Since we homeschool, the idea of labeling anything just doesn’t enter my mind outside of summer Scout camp.
Now that we have a toddler in the house who takes items here and there, leaving them like presents all around, the idea of labeling clothing and sippy cups has come on my radar. Hence, my willingness to test out labels and post my review here. (Isn’t it amazing what little items can bring a smile to a mama’s face?)
Applied Labels (TM) are Applied Labels LLC’s flagship and most popular product. They’re extremely tough, ultra versatile and perfect for labeling:
*summer camp gear
*all those little things that go to early childcare centers
Our labels are available with and without icons or with a second line of custom print.
I have not gone crazy labeling everything, and must say I wish I had labeled his new shoes right away. When Mr. O picked up J from the nursery at church this past Sunday, he discovered 2 identical pairs of shoes like J was wearing. He just picked one up, put them on, and came home. I discovered that the shoes he ‘selected’ are damaged (where J’s were brand new with no defects) and now have to track down the other family to see about trading back…if that even happens. If only I’d put the nifty Applied Labels with the shoe shield into his shoes, then there’s be no doubt (or simmering anger in my soul over men not noticing details at times.)
I did quickly label J’s sippy cups and can happily report that the labels came through several runs in the dishwasher showing no sign of wear so far.
After this recent shoe incident, I think J’s coat is getting labeled this week using the included blank backer. While I have not seen another baby with the same coat, I do not want more confusion to occur in the future.
And, since I went with just our last name and phone number on the label, I can use them for the older boys’ shoes and boots this spring when we do co-op and need to bring indoor gym shoes along.
The cost you might ask…. 30 labels with 2 lines of text (which in our case was last name and phone number) run $14.95. A strip of shoe shields (12) runs an extra $1.95 and clothing backers cost $2.50 for 30.
At first glance, this might look like something you could just make on your printer at home. Well, I could TRY to do it, but figure it will fail miserably as the materials I’ve got won’t stand up to hot water washing like these are doing. Plus, this items qualifies as a ‘my time is worth something’ product. If I was working outside the home on a regular basis, I’d be ordering in bulk (see the website for other pricing options.) The money spent on these would definitely be small compared to lost items.
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