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The best Banoffee Pie…

11/06/2015

This is an absolute office favourite and so perfect for a summer BBQ or dinner party!Banoffee pie

Ingredients:

Base:
*100g (3oz) butter, melted
*250g (9oz) digestive biscuits

Filling:
* 100g (3oz) butter
* 100g (3oz) dark brown soft sugar
* 397g can Carnation Condensed Milk

Topping:
* 4 small bananas
* 300ml carton double cream, lightly whipped
* grated chocolate

You will also need:
* 20cm (8″) loose-bottomed cake tin, greased

1. To make the base, process the biscuits until crushed. Stir in the melted butter. Press the mixture into the base of the tin. Chill the base in the fridge while you make the filling.
2. To make the filling: place the butter and sugar into a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, stirring until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Add the condensed milk and bring gently to the boil, stirring continuously as it thickens. When the caramel has started to boil, remove from the heat and pour over the biscuit base. Cool, and then leave to chill for about 1 hour, until firm.
3. To serve, remove the pie from the tin and place on a serving plate. Slice the bananas and layer over the caramel base. Whip the cream and put on top then decorate with the grated chocolate.

 

MEET THE TEAM

2/06/2015

Amy 1Meet Amy, Office Manager for Easy2name.

Birthplace

Basingstoke

How long have you worked at Easy2name?

Started as a young school girl, 13 years later I am now the Office Manager.

What is your favourite Easy2name product and why?

Our Dog Leads & Collars – I think they are such a genius idea, especially as I have two Labradors who are always losing their tags.

Who or what inspires you?

My Dad – his hard working ethos inspires me and my Mum who has such a happy outlook on life!

What 3 things would you take to a desert Island?

My dogs, lots of books and tea bags for my morning cuppa.

Hobbies?

Running, gardening, dog agility, performing arts and walking.

Favourite place to go to?

New York, Cornwall

Favourite song

Joss Stone – Super Duper Love

Favourite film

Notting Hill

Favourite Book

Marley and Me

Favourite recipe

Banoffee Pie

 

SATS Preparation Tips

14/05/2015

Easy2name wish all year 6 pupils ‘Good luck’ with their SATS tests this week. Children can often feel nervous and even daunted, which is completely understandable. As a parent, it can be hard to know what to do or say to help.

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Here are a few practical ideas on how parents and families can help children:

Give them these 6 Tips:

1.  Prepare all school things the night before so you don’t have to worry about organising themselves in the morning

2. Get a good night’s sleep – you could take a warm bath, have a milky drink before bed

3. Ensure that you have a good breakfast

4. Read the question before you attempt your answer

5. Attempt to answer all of the questions

6. In the morning, leave all of your worries behind you and ‘do your best!’

Easy2name are here to help you with labelstags and stickers, for every occasion. Easy to use, durable and bespoke, we can supply exactly what suits you and your child.

Call us today on 01635 298326 and talk to our friendly and helpful team, or look at our website here

 

May Day 2015

30/04/2015

The May Day is an ancient tradition and typically a bank holiday. Celebrations in England usually include May pole dancing and crowning a May Day Queen.

Our local village May Fair is this weekend and all of us at Easy2name are looking forward to it, in particular to the Bake Off competition. We have all had great successes in the past and we hope to do as well this year.  This year our very own panto Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will be giving out the awards.

Another new tradition we have here is the ‘Build a Beast’ competition – whereby villagers build giant beast creations and display them in their hedges, gardens or prominent places in the village. It really creates a buzz locally and something interesting to look and chuckle at when passing through.

Here are a few of the entries:

 

 

MEET THE TEAM MONDAY

27/04/2015

HollyMeet Holly, Fundraising Co-ordinator for Easy2name.

Birthplace

Basingstoke

How long have you worked at Easy2name?

14 years! I started by cutting up strips of labels, back then we didn’t have the machines to do it for us.

What is your favourite Easy2name product and why?

I love the ballet bags. Asides from my part-time role as Fundraising Co-ordinator for Easy2name, I teach ballet across Berkshire and Wiltshire, so I loved it when our gorgeous bags were introduced to the range.

Who or what inspires you?

In the ballet world it would have to be Darcey Bussell. I have been lucky enough to meet her and even danced with her in the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

What 3 things would you take to a desert Island?

A private jet filled with all of my friends and family (is that cheating!?)

A selection of good books

A masseuse!

Hobbies?

Ballet is still my main hobby,   even though it is now my job too. I know I am very lucky to have found a job that I love.

Favourite place to go to?

I love the sunshine so anywhere nice and hot. I am at my happiest on a sun-lounger with a good book and a mojito.

Favourite song

Beyonce – The entire ‘I Am Sasha Fierce’ album.

Favourite film

It’s too hard to choose, some of my favourites are:

Crash

Bridesmaids

Love Actually

(any chick flick)

Favourite Book

Although very dark, ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue is a fantastic read.

Favourite recipe

I’m a very keen amateur baker and I love all of Mary Berry’s recipes. Whenever I bake her Sticky Toffee pudding it disappears very quickly.

 

How to travel stress free with children

17/04/2015

Holidays should be a time to rest and recuperate but travelling with children in tow can be pretty stressful.

Here are Easy2name’s top tips on how to organise yourself and reduce those stress levels. Easy 2 Name - 514

1. Label your children’s clothes, swimming/beach towels, rucksacks and beakers, especially if you will be using Kids’ Clubs – things will go missing! Do also look into getting ID Wristbands so you can label the children with your contact details.

2. Lost luggage is a nightmare. Luggage Straps will aid easy identification. Rather than filling one suitcase per person, pack a couple of daytime and evening outfits for everyone in each case so you can all get started while the airline track down the missing bag.

