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Get Creative this Autumn

While summer may have meant hours spent outdoors, rainy autumn days inside can still be made fun with arts and craft projects to enjoy with your kids. Arts and crafts are great for learners of all ages from toddlers sticking, glueing and painting (not just the paper!) to older children who will relish the time spent creating a jewellery box or paper truck. Here are a few of our favourites.

Recycled Boxes 

Recycle an old cereal box or any cardboard box you have handy and your kids will have hours of fun making a house or whatever takes their imagination. younger children will love to cut out the windows with help from an adult, glue and stick as well as decorate with paint and glitter. Older children will love to spend time making furniture to go in the house. My children regularly make houses for their dolls or figurines out of shoe boxes. For inspiration visit GB Education

Kindergarten Arts & Crafts Activities: Make a Cereal Box House

Box of Craft goodies!

If you’re in need of inspiration, visit your local toy shop and find a box of goodies to get creative with. This works well if you’ve got children of different ages so they can all do their ‘own project’. Maybe it’s making thank you cards for a recent birthday or even producing some Christmas cards ready for December? We love this Giant Box of Craft which is great value at just £5 or find something similar to get you started.

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Invest in an Easel

All children love an easel. Invest in one which also doubles up as a chalkboard and a magnetic whiteboard they’ll have hours of fun. Don’t forget to buy lots of paper and paint for your little budding artists. We love this Height Adjustable Easel from traditional toy maker Janod.

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Colouring In

You can’t beat a good session of colouring in to keep kids amused and creative. Besides making great pencils and paints we think Crayola has a great kids section on its website with lots of downloadable colouring in projects. Perfect for rainy days or travelling. Find your free colouring pages at Crayola.

 

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Fill a Jar

We love the idea of recycling old glass jars and making a cool ornament to decorate your kitchen or kids bedrooms. Simply take a jar and turn it into your own little fantasy or dream world. Add in the sand, salt, pebbles, glitter or even moss in the base and decorate with small figures, animals, feathers or anything which takes your fancy.

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Your Back to School Checklist

We can hardly believe that the summer holidays are almost over and it’s nearly time to go back to school and nursery! Whether you have a toddler, a 10-year-old or a teenager, the first school day of the year is always special. A new class or perhaps maybe a new school and also plenty of new adventures that lie ahead.

We’ve put together a handy checklist to help you get ready for the big day. It’s not just for kids but parents too, so pay attention!

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A good bag is a must whether your little one is heading off to nursery or primary school. Your child’s school may have their own book bag but if not choose something bright and colourful to help your child recognise which one is theirs. These Toddlepak Backpacks are perfect for little ones. Older kids will need a rucksack too; just make sure it’s big and strong enough to carry all those books. And don’t forget to label it up with nametags!

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Whether it’s warm or cold, it’s really important that your little ones stay hydrated. This will help them with both their memory and concentration. Invest in a re-usable water bottle and you’ll help save on plastic. Don’t forget to label it too! We love these Drinks Bottles from Trunki.

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Get stocked up on snacks and lunch box ingredients.  The healthier the better. Try bananas, fruit or rice cakes and vegetables. Or a piece of cheese will keep hunger at bay. Make snacks and lunchboxes fun. Write a message on their banana to make them smile or cut sandwiches into star or dinosaur shapes with a cutter. Don’t forget to label your child’s snack or lunch box too…

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What an amazing summer 2018 has been but be prepared for an autumn chill in September. Have jumpers, raincoats and umbrellas at the ready. We think labelling your umbrella would be a genius idea, given how easy they are to lose…

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A fun pencil case is another way of brightening up the school day. The contents obviously depend on their age, but pencils, glue, crayons and an eraser are always a good idea. Be sure to label everything, as all of these items have a habit of going missing!

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Most children can’t wait to get to school on the first day of term, which is good. School should be fun! But by the end of September, the novelty may start wearing off. Make the journey to school a fun part of the day by investing in a new set of wheels. Maybe they can try scooting, cycling or rollerblading to school?

 

Win the Ultimate Back to School Pack from Trunki!

