Wednesday 16 March 2016 by Kristy

Choosing a name for your little one is a huge decision, and can be a challenge. It’s wonderfully exciting, but at the same time a little daunting. You could go traditional, classic, contemporary, trendy, or obscure. The name may be in honour of a family member or someone who inspired you. Family members and friends will probably offer up a few suggestions too! There is no right or wrong name, but what is important is to choose a name you love. 

 

Here are the UK’s most loved names of 2015

 

Girls

1. Olivia

2. Sophia

3. Lily

4. Emily

5. Amelia

6. Chloe

7. Isabelle

8. Sophie

9. Ella

10. Isabella

 

Boys

1. Muhammad

2. Oliver

3. Jack

4. Noah

5. Jacob

6. Harry

7. Charlie

8. Ethan

9. James

10. Thomas

 

… and here’s the predictions for 5 hot names in 2016.

 

Girls

1. Marni

2. Luna

3. Hettie

4. Effie

5. Delphine

 

Boys

1. Otto

2. Devon

3. Aspen

4. Hector

5. Flynn

 

 

Whether you decide on your little one’s name early on in your pregnancy, days before they are born or even days after, the good news is you can design your beautiful birth announcement or thank you cards ahead of time at Little One Prints. Just pick a design and compose your introduction text then simply save it into your account for later. Then all you need to do is add the name and upload a photo when you welcome your new arrival. Easy!

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Sunday 14 February 2016 by Kristy

Welcoming a baby into the world can be the proudest moment of your life, and all your friends and family will want to celebrate with you. So why not send a birth announcement for them to cherish.

 

When to send

There is no hard and fast rule as to how long you can wait to send a birth announcement, but it is safe to say 6 months. Your friends and family will be chomping at the bit to discover the details and see a photo of your little one, so they would want you to send your birth announcement as soon as possible. However you may find those first few days, weeks or even months to be super busy, or you could just be too tired, so everyone will understand if it takes a little while to send out your birth announcement. Some of our customers at Little One Prints plan ahead and choose a design, decide on their wording, fonts and colours, and save it into their account before their baby arrives, so that when they do come to personalise their card they can do it much quicker. 

 

If months have passed and many of your friends and family have already been introduced to your little one in person and bought a gift, it may make more sense to send a thank you card instead.

 

What it should say

 Whether your card is formal or informal people will want to know your baby’s full name. Remember this might be the first time they see your baby’s name in writing, so if it is an unusual spelling they might refer to this again and again. Basic information like date of birth and weight are great, and some of our customers also like to include time of birth and their baby’s length. You should include the names of the parent and any proud siblings. If you are feeling inspired you could begin with an introduction such as ‘we are delighted to welcome to the world our darling daughter…’

 

Who to send to

 It is your happy news to share with as many or as few people as you want. As a starting point why not send to any friends and family that you think would want to celebrate your new arrival. Be sure to include anyone who has already sent a gift, even if it was for you rather than the baby. When you place an order with Little One Prints you also receive a e-card, which is a great back up if you don’t want to post to those who live far away.

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Tuesday 18 March 2014 by By Jill Sikkens

Five years ago it would have been hard to imagine that Facebook would become such an important communication tool in our lives. I’m sure many people thought this is just another trend and it will pass. But, whether it’s organising a play date, following your favourite band or finding a local plumber, it is pretty much used for all facets of our lives.

And what is more exciting than welcoming your little one, celebrating their Christening or sending their first Christmas wishes? And while sharing these events on Facebook is fantastic, there is nothing like getting a card in the mail. It just means something. Someone had to take the time to buy the card, sign it, stamp it and post it. That takes effort and effort shows love.

So to stay up to date about our latest designs, discounts and favourite things we encourage all of our customers to LIKE us on Facebook. And if you do, you will be put into a prize draw, to take place on Friday 4 April, 2014, for a chance to win £100 in free stationery. The prize can be used for numerous orders over a 12 month period. So, you can save it all for Christmas, order everyone a personalised birthday card or make the perfect party invitation. The choice is up to you!

https://www.facebook.com/littleoneprintscards

And we welcome your comments on our page! What do you love? What are we missing? How can we provide an even BETTER service? We are really lucky to have a creative, thoughtful and sensitive customer base. We look forward to getting to know you even better.

