Well, sigh, summer has flown by and is quickly coming to an end. And before we know it the kiddos will have started to head back to school. August has come and gone and things were really busy around the Mabelhood HQ! Here’s a brief look at what we’ve been up to.
We got puzzled!
We had a lunch and learn hosted by Julie Ellis’ thirteen year old son Owen. He taught us all about Rubik’s cubes. He picked up this hobby just over a year ago and has been to three competitions. His fastest time was just over 16 seconds! Most of us were pretty stumped but it was a fun lesson regardless.
Owen, help us!!
The only blizzard we actually welcome
We supported the Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day by splurging with blizzards! It’s tough to feel guilty about picking up a treat when the proceeds are going to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help children in need.
We had a great day exhibiting at the Burlington Children’s Festival. It was a beautiful day outside and it was great seeing new friends & old.
The end of summer doesn’t have to be sad! Please join us for Label Day Weekend August 28 to September 1st on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. We will be using the hashtag #LabelDayWeekend if you’d like to join in and follow us. From giveaways to contests to parties, celebrate the last weekend of the summer and get prepared for back to school!
Happy Back to School!
I recently came back from Ottawa where I spent the weekend visiting my sister, while my husband held down the fort. It was a perfect weekend. Two sisters sharing pajama coffee chats, shopping, walking by the river, visiting the Farmer’s Market, trying new recipes, going to the pub, and falling asleep at home watching movies (this may be a genetic trait.)
We treasure the relationship we have with each other now, but we only really became friends when my sister moved out and we were living under separate roofs. That’s when we decided to live together – back under the same roof, but by choice this time! When we first shared an apartment we moved almost everything by subway because neither of us had a car. When we moved to a bigger place, our dining room table was a picnic table that we had delivered from a hardware store.
Our childhood memories include weathering our mom’s different cooking phases (we still cringe over the homemade yogurt phase) and wearing beautiful matching Easter outfits she had made, complete with hats and gloves. We washed and dried dinner dishes while singing “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music. As sisters, we suffered the same awful haircuts as our mom tried to even out our bangs with scotch tape and scissors, until we basically had no bangs at all. My sister taught me how to put on mascara and helped fill in the blanks for things that weren’t covered in the, “On Becoming a Woman” book that Aunt Char gave me.
And today, when I need advice or someone to vent to, my sister is always there for me. I value her insight and she knows exactly what to say to talk me off a ledge during a crisis (real or imagined). She’s always a few parenting steps ahead of me as her daughters are older, and she’s generous with her encouragement and wisdom. She’s one of the first people I call when I have exciting or terrible news to share. As sisters we’ve celebrated births (I was even in the delivery room when my niece was born) and mourned the loss of loved ones. We’re in a race to see who turns into our mother first (my sister’s winning because she’s organized and loves ironing).
I often wonder what kind of relationship my daughters will have with each other when they’ve outgrown their sibling rivalry and are no longer arguing about borrowed clothes and whose turn it is to set the table. Will they reminisce about their childhood years and family vacations? I wonder if they’ll ever be roommates by choice. Maybe they’ll have their own families and live right next door to each other, which has always been a dream for my sister and me. Or maybe they’ll live in separate cities, knowing their sister is just a phone call away, and they’ll get together to share fantastic weekends as sisters and friends.
Do you have sisters? What are some of your favourite memories of the bond between sisters?
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.
Okay Blue Jays!
Of course, summer is flying by! But we’re keeping busy and having fun here at Mabelhood HQ. Some of the Mabel gang headed out to a Blue Jays game earlier this month. It was an incredibly hot day and we were melting in the bleachers but it was fun to be there in person to cheer on our home team. And it must have worked too because they won!
Taking a Bite out of the Big Apple
Julie & Karma traveled to NYC to attend a MomTrends BTS event and had the opportunity to meet lots of great bloggers. They also got to see some cuties on the runway modeling BTS fashions. Here’s Karma and our amazing publicist GG:
And here is our very own Julie Cole, who was a speaker at the event!
Got Your Labels Yet?
Just a reminder that our Stylish Scholars Combo & Ultimate Back to School Combo are offered at an early bird price until July 31st. Check out the awesome new designs for the more sophisticated scholar (aka older student) featured in our Stylish Scholars Combo.
Until next time, Happy Summer!