We’ve teamed up once again with our friends at Trunki to put together the ultimate Back to School pack! One lucky winner shall receive a Trunki Toddlepak Backpack and a complete set from their Eat Range. This includes a Drinks Bottle, Snack Pots set and Lunchbag Backpack. You can explore their full range here.

 

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply send an email titled ‘My Nametags Trunki Competition’ to marketing@mynametags.com – full T&Cs below.

 

Terms & Conditions: 

  • UK entries only.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 19/09/2018.
  • Winners will be notified either by email or social media within a week of the closing date.
  • The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
  • There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability of the intended prizes.
  • The entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.
  • Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.
  • Data is being held under the terms of our privacy policy and our terms and conditions– please click links for more information.
  • Entry into the competition authorises Trunki and My Nametags to contact you, and publish your name via social media should you be the winner.

Little Miss Inventor and STEM toys

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Is your little girl or boy full of ideas and inventions? If the answer is yes then they will love our brand new Little Miss Inventor design based on the 36th ‘Little Miss’ character in the popular children’s book series.  She is a female engineer who creates extraordinary inventions in a shed at the bottom of her garden who we think sends a great message to young children. We’re pretty sure that Little Miss Inventor would thoroughly approve of the recent trend in STEM toys.

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths. STEM is important because it touches every part of our lives in the science that is all around us. STEM toys have become a bit of a trend over recent years, as more and more parents see the value of cool toys that encourage a love of all things science and tech.

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There are some great STEM games and kits out there which encourage kids to learn while having fun. One of our favourites is learning about simple electrical circuits with dough, which our little tester absolutely loved. We think this DIY Electro Dough kit by Tech Will Save Us from Pimoroni and all good toy shops looks great and is suitable from age 4+.

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My Nametags Partner With Allergy UK

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Allergy UK to celebrate the launch of our new range of allergy labels.

 

Allergy UK is the leading national patient charity for people who live with allergic disease. Their mission is to improve the lives of people living with allergic disease, providing a wide range of information, including free Factsheets, on all kinds of allergy. They have a Helpline for advice and support and work with Healthcare professionals to improve education and awareness around allergic disease.

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Amena Warner , Head of Clinical Services at Allergy UK commented, “We are delighted that My Nametags is supporting our Back to School campaign.  For families with children living with allergy this can be an anxious time as they face the prospect of new schools, new classrooms and new teachers.  Our campaign is designed to provide some help and support for pupils, parents and teachers, to address some questions and to provide information that will help to make going back to school, or starting a new school, less daunting.”

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Our range of allergy label designs can be customised with your child’s name and applied to bags, lunch boxes, water bottles, milk bottles or anywhere else you feel they may be effective. Find out more about the designs and allergens below. You can design your set of allergy labels here. Just scroll to the end of the design carousel to find them.

 

Dairy                                                           Eggs

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Wheat/Gluten                                           Nuts

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Seafood                                                      Shellfish 

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Sulphates (SO²)                                    Celery

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Soya                                                          Lupin

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Dander (fur)                                          Pollen

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Gardening with kids – Win a Trip to Hello Kitty’s Secret Garden!

Spending time outdoors with the kids is good for everyone and if you can get them to help with the garden or plant up some pots even better. If you get them interested in gardening then who knows, you might have a little helper or indeed a gardening fan for life!

Here are some top tips to get you inspired. All you’ll need is a pot or two, some earth, seeds and water.

We’re also delighted to be offering one family the chance to win a trip to Drusillas Park to see the Hello Kitty Secret Garden and much more!

Capture their interest

Plant brightly-coloured flowers, scented plants, tactile leaves and tasty, quick-growing, edible plants to keep children interested. There’s nothing better than sowing some cress and see it appear with in days. The RHS has some great ideas for plants to grow with children:

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  • Easy flowers  – grow sunflowers, marigolds and poppies.
  • Sensory plants to play with include rattling poppy seed heads, furry stachys byzantina and herbs such as thyme, basil and rosemary.
  • Edible Plants – try growing cherry tomatoes, lettuce, runner beans and courgettes as there’s nothing better than eating your own five-a-day!

