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Are you a take-part, take-action type of parent? Then we want you!

If you’re a member of a Volunteer Committee, PTA or PTO and are thinking of ways to raise funds for your organization, charity or cause then we have the answer! Our online Fundraising Program is perfect for Schools, Daycare, Sports Teams, Recreational Activities and special events!

With our Fundraising Program, you don’t need to collect forms or funds, haul around boxes of sugary treats, or even go door-to-door pleading for a donation. All you have to start making money is sign up, recruit members (like other parents, committee members, teachers, coaches, etc) and then promote your fundraising campaign. Follow our tips for a successful campaign and you’ll watch you efforts produce the results you want! Our Fundraising Program is quick, easy and customized to meet your needs. Add your organization/team logo, choose the name of your campaign and even tailor promotional materials to direct supporters effectively.

If we haven’t convinced you that our program is amazing, here are some more reasons why you should fundraise with Mabel’s Labels:

  1. Parents love our labels! (And, so do the kiddos!)
    With many kids with allergies, parents aren’t so keen on fundraising offerings like cookie dough, pies, popcorn and cookies. Our labels are sugar-free, allergy-free and won’t give you that feeling of buyer’s remorse because you can’t consume our product while watching infomercials when insomnia hits. Plus, our labels help keep expensive items out of the lost and found. Invest in labelling, support an organization and keep your stuff, all while making money. Sounds almost too good to be true….but it is!

 

  1. You don’t need to be the Lone Fundraiser
    Don’t like offering to take the reins for a Fundraising Program because you just don’t want the responsibility of making it a success all by yourself? No need to be afraid to step up to the plate, we’ve made it easy for you! All you need to do is become the Campaign Captain – this means you will be the “leader” and will receive communications regarding your fundraiser. What it also means is that you will be able to invite others to join your team and share how to make money for your cause. And even better, those you invite can invite others too! You know how it goes; she tells her, who tells him, who tells them and voila, a team is born! So tell that bad taste from a previous experience gone wrong to take a hike, because with Mabel’s Labels, we make sure our Fundraising Program is a group effort.

 

  1. Get your funds fast!
    No need to gather forms and funds, tally your efforts or even get out a calculator. With our Fundraising Program you can see real-time results on your campaign page so you will know just how far away or close you are to your goal. With our campaign periods being a maximum of 60 days in length, you’re able to focus your efforts and maximize your results. Introduce Mabel to others like she’s your new friend (well, because she is) during your campaign and you’ll be amazed by how many others will want to know her too. And then once your campaign is over, you’ll receive a cheque almost immediately! No quarterly payments, means no more opening the mailbox every day for months! Check this out; if you’re fundraising for an event like a walk or run, you can plan your campaign accordingly and ta-da you’ll have your contribution well before the event.

 

  1. 4.    Make money while you’re out at the park with your kids.

Want to know how to make money while doing nothing? It’s easy! Once your campaign is over (remember, you choose how long you want your campaign to be; 30, 45 or 60 days) your campaign is still able to earn 5% commission on sales. So if there’s someone that wasn’t in the loop from the start and wants to support your cause, they can! During this Annuity Period you can focus your efforts on other fundraising efforts, like those darn chocolate bars if you must, BUT don’t forget about Mabel’s Labels. Be sure to keep telling others and then once the annuity is over, you can start another campaign and do it all over again. Or, take a break and come back when the time is best – our most popular seasons are Back-to-School, Camp or over the Holidays.

Have questions about our Fundraising Program? Email us at fundraising@mabelslabels.com or fill out a form here for more information.

Smoothies-Smooth or Stupid Move?

Should you be a smoothie monster? It’s true that you can hide a whole bunch of fruits and vegetables in any blender, even disguising spinach in this trendy drink. But while a few sips of this stuff may be worth a whole serving or two of fruits and vegetables, are they all they are still a healthy food?

It depends upon your goals.  While many weight loss regimes are touting smoothies as the holy grail amongst the myriad of weight loss tips, if you’re using a smoothie diet as your weight loss regime, you may actually be working against yourself.  Most contain 400 + of liquid calories and liquid calories are not processed by the brain as effectively as food that needs to be chewed.  You are made to sit down and work for your fuel, chewing sends the right satiety message to your body and brain.

Another issue with drinking your calories is that even healthy smoothies can be high in sugar.  Many have jumped on the green smoothie as a part of a healthy breakfast but most people put a high serving of fruits in their green drinks to disguise the taste of the veggies. All of that fruit equals sugar-(yes,even if it is all natural and from fruit). And fruit smoothies without veggies, can be high in calories and will spike blood sugar even higher. For healthy smoothie recipes, keep portions small and focus on proteins as well as nutrients from low cal vegetables.  Munch on handful of nuts to engage your brain and help beat the satiety odds, or add them to your smoothie.

