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Works For Me Wednesday- Canning, Freezing and Labeling, Oh My (and a GIVEAWAY!!)

WFMW I am a little obsessed with label makers. Once upon a time, I saved up Amazon gift cards and bought myself a glorious label maker. It arrived and I went about labeling everything that couldn’t run away from me. It was heavenly. Then the kids discovered the label maker and, like everything else they “discover”, the label maker met an untimely death. I was heartbroken.

But recently I was given the chance to try the DYMO Label Manager 260p. It came in the mail and I put it up high, out of the reach of clumsy children eager to label everything in site. And one day, when I had a few moments of piece, I broke out the new label maker and began labeling. I have been making soups with all of my CSA produce and freezing it for when it gets cold enough to eat it. Which incidentally is like now. I am not sure we are completely done with summer, but it has been fall weather around here the past few days.

But I was just kind of sticking the soups in the freezer in their containers and praying I would remember what they were come fall and winter. It could make for a fun game of “what the heck is this that I am eating”, but I like knowing what it is I am eating. So here are my fabulous soups thus far:

I don’t know why, but there is something about looking in at labeled food that just makes my heart happy. Perhaps there is an organized person inside me dying to get out. Poor thing. She is trying to claw her way out through all this clutter. I wish I could show you more, but my fabulous chickens from the farm are currently taking over my freezer.

Anyway, here is what I absolutely love about my new label maker:

  • Lithium rechargeable battery: seriously, I am now spoiled and annoyed with anything that takes actual batteries.
  • Labels easily peel off because they split down the middle: should have really read that before I spent 5 minutes trying to peel it off from the side
  • Allows me to print labels in 3 different fonts: no idea why this excites me, but frankly it just does
  • Stores labels so you print things without retyping: I haven’t used this, but it is a great idea for kids names
  • Labels totally stuck on already frozen containers. Without any peeling.

What I don’t love:

  • I live in constant fear that my children will get a hold of my precious label maker and it will be no more. Ok, so that really isn’t the label makers fault, but to ensure its safety I have placed it high above their reach and threatened bodily harm if they touch it.

I still have more freezer labels I want to tackle. I hope to tackle my canning stash next. Then the filing cabinet. Then I might just start labeling everything in site.

Do you need help getting yourself organized? Think a DYMO Label Manager 260p would help? Leave me a comment letting me know what you most want to label and you might just get your chance. For extra entries (please leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry):

The winner will be drawn randomly on Tues Sept 14th. Good luck!!

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  1. I would love to use this in my classroom!
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  4. OK, so I don’t need to win this giveaway…b/c I already have one!!!

    They are great.

    Oh, and I spent more than 5 minutes trying to peel the labels off the paper backing…then I realized there was a slit down the center; good grief!
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  6. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to label all the Tupperware containers in my pantry, and my files in my file drawer, and my frozen items, and well whatever else I could label!
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  13. Alisa D says:

    I LOVE labeling things. This label maker sounds amazing! The first thing I would label are my photo boxes. Then my files. Fingers crossed!

  14. I could use this to label all of my stamping supplies! (I have an old one, but it broke!)
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  18. I would label a lot of things in my kitchen and pantry– starting with my spices that I have to smell to identify rightnow!

  19. I desperately need to label my photo albums! I have so many, I can’t keep up. I would also label my filing cabinet, CDs, entire kitchen…..

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  22. catherine says:

    I would love to label all of my toy bins…thanks for the chance to win.

  23. I’m the same as you…I would want to label my frozen and canned stuff first. Then I would move on to my pantry.
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  25. Kimberly Russell says:

    The hubby and I were just discussing needing to buy one of these this past weekend. We have canned 50 pints of tomato sauce, 10 quarts of spaghetti sauce, and multiple pints of peach jam, raspberry jam, and another he calls rogue red jam because it is made with a rogue grape vine of red grapes that is growing in the middle of our 200 acre vineyard.

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  28. Jessie C. says:

    I’d like to label my pantry stuffs.

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  32. I follow your blog.

    Oh my how I would LOVE to have a label maker! I’m such a nerd about these things!

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  34. Christie says:

    What wouldn’t I want to label? Seriously though, this is good to practice spelling with kids. Label things around the house.

