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.

We’re on the Move Again – Plus, Win a Set of our New Smiley Face Designs!

We’re excited to let you know that have moved into new larger offices, which are three times’ the size of our old one. More space means a bigger team and more printers, which for our customers means orders arriving quicker!

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My Nametags has grown considerably since it was started by a husband and wife team in a spare bedroom 14 years ago. Our previous office was 1,650 square foot, whilst our new home is 4,990 square foot! But despite the growth of the company the very first two My Nametags employs are still with the company. We like to think that means My Nametags is a good place to work!

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To make sure our labels remain the best on the market we regularly test them to check for durability etc. and we now have a dedicated area for this with a specialised ventilation system, which will allow us to make them even better in the future.

If you need more labels visit the My Nametags website to order sticker or iron-on labels in colour or black and white and we’ll get them to you super quick.

 

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We have also been busy designing some cute new ‘smiley’ designs. We think they are really great and we hope you do too. Choose a design to reflect your little one’s mood or personality. Are they smiley or cheeky? Are they a cool dude or chick with sunglasses or do they just like to giggle?  There’s something for everyone. You can use our stickers on anything from clothing labels to water bottles, bags and shoes. Here are some of our favourites in the new range.

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If your little one is a happy soul who loves to smile then the all-time favourite icon ‘The Smiley’ is the one for you! It means you feel on top of the world!

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Be the ‘cool’ one with our ‘smiley’ wearing a big pair of black shades. We think these will be a big hit for the summer – just perfect for naming sunglasses, flip flops and all that beach stuff.

Angel UK

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If your little one is an absolute angel then why not label all their stuff with our adorable angel smiley. Don’t forget our stickers will stick on anything from changing bag, milk bottles, shoes and hats.

Wink UK

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This one is for the cheeky ones out there… This little wink will show off their fun, naughty side. Stick it on your bag, phone, trainers or laptop to show everyone that they’re yours.

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If your children love to make people laugh then our silly face icon is for them! Play the clown and label all their toys. They’ll never lose a thing again.

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We think our Love Eyes smiley is super cute and would look good on anything, especially the things kids love most. Favourite teddy, t-shirt or pencil case, perhaps? Our tags will stick on virtually anything.

Win a Set!

To celebrate the arrival of these new smiley faces, we are giving a set away!  All you have to do is send an email titled ‘My Nametags Smileys Competition UK ’ to marketing@mynametags.com – full T&Cs below.

Terms & Conditions

  • The two winners 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 14/08/2018.
  • 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.

Looking Good on the Beach

Whether you’re soaking up the rays further afield or sampling the beaches at home, it’s time to update your beach wardrobe. We’ve done the hard work and found the key items from the best flip flops to beach bags and bikinis. Happy shopping!

The Beachbag & Hat

First things first, a chic beach bag is a must for any visit to the seaside. If you’ve got the kids with you then the larger the better for popping in your beach essentials. With the natural texture trend (think raffia, bamboo and straw) still going strong we know this straw bag (£34.99) and hat (£6.99) from H&M are bang on trend.

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The Bikini

Stay cool in this pale blue bikini by beachwear guru Melissa Odabash. Embellished piqué bandeau bikini £74 theoutnet.com

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The Swimsuit

Every woman needs a flattering black swimsuit and we think this one with a trim of white is classic with a twist. Marysia Tuscany Rickrack Trimmed Halterneck Swimsuit £295 net-a-porter.com

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The Kaftan

A trip to the beach wouldn’t be complete without a beach cover up for when you want to take time out from the sun or get dressed for lunch. This pretty boho-styled white kaftan by London-based designer Matthew Williamson is perfect. Embellished Bell Sleeve Kaftan £42 asos.com

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The Flip Flops

Summer isn’t summer without a pair of Havianas. The Belize Flip Flops are brand new and for the first time ever, there is no separation between the toes just a horizontal strap. Available in many different colours but we love these Havaianas You Belize in Pollen Yellow £38  havaianas-store.com

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The Beach Dress

This dress will take you from beach to bar with the minimum of fuss. Stay cool in this flowing, crossover V-neck dress with short sleeves. Wraps in the front like a sarong and ties with a bow to one side. Printed Crossover Dress £19.99 zara.com

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The Shades

Sun and sunglasses go hand-in-hand. We think these super cool shades will look great with any outfit and are a great price too. Tortoiseshell Sunglasses £17.99 in chocolate with UV protection mango.com
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A NAME FOR SUCCESS – OUR LATEST RESEARCH REVEALS THE IMPORTANCE OF A NAME

Names are at the heart of what we do so we were curious to find out more about the link between our names and our chances of success when we launched our latest piece of research.