Make a Bee Hotel!

Bee numbers are falling, so by giving them a home you’ll be encouraging nature into your garden and helping bee populations. You don’t have to make a big hotel. You can make one easily using a terracotta plant pot (9 – 15cm in size), some modelling clay, plastic straws or bamboo canes and string. Here’s how.

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  1. Cut the straws or bamboo canes to a length that fits the depth of your pot. If you are using bamboo canes you will need a grown up to carry out this part as it’s tricky.
  2. Tie the bundle of straws or canes together with a piece of string.
  3. Place some modelling clay in the bottom of the pot and stick the bundle of straws or canes into the clay.
  4. Place the pot horizontally in your garden in a quiet place for the bees to move in.

For more gardening inspiration visit RHS

 

Win a Trip to the Magical Hello Kitty Secret Garden!

 

We have teamed up with Drusillas Park to offer one lucky family the chance to add some picture-perfect moments to their 2018 scrapbook this summer with a trip to Drusillas. The award-winning zoo in East Sussex is home to the first Hello Kitty attraction in Europe! The winner will have the chance to explore the magical Hello Kitty Secret Garden and discover the exciting rides hidden within the garden gates…

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Plus there’ll be a chance to experience all the usual animal magic, heaps of adventure play, the Get Wet! splash pad, amazing rides and more. To see what else is on offer, visit: www.drusillas.co.uk

 

Drusillas is bursting with a host of popular children’s characters! Come and meet Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, PJ Masks and more! For more information, visit: www.drusillas.co.uk/events

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To be in with a chance of winning, just send an email titled ‘My Nametags Drusillas Competition’ to marketing@mynametags.com – full T&Cs below.

 

Terms and conditions:

  • Ticket only valid at Drusillas Park until the date printed on the ticket. This is subject to change
  • Ticket only valid with an authorised signature
  • Ticket is not for resale on eBay, in the FridayAd, or elsewhere
  • Ticket valid for a group of up to four people (adult, child, senior), visiting together and on the same day
  • Ticket cannot be exchanged in part. In the event that less than 4 people visit, no further tickets will be issued
  • Photocopies will not be accepted
  • There is no cash alternative
  • The winner shall be drawn at random by My Nametags.
  • Entrants must be residents of the United Kingdom.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 07/08/2018.
  • Winners will be notified within a week of the closing date.
  • The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.

Science Experiments for Kids

Children are naturally curious and without exception all children love learning about science as it means learning all about the world around them. Science surrounds us; in nature (learning about how plants grow), baking cakes (where plenty of chemical reactions occur) or making a model volcano (chemistry and geography). Learning about our bodies helps with understanding the world of biology.

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Conducting some simple science experiments at home will help develop your child’s inquisitive mind. Plus they’ll learn how to use equipment such as magnifying glasses, microscopes, magnets, scales, sieves etc safely and correctly. They can also observe changes like melting an ice cube, frying an egg or growing cress. Predicting is another skill set that science experiments require; what do they think will happen? Maybe most importantly, planning skills are essential. Which steps should be followed before carrying out the experiment?

With a little imagination, you can carry out some experiments at home too. The internet is a great resource for finding out how to do some great but simple experiments at home with your kids. Our favourite kitchen experiment is to make a volcano. Here’s how:

 

You will need:

  • One small plastic bottle
  • Brown modelling clay
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • White vinegar
  • One plastic container
  • Washing up liquid
  • Red food colouring

1. Take the plastic bottle and mould the modelling clay to make a volcano cone shape around it.

2. Place your volcano onto a tray. Squirt into the bottle about 2 tablespoons of washing up, 1 tablespoon of red food colouring and 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda.

3. Lastly, pour in the vinegar and watch your volcano erupt! To do it again, wash out your volcano and start again at step 1.

Alternatively, you could buy a science kit to help you discover all about rainbows or how to make slime! We love these ones from GALT.

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GALT Toys Competition

We have teamed up with Galt Toys to offer one of their fantastic new science kits to seven lucky entrants. Galt products are designed to be fun and to encourage learning through play.  To be in with a chance of winning just send an email titled ‘Galt Toys Science Competiton’ to marketing@mynametags.com before 17th May 2018. Full T&Cs below.