If your goal is to smack as much into a kid’s mouth before rushing out the door, then the story is slightly different.  You still want to make sure they are only getting 1 or 2 servings of fruit, but because they can be very high in sugar you also want to focus on protein source.  Whey powder seems to be the most palatable for kids and many brands are now lactose free.  For vegetarian recipes, be sure to choose organic if you are using soy protein otherwise you are likely getting a genetically modified soy. Brown Rice and Pea protein are growing in popularity and are terrific sources too, albeit more expensive. Hemp protein can be gritty and green but it is a very nourishing option. It would be great to rotate your type of protein powder so you don’t get too much of a good thing, just be sure you choose a brand that doesn’t have sugar or other sweeteners since they add empty calories.

Another way to make healthy breakfast smoothies is to sneak in a few leaves of baby spinach, kale or even parsley or mint for some chlorophyll, fibre and phytonutrients. Add cinnamon for its anti-inflammatory properties and plain, unsweetened cocoa powder (great if you need to hide a color- if it looks chocolate, it is more likely to be accepted). Feel free to blend in some yogurt, Greek is best with its high protein count for protein smoothie recipes, but be sure to choose an unsweetened brand.

Here is a list of ingredients to make healthy smoothie recipes. Ask your child to circle their own concoction. You can’t really go wrong with mixing and matching fun and the process gives them some control over the outcome. And you know how I feel about giving the eating power back to the one who will have to manage it for life…right?

Follow these tips and a green smoothie really will be a part of a healthy breakfast. Bottoms up!

Liquid

Protein

Fruit

Veg

Flavourings

Milk Whey powder Berries Spinach Cinnamon
Almond milk Organic soy Banana baby kale Cocoa powder
Rice Milk Pea protein Pineapple parsley Vanilla extract
Greek Yogurt Hemp Protein applesauce carrot juice nutmeg
Coconut water Rice protein Cherries fennel fronds

 

About the Author:

Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com

Ainsley Doesn’t Play Well with Others

I was at the kids’ park playground the other day having a good ol’ time swinging, checkin’ out the twisty slides, and enjoying the sun. My daughter was there, too, and we were having a great time. Another cute couple arrived, a momma and her son. I’m all about my daughter being social but she’s at an age where she is always looking for friends. I mean EVERYTHING in her beautiful, innocent world is a potential friend, maybe even a stop sign if she wanted to (adorable!). Of course she wanted to say hello to the couple and sadly they did not reciprocate. Then the little boy went so far as to throw water at her when she was in his vicinity and his mom chose to be, what I like to call, a PPYP (a passive play yard parent).

You know the one I’m talking about: the parent who chooses to sit outside of the play area and yell at their kids while they are on the play structure instead of being active with them. Not only did it make my daughter upset it also put me in a bit of pickle—was I supposed to speak to the mom and say, “hey stranger, your child should work on being nice to my innocent mini-me”? Or should I just continue playing with my daughter to distract her from the fact that, in life, there will be the occasional jerk at the kids’ playground? Perhaps I should ask Ontario parks to post a list on kids getting bullied and how to play nicely at the playground for all to see so that we are all on the same page. In the end, we cut our play time short, which meant the little boy was left to play on his own and that made me kind of sad, too. My daughter and I learned a lesson that day—it can be tough making new friends (no matter what the age) and hopefully, in the near future, we will be able to find some other couples who frequent the kids playground and share the same ideas regarding play time, sharing, and being nice to others.

Now that I am learning all of these new rules and tips about being a parent, I am really seeing just how naïve I was about this whole parenting business. There is a whole crazy world out there that I feel completely unprepared for. Not only am I helping to mold my daughter into a reasonable human being, but I am also gaining all sorts of new insights about making friends myself!

I worry constantly that my daughter will be too much like me, labelled with, “does not play well with others” by primary teachers. (To this day my mom, and now my husband, still laugh at this.) As I grew up, that statement became inaccurate. I grew into a friendly person, my job requires that of me—that’s what customer service is all about. As a child, I was just more introverted, my parents weren’t worried about it and I am not going to worry about it either. If my daughter wants to read and play on her own I’m not going to stop her and hopefully there will be few instances in her young life where people don’t want to have her around.

As a parent, I didn’t realize that I would also have to make new friends, remind myself how to play nicely with others, and remember how to share. I am going to have to put more effort into looking for friends who are also parents, and I’m going to have to learn to share my daughter’s time, too. As adults, we forget that we are going to have to interact with other parents and, since I’m a full-time stay at home mom, I am really going to have to try harder. It’s different when you’re at work—you can’t just run away or throw sand when you don’t feel like interacting with others. At the kids playground, I sometimes find myself a little lost, but I have to start somewhere so. . . Hi, my name is Ainsley. Wanna come out to play?

I would love to hear more about how you interact with other parents and neighbours at the kids playground or elsewhere; any advice you can share about making friends or how I can find likeminded parents would be awesome!

 

About the Author

Ainsley Gelder was welcomed into the Mabel community back in 2012 – ready for a new job and pregnant the Team welcomed her (and her bump) with loving arms and now they can’t get rid of her! You may recognize her voice from communicating with her through the Customer Service Department, she’s here to answer questions or to chat about labels and loves to laugh. Ainsley is crazy for a good DIY Project on Pinterest and spending time with her family, she especially loves spending time reading books with her toddler and having dance parties in the living room.

You can find her on Twitter @ainsleyisdancin

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