5 Allergy and Medical Alert Tips for your Kids

If your child has an allergy or any other medical condition, you want to make sure that teachers, friends and family are aware of this. Carrying around a letter with long-winded advice can be quite inconvenient and time-consuming. Here are some tips on how you can make your child’s (and your own) life easier when living with a medical condition.

1. Talk to your child

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Especially if your child is very young, make sure to explain why he or she cannot do the same thing friends can do. If he or she has to miss out on certain activities, try and suggest alternatives so they don’t feel left out. Encourage them to be honest about how they feel and make sure they understand their illness; for example, why they have to eat special biscuits instead of the ones their friends bring to school.

2. Make hospital appointments fun

Well… we all know that going to see the doctor isn’t the most fun activity ever. But there are definitely ways to make these visits more pleasant for you and your child. When I was a child and had to go to the hospital for check-ups every week, my parents would often take me to the nearby botanical garden or we would have a meal somewhere after the appointment. So I actually have lots of good memories of that time! Pack their favourite book, a board game or, if you have time, plan a fun activity before or after the appointment – the visits won’t seem quite as bad as before.

3. Talk to teachers or carers

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Your child spends a lot of time at school, so it is important that teachers know about their medical condition. This will also be useful if your child needs to take time off school for doctor’s appointments. Our bag and jacket tags are an excellent way to label items such as bags and coats and have all the important information handy. Our bag tags offer space for 4 lines –  plenty of room for your emergency contact details and a medical alert image. Thanks to the bright colours, the bag tags are very easy to spot, too!

4. Vinyl Allergy Labels

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Our Allergy Labels are handy and quick to design as they come with selection of different allergy symbols. They are easily visible, dishwasher-safe and handy for personal belongings such as lunchboxes and bottles. Alternatively, we offer large vinyl labels which you can customise with even more images and your own text.

5. Be prepared when travelling

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When travelling with young children, you want to make sure that all the important information is easily visible. Our handy ID bands offer enough space for an emergency contact number and important information like allergies. If you are looking for a more elegant look, our satin wristbands are perfect. Any medical appliances like inhalers, insulin pens and other objects can be labelled with our vinyl labels.

10 Easter Traditions From Around The World

While many people are used to hiding chocolate eggs and enjoying dinner with family and friends, there are many different Easter traditions around the world.

1. Egg Rolling in Scotland

Easter in Scotland is a mostly laid-back event. Scots do the traditional things commonly associated with Easter, but they also add a bit of fun, particularly for the kids. Easter fun here is all about eggs. After they’re boiled and painted with different designs, they’re rolled down a hill on Easter Sunday.  Apart from fun, the event is symbolic as it is carried out to represent the rolling away of stones on Jesus’ tomb thereby assisting in His resurrection.

2. Golden Eggs Russia

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During the early years of the 20th century, the former rulers Czar Alexander III and Czar Nicholas II had some very special Easter Eggs made for them by the jeweller Carl Fabergé. The first egg was a gift from Alexander III to his wife and was made of gold and white enamel. Inside the egg was a golden yolk containing a golden hen with ruby eyes. Inside the hen was a tiny golden crown. It was so beautiful that the Czar said that every Easter, Fabergé should make the Czarina (or Queen) a special egg. The design of the egg was left up to Fabergé, but each egg had to have a surprise in it. Fabergé made eggs for other members of the Russian royal family, and occasionally for the Czar to present to other monarchs. They are very precious, and are kept in royal collections and museums.

3. Egg-knocking France, Germany, Norway and Syria.

The game is played with hard boiled ones and is a bit like the game of ‘conkers’. The object of the game is to hit everyone else’s egg and to keep your own one unbroken. The last player with a whole egg is declared the winner.

4. Bonnets in the U.S.A

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Easter Bonnets come from European traditions of wearing flowers on a hat to celebrate spring. It was developed over the years into a way of ladies celebrating Easter and of showing off to family and friends as to who had the best Bonnet!

Each year on Easter Sunday, celebrants don festive finery and show off their very best bonnets along Fifth Avenue in New York City. The pageant is a tradition that stretches back to the 1870s.

5. Kite Flying Bermuda

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Bermudians celebrate Good Friday by flying home-made kites, eating codfish cakes, and eating hot cross buns. The tradition is said to have begun when a local teacher from the British Army had difficulty explaining Christ’s ascension to Heaven to his Sunday school class. He made a kite, traditionally shaped like a cross, to illustrate the Ascension. The traditional Bermuda kites are made with colourful tissue paper, long tails, wood, metal, and string.

6. Easter Fires Europe

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In parts of Northwestern Europe large bonfires, called Easter Fires, are lit on Easter Sunday and Monday. While there are various explanations for the origin of the Easter Fires, the most common Saxon tale is that Easter is a time when spring becomes victorious over winter and the fires were to chase the darkness of winter away. Today, however, the meaning of the fires is simply to bring communities together. The nights are festive with heavy consumption of gin, lager, and snacks.

7. Eggy Fun in Sweden

Easter in Sweden is about fun, food and festivity.  Celebrations commence on Easter Saturday with children dressing up as good witches setting the Easter mood by giving out letters and cards in return for eggs, sweets and coins.

On Easter Sunday, food is typically Nordic fashion and the feast comprises mostly fish. Edibles include different kinds of herring, a selection of smoked salmon, a hint of roast ham and various cheeses. Of course, the main attraction are eggs which are exchanged and later used in a game where participants roll them down roofing tiles to see which egg can go the furthest without breaking.

8. Flying Bells and Omelettes France

French kids don’t get goodies from the Easter bunny, but from the Easter bells. Catholics don’t ring church bells between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil. As the story goes, in France, the bells are off flying to Rome to get a blessing from the Pope, but when they return they bring chocolate and gifts for the kids.

