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Choosing a Toddler Group

14/01/2015

As a mother of two little ones I know how important it is to get out of the house and go to social groups. To reduce isolation, share concerns/ideas and make new friends. It’s great for the children too: experiencing new play opportunities, mixing with others, improve problem solving etc.

You are most likely to choose a group based on its locality to your home. However there are other points to consider:

  • Expense – It must be affordable, most only charge a couple of pounds and discounts for siblings.
  • Premises – It needs to be safe, well lit and insured. Toddler groups do not need to be Ofsted registered as you the parent/carer are present and fully responsible.
  • Equipment – There should be a good variety of toys, fully workable and clean.
  • Staff –Should be friendly and well organised.
  • Access – There should be space for prams/buggies but also provisions for disabilities. Also it needs to be easy to get to with parking and transport links.
  • Safety – There should be a first aid box accessible and plans in case of an emergency.
  • Refreshments – Most provide a drink and snack for the children, and hot drinks are available for parents/carers.

Mainly trust your instincts. Try a few out. You will know what suits you and if it doesn’t feel right, you don’t have to keep going!

Claire

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Advice on choosing a Care Home

6/01/2015

Moving your loved ones into a care home is a huge decision. Much guidance is needed to decide whether moving into a home is the right choice and for choosing the right one. There are many types of residential care homes available and various alternatives to residential homes such as sheltered housing, extra care housing schemes and also the choice of living independently at home with community care support.

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We have tried to create some useful points to help you and the person you are looking after make that big decision.

1. The location of the home. Would the person you are looking after prefer to be near family and friends? If you are likely to visit often, it would make life easier if the journey is not too long and would mean you can spend more time with your loved one.

2. Care homes are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You will need to look into their most recent reports and see how well the care home is doing and if there are any areas of concern. Reports can be downloaded from the CQC website.

3. How welcoming are the staff and carers? Did you get a warm friendly feeling when you walked through the door? A sign of a good home is when the majority of the staff have been working there for a long time and they know the residents well.

4. A good home should be clean, bright and hygienic that’s been adapted appropriately for residents, with single bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms available.

5. You can arrange for trial residential stays so you see whether your loved one will be comfortable and happy in their new home before committing. Government rules on care homes state that all potential residents should be invited to a trial stay before they commit to a permanent residence.

6. It would always be a good idea to visit the potential homes at least twice with maybe another point of view coming along the second time round. If you are unsure first time a second viewing may sway your decision.

7. You can research homes online to see how well they do on the review system.

8. Social services will be able to give you and the person you’re looking after information about residential care homes, and they may be able to assist with finding a suitable home.

9. The homes communication with you is extremely important. Do they have regular meetings and support groups in place?

10. A wide range of activities should be available that take into account the needs and wishes of all the residents.

In recent years we have sold increasingly more labels for care home residents. The communal washing staff demand that absolutely everything is labelled. If you need any advice on appropriate labels for a family member or loved one going into care then please call our office on 01635 298326 and speak to any member of staff. Alternatively we have a whole page on our website dedicated to care homes, just click here

One of our most popular products for care homes are our EasyTags as they will withstand the washes up to 100 degrees.

 

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Easy2Name’s New Year’s Resolutions

31/12/2014

January is a time for starting afresh. Do you make resolutions?

After a very quick office poll we came up with the following New Year’s resolutions, do you have any of the same?

 

GET FIT  – this was a popular one in the office. However it is popular every year, until the end of January!

NEW HOBBIES – we would all love more time to spend on our hobbies. We are inspired by so many of our customers and their crafting skills. Keep an eye on our Facebook page where we often share photos of our customer’s creations.

DRINK LESS – this had a mixed response in the office. We will certainly not attempt it until after the Christmas party season.

QUIT SMOKING – not actually one of ours but one we decided some of our friends should do!

LEARN A NEW SKILL – just like the ‘New Hobbies’ resolution this one requires endless time. But we had a few mentions of learning a new language this year. We will wait and see …

SPEND MORE TIME WITH FRIENDS – This year we aim to fill our weekends with visits to friends all over the UK.

READ MORE BOOKS – and not just when we’re on holiday! Instead of switching on the TV every evening, we had a plenty of votes for curling up with a good book instead.

