My Nametags wins the Feefo Gold Award!

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The My Nametags team are buzzing with excitement after being awarded the Gold Trusted Merchant Award from global feedback engine, Feefo, for genuine customer feedback. Our customers mean a lot to us and we wouldn’t be here today without you!

We are now considered a ‘Gold Trusted Merchant’ by Feefo, along with some of the world’s top brands, as 98% of our customers rated our service and products as ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ in 2014.

Lars Andersen, founder of My Nametags commented on the award: “We’re really proud of being a Gold Trusted Merchant with Feefo. Our focus has always been on delivering the best name tags to our customers, and we are delighted that our customers are happy with the quality of our products and our customer service.”

 

Every customer has the opportunity to rate our service on Feefo after ordering our lovely labels. The process is 100% genuine, as we are not able to delete or hide any negative comments, and only our customers are contacted by Feefo to share their opinion.

So far this year we have been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Excellent’ by 98% of our customers – so are on our way to holding on to the title for 2015.

We love receiving feedback from our customers, so if you have any comments or suggestions on how we can better our service, just write in the box below or email us at sales@mynametags.com or info@mynametags.ie .

 

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Royal baby name competition – WIN £100 JoJo Maman Bébé vouchers!

Guess the name of the new Royal baby!

 

At My Nametags HQ we are super excited about the imminent arrival of the newest member of the Royal Family.

To celebrate we have teamed up with leading childrenswear retailer, JoJo Maman Bébé, to give away £100 worth of vouchers to spend in any of their stores.

To enter all you have to do is fill in the form below with your contact details and your guesses. Anyone that guess the baby’s first name correctly will be placed in the draw to win!

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T&Cs:
– To be entered into the competition, the participant must fill in the contact form above with their full name and email address.

– The competition will terminate as soon as the name is officially announced, all correct answers will then be put into a draw and the winner will be selected at random.

– If no correct answers are entered all entrants will be entered into the draw.

– The prize is £100 of JoJo Maman Bébé vouchers. The vouchers can not be exchanged for cash.

– The winner will be contacted via email and the winning answer will be announced on social media.

– The vouchers are valid for 12 months.

– Entrants will be signed up to the JoJo Maman Bébé mailing list.

 

 

Top 5 City breaks with beaches

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A city break with children can be great for the whole family as there are so many attractions from museums and art galleries to parks and play grounds to keep everyone amused. But a city break with a beach is absolutely fantastic! Re-visiting Barcelona with my family in tow was wonderful as it was great to be doing something more grown up for a change. Mornings spent vising the old town and afternoons on the beach. Bliss! The golden rule is to plan carefully and not to overdo it. We found the Casal Solleric (a reasonably quick whizz round to see the key paintings and sculptures) followed by lunch and then a visit to the beach was the perfect day out.

Babygoes2 have given us their top five picks for city breaks with beaches. Babygoes2 customers get exclusive offers and the best prices plus there’s a £15 (€20.90) Amazon voucher for all My Nametags customers booking a holiday through babygoes2* and quoting My Nametags. Check out http://www.babygoes2.com, call 01273 230669 or email contactus@babygoes2.com. * terms and conditions: Bookings must be made through babygoes2, min booking value £500. Voucher issued on completion of stay.

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Mallorca: Palma de MallorcaImage of Palma beach Image of Palma town
With direct flights from most major European airports, a compact yet fascinating old town, excellent food, upmarket shopping and chic beach resorts, picturesque Palma de Mallorca is an ideal choice for a family city break at any time of the year. There is much to explore: the stunning Cathedral, the Almudaina Palace, the mainly traffic-free maze of medieval streets in the atmospheric old town, the Arab Baths. Museums and art galleries – such as the atmospheric Casal Solleric with its regular (and free) art exhibitions.  The excellent Palma Aquarium is always a bit hit with children too. And best of all, this ‘pocket sized’ city is all easily walkable – ideal for little legs. And when it’s time to relax after some serious exploring – the beach is close at hand – whether it’s the urban beach just minutes from the old town, or the chic beach resorts of Portixol and Ciudad Jardin. Stroll or cycle along the prom, or simply soak up the sun on the beach, and later retire for lunch or dinner to one of the many excellent restaurants and cafes –many specializing in regional dishes, but most with a good selection of tapas – which are ideal for children.

Stay: Sheraton Arabella, 5 star luxury, just 10 mins from the centre in the exclusive Son Vida area, with interconnecting rooms and suites, plus an excellent kids club.

France: Nice
Set on the sophisticated Cote D’Azur, Nice is the perfect choice for a glamorous break en famille. Hop in a cab from the airport (just 6km away) and in no time you’’ll be wandering through the tiny streets of Old Nice, exploring the Matisse museum, marvelling at the amazing array of colours and perfumes at the flower market on Cours Saleya. Stroll or cycle (bikes can be hired from Holidimage of Nice beach image of Nice beachay Bikes (00 33 493 82 27 00; loca-bike.fr) along the stunning Promenade Des Anglais – the beautiful palm-lined beachside promenade. And you won’t want to miss a stroll to the Parc du Chateau – a huge park, with beautiful views of the city, a waterfall, cafe and a good sized playground.  And Nice, bien sur, is a gourmet’s paradise – whether it’s gourmet ice cream, or a 5 course gourmet meal – and sampling the culinary delights of this engaging city is definitely features high on the list of the top 5 activities for both children and their parents!