3. Add a small ‘emergency bag’ to your hand luggage, include plasters, tissues, paracetamols, cotton wool, safety pins, wet wipes and a few sweeties (for bribing and wiping away tears).

4. Pack spare clothes in your hand luggage just in case there are any accidents.

5. Always allow yourself to have plenty of time at the airport, especially having young children things usually take a lot longer than planned.

6. Check the latest restrictions on hand luggage before travelling. The more stringent regulations relate to carrying liquids, gels and creams, which includes baby foods, drinks and nappy cream. The standard instructions are not to carry over 100ml of any single item, although exceptions are usually made for essential medicines or supplies for children under two.

7. Travelling can be very boring indeed especially for children. Whatever form of travel you are using pack the kids their own backpack with all their favourite toys and games, i.e. books, guessing games, dolls and crayons. Many travel games can be played as competitions or just to pass the time and quite often appeal to all the family. Portable DVD players and iPod’s will keep your kids entertained for hours, may be worth investing in one! Don’t forget some headphones so the music or movie does not disturb the driver. And again label it all with Stickers, if it is left behind somewhere, it could then be reunited with you later on.

8. Children always become irritable when they are hungry. Make sure you bring plenty of travel friendly snacks, such as fruit, cereal bars and sandwiches.

Happy travelling!

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MEET THE TEAM

31/03/2015

Meet Mel, she is the Company Director of Easy2name, she has four boys and loves nothing better than being outside in the country.

Birthplace

Paddington, London (not at the station!)Mel pic

How long have you worked at Easy2name?

Launched business in year 2000, with four young children I wanted a business that would work around them.

What is your favourite Easy2name product and why?

Stickers – they work 100% of the time and are a quick and easy solution. They never fail!

Who or what inspires you?

I have always kept a post card above my desk showing a beach hut with beautiful blue sky with the phrase ‘Think Big – Start Small’, this is my inspiration.

What 3 things would you take to a desert Island?

Fridge, iPad (with Wi-Fi) and a comfy bed!

Hobbies?

Gardening, dog walking, reading – I just love the outdoors!

Favourite place to go to?

Cornwall and New Zealand.

Favourite song

Sometimes when we touch – Dan Hill

Favourite film

Top Gun

Favourite Book

My Family and other animals – Gerald Durrell

Favourite recipe

Flapjack

 

Successful Fundraising for School and Nurseries

18/03/2015

Fundraising is an important part of our company ethos here at Easy2name. We are well aware that all schools and nurseries are always trying to raise money for various projects and we also know that school children have a habit of mislaying items of clothing, books and personal belongings. It was these two things combined that led us to start our fundraising scheme 13 years ago.

The scheme is simple, parents buy our products and we give the school 20% cashback on the orders.

We are very proud of the strong relationship we have with over 4000 schools and nursery groups in the UK. Our most successful schools raise over £1900 with our scheme every single year. By offering 20% cashback on all orders placed, even smaller groups can reap a substantial amount of funds from doing really very little. And we continue to see this as a win-win situation, our groups are very happy to be raising money and we continue to welcome new groups and schools every week.

Of course it is not only schools and nurseries that can benefit, we have numerous Scout & Brownie groups raising funds with us as well as care homes and smaller charitable projects.

St John’s School in Wiltshire came up with a great way of keeping their uniform looking smart by stipulating that all parents buy specific labels from us (see image below) The gold on navy ID tags really stand out, and are used on the outside of PE kit. What a great way to raise even more funds for the school and avoid any lost property. If you are a large school you may want to consider designing your own labels with us?

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Click here to view our ID Tags page.

Most importantly you can claim funds from us as often as you like. Simply log in to your account through our website and we pay directly into your bank account.

Could it be any easier?

Click here to register with us today.

 

Pizza time with the Children

16/03/2015

We recently bought a pizza oven for the garden and what a hit it has been, I would highly recommend them. It has been a talking point, feature of the garden and we’ve had great pizza parties with very yummy results!

Originally we were just looking for a chiminea, but this has the additional top to cook us dinner too!

We use an easy Jamie Oliver pizza dough recipe -  it really is very simple and quick. Then add any toppings we wish, I think we’ve tried most variations now although we’re always open to ideas! A top tip I would suggest would be to add another handful of grated cheese on top of the toppings, to make the whole thing taste even yummier!

Now, I have several jars of flour and sugar I’ve labelled them with Easy2name stickers so I don’t get in a muddle. The stickers are completely dishwasher safe and wonderfully colourful so really easy to identify. Get yours here

 

Feeding Toddlers

4/03/2015

Like most parents I struggle a lot trying to get my toddler to eat. Some days she is fussy, others I wonder if her last teeth are coming through causing her pain, sometimes I wonder if she has filled up too much on snacks etc. It can become a battle but there are several tips I have found to try and help:

  1. Eat with your toddler – you are their role model, if they see you doing something, they are likely to copy.
  2. Make meal and snack times regular and don’t give snacks just before a meal.
  3. Try to avoid giving meals when they are tired.
  4. Stay positive – if you are, it is more likely to rub off on your little one.
  5. Avoid distractions like the TV.
  6. Offer finger foods; toddlers like to do things for themselves and it encourages them to be independent.
  7. Let them help in simple food preparation or laying the table, this will involve and interest them without putting pressure on them.
  8. Keep trying, just because they refused something once, doesn’t mean they will next time.
  9. Children won’t starve themselves, if they don’t eat what you have given them, don’t go and cook a whole new meal or give a sweet treat, just offer fruit.
  10. Try and make food attractive – arrange in the shape of an animal, a face etc. Toddlers enjoy colourful fun food.

 

Hope these help and good luck.

Claire xx