mabel’s labels

Mabel’s Labels and More

Mabel’s Labels and More

Or How I got my ducks in a row.

Yes, I do find September challenging, thank you for asking. It’s not as crazy as June for the sheer number of events and activities, but it makes up for it in the way it ramps up, making me pull it together and getting the family on board with a whole new schedule. Yeah, I don’t love September.

What I do love is the preparation, which interestingly enough, one of the ways I mentally prepare for the change and challenges the new school year brings. Remember back to school shopping? It used to be all corduroys and sweaters, not sure why (global warming?) but it’s still summer weather here so those clothes can wait. What can’t wait is the back to school supplies. Sometimes you get an assist from the school in a list but sometimes it’s just you and your children in an office supply store. Overwhelming.

It’s helpful for me to make lists, get organized and label things! It gives us me a sense of order and the planning makes us me, at least, relax a little. I’ve found that things get lost less often when they are labeled – sometimes kindly people return the items (soccer balls, jackets), and somehow, sometimes, kids remember the stuff when it has their name on it. Not always, but more often than not and I like the odds.

Since I would label everything if I could, it’s great to have so many choices that are durable and colorful. The site is easy to navigate and to see all the lovely choices (the tough part is deciding) and to preview your choice.

We went with the Stylish Scholars and loved the choices like quatrefoil, chevron, faux bois and peony, and check out all of the color choices, too.


screenshot from mabel's labels
screenshot from Mabel’s Labels


We labeled everything, well, almost everything – like the ipad mini, the phone, the clear plastic shoe boxes that I got on sale for storing all sorts of stuff (in school and at home), the backpacks (with the sweet metal tags that clip right on), folders, binders, notebooks, water bottles and my favorite back to school item, the pencil case. I stopped just shy of labeling the pencils because my kids are older but I would definitely label them for little ones. Let them put the stickers on- it;s a great school readiness activity.

We do tend to misplace things around here so this is one of my strategies for holding on to the stuff we I care about. These Back to School labels are available until September 30th – so go check out Mabel’s Labels on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram or here on their website.

Started in 2003 by four super smart moms who were frustrated with their children losing items (aren’t we all) that they sent to school or camp. Read the about page here.

Disclaimer: I received a package of labels from Mabel’s Labels for this review. All opinions are, as always, my own.




Thanks for Helping Me at Getting Gorgeous

While I was at Blogher ’12 in NYC in the beginning of this month, I was lucky to be invited to Getting Gorgeous, a fun event filled with pampering and treats, I mean brands. There were treats, too, though.

The lovely Not Your Mother’s Hair Care line and CVS had beauty bars set up for a makeup touch up or a new hair style. I chose to have my hair straightened – I can pretend I was testing the product for a review but, really, I just wanted my hair to look better and it did! The product held up to the heat and humidity of a seriously sticky day in NYC. I took a walk after my session (to the MoMA) and then I had an interview (thanks, my hair still looked good and it continued to look good for the rest of the day and night – the stylist had used the aptly named Beat The Heat product). I also came home with a sample of the Dry Shampoo and am trying it out for my morning dog walks that I sometimes wash my face for and decided I could take that up a notch and look a bit more awake (we call bed head Einstein hair in our house). Taming my outer Einstein is a good thing!

hanes socks from getting gorgeous post blogher capability mom blog
My cute and comfy Hanes socks – post Blogher ’12

I also met the nice people from Hanes and learned they are partnering with Box Tops for Education – which I love. We still collect Box Tops for our favorite elementary school P.E. teacher – we give him our stash of them every May and he gets great fitness equipment for the school (we even have my mom clipping Box Tops as part of this effort). OGreat partnership between two family faves! Now Box Tops are on Kids’ Underwear, Socks and Outerwear Tees. Look for Box Tops on bonus packs of Adult Socks and Underwear at Back to School and Holiday time and all Hanes bonus packs have Double Box Tops.
Huichol Bowl from Mexico Image by Handcrafting Justice

What else did I do at Getting Gorgeous? I quenched my thirst with a freezing cold Diet Pepsi and tweeted about it (because they asked so nicely) and also brought a few to my waiting in line friends at the Cold Water Creek jean station (yes, they were oh-so-nicely giving away jeans – super cute jeans but we had to try them on and thus, the line. I will write more about them in another post) which was next to the HandCrafting Justice table where you could sit and make a bracelet, add to their Pinterest Board and learn more about them.

Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Mission Statement: HandCrafting Justice provides access to Fair Trade markets for unique, handmade goods created by enterprising women in the developing world working to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. By fostering self-reliance, ensuring fair wages, and building support networks, the organization offers far more than Fair Trade: HandCrafting Justice promotes human dignity by empowering women to overcome social and economic injustice.

Is there more? Much more. I chatted with the lovely people from Mabel’s Labels (I have long loved these labels). Super sweet styles and perfect for sleep-away camp, too.

Naturalizer Shoes was there with a very popular booth – most bloggers had seriously aching feet by Saturday – I know I did. I was sent a lovely card for me to order a free pair of shoes or boots and free shipping and one to give away to a reader. Read about it here.

I met bloggers from all over and had a great time exchanging business cards and twitter handles and sharing bits of blogger talk that you just don’t get to do in every day life (you can – people just glaze over though). At Blogher, everyone was constantly looking at their phones, taking pictures of their food or vlogging from the Expo Hall, and it was expected and encouraged. It’s good to find your tribe.

Thank you Audrey McClelland and Vera Sweeney and Getting Gorgeous. I’m still not gorgeous…but I’m a little closer.

Great finds – from fabric to benches with some happy tape for good measure


woven bench from urban outfitters

 Maybe I am a little in love with these benches from Urban Outfitters.urban outfitters bench from capability mom     

Found this fabric from Betz White betzwhite

through yummygoods blog – the cutest shop on the planet that I stumbled into last summer.   


Here  is a sweet label company – Mabel’s Labels that I found: Great labels for clothes, bags, household stuff and more. Really sweet stuff.             

I love love love Happy Tape. Great for craft projects, wrapping gifts and decorating goodie bags.      

happy tape      

Hope you like my picks! Email me at  with your favorite things or comment below. Thanks for reading.

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