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SATS Preparation Tips


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


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:





HollyMeet Holly, Fundraising Co-ordinator for Easy2name.



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!


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:



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


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


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!


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



Successful Fundraising for School and Nurseries


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?


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


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


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


The Guide Association


Girlguiding is as popular today as it ever has been. Supported by 100,000 volunteers, the charity gives girls and young women “space to be themselves, have fun, build friendships, gain life skills and make a positive difference to themselves and their communities”. I personally started as a brownie in the ‘pixie’ section. I loved it and carried on to become a guide and gain by B-P (Baden Powell) award.

Guiding was started by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907 when he set up a camp for boys at Brownsea Island, Dorset to trial his scouting ideas. Scouting grew and grew; next girls wanted the opportunity to participate. In 1910 The Girl Guides Association was formed by Robert Baden-Powell’s sister Agnes. The clothes have always been blue in colour. Although in the very early days girls based their attire on the boy’s, dyeing their brothers’ old cricket shirts and sewing other bits of fabrics together to create their own uniform, until guidelines were set out in 1907.

In 1914 a junior section was created for girls under 11 called ‘Rosebuds’. It was soon renamed though to ‘Brownies’ in 1915 as the Rosebuds disliked their original name. Agnes Baden-Powell suggested the name ‘Brownies’, as they were helpful little creatures in a fairy story she treasured. With the name Brownies, brown was the obvious choice of colour for the uniform. Yellow was bought in as an accent colour for ties in the 1950’s.

The Rainbow section wasn’t officially introduced across the UK until 1987. There were groups in Northern Ireland that started up before this (around the 1970’s) called Bunnies, a programme was established, they had a ‘bunny badge’ and worked towards ‘Bunny Bobs’; different coloured badges with grey dots representing a variety of topics. Across the rest of the UK it was thought insurance would be too high and that younger girls wouldn’t understand the meaning behind the promise. A trial was set up though and proved so popular the scheme was rolled out. Each group had made its own decisions over uniform so to combine all the colours together they were now called rainbows.

The trefoil is the united symbol of the world association of Girl Guides, on the blue background it symbolises the sun shining over the children of the world. Easy2name provide Scout and Brownie Labels, which you can view here.




Decorating Your Nursery


One of the most exciting moments in pregnancy is decorating the nursery. Putting all those ideas into action, designing the space for your little one is very pleasing. Not only do you want something that visually looks beautiful but it needs to be practical and to most, reasonably priced as well.

Start with listing items you need, then you can add in wishful products later on, otherwise you can waste money on things you will never use. Of course we all want the best for our children but don’t get taken in by adverts making out their products are necessities, ask other mums for advice or check out parenting websites online. Also make a plan of the room and measure everything, the last thing you want to do is buy furniture and it doesn’t fit.

Friends and family may want to pass on items to you (like a Moses basket or quilt) which is lovely and can add a lot of character and sentiment to a room. This will furthermore save you some money and it is great to re-use old items. It could provide you with a starting subject to base the rest of the room on, we chose the nursery theme for our newest addition based on a blanket made by her great grandmother.

Choosing your theme. Ideally it is advised to go for something classic and simple, that you can adapt over time easily. A popular option is to choose something that will stimulate the baby as they grow, selecting bright primary colours, geometric shapes and patterns. Others pick softer colours that will help babies sleep without distraction. The other consideration is whether or not to go for something gender neutral, will you want more children? It may be worth not doing everything in pink or blue if you want to reuse it all.

Wall stickers are perfect for decorating a nursery, if you only need something for the moment or longer lasting. You just peel them off when you change your mind or move house. Easy2name have a selection of personalised options including height charts to measure your little one as they grow. View our Room Easy’s here and Growth Charts here.

Interior design catalogues can provide a lot of inspiration, cut out bits you like and make a mood board collage, take it with you when out shopping for guidance. They can also offer alternative practical ideas to help with space saving and organisation.

As a mother the top products I would recommend for a nursery are:

  • Blackout blinds/curtains
  • A Cot bed that you can take the sides off
  • Multiple change mats (for upstairs and down)
  • Several storage boxes for old clothes and endless toys
  • And if money allows a video baby monitor (I spent ages just watching her sleeping in her cot!).