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Don’t forget a fork if you’re in this southern French town of Haux on Easter Monday. Each year a giant omelette is served up in the town’s main square. The omelette uses more than 4,500 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people. The story goes, when Napoleon and his army were travelling through the south of France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelettes. Napoleon liked his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and make a giant omelette for his army the next day.

9. Eggs and Bunnies Germany

Eggs and bunnies are two of the oldest symbols of Easter in Germany and every spring shops boom with eggs and bunnies made of chocolate, cardboard or flowers in different sizes and wrappings.

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The Germans have a number of egg games which the children play over the holidays. One tradition is to blow eggs and paint them in multiple colours and patterns on Good Friday. The eggs are then put in a basket for the Osterhase (or Easter bunny) to hide around the house on the night leading up to Easter Sunday. On the morning of Easter Sunday, the children go hunting for the eggs and often find that the Osterhase has also left chocolate eggs and Easter presents for them to find.

10. United Kingdom Simnel Cake

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Simnel is a light fruit cake decorated with 11 or 12 marzipan balls to represent the 12 apostles, excluding Judas. Christians in the UK and the Republic of Ireland have been serving Simnel cake on the middle Sunday of Lent, when the fast is broken, since medieval times.

 

10 Time Saving Tips for Busy Mum’s (Infographic)

Life as a mum can be busy, which is why our friends over at Mellie Green (who sell lots of cute organic baby clothes btw!) have put together this Infographic for our blog. Lots of good tips for saving time; At home and when you are out and about.

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Ready for more time saving tips?

Great. Why not head over to our Pinterest page? Over at Pinterest, we have a fab collection boards with some great resources for Parents. For example, how to get ready for back to school, how to travel with kids and of course what back to school name label packs you should be getting – Because Kids Lose Stuff!

12 ways to get kids to eat more fruit & vegetables

If you are a parent, you know the struggle! You are all sat at the kitchen table and the little ones are suddenly not so keen on eating their greens. Or you are out driving and hear constant moans from the kids in the backseat as you zoom past McDonalds. Here are 12 smart tricks to succeed and make sure your children stay on the right side of foods.

1. Offer diverse food colors

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In a post over at Summer Tomato, one thing that is suggested is to use vegetables to expose your kids to more colors on their plates. An idea might be to separate vegetable dishes and let each colour speak for itself, rather than mixing vegetables together into a single colored casserole.

2. Go for fruit skewers!

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A lot of kids struggle and would rather not eat fruits, but part of the problem (and the solution) might be to change how we present fruit. Why not present fruit in style with something go-crazy creative like a fruit skewer? We don’t know what it is about sticking food on a stick that appeals, but it might be the novelty of not having to use cutlery or your hands to eat.

3. Make a Smoothie

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Blend it! Guaranteed to raise a few smiles (and the young ones might be more inclined to try it out thanks to their colours). It is also easy to sneak in a few hidden vegetables as you are mixing the smoothie, which is a bonus!

4. Introduce a “no thank you” bite rule.

In a similar blog post over at CNN, the mother and journalist Amy Traverso suggests that letting your child take a bite before veoting something on the plate might be a good idea.

“We figure as long as our son is tasting the food, he’ll eventually get comfortable with it,” Amy Traverso

5. Chop your Vegetables (and be creative)

When we are in a rush, we might all revert to our own ways of chopping vegetables (which might not always be the best way to do it) Here is a video to refresh your memory and help you master the basics.

If you have some more time and want to make the vegetables even more fun and appealing to your kids, there are many fun and creative ways to chop vegetables for highest possible fun factor.

6. It is all about presentation…

Make it rain…

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Show off those beautiful feathers…

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Smile! 

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7. Make vegetables a starter

Put a plate of raw vegetables out before the main meal, at the time when the young ones are at their hungriest!

8. Prepare meals together

Let your children help you wash the vegetables and if they are older, help them or show them how to chop vegetables as you are making the meal. This is a great way of showing them the “behind the scenes” of how vegetables go from their raw form to being part of a meal or just cut nicely on a plate.  It’s great to get kids involved with cooking at an early age, it also encourages them to question what is in the food they are eating.

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9. Take them to the supermarket

If your kids are with you as you are buying the greens and vegetables in the first place, try and get them involved already form the beginning in selecting and/or picking up the fruits and vegetables. They will be more likely to eat them in the end, as you can always say “remember this is the one that you picked? At least try a piece!” at the dinner table.

10. Keep it up

No children like to be constantly reminded of something, but eating vegetables is a lot about  “acquired” taste. It simply takes a while before it becomes natural to eat them! Keep at it in both subtle and more obvious ways, and reward your kids for when they make progress! Continue setting a good example, creating fun and positive experiences around eating vegetables and celebrate small victories.

11. Be sneaky (hide them!)

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Disguise them! Vegetables as part of sauces, pasta sauces, soups or stews is one of our biggest weapons in getting kids to get all of their greens.

12. Set an example

The biggest tip of them all. Kids to what their parents do, so the far best way to affect your child’s eating behaviour is by making sure you get your vegetables and greens too!

 

 

7 Last Minute Decoration Ideas for Halloween

With Halloween coming up and the days getting darker, now is a good time for making decorations. Here are some great ideas we’ve found online this week:

7. Clementine Pumpkins

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No Halloween is complete without Pumpkins!

6. Pumpkin Party Cooler

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5. Googly Ping Pong Eyes

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4. Vampire Fang Holder

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3. Grape Caterpillar Kabobs 

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2. Paper Plate Ghost

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1. Handprint Spiders

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