What’s In A Name? {Review and Giveaway}

*This post features products I was gifted to review. Also, an awesome giveaway at the end ;) *

It took me two months to name my cat. Before I picked her up as a kitten, I was going to call her Fern. Once I brought her home, I decided to call her Daisy. After a while I felt Daisy didn’t really feel ‘right’, so I eventually settled on Star. If I had that much trouble naming a cat, can you imagine the pressure I felt to actually name my child??

I had three baby naming books, and had bookmarked numerous baby name websites. I wanted something different, but not too different, unusual but not wacky. Something that was easy to spell and pronounce. Every name I considered, I would run through all the scenarios of nicknames and possible reasons for being teased at school.

I think it’s safe to say I was slightly obsessed. I would constantly text name possibilities to hubby at work. I had about five different lists on the go. I had to find the perfect name, after all, my child would have to live with it FOREVER. Oh, the pressure!! Ironically, the name we chose was not found in any of my books or websites. I was flicking through a trashy magazine one night, and saw an article on the actress Milla Jovovich. And there it was; Milla. I text it to hubby, he text back that he loved it. And we had our name!

I know a lot of people say they need to see their bub first before they can settle on a name, but for us, she was always Milla. I distinctly remember telling the nurses in the operating suite as they were performing the emergency c-section, “Her name is Milla”, it was so important for them to know who she was, she wasn’t just any tiny baby, she was my daughter, Milla.

The sign the nurses in NICU made for Milla's humidity crib.

The sign the nurses in NICU made for Milla’s humidity crib.

We still love her name (no changing it after we brought her home, unlike the poor cat!) so I was thrilled when I won a $50 voucher for Stuck On You recently, so I could order a fancy back pack with the name “Milla” on it. (Just in time for childcare!)

I loved the process of designing and ordering my bag on-line, and then the super fast postage, I received it within three days! The bag was gorgeous, and really high quality. I was so impressed, I contacted Stuck On You to thank them for great service, and also offered to review some of their other products on my blog.

It turns out that Stuck On You actually started from reviews from other mums.
The owner of the company invited 10 of her close friends over for lunch and gave them free labels in exchange for the addresses of ten of their friends. From that small beginning, starting through word of mouth, the company grew to what it is today!

They were more than happy to gift me some of their products to review, and share my thoughts with all of you, as well as providing a $50 gift voucher for me to give away, so a lucky reader can try the products out for themselves.

Ordering the products is actually half the fun, I love that the website www.stuckonyou.com.au allows you to preview exactly what your product will look like, including the name you are using, the colour and the design.

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Be prepared to spend ages switching between designs and fonts, finding the perfect match! (Or is that just me??)

The products I chose to review are the lunch pack, the library bag and the small pocket pencil case.

The lunch pack is great value, as it combines both the personalised lunchbox and drink bottle.

The best part about the lunch box is the size. I often find regular lunch boxes basically just fit a sandwich and not much else. These lunch boxes can fit a sandwich, and two large pieces of fruit. They would also fit things like little tubs of yogurt too. They are even big enough to fit single serve containers (the one in my example is a Tupperware one)

LunchboxOr, if you little one is like my daughter, and not so keen on food, it also holds plenty of little books too…;)

Lunchbox PlayThe lunch box is water repellent, and really easy  to wipe down if there are any leakages inside.

The drink bottle that comes in the lunch pack is 500ml, stainless steel, with a pop top and a flip over lid. Milla uses it for childcare, and I have had so many compliments on it! It’s super cute, and much better quality than the plastic ones we were using before.

Drink Bottle

I was very excited about the library bag, as previous we had just been using the dodgy bright yellow bag issued by the library, and honestly, every time I use it I’m holding my breath waiting for everything to fall out the bottom, it’s that flimsy. The Stuck On You bag is really strong, made from thick, sturdy material, with an easy wipe clean lining inside. (Because lets face it, kids are grotty little creatures!) It’s big too, fits heaps of books, even the quite large picture books.

Library Bag

Finally the the small pocket pencil case, a personalised pencil case which was just the right size for Milla’s pencils and crayons, with a little pocket on the front, where I keep the pencil sharpener. I would however recommend getting the large pocket pencil caseif your child will be using it at school, so things like a ruler etc will fit. The pencil case is made of the same sturdy material as the library bag, with the easy clean lining inside.

Pencil Case

Oh, and I forgot to mention the best part- Everything had Milla’s name on it! Of course, I chose pink, being my, I mean, Milla’s, favourite colour ;)   (Everything is also available in red or navy blue) and I chose Owls, as Milla loves anything ‘Hoot’ at the moment.

All in all, I was really impressed with the whole process. A fun, interactive website, extremely fast postage, and great quality products.

If you want to check out Stuck On You for yourself, you can find them here ~

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Or, of course, on their website, www.stuckonyou.com.au

To coincide with The Hesitant Housewife Facebook Page reaching 1000 likers, I am also running my first giveaway to celebrate!

I have a $50 Stuck On You voucher for one lucky reader to win!

$50 voucherFollow the prompts below, and leave a comment telling me how you chose your child’s (or pets!) name, or even what you think of the name chosen for you? Good luck! xx