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Tuesday 04 March 2014 by By Jill Sikkens

Some women believe you can’t have too many pairs of shoes. (Yes, I am one of those women.) But since having children my new “can’t have too many” has definitely become blankets. Quilted, knitted, old, new, colourful, plain. It doesn’t matter. I love them all.

When my children were babies the blankets were scattered around the house; a different collection in each room. My daughter quickly found her favourite- that at two and a half she still carries with her everywhere she goes. Others were designated for the diaper bag or pram, one in the back seat of the car and another beside the sofa in case someone felt like an afternoon snuggle.

So, as my children grow up and the blankets are used more for fort building than anything else, I find myself naturally drawn to them for baby gifts. I recently found a wonderfully original, personalised version that I love. If you’re stuck for something special I definitely recommend frog+sprog (http://www.frogsandsprogs.com/) Just like a personalised greeting card, there is always extra special about giving a personalised gift. Something made especially for you extra special little one.

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Tuesday 25 February 2014 by By Jill Sikkens

I received a birth announcement in the post yesterday that really made me smile. It was completely not my style or taste but it was very much a reflection of the parents’ personalities. The baby was wearing sunglasses and “tuxedo” onesie on a card design that was more 1930s Hollywood movie premier than 2014 stylish birth announcement. It was absolutely perfect! Flamboyant, funny and over the top. For anyone else I’m sure I would have thought “what were they thinking” but for this couple it really conveyed the celebration of their joy during this exciting time.

But, it also made me think. While I love slick, modern design, clean backgrounds and a minimalist aesthetic, it’s important not to lose your own personal taste and style when it comes to announcing the arrival of your little one. Whether it’s choosing your own wording or selecting an unexpected picture, there are subtle ways to make sure your birth announcements are clearly from you. Here are some ways you can make your announcement your own:

  • Include a quote from your favourite movie, poem, song or quote

  • Don’t be afraid to try different font colours, sizes and styles and don’t forget to try different combinations

  • Use a candid photo

  • Set up a special scene. Ie Maybe love baking. Why not try a shot of the baby in the kitchen even laying in some flour (if you’re feeling really avent garde)

  • Make a couple of different versions. You might want to send a humorous version to your university friends and a more traditional version to your aunties

And maybe you’ll try all of the above and decide that you are actually a traditionalist at hear- which is also fine. I think the important thing is to remember to have fun with it and that you will really be making someone’s day by sending a heart-felt birth announcement.

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Tuesday 11 February 2014 by By Jill Sikkens

In the spirit of all things lovely and beautiful and full of caring we are happy to offer 20% off all orders placed until midnight on St Valentine’s Day (11:59pm on Friday 14 February 2014). Simply enter voucher code LotsofLove during check out.

And if Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing why not say “I love you” just because…Maybe you had a really nice catch up with an old friend or your mom brought over tea last week or your favourite cousin lent you her travel cot (AGAIN)…instead of sending a text why not share one of your favourite pictures of our little one that hasn’t made it on to Facebook yet. Even if it’s two weeks later, people are always thrilled getting a handwritten note in the post- especially when it’s a complete surprise.

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Tuesday 04 February 2014 by By Jill Sikkens

If I’m completely honest I actually hate Valentine’s day. Actually, hate is too strong of a word but it’s certainly not an occasion I ever recognised. That is, until I had my first child. Somehow, experiencing all of my son’s “firsts” with him inspired me to make them as special as possible. The words “he’s never going to have his first … again” were often ringing in my ears.

So, even for the terribly cynical holiday which is Valentine’s day I found myself putting hearts in the window and baking (aka burning) cupcakes.  And I have to admit, it was good fun. Instead of scoffing at the commercialism I associated with cupid’s big day, I genuinely enjoyed having a theme to what turned out to be a really fun day.

And, what would a holiday be (especial the first) without a personalised greeting card? In house, it simply won’t happen. But instead of a blast to the Christmas list I was really selective. Which was great, because instead of creating a single card for everyone I was able to send a personalised photo and message to our favourite friends and family.