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Galt Toys Forces Lab, Physics Science Kit for Children

Terms & Conditions: 

  • UK entries only.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 17/05/2018.
  • Winners will be notified either by email or social media within a week of the closing date.
  • The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
  • There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability of the intended prizes.
  • The entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.
  • Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.
  • Data is being held under the terms of our privacy policy and our company terms and conditions – please click links for more information.
  • Entry into the competition authorises Galt Toys and My Nametags to contact you, and publish your name via social media should you be the winner.
  • My Nametags: The winner shall be contacted by My Nametags to receive their address which will then be passed on to Galt Toys to send the prizes.

 

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Meet Our Mythical Creatures – Win a Set!

We’ve been working hard at My Nametags HQ to bring you some new mythical designs – mermaids and unicorns! We hope that you like them as much as we do.

To celebrate we are giving away two free sets of My Nametags stickers to two lucky readers. Find out how to enter below!

MERMAID FACTS

A mermaid is half human half female with a human head and the tail of a fish. Did you know that mermaids appear in folklore of many cultures worldwide? Mermaids are sometimes linked with floods, storms and shipwrecks. Most children will know Disney’s famous mermaid, Princess Ariel. Did you know that Ariel is based on the title character of famous children’s author Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’? And that the colour of a mermaid’s tail shows her mood? Now you can have your very own mermaid nametags and customise them with your child’s name, favourite colour and background.

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UNICORN FACTS

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Unicorns are legendary creatures that we have been fascinated with over the centuries as far back as the ancient Greeks. In European folklore the unicorn is often described as a white horse or goat like animal with a long horn and hooves.  But in fact, unicorns can be any color, from jet-black and brown to dazzling gold, brilliant red or pure white. A unicorn’s horn is said to have magical powers such as healing sickness and turning poisoned water into pure drinking water. Unicorns have featured in many books and films such as The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Stardust and Harry Potter to name a few. Which background will you give your unicorn? Countryside, seaside or lots of different magical colours?

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Competition Time!

To celebrate the launch of these designs we are giving away to sets of nametags featuring these new designs. To win a copy just send an email titled ‘Mythical Nametags UK’ to marketing@mynametags.com before 20th May 2018. Full T&Cs below.

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • The two winners shall be drawn at random by My Nametags.
  • UK entries only.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 20/05/2018.
  • Winners will be notified either by email within a week of the closing date.
  • The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
  • There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part. We reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event of unavailability of the intended prizes.
  • The entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.
  • Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.
  • Data is being held under the terms of our privacy policy and our company terms and conditions – please click links for more information.
  • Entry into the competition authorises My Nametags to contact you, and publish your name on our blog should you be the winner.
  • The winner will receive one set of My Nametags colour sticker labels and must include one of the designs highlighted in the blog above.

Be a Tasty Cook – Win a Recipe Book!

Image of Tasty cook bookWe are so excited to share a couple of recipes from brand new official cookbook from Buzzfeed’s  popular global food channel TASTY and PROPER TASTY, which shares the best and most loved recipes of 2017, as voted by the public. There are over 80 mouth-watering recipes with staying power and we’ve got one copy to give away!

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started extracted from Tasty: Latest and Greatest (Ebury Press, £14.99), photography by Lauren Volo.

To win a copy just send an email titled ‘Tasty Competition UK’ to marketing@mynametags.com before 1st Feburary 2018. Full T&Cs below. Check out more of the mouthwatering cooking videos @buzzfeedtasty, @buzzfeedpropertasty PLEASE NOTE – THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED.