 

Using existing data from trade bodies, university databases and court records among others, we investigated whether our names really can have an impact on how successful we are in life and the paths we choose to take. The results are fascinating!

 

WHAT ARE THE KEY FINDINGS?

 

  • ‘Davids’ command the highest salaries in UK jobs
  • Women called Rebecca have the most academic success
  • For men, it’s ‘James’ and ‘Thomas’ who are found most frequently at Oxford and Cambridge universities
  • People named William often see success in creative industries
  • There are more doctors, lawyers and journalists called Sarah than any other female name
  • John is the most common name amongst criminals

INFOGRAPHIC SHORT

The top name amongst Members of Parliament, lawyers, and Millionaires, is David. It is also the most common name amongst Met Police officers.

It seems academic success favours women called Rebecca, as this name is the most common at both Oxford and Cambridge universities. ‘Anna’ and ‘Emma’ also feature very regularly in current university intakes suggesting women with names ending in ‘a’ are likely to head down the academic route. The most common male names at top universities are James and Thomas, but ‘Matthews’ are more likely to graduate from Cambridge and Alexanders from Oxford.

From a business perspective, ‘Steves’ and ‘Peters’ seem to do very well – these are the top names for FTSE 100 company CEOs. For female FTSE 100 CEOs there are more ‘Alisons’ listed than any other woman’s name. Mary is a female name linked to success too; this name appears frequently in the Sunday Times Rich List and tops the charts of published authors.

Unfortunately, Richards appear to do less well; this is the most common name for individuals who filed for bankruptcy in the first three months of 2018.

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WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?

 

With such interesting trends across different names, we were intrigued as to the conclusions that could be drawn from these findings. Leading Clinical Psychologist, Linda Blair, shed some light on the subject.

 

“Parents are often convinced that the names they choose for their children reflect only their own personal preferences and family history, without any regard to those around them. In truth, however, we’re all heavily influenced by the people we see around us, particularly those in prominent positions. Without realising it, we come to like certain names because we admire the achievements of the individuals who have those names – achievements and abilities we may then encourage in our own children.

“And it doesn’t stop there. A recent study [2017] by Yonat Zwebner and colleagues at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, carried out using both Israeli and French participants, suggests that we may also – again, without being aware of doing so – copy the appearance of others who share our name.

“Clinically speaking, it is my impression that we can also be influenced by the behaviour of others who have the same name as us. If this is the case, and I suspect it is, our name certainly can have an impact on our chances of success in life.”

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WHAT ELSE DID WE FIND?

Following on from the creativity of Marys as authors, Williams feature highly in artistic circles, often becoming authors and artists. Women called Kate often enjoy musical success with this name being the most common among female Brit Award nominees – for example, Kate Tempest was nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist at this year’s awards.

Even further down the success rankings we have the names John, Patricia and Margaret appearing most frequently on criminal trial records. In an interesting twist, John is a clear winner for the name of a doctor, with 500 more people practicing with this name than the second most common which is David. The most common female name for doctors is Sarah, which is also the most frequent name for female lawyers and journalists.

In terms of sporting prowess, Chris and Laura are the names that dominate British Olympics, Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Kenny being excellent examples. Interestingly shortened names are popular amongst professional footballers with players called Dan, Tom and Sam the most common in the Premier League.

The findings show that traditional names are still prevalent amongst the most successful individuals in the UK. However, analysis of the My Nametags database suggests that the millionaires of tomorrow might include a few new names with Ava, Isla, Noah and Leo identified as the top growing names this year.

 

What are your thoughts? We’d love to hear from you! Tweet us @MyNametags or join the conversation on our Facebook page.

 

 

My Nametags Wins Queen’s Award

We have been awarded a Queen’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Trade!

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My Nametags was launched by our founder and CEO Lars B. Andersen in his spare room 14 years ago. We now distribute to 127 countries worldwide and have been awarded the accolade in recognition of our significant growth in overseas markets. Across the globe The Queen’s Award is recognised as a reward for excellent business performance. It is also indicative of a quality standard of customer service as well as treatment of staff. International trade now makes up more than a third of My Nametags’ total sales.

