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How can our first-born be turning 18 already?

As our daughter’s birthday quickly approached, my husband and I have been wondering for the past few weeks, Can she really be 18 already? It really doesn’t seem like THAT long ago when we were taking her to the library for story-time and pushing her on the swings. Now, she’s borrowing the car, holding down a part-time job and graduating from high school.

How do you celebrate your child officially entering adulthood? What are the best gifts for teenage girls? My husband and I batted around birthday gift ideas for her. We thought about a mother/daughter trip or jewellery. We wanted something special to mark the occasion. We kept prying for ideas and asking her how she wanted to celebrate. She was really no help, until a few days before her birthday when she texted me that she knew what she wanted for her birthday. A tattoo. Yikes.

Not really being into tattoos myself, (read “From Catastrophe to Connection”), I reacted immediately with a, “Hmm…what ELSE do you think you’d like?” and tried hard to think of ANY other teen birthday ideas that might be the perfect gift.

On the morning of her birthday, I filled a special jar labeled, “18 Random Things About You,” with little slips of paper with all the amazing and quirky things that we love about her. She read each one and then lined all the pieces of paper up and took a picture of them. I wrote my traditional birthday letter to her recounting the previous year and marveling at what an incredible person she was growing up to be. We made plans for a special dinner out. My husband made the card below and handed her the key to the Mustang convertible to drive all day. She squealed with excitement, immediately got dressed, and headed out to visit friends and drive around town in the shiny red convertible.

And what about the tattoo?

As an official adult, she didn’t need our permission to get a tattoo. Knowing that she would be getting one anyway, we gave her a card printed with the lyrics to a Beatle song that my husband and I had at our wedding, along with some money tucked in for her tattoo. She made the appointment and a few days later got a tattoo that read, “In My Life” the same Beatles song from our wedding, something that she’d dreamt about getting for years. I hope she loves it forever and that when she glances down at it, knows how much she means in OUR lives and that we love her with all our hearts.

What’s the best birthday gift you’ve ever given one of your children? Do you have any special birthday traditions?

About the Author:

Karen Pearson is one of the friendly voices you’ll hear on the other end of the phone when calling Customer Service at Mabel’s Labels. She enjoys writing about her family, which includes a husband, 3 kids and a rescue dog from Greece.

Bikes, Baskets and Blenders

June was such a fun month around the Mabelhood.  Here is a recap of just some of what we were up to.

We cycled for a cause!

The Big Bike ride was a great success!  Thanks to those made the ride in the heat and thanks to everyone who sponsored our team. Together we raised over $1800 for the Heart & Stroke foundation!

Everyone came but the ants!

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than playing and eating outside? Our summer kick off picnic complete with games, yummy food and camaraderie made for a great afternoon!

Ah…the perfect blend.

The Health & Wellness Committee’s  Lunchtime Smoothie Challenge was the perfect blend of competition and refreshment.  The winners? Warren & Julie with their tropical culinary combination of spinach, mango, pineapple, banana, vanilla almond milk & flax seeds. Yum!

All and all it was a great month. Happy upcoming Canada Day & Independence Day!  Summer is here!

Our Fundraising Program Gets a Makeover!

Our Fundraising Program has gotten a makeover!

Don’t you love watching make-over episodes on TV? Whether it be for people, houses, landscapes or even pets – the most fun is seeing the big reveal; the after to the shabby before.

Our Fundraising Program was never really all that shabby, but now it’s a knock-out! We have updated it so that organizations can run campaign driven programs (30-60 days long) which will cause urgency to purchase and support the fundraiser. Also, organizations like a school or daycare can sign up and then have one, five, or even 50 parents or employees create campaigns to help support and raise funds! Social sharing has never been easier, and dedicated online support is available to assist you when creating your program.

If you are a school, daycare, dance troop, sports team or any organization wishing to fundraise with Mabel’s Labels, we’d love to have you join us! Offering 20% commission on our durable labels, you can’t go wrong with promoting a product that parents and kids love to assist in supporting your cause!

For more information about our NEW & improved Fundraising program click here.

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