplies and clothing for your children?

xoxo

7 comments:

  1. I remember when my mom used to sit down and label all of my clothes and school supplies that I used. It is definitely nice to see that they make labels now, so when I have children I can label in no time!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this! What a great buy! And I agree - Biltmore is a definite WOW. I have been several times as it is an easy day trip for me. I hope you can bring your girls for the Candlelight Christmas tour sometime. There is a gingerbread house made each year of the mansion!! So wonderful! XOXO

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  3. I have a slight addiction to school supplies. I have to avoid the area. Nothing better than a pack of new pens and crayons!

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  4. I love shopping for school supplies. Even though I don't have children, I still take the opportunity to get good savings on composition books, pens, etc. Adults use those things also. I bought "my school supplies" today while at Target.

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  5. Oh my goodness, a Lilly tote! Your minnies are just too cute! I carried a classic North Face backpack all throughout grade school and high school and still managed to remain very stylish and functional (I tied ribbons on the zipper pulls and top handle and monogrammed mine), which was much needed for going back forth from field hockey and squash practices.

    A ton of my classmates had the LL Bean backpacks but by the time we hit senior year and college, we graduated onto Longchamps and Veras. My how things have changed!

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  6. I remember the night before the first day sitting down with my mom and labeling everything and packing it in my need backpack. Nice to see there is an easier way!!

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  7. You're making me 1) want to go back to school or 2) have babies! Mayyyybbbbbee more #1 :)

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