Mom Hack | Adorable Personalized Name Labels (+ a giveaway!)

This post is sponsored by Minted, but all opinions and squeals of delight are mine.

There is nothing more annoying than buying the kids something brand spanking new only to have them leave it at school or camp or on the bus. It’s even more annoying when you realize that there might have been hope in getting it back—if only you’d listened and labeled the freaking thing like you were warned to.

Sound familiar? It’s a story that unfolds over and over and over again. Will we ever learn?

Now that I’ve discovered Minted’s name and clothing labels, I just might. I’ve always loved Minted and the beautiful designs by independent artists they feature, but I had no idea they had products that are so practical. I should probably be embarrassed to admit this, but I’m much more likely to use something practical if it’s really, really cute. These personalized name labels totally pass the test.

mom hack - adorable personalized name labels for kids clothes, food containers, bottles, equipment and more

Not only are they cute and colorful, but these stick-on labels are also dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe, non-toxic and waterproof—making them absolutely perfect for anything from bottles, sippy cups, and food containers to sports equipment, shoe and stuffed animal tags, tech gadgets, school supplies and more. The ways you can use these things are infinite. I love the idea of sticking them on party favors and teachers’ gifts. Or using them to label books you lend out.  You can even add a photo to make your labels more unique (or to help out little ones who can’t read yet).

Take a peek at some of the designs you can choose from:

kids personalized name labels | ballet feet

ballet feet custom name labels

kids personalized name labels | no peanuts

no peanuts custom name labels (designs are available for other allergens as well)

kids personalized name labels | slithering snake

slithering snake personalized name labels

kids personalized name labels | from the library of

from the library of personalized bookplate

kids personalized name labels | modern periodic

modern periodic personalized labels

kids personalized name labels | flash

flash personalized clothing labels

kids personalized name labels | watermelon

watermelon personalized label for food containers

kids personalized name labels | big cat!

big cat! custom name labels

Cute right?! These labels are the perfect mom hack for keeping your kids’ things from getting lost in the shuffle. They’re even good for telling what item belongs to which kid and putting an end to the “It’s mine” “No, it’s mine!” arguments. Unless that’s just my house? I didn’t think so. 😉

Minted is offering one lucky Cuddles and Chaos reader $150 in Minted credit! Head over to their site to enter the giveaway now—and then come back and let me know what you plan to buy with your winnings! A winner will be chosen next Friday. Good luck!

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Lessons from a Decade of Motherhood

I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that ten years ago this morning I was waddling into the hospital—absolutely terrified—to be induced with my first baby. Roughly four hours later, that fear was obliterated as my screaming daughter was placed onto my chest and promptly pooped on my stomach. I was still clueless and unsure how I was going to keep such a tiny, helpless human alive. But one thing was certain: this was a love like no other.

A whole decade with this girl and the sister who came after her has taught me a lot. While it would be absolutely impossible to collect it all into words, I thought I’d share a few of the most important motherhood lessons I’ve stumbled through in the last decade.

lessons from a decade of motherhood

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Summer Adventures | Hiking at Croton Gorge Park

The Summer Adventures series focuses on affordable summer fun for families in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. It’s all about exploring our own backyard and is the perfect resource for planning a killer staycation or finding something awesome to do this weekend. Interested in more local love? Head here.

Summer Adventures | hiking at Croton Gorge Park

Last weekend I woke up and the girls were hungry for an adventure. It wasn’t too hot and it wasn’t supposed to rain until later in the day, so it seemed like the perfect day to try out a hike at Croton Gorge Park. I’ve shied away from hikes with the girls in the past because they can be divas. That’s actually an understatement. They’re just about always divas. But a post on Wee Westchester convinced me that the trails at Croton Gorge Park would be a great place to start.

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Summer Adventures | Fruit Picking at Fishkill Farms

The Summer Adventures series focuses on affordable summer fun for families in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. It’s all about exploring our own backyard and is the perfect resource for planning a killer staycation or finding something awesome to do this weekend. Interested in more local love? Head here.

Summer Adventures | fruit picking at Fishkill Farms #hudsonvalley

Last weekend my sister and I brought our (not-so-little) babies to the Strawberry Jammin’ Festival at Fishkill Farms. We’ve been huge fans of this sustainable, eco-friendly fruit and veggie farm since we went apple picking there last fall. It’s sprawling and beautiful and has a great farm store—plus they have a grill that serves up hot dogs, hamburgers, and a house Jamaican jerk chicken.

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Wellness Challenge | Drink More Water

wellness challenge: drink more water

So much of the health and fitness content I see out there in the universe focuses on the wrong things. I’m tired of continually coming across the best ways to get a bikini body or the skinny on getting skinny. Blech.

I’m sorry, but the world does not begin and end with a thigh gap.

I would much rather feel healthy and know that I’m strong than fit into a teeny tiny bikini. That’s why I’ve decided to look at my heath and wellness from a whole new perspective—and I want to bring you along for the ride!

I’ve always been a big fan of baby steps. The smallest little changes can slowly turn into habits that completely change our world. So let’s use that to benefit our health. Starting today, I’m going to run a series of monthly wellness challenges that I hope will slowly but surely help us make healthier choices.

This month’s challenge?

Drink more water.

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