Long before Mabel's Labels asked me to review their products, I've been a fan. Labels of any kind fit right in with my *cough* "obsessive labeling disorder" (I'm sure that must be a real disorder!) Unfortunately, the labels made by my trusty Dymo just don't stand up too well to wear and tear, especially the labels I put on my kids' sippy cups, snack jars, and school supplies. And I can't use them at all on clothing (essential for keeping track of their spare clothes and their coats in day care and school). That's where Mabel's Labels saved the day.
Their first category of labels is the "Famous Sticky Labels": "Mabel’s sticky labels are famous the world over! They withstand the dishwasher, microwave, UV Rays and hard wearing children. Customers tell us tales of four-year-old labels still holding strong! Classic Stickies and Skinny-Minis™ are perfect for toys, containers, cups, bottles and more. Our Shoe Labels will amaze you! Our Bag Tags are incredibly durable and stylish on backpacks, luggage and zipper pulls. Allergy Alerts ensure that anyone who comes in contact with your child knows to take extra care."
Let me tell you, these are not exaggerated claims. I've had the same labels on my kids sippy cups for over a year and they look exactly the same. And the Allergy Alerts are God-sends as I put them all over everything my son carries to school. With school almost over, they are still good as new. There are five sticker types in the category (click on the links to see more):
classic stickies, skinny-minis, allergy alerts, shoe labels, bag tags
I was sent sample Shoe Labels for both of my kids and I immediately put these in their shoes. I've washed their shoes, they've worn them in mud, mulch and sweat and the labels have not budged.
"Shoe Labels measure 1.5" in diameter and come in packs of 24. Each name order is printed in white text on your choice of red, lilac or ocean blue labels. They fit nicely into the insole of the shoe and are shipped with protective overlays to ensure durability. Daycare workers and teachers love these labels. At the end of the day, all those little shoes look exactly the same! The name can be whatever you would like to a maximum of 20 characters. Names are printed exactly as you type them."
Next up - Clothing Labels: "The way they grow, children go through hundreds of items of clothing in a few years. Protect that investment with our clothing labels. They resist the wear and tear of laundry and children beautifully! The Iron-ons are the classic choice for clothing labels. The Tag-Mates™ (stick-in clothing labels) are ideal for quick labeling – no iron necessary! And nothing withstands the heat of feet – except our Shoe Labels. Our Bag Tags are incredibly durable and stylish on backpacks, luggage or zipper pulls. iron-ons, tag-mates, shoe labels, bag tags"
I was sent tag-mates for my son and my daughter and I stuck them right on some of their clothes, on the tags. And washed them. Over and over. Those labels have not moved or faded or changed in anyway. It's amazing!
"Tag-Mates™ measure 13/16" x 3/8" (21mm x 10mm) and come in packs of 75 for $21.00. Each name order is printed in your choice of blue or raspberry text on white labels. These are a super-convenient way to label clothes, stuffed pets and just about anything with a tag! These no-sew, no-iron, stick-on labels are applied to the care-tag labels and withstand washing, drying and wear and tear! The name can be whatever you would like to a maximum of 15 characters. Names are printed exactly as you type them."
Category 3: Combo Packs: "Mabel’s Combos have been developed based on customer feedback and are designed to save you some money when you have many labeling needs. The Big Combo includes all the labels you need to really protect your investments. The Camp/School Pack is everything you need to get ready for summer camp or school! big combo, camp/school pack "
Category 4: Household Labels: "Mabel’s Household Labels will keep you as organized as your kids! The Neat Freak Combo is a huge selection of labels for storage, sundries and spices (bin, canister and spice labels). The Crafter Pack will help you store the scissors, brushes, paints and punches you have amassed. Cord Control Labels will give you just that: control over the mess of chargers and cords in your house. The Curbside Labels will help your neighbors return your bins that have rolled down the street!Our Household Labels are all based on customer feedback; we know you’ll love them! neat freak combo, classroom pack, crafter pack , cord control, curbsides, canister and spice labels, bin labels "
Finally, Stationery Products: "We have a warm-spot in our hearts for lost art of letter writing, and it seems many of our customers do too! Thanks to overwhelming demand, we are pleased to introduce Stationery Products. You may choose from the basics: Return Address Labels or a complete Kit! return address labels , write on stationery kit "
All Mabel’s Labels purchases are backed by a satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with any part of your order, return it to us for a full exchange or refund.
Bonus - something fun and useful on their site? A printable Summer Packing List for camp!
Try Mabel's Labels for yourself and discover how they beat all other labels, hands down! I give them 5 out of 5 binkies!
**Win it! I have a gift certificate for a Camp/Student Pack to give away to one lucky winner, worth $34.00 (courtesy of Mabel's Labels)! The pack consists of 15 Sticky Labels, 40 Iron-Ons or 50 Tag-Mates™ (your choice), eight Shoe Labels and two Bag Tags. This pack is perfect for summer camp or school. You may choose between the Standard Pack of red, green and blue labels, the Princess Pack™ in pink, lilac and raspberry, or the Ocean Colours of teal, purple and ocean blue! Iron-Ons are always printed blue on white. The name can be whatever you would like to a maximum of 20 characters. To win, just leave a comment telling me your favorite Summer Camp memory. If you didn't go to summer camp when you were a kid, just tell me your favorite summer time fun memory. LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH YOUR COMMENT OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED - I have to be able to contact you if you win. Giveaway ends midnight, EST, Friday, June 6, 2008. Good Luck!**