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  36. I also follow you on twitter and tweeted about the giveaway. @monicasheree

  37. I would love to win this labeler for the same reason you are using it ….to label stuff in my freezer and so much more…my craft room for example.
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  39. I have a label maker and I have to say I love it! So handy for labeling all those canning jars.
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  40. I would use the label maker for labeling dry storage food items, as well as freezed items, like you! I asked for one for Christmas last year (yes I am a nerd) but Santa didn’t deliver. Maybe this year, unless I win…
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  43. I would label kitchen shelves (inside the cupboard), plastic toy bins, children & baby clothing storage containers, freezer meals… and maybe the children. :)

  44. Theresa says:

    I would label the homeschool stuff, and the kids toy bins! Then everything I see that doesn’t move.

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  47. Rachel says:

    Hi Jill! I would most like to label our files and freezer stash. It is a little stresful defrosting frozen meat and pondering whether we are having chicken or beef once the lump is thawed :). I subscribe to your RSS feed. Blessings!

  48. Rachel says:

    Also, I just “liked” you on FB. :)

  49. I would love to win a label maker, especially to use in my homeschool room. Thanks for the opp.
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  50. I am now following you on Twitter – and I retweeted your giveaway. Thanks again.
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  52. I LOVE LABELS! I currently use a sharpie/masking tape to label our leftovers…but this might make it easier. Plus labeling the kids stuff for Mops/Awanas/church/preschool…awesome giveaway!

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  55. Bethany says:

    I would label everything. I have always wanted one of these!!

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  57. I could use a label maker to label all the books and games in our After School Church Mission. What a help that would be.
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  59. joslyn says:

    this would be so helpful to label things in my cupboards in the kitchen!

  60. Annie says:

    I would love to label my kids stored clothes. And my canned goods!

  61. ok, I’ll bite. I would love a lablel maker for all the jars and jars of baby food (also made from our csa… which YOU inspired!)… I guess you’re right, it doesn’t REALLY matter what’s in them, but I just like to know. :)
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  63. I would use labels on my freezer/fridge food, pantry, boys room, toy room, garage…. oh so many ideas!
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  66. I’m a home schooling mom and I have tons of school items to label!
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  67. I would LOVE to win a label maker. I have wanted to buy one so many times, but always decide it’s not the best way to spend my money. I love being organized (even though I’m far from it). I would use this to label food, my daughter’s school items (she’s in kindergarten), toy bins, crafting supplies, really just about anything! I’d LOVE one of these. My question is, do they need new tape very often and is that expensive?

  68. Kristen says:

    Our home office is in desparate need of a clean sweep. I would use the label maker on the files, storage containers, etc.

  69. Kristen says:

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  70. Kirsten says:

    I have a ton of containers in my craft-room closet with… well.. craft supplies in them. I would love to label them to get them organized.

  71. heather says:

    Oh so many ways. I am a craft nerd so it would be nice to have to organize the various bits and bobbles I have hanging around my crafting area.

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  74. I’m not even sure where to start – I would love to use when I do my canning! I can just imagine having a label that doesn’t wash off, fade or just get yucky! What a great giveaway!
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  76. For sure what I would like to label is just about everything in my deep freeze. So many things in cans and freezer bags that I’m “sure” i’ll remember what they are when the time comes..:)

  77. Hi there! Oh, I would LOVE to win this labelmaker!!! My daughter and I have been looking at them for ages! We even bought a discount one at Ross and had to return it b/c it wouldn’t work. Thanks for the opp!
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  81. nicolerenae says:

    I could definitely use this to label all the stuff my kid’s take to school!

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  84. I could totally use one of these. I’m currently organizing my home office!

  85. I would label things in my pantry and in my craft closet and probably a million more things! Thank you!
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  89. Lori S says:

    I would love to label all of my big tubs with each holiday decorations.

    thanks!

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  93. I’m already an email subscriber. Thanks for sponsoring such a great giveaway!
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  95. Becky says:

    I have two computers, complete with external speakers, a Palm (that I still use for some things), a printer, and two ham radios on my desk. Not to mention my land line phone, Blackberry, and bluetooth headset. In addition to my cable modem and router. If you guessed I need to label cords, you are a winner! I sincerely hope that I will be too.

    I am also getting organized (See Andrea’s Simple Orgaized Living blog).

  96. Lisa L says:

    A DYMO Label Manager 260p would help me label all my plastic bins I have in storage in my basement.

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  98. trixx says:

    This would be useful to have to organize all my craft & office supplies.

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