Stay: La Perouse, lovely small hotel with much character and an unbeatable location tucked into the hillside at  the Eastern end of the Baie des Anglais with outdoor pool and access to a private beach, yet only 5 mins stroll from the Old Town.

Spain: BarcelonaImage of Barcelona town image of Barcelona beach

Barcelona is one of the world’s unmissable cities – and is perfectly suited to a family trip – as so much can be explored by simply strolling around and soaking up the sights and atmosphere. Adults and children alike will marvel at the famed modernist architecture, such as Gaudi’s Sagrada familia (book ahead to avoid the queues); the Rambla is full of colourful street performers, the Gothic quarter cool and quiet, with its maze of tiny streets. Children will love the chocolate museum (Museu de La Xocolata), the CosmoCaixa science museum and the funfair in Parc Tibidabo – perched high above the city. And the lovely Parc de Ciutadella makes the perfect break from sightseeing – with its boating lake, lawns and rose garden. And then there’s the beach of course – with soft sand, sparkling sea, and every usual seaside activity including watersports. This is also one of Europe’s great dining cities – and it’s easy to eat en famille, whether at a relaxed tapas bar, or in a fab restaurant such as Semproniana (http://www.semproniana.net) , where you can enjoy new interpretations of classic Catalan dishes, and on Saturday lunchtimes (term time) they host Patacutxi, a cooking workshop for children aged 4-10, while their parents relax and enjoy their lunch.

Stay: The Majestic hotel – right in the centre, family rooms, mini fridges in rooms, rooftop swimming pool, babysitting

Croatia: Dubrovnikimage of Dubrovnik harbour image of Dubrovnik town

A winning combination of sparkling Adriatic sea, beach, and stunning pedestrian-only old town, make Dubrovnik an ideal choice for a city break with children. This is a city where you really can have the best of both worlds. Spend part of the day relaxing on the beaches, enjoying the sea, or perhaps even taking a ferry from the Old Harbour to beautiful Lokrum island – just 10 mins away – an oasis of forests, rocky beaches and excellent swimming. Or if the children are old enough, take a sea kayaking and snorkeling trip along the coast – an adventure to remember! Then turn to things urban – and take a stroll around the spectacular city walls (plan your trip at the cooler times of day – as it’s quite a long walk), then wander round the famous, car-free terracotta-roofed atmospheric old town, with its baroque churches.  And you’ll want to find time to take a trip on the cable car up to Mount Srd, for amazing views of the city and the Adriatic. When it’s time for dining – Dubrovnik is famous for seafood, but there’s no shortage of family-friendly eateries of all types and to suit all budgets.

Stay: Radisson Blu Resort and Sun Gardens – just outside the city centre, with pool, kids club, and offers not only rooms and suites, but also residences with kitchens which are ideal for relaxed family stays.

UK: Brighton image of Brighton

On the sunny South coast, just 40 mins by train or car from Gatwick airport, Brighton is known as ‘London by the sea’ – and is perfectly suited to a family escape. This vibrant, historic city has something for everyone. The stunning Royal Pavilion is a must-see, as are the tiny winding streets of the Old Lanes, with their antique and jewellery shops, the North Laine with its eclectic mix of contemporary and vintage shops, and – always a huge favourite with children – the Sea Life centre. Cultural activities abound for all ages – take in a show at the spectacular Dome concert hall, or the Theatre Royal – or perhaps a film at the independent Komedia cinema in the North Laine. My Nametag - brighton2The city is compact and easily walkable and you’re never far from the beach – which offers the quintessential British seaside experience:  take a ride on the Brighton Wheel and enjoy panoramic views of the city and coast, sample all the fun of the Pier, try your hand at beach volleyball, browse the boutiques in the arches right opposite the sea, and enjoy an ice cream in a deckchair on the beach. Cycle lanes run right along the promenade, and bikes (as well as roller blades) can be hired. Or have a go at windsurfing or sailing – lessons available for adults and children at Hove Lagoon, on the seafront. And when it comes to deciding where to eat – Brighton is a foodie’s paradise, with restaurants and cafes serving everything from fish and chips to Michelin starred fare.

Stay: The Hilton Metropole – grand hotel right on the seafront, with rooms and suites, childrens menus, family packages, indoor pool.

 

Summer feet – what’s hot 2015

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The sun is shining and it’s time to ditch those winter boots at last. We’ve got the lowdown on the key trends for spring/summer 2015 from personal shopper, stylist and colour consultant Laura Robinson, founder of Caboodle Style http://www.caboodlestyle.com. We’ve even negotiated a special 20% discount off any of Caboodle Style’s makeover packages booked by 30 June, 2015 – just mention “My Nametags” when you make your booking.

