Well it is that time of year again when all the kids return to school and our houses turn quiet and tidy again. Here at Casa Very Bored, not only is Joseph returning to school after the loooooong summer break (he doesn't go back until the 12th of September), but my little girl is also starting at the local nursery, or guardaria as it is called here.
Obviously sending my littlest out into the big wide world on her own is an ordeal for both her and me, but so far I have been very brave and haven't actually cried. Maybe because I've been through it all before with Joseph or because I realise just how ready she is for something more than I can give her each day.
With the start of nursery comes the obligatory labelling of everything Amber possesses. Usually this has been a pain in the neck of a job, but something that must be done if you don't want your kid to come back wearing someone else's underpants. I have used both sew in and iron in labels in the past, preferring the latter for ease of use, but always found that they either fell off or faded after a few washes.
When Bright Star Kids contacted me asking me if I'd like to review some of their iron-on clothing labels I immediately said yes. Having printed labels would at least reduce some of the workload and hopefully they wouldn't fade.
I was very impressed when the labels arrived, I decided to just have the word 'Amber' on mine, purely because I didn't want to use her surname in this blog and because Amber is an English name it is highly unlikely that there will be two of them at a Catalan nursery. I opted for black, but there is a range of colours and different fonts to choose from, as well as different shapes and sizes.
How easy were they to use? Well, extremely easy. All I needed was a hot, dry iron, so when I'd finished my weekly ironing mountain I tipped out any remaining water and set about ironing in the labels into her clothes and other fabric stuff needed for nursery.
Because they are a plastic based label, you need to put a layer of parchment paper over the label before you apply the iron. This was provided with the labels, but a piece of baking paper would work just as well. I held the iron on for about 5-10 seconds and job done! You will also need to take care when ironing the garments in the future that you don't come into contact with the label with bare iron.
Of course the real proof of their effectiveness would show itself once they had been washed. Would the labels fall off? Would they fade? No, not only were the labels still holding fast (those bad boys aren't going anywhere!), they hadn't faded at all.
I've only used about half the labels so far, I'm doing them as we go along so as the weather gets cooler all her cardys, jumpers and coats will be labelled, but it really has made a faff of a job a lot easier and they look really good too! I would definitely recommend them to anyone.
Bright Star Kids is a company based in Australia but they ship worldwide.