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Colorful, customizable designs embraced by countless celebrities & customers worldwide
March 19th, 2013 | 12:00 PM
By Erin Condren
As they say, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention,’ and that sure is the case at my house and with my business! As a mom of twins, juggling my company and our busy home life can be a challenge, but it’s that controlled chaos that has inspired business ideas since the beginning. My motto is to ‘simplify and stylize’ and I’ve found that sometimes a sticker is all you need to do both.
I created gift labels for my family years ago to take the stress out of gift wrapping. A stylish sticker can jazz up any package in a jiffy and won’t fall off the gift before the party! It’s the perfect solution for a gift of wine or baked treats so the hostess isn’t wondering after the event, ‘Who brought this lovely gift?’
A return address sticker adds personality to anything your mailman will deliver! A simple little sticker really can say a lot about you and be a stylish first impression when a handwritten note or invitation arrives.
Even my iPad is in fashion and shows off my colorful style. With so many tablets at our design and marketing meetings, it’s impossible to mix them up when each one is personalized.
Stake a stylish claim on your collection of books by customizing book plates for your little reader. These stickers make great gifts for a book club host or teachers that want to add style to their study!
Until March 24th (ending at midnight, PST): Buy one sticker pack and get the second (of equal or lesser value) for FREE. Valid on Gift Labels, Address Labels, iPad Stickers, and Book Plates. Use promo code BOGOSTICKERS at checkout. You’ll also be entered to win a $500 Erin Condren gift card (to use toward anything on her site!).
Plum District asked our fellow Moms to tell us their Christmas traditions just before family celebrations, Christmas songs and presents on Christmas
December 21st, 2012 | 5:20 AM
It doesn’t matter whether you’re celebrating the first Christmas as parents or the first Christmas as empty-nesters, every family has a Christmas tradition that gets passed between generations. Just as Christmas break begins, we asked our fabulous Moms about the less-traditional route for Christmas morning – opening presents on Christmas is so last season – to give us a little peak into their home come Christmas morning.
I don’t know about you, but our family goes Mexican for Christmas Eve. Every year we get together for tamales, guacamole and salsa mixed in with some favorite Christmas songs and Christmas cookies.
Daphne Church isn’t just about celebrating the season on Christmas morning. “We do 25 days of Christmas since my son in born on Christmas Day. It makes every day a special celebration. What fun to watch a child open a gift every day instead of a free for all!”
Tia L. Perriton-Little says, “We only give 3 gifts each, just like Jesus received only 3: golf, frankincense and murr. So they get one from Mom/Dad, one from Santa and one from each other. Helps the children be more selection about what they want and helps to remind us about our Savior.”
Olga Story and her family stay up until midnight to say “Merry Christmas” right on the dot, and of course, open Christmas gifts.
Monica Dallosta Moses and Mary Robertson both get competitive. Monica doesn’t just put all the Christmas gifts under the tree, but hosts a holiday scavenger hunt to find presents. “It makes for a fun activity that gets everyone involved!” she says. Mary actually plays Bingo on Christmas Eve, with great gag gifts as prizes that have become the annual Christmas tradition.
One of our very own Plum District Mom Rikke Donaldson shares this tradition: “I am from Denmark, and tradition is to celebrate on Christmas Eve. We dance around the tree and sing Christmas songs. Then Santa comes and visits us (We actually have a friend who dresses up each year and comes by our house….my 8 year old is sure to recognize him this year!)”
So tell us…what are your holiday traditions? Do you do something silly, fun or competitive (like these awkward photos)? Share it with us!
A mom should never show up to a party empty handed - here are some ideas we know your hostess will love
May 14th, 2012 | 11:30 AM
Kansas City’s Deb Clem offers a list of gracious hostess gift ideas that will have your friends grinning!
The month of May marks the start of the summer entertaining season. From Mother’s Day brunches to graduations to outdoor barbecues, you’re social calendar is filling fast! You’ve had your fair share of get-togethers, so you know planning these events is a lot of hard work, and it only seems right to reward your hostess with a lovely gift. But what?
Hostess gifts aren’t required but they’re a sweet gesture your friends and neighbors will appreciate. Most of my friends show up with a bottle of wine, but not everyone is partial to vino, so over the years I’ve learned to get creative. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Blooming plants — Cut flowers die within days, but plants can last for months or years. Bamboo, is easy to care for and is said to bring good luck. I just happen to have a great Asian market nearby to pick one up, but they are also fairly typical at most green houses. I just adore Orchids as well. If you happen to live in a Trader Joe’s market you’ll have to check out their selection of elegant offerings.
- Artisan Foods — I often gift a dip, cheese ball, or bread mix in a gorgeous bag. I love Tastefully Simple products and so do lots of my friends. It’s an easy and useful way to say thanks.
- Picture frames – You never have enough of these little gems. Why not pick some up at the end of each season and have a few on hand? Instead of a thank you note, simply add a sweet message or “thanks” in the frame to show how much you appreciate the invite.
- Monogrammed anything — From towels to napkins to coasters, we all love to receive personalized presents. Guess what? Your hostess does too. Anthropologie always has adorable, monogrammed handkerchiefs and mugs that your friends will fill for.
Always remember to match the gift to the hostess. Think about what she really likes before you make a choice. A couple of months ago, one of my friends showed up with the perfect gift — a bottle of Skinny Girl Cosmo’s. The note read, “Save this for a girl’s night.” We’ll be having one soon!