 

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

(Makes 8 sandwiches)

With a healthy dose of cayenne in both the marinade and the flour dredge, this sandwich packs the heat along with the crunch. Just the juicy chicken fillet, piled onto a lettuce and tomato-lined bun would have been enough to amaze, but the dilly, lemony yogurt sauce puts this one over the top.
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BUTTERMILK  MARINADE
475ml/2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
DILL  DRESSING
350ml/1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons dill, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
20g/¼ cup  grated
Parmesan cheese
 SEASONED  FLOUR
250g/2 cups plain
(all-purpose) flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1½ teaspoons cayenne
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Peanut or vegetable oil,
for frying
 TO  SERVE
Softened butter  for buns
8 brioche burger buns
Butter lettuce
2 tomatoes, sliced
METHOD
1  In a medium bowl, combine all the buttermilk marinade ingredients.  Toss in the chicken thighs to coat. Marinate for at least 1 hour in the fridge, or overnight.
2  In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dill dressing. Cover and let sit for at least 1 hour in the fridge to chill.
3  In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients for the seasoned flour. Dip the marinated chicken in the flour mixture until the chicken is completely covered.
4  Heat the oil to 180°C  (350°F) in a deep pot. Do not fill more than half full with oil. Carefully fry the chicken for 7 minutes, or until cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 75°C (165°F), and the chicken should be golden brown and crispy. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate or wire rack.
5  Heat a large frying pan or skillet. Butter the cut sides of the burger buns, then toast on the hot pan until browned and crisp. Build the sandwiches with the toasted buns, lettuce, fried chicken, tomato slices and dill dressing.

Giant Cinnamon Roll
(Serves 12)

 If you’ve never made a breakfast pastry, this would be a great first one to try. Because if a regular cinnamon roll is awesome, this one is the absolute best!
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DOUGH
115g/½ cup unsalted butter, melted, plus  extra for greasing the  pan
475ml/2 cups whole milk,
warm to the  touch
100g/½ cup sugar
1 pack fast-action dried
(active dry) yeast
625g/5 cups plain
(all-purpose) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
FILLING
175g/¾ cup soft butter
150g/¾ cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
FROSTING
115g/4oz soft cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
140g/1 cup icing
(powdered)  sugar
METHOD
1  Generously butter  a 25.5cm (10in) cast-iron frying pan, skillet, or cake tin (pan).
2  In a large bowl, whisk together the warm milk, melted butter,  and granulated sugar. The mixture should be
just warm, registering  between 40°C (100 and 110°F). If hotter than that, allow to cool slightly before proceeding. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and let sit for 1 minute. Add  520g/4 cups  of the flour to the milk
mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
3  After 1 hour, the dough should have nearly doubled  in size. Remove the towel and add an additional  100g/
¾ cup  of flour, the baking powder, and  salt. Stir well, then turn  out  onto a well-floured surface. Knead the dough lightly, adding additional flour as necessary, until the dough just loses its stickiness and does not stick to
the surface. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about 1cm (½in) thick. Fix corners to make sure they are sharp and even.
4  In a small bowl, combine the filling ingredients and stir to combine. Spread the filling mixture evenly over the rolled-out dough, spreading right to the edges. Using a pizza cutter, make 3 horizontal cuts to divide the dough into 4 long, evenly sized strips. Starting from the bottom, roll the first strip  up right  to left. Take the first roll and place it back on top of the next strip, starting again on the right side and rolling up right to left, building  on the first. Continue with the remaining strips until you have a giant cinnamon roll.
5  Place the giant cinnamon roll in the prepared pan or cake tin (pan) and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot and leave to rise for 30 minutes. The cinnamon roll should expand to the edges of the pan during this time.
6  Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F/gas 3).
7  Uncover the cinnamon roll and bake for 45 minutes. Cover the roll with foil to prevent the outside from burning, and bake for an additional  35 minutes.
8  While the cinnamon roll is baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, butter, milk, vanilla, and icing (powdered) sugar until smooth.
9  Remove the cinnamon roll from the oven and let cool in the pan for at least 20 minutes. Once cool, remove from the
pan and drizzle the frosting over the roll before serving.
Competition T&Cs:
– The winner shall be chosen at random on 2nd February 2018.
– The winner shall be chosen at random.
– My Nametags will contact the winner no more than 30 days after the competition closing date.
– The prize is one copy of Tasty: Latest and Greatest.

Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2018

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January is the time of New Year resolutions and new beginnings. Hence, it is the perfect time to start a new fitness regime or reignite an old one. We thought you’d like to read all about the hottest fitness trends for 2018 as surveyed by The American College of Sports Medicine.