 

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, which have been operating since 1966, are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in four categories: International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Promoting Opportunity. My Nametags will join the other award winners at a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, before the award is officially presented to us by a Lord-Lieutenant at our Wandsworth office.

 

Commenting on our success in The Queen’s Awards, Lars said: “It is an incredibly exciting time for My Nametags as the company continues to grow quickly. This year has already seen us launch in several new international markets, as well as a move to a much larger office to keep up with growing demand. We are thrilled to have our success recognised by an award as prestigious as The Queen’s Award.”

 

This international success is largely down to Lars’ understanding of foreign markets and languages. Lars speaks seven languages and believes that this has played a part in allowing My Nametags to grow faster than other SMEs. Within twelve months of establishing the business, My Nametags was exporting to several countries and at one time had more foreign bank accounts than employees!

 

Lesley Batchelor (OBE), Director General IOE International Trade and part of The Queen’s Award judging panel, said: “My congratulations go out to My Nametags. The Queen’s Award is the highest accolade a business can win from the Institute of Export & International Trade. This is an award like no other and winning it brings both recognition for the team and for the company worldwide.”

 

The award is valid for five years and will give us the right to use The Queen’s Award logo and fly the Queen’s Award flag at our main office in Wandsworth.

 

Queen’s Award Competition

 

To celebrate this news, we are giving away an exclusive My Nametags water bottle to two lucky winners. To be in with a chance of winning, just send an email titled ‘My Nametags Water Bottle Competition UK’ to marketing@mynametags.com – full T&Cs below.

 

Terms & Conditions

  • The two winners 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 09/05/2018.
  • 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.

 

 

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.
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WIN A Bundle of Goodies with My Nametags & Trunki

We are back with a new giveaway!

 

This time we have teamed up with Trunki to offer you the chance to win an awesome bundle of Trunki & My Nametags products.

 

My Nametags

My Nametags aim to provide the very best name labels in the world.

There are thousands of possible design options to create the perfect label for your little one and ensure that their items don’t go missing at school or on your travels. We pride ourselves on the quality of our labels and offer a 10-year washing guarantee for our iron-ons. Our colour stickers are rub resistant, wash-proof and can even be used in sterilisers.

Just click here to start designing your set today!

As part of this giveaway, we are offering 6 sets of our colour sticker labels.

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Trunki

The original innovative ride-on suitcase for globe-trotting tots! Designed to be used as hand luggage, kids can pack Trunki with all their favourite belongings whilst parents keep them in tow!

As part of this giveaway, the winner will receive one Trunki ride-on suitcase

Brand new from the creators of Trunki, this super cute ToddlePak backpack range is designed for making trips to pre-school or nursery, safe and fun for little tots!

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ToddlePak Backpack

Meet Bert, Betsie, Dudley, Leeroy and Tipu, five fun, adorable backpack characters, bringing enjoyment and style to trips to preschool & nursery! Bright and colourful in its design, these playful characters, will certainly give little ones the stand out factor when hung on nursery school pegs!

With a spacious 4 litre capacity and easy to reach front face pouch, each ToddlePak backpack comes with, an easy to grab handle, padded adjustable shoulder straps and chest strap, smiley hi-visibility nose, reflective piping around the paws, wrap around arms, so that their favourite teddy can hitch a ride, little ears, and a little tail.

A perfect first backpack for little ones, keeping them seen and active, when light levels are low! Hi-Visibility is at the centre of the design, making the Trunki ToddlePak backpack a nursery school essential.

As part of this giveaway, Trunki are offering one ToddlePak Backpack!

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Enter The Competition:

Enter the competition using the plugin below. None of the options are mandatory, so we have given you lots of different options & methods of entering, but remember, some of them count for more than one entry… and the more entries you do, the more chance you have of winning!

Please note: All winning entries will be moderated in detail – If you have any questions, just do send us a message on Facebook.

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Terms & Conditions: 

  • UK entries only.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 17/3/2018.
  • 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 Trunki and My Nametags to contact you, and publish your name via social media should you be the winner.
  • This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  • My Nametags: The winner will receive six sets of My Nametags colour sticker labels.
  • My Nametags: The winner shall be contacted by My Nametags to receive their choice of labels within 30 days of the competition closing date.
  • My Nametags licensed products (Battersea, Hello Kitty and Mr Men) are not included within the competition.

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!
Image of a giant cinnamon roll
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.
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– The winner shall be chosen at random on 2nd February 2018.
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– The prize is one copy of Tasty: Latest and Greatest.