The Gladiator

Gladiator sandals are a must-have trend this summer and are so easy to add into your summer wardrobe. Take your pick from totally flat like this Steve Madden Crete Natural Snake flat-heeled with intricate lacing and snakeskin detailing – £65 (€89.04) from ASOS . Or opt for heels. We love this block-heel gladiator sandal from John Lewis £69 (€96). Gladiators are really versatile and look great with long or short skirts and dresses as well as trousers and jump suits.

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The Platform Pump

For a practical summer shoe on cooler or wet days add a touch of sport luxe with a platform pump. Team with day dresses or jeans, for stylish everyday wear. Take your pick from Ash Gold Metallic Jam Trainer £99.99 (€138,71) from Daniel Footwear or these gorgeous grey fabric animal print sneakers from Zara £29.99 (€41.75).

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The Pointy Flat

The Pointy flat is a great alternative to the ballet pump – it’s more streamlined and will instantly update your cropped trousers but work equally well with dresses or skirts. We’re loving the Palmerie Textured Flats from Anthropolgie for £118 (€154.00) or for a sandal pointy flat try Zara’s Cage Sandal with Studs £49.99 (€69.56).

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The Heeled Mule

A heeled mule offers a modern alternative for smart, casual outfits. This style of shoe works best when entirely visible, therefore if worn with trousers ensure they’re cropped or opt for culottes and be careful to avoid wearing with maxi length skirts and dresses, says Laura. Keep it understated with these Mariotta mules from Aldo, £59.98 (€83.46) in natural, or splash out on these fab bohemian style Estel suede mule wedges from Chloe £395 (€450) from My Theresa.

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The 70s Block Mid-Heel

Seventies inspired block mid-heels are a welcome trend for those that struggle to wear high heels but seek the flattering effect heels have on your leg shape. Particularly good if you’re wearing shorts, a short skirt or dress and fitted skinny jeans. Go grey with these gorgeous ones from Office, £60 (€83), or add some colour with these groovy L’Autre Chose high heeled sandals, Zalando, £245 (€341.07).

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Shape up your finances this January

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Shape up your finances this JanuaryJanuary is the month for tightening our belts in more ways than one. One in eight Britons could struggle to make ends meet after spending more than they could afford over the festive season, according to the Money Advice Trust,  the debt advice charity, which runs www.nationaldebtline.org. Research from credit checker, Experian, has also highlighted that suffering from a financial hangover in January is becoming widespread with 35% of those surveyed facing such an issue from overspending during Christmas.

So what’s the advice? Firstly, set a budget for the year. It sounds obvious but do work out how much money you have coming in and going out each month. Don’t forget to add in yearly costs such as car and household insurance and holidays and divide it by 12 to reach a monthly cost. Secondly, don’t ignore bills and statements as it could only make the situation worse. List all of your debts plus repayment dates for each. And finally, do seek advice early as the sooner you do the quicker and easier it will be to solve the situation. There’s lots of helpful advice to be found on www.moneyadvicetrust.org.

By spending just a few minutes of your time reviewing your finances you could save a few hundred pounds a month. Here’s how.

MortgageIf you have a mortgage it probably is the single largest expense for most families. Looking around for the best deal could save you a fortune. Don’t forget that if you’re in a fixed deal you can fix another three months before your previous rate expires. Try using a combination of different comparison sites to search for the best rate such as www.moneysavingexpert.com, www.money.co.uk or www.moneysupermarket.com.

 

Current-AccountSpring cleaning your current account is a priority as it’s such an important place for your cash. Check through all those direct debits and standing orders that you don’t use any more like magazine subscriptions or gym memberships and you could cut costs. Be honest about whether you use your overdraft to the hilt or barely touch it. And then get an account that suits you whether it’s lowering that overdraft rate or getting a better interest rate if you’re always in credit.

 

credit-cardsCredit cards are an essential element in your financial armoury. However, you must first decide what kind of credit card user you are? If you pay off your balance every month then get the best deal for spending, perhaps a card which is generous with ‘cash back’? If you don’t always pay off your balance then look for low or zero interest cards to cut the cost of borrowing. Don’t forget to factor in the transfer fee! Try looking at a comparison sites such as http://moneyfacts.co.uk or www.confused.com for the latest deals.

 

energy-and-phonesDo look around for the best deals on your energy bills, TV, phone and broadband. A few hours research could save you a lot each month. Switching to a new gas and electricity supplier can save you as much as £100 per year, with an additional savings if you pay by direct debit  There are loads of price comparison sites you can use to compare deals. Try www.gocompare.com or www.uswitch.com to get the deal that is right for you.

savingsIf you are putting money aside into a savings account make it pay for you. First decide on the access you will need. Usually, the greater the access you have the lower the interest rate. Watch out for high initial rates that disappear after a few months. And don’t forget to take advantage of your New Individual Savings Account (NISA) allowances, which increased to £15,000 from 1 July 2014 and allow you to save tax-free. It will rise to £15,240 from the next tax year which begins 6 April 2015.