(Don’t forget to label all your kit from trainers and yoga mats to water bottles and skipping ropes with our extremely versatile stickers which will stick on virtually anything). If you need to order some iron-on or stick-on nametags then you can design and order your own set here.

 

 

 

1. HIIT image of weights

High-intensity interval training has remained at the top of the pile as it is uber popular in gyms all over the world. HIIT usually involves short bursts such as 40 seconds of high-intensity exercise such as running on the spot followed by a short period of rest such as 10 seconds. Most HITT classes are 30-45 minutes or less. It’s very easy to do-it-yourself at home too using an app which times you.

2. GROUPS 

No matter what your fitness level, if you’re in need of extra motivation group training is the one to go for. Take your pick from aerobics and spinning to even dance classes. Group classes have been around for a long time but it was only in 2017 that group exercise training made the top 20.

3. WEARABLES

Coming in at number 3, wearable technology includes a whole host of items such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors GPS tracking devices, and smart eyeglasses (designed to show maps and track activity) that were introduced only a few years ago. Wear one of these devices and take your fitness up a notch! – Misfit, Apple iWatch, Garmin, EFOSMH, Pebble Time, Juboury, Samsung, Basis, Jawbone, and Fitbit. Take your pick!

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4. BODY WEIGHT

Body weight training appeared for the first time in the survey in 2013 and was in number 2 position for 2017. Although body weight or resistance training has been around for centuries, health clubs and gyms have made it popular around the world. It’s a very inexpensive way to exercise as most programs require minimal equipment.

5. STRENGTH

Strength training continues to be extremely popular in all areas of the health and fitness industry. Weight training has become more widely used than ever with men and women both young and old using them to improve or maintain strength.

6. EDUCATED, CERTIFIED & EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS

As more and more health and fitness professionals become certified it is easier to find someone who can help you get fit. Do your research and choose the person with the right training.

7. YOGA

Yoga has edged up the rankings to 7 from 8 in 2017. There are so many different types to choose from – Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram Yoga to name a few. The sustained popularity of yoga seems to be that it reinvents and refreshes itself every year making it an attractive form of exercise, says the ACSM. MNT - resistance

8. PERSONAL TRAINERS

More and more students are studying kinesiology suggesting that they’re preparing to move into the world of personal training. If you’re the type of person that needs motivating then one-to-one coaching is the one for you.

9. FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR OLDER ADULTS

With the baby boomers retiring there is a growing market of older adults who are retiring healthier than other generations. Health professionals are creating age-appropriate classes to keep older adults healthy and active.

10. FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

Fitness programs designed to complement your everyday life is important. It’s not just about looking good in your clothes, it’s functional – can you run after that child if they’re heading towards the road. Functional fitness trains your muscles to improve all aspects of everyday living including core strength, stability and balance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our New Sport Icons

We had to let you know that we’ve got seven new sports icons for you! You can decorate your trainers, boot bags and even footballs and make sure they don’t get lost! Take your pick from general sports sportsman or sportswoman icons to ballet shoes, ice-skating or even fencing!

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We think your little ones will love these sporty icons. Pick either a boy or girl running with a ball, choose a typeface, colour and background and you are ready to go!

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Ice-skaters, whether it’s a regular thing or just occasionally will love the new My Nametags ice-skating boot icon. Our stickers will truly stick on anything from your boots to socks and jumpers.

image of a karate jacket

Maybe martial arts is your thing? Karate, Taekwondo or Judo. We think this martial arts uniform with a black belt will do the trick.

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We’ve added these gorgeous ballet shoes which we think will any fans of dance will love. Use them to stick inside your ballet shoes, on your ballet bag or even on the care label on your leotard.

badminton iconBadminton, as we know it today, was first played in the mid-19th century and it was first played at the Olympics in 1992. Don’t forget to label your racket, water bottle and shuttlecocks!

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Or perhaps fencing is your thing? Did you know that the sword is actually called a ‘foil’? And that fencing has been played at every Olympic Games since 1896?