April 27, 2015

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How to Choose the Best Summer Camp for Your Kids: 6 Tips + Mabel’s Labels Limited Edition Camp Combo is back! #spon

Mabel’s Labels aren’t just perfect for the school year, they’re essential for summer too! And, for the first time ever, Mabel’s Labels adds a new feature to their popular Limited Edition Camp Combo will help kids keep in touch with parents while at camp!   Make sure you label all their gear with the Limited Edition Camp Label Pack. It includes all the UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags you'll need to avoid mix-ups and lost items.

Help parents reduce wasteful repurchases of lost items by labeling everything in order to keep track of their kids’ stuff while away at camp. Mabel’s Labels 2015 Limited Edition Camp Combo consists of UV resistant water-proof personalized labels perfect for all of the kids’ camp gear, from swimwear to toothbrushes, to identical sleeping bags in cabin A.

There are five new icons to enjoy: sailboats, goggles, raccoon, chipmunk, and flip-flops. Additionally, since camp is about connecting with people and nature (and, staying off of those addictive tech gadgets), as an added bonus Mabel’s Labels is introducing a set of five fun postcards as a special gift that kids can use to keep in touch the old fashioned way.

Perfect for clothes, swim gear, backpacks, shoes, toiletries and more – this essential summer combo is available for the early bird price of just $35.95 until April 30th. 


School is out in just a matter of weeks and summer camp will soon be in full swing! Piles of extra shorts, sneakers, sunscreen, backpacks and everything needed to outfit your little adventurer are being organized about your home... but what happens when it walks out the door?  It can get lost and never seen again!   Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel's Labels are the perfect solution for keeping all that gear organized once it leaves the house. These UV resistant, waterproof camp labels are designed to stay put on everything from soggy swimsuits to tossed aside toothbrushes (who wants to share a toothbrush with 20 other campers? Yuck!), and will help your little camper keep track of their things.

I am a huge fan of Mabel Labels and have been purchasing them since my children were infants.  Now that they are both spending the week away at overnight camp this year, what better way to keep track of their stuff with labels.  I even place a label on the sleeping bag tag!  This year I opted for just our last name on the labels since we have two kids off to camp, this way they both can use the same labels.  During the school year, they get labels with their own names!  I was amazed at how bright and vibrant the colors were on the labels.  They surely won't be misplacing items this year!
Choice of 3 solid palettes or 40+ multi-coloured designs, including 5 new limited edition motifs
Quantity:
  • 10 Sticky Labels
  • 24 Skinny-Minis™
  • 8 Shoe Labels
  • 50 Tag-Mates™
  • 2 Bag Tags
Features:
  • Sticky Labels and Skinny-Minis™ are dishwasher/microwave safe and UV resistant
  • Tag Mates™ are washer and dryer safe, apply to a clothing care tag
  • Shoe labels and Bag Tags are waterproof and UV resistant
  • Satisfaction guaranteed
Size:
  • Sticky Labels : 70mm x 16mm (2-3/4" x 5/8")
  • Skinny-Minis™: 38mm x 8mm (1-1/2" x 5/16")
  • Shoe Labels: 33mm (1.3")
  • Tag Mates™: 21mm x 10mm (13/16" x 3/8")
  • Bag Tags: 57mm x 32mm (2-1/4" x 1-1/4")

Mabel’s Labels 2015 Limited Edition Camp Combo  early bird price of just $35.95 until April 30th.

How to Choose the Best Summer Camp for Your Kids: 6 Tips

Google the phrase “summer camp” and you’ll get almost 30 million hits. So how do you find the right one? Here are some helpful tips.
  1. The earlier you start your research, the better. Get online well in advance of camp season and be as specific in your search terms as you can, (e.g. narrow down location, type of camp, co-ed or not, etc.) or you’ll spend way too much time going down cyber roads to nowhere.
  2. Consider your child’s interests. Do they love sports, science, arts… or why not try a week or so of each? Or how about using camp to have them test out activities beyond their regular favourites? Kids can immerse themselves for a limited time in tennis or robot building or… fill in the blank. If they hate it, they need never lift a racquet/wrench again; if they love it, you’ve just opened the door to a passion that may otherwise have remained closed.
  3. Think of where the preferred activities are normally held. Your kid loves to act? Check out local theatre companies. Into science? Try a university engineering department. Lurk on camp chat boards (many of the larger camp websites have them) or better still, post a question or three.
  4. Also consider your child’s needs. Is their year crammed with home- work and after-school activities? If so, perhaps a traditional, fun, outdoor camp would be just what they need. Are they comfortable meeting lots of new people and experiencing a variety of new activities or would a smaller, more controlled environment be better for them?
  5. Choose between day camp or residential… Or maybe a mixture of both. Some outdoor day camps end their week with a sleepover and this is a great way to introduce your child to being away overnight. You can take this concept further by having your child attend day camps for most of the summer and then let them finish off with a bang by spending one week away at an overnight camp.
  6. Keep it within your budget. Costs range from thousands of dollars for international camps to a few bucks for an afternoon at a local day camp. Keep in mind; price is not necessarily an indication of quality. For that, you should consider: counselor to kid ratio, qualifications and experience of camp staff, depth and quality of programs.
There are countless things that will sway your choice when it comes to selecting a camp, but ultimately, the only wrong choice you can make is one which doesn’t consider the uniqueness of your child!

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