GO ON MORE HOLIDAYS – wouldn’t it be nice? But honestly, we compiled a huge list of new places we would like to travel. Our 2014 trips were pretty impressive so I wonder if we can beat them in 2015.

WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!

 

Handmade Christmas Presents

18/12/2014

You don’t’ have to spend a fortune to give a gift that will make someone smile. Give Christmas a personal touch with these festive foodie gift ideas:

Decorated Biscuits

Whether gingerbread or shortbread, we all love biscuits. Simple to make and with lots of decorating options, they make fantastic presents. We love Gingerbread Stars with white icing piped on top. Remember to make a few extra so you can keep some for when guests pop in.

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Lemon Curd

  • 4 unwaxed lemons
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 3 free-range eggs (+1 extra egg yolk)

1.    Put the lemon zest and juice, sugar and butter in a heatproof bowl and stir over a pan of simmering water. Let everything melt.
2.    Whisk the eggs together and then stir into the lemon mix. Allow to cook gently for 10 minutes until the mix is creamy and will coat the back of a spoon.
3.    Remove from the heat and leave to cool (stir occasionally). Spoon into sterilised jars and seal.

Why not finish off your jars with some festive fabric and ribbon and attach one of our personalised woven labels?

 

Top 10 things to take on a ski trip

9/12/2014

All of us in the office love a winter break to the slopes. This year we thought we’d create a list of our Top Ten little extras you should pack for a stress free, fun filled holiday.

1.    Lip Balmtop 10 things to take on your ski trip
2.    Energy Bars
3.    Hand Warmers
4.    Lots of Socks!
5.    Ear muffs/cosy hat
6.    Go Pro
7.    Suncream
8.    Snowchains
9.    Playing cards
10.  Stick -on name labels :D

For 12 years we have been linked with Snowbizz, a family friendly ski company based in Puy St Vincent in France. So many of us in the office have enjoyed our holidays with Snowbizz and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

Everyone at Snowbizz uses Easy2Name’s waterproof stickers to label all their ski gear. If you’re off to the slopes this winter, you still have time to order your stickers, delivery in 1-2 working days.

Happy skiing!

 

Handmade Christmas Decorations

2/12/2014

Christmas is a great time to get creative with your kids. Handmade Christmas decorations can make great presents for school teachers and family friends as well as brightening up your own home. And the best part? There are so many simple ideas; here are a few of our favourites:

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How to label everything quickly!

21/10/2014

Label things quickly with Easy2Name’s Sticky Starter Pack

Our Sticky Starter Pack is the perfect option for anyone looking to label their children’s belongings easily and quickly. With no need to get out the needle and thread or the iron this pack is made for busy mums. Our hugely popular StickEasys for the clothes are included. They are designed to stick to the care tag inside clothes. They will stay stuck through the washing machine and tumble dryer… yes really! They are particularly useful for things that cannot be ironed such as waterproof sports jackets.

Name Labels

Below is how to label the clothing:

1. Stick the label firmly to the care tag or label in neck area (Do not apply direct to the garment/fabric)
2. Wait 24 hours before washing the clothes to allow for maximum adhesion.
So simple, you cannot go wrong!

Also included in the pack is our Stick on Labels for all other belongings. These labels really will stay stuck… for years! Even in the dishwasher, steriliser or microwave. Suggested uses are lunchboxes, beakers, tupperware, books and stationary. They can also be used inside shoes with the application of our Shoe Label Covers which are a clear cover designed to be stuck over the top of the Stick on Labels. This prevents the name from rubbing off where the feet rub against them inside the shoes. With 9 different colours to choose from including Fluorescent Orange and Green, the Stickers really do stand out.

Stick on labels

Below is how to label the belongings:

1.  Stick the label on a smooth, clean dry surface
2.  Wait 24 hours before washing/dishwashing the items for maximum adhesion
3.  For use in shoes, stick to the sole of the shoe and apply clear shoe covers over the top

Label your belongings

 

The Sticky Starter Pack is dispatched within 1 working day via 1st Class Royal Mail. We also offer next day delivery for anyone who needs them urgently at an extra cost.

If you would like to purchase a Sticky Starter Pack today, please click here.

