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Valentines Inspired Wedding Ideas

10/02/2015

Valentine’s Day has become not only a popular day for engagements, but for weddings too! Having just started to organise a wedding myself I thought it would be fun to create some Valentine’s Day themed wedding ideas. Even if you are not getting married on Valentine’s Day, consider incorporating some of these touches into your big day.

  1. Find a venue that will allow you to light lots of candles so you can really set the mood for a late evening ceremony.
  2. Your wedding invitations should establish the theme initially for your big day. There are so many heart inspired invitations available, or make it even more personal and create your own.
  3. A string quartet at the church would make it feel so romantic. If you have a DJ, create a list full of love songs.
  4. Roses are the classic, however if you are getting married in February they are likely to be expensive. Look for other flowers such as tulips, dahlias and burgundy calla lilies.
  5. Create heart inspired favours, such as heart shaped boxes full of sweets or soap in the shape of hearts.
  6. Red petals scattered on tables and down the aisle will really finish off any Valentine’s themed day.
  7. A tiered wedding cake in the shape of a heart looks amazing; decorate with real roses in red, white or a pale pink.
  8. Heart-shaped balloons could look fabulous tied to the back of chairs at the reception. If you have invited children they would love to take one home at the end of the evening.
  9. What’s more romantic than candles? Tea-lights in jars with red petals scattered around are a great finishing touch.
  10. If you really want to complete the theme you can even make sure the food you lay out fits the theme. Red foods such as strawberries and cherries placed in a little basket could look fab.
  11. A final touch that I will be adding to my wedding will be our Personalised Ribbon. This comes in a huge range of colours including red as well as pretty wedding motifs including a heart, horse shoe and bells. You can take a look at them here on our website.

Amy

xx

 

 

Swimming Classes

5/02/2015

Swimming is an invaluable skill to learn. It is fantastic fun, great for health and could save your life. Thousands of babies attend swimming classes these days; I took my first daughter at eight months and have now signed up my second too, age six months.

Being in and under the water at such a young age allows for confidence to build and no fear to evolve. Subsequently encouraging little ones to hold onto the edge of a pool and/or roll over to float on their back, gives them lifesaving abilities. The next step is to learn swimming strokes enabling them to move in the water and after this; it is just practice, practice, practice! Some will move on to a competitive stage which is wonderful if enthusiastic and a natural ability applies, but for most simply mastering the art of swimming is enough.

The Welsh Government fund free swimming for children aged under 16 or adults over 60 at local authority pools, this is fantastic initiative and hopefully will one day roll out across the whole of the UK.

Find your local swimming pool here

Claire x

 

Ecchinswell Village Panto

27/01/2015

Now on the sixth village panto, the Ecchinswell cast and crew have outdone themselves yet again. What a fantastic performance of Jack and The Beanstalk at the weekend. With three of the Easy2name employees involved as cast and two others helping backstage, it has been much of the office talk over the last few weeks. Following Jack on his mission to find food, he uses his last coins to buy a cow (turns out to be a horse!) which he exchanges for some magic talking beans to get jam tarts from the evil Queen of hearts. Joined by the Mad Hatters Tea Party and appearances from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, the show provided wonderful entertainment for the local community. It was a complete sell out for the three performances and raised a heap of cash which will be donated to Charity, this year supporting those affected by Huntington’s Disease. Huntington’s is a hereditary disease of the central nervous system, a close family member of the cast has this cruel disorder and every penny will help treat patients, support families and hopefully one day find a cure.

 

Kick start your New Year with a Juicer

20/01/2015

Having received a juicer for Christmas I was excited to start my New Year health regime. Since receiving the machine I have been researching new recipes to try and find what fruits are particularly good for you. I thought I would share with you what has worked for me so far.

The first juice I tried was apple, orange, lemon and carrot. This combination is really fresh and is lovely first thing in the morning. It certainly sets you up for the day. However, I did use one whole lemon which was not wise as it was rather sour. I would recommend starting with a squeeze or two of lemon juice and taste as you go, add more if needed.

My second attempt was spinach, apple and lemon juice.  This was delicious and really made me feel full. No breakfast was needed that day – it certainly gave me an energy boost. I would recommend buying a big bag of spinach (I managed to get a huge bag from Tesco for £2) as you do need to use a lot to produce enough juice. Spinach is great for increasing iron levels and vital for red blood cells.

My latest concoction was Spinach, Pear and Ginger. I read that this recipe is great for cleansing especially after a very heavy Christmas. The ginger adds warmth to the juice, so more suitable for a cold wintery day. I was also recommended by a friend that if you are unsure on green juices due to their bitter flavour to add lemon or lime. This is meant to help neutralize the bitterness.

A recipe I have just found that I will be trying next is carrot, apple, beetroot, ginger and lemon. It is a gorgeous plum colour and looks so appetising. The health benefits for these fruits have shown to lower cholesterol (apples), improve digestive ailments, (ginger), help with sugary cravings (carrots) and beetroot has high concentrations of nitrate which has been proven to increase stamina and boost blood flow to vital areas of the brain. This recipe had really positive reviews – I cannot wait to try it!

There are so many great websites and blogs online, they have been a huge help for me as it can be quite tricky to know where to start. But once you get into it you do honestly feel much better for it. My aim is to try making juice at least 3 times a week.  Here go’s…

Amy

xx

 

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

xx

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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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