“All I want for Valentine’s Day is a hug from Nannie…and maybe one of her chocolate chip cookies too.”

“Roses are red, violets are blue, Auntie Pam is the best at kung fu”

I even managed to make one for my husband and send it to his office. He was well chuffed (a few brownie points can always come in handy). You know by now how I feel about sending things in the post. Forget the cynicism and just share the love.   

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Tuesday 14 January 2014 by By Jill Sikkens

I love and hate making New Year’s resolutions in equal measure. Part of me gets really energised about the idea of change and accomplishment. The other part recognises that, for most of them, I will fail in a spectacular way. But, it’s still early days so let’s focus on the positive.

This year I have resolved to say in better touch. My husband kindly gave me a birthday diary for Christmas. So, I spent the lull between Christmas and New Year’s going through Facebook and documenting whose birthday is when.  Side note- very surprising to learn how old people are. Girlfriends, you look good! I’ve already sent my first card.

But something else I actually found time for this Christmas was saying thank you. It takes so much time and effort to get ready for Christmas that taking on sending out “thank you cards” seemed completely overwhelming. That is, until I actually sat down at my computer to order the cards. It was so lovely looking through our Christmas photos and remembering that special moments that were already fading from my actual memory.

As I was drafting our card it hit me that everyone has that same kind of let down after the holidays. For all the planning and preparation it really is over in a second. So imagine how wonderful it will be for Nannie and Grampie to go to the letterbox and find a personalised photo card with two beaming grandkids in their Christmas jammies. Very unexpected and the perfect little pick me up for a dreary January morning.

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Wednesday 13 November 2013 by By Jill Sikkens

There was frost on my car this morning so I figure I’m allowed to be properly excited about Christmas now. It feels just around the corner.

As you might guess, I send a lot of stationery all year long. From personalised birthday cards for Nannie and Grampie to sharing my favourite summer snaps or celebrating my son’s first day of school it doesn’t take much to inspire me to send some cards. So, when it comes to Christmas I want to do something really special. I want to wish all of our favourite people a wonderful holiday season, while making it personal and heart felt.

So this year, instead of spending a week picking our picture, I’ve decided to include a very brief summary of our year. I have some friends you send a lovely A4 story of their year, which I love receiving but somehow can’t be motivated to produce. So, instead, I’m doing to use the inside of my card to tell our little story. The kid’s first time skiing, a wonderful wedding in Tuscany, that leaky roof that is FINALLY fixed and our proper Canadian thanksgiving.

We received one from a friend last year that did just this. It was short and sweet and completely perfect.  I might have to borrow her closing line – “Wishing you memories of a lifetime in 2014”. Because that’s the nice thing about Christmas cards, it’s time to celebrate all the wonderful blessings we had in the year just gone, while excitingly welcoming the year ahead.

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Wednesday 02 October 2013 by By Jill Sikkens

I know we haven’t even had Halloween yet (or Canadian thanksgiving for those of you celebrating it) but I can’t help being extra excited about Christmas this year. Through a complete twist of fate, I am organising the Rotary Shoebox (www.rotaryshoebox.org) campaign at my son’s school. I originally approached the school to do if for his class and somehow the entire school , more than 500 children, are now taking part.

The concept, started my a retired school teacher, is incredibly simple. Fill an empty shoebox with toys, clothes and other household items, collect them and delivery them to orphanages in Romania in time for Christmas. Watching the video of those children receiving their gifts- for some of them the first one they have ever received- is absolutely magical.

But, watching your own child pick toys, mittens and treats for a child they don’t know but they understand is less fortunately than they are, is also very moving. My own four year old, of course noted things he hopes Santa brings but didn’t actually ask for one thing for himself. It was amazing to see him really pick which colour mittens he thought the little boy would like and to make sure I got the Buzz Lightyear hat, not Woody. It’s been a year of growing up but I was completely amazed to see him take the job of picking the items so seriously. He was so proud- almost as much as I was.

For more information please visit www.rotaryshoebox.org 

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