Click here to view the reviews for this product. These were collected independently by Feefo.

 

Easy2name and Small Steps Parenting have 6 Back to School label and school bag sets to give away!

21/07/2014

Easy 2 name Competion with Small Steps

Easy 2 Name have teamed up with our friends at Small Steps Parenting, the UK’s fast growing regional parenting website for families of 0 – 5 year olds, to run a competition for your chance to win one of six Back to School Label and Shoe Bag sets worth £18.90 each, as part of their Summer Sizzler of FAB Competitions.

All you have to do to enter is head on over to Small Steps Parenting and you could be a lucky winner!

We all know how hectic it can be when trying to label all the school and sports kits ready for the new term. So, each set  includes all you’ll need to make things easier for you, including a super durable shoe/swimming bag.

The Back to School Set includes:

  • 30 Stick on Labels – Ideal for shoes, trainers, lunchboxes and sports equipment.
  • 10 Shoe Label covers – these transparent covers protect the name on the Stick on Labels from wearing off.
  • 30 Easytapes – Perfect for ironing labels onto all sorts of fabrics.
  • Personalised shoe bag – Ideal as a bag to take spare clothes to nursery, as a swimming bag or for keeping shoes and games kit together.
  • Bag Tag – Great new way to name sports bags to instrument cases.

As well as fantastic competitions, Small Steps has lots of helpful parenting support & advice, easy family recipes and great money-saving offers, as well as local events & things to do with your little ones. Why not take a look today?

Small Steps Parenting  - “Helping you have fun with your little one!” 

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Labels and Tags for clothes – Lost something today?

12/05/2014

Labels and Tags for clothes

 

 

 

 

 

A total of 3,680 hours or 153 days is spent searching for ‘stuff, over our lifetimes. Three quarters of all misplaced possessions occur in the home, with others losing things in the workplace and car every day!

It is a fact that in the UK, we spend ten minutes every day rummaging for lost items, from books and phones to car keys and even the cars themselves! sure, on 3,000 people.

Kids are much worse, leaving belongings for others to pick up and rescue! Bags, clothes, pencil cases, shoes – you name it – it’s left scattered all over place! The school lost property box will be a breeze if your little darlings have their belongings named, with suitable labels.

Easy2Name have an amazing range of labels, to suit every item. Simple to use and hard wearing, bespoke label options can be ordered without fuss and items are delivered quickly.

If you are not sure what you need, the team at Easy2name are friendly and knowledgeable and can be contacted by phone, e-mail or instant messaging.

For more information, call us on 01635 298326 or look at www.easy2name.com

Out of interest, here are the top 20 most lost items:

1. Mobile / smartphone

2. Coat

3. Car Keys/house keys

4. Bag

5. Sunglasses / spectacles

6. Purse / wallet

7. Lip balm

8. Hair brush

9. Gloves

10. Clothing

11. Umbrella

12. Book

 

Labels and tags for clothing – residential care and nursing homes

12/05/2014

 

 

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Finding the right care home can take some time. If you have specific or complex care needs it can sometimes be difficult. Charities and organisations related to your specific disability might be able to offer advice about choosing a home.

Easy2name note that the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) inspects all registered homes and produce reports on what they find. Reading the reports on the homes you are considering might help you make a choice.

Minimum standards issued by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety state that care homes should offer trial stays.  If possible, you should visit residential care or nursing homes that you are considering, to make sure they meet your current and possible future needs.

You may have a checklist with you of points that are important to you in case you forget to ask something, which may include:

  • Is it accessible?
  • Is it safe?
  • Is there adequate room for my belongings?
  • Is appropriate equipment available – for example handrails, hoists, adjustable baths and armchairs?
  • Can I have my family and friends to visit/stay?
  • Can you keep your own doctor?
  • Can your food, hygiene and dietary needs be met?
  • Can your religious or cultural needs be met?

Easy2name can help you to make sure that when you move into your selected care home, that your belongings are safe. With our diverse range of labels and tags, which are easy and quick to use, everything that you take with you into the home can be labelled. You will be safe in the knowledge that whether the item needs washing or not, the labels and tags will remain in place.

To order your labels for yourself or a loved one, call us today on 01635 298326. Alternatively, visit our website at www.easy2name.com