21 January 2013

Are you “Back To School” ready? {DYMO Giveaway CLOSED}

GIVEAWAY CLOSED - Winner: Jennie Dimas

Next week, the majority of Australian kids go back to school. Seriously, where has the time gone? I have to admit that I’m one of those parents who enjoys the school holidays and having my children at home with me. To me, school holidays are relaxed and lazy and unstructured and fun.

But, the good times are almost over so it’s time to get organised. I’ve been out and purchased the new school uniforms, school bags, stationery, lunchboxes etc… and now it is time to personalise and label the “back to school” haul.

School items are expensive, especially school uniforms, so I like to label everything. If my child leaves a school jumper or hat behind at school, I know that items are easier to identify if labelled properly.

DYMO LT100H 2-2

I received a Dymo Label Maker to try out with both a paper and a fabric cartridge.

Dymo 2

After having a little play around with the different buttons and features, I found that it was very easy to use. I printed a few labels to stick on plastic / vinyl items (lunch boxes, school bags etc) and a few of the iron-on labels for fabric (school hats, uniforms etc).

Dymo Label Maker :

No I’m not sending my child to school with this mountain of cookies. I bought him the Angry Birds lunch box and when I opened it today, we discovered lot’s of little snack sized packs of cookies inside. Score!

My favourite feature of the Dymo Label Maker is that I can save the label. Genius! Such a simple feature but such a time saver. Both kids now have their individual labels saved and it’s just a matter of pressing the “open file” button and choosing the required label.

Dymo 3

When adding labels to my children’s things, I like to have their name in a few places. If the label rubs or peels off, the item is still identifiable as theirs, somewhere else.

Dymo 6

The iron on labels are very easy to use too.

Here I have printed the label using the special cartridge. I’ve placed the label over the inside edge of Amelia’s paint shirt, covered with some paper towel and pressed for a few seconds.

Dymo 4

I used to order packs of name labels online. But I have to admit that even if the Dymo labels aren’t as “cute” or “pretty” as some of the ones you can purchase online, this little machine is a more affordable option as it will last for years to come… and not only for school stuff.

I can see myself using it to add labels to jars and bottles in the pantry, tubs in the sewing studio… the possibilities are endless.

With thanks to Dymo, I have a label maker to giveaway to a lucky Samelia’s Mum reader.

For you chance to win, please enter any or all of the options via the Rafflecopter or alternately, leave a comment telling me:

Other than the kids school things, what else would you label?

1. Open to Australian residents only.
2. Giveaway will close on 27 January 2013.
3. The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered upon.
Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner/s.
5. Winner/s will be announced on the
Samelia's Mum Facebook page and/or contacted by email.

Does someone looks ready for school? She is super excited to start kindergarten next week. Amelia is wearing her new paint smock. Super super cute and no doubt it won’t stay this clean for very long.
Ready for School
Disclaimer: No payment was received for this post. I received a Dymo Label Maker to trial. Images are my own with the exception of the Dymo Stock Image.


  1. Amelia is too cute. I haven't started back to school preparations. I hope the energy fairies are on deck tomorrow. I should probably get busy.

  2. My mum gave me my old paint shirt (I started school in 1983). She had kept it because she thought that it was a work of art in itself - while I couldn't believe she kept it, I am tempted to turn it into the centre piece of a t-shirt quilt for when we go camping.
    Have the best time at school Amelia, I am sure you will love it.

    1. That is a fantastic idea. Mum's have a habit of being sentimental and keeping so many things.
      I'm sure Amelia will love it... I'll probably be the one in tears on her first day.

  3. Your daughter is gorgeous! Love those curls. I have wanted one of these forever.

  4. love this paint smock - so cute ;-) I am in the process of sorting my sewing & craft rooms, so I would label just about every storage container I have ;-)

  5. I label all of my craft and sewing tools before I go on Creative Craft Retreat each year - I really don't need to be replacing the tools I use all the time!

  6. I would definitely go nuts with it in my new pantry! Could definitely see myself putting this to good use not only for my 3 boys, but also myself. Bahaha, I'll be the crazy lady labelling everything in sight :p

  7. I'd definitely use the label maker to make my sewing room more finder friendly!

  8. I think I would label everything in sight.

  9. Thanks for your blog and cute photo. I didn't know you could buy fabric labels! Wow! I would label my sheets and linen cupboard. I am always mixing up my different sized white sheets which drives me crazy when trying to make the beds or put clean linen away.

  10. Gorgeous picture!! I love this giveaway. I'd label everything I could. :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway for us!

  11. I am sure if i win this giveaway then my home will be very organised as i will label all the pantry items, kids toy room,home office files and even my clothes drawers.

  12. Socks I swear my washing machine eats them I am forever buying more

  13. I'd label all the boxes of bits and pieces my husband has in the garage because he can never find anything so goes